UPDATE: We know that Gaddafi has fled Tripoli and diplomatic sources say there are indications he is on his way to Venezuela. Witnesses say that two fighter jets have suddenly landed at Malta and other are reports saying the pilots are asking for asylum.
The disciples asked the Lord what would be the signs of the end of the age. Jesus answered in a long and explicit discourse, the longest He gave on any topic (The Sermon on the Mount in Mt 5 is about equal in length). He answered not in parables but in clear language describing a generation that would see these things come to pass. (Mt 24:33-34). One of those events are that “nation will rise against nation.” To our ears in 2011, nation means country. But the Greek word here is ‘ethnos’. Strong’s Concordance says it means “people joined by practicing similar customs or common culture; nation(s), usually referring to unbelieving Gentiles (non-Jews). In other words, races.
In Tripoli, Libya, we read tonight, “Clashes between anti-government protesters and Gaddafi supporters escalate as army unit ‘defects’ in Benghazi.” Snipers are shooting at mourners killed in the protests. Violence has erupted in five major cities in Libya, not to mention Yemen, Morocco, and Bahrain. There are wild unsourced reports that Gaddafi has fled Libya for Venezuela. People are taking to the streets, brother against brother, race against race. Though these are the times just prior to the tribulation (and I believe just barely prior) they are not part of the Tribulation yet. But we can see that the ‘nation against nation’ prophecy is nearing fulfillment. Not to worry. even as Daniel said in 2:20-22,
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.