Saturday, March 13, 2010

Will the King of the South Be Secular or Religious?

Interestingly in GTA's 1963 article mentioned in the last entry he speculates that the United Arab Republic (Egypt from 1958-71) would expand, and it was a generally secular state. This is quite different from modern COG portrayals of the future King of the South, which often assume that it will be some sort of theocratic Caliphate. That is how LCG's Meredith portrays it in his booklet, Fourteen Signs of Christ's Return.
5. The Rise of an Aggressive, Fundamentalist Islamic Power

Islamic fundamentalist insurgencies, funded by rogue states and terrorist organizations, are trying to destabilize the moderate, Western-leaning, secular regimes currently in power, and are seeking to replace them with a unified, resuscitated Islamic caliphate (empire)—the prophesied "king of the South." The final leader over these reinvigorated Muslim nations will be a tremendously powerful religio-political false Messiah or "Mahdi" who will draw his power from a confederation of those nations.

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