This weekend, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel would once again sit down in peace talks with Palestine. The announcement came after six visits by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Some American pastors are worried.
Right Wing Watch reports that televangelist Pat Robertson fears that the peace talks will bring about natural disasters. He told his Christian Broadcasting Network audience today:
I would just say this from a prophetic standpoint. Every time the United States gets involved in some kind of a pressure on Israel to split their land, there's some natural disaster that happens here in America. There was a very cogent book written about that, just traced one after another of disasters that would come on America and I tell you, Israel was given — excuse me, Jerusalem — was given to the Jews, it is their capital, and the whole idea of splitting that capital is just folly and mark my word, that will be the final sticking point all the way down the line. The Palestinian people are going to want Jerusalem as their capital; the Jews are going to say no way, it's not going to happen, and it's going to be a fight over Jerusalem.
And when you read the bible, there's no such thing as the battle of Armageddon. Now we read all these things in The Washington Post that says the battle of Armageddon, but there is no battle of Armageddon. The battle is the battle of Jerusalem. The forces gather at Armageddon and then they march on to Jerusalem. That's where the war is, and the war will be over Jerusalem and I remember speaking to Yasser Arafat some years ago and he said, "I'll, we'll find a way, blah, blah, blah." Well', they're going to try to finagle a way but if the United States pressures Israel to try to give up half of Jerusalem, God Himself is going to be coming against this nation. Watch it.
Meanwhile, end times pastor Paul Begley speculates that the Obama administration has a "secret agenda" concerning Temple Mount, citing World Net Daily as the source for his information. According to this theory, Obama wants Israel to forfeit the top part of Temple Mount and give it to the Palestinians, while retaining tunnels and the Wailing Wall below for Israel.
"The Temple Mount is the holiest site of all of Judaism," Begley explains. "It is the place where Abraham offered Isaac to God. It's the site where the first temple was built by Solomon and the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant sat there. It is the site where the second temple by King Herod was built, again with the Holy of Holies, and the Ark of the Covenant sitting there, and it would certainly … it's the ridge on which Christ was crucified at the place of the skull, just right on down the ridge. But it certainly would be where the third temple would be built."
Begley says that there is no way that Israel will agree to giving up the temple, citing the Book Daniel. He guarantees that a third temple will be built there, following a bloody war.
Admitting that the World Net Daily information might not be correct and expressing his view that President Obama is not the anti-Christ, Begley speculates, "But is it possible that the president of the United States truly is trying to leverage Israel out of the Temple Mount? What! It just won't happen. But will he use Iran as the final leverage? Will he be able to say to Benjamin Netanyahu, 'You know what? If you'll cough up the Temple Mount, I've got Iran willing and agreeing to disarm their nuclear ambitions.' You don't know what heavy levers are being pushed and pulled, but we're going to wait and see what develops."
"Something biblical is going on," Begley concludes. He says that the Daniel 9:27 gives a prophecy about a covenant about making the temple "the abomination of desolation," which according to Jesus, will bring about the end times. "It's a major, major event," warns Begley, pointing to ancient prophecies that indicate that the anti-Christ will stand atop the temple. "When they say peace and safety, then shall the destruction come," he adds, citing biblical scriptures.
"We're talking about an anti-Christ plan coming to pass," he warns. "Are you saved?"