The Players in the peace process

imageNow we must examine if the point in time in which this individual is placed by the story, is our present time.

The first thing we must keep in mind during this study is that these prophecies are all directed at the Jews and their decedents. Throughout scripture, all of the kingdoms referenced are only those who have dealings with or influence over the Jews. This is not a history of the world, but a history of a single people and those who cross paths with them. (Dan9:27)

The signs The Lord Jesus speaks of in Matthew 24 are signs that point to the end. The end defined as the Second Coming of Christ, where He returns in vengeance, vanquishes His enemies, and sets up His kingdom here on earth. (Dan2:44) This end, is a series of events, not just one. (Rev.6-19) The series happens over a period of seven years. They happen during two distinct periods of three and a half years each. (Dan.9:27)

“Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the world”?(Matt.24:3)

The Lord Jesus answers His disciples in a broad brushed overview at first, telling them that during the period before His coming they [the Jews] will hear of wars and insurrections, as Nations rise against Nations, and Kingdoms against Kingdoms, and there will be famines, pestilence’s and earthquakes, all of this going on in diverse places around the planet.

Then He says that all these are only the beginning of their sorrows. Because then He tells them that while all this is happening, they will be delivered up to be killed, and that the reason for this is they will be hated for the sake of His name. Then He speaks of how the Jews will betray and hate one another. And that because evil is going on all around them, there won’t be much love.

Then He gives them a little good news, and tells them that those who live through it will be saved. [meaning that their race will survive to multiply and still attain the final reward some one thousand years in the future].

Next He explains that the story of the Kingdom will be witnessed to all the Jewish Tribes [by 12,000 from each tribe] in the Nations of the world, so that they know the story of what’s coming, and with that accomplished, then shall the end come. He completes the thought by telling them that if He didn’t interrupt and shorten the time of the person who is killing them, none of them would survive.(Matt24:.4-22)

All of what The Lord Jesus had to say happens after the beginning of the seven year period. He describes the entire seven years in overview, which is what makes it so clear. This story confirms the story told in Daniel about the same period.

The opening part about the wars and insurrection, famine, pestilence’s, and earthquakes, are presently going on. Even though they have been forever in history, and it promises to get worse, this couldn’t be the time if they weren’t happening now. At present there are more of these phenomena taking place than at any time during past generations.

Israel – The Focal Point

imageSo, what’s going on with the Jews today? This is the important thing to know, because this is all directed at them. They are the central figures in this drama. Although the world is the whole stage, the mid east is the focal point where the drama is being played out.

Let’s begin with them when their Nation was still prophecy. The Balfour Declaration, November 1917 paves the way for the creation of the state of Israel and when the British pull out of Palestine in 1948, prophecy becomes history! David Ben Gurion becomes the new states first prime minister.

Israel with it’s sponsors, Britain and the USA, emerges onto todays scene, having survived through 4 wars, numerous attacks from many kingdoms, and presently in the midst of solving the controversy [The promised land controversy] that lies beneath the surface of the one most often discussed, the Palestinian homeland issue.

Although the Palestinian Homeland question, left unanswered since 1917, is what needs to be resolved, the reason for peace isn’t made as clear as it might be. The unrest caused by the problem on the surface is effecting the entire world’s economic structure, because the fuel that operates the world is OIL.

The oil and it’s stability or instability is the dominating force that keeps the world powers meddling in the affairs of such insignificant, by comparison, little countries. But, as time would have it, the world’s attention is presently focused on a part of the world that is the very same Seleucid portion of the old Grecian Empire, namely, Syria, Northwest Iraq, Southern Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel, which all fall in the territory of the Eastern branch of the old Roman Empire.

Exactly where the prophets place it at the end times. No other time in history focuses the world’s undivided attention on this exact little piece of ground for this exact reason, namely needing peace between the Jews and the other peoples of this exact territory. This would be a non issue if it weren’t for the rebirth of Israel in 1948.

For years they tried to get to the peace table. They are finally there, and making a serious assault at peace.

A note to remember here, is that from Paul we know that the peacemaker can’t be revealed while the Church is here (IIThes.2:6,7,8). The Church will not see the peace made, so therefore they won’t see the peacemaker, that is, to see him make peace. But if you know the story, and see the stage set with the players, you can readily see who’ s who and why.

To Present Day Stage

image Roman Empire
image Seleucid Grecian Empire

imageIn Daniel we learn that 10 kings from an area within the boundaries of the Eastern Leg of the old Roman Empire will form a ‘loose confederacy’, around an agreement they make with the Jews. Also, in among them, another, lesser king, who comes from within the old Seleucid Kingdom, will come up, and he will be given the honorary leadership to act for the others.

However, three of the kings rebel, are warred against, and are uprooted. The lesser ruler will be restored to his ancestral greatness. He wins the approval of the world as he is held up as The Peacemaker, the man with the solution to their problems. His benevolence lasts only as long as it takes to gain control. After that his deceitful true intentions are unleashed against the Jews. Out of this comes a great turmoil, and a final deciding battle, held on the plains of Megiddo.

Who are the ten kings from within the realm of the Eastern old Roman Empire? And who are the three that will go to war over a pact made with the Jews, and why? And who is this individual that has the key to peace, and why will he go to war against his neighbors? These questions, when answered will set the players on the stage, and from then on, you will be in position to watch the drama of history unfolding for yourself. That alone is reason enough to get informed.

The old Roman Empire stretched out over present day Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and around the Mediterranean to include Egypt and Libya.

The Old Roman Empire also stretched out in other directions, but the portion concerning these ‘end time’ prophecies are contained within the boundaries of the eastern branch, where Constantine ruled Rome from his capitol in Constantinople.

The land in the story of the Bible has never changed. Starting from Babylon, the territory grew under each successive ruler, until it encompassed all of the land of the middle east, from Macedonia all the way to India. Everything that happened to the tribes of the Bible, happened in that territory.

You’d have to stretch your imagination, to think that God isn’t going to continue to fulfill his covenant with them in the same place that He has always dealt with them. And the players will all be the same, only the names will have changed. And the places all remain the same, only now with different boundary lines and names. The predicament the world is in today is the direct result of the fulfilled prophecy of Israel’s rebirth and present existence.

Ezekiel 38 begins with God saying, “Son of Man set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say, I am against you O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal”. It goes on to say that Gog will have a fully equipped army, and will be joined by Persia, Cush, Gomer, and Beth Togarmah in his invasion of Israel.

The land of Magog, by all biblical atlases show that land to be in the northern part of modern day Iraq, just north of Baghdad.

Meshech and Tubal are in the area that today is Turkey, and portions of northern Syria as well as northern Iraq.

These are the nations that now occupy part of the Old Hashemite Kingdom [black outline], and are all in the area encompassed by the Seleucid portion of the Old Grecian Empire [white outline].

imageThe force joining Gog for war, Persia, [Iran], Cush, [Ethiopia and Sudan], Put, [Libya], Gomer, [northern Turkey into the area of Georgia and Azerbaydzhan] Beth Togarmah, associated with the ancient Sythians, [Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan] are all former republics of the former U.S.S.R. and are all currently Moslem nations.

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