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Please click on the Archives arrow above, and review Prophecy Update Number 44, before reading this update. This Update is a continuation of WHY the final war will not break out until a certain event occurs in the Middle East.
Now, let’s continue from the end of Prophecy Update Number 44 by looking at what MUST HAPPEN BEFORE the final war of this age begins, the war that ends some three and one-half years later, culminating with the battle of Armageddon. Israel HAD TO BE REGATHERED BEFORE this great final battle could occur. Israel has “officially” been in place in her native homeland for some fifty-three years. But one other thing HAD to happen BEFORE the war began that ended in Armageddon. Here it is:
I Thessalonians 5:3,4
 For when THEY shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
This was written by the Apostle Paul, who described himself as follows in Philippians 3:5 – “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee.” Paul looked upon Israel, as a nation, as being in unbelief before their God, for he wrote in Romans 11:32 – “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” Paul dearly loved his people, and carried a great burden for their salvation in his spiritual heart. He loved them so much he expressed a desire that he was willing to be separated from Christ if they would turn to their Messiah, as he states in Romans 9:1-3 – “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,  That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:” Therefore, I believe the “THEM” and “THEY,” in I Thessalonians 5:3, refers PRIMARILY to the Jews, but am also certain it applies to all unbelievers in general. So, there MUST BE what APPEARS TO BE a genuine period of “Peace and safety” in the Middle East in the minds of unbelievers, especially in the minds of Jews in Israel. Within the next two years we will finally see what appears to be a genuine peace, but it will be a false peace. It will be a peace engineered by Islamic nations, and their terrorist groups, behind top secret closed door meetings of some ten nations. Countries such as Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia will not be invited or even aware these meetings are being conducted. And it will all be for the purpose of leading Israel, the U.S., and the western world into a false sense of “Peace and safety.”
Once this false peace has “settled in,” then the antichrist, and the ten Islamic nations, will launch an attack that matches the Japanese cunning of Pearl Harbor with the efficiency of the German blitzkriegs launched into Poland and France during World War II. It will be led by Syria, and will come from the north into Israel. If you will peruse previous Prophecy Updates issued this year (1 to 44) by clicking on the arrow at the top of this Update (Archives) to expose their menu, you will see why I am so confident of what I am now issuing.
The initial attack will be launched DURING this connived time of false peace. I believe the following Scriptures from Ezekiel validate this belief. The antichrist will KNOW that Israel is dwelling with a false of security, BECAUSE he is the one who has led them to believe they finally have a genuine peace after some fifty three years of terrorism, three wars, and constant fear of the unknown.
 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; IN THAT DAY when my people of Israel DWELLETH SAFELY, shalt thou not know it?  And thou shalt come from thy place out of THE NORTH parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:  And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be IN THE LATTER DAYS, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.  Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken IN OLD TIME by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
These forces will drive Israel into the Negev Wilderness. Only one-third of the Jewish population will made it into the Negev, and Jerusalem will fall.
Zechariah 13:8 to 14:2
 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.  Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
The current Jewish population in Israel is just over five million. So, using the Jewish population increase rate over the past few years and, believing the attack will occur before 2006, this would mean that less then two million Jews would make it into the Negev, where they would remain for some three and one-half prophetic years (1260 days).
 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
I realize that saying this attack will occur before 2006, and that the false peace will come to the Middle East in two years, in a broad sense, is a type of “time setting,” and that I may well be embarrassed if it does not happen in these time periods. I am CERTAIN that the peace must come, and I KNOW the attack must come during it. I am PERSUADED, but NOT CERTAIN, that the peace will occur within two years, probably next year, and am CONFIDENT, but NOT POSITIVE, that the attack will occur before 2006. It is the SEQUENCE of events, NOT the timing, of which I am CERTAIN.