For 50 years, US presidents have been laying the groundwork for peace in the Middle East. This is serious business because scripture teaches that the 7-Year Tribulation begins when Antichrist signs a “peace treaty” or covenant with Israel,
27 Then he (Antichrist) will confirm a covenant (Treaty) with many for one-week (7 years). In the middle of the week (Halfway point = 3.5 years) he (Antichrist) will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings.
In Isaiah 28, Isaiah is warning Judah that though they boast that they have achieved peace and security, their security covenant will be broken and the invasion which they sought to avoid will overwhelm them,
Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, O scoffers, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge (assault) will not reach us when it passes by, for we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.
Your covenant with death will be canceled, and your pact with Sheol will not stand; When the overwhelming scourge (assault/war) passes through, then you become its trampling place.(Isaiah 28:15, 18)
It is important to highlight several realities established by this passage concerning this last-days covenant. The “covenant of death,” or the “pact with Sheol” is (1) made by the rulers of Judah, (2) made with “death”, (3) instead of trusting in Messiah, they rely on the covenant, (4) they enter into the covenant specifically for the purpose of avoiding “the overwhelming (flooding) scourge”, yet (5) the covenant “will be cancelled” or broken. And so, (6) instead of providing Judah with deliverance from the flooding scourge, they will be “trampled” by it.
This passage contains every element of the view that Israel will enter into a “covenant” or security alliance with Antichrist (death). The result will be a broken covenant and the overwhelming military “flood” of Antichrist will sweep into the land.
The length of the covenant being seven years is not found in this passage but is seen in Daniel 9:27 and in Jesus’ exposition of the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24).
Finally, it seems as if Israel learns their lesson. Isaiah prophesies that in the Messianic Kingdom, after being trampled by Antichrist for 3 ½ years, Israel will repent of their misplaced trust.
No longer will they trust or rely on Antichrist (which this passage in Isaiah refers to as “the Assyrian”) for their security. Instead, “in that day” they will rely solely on the Lord:
Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 10:20)
President Trump And The United States Stand Alone With Israel On The Golan Heights
The fallout from the ongoing war in Syria, the continuing hostility of the Syrian government toward Israel, and the military advances Iran is making in Syria toward Israel’s northern border have made the Golan Heights indispensable to Israel’s future security and prosperity.
In light of this reality, President Donald Trump recently stunned the world by issuing an Executive Order that stipulates the United States officially recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Until President Trump’s brave declaration, no nation on earth stood with Israel on her Golan Heights annexation.
Golan Heights: “Spoil” for Armageddon
In Ezekiel’s prophecy outlining the battle of Gog and Magog (The Old Testament version of the Battle of Armageddon) it appears that the mountainous region of the Golan Heights is part of the “spoil” (Ezekiel 38:12-14) that the invading Muslim armies want to take back from Israel in the Battle of Armageddon!
In 1967, during the remarkable Six Day War, Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria. In 1981 Israel’s Knesset voted to annex it making it part of the land of Israel.
After 1000 years in solitary confinement the Lord will let Satan, the “snake” of Genesis 3, back in the garden (so to speak) to offer the human race independence from God in order to reveal their hearts.
We learn from the book of Job that Satan plays an important role in God’s plans for mankind. Nothing makes that clearer then the devil’s release from prison at the end of the Millennial Kingdom. The purpose of his release is to “deceive the nations” (Rev. 20:8) one final time.
During the Kingdom Age, earth is filled with righteousness and there is great prosperity. There have been several generations over the 1000 years. The curse is lifted and man’s lifespan is quite long. There is love, righteousness, joy, and peace. There are no demons harassing anybody.
There is no pornography, there is no abortion, there is no perversion. There is nothing like that in the earth. Then Satan is let back into the garden so to speak. What happens is revealing! Millions of unsaved people born during the Millennial Kingdom choose to follow Satan just like Adam and Eve followed the snake.
There are some important reasons why this happens.
One reason is Satan has not been rehabilitated. You would think after 1000 years in prison he would get humble. He is not. He is more angry than ever.
Another reason is that the demons also become more angry, not more humble. They are not rehabilitated. When given the opportunity, they attack again.
God allows this scenario to be played out to reveal the wickedness of man’s heart and to leave man without excuse (Rom. 1:20). There are people who are saying, “If I only had better circumstances, I would not have sinned like Adam did.” The Lord says, Watch this. I am going to show you. I am going to make the glorious environment of Eden across the whole earth one final time to give man a fresh opportunity.
Then I will let the snake back in the garden like I did with Adam. What happens? Multitudes will choose the snake like great-grandpa Adam did because man loves sin.
Even though Christ dwells on earth in all His millennial glory and man sees the glories of redemption, the majority of mankind, at the end of the Millennium, still choose sin instead of the Savior.
This is the final lesson God wants to leave with mankind for all eternity. Given the best opportunity and perfect environment to surrender to Jesus Christ, man chose the wages of sin.