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The Arab World in Prophecy

They will trigger the End of this Age

The basic truth of this article written long ago (I have no date
on the copy I have) is still very relevant for today - Keith Hunt


by Keith W. Stump

     The Arab peoples are destined to play a significant role in
the development of future world events. They will be at the very
center of a series of crises which will plunge the Middle East
into a major war - ultimately drawing in all the nations of the

What is an Arab?

     But first - just what is an Arab? This question has plagued
scholars for centuries. Peoples of many different ethnic groups,
often exhibiting widely differing physical characteristics,
consider themselves or are considered by others to be "Arabs."
Experts place the number of "Arabs" in the world today at well
over 100,000.000.
     The Arabic term "al-Arab" originally referred only to the
wandering Bedouins (Badawis) of the Arabian Desert. The Bedouins
consider themselves to be the original Arabs and the only true
Arabs remaining today. Scattered from Morocco to Iran - but
concentrated in the Arabian Peninsula - the Bedouins maintain a
lifestyle which has changed little since the time of the Old
     But the meaning of the term "Arab" has changed over the
centuries. During the Moslem military conquests of the seventh
and eighth centuries A.D., widespread Bedouin intermarriage with
the indigenous peoples of conquered North Africa and other areas
of the Middle East served to blur earlier ethnic distinctions.
     To this day, no standard or "official" definition of an Arab
has yet been agreed upon, or is likely to be. The best criterion
of who is an Arab is probably language. Therefore many use the
term "Arabic-speaking peoples" instead of "Arabs" to designate a
linguistic group composed of many diverse peoples.

Where Did the Arabs Come From?

     Nations are merely families grown big. In general, the Arab
peoples are descended from one man - Ishmael (called "Ismail" by
Arabs), the son of the biblical patriarch Abraham (or Ibrahim).
The Arabs themselves acknowledge this. the story found in the
book of Genesis, beginning in chapter 16.
     Abraham's wife Sarah was unable to have children. Sarah
suggested that Abraham take Hagar the Egyptian, her handmaid, and
obtain an heir by her. Abraham agreed, and Hagar conceived a
     As could be expected, friction soon developed between Sarah
and Hagar. Sarah began to treat Hagar harshly. When she could
take it no longer, Hagar fled into the desert. There an angel
appeared to her, telling her to return to Sarah. The angel
declared: "Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and
shalt call his name Ishmael [meaning 'God will hear']: because
the Lord hath heard thy affliction" (Genesis 16:11). The angel
also revealed that her progeny would be multiplied exceedingly,
that it would "not be numbered for multitude." So Hagar returned
and soon afterwards presented Abraham with a son.
     Thirteen years passed. God then appeared to Abraham and
announced that Sarah - then age 90 would soon bear Abraham a son!
Abraham was incredulous. Moreover, he had grown to love Ishmael
greatly and desired that he be his heir and receive the
birthright blessings. "O that Ishmael might live before thee!"
Abraham entreated God.
     But God replied: "Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son
indeed; and thou shall call his name Isaac: and I will establish
my covenant with him..." (Genesis 17:19). But God understood
Abraham's concern for Ishmael's future, and assured him: "And as
for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and
will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve
princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation"
(verse 20).
     After the birth of Isaac, Hagar and Ishmael were cast forth
into the desert at the insistence of Sarah. There God
miraculously preserved them and re-affirmed His promise to make
of Ishmael a great nation (Genesis 21:18). "And God was with the
lad," the account continues, "and he grew and dwelt in the
wilderness, and became an archer. And he dwelt in the wilderness
of Paean (the modern Negev Desert]: and his mother look him a
wife out of the land of Egypt" (verses 20-21). One or two
additional wives were later added.
     As God had prophesied, Ishmael became the father of 12 sons,
whose names are recorded in Genesis 25:13-16: Nebajoth, Kedar,
Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish
and Kedemah. Ishmael also had one daughter, called Mahalath or
Bashemath (Genesis 28:9; 36:3), who married Esau, the son of the
patriarch Isaac.

