The defenders of Israel

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil?” Ezek 38:13

Over the course of the last two years, many events have happened which signal that we are living in the last days. We are witnessing an emergence of a strong alliance between Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and Britain, as well as a resurrection of her Commonwealth – who  under Britain will become more closely aligned and ultimately opposed to Europe and the Russian confederacy.

Ever since the recent elections in the UK and USA, Theresa May and Donald Trump have been very active rebuilding alliances described in Ezekiel’s Image result for saudi arabia gulf states mapchapter.

We know from Ezekiel 38, that Sheba and Dedan speak out with Tarshish and her allies, against the Gogian invasion. Dedan refers to the territory of Saudi Arabia, while Sheba refers to the Gulf States (Yemen, Oman, UAE, Qatar etc.)

US-Saudi Relationship

Previously under the Obama Administration, the US sought to kindle a friendship with their enemy Iran, to the detriment of their allies – Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. This was seen through the Iran nuclear deal which Saudi Arabia and Israel saw as a security threat. This deal dramatically damaged the US-Saudi relationship, as Saudi Arabia and Iran are rival powers (because they are opposing Muslim factions – Saudi Arabia is Sunni, and Iran Shiite). The US appears to part of the ‘young lions’ due to their long relationship with Britain. Although they are not part of the Commonwealth, they are a daughter of Britain, and have consistently been an ally of Britain. Consequently as a young lion, the US’ growing friendship with Saudi Arabia, is scripturally significant.

President Trump has said he will reverse many of Obama’s policies, and this has become particularly obvious in his effort to strengthen alliances with Israel, Britain (rather than Europe), the Commonwealth nations and the Gulf States.

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Rex Tillerson at the US-Saudi Arabia CEO Summit

This change in American foreign policy has also been demonstrated by US Secretary of Defence James Mattis’ recent visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss counter-terrorism (the Yemen Civil War),  and increasing military and economic ties. Also Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke at a recent US-Saudi business summit, which encouraged increased business ties between the two nations.

Yemen Civil War

Despite not gaining much media attention, the Yemen civil war has dramatically impacted the Middle East – creating 2.5 million internally displaced people, hundreds of thousands of refugees and has triggered increased Western involvement in the region.

The Yemen civil war is a key part of the recent resurgence of a stronger Sheba (Gulf States) and Dedan (Saudi Arabia) alliance, which has also served to strengthen British and Americans support of the Gulf States.

The civil war began in 2015. The war is a dispute between the internationally recognised Sunni government led by President Hadi and the Shia rebel group, Houthi. The Sunni government are backed by Saudi Arabia, and the Shia rebels, Iran. Hence the Yemen civil war is a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Like Syria, there are several faction groups fighting (Hadi government, ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Houthis), but in its simplest form the Yemeni civil war is a war of religion. Yemen is 56% Sunni, and 44% Shia. Saudi Arabia (Sunni) is fighting in Yemen, to keep Iran (Shia) out of Yemen, to avoid having them as a threatening neighbour. Previously as Obama wanted to side with Iran, the US had condemned Saudi Arabia’s participation in the war. However now with a change in administration and foreign policy, President Trump has authorised increased airstrikes in Yemen to support the Saudis and has recently even offered to give Saudi Arabia military and intelligence support.

As Yemen is part of the Biblical territory of Sheba, Trump’s recent involvement in Yemen and support of Saudi Arabia, is bringing together the alliance of Ezekiel 38 that we expect.

India

India is part of the British Commonwealth, and has recently developed closer ties with Britain and Israel.

In 1947, India gained independence from the British. However due to the internal conflict between the Hindu and Muslim population, the nation soon split into India and Pakistan. These two nations have continued to have a contentious relationship. As Pakistan has become increasing isolated (and wanting to push away from Western influence), they have turned to Russia for military and security support. Likewise, India has begun developing a closer alliance with Israel and now post Brexit, with Britain. The religious divide between these nations, has forced them both to develop alliances in accord with Bible prophecy (Pakistan being an extension of the King of the North territory (Daniel 11), and India a young lion, therefore a supporter of Israel).

In November 2016, Theresa May visited India to discuss a potential trade deal, as the triggering of Article 50 loomed. Previously under the EU, Britain was not allowed to create a free trade agreement with India. Brexit has not only facilitated Britain to leave Catholic Europe, but also pushed them to strengthen their relationship with their “young lions” (the Commonwealth). Although a free trade agreement with India has not yet been constructed, it appears to be only a matter of time. Similarly India has also begun to develop business ties with the other allies of Israel – Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

Over the past few years India and Israel have also been developing a closer relationship. India has abstained from voting against Israel in several UN resolutions. In 2015 India and Israel negotiated several extensive trade deals. In November 2016 the Israeli President visited India. In July this year, Prime Minister Modi will visit Israel (the first Indian PM to visit Israel). Previously Indian Ministers have visited both Israel and Palestine to indicate their neutrality. However this time, Modi is only visiting Israel – showing their clear support of Israel.

