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Trump’s Role in the Damascus Prophecy

A new pattern began in 2017 when President Trump announced the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. His "Abraham Accords" continue that pattern. Is there a specific end time prophecy that this is setting up finally? Also, learn the tie-in of a dream on the Great Tribulation that God gave me the night after Trump's 2017 announcement, which provides confirmation for me of how significant Trump's act was in starting a cycle that leads to the confederacy of Psalm 83 and destruction of Damascus.

Trump’s Meddling Mideast Maneuvers

Life during the Trump presidency has been anything but boring. If the end of America is pending in 2026 [1] as I believe, then it’s fitting how chaotic things have been during the tenure of this potentially penultimate leader of Mystery Babylon the Great [2].

Yet, love him or hate him, four years in one thing is clear: Trump has managed in a single term to accomplish change in the Mideast that evangelicals and Israelis could only have dreamed of. Not only did he recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but he moved the US embassy there, recognized the settlements, and also the annexation of the Golan Heights. The go-ahead for Israel to annex East Jerusalem is also pending.

Now as of September 2020, we have the “Abraham Accords” peace initiative. This adds the Gulf States of U.A.E and Bahrain to the only other two countries in the area to recognize the State of Israel (Egypt and Jordan). Trump says several more are lined up and ready to join the agreement with Israel, as well. As a result, readers have written to ask what it means. Is this the “covenant with the many”/”peace treaty” of prophecy? Does it change my expectations for a Mideast nuclear war that brings the end of Damascus [3] by Spring 2022 [4]?

I’m writing this update to the article below to address these latest questions.

The Covenant With The Many (Daniel 9:27)?

As you just read, many nations are in line for the peace treaty with Israel. This easily brings to mind Daniel’s prophecy:

Daniel 9:27 (HCSB) — He will make a firm covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering. And the abomination of desolation will be on a wing of the temple, until the decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator.”

Prognosticators like Paul Begley on YouTube are pronouncing that this is the peace treaty of Daniel. However, there are several difficulties with this:

  1. The “He” making the treaty is “the prince of the people who shall come” (Dan 9:26) or the Antichrist. Trump may be widely vilified and even thought to be the Antichrist by some, but an American can never fit the Antichrist [5] because America was never part of the Roman Empire.
  2. “The many” is often interpreted to be Israel. If that’s the case, then the treaty is between Antichrist and Israel. That does not fit the Arab nations today (or the future. [5]).
  3. “Peace?” The passage says nothing about a peace treaty. The context describes violent acts like the taking over of Jerusalem (Dan 9:26=Lk 21:20) and the stopping of Jewish sacrifices (Dan 9:26). If you look to the other Antichrist treaty prophecy that I think is parallel in Revelation 17 [5], you see that it is about taking out America and taking over the world with Jerusalem as the Antichrist’s new headquarters (Dan 11:45)

The Abraham Accords do not fit Daniel’s prophecy; no “peace” treaty can fit a war pact.

Significance, Please?

Then what is the significance of the "Abraham Accords"? Great question.

You know, I prayed and asked God about this repeatedly over the past weeks before writing this article. Unlike the case of the US Embassy move (where the Holy Spirit convicted me of its significance and then inspiration about that also came) this time nothing came. At first, I was not going to write anything new. Then I realized that not getting confirmation of an event’s importance is almost as helpful to my readers to report.

The only thing I can pass on is that some analyses that I have read state that this treaty isolates the Iranians and Palestinians [6] more by them losing greater Arab support. Since the Iranians are the ones I expect to drive the Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 war against Israel that results in the removal of Damascus from being a city, this treaty keeps things moving in the direction Trump started by recognizing Jerusalem in 2017.

Is it enough? Does he need a second term? Will Israel and COVID do the rest? I don’t know yet. “God has hidden it from me” (2 Kings 4:27).

Does the Peace Plan Change My Expectations?

The Abraham Accords come after Trump's Middle East Peace Plan. That plan heavily favored Israel by promising them an undivided Jerusalem and allowed for them to annex the West Bank (like they did the Golan Heights), among other things on their wish list. Some Bible believers say this plan is an "affront to God." This comes up every time a "land for peace" plan is pitched, which many believers consider against the "land deed of the Bible" that Israel has to Palestine. I already wrote about the problem with that thinking and the related one that "God curses those who curse Israel" for those who have that concern about Trump's plan. [7]

So once again the Arab world is not pleased but muted in their response (several, like Egypt and Jordan, receive financial incentives from the US that they don't want to lose). The Palestinians furiously rejected it with rioting, saying "Jerusalem is not for sale!" This fits right in with the pattern I wrote about below of Trump ending the appeasement of the enemies of Israel for the sake of American security concerns.

