On a day filled with news about the latest phase of sanctions reimposed on Iran, the more encouraging news is out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia.
Indeed, on August 7, President Trump signed an Executive Order, vowing to reimpose sanctions on Iran. (State Department report, including the actual Executive Order can be found here.) The first phase occurred at that point, with the second round hitting Iran with economic force today.
Around the same time Trump was signing that document, a group of Evangelical Christians were making plans to visit the UAE, to discuss issues critical to peace in the region, freedom of worship for Christians, and understanding the needs of Sunni Arab citizens in the region.
The group of about a dozen evangelicals, led by Joel Rosenberg, made history last week when the Crown Princes of both the UAE and Saudi Arabia welcomed the entourage to their respective palaces. From all accounts the visits accomplished everything hoped for…and more!
Perhaps most amazing was both nations were willing to “go public” with the events, even amidst the extreme displeasure of the Iranian regime, who severely criticized and rebuked the leadership of both nations. (Read Joel Rosenberg’s report, along with links to international reports, here.)
Friends, there is a new thing happening in the Middle East. A new day has dawned, and though I would not say Arab countries are yet our greatest ally, the stage continues to be set for a major confrontation known as the War of Gog and Magog. Bible students, study carefully and you will find that Israel will not be attacked by the likes of Egypt, Saudi Arabia or any other Gulf Coast state, but rather by a coalition led by Russia and joined by Iran, Turkey, Sudan and Libya.
Indeed, the pieces on the chessboard are taking their rightful place and the Chess Master…our Lord Jesus Christ…is about to checkmate Israel’s enemies! Though God certainly doesn’t need media outlets to prove His Word is true, He is using even Arab media to confirm what He said through the prophets long ago!
Pray for our Christian leaders to lead us in righteousness, and pray for the eyes of Arab leaders to be open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ! After all, it is not about who’s side you take in earthly matters, but in who’s side you take in heavenly matters. Our Captain of Heavens Armies calls us to His side!
PS: If you are a US citizen, please vote tomorrow! We are in a battle to protect religious freedom and other Biblical values. Let’s all follow our Captain in that regard as well!