Workshop for Peace and Prosperity in the Middle East

After waiting for months to hear the details of President Trump’s Middle East peace plan, the wait is over. A delegation of global heads of state and global financial leaders gathered on June 26-27 in Manama, Bahrain to consider phase one of the proposal. The theme of the gathering was “Peace to Prosperity.” Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and appointed advisor of this peace initiative, spoke to the group, explaining the details of this innovative approach to obtaining peace and security in the Middle East. The first step of the plan is to offer a $50 billion incentive to four countries to help them out of their cycle of poverty. Those who will be recipients of this aid are Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and the bulk of the aid going to the Palestinians. This investment will be made to help these countries develop their infrastructure and create jobs for millions of people. The idea is to help these nations out of poverty, hoping this will foster an atmosphere that will allow them to work toward a political solution for peace. The political aspects of this offer have not been revealed. The Palestinians refused to attend this conference. The Israelis were not invited.

It is my opinion that this plan will fail because religion, not economics, is at the heart of this struggle. The real problem is the refusal of those who have adopted the radical views of Islam. According to Islamic tradition and law, once a piece of property becomes a part of the global Islamic state, it must never be surrendered for any reason to an infidel (a non-Muslim). Islam controlled the land of Israel for more than 500 years. Therefore, the occupation of this land by Israel is an embarrassment to Islam. The world will continue to struggle with this conflict until the future Islamic messiah offers his peace plan to Israel, beginning the 7-year tribulation (Daniel 9:27).

According to a report release the last week of June, the Muslim Brotherhood openly stated, “there will be no peace in the Middle East as long as Israel exists. [Furthermore], in a revealing video report, Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the United States and abroad made it clear that their ultimate objective remains the replacement of every governmental system on earth with Islamic law.” (www.wnd.com) It is my opinion that the future global Islamic government will the same as the future global kingdom of the Antichrist that will rule the entire world during the last half of the tribulation.

Watch the following 15 minute video about the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood. Warning: There is some very disturbing material on this video. To watch this video, clink on this link .

The fact that this offer for peace is called “Peace to Prosperity” reminds me of the warning given in 1 Thessalonians 5:3, “For when they [the world] shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

To watch the opening remarks at this summit, click on ths link.

Russia Sides with Iran

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Israel hosted a trilateral security meeting with the chief security advisors of Israel, Russia, and the United States on June 25-26 in Jerusalem. The discussion focused on Iran, Syria, and other regional concerns. In spite of the concerns that Iran is defiantly creating nuclear weapons grade materials and developing and testing ballistic missile systems to deliver them, Russia’s advisor continued to support Iran’s efforts in the Middle East. With the following comments, it is apparent that Russia seems oblivious to the ongoing Iranian threats to destroy Israel.

“Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said in Jerusalem on [June25] that ‘Iran has been and will be an ally and partner of ours, with which we have gradually developing ties for quite some time, both bilaterally and multilaterally. Any attempts to make Tehran look like the main threat to global security, to put it in the same basket as ISIS or any other terror group, are unacceptable. Iran has been contributing a lot to the fight against terrorism in Syria, helping to stabilize the situation. We call upon our partners to exercise restraint and to take efforts to alleviate the concerns and tensions. Efforts should be made to decrease tensions between Israel and Iran.’” (int.icej.org)

These statements certainly indicate that our world is moving toward the war of Gog and Magog, mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39. At the center of this war is the alliance of Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Russia’s view of the tensions in the Middle East are the same as Iran’s. They both see Israel as the problem for the lack of regional peace and security. These evil nations have the same interests.

Ezekiel 38-39 is a topic of great interest in Israel at this current time. It is only a matter of time. It is my opinion that this war will likely take place before the Rapture of the church. Get ready for the shout that will take us out!

Earthquake at the Dead Sea

Israel continues to experience minor earthquakes. On Wednesday, June 26, a 3.8 earthquake occurred in the southern area of the Dead Sea. This area is a part of the very dangerous earthquake fault zone that is known as the Syrian/African Rift Valley. This fault forms the eastern border of Israel with Jordan. In Israel, this Rift Valley follows the entire Jordan River basin in Israel from the north until it reaches the Dead Sea. The earthquake fault goes underneath the Dead Sea, through the Arava Valley and through the Red Sea into the continent of Africa. Jerusalem is located only 17 miles to the west if the fault line. This Rift Valley will produce the major earthquakes connected to many prophetic events mentioned in the Bible. These current successive minor quakes along this fault line are a signal that the more powerful ones are coming. The last major quake in this area was in 1927. Israeli seismologists have been preparing the nation for the next big earthquake, which they say is due any time.

The Jewish Love for the Land

Picture of an Israli.
credit: Times of Israel

There is no people group on the face of the earth that loves their land like the Israelis. The land of Israel is a part of their Jewish birthright, history, and heart. It is a vital part of who they are. It goes much deeper than feelings of patriotism. In a unique way, God has united the Jewish heart and the land of Israel. In Isaiah 62:4, the land is called “Beulah,” which is Hebrew for “married.” Going all the way back to the Abrahamic covenant 4,000 years ago, God married the Jewish people to the Promised Land. Speaking of the Jew and the land, God said, “For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee” (Isaiah 62:5).

This bond between the Jew and his land is perfectly illustrated with the recent return of the remains of an Israeli who was killed in action 37 years ago in southern Lebanon. On April 4, 2019, Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel was laid to rest in the prestigious military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. In remarks at her brother’s committal, Osan Haberman said, “All of our prayers during these 37 years went to one place and we’re here. I thought about what I would do here in this place. I can’t even embrace you. So I thought to turn to the ground and ask the land to embrace you. After a few minutes I understood that I don’t even need to ask. The land embraces you so strongly. And why? Because there is absolute love between the son that gave everything for the land and the land itself, and there is a perfect union here. You are together now.”

When people attempt to separate the Jewish people from the land God has given to them, they are wrestling with God. They are attempting to divide what God is united. God has married the Jew to the land. “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mathew 19:6).

Israel 10th Healthiest Nation on Earth

Israel Today reports that “according to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 countries according to factors that contribute to overall health. Israel is 25 spots ahead of the United States.” Israel is the 10th healthiest nation in the world. (www.israeltoday.co.il)

Israel continues to be the land that flows with milk and honey. In Ezekiel 20:6, the Bible speaks of the land of Israel as a land “flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands.” Israel is one of the few countries in the world that provides its citizens with all the food they eat. They import very little. I know from my tours that the food in Israel is fresh, delicious, tasty, and prepared by Israeli chefs in the hotels where we stay. They also provide us with an incredible variety of foods at each meal.