Global attention on and preoccupation with the nation of Israel is stunning. It never ceases to amaze me.
Virtually every head of state and many people of most nations have an opinion on: (1) the right for the only Jewish nation on the planet to even exist and/or; (2) what Israel does or does not do, should or should not do.
Here is an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy article, Global Obsession with Jerusalem … In Biblical Proportions! (Posted 1-6-18).
Obsession: “a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often-unreasonable idea or feeling” (Webster’s Dictionary). The persistent unreasonable idea or feeling harbored by Israel’s enemies and even by her (few and far between) friends is whether Israel and especially Israel’s capital Jerusalem truly belongs to the Jews. Or are the Jews “occupying” Jerusalem and other parts of Israel?
Obsessive: “excessive often to an abnormal degree … need for quick solutions.” The entire planet is demanding urgent resolution to Israel’s problems, even though the core of these issues is at least three thousand years in the making.
Compulsion: “an irresistible impulse to perform an irrational act.” The compulsive agenda of many world leaders is to impulsively (bordering on the irrational) fix Israel. Their faulty premise: If they can fix Israel and solve Jerusalem’s status, then the entire Middle East can be fixed in some fashion or another.
…It is political, racial, religious, and social OCD (Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder) on steroids and on a truly global scale. Since her rebirth as a sovereign state in 1948, no nation on earth has received more world-wide attention as has Israel. It is mind-boggling. We only need to look at the United Nations—to which virtually every nation on earth belongs— to confirm that this obsession is not an exaggeration.
In that article, I went on to discuss the United Nations Security Council’s December 18th, 2017 resolution approved by fourteen of the fifteen member nations that declared the United States’ official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital as internationally illegal. Fortunately, the United States vetoed the resolution … five permanent members of the Security Council each have veto power. The five nations which hold a permanent seat on the Security Council: United States, France, Great Britain, Russia, and China. The other ten nations are appointed for two-year terms.
Earlier in December of 2017, President Trump had said the United States would finally honor the Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by a wide margin in the U.S. Congress (1995) and move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In fact, that was completed in May 2018—on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth as a sovereign nation in 1948.
(New US Embassy in Jerusalem)
Since then, there have been more incidents that fit the parameters of Biblical prophecy, to include a recent dramatic development on August 13, 2020—which is the main subject of this week’s article. We’ll get to that shortly and will do so with a purpose (premise) in mind: To demonstrate the specific connection between this historical milestone and fulfillment of end-times Biblical prophecy.
Another objective in examining this astonishing accomplishment of August 13th, 2020: To again challenge unbelievers the world over who frequently ridicule anyone having anything to do with Jesus Christ or the Word of God (the Bible). Who would as prophetically pronounced by the Apostle Peter, “…in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth, and following their own desires. They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created’” (II Peter 3:3-4).
Sadly, some believers are also wondering whether the Rapture is, in fact, real. Even to the point of doubt: questioning the accuracy of end-times Biblical prophecy (though hundreds of previous prophecies have been fulfilled). Saying about the same thing as unbelievers: Is Christ’s return going to happen at all, let alone any time soon?
And in this challenge, to further confirm that we are in the Omega (final) generation identified by Christ Jesus when he said:
“Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place” (Matthew 24:32-34).
Jesus was referring not only to the events that he cited in Matthew 24 and 25 but also other details of the Day of the Lord (Pre-Tribulation, Tribulation, and Post-Tribulation) as prophetically announced by the Old Testament prophets.
Then after Christ’s ascension to heaven, by the Apostles Peter and Paul. And by Jesus (and angels) again in the final, “…revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place … to his servant John…. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:1-2).
Three times in Matthew Chapters 24 & 25, Christ said no one knows the day (or hour) of his (two-part) return—meaning the Rapture phase. On the other hand, he also warned the Jewish religious leaders and encouraged his disciples to recognize the signs of the last days, in preparation for his return.
