AP Analysis: Saudi prince likely to survive worst crisis yet and is in line to become the 8th King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Rev. 17:10-11)

Blog note. I have posted many previous blogs and third-party written articles about the rise of NEOM (Babylon) in Saudi Arabia. NEOM was specifically mentioned in this particular article, as it was alluded to since it is part of Bin Salman’s Vision 2030 plan to modernize Saudi Arabia. If you have not read any of my previous blogs or articles, NEOM is the world’s largest planned city (in terms of square miles or kilometers) in a corner of the country flanked by the Sea of Aqaba and the Red Sed. This visionary city or Babylon-in-the-desert is so grand in planned design that it can’t be described in just one article. Hence, I have included a detailed analysis in previous, sequential blogs. You can research this development yourself. The “great city” as described in the Bible’s book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ receives a very large portion of prophetic / eschatological attention. NEOM, in Saudi Arabia, meets every description of Babylon described in Revelation. It has seven mountains, it will accept all religions of the world, it has extreme wealth and technology, it is a world class city that will attract all nations, tribes, tongues, nationalities, it will feature a “delicious” lifestyle based on extremely attractive living conditions and wealth. Any reference to Jesus Christ is completely missing or absent. Proselytizing (attempts to convert someone from one religion to another) is strictly prohibited. The businessmen who trade with and help build NEOM will become fabulously wealthy. The world’s largest sovereign wealth/investment fund is being established ($2 Trillion) to fund NEOM’s launch and growth.  As previously stated, there is a wealth of evidence to support the startup and growth of NEOM as being the “fabled” city of the future as described in Revelation. When is all this supposed to start? Bin Salman has gone on record indicating 2020. That is a short sixteen (16) months away. If you have read some of my recent blogs, you will quickly recall that there are several other “ominous” events planned to be enforced worldwide in 2020 that coincide with the establishment of NEOM in Saudi Arabia. Babylon is NEOM, not Rome, not Vatican City, not Mecca.

Kings of Saudi Arabia (1932–present)

Name Lifespan Reign start Reign end Family
Ibn Saud 15 January 1875 –
9 November 1953 (aged 78)
22 September 1932 (age 57) 9 November 1953
Saud 12 January 1902 –
23 February 1969 (aged 67)
9 November 1953 (age 51) 2 November 1964
Faisal 14 April 1906 –
25 March 1975(aged 68)
2 November 1964 (age 57) 25 March 1975
Khalid 13 February 1913 –
13 June 1982(aged 69)
25 March 1975 (age 62) 13 June 1982
Fahd 1921 – 1 August 2005 (aged 84) 13 June 1982 (age 61) 1 August 2005
Abdullah 1 August 1924 –
23 January 2015(aged 90)
1 August 2005 (age 81) 23 January 2015
Salman 31 December 1935 (age 82) 23 January 2015 (age 79) Incumbent Saud

Revelation 17:10 …And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 17:11 … And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. (Note: all eight kings are from the genetic house of “Saud”).

Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) is next King in the line of the house/genetics of Saud. He (MBS) is the eighth King in the line of Saud(i) Kings. He (MBS) is directly descendent (is of the seven that came before him) of the line of Saud. Since he is human and evil, he will go into perdition (udder destruction).

Perdition began as a word meaning “utter destruction”; that sense is now archaic, but it provides a clue about the origins of the word. “Perdition” was borrowed into English in the 14th century from Anglo-French perdiciun and ultimately derives from the Latin verb perdere, meaning “to destroy.”

Definition of perdition for English Language Learners: the state of being in hell forever as punishment after death.

