Mid-East Conflict

The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and the Palestinian people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are also involved. This could result in the regional war that was foretold in Psalm 83. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to bring about peace in the region. In November of 2012 Egypt was involved in gaining a cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

The current wave of violence could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to a more serious regional war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between these nations, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think this war will occur at the end of the Tribulation, but there are many differences between it and the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it could be the fulfillment of the prophecy of the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6:3-4 (Rider on a Red Horse: Great War).

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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Prophetic Significance of Mid-East Conflict

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US senator Graham threatens to defund UN over Palestine bid

Dec. 28, 2014 - Visiting in Israel, US Senator Lindsey Graham warned that an effort by the Palestinians to be recognized by the UN as an independent state . . .
. . . will be met with “a violent backlash by the Congress that could include suspending funding to the United Nations. We will not sit back and allow the United Nations to take over the peace process.”
Source: Times of Israel

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Netanyahu: We will not tolerate attacks against us

Dec. 26, 2014 - In a speech that emphasized Israel's ongoing commitment to military strength, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the purchase of four new Saar-class missile launching ships. He thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her "commitment and constant assistance" to Israel's security.
Source: YNet News

US military equipment being detoured for possible battle vs. ISIS

Dec. 25, 2014 - As the US war in Afghanistan was winding down, some $7 billion worth of military equipment was going to be destroyed, sold or given away. However, Air Force Maj. Gen. Rowayne “Wayne” Schatz, the director of operations and plans for U.S. Transportation Command, said that from June to December roughly 3,100 vehicles and other military gear was moved into Kuwait while plans for a massive spring offensive against ISIS is being developed.
The gear is being housed near a busy commercial port, which is now the place where -- mostly ambush-protected vehicles known as MRAPs – are parked, in addition to electronic equipment and other supplies.
The spring offensive will help Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take back territory from the Islamic State. But Lt. Gen. James Terry would not comment on details or the timeline for the program.
Source: Fox
US sending military equipment to Iraq ahead of possible spring offensive - i24 News

Palestinian draft peace plan put before UN Security Council

Dec. 18, 2014 - Jordan has submitted a resolution for a one year process resulting in a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.
The text of the draft says a negotiated solution should be based on several parameters including the boundary . . . that existed before the 1967 Six Day War, security agreements, and "Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states".
In the past the US has vetoed resolutions it considers hostile to Israel, but it has not given any assurance so far that it would veto the resolution.
Source: BBC

'Unilateral UN moves will lead to instability'

Dec. 16, 2014 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a meeting in Rome to discuss the fact that the Palestinians plan to ask the UN to recognize Palestine as an independent state.
In the meeting with Kerry on Monday, Netanyahu requested that the U.S. use its Security Council veto against a Palestinian resolution (which could be proposed on Wednesday) to set a two-year deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state."
Netanyahu told Kerry that the Palestinian plan, without Israeli agreement, would have "destructive consequences."
Source: Israel Hayom

Hamas admits: 'We have headquarters in Turkey'

Dec. 3, 2014 -
[An] Hamas strongman confirmed to WND that Turkey is indeed used as a base by Hamas operatives led by Salah al-Arouri, a Hamas leader based in Turkey who has amassed significant power within the terror group’s infrastructure.
Source: WND

French Lawmakers Pass Symbolic Motion to Recognize Palestine as State

Dec. 3, 2014 - French lawmakers, mostly from Socialists and left-wing parties, voted to urge their country to recognize Palestine as a separate state. The vote was 339-151.
While most developing countries recognize Palestine as a state, most Western European countries do not, supporting the Israeli \and U.S. position that an independent Palestinian state should emerge from negotiations with Israel.
Source: Voice of America

Jewish Worshippers Massacred During Morning Prayers

Nov. 18, 2014 - Two Muslims killed worshippers in the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem this morning.
Four Israelis were killed and another nine were wounded, many of them seriously, during the bloody rampage. Eyewitnesses who survived the attack said the terrorists did not wear head covering, but were shouting “Allah Akbar” - “Allah is Greater”
Source:Israel Today
Three Americans among dead in Palestinian attack on Jerusalem synagogue - Fox
Netanyahu: Israel will 'respond decisively' to murder of Jews in synagogue terror attack - Jerusalem Post
Wave of Palestinian terror starting to resemble a religious war - Haaretz

Israeli woman killed in Jerusalem as violence spreads across Israel

Nov. 11 -
An Israeli woman has been killed and three others wounded in two separate Palestinian knife attacks as months of unrest in Jerusalem spread across Israel and the occupied West Bank.
A Palestinian teenager from the northern West Bank stabbed an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv.

Later in the day another Palestinian killed a young woman and injured two other people near the Alon Shvut settlement near Jerusalem. These attacks follow months of protests and violence. Over the weekend tensions escalated after Israeli police shot and killed a young Arab-Israeli during a routine arrest.

Source: The Australian
Map: The countries that recognize Palestine as a state - Washington Post
Jerusalem a city on edge as tensions spiral - BBC

Sinai terror group swears allegiance to Islamic State

Nov. 6, 2014 - Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group that occupies the Sinai penninsula and threatens both Israel and Egypt, has sworn allegience to the Islamic State.
“After entrusting God we decided to swear allegiance to the emir of the faithful Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, caliph of the Muslims in Syria and Iraq and in other countries.”
Source: Times of Israel

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