Waiting on a jury to bring back its verdict. That’s what this period in human history feels like. What will happen in the mid-term elections in America on November 2nd? What will happen in the “peace negotiations” in the Middle East? What do these converging events have to do with prophecy?
How will the upcoming US elections affect the “peace process”? Arutz Israel, a publication of Israeli National News, on Monday opined that American pressure “is likely to get even worse after the elections”. This informed opinion is based on the fact that the Palestinian Authority did not drop out of the “peace talks” when Israel let the freeze on new construction in Judea and Samaria expire recently. Arutz Israel described what is happening this way: “Rather than the Palestinian Authority dropping out of talks with Israel as it said it would, the Arab League has decided to give U.S. President Barack H. Obama another month to pressure Israel…Israeli officials are bracing themselves for a full-court press by Obama to push Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…the question most Israelis are asking themselves, of course, is whether Netanyahu can stand up to the pressure.”
On Tuesday PM Netanyahu tried to defuse the intense pressure that will surely come from the US after next month’s elections. He offered to again freeze new construction if the Palestinians “recognize Israel as the Jewish national homeland”. A Palestinian spokesman responded by saying the PM’s proposal was “unacceptable”. The rejection came as no surprise, as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a Saturday speech to the Arab League attacked Israel for “Judaizing” Jerusalem, calling for “international observers to come stop the ‘Judaization process” and claiming that Israel posed a danger to Muslim and Christian holy places. A high-ranking Israeli official, Vice PM Ya’alon, responded to the statement by Abbas by saying “Their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state shows they have no interest in having Israel as a state beside theirs”. Just so. Jihadists and their friends and members in the Arab League have made it abundantly clear that a Jewish state should be located in Canada or in Europe, anywhere but where God planted it millennia ago.
So, once the votes are counted in American polling booths, and once the US President returns from an eleven day ‘get out of Dodge after the election’ trip to India, what can we expect? Prophecy specifically describes Israel as at peace and not suspecting war, i.e., in a peace treaty relationship with its enemies, when it is invaded by Iran (Persia) and Russia (Gog) (Ezekiel 38 and 39). Thus, we know that, eventually, Israel will bend and bow to the world’s pressures, led by the US, and “make peace” with its sworn enemies, exactly what God told them in scripture not to do. He criticizes ancient Egypt, one of Israel’s treaty partners in this way: “You have been a staff of reed for the house of Israel. When they grasped you with their hands, you splintered and you tore open their shoulders; when they leaned on you, you broke and their backs were wrenched.” (Ezekiel 29:6). Stay tuned. Late this year and early next year PM Netanyahu will begin to feel like a piñata, as the US orchestrates maximum pressure on Israel’s leader. Some of that world pressure accelerated this week when France threatened to recognize a “unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinian Authority” if it becomes dissatisfied with progress in the “final status talks”. Even the phrase is ominous, as Hitler described his plans to exterminate Jewish residents of Europe as “the final solution”. Dr. Sumrall wrote a book several years entitled “Jerusalem – Where Die”. America will some day regret its role in forcing Israel to give up the land, which God said not to do, and pressuring Israel to enter into a peace treaty, which He also warned Israel not to enter into, as its “peace partners”, as did Egypt, will inevitably disappoint Israel. Only God protects Israel.