For over 40 years the world’s leaders have spared no effort to bring a peace treaty to the Mid-east. Such a peace agreement has totally escaped them, the closer they seem to get to it the further away it becomes.
At this time there is absolutely no possibility of an agreement for a peace treaty. There is no hope of a peace treaty at this time because the Arabs do not want it. The Arab nations are totally committed to destroying Israel and removing her from the Mideast.
These are the words said in 2007 by Mahmoud Al-Zahar, the founder of Hamas: "There is no place for you Jews among us and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed to annihilation."
These are the voices of Palestine. The Chairman of the Parliament, Ahmad Bahar, said: "Make us victorious over the infidel people. Allah, take hold of the Jews and their allies; Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies. Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don't leave even one."
The next statement is from Ibrahim Mudayris, an official of the Palestinian Authority, Ministry of Religious Trust and Religious Affairs: "The prophet said the resurrection will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them. Rejoice in Allah's victory. Everything wants vengeance on the Jews, these pigs on the face of the earth, and the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come."
Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, the party of God, an Islamic party in Lebanon, funded and created by the Iranians has said that he hopes that the Jews will gather in Israel, so he won't have to hunt them down globally.
The creator of Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood, about which you've read something in the last few weeks during the protests in Egypt. Here's what Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has said. Qaradawi spoke in Cairo recently to a million cheering Muslims: "Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler by means of all the things he did to them. Even though they exaggerated this issue, he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers."
Even as I write this article the following news item was released. “On April 28, 2011 a reconciliation agreement was signed between the Palestinians and Hamas re-uniting the two groups as the government of the West Bank and Gaza.” The following press release reveals the new agenda. “Mahmoud al-Zahar says peace with Israel not on new Palestinian government's agenda.” Meanwhile, Fatah and Hamas officials outlining the terms of the reconciliation agreement, stress the deal is first the step on the way to establish independent state” (In joint press conference in Cairo).
This new development will prevent any peace agreement and ultimately guarantee war.
The Iranians are totally and openly committed to the goal of Israel’s destruction. They are developing nuclear weapons to do this. They are also working to build a military machine around Israel to destroy her; it is a massive program of overkill.
Israel’s enemies definitely have the upper hand at the moment. Hezbollah has taken over Lebanon and they are armed to the teeth to attack from the north. They have the SA-2, the SA-3 and as many as 4,000 to 6,000 Iranian Fair 3 and Fair 5 rockets which have a range of 75 to 80 kilometres. The IDF estimates that Hezbollah has about 60,000 rockets of different types and sizes and that the stockpile is growing daily.
Hamas in Gaza, now have open access to unlimited supplies of arms through Egypt, Iran is flooding the Gaza Strip with an armada of missiles and weapons to enable them to attack Israel from the south. Syria is the ally of Iran who is pouring missiles and military equipment into Syria who in turn supply them to Hezbollah. Turkey has turned against Israel in the last year. Russia is moving into the Mideast and will further embolden the Arabs against Israel. No matter what happens in Syria and Jordan in the matter of political unrest, it will turn to Israel’s disadvantage.
Further south, Yemen seems about to fall into the hands of Al Qaida and Iran. Along with that scenario Egypt is about to tear up the Peace Treaty with Israel. A recent poll shows that a majority of Egyptians do not want peace with Israel. Egypt has been a source of peace and stability in the Mideast for some time, but that is changing as they are now building a relationship with Iran and are themselves about to become a radical Islamic state.
There has not been a peace treaty signed with Israel because it would not have been permitted by Hamas, Hezbollah or the Palestinians on the streets of the West Bank. The whole Arab world is totally and fanatically committed to removing Israel from the Mideast. The depths of the Arab-Muslim rage against Israel, is hard to comprehend. Peace is the farthest thing from their agenda. They are not seeking peace but rather Israel’s surrender.