A Great Nation

     Ishmael died at the age of 137 (Genesis 25:17). As God had
promised, his twelve sons grew into a "great nation" - today
numbering scores of millions!
     The specific genealogies of each of the modern-day Arab
tribes, sub-tribes, families and clans are virtually impossible
to trace back in every case to their ultimate biblical origins.
     But some of the major lines of descent are known. For
example: From Ishmael's son Kedar (Cadre in Arabic) - dated
approximately 1840 B.C. - can be traced a line of descent to
Adrian (or Caisse)-122 B.C. - and from him (I generations further
on) to Mohammed (A.D.570-632) of the Caroche tribe, the founder
and prophet of the Islamic faith.

     Though Ishmael is considered to have been the progenitor of
the majority of the Arab world, there are indications of some
intermingling of Ishmaelites with other related peoples -
specifically the Joktanites and Keturahites.
     Joktan (called Qahtan or Kahtan by the Arabs) was the son of
the patriarch Eber (Genesis 10:25), who lived many generations
before Abraham and Ishmael. This Joktan whom authorities consider
to have been the ultimate father of all southern Arabs - had 13
sons, named in Genesis 10:26-29. One of them, Jerah (Yarab to the
Arabs), is believed to have founded the kingdom of Yemen in the
southern part of the Arabian Peninsula. some authorities believe
his name was the origin of the word "Arab," the meaning of which
is thought to be "arid."
     Yarab's brother Hadoram ("Jorham" to the Arabs) is believed
to have founded the Hejaz, an important kingdom along the western
coast of Arabia, containing the cities of Mecca and Medina.
According to Arab history, the daughter of Modad, a descendant of
this Jorham, became one of the wives of Ishmael. It is from that
union that Ishmael's illustrious son Kedar is said to have come.
     Another of Joktan's sons, Hazarmaveth, is claimed by the
present day tribesmen of the Hadhramaut (a region in the southern
part of the Arabian Peninsula) as their ancestor.
     The other line with which the Ishmaelites are said to have
intermarried is that of the Keturahites. The Keturahites were
descendants of Keturah, whom Abraham married after the death of
Sarah. Abraham and Keturah had six sons (Genesis 25:2), whose
progeny, like that of Joktan, gradually became incorporated into
the house of Ishmael.

     Thus, after making due allowance for mixture with Joktanites
and Keturahites, the Arabs may be regarded as essentially an
Ishmaelite race.

     In Bible usage, the name Kedar is often employed as the
collective name of all the nomadic Arab tribes generally, as
Kedar apparently had been the largest and most conspicuous of all
the Ishmaelite tribes. The tribe's importance can be inferred
from the mention of the rich "princes of Kedar" in Ezekiel 27:21
and elsewhere.
     The prophet Isaiah, in his "burden (or denunciation) upon
Arabia" (Isaiah 21:13-17) prophesied the demise of the "glory of
Kedar" - a reference to the invasion of Arabia by Sargon in 716
B.C., during the wars between Egypt and Assyria. The glory of
Kedar did fail, and the Arabs slipped for many centuries into

The Conquests or Islam

     Through the period of the Medo-Persian kingdom and on into
Roman times, the Arab tribes lived in semi-isolation from the
rest of the world, breeding camels, goats and sheep in the
deserts of the Arabian Peninsula. Their principal interest
appears to have been fighting wars among themselves - an activity
designed not so much with the intent of eradicating or enslaving
rival tribes but rather to break the wearisome monotony of
watching animals graze in the vast emptiness of the desert.
     When it came to religion, the Arabs were idol worshippers.
The great temple of Mecca - overseen by the influential Korceish
tribe - was said to have contained 365 idols.
     Ironically, it was from the Caroche tribe that Mohammed
arose early in the 7th century A.D. - six centuries after Christ.
He succeeded in abolishing the idolatry long prevalent in Arabia
and bringing his fellow Arabs a new faith, Islam ("Submission to
God"), based on belief in one god, Allah. Moreover, Mohammed's
 teachings forged the divided Arab tribes into a socially and
culturally united people. Islam provided them for the first time
with a powerful unifying force, making it possible for them to
aspire to greatness as a nation.

     A little history will be useful here to show how the stage
has been set over the centuries for the prophetic events which
lie just ahead.

