Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
The Beast / Prince that ‘Confirms’ the seven (7) year false ‘peace treaty’:
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.
Necessary steps toward an Israel-Palestine peace deal. For its part, Israel must decide whether it is truly committed to a two-state. ‘East Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, ‘that which has God’s stamp of ownership upon it, above all other cities on earth.’ Jerusalem, ‘that which is the apple of God’s eye.’ Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Under Biden, there’s a chance to resume the process. For its part, Israel must decide whether it is truly committed to a two-state
Times of Israel, February 1, 2021
US-Palestinian ties suffered an unprecedented blow under former US President Donald Trump and his administration’s one-sided and, frankly, vindictive policies. Fortunately, repairing the rupture appears thus far to be easier than had been anticipated, though much uncertainty remains on the table.
Even given President Joe Biden’s domestic priorities of fighting the pandemic and repairing the US economy, and his foreign policy priorities that focus on Iran, China and Russia, it took a short six (6) days after taking office for the Biden administration to announce a sharp turn in US policies toward the Palestinians.
However, for peace to become a reality, the three parties – the United States, the Palestinians and Israel – have to step up to the challenge and adopt policies that will speed up and facilitate the peace process.
The United States
The Biden administration has already taken the first step toward the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Its representative at the United Nations, Richard Mills, reaffirmed US support for a two-state solution, deeming a secure Israel alongside a “viable Palestinian state” to be the “best way to ensure Israel’s future as a democratic and Jewish state.”
Mills called on both sides to avoid unilateral actions that harm the efforts to reach a peace agreement, such as the “annexation of territory, settlement activity, demolitions, incitement to violence, and providing compensation for individuals imprisoned for acts of terrorism.” And he committed the United States to “start working to slowly build confidence on both sides to create an environment in which we might once again be able to help advance a solution.
Biden’s position is a remarkable departure from the former president’s policies toward the Palestinians and the peace process. However, it is not enough to incentivize Israel to make any concessions toward a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians. In my view, Biden has to put some teeth into his policies.
Besides restating that the US “will maintain its steadfast support for Israel,” the new US administration should announce several measures to demonstrate that Biden is serious. These measures could include:
Slowing down the move of the physical operations of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and, possibly, putting off the building of the new embassy compound in Jerusalem
Appointing a consul general for the reopened US consulate in East Jerusalem who is at the level of an ambassador as a sign of deference to the Palestinian people
Having the East Jerusalem US Consulate report directly to Washington to highlight that the US views the consulate general as the future US embassy to Palestine
Locating the reopened operations of USAID (US Agency for International Development) to Ramallah, or the US consulate in East Jerusalem instead of having it operate out of the US embassy building in Tel Aviv, as was the case
Declaring that the United States will more strictly monitor (not condition) US aid to Israel, per existing US laws, to ensure that none of the US aid is benefitting Israel’s occupation or being used, directly or indirectly, to support settlement building in the West Bank, and
Rescinding US laws that were passed between 1987 and 2018 that hinder the PLO’s ability to function as an equal partner in its relations with both Israel and the United States. The PA should make it starkly clear that it cannot and will not accept a relationship with the United States based on a permanent probationary system imposed by the US Congress and US administrations. These laws cannot remain on the books.
These steps will send a clear message to Israelis and Palestinians that the Biden administration takes its commitments to furthering a peace agreement more seriously than any former US administration.
It falls upon the Palestinians, and not the Biden administration, to devise a strategy that impresses policymakers in Washington and makes the creation of an independent Palestinian state an unavaoidable foreign policy priority for the Biden administration.
By dint of their inefficiency and lack of resolve, Palestinian leaders have weakened the Palestine cause in the eyes of the world. To remedy that perception of weakness and to help the Biden administration seriously pursue the peace process, Palestinians have to take certain steps, chief among them:
1. Put their house in order
The absence of elections among Palestinians has called into question the legitimacy of the current Palestinian leadership. In that regard, Palestinians are finally planning to hold elections beginning in May of this year for the Legislative Council, the PA presidency, and the PLO’s Palestine National Council.
The division between Fatah and Hamas is unacceptable and terribly damaging. It has harmed Palestinian efforts to promote their cause internationally and to project a united front that speaks and negotiates on behalf of all Palestinians.
More importantly, if Hamas wants to be part of the political process, it should commit to the Oslo principles that included mutual recognition between Israel and the PLO. Otherwise, Hamas should not have a place at the negotiating table and its control of Gaza should be wrenched from it, by force, if necessary.
2. Recognize that Israel views its security concerns as the key to any solution
For Israel, security is paramount and a non-negotiable condition. Palestinians have repeatedly failed to recognize that committing to Israel’s security is the indispensable key to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians. In other words, the Palestinian Authority cannot wave the flag of peace (not surrender) while allowing Hamas and the Islamic Jihad to threaten Israel and its security.
Once Israel recognizes that any peace agreement will enhance, if not guarantee, its security, Israelis will be motivated to meet most Palestinian demands.
3. Amend the payment structure to Palestinian prisoners and the families of those who died fighting Israel
Both the US Congress and Israel’s Knesset have passed laws in the past few years conditioning providing either US aid and the full amount of the customs revenues collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinians to repealing or amending what Israelis refer to as the “slay-for-pay” payment structure. This system is viewed by critics as incentivizing terror.
In a pragmatic move, this system of monthly payments is currently being revised by the Palestinian Authority. In the future, aid provided to current or former Palestinian prisoners or the families of those who were killed fighting with Israel will be a need-based humanitarian assistance, no different from aid provided to needy Palestinian families.
4. Palestinians should assert their political and historical rights but be realistic
The assumption in Washington, among Israelis and throughout many capitals of the world is that the Palestinians are weak and should be grateful for any US assistance and attention. Palestinians should make it starkly clear that they have immeasurable leverage over Israel. Israel can never have permanent peace, security, and the coveted “Jewish state,” without Palestinian agreement and recognition, irrespective of how many Arab countries (MENA, ‘the many’) normalize ties with Israel.
Palestinians should act responsibly and proactively to empower their newfound allies in Congress to press the Biden administration to prioritize the solution of the Israel-Palestine problem.
Palestinians need to take these initial fundamental steps to signal to both the United States and Israel that the time has finally come to reach a permanent peace agreement and that they will not walk away, as they have done in the past, from any serious and fair peace offer.
Israel can never hope to live in security as a Jewish state, without the restoration of Palestinian national rights in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and without delineating the political map of both Israel and Palestine.
Israel should refrain from building new settlements or expanding existing ones. In other words, Israel should abstain from any actions that would prejudice the final outcome of a peace treaty.
Israel should cease the policies of mass punishments against Palestinians including the demolition of Palestinian homes, the confiscation of Palestinian lands, or the imprisonment of Palestinians for political reasons.
Annexation over any parts of the West Bank should not be an option for Israel. If an exchange of territory is agreed upon with the Palestinians, then that would be a different issue.
Israel’s credibility in the eyes of the world has been seriously hampered, thanks largely to the double-talk by its longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel should either support a two-state solution or not. It cannot waver depending on its election cycles or its perceived influence over the United States.
The time has come to end this conflict. The advent of a new, fair-minded, US president is a golden opportunity for the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians. No one can afford to waste more precious time to reach a peace agreement. All the parties to the conflict know what it will take to achieve peace. For the sake of our children, let us not waste the opportunity presented by US President Joe Biden.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Professor Bahbah taught at Harvard University, where he was the associate director of its Middle East Institute. He was the editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem-based al-Fajr newspaper, and served as a member of the Palestinian delegation on arms control and regional security.
Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
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.