Originally posted by Theja
Jeff, not in the way it has been portrayed in many writings.
But as a student of Bible prophecy, I believe a concerted effort by certain nations against Israel will take place in the future. Not because God has decreed it; but because God can see it coming, so it is placed in scripture.
Some references -- Revelation 20:9; Ezekiel 38-39.
You see Theja, God gave us a brain for a reason. I don't believe that Armaggedon if it ever happens will be because God has planned it, but because humans themselves caused it to take place. I see so many good Christians dedicating their lives and money to this event so that Christ Jesus may finally return. Especially the denomination of the Pentecostals (about 3 million people in the US including our lovely former Attorney General Ashcroft) who in a program showed a farmer who is growing some red cattle so that it can be slayed on the steps of the temple when it's rebuilt. These people do their best to stop the peace process between Israel and Palestine. Some right wing Jewish zealots are planning to kick the Arab population out, and expand Israel to include Sinai, Jordan and Lebabon, and be called the Kingdom of David. They want the end of democracy and the establishment of a Theocracy. Don't forget that Israel is also alienating a lot of Arab countries by its policy of extensive settlement building and expansion on the Palestinian territories. Why are they doing that? Do they really want peace? I know some do, but what about the government.
Anyway, I hope that the Arabs will finally accept Israel as an asset to the area, and that Israel will accept Palestine as a free country, and that hopefully both people will put hand in hand and work together for a better future for themselves and their posterity.
No more killing, no more bloodshed...Peace forever.