Revelation 13:14 … And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth,that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (Emphasis added).
Revelation 13:15 … And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Emphasis added).
For those of you who are not familiar with the Bible’s last book, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the entire book is prophecy of what is coming (based on God’s word) in the latter days, specifically the period known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation. During this period, there is a ‘beast’ or ‘antichrist’ person who will demand worship and control of most of the world. There has been much speculation over the centuries as to who this person might be. Some thought it was Caeser (during the Roman Empire), others more recently thought it was Adolph Hitler. Still others think it was/is someone like Putin, or Trump, or Obama, or Xi Jinping or even Macron (the French President). All of these are ‘false positives’. A ‘false positive’ is something that looks like, smells like or appears to be the ‘real thing’ … but it isn’t. A False Positive doesn’t meet all of the criteria or prophetic/biblical litmus tests to determine its authenticity. A False Positive is also a ‘deception’ or falsehood that is intended deflect away further scrutiny or discernment. Just as a child tries to deceive their parents about their school report card, saying “I got great marks!”, when in fact the child is barely passing his/her grade. When the report card comes home, the parent is deceived into not looking at it further because they ‘trust’ their child’s truthfulness. So too does this happen on the world’s stage during the end times.
I have exposed a tremendous amount of data, and provided a tremendous amount of biblical insight to the events that are happening before our eyes todays. IN SO MANY AREAS OF BIBLICAL PROPHECY. So much is happening in the Middle East and Europe today, that many students of Bible Prophecy heads are spinning. So much in fact, that it is hard to keep up with pace of everything. THE GREAT CONVERGENCE OF SIGNS!!!
I have also blogged extensively about a charismatic, demanding, fearsome, obscenely wealthy, autocratic, war criminal, executes by beheading, lying, deceptive, extremely evil, young leader who has emerged on the scene suddenly, unexpectedly and some would say via a ‘political coup’ in his country. Interestingly, or coincidentally, this evil ‘Crown Prince’ is currently the exact same age as Jesus was when He was working His ministry on earth. Jesus was trying to save people during his ministry or mission. The ‘Crown Prince’ that I speak of deceives his people (his own nation), imprisons – tortures – or beheads those who oppose him. He is “allowing” them to go to movies, but those who oppose him suddenly “disappear”. One could almost say “who can war against him”. His evil behavior goes without punishment or retributive action. He has several leaders of the world’s super powers on his side, because of oil, because of arms deals, because of money, and because of geo-political alliances. No one will come against him because of these various deals, agreements, covenants and arrangements. He has many of these world leaders in ‘his back pocket’. He is friends with Russia (Oil), he is friends with America (arms deals), he is friends with Israel (mutual hatred of Iran), he is friends with Europe and Kings of the East (Money investment), he is the de-facto leader of Muslim countries throughout the Middle East and Africa. The only thing he is missing at this moment in time … is a large military force of muscle (but that is coming!). Out of an evil bottomless barrel of hundreds or thousands of evil, entitled ‘princes’ he has put himself into position to be the next (8th King) in his country. Most of you who follow my blog, know of whom I speak. He is of the lineage (the genetic line) of seven family kings who came before him. The current king, the seventh, will reign for a very short time. He is in his mid-eighties and reportedly is of bad health (rumored dementia). This ‘future’ 8th king has concentrated the most important powers of his pending kingdom, directly under his control. He is waiting … waiting … waiting until his father (the current king, the 7th) either dies or becomes so incapacitated that he is forced to cede his current kingship to the next in line, his chosen son the Crown Prince.
As most of you know, my preferred manner of teaching is by referencing the word of God in the Bible. The vast majority of my references come from the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. I ALWAYS defer to God’s word as the basis to support my analysis and commentary. I also have a habit of saying ‘connect the prophetic dots’ or ‘follow the prophetic dominoes’. This helps to tie things together in a logical, concise and hopefully truthful pattern. I also strenuously suggest that readers of my blog do NOT take my word for things. Use my word as a guide, and most importantly God’s word in the Bible to discern these things for yourself. God gave you an intellect. Use it. Research some of these things for yourself. Determine if you see and understand the same things as do I. I don’t have all the answers. Maybe on a few. Among Eschatologists (students of Bible prophecy) there is a common cliché we use that suggests “we see through the veil dimly”. However, I truly believe that as we hurdle towards ‘our redemption draweth nigh’, God in his infinite love and mercy for fallen mankind, will and does bring to light many of the things of his prophetic word. His word goes out into the world, and will not come back empty. This brings glory to God, because what he said would happen, is in fact happening … at a breakneck pace I might add.
