A sign of the prophesied shaking of Sunni and Shiite states?

Further to my remarks on Islam in my Condolences for victims of the Westminster attack, in which I quoted the Midnight Words for 2017 on the shaking of Muslim nations and their reception of the Gospel, and the word of wisdom from the Lord on praying for Muslims and the exposure of extremists that Cindy Jacobs brought, the outcome of this week’s Arab Summit is apposite.

A PROPHECY AND A VISION

First, let’s check that word Revd John Kilpatrick clearly heard a couple of months ago:

“Because the Lord is no respecter of persons, a GREAT shaking is coming to the Muslim nations. It will be sudden! It will be an unexpected and unexplained shaking that will redefine many Muslim nations and their leadership structures. The Lord is now in the process of shaking institutions, cultures, dialects, nationalities, governments, political structures and their frameworks, which men have trusted through generations. Many of them will be so shaken they cannot survive the shaking. Holy Spirit will even destabilize power structures, and many of those things that men have relied upon will ultimately fail. Truth will grip men’s hearts like a vice, even the unbelievers’ hearts and the hearts of the heathen. Ears will be opened to hear, even the ears of the unregenerates.”

Also, I recall the astonishing dream I had in 1992 about the fall of Islam being similar to that of Communism; first one state then another, just like a row of dominoes rolling over! (See Ask For The Nations.)  So we’re living in the exciting first phase of the Endtimes.

ARAB SUMMIT CONDEMNS IRAN

As hoped in my remarks about a new ‘Arab Spring’ in A Historic Day Nationally and Globally, there’s been some easing of relationship between the Sunni Arab leaders and Israel despite their ratified commitment to a two-state solution for Palestine. A new round of peace talks based upon the 2002 ‘reconciliation’ offer was called for.

The ‘Dead Sea’ summit held in Jordan is significant in having been devoted to indicting Iran, its Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah, its terrorist surrogate in Lebanon. This resulted in 15 resolutions being passed against Iran AND calling for its being held to its commitments under the nuclear and regional treaties. As Debkafile reports:

‘Iran was accused of meddling in the internal affairs of Arab nations, inciting Shiites against Sunnis, and arming and training Shiite terrorist groups for operations against legitimate Arab governments. The Arab rulers combined to put Tehran in the dock for its interference in the Syrian civil war and assault on its sovereignty.

None of the formal resolutions addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reference was made to the desired solution in a later separate statement. Debka notes especially:

‘This was the first Arab summit to refrain from defining Israel’s future borders under a peace deal. This leaves the door open for leeway in the negotiations to take place as part of the new US-Saudi-Egyptian peace initiative we reported earlier now the subject of active exchanges between the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. King Abdullah of Jordan, who hosted the summit and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi will travel to Washington to report to President Donald Trump on the private discussions on this issue at the session and launch the next stage of the Arab-Israeli peace initiative.’

To read the full report and all 15 resolutions submitted to the Arab summit click Israeli borders not cited at Arab Summit.

In reporting and analysing the event ICEJ News states, without reminding readers of Abbas’ persistent refusal to make/abide by agreements, ‘Jordanian King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas both had sharp words of criticism for Israel during the conference, saying among other things that its policy of building in West Bank settlements is the main reason peace has not yet been achieved’.

Moreover we remind ourselves of the region’s volatile instability, as historian, archeologist Alexander Joffe notes:

‘Syria, Yemen, and Libya are effectively no more, Iraq is divided between an Iranian rump, a shrinking ISIS entity, and an independent Kurdistan (in all but name), and Lebanon is a Shiite-dominated shell. The Palestinian Authority is a pseudo-state that exists only thanks to foreign aid and Israeli security assistance.’  (Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration at 100: Resisting the Past)

Not to mention Turkey, the egomaniacal despot of which furthers his ambitions of reviving the defunct Ottoman Empire!  Furthermore, his tirade against the Netherlands threatening “tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no Westerner, will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully”, was made less than 24 hours before the Westminster outrage! He will be held to account for that encouragement of the London killer. (See also Erdogan’s War On The West by Ankara-based political analyst Burak Bekdil.)

