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Posted:  May 31, 2003

The prophet Zechariah wrote that in the last days, the city of Jerusalem would become a burdensome stone and a cup that causes drunkenness.  All the nations that surround Israel are indeed intoxicated with religious passion and the religion that feeds this drunkenness is Islam.  Zechariah also predicted that the conflict would escalate to a point where the entire world would be brought into the battle, and all those who tried to resolve the issue will be cut to pieces.  It seems the events in the Middle East are fitting into this scenario perfectly, and fulfilling the prophecies of the last days.  Unfortunately, for those of us in the U.S., the United States is leading the effort to divide up God’s covenant land.

Now that the war in Iraq is over, the U.S. is focusing its attention on the Middle East.  The Bush administration recently unveiled its Middle East “Road Map”, which was drafted by the “Quartet" – a group consisting of the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations.  The Road Map lays out the conditions, phases, timelines and benchmarks for the formation of a Palestinian state by 2005.  The creation of this state is supposed to bring a final end to the Middle East Conflict.  The road map shifts the focus off of an end to terror and on to more concessions by Israel even as homicide bombers continue to blow themselves up, taking innocent civilians with them. 

I Thessalonians 5:1-3  “Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.  For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.  While they are saying, ‘Peace and Safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

Who will bring this destruction? 

Daniel 9:27 “And he (the Antichrist) will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wings of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

Paul’s words “peace and safety” from the Greek can also be translated “peace with security”.  In 1992, with the election of Yitzhak Rabin, a new policy of peace for safety began.  The Israeli people began accepting the implementation of UN Resolution 242 – trading land for peace, and leading them to the precarious position they are in today.  With the acceptance of this new Road Map, they continue to make agreements and concessions that will leave their borders as indefensible as they were before the 1967 war. 

In an address to Parliament before the Iraq war began, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said “It is precisely now, when we do have all this focus on the issue of weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein and all the things that he has done, that we say to the Arab and Muslim world: ‘We accept the obligation of even-handedness, we accept that it is right now that we have to say to people that the issue of peace between Palestinians and Israelis is as important as any other issue to us.”

In a statement at Camp David after meeting with Blair, President Bush said, “Last June 24th, I outlined a vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security.  Both America and Great Britain are strongly committed to implementing that road map.”

U.S. Secretary of State Powell, President Bush, and Tony Blair plan to rebuild the coalition that was splintered during the war with Iraq by buying into the Arab myth that “occupied” land and Jewish housing construction in the disputed territories is the root of all the problems in the Middle East.  Bush, who is a committed Christian, is taking America down a dangerous path when he is willing to kick Jesus out of his own house.  If Jesus were born today, under the conditions of the Road Map to peace, he would have to be evicted from his home and would be accused of being a settler and an obstacle to peace.  Apparently our government now agrees with Arafat, who at a UN gathering in Geneva in 1988 said, “Bethlehem is the Muslim town where the first Palestinian, Jesus was born.”  Of course facts matter not in a “global neighborhood”.  Islam had not even come into being in New Testament days and the “occupiers” in the Jewish homeland at the time were Romans.

The Bush administration has also prepared a list of sanctions against Israel should it refuse to comply with a plan for a Palestinian state by the end of the year.  These sanctions include an examination of the use of U.S. weapons in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  A congressional source close to the administration said “it’s hard to overestimate the anger within the administration toward Israel regarding the delays in the roadmap”.  I would add that it’s most likely hard to overestimate God’s anger at this country for carving up His covenant land and handing it over to Islamic nations and terrorist groups.  The administration has stated it would reconsider these proposed sanctions should Israel fail to implement the roadmap over the next few months.

At the same time, The European Union is now pushing hard to eliminate the EU Presidency’s and Commission’s roll in foreign policy and instate a President of the European Union where the 10-nation military alliance resides.  As the EU is one of the quartet now working on the Road Map to peace in the middle east, the stage could very well be being set for the seven-year peace agreement of Daniel 9:27 that will be made by one man, the Antichrist and leader of the 10-horned Roman Empire.

The “roadmap” also demands that new leadership with real authority be democratically elected to head the new Palestinian state.  A new Palestinian Prime Minister was put in place, but he is anything but in charge and this is no secret.  On May 26th Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announced to world leaders that he, not his prime minister, is in charge of the Palestinian side in negotiations with Israel.  Arafat still controls the Palestinian security forces, has objected to the makeup of Abbas’ cabinet (instead installing many of his cronies) and Abbas himself admits no decisions are made without the approval of Yasser Arafat.  Where are the media outcries and condemnation from the U.S. administration?  Arafat has yet to comply with anything in phase one of the plan, yet no one is claiming that the Palestinians are delaying a peace agreement. 

Abu Mazen, the Prime Minister for the Palestinians, isn’t much better than Arafat.  In fact he’s none other than the man who financed and approved the Munich Olympics terrorist attacks.  The mastermind of the Munich Olympics massacre, Mohammed Daoud Oudeh, says it was Mazen who provide the money for the attack.  Ever heard of the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade?  I’m sure you’ve on numerous occasions turned on the news to hear that the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade has proudly taken credit for another homicide bombing in Israel.  If you haven’t, you probably don’t watch much news.  Who is the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade?  It’s not a part of Hamas, Hezbollah, or Al-Qaida.  It is a cell of Fatah, the organization founded and directed by Arafat and Mazen for nearly 40 years.  Mazen even pushes the theory that the Jews conspired with Hitler to create the Holocaust to justify the creation of a Jewish state.   In March of 2003, Mazen was quoted as saying that it was permissible to murder Jews who lived in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.   This is who the US and the Israel are making deals with and pinning their hopes on.

