Egyptian Chaos: Another Sign of the Last Days & the Rise of the Muslim Mahdi/Antichrist

“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy? Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof. For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces” (Amos 3:7-10).

My brother Alan Odle and I have prophetic dreams and visions from time to time. In March of 2010, my brother shared a dream with me that he had about a great shaking coming to Egypt and that it was connected to the end of the age and the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This was months before the “Arab Spring” began. Here is what he said, “I had a dream March 30, 2010 of a great earthquake in Egypt coming in the near future. In the dream I saw crowds of people in the streets of Egypt. Then the ground began to shake under them. This dream was linked to another dream. The dreams were like one. The second part of the dream was in Jerusalem. I was standing with my wife southeast of Old Jerusalem. It was night. I could see the temple mount to my left. I could see the East Gate and to my right was the Mount of Olives. I said to my wife, ‘When the feet of Jesus touch there the whole Earth will shake.’ The return of Jesus was at any moment. These were as one dream. It was clear that Egypt was linked to the end.”

In the last week, I have read numerous articles and watched news videos about the violence in Egypt. Many have been killed during the street protests and hundreds of Muslim women raped by gangs of Muslim men. It is truly a demonstration of the evil spirits behind Islam. We have seen this for years through the Iran/Iraq War, the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya, and then of course the ongoing civil war in Syria with Muslims fighting against Muslims. However, the increasing chaos and upheaval in Egypt is spoken of in the Bible as yet another sign that we are in the last days and that the Antichrist (a moderate Muslim world leader) will soon come to power in the Middle East and then lead a world government.

There is an end-time prophecy in Isaiah that foretold a time of chaos in Egypt when Egyptians would fight "brother against brother" and "Egyptian against Egyptian." This is no doubt what we have seen in Egypt over the last two years and especially the last two weeks with the overthrow of President Morsi. Sadly, many naïve people in the West think that this overthrow is good and that Egypt will finally get a nice, moderate leader. Unfortunately, Bible prophecy tells us that the Egyptians are not going to get better leadership out of this second revolution either. In fact, this prophecy in the book Isaiah says that this turmoil in Egypt will lead to a very "cruel lord," and a "fierce king" ruling over them. And even if the new leader appears to be a moderate at first, this passage reveals that the next leader of Egypt will be terrible as he helps to bring the Egyptian people under the power of the coming Antichrist world leader who (the Bible says) will control of Egypt and most of the Middle East in the last days.

"The burden of EGYPT.. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And I WILL SET THE EGYPTIANS AGAINST THE EGYPTIANS: and they shall fight every one against his brother and every one against his neighbor; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom. And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts…..The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit. Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do. In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it. And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it” (Isaiah 19:1-4; 14-17).

You may ask, “How do you know that this is an end-time passage?” Well, the passage says that the “land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt.” The only thing this could be referring to is the nation of Israel and its powerful military and nuclear arsenal. This type of power is the only thing that a Muslim nation with a large military would fear. This was not even a possibility until Israel became a nation again in 1948, took back Jerusalem and the West Bank (Judea-Samaria) in the Six Day War of 1967, and then built up a very strong and advanced military and developed nuclear weapons over that last several decades. Two of the most significant prophetic fulfillments in the Bible are Israel becoming a nation and Israel taking back Jerusalem. God’s Word says these are clear signs that we have entered into the last generation before the return of Jesus Christ (See Ezekiel 36-39, Isaiah 11, Amos 9, Matthew 24, Luke 21).

But let’s go back to the Egyptian uproar being connected to the rise of the Antichrist and his coming rule over their country via a cruel puppet lord. How do we know that the Antichrist will take over Egypt? Well, this scenario was specifically foretold by the prophet Daniel over 2,600 years ago. The Lord showed him that a powerful world leader (the Antichrist) would take over many countries in the last days and Egypt was named as one of them:

"He (the Antichrist) shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon (Jordan). He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of EGYPT SHALL NOT ESCAPE. But he shall have POWER OVER the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of EGYPT: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps" (Daniel 11:41-43).

The Antichrist is also referred to as "a king of fierce countenance" by the prophet Daniel, "And in the latter time (last days) of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a KING OF FIERCE COUNTENANCE, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by PEACE shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand" (Daniel 8:23-25).

Now, I want to make it very clear that I am NOT saying that the next leader of Egypt will be the Antichrist. I believe these passages show us that the next leader of Egypt will be extremely cruel, but that he and the people of Egypt will be subjugated to an even more fierce king—the coming Mahdi/Antichrist. But we are warned by God through the prophet Daniel that this "fierce king" will come talking peace, but through that façade he will destroy many. Daniel also shows us that this evil leader will stand up against the Prince of princes, the Lord Jesus Christ, but that the Lord will destroy him without using His hand. This is a direct reference to the second coming of Jesus Christ. The book of Revelation and 2 Thessalonians 2 both speak of this approaching day when the Lord Jesus returns to earth and destroys the Antichrist and his armies:

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his MOUTH goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast (the ANTICHRIST), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh" (Revelation 19:11-21).

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity