By Nathan Jones
I want to talk with you for just a moment about the Abraham Accord. These are the so-called peace agreement between Israel and two Middle East states known as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. I will address the political implications of the Accords, followed by an interview our ministry’s Internet Evangelist, Nathan Jones, held with Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel. They will address the prophetic implications.
First of all, I want to point out the Abraham Accords are not peace agreements. Israel has never been at war with either one of these two states, so therefore, technically the accords should be considered normalization agreements. What this amounts to is these states recognizing the legitimate existence of Israel and Israel responding by normalizing its relations with them. This means opening up trade relations, tourism and technological exchanges. So, I believe the significance of the Abraham Accords has been greatly overblown. They do not guarantee peace in the Middle East.
And, keep in mind that we are talking about only two Arab states — both of which are very tiny states. For example, the United Arab Emirates has a population of 9.2 million, but only 1.4 million are Arabs. All of the rest of the people living there are from other countries who have been brought in to work for the rich Arabs. So, the UAE only has a small native population of 1.4 million people.
The nation of Bahrain consists of a small island whose population is only 1.2 million, of which 600,000 are foreigners who have been brought in to work. So, between these two nations, they only have 2.5 million Arabs out of the 450 million Arabs living across the entire Middle East.
Furthermore, these two nations do not have a common border with Israel. They are no threat to Israel, and they never have been. Again, these normalization agreements mean very little towards establishing comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
The sworn enemies of Israel are not involved in these agreements, and prophetically they will not be involved in future agreements. The sworn enemies of Israel are Lebanon, Gaza, Syria, and the non-Arab states of Turkey and Iran. Behind them, of course, is lurking Russia, which is giving support to all of Israel’s enemies.
Reasons for Expanding the Accord
Why have these two Arab states normalized their relations with Israel, and why could the Abraham Accords soon include other Arab states such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia? One reason is their total exasperation with the Palestinians. The Palestinians have had opportunity after opportunity to establish a Palestinian state — a total of five opportunities in all. Yet, every time they have rejected the offers. It’s just been a never-ending chorus of “No! No! No!” The reason for this is the Palestinian leaders do not truly want a two-state solution. What they earnestly desire is the utter annihilation of Israel. This is the reason that Israel’s most famous diplomat, Abba Eban, once said, “The Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
The second reason the Arabs are cozying up to Israel is the fear of Iran. Iran is trying to dominate the Middle East. The Arab nations are scared to death of Iran, so they want the backing of the United States and Israel.
A third reason involves Arab access to advanced Israeli technology.
There is a reason President Trump has been able to secure these accords when no other President has ever been able to do so. It’s because he made an end-run around the Palestinians. In the past, each President has tried to work with the Palestinians, only to find them unwilling to make any concessions. The Presidents would then put all the pressure on the Israelis. Knowing that it was futile to try to work with the Palestinians, Trump simply ignored them and began to isolate them by engineering agreements between Israel and the other Arab states in the region.
The problem in the long run is that by isolating the Palestinians, Trump will enrage the Palestinians and their allies, motivating them to launch renewed and invigorated terrorist attacks. The result will be an even more unsettled situation in the Middle East instead of actually bringing peace to the area.
We need to pray that President Trump will never make the mistake of trying to endorse a two-state solution and divide Israel’s land because that is not in accordance with God’s will. God has not spent the last 100 years bringing the Jewish people back to the land of Israel for them to suddenly give away a portion of their land.
That land belongs to the Jewish people! It was given to them for eternity by Almighty God. Joel 3:2 proclaims that God will enter into judgment against any nation in the end-times that tries to divide up His land. And, that includes the United States of America.
Prophetic Perspectives #91: The Abraham Accord
Nathan Jones: Amir, can tell us what the terms of the Abraham Accord are and so clarify exactly what this monumental diplomatic event means prophetically?
Amir Tsarfati: The Abraham Accord is simply about peace between Israel and Arab countries that are not bordering with Israel. So far, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have joined. The accord sets the tone for further possible peace agreements with Saudi Arabia and still other Arab nations.
We must understand that this accord has nothing to do with swapping populations or land. It has nothing to do with dividing Israel and Jerusalem.
The base of the Abraham Accord is President Donald Trump’s peace initiative for Israel and the Palestinians called the “Deal of the Century.” And, basically, it is indeed like that. Since two states were offered as a solution, now we can deal with the other countries. The wonderful thing is that the Palestinians have rejected Trump’s deal.
Nathan Jones: It’s said the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss and opportunity.
Amir Tsarfati: Absolutely! The Abraham Accord is a far worse deal for the Palestinians than any other deal ever offered to them in history.
