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In Prophecy Update Number 45 we described the false peace that will soon arrive in the Middle East, and we began to describe the initial attack out of Syria that would suddenly end the false peace.  I closed by stating: “I realize that saying this attack will occur before 2006, and the false peace would come before 2004, is a type of ‘time setting,’ and that I may well be embarrassed if these events do not transpire within the stated time limits.  I am CERTAIN that the peace must come, and I KNOW the attack must come during it.  I am PERSUADED, BUT NOT CERTAIN, that the peace will occur within two years, probably next year (2002), and am CONFIDENT, but NOT POSITIVE that the attack will occur before 2006.  It is the SEQUENCE of events, NOT the timing, of which I am CERTAIN.” In Prophecy Update Number 46 I began to describe the character of the attack by beginning an exposition of Daniel 11:41 to 45.  We closed Prophecy Update Number 47 by stating: “In our next update, Lord willing, we will continue to exposit on Daniel 11:42 to 45.”  In Prophecy Updates 48 and 49 we broke away from the exposition of Daniel 11:42 to 45, and concentrated on current events in the Middle East.  In Prophecy update Number 49A I closed by stating: “Soon you will finally see a false peace come to the Middle East, which will suddenly be broken by a lightning Jihad from the north that will initially be composed of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran.  I do not believe the attack will occur before 2003, but I do believe it will occur before 2006.”

In this Update we will continue the drive of antichrist across the southern tip of Gaza toward Egypt and her Suez Canal.

Daniel 11:42

[42] He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

The political, geophysical, and military positioning of Syria, Iran, and Iraq, from a prospective of having world influence, literally stinks.  But the position of Egypt’s Suez Canal, and Cairo, her capital, is outstanding.  The antichrist is supposed to be a man of genius in all areas.  That being the case, he would be worse than a military academy dropout were he not to take the Suez Canal, and then make Cairo his empire’s capital. 

Daniel 11:43

[43] 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.

The three most “precious things” in Egypt are:  the Suez Canal, the Nile River and its Delta, and Cairo, it’s capital.  He will conquer the Suez Canal zone and all of Egypt.  So just what is Egypt?  Many are inclined to establish it as the land bordered on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the west by Libya, on the south by Sudan, on the southeast by the Red Sea, and on the northeast by its Sinai border with Gaza and Israel’s Negev. And, geographically, that is quite correct.  However, in reality, that is not Egypt.  The real Egypt, where her people live, is much, much, smaller.  Egypt is the land along her north and east coastlines up to about two miles inland, the Nile Delta, and the land along the Nile River extending about fifteen miles either side of its banks.

The antichrist will send messages to leaders of two of the original 10 nations confederated with him, namely Libya and Sudan, requesting them to mass their troops along the northern coastal border with Libya, and along the border where the Nile enters Egypt from Sudan.  This will cause the diversion of some Egyptian troops away from Cairo and the Suez Canal in order to protect their western and southern borders.  And this will allow the antichrist to rapidly push across the Suez Canal into Cairo and along her western and eastern coastlines, then to quickly progress southward down the Nile with little resistance. I believe he will control Egypt within two weeks after he reaches the Suez Canal.

Once he has conquered Egypt, he will make an assessment of his geopolitical position.  After having done so, he would be a military fool to return to his home country. He will establish his capital at Cairo, and will remain there for more than three years.  After three years he will receive news that causes him to quickly return to Jerusalem.  If a military leader plans to put down his roots for a while, what would be one of his major concerns?  The relationship he has with the rulers of the nations that are on his immediate borders.  That is, how sure he is they will not pull a surprise attack on him.  So, through the prestigious position he has gained in the eyes of the Islamic world by this time, it will allow him to use the terrorist groups, already in Sudan and Libya, to overthrow their leaders, and in their place to install two of his stooges, where they will remain in control for some three years.  He will already have plucked up the ruler of Lebanon, and replaced him with a stooge.  It will surprise me if Lebanon, Sudan, and Libya are not the countries from which his stooges will rule.

Daniel 7:8,24

[8] I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were THREE of the FIRST horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. [24] And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue THREE kings.

I believe the kings (rulers) of Lebanon, Libya, and Sudan will be subdued by being personally plucked up by the roots out of their positions of leadership in their own countries, and replaced by puppet rulers who do exactly as the antichrist directs.

Daniel 11:43

[43] 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. 

“At his steps” means “companionship” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance & Wilson’s O.T. Word Studies).  This expression also appears in Judges 4:10, where it appears as “at his feet.”

Judges 4:10

[10] And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.

It represents an Old Testament word picture of a conquered leader or country laying yearly tribute payments before the king of the conquering country, who is setting on his throne, and the tribute is being placed at his feet on the steps leading up to his throne.   So I believe the antichrist will place his puppet rulers on the thrones of Lebanon, Syria, and Sudan as those who are in “companionship” with him.

For more than three years, with the Suez Canal under his control, he will gain worldwide recognition and acclaim in his capital city of Cairo.  Israel will be trapped in the Negev for more than three years (See previous updates), and stability will have come to the troubled Middle East.  He will supposedly have done what all nations say they are seeking, that is, brought stability to the Middle East.  But, between the third and fourth year of his rule, something will cause him to quickly head for Jerusalem.

Daniel 11:44,45

[44] But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. [45] And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

Lord willing, in Prophecy Update Number 51, we will discuss what causes him to head for Jerusalem.

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) encircled five cities yesterday in autonomous zones of the Palestinians in Samaria.  These cities were not selected at random.  The recent vast shipment of weaponry taken off the seagoing vessel Karine A, on which I reported fully in Prophecy Update 49A last week, has finally stirred Israel into action on uncovering the hundreds of caches of weaponry planned to be used by the Palestinians in a future Jihad involving Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran.  The five cities encircled by the IDF were Tulkarm, Kalkilya, Jenin, Nablus, and Ramallah.  The limestone hills of this area contain caves whose mouths have been covered, and inside these are found the types of weaponry stored for future use after Israel has been lured into a false sense of security.  The Israelis gave the excuse of warnings of additional attacks by terrorist groups as the reason for blockading these cities, which is partially true, but they also want to trap terrorists to flush them out in place, and to scour the surrounding area in hopes of finding local caches of smuggled weapons.

Please mark the names of the five cities I mentioned early last year in Prophecy Update Number 2 as the zones around which smuggled weaponry was concealed in limestone caves.

In Prophecy Update Number 2, issued early last year, I advised: “The Palestinians have also been sneaking in thousands of katyusha rockets through tunnels under the Egyptian border.  These rockets pass through the Palestinian controlled Gaza Strip, and eventually end up in the areas around Tulkarm and Kalkilya (Qalqilya).” I then explained the reason for their being placed in this strategic position overlooking 70% of the Israeli population along the coastal plain from Tel Aviv to Haifa.  I then went on to state: “I expect the IDF to eventually raid these areas, but with only limited success.”  I then went on to explain  how other sections of the West Bank (Samaria) were receiving and storing their weapons in limestone caves that dot the interior.  I concluded: “But the main weaponry smuggled into these areas consists of anti-tank launchers, which have been concealed in this zone in countless numbers from south of Jenin to Nablus to north of Ramalla.”

If you will review Prophecy Update Number 49A, which was issued January 8, 2002, it will help you to better understand a secondary reason for the IDF’s encirclement of Jenin, Nablus, Ramalla, Tulkarm, and Kalkilya.