So, keep watching…

Prophetic Scripture Update #3: Gog-Magog coalition and Middle-East alliance

So annoying yet interesting that my first draft of this post accidentally got published as I wrote its title. I wanted to jot a few notes before going out for a few hours, but I noticed something weird after having done the opening paragraph. Somehow it had already got published as just a title! So I updated it briefly 15 minutes after publication with what I’d done and an apology for anyone responding to the email notification.

BUT even more weird was what came next upon checking the morning news from Israel before going out. I kid you not – ‘Fortunately’, I’d printed a hardcopy for reading upon return because the website’s page went blank, then text/image placements and bits of text and coding appeared, and then it got completely scrambled. So I took a screen shot:

Debkafile home page at 10:10 GMT today.

The page I wanted had only just been broadcast 5 minutes beforehand (09:57 BST) and is about an alternative alliance to ‘Gog-Magog’ and which is meeting tomorrow (Wed)! More of that later…but nothing as weird as this has happened since two incidents covering Iran whilst blogging!

EZEKIEL: GOG and MAGOG

After publishing #2 on Gog-Magog Tensions On The Golan within a similar 1/2 hour time-frame to this morning I added a couple of paragraphs plus further reading for any readers unfamiliar with Ezekiel’s account in chapter 38 of his prophetic scroll. Whilst doing so I considered the current status of what I’d termed the ‘Ezekiel alliance’ in my pre-blog and early blogging days. The term is a correct description but I now prefer ‘coalition’ in view of the normally inferred meaning of a geopolitical alliance as being one in which the UK is an active member. So I’ll now repeat and expand a little upon that extra material:

The Gog and Magog war against Israel is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. The prophet received a word from the Lord to ‘set his face’ against Gog (‘prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal’); ie leader of a coalition of nations north of Israel comprising Persia/Iran, Libya (‘Put’), Ethiopia (‘Cush’), ‘Asia Minor’ (Gomer and Togarmah).

Most Bible scholars regard ‘Rosh’ and ‘Gog’ as coming from the land between and north of the Black and Caspian Seas. ie modern Russia. The Lord has a purpose for this battle, namely:

“So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel. I will not let them profane My name anymore – Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” (Ezek 38:7 NKJV)

This battle also features in Revelation 20:7-10 as precursor to the battle of Armageddon and satan’s doom in the fiery lake.

UPDATES – Libya, Russia & Iran

The build-up of the coalition of the main, leading nations led by a superpower has gained momentum in starting to mirror the composition of peoples prophesied by Ezekiel. I was puzzled about the inclusion of Libya in view of its break-up after Gadaffi.  In the days of my emails on End-times and early blogging it was part of the ‘Ezekiel alliance’, but now?

My doubts were soon alleviated because a few days later I spotted this headline ‘Russian ties to Libyan Warlord ‘undeniable’, says US general’.  The article opens: ‘Russia has deployed troops to Egypt amid a strengthening of ties between Moscow and General Khalifa Haftar, the warlord who controls much of the eastern part of Libya, a US general said on Friday. 

‘Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, said the link between Russia and General Haftar, the head of a group called the Libyan National Army, is “undeniable”.  “They are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action. We watch what they do with great concern”, he told reporters in the Pentagon on Friday…’

Eastern Libya was known as biblical ‘Put’. SO, Libya’s back in the Endgame folks!

AND, this afternoon comes this news: Putin meets Iran’s Rouhani as ties deepenRussian president tells his Iranian counterpart the two countries “work very effectively, practically on all fronts in international action and the resolution of major and very grave international problems”!  Note that upon returning to Iran he announced the building of a railroad from Iran to the Mediterranean coast via Iraq and Syria.

ARAB SUMMIT – alliance with Israel

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman with President Trump

In view of the preceding, Debkfile’s ‘exclusive report’ High hopes of Arab summit OK for Israel peace step is exceptionally informative:

‘If the Arab summit opening in Amman Wednesday, March 9 meets the expectations of Washington and Jerusalem, the session will ratify a pivotal initiative for promoting an historic peace process between the Arab world and Israel. This effort, which matured through five months of mostly secret diplomacy, was launched by Donald Trump in November, shortly after he was elected US President.

