From the moment he took office in the first month of 2017 Donald Trump has been intent on achieving peace in the Middle East —specifically, a solution to the seemingly insolvable Palestinian-Israeli problem. To that end he deployed his orthodox Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a special envoy.
Although most observers give Trump little chance of accomplishing anything, as the scriptures say, “the scene of the world is changing.”
Now that Russia has all but destroyed the Islamic extremists in Syria that had been deployed to overthrow the Assad government, a new dynamic has come into play. The nations of Turkey and Iran, which flank Syria, are sitting down with Russian leaders to map out a permanent peace. At the same time Israel and its supposed intractable Islamic Arab enemies are finding common cause in allying against the Shiite Muslim nation of Iran. This new alliance may make it possible to broker some sort of deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis and give President Trump boasting rights for accomplishing what has eluded every other American president for the past half century who have tried to bring about a peaceful resolution.
While the Palestine-Israel issue is hardly the only trouble-spot in the world, as illogical as it seems, it is always presented as if solving this longstanding problem would bring peace and security to all mankind. But the real dynamic moving the world is China’s ascendency and the One Belt-One Road initiative. And due to its strategic location situated at the junction of three continents, Syria is a key nation in China’s program to link Asia, Africa and Europe with a network of rail, high speed rail, pipelines and fiber optic connections. (EIR – What Really Happened in China?)
In Trump’s recent visit to China he made it clear he intends to work with both Russia and China to solve the various crisis imposed by two centuries of British geo-political machinations. Here is an excerpt of a statement made by the president of the United States after he visited with the leaders of Asia:
And we have laid out a pathway toward peace and security in our world, where sovereign nations can thrive, flourish and prosper side by side. This is our beautiful vision for the future. This is a future where this vision, this dream, is only possible if America is strong, proud and free. As long as we are true to ourselves, faithful to our founding and loyal to our citizens, then there is no task too great, no dream too large, no goal beyond our reach. My fellow citizens, America is back. And the future has never looked brighter.
It is true, if the major nations cooperate many of the problems and conflicts plaguing the world could be solved. Of course, as long as Satan is pulling the strings that will never happen. But the culmination of the Devil’s reign may be in sight.
Although the apostle Paul is not typically thought of as a prophet, he was privileged to reveal sacred secrets in connection with the return of Christ; specifically, Paul revealed in his letter to the Thessalonians that the dead in Christ will rise during the parousia, even while the remaining holy ones are in the flesh.
Furthermore, in harmony with what Jesus himself said as regards his coming as unexpectedly as a thief in the night, the inspired Christian prophet foretold that Jesus’ presence and the day of Jehovah would arrive like a thief in the night “whenever it is that they are saying, ‘Peace and security!’”
So it is with the utmost interest that I follow President Trump’s efforts to bring about what he stated in his own words: “peace and security in our world.”
Ironically, Jehovah’s Witnesses have no scriptural basis for understanding the significance of Paul’s prophecy. That is because the Watchtower exerts a deluding influence that places the beginning of the presence of Christ to the past. So, whenever they do proclaim to have accomplished “peace and security” the “sudden destruction” that immediately follows will serve as a wake-up call for all —signaling that the day of Christ has finally arrived.
Who is it upon whom the sudden destruction comes upon? It comes upon those who are saying “peace and security.” Since the American president is the foremost proponent of the peace initiative, we may expect America to experience the foretold “sudden destruction.” This is in harmony with the vision of Revelation that depicts the ruling head of Satan’s wild beast suffering a fatal wound. Also, the 30th chapter of Ezekiel envisions the fall of Egypt as taking during the day of Jehovah, which is what Paul said would be triggered whenever they are saying “peace and security.” Specifically, Ezekiel 30:1-4 states: “This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘Wail, ‘Alas, the day is coming!’ For the day is near, yes, a day of Jehovah is near. It will be a day of clouds, an appointed time of nations. A sword will come against Egypt, and panic will overtake Ethiopia when the slain fall in Egypt; its wealth is taken and its foundations are torn down.”
The prophecy of Daniel harmonizes with Ezekiel, foretelling that the king of the north “will keep thrusting out his hand against the lands; and as regards the land of Egypt, she will not escape. And he will rule over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the desirable things of Egypt. And the Libyans and the Ethiopians will be at his steps.”
The Watchtower realizes that “Egypt” in this portion of prophecy is symbolic of the king of the south. That is because the Egypt of the Ptolemies following the breakup of Alexander’s empire was the original king of the south. Significantly, the subjugation of the American king of the south takes place during the time of the end. That means Ezekiel’s prophecy regarding the destruction of Egypt takes place during the time of the end. The Libyans and Ethiopians likely symbolize America allies like Britain and France. (See Downfall of America)
But, alas, the scripturally delineated time period known as “the time of the end” doesn’t have much relevance for Jehovah’s Witnesses either. That is because the Watchtower teaches that the time of the end has been ongoing since 1914 too.
So, the coming sudden destruction of the leading nations of the world, which will commence the time of the end, will present an opportunity for the sons of the light to come out from under the Watchtower’s powerful deluding influence and embark on the final phase of Christ’s work.