Mohammed Bin Salman’s (MBS) father is “Salman” (Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud). He is the current or incumbent Saudi Arabia King from the line of Saud. Salman was crowned as the new King of Saudi Arabia on 23 January 2015 following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah. Salman was born on 31 December 1935, and is reported to be the 25th son of Ibn Saud, the first monarch and founder of Saudi Arabia. Salman and his six full brothers make up the Sudairi Seven.  Sudairi is also spelled Sudairy or Sudayri, is the commonly used name for a powerful alliance of seven full brothers within the House of Saud. Their father King Abdulaziz ‘Ibn Saud’ had more sons with their mother Hussa Sudairi than he did with any of his other wives. They are also sometimes referred to as the Sudairi Clan or the Sudairi faction.

Current Reign of King Salman (1/23/2015 to ?):

With the death of the old King, the new King (Salman) immediately began to consolidate power on behalf of the clan. His son Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) became both minister of defense and secretary general of the Court, combining two of the most powerful offices in the government. Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) was named as deputy crown prince by his father on June 21, 2017, thus effectively putting the future of the throne in the Sudairi Seven clan’s firm grip.

Prophetic/Eschatological significance:

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was established in 1932. He (King Salman being the current, incumbent king) is the seventh king in the line of Saud. King Salman is also one of the Sudairi Seven (the powerful alliance of the seven full brothers with the House of Saud). Revelation 17:10 indicates that “he must continue a short space.” This means that his reign will be relatively short compared to the reign of the six kings in the line of Saud that came before him. If he lives to January 23, 2019, he will have only been king for four (4) years and will be 83 years old. His current health is questionable which may be one reason he recently (June 21, 2017) named his son, Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) to be “crown prince” and next in line for the kingship (8th King of Saudi Arabia of the line or house of Saud).

Revelation 17:11 indicates that there will be a “future” king, or eighth and final king of Saudi Arabia from the house or line of Saud. By logic, this would be Salman’s son, Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) who is now designated as “the crown prince” of Saudi Arabia.

In the one year that Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) was made “crown prince” he has solidified internal Saudi Arabian political power to himself. He is attempting to remake Saudi Arabia and build a business climate away from oil. He is also attempting to reshape the culture of Saudi Arabia and leans towards a much more moderate version of Islam that is respectful of other religions around the world. Lastly, Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) announced in October of 2017 that he envisions a “great city” called NEOM that will be a key gem or component in his Vision 2030 initiative to bring Saudi Arabia into the 20th century. A $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund (world’s largest) is being formed to finance this city project. It will literally be the largest city in the world, based on planned square miles or kilometers.

Upon his father’s death or passing of the throne, Mohammed Bin Salmen (MBS) would be king of Saudi Arabia and the official ruler of NEOM (Babylon).

The stated goal of Mohammed Bin Salman is to have NEOM construction underway in 2020 with an influx of workers from around the world (those from nations, tribes, tongues, clans, peoples).

NEOM (Babylon) is slated to be built in approximately ten (10) year stages, with the first stage being completed on/about 2030.

Just as the original Tower of Babel in Nimrod’s time was not allowed to be completed by God, NEOM (Babylon) will not allowed to be completed and will be destroyed at Christ’s Second Coming (Great Day of the Lord) by a cataclysmic earthquake that will destroy and split the city into three parts (Revelation 16:19).

It is likely that NEOM will not see its 10th anniversary in 2030.

Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) is a normal or natural man. He is NOT the false prophet. MBS will be the King or ruler of Saudi Arabia which “hosts” the “great city” or NEOM Babylon within its borders. Just as the Vatican is a special political entity in Rome, NEOM is a special political entity in Saudi Arabia.

Revelation 17:11 indicates that the eighth (8th) king goes into perdition(udder destruction). The Beast (antichrist) and False Prophet who are thrown alive immediately into the “Lake of fire and brimstone” at the conclusion of Christ’s Second Coming (Great Day of the Lord).

The Beast (antichrist) will not be revealed until the restrainer (Holy Spirit) is removed and the true Church, Bride of Christ is raptured before the start of the Tribulation period.

NEOM will grow and prosper unlike any city ever before on earth, during the Tribulation period.

Let me put this into a little more context for you.