     Following Mohammed's death in 632, the leadership of the
Moslem nation passed to a succession of "caliphs" ("successors"),
ruling initially from Medina. They completed the unification of
the Arabian Peninsula and began to push outward, eventually
bringing the entirety of the Middle East under their rule.
     In the early 7th century, the Near and Middle East were
divided between two great rival powers: the Eastern Roman
(Byzantine) Empire (called "Rum" by the Arabs) centered at
Constantinople, and the Sassanid Empire of Persia. These two
adversaries had exhausted each other by long and destructive
wars, and thus were "sitting ducks" for the vigorous new Islamic
power sweeping out of Arabia.
     To the frenzied cries of "Allah Akbar"! ("God is Great!"),
camel-mounted Arab tribesmen swept with lightning speed into
neighboring territories, taking Syria in 635, Iraq in 637,
Palestine in 640, Egypt and Persia in 641. Jerusalem was taken in
638. Not since the days of Alexander the Great had such swift and
far-reaching conquests been seen. "The Believers smote and
slaughtered till the going down of the sun," recorded one
contemporary Arab historian, "and the fear of the Arabs fell upon
all kings."
     The supreme office of "caliph," originally elective, soon
was made hereditary - first in the Omayyad family (from A.D.661
to 750) and then in the Abbasid family (750 to 1258). The Omayyad
dynasty, ruling from Damascus, was responsible for the conquest
of the remainder of North Africa and most of the Iberian
Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). In the East, Omayyad armies swept
over Central Asia toward India and China. 

**In less than 100 years, the Omayyads had built an empire larger
than that of Rome at its height.** Millions were added into the
fold of the Moslem faith.

     It was the great Omayyad caliph Abdul Malik, incidentally,
who constructed the great Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem in
691-692 on Mount Moriah, the former site of the illustrious
Temple of Solomon.
     The Abbasid dynasty, ruling from Baghdad, consisted of 37
caliphs, among them the famous Harm al-Rashid (786-809) of
"Arabian Nights" fame. The first two or three centuries of
Abbasid rule marked the "Golden Age of Islamic culture and
literature." While Europe lay engulfed by the "Dark Ages," the
Arabs kept the torch of knowledge burning throughout their
far-flung domains.

Increasingly, however, the Abbasid caliphs grew soft, succumbing
to the ease of sedentary palace life and losing their martial
vigor. Internal weaknesses resulted in a gradual breakdown of the
political solidarity of the Moslem Empire and its disintegration
into autonomous or semi-autonomous states. Eventually Baghdad
itself was conquered by invaders, and the Abbasid caliphs became
mere figure-head or "puppet" rulers.
     In addition, the Islamic faith itself became split and
fragmented into dozens of sects, sub-sects and offshoots, as it
remains to this day. In fact, modern Islam is as divided as
modern Christianity!

War and Independence

     Early in the 16th century, the majority of Arab lands came
under the sway of the Ottoman Turks, ruling from Istanbul. For
the following four centuries there was no independent Arab state.
The Arabs bristled under the corrupt and despotic rule of the

     During World War 1 the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) sided with
the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary against
Britain. An opportunity thus presented itself to Britain. The
British believed that a rebellion of Arabs against their Turkish
overlords would enable britain, while fighting Germany,
simultaneously to defeat Germany's ally Turkey. Britain
consequently encouraged and gave assistance to a rebellion of the
Arab tribes.
     The rebellion was proclaimed in June 1916 by Hussein ibn
Ali, the illustrious Sherif of Mecca (a descendant of Mohammed)
and self-proclaimed "King of the Arabs." In exchange for his
revolt against the Turks, Hussein received a promise from Britain
to recognize the independence of the Arab countries after the
     Assisted by the legendary T.E.Lawrence ("Lawrence of
Arabia") in the field, the "Revolt in the Desert" was successful.
With Turkey's defeat, Ottoman rule in Arab lands came to an end.
But the free and united Middle Eastern Arab empire promised by
Britain did not materialize. The majority of Arab lands were
instead given to Britain and France to rule as mandates. The
Arabs felt betrayed, claiming Britain had duped them, had made
false promises and had shown bad faith. After centuries of
Ottoman rule, they were now to be ruled by Europeans!
     Eventually, however, various independent Arab states did at
last emerge. Iraq became independent in 1932; Syria and Lebanon
in 1941; Transjordan in 1946; Egypt in 1951. In Arabia, King Ibn
Saud of Nejd (central Arabia) succeeded in conquering the Hejaz
in 1925, and in 1932 - after uniting other areas under his
control - formed the soon-to-be oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
     Calls soon began to issue forth from various quarters for
these newly independent Arab states to unite into one giant Arab
Nation. Many Arabs began to look back with a sort of nostalgia to
the first few centuries after Mohammed, when Islam was
politically united as a single world empire, extending from the
Atlantic Ocean to the Indus River. Why not, they asked, seek to
re-create the political and theological unity of the early
Islamic caliphate - beginning with the unification of the Arab
world? The possibilities would be tremendous, they suggested.

