Are there parallels/antiparallels between the recently signed and widely acclaimed Abraham Accords and the Word of God? If so, could they be pointing to something?
- In 1 Kings 22, two sovereign nations, Israel and Judah entered into an agreement. Recently, three sovereign nations, first, Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and later, Bahrain, also entered into an agreement, officially called the Abraham Accords (Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-israel-u-a-e-bahrain-sign-peace-accord-11600191303, accessed Sept 22, 2020).
- In 1 Kings 22, Israel and Judah agreed to jointly wage war against Aram. Per the Abraham Accords, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have agreed to fully normalize and establish diplomatic relations with Israel. In other words, the 1 Kings 22 agreement was a war agreement between former enemies against a mutual enemy, Aram, but the Abraham Accords is a peace agreement between Israel and its former enemies as a foundation for a broader alignment against a mutual enemy, Iran.
- The intentions behind the 1 Kings 22 agreement were good and just: to reclaim sovereign Israelite territory from the hands of an enemy kingdom, Aram. The intentions behind the Abraham Accords are also good and just: to establish peace and harmony between former enemies but, at the same time, to align against a mutual enemy, Iran.
- In 1 Kings 22, the war agreement was widely hailed, and many were looking forward to a victorious campaign against Aram and the reclamation of sovereign Israelite territory. The Abraham Accords is being widely hailed as a historic deal, and many are looking forward to peace and prosperity in the region.
- In establishing the war agreement in 1 Kings 22, spiritual counsel was sought from, and given by, about four hundred prophets. In establishing the Abraham Accords also, spiritual counsel has apparently been sought, and it’s also been given. A coin commemorating this agreement features a sword that gradually morphs into symbols of peace, prosperity, and agricultural and technological advancement, inspired by words from the book of the Hebrew prophet Isaiah; a quote encouraging the pursuit of peace from the Quran; and words taken from the book of the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah.
- In 1 Kings 22, an alert is issued against the war agreement that there is spiritual deception at play. In the Abraham Accords also, we have an alert issued against this peace agreement that there is spiritual deception at play.
What is the deception? The words of the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah “For I will give you lasting peace in this place” (Source: https://www.temple-coins.com/products/abraham-accord-historic-peace-treaty-between-israel-and-uea, accessed Sept 22, 2020) are taken from Jeremiah 14:13, but the true meaning of this verse is obtained when we look at its context by considering a few of the surrounding verses, which I present below (CEB; emphasis, mine).
The Lord said to me: Don’t pray for the safety of these people. When they fast, I won’t pay attention to their pleas, and when they offer entirely burned offerings and grain offerings, I won’t accept them. Instead, I will devour them with war, famine, and disease.
I replied, “Lord God, the prophets are telling them: ‘You won’t see war or famine, for I will give you lasting peace in this place.’”
Then the Lord said to me: The prophets are telling lies in my name. I haven’t sent them. I haven’t commanded them. I haven’t spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, worthless predictions, and deceit they have made up on their own.
As is evident now from the surrounding context, the words on the coin taken from the book of Jeremiah are misquoted. And this is the deception.
- In 1 Kings 22, the alert about deception is disregarded, and the war agreement is upheld. Apparently, the alert about deception in the Abraham Accords has also been disregarded, and the peace agreement has been upheld.
- Unfortunately, the warning alert in 1 Kings 22 proves true, and the result is disaster. Now that the warning alert against the Abraham Accords has also been disregarded, is some disaster on the horizon for these nations that have signed the Abraham Accords? Perhaps even for other nations that might later join in?
I first came to know of this coin and the misquoted scripture of Jeremiah 14:13 through Christine Breadsworth. She mentioned the coin in her article “Sifted and Setting Apart ~ Pt 2,” available at: https://freshoilreleases.wordpress.com/2020/09/15/sifted-and-separated-pt-2/#more-2035. A few days ago, which wasn’t many days since I’d read this post of hers, I woke up in the morning with the coin and Jeremiah 14:13 in my head. If I remember correctly, nothing of this sort was on my mind when I’d gone to bed the previous night. As I began to shake off my morning grogginess and ponder why I’d woken up thinking about these things, that’s when the parallels I’ve shared here began to form in my head. When I felt the insights had kind of crystallized, I wrote Christine for confirmation. Many thanks and regards to her! Her reply referenced the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:3.
Author: Sujit Thomas
Sujit was working in Chennai in late 2015 when the Lord began to nudge him to draw closer to Him. That was the beginning of a major spiritual transformation in his life, and he has not looked back since. As someone who has experienced God’s undeserving love, grace, and mercy personally, Sujit would like people to know that the Lord has no pleasure in the death of the unrighteous, but would rather see them repent and live.