Is The Abraham Accords Peace Agreement Setting the Table for Ezekiel 38?

 

If you tune out all the noise of the western media, you’ll soon get a sense something big is happening in the middle east. I believe it is possible that the war of Ezekiel 38 will happen prior to the tribulation period spoken of by Daniel and John in  Revelation. The geopolitics of old are falling by the wayside in favor of a new order of normal relations. With the recent Abraham Accords Peace Plan, Arab solidarity over the Palestinian issue is waning in favor of opposition to Iran. I will not be surprised if Saudi Arabia is next to join in.

The tentacles of Iran dig deep into the middle east. Their sphere of influence digs into Iraq, Syria, Lebanon (Hezbollah), and apparently is attempting to bolster up Hamas.  To be sure Iran is hurting economically and internally collapsing. It is in this state that I believe Iran is most dangerous as a wounded bear.

Turkey another chief player in the Ezekiel 38 war. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been doing everything possible project Turkey’s dominance into the region not unlike his Ottoman ancestors. If you dig a little deep, you’ll uncover many reports about Turkey’s involvement in Libya and The Sudan (Other players in Ezekiel 38). Albeit they have been setback recently in The Sudan, they nevertheless are still prevalent in Libya. Then we have Russia. Russia needless to say goes without saying. I believe them to be the King of the North. Now that Putin is El Presidente for life, he basically can operate as he wishes. He is in-fact a dictator hidden in plain sight.  They are also losing a lot of rubles over Israel’s extra blessing of natural gas. We do know from Ezekiel that whoever this confederation of nations are, they will be compelled to attack an unprepared Israel.   ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.  “I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords;  Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet;  Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you. Ezekiel 38:3-6

The nations are generally thought to be a confederation of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and a few others. I would urge you to study this for yourself. Using the tables of nations maps in most Bibles, you’ll generally put this together. The Nations are more so agreed upon than the timing of this war (Gog Magog). I believe it could happen at any time as there are no preconditions. Some have it in the tribulation and a minority place it at the end of the Millennial Kingdom instead of there being a second war of Gog and Magog.  I happen to believe it will happen prior to the tribulation but that is my mere opinion.

What is missing here (Ezekiel 38) is mention of the direct neighbors of Israel. Many of these nations seem to be covered in the Psalm 83 war. Many believe that the Psalm 83 war was already fought between 1948 to 1981. This viewpoint does merit attention and could very well be correct. What I find interesting is that there now seems to be a wedge driven between Arab solidarity concerning relationship with Israel.

From the Jerusalem Post:

Palestinian leadership is on a collision course with Arab countries. The Palestinian leadership has placed itself on a collision course with many Arab countries, and the situation may not improve.

Less than a month after the Second Intifada erupted in September 2000, the Arab heads of state held an extraordinary meeting in Nasr City, a district of Cairo.

After the meeting, held at the urgent invitation of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the Arab leaders issued a communique in which they “hailed the intifada of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories” and held Israel “responsible for returning the region to a climate of tension and to manifestations of violence as a result of its practices, its assaults and its blockade of the Palestinian people, in violation of its obligations as the occupying power under the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.”

In response to a proposal by Saudi Arabia, the Arab leaders decided to establish two funds to help the Palestinians. Al-Aqsa Fund, they said, will be allocated a sum of $800 million for “the funding of projects designed to preserve the Arab and Islamic identity of Jerusalem and prevent its loss, and to enable the Palestinian people to disengage from its subordination to the Israeli economy.” The second one, Al-Quds Intifada Fund, was to have capital of $200m. to be allocated for disbursement to the families of Palestinian “martyrs.”

A year later, the Arab leaders held another summit, this time in the Jordanian capital of Amman. As usual, the leaders issued another statement expressing full solidarity with the Palestinians and hailed “with great pride the Palestinian people’s steadfastness and brave intifada in the face of the savage onslaught waged by Israel.”

Although the Palestinians never saw much of the financial aid promised by the Arab heads of state, they were nevertheless encouraged by moral support they received from the Arab world during the intifada. Those were the days when the Palestinians felt that they had the full backing of the entire Arab world and that the Palestinian cause was the central issue of all Arabs and Muslims.

