On Tuesday, the Palestine Liberation Organization's ambassador to the U.S. announced that the future Palestinian state will be free of Jews, a declaration that has also been made by West Bank Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. This does not bode well for a treaty of "peace and security" between Israel and the Palestinians.
As if timed to go along with the above declaration, also on Tuesday, Hamas called for the overthrow of the Oslo Accords. The Oslo Accords refer to an interim peace agreement made in 1993 between Israel and the Palestinians, led by then President Bill Clinton. Hamas is the Palestinian (terrorist) party that is in rule in Gaza (which neighbors Israel to the southwest), which has in its political charter the goal to eliminate the Jewish nation.
These are just a couple of the many hints that the Palestinian leadership does not want peace with Israel. They also show that Israel's quest for "peace and security" will not be met by a treaty with the Palestinians, and, of course, the Israeli leadership knows that.
The Bible predicts that Israel will sign a treaty that will appear to guarantee peace and security. However, at the present time, this appears to be a long-shot possibility. Since the charters of both Hamas and Fatah—the groups of Palestinian leadership with whom Israel would need to deal if it signed a treaty with the Palestinians—call for the elimination of the Jewish nation, it would appear that the fulfillment of God's prediction of such a treaty of peace and security will indeed be a miracle, unless . . .
But what if Israel's next treaty will not be with the Palestinians? What if God will fulfill His predicted treaty in a far different way? In fact, that is exactly what His word indicates. The end-times, seven-year treaty signed by Jewish leaders in the future will be co-signed by ten leaders of other nations—and not by the Palestinians. In fact, that will be the treaty that will appear to satisfy Israeli leadership's quest for peace and security. It will also be the treaty that will start the clock ticking on the final seven years leading to the return of Christ.
But to get to that point, it appears that a miracle will need to take place. After all, the indication in Bible prophecy is that five of those co-signers appear to be leaders of Middle East states—Israel's neighbors. Yet, it is no secret that Israel is surrounded by enemies on all sides. This includes Israel's neighbor to the south, Egypt, where Jews are hated. It also includes Turkey, one country removed from Israel, where Prime Minister Erdogan is directing a campaign against Israeli leadership. Then there is the Gaza strip, bordering Israel on the southwest, where Hamas has stoked a crisis situation with Israel. Let us not forget Syria, bordering Israel on the northeast, Lebanon, bordering Israel to the north, and the Palestinians on the east.
Things currently look bad for Israel. In fact, they could not look worse unless some of the neighbors were threatening war. As a matter of fact, some are. Hamas is firing missiles on an almost daily basis from Gaza, Hizbullah has declared war and is mounting up weapons for an attack, Syria, which would be creating much greater problems for Israel if the regime were not hanging on for dear life, has declared its desire for war with Israel, and they are all being pushed by a regime slightly removed from the immediate neighborhood—Iran.
However, Bible prophecy shows that, in the future, the neighborhood will begin to align with Israel, as it participates in working out a peace treaty with some European leadership. In addition, with the alignment of so many other key cogs with end-times Bible prophecy, it appears that this alignment is not set in the distant future.
So how could this be? Let us not forget that God is in charge. All of this is fitting into His plan to perfection, and it is no problem for Him to turn things around overnight. In fact, it appears that God will use the very uncertainty that now exists in the Middle East to bring about His predicted plan.
The Arab Spring has increased uncertainty in the Middle East. In fact, no one seems to know how it will all shake out, as a result of revolts and protests in the region. The Spring has been responsible for the depositions of the Tunisian government and the Egyptian leadership and could lead to the ousting of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Moreover, it is producing insecurity throughout the region.
In general, God will use this uncertainty to glorify Himself, as He will demonstrate that only He is in control. More specifically, He will most likely use the instability in the region to prepare for end-times fulfillment. An unstable region is one which will change more quickly if certain events occur. For example, with the present conditions available, if the Syrian and Iranian regimes are deposed in the near future, the region would quickly respond to it by subduing terrorism and opening up to work with Israel on a treaty of "peace and security."
Thus, it appears that God is using this uncertainty and instability to align with His prophetic word. So look for some dramatic changes to occur on the horizon—changes which will perfectly align with what God has already predicted.
Knowing that God is in control makes this all very exciting! In addition, it gives us great confidence about the future.
[John Claeys serves with John Claeys Ministries through writing, speaking, and radio ministries and is the author of Apocalypse 2012: The Ticking of the End Time Clock—What Does the Bible Say?, a riveting look of the events leading up to the return of Christ. See www.JohnClaeys.com for more information.]