In fact, Jesus (not Paul) was the first to speak of the Rapture when he dramatically described the same event powerfully portrayed by Paul some 20 years later (I Thessalonians 4 & I Corinthians 15).
Said Messiah Jesus: “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left: (Matthew 24:40-41).
All believers in Christ (the saved) will be taken at the Rapture. All unbelievers (unsaved) will be left behind.
Direct & Indirect Biblical Prophecies (Fulfillment Thereof)
The main reason so many, even including some believers, are beginning to doubt if the Day of the Lord (beginning with the Rapture) is near or whether it will take place at all: they don’t realize that nearly all end-times developments directly or indirectly predicted (inferred) in the Bible are applicable primarily to the nation of Israel. Especially those that are indirectly prophesied, i.e. prophetically implied that contribute to the fulfillment of a direct end-times prophecy.
In fact, the only unfulfilled prophecy pertaining directly to believers in Messiah Jesus (Jew and Gentile alike) until the Tribulation begins, is the Rapture itself.
Direct Prophecy: One that is specifically stated in Scripture. Some of these are identified only once or twice. Others are mentioned dozens of times. Such as the coming of Messiah (first as the humble suffering servant to establish the New Covenant of Grace for Jews and Gentiles alike, then his majestic return to establish the Kingdom of God on earth). From the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world to the Lion from the Tribe of Judah.
And like dozens of prophecies that Israel would be reestablished as a sovereign nation with exiled Jews returning to their homeland in great numbers … ongoing right up to the time of the Millennial Reign of Messiah Jesus. Plus, Israel’s national recognition of her Messiah (Zechariah 12) followed by her spiritual restoration.
Indirect Prophecy: One that is not actually stated in Scripture but is otherwise strongly inferred. Moreover (obviously), we can make that indirect correlation only after the event occurs. When it happens, we must carefully determine if it relates directly to a declared (yet unfulfilled) Biblical prophecy. If it does—the evidence is crystal clear if not overwhelming—then we know for certain that the event is another sign of the end-times.
For example: the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is not found in Scripture. Nonetheless, it is (indirectly) another sign of the last days of the end times, i.e. the president of the most powerful nation on earth acknowledging the supreme significance of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital.
Because it is part and parcel (actual and symbolic) of direct prophecies that stipulate Jerusalem as the premier center (city) of Israel from where the Messiah will rule and reign in the Kingdom of God on earth. Such as: “In the end, the enemies of Jerusalem who survive the plague will go up to Jerusalem each year to worship the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and to celebrate the Festival of Shelters” (Zechariah 14:16).
It’s evident that there are more events that fit the designation of indirectly fulfilled prophecies than fulfillment of direct prophecies. They are preparatory occurrences in the day-to-day life of people in Israel and the nations that propel us that much closer to God’s ultimate plan for humanity.
Since the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the United States has also recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Not long afterwards President’s Trump staff presented the Deal of the Century’s economic phase (last year) to Israel and several Arab nations. Then the geopolitical phase of that peace plan announced earlier this year; to include implied recognition of Israeli autonomy over approximately 30% of Area C of Judea/Samaria.
*For an in-depth examination of the Deal of the Century and Israeli sovereignty over Judea/Samaria, please refer to Eye of Prophecy articles: Israel’s Annexation of Occupied Territory? We Must Define the Terms, posted 6-27-20; Israel Is Again the Head, Not The Tail (Deal of the Century) published 1-18-20; Jewish Settlements in Judea/Samaria … Are They Illegal? 11-23-19.
As these prophetic (of or pertaining to Biblical prophecy) events increase in both number and intensity, we can be that much more confident that the hour is at hand for the magnificent return of God’s Son … our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The sheer number of these prophetic signs coupled with the staggering increase in both number and intensity of natural disasters the world over (including the Covid-19 pandemic), delivers contemporary meaning and significance to the analogy of a woman’s birth contractions as presented by Messiah Jesus himself:
“Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come” (Matthew 24;7-8).