Elusive Dream

     This idea (called "Pan-Arabism") of a single united Arab
Nation with one flag and one capital was not new. Throughout the
centuries, the goal of a single political entity embracing all
Arabic-speaking peoples has been a widely held dream among Arabs.
But it has proved to be as elusive as the mirages of the desert.
Indeed, the pages of Arab history brim with stories of tribal
feuds, national conflicts and personal rivalry among Arab

     The common historical origin, common faith, language and
culture of the Arab peoples - factors that would seem at first
glance to provide an excellent basis for Arab solidarity - prove
to be a mere facade of unity. In actuality, the Arab peoples are
deeply divided by often fierce political, ideological, economic,
theological and territorial rivalries. Though the desire for
unity is strongly felt, there are wide and almost irreconcilable
differences among Arab nations over the manner in which that goal
is to be achieved.

     Even more hopeless has been the centuries-old quest for the
wider-scope ideal of Islamic unity. Multiple millions of
non-Arabic-speaking peoples also follow the Moslem faith,
including those of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey,
Indonesia, and parts of India and Africa. **In fact, one person
in six in the world today is a Moslem.** The concept of the unity
of the entire Islamic world - both Arab and non-Arab - is called
"Pan-Islam." Though all Moslems recognize the tremendous
possibilities that might be realized through greater cooperation,
such ideals often clash with the pragmatic interests of
individual Moslem nations. Like the lesser-scope concept of
Pan-Arabism, Pan-Islam's chances for success - in the estimation
of most observers are small.

Religious upheaval

     What hope remains, then? Will the long-sought unity of the
Arab and Moslem worlds ever be realized? If so, most observers
feel, it will probably have to come through swift and possibly
violent change - in the wake of tumultuous political or religious

     The Moslem world today is ripe for something new. After
centuries of divisive religious and political infighting and
frustrated ambitions, Moslem sentiments are coming to a head.
Moslems are ready for a new concept to provide the catalyst
toward realizing their long-thwarted dreams. They want to again
become a powerful force in world affairs, in a role befitting
their size and glorious past.
     Increasing numbers of Moslems - Arab and non-Arab alike -
believe it is time for a rekindling of the fires of their faith,
time for a wide-scale religious and spiritual revival in the face
of growing secularization, materialism and Westernization
(witness recent events in Iran, for example). From Morocco to
Indonesia, "back-to-the-Koran" sentiments are growing, along with
calls for a united, fundamentalist Islam.
     The lacking vital ingredient is leadership. "There have been
many attempts at a pan-Islamic policy, none of which has made
much progress," observes Bernard Lewis, a British scholar of the
Middle East. "One reason for this lack of success is that those
who have made the attempt have been so unconvincing.
This still leaves the possibility of a more convincing
leadership, and there is ample evidence in virtually all Muslim
countries of the deep yearning for such a leadership and a
readiness to respond to it."

     Moslems in general and Arabs in particular have historically
responded like no other people to the charismatic personality.
Since the founding of Islam, men have periodically arisen in
various parts of the Moslem world claiming to be the long-awaited
Mabdi, the expected end-time messiah who is to cleanse and
restore the Islamic faith to its original purity, unify the
Moslem world and usher in a seven-year golden age just before the
end of the world.

