King of the South
Daniel 11's prophecy, though they had a shadow of a fulfillment in the 2nd century before Christ, is certainly one whose primary focus is on the time of the end just ahead of us. This chapter discusses both a prophetic king who is north of Israel and one who is south. The final manifestation of the north king will highly likely be a confederation or union of European powers led by one of their own. The southern king, just before the return of Christian, is almost certainly a confederation of powerful entities that will be Islamic based.
Some are concerned about a resurgence fundamentalism in Islam. The Shiite are a sect of Islam that came into being due to a split between one of Mohammed's son-in-laws and the ruling powers of his day. Shi'ism is ruled by an Imam who is believed to be without error and a manifestation of God. He is the only one who is able to reveal the Koran's real meanings. Many of those who practice this form of Islam have a Persian heritage. The vast majority of those in Iran are Shiite Moslems. The movement is also gaining ground in other locations.
To Moslems, Islam is a very real and influential power on the world scene that is focused on governing right now. The belief in Jihad or holy war is still very much alive.
The Sunni's, considered a somewhat moderate sect of Islam, dominates Saudi Arabia. The definition of moderate, however, is one where those who commit adultery are stoned to death and those caught stealing lose their hands.
King of the North
Based on the prophecies of Daniel the 11th chapter, the King which is North of Israel will enter Palestine. Those who will escape include Moab, Edom and Ammon but those who do not include Egypt. Saudi Arabia will not escape either since their wealth of oil is critical to any European-based power since Europe most import almost all its oil to fuel its economy.
The Middle East is a powder keg of religion, money, ego and an abundance of natural resources like oil that is set to blow at any time.
A spark in the world of Islam could set off a world war. Countries around the world who still depend on oil for their economies would likely act if they witnessed a united Europe invade the Middle East in order to have their resources.
The people of Islam are prophetically destined to effect our lives in a most profound way. Our failure to understand the signs of the times will reap, if we do nothing, a whirlwind of disaster. Islam's sword has never remained in its sheath for very long.