The Palestinians were further encouraged by the widespread support they received from the Arab street. No one in the Arab world dared to criticize the Palestinians, especially not during a time when they were engaged in a violent confrontation with Israel.

“We never had much faith in the Arab leaders, but at least they publicly stood with the Palestinians and strongly condemned Israel,” a veteran PLO official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post. “Back then, the Palestinians felt that all the Arabs were with them, and that allowed them to continue with the intifada. We did not feel that we were alone.”

IN 2002, the Arab leaders held a summit in Beirut and announced the Arab Peace Initiative, a 10-sentence proposal for an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The initiative calls for normalizing relations between the Arab world and Israel, in exchange for a full withdrawal by Israel to the pre-1967 lines, a “just settlement” of the Palestinian refugee problem based on United Nations resolution 194, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. Former Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat immediately embraced the initiative. His successor, Mahmoud Abbas, also supported it.

Some Palestinians saw the Arab peace plan as the turning point in the Arab world’s attitude toward the Palestinian issue and Israel. It was the first time that Arab heads of state had talked about the possibility of normalization with Israel, though they conditioned it on a full Israel withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“The Arab Peace Initiative represented a decline of the Arab position [toward the Arab-Israeli conflict],” noted Palestinian political analyst Hani al-Masri. “The Palestinians identified with the plan despite the concessions it contained.”

Masri believes that the Arab Peace Initiative (also known as the Saudi Initiative) came in the context of Saudi Arabia’s “atonement” for the 9/11 attacks. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists who carried out the attacks were Saudis.

In 2007, the Arab leaders met in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and “reiterated the adherence of all Arab countries to the Arab Peace Initiative” as it was approved by the Arab summit in Beirut five years earlier.

The Riyadh summit came against the backdrop of reports suggesting that some Gulf states were secretly engaged in normalization activities with Israel. The Palestinians were aware of the secret contacts between some Arab countries and Israel, but refrained from publicly denouncing these states so as not to alienate them.

“We saw the rapprochement between some Arab states and Israel, but we decided that it would be a bad idea to attack them,” explained a senior PA official. “We did not want to deepen divisions in the Arab world. In addition, we didn’t want to be accused of meddling in the internal affairs of any Arab country. We did our best to maintain good relations with all the Arab countries, particularly those that were secretly normalizing their relations with Israel.”

In retrospect, the official said, “we may have made a mistake by remaining silent.”

Had the Palestinian leadership raised its voice and made it known that normalization with Israel was a blatant violation of the Arab Peace Initiative, it’s possible that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain would not have taken a decision to establish relations with Israel, the official added.

“The Palestinian leadership failed to see the writing on the wall,” remarked Palestinian lawyer Khalil Zahran. “By the time the Palestinian leadership woke up, it was too late. The leadership’s strong reaction to the Israel-Emirati deal, meanwhile, has proven to be counterproductive. It was a mistake to accuse an Arab country of betraying al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian issue. Worse, it was a big mistake to send people to the streets to burn pictures of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.”

By the time the PA leadership realized that its harsh rhetoric against the UAE was fruitless and harmful, it was too late.

First, the Arab League turned down a Palestinian request to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the repercussions of the Israel-UAE accord. When the Arab League foreign ministers held their ordinary meeting in early September, they refused to endorse a Palestinian draft resolution condemning the UAE for its “agreement of shame” with Israel.

Shunned by their Arab brothers, the Palestinians were finally forced to come to terms with the fact that the notion of Arab solidarity has passed away. For the first time in decades, the Palestinians now realize that the Palestinian issue is no longer the central issue of the Arab world. And for the first time in decades, the Palestinians are now fully aware that the Arab world has changed.

“As far as many Arab countries are concerned, Iran, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood organization are the real enemy, and not Israel,” said Amjad Shaheen, a prominent activist with the Palestinian ruling Fatah faction. “What’s worrying is that many Arabs are attacking the Palestinians and are saying they are fed up with us and our issue. The Palestinian people feel abandoned and isolated. I don’t think our leadership has a clear strategy how to cope with the new developments in the Arab world.”