(An increasingly common occurrence in today’s world)
In the last hundred years (one Biblical measure of a generation, with 70 years another measure), two World Wars and a plethora of lesser wars and ethnic conflicts during the 20th and 21st centuries, coupled with an increase in natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, tornadoes, wildfires) demonstrate that we are in the final stages of prophetic contractions. It is tribulation with a lower case “t” yielding to the upper case (“T”) Tribulation. It will be seven years of Great Tribulation. Which will be preceded (triggered) by the remarkable catching up of believers to heaven … The Rapture.
Culminating with the glorious return of Jesus Christ to establish global justice and peace … the Kingdom of God.
Think about what’s happened thus far in the year of our Lord (AD) 2020. A catastrophic convergence of one “natural” calamity after another. Including, but not limited to:
- Huge wildfires in California burning a million acres (and counting). And several in my state of Arizona
- Unpreceded combination of high heat and practically no rain, particularly in the Southwest. With the metro area of Phoenix, AZ setting several daily records, including most days with 115 degrees temperature or higher
- A massive flat wind clocked well over 100 mph (called a derecho) demolishing a 40-mile wide swath of the state of Iowa, destroying millions of acres of crops and grain storages
- Hurricanes Laura and Marco in the Gulf of Mexico. Laura hit the Louisiana coast with level 4 hurricane force causing immense damage and several deaths. With more hurricanes than normal expected in the next few weeks
- Global recession caused mostly, but not entirely, by the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Famines in the making, especially in Africa, that some experts say may be of “biblical proportions”
- Social unrest and protests (even for good reasons) misused … deteriorating into criminal conduct, bordering on anarchy
- COVID-19 itself. Still wreaking world-wide havoc.
If not now and whether “coincidental” or not, by the end of 2020 these disasters could very well be considered a Perfect Storm.
(Scene from The Perfect Storm movie)
Yet, equal to or even greater in scope than natural disasters are the supernatural (God-directed) extra ordinary ongoing events in and around Israel for the last 100 years, particularly the past 70 years. Such as:
Israel’s Stunning Peace Agreement with UAE / Another Prophetic Milestone
On August 13, 2020 media headlines from all over the planet announced the startling news.
Followed by dozens of Op-ed articles from major newspapers and online journalistic sites.
The following is from an article written by Alex Traiman, posted that same day in the online site, Jewish News Syndicate: “Israel is set to sign a historic agreement with the United Arab Emirates that would see the two Middle Eastern nations officially strike diplomatic relations and exchange embassies.” (Note: this official signing is planned to take place in the White House in the next few weeks … exact date not yet set).
He goes on to say: “Both U.S. President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed their hope in separate press conferences that the deal struck between Israel and the Emirates will soon be followed by similar deals with other Gulf states.”
Although no one knows for sure, it is possible (some say probable) that two more Arab countries will follow suit … Bahrain and Oman.
Another excerpt from Traiman’s article: “With the United Arab Emirates—a nation far from Israel’s borders—normalization brings the potential for new economic opportunities, which will include direct fights between the two nations.”
And it’s likely that Saudi Arabia will extend permission for Israeli civilian airlines to fly over Saudi airspace to get to the UAE more directly and quickly.
From an Associated Press article: “Israel and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) announced Thursday they were establishing full diplomatic relations in a U.S.-brokered deal that required Israel to put on ‘temporary hold’ Israel’s plan to extend sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu said the delay was instituted at the request of the United States (meaning the sovereignty declaration delay). The UAE, like most of the Arab world, long rejected official diplomatic ties with Israel. Its accord could usher in agreements with other Arab states, undermining the Arab rejectionism that was a source of leverage for the Palestinians” (parenthesis mine).
