Ishmael vs. Haman

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I noted back in June that there were leaked rumors (quickly denied) that the Saudis were considering letting Israel fly over their territory in order to hit Iran, and in July that the United Arab Emirates were urging the U.S. to take out Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Now we get an interesting confirmation that the Arabs have been quietly campaigning against Iran in WikiLeaks by way of the Jerusalem Post:

According to one cable published by WikiLeaks on Sunday, Saudi King Abdullah “frequently exhorted the US to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program” and to cut off the head of the snake.
According to another cable, King Hamad of Bahrain, a country with a majority Shi’ite population, urged in a meeting with former CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus that action be taken to terminate Iran’s nuclear program.

“That program must be stopped,” Hamad said, according to the cable. “The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.”

Jordan, another country that voiced concern, is uncomfortable with the possibility that a nuclear Iran would provide an umbrella for opposition groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt is also challenged by Iran’s continued nuclear development, as shown by the conviction in April of 26 men who were spying for Hizbullah and plotting attacks in Egypt.

This becomes important from a prophetic prospective when you realize the implications of Yeshua’s call to watch for “the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet” (Mat. 24:15), a prophecy that had already been fulfilled in Antiochus Epiphanes 200 year earlier (and which we will be looking at more closely for Hanukkah). As we’ve noted before, a prophecy can have more than one fulfillment. By saying that the Abomination of Desolation–which alludes to Dan. 9:27 but is a direct quote from Daniel 11:31–would happen again, Yeshua hints that we should also look for the whole section of prophecy around that event to happen again as well. That suggests that not only the Abomination of Desolation will occur, but also the wars between the kings of the north and south, between a northern alliance that will ultimately include Iraq against Egypt and her allies.

Likewise, in Ezekiel 38, we have a tantilizing view of what we are beginning to see take shape in the news. We see Russia (Meshech, and possibly Magog) allied with Iran (Persia) coming against Israel after a time of peace. When they come down, Sheba and Dedan, both nations in the Arabian penninsula, protest (v. 13)–not out of any intrinsic concern for Israel, but out of fear that they will be the next to be plundered.

I am not saying that I expect Israel and her Muslim neighbors to be on the same side anytime soon, or for any alliance between them to last for long. However, that the Arabs and Egypt would come to fear and even go to war with a northern alliance that includes Iran does seem to be prophesied in Scripture, and I suspect we’re witnessing the pieces all being moved into place.

Shalom and Maranatha.

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