Respected east Jerusalem Prof. Sari Nusseibeh believes that the Palestinian leadership has no choice but to make the best of what it has.

“It is incumbent on the Palestinian Authority leadership to transcend whatever feelings and to see if an opportunity has risen,” Nusseibeh said. “I think this has to be studied. Why not ask, for instance, the UAE to push for the kind of solution that the Palestinians have always asked for? Why not ask them to push for things that people have always wanted, such as the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons? I believe that one should make best use of what one has.”

The Arab summit resolutions with regard to the Israeli-Arab conflict have failed, Nusseibeh noted. “The support we’ve had from the Arab world over the past two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight decades has not actually borne fruit, as far as the Palestinians are concerned. It is in this light that one should assess the recent agreements between Israel and Arab countries, whether implicit or explicit. Things seem to be sliding back, so to speak. Of course, this causes a great deal of pain for the Palestinians, just as the failure of the Oslo agreement causes a great deal of pain.”

Nusseibeh, who once served as the PLO’s representative in Jerusalem, advised the Palestinian leadership “to try and see if they could use the developing relations between Arab states and Israel to see if they can push forward the peace process.

“Perhaps it is more possible to do this now than it was in the past, when there were no relations [between the Arab states and Israel],” he said. “I think the Palestinian leadership should look into this possibility, in spite of the pain at the sense of being betrayed. In politics, one has to always be on the lookout for what possible opportunity there is to advance the interests of one. In the past, we had an Arab consensus, which was no peace with Israel until there is peace with the Palestinians. If you look at the history of this policy, one can’t but say it has failed. Why be blind to the fact?”

Like many Palestinians, Nusseibeh is disappointed with the Palestinian leadership for lacking a strategy to deal with the new developments in the region.

“One should be expecting changes sometime soon,” he said. “I don’t think [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is going to be there forever. On the Palestinian side, there may well be change, and some of the changes may actually not come about in a positive way. What I’m concerned about is that the stalemated position our leadership finds itself in might well put some pressure to bring about change in that leadership. Our leadership is under pressure not only because it has not been moving forward with the peace process, but because the Palestinians in the areas it controls are not happy with its governance. I don’t even discount violent change. Everything is possible.”

Under the current circumstances, it seems unlikely that Abbas and his cohorts in Ramallah are going to listen to advice such as the one offered by Nusseibeh. The Palestinian leadership has placed itself on a course of collision with many Arab countries, and it’s hard to see how Abbas will be able to climb down from the tall tree anytime in the near future. [Source]

 

So, there you have it. For years I often wondered how a massive invasion of Israel could be pulled off without the neighboring Arab states piling on.  I guess we can thank the pariah Iran for reshaping the middle east geopolitical sphere. The Arabs and Persians have been at it for thousands of years. And to many of them, their enmity of Persia outweighs their enmity of the Jewish state.

It also appears Israel is going to lock-down again due to Covid-19. I really don’t know how they are keeping their head above water with their economy in shambles and tourism kaput. Israel’s defense spending to GDP most recently reported around 39.50%. Considering How effective the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) is and how state of the art equipped they are, a shortfall in spending will only harm the IDF and their readiness to effectively defend their state.

I think there is a perfect recipe of events falling into place for Ezekiel 38 to unfold. Unprepared Israel. Financially collapsing Russia and Iran, and Turkey’s ambitions, not to mention that all three are operating in proximity in Syria right next door to Israel.

Could we be nearing the Ezekiel 38 war? If so, it doesn’t end well for the invaders as God Himself will thwart and destroy those enemies.  Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:4

Nevertheless, as always, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. Her King is Coming soon!

Shalom,

Brian

Ezekiel 38 In Real Time? Israel Readies Itself for War

And so it begins…….

The Middle East since 1948 has been a hot spot, filled with attacks on Israel from every direction. The General of the Arabic army?  Well, he is behind the scenes. His name is Satan.

The hatred which Satan puts in the hearts of not only the Arabs and unbelieving world; but also in the hearts of the apostate mainline churches all over the world. So-called ministers who preach love from their pulpit – preach this love for everyone except for Israel.

