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Elections in the Islamic nations throughout the Middle East have failed to make these nations democracies, but instead they have developed political Islam. This phrase needs to be defined so I ask my broadcast partner in Washington, D.C. Ken Timmerman to define political Islam for us.
Ken Timmerman: Political Islam is what was ruling in Egypt, it is what is currently ruling in both Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is what nominally is ruling in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and a number of other countries where the leadership has adopted shariah law as their constitution, essentially claims to be ruling as the substitutes on earth for Mohammad and the prophets of Islam. Islam is not a religion as Christianity is a religion or Judaism is a religion. It is an entire way of life. Muslims who are into shariah law who really believe in applying it know that shariah law governs all aspects of society from government, politics, our social settings, family life, inheritance, school, education, investment, the economy, you name it.
Islam covers everything and that is the problem, that is political Islam. Christianity gives us a moral system, Judaism gives us a moral system and a spiritual guide but does not claim to govern all our activities at least through direct rules, to make governing rules for all of our social and political activities, that is what political Islam does. I can remember a conversation I had with Natan Sharansky. Sharansky told me what he told the president. He said elections do not make a democracy. It is a culture of democracy. Elections are the last piece of the puzzle towards democracy from a tyranny and now in Egypt and in Hamas in the Gaza Strip, elections do not a democracy make.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
Political Islam is a precursor to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
The word Islam is not used any place in the Bible, however the nations that align themselves against the nation of Israel are Islamic in their religion. Islam wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth that her name be forgotten forever, Psalm 83:4. Islamic nations will indeed align themselves to try to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11:40-43.
Political Islam is today setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled tomorrow.