Since the fall of Satan (Isaiah 14:12-15) a war has raged between Satan and God. That war has gone on unabated and continues until this very hour. As this present age comes to an end, that war will come to great climax. Satan desires to replace God as the ruler of this world. God has appointed His Son to return to the earth and rule this world through the nation Israel, actually sitting on the throne of David in Jerusalem. (Luke 1:32).
God’s program is to rule this world through Israel; therefore, the focus of the climactic end time war is the nation of Israel. Satan has determined to destroy the nation of Israel, thus preventing Christ from ruling over a restored Israel.
A study of scripture reveals that Satan works through men and nations. Today the nations of the world are determined to remove Israel from the promised land, or at least to divide Israel`s inheritance. The Palestinians are at the focal point of this attempt. We need to understand that the goal of the Palestinians is not a two state solution; their goal is nothing less than the total destruction of Israel.
When the Palestinians talk about the end of the occupation, “what do they mean”? The western nations think they mean the end of the occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinians actually mean,” the end of Israel.” The Palestinians are quite bold in proclaiming this intention, for some reason the western nations cannot or will not see this fact.
The Palestinians have published many maps of a liberated Palestine; these maps conspicuously show no sign of any Israeli presence. This map appears in P.A. school text books and it also appears on a patch on the uniforms of some Palestinian leaders and on some official PA logos. The map of the liberated Palestinian state is a map of all of Israel.
Palestinian leaders have claimed that liberated Palestine will stretch from sea to sea, (from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean Sea). When you hear the Palestinians talk about a liberated Palestine they are not talking about a Palestinian State alongside Israel, they are talking about a state in place of Israel.
The Palestinians do not want a two state solution. When Prime Minister Barak made surprising and extensive concessions to Yasser Arafat at Camp David, Arafat turned them down. The PA end game is the total removal of Israel, not a two state situation. Today with Barack Obama and the EU involved in the negotiations for a two state situation the possibility of real Israeli concessions are very good. The PA now refuses to negotiate because they will not settle for anything less than the removal of Israel. Abbas cannot negotiate a peace deal which recognizes Israel that would isolate him from the Palestinians and Hamas.
Hamas has stated over and over again that their goal is nothing less than the elimination of Israel. Hezbollah has stated the same thing. The sponsor of both Hamas and Hezbollah and the associate of Syria, Iran, has declared many times that their goal is the destruction of Israel. A recent news item stated, “Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, predicted on Tuesday that Israel will be destroyed by the Muslims in the not-too-distant future.” The item continued, “Khamenei's views on Israel are identical to those of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad”.
All down through history the goal of some men and some nations has been to eliminate the Jewish people. We are now coming to the climax of the history of this age and the final great attempt to eliminate God`s people, Israel.
What lies ahead? We know that Satan’s goal is two- fold, he wants to replace God as ruler of the Heavens and the Earth and he also wants to be worshipped by men and angels. Satan’s program involves a worship component. Satan not only wants to be worshipped, he wants to be worshipped in the very place where God has been worshipped in the past, and the place God has set aside to be worshipped in the future. That place is the Temple in Jerusalem.
What is Satan’s program to bring this about? Paul tells that Satan will gain control over the rebuilt Temple and at the half way point of the tribulation period and will set up his man, Antichrist, in the Temple and demand that the entire world worship, him on pain of death if they refuse. Then the final and greatest attempt to eliminate Israel will come about.
The next move by Satan will be the Peace Treaty. Satan needs the Jews to rebuild the Temple and re-establish the worship system. The peace treaty will enable that to take place and seem to favour Israel, and Antichrist will appear to be Israel’s benefactor.
All down through the years as Satan has many times sought to destroy Israel; God has intervened to preserve His people. In the last sixty years we have seen the hand of God preserving Israel time after time. Today the nations are trying to eliminate Israel through the Land for Peace negotiations. God has repeatedly intervened to frustrate these attempts; ‘THE’ Peace Treaty will not be signed until, by the permissive will of God, antichrist comes on the scene.
Satan uses men and nations to try to bring about his purposes but the sovereign God is in control. This sovereign Lord loves His people Israel and has revealed in His Word a plan to restore them to himself. (Zechariah 12:1 - 13:9)
All of this explains the reason why successive American presidents who, with the expending of all of their energies and resources cannot resolve the Mideast situation. President Obama has, just this week, admitted that he has failed in his attempt to solve the Mideast problem, however, he is recommitting to another attempt. God has a time and a Satan has a man, who by the permissive will of God, will bring about the false peace that will trigger the cataclysmic last seven years of man’s day.
It seems to me that the stage is being set for the whole biblical scenario to unfold. Israel has her back to the wall. The Islamic nations are totally and openly committed to destroy Israel. The Revived Roman Empire is rising in Europe with the appointment of a Super leader who appears to be filling the office of Antichrist? It is out of Europe that he will come and sign the peace treaty. America is the ‘fly in the ointment’. America has no role in the last days scenario. In fact, American diplomatic and military power is totally frustrating the unfolding of biblical last days prophecy.
The signs of America’s demise are everywhere. Headlines speak of economic collapse, of devastating terrorist attacks with WMD that could turn America into a third world country overnight. The real threat to America is not really these dangers; the real danger is the defiance of God in the matter of turning against Israel.
The British Empire dominated the world when I was a young man. I watched as they turned against Israel, in much the same way as America has now done, in a few short years the British Empire was no more. America is walking a very dangerous road!
Perhaps the cause of this threat goes back to the way in which America has given itself over to materialism and pleasure and sensuality which has gone hand in hand with a dulling of the spiritual senses. America has abandoned God; Obama has declared that America is no longer a Christian Nation. There remains a faithful remnant in America (and Canada), if that remnant were to be removed in the rapture, what would hold back the judgment of God upon the nation?