The new Abraham Accords are with minor players in the Mideast and do not really herald the “dawn of a new Middle East” as Trump has said. Not unless instead of more peace it unintentionally leads to the war that changes the Mideast forever [3].

The update after Trump's drone strike on Iran's Soleimani and the main article after the US embassy move continues below...

General Qassem Soleimani dead

The Answer in Trump's Moves in the Middle East

I write this the day after Iranian General Qassem Soleimani's death by the order of US President Trump because I see a prophetic significance to it.

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It was back in 1992 during a home visit from my pastor (to introduce the new associate pastor, I think) that the subject of prophecy came up. He showed me the Israel war prophecy in Psalm 83. I never knew that there was an end-time prophecy in the psalms, of all places. (Psalm 91 is another exciting one [9]). It impressed me. Ever since then, like others, I have been watching that prophecy for its fulfillment. And waiting...

I see Psalm 83 as parallel to Isaiah 17's prophecy [3] which tells us that, as a result of this lightning, one-day war (Isa 17:14):

  1. Damascus will cease to be a city and become ruins (Isa 17:1)
  2. Israel, though the victor, will suffer a loss of life (Isa 17:3-6) heavy enough to compare it to a Second Holocaust (despite the "never again" slogan) [10].

This prophecy has been anticipated for decades, yet has never come. Why not? In my article on Psalm 83 [3], I talk about how the prophecy describes a confederacy of Arab/Muslim nations (Iran is not Arab, but is Muslim) that must form first. The confederacy of nations has one purpose, to wipe out Israel. But how do you get divided nations with multiple factions of Islam to put aside their differences and peace treaties with Israel and fight a potent nuclear power?

I did not have an answer for that (apart from they need nukes of their own first, probably) until December 2017. That was when I woke up in the morning to the news that Trump had decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to relocate the US Embassy there.

After I began writing the article about it (below), I caught some news updates that shared the reaction to Trump's announcement in the Arab/Muslim world: great outrage. I then better understood why his announcement was so important and why I felt so convicted to write the article: this could finally answer why the Arab/Muslim world unites: Trump making moves that no other US president in history would do which antagonize them into radical action.

That night, God gave me a divine dream (described in the article below). I knew God was signaling me by the dream and the powerful conviction I felt (for the first time) that Trump's action was indeed leading to prophecy being fulfilled.

Trump's Pattern of Arab/Muslim Provocation (2017-2020)

I did not notice until recently to what degree Trump has continued this pattern of bold foreign policy that consistently displeases Israel's enemies:

  1. Dec 2017 - Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced the US Embassy relocation there
  2. May 2018 - Trump opened the US Embassy in Jerusalem
  3. Mar 2019 - Trump recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel
  4. Nov 2019 - Trump said Israel's settlements are not "illegal"
  5. Jan 2020 - Trump orders hit of Iran's second-most-powerful leader, General Soleimani
  6. Jan 2020 - Trump Mideast Peace Plan enrages Palestinians (and many Arabs), by permitting Israel to annex the West Bank
  7. Sep 2020 - Abraham Accords with UAE and Bahrain help to isolate Iran and Palestinians

All of these acts by Trump were reversals of decades of US foreign policy (in the case of the settlements, 50 years). While the acts were considered heroic by his allies, his critics consider them reckless. In fact, the decision to kill General Soleimani was rejected by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, fearing it would lead to war. (This is partly why General Qassem Soleimani moved around freely in Iraq with less security and secrecy in recent years.)

Importantly, each of Trump's moves above has infuriated the Arab/Muslim world.

What I could not possibly know two years ago when I wrote the article below about the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is that it was only the start of this long-term pattern described above. And I do not think the pattern is finished yet.

Israel in the Crosshairs

For certain, #5 above, the assassination of Iran's #2 leader, is the most provocative of all in terms of military escalation potential. Yet I do not think that is enough.

It is unclear exactly where it needs to go from here, other than that Trump must continue the pattern above of diverging from the past "safe" policy of placating Israel's enemies. The Arab/Muslim world will, in turn, decide they must diverge from their own past policy (of nearly five decades since their last confederate attack on Israel in 1973) of not attacking nuclear Israel. (As a deterrent that has proven effective, Israel openly demonstrated their willingness to retaliate with nuclear weapons—The Samson Option—starting in the last major war, the 1973 Yom Kippur war [11].)