So, how did this ‘Crown Prince’ rise to power so suddenly, how did this happen? How did he gain SO much power, so quickly, in just TWO YEARS? What was supposed to happen? What is his ultimate agenda? The world will wonder in awe and amazement.
A RISE TO POWER:
In June, Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman ousted his cousin, then-Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and took his place as next in line to the throne, upending the established line of succession. In the months that followed, the President’s Daily Brief contained information on Saudi Arabia’s evolving political situation, including a handful of names of royal family members opposed to the crown prince’s power grab, according to the former White House official and two U.S. government officials with knowledge of the report. Like many others interviewed for this story, they declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about sensitive matters to the press.
MBS becoming heir apparent last year and purging the kingdom’s business and political elite in a crackdown on corruption that saw top princes and businessmen detained.
2017 … Earlier this month, authorities arrested dozens of senior government officials and members of the Saudi royal family on corruption charges. Considering the ties some of the suspects had with radical Islamic movements, some observers suggested the arrests were part of a crackdown by Crown Prince Mohammad on terrorist supporters within the government, while the The Economic Times cited claims that the arrests were meant to foil a planned coup by those opposed to Mohammad’s reforms.
You have compared Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s unelected and self-styled “supreme leader,” to Adolf Hitler, but what about your own autocratic style of rule? You have cracked down on dissent by rounding up clerics, intellectuals, and activists and have detained and allegedly tortured your fellow princes — is it any wonder that the prominent Saudi journalist and former adviser to the royal family, Jamal Khashoggi, has compared you to Vladimir Putin and called you Saudi Arabia’s very own “supreme leader”?
You say these princes had to be arrested as part of an anti-corruption drive, but how are Saudi citizens supposed to know whether or not you’re corrupt, too? After all, you’re the prince who spotted a Russian-owned luxury yacht while on holiday in the south of France and then bought it on the spot for $550 million — where did that money come from?
2017. In late October, Jared Kushner made an unannounced trip to Riyadh, catching some intelligence officials off guard. “The two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories and planning strategy,” the Washington Post’s David Ignatius reported at the time.
What exactly Kushner and the Saudi royal talked about in Riyadh may be known only to them, but after the meeting, Crown Prince Mohammed told confidants that Kushner had discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince, according to three sources who have been in contact with members of the Saudi and Emirati royal families since the crackdown. Kushner, through his attorney’s spokesperson, denies having done so.
On November 4, a week after Kushner returned to the U.S., the crown prince, known in official Washington by his initials MBS, launched what he called an anti-corruption crackdown. The Saudi government arrested dozens of members of the Saudi royal family and imprisoned them in the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, which was first reported in English by The Intercept. The Saudi figures named in the President’s Daily Brief were among those rounded up; at least one was reportedly tortured.
The crown prince, whose ruthless pursuit of power could have been lifted almost directly from the pages of a Shakespeare play to the headlines of today. Mohammed bin Salman is nominal heir and de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s few remaining absolute monarchies. These are countries – all are currently run by men – where the king is head of state and government, controlling all levers of power. He lives surrounded by the trappings of luxurious modernity, from yachts to art masterpieces, but wields power in a system that would have been familiar to a medieval ruler.
This pre-modern political world, where one man has total authority over all others, is the only one Bin Salman has ever lived in and known intimately. “[The crown prince] cannot relate to the world outside Saudi. He was raised in a palace, being told you can do everything you want,” said one Saudi, who asked not to be named. “His biggest issue is that he never accepts mistakes.”
Bin Salman chose instead to stay in Saudi Arabia, close to his father who is now King Salman, studying law at King Saud University, then taking a string of jobs at his father’s side. This allowed him to cement their ties and become the power behind the throne. King Salman is well into his 80s and thought to be in the early stages of dementia, according to Bruce Riedel, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The exact details are not clear, with the state of his health “a closely guarded secret”, but Bin Salman has reportedly acted as gatekeeper to his father. He even kept his parents apart for several years as he engineered his ascent from the ranks of thousands of virtually anonymous royal princes, NBC reported. Academically successful, impatient, and a workaholic known to spend 18 hours a day in his office, he has a strong belief in his intellect and the judgment that carried him to power.
Yet under Bin Salman’s rule, Saudi Arabia has launched a bloody war in Yemen, presided over the kidnapping of the prime minister of Lebanon and forced him to resign, and imprisoned dozens of his own elite in a luxury hotel as part of a touted crackdown on corruption.
