SYRIA - Will There Be Peace?

Arno Froese

Several hundred volunteers from North Africa and the Middle East have fought beside the Syrian army since May 2013 as part of the Arab Nationalist Guard (ANG). The exact numbers are undisclosed, but the fighters’ spokesman in Aleppo said in February 2017 that 150 Arab Nationalist ‘martyrs’ had been killed in four years.

For all their differences, ANG members and the tens of thousands of foreigners fighting in Syria and Iraq for ISIS and other jihadist groups are all young, strongly influenced by ideology and want to abolish national borders that resulted from the territorial divisions of the 1920s. Each side is pursuing a rival utopia: rather than a new Islamic society, the ANG is promoting (according to its official slogan) ‘resistance, Arab unity and socialism.’

There are clear links between the ANG and the Arab Nationalist Youth (ANY), which was set up in the early 1990s. ANY has branches throughout the Arab world but no official headquarters; it organizes annual youth camps, the most recent in Morocco last August.

The ANY draws on an intellectual tradition with direct links to the 1950s and 60s, inspired by the experiences of socialism, and developmentalism by strong state control providing a basis for economic and industrial development., 11 January 2018

Arno's commentary

Although politics change quickly, and often overnight, at this point in time, Syria is deeply mired in a yet unfinished civil war. Russia—assisting the Assad regime—seems to have the upper hand. That would mean the ANG and the ANY will not attain their dream of creating a borderless, Arabian Islamic kingdom.

What’s behind it all? It is the prince of darkness, who loves destruction. Yet, unity cannot be attained by weapons of war; thus, in the end he will change his technique, creating some kind of peace for the Arab world, which may even include Israel.

We do know that the prince of darkness is the deceiver of the entire world. Actually, that has already taken place way back in the Garden of Eden. The aim is to bring about an imitation of the real peace, which only Jesus can give. The god of this world and his Antichrist will in the end have the upper hand, although only for a short time.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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