Not only is it a strategic mistake to give the Palestinians a convenient and defendable front line from which to launch their attacks, it is idiotic to reward terrorism, while fighting a war against the same.  We will be rewarding murderous Palestinian terrorism and creating an Israel that will be invitingly vulnerable to attack by Arab countries and terrorists.   

If Mexico decided that the southern United States was unfairly taken from them in the Spanish American War and is now “occupied territory”, and if the Mexican people began launching suicide attacks in the United States killing innocent civilians in coffee shops, discos, and markets, would we solve the problem by giving them the southern United States in exchange for their promise to no longer blow up our people?  Somehow I doubt it.  What country on the planet would agree to promises from their enemies in exchange for land?  Would the Muslims, for the sake of peace, surrender Mecca to the Jews?  Would the Catholic Church surrender the Vatican?

So, what about this pre-condition in the road map that Palestinians must end terror attacks before being given their own state?  As the U.S. and the quartet are talking about time-lines and moving the peace plan forward (and threatening sanctions against Israel if they do not comply with the plan), the Palestinian Authority mufti, Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri, during a sermon in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, called upon Muslims to oppose the U.S. coalition against terrorism and encouraged them not to fear the U.S.  We’re dreaming if we think the P.A. is committed to ending terrorist attacks on Israel.  They aren’t committed to ending Islamic terrorism anywhere in the world.  Their scriptures teach otherwise.  The goal of every good Muslim is Islam’s dominance over the world in all governments and all countries, and nowhere more than Israel.  As the Quran says, they must “Slay the infidels”.

While the governments of the world pressure Israel and threaten consequences for any failure to immediately move the peace plan forward, you will hear nothing of consequences for more homicide bombings carried out by the Palestinians.  The roadmap demands an end to terror attacks and a crackdown on Palestinian Militants.  In fact ending terror is the major objective of Phase one of the plan, which is to be completed by the end of May 2003.  The P.A. is required to make a VISIBLE effort to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere.  And, if the Palestinians don’t put an end to terrorist attacks, what are the consequences?  They still get a Palestinian state and Israel gets sanctions for being hesitant to continue down the road map to destruction.  In short, terrorism pays.  Even as Islamists are blowing themselves up every time someone from the administration makes an appearance in Israel, Bush has assured Arab allies that a Palestinian state will emerge by the end of the year.  With those kind of assurances, why would Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Aqsa, or any of the other terrorist groups working for the P.A. stop doing what has worked for them.  We don’t have to guess that they won’t.  They have openly proclaimed to the media that they will not give up their “armed struggle”, no matter what concessions are made.

Every time more peace talks are planned and the politicians of the world again start promising “peace and security”, you can count on increased terrorist attacks in Israel.  Just after the road map to peace was unveiled by the quartet, a wave of terror strikes hit Israel and Jerusalem.  This was after 6 months of no attacks on the city.  It is a historical fact that every time Israel withdraws its troops in compliance with yet another peace plan, they become a target.  How much worse will it be if the Palestinians are rewarded for their terror attacks with their own state and the “security apparatus” they will be justified in building to defend their borders?  If it were any other country in the world, no one would expect them to retreat and expose themselves to more attacks.

Since the Oslo Peace Accord, when the Palestinians agreed to end their “armed aggression” in exchange for more land in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, terror attacks against Israelis have actually increased three-fold.  The land handovers have continued despite increasing terror attacks.  As punishment for the P.A.’s violation of every peace agreement they’ve ever made is the creation of their very own state from which to wage more attacks. 

Of course, the Palestinian Authority immediately endorsed the plan with only some reservations on the final status of Jerusalem.  Why would they NOT immediately endorse the peace plan?  They are being rewarded for terrorism, so there is absolutely no reason for them to think that once the deal is done, they cannot continue to terrorize Israel for more gain, eventually reaching their ultimate goal of eliminating the Jewish State from the map.  If terrorism got them their own state, wouldn’t the logical conclusion be that more terrorism would get them what they really want?  Meanwhile Israel must face a world that demands immediate concessions and visible actions, as history repeats itself over and over again, leaving more dead Israelis and terrorist camps covered with posters of martyrs.

God also has something to say about the creation of a Palestinian state in the Promised Land.  In Joel 3:1-2 He says, “In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.  There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.

The scattering of the rightful residents of the Promised Land obviously happened in ancient times, especially after the Assyrian, Babylonian and Roman conquests of the land.  The Lord is now regathering his covenant people from the corners of the earth as prophesied in Isaiah 11:11-12, and with nearly half the Jews on earth back in their home land, prophecy is once again being fulfilled as we divide up their land, and work diligently toward pushing the Jews out of “occupied” Judea, Samaria and at least part of Jerusalem.

We will pay a price for turning our backs on Israel in an effort to placate riled Muslim world opinion in the aftermath of the war on terror and in Iraq.  Scripture warns that “dividing up My land” is one of the main reasons judgment will come on the nations in the end times.  We are also paving the way for the Arab nations who will conspire together to wipe out Israel as a nation:

Psalms 83:1-4  “O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still.  See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.  With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.  Come, they say, let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

In ancient times Israel made many unwise alliances with enemies whose ultimate aims were to destroy her.  Israel’s past is filled with politicians heeding the advice of other governments rather than God.  God has this to say about the kind of peace the governments of the world are trying to sell to us in the road map to destruction:

Jeremiah 6:14-15  “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.  ‘Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace.  Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?  No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.  So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them.”

Ezekiel 13:10  “Because they lead my people astray, saying “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built they cover it with white-wash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall.  Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth.  When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”.