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Deal-of-the-Century Update

One has to wonder how many times President Trump has heard the following words, or those similar: “You must not give away land God has given Israel, Mr. President.”

Or: “Mr. President, America must never abandon Israel or deal treacherously with the Jewish people.”

The reason it is reasonable to wonder this is, in part, because of recent developments in the process known as “the Deal of the Century.”

Emails received have indicated on numerous occasions the trepidation the emailers feel–that is, the uneasiness about the probability of the Trump administration making a “deal” that will almost certainly include giving the Palestinians part of Israel’s land in a ”two-state solution” to the conflict in the region.  

The deal, of course, involves the Trump Administration trying to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the so-called Palestinians. I say “so-called” because the word “Palestine” is a term concocted, many scholars believe, from the ancient people who were Israel’s enemies, the Philistines. This is the people from whom, of course, the giant Goliath and his brothers came in the biblical David and Goliath account.

There has never been such a homeland for those called “Palestinians.” The Arab/Muslim world has used its claim that Israel is an illegitimate occupier of the Palestinian homeland in recent times to foment hatred against the Jewish state.

There is fear amongst the diplomatic world that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians could at any moment flare to trigger thermonuclear response from the Zionists, as the Muslim-haters of Israel terms that nation. Israel, it is known by all, although not officially admitted, has one of the world’s most lethal nuclear capabilities.

The Trump administration has been working to construct what the president, in his usually outspoken manner, calls “the Deal of the Century.” By that, he means he intends to come up with a plan that will make peace in the region, thereby eliminating the fears of war that might ignite because of the conflict.    

It was rumored that the American administration intended to include as part of this plan for making peace the dividing of Israel’s land in order to create a separate nation called Palestine.

Christians who are savvy about Bible prophecy and who observe the times in light of Christ’s promised return have weighed in heavily on this possibility. They stringently oppose such division of Israel’s land, based upon, in part, passages in the book of the prophet Zechariah and Joel.

Joel prophesied: “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3: 1-2).

The prophet was foretelling about Armageddon, of course. He was saying that God will bring the nations of the world into the killing fields of the Plains of Esdraleon–the Valley of Jezreel surrounding Megiddo–to punish them for their maltreatment of His chosen people of Israel.   

Those who hold to the premillennial, pre-Trib view of Bible prophecy believe that to be instrumental in dividing the land God gave Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will bring a curse on the perpetrators– based upon God’s promises found in Genesis 12: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

There was, as I say, trepidation amongst these Christian believers that President Trump planned to make the division of Israel’s land part of the Deal of the Century.

Something has, perhaps, seemingly put a stop to that troubling rumor. The following news excerpt explains in part. 

There is no Palestinian statehood in the “deal of the century,” only autonomy, as U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a silent member of the administration’s Mideast peace team, has revealed.

Friedman warned the Palestinians that the Clinton, Olmert, Kerry and Obama proposals are no longer on the table…

Now the architects of the peace plan are making clear that all those proposals are a thing of the past and there is no better deal on its way.

When Arab countries are disintegrating because of jihad on one hand and Iran on the other, no stable Arab government would see the formation of a new Arab state as a dream come true. A bold new peace plan should propose taking a completely different direction. (“There might be something to ‘deal of the century’ after all, opinion by Ben-Dror Yemini, Published: 8-01-19 Rapture Ready News)

Again, based upon this overt declaration that there will be no Palestinian state constructed as part of negotiating peace, one must wonder how many times President Trump has heard the words, or those similar: “You must not give away land God has given Israel, Mr. President.”

It is fodder for conjecture whether Bible prophecy adherents close to the president, such as Dr. Robert Jeffress or John Hagee, have had an influence. Certainly the Holy Spirit is at work in these closing days of the Church Age (Age of Grace). We will keep watch, with great interest, on unfolding things surrounding this “Deal-of-the Century” process.


9 Comments

  1. sue christiansen says:

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom

    • Ted Bates says:

      I am not sure if it is the initial one who signs the treaty or the one who confirms or strengthens the agreement. We have already signed treaties between Israel and Arabs. Bill Clinton made an agreement but it is not being enforced. In NKJV Daniel 9:27 uses the word confirm, the RSV uses the words make strong. I think the treaty can be signed but later reinforced. Otherwise the Antichrist could be President Trump but I do not think that could be the case. Also the image in Daniel 2 points to the revived Roman Empire which I see as coming out of Europe.

  2. hawk2017 says:

    Truth.

  3. Ted Bates says:

    It is concerning. While we have been very pleased with how our president has supported Israel, we may have to resist his policy should he try to divide the land. Israel is only the size of New Jersey.

  4. Ed Wood says:

    Daniel {9:27} And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:
    and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

    I think what may sometimes be overlooked is that the Antichrist does not necessarily initiate the “covenant with many,” but he does confirm it. This suggests that it must already have been formulated beforehand. Now I’m not entirely sure it even is a mid-east peace accord, but I do believe that this is probably what it is.

    If President Trump’s administration does come up with such a deal that looks like it might actually work, it will still need to be accepted by the parties involved and given the “teeth” to make it work. That’s where the Antichrist comes in. The implication here is that he’ll have sufficient clout to pull it off. It may very well be the first official act of his world rule, or it may come as his influence is still growing, on his way to world domination.

    Now whether believers will be around to see it happen is uncertain, but we should keep watch all the same because in so doing, I think we’ll be given valuable clues as to just how much time we have left before our departure.

  5. John Clark says:

    Whatever the case may be, everyone needs to take prophecy seriously and literally. If the Trump peace plan mentions 7 years, this is the real deal.

    • Ted Bates says:

      I agree that the coming world leader is not necessarily the initial one who signs the treaty but the one who “makes strong” RSV or “confirms” the covenant the one who actually enforces it. I do not think that our president is that evil man, for I see the Antichrist to come out of Europe because Daniel 925/26 says that the “prince to come” will come from the revived Roman Empire. While the Roman Empire included most the world, the fact that it is called Roman points to Europe.

  6. JC Courtney says:

    This is the Abomination of Desolation.

  7. Gatha Walker says:

    Great article blessings

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