‘The official Arab summit agenda covers the disastrous war crises preying on the Arab world in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, as well as economic issues. But the rulers will also quietly discuss off-stage a proposal brought by Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi to embark on steps destined to lead to peaceful relations between the moderate Arab regimes and Israel and exponentially to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Emphases added)

‘Debkafile’s sources in Washington and Jerusalem report exclusively that President Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman crafted this proposal at the White House on March 14, during the prince’s trip to Washington. It was the high point of their talks, although they also aired and reached agreement on the war crises in Syria and Yemen, as well as America’s next steps against Iran on both those fronts and in the Gulf region…

‘The text they agreed at this White House encounter calls for three steps to be launched without delay for promoting progress towards a historic accommodation between the Arab world and the Jewish state

‘…Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas furiously rejected the Saudi peace initiative when it was presented to him in Cairo by President El-Sisi in Cairo on March 20.

(Click above title to read this informative article in full).

Thus we are witnessing the formation of two geopolitically and religiously divergent camps (Sunni and Shiite muslims) in the Middle-East – and we know what the Living Lord God Almighty, the Holy One of Israel has forewarned and foretold about one coalition in particular…

Further Reading:

In wake of London attack, President Trump should deliver major address to define “radical Islamic terrorism,” the ISIS threat, and his vision for victory.

Joel Rosenberg offers an opinion and insights from his on-the-ground experience…

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(Dallas, Texas) — Yesterday, the horrific attack in London underscored yet again the threat radical Islamic terrorism poses to our allies. We mourn for those murdered, killed and traumatized, and we pray for the Lord to comfort and heal.

The attack on our British ally was also a stark reminder that such terror could strike inside the U.S. homeland without warning if our leaders do not aggressively improve defensive measures to protect the American people, and launch far more aggressive offensive measures to decisively defeat the Islamic State and other militant Islamist groups.

UPDATE: ISIS has just claimed responsibility for the attack. “The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition,” says the Amaq news agency, the ISIS press channel.

In this context…

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The Drums of War: An Exchange of Insults

Noteworthy that this comes almost exactly a year after a lightning strike on a crane that fell on the Meccan Grand mosque on the 14th anniversary of 9/11 attack and killed/injured hundreds (Why Sept 2015 is Special: Update 2 – Islam refers). It was assumed to be an ‘act of God’!!

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

The year-long saber-rattling rhetoric between Iran and Saudi Arabia was raised another notch this past week.  This is another thread of activity prior to the Second Signpost  or any war – making enemies out of your neighbors.

I wrote in an earlier post about the Hajj stampede in which 400 Iranians died about a year ago. Iran and Saudi Arabia were always at odds, but the Hajj stampede gave Iran an excuse to make an outright enemy out of Saudi Arabia.  In January 2016 Saudi Arabia executed a number of Shia Muslims and then the Saudi embassy in Tehran was attacked.

And now this past week there was another exchange of rhetoric between Iran and the Saudis. This time the exchange was of outright insults, and not just accusations. Supreme leader Khamenei accused Saudi Arabia yet again of mismanaging the Hajj in Mecca. Then came the following slow-motion exchange between Al-Sheikh

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4 Signposts perspective: Russia’s withdrawal from Syria

Mark Davidson’s analysis of this in the light of Daniel 8 is noteworthy, keeping in mind the ‘Gog-Magog’ alliance of Ezekiel 38. Debkafile claims last month’s rift between Tehran and Moscow is because of the latter’s collaboration with USA to end the conflict whereas Iran wants hostilities to continue. Their report shows Russia wants to keep its paw in the door. Also, in view of Putin’s disingenuous claims to pull troops out of Ukraine, “which later turned out to be merely routine rotation of forces”, UK’s Foreign Secretary is sceptical, saying “Russia is completely un-transparent about its motives and its plans, (so) we can only speculate.” (Brietbart) UPDATE 16/3: Russia keeping its S-400 anti-aircraft missiles (withheld from Iran at Israel’s request) in Syria until Saudi warplane build-up in Turkey is reversed (Debka Exclusive). So keep watching…

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

The news came out today that Putin is withdrawing the main part of Russian forces from Syria. It will maintain the airbase and naval base, but most of the fighter aircraft used in airstrikes and the support forces for those fighters, are being withdrawn. Putin said that the mission is completed.

