In view of the escalating crisis in the Middle East including Libya, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen, these insights, spoken by Derek Prince over two decades ago, may provide excellent guidelines for prayer regarding the Middle East. Once again, we are grateful that these excerpts from Derek’s timeless sharing have amazing pertinence to present situations. Though Derek was speaking here in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the observations he makes are very relevant to the current situation in Egypt and other Middle Eastern nations. Some of Derek’s comments have been edited to bring them up to date in light of current events. We trust they will be helpful to you.
This is personal Update number 60. I’m recording it here in our studio in our offce in Fort Lauderdale. It’s being recorded for November 1990. This Update will contain quite a number of different and exciting topics. We will give you an update on our view of what is happening in the Middle East.
To begin, then, with the Middle East. I suppose everybody will agree that the central focus of world news today is on the Middle East. This is very significant. It represents a total change that has taken place in the last 4, or 5, or 6 decades.
Growing up in Britain between the two World Wars, I remember that one could read the newspapers every day for a week and there would be no mention of any Middle East country, no mention of the names of countries named in the Bible. But today that has totally changed. And as I have said, the focus of world news and attention is on the Middle East.
This in itself is extremely signifcant. It agrees with the picture of the period at the close of this age given in the Scripture where the focus is again on the Middle East, on Europe, and on the Mediterranean area. So, this shift of world focus is one of the ways God is saying to us, “We’re very close to the climax of the age.”
It has a prophetic signifcance, too. In Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar had a vision of a great image which he could not understand. He couldn’t even remember it, but Daniel not only reminded him of his vision but also gave him the interpretation of it. In the vision, Nebuchadnezzar saw a large, impressive image with a head of gold, shoulders and chest of silver, belly and thighs of brass, and legs of iron. And at the bottom of the iron legs were feet that were partly iron and partly clay.
Daniel interpreted this for Nebuchadnezzar as a picture of certain world empires. The head of gold was Babylon; the shoulders and chest of silver were the Medo-Persian Empire; then the belly and the thighs of brass represented Alexander’s conquest and the Greek Empire; and the legs of iron represented the Roman Empire. According to that prophecy, there was to be a division of that fourth stage, the Roman Empire, which did historically take place. The Roman Empire was divided with two capitals: the western capital in Rome and the eastern capital in Byzantium or Constantinople. So we have this picture of the two legs of the image—the western one centered in Rome and the eastern one centered in Byzantium or Constantinople.
Then, there were at the bottom of the image the feet with ten toes. Many interpreters of prophecy have correlated these ten toes with the ten kingdoms that were to be dominated by the Antichrist depicted in Revelation chapter 13. And, of course, people are now saying that the European Common Market (or whatever is emerging in Europe) [now known as the European Union] could be the ten toes. But I find that unconvincing, because all of those are on the side of the western leg; none of them are on the side of the eastern leg. Logically, if a person has ten toes, five will be on one leg and five on the other leg. So the indication is that whatever is emerging will ultimately include the territory both of the western Roman Empire and of the eastern Roman Empire, which is essentially a major part of what we call the Middle East. And I believe that is going to emerge, so that the European confederation (or whatever emerges there) is just a kind of first step in that direction. But it is not a fulfillment of it.
Dave Potter, 04/04/2011