THE NATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST ARE CENTRE STAGE IN GOD’S REDEMPTIVE PLAN

Make no mistake during the End-Times, God will focus His attention on bringing to fulfilment the covenants that He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David.

Most of Daniel’s visions focus on the Gentile kingdoms in history, and on their rule over the people and land of Israel. It was revealed to Daniel that the Gentile kingdoms would have dominion over Israel until the time of the end  and the coming of their Messiah. He was given understanding that the nation of Israel, and their Land, is going to be embattled and fought over until the end. There will come a time, however, when that season of the Gentiles’ dominion will come to an end; a time when the Land will be given back to the people of Israel; a time when they are going to be restored to the Land.

The Bible clearly says that His divine activity will be both “great and terrible” as He zealously works to persuade the peoples of the Gentile nations to turn from their evil ways and accept His “redemptive plan” as it will be expressed in history through the manifestation on earth of the everlasting covenants that He made with Israel. At the same time, God will be working dramatically among Jewish people, and for the nation of Israel, to turn whole-heartedly to Him—accepting the Messiah that He has already sent to make a way for their salvation. We are told that by the end of this age, the surviving Jewish people will believe on and receive Jesus as their Messiah and King!

Throughout the New Testament, the prophecies written about the End-Times and the return of Jesus are focused on Israel and other key nations of the Middle East. The Book of Revelation portrays the cities of Babylon and Jerusalem as the two most prominent cities in the End-Times drama.

The nations of the Middle East will be the “stage” upon which God completes His activity of redemption in this age and ushers in the next age, which will be a time of renewal and restoration that will affect the whole world.

Jesus is Returning

In mercy the throne will be established; and One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness. (Isaiah 16:5)

The way to be righteous for those who would partake of God’s Kingdom is “through faith in Jesus Christ.” 

“But the righteous man shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

Righteousness is not through our works. It is a gift that we receive and that we live by through faith in Jesus.

“God made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (Corinthians 5:21) Awesome! This verse is one of the most “astounding” verses in all of Scripture.

It is important to emphasise here that there is only “one-way” of salvation; only one-way to become a Righteous citizen of God’s Kingdom.

“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to Him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6)

Sadly much of the apostate church believes Jesus is not the only way to God. This is heresy and leads only to destruction.

Also, this issue of “identity” has become a concern for many Jews who are now “Messianic believers;” those who believe in Jesus (Yeshua) as their Messiah. They struggle with what they should do with the Law—and with the covenant that was made with Moses and with the children of Israel at Mount Sinai. They often identify themselves, as Jews, with many of the things that they were taught under the Law, as well as from traditions that have sprung up throughout their history. Paul made it clear that Jews must also submit to God’s perfected way of becoming Righteous, which is only through believing in Jesus, the Messiah:

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:1-4)

It is important to pray for the Messianic community, so that they may come to accurately understand God’s heart and God’s Word. This difficult situation, most likely, will only increase in the last days, when the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem and a revived Levitical priesthood institutes daily sacrifices and offerings again.

Extracts from Tom Craig’s book, Living Fully for the Fulfilment of Isaiah 19: When Egypt, Assyria and Israel Will Become a Blessing in the Midst of the Earth

 

 

NO TO ISRAEL, NO TO THE USA, NO TO PEACE

Death of Oslo? Palestinian council votes to end recognition of Israel

Whoever does broker a peace deal with Israel, and it will happen as prophesied, the world will shower accolades on this man. He will look good and even the elect may be deceived. Perhaps the Antichrist’s appearance on the world scene is not too far distant.

Death of Oslo? Palestinian council votes to end recognition of Israel

The Palestinian Central Council (PCC), which met in Ramallah over two days, decided on Monday to end all commitments in the agreements the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has signed with Israel, to end security coordination and to revoke the Paris Economic Protocols which govern the economic cooperation with Israel.

Such moves mean the end of all peace protocols with Israel and the complete collapse of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The PCC alleged that “in view of Israel’s continued denial of the signed agreements,” it again recommends eliminating end all of the PLO and PA’s commitments under their agreements with Israel, as well as suspending their recognition of the state of Israel until it recognises the non-existent state of Palestine on the June 1967 borders with the eastern portion of Jerusalem as its capital.

By way of background, “Palestine” never existed within the 1967 “borders,” which are in reality boundaries. Jordan occupied these areas for 19 years prior to their liberation by the IDF in the 1967 Six Day War.

Security cooperation with Israel, largely aimed at protecting Abbas from his rivals in the Hamas terror group, is unpopular among Palestinians but has survived repeated crises and years of deadlock in talks with Israel, as it is first and foremost in Abbas’ interest.

Abbas’ unelected government would likely collapse if he cuts ties with Israel.

The PCC gave the power to PA head Mahmoud Abbas, who chaired the PCC meetings, and the PLO’s executive committee to implement these decisions, and Abbas has the final say on such drastic moves.

The PCC also expressed support for Abbas’ opposition on the US’ as-yet unreleased peace plan, accusing the US of “siding with the Israeli occupation” and of being “part of the problem and not part of the solution.”

The Palestinians reject any notion of a US-brokered diplomatic solution and have boycotted Washington since December 2017, when President Donald Trump announced official US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Since then, the Palestinians have escalated their rhetoric and actions against the US.

Abbas has also blamed Hamas for failing to implement the reconciliation agreements signed with his Fatah party over the years, which would have brought an end to bitter and bloody internal Palestinian enmity.

The PLO also stressed the Palestinians “right to resistance by all means as per international law,” which represents a call to arms for intents and purposes.

THE TIMING OF CHRIST’S RETURN AND WHY IT MATTERS