PUBLISHED: 20:33, Tue, Sep 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:33, Tue, Sep 15, 2020
The US-brokered peace deal between Israel and Bahrain was announced today (September 15) by the US administration. The deal follows hot on the heels of the Abraham Accord signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on August 13. And although the treaties are seen as a step towards normalising relations in the Middle East, some Christians believe something far more sinister - even Biblical - is afoot.
Discussing the historic deal, US President Donald Trump said the world now faces the "dawn of a new Middle East".
He said at a ceremony in the South Lawn of the White House: "We're here this afternoon to change the course of history.
"After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East."
And yet, the peace deal has been dubbed by some Christian evangelists a precursor to the so-called "covenant with many".
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End of the world: Israel signed a US-brokered deal with Bahrain (Image: GETTY)
End of the world: Some Christians believe prophecy is unfolding in the Middle East (Image: GETTY)
According to Paul Begley, an Indiana-based TV evangelist who hosts The Coming Apocalypse, the covenant with many is a prophetic peace deal between Israel and its adversaries that will lead to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Begley believes more Arab nations will join the Abraham Accord in due time, before turning on Israel over access to Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
In his opinion, the construction of a Third Temple on the sacred Temple Mount will be a major point of contention for Israel and its newfound allies.
And according to some interpretations of scripture, the Third Temple will be built in the End Days, allowing the Antichrist to rise to power.