The Muslim Brotherhood has been active ever since the Arab Spring. They have come to power in several nations, most notably Egypt.
There has been discontent in Jordan as well, but it hasn’t burst to the surface as visibly as in the other Middle East Nations such as Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Qatar, Syria et al. Jordan’s King Abdullah has kept a tight hold on the swelling discontent…until now.
Several articles came across the wires this week which caused me to raise my level of concern for that country. Jordan is one of the last Middle East monarchies, and it also is the only nation after Egypt to hold a peace treaty with Israel. Of course the Muslim Brotherhood wants that treaty gone, just as much as they do in Egypt. The first article is from the As-Safir Newspaper, an Arabic political daily.
Muslim Brotherhood Weighs Options in Jordanian Protests
“The Jordanian government’s plans to call for early elections have failed to quell Jordanians’ discontent this time, as the results are known in advance, according to opposition members. Although King Abdullah II has previously reversed the decision to raise prices in order to avoid the public’s wrath, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had the final say to that effect. Thus, the Jordanian streets in Amman and other provinces were bursting with anger, sending a warning message from the Jordanian people to the inside, and to other Arab regimes that may choose to favor the interests of international neoliberal institutions at the expense of their own people. … The Jordanian monarchy has long underestimated young Jordanian demonstrators, who have spent the past year waiting for the spark of anger that would take their protests to the next level. They are well aware that the latest decision represents the corrupt economic regime alone.”
The movement wants to topple the regime, the article claims.
“According to Jordanian author Mohammed Faraj, “it is interesting that the Brotherhood’s members are not as present in Amman as in the provinces, even though the “demonstrations were the most aggressive” in the provinces. This suggests that the Brotherhood is not active in the Jordanian popular movements. “The movement is rather lying in wait. As soon as the regime responds to their conditions, it will dispense with the protests.”
And who knows from what direction or when that “spark of anger’ will come. Who knew that one Tunisian fruit vendor setting himself on fire in protest would start the entire Arab Spring?
In this second article on Jordan, the Gatestone Council of International Policy Institute reports this week:
Has the US Administration Decided to Get Rid of Jordan’s King Abdullah
“Unless the US clarifies its position regarding King Abdullah and reiterates its full backing for his regime, the Muslim fundamentalists are likely to step up there efforts to create anarchy and lawlessness in the kingdom. Washington needs to reassure King Abdullah and his followers that it will not allow the creation of an Islamic terror republic in Jordan. Has the US Administration decided to get rid of Jordan’s King Abdullah? This is the question that many Jordanians have been asking in the past few days following a remark made by a spokesman for the US State Department. Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner managed to create panic [and anger] in the Royal Palace in Amman when he stated that there was “thirst for change” in Jordan and that the Jordanian people had “economic, political concerns,” as well as “aspirations.” The spokesman’s remark has prompted some Jordanian government officials to talk about a US-led “conspiracy” to topple King Abdullah’s regime. The talk about a “thirst for change” in Jordan is seen by the regime in Amman as a green light from the US to King Abdullah’s enemies to increase their efforts to overthrow the monarchy.”
This article is from Front Page Magazine. The authors pose the very same question.
Is Obama Selling Out the King of Jordan to the Muslim Brotherhood?
“Jordan is one of the remaining “moderate” states in the region, not because it’s an especially wonderful place, but because after the Arab Spring, much of the region has gone Islamist. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is reasonably moderate and friendly to America mainly because it has no other options, with no oil and surrounded by larger countries that would love to gobble it up, it had no choice but to swap out its dependency on the UK for a dependency on the US. The Muslim Brotherhood would love to take over Jordan, as they have taken over Egypt, with Obama’s assistance, and as they are trying to take over Syria. But the United States appeared to have exempted Jordan from the Jihad of the Arab Spring. Until now…”
In the end, they do not maintain their cautious and moderate equilibrium- to their detriment. Jordan participates in the Psalm 83 attack on Israel. The Psalm reads-
“See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot.” (Psalm 83:2-8).
J.R. Church wrote, “Bible scholars tell us that there is no evidence that such a regional War, uniting ten enemies to the north, east, south, and southeast of Israel, ever occurred in ancient times! The “Revised New Bible Commentary” (Eerdmans, 1970) states: “No such widespread alliance of adjacent states, as is described in verses 6-8 (of Psalm 83) is mentioned in the Old Testament.” (source)
The neighboring nations, including Jordan, plot to wipe out Israel. So something has to happen to change Jordan’s currently moderate stance to one of satanic hostility against the Jews. Will it be that King Abdullah is overthrown? Will it be that King Abdullah is killed? Or that he is changed of mind to ally with the Muslim Brotherhood? Or something else that God in His creativity will perform? We don’t know. But this essay is just a reminder that simply because we have not heard any news from or about Jordan lately doesn’t mean that they will escape the prophetic will of God. We’ve all been watching Israel’s enemies to the south (Egypt), west (Gaza-Hamas), and north (Syria). But keep your eyes on Jordan to the east, as well.
The nations which participate in the attack on Israel as prayerfully prophesied in Psalm 83 are listed, their ancient names are recorded but it is easy to tell who most are. There still is a Tyre in Lebanon. Gaza still exists. Amman is still the capital of Jordan. Here is a ‘translation’ of the tribal names to the modern equivalents. These translations are generally accepted by several or more credible biblical historians with a disagreement as noted–
Tents of Edom—Palestinians and Southern Jordanians
Moab—Palestinians and Central Jordanians
Hagrites—Egyptians (some disagree that these are Egyptians, descendants of Hagar the Egyptian, but more properly southern Sinai & Saudi Arabs joined with Ishmaelites. My opinion FWIW is they are Egyptians)
Gebal—Hezbollah and Northern Lebanese
Ammon—Palestinians and Northern Jordanians
Amalek—Arabs of the Sinai
Philistia—Hamas of the Gaza Strip
Tyre—Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese
Assyria—Syria and Northern Iraqis
Richard Ritenbaugh wrote in Forerunner Commentary about the tribes in the prophecy:
“Nevertheless, all of these different peoples—Edom, Ishmael, Amalek, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, Tyre, and Assyria—are among the major players in the Middle East today. These are peoples from whom the Jihadists and the Islamic fundamentalists hail, making up what is known as the “Arab” or “Muslim world.” Today, these people inhabit the nations of Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, etc., and the pseudo-nation of Palestine.”
When Israel is successful in a military campaign, they always accumulate land. It is thought that with the prophecies of the last days battles (Isaiah 17, Isaiah 19, Psalm 83 etc), when Israel is spoken of that they are dwelling securely in the midst of a large land, and that since Gog and Magog come after Israel for a spoil, (Ezekiel 38:11-12) that it is the land and all its oil that Israel has re-accumulated in the aforementioned successful battles sparks the fury of the Gog-Magog coalition as described in Ezekiel 38.
As for Jordan, something will happen that allows the remnant to flee to Jordan’s Petra and be protected throughout the latter half of the Tribulation. And something else has to happen also- because Daniel 11:41 records that Jordan will not be overcome by the antichrist- the only nation to withstand his onslaught.
The chronologies of how the battles will go are just interpretations and no one knows for sure how or when the events will occur in real time on the ground which renders Jordan at once surrendered to Israel and at the same time able to withstand the antichrist which overcomes Israel. The only logical explanation is that God directly puts His hand around the remnant in Petra and keeps the antichrist away. How amazing that though Jordan will become a waste, He clears the ancient enemy from their land to make way to shelter His people!
Jordan figures prominently in last days wars, prophecies, and is used by God to execute His will. Keep your eyes on Jordan, even as you keep looking up!