Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Isaiah 28:14-19 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
Feast of Trumpets. September 18-20, 2020. The Feast of Trumpets points to the Rapture – the last great harvest. 1st Fall Feast. “Of that day and hour no one knows.”
While the four spring feasts look back at what Christ fulfilled at His first coming, the three fall feasts point us toward the glory of the second coming. The spring feasts are the source of our hope in Christ—His finished work of atonement for sins—and the fall feasts are the promise of what is to come—eternity with Christ. Understanding the significance of these God-appointed Jewish festivals helps us to better see and understand the complete picture and plan of redemption found in Scripture.
The next unfulfilled feast is the Feast of Trumpets. The Hidden Day / It was ‘hidden’ because they didn’t know the exact day it would begin due to the fact that it is the only feast that starts on a new moon. Thus it was a two day feast because they didn’t want to celebrate it on the wrong day. Concerning Rosh HaShanah, the Jews would typically say “Of that day and hour no one knows.”
The Feast of Trumpets points to the Rapture (and the ‘confirmation’ of a 7 year false covenant of ‘peace and security’) – the last great harvest.
Are we approaching the time when the confirmation of the covenant is made AND the heavenly trumpet will be heard?
Just in Time for The Feast of Trumpets during September 18-20, 2020? A Coming Confirmation among MENA (the ‘many’); After UAE-Israel deal, which Arab countries could be next?
Date of publication: 28 August, 2020 The New Arab
The United Arab Emirates’ sudden announcement to fully normalise its relations with Israel has triggered mixed reactions in the Gulf and wider Middle East.
But while some media described it as surprising, it actually caps years of discrete diplomatic and economic cooperation between the two countries. (Note; same will be said with Saudi Arabia and Mbs).
Israel-UAE cooperation on issues of mutual interest has been an open secret for many years and the Emiratis had signalled within recent months that they would consider normalising their relations with the Israeli government, especially after an op-ed piece published in the Israeli press earlier this summer by UAE Ambassador to Washington Yousef al-Otaiba.
The controversy surrounding the agreement and the impact it will have on Palestinians have been greatly politicised, amplifying regional divisions but also formalising new fault lines.
Palestinians in the occupied territories denounced the deal as a betrayal and expressed their anger by burning a picture of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a protest against the UAE in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City.
On the other hand, some of the Gulf monarchies have cautiously welcomed the agreement, reflecting new priorities in the region, where the fear from Iran has pushed former arch-rivals closer together, changing an approach to the Palestinian issue that had determined Arab policy for decades.
Many thus wonder whether the UAE-Israel deal may open a new chapter in Middle Eastern relations, especially between Arabs and Israelis, and there is heightened speculation about which countries may follow the UAE’s lead.
Which countries could follow suit?
While the strongest condemnations of the deal came from non-Arab countries such as Pakistan, Turkey and Iran, many Arab states (‘the many’) decided to stay quiet, giving the impression that they do not oppose the agreement. The Arab League, and Saudi Arabia initially, for example, remained silent while Riyadh’s close ally, Bahrain, became the first to congratulate the UAE on the deal. Oman also congratulated Abu Dhabi shortly after Bahrain.
William Wechsler, Director of the Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council from Washington, DC thinks that the UAE deal certainly presents a strategic opportunity for other Gulf states.
“They will likely wait to see the outcome of the coming diplomacy between the UAE and Israel and the exact contours of the resulting normalisation agreement,” he told The New Arab. Moreover, “now that the UAE has ‘broken the ice,’ as long as the resulting normalisation is seen to benefit the UAE it is only a matter of time before several of the other countries follow,” he added.
For Gerard Feierstein, Senior Vice President of the Middle East Institute and former US ambassador to Yemen, it is possible that some of the other smaller Gulf countries might be willing to follow the Emirati lead, with Bahrain being the most likely of the GCC states to join Abu Dhabi. Bahrain’s official agency BNA described the deal as “historical” and said it would strengthen the “stability of the region.” (Note; ‘when they say peace and security, sudden destruction will come upon them).
