Since the Arab Spring, civil unrest has continued in Libya. This past weekend, “air strikes on militia positions around Tripoli’s international airport were reportedly carried out by Emirati fighter jets using bases in Egypt. The Egyptian authorities have denied involvement, and there has been no direct comment from the UAE” (BBC, August 26, 2014). “The BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli says the Misrata alliance is now effectively in control of the capital because their rivals have withdrawn from the city. She says that life has largely come to a standstill, with many business and offices closed, while many residents are afraid. Hundreds of people have died during more than a month of fighting which has left the airport in ruins” (ibid.). As U.S. influence declines in the region, the air strikes were made without informing the Americans (ibid.).
The continued turmoil in Libya suggests the need for a strong leader to establish order and peace in the region. Bible prophecy reveals that a “king of the South” (south of Jerusalem) will arise at the end of the age and bring some uniting and temporary stability to the region (see Daniel 11:40-43). However, true peace in this conflicted region will not come until Jesus Christ returns and establishes His throne in Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-4; 9:6-7).
For more on this important subject, read our article, “An Islamic Wind?”