Most of the churches of today in America take part in the satanic BDS movement to attempt to hurt Israel economically. They compare Israel to an Apartheid country, a false and ridiculous accusation..  There are many Muslims in the Knesset. Another lie from the evil one.

From the time in 1948 when the U.N. proclaimed Israel to be the official Jewish Homeland – the people of Israel have had to fight against many foes surrounding them, to keep their homeland safe.

Discovery of Natural Resources Was the Game Changer

Israel discovered that they had been sitting on not only enormous amounts of natural gas, but also (unbeknownst to them) massive amounts of oil. So, the land of Israel is not just the “Land of Milk and Honey”, but it is now an oil rich country. Isn’t it interesting that Vladimir Putin only became interested in talks with PM Netanyahu after the discovery of Israel’s new-found wealth?

Putin cares not for any countries “welfare” – he only cares about money and how he can help Russia’s ailing economy.  Don’t forget – this man was a KGB agent during the Cold War. The only think that has changed is his title.

He is a snake in the grass.

Russia, Iran and Turkey

I left out Syria intentionally.  That country is merely a pawn on this Middle East game of chess. The battles are being fought there and the war torn country of Syria, for lack of a better word, has become the base for Russia and the other countries who yearn to see Israel wiped off the map.  Putin is involved (even when he lies about pulling out of Syria) we all know his presence is there.  Putin will lead the Muslim countries in war against Israel, and it may be very soon.

Ezekiel 38 – When God shows the World that He is Lord

Some are wondering why there isn’t a “boots on the ground” presence from America  in the midst of this escalation.  Personally, I don’t wonder about this. When God fights for Israel, the world will see the supernatural power displayed by Him. He wants the world to know that it was Him who protected Israel and that He IS Lord.

Ezekiel 38 Scriptures:   (Ezekiel 38 1-23)

“Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,  “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him,  and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.  I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them withshield and helmet;  Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.  (emphasis added)

Just as our God hardened the heart of Pharaoh when Moses pled with him to let his people go;  because God is in full control of history, it should not surprise us that he places “hooks” into the jaws of Russia to bring them against His people Israel.

 “Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them.  After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.  You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.”  (emphasis added)

The Jewish people were brought back to their land by God Himself. The Scripture says that they dwell “safely.”  I have heard others say that the Israelis are not dwelling safely. My thought on this is that comparatively speaking – during the years of the diaspora and the slaughter and exile of the Jews from most lands in the earth – they truly are dwelling safely in their own land – and have sophisticated weaponry to boot.

 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—  to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.  Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?”

Saudi Arabia, which is not listed among the countries which will attack Israel, is asking whether the armies of those attacking are going there to take a spoil. This Scripture takes on a whole new meaning since Israel and the world are now aware of Israel’s  great wealth (great plunder)

 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it?  Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.  You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”  Thus says the Lord God: “Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?

Once again, God makes it clear that His own hand will bring Israel’s enemies against her, and that He prophesied through His prophets that this war against Israel would happen.  I hope that the reader fully understands that God is bringing all of this about.  Nothing surprises Him because He is the orchestrater of history itself!

Judgement on Gog

 “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face.  For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’  I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother.  And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.  Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”  (emphasis added)

Unless a big change occurs in the near future, it is almost inevitable that a military campaign will take place on Israel’s  norther border
Escalation on the Northern Front: Israel Must Prepare For War

The situation in Israel’s northern arena is continuously escalating. The incident that took place on Saturday is another step in this process. In my opinion, the way Israel handled the incident proves that the IDF is unquestionably capable of responding quickly, based on accurate intelligence. The downing of the Israeli jet needs to be thoroughly investigated and I’m sure this will be carried out. Nonetheless, the Israeli public needs to understand that sometimes when there is fighting, casualties occur.

