A firestorm is spreading throughout the Arab world. It ignited when a 26 year old university graduate could not find steady employment and had to resort to selling produce in the streets to earn money for his family. The authorities seized his fruits and vegetables robbing him of his livelihood and dignity. In protest the merchant set himself on fire and later died. One news commentator stated, “this was a ‘let them eat cake’ moment.”
This certainly was the spark that set in motion the fall of Tunisia’s oppressive regime, and the fire has rapidly spread to Egypt and Yemen. Many Arab countries are taking a neutral stand, because they see these revolts as a “good thing.” However, it could also be the opportunity Islamic radicals have been hoping for. Yemen, where they already have a strong al-Qa’ida presence, is especially vulnerable. What will this mean for the world? At a minimum, it is causing great distress among the nations. Israel is in an especially precarious position, to be sure. But all of these conditions are the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.