Peace Between Religions

President Trump has been making some strategic rounds this week, visiting key leaders surrounding Israeli & Middle East peace.  He’s met with the king of Saudi Arabia and other Muslim leaders, the Prime Minister of Israel & Palestine, and the Pope of Rome.  The major religions of the world have been represented in his meetings:  Islamic, Jewish, Christian, & Catholic, and he’s visited some very sacred sites.  It’s interesting to note that Trump’s desire and goal is for there to be peace among the major religions throughout the world, and specifically the peace between Israel and its enemies.  He calls for all terrorism to be eradicated and ironically, an Islamic suicide bomber killed 22 people in Manchester, England while his speeches were going on.  Obviously, there is a great need for peace, but will it happen?  Will he be able to convince the nations to establish a peace agreement between their vast differences?

Even more of an interesting note is that on God’s calendar, there is an appointment set in the book of Daniel with a powerful individual who will establish a covenant with Israel and its enemies.  This covenant will seem to provide peace and stability between these countries and religions, and will be established for a period of seven years.  This covenant should allow for the rebuilding of the Jewish temple, possibly right next to the Dome of the Rock (one of Islam’s sacred sites in Jerusalem), which will allow both Jews and Muslims to worship right next door to each other in peace.  But, this agreement will not accomplish what it was set out to and half way through the covenant, there will be a huge breech and the covenant will be broken.  Could what we are witnessing right now be the prophecy from Daniel thousand of years ago?  We shall find out shortly.

  • 24 “Seventy weeks [70 years] are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and  prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy [Jesus].25 “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince [Jesus], There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.26 “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off [Jesus was crucified], but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary [Roman destroyed the city and temple in 70 AD.] The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week [7 years]; but in the middle of the week [3.5 years] he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.” Daniel 9:24-27 
  • 11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days [1,290 days or 3.5 years.] 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days [1,335 days.]”  Daniel 12:11-12
  • Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.]  2 Thessalonians 2: 1-4
  • 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[a] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”  Matthew 24:14-16″

Some interesting facts about the temple in Jerusalem (per Wikipedia):

In 70 AD, the Romans destroyed the entire temple in the siege of Jerusalem, and the Jews were officially kicked out in 132-135 AD after a revolt to try to regain land to build the temple.  The temple was again attempted to be built in 363 AD by the emporer Julian, but the huge Galilean earthquake stopped his plans. Later, after the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in the 7th century, Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan ordered the construction of an Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, on the site of the Temple. The shrine has stood on the mount since 691 CE; the al-Aqsa Mosque, from roughly the same period, also stands in the Temple courtyard.

On Nov 29, 1947, the United National Partition Plan for Palestine was voted and approved which gave Israel the rites back to her land allowing Jews once again to pray at the holy site.  The Temple Mount, along with the entire Old City of Jerusalem, was captured from Jordan by Israel June 5-10, 1967 during the Six-Day War (The Israelis defended the war as a preventative military effort to counter what the Israelis saw as an impending attack by Arab nations that surrounded Israel.).  Jordan had occupied East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount immediately following Israel’s declaration of independence on May 14, 1948.  Israel officially unified East Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, with the rest of Jerusalem in 1980 under the Jerusalem Law, though United Nations Security Council Resolution 478 declared the Jerusalem Law to be in violation of international law.

Israel just celebrated her 50th anniversary of the 6 day war victory, and 70th anniversary from the UN declaration.  We are thankful that Israel regained access to pray on their holy site.

“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.””  Genesis 12:3

God blesses those who bless Israel, so let us join with Israel in prayer for this mighty nation of God.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ”  John 14:27

Thank you, Jesus, that You have left us with Your peace.  No matter if the world is successful or not in achieving its peace, You have given us true peace that is only found in You.  In Your Name, Amen.