Gen. 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly, twelve princes he shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
Ishmael, of course, is the father of the Arab people, and is recognized by Islam as such. The Arab Middle East seems to consist of 12 countries: Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain. Egypt is largely North Africa geographically speaking.
Could Genesis 17:20 have been fulfilled in this manner?
Next issue. Did the book of Genesis predict international terrorism in the modern era?
Gen. 16:12 And he [Ishmael] will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
Jihadwatch.com indicates that there's 15,608 jihad terrorism attacks around the world since 9/11.
Now, let's look at Genesis 9:25,
Gen. 9:25 And he [Noah] said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
"This certainly points at the victories in after-times obtained by Israel over the Canaanites, by which they were put to the sword, or brought to pay tribute. The whole continent of Africa was peopled mostly by the descendants of Ham; and for how many ages have the better parts of that country lain under the dominion of the Romans, then of the Saracens, and now of the Turks!
In what wickedness, ignorance, barbarity, slavery, and misery most of the inhabitants live! And of the poor negroes, how many every year are sold and bought, like beasts in the market, and conveyed from one quarter of the world to do the work of beasts in another! But this in no way excuses the covetousness and barbarity of those who enrich themselves with the product of their sweat and blood. God has not commanded us to enslave negroes; and, without doubt, he will severely punish all such cruel wrongs."
(Oh and for the record, if a wise guy is going to come on here and call me or the Bible racist, I'm going to automatically delete the comment without notice. I have no need for kissing anyone's butts to show that there's no racism here.)
In terms of prophecy, the Bible is just getting started.