In past years, the fighting in Syria involved troops loyal to Assad and rebel forces. Now, the Russians and Iranians (through Hezbollah) have become involved and this has greatly shaped the Assad regime, which currently controls about 75% of Syrian territory. For this reason, preserving Syrian sovereignty vis-à-vis the Syrian people is becoming more and more important to the ruling regime, and its response to Israel Air Force airplanes is a clear sign of this.
 This escalating situation came to be following an Iranian strategy to take advantage of the campaign in Syria. Iran infiltrated Syria further and brought in Shi’ite militias – thousands of terrorists whom they wish to turn into a fighting force against the State of Israel. In addition, they plan to install Iranian air and navy military forces alongside Hezbollah troops. In short, their plan is to surround the State of Israel with proxy forces that will carry out terrorist activities against Israel, all the way to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has made it absolutely clear that it will not allow Iran and its cohorts to control land that touches Israel’s border, and rightly so. The major powers that can stop this process are the Russians and the Americans, However, the diplomatic efforts that have been made so far with the Russians and Americans have not borne any fruit. I personally have met with Russian officials three times over the last 18 months as a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. At the most recent meeting, we made it clear to them exactly where our red lines lie, and warned them that if the process of Iranization doesn’t stop, the result will be an escalation of violence that will lead to an all-out war on Israel’s northern front. This would not be in the best interests of Israel, Russia or the US.

 In the meantime, the Russians are nodding their heads in agreement, saying they understand the problem, and that they also don’t want any Iranian forces in Syria. But they also don’t plan on using any significant amount of force to put a stop to this process. The Americans, to our great disappointment, are doing nothing about this issue except for offering lip service.
 Unless a big change occurs in the near future, it is almost inevitable that a military campaign will take place on Israel’s northern border. The Israeli government must continue making tenacious diplomatic efforts to convince the Russians and Americans to intervene and prevent a war from breaking out.

At the same time, the State of Israel must prepare for battle. The IDF is doing a great job with preparations, but the civilian populations – especially Israelis living in the north – are nowhere near ready. The government called for all homes in northern Israel to be equipped with security rooms a mere three weeks ago.

The incident on Saturday is a reminder that we need to move quickly to protect Israeli citizens. – source

From express.c0.uk 

In an attempt to appear a “reasonable party” in this heated conflict, Putin pleads with Netanyahu to not go to war with Iran.

Here is the article:

Vladimir Putin PLEADS with Israel’s Netanyahu not go to WAR with Iran

VLADIMIR Putin has begged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid actions that could fuel further conflict following Israeli air raids in Syria, it has been reported.

The news has come after Israel yesterday shot down an Iranian drone which was launched from Syria and has also struck Iranian targets in the region as tensions between the two countries rise.

The alleged drone infiltration into Israel’s airspace led to the Israeli Air Force launching it’s biggest retaliatory strikes in Syria in more than 30 years.

As the cross-border escalation ensued, one of Israel’s F-16 jets was downed by Syrian air-defence systems.

Putin urged the Israeli Prime Minister to “avoid any steps that could lead to a new round of confrontation dangerous to everyone in the region,” according to the Kremlin.

However, at a press conference yesterday evening, Mr Netanyahu said: “I reiterated to Mr Putin our right and our duty to defend ourselves against aggression against us from Syrian territory.

“We agreed the security coordination between our armies will continue.”

Mr Netanyahu insisted that “Israel seeks peace”.

He also claimed Israel would continue to defend itself “with determination against any attack against us and against any attempt by Iran to establish a military presence against us in Syria or anywhere else”.

The Israeli Prime Minister added: “I have been warning for some time about the dangers of Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria.

“Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel.”

The Syrian regime has called Israeli’s actions an “aggression”.

Iran has dismissed claims that one of its drones had made an incursion, rubbishing the allegation as “ridiculous”.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has stressed that Moscow remains “concerned” that new tensions could affect zones of de-escalation that it argues have become “an important factor for the reduction of violence on Syrian soil”.

Israel is not actively engaged in the Syrian war but it does keep close tabs on Iran and Hezbollah, both of which are backing Syrian government forces in the conflict.

Throughout the course of Syria’s civil war, Israel has carried out a number of raids over the border against alleged Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah.- source

Putin does not realize that no matter what he says or does at this point, God will indeed place those hooks in his mouth, and he will be dragged into the great war.

Brethren, aren’t we so incredibly blessed to know what is going to happen before it happens?

Prophecy is really being fulfilled at breakneck speed.

Keep looking up, for our redemption does draw near!

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!