The Future of the Middle East According to Scripture
On September 15, 2020, we celebrated the signing of the Abraham Accords, which reflect a normalization of relations between Israel and the Gulf States of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Sudan followed on September 26, 2020, and Morocco in December 2020. Thus, there have already been many economic, social, cultural, and political steps forward between Israel and her neighbors, for which we rejoice!
One of the most significant reasons for normalization is the common concern of the Gulf States regarding Iran becoming a nuclear and potentially dominant power. In addition, the threat of ISIS, instability in Syria and Iraq, and the rise of the Taliban are also important pieces of the puzzle. As a result, the nations normalizing ties want peace with Israel in order to improve economic and political relations, but also for defense reasons, as Israel has the most powerful military in the Middle East.
Yet, despite the frail and even self-serving reasons for this growing peace among Israel’s neighbors, we have a greater sense of hope for peace and prosperity between Israel and her Middle East neighbors today. But will this turn into a more enduring peace? I do not think so, as these agreements are unlikely to bring the Shiites or Muslim radicals into this unity.
So, how then should Bible believers view the future through the lens of Scripture?