As tensions between Israel and Palestine heat up once again, a doomsday preacher is predicting this could be the ultimate war for the “Holy Land” that will wipe Hamas out for good.
This week Israeli warplanes bombed the Gaza strip in retaliation for balloon and rocket attacks from Palestinian forces, despite Egyptian security officials trying to defuse tensions.
Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz had said Hamas is “playing with fire” which will be “turned back on them”.
“Hamas should know that this is not a game,” Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin said in a statement.
“The time will come when they have to decide… if they want war they will get war.”
In a recent live stream, Pastor Paul Begley used the term “prophecy alert” to describe the recent escalation.
“Guys we’ve got breaking news coming out of the holy land, the holy land is on the brink of war now,” he exclaimed to his 337,000 YouTube subscribers.
“If they say ‘peace and safety’, sudden destruction cometh. What’s amazing about this is you got the UAE signing a covenant with Israel, and you now have other nations that are in very serious negotiations.
“But as that’s happening, Hamas continues to fire rockets, continues to send incendiary bombs, devices by balloon and kites and other options. It’s getting ugly.”
Israel and Hamas have fought three deadly wars since 2008, and there have been sporadic altercations throughout peacetime.
Pastor Begley believes Israel’s recent warning could spell the end of Hamas, the Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist militant group that has governed the Gaza strip for 13 years.
“What Israel is telling Hamas is they’re telling them ‘you got to listen to us, we’re not playing around, if you don’t want to play fair or if you don’t want to get involved in some type of peace arrangement where your lives can be so much better, we will go to war with you and we will crush Hamas’,” he said.
“And I’m going to say they will this time put an end to Hamas. They almost did the last time they went to war, this time they’ll roll through the streets until there’s none left.
“That will liberate the Palestinian people from the stranglehold that they have on them by Hamas. You’ve got a lot of people who are not telling the true story about what goes on in the holy land, and I’m giving it to you from a first-hand account. I’ve been there enough to know there’s a lot of good Palestinian people.”
He says many Palestinians are “very faithful” Christians, while others are Muslims who only want peace.
“They want to do their jobs and they’re not part of this radical regime that tries to cause such chaos in the holy land,” he said.
Pastor Begley claims certain “anti-semitic” voices who are critical of Israel’s territorial claims have been silent since the peace deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was signed.
“They went on a sabbatical order. Some of them went into hiding. Because they don’t know how to answer it from a prophecy standpoint.
“They know that if they say that this is a prophecy event, the signing of a covenant agreements between the UAE and then, let’s say, Bahrain and then Qatar and then Oman and then Morocco and then Saudi Arabia and right on down the line that this becomes a covenant with many.
“They can’t say that’s what this is because they don’t believe that Israel is Israel and they don’t believe the Jews are Jews.
“So they don’t know what to do now these events are happening, and they don’t know what to do because it means, well everything they’re saying is bogus, it’s a fairy tale, it’s absolutely heritage heretic doctrine.”
The controversial existence of Israel and its resulting displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians has fuelled conflict in the region ever since.
Like many Christians, Pastor Begley believes the return of the Jewish people to the “holy land” of Israel, which was established as a state in 1948, was in accordance with Bible prophecy.
“What we try to do is show you exactly what’s going on, how it relates to the Bible and I’m telling you folks, what’s going on right now is right down the line from the biblical narrative of the word of God,” he explained.
“The prophecies of the holy land is happening, and simultaneously while that’s going on you have a covenant.”