Since then, there is some ambiguity bordering on disagreement as to how much, if any, Israel’s decision to delay its official declaration of sovereignty over portions of Judea/Samaria (aka West Bank) contributed to this astonishing agreement between the only Jewish nation on earth and one of many Arab countries. According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel had already decided to set aside the sovereignty issue (temporarily, not permanently). That it was part of the agreement reached with UAE, but it did not exclusively make or break the agreement.
On the other hand, Benjamin Netanyahu was adamant that his long-standing strategy and political premise was proven to be accurate by this momentous agreement, i.e. it was not necessary for a Palestinian State to be in place before diplomatic interaction with an Arab nation(s) was possible.
Quoting Netanyahu: “According to the Palestinians, and to many others in the world who agreed with them, peace can’t be reached without conceding to the Palestinians demands, including uprooting settlements, dividing Jerusalem and withdrawal to 1967 lines. No more. This concept of ‘peace through withdrawal and weakness’ has passed from the world.”
The Associated Press article correctly commented: “What has been a wall of Arab support for the Palestinians and their demands has begun to crack in recent years, in large part because of the shared enmity of Israel and other Arab states toward Iran and Iranian proxies in the region.”
Indeed, it’s no secret that one of the reasons the UAE consented to such a revolutionary agreement with Israel is because the Arab Emirates—like all the Gulf States especially Saudi Arabia—consider Iran as an existential threat. As do two Arab nations that border Israel … Egypt and Jordan.
Iran is an Islamic (Muslim) regime, but one that adheres to the Shi’ite sect of Islam. Nearly all Arab nations are predominately Sunni Muslims (for the most part … more secular, less radical). Plus, Iranians are Persians, not Arabs.
The United Arab Emirates is one of six Arab (Persian Gulf) nations that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Other members of this council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
Except for a brief diplomatic liaison with Qatar some ten years ago (that was abruptly canceled by that increasingly belligerent county), Israel has had no formal diplomatic relations with any of these nations or any other Arab country since Israel’s “peace treaties” with Jordan in 1994 and Egypt in 1979.
To fully appreciate the magnitude of this diplomatic cooperation, we only need to remember the ancient animosity between Arab and Jew going all the way back to Abraham’s sons, Ishmael, and Isaac. This conflict has continued virtually uninterrupted for nearly 4,000 years. Which poignantly gives the name of the agreement more meaning: The Abraham Accord. And which makes this deal so amazing. Plus, the 100% fulfillment of Biblical prophecy is that much more amazing.
Returning to the article authored by Alex Traiman, he concludes with an observation that I have written about in several prior Eye of Prophecy articles, sometimes in great detail: “Arab states are finally beginning to recognize what the Jewish people have known since Israel defeated multiple Arab armies in 1948, 1967 and 1973: Israel is in the Middle East to stay. And the benefits of aligning with the Jewish state outweigh any of the arguments that favor standing against the regions’ strongest nation.”
(Sunni) Arabs are gradually setting aside not only their religious prejudice and political objections to Israel’s existence as a sovereign state, but also their long-standing racial hatred of the Jews. At least enough to consider economic / political cooperation and maybe even social interaction with the Jews.
Conversely, two other Islamic nations which decades ago had (at least somewhat) friendly relations with Israel are now resentful enemies. What makes this reversal even more intriguing is that neither of these nations are Arabic. Rather, they are Turks (Turkey) and Persians (Iran). Both are identified as prominent nations of the Gog/Magog coalition. Spearheaded by Russia, whose President Vladimir Putin is essentially ambivalent toward Israel. Sometimes expressing his admiration for this Jewish nation; other times criticizing Israel and expressing his total support for the Palestinians.
Some have said that the diplomatic deal between Israel and the UAE is equal in substance to what were also considered historic Israeli treaties with Egypt, then Jordan. Others (including me) surmise that it exceeds those treaties in strategic significance.