Manama is a close Saudi ally and it could play an important intermediary role between the Saudi kingdom and Israel. According to Giorgio Cafiero, a Middle East analyst and CEO of Gulf State Analytics, Bahrain seeks to “establish a more formal partnership with a powerful country in the Middle East that shares its perception of Iran as a major threat.” However, it would be hard to imagine Bahrain moving towards normalisation without Riyadh’s blessing. More recently, Bahrain reiterated that there would be no accord with Israel without the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
Feierstein also mentions Oman as one of the potential candidates, but somewhat less likely than Bahrain. Oman did not hesitate to welcome the UAE-Israel deal but said it was committed to “the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people who aspire to an independent state” with East Jerusalem as its capital. (Note; ‘splitting the apple of God’s eye, that which has His name and stamp of ownership upon it.’)
The country has been known for its neutral foreign policy, and mediating role in regional conflicts. While late Sultan Qaboos hosted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Muscat two years ago, the new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who was sworn in this January, is unlikely to take any unnecessary risky moves, and facing economic hardship at home he will cautiously approach a matter of such sensitivity.
While Kuwait and Qatar have remained relatively quiet over the deal, there is much speculation about the possibility of Sudan making overtures towards Israel. By normalising their relations with Israel, Khartoum, which is heavily strained under US sanctions, hopes to benefit from a deal with a close ally of Washington and be removed from the blacklist of states that sponsor terrorism.
Saudi Arabia remains silent
The greatest mystery remains Saudi Arabia – the most important regional power in the Gulf. While Riyadh has not condemned the deal, it waited a week before publicly saying that it will not follow suit with the UAE-Israel agreement until Tel Aviv signs an internationally recognised peace accord with the Palestinians, giving the impression that it will follow a wait-and-see approach.
According to Feierstein, it’s unlikely that the Saudis will change their position, both because of domestic opposition as well as the likely complication of Saudi interests in maintaining its leadership of the Sunni Arab and broader Islamic worlds. It’s more likely that Saudi Arabia will continue to have back-channel discussions with Israel.
Wechsler, Director of the Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council, said that he would be very surprised if Riyadh moved forward on this front while King Salman was still in power.
Arab public opinion is the key
Any future decision about normalising ties with Israel will greatly depend upon domestic public opinion and reactions from all around the Arab and Muslim world. While the reaction by Arab states has been muted so far, and again the Emirati decision was not a major surprise, Feierstein observes that “early indications are that the decision is broadly unpopular with most Arabs and Muslims.”
In Wechsler’s opinion, however, every country is different, and “while some communities may react negatively to photos of, say, Bibi Netanyahu and MBZ shaking hands, most will likely not.” Therefore, he suspects that the general sense from Emiratis will be very positive, especially as they see a financial benefit from Israeli tourists and from new joint business opportunities.
However, Netanyahu’s public comments that this agreement merely suspends annexation puts the UAE in a risky position, as such a move would compromise Abu Dhabi in the eyes of the Arab world and beyond and slow down or completely halt the process of normalisation. The question of whether the Israelis have abandoned their annexation policy or only simply suspended it could be key to what happens next.
“If the Israelis push forward with their annexation without addressing the Palestinian issue, it would place the UAE in an untenable position and raise questions about their ability to sustain their normalisation policy,” Feierstein told The New Arab.
Their position, after all, was justified by their claim that normalisation was a reasonable concession in exchange for an end to the annexation threat. Any subsequent Israeli move would almost certainly chill further Arab-Israeli normalisation initiatives, he added.
Wechsler observes that Netanyahu is saying what he needs to say to manage the right-wing of his coalition, noting that one should listen to the leaders of the Israeli settler movement.
“They are incensed because they correctly conclude that once normalisation with the UAE is a reality, then Israel is effectively prohibited from unilateral annexation of the kind that Netanyahu threatened, as long as bilateral relations remain strong.”
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Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.