"The end of it shall come with a flood. And until the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator" (Daniel 9:26b-27).
In January of this year, Germany attempted to control Israel by discouraging new settlements. This stance came after a meeting of ministers from 30 nations that came together in Paris to discuss Middle East peace. This past February, Germany cancelled a meeting between their Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, and the Israeli government. One of the reasons cited was the new settlements that Israel continues to build.
Daniel 9:26-27 speaks of the end times. Specifically, God tells us that wars will continue until the end. A covenant with many for one seven-year period is then mentioned. Presently, war and the threat of war rock the Middle East. Many threats of war come from entities (terrorist groups and nations) who want to destroy Israel.
Just last year, Angela Merkel was quoted as saying that she was "hopeful" that a peace deal could be brokered between the Israel and the Palestinians. In fact, Germany presently acknowledges the peace talks between the two sides to be mediated by four entities: the UN, EU, US and Russia. In 2010, Germany held a direct conference between Israel and the Arab League chief to find a two-state solution.
Their involvement in the peace process also makes sense in light of an increase in military trade between the two countries. In the past few years, Israel bought five submarines from Germany. Last year, they formulated plans to buy more. Germany is looking to purchase drones from Israel. These are just a two examples of their close military cooperation. Interestingly enough, they have also made deals to provide some Arab states with hundreds of their Leopard tanks.
From the Bible, it is clear that some kind of covenant or treaty will be formed with many nations. The UN, EU, US and Russia clearly represent many nations on earth. However, one nation has to be the driving force in pursuing this policy. Could Germany be this nation?
These recent political and economic moves show us that Germany is presently making a power play in the Middle East to bring a peace between all sides. They have the economy, military and political connections to make such a deal happen.
Kelly McDonald Jr. is an ordained evangelist at Hungry Hearts Ministries in Jackson, Tennessee. He has written over 40 books and booklets on pursing Christ, Hebrew roots and end-times prophecy. He is currently president of the Bible Sabbath Association (BSA). You can follow him at: kellymcdonaldjr.com.
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