END OF THE WORLD fears are being stocked by conspiracy theorists who believe a peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is linked to Bible prophecies.
The UAE has become the first Arab state to oficialy normalise diplomatic relations with Israel with the signing of a historic peace deal. The so-called “Abraham Accord” announced on August 13, outlines Israel’s plan to stop annexing Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Some conspiracy theorists, however, see this peace deal as a sign of biblical prophecy unfolding.
According to the blog Bible Prophecy – Signposts of the Times, the treaty could be related to something known as the Gog-Magog alliance.
Gog and Magog appear in the Bible’s Old Testament as both individuals and lands that will oppose Israel, although their exact nature is never fully revealed.
Some theorists have linked the figure of Gog to the Antichrist, who will arrive just before the Last Judgement.
The names also appear in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation, where it is said Satan will be set forth to deceive the nations “in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog”.
According to Signposts of the Times, the Israel peace deal could be linked to Gog and Magog through Ezekiel 38.
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The blog said: “According to some of the commentaries on Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 38, the location of Ancient Sheba and Dedan was in Arabia.
“Present-day United Arab Emirates, which has just agreed to a peace deal with Israel, is located on the Arabian Peninsula.
“Might Ezekiel have been referring to this present day location and nations when he penned his prophecy centuries ago?”
Ezekiel 38:13-14 reads: “Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?’
“‘Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it?'”
According to Signposts of the Times, the Prophet Daniel may have also made mention of an even greater peace deal for the Middle East.
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.”
Signposts of the Times said: “At the very same time that nations are confirming peace deals with Israel, the other nations mentioned by the Prophet Ezekiel are also firming up their ongoing hatred of the Jewish State.
“Both Turkey and Iran are declaring that the peace deal with Israel is the ‘worst nightmare’ and a ‘dagger in the backs of the Palestinians’.
“It seems that the alliances of Ezekiel’s prophecy, (Gog/Magog), are coming together in rapid progression.
“This news is very important as it indicates that the puzzles pieces continue to formulate in this mosaic of End-Times events.
“God is at work as his plans for the future are rapidly coming together.”
According to Jiri Moskala of Andrews University, the Bible identifies Gog and Magog as enemies of Israel that will strike at a future date.
The attack will come once the country’s borders are secured and there is peace throughout the land.
The Bible expert wrote in the Journal of the Adventist Theological Society in 2007: “‘Gog and Magog’ are future enemies, and they will attack only after Israel is living securely in their land when they are at peace with their neighbours and under no visible threat.”
There is, however, no concrete evidence to back claims and suggestions the end of the world is approaching.
The Gog-Magog prophecy has even been linked to Russia and Israel.
The Bible itself states no one, not even Jesus Christ, knew when the end of the world will come.
Jesus said in Matthew 24: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”