He will make a firm covenant
with many for one week,
but in the middle of the week
he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering.
And the abomination of desolation
will be on a wing of the temple
until the decreed destruction
is poured out on the desolator. (Daniel 9:27)
Abbas: Palestinians ready to resume peace talks with Israel / The Jerusalem Post, December 10, 2020
The Palestinians are ready to return to the negotiating table with Israel under the auspices of the Quartet, which consists of the US, United Nations, Russia and European Union, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday.
Abbas told visiting Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González during a meeting in his office in Ramallah that the negotiations should be based on “international legitimacy resolutions,” a reference to UN resolutions pertaining to the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Abbas’s statement came amid reports that Egypt has been exerting pressure on the Palestinian leadership to renew the peace talks with Israel.
The Egyptian envoy to Ramallah, Tarek Tayel, met in the past week with a number of senior Palestinian officials in the context of Cairo’s efforts to resume the peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel.
The Egyptian envoy told the Palestinian officials that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was determined to see the Palestinians and Israel return to the negotiating table in the coming weeks, Palestinian sources said.
The sources noted that Abbas, who visited Cairo two weeks ago, was told by Sisi that Egypt was working to revive the peace process “on the basis of a two-state solution” shortly after US President-elect Joe Biden assumes office.
Egypt, Jordan work to thaw Israeli-Palestinian negotiations / Al-Monitor, December 18, 2020
CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas met Nov. 30 in Cairo, where they agreed on the need for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to resume. They also agreed to hold an international peace conference next year bringing together Israel, Palestine and other international parties as well as to advance the Palestinian reconciliation process sponsored by Cairo. Hamas’ political bureau welcomed the announcement.
Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported Nov. 30 that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Cairo in the coming weeks to meet with Sisi, but a date has not yet been set. According to the paper, officials from the two countries are working to arrange Netanyahu’s visit to Cairo.
Fatah deputy chief Mahmoud al-Aloul said in a press statement Dec. 1 that a joint Jordanian-Egyptian-Palestinian committee will be formed to hold an international peace conference in early 2021, based on President Mahmoud Abbas’ proposal, which he discussed during his meeting with Sisi and the Jordanian king who agreed to it. Abbas met King Abdullah in Amman on Nov. 29 ahead of his visit to Cairo.
Russian, Palestinian leaders discuss Israel-Palestinian peace process / Al-Monitor, December 22, 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone Tuesday to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Kremlin said in a press release.
On the call, Putin told Abbas that Russia is willing to act as a mediator between Israel and the PA in its role as a member of the Middle East Quartet. The Quartet refers to the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. The group has acted as an intermediary on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the past.
Israel and the State of Palestine, as the PA is also known, have not held peace negotiations for several years. In October, the PA’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, told Al-Monitor that he was optimistic about a peace conference taking place in early 2021. Abbas proposed such a conference in September.
In December, the director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Alon Ushpiz, said at an Al-Monitor event that Israel is ready for direct talks with the Palestinian Authority at any time without preconditions.
After years of acrimony, Turkey’s Erdogan says he’d like better ties with Israel / The Times of Israel, December 25, 2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wished to improve ties with Israel, after long years of making repeated bellicose comments toward the Jewish state.
“Our relations with Israel on intelligence have not ceased anyway, they are still continuing,” Erdogan said during a press conference. “We have some difficulties with the people at the top.”
He stressed that Ankara “cannot accept the attitude of Israel towards the Palestinian lands,” and that “we differ from Israel in terms of our understanding of both justice and the territorial integrity of countries.”
Erdogan’s comments come after a recent report on al-Monitor said Turkey had picked a new ambassador to Israel to fill the diplomatic post left vacant for over two years.
Some analysts have commented that with the coming change in US administrations and the arrival of Joe Biden, a president expected to be far less friendly to Erdogan than outgoing Donald Trump, Ankara is hoping to curry favor with Washington through gestures toward Israel.
Erdogan’s comments also come amid burgeoning ties between Israel and Arab nations, with Jerusalem recently agreeing to establish full relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
As “watchmen on the wall” we want to alert you to an upcoming, still in the future event – a Arab-Israeli Peace Agreement. This upcoming comprehensive international peace treaty is the major End Times sign, and indicates the beginning of the 7 year Tribulation. It is the prophetic trip wire that is more critical than any other modern sign.
