This article discusses what effect the Muslim holy month of Ramadan might have on the ‘Arab Spring’, the current set of protests and violence in various Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa. It is not clear if Ramadan will make fighting more difficult for the rebels, since they might be fasting during all daylight hours. But since persons gather at Mosques during that month, it may also spur more protests. Ramadan begins about August 1st (upon the observation of the new crescent moon).
My view is that this upheaval in the Middle East, called the Arab Spring, is probably the prelude to the first affliction of the tribulation, World War III (the first Seal of the Seven Seals). There has long been a prophesy in the Church that the Muslims would conquer Europe in one war, and that the great Catholic monarch would free Europe in a subsequent war. Once extremists take power in all those nations, they would be in position to be able to launch a major world war.
If the Arab Spring results in extremists coming to power in all of those Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa, and if they are then united as one group of nations by the leader of Iran and the leader of Iraq, then World War 3 and the tribulation will be imminent, at the very threshold. This may happen rather suddenly. Once one nation is taken over by extremists, that nation can use its resources to assist extremists in coming to power in other nations. There will then be a type of domino effect, so that if one falls, the others fall next, in quick succession.
I also wonder whether the U.S. debt crisis, which has a deadline of August 2nd, will play into this set of events.
In any case, I am certain that the tribulation will begin during this generation, in the very near future, if not this year (2011). We are also moving quickly toward the great apostasy. In fact, most persons who call themselves Catholic are in a state of material heresy, if not formal heresy. Many Catholics have already apostatized, in their hearts, away from the true Faith. And the great apostasy is one of the hallmarks of the tribulation.