Personally, I think the Deal was the work of genius on behalf of President Trump because what he did was basically expose the Palestinians. They don’t really want peace with Israel, rather the Palestinians want to live in the land instead of the Jews. The Deal said if they really wanted to live in peace in Israel then they had to respect the fact that Jerusalem is already the capital of the Jewish people and has been so for the last 3,000 years. They must also respect the fact that the Jewish people live in homes in Judea and Samaria and believe that the Jews are not kicking the Palestinians out of their homes.
The Palestinians also have to accept the fact that the nation of Israel will not accept the idea of third and fourth generation refugees. There’s no such thing. A refugee cannot be second generation. Only for the Palestinians has the UN adjusted that definition.
Nathan Jones: Isn’t the standard of living for the Palestinians living in Israel higher than most Arab nations?
Amir Tsarfati: Of course. The Arabs in Israel do not want any other regime in Israel but the Jewish state.
But, the thing is this, President Trump said the Palestinians needed to look at reality and accept it. And, now, to go with it. They cannot live in their dreams that they’ll get the entire land of Israel to themselves.
Nathan Jones: So, no mantra, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free”?
Amir Tsarfati: That’s not going to work. Again, it’s not going to work. This is why President Trump had no problem moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. After all, look, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel. Why pretend that it is not when it is? So, why not move the embassy and act out the truth that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital? Trump didn’t do anything new for the Jewish people. We’ve been dealing all along as if Jerusalem is our capital. Thankfully, someone smelled the coffee and woke up. Now, other nations are following suit.
The Abraham Accord is in a way collateral damage of Trump’s Palestinian-Israeli peace initiative. The genius of the Deal is, the Palestinians for the longest time held a veto for any peace Israel may have with any other Arab state. The Palestinians used to say, “Give us everything we want, then the Arab nations will have peace with Israel.” President Trump said to the effect, “No, no, no. Let’s do exactly the opposite. We will let the Arabs have peace with Israel. When you see the fruit of that peace, then we can finally put an end to this conflict.”
The Accord and the Antichrist
Nathan Jones: So far, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have joined the Abraham Accord, and soon some seven or so other countries such as Kosovo and possibly Saudi Arabia will follow suit. Is this accord then the peace that the Bible prophesied that the Antichrist was supposed to make with Israel? And, if so, would that mean then that Donald Trump is the Antichrist? Some people are wondering.
Amir Tsarfati: I know, I know. I get that question a lot as well. I answer that if you read the passage in Daniel 9 about the peace covenant that describes the peace and the length of the deal, as well as the person of the Antichrist, nothing fits Donald Trump or the treaty itself.
First of all, the Antichrist has to be someone the entire world will worship. Excuse me, but that’s not Donald Trump. He’s not the most popular person.
Second, the Antichrist’s treaty is set to last for seven years in length. The Deal of the Century and the Abraham Accord — these are not set at seven years.
Third, the Antichrist’s deal will be there when Israel supposedly has a temple on the Temple Mount, because halfway through the Tribulation, the Antichrist will cease the sacrifices. So, there are so many things involved with the Antichrist’s treaty that are not involved in the Abraham Accord.
We have to remember that in order for the Antichrist to arise, the Church must first be out of here. As 2 Thessalonians 2 talks about, the Restrainer must be taken out of the Antichrist’s way in order for him to be revealed. So, everything doesn’t match. The Church is still here, Donald Trump is only the President, and the Abraham Accord has nothing to do with the Temple of the Jews in Jerusalem.
The Accord and the Prophetic Timeline
Nathan Jones: Where then does the Abraham Accord fit into Bible prophecy?
Amir Tsarfati: I believe it sets the stage for the Ezekiel 38-39 Gog-Magog War. According to Ezekiel 38, Israel must be safe, secure, and prosperous. These Trump-negotiated deals are making Israel stronger in the Middle East and less of a controversial state. The Arabs are treating Israel less like it is an illegitimate state. Look, the Arabs are beginning to accept the Jewish state. We are no longer the red-headed stepchild. Israel is being considered a fair player in the Middle East. The Arab countries are seeing the benefits of siding with Israel.
May I add, all of this shift is in thanks to Barack Hussein Obama. The Iran Deal that he signed in 2015 basically backstabbed the Sunni countries such as Saudi Arabia. That’s when the Saudis, who are like the mother of all of the other Gulf states, decided they must change the way they see Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was the only one who stood in Congress against President Obama and against his administration and spoke out against the Iran Deal. When the Saudis saw that, of course, they knew which ally to choose.
Nathan Jones: So, in summary, we are not seeing the Tribulation happening right now. Donald Trump is not the Antichrist. I agree, the Abraham Accord is not the Antichrist’s peace treaty. Rather, the accord is laying down the peace and safety prerequisite that Israel will be in before the Gog-Magog invasion by Russia, Iran and Turkey as prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39.
All of these Bible prophecies are coming together right now! We should then be asking people, “Have you given your life to Jesus Christ? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” Jesus is coming soon! Are you ready?