If they were to finally fulfill their long-held desire of destroying Israel (Ps 83:4), that would resolve a large part of the conflict in the M.E. and teach Trump they will not be trifled with or ignored. It reminds me of this scene from Fatal Attraction (1987):

My Prediction On Trump 2020

If my theory on the catalyst of the war is correct, and it is also correct that this war happens by or close to 2022 [4], then I think Trump leaving the White House after 2020 will not get the job done, even with what he might do the rest of 2020. I think anyone else replacing Trump, whether Democrat or Republican, will go back to typical US foreign policy in the Middle East that does not push Israel's enemies into a corner like Trump seems to be a natural at doing.

Therefore, I believe Trump will stay in office for a second term through 2024; he will be re-elected.

He's the key disruptor, not just in the US, but also in the M.E. I think he has appeared now for just this purpose of shaking up the Middle East. If it's not him that gets the Arab/Muslim world to unite in the Psalm 83 war against Israel, then what else could? I do not know. Again, Israel is a nuclear power and her Arab neighbors and Iran do not have a proven deliverable nuclear arsenal yet to match Israel's Samson Option.

If it sounds like I think Trump is being used by God to fulfill prophecy, then yes, that's what I think. As Lance Walnau heard prophetically before Trump was elected, he's God's "wrecking ball." However, it is probably not in the way most U.S. evangelicals think or want (inspiring a nuclear war which will horrify the world).

I do want to point out that believing God raised Trump up to the presidency does not necessarily mean that I am pro-Trump. To be honest, I cannot defend the "world-class narcissism [12]" that he displays daily as a Twitter-addict. If what Paul said about "people in the last days" being "lovers of themselves" is here [13], I think it is fitting that the democratically-elected leader of the country that invented social media would exemplify it, too. We got the leader we deserve. The more I see pride like that on display on social media among my fellow Christians, too, the more sober-minded I am to ask God to help me see my own pride so I am nothing like Trump. That's the only way I see God using me for something better than inciting a war. Trump's pride is great for that job as long as he is US President which I expect to continue through 2024.

I admit it sure does not look this way after COVID in 2020 and especially in October 2020 according to polls, so I expect to be wrong and things to work out another way. Time will tell, and it will not be boring.

My original insights from December 2017 on the prophetic significance I felt in Trump recognizing Jerusalem and planning to move the embassy there continues below...

Excitement Over Israel's Capital Finally Being Recognized

When I woke up, turned on my phone and watched the news that President Trump had finally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, I immediately had a strong conviction come upon me. A sense of excitement, certainly, and something more...

But I was not sure why yet. I was not surprised at the great news. I had known this was coming for days based on news reports. Although I'm fond of Israel and happy to see an Israeli political victory (for a change), that alone did not account for the level of emotion I felt.

I began to sense that this event was somehow important prophetically. How? I thought about it through the day and night before I knew the answer that I share below.

For Jews and Israelis, the importance of Trump's decision was not so elusive. To have their national capital finally recognized some 70 years after it was established in 1948 is long overdue. It is vindication. Trump said it is their right as a sovereign nation to pick their capital (whether it is shared later or not) and he was only acknowledging this reality.

The excitement for American supporters of Israel is also easy to understand. They get to see their president “do the right thing” and fulfill his campaign promise at the same time. This is extra special considering how the last three presidents could also have done so, even promised to, but failed to.

Why Now? What Changed?

I say they could have because the US Senate had already passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act” urging the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem back in 1995. Although it specified 1999 as the move deadline, each past president had signed waivers postponing this law, citing Middle East security concerns and, of course, not wanting to hinder prospects of the blessed “peace process.”

Then along comes Trump, "the great disruptor," breaking all the rules including the precedent of decades of US foreign policy. Given the lack of progress on Middle East peace and his own maverick nature, Trump decided it was time to try a new approach, one that no longer ignored reality. (I'm sure as well he saw something in it for himself as is often the case when normal people do good deeds.)

Can you blame him? It seems illogical to expect a peace agreement with someone who wants to deny a fact of history as clear as what the capital city of their peace partner is.

Prophecy Says No Peace Until the Millennium, Anyway, And Two More Wars

If you study end time Bible prophecy, you may already know that Middle East peace was never in the cards. It was doomed from the start. There is too much deep-seated, ancient animosity between the offspring of Abraham's sons Ishmael (father of the Arabs) and Isaac (father of Israel).

Peace simply will not happen between Israel and the Arabs before Jesus returns. Jesus will become king of the earth in God's global government called the Kingdom of God [14]. This will end all wars and even administer conflict resolution to all situations including this Middle East conflict.

