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

Tear it all down!

Why has this generation gone insane?

How did we get here?

When looking through the lens of HIS-story, we flawed humans have a few major faults in common. 1. We are all born slaves to sin. 2. We all have a propensity to forget our past, and rather quickly. Hmm, what was I writing about? Oh yeah… Let’s focus our attention on item two.

If we look at the canon of God’s word (The Bible), we see God chose a family to bring His salvation to all the tongues, tribes, and nations of the earth. The promise-keeping Lord God said to the family father (Abraham):

In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” (Genesis 22:18). Indeed, the Jewish people were elected by God to bring forth Salvation (Jesus Christ). The Lord made an everlasting covenant with these people to be a people before Him forever. The Lord also (with condition) appointed them a Holy (set apart) nation of priests:

“‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel’” (Exodus 19:5-6). We can easily see throughout scripture that Israel failed that duty, quite a bit, and God judged accordingly. In hindsight, it’s easy to look back through scripture and say, “Oh my, how dumb could these people be? How could they forget the Lord and all He has done?” Well, look in a mirror; you (we) are guilty of the same.

I believe we are living in days not unlike the Book of Judges. This book begins with Joshua and his generation dying off: “All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10).

Sound familiar? It should! I’m 52 years old, so I’ve been around long enough to witness a God-fearing people totally forget the Lord God within ONE generation. True, my generation was crazy and had its own issues; but despite that, when I was a propagator of evil actions, I always knew deep down inside I was sinning against a Holy Just God. I was raised at a time when if you said “God,” I immediately associated “God” with The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; The God of the Bible who came in the flesh, Jesus Christ. It was a time when Capitalism was the good-guy system (righty so) and Marxism was the bad-guy system that murdered 100 million in the last century. HELLO!

Sadly, better than half the millennial generation identify as agnostic or atheist (according to Pew Research). If you mention “God” to the younger generation, they’ll very often ask, “which God”? They have no sense of history, are ignorant of God’s Word, and hold to some form of moral relativism. Sound familiar? The book of Judges ends with, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

So then, does the prevailing news of the day surprise you? We are bombarded with Godlessness, lawlessness, looting, rioting, lying and murder on full display. Just as Paul described: “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

And, if you seek the truth or reason, you are yourself decried as evil. Just as Isaiah wrote: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Brethren, this is our reality.

But why?

Let’s examine what happened after Joshua died: “Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals, and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the LORD to anger. So they forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtaroth” (Judges 2:11-13).

But wait, you may say. We haven’t gone that far! Oh yeah? Let’s see about that:

Right, we don’t carve idols of wood and worship them. Yes, true! However, in a sense we do just that. Maybe we don’t worship carved gods, but we most certainly worship things and stuff. The big TV, the nice car, the nice house… WE must outdo our neighbors, the Smiths. “Look what they got.” We even have forums such as Facebook to put our stuff on display. “HEY, LOOK AT ME AND MY STUFF.” Just like the Canaanites, we have become a nation of twisted sexual perversion, sorcery (drugs), rampant gambling, gross apathy, and open hatred of God. Surely, we don’t burn our children to Moloch. Oh yeah, ever heard of abortion? I believe in America alone; we are approaching 70 million unborn lives snuffed out, upon the altar of death.

You see, we aren’t so different than our forbearers, are we? Somehow a generation is rising that “did not know the Lord.”

The history presented in HIS-story (the Bible) is something we as believers ought not overlook. After all, it is scripture. God put it there as a lesson for all of humanity. If God severely disciplined His beloved people Israel, DO NOT think He will not do the same to us.

There are true believing brethren living in the world under the yoke of oppression for faith in Jesus.  They look at us (the Christian West) and groan. Many say the church in the West needs persecution to refine its faith. You know, they may be right. Paul said as much: “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).

It certainly will separate the saints from the ain’ts.

What can I do; what can I do!?

Isn’t it easy to isolate and curl up in a ball crying, “WOE IS ME”? Perhaps we can just write off this world and hunker down. God will rapture me away anyway! Well, let us consult the TOME OF TRUTH (The Bible) and see what HIS-stories Author has to say. If we claim we serve our Lord and Master Jesus the Messiah, when He departed this earth, he left us specific orders: “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

So, when we see the lawless mob tearing down statues; tearing down the nation state; tearing down our common heritage; and tearing down God Himself, we, of course, need to oppose them. However, we also need to serve them. “WHAT? ARE YOU INSANE?” you may think. Brethren, these people do not know what is coming. The wrath of God is like a huge rubber band pulled back so far and ready to snap. They will be condemned to a lake of fire forever. Forever is an awfully long time for an unbelievably bad thing to be happening to you. You cannot escape; you cannot die. This is a fate that You and I deserve. Yet: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

There was someone, somewhere that shared this Gospel with us. The knowledge that my enmity with God was removed. That God declared me righteous by HIS work. We all as born-again believers had an insurmountable debt paid in full, on a rugged tree. The ONE who took our sin away commands us to share this with the lost.

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

Let us then STOP pulling our hair out and banging our heads off a wall concerning current events. Brethren, embrace these times. It is in a dark time that WE are required to be the ambassadors of Christ He commands us to be. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Let us each work in the harvest field. Sow those seeds of the Gospel to all that will hear. If they reject you, do not be discouraged. Perhaps God will send another servant to come along and water those seeds? “What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:5-6).

Do not get offended if they reject you giving testimony. It is God they truly are rejecting. Do not burden them any further than needed as this can be very counterproductive (learned this from experience). “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” (Matthew 7:6).

When you are hated for the Gospel do not be surprised. “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:34-39).

The Lord is noticeably clear on His instruction. If it’s not clear, I challenge you to get into HIS word more. Start working those spiritual muscles. Become equipped for the days coming upon us. It is, after all, “Such a time as this.”

Shalom,

Brian