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Current Events - More Embassies Moving, Middle-East/Israel Peace Accord

September 4, 2020

Trump Brokers 'Historic' Deal Bringing 2 More Embassies to Jerusalem

"President Donald Trump announced Friday that Serbia and Kosovo have normalized economic ties as part of U.S.-brokered talks that include Belgrade moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.

After two days of meetings with Trump administration officials, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti agreed to cooperate on a range of economic fronts.

The announcement provided Trump with a diplomatic win and furthers his administration’s push to improve Israel’s international standing.

“I’m pleased to announce a truly historic commitment,” Trump said in the Oval Office, standing alongside the two leaders who signed an economic cooperation agreement. “Serbia and Kosovo have each committed to economic normalization.”

“After a violent and tragic history and years of failed negotiations, my administration proposed a new way of bridging the divide. By focusing on job creation and economic growth, the two countries were able to reach a major breakthrough,” the president said.

Serbia’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a nod to both Israel and the United States.

The Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017 and moved the U.S. embassy there in May 2018.

In a rare statement issued after the start of the Jewish sabbath, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the president of Serbia for moving the embassy to Jerusalem. He confirmed that Israel and Kosovo will establish diplomatic relations and said Kosovo also will open its embassy in Jerusalem.

Kosovo, a predominantly Muslim country, has never before recognized Israel, nor has Israel recognized Kosovo.

“Kosovo will be the first majority-Muslim country to open an embassy in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said.

“As I’ve said in recent days, the circle of peace and recognition of Israeli is widening and is expected to add additional countries.”

In all, a total of four countries now recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, including the U.S. and Guatemala. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their would-be capital.

The gestures to Israel are part of the Trump administration’s push to support the Jewish state.

Most recently, the administration brokered a deal for Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations. That was followed by the first commercial flight between Israel and the UAE, with neighboring Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to allow such flights to pass through their airspace.

Additional Arab states, including Sudan, Bahrain and Oman, have been identified as countries that may soon also normalize relations with Israel.

Kosovo’s Parliament declared independence from Serbia in 2008, nine years after NATO conducted a 78-day airstrike campaign against Serbia to stop a bloody crackdown against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

Most Western nations have recognized Kosovo’s independence, but Serbia and its allies Russia and China have not.

The ongoing deadlock and Serbia’s unwillingness to recognize Kosovo have kept tensions simmering and prevented full stabilization of the Balkan region after the bloody wars in the 1990s.

“These were difficult talks for us, but I’m truly satisfied,” Vucic told Serbian reporters in Washington.

He stressed that the economic agreement does not include “mutual recognition” between Serbia and Kosovo. But he hailed the talks as a victory for Serbia and a step toward closer ties with the U.S.

Hoti described the economic cooperation as a “huge step forward” in the relationship and said the two leaders were committed to working together.

Serbia and Kosovo have already approved air, rail and transit agreements, including one that would clear the way for the first flight between the two countries in 21 years. The new agreement comprises many more areas of economic cooperation.

In Kosovo, President Hashim Thaci hailed the deal and thanked Trump. In a statement posted on social media, he said Kosovo should continue to seek membership in international organizations."

September 15, 2020

Up To 9 Additional Nations Could Join Peace Deal With Israel, Including Saudi Arabia

"President Donald Trump said Tuesday afternoon that up to nine additional nations could join a peace deal with Israel in the near future, including Saudi Arabia.

“We have many other countries [that are] going to be joining us and they’re going to be joining us soon,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “We’ll have, I think, I mean I think seven, or eight, or nine. We’re going to have a lot of other countries joining us, including the big ones.”

“It’s not something that my critics thought was possible and now they say, ‘wow, that was a good idea,'” Trump continued. “I will say, it’s gotten rave reviews.”

About a minute later, Trump added: “I spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia, at the right time I do think they will come in, yes, I do. This is a very big and very historic moment.”

The remarks from the president come after he declared the “dawn of a new Middle East” on Tuesday afternoon during a signing ceremony of two peace deals between Israel and its neighbors.

“The deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and Israel and Bahrain, involve the exchanging of ambassadors, establishment of embassies and co-operation on a range of fronts — including trade, security and tourism,” Fox News reported. “The agreements, known as the ‘Abraham Accords’ also allow Muslims to visit Islamic holy sites in Israel. Trump said the deals would form ‘the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region.'”

The Abraham Accords Declaration states:

We, the undersigned, recognize the importance of maintaining and strengthening peace in the Middle East and around the world based on mutual understanding and coexistence, as well as respect for human dignity and freedom, including religious freedom.

We encourage efforts to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue to advance a culture of peace among the three Abrahamic religions and all humanity.

We believe that the best way to address challenges is through cooperation and dialogue and that developing friendly relations among States advances the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and around the world.

We seek tolerance and respect for every person in order to make this world a place where all can enjoy a life of dignity and hope, no matter their race, faith or ethnicity.

We support science, art, medicine, and commerce to inspire humankind, maximize human potential and bring nations closer together.

We seek to end radicalization and conflict to provide all children a better future.

We pursue a vision of peace, security, and prosperity in the Middle East and around the world.

In this spirit, we warmly welcome and are encouraged by the progress already made in establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and its neighbors in the region under the principles of the Abraham Accords. We are encouraged by the ongoing efforts to consolidate and expand such friendly based on shared interests and a shared commitment to a better future."


Why These News Pieces Are Prophetic

This and the Abraham Accord Peace Treaty is amazing news! Peace is always a great thing. However, did you know that this is the beginning of the fulfillment of a prophecy from Daniel 9?

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself [Anti-Christ]: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many [Peace Accord?] for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The Jews believe that the Anti-Christ in the last days may have some part in - what they believe - will be a Peace Treaty of which will bring a temporary peace between Israel and the Middle-East. This then will allow the re-building up of their Temple in Jerusalem.

Once the Temple is re-built (and they are completely ready, right now, do to so), they believe that Christ will come and sacrifice the 10th Red Heifer on the Temple Mount, thus purifying the Temple which in turn enables the Jewish Priests (Kohanim) to make acceptable sacrifice for the first time in two -thousand years. This Anti-Christ, of whom they believe will be of Jewish descent, will fulfill this scriptural passage and desecrate the newly purified Temple [Dan. 8:11, 11:31] with an 'image' or 'mark of the beast.' Armageddon follows shortly after.

A Christian Pastor not of our Church explains Daniel a bit better in this link here.

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