Prophetic analysis of the Middle East peace accords

Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain further solidified their political unity Tuesday by formalizing historic diplomatic agreements as brokered by the White House and hailed by President Trump as “the dawn of a new Middle East.” The pacts aligned the nations and deepened their opposition to Iran’s efforts of hegemony in the region. There are several prophetic implications to the agreements, some which may go counter to commonplace Christian Biblical teachings. First and foremost, Christ said during his Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” The news media and democrats are calling President Trump anything but a child of God.

These agreements, and there are more expected, are in stark contrast to the previous Administration. Trump is bringing Middle East nations together toward PEACE with Israel. Let us remember the immediate past occupant of the White House fomented Arab Spring, a radical rebellion of Middle East nations in alignment against Israel. Supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, a sworn enemy against Israel, resulted in destabilization of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen. Strife in Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia was aided in advancing this Muslim Brotherhood plan. This destabilization created a hostile environment for Israel by legitimizing and energizing Islamic terror groups–Hamas, al Qaeda, Hezbollah and others.

Many will falsely claim that this is the peace deal that begins the seven-year tribulation period, biblically called Jacob’s Troubles, leading to the end of days. It is not. Daniel 9:27 states, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” This passage prophesies the peace agreement between the Beast (antichrist) and Israel, marking the beginning of the seven-years of Jacob’s Troubles (the tribulation). In the middle, the covenant is broken, the temple sacrifices ended, and the abomination of desolation occurs.

Much to his opponents’ dismay, Trump is not the antichrist. The temporary halt of West Bank (Judea, Samaria) settlement annexation plans could be consequential as the US pressures Israel to give up land for peace. However, God’s timing—not man’s—dictates the restoration of all of Israel. Having said that, these peace accords do have prophetic significance. They lay the groundwork for nations aligning with and against Israel. They are types and shadows of what is prophesied by the prophets of God throughout the Bible. They further entrench Iran, a major end time player, against Israel and may advance Turkey’s position of strength over Iran. These are all pieces of the puzzle that point to the return of Messiah!

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Bill Wilson

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