President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met November 9, 2015, and the meeting involved multiple prophetic developments which signal the Tribulation is imminent.
Ostensibly the meeting was to discuss U.S.-Israel relations in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. The deal guarantees Iran will have nuclear weapons, so it imperils Israel. It also imperils Democrat prospects of winning the 2016 elections. So the meeting was an opportunity for Obama to show an interest in Israel and for Netanyahu to assess any prospects of U.S. support.
To the student of prophecy the meeting shows that Israel is desperate enough to seek assistance wherever she can find it. Israel is surrounded by increasingly hostile countries and terrorists which may soon be armed with nuclear weapons. Thus, Israel cannot be secure without assistance from other nations.
This situation shows two conditions that must be present for the Tribulation to begin. Neither condition existed for 1,812 years (from A.D.136 to 1948); now both do. The first condition is that Israel has to be back in her land; the second is that Israel’s people must be willing to trust in someone other than their Messiah for their safety. Both of these conditions have existed since Israel’s rebirth in 1948, but now the addition of recent international and technological developments show us how easily the Prophet Daniel’s prophecies about the beginning of the Tribulation could be fulfilled very, very soon.
Daniel predicted the seven years of the Tribulation will begin with a covenant between Israel and an Italian leader of a European coalition.
Daniel 9:26 says, “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week…”
Titus and the Roman legions destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD, so the ruler will be Italian. In Daniel 2 the statue vision had legs of iron which represent the Roman Empire, and the feet and toes of iron and clay are generally understood to represent a Revived Roman Empire with ten prominent nations and other lesser ones. The European Union could quickly conform to that description. So, according to Daniel chapters 2 and 6, the seven year clock will begin when Israel and the Antichrist make their covenant.
Barack Obama, with an Irish mother and African father is certainly not the Antichrist, but his meteoric ascent to the most powerful office in the world brings to mind the Bible’s predictions about the Antichrist bursting onto the international scene. He’ll have the solutions to world peace and, most notably, the solution to peace in Israel. Revelation pictures this as the First Horseman of the Apocalypse riding on a white horse bringing peace to the world (Revelation 6:2).
The information age made Obama’s ascent possible, and the same or better technologies will empower the Antichrist to do the same. Computers and social media enabled the vast numbers of people who shared Obama’s political philosophies to organize, network, and mobilize person-to-person and block-by-block. The Obama-Netanyahu meeting thus reminds us how quickly Daniel’s prophecies can be fulfilled.
The meeting about Iran also brings Ezekiel 38 to mind. The passage describes a power bloc of Russia, Iran, Syria, Turkey and others. That once improbable alliance is now shaping up nicely for battle against Israel in the not too distant future.
It is a common mistake to assume the Tribulation will begin with the Rapture instead of with the covenant. The Bible does not specify how much time there will be between the Rapture and the Tribulation, and it should be taken into consideration that the developing of the conditions that produce the covenant of Daniel 9:27 is already in motion. The convergence of all the above prophetic strains in the Iran Nuclear Deal meeting indicates an impending Tribulation and a very imminent Rapture.