The Palestinians have a new weapon against Israel in the form of a motion to be brought to the UN which would move the nations of the entire world to proclaim a sovereign Palestinian State in Judea and Samaria (The West Bank) with East Jerusalem as its capitol. This motion would undoubtedly allow for the return of millions of Palestinians to Israel’s heartland which would bring about the certain demise of the Jewish State. Already over a hundred nations have endorsed this proposal. American and EU diplomats have recently warned that if Netanyahu fails to present a new peace plan soon, superpowers may officially endorse Palestinian state on 1967 border, with east Jerusalem as its capital.
The Arab-Islamic nations are now certain that victory over Israel is, at long last, in their grasp. American influence in the Mideast has dissipated in the last few months and America is vacillating in their support of Israel while the UN, the EU, Russia and China are ready to move force the Jewish State to surrender to the demands of the Palestinians. America is no longer a deterrent to war by the Arab States. There is not a single nation in the world that does not endorse the idea of a two state solution to the problem. That includes our both Canada and the US. The western nations seem oblivious or blinded to the fact that the solution they are adamant about imposing upon Israel will bring Israel’s demise. They are determined to pacify the Arab world in order to keep the oil flowing
We have a contradiction in this scenario. The prophetic scriptures tell us a different story, Israel will not be destroyed and a peace treaty will be signed. How can this be reconciled? To begin with we never have to compromise the Word of God to reconcile with the world view of the moment. We go to God’s Word to discover how things will turn out.
I believe the scriptures give us insight into this very situation and reveal how a false peace treaty will be facilitated.
I believe the answer is found in the prophecies of Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, and Ezekiel 36. In those passages we see a war that will take place between Israel and her enemies which are within and immediately around her. This war will take place prior to the peace treaty. The enemies indicated are Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas on Israel’s borders and the Palestinians (who are the Edomites) within Israel. Today these nations are preparing to attack and eliminate Israel.
At this time it would be advantageous for Assad of Syria to go to war with Israel; it would distract from the political unrest and focus his people on their antagonism for Israel. If Assad is brought down in Syria (as now seems highly probable) it is certain that a radical Islamic government will take its place. This will give Iran even greater control and power and influence in Syria. In fact Debkafile reported an Iranian coupe was being planned in Syria.
This coming war will be the greatest war the modern state of Israel has seen. (See “The Coming War” in the March 2010 Edition of Sound the Trumpet). As we stated, Hezbollah is reported to have as many as 60,000 missiles of all kinds and ranges, some with an explosive payload of up to a ton. Syria is believed to have biological and chemical weapons. Hamas has recently purchased chemical weapons from the Libyan rebels. This will be a regional war with possibility of the use of chemical, biological and even perhaps nuclear weapons.
This is another war Israel should lose, but won’t, God will again intervene. According to the scripture references there will be great devastation. Israel will suffer great loses but those who come against her will be devastated, (see Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 36). According to these scriptures Damascus will be utterly destroyed. Isaiah 17:1 says, “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinians are identified in Psalm 83 verses 6-8. We read about the devastation that will befall them in this war, Ezekiel 36: 5 says, “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.” We also read about God’s intervention in Isaiah 17:13, “The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.”
One retired US general has stated that we are on the brink of a war in the Mideast which will change the world forever. I believe that this war will bring about a scenario in the Mideast that will leave a Mideast that is unrecognizable by present day standards. In the last few months we have seen tremendous changes in the Mideast; they will pale by comparison with what lies ahead.
The consequent devastation of the enemies of Israel in this war will rebalance the situation between Israel and her enemies causing them to sue for peace. The peace that the Arabs now reject will then become a reality as the super Leader comes out of Europe to sign the false peace which will deceive the whole world.
We dare not set dates; we cannot know the day or the hour when the Lord will catch up His church and set in motion the wind up of his program for the ages. The world around us is blind to the disastrous situation that the Lord is preparing to bring judgment on a rebellious and disobedient world. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”
We do not know when the trumpet will sound, only He knows the day and the hour. Our responsibility is to be watching and to be ready!
Believer will you be ashamed before Him at His coming?