From our Vantage Point: The Signs of the Times Unfolding in the Middle East Today

Wissam Al-Salibi, from IMES, on the dispensationalist ‘prophecy industry’ and the way it misreads the signs of time in the Middle East.
PLease read. This may save you from the conspiracy condition called ‘furor eschatologicum’.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Wissam al-Saliby

Earlier this year, I was flipping through the radio channels as I was driving from Houston to Dallas. I fell upon a talk show where, to my surprise, I heard the interviewee mentioning “Hezbollah and Iran.” I focused my attention on the conversation to better understand how our region’s politics are perceived in Texas. However, within a few minutes, Jimmy DeYoung moved from recent political developments in the Middle East to Biblical prophecy to forecasting that Arab nations will unite and attack Israel – a claim that I have heard so many times in the US, but that sounds incredulous, almost impossible, to a Lebanese who is seeing an ever increasing Arab dis-unity. The radio show and the connected website are called Prophecy Today. It concluded with a prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, a peace that is interpreted in light of the preceding political and theological…

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