What will the US Peace Plan Look Like?

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Hi friends!  Are you like me…anxiously awaiting the unveiling of the US peace plan?  While I believe the peace plan will offer the Palestinians unprecedented resources to better the lives of their people, I will be shocked if they ever agree to a peace plan with Israel.  Why?   Because they don’t want peace with Israel…they want to convince the world of the Jewish “occupation.” That “sells.”  It gives them a degree of legitimacy on the world stage, and garners the sympathy of those who will financially support them.

But the White House is confident they can cut the “deal of all deals” and have some degree of peace in the Middle East. If the Palestinians will not come to the table, how can that be accomplished?

As you know, President Trump made a landmark trip to the Middle East soon after his election.  During that trip, he began to build bridges with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Emirates, while re-establishing strong ties with Egypt and Jordan.  The past week or so has been full of visits between foreign leaders of those countries and the US and Israel.  They are locking the soon-to-be-announced plan into place.  But how will it differ from the previous attempts at peace?

First, it is not just an Israeli-Palestinian deal.  Trump’s plan is to bring about peaceful coexistence between the aforementioned Arab nations and Israel. For decades, the US has tried to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, thinking that would spawn opportunities for peace throughout the Middle East.  President Trump turned that idea on its head and is offering a new plan: peace in the broader Middle East, forcing the Palestinians to either come to the negotiating table with a sincere desire for peace, or risk losing its Arab allies in the region.  Indeed, I believe that is at stake for the Palestinians.

Will it be a political deal?  Some (including me) think not.  I believe it will be a business/economic deal, whereby relations will be normalized between those Arab countries and Israel, and they will share in initiatives such as transportation, agriculture, technology, etc.  It is believed the Palestinians will be offered the same working relationships and unprecedented aid in making life better for their people, yet they will not be given Jerusalem as their capital.  They will probably be offered land (perhaps in the Sinai Peninsula), but they will likely decline the deal.  (Currently, they are refusing to even talk to the US negotiating team, and to my knowledge, have not even allowed conversations about peace with Arab countries.)

“The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity!”
~Abba Eban, The Jerusalem Post, 11/18/2002

The plan will force the hand of the Palestinians, who will be left out and without an ally in the region, other than Iran and Turkey.  Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the Emirates, Jordan and Egypt will all enjoy the benefits of collaborative efforts with Israel.

Interestingly, when Ezekiel describes the War of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38), those nations are NOT described as part of the coalition that comes against Israel!  Thus, we again see the stage being set for the Northern Invasion.

Now…one last thing before we call it a day.  Some are saying, “Well, if President Trump is bringing peace to the Middle East, couldn’t he be the Antichrist?”  No.  While he may be successful in closing a deal, it will not be as Scripture describes.  In our English translations, Daniel 9:27 indicates the Antichrist will “make” or “confirm” a treaty with Israel.  However, in Hebrew, the word means “to intensify, to make spectacular.”  Thus, a peace plan could be in place when the Antichrist comes on the scene, and he will intensify it.  “How,” you ask?  By allowing the Jews to rebuild their temple!  THAT is what will win the Jews over!

Finally, the Bible also says the Antichrist will come from the same region as the empire that destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD.  The United States was not around in 70 AD!  The Antichrist will not come from America!  However, if you read this morning’s post entitled Rise of “Mystery Babylon,” you know exactly from what region the Antichrist will come!  So if you missed it, go back and read it!

We live in very exciting times, don’t we!  We are seeing the Lord bring about the culmination of His plan for the Gentiles, and SOON, we could hear the trumpet sound and be out of here!  Keep your eyes on Israel…God’s time piece.  The final moments are ticking away!

Rise of “Mystery Babylon”

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Welcome back, fellow sojourners!  We’re on a journey together to discover Why Israel Matters.  Though we have discussed specific reasons Israel matters, we’ve taken a side road this week to talk about what happens after the rapture occurs and God resumes His plan for His people.  We know the time period as the tribulation and today we’ll focus on the rise of the Antichrist, who will establish One World Government for a short time.  So, let’s get started!

Read the account of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation in Daniel 2.  We discover what Nebuchadnezzar’s dream means, and here is a diagram that illustrates it:

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A full discussion regarding this diagram is found here, but for today’s purposes, let’s reduce it to this: one kingdom after another defeated a previous one, though neither the restored kingdom of Rome nor the crushing rock have been prophetically fulfilled yet.