Russian fighters sit on the tarmac at Hmeimim Airbase near Latakia. Russian fighters sit on the tarmac at Hmeimim Airbase near Latakia.

For those who still cling to the idea that Russia will have a major role in the Middle East during the end times, this would seem like a reversal of what is “supposed to happen.” But for the Signposts, and particularly the Second Signpost, everything continues on course.

Iran needs Assad to stay in power, so that its Shia militants and IRGC can more easily flow men and materiel between the Mediterranean coast and Iran. Before the Russians arrived, Assad was almost on his way out. The…

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Stay calm: the 350,000 is only a “Rumour of War”

Thanks for this useful analysis Mark. The level-headed Financial Times reports in detail with considered look at this too! (Also see Update 16/3: Russian withdrawal from Syria).

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars…” (Matthew 24:6, NIV)

There has been a false story of a military move by Saudi Arabia and its allies invading Syria. We are seeing a “rumor of war” and like most rumors there is a kernel of truth but it has been blown up to greatly exaggerated proportions.

I was going to ignore the whole story until I had a conversation this morning. Charlie and Keith had me on their program Good Morning Ozarks this morning – and it’s always a pleasure visiting with those two. One thing they briefly mentioned was this report of 350,000 invading Syria, and how it had many people there in Branson greatly concerned.  I consider Charlie and Keith to be dear brothers and Branson to be a microcosm of the church. The story has indeed encroached on many Christian news outlets with large audiences.  Here is an example of…

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Update on Update 2 – Islamist terror

It’s intriguing that whilst I was writing my unplanned previous post about Saudi Arabia that news was breaking on King Salman’s action against Islamic terrorism.

Debka Breaking News reports,

‘new counter-terrorism coalition announced Tuesday by Saudi Arabia, includes 34 nations with large and established armies such as Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt, war-torn countries such as Libya and Yemen and African nations under terror assault, such as Mali, Chad, Somalia and Nigeria. But Shiite Iran is not a member, nor Iraq which has a large Shiite majority. The new alliance would be Saudi-led and its operations center based in Riyadh. It will be committed to fighting terrorism which “is forbidden by Islam as a serious violation of human dignity and rights, especially the right to life and the right to security.”
‘DEBKAfile: No organizations are mentioned by name in the statement – including the Islamic State.The durability of this alliance is widely compared to that of the 65-member anti-ISIS coalition often hailed by President Obama – long on paper, short in action.’

Why this September is special: Update 2 – Islam

You may recall that September was a very busy month prophecy-wise (see Archive). One special day brought two distinct surprises.

In fact, there wasn’t opportunity to finish blogging about that month but, in view of an event on that significant date – as well as what’s since happened relating to September Update 1: Judaism – I now need to start covering the changes within Islam:

Anniversary of 9/11 Atrocity

2C31B11700000578-3231117-image-m-28_1441992736986On the anniversary of this century’s ‘day of infamy’ for New York I noted another event seemed to connect into the collapse of the Twin Towers – as well as possibly being of God, or was it simply coincidence?  Lightning from a severe thunderstorm in Mecca struck a tall crane, which collapsed into the Grand Mosque thereby killing and injuring hundreds.

The construction engineer is quoted as saying, “It was an act of God”. A ‘very saddened’ British imam is reputed to have said, “It’s a blessing in disguise for those killed”. Four days later Saudi Arabia’s King Salman suspended contracts for the construction company, which is owned by the Bin Laden family!

