Babylon NEOM

The Rise of NEOM Babylon, ‘Making it Happen’; An Israeli-Saudi ‘Silicon Wadi’ will benefit both countries

Revelation 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 17:3-4 So he carried me away in the spirit 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. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,

Mt. Sinai / Jabal al-Lawz is the HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, of the seven (7) main mountains in the Midian Mountain ranged located in the Tabuk Region of Saudi Arabia. This is the area on which NEOM (Babylon) is being built. The mountains are purple and scarlet colored, due to volcanic mineral content in the rocks. This is the ‘great city,’ the ‘woman’ or the ‘whore.’ The city is a ‘spiritual whore’ because all the world’s false religions are tolerated here for the first 3.5 years of the tribulation. NO worship of Jesus Christ, no acknowledgement of his divinity, no proclamation of the gospel of salvation and forgiveness of sins through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. NEOM Babylon is the ‘seat’ of the Beast AND where the spiritual whore city resides. NEOM, the city is a great ‘technological marvel’ built in the desert and mountains, from nothing. Just like the first Babylon founded by the first antichrist type, Nimrod. Nimrod glorified himself, defied God and demanded to be worshipped. Same will be said for the future antichrist, 3.5 years into the tribulation. MbS, Man-by-Satan, Son of Perdition, Man of Lawlessness, 8th King, Prince, Beast, Israel Covenant Confirmer … last AntiChrist. The city deceives kings, nations and multitudes of peoples with great wealth, riches and technological marvels.

Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the ‘prince’ that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And ‘he’ shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The Rise of NEOM Babylon, ‘Making it Happen’; An Israeli-Saudi ‘Silicon Wadi’ will benefit both countries

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Al Arabiya

Like every crisis, COVID-19 brings great opportunity. Unexploited potential persists for Israeli tech companies to enter new markets in the six (6) Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, implement state of the art technologies, and encourage the development of local tech initiatives in the region. I forecast a future that entails the creation of a joint high-tech ecosystem among GCC countries, known as the “Silicon Wadi.” Now, more than ever, it is in the best interest of Israel and the GCC to increase business cooperation.

While experts are still trying to predict the ongoing effects of COVID-19, it appears that the high-tech industry in Israel may take a negative hit from a decrease in the inflow of investments from the US, the European Union, and China. International investments play a crucial role for companies, especially those trying to get back on track in our current climate. Considering the less-than-favorable situation of the US market and US pressure to prevent Chinese influence in the region, searching for alternatives in other markets makes sense for Israeli high-tech companies, while the GCC is looking for high-quality investment opportunities.

The Goods

The Israeli high-tech industry has much to offer seven (7) different fields: cybersecurity, agritech, fintech, digital health, water-tech, food-tech IOT, and cloud related technologies.
The year before the COVID-19 crisis undoubtedly set a new threshold for world market growth. Israel recorded a year with the largest number of exits – 138 in total, of which 122 were mergers and acquisitions and the rest were Initial Public Offerings, or IPOs. Total transactions in Israel for 2019 amounted to over $21 (3×7) billion.

An even more encouraging figure was the growth of those companies prior to sale, which is indicative of business growth alongside technological growth. It was also a great year for investors in Israeli high-tech companies. Some of them made three times the amount of their initial investments.

A quick glance at the source of money flowing into Israel’s high-tech scene in 2019 shows that 80 percent came from the US. The remaining 20 percent was split between Germany, Canada, and China. Not even a single percent of the funds was invested directly from the GCC countries. Moreover, almost no top-tier Israeli high-tech company is doing any significant business with any of the GCC countries – even though they are the most convenient choices in terms of physical proximity, market size, and growth potential.

The Market

For the city of Riyadh, 2019 was also a good year. Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic reform plan is starting to become a reality. The region is changing, and new opportunities, new trends, and hyper development are sweeping Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

The reforms aim to strengthen the Saudi Arabian economy by diversifying the Kingdom’s business portfolio to include industries other than oil and gas. To do so, and to be able to receive the necessary support, the Kingdom must reorganize and revalue many aspects of day-to-day life.

