Starting in Tunisia, whose government was just overthrown last week with Tunisia's dictator President fleeing to Saudi Arabia, while his lavish wife is believed to be holed up in Dubai, the riots have spread to Algeria and Morocco.
"Tunisia was in a state of complete and full dictatorship, with no outlets for expression," wrote Abdel Rahman Mansour, a journalist and bloggerAnd it hasn't stopped in these African nations. Neighboring Egypt too is being affected, as hundreds of Egyptians have poured into the streets, warning authoritarian president, Hosni Mubarak. And in neighboring Middle East muslim Jordan, Jordanians have taken to the streets venting their anger at the government's inaction to curtail rising food prices, while the leadership themelves lives in luxury. One spokesperson at the protest in Jordan said:
"We are protesting the policies of the government -- high prices and repeated taxation that made the Jordanian people revolt," Tawfiq al-Batoush, a former head of Karak municipality, told Reuters at the protest outside Karak's Al Omari mosque.One cause is the skyrocketing price of oil itself, which has quadrupled since 2002. It is helping push many ordinary people toward poverty even as it stimulates a new surge of economic growth in the gulf.
Waiting to take over, and instigating on the sidelines, of course, are your homegrown Middle East Israel hating terror groups and The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's opposition, backed by Iran. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for Hamas and some of the groups that recently merged into al-Qaeda, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
These riots that are rapidly spreadly over muslim north Africa and the Middle East tell us how rapidly things are changing in the dangerous world and times we live in. And we haven't even hit a 'global scale' riot and civil unrest from skyrocketing food prices that hit a record high this past December. Much worse times are indeed coming. Are we witnessing a taste of what John the Revelator warned about in Revelation 6:5-6?
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley; for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Forerunner Commentary for the above passage translates it as follows:
This is a picture of scarcity of grain during a time when olive oil and wine are abundant. The grain must be measured very carefully, and it is sold at about twelve times its normal price. At the same time, growers are commanded not to reduce the production of oil and wine, items which most would consider to be luxuries. It seems that the common folk would spend all their living on grain to fend off starvation and have nothing left over for the finer things, while the rich would continue to live comfortably and make money on the inflated grain prices. The Third Seal describes scarcity in the midst of prosperity; the rich get richer as the poor get poorer.
This commentary most definitely portrays a picture of what is happening all around the world today I would say, and it's just beginning.
And Jesus, in teaching His disciples how to pray, said:
9After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
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