Further, as readers of my past articles are well aware, before we get there we have two major wars in prophecy involving Israel, the Arabs, and Jerusalem:

  1. First, we have the nuclear Middle East war between Israel and her neighboring nations [3], mostly enemies and mostly Arabs (excluding Persian Iran). Israel will defeat the Arabs in this war using her nuclear weapons resulting in the destruction of Damascus as Isaiah 17 describes along with Psalm 83. This shift of power will allow key prophetic events to happen like the Third Temple [15] and the gathering of the saints to Judea to safety [9] from WW3 and Wormwood [16]. But this victory and resulting power over the Middle East will only be temporary.
  2. That's because once all that prophecy is fulfilled, the very next event will be the rise of the Antichrist [5]. When he comes to power he will almost immediately surround Jerusalem with his armies (Luke 21:20), take over the Third Temple [15] as his headquarters and will then expel half of Jerusalem's inhabitants (Zech 14:2). I'll give you one guess as to which half of Jerusalem will be sent packing: the Jewish half...or the Arab half?

As "Exciting" as the Third Temple Being Constructed?

Perhaps you can understand better now why I cannot get very excited about this big news like my Jewish friends, even though I readily agree with Trump's decision to end the charade of denying reality.

On the one hand, playing along with a game of denial about Israel's capital was illogical and wrong. But at the same time, this recognition of Jerusalem is not going to bring peace either (like Trump states it can). Nor is it going to bring any change in Israel's fortunes in the world. It's not the start of a renaissance or a new era for Israel. The world is still led by Satan and therefore almost completely antisemitic. This will not change until the Millennium [17], even if Israel does get the upper hand over the Arabs for a short time after Damascus falls.

No matter how many countries follow suit to recognize Jerusalem, the Jews who feel safe there will still be expelled from their capital and persecuted when the Antichrist arrives.

My lack of excitement for Israel over this could be likened to how it will be when the Jews finally get permission to build their Third Temple [15] on the Temple Mount. The Jews are going to be so excited and jubilant to have that dream come true, just as they are to a lesser degree now with the overdue recognition of their capital. Yet those of us with prophetic understanding won't be. We will know that the temple dedicated and intended by the Jews for Yehovah God [18] will soon thereafter be taken over by the Antichrist and employed in the worship of him and his statue/image as God [19] (2Th 2:4).

To sum up, understanding prophecy has many benefits, but it can be quite the buzzkill for otherwise “exciting” news developments!

Prophetic Meaning? Clue in the Outrageous Arab Response

What, then, does Trump's shocking decision really accomplish? I think my initial feeling that Trump's decision is an important step forward in prophecy was right. And now I may understand how it could play out prophetically, even though the phrase “US relocates embassy to Jerusalem” has never been a line item on my prophetic timeline.

The answer or insight came to me within minutes to Trump's announcement, in the news of the Arab response:

Outrage, rage, anger, denunciations, demonstrations, and even an Arab leader's call for “another Intifada” of violence against Israel. Because Trump announced America recognized that Israel's capital was indeed in reality Jerusalem? Seriously? Talk about a fit! They completely ignored the part where he said that the question of whether Jerusalem would be shared in a two-state solution was up to the two parties and not something he was addressing. Still, they threw a tantrum like a toddler after being told he could not have ice cream unless he first ate his peas.

Objectively, that irrational, emotional response got me thinking: had I been missing something all this time about what it will take for the Arabs to unite in a confederate attack on Israel per Isaiah 17/Psalm 83?

To give a little background, I've been saying for years that the Arabs have not attacked Israel together since the 1973 Yom Kippur War because Israel has demonstrated their willingness to use nuclear weapons against an existential threat from the Arabs like they posed at that time [3]. Golda Meir directed Israel to load nuclear bombs on their fighter jets in 1973 when it looked like they were losing the Yom Kippur war. Israel did the same in the 1990 Gulf War when they feared that Saddam Hussein's scud missiles had biological weapons. Both times this “Samson Option” was threatened; namely "you try to destroy Israel, Israel will destroy you at the same time through nuclear retaliation so we both go down together."

My new thinking is that the Arab's general cultural hatred of Israel won't be enough to unify the Arab nations to take on "Nuclear Israel" even once they acquire a nuclear arsenal to neutralize or match Israel's own nuclear deterrent. I believe now God has shown me on the day (and night) of Trump's announcement that there has to be a fresh, new provocation.

The US Embassy move can provide that provocation or perhaps something else that at this time is not already planned or expected. Nevertheless, I think a new provocation is a necessary component for this war to happen along with the development of an Arab nuclear arsenal to answer Israel's nuclear arsenal.