Critics have accused Kushner of buying into a media narrative that Crown Prince Salman has aggressively pushed since June 2017 when the Saudi King changed the order of succession and made Salman heir to the throne.
The high-ranking Arab official and Saudi sources with ties to the royal court said Qahtani was MbS’s “bad cop” late last year when 200 people, including Saudi princes, ministers and business tycoons, were detained and put under house arrest at the Ritz Carlton in an anti-corruption sweep. Qahtani oversaw some of the interrogations, the Arab official said.
“This episode won’t topple MbS, but it has hit his image which will take a long time to be repaired if it ever does. The king is protecting him,” one of the sources with ties to the royal court said. Qahtani himself once said he would never do anything without his boss’ approval. “Do you think I make decisions without guidance? I am an employee and a faithful executor of the orders of my lord the king and my lord the faithful crown prince,” Qahtani tweeted last summer.
Prince Khaled is also quick to praise the architect of the 2030 Vision, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and a man he had previously referred to as a friend. “We are friends; but obviously our relationship is very much on a professional level: he’s the Crown Prince and I treat him as such,” Prince Khaled says. “I look up to King Salman and to Prince Mohammed bin Salman so much. King Salman, or Prince Salman as he was when he was the Governor of Riyadh, has been a huge influence on my life. The way he conducted himself and the way he transformed Riyadh into what it is today is something I’m in awe of. “Prince Mohammed bin Salman was always with His Majesty when he was Governor of Riyadh, so I got to know him during that time. He’s been a very positive influence for the country and the region. He’s a man of high moral grounds and integrity, very humble and demanding. Demanding for results that is. “This country has seen dramatic positive shifts in the past few years and that’s all because of His Highness’ vision and courage to make these visions into a reality. I do know him personally, and we do interact. I respect his privacy and I respect his enormous responsibilities. I will always be behind His Highness and by His Majesty’s side, and by Saudi Arabia’s side; especially if there’s anything I can do to help.”
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has soiled his own international reputation as a reformer over the past two years in which he has dominated the Saudi scene. He’s locked up women’s rights campaigners while ending the ban on female drivers. He’s tried to attract investment by detaining hundreds of the super wealthy and releasing them in return for billions in settlement of unspecified economic “crimes.”
With the death of the old King, the new King (Salman) immediately (01/23/2015) 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.
The set-up in the London embassy is replicated at Saudi diplomatic posts around the world, forming a vast web of spies watching the kingdom’s enemies and surveilling its own people. While this apparatus has existed for years, it has become more aggressive and more violent under Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, who controls the Saudi security services. His ambition to silence critics abroad and stomp out political rivals at home has depended on a new ferocity in the intelligence agencies. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is just the most extreme example. “For many decades Saudi Arabia had a system in which the king sought to develop a policy consensus within the royal family, the clerical establishment, and the entrepreneur elite,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who now heads the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute. “That has changed profoundly in the last few years. Instead of a consensual system they have moved to a very autocratic system, which relies much more on the intelligence services hounding out dissent at home and abroad.”
Before the killing in Istanbul made global headlines, the starkest example of the Saudi intelligence’s new aggression was an apparent campaign to kidnap rebel princes in Europe and bring them back to Saudi Arabia. According to the BBC, three princes who had fallen out with the royal family have been captured since 2015. One, Prince Sultan bin Turki, a grandson of King Abdulaziz, accepted a flight on a Saudi government private jet from Paris to Cairo in January 2016. The prince went to sleep on the flight and when he awoke he realised the jet was in fact heading Saudi Arabia. He was dragged off the plane by Saudi agents and is believed to be under house arrest to this day.
Before global outrage caught him by apparent surprise, the brash Prince Mohammed was already heavily questioned in many quarters for the bloody and catastrophic war he has prosecuted in Yemen, his imprisonment and shakedown of other Saudi princes at home, and his interference in Lebanese politics by way of effectively abducting its prime minister. Notoriety in their own right in each case was cultivated, but when the time came to settle accounts, like Icarus in Greek mythology they had flown too close to the sun, believing in their own omnipotence, having burned legions on the way. Prince Mohammed seems less likely, at least for now, to meet such an end as long as his father remains on the throne and the Al Saud succession is not derailed.
Last year, at age 31, Mohammed became the kingdom’s crown prince, next in line to the throne now held by his octogenarian father, King Salman. While pushing for women to drive, he has overseen the arrest of women’s rights activists. While calling for foreign investment, he has imprisoned businessmen, royals and others in a crackdown on corruption that soon resembled a shakedown of the kingdom’s most powerful people.
