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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Is Jordan's King calling for a Holy Covenant on the Middle East?

Here's some news that came out before Christmas that I didn't have time to post.

Jordan’s King Rejects Change in Status of Jerusalem, Its Holy Sites

(Reuters) Jordan’s King Abdullah on Wednesday rejected any attempt to change the status of Jerusalem or its holy sites, and said peace would not come to the region without a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In another related headline we read,

Palestine’s Abbas Says U.S. Jerusalem Decision ‘Greatest Crime’ 

(Reuters) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday, the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was the “greatest crime” and a flagrant violation of international law.

And now a week later,

Tens of Thousands of Indonesians Rally Over Trump’s Jerusalem Stance

(Reuters) Tens of thousands of Muslims marched from the main mosque in Indonesia’s capital to a square in Jakarta on Sunday to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dennis Edwards: Again we see the Arab's reaction to Trump's decision to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. In many posts, I have mentioned the "Peace-Pact" or "Holy Covenant" spoken of in Bible prophecy concerning the last days.  Some Bible prophecy experts believe that the Bible foretells of a Holy Covenant before the 2nd Coming of Christ. Speculation about what the Holy Covenant could involve increased when Israel became a nation in 1948. In 1967's Six-Day War Israel gained more territory, while the Palestinians became more frustrated with the world's lack of enforcing UN resolution 242. That resolution promised to form a two state solution with both Jews and Palestinians having Jerusalem as their capital.

Because of the tension over Israel's aggressive stance concerning land areas that were formally Palestinian, many have thought the Holy Covenant might involve a compromise to placate both Israel and Palestine over their differences. The importance of the  7 year Holy Covenant  confirmed by many nations, is that it is broken half way through the 7 year period. The breaking of the Covenant and the placing of the Abomination of Desolation in the Temple are the signs Jesus gave for the beginning of the Great Tribulation or sometimes called "Jacob's Trouble." If we are understanding Scripture correctly, the Antichrist is the author or promoter of the Covenant and also he who breaks it. Could Trump's decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem be a catalyst to a situation in which a Holy Covenant is deemed necessary and agreed upon by many nations concerned? If so, we could be living in some very exciting and yet very sobering days.

Other articles since Christmas have noted that Trump's decision to embrace Israel's desire for Jerusalem to be it's capitol has moved America away from being able to negotiate a settlement between the Jews and the Palestinians. These articles have noted that Russia is seen by the world in a better position as negotiator because of it's positive action to stop IS in Syria. The Russians are now making a more permanent military/naval base in Syria. So her presence in the Middle East will not diminish and her relationship with Turkey and Iran, two key nations in the famous future Battle of Armageddon or the battle of Ezekiel 38 & 39, continues to be strengthened. 

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