The Antichrist will arise out of the restored Roman Empire, which is the next to “rule,” according to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  Then a stone will crush him, and we know that stone to be Jesus.  (Matthew 21:42, Psalm 118:22, 1 Peter 2:6-8)

But take note.  Each kingdom conquered and arose in Babylon UNTIL Rome expanded all the way to what we know today as Europe.  Rome was not defeated in Babylon (as the previous kingdoms were), but in Europe.  “Mystery Babylon,” then, took up residence in Europe, and we see the signs of that today!

Image result for EU flagThe European Union flag is adorned with a crown of stars, given to the “queen of heaven.”  The prophet Jeremiah warned of this type of idol worship in Jeremiah 44:15-19.  To Catholics, the queen of heaven is Mary.

Image result for eu parliament building babelThe European Union Parliament building Strasbourg France was intentionally built to replicate the tower of Babel, a pagan attempt to “reach into the sky” to become like God.

Image result for woman riding beast in brusselsIn front of the EU Council Building in Brussels stands a statue of a woman riding a beast!  The exact description of the harlot in Revelation 17.

So, I wonder…were all these things done unknowingly or purposefully?  I’m not sure about the flag, but the buildings in Strasbourg and the statute Brussels were intentionally designed with Babel and the woman on a beast in mind!  Purposeful rebellion!

There is an educated group behind this push for One World Order.  Albert Einstein once said:

“The minority, the ruling class, has the schools and press, usually the church as well, under its thumb.  This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make it’s tool of them.”

Indeed, a group of very wealthy bankers and industrialists formulated a plan long ago to financially control Europe, and then the world.  Among them are the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, George Soros, Bill Gates and many other financially wealthy and socially powerful figures.  You will get a taste for their ambitions from these quotes:

Mayer Amschel Rothschild, during early formulation of the plan:
“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”

David Rockefeller, June 1991 at Bilderberg Meeting:
“It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those [early] years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The super national sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

David Rockefeller, September 1994 at the US Business Conference:
“We are on the verge of a global transformation.  All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”

David Rockefeller, 2002 autobiography, Memoirs, page 405:
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with other around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will.  If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

Wow!  From subtle, behind closed doors, out of the reach of the press, to blatantly “out there” with their agenda.  Here are some of the effects we see today:

  • Bill Gates – depopulation agenda
  • George Soros – financing illegal immigration to Europe, to wipe out borders and establish a globalist agenda
  • Major university presidents – advancing liberal agendas on campus

The One World Order agenda is everywhere!  We’re seeing the stage being set for tribulational days when the false prophet and Antichrist will arise!

Now…let me end with an interesting thought.  Why do the rich and famous hate President Trump?  Could it be because he was commonly on their guest lists to attend major functions where the globalist agenda was being perpetuated?  After all, he was “one of them” financially speaking.  Yet, though it seems he is not in agreement with their agenda, he knows their strategy and their ploys…because he himself was sought after to be “in that crowd.”

I can’t say for sure that is true, but it certainly makes me wonder as I witness the vehement opposition to everything his administration puts forth.  May God grant him tremendous wisdom, and may the President seek to follow after sound, Godly counsel.

Tomorrow we will discuss what else we see in the world that aligns with “Mystery Babylon.”  You may be surprised (or even shocked) by some of it!

Hey, meanwhile…check back later today.  We’ll talk about what the US peace plan might entail…and there is an interesting tie to this lesson!  Check it out!

What Does it Take to Bring About One World Religion?

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Thanks for taking a seat at the virtual study table!  I’m glad you’re here.  We have just entered week 4 of Why Israel Matters, and we’re talking about “Beyond the Horizon”…what happens next, once believers are taken out of this world via the rapture.  We have established the fact that Revelation 17-18 describe “Mystery Babylon,” represented by evil religious and governmental systems led by the false prophet and the Antichrist.

So, once Christians have departed, what will it take to bring about One World Religion?  Three things:

  1. A deceived population searching for a “feel good” message. (ie – “Don’t offend me!  Be tolerant!”)
  2. A charismatic leader with a strategy.
  3. A unifying cause that will draw people together.

Some look at the “three great religions” (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and wonder if one will emerge as the One World Religion.  Not likely! Islam is not exactly a “feel good” message, Judaism is not looking to recruit, and the world will be almost void of Christianity at the beginning of the tribulation.