Other than what will (most likely) be a temporary halt of Israeli official declaration of sovereignty over some 30% (Area C) of Judea/Samaria, this new peace deal does not involve direct Israeli concessions of land for peace. And from a Biblical prophetic perspective, this diplomatic marvel between Israel and UAE is of monumental meaning as it has further prepared and accelerated the Middle East conditions in existence just before the Gog/Magog invasion of Israel.
Which, in turn, means the Rapture is that much closer in all its glorious reality!
Moreover, the treaties with Egypt and Jordan were motivated more by security concerns and were mostly arranged to prevent further military conflict between Israel and those nations bordering Israel. Yet, Israel had to give up the entire Sinai to Egypt and all of Temple Mount (jurisdictionally) to Jordan; with serious restrictions to the Israelis on the most holy Jewish site of all. To the extent that Jews are not even allowed to pray on Temple Mount.
Said Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer in a JNS article posted August 21, 2020 regarding the difference in the recent peace deal and the prior treaties with Egypt and Jordan: “We’re not uprooting settlements. We’re not engaging in reckless territorial compromises. We’re suspending temporarily Israel’s extension of sovereignty into areas of Judea and Samaria. And we have the possibility now to have a peace agreement with the Emirates.”
Explaining that the pact with the Emirates was not from the “top down” but was from the “bottom up,” Dermer went on to say: “We have a formal peace agreement with those countries (meaning Egypt and Jordan). A cold peace is better than a hot war, but we would like to turn that into a warm peace of people-to-people, business-to-business contacts with both Egypt and Jordan” (parenthesis mine).
Whereas with the new peace deal, Dermer contends: “And when you marry the entrepreneurialism of this commercial center and the power of investments there in the Emirates with Israeli technology and innovation, I think the sky’s the limit.”
(The City of Dubai in the UAE)
Samples of World Reaction To The Diplomatic Agreement
Overall, it was a mixed-bag reaction from various world leaders. Although some European nations expressed general support for the agreement, they also seized the opportunity to insist on the worn-out, increasingly impractical, virtually unattainable solution to the Palestinian problem … A Palestinian State. For one thing, United Nations and subsequent Israeli offers of significant land mass in both Judea/Samaria and the Gaza have been rejected four times since 1947 by the Palestinians. And seven times since the Balfour Declaration of 1917.
For example: While welcoming the pact between Israel and the UAE, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also exclaimed, “We stand by our position that only a negotiated two-state solution can bring lasting peace to the Middle East…”
In response to the generalized (more favorable than not) Middle East Arabic support of Israel’s diplomatic relations with UAE, Benjamin Netanyahu said, “I thank Egyptian President al-Sisi, and the governments of Oman and Bahrain, for their support of the historic peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which is expanding the circle of peace and will be good for the entire region.”
In sharp contrast, Iran issued a statement describing the deal as a, “dagger that was unjustly struck by the UAE in the backs of the Palestinian people and all Muslims.”
*Note: that is the height of hypocrisy, as Iran’s government cares nothing about the Palestinians. Plus, as indicated, they are a rival of other Muslims all over the Middle East—including nearly every Arab nation. Turkey, too, was hostile in their scathing criticism of the UAE’s decision.
The Palestinians reacted as they normally do … a totally negative response to anything that they consider positive for Israel. Said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a Palestinian Authority spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: “Peace should be established on basis of the Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. This is the Arab and international consensus and anything else has no value.”
In fact, the Palestinians not only condemned Israel but also blasted the United Arab Emirates for “stabbing the Palestinians in the back” (words of Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip). Palestinians burned UAE flags and images of the co-architect (along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) of this historic agreement—UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed.
The Palestinian spokesman meant “no value” to the Palestinians. Which is not only ironic, but flat-out false.