For decades in Saudi Arabia, succession passed down among the dozens of sons of the kingdom’s founder, King Abdul-Aziz. And, over time, the sons have grown older and older upon reaching the throne.When King Salman took power in January of 2015 and quickly appointed Prince Mohammed as defense minister, it took the kingdom by surprise, especially given the importance of the position and the prince’s age. He was little-known among the many grandchildren of Saudi Arabia’s patriarch, a young man educated only in the kingdom who stuck close to his father, who previously served as the governor of Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
Only weeks later, the hotel turned into a luxury prison as part of a mass arrest of businessmen, royals and others orchestrated by Prince Mohammed in a move described as targeting corruption. Those released agreed to sign over some of their assets, however, giving it the feel of a shakedown. “If I have the power and the king has the power to take action against influential people, then you are already fundamentally strong,” Prince Mohammed told CBS earlier this year. For now, the anger over Khashoggi’s disappearance appears to have galvanized international criticism of the young prince, about whom the columnist wrote critically for the Post.
Trump, already angry over rising global oil prices, has said he wants answers from Saudi Arabia and suggested Khashoggi’s fiancee could visit the White House. Prominent American lawmakers also are indignant — though U.S.-Saudi relations have survived even the 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers being from the kingdom. The opaqueness of the Al Saud royal family makes it difficult to see what effect the controversy is having on support for Prince Mohammed at home. State television continues to air footage of him attending meetings and greeting officials as if all is normal. And as the son of the king, analysts say he has the full protection of the throne’s powers. Once asked if anything could stop him, the prince gave a two-word reply: “Only death.”
Norah O’Donnell, the CBS correspondent seemed to be positively giddy at the prospect of MBS ruling over Saudi Arabia for the rest of his life. “You’re 32 years old. You could rule this country for the next 50 years,” she exclaimed, adding: “Can anything stop you?”
If Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had reason to think that a planned coup was in the offing because of his circumspect “power grab”, could it just be possible that a future coup will be in the offing? Who might want to attack and kill MBS? The ousted-cousin who was originally in line for the throne? A particular one or group of angry fellow princes who were ‘leap-frogged’ by MBS? A particular one or group of fellow princes who were detained and “imprisoned”? How about princes and the super-wealthy who were extorted out of billions of dollars by MBS. Anyone or all of these would have ample reason to plot against MBS for what was done. How about the fellow political elite among the top-tier princes. Might one or many come to a consensus that they don’t like the direction that MBS is taking the country in regards to the Yemen war, silencing of dissent, the manner in which he grabbed power, the international condemnation of the country, or how he is shaking down not only the “lowly” citizens of S.A., but also of the elite (royals) ?
I have taken great lengths to report on the history of how MBS rose so quickly to power and all the toes he stepped on (and backs he stabbed – a shadow of things to come?). Given what I have illustrated, given how evil hearts work and evil minds think, how likely is it that someone or someone’s will attempt a coup the eliminate MBS at the start of his reign in the Tribulation and Great Tribulation period?
The word of God indicates that the beast/antichrist is wounded by a sword.
What do we know about Saudi Arabia and their love of swords? Swords are their preferred weapon for killing and execution. Just as our young people (all around the world) like to keep their smartphones close to them and on them, at all times, so to do the Saudi’s like to keep their swords close to them and on them … at all times.
If we take God at his word literally, it would appear that someone from Mohammed Bin Salman’s inner-circle … who has a sword and reason to sharpen it … will come against MBS to kill him … the attack appears to have succeeded for inflicting a lethal wound. Is the attempted murder of MBS successful? We are not told who does the attempted assassination. We are not told when the assassination will occur, other than when the beast/antichrist is rising to power at the beginning of the Tribulation and Great Tribulation period. We are not told where the beast/antichrist is lethally injured. What are we told by the word of God in his book the Revelation of Jesus Christ?
Saudi appoints Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince
Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved of all positions
Reuters. Wednesday 21 June 2017
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made his son his successor on Wednesday, removing his nephew as crown prince and giving the 31-year old almost unprecedented powers as the world’s leading oil exporter implements transformational reforms.
A royal decree appointed Mohammed bin Salman crown prince and deputy prime minister. He retains defence, oil and other portfolios.
It said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a counter-terrorism chief admired in Washington for putting down an al Qaeda campaign of bombings in 2003-06, was relieved of all positions.
Although Mohammed bin Salman’s promotion was expected among close circles it came as a surprise at a time the kingdom is facing heightened tensions with Qatar and Iran and is locked in a war in Yemen.