But there IS a “universal religion” with a charismatic leader and a strategy: the Roman Catholic Church.  “Catholic” actually means “universal,” and it is a religion capable of filling the false religion part of “Mystery Babylon.”  (Stick with me and I’ll give you examples.)

What is the strategy?

  • Strategy #1: Draw everyone in by promoting “tolerance” and “relativism.”  (What’s right for you might not be right for me.)  Galatians 1:8-9 says that anyone who preaches a different Gospel (false teaching) is to be accursed.
  • Strategy #2: Unite all religions and belief systems in an “interfaith movement.”

Pope John Paul – 12/6/2000 Vatican website:
“All the just of the earth, including those who do not know Christ and his Church, who, under the influence of grace, seek God with a sincere heart, are thus called to build the kingdom of God.”

Pope Frances – 5/22/2013 Vatican radio:
“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics.  Everyone!…Even the atheists.  Everyone!”

There are attempts to unite all churches and all belief systems.  Faith in Jesus is not necessary.  Likewise, churches (even evangelical ones!) are dropping “doctrine” in favor of “feel good” messages and worldly ideas.  (Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco has even turned its sanctuary into a yoga studio to “bring good energy!”)  Many are “buying into” the interfaith movement.

  • Strategy #3: Deny the authority of Scripture and adopt Darwinian evolution.

Pope Frances – 10/28/2014 Pontifical Academy of Sciences
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand and able to do everything.  But that is not so. God is not a divine being or a magician, but the creator who brought everything to life.  Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

  • Strategy #4: Accept radical Islam and welcome them into this One World Religion.

Pope Frances – 1/15/15 Washington Post, responding to condemnation of the Paris Hedbo terrorist attack:
“You cannot insult the faith of others…when someone comes and says bad things about my mother, I would smack him also!”

Terrorist acts are a bit more than a “smack!”  Rather than condemn the deaths of 12 innocent people, the pope legitimized the actions of terrorists.

  • Strategy #5: Lead efforts to develop One World Government by keeping “unifying causes” in the news!  And, what are some of those unifying causes?
    • LGBT agenda.  March 10, 2014 Washington Post headline: “Pope says Catholic church should not Dismiss Gay Marriage.”  Meanwhile, gay parishioners are flocking to the Vatican.
    • Climate change.  NASA and other governmental entities have enlisted the pope’s endorsement of the climate change “message.”
    • Other liberal agendas……

One World Religion is the precursor to One World Government, and we see the stage being set even now.  In fact, in the early-1990’s, Pope John Paul II said:

“By the end of this decade we will live under the first One World Government that has ever existed in the society of nations…a government with absolute authority to decide the basic issues of human survival.  One world government is inevitable.”

Praise God his prediction has not yet been fully realized.  However, we see the signs.  “Mystery Babylon” is definitely emerging, and that’s what we’ll discuss in more depth tomorrow, so stick with us!  See you then!

 

Week 4: Beyond the Horizon

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Welcome to week 4, friends!  We’re engaged in a study called Why Israel Matters, and this week we will focus “Beyond the Horizon.”  What happens here on earth once the rapture occurs and Christians are beyond the horizon?  God will turn His attention back to His plan for the Jewish people, but difficult times are in store.

To recap God’s plan of the end, we’ll turn to a diagram I’ve used before.  Take a look:

Plan of the End

A full explanation of the diagram is found here, but for today’s discussion, suffice it to say that we are living in the Church Age and the next event is the rapture!  What follows, however, is the tribulation…the final 7 years of God’s plan for the Jews.  Based on Scripture, what should we expect during that time?

In regard to the tribulation, Revelation 17-18 describe the rise of the false prophet and the Antichrist to lead what we call today One World Religion and One World Government (or One World Order).  In fact, while THE false prophet and Antichrist have not yet been revealed, the spirit of the two are at work (and have been at work) in our world.  But take heart!  God says:

I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.”
~Isaiah 46:9-10

Though God will always occupy His throne, this world will be given over to evil for a season.  Revelation 17-18 (in the thick of the description of the tribulation) identify “Mystery Babylon” as the “mother of all harlotry,” and we know the domain of the false prophet (One World Religion) and the Antichrist (One World Government) will ultimately be destroyed.  But not before wrecking havoc!

One World Religion will be a catalyst to bring about One World Government.  So, how close are we, and what does it take to bring about One World Religion?

Great question…and we’ll dive into that tomorrow!  Meanwhile, never lose sight of the fact that there is no one like our God and He will, indeed, accomplish His purposes!

See you tomorrow!