Why I Never Before Announced News is "Prophetic"

Bear in mind, when I say I am convinced Trump's announcement could be prophetic, I don't state it lightly. I'm not a typical Christian prophecy pundit finding prophetic meaning in every other news story. I don't have a habit of saying “prophecy is being fulfilled” or regularly claim major news events are prophetic. You'll hear such things pronounced by others about earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, rumors of wars, as many also did about the election of Trump [20], etc., but not by me.

(Note that Jesus did speak of “wars and rumors of wars” [16], however it was in making the point that they are a normal fixture of life and are not signs of the end so don't be troubled by them. Meanwhile, most Christians are either troubled by them or considering many wars prophetic when they are just a common outcome of human nature.)

In fact, I never proclaim anything is prophetic and get criticized by some for debunking every popular prophecy theory. But just as I changed my stance on date-setting [21] and on sharing my own conviction on what year I think the end will start [1], so too, I'm now breaking precedent and saying something in the news finally is prophetic. (Have to keep my haters guessing...)

Confirmation? My Startling, Revealing Dream That Night

Of course, I cannot prove any of the above, nor do I feel a need to convince anyone of my beliefs ever, anyway. I share my thoughts for those who are interested, as I know many of you are, especially supporters [22].

That said, I will state for those who care that I feel God confirmed the insights above through a dream. After thinking about, researching and beginning to write this article on Trump's announcement, I said some prayers in faith to Yehovah God [18] and went to bed.

That night I had an incredible, startling dream that revealed something about the Great Tribulation I never anticipated nor have I ever heard anyone teach—yet it is obvious once you hear it. [23]

Even more interesting, it turns out this dream was a follow-up or companion piece to a previous dream I had on what the righteous will be doing in their safe place during the Great Tribulation [24] (Rev 12:14).

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Please bear in mind (again), me sharing my dreams is also unusual. God does not give me dreams all the time. Unlike my peers, you won't hear me claiming, “God told me this or that” nor will I make it seem I have a running conversation with God all the time as some do. I'm not a prophet. I've only had half a dozen dreams I could definitely say were divine and I've only shared a couple so far publicly outside of my family. Thus, when I get a word from God it is precious, not a common thing. I seek God diligently (Heb 11:6) and sometimes he surprises me with, let's say, unexpected and encouraging bonus revelations. I'm enjoying sharing his secrets with others as Paul said the early church did when they came together (1Co 14:26). Praise Yehovah.

Final Thoughts

To help avoid any misunderstanding, let me try to summarize what I'm saying as well as what I'm not saying.

When I heard Trump's announcement, I believe the Holy Spirit convicted me that this was (at last) a truly prophetically significant news event to pay attention to. I immediately knew I had to write this article and was researching it all that same day. I quickly arrived at the previously missed insight that the Arabs need a new provocation to unite them in their suicidal attack against nuclear Israel per Isaiah 17/Psalm 83.

I believe the US Embassy move could provide such a needed provocation.

I feel that the revelatory dream God gave me that night was God's gift to confirm my direction and conclusions of the day. I realize that it may not seem so given the different subject of the dream itself. But in reality, the Great Tribulation is the "main event" that all these next prophetic events set up and culminate in. As soon as the 42 month Great Tribulation [26] finishes, the earth comes under the Kingdom of God (Rev 11:15) starting with God's wrath for ten days [27] (Rev 11:18). The fact that I got any kind of revelatory dream on the same day that I felt told to write on Trump's embassy plans as a prophetic event is significant to me—especially given how rare these dreams are in my life. After all, God could have given it after I wrote the article or before. He chose to give it while I was in the middle of the two-day process.

Admittedly, God never spoke to me in clear words about the above so these are only the deductions I draw from the feelings, coincidences, and events of that eventful 24 hour period starting from seeing Trump's big news. I share it for your own consideration as you evaluate in your own life how close the end may be and whether your spiritual house is in order yet and needs any refocused attention [28].

If the above is correct, then this would confirm further my previously shared convictions on 2024-2030 being the final seven years with 2026 being the end of the world as we know it/WW3/Wormwood as my Supporter Study explains in detail [1].

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Update: ME War By 2022? - Based On Two Other Dreams

A few months after writing the above article on my conviction about Trump's Jerusalem decision being important to the M.E war coming, I got further confirming insights about the war indeed coming soon. I had previously only understood the war must come by or before the 2024-2030 Sabbath year cycle candidate for the 70th week. But as my 50th birthday approached, I got insights about the war coming specifically by the year 2022 [4]. Time will tell...

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