On face value, the current outbreak of hostilities between the Jewish-Israelis and the non-Jewish Israelis/Palestinians would appear to be just a continuation of the conflict that was started when the first Jewish returnees appeared in Palestine after World War II.  This conflict has continued ever since, spawning wars and terror, suffering and death.  However hopelessly complicated this situation might appear, there is a whole additional dimension of complication, arising from the words of Paul in the second chapter of the Book of 2Thessalonians :

2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Paul tells us that the Beast, a.k.a. the Anti-Christ, will enter the rebuilt Jewish Temple on the Mount, and upon doing so, will proclaim himself God.  The Beast will command that the world worship him and will banish all other religions.  Given this, the unseen struggle for control over Israel is between the agents of the Beast and the Zionist who currently govern the nation-state of Israel — the Palestinians are the unfortunate pawns in this game.

Previously we have argued that the Beast will need to have political control over Israel in order to usurp the newly built Jewish Temple on the Mount.  Netanyahu serves as a roadblock to this ambition, given that his administration has made Zionism central to his policies.  Zionism in its most basic form says that Israel is a nation of the Jewish people and for the Jewish people.  This means that the Beast will not be able to absorb Israel into his 10 nation-mega state as long as Zionism remains the cornerstone of Israeli politics.

The struggle to remove Netanyahu from power has been ongoing.  In the past two years, Israel has had 4 elections — and yet Netanyahu remains in control of the the nation.  Currently, after the most recent election, the opposition parties are attempting to form a government.  Should they be successful, then Netanyahu will finally be removed from power in Israel.  However, the outbreak of violence further clouds the domestic political situation.  From abroad, the recent violence has renewed calls for sanctions to punish Israel for its Zionist policies.  I would suspect that the Palestinians will continued to be used by the agents of the Beast, in their attacks on Zionism.  One day, Netanyahu will finally succumb to the attacks of the Beast, and will step down as Prime Minister.  I believe that once that occurs, the clock will start ticking for Israel to apply to become a member of the European Union — and for the eventual merger of Israel into the Beast’s mega-state.

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