Four months into the Tribulation and we have an unsettling calm befall our big ball.
Admittedly, not many think we are “tribulating”; but I am convinced. After all it’s probably been the worst five months of my life, since September 23.
But enough about me, let’s get back to the main game, the globe, and its epicentre, Israel — or should I say Jerusalem.
A nervous anticipation lies heavy over the Middle East after the resounding decision by Donald John Trump, 45th President of the United States, to shift his nation’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And despite a backlash at the United Nations, ten nations have immediately stepped up to confirm they too will move their embassy.¹
The nations include Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Romania, and South Sudan.
The uneasy calm plumes over mankind shaped like a giant truncheon: that truncheon, according to some, is wielded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. President Erdogan, apparently, wants to be caliph.²
An uneasy calm because despite Trump’s obvious friendly moves toward Israel, and in stark contrast to his predecessor — thanks to President Trump, the momentum in the Middle East is steadily swinging back in Israel’s favour — there is, as yet, apart from a few words here and there, no Intifada, no usual apocalyptic threats of annihilation and extinction of Israel, no mass riots in the streets. Even Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia and Egypt have questioned Erdogan; at least that’s the face they’re showing publicly.
This relative calm amid such pressing news about Jerusalem belies the reality. If things seem good, they’re not. If things seem bad, they are far worse.
For instance, moving to the global context, which of the following names render an image in your mind of a leader willing to back down: Kim Jong-un, Donald John Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, or Xi Jinping?
Meanwhile, President Trump’s predecessor remains America’s “most admired man” ten years running.³ If this is a race, will we see a late run on the scene by a dark horse?
Make of all of that what you must.
These countries voted with US as UN condemns Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Kaitlyn Schallhorn – Fox News, 22 December 2017; Israel ‘in talks with 10 countries’ about Jerusalem embassy move – SBS News, 26 December 2017
Erdogan’s Israel Obsession, Efraim Inbar – Middle East Forum, 24 December 2017; Turkey’s Erdogan has eye on becoming global caliph, Bob Unruh – World Net Daily (WND), 28 December 2017
Barack Obama Is ‘Most Admired Man’ For 10th Year In A Row, Gallup Poll Says, Jenna Amatulli – Huffington Post, 28 December 2017
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