Millions of Egyptians are voting today. The big question is not simply, “Who will become Egypt’s next President?” but “Will the results lead to the end of the peace treaty with Israel?” “Egyptians went to the polls Wednesday to choose their first freely elected president in a vote that could end 15 chaotic months of military rule and define the future of political Islam,” reports the New York Times. “It was a new climax in a cascade of scenes that would have been unthinkable just two years ago, when election days meant that state television would film former President Hosni Mubarak walking a red carpet to his special polling place in a predictably fraudulent plebiscite. But on Wednesday, millions of Egyptians waited patiently in long lines, often holding scraps of cardboard against the desert sun, and debated with their neither neighbors over which of the five leading contenders most deserved their vote. ‘It is like honey to my heart,’ said Mohamed Mustafa Seif, 36, an accountant voting in downtown Cairo. ‘For the first time in my life, I feel like I have a role to play. My vote could possible make a difference.’ With a fluid and shifting field, no reliable polls, and a potential runoff next month, the outcome was impossible to predict. Two rival Islamists, two former ministers from the government of Hosni Mubarak, and a Nasserite socialist are all in the running.”
What is the future of Egypt? The Lord has much to say about that actually, and Egypt plays an important role in End Times Bible prophecy. The God of the Bible loves the people of Egypt. He is determined to get their attention and draw them into a personal relationship with Him through faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Still, the Hebrew Prophet Isaiah tells us Egypt has some very dark days ahead of it in the “last days” of history before the Second Coming of Christ. See Isaiah 19. See also this video blog on the future of Egypt in Bible prophecy posted on The Joshua Fund website.
- NBC News: Egypt’s elections: A struggle between secularism and political Islam — and how it may transform the Middle East
- UK Daily Telegraph: 13 presidential candidates compete in Egypt for top spot
- Haaretz: With presidential vote, Egyptians step into the unknown — It is not clear who will emerge victorious in Egypt’s first ever democratic presidential election and it is also not known what powers the winner will have