Mid-East Conflict

The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and the Palestinian people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are also involved. This could result in the regional war that was foretold in Psalm 83. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to bring about peace in the region. In November of 2012 Egypt was involved in gaining a cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

The current wave of violence could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to a more serious regional war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between these nations, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think this war will occur at the end of the Tribulation, but there are many differences between it and the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it could be the fulfillment of the prophecy of the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6:3-4 (Rider on a Red Horse: Great War).

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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Pentagon: U.S. warplanes hit ISIS training camp in Libya

Feb. 20, 2016 - American warplanes have carried out an attack on an ISIS training camp in Libya.

A key extremist operative was likely killed, U.S. defense officials said. In Libya, local officials estimated that more than 40 people were killed with more wounded, some critically.

Source: CBS

Prophetic Significance of Mid-EastConflict

Iran-backed jihadi group claims it’s operating in West Bank, Jerusalem

Jan. 14, 2016 - A Palestinian jihadi group with close ties to Iran claims that it has expanded its operations to the West Bank and Jerusalem.

“We have an armed branch whose goal it is to wage war on the Israeli occupation everywhere,” Hisham Salim, founder of the Harakat al-Sabireen, told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency.

Source: Times of Israel

Arab League against Iran: Emergency meeting held to discuss Tehran's threat to security

Jan. 10, 2015 -

Arab foreign ministers condemned attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran and warned on Sunday that the country would face wider opposition if it continued its "interference" in the internal affairs of Arab states.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Riyadh's Nightmare: Saudi Shiites Could 'Secede' and Take All Oil to Iran

Jan. 8, 2016 - A map of oilfields in Saudi Arabia shows that most of the country's oil is in an Eastern province dominated by Shiites who are very upset by the recent execution of their famous cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who lived in the area. If the Shiites seceeded from Saudia Arabia and joined Iran it would ruin the Saudi kingdom.

Due to a peculiar correlation of religious history and anaerobic decomposition of plankton, almost all the Persian Gulf's fossil fuels are located underneath Shiites.

Source: Sputnik

Reports: Iran accuses Saudis of attacking Yemen embassy

Jan. 7, 2016 - Saudi Arabia has evidently launched an air strike on Iran's embassy in Yemen's capital Sanaa.

The accusation came after Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran after protesters set fires at the Saudi embassy in Tehran following the execution of a Shiite cleric by the Saudis.

Source: USA Today
Iran-Saudi crisis 'most dangerous for decades' - BBC
Mideast Powder Keg - Hal Lindsey

Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran After Protesters Attack Tehran Embassy Over Executions

Jan. 4, 2016 - Stepping-up the biggest crisis in relations with Iran in recent years, Saudi Arabia has cut diplomatic ties with Iran.

Iran's ambassador in the kingdom has 48 hours to leave, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said late Sunday in Riyadh. "Saudi Arabia will no longer deal with a country that supports terrorism and sectarianism," he said.

Saudi Arabia had also supported Saddam Hussein's during the Iran-Iraq War.
Source: NewsMax
Bahrain Severs Ties with Iran, Oil Prices Rise Over Tensions - NewsMax
US reportedly fears Iran-Saudi Arabia rift will set back ISIS fight - Fox
Saudi Arabia-Iran row spreads to other nations - CNN
Mideast tensions soar as Saudi Arabia rallies countries to cut ties with Iran - Washington Post
UN condemns attack on Saudi embassy in Iran - BBC
Sunni vs. Shia: A rivalry as old as Islam - Fox
Obama’s Middle East Balancing Act Tilts Toward Iran - Bloomberg
Arab TV Commentators Claim Obama Supports Iran Because His Father Was a Shiite - CNS

Iran warns of ‘divine vengeance’ for Saudi Arabia’s execution of cleric

Jan. 3, 2016 -

Iran’s Supreme Leader warned on Sunday that there would be divine retribution for Saudi Arabia’s rulers after the execution of a renowned Shiite cleric, sustaining the soaring regional tensions that erupted in the wake of the killing.

Source: Washington Post
Nimr al-Nimr execution: Former Iraq PM al-Maliki says death will 'topple Saudi regime' - Independent - UK
Mideast protests rage after Saudi Arabia executes Shia cleric al-Nimr, 46 others - CNN
Protesters set fire to Saudi embassy in Iran - Washington Post
The new Saudi Arabia: assertive and unapologetic - Gulf News

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric

Jan. 2, 2016 -

Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said. He was among 47 people put to death after being convicted of terrorism offences

Source: BBC
Saudi Arabia’s execution of cleric ignites fury in Iran - Washington Post

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