Prophecy - Signs
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor
Late last year, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated Kibbutz Metzer, one of the oldest Israeli collectives in Israel, dating back to 1953. Once inside, the gunmen shot dead five innocent Israelis. Among the victims was a mother reading a bedtime story to her two sons, aged four and five.
The terrified children pulled the mattress over themselves to shield themselves while 19 year old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan calmly machine-gunned the toddlers to death.
Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, (the terrorist group connected to Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction), claimed responsibility for the killings, which came the night after Fatah representatives met in Cairo with leaders of the fundamentalist group Hamas in a bid to halt attacks in pre-1967 Israel. Metzer is in pre-1967 Israel.
The attack on Kibbutz Metzer was a watershed event in the two-year-old conflict. The gunman didn't attack a West Bank settlement, but a neighborhood within Israel's 'Green Line' (the pre-1967 border between Israel and the West Bank).
Kibbutz Metzer prided itself on its warm relations -- right up to last month -- with the neighboring Arab villages. The rusting fence that divided the communities was resented by the kibbutzniks who thought it represented a barrier to peace.
Now a new barrier is going up. Not a rusty fence, but concrete barrier 3 feet high, topped by more than 25 feet of electrified warning fence and flanked by asphalt roads. This barrier will eventually stretch at least 70 miles, though its precise path is still being debated. Another fence is under construction to envelop Jerusalem.
The various settlements on the other side of the Green Line, in territories claimed by the Palestinians, will have a similar perimeter walls erected around them. Eventually, Israel will be completely walled in, and, together with the settlement outposts will be a series of walled ghettos within their own land.
Although I've made this point previously, it bears repeating, since it is such a staggering evidence of God's intention to literally fulfill His Word in this generation.
The idea of walling out one's enemies is hardly an innovative new defensive tactic. (I haven't looked it up, but I'd bet 'defense' and 'fence' grew out of the same root word)
In medieval Europe, castles were built inside high walls. The surrounding villages were located close to the castle so the villagers could take refuge from attack there (which also significantly increased the number of defenders capable of fighting off attackers from within fortified positions).
But the tactic goes back further than that, all the way to the dawn of recorded history.
When Joshua crossed the Jordan, he found Jericho completely surrounded by a defensive perimeter wall. [See Joshua 6].
The Great Wall of China, built to keep the Mongol Hordes out of China, is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
The remains of Hadrian's wall, built by the Romans in 122 AD to keep out the Picts, still stretches 70 miles across Britain's Northumberland region.
Indeed, archeological digs confirmed the practice of building a defensive perimeter wall dates back to the dawn of civilization.
Building a wall to keep out enemies became anachronistic in an era of fighter jets, smart bombs and satellites. Except for one tiny place in the heart of the Middle East where a 70 mile fenced wall will divide Israel up the middle. Another will surround Jerusalem, as well as walling in all the scattered Israeli settlements across the West Bank.
Here's where it all came together and hit me between the running lights. The chronology.
The Bible scenario calls for a number of things to take place in order. First off, we'll need a place called 'Israel' to kick things off.
There was no place on earth called 'Israel' from the time of the destruction of the Northern Kingdom in 702 BC.
For the Bible's end-times scenario to move forward, we'll need a state, populated by Jews, called Israel. And it MUST be located in the same place where it existed 2500 years ago.(Ezekiel 37-38)
Ok. We got that.
Now that we have an Israel, we'll need a conflict between Israel and the 'many' that surround her. (Dan:9)
Ok, we got that.
We need a failed covenant between Israel and 'the many' of seven years (one week's) duration. We got that, too.
The 1993 Oslo Agreement was to run exactly seven years, and was to have run its course by September 13, 2000. It failed to achieve its goals but it is still there, just abandoned.
Daniel 9:27 says the antichrist CONFIRMS a covenant, it doesn't say he negotiates it. You can't call to confirm a dentist's appointment unless you have it. You can't confirm something until it first exists.
So we have a failed covenant for one 'week' (7 years). Several people have emailed me asking me to clarify this point. I am NOT saying that Oslo is THE covenant of the antichrist.
What I AM saying is this.
There exists, right now, in conjuction with all the other elements foretold for the last days, a peace agreement between Israel and the many surrounding Arabs who collectively call themselves 'Palestinians', signed on September 13, 1993 and scheduled to run until September 13, 2000 called the Oslo Accords. That agreement, as it was envisioned from the Rose Garden back in 1993, has failed.
God may use a different covenant, since we are NOT now in the Tribulation. I am not a prophet and don't think that I am.
Renegotiating a revised seven year agreement based on the Oslo framework would not bar the antichrist from breaking it halfway through as Daniel predicted and therefore is not in disharmony with the overall outline of prophecy. It doesn't mean Oslo is the only possible candidate.
As I said, I freely admit Daniel could be referring to a different, yet future, seven-year covenant.
But that doesn't change the fact that there exists, right now, what qualifies as an unconfirmed ie;, uncompleted seven year covenant between Israel and the many.
I am not making any dogmatic statements about Oslo's role, but it's existence is, at minimum, worthy of note.
Please understand my intention is not to demonstrate that I have figured out all the secrets of how Bible prophecy will play out. I haven't.
My intent is to show, in general terms, why I believe the evidence proves we are living in the generation that will see the return of Christ to the exclusion of all others.
Having said that, are you following the chronology so far? Now to the fences.
I believe that the Bible generally places the Gog-Magog War of Ezekiel 38 sometime during the first half of the Tribulation period, during that period of 'false peace' ushered in by the antichrist's confirmation of the 'covenant' we just discussed.
At this moment in history, Israel is resuming the ancient practice of walling in its villages for protection.
Daniel's scenario indicates that, once that covenant is confirmed, Israel will believe it has at last entered into a period of 'peace and safety' (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
This concept of an illusion of peace and safety is echoed by Ezekiel in his description of Israel at the time of the surpise Gog-Magog invasion:
"And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates," (Ezekiel 38:11)
There! Did you see it?
We are living in the 21st century. The WHOLE WORLD is a 'land of unwalled villages'. We don't need them anymore.
Ezekiel's reference to Israel as the 'land of unwalled villages' was always presumed to be symbolic.
THAT stunned me when I considered it.
Nobody in the whole world would consider walling in their entire nation and building separate walls around their principal cities in the 21st century. Nobody at all. But Israel is doing EXACTLY that.
And before Israel can be a land of 'unwalled villages' there must first be a land of walled villages to 'unwall'.
I quote the following verse fairly often, since it is so appropriate, but don't allow its familiarity to dilute its impact.
Read the words of Jesus carefully and connect the dots again.
"And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28
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