Egypt Islamists Claim Victory at the Poll
“Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi claimed victory on Monday in Egypt’s divisive race for the top job, as a military power grab overshadowed the country’s first post-Mubarak presidential election,” reports Agence France Presse. Mursi’s full presidential powers, including those over the military (which have been in question recently) and he will swear his oath before the constitutional court by June 30th.
With Mursi’s win, it is the first time Islamists have taken the presidency of the Arab World’s most populous nation, Egypt.
At Mursi’s campaign headquarters in Cairo, there were cheers when the Brotherhood stated he had earned 52 percent of the vote. Mursi promise Egyptians a “better future, freedom, democracy, development and peace.” He went on to say “We are not seeking vengeance or to settle accounts. “ He added that he would build a “modern democratic state” for all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians alike. (Note, no mention of the Jewish people).
The “Muslim Brotherhood” is “the world’s most influential and one of the largest Islamic movements, and is the largest political opposition organization in many Arab states,” according to Wikipedia. The Brotherhood’s stated goal is to instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the “sole reference point for…ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community…and state.”
There is concern to some that Egypt will become a strictly Islamic state. This is not good for Israel, nor for the world. Regardless where Egypt appears to be headed today, it is interesting to note what Scripture says about Egypt in the last days in Isaiah 19:23-25: “In that day, there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt, My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.” In the last days, the Egyptians will become believers and called “My people” by the Lord God, Himself. They will be in alliance with Israel.
Regardless of what reservations you may have about where the world is headed, it is clear that God has His hand on it all and He WILL bring His plan to fruition. Nevertheless, God still asks us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.