This past Saturday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis in Rome, indicating that one of the surest signs of the End of Days – an alliance between Ishmael and Esau – is nearer than ever.
According to a medieval Jewish Bible commentary known as the Yalkut Shimoni, an alliance between Ishmael (Arabs) and Esau (often identified with the descendents of Romans) precedes the final redemption. One of the items on Abbas’ agenda during the meeting was to open an embassy of the so-called “State of Palestine” in Rome, further linking this generation’s representatives of the Biblical Ishmael with the Biblical Esau – a move which could have serious consequences for Israel.
“During the End of Days, Ishmael and Esau will join forces to seek the destruction of the Jewish people,” Rabbi Yechiel Weitzman explains in his book The Ishmaelite Exile, which contains a commentary on the Yalkut Shimoni.
At the conclusion of their meeting, Abbas made a statement indicating that the Pope supports the international community applying pressure on Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 borders, saying, “We are very grateful about the role that the Holy See has played for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land, and for having opened an embassy of Palestine in the Vatican for the first time.”
Prolific author and End of Days scholar Rabbi Pinchas Winston spoke to Breaking Israel News about whether Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled with the close political relationship between the PA and the Vatican.
“The problem with prophecy is that we have a difficult time recognizing it for what it is until after it has passed. For example, the Vilna Gaon predicted back in the 1700s that, at the End-of-Days, the Mixed Multitude among the Jewish people would work tirelessly, and secretly, to join the forces of Esau and Ishmael together against the Jewish people. He predicted this before a modern Jewish state was close to existing!
“Yet, here we are, watching the descendants of Esau and Ishmael join forces against the State of Israel, pushing for a two-state solution that can only be bad for Israelis, and with the blessing of many liberal Jews in Israel and in the Diaspora. Many believe, and hope, that this is just history running its ‘natural’ course. They do not want to see themselves living in ‘Biblical’ times. Those who know the sources and can recognize the signs know otherwise.”
The destinies of Ishmael and Esau have been linked as far back as the Book of Genesis when Esau married the daughter of Ishmael.
Rabbi Weitzman concluded his introduction to the End of Days alliance with good news. “At the very outset of their history, Ishmael and Esau forged a bond through marriage. And so it shall be at the End of Days. This alliance between them will bring history to its culmination in the redemption.”