The Warsaw Conference on Middle East Security

Fredy Winkler

The Warsaw Conference on Middle East Security, led by the United States, showed once again that Israel isn’t the problem when it comes to peace in the Middle East, but that the root of the problem is much deeper. Not long ago, it was unthinkable that representatives from Israel would sit down with representatives from the Arab nations to discuss the problems in the Middle East. They were brought together by a common enemy; the Iranian Shiite-Muslim Republic.

Bahrain’s foreign minister released this statement about the conference: “It’s the poisonous Iranian money that is blocking the resolution of the Palestinian conflict. Our country is also under a constant threat.”

Bahrain isn’t the only country that feels threatened; the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan all have that same feeling.

America’s Secretary of State, Pompeo, stated, “You can't achieve stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran. It’s just not possible. Iran has a malicious influence in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.” The three H’s—Houthi, Hamas and Hezbollah—are a real threat, but there are others, too.

According to Pompeo, America is determined to develop a new collaboration among all interested nations. It won’t follow the traditional patterns, but will instead seek new ways to bring nations together to solve the problems. No country can afford to miss out, because it involves things that affect everyone.

At the following security conference in Munich, Iran was also at the center of the debate. There were differences of opinion between the United States and the Europeans with regard to Iran, as the Americans pointed out that the threats to peace that Iran is cultivating in the Middle East aren’t just provoking the nearby Arab countries. Those threats are having a much wider influence.

From a biblical perspective, the events that are now being observed in and around the Middle East, where coalitions and treaties are being formed, are a reminder of the prophecies in Ezekiel 38. One group of Sunni-Islamic nations, lying south of Israel and led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, feels threatened by Iran. Another coalition is developing north of Israel, led by Iran. It’s not quite clear where Russia and Turkey will end up in these developments, because their differing conceptions of the Islamic religion aren’t particularly suited to each other. It’s easy to envision, however, that their common interests could eventually bring them together.

Is it possible that the two enemy factions that are forming within Islam, represent the king of the north and the king of the south, as described in Daniel 11:40-45? After all, these verses begin with, “At the time of the end…”

We are commanded to pay attention to the signs of the times, especially when they have to do with events in the Middle East and of which Jesus warned us. He said we are not to fear, when we hear of wars and rumors of wars, because all of that must happen. In other words, nothing is going to happen that He doesn’t allow, and He will care for His own.

In the knowledge that God is present in all these threatening developments, and that He is fulfilling His plan and His purposes, Shalom!

News from Israel - 04/2019

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