     Many of these individuals - often men of considerable
eloquence and extraordinary personal magnetism gathered great
armies and attempted to unify the Moslem world by religious wars.
Some gained thrones; others - the majority - died bloody deaths
on the field of battle. But none were to be ignored.
     One of the most recent Mahdis was Mohammed Ahmed. the
"Sudanese Mahdi," who united numerous tribes against British and
Egyptian control of the Sudan and succeeded in capturing the
strategic Nile city of Khartoum from General Charles George
Gordon in 1885. His goal of a single united Moslem nation,
however went unfulfilled.

A Thing of the Past?

     Nearly a century has passed since the Sudanese Mahdi's
victory at Khartoum. To many observers, militant Mahdism is a
thing of the past. A major flare-up of radical messianism is
deemed unlikely - by some, even impossible. But is it really?
The expectation of a coming Mahdi (in Arabic, "the divinely
guided one") is prevalent among virtually all Moslem sects,
though they often differ in the specifics of the concept. Moslems
today yearn for a guide, a teacher, a deliverer - one who
embodies their innermost hopes and dreams, who will breathe new
life into Islam, give new direction, and set about healing the
schisms which divide the Moslem world.

     There has always been magic in the name "Mahdi." Were a
revolutionary new religious figure to suddenly appear in the
Moslem world - a dynamic, charismatic leader who could capture
the imagination of Moslems everywhere and effectively capitalize
on their hunger for greatness - the Middle East picture could be
transformed overnight!

     The appearance of a 20th century Mahdi - as fantastic as the
prospect might appear to Western minds cannot be quickly
dismissed. In Islam, politics and religion are inextricably
mixed. There is a close relationship between the spiritual and
civil power.
     Islam waits to be united. The role of Mahdi - the Great
Unifier of Islam - awaits a player. Mahdis have marched in their
dozens and scores through the pages of Moslem history. There is
no reason to believe the days of Mahdism are past. Indeed,
circumstances in the Moslem world appear riper than ever for a
Mahdist flare-up. Even now a Mahdi may be waiting in the wings
for the opportune moment.

Prophesied In the Bible?

     As the Bible so clearly demonstrates, it is God who makes
and unmakes nations. The prophet Daniel declared that God
"removes kings and sets up kings" (Daniel 2:21, RSV). And it is
God who declares "the end from the beginning, and from ancient
times the things that are not yet done" (Isaiah 46:10). God
reveals the future before it happens!

     The Bible is not silent about the Arab world. Among other
prophecies for the region, it strongly suggests the emergence or
a coming Arab-Moslem Confederation, possibly under the overall
leadership of one powerful individual!

     In chapter 11 of the book of Daniel is found the longest
prophecy in the Bible. The prelude is found in the tenth chapter.
There, the archangel Gabriel appears to Daniel: "Now I am come to
make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter
days, for yet the vision is for many days" (verse 14).

The prophecy of Daniel 11 details events - at that time, still
future - from the remaining days of the  Medo-Persian empire,
through the reign of Alexander the Great and his successors in
Syria and Egypt, and on through to the second coming of Christ!

The Time of the End

     Beginning in verse 40 we read of a conflict between two
great powers. "And at the time of the end shall the king of the
south push at him, and the king of the north shall come against
him like a whirlwind ...."

     This is an important "end-lime" prophecy. Following the
chronological progression of the chapter, it becomes apparent
that the phrase "king of the north" had at first referred to
Syria under the Seleucid dynasty, and later, in the New Testament
times, to the Emperor of the Roman Empire. Thus, in its final
end-time application, the "king of the north" is the prophesied
strong man who will lead a coming union of ten European nations -
the seventh and final revival of the ancient Roman Empire
prophesied by Daniel and in the book of Revelation (see
Revelation 17:12-13).

     But who is the "king of the south"? In the earlier portions
of Daniel 11, the phrase refers without question to ancient Egypt
under the rule of the Ptolemaic dynasty, later including Ethiopia
which was annexed to Egypt. But in verse 40 we skip to "the time
of the end" - this present century. The verse undoubtedly found
at least partial fulfilment in the offensive in 1896 of Emperor
Menelik II of Ethiopia ("king of the south") against the Italian
armies of King Humbert I ("king of the north") - and in the air,
land and sea invasion of Ethiopia 40 years later by Mussolini's

     But Mussolini did not finish the prophecy. He did not, for
example, enter into the "glorious land" or Palestine (verse 41).
Its greater fulfilment is yet fulure!