Nevertheless, it ‘struck’ me that it’s a mirror ‘action replay’ on the 14th anniversary of the attack upon America, inspired as it was by the teachings and practices of the Meccan founder of Islam. That is, the very heart of the homeland and faith of those modern religious plotters and perpetrators was visited by an almost similar ‘toppling of a tower’. Also, my first impression was of The Almighty throwing down the gauntlet to confront satan.

It’s far, far too uncanny not to be of poignant significance!

Also and especially, I couldn’t but reflect upon the revelation I received 23 years ago upon the ‘fall of Islam’ (as in last December’s Fulfilled Prophecies 2). My understanding is that many Muslims would become disillusioned with their beliefs and seek a better concept and relationship with the One True God, as happened when those in communist USSR wanted a better and prosperous life. Thus, in 1989 they dismantled the iconic barrier between East and West – the Berlin Wall.

Readers of my post on Rosh Hashanah may have noticed Johnny Enlow’s reference in the prophetic word he delivered,

“Since 9/11 of 2001 it has seemed that radical Islam has become activated and empowered as never before. The Kingdom reality is that more Muslims have encountered and embraced Jesus since 2001 than in the entire history of Islam which is well over 1000 years.”

Garrison bookJuly/August’s edition of IDEA (Evangelical Alliance’s magazine) had featured this news as ‘The largest spiritual migration in history’, including an article by researcher David Garrison. In A Wind in the House of Islam he refers to 9/11 as ‘a hinge’! (Click image to ‘look inside’ this excellent, informative book.)

Dr. Garrison states this new global study reveals that the first Muslim movement to Christ did not occur until the 19th century, over 1000 years after Muhammad’s message first echoed from the minarets of Medina. This first movement was followed by a further ten Muslim movements to Christ in the late 20th century. But something now is happening. In the first 12 years of the 21st century, we have already seen more than 60 new Muslim movements to Christ! (For more visit WindintheHouse.org) He defines a ‘movement’ as at least 1,000 baptised believers or 100 new church starts.`

A review: The Greatest movement of Muslims turning to Christ is NOW!.

Meanwhile in London

Israel_UK 11 Sept15In view of September’s schedule and prophecy-related events I was surprised to read about the Israeli Prime minister’s private visit to London to confer with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Notice the publication date? (click to enlarge cutting)

An interesting coincidence!

And that this has not been made available online!

UPDATES:

Saudi king launches anti-ISIS arab coalition

Israeli boy’s NDE shows 11 Sept 2015 relevance (see also subsequent Notes about that date).

2016 Word of the Lord (at 5.6 D & E), Dr Sharon Stone.

I later learned that one of my earliest teachers on the biblical significance of Israel also heard from the Lord that, “Islam will fall” (Jerusalem 2003 Wars/Peace). Also, Dr Hormoz Shariat told Joel Rosenberg millions of Muslims are turning from their faith and looking to Jesus Christ (as here).

Antichrist’s land of origin?

Courtesy of James Mark Long, www.propheticartists.comOnce again Mark Davidson’s observations are noteworthy, and those watching Turkey’s moves over recent years will be interested in the discussion generated. President Erdogan is moving Turkey increasingly toward End-time events, as indicated for example in Turkey & Iran Locked in Struggle (by Chuck Missler’s senior analyst Dr Stewart Elwart) and  in Saudi Arabia, Turkey Discussing Unlikely Alliance to Oust Syria’s Assad, as published in Huff Post Sunday.

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

It is interesting how sometimes the past, the present and the future conspire to show us a truth.  And so it was when reviewing a series of maps recently the question struck me, “Are we looking at a rather limited stretch of land that could be the homeland of the man to be Antichrist?”  I refer the reader to the map for the following discussion.

Territories of the past, present and future overlap.  Might this be the homeland of the Antichrist? Territories of the past, present and future overlap. Might this be the homeland of the Antichrist?

From the Past: Both my book Daniel Revisited (Chapter 2) and Joel’s book Mideast Beast(Chapter 7) give rationale as to why Daniel 9:26 is telling us the Antichrist will probably be Syrian.  The text of the verse tells us that the Antichrist to come will be of the people who destroyed the Temple in A.D. 70.  The people were of course Roman soldiers, of the main legion, Legio…

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Obama vows “Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch.” That’s only 20 months. What about after? Latest details on the draft nuclear deal & its flaws.

