A quick survey of Middle Eastern history reveals a region of endless conflict extending as far back as history records.
Geopolitical analysts promote a number of theories: Ethnic and religious tensions, power struggles over oil and water rights, disputed national borders, and national sovereignty to name a few.
Most popular among contemporary theories trace present conflicts to the beginning of the 20th Century and agreements imposed upon the Middle East by western powers in relation to WWI, the declining Ottoman Empire, and “Allied” power ambitions in the region.
Although each of the factors above may be important while considering contemporary history and the present conflicts, they are merely symptoms.
In attempts to identify the root conflict, many trace the origins back to Abraham. Unfortunately, although Abraham plays an important role, the events of his life — and his descendants’ — are only part of the story. To truly identify to origins of the conflict, we must dig deeper.
My journey into the roots of the conflict started at the end.
According to all three Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), a final epic Middle Eastern battle will put an end to all the conflict, resulting in eternal peace as God Himself intervenes. They may not agree on all the details, but knowing they all claim a common end, I decided to start there.
Although Christians often look to the battle of Armageddon in Revelation, I decided to reference the Old Testament, since there is shared agreement concerning those texts between Judaism and Christianity.
The Islamic faith also claims agreement with certain aspects of the Old Testament texts, but that’s simply thinly veiled deceit, since their core beliefs attempt to discredit the teachings of both Judaism and Christianity, replacing the God of the Bible (YHWY) with the god of Islam, Allah.