Immediately preceding Revelation 17:10-11 is another verse, “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the women sitteth.” The Apostle John is describing “where” he sees the great city, the great whore, where she sitteth. This is a physical, geographical location.

Five-Fold Reference to Seven (7) Crowns Heads:

… “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” (Rev. 12:3). (Emphasis added).

… “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” (Rev. 13:1). (Emphasis added).

… “So he carried me away in the spirt into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Rev. 17:3). (Emphasis added).

… “And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth here, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” (Rev. 17:7). (Emphasis added).

… “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” (Rev. 17:9). (Emphasis added).

Commentary: Verse 17:9 clears up the symbolism of the seven heads. They are the seven (7) mountains where NEOM Babylon resides, sits or rests upon. These are mountains and not hills. Physical NEOM Babylon city rests nestled among seven (7) physical, geographic mountains. There are many verses in chapter 18 (15, 17, 19 and 21) which indicate that Babylon city is also within easy eyesight of sea(s) or ocean(s). As indicated, physical NEOM Babylon city rests within seven (7) mountains on nearby sea routes.

List of the Seven Highest Peaks in the Midian Mountains

“The Seven Crowns or Mountains of NEOM Babylon”

Peak Height (m) Coordinates
Jabal Al-Lawz 2,549 28°39′16″N 35°18′18″E
Jabal Al Qalom 2,367 28°35′45″N 35°20′03″E
Jabal Maqla 2,326 28°59’67”N 35°33’54”E
Jabal Ad-Dubbagh 2,315 27°51′38″N 35°44′22″E
Jabal Harb 1,962 27°57′39″N 35°39′27″E
Jabal Huwad 1,832 28°28′15″N 35°34′27″E
Jabal Shar 1,784 27°38′52″N 35°44′32″E

The Midian Mountains are a range that extends from the Northwest of NEOM to the Southeast of NEOM, directly through the center of NEOM’s geographical footprint.

Jabal Al-Lawz, is the central-most point (and highest mountain) in NEOM and of the Midian Mountains.

Jabal Al-Lawz, the highest mountain sits at apx. 2,500 meters.

The Christ angle (from the great pyramid of Giza in Egypt) points directly to (and through) Bethlehem (birth place of Christ) and to (and through) the mountain known as Jabal Al Lawz in the MIDDLE of NEOM Babylon (birth place of the Antichrist?). Both Bethlehem and Jabal Al Lawz sit on EXACTLY the same point of longitude (35.2 East)

Bethlehem (in Israel) latitude and longitude = 31°70’53”N 35°19’36”E

Jabal Al Lawz (in NEOM Babylon) latitude and longitude = 28°39′16″N 35°18′18″E

ALL seven (7) mountains of NEOM Babylon sit EXACTLY on the 35° latitude and form a straight line pointing North AND intersecting Bethlehem (birthplace of Christ) at 35°.

Jabal Al-Lawz is debated as being the original Mt. Sinai of Biblical antiquity. Galatians 4:25 … “Mount Sinai in Arabia.”(Exodus 19:2, 19:11, 19:18, 19:20, 19:23, 24:16, 31:18, 34:2, 34:4, 34:29, 34:32, Leviticus 7:38, 25:1, 26:46, 27:34, Numbers 3:1, 28:6, Deuteronomy 33:2, Judges 5:5, Nehemiah 9:13, Galatians 4:24).

Is it an ironic coincidence that this mountain is the largest mountain in all of NEOM?

AP Analysis: Saudi prince likely to survive worst crisis yet

JON GAMBRELL. Associated Press. October 21, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul is unlikely to halt Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power, but could cause irreparable harm to relations with Western governments and businesses, potentially endangering his ambitious reform plans.

International outrage over Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 slaying at the hands of Saudi officials, under still-disputed circumstances, has marked the greatest crisis in the 33-year-old’s rapid rise, already tarnished by a catastrophic war in Yemen and a sweeping roundup of Saudi businessmen and activists.