Ever since the U.S. Deal of the Century was presented earlier this year followed by Israel’s intention (now delayed) to declare jurisdictional sovereignty over Jewish settlements in Area C, the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and their bitter rival (for power) Hamas of the Gaza Strip have strenuously opposed any such “annexation.” You would think that the postponement, if not abandonment (time will tell) of this Israeli sovereignty issue in Judea/Samaria would have pleased the Palestinians to no end. Instead they lambasted the UAE for the simple reason that anyone (nation or individual) who seeks to normalize relations with Israel is committing “treason” (the word used by PA President Abbas).
Treason against whom? Against a Palestinian State that does not exist, nor ever has? Treason against the citizens of United Arab Emirates nation? How can that be when most Emirates support this deal? Treason against Islam? Which Islam … Shi’ite or Sunni?
Oh, it’s treason all right. But only treason as defined by the Palestinians. Which essentially is treason against Palestinian hatred of the Jews and their never-ending insidious goal of wiping Israel from the face of the map and killing as many Jews as it takes to do that.
Time/space does not allow more quotes and observations about the many facets and repercussions of this remarkable development between Israel and a heretofore Arab adversary nation.
See Eye of Prophecy article, For or Against Israel? (Posted 7-16-16).
Summary … Correlation of This Historic Agreement w/Prophecy
Several Eye of Prophecy articles have extensively (collectively) covered the Gog/Magog invasion of Israel as foretold some 2,600 years ago. With different articles emphasizing varied features of this extraordinary prophecy, which, as indicated in most of those articles, will most likely occur within the first part (6-18 months) of the Great Tribulation, with reasons given.
The most recent of which is, The Prophetic Endgame of Gog/Magog (11-9-19). Also, Gog/Magog’s Clock is Ticking, Ticking… (6-16-18).
The emphasis in this week’s article is to confirm the correlation between the national condition of Israel when (and why) she is attacked by Gog’s colossal coalition. With three of those nations (Russia, Iran, Turkey) obsessed with Israel and garnering global media headlines.
With each of these nations envious of Israel’s speedy (for a nation much younger than those nations) and spectacular success in a variety of ways: agricultural, technological, entrepreneurial, energy exploration and extraction, e.g. Leviathan natural gas fields off the coast of Israel.
Israel’s diplomatic agreement with United Arab Emirates is another piece in place of the prophetic puzzle that fits with Ezekiel’s Gog/Magog scenario.
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: At that time evil thoughts will come to your mind, and you will devise a wicked scheme. You (Gog, as spokesman for the Magog coalition) will say, ‘Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence! I will go to those formerly desolate cities that are now filled with people who have returned from exile to many nations. I will capture vast amounts of plunder, for the people are rich with livestock and other possessions now. They think the whole world revolves around them!’” (Ezekiel 38:10-12, parenthesis mine).
This malicious mindset of Gog and his allies is precisely what we see with Russia (in a more clever and concealed manner); blatantly with Iran whose Aytollah and other leaders constantly threaten to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth; and an increasingly brazen bluster from Turkey and its leader, Recep Erdogan. That and the phenomenal turn of events in just the past few years in which these former adversaries are now allies. If right now they could, they would do exactly what they will do when Ezekiel’s prophecy is fully realized.
They are also leery of Israel’s military might, including the fact that Israel has not yet lost a war, with each of those victories against (Arab) enemy forces much greater than Israel’s, in terms of soldiers and armaments. Which is why none of these nations including Russia or even other nations not specifically mentioned in Ezekiel’s prophecy would dare attack Israel alone.
Nor will they currently invade Israel as a coalition because the United States would come to Israel’s aid.
That and the fact that the Arab nations are somewhat warming up to Israel, as both literally and symbolically manifested in the Abraham Accord between Israel and the UAE. As mentioned, most Arab countries (including the Gulf states) are already antagonistic toward Iran and Iran’s desire to dominate the Mideast. Also, Turkey, because of Turkey’s threat to sever diplomatic relations with the UEA and Erdogan’s ambitions to restore the Ottoman Caliphate to the region.
