Israel at the Center of World Affairs
In 1948 when Israel became a nation it was one of the biggest events in Bible Prophecy news. Its history of conflict and the need for peace became another area of unfolding prophecy. It is a no coincidence that the Israeli Arab peace process is an issue in these end times. In addition Israel has come to the center of world affairs. From Israel becoming a nation in 1948, to the decade after decade of conflict Israel centers on the Bible Prophecy radar screen.
Two State Solution Does Not Fulfill Biblical Prophecy
But the two state solution does not fit the unholy covenant that the Antichrist will offer. The US, Russia and the EU adopted the two state solution embraced since the mid 1970’s.
Israel’s History of Conflict and the Two State Solution
Since the nation of Israel reformed in 1948 it has had a history of conflict. The 1967 ignited by Egypt closing the Straights of Tiran to Israeli shipping vessels, took place between Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Israel made massive territorial gains. Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula up to the Suez Canal. This caused the UN Security Council to adopt resolution 242. This demanded Israel withdrawal from “territories occupied” in the 1967 war.
During the late 70’s leaders of Israel, Egypt, and the US met at Camp David and agreed on two bases for Middle East peace. They signed the Camp David Peace Treaty in 1979. The treaty ended 31 years of war between Egypt and Israel. The Palestinian issues were not resolved. There were calls for Israel to withdraw from the land it captured.
The Peace Process
In 1991, after the Gulf War, former President Bush who supported the creation of a Palestinian state sent Secretary of State James Baker on a series of trips to the region. He explored compromises to help begin the Arab/Israeli peace process.
The major dispute is between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip seek autonomy over their affairs.
The Oslo Accords
In 1993, Israeli and Palestinian delegations secretly negotiated in Oslo, Norway. They signed the Oslo accords. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin ended decades as sworn enemies. The Israelis and Palestinians recognized each other’s mutual political rights. They agreed to strive to live in peaceful coexistence. Negotiators set up a time table for Israeli troops to withdraw from Gaza and Jericho. The Israeli’s and Palestinians also set up for Palestinians to set up their own government. They looked to 1999 for the finalization of a permanent settlement.
The Oslo Accords did not go according to plan. Conflicts arose and the peace process reached many impasses. The US and EU sent several delegations to the area. In 2004, Yasser Arafat died and the conflict has continued.
The Roadmap for peace
The Roadmap for peace or road map for peace was a plan to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It was proposed by the Quartet on the Middle East: the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations. The principles of the plan, originally drafted by U.S. Foreign Service Officer Donald Blome, were first outlined by U.S. President George W. Bush in a speech on 24 June 2002. He called for an independent Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace.
Since the year 2002
From December 2006 to mid-September 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority met 36 times. These comprised of lower-level talks.
Arab Peace Initiative
In 2007 Olmert welcomed the Arab League‘s re-endorsement of the Arab Peace Initiative. In his bid to negotiate a peace accord and establish a Palestinian state, Olmert proposed a plan to the Palestinians.
Obama and the Israeli Palestinian Peace Process
In April 2014, Israel suspended talks due to the new Palestinian Unity Government.
In 2014, Abbas submitted a proposal to John Kerry for the Peace process. It would begin with 9 months of talks. They agreed to a three-year plan for Israel to withdraw to the 1967 lines, leaving East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital.
France’s Conference For Peace in the Middle East
The Trump Peace Plan
But, The two state solution is not the Peace treaty that will be negotiated by the Antichrist on behalf of Israel.
Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem
Tide Turning Against Two State Solution
Other Alternatives for Peace
Looking to what the future tells us below are five possibilities regarding the Peace treaty that begins the Tribulation and will be agreed from the European Union.
In light of it beginning after the Ezekiel 38 war there are two steps that will occur.
The current two state solution falls out of favor and peace is achieved paving the way for the Ezekiel 38 war.
If the timing of the Ezekiel 38 war is to occur during the millennium and it will not begin the Tribulation the path might be as follows:
Despite the gap, for Bible Prophecy watchers there are several key developments:
The quest for peace in the region,
- The fact that Israeli Palestinian peace is on the foreign policy agenda of each major power,
- That the European Union went a decade ago from an outside observer to a major player,
- and with Donald Trump’s bucking the world tide and deciding to move the US embassy to Israel’s capital Jerusalem,
- Finally the preparations in this last decade for the building of the Third Temple and that this past year a sacrifice was performed close to the Temple for the first time.
For articles regarding the Peace Treaty in Bible Prophecy see
What is the Covenant of Death
Bible Prophecy-The Peace Treaty
Bible Prophecy-The Peace Treaty and Israel’s History of Conflict