Another year has come and gone, and that simply means that the world is one year farther into the "end times" of Bible prophecy. As some would say, it is one year closer to its Biblical conclusion. Actually, the Bible does not say that the world itself will end, but that this "time" or "age" will end and a new one will begin. So how has the year 2009 contributed to this "end times" progression? What has occurred this past year to help lead the world closer to the conclusion of our present "time"? The election of a new American president focused on "change". But it appears that the new administration is following the same route to attempt to fix the problem of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as did the old, namely to force a two-state solution. The pursuit continues, in spite of the clear reality that for 60+ years this highly heralded two-state solution has run into insurmountable obstacles. It has not worked and will not work until the rebellious and militant mindset of the radical Muslim Arabs changes and they accept Israel as a sovereign state and recognize her right to exist. The Arab and Muslim mindset of hatred for the Jewish people goes back some 4,000 years to the rivalry between Isaac and Ishmael. But Bible prophecy tells us that one day this Arab hatred is going to erupt in an all-out war aimed at destroying and annihilating the Jewish nation and people. This event seems to be more and more imminent. The world community has failed to acknowledge the Biblical significance of the state of Israel. The fulfillment of the Biblical prophecy of the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland and the rebirth of the ancient nation of Israel virtually launched the "end times." Nor do the world leaders seem to understand that their policies, in regard to the restored present-day Israel, have accelerated the "end times" events that the Bible describes. The leaders of the world's nations do not even realize that we are now living in a most important time in Biblical prophetic history. Ironically, even most Christians and Jews, who base their religious beliefs on the Bible, do not really comprehend Bible prophecies either. Most Christians and Jews do not seem to understand the Biblical significance of the nation of Israel, or of the Middle East, Russia, Iran, the European Union and other nations of the world. Most of the fathers, reverends and rabbis believe that the Biblical "end times" prophecies are allegorical and not literal. The Vatican and the World Council of Churches have joined the international political community in calling on Israel's Jewish people to get out of and to give away to the Arabs the land that God promised to the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as an everlasting possession. This view, of course, is in direct opposition to God's Divine policy, as revealed in the Bible. The international Quartet, made up of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and the Russian Federation, are trying their hardest to sacrifice the land of Israel, as they see it, for the sake of peace. But they should know that serving up Israel sacrificially will not bring peace to Israel or to the rest of the Middle East. The land for peace efforts already tried have only brought more violence and disorder because of the radical Islamic beliefs and the unabated Arab hatred for the Jews. True to form, the United Nations continually raises its fist against Israel, reflecting world sentiment. The demand is always on the table for Israel to commit to the formation of a Palestinian state as soon as possible and freeze all Jewish settlement construction. The entire world seems so completely biased that they totally ignore the Palestinians' failure to make any efforts to implement what they promised in signing the Roadmap agreement several years ago. The first step in the agreement was for the Arabs to halt all their terrorist activities against Israel and for the Palestinian leaders to disarm and dismantle all the terrorist groups. Not only has this first step not been taken, but nothing else the Arabs agreed to has been implemented yet. President Obama and UN leaders want Israel to give the Palestinians a state anyway, even though they have deliberately defied their word and have done nothing positive to deserve it. All this world community pressure on Israel has only led to increased animosity toward Israel from Arab and Muslim nations of the Middle East, most prominently Iran. The whole world knows that the leader of Iran has incessantly declared his intentions "to wipe Israel off the face of the map." Interestingly, Bible prophecy describes this very Middle East scenario and places it in the framework of the "end times." The prophet Ezekiel clearly declared that in the "end times" Persia (today's Iran) would form a military coalition with Russia and several other Arab-Muslim nations, to fight against Israel with the intent to annihilate the Jewish nation and people. This Iranian-Russian alliance is already in place and, with Iran boasting of its nuclear weapons development, an attack against Israel could be imminent. The Bible calls this the Gog-Magog War. However, the prophecy goes on to declare that the God of Israel will intervene and this will begin with the coming of the promised Jewish Messiah. And remember, nothing is as sure as the promises of God in the Scriptures.