Just as there is yet to be a final "king of the north" - called
in Bible symbolism "the beast" - who will arise as super-dictator
over an end-time European confederation, there may very well
emerge in the same manner a final "king of the south" an overall
leader of an Arab-Moslem confederation, possibly even bearing the
very title "Mahdi!" And these two individuals will eventually
find themselves in a head-to-head confrontation - possibly over
oil - which will ultimately lead to devastating war in the Middle

Crisis In Palestine

     What does prophecy reveal, then, about the succession of
events in the Middle East in the coming months and years? And
what part will the Arab world play in them?
The Bible does not give an exact sequence of coming events. We
must watch world events to discover how and when the prophecies
will happen (Luke 21:36). But in piecing together prophecies
scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments, a general
picture becomes clear......

End of quote from Keith Stump's article


Some fascinating history of the Arab peoples.

As Keith Stump stated ONE IS SIX people on earth today claim
Islam as their religion! And the "fundamental" sect of Islam
fully believe they are to conquer the world, rule the world,
bring the world peace Islam style! Then we have ONE IN SIX people
on earth today who claim Roman Catholicism for their religion.
And the hard core lines of that religion (though kept quiet at
present) also believe they are to conquer the world, and bring
the world peace, Roman Catholic style!  

I have gone into some detail with the prophetic truth of Daniel
11 in the study called "Key to the Future" under the prophetic
studies on this Website.

Roman Catholicism and Islamism are one day, GOING TO CLASH!!

The King of the North in Daniel 11:40-45 is the last resurrection
of the Holy Roman Empire, being formed in Europe today. In time
it will be a WORLD POWER as like not seen for centuries.
Depending on the Lord's will, that could develop in the next 10
to 20 years, then again God may decide to give much longer for
that Roman Empire to emerge on the world scene as the final Great
BEAST power for the Woman Babylon Mystery religion to ride, as
given in the book of Revelation. "Time" with God is not the same
as time with humans. For us 50 years is a long time, with God it
is a millionth of the blinking of an eye.

The King of the South in Daniel 11 never really changes per se -
it is Egypt with her confederate Islam nations. Ezekiel chapters
30 to 32, give the rise and fall of Egypt and her Islamic
confederation of nations, as also told in Daniel 11:40-45. UNTIL
Egypt rises AGAIN to world prominence, and becomes the LEADING
nation IN AN ARAB ISLAM grouping of nations, to form the "King of
the South" - prophecy in one sense, stands still.

Egypt today (a few weeks away from 2008 as I write) is NOT a
nation "in the news" - she is a background nation on the world
scene at present. Hence, depending again on the Lord's will ...
Islam Arab world?

We just continue to WATCH as Jesus said we should.


What the King of the South will use to "push at" the King of the
North, is not told to us, in Daniel 11:40-45; but whatever it is,
the Roman Catholic Beast power of Europe, will finally say enough
is enough, and will sweep down with force of arms and do battle
with much of the Islam/Arab world. The mighty Holy Roman Empire
of the last days will WIN the fight, and she will MARCH INTO
PALESTINE AND JERUSALEM. She will surround the city of Jerusalem,
and will make it "desolate" and claim it for HERSELF! The man
"beast" and the "false prophet" of Revelation will establish
their head-quarters in the Holy City!

Then Jesus said will come a time of trouble on this earth, as

will commence. Most - MAJORITY part -  of the book of Revelation
will come to pass. ALL the book of EZEKIEL shall unfold. Jesus
said in Luke 21, that it would be the time that ALL THAT IS
WRITTEN will come to pass!

And in saying ALL, there is much indeed to expound in God's
prophetic books of the Old Testament, that lay out in some
details at times, what is yet to take place on this earth. I pray
the Father in heaven will give me the months, if not years, to
expound all of those books to you, so you, and those yet to come,




Keith Hunt

Entered on this Website December 2007

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