The Abraham Accord
You may have recently heard about the historic peace agreement reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Although peace is always welcomed among nations, there are broader implications for the role this agreement will play in the Tribulation Period.
Some time ago I wrote about the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative. The Initiative was inspired in part by the Document on Human Fraternity and Living Together, signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi last year. President Trump also believes that peace is possible through co-operation. During his first presidential overseas visit in Riyadh, he said, “If these three faiths can join together in co-operation, then peace in this world is possible.” Further to the Initiative are plans to build an “Abrahamic Family House” on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. This would be a multi-faith complex consisting of three separate buildings – a synagogue, a church and a mosque. A copy of the design plans are posted to the church’s Instagram account - @eiserstbaptistchurch
So, you see that in the UAE, there is to be built a multi-faith complex for the three major faiths of the world – Christianity, Judaism and Christianity and now we have just seen the entering into of a peace agreement between Israel and the UAE. The two are not coincidental and neither is the timing in light of the soon return of Jesus to catch us up in the air.
The agreement between Israel and the UAE is called the “Abraham Accord”. If you are wondering why Muslims are happy to name these programs and buildings after the Jewish patriarch, consider that the three monotheistic religions do share a common patriarchal thread – Abraham. As we have touched on in the past, many of the men and women who appear in the Koran are taken from the Scriptures. Christians know him as Abraham; Jews as Avraham and Muslims as Ibrahim. It is from this commonality that the initiative receives its name.
Of course, the co-operation is superficial as it looks for a common foundational thread. Of key concern to us is the question: what think ye of Jesus Christ? The Jews, who worship the true God, received the true promise of the Messiah but did not recognise Him. Jesus Christ brought the full revelation of the truth, revealing that God is Triune (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Yet, the Jews reject that also, as do Muslims. Jews also reject the Deity of Jesus Christ and while Muslims revere Jesus as a prophet, they believe him to be subordinate to Muhammad. Therefore, although we seek peace with all people, we cannot do so at the expense of the truth of the Scriptures.
So, why push for this Initiative and the Accord? As many UN documents show, diversity of religions and traditions has long been accused of being the main threat to human fraternity and world peace (an analysis that spectacularly omits the fact that several hundred million people were massacred in the 20th century in the name of godless communism). Therefore, world and religious leaders continue to seek an elusive peace. But if you do not worship the Prince of Peace, then peace will never come and these efforts will be doomed to fail.
Of course, for people like us who can see the signs and are warning of the Tribulation Period to come, the media brand us “Christian conspiracy theorists”. Nevertheless, it is they, not us, who will be left to face the full and undiluted wrath of God. I, for one, am glad that the Bridegroom has not appointed me unto wrath, but will snatch me away to be with Him for all eternity. To that, we say, “Maranatha”!