The prince had hoped to galvanize world support for his efforts to revamp the country’s oil-dependent economy, but now the monarchy faces possible sanctions over the killing. Saudi Arabia has threatened to retaliate against any punitive action, but analysts say that wielding its main weapon — oil production — could backfire, putting the prince’s economic goals even further out of reach.

“The issue now is how Western governments coordinate a response and to what extent they wish to escalate this in a coordinated fashion,” said Michael Stephens, a senior research fellow who focuses on the Mideast at London’s Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies.

“Would financial sanctions be considered sufficient as to have sent a message to Saudi Arabia that this will never happen again?” Stephens added. “Some may feel this is inadequate, while others, like the Americans, may feel this is going too far.”

Senior aides close to the prince have been fired over Khashoggi’s killing, and 18 suspects have been arrested. But the prince himself, protected by his 82-year-old father, King Salman, has been tapped to lead a panel to reform the kingdom’s intelligence services, a sign he will remain next in line to the throne.

The king has the authority to change the line of succession — as he did when he appointed his son crown prince in the first place, upending the previous royal consensus.

But any direct challenge to Prince Mohammed’s succession “may be destabilizing for the kingdom as a whole,” said Cinzia Bianco, a London-based analyst for Gulf State Analytics. “Being young and being so close to his father, there is a chance that his behavior can be constrained with the influence of his father and other actors around the world,” Bianco said.

That only holds as long as King Salman remains in power. If Prince Mohammed ascends the throne, he could be in power for decades, longer than any other royal since the country’s founding in 1932, including its first monarch, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.

The firing and arrests announced by the kingdom appear to be at least an acknowledgement by the royal family of how serious the crisis has become.

“While it might be too early to evaluate the reaction of the international community, these moves might be read as a serious initial signal that the Saudi leadership is course correcting,” wrote Ayham Kamel, the head of Mideast and North Africa research at the Eurasia Group.

“Despite speculation that the crisis spells the end of Mohammad bin Salman, the recent announcements prove that the king still believes that the current line of succession is suitable.”

The Saudis’ greatest concern is the United States, a crucial military ally against archrival Iran and a key source of the kind of foreign investment they will need to reform the economy. A strong American response could encourage other Western countries to follow suit, further amplifying the crisis. President Donald Trump has thus far sent mixed signals, vowing “severe punishment” over the death of the Washington Post columnist but saying he doesn’t want to imperil American arms sales to the kingdom.

Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his first overseas trip as president, and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has developed close ties with Prince Mohammed, apparently seeing him as an ally in advancing his yet-to-be-released peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians.

But even if the Saudis keep Trump on their side, they could face a reckoning from the U.S. Congress, where Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed outrage over the killing. Some have suggested using the 2016 Global Magnitsky Act, which makes it possible to impose entry bans and targeted sanctions on individuals for committing human rights violations or acts of significant corruption.

Saudi Arabia last week threatened “greater action” if faced with sanctions. While no official has explained what that would entail, the general manager of a Saudi-owned satellite news channel suggested it could include weaponizing the kingdom’s oil production. Forty-five years ago, Saudi Arabia joined other OPEC nations in an oil embargo over the 1973 Mideast war in retaliation for American military support for Israel. Gas prices soared, straining the U.S. economy.

But it’s unclear whether such a move would work in today’s economy. Saudi Arabia has been trying to claw back global market share, especially as Iran faces new U.S. oil sanctions beginning in November. Slashing oil exports would drain revenues needed for Prince Mohammed’s plans to diversify the economy, while a spike in oil prices could revive the U.S. shale industry and lead other countries to boost production. “The Saudis have been very helpful by accelerating oil production, especially as sanctions on Iran ramp up,” said Kristin Diwan, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “It would be very foolish of Saudi Arabia to forfeit the trust of the oil market earned over decades by injecting politics into their oil policy.”

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