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!