END OF THE WORLD prophecies are falling into place as Israel normalises diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a Christian preacher has announced.
The bizarre doomsday claims follow news Israel and the UAE have signed the diplomatic “Abraham Accord” with intervention from the US. The peace treaty has been dubbed the mother of all peace deals, and a major step towards securing peace in the Middle East. As part of the deal, Israel has agreed to suspend plans to annexe Palestinian territories in the West Bank.
The countries have also agreed to exchange embassies and begin a new era of international cooperation.
The UAE is now the third Arab state to normalise relations with Israel and the first Gulf State to do so.
Some Christian evangelists, however, see this move as a precursor to what is known as the covenant of many.
According to some interpretations of Bible prophecy, this covenant will precede the rise of the Antichrist, Armageddon and the return of Jesus Christ.
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Paul Begley, a TV evangelist and online personality from Indiana, US, believes the Israel peace deal is a major prophetic moment for the Middle East as more Arab states are likely to join the covenant.
During a live broadcast to his more than 337,000 followers on YouTube, Pastor Begley said: “It is happening right now, as we speak.
“And know that there’s going to be the anti-semitic voices that will rise up every time.
“I noticed that when the peace deal was signed, they went on a sabbatical or some of them went into hiding because they don’t know how to answer it from a prophecy standpoint.
“They know that if they say that this is a prophecy event, the signing of a covenant, agreements between the UAE and let’s say Bahrain, and then Qatar, and then Oman, and then Morocco, and then Saudi Arabia and right on down the line, that this becomes a covenant with many.”
This prophetic covenant is described in the Bible’s Book of Daniel.
Daniel 9:27 reads: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’
“In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.
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“And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
Many Christians believe this temple is a reference to a Third Temple of Jerusalem, which may one day be constructed.
And the abomination of desolation, in some interpretations, will be caused by the Antichrist.
Pastor Begley said: “I’m telling you folks, what’s going on right now is right down the line from the biblical narrative of the Word of God, of the prophecies of the Holy Land, is happening.”
However, not all Christians believe Armageddon is around the corner.
Scripture itself does not state when the world will end and a date cannot be ascertained.
Jesus Christ said in the gospels: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”