Britain

As the Brexit process has officially begun, Theresa May is seeking to develop trade deals with non-EU nations (as seen by recent discussion about potential trade deals with Australia, US, New Zealand, Canada and India). Consequently she has turned to her Commonwealth and the Sunni Arab nations to create trade deals, to prepare Britain’s economy for life post-Brexit.

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Theresa May at the GCC Summit

In December, Theresa May flew to Bahrain to meet with the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council: which includes Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait) to develop trade agreements. This month, May has also flown to Saudi Arabia, and met with King Salman, the Crown Prince and other Saudi officials to discuss trade and investments.

Also this month, the Qatar PM flew to meet with Theresa May in London to create a post-Brexit trade deal. Likewise also the UK Secretary of State for International Trade has recently said the UK wants to increase trade with Oman by a billion pounds.

Brexit has not only pushed the UK out of Catholic Europe, but also has forced it to create alliances and trade deals with Sheba and Dedan – preparing the alliances for Armageddon.

Conclusion

While many prophetic events have been occurring in Russia, Syria and Europe, the defenders of Israel have begun to emerge. Tarshish, Sheba, Dedan and the ‘young lions’ have begun to form not only by the creation of alliances with each other, but also their increasing isolation that has driven them to befriend and support Israel. Their unification could drive a wedge between them and the European-Russian confederacy – as Ezekiel 38 foretells.

5 thoughts on “The defenders of Israel

  1. “Although a free trade agreement with India has not yet been constructed, it appears to be only a matter of time.”

    Actually, from the view on the ground here I really can’t see it happening any time soon, nor even that it is a certainty since it all depends on Britain opening up to Indian immigration again which they do not want to do at the moment given the politics of Brexit.

    I’m also not sure that I would include India in the young lions. I believe the young lions to essentially be Australia, Canada and New Zealand and probably also the United States–these are the only major nations of the commonwealth that can truly be said to have been birthed by the Old Lion.

    I don’t necessarily think current events relating to India are necessarily relevant from a prophetic perspective.Growing interactions between India and Israel are interesting, but I’m not sure of any particular significance.

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    1. Hi Josh,

      Hope you are well 🙂

      Interested to hear the scriptural position on that? I understand there is also a variety of perspectives as to whether or not the US is a young lion or not.

      I would say that observance from the ground is rarely a litmus test for predicting the unpredictability of geopolitics and national politics. Politicians come and go and policies change overnight when the Elohim are ready as the last few years have demonstrated.

      I guess those who would understand India to be a young lion (for the reasons stipulated in pioneer writings) would see her increasing of bilateral ties with Britain and Israel as even more significant in the context of a timely increase in unification between other young lions. Might this be a coincidence? we can only watch with anticipation.

      God Bless.

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  2. I think India was identified as a young lion during the Imperial era because it was an integral part of the British empire and Britain depended upon it for finance, soldiers and labour… however that does not necessarily mean that it fits the criteria of a young lion, whereas the United States does. India was an existing nation that was conquered and brought into the Empire. It cannot be said to be a young lion by the same definition as the other nations.

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  3. Steven Strange

    The interesting point in regards to the young lions though is that there was only four nations that supported Britain in an imperialist way, India, South Africa, Canada and Australia. these four nations are large players along side the mother lion, the United States features no role in the young lions mentioned in Ezekiel 38. another interesting point is that Britain isn’t the main head of those apposed to the Gog invasion the head is Saudi Arabia (Sheba and Dedan).

    My understanding is that Saudi Arabia will be involved in the battle to take Jerusalem while Russia comes and when they are seen on the hills of Israel they (Saudi Arabia, Tarshish and the young lions) will turn to Russia and say, Have thou come to take a spoil. If you read scripture you see that when Gog comes Jerusalem is already under siege.

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  4. I’m not disagreeing that other nations of the commonwealth may not play a role, but I just don’t think they are specifically referred to.

    The United States do not have to support Britain in an imperialistic way to be classified as a young lion. Britain, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are five nations with a common cultural heritage and set of values, who also share an essentially similar foreign policy.

    Whilst under the control of these nations, other countries like South Africa, India and Pakistan also supported their efforts, however now that that these nations have come under the rule of their own peoples, their own cultural heritage and national interest compels them to head in other directions.

    India is simply not included in this club of five nations, as reflected in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network between the five nations.

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