01 the peacemaker

The Prophecy of Daniel
We may now be living in "End Times"—the set of events leading to Armageddon—according to the prophecy of Daniel, a Jewish prophet. Daniel warns his people, the Jews, and his holy city, Jerusalem, that in the "end times" they will face their final test of survival as a nation and as a people..

Daniel 9:27
And he (the peacemaker) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

In this passage of scripture, the Jews find themselves with the need to make peace with their enemies in order to resume sacrifice and offerings made to their God on the altar in their rebuilt temple on Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Peacemaker
The passage introduces an individual—the peacemaker—who plays the most important role in the prophecy of the end times. He will confirm a seven-year peace covenant with the Jews, be honored by the world, and will be hailed as Messiah. But at the mid point of the seven years he will turn on them, break the peace covenant, end their sacrifice and offerings, and kill any who do not bow to him as God.

Because of the details given to us in the Prophesy about the peacemaker and the situation in which he will appear, we are able to make an accurate assessment as to his identity if he is living among us today. At present, King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the most likely among those living today to be the Peacemaker.

King Abdullah of Jordan [#4]
Abdullah II (b. 1965) was educated at prominent institutions in Great Britain and the United States. He has served in the Armies of Great Britain & Jordan, and has received military training in the United States.

"Since his accession to the throne, King Abdullah II has continued his late father's commitment to creating a strong and positive moderating role for Jordan within the Arab World, and has worked towards the establishment of a just and lasting comprehensive solution to the Arab- Israeli conflict."

In November 2001, Abdullah II outlined an Arab peace plan based upon his "two basket approach," which involves a collective Arab guarantee of Israel's security as well as Israel's economic integration into the region, coupled with the creation of a Palestinian state. [#2]

He initiated this peace plan between the Jews and their enemies in the Arab world through his authority in the Islamic faith as the 43rd direct descendant of Muhammad, founder of the Islamic faith placing himself in a position to fulfill the role of "he" referred to in Daniel 9:27: "he shall confirm the covenant with many…"

Because of these qualifications, King Abdullah II is the prime candidate for Peacemaker.

Footnote 4 [back to top]

His Majesty King Abdullah II is the 43rd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. King Abdullah II assumed his constitutional powers as Monarch of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 7th, 1999, the day his father, the late King Hussein, passed away.

Footnote 2 [back to top]

Sunday, November 11, 2001

King Says New Peace Deal Would Guarantee Israel's Security, Integration, In Return For Palestinian State

By Michael Binyon

The Arab world must be prepared to offer a collective guarantee of Israel's security and integration into the Middle East in return for the setting up of a Palestinian state, His Majesty King Abdullah told The Times on Friday.

Under a deal now being discussed by the main international parties, this would offer Israel for the first time a guarantee of its own existence and security by all countries from the Gulf to Morocco.

According to the plan, "the Arab countries will make a statement guaranteeing the security of Israel," the King said. This was part of what he called the "two-basket approach" agreed by the "team" of the main parties, including the United States, Russia, the European Union, the United Nations, Egypt and Jordan. It would mark an unprecedented public acceptance by all Arab states not only of Israel's existence but of its full integration within the Middle East.

King Abdullah is understood to have canvassed the idea in the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia and several North African states. But the biggest barrier remains Syria, and those countries such as Iraq and Libya that have taken a consistently militant approach.

The King's remarks, while still exploratory, are the clearest statement yet of how the moderate Arab world sees the next steps in setting up a Palestinian state and ending the Middle East conflict.

"To this day we don't know what the endgame is," he said on the last day of his state visit to Britain with Her Majesty Queen Rania. No one yet knew what would follow the Mitchell proposals, aimed at an immediate end to violence. But it was a "given" that Israel would not disappear. It was not a given yet that a Palestinian state would appear.

The community of nations was therefore working on the establishment of a Palestinian state, set up in accordance with the United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338. In return, Israel would have its security underpinned not simply by the Palestinians but by the wider Arab world. "Responsibility has to be taken on both sides of the equation," he said.

The King was speaking in an interview immediately after his address to both Houses of Parliament. He said this long-term strategy would underpin a new initiative to be launched soon by the Bush Administration.

"He is ready to move. But, the way he describes it, he plays the presidential card, so you can't play that card if there's a chance of failure. What happens if that fails? You are going to have to wait for years . . . It must be 99 per cent clear, and I agree with him."

The King said Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed with him on all details of this. "I was joking with the Prime Minister that our tÍte-_-tÍtes are getting shorter and shorter because we agree on everything."

On Iraq, he said that there were some voices in America wanting to broaden the war and attack Baghdad. "The president and the State Department and others are very clear on the dangers of bringing Iraq into the equation at this stage.
"There are people in the administration and government that would like to use this as an excuse, but the voices of moderation at this stage are the ones that are stronger."

He repeated his insistence to MPs that the war against terrorism was in no way a war between the West and Islam. But there needed to be balanced reporting, especially by the Arab media. It was not balanced to air the views of Osama Ben Laden without any questioning, whereas politicians such as Blair were cross-examined.

The King said that his state visit with Queen Rania had been extremely successful. "We were here to reinforce the traditional ties between the UK and Jordan. That clearly was not difficult to do, given the tremendous hospitality of the queen and the government.

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