Instead, they will wait for the right time when certain conditions exist in Israel. We just read about some of those conditions. God continues to instruct Ezekiel what to prophesy:
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy against Gog. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: When my people are living in peace in their land, then you will rouse yourself. You will come from your homeland in the distant north with your vast calvary and your mighty army, and you will attack my people Israel, covering their land like a cloud…” (Ezekiel 38:14-16a).
Living in peace in their land is the result (condition) of a far greater peace treaty than the one just struck between Israel and the UAE. However, this recent pact is clearly a precursor or prototype of perhaps a few more Arab countries that might reach out to Israel for diplomatic relations. The peace treaty in effect when Gog/Magog launches its assault against Israel is none other than the seven-year treaty that Antichrist (Nero, upon his return from the Abyss) will orchestrate between Israel and most Muslim countries in the Middle East. Israel will let down her guard and/or be overconfident that Antichrist and his coalition will come to their rescue, based on that treaty.
Instead, it will be God himself who intervenes and supernaturally crushes the Gog/Magog nations. You may want to read the entire account in Ezekiel 38 & 39. Warning: It’s pretty graphic!
Earlier, Ezekiel reports that other nations will challenge Gog/Magog’s plans to invade Israel but will not do anything (militarily) to stop them. One reason the United States will not rescue Israel is because America will be decimated by loss of millions at the Rapture. Another reason that the U.S. and other nations will not come to Israel’s aid is because their leader (Antichrist) will simply sit by and watch Gog/Magog (attempt to) do to Israel what he wants to do. And what he will try to accomplish after breaking the treaty halfway through it (Daniel 9:26-27).
Things to Ponder
As each one of these events occurs, they add one more piece of the prophetic puzzle, with the puzzle almost complete. There are still four months left in this year 2020. Yet we have already witnessed or experienced electrifying events that are coming together in a Perfect Storm of apocalyptic preparation for seven catastrophic years of Biblical proportion.
Listen to what the Lord tells his prophet Isaiah some 2,700 years before the prophetically fulfilled miraculous rebirth of the Sovereign State Israel on May 14, 1948:
“Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son. Who has ever heard of anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born. Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it? asks the Lord. No! I would never keep this nation from being born, says your God” (Isaiah 66:7-9).
The birth pains began AFTER Israel’s rebirth. These contractions are affecting not only Israel but the whole planet. They are the birth pains cited by Messiah Jesus in Matthew 24 as signs of his imminent return. Although the Abraham Accord was not specifically foretold in Scripture, it (like several other events) is certainly prophetic. It is an integral part of Israel’s (and the world’s) preparation for specific prophecies soon to unfold, like the Gog/Magog invasion; and a short time before that, the spectacular seven-year treaty between Israel and many Arab/Muslim nations.
Please see Eye of Prophecy article, Two State Solution & The Seven-Year Treaty … Impossible? Posted 1-26-19.
Whether Gog/Magog’s audacious assault on Israel in the early part of the Great Tribulation or Antichrist Nero and his ten-nation coalition vast invasion near the end of this seven-year period, the power and authority of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (the only true God) and his Son, Messiah Jesus will be fully recognized by the entire world.
The Lord continues with his promises and his warnings in this last chapter of Isaiah:
“I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child… Everyone will see the Lord’s hand of blessing on his servants—and his anger against his enemies. See, the Lord is coming with fire, and his swift chariots roar like a whirlwind. He will bring punishment with the fury of his anger and the flaming fire of his hot rebuke. The Lord will punish the world by fire and by his sword. He will judge the earth, and many will be killed by him” (Isaiah 66:13-16).
Is God’s patience nearing its limit? How many more contractions before the Lord decides to remove his people from this earth to spare us from the greatest series of calamities ever experienced by humanity.
At which time:
And then, Armageddon:
“He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this tile: King of all kings and Lord of all lords” (Revelation 19:13-16).