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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 207A
January 16, 2005
The “Hudna” Talks and the False Peace
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. (See Archive Prophecy Update Numbers 3, 21, 59, 60, 66A, 67A, and 70)
The new Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is due to arrive in Gaza this week to attempt to persuade Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, and other terrorist factions, to agree to a “hudna.” The articles appearing in the various press releases often are prone to simply apply the word “truce” to it, and while that is not incorrect, one does need to understand that, according to the historical Islamic way of thinking, it has a more sinister confrontational aspect to it.
According to Umdat as-Salik, a medieval summary of Shafi’I jurisprudence, a “hudna” with a non-Muslim enemy should be limited to 10 years: “if Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for 10 years if necessary, for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made a hudna with the Quraysh for that long, as is related by Abu Dawud” (‘Umdat as-Salik, 09.16). What happened during that hudna is burned into the minds of Islamic terrorists as a historical pattern to follow. The Prophet Mohammad did strike a 10 year hudna with the Quraysh tribe that controlled Mecca in the seventh century. But he used the first two years of hudna to rearm and refurbish his army, and then used a minor infraction to break the hudna and launch the attack that made a full conquest of Mecca, the holiest city of Islam.
When Yassar Arafat infamously invoked Mohammad’s “hudna” in 1994 to describe his own Oslo program of deceit “on the road to Jerusalem,” the implication was clear to his Islamic brethren. Middle East expert Daniel Pipes explained it this way: “when his circumstances change for the better, he will take advantage of some technicality to tear up the existing accords and launch a military assault on Israel.” And, indeed, this is what he did when Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount. He used it as an excuse to launch the current intifada on Jewish citizens in September 2000.
As for Hamas, they have proven time and time again their commitment to a “tactical hudna,” which allows them time to replenish their strength during the hudna period. Incidentally, the root meaning of the Arabic word “hudna” simply means “quiet” or “calm.” Hamas and the other terrorist groups will take advantage of the “calm’ period to rebuild their infrastructures and to recruit and place their men and women in advantageous positions for future attacks.
We are headed for a peace between the Palestinians and Israel. But, according to the character and practices of Islam, regardless of how it eventually arrives, it will be broken as soon as the Palestinians recover from their four year grinding to powder by the Israeli military. And it is certainly important to know that, according to the Scripture, it must be a false peace of relatively short duration, and will be followed by a most vicious attack against Israel. The attack will internally come from inside Israel out of a newly created Palestinian state, and externally from outside Israel’s borders by nine other Islamic nations.
Regardless of the factors involved, and the terms used by both sides in this long struggle between Israel and her Islamic enemies within and without, such as hudna, intifada, unilateral, two things are certain – one, Israel will finally believe it has achieved “Peace and safety,” and two, the Islamic nations will have made the peace with an evil thought, knowing they will proceed against the Israeli population that has enclosed the Palestinians by a wall, but left their own cities outside this wall in a condition of having no walls facing the rest of the world of Islam.
Ezekiel 38:10-12 – Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think AN EVIL THOUGHT:  And thou shalt say, I will go up to the LAND OF UNWALLED villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that DWELL SAFELY, all of them dwelling WITHOUT WALLS, and having neither bars nor gates,  To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and UPON THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GATHERED OUT OF THE NATIONS, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. (See Archive Prophecy Update Number 31)
Zechariah 13:8 – 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. (See Archive Prophecy Update Numbers 28, 33, 40, 46, 71, 78, 88A, 112, 129B, and 130)
Revelation 12:6 – 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. (See Archive Birth Pang Number 36 and Archive Prophecy Update Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10)
Zechariah 14:2 – 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. (See Archive Prophecy Update Number 132 and 133B)