The founder of a Messianic Jewish ministry says it's telling that virtually all the Middle East nations that have experienced unrest and turmoil in recent weeks have one thing in common: the Bible says they will turn against Israel in the last days.
For weeks, Egypt was the focus of massive demonstrations. Now neighboring Libya has taken center stage as Moammar Gadhafi attempts to hold onto the control of his country. So-called "pro-democracy" rallies have also sprung up in a number of smaller Islamic countries in the region.
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries says about these developments: "The Bible calls all of these nations the King of the South, from Egypt to Sudan to Yemen to a number of other Arab-Islamic nations that represent the King of the South. And all of these nations eventually will all come together and invade Israel in a battle that is outlined in the Bible. Well, is this setting the stage for this? I think it is. The Bible calls Israel the center of the earth."
The ministry director reminds people, however, that the Bible says Israel ultimately will prevail over its Islamic enemies.
Markell believes all the turmoil could lead to an evil regime taking over these countries so they can come together and try to annihilate Israel and wipe the very memory of its existence off the face of the earth.