The royal decree said the decision by King Salman to promote his son and consolidate his power was endorsed by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council, made up of senior members of the ruling Al Saud family.
Always intent on dispelling speculation of internal divisions in the Al Saud ruling dynasty, Saudi television was quick to show that the change in succession was amicable and supported by the family. Throughout the early morning it aired footage of Mohammed bin Nayef pledging allegiance to the younger Mohammed bin Salman who knelt and kissed his older cousin’s hand. “I am content,” Prince Mohammed bin Nayef said. Prince Mohammed bin Salman replied: “We will not give up taking your guidance and advice.”
Analysts said the change ends uncertainty over succession and empowers Prince Mohammed bin Salman to move faster with his plan to reduce the kingdom’s dependance on oil, which includes the partial privatisation of state oil company Aramco. “The change is a huge boost to the economic reform programme…Prince Mohammed bin Salman is its architect,” said John Sfakianakis, director of the Riyadh-based Gulf Research Centre. Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton, said the king’s decision was aimed at avoiding a power struggle between his son and Mohammed bin Nayef by setting the line of succession clearly.
“It’s clearly a transition that has happened smoothly and bloodlessly. Now it’s clear, it’s straightforward. That kind of clarity lowers the risk, there’s no question as to who’s going to be in charge.”
ESCALATING REGIONAL TENSIONS
“Some people were predicting that this would lead to a division in the family and strife and some kind of revolt. I don’t see that happening.” A senior Saudi official said the decision was taken due to what he called special circumstances presented to the members of the Allegiance Council. He added that Mohammed bin Nayef supported the decision in a letter sent to the king. The royal decree did not nominate a new deputy crown prince. The position is relatively new in Saudi Arabia where a king has traditionally chosen his own successor.
As deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman has been responsible for running Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, dictating an energy policy with global implications and spearheading plans for the kingdom to build an economic future after oil.
That the royal succession in the world’s top oil exporter is closely scrutinised only makes the rapidity of Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power, and the speed with which his better known cousins were brushed aside, more astonishing.
The announcement follows 2-1/2 years of already major changes in Saudi Arabia, which stunned allies in 2015 by launching an air war in Yemen, cutting back on lavish subsidies and proposing in 2016 the partial privatisation of state oil company Aramco.
analysts said Prince Mohammed’s promotion gave further assurance that key parts
of radical reforms to diversify the Saudi economy beyond oil would continue. “We
do not expect to see any major changes to key areas of policy, including
economic,” said Monica Malik, chief economist at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. Last
year Mohammed bin Salman, or “MBS” as he is widely known, announced sweeping
changes aimed at ending the kingdom’s reliance to oil, part of his campaign to
tackle systemic challenges that the kingdom has previously failed to address.
POWER BEHIND THE THRONE
Until his father Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became Saudi Arabia’s seventh king in January 2015, few people outside the kingdom had ever heard of Prince Mohammed.
MBS is now Defence Minister, a role that in Saudi Arabia gives its incumbent command of one of the world’s biggest arms budgets and makes him ultimately responsible for Saudi Arabia’s military adventure in Yemen. He also heads the Council for Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA), a group of cabinet ministers who meet weekly and which oversees all elements of policy that touch on the economy or social issues like education, health and housing.
Prince Mohammed chairs the supreme board of Aramco, making him the first member of the ruling family to directly oversee the state oil company, long regarded as the preserve of commoner technocrats. But perhaps most importantly, he also holds the critical position of gatekeeper to his father, King Salman, who in Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy retains the final say in any major decision of state. Outside Saudi Arabia, that rapid advance and the sudden changes to longstanding policies on regional affairs, energy and its economy have prompted unease, adding an unpredictable edge to a kingdom that allies long regarded as a known quantity.
Inside, they have prompted admiration among many younger Saudis who regard his ascent as evidence that their generation is taking a central place in running a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of the old. Saudi Arabia’s stock market surged more than 3 per cent in early trade on Wednesday after Prince Mohammed’s promotion was announced. After 70 minutes of active trade, the stock index was 3.4 per cent higher. National Commercial Bank, the biggest listed lender, which is expected to play a major role in funding some of the non-oil industries which Prince Mohammed aims to develop, was the top gainer and soared 10 per cent. Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main rival for regional influence, called Prince Mohammed’s appointment a “soft coup”. Iran’s leadership was critical of comments by Prince Mohammed last month that the “battle” should be taken into Iran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labeled the Saudi leadership then as “idiots”.