They Said What!?!

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Gulf State leaders mingle with American leaders at Peace to Prosperity Workshop

Miracles are happening in the Middle East! Who would ever have imagined unequivocally pro-Israel statements coming from the mouths of many Arab leaders? Indeed, what was unimaginable only a few years ago is happening today!

Leading up to, and in the wake of, the Peace to Prosperity workshop (intended to create a pathway to a better life for Palestinians), at least part of the Arab world is showing tremendous support of the Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, and is overtly acknowledging warming relations with Israel.

Here are some examples, both before and after the workshop:

  • Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi: “The Arab world has recognised Israel’s right to exist. The Palestinians themselves recognised the Israeli right to exist.” (Aljazeera, 4/7/2019)
  • Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah: “I believe that we Arabs must be able to look into this issue [Israel surrounded by 400 million Arabs] and try to ease those fears that Israel has through initiatives and real deals between us and Israel.” (Aljazeera, 4/7/2019)
  • Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa: “Israel is a country to stay, and we want better relations with it, and we want peace with it.” (Times of Israel, 6/26/2019)
  • UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash: “Many, many years ago, when there was an Arab decision not to have contact with Israel, that was a very, very wrong decision, looking back.” (Times of Israel, 5/16/2019)
  • An unnamed Saudi diplomat: “The blood conflict had lasted too long. Us Saudis and all Gulf States plus Egypt and Jordan realize that the age of going to war with Israel is over.”  (Jerusalem Post, 6/22/2019)

Though we must be clear in saying that some of the statements above have caveats in which they (to various degrees) point fingers at Israel for problems in the Middle East, it is still quite remarkable to hear so many Arab leaders make favorable comments about Israel.

If we put this into the context of Scripture, we find it aligns with Ezekiel’s prophecy of what could be one of the next big events on the end times calendar: the invasion from the north, also known as the War of Gog and Magog. With the exception of the coalition named in Ezekiel 38 (roughly the regions of Russia, Iran, Turkey, Sudan and Libya), Israel’s neighbors will stand by and do nothing when that invasion occurs.

Only until recent years have Arab nations not banded together against Israel. (Consider Israel’s war history since their independence in 1948.) Today, several Arab nations are gravitating to positions such as Saudi Arabia’s (Sheba and Dedan, verse 13), in which they will sit back and not attack Israel.

So you see, Bible prophecy continues to fall into place! Coalitions are forming, but those who will watch from the sidelines are also headed that direction. Keep looking up, friends! Jesus’ return is soon.

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