A few weeks ago, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians is possible under President Trump. According to the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, Abbas “believes that under President Trump’s leadership a historic peace deal is possible, and that it will enhance security throughout the region.” Of course, it wouldn’t be smart for Abbas to antagonize Trump, so being optimistic is the smart play for the Palestinians. Likewise, this doesn’t mean a deal will get done. Yet, it does raise an interesting possibility: what if Trump has something to do with a peace agreement in the Middle East? Wouldn’t that make him the Antichrist?
The short answer is no. Certainly, Daniel’s 70th Week begins with a peace deal, but it won’t be signed until the Daniel 11:22 War takes place. Israel and a Western-backed coalition from the Middle East and North Africa will attack the Antichrist in Syria, but he’ll win (Daniel 11:21-22). Afterward, he’ll make a seven-year covenant with Israel and many nations that begins Daniel’s 70th Week and the countdown to the Day of the Lord (Daniel 9:27; 11:23). These nations will be from the Middle East and North Africa because the international recognition of Israel as a state is a key part of the Antichrist’s seven-year deal (Daniel 9:27; 11:28, 30). Most nations in the world today that haven’t recognized Israel are in the Middle East and North Africa.
For the record, the Antichrist will be the Slavic ruler of Russia who comes to power in Syria at the time of the end. On an interesting side note, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process before. Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi is the other mediator involved in this discussion, which makes sense because Egypt and Russia will be the regional powers in the Middle East during the end times, until Russia conquers them (Daniel 11:21-27, 42).
Putting it all together, this means that if the United States is involved in a peace agreement, the US is likely Babylon the Great. Babylon the Great is the superpower of the end times and the Antichrist’s main rival until he destroys them (Revelation 17). Incidentally, the Antichrist’s seven-year covenant will internationally recognize Israel’s right to exist, but Israel will have to divide its land. Well, Trump has stated that “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like …I can live with either one.” In other words, Trump isn’t going to force Israel, but he would accept an arrangement that divides their land.
Eventually, the Antichrist will try to invade Israel, but he won’t succeed. This is because ships from the west of Israel will stop the Antichrist from invading Israel (Daniel 11:29-30). On the surface, this defense of Israel seems noble. Still, by defending the Antichrist’s covenant, Babylon the Great will be guilty of forcing Israel to divide its land. After the Antichrist takes out Babylon the Great, he will invade Israel again (Daniel 11:31). He’ll be a lot more successful the second time around.
To be fair, it’s difficult to say what role Trump and the United States will play with complete certainty. That said, the willingness of the Palestinians to negotiate with Trump, if anything, is merely another sign that the end times could get underway quite soon.