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NuclearDeal-cartoonOn April 2nd, President Obama announced “a historic understanding with Iran” which would “prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

On April 5th, the President told Tom Friedman of the New York Times, “I’ve been very clear that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch.”

Yet in the days that followed, the President admitted that Iran’s leaders could race to The Bomb with essentially no “break out” time and with very little way the world could stop them once the deal concluded in 13 to 15 years.

Specifically, the President noted that the deal would be “purchasing” a one year “break out” period during the life of the deal, meaning it would take at least a year for Iran to enrich enough uranium to military grade and build an operational nuclear weapon from the time it made the decision to do so, if it wasn’t already cheating…

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The coming Iranian invasion: West and South come into focus

Further to the previous on today’s fulfilment of Daniel’s visions in which I referred to Mark Davidson’s work, it’s fitting to consider his viewpoint and updated map for the situation, as below. I’d add it’s reported two Iranian Revolutionary Guard battalions now overlook the strategic Bab el-Mandeb straits and Khamenei is sending the Iranian navy. Also, US national security ‘experts’ have long seriously underestimated the Saudi royal family and expected it to collapse. Hence, Obama’s clandestine wooing of Iran. (See Goldman’s opening remarks here) Is it any wonder the CIA doesn’t know why Muslims join ISIS?

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

The Second Signpost is the invasion of the Middle East by Iran.  Daniel 7:5 and 8:3-4 tell us about it.  The former passage tells us that many countries will be ravaged by Iranian forces, and the latter passage tells us that Iranian forces will advance in three directions.  About three and a half years ago I created the map of the Second Signpost, shown as Figure 10-2, for my first book Hidden In Plain Sight, published in January 2012.  That map is shown below as Map #1.

Map #1.  The original map showing possible Iranian military advances during the Second Signpost.  (From Hidden In Plain Sight, Nov. 2011) Map #1. The original map showing possible Iranian military advances during the Second Signpost. (From Hidden In Plain Sight, Nov. 2011)

Map #1, showing the invasion by Iran, was based solely on my interpretation of Scripture (Dan. 7:5, 8:3-4, i.e. the Second Signpost) overlaid on my research of the geopolitical and military landscape in the Middle East.  The map was also…

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Bible’s prophetic vision of Daniel being fulfilled today

Astonished! And doubly so! LOL!  Not by events, actions or words – but by a map on Friday.

And astonished today too!  First thing, I got an email from the designer of a map that I’d started writing about yesterday – he too was working on the same map yesterday!

Christians have no excuse for not knowing End-times prophecies began coming to fruition a hundred years ago in the Holy Land. After learning about them 30 years ago and then being born-again, I noticed the pace of prophecy picking up around the Millennium. In launching this blog I referred to the importance of eschatology and the acceleration in End-times – and others more qualified than me were saying so (Not many people know this). Now, we’re witnessing the modern manifestation of the battles foreseen in Daniel chapter 8, not between ancient empires but their descendants.

But now, in 2015, the manifestation of yet-to-be fulfilled Biblical prophecies is rapid!

At morning coffee last Friday we quickly scanned our newspaper’s front page. Nina tore out the crossword and I went straight for Con Coughlin’s op-ed buried in the middle pages. This expert with 25 years experience on international terrorism and Middle-East, writing in Saudi airstrikes add fuel to bitter rivalries about Yemen, asks “Whose wars are we fighting in the Middle East?”

Courtesy of DebkaFile

Courtesy of DebkaFile

It was a welcome rest after a busy day getting a long post published as I’d worked on it for three weeks. But within an hour incoming news needed to be inserted. It was about Sunni Arab leaders taking military action but without any reference to Washington; and my post of August 2010 had referred to the diplomatic unease. As I like maps I’d noted the associated map shown here – click thereon for link to Special Report.

