Behold Israel: Ahead of a meeting with United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stated “We look forward to working with the Trump administration on all issues in the region,” referring to ISIS, nuclear Iran, Syria, Libya and Yemen, the minister adding “We are very, very optimistic about our ability to resolve issues in the region.”
The foreign minister had previously stated following Trump’s inauguration that “The positions that President Trump has articulated are ones that we are completely in accordance with: restoring America’s presence in the world is something we, and all of the America, welcome,” the minister stating that “lack of an American engagement” leads to an international system filled with “evil forces.”
He added that “we all must work against those evil forces at great cost. So an America that is engaged is an America that plays a positive role in the world and is something we welcome.” more …
Opinion: Sounds pretty good for a nation that:
- Provided 15 of 19 hijackers in the 9-11 attack
- Will not allow a Bible or Jewish person into its country
So what the heck is going on? Did Donald Trump change the world in 30 days, or is there something more happening?
First, Saudi Arabia is having ‘yuge’ financial problems. The $2 trillion public offering (largest in history) of shares on Saudi oil giant ARAMCO has been delayed until 2019 at the earliest.
According to the New American (here) the problems facing Saudi King Salman are daunting and have a hint of desperation:
“Aramco has been treated by the royal family as its private piggy bank for decades, as well as funding the kingdom’s cradle-to-grave welfare for its citizens. Aramco builds schools, hospitals, and sports stadiums, and sells its natural gas to the government-owned utilities well below its costs.
It funds the royal family’s incursions into Yemen and other military adventures. Unwinding the tangle of interests, demands, and commitments to make Aramco acceptable to foreign investors is a gargantuan undertaking. Admitting as much is Khalid al-Falih, the new Saudi energy minister: “Extensive rewiring of our financials and the relationship [of Aramco] with the government … would require a significant amount of time.
The royals are facing other problems as well. Their decision in late 2014 to flood the international crude-oil market in the hopes lower prices would drive many American oil producers out of business failed.”
Keep in mind the prophecy of Ezekiel 38:13: “Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder?”
Israel will be under attack from the Gog Magog alliance (Ez. 38:1-6) when three nations that might have come to her rescue will be so powerless to stop the attack that the best they can do is ask the Russian leader (Gog) if he is attacking to take Israel’s great wealth (plunder).
- Sheba and Dedan – Ancient cities on the southern and northern end of Arabia
- Merchants of Tarshish – Britain’s tin merchants to Spain
- Young lions – US and colonies
Last Wednesday at the White House, Trump and Netanyahu revealed a NEW IDEA for peace in the Middle East (here) . The plan, it seems, is to make a deal with 6 Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman) to bring economic cooperation and protection from Iranian aggression in exchange for peace. The idea is making headlines all over the world.
President Trump affirmed that the United States would work “very, very diligently” on a “great peace deal” — with his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, expected to lead the American effort.
We have referenced Daniel 9:27 many times since the election. In the prophecy, a world leader will confirm, not create, a 7 year peace treaty with Israel and her neighbors. The Oslo Accords, a 7 year deal that failed, could fit.
Daniel says that the world leader is Antichrist and the peace will be short-lived.
In a meeting between Israeli Defense Secretary Avigdor Lieberman and Sec. Def. Mattis yesterday (here), Lieberman said Israel’s three biggest problems are Iran, Iran and Iran.
There is no deal that will change God’s plan.
Thanks to Shelly for the Behold Israel website.