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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Could This Mean War? Fallout over Cleric's Execution Continues

Prophecy Sign:  Wars and rumors of Wars

Very interesting how current events in the Middle-East are drawing the Russians and Chinese into the geo-political mix, (article below).  We know from bible prophecy that a hook will be set to draw down the power from the North, (Russia?), into the Middle-East and the Kings of the East, (China?), will march towards the epi-centre during the latter days of the Tribulation.

‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.  I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Ezekiel 38:3-4 NIV

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Revelation 16:12 NIV

Could This Mean War? Fallout over Cleric's Execution Continues

New tensions are escalating in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia put to death a prominent cleric. Saudi Arabia announced the execution of Sheik Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday. He was killed along with 46 others, including Saudi dissidents and members of al Qaeda. Now the Saudis and Iran have cut diplomatic ties as the divide between the two Islamic powers grows deeper. Some wonder if it could lead to war between the two rivals. Al-Nimr's death has sparked protests from Shiite Muslims around the world. One demonstration in Kashmir, India, turned violent, while others, like one in Beirut, Lebanon, were more sedate. But the message was clear: Saudi Arabia's execution of al-Nimr was a crime against humanity.

Middle East Reaching Boiling Point as Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties with Iran
The Saudi government has broken off all diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, with the Iranian government accusing the Saudis of stoking tensions in the Middle East. Saudi diplomats were given 48 hours to leave Iran. Angry Iranian protestors stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran early Sunday morning after the government of Saudi Arabia executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 others, on charges of terrorism. Al-Nimr’s death sparked Shiite led protests across the Middle East on Sunday. Iran and Saudi Arabia are the Muslim Shiite and Sunni powers respectively in the region. Both countries have squared off over the war in Syria and conflict in Yemen, with Iran backing the Syrian regime and a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen.  

Saudi Arabia-Iran row spreads to other nations
The fallout of Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric is spreading beyond a spat between the Saudis and Iranians, as other Middle East nations chose sides Monday and world powers Russia and China weighed in.
Russia and China, two of the biggest geopolitical players in the hemisphere, released statements calling for restraint between Iran and Saudi Arabia. "Moscow is concerned about escalation of the situation in the Middle East with participation of the key regional players," the Russian foreign ministry said Monday. Russia called on the Saudis and Iranians to "show restraint and to avoid any steps that might escalate the situation and raise tensions including interreligious ones." China's foreign ministry said it is paying close attention to the events and hopes "all parties can remain calm and restrained, use dialogue and negotiations to properly resolve differences, and work together to safeguard the region's peace and stability." 

Saudi Arabia recruits Sunni allies in row with Iran

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