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Peace and Safety

by Michael G. Mickey

 

In Bible prophecy, particularly Daniel 9:26-27, we're told that a prince (or leader) of Roman descent is going to confirm (or make strong) a seven-year covenant of peace in the Middle East between Israel and her enemies. The leader who will confirm this peace, when it ultimately occurs, will be the prophesied Antichrist - a man who will ultimately, if not already, wield tremendous power over the revived Roman empire of Bible prophecy which I believe is the ever-rising European Union.

In a recent Ynetnews.com article, Jordan's King Abdullah said Israel "must choose between the mentality of "Israel the fortress" or "living in peace and security with its neighbors.""

Peace and security, as I've shown many times in past commentaries, is synonymous with the phrase "peace and safety" as seen in 1st Thessalonians 5:3, which states (emphasis added mine): For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Revisiting what I've said in the past, one definition of safety (asphaleia {as-fal'-i-ah} in the original Greek), as used in 1st Thessalonians 5:3 is: security from enemies and dangers. As such, we can state with certainty that the phrase "peace and safety" is synonymous with the phrase "peace and security."

So how does "peace and security"/"peace and safety" lead to sudden destruction? We see the prophesied Antichrist ride onto the world stage in Revelation 6:2:

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Immediately following the rider of the white horse beginning his conquest of the world, we see peace will be taken from the earth when the rider of the red horse of war begins his ride across the earth. This is detailed in Revelation 6:3-4:

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, come and see. And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

So, as we look at what prophecy predicts is going to occur, potentially in the not-too-distant future, the world is someday going to rejoice that peace has finally come to the Middle East. What will follow that, however, will be anything but peace as the world is suddenly going to explode into warfare. Those who are here to see it will be as those who lived in the days of Noah. All will be well and life will be moving forward as normal when, suddenly, a flood of God's judgment will begin to fall on mankind which will last for seven years, the culmination of which will be the visible, physical, bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth at Armageddon.

Why do I say that those who are here to see the Antichrist ride onto the world's stage as a heroic peacemaker will be as those who lived in Noah's day? Because some of us, namely all those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, will not be here to see the terrible time to come wherein God's judgment will fall upon a world that has forgotten Him. Where will we be? In the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord as a result of the Rapture of the Church. If Christ comes for His Church - and there will be no announcement as to when that will take place whatsoever prior to it occurring - and you find yourself here after it occurs, your future is going to be horrific.

I know what many of you will think upon reading this, particularly nonbelievers. You will ask yourself, "Seriously though, could this really happen as prophesied? Could it happen anytime soon?" My answer to both these questions in reply would be, "Yes!" Let me further explain.

Not only is Jordan's King Abdullah using the precise language we see used in 1st Thessalonians 5:3, which should perk the ears of every Christian up at the very least, a close confidante of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently stated, as seen in an Israel National News article, that "Judea and Samaria should be temporarily transferred to the Europeans and that most of the territory's Jewish communities should be evacuated."

Further, the close confidante of Olmert, Knesset Member Shlomo Breznitz, is quoted in the article as saying (emphasis added mine):

"The only way to get out of the impasse is to transfer the territories, for a limited time, to an international mandate, that will run them until the establishment of a Palestinian state."

A mandate, for the record, is an authoritative command or instruction.

Readers, let me make this perfectly clear to you, as I don't want anyone to miss what I'm getting at in the least. The stage is being set, as clear as crystal, for Daniel's prophecy concerning the advent of the Antichrist to occur, which will be preceded by the Rapture of the Church.

In Daniel 9:27, we're told that the Antichrist is going to confirm a covenant "with many" for one week, which is, in biblical terms, seven years. In the Israel National News article, we're told that one of Israeli PM Ehud olmert's closest allies is indicating the West Bank should be transferred to the revived Roman empire of Bible prophecy under international mandate UNTIL a Palestinian state is established.

Back in 1993, although I'm not certain the fact was known at that immediate time, the Oslo Accords foresaw that it would take seven years for a Palestinian state to be formed. The birth of 'Palestine' was to occur in the year 2000. That didn't occur, of course, but why? I would argue it was because there was no one involved as a third party to ensure Israel and the Palestinians, the bitter enemies that they are, wouldn't inevitably go back to fighting! In other words, no one confirmed (or made strong) the peace covenant between them! This time, however, things may be different - to the extent that the return of Jesus Christ may be at the very door!

In the Israel National News article, an aide to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is quoted as saying there will be a "historic political evolution and movement in negotiations in the next few weeks and few months, unseen since the Camp David peace talks in 2000."

The only conclusion I can draw from all this, barring a dramatic change coming to pass that will greatly slow the progression of prophecy-related issues I'm documenting are routinely visible in the news of our world today, is this:

Jesus Christ is coming SOON!

If you've never heard it said that the events described in this commentary might be imminent, consider yourself alerted if you're a Christian and forewarned if you're a nonbeliever!

If you're reading this and you don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it's time to get to know Him

and the sooner, the better!

 

 

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