The Arab Spring, World War 3, and the Tribulation

Now that rebels have captured Tripoli, Libya, the ‘Arab Spring’ is looking more like the upheaval in the Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa that I have been writing about in my eschatology for some time. When Mubarak was removed from power in Egypt earlier this year, a military council took control. Egypt is not yet ruled by extremists (at least not of the type that I’ve been describing). However, there are reports that this new Egyptian government has been working with the Libyan rebels. And there are extremists among the rebels. It’s been widely reported that the Muslim brotherhood and other extremists are part of the rebellion in Libya.

The military council in Egypt has a certain stability. But the ‘rebel alliance’ (as its being called by the media) in Libya is a mix of many different groups, with diverse and conflicting goals. It can’t hold together. So I expect that the more extreme factions among the rebels will use violence, and take control of Libya. But I’m not certain how long that will take. The upheaval is unfolding more slowly than I had thought.

The extent to which NATO helped the rebels in Libya is very disturbing. They few over 17,000 air missions. NATO seems to assume that the new government will set up a peaceful democracy. What is more likely is that the diverse groups comprising the current makeshift government of the rebels will break down, fight among themselves and bring extremists to power. And NATO, especially the U.S., will have been a large part of the process that brought them to power.

But it gets worse. I believe that once extremists start to take control of these nations, the other nations will fall more quickly, being assaulted from without and within. Then they will form one loose-knit group of nations, led by Iran and Iraq (i.e. whichever extremist leader ends up in control of each of those nations). Next, they will undertake World War 3, and conquer Europe — and this event, World War 3, is the first affliction of the tribulation.

[Revelation 6]
{6:1} And I saw that the Lamb had opened one of the seven seals. And I heard one of the four living creatures saying, in a voice like thunder: “Draw near and see.”
{6:2} And I saw, and behold, a white horse. And he who was sitting upon it was holding a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering, so that he might prevail.

World War 3 is the First Seal of the Seven Seals, and the first horseman of the apocalypse.

It should be obvious that another world war is in the making. Nazi terrorism (bombings, etc.) preceded World War 2. Muslim extremist terrorism precedes World War 3. There is deep divide between the Arab/Muslim nations and the western Christian nations in culture, society, politics, and religion. This type of division and conflict between two groups of nations is the foundation of war.

The Muslim fundamentalist position that all non-Muslims (and apparently also all moderate Muslims) must convert to an extremist version of Islam or be killed cannot end, except in war. You cannot use diplomacy or ecumenism or negotiation or compromise or reason with persons who insist that you convert to their way of thinking or die. War is inevitable. And we are now on its threshold.

A disturbing but clear indication that Iran is close to making a nuclear bomb has occurred: Iran has begun to transfer its uranium centrifuges to the Fordo nuclear power plant site, which is built into the side of a mountain south of Tehran. Why does a uranium enrichment facility need to be built into the side of a mountain? So that it can withstand bombing attacks. This type of security would not be needed if the centrifuges and purified uranium were for peaceful purposes.

This move indicates that Iran is nearly ready to start making bombs. They kept the centrifuges in the open, vulnerable to bombing attacks for a long time. Why the change? because once they start building the bombs, they will need to test them, just as other nations have done (e.g. North Korea). And once they start building and testing, the world will know that they are not using uranium for peaceful purposes. So the likelihood of a bombing attack by Israel increases greatly.

Not only is it clear that World War 3 is drawing near, but it should also be clear that some nuclear weapons will be used against us in the war. Iran is not the type of nation that shows restraint, or that considers the morality of its goals and actions. They are building a nuclear bomb so that they can use it.

As I have been saying for many years in my eschatology books, World War 3 will include the use of at least two nuclear weapons: one against New York City, and one against Rome and Vatican City. I have said and still think that the nuclear attack on NYC will be what begins World War 3. More in my eschatology books.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Biblical scholar

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