New Egypt President Vows to Impose Sharia Law: Pray for Egypt now
Joel C. Rosenberg
Make no mistake: the new leader of Egypt plans to impose radical Islamic sharia law on his nation. He claims this will bring a “revival” and “blessing” to Egyptians, but the exact opposite will be true. In a recently posted video on the MEMRI.org website, we can see a speech that new President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi (a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader) gave in Cairo on May 13, 2012 in which he declared: “The Koran is our constitution. The Prophet Muhammad is our leader. Jihad is our path. And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.” Then, Morsi proclaims, “This nation will enjoy blessing and revival only through the Islamic sharia [law].” He adds: “I take an oath before Allah and before you all that regardless of the actual text [of the current Egyptian constitution], Allah willing, the text will truly reflect sharia law, as will be agreed upon by the Egyptian people, by the Islamic scholars, and by legal and constitutional experts. Rejoice and rest assured that these people will not accept a text that does not reflect the true meaning of the Islamic sharia as a text to be implemented and as a platform. The people will not agree to anything else.”
Bible prophecy — particularly Isaiah 19– indicates that in the last days Egypt will go down a very dark path, and suffer under a terrible dictator. “I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel master, and a mighty king will rule over them,” declares the Lord God of hosts, we read in Isaiah 19:4. Then Egypt will face tremendous judgment by the God of Israel. Eventually, however, the prophecies indicated that the Lord will show the Egyptians His love and mercy and reveal the Lord Jesus Christ to them. There will then be a great spiritual awakening as many Egyptians turn away from the false prophet Muhammad and fully embrace the salvation, forgiveness and healing found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. “They will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them. Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.” (Isaiah 19:20-22)
It’s far too soon to say Morsi is the “cruel master” described by the prophecy. Indeed, some argue that phrase describes Radical Islam. Others argue that phrase refers to the Antichrist during the Tribulation. My point here is simply this: prophecy indicates that God is going to let the Egyptians go down a very dark and terrible path by their own choice, but eventually He will redeem them by His mercy through Christ. In the meantime, the Church needs to do all we can to pray for the people of Egypt, preach the Gospel to all of Egypt, teach the Word of God to all Egyptians, strengthen our Christian brothers and sisters as they face persecution, help them train pastors and plant new churches, love the Muslim people with Christ’s sacrificial love, and continue to stand with Israel and bless Israel with unconditional love and unwavering support. This is precisely what The Joshua Fund is seeking to do. Please pray with us and stand with us as we seek to love Egypt during this very difficult time.