What can the Book of Psalms tell us about the timing of this agreement?
The Psalms are a book of the Old Testament composed of sacred poems meant to be sung. The dating of individual psalms poses an extremely difficult problem, as does the question of their authorship. They were evidently written over a number of centuries, from the early monarchy to post-Exilic times, reflecting the varying stages of Israel’s history and the varying moods of Israel’s faith. They were an integral part of the ritualized activities that the Hebrew community developed for marking important public and personal situations.
Biblical scholars like J.R. Church have found that many of the key events for the Jewish people and for Israel are accurately reflected by the corresponding chapter (year) in the Psalms. They are in the 19th book of the Bible, and have a prophetic significance dealing with Israel for each year in the 1900s, carrying over into the 2000s. For example, Psalm 17 points to 1917 (A National Home for the Jewish People, Jerusalem freed from the Ottoman Empire), Psalm 67 points to 1967 (The Jews return to Jerusalem), Psalm 117 points to 2017 (Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital), and so on.
As you study the Psalms, please keep in mind that the Jewish years starts somewhere in our month of either March or April, so there is an overlap. This is why a few of the Psalms may seem to reference events from the previous year of the Gregorian calendar.
The Psalms of Ascents were sung by Hebrew pilgrims on their way up to Jerusalem, and while ascending the steps of the Temple.
The hidden prophecies in the Psalms of Ascents points to the 7 years of the Tribulation Age. These Psalms prophesy the time of troubles and victory, from the perspective of the Jewish people. We will explore these Psalms in light of this prophecy.
2021 and Psalm 121 – The Lord Our Protector
I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
your Protector will not slumber.
Indeed, the Protector of Israel
does not slumber or sleep. (Psalm 121:1-4)
Psalm 121 begins by acknowledging that God is our helper, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (vv. 1–2). The psalmist tells us that God is always watching over Israel, “He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (vv. 3b–4). It also says that He watches over us continually, “The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore” (v. 8). Special protection by God is for all those who believe in Him.
It is traditional for some Jews to place a copy of Psalm 121 in the labor and delivery room to promote an easy labor by asking God for mercy.
Prophetically, this shows that deliverance for the Jewish people will be found in a return to their ancient territory.
“They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them. You must make it according to all that I show you—the pattern of the tabernacle as well as the pattern of all its furnishings.” (Exodus 25:8-9)
One key sign pointing to the imminent Rapture of the Church is a Middle East Peace Agreement that allows the building of the Third Temple. Just like the events leading up to the building of the Second Temple, there is a great deal of opposition. Signs of the Third Temple being built are in the news with greater frequency in these last days.
Could the upcoming Ezekiel war lead directly to the desire to rebuild the Temple?
2022 and Psalm 122 – A Prayer for Jerusalem
I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
within your gates, Jerusalem—
Jerusalem, built as a city should be,
solidly joined together,
where the tribes, Yahweh’s tribes, go up
to give thanks to the name of Yahweh. (Psalm 122:1-4)
Psalm 122 was partially fulfilled in 1967, when the Jews captured all of Jerusalem.
The Six-Day War was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, backed by the Soviet Union. On the morning of June 7, the order was given to recapture the Old City. Israeli paratroopers stormed the city and secured it. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan arrived with Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin to formally mark the Jews’ return to their historic capital and their holiest site. At the Western Wall, the IDF’s chaplain, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, blew a shofar to celebrate the event.
Psalm 122 speaks of the great joy the Israelites felt when they made their pilgrimage to worship and give thanks together at the Temple in Jerusalem. It also urges us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we are seeking God’s fulfillment for His city, which includes a future time when there will be complete peace when Messiah is ruling and reigning. This psalm is like a slide show of Jerusalem through the ages. Can you picture the thousands of families going up to ancient Jerusalem with great anticipation? The next scene takes place when they arrive at the city gates, at the house of the Lord. Picture the City of David with walls all around it for protection. It is close and compact like each family and community. Next a scene of the future Jerusalem flashes before us with the thrones of the house of David, established there for judgment.
The last picture is of Jerusalem in the end of days experiencing a time of complete peace, a peace that will spread out to everyone as it becomes a house of prayer for all nations.
2023 and Psalm 123 – Looking for God’s Mercy
Show us favor, Lord, show us favor,
for we’ve had more than enough contempt.
