As has been written in the article no. 335, that true peace for Jerusalem will only be manifested after Jesus Christ returns to the city. It has been more than 6 decades of human endeavor in various ways, but until today the problem regarding the old city of Jerusalem was never ended. The Bible foretold of Jerusalem’s final reconciliation efforts will be pursued by someone, who would make the Seven Years Treaty, but amid the seven years, the peace treaty would be broken by violence related to the peacemaker authority him self.
If you really understand the prophecies of the Bible, you’ll be pounding watch what is happening in the Middle East today, especially in the Israel-Palestine relation. The most ‘curious’ and most influential prophecy in human history will soon be fulfilled. Not for so long, the “Seven Years Treaty” prophecy (Daniel 9:27) will become a reality, and many great mysteries of eschatology will become clear.
In the midst of turmoil and upheaval that occurred in Arab countries over recent months, suddenly the Israeli-Palestinian issue back to heat up. The trigger was the controversy over U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on Thursday, May 19, 2010, the day before the visit of Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu to the U.S. As Al-Jazeera reported that President Barack Obama, on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, saying: ” The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognised borders are established for both states.” Even then Obama said that it was not a new proposal, but the mention of “the 1967 borders” in very broad public impact and create the political climate in the Middle East got hotter.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately responded and objected the idea of Obama’s speech. Israel will refuse to return to the borders of the “indefensiable”. Netanyahu stressed that he expects Obama to refrain from demanding Israel return to 1967 borders, which means it will leave a large population in Judea and Samaria Israel outside the borders of Israel, Thus Hareetz reported.
On Sunday (22/Mei/2011) Obama remarks the framework for Israeli-Palestinian borders according to the limit in 1967, taking into account of demographic changes that have occurred since Israel controls the West Bank. Speaking at the annual meeting of the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), Obama clarified his speech that he called the ‘controversy’ upon his remarks.
ISRAEL pushed to the PRE-1967 POSITION
But the mention of the 1967 borders that has already caused various reactions pros and cons, false hope and anxiety, especially in the areas mentioned. Most of the Israeli public showed a negative response. Meanwhile, Palestinian leaders and the public showed mixed reactions between excited and skeptical of Obama’s statement. Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri told Al Jazeera that, Obama needs to prove his words with concrete steps rather than just a slogan.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas directly contact the Arab League. Government-owned Qatar News Agency, QNA (Qatar News Agency) reported that the Arab League plans to ask the United Nations to give full membership to a Palestinian state based on the border with Israel that existed before the 1967 Middle East War, as reported by CNN.
In front of AIPAC members, Obama also push Israel to the peace talks. ‘The status quo is unsustainable.’ Obama referring to Mid-East upheaval said, ‘The world is moving too fast,’ then adding: ‘Delay will undermine Israel’s security.’
Some leaders of the EU countries such as Britain and France immediately showed support for Obama’s statement, because the EU has the same view about the 1967 borders for Israel-Palestine. Even Paris has offered to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian talks. Yahoo News reported in Hungary, in the the 10th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) forum, Tuesday June 7, 2011, more than 40 European and Asian diplomats expressed their support on Obama’s plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on 1967 borders and the land swaps negotiations.
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM TO BE MAIN OF THE PROBLEM
This time Israel is really pushed and can not avoid the demands of the world to peace talks and pre-1967 borders issue. However Israel will not return to pre-1967 borders, the problem is not only the Israeli settlements which already in the regions of post-1967, but mainly deals with East Jerusalem (Old City of Jerusalem). East Jerusalem also part of the regions obtained from the 1967 Six Day War, that will not be exchanged for any option or whatever reason. The ancient Jerusalem is the city where David’s throne, where they believe the central government of Israel should be set there.
While relating to the proposed land exchange, the Palestinians are also not going to let go of East Jerusalem in exchange for any territory. They also plan to make East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. It can be easily predicted, the problem of east Jerusalem will remain hanging, or even going back to serious conflict.
In this uncertain status, some day (very soon) a king would appear to be a false peacemaker. Daniel 9:27 prophesied, the King will make a burdensome peace treaty for seven years, but in the middle of seven-years, the king would stop the daily sacrifices and will spread the vile thing that is idol worship (Rev. 13:15) and even cause major mayhem on Jerusalem residents throughout Judea (Matt. 24:15).
“And he will push an agreement with many (nations) for seven years: and in the midst of seven years he will cause sacrifice and oblation to cease, and to spread the vile things he would make a horror, even to destruction, and the determination shall be poured upon (the creator of) the horror. “(Dan 9:27 – free translation from the Hebrew Text)
Palestinian President Abbas meet Pope Benedict at Vatican City, June 3, 2011
Yahoo News reported that Pope Benedict XVI and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met at the Vatican on Friday June 3, 2011 and said there was “urgent need” for a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ” Particular stress was laid on the urgent need to find a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said the leader of the Vatican said in a statement after the talks. Any resolution of the conflict must respect the rights of all parties, including through the “the attainment of the Palestinian people’s legitimate aspirations for an independent state” added the statement.
Middle East peace process has become a serious concern of the Popes, since Pope PIUS XII, which is the second king of Vatican City, later Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II to Pope Benedict XVI is very actively pursue peace between Israel and Palestine. Pope Benedict XVI, who today is the seventh King of micro Vatican City State has called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, during a visit to Israel in 2009. Benedict has been four times to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas since he became Pope.
Catholic News Agency – CNA reported from Washington, on 19 April, 2011, the U.S. Catholic Bishops has joined a coalition with Jewish and Muslim leaders urged the U.S. President and the Secretary of State to take up new opportunities for peace efforts between Israel and Palestine. The Bishops and other leaders said in a letter dated 14 April to President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, to create a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in accordance with 1967 borders. And allow Israel and the Palestinians to share control of Jerusalem, and provide for the return of Palestinian refugees in accordance with the treaty agreed between both parties.
If the news published by the CNA is true, then we know that the Vatican to some extent also influence Obama’s policy in this issue. Whether Obama will succeed to mediate between Israel-Palestine? Or the Pope will intervene himself tobe the peacemaker and make a seven years agreement prophesied by Daniel 9:27? Let us watch. Anyone who makes this agreement, he will also be the main cause who trigger the persecution known as the “Great Tribulation” of the believers in Jerusalem and in all Judea.
This will happen soon, be ready… O you, God’s holy people.