So that was at the back of my mind on Friday. But now I saw, slap-bang in the middle of Con Coughlin’s piece, this huge map taking up half the width of the Telegraph broadsheet page. It depicts countries following different forms of Islam:

Great Divide: Sunnis & Shias - credit Telegraph

In connection with that Thursday post’s reference to ‘squabbles over succession’ upon Muhammad’s death, Con explains how this brought a rift in Islam,

The split between Sunnis and Shias begins with the death of the prophet Mohammed in 632 AD, and the battle to succeed him as the first Muslim caliph. Sunnis say his brother-in-law Abu Bakr was the rightful heir; Shias say it should have been his cousin and son-in-law, Ali. It came to a head at the Battle of Karbala in modern-day Iraq in 680 AD with the death of Ali’s son Hussein at the hands of the Sunni army – an event which is still commemorated today.

Prophetical maps

However, my immediate first impression was of this map’s similarity not to the Debka map but to two others shown in Daniel Revisited. Mark Davidson illustrates how Old Testament prophet Daniel’s visions of far-future battles between powerful nations, as symbolised by a ‘ram’ and a ‘goat’ in Daniel 8, may relate to ones yet to come between Shiite Iran and Sunni Egypt, Turkey and Arabia. Upon checking this, I was again astonished to note the emphasis of Iranian action towards Yemen, as below:

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From Daniel Revisited: COPYRIGHT Mark Davidson 2012, used with permission.

Furthermore, the latest news was of Saudi Arabia AND Egypt attacking Yemen to break Iranian influence, particularly to protect shipping – especially oil tankers! – to/from the Suez Canal via the Red Sea:

Courtesy of Mark Davidson, from Daniel Revisited.

From Daniel Revisited: COPYRIGHT Mark Davidson 2012, used with permission.

For an introduction to Mark’s important thesis read Four Signposts of the Books of Daniel and the Apocalypse (highly recommended overview).  His latest sound analysis on Iran is at Daniel 8 and the First Signpost.

Another article in Friday paper’s business section about a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran raising anxiety over oil prices reminded me of what I’d suggested in July 2014. On this I concluded Middle-East events and fulfillment of Bible prophecy as follows:

In my opinion, we may be about to witness major upheavals that will affect not only the ancient world’s centers of civilisation but also the modern world’s global petro-economy.

I had in mind that hostile disputes could lead to Iran closing the Straits of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf, thereby stopping international shipping of oil. Now, if Yemen falls to Iran then its proxy forces can overlook the Bab el-Mandeb straits and control the entrance to the Red Sea. Thus, Iran could control both corners of the Arabian peninsula and threaten the global economy. This would turn existing economic sanctions against Iran on their head!.

That post was followed a couple of months later with Mark’s The Petrodollar’s creator: Iran greater threat than ISIS. He quoted Henry Kissinger as saying,

“There has come into being a kind of a Shia belt from Tehran through Baghdad to Beirut…This gives Iran the opportunity to reconstruct the ancient Persian Empire — this time under the Shia label — in the rebuilding of the Middle East that will inevitably have to take place when the new international borders [are] drawn. The borders of the settlement of 1919-’20 are essentially collapsing.”

The latest from respected financial commentator Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is that Saudi oil infrastructure is at risk as Mid-East conflagration spreads!

What is certainly happening is the strengthening of the Arab League under the direction of Saudi Arabia. David Goldman, a Senior Fellow at The London Centre for Policy Research explains in The Middle-East Metternichs of Riyadh that the 10-nation coalition that Riyadh assembled to counter Iranian intervention in Yemen has a broad mandate to contain Iran throughout the region. Most surprisingly this includes Sudan and Quatar. And Pakistan is now sending its troops, as reported here yesterday.

More emphatically, Goldman concludes that Riyadh acted without the help of the US and in direct contravention of American policy of bringing Iran into Mid-East regional security architecture as an important player.  Readers who like in-depth background will find his article highly informative. (Austrian Chancellor Klemens von Metternich introduced the Congress System of diplomacy to balance imperial power after the Napoleonic wars.)