Matthew 24:6-8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mark 13:7-8 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains,’ Rumours and Threats of Wars; Houthi drones target Saudi Arabia amid allegations of Qatari backing. Riyadh claimed it shot down the drones, some of the two dozen that have targeted the Kingdom and allies in Yemen in the last month.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 Jerusalem Post
Houthi rebels in Yemen have targeted Saudi Arabia with several drones in what Iranian media called a “large-scale attack” that was aimed at “Saudi military positions and sensitive targets.”
It comes days after The National in the United Arab Emirates reported that “Qatar paid for Houthi drones used in attacks on Saudi Arabia.” Riyadh claimed it shot down the drones, some of the two dozen that have targeted the kingdom and allies in Yemen in the last month.
The recent drone attack was reported late on September 6 by Al-Mayadeen, a website generally sympathetic to the Syrian regime, Hezbollah and pro-Iran groups. Eight drones from Yemen attacked Abha Airport in southern Saudi Arabia, the report said. The UAVs achieved a “precise” hit at the airport, a second report at the same website said.
The Iranian-backed Houthis used several UAVs against “critical targets at Abha International Airport,” Houthi spokesman Yahya Sari was quoted as saying by Iran’s Tasnim News Agency. Riyadh had been “defeated” by Ansarullah, the Arabic name of the Houthi rebel group, the report said. However, it acknowledged that Saudi Arabia claimed to have downed the drones.
Tasnim, which is close to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, published a second story on the attack, showcasing other Saudi airports. The image appeared to be a message aimed at threatening widespread attacks. Iran attacked Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq facility September 2019 with drones and cruise missiles. Initially blamed on the Houthis, the attack by Iran showcased Tehran’s abilities.
A MORE complex picture emerges because of a wider regional struggle. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s visit to Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon was part of a “fortress of resistance” tour, Al-Mayadeen reported. The same site highlighted US support for Saudi Arabia’s opening of its airspace to Israeli flights to Abu Dhabi in light of the UAE-Israel peace deal. Al-Mayadeen called the deal a “betrayal” and linked it to the conflict in Yemen.
“The Emirati-Zionist step in normalization has proven the accusation that [they are involved in] aggression waged against Yemen,” the report said. Israel has “aspirations to control the Red Sea,” it said, adding that the Houthis in Sana’a are confronting “colonial forces loyal to the Zionist entity.
On August 28, a Houthi drone attack targeted Najran, a three-hour drive from Abha, about 250 km. away. Najran is near the Yemen border, and Abha is several hundred kilometers away, but both have been targeted by drones.
Qatar was linked to funding of drone attacks from Yemen, Austria’s Die Presse reported on September 3. Why Qatar? It has been at odds with Saudi Arabia for years, and friction escalated after Riyadh broke relations in 2017.
Turkey sent troops to Qatar, and Doha has hosted Hamas and Iranian senior officials. Qatar funds the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Qatari media often slams the UAE and Saudi Arabia for the conflict in Yemen. In July, after previous allegations that Qatar backed the Houthis, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the allegations, according to Middle East Monitor.
Technology the Houthis use for drones comes from Iran, the Austrian report said. This has been known for years and was documented by intercepted shipment of drone parts, as well as gyroscopes used in Houthi drones. This links Iranian technical expertise to the Houthi drone program, which goes back years.
These kamikaze drone “glide bombs” are a danger to the region, not just to Riyadh, Die Presse reported. “Oil-rich Bahrain and the international shipping routes” could be threatened, the report said. The Houthis allegedly have acquired the Iranian-designed Shahed 129, which Arab news reports in January indicate was already in their hands.
THERE ARE many questions regarding who funds and plans the drone attacks or whether it is just the Houthis using Iranian technical expertise. Were the recent attacks timed to try to disrupt the UAE-Israel deal or send a message to Riyadh and others in the region?
The Saudi-led coalition has said it intercepts Houthi drones. But a coalition statement on September 7 on Al Ain News online appeared to warn the Houthis against more of these indiscriminate attacks, suggesting escalation could result.
The Houthis claim the attacks are precise and aimed at critical infrastructure. According to Al-Arabiya, 23 drones were shot down in August, and the intensity of these attacks is rising. It also linked them to components brought from Iran. The US Navy has interdicted at least three shipments from Yemen over the last year. A total of 358 Iranian-made missiles were stopped, the US said in February.
The report at The National has additional information about recent claims about Qatar financing. It mentions “Jason G,” an intelligence analyst who “said he was determined to raise the alarm over the potential threat such as a failed drone strike on Abha airport on Sunday [August 30].” According to the report, he said: “I was actively working the last few weeks to determine the risks/threats of drone strikes – and the best payoff is when casualties are avoided.”
The meeting of Hamas and Hezbollah leaders in Lebanon this past weekend, along with attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen – as well as the way in which Turkey, which backs Qatar, has opposed Israeli normalization with the UAE and hosted Hamas – point to region-wide links of several conflicts.
However, rumors that Saudi Arabia would also be normalizing relations with Israel received a cold shoulder on Sunday. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in a call with US President Donald Trump, said such a policy could only come with recognition or progress on a Palestinian state.
Because of these sensitive discussions, as well as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain opening their airspace to Israeli flights, each Houthi drone attack and interception of the drones has wider regional ramifications. This is why media from Turkey, Iran and Lebanon spread rumors in an attempt to undermine the UAE/Israel deal.
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Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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