We’ve had more than enough
scorn from the arrogant
and contempt from the proud. (Psalm 123:3-4)
The next step in the journey is Psalm 123, where the author is in a place of increasing scorn and contempt from those around him. His response is to acknowledge God and look to Him for mercy. “Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us” (vv. 1–2).
We believe that the Peace Treaty and Third Temple will begin the dark one “week” or 7 year period called the Tribulation, and that this will start very shortly. Then, half way through the treaty the Antichrist (or Beast) will enter the Temple and declare himself to be God.
What did Jesus Christ say about the “abomination of desolation”?
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:15-22)
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. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Erdogan: Whoever is on Israel’s side, we are against them / Israel National News, July 19, 2019
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that his country will oppose anyone who supports Israel.
Erdogan made the comments while addressing senior provincial officials from his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara. He was quoted by Iran’s Press TV.
“Whoever is on the side of Israel, let everyone know that we are against them,” stated Erdogan.
Erdogan added that Turkey will continue to promote the Palestinian cause regardless of efforts to undermine it mainly by supporters of the Israeli regime.
“We do not approve of silence on the state terror that Israel blatantly carries out in Palestine,” said the Turkish president, according to Press TV.
2024 and Psalm 124 – Praise for National Deliverance
If the Lord had not been on our side
when men attacked us,
then they would have swallowed us alive
in their burning anger against us.
Then the waters would have engulfed us;
the torrent would have swept over us;
the raging waters would have swept over us. (Psalm 124:2-5)
Psalm 124 recounts how God saved His people from destruction in the Exodus. Prophetically, this points to Satan trying to destroy all of the Jews during the Great Tribulation. They are airlifted to a secure location. This is symbolically detailed in Revelations:
When the dragon saw that he had been thrown to earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent’s presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was fed for a time, times, and half a time.
From his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river flowing after the woman, to sweep her away in a torrent.
But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. (Revelations 12:13-16)
It ends as they acknowledge, “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (v.9).
2025 and Psalm 125 – The Lord surrounds His people
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion.
It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.
Jerusalem—the mountains surround her.
And the Lord surrounds His people,
both now and forever. (Psalm 125:1–2)
This Psalm says we are immovable if we are in Him and that He has us surrounded. Here the author has left the world and its problems behind to dwell securely in the peace of the Lord. Prophetically it looks forward to the Jews returning to their Promised Land, never having to fear pogroms or holocausts again.
2026 and Psalm 126 – Zion’s Restoration
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled with laughter then,
and our tongues with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord had done great things for us;
we were joyful. (Psalm 126:1-3)
The pilgrimage is no longer just a visit in Psalm 126, but it is the future gathering of the exiles to the land of Israel. Psalm 126 is traditionally recited before the Grace After Meals on Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and other festive occasions in keeping with its themes of joy and redemption. Prophetically, it points to the restoration of Temple worship, deliverance from the Tribulation, and the coming of the Messiah to establish the Millennial Age.
2027 and Psalm 127 – I will rejoice in Jerusalem
Unless the Lord builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain;
unless the Lord watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in My people.
The sound of weeping and crying
will no longer be heard in her.
In her, a nursing infant will no longer live
only a few days,
or an old man not live out his days.
Indeed, the youth will die at a hundred years,
and the one who misses a hundred years will be cursed.
People will build houses and live in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They will not build and others live in them;
they will not plant and others eat.
For My people’s lives will be
like the lifetime of a tree.
My chosen ones will fully enjoy
the work of their hands.
They will not labor without success
or bear children destined for disaster,
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord
along with their descendants.
Even before they call, I will answer;
while they are still speaking, I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
but the serpent’s food will be dust!
They will not do what is evil or destroy
on My entire holy mountain,”
says the Lord. (Psalm 65:19-25)
If you are not sure that you are saved, you can accept Christ into your life right now, by praying:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior.”
Some very good scriptures there in the Psalms, pointing what has happened, is happening and will happen to Israel.
Marilyn, December 27, 2020
Let’s not forget the hour of testing is coming upon the whole world. It begins in Israel but comes upon all.
Diaste, December 30, 2020
Very interesting. I have read the book by J.R. Church “Hidden Prophecies in the Psalms” which I thought was remarkable, and your article runs along the same lines, thanks for posting it was very insightful.
Morningstar, January 5, 2021