This trend can create mega-scale opportunities in the region. One example is the NEOM vision, a $500 billion plan to build “the city of the future” within Saudi Arabia that will act as a living hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. The city will be ‘built from the ground up’ with innovative thinking and a combination of breakthrough technologies in the fields of environment and sustainability, energy, water, transportation, culture and more. This city will be sustainable and operated independently, apart from a governmental framework, with its own tax and labour laws and autonomous judicial system.

The Challenge

One potential reason for the lack of investment in Israel by Arab countries and the lack of Israeli high-tech penetration to the GCC is the barrier of the Arab-Israeli conflict. But this may be too simple of an explanation. During the last 20 years, Israel and the GCC countries have been conducting unofficial business together – and not just security-related business, but projects involving irrigation, infrastructure, plastic and water planning. Now, geopolitical changes in the Middle East, mainly through warming of the Gulf States’ relations with Israel, are creating a bridge for new business ties to emerge.

Another explanation for limited GCC investment in Israel is the “capital preservation” concept that characterizes the investments made by the Arab world. Apart from Saudi Arabia’s investments in SoftBank Vision Fund, Saudi Arabia placed third after the UAE ($426 million) and Egypt ($95 million) with respect to total funds raised in the Arab world in 2019. Next in line are Jordan ($41 million), Lebanon ($29 million), Kuwait ($21 million), Bahrain ($6 million), and Oman ($6 million). Investments in venture capital are relatively minor compared to the GDP of the countries in this region.

However, there is a clear trend of growth in investors from the GCC looking for tech investments. One example can be seen in the actions of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), an organization with a very strong record of implementing investment projects in the kingdom. A $40 billion cash injection provided by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency in April 2020 will contribute to strengthening the fund’s plan to continue to seize investment opportunities domestically and internationally.

The number of technology users in the Arab world is growing dramatically. The impact of connectivity to the Internet cannot be ignored, especially within emerging markets like the GCC. Almost 70 (7) percent of Internet users are from emerging markets, compared to only 30 percent 10 years ago. Like any technological phenomenon, the Internet, with its scale and speed, presents global opportunities that consumers from the GCC have been quick and enthusiastic to adopt.

The Arab world has the highest on-line video consumption per capita in the world on YouTube and Facebook. This is more than twice the world’s average. Smartphone penetration is also one of the highest in the world, and adoption of social media platforms, including Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram, is sky-high. With 70 (7) percent of the population under the age of 30, the GCC is hyper-social and -digital.

Israeli entrepreneurs tend to ignore the GCC region when considering the potential markets for their companies. The fact is that every market has its unique language and customs, and by bridging the cultural gap with the proper set of tools to hedge the risk, this trade can prove highly lucrative.

The Future

At this point, it is difficult to predict the long-term economic fallout from the corona pandemic. In previous crises, the amount of venture capital funding has followed the Nasdaq recap index with a slight delay. There may be changes in how we close deals and buy products even within those sectors, but seeking positive cooperation in the region will be beneficial for all.

The vision that I forecast for our region involves the creation of high-tech ecosystems all around the GCC, creating the new “Silicon Wadi.” In 2015, the median age of Saudi Arabia’s population was 30 years, while in the UAE it is 34.5. Both are indicative of countries with a young generation as a majority. This will inevitably play a crucial role down the road. For the region to thrive and progress with hope, a healthy economy, and a solid foundation, new opportunities must be created. These prevailing demographic and economic trends have been important drivers in the Vision 2030 strategy to diversify and strengthen the Saudi economy.

The strategy entails an ambitious program of innovation that will see the Kingdom invest $1.6 billion in research and development over the next two years alone. Within that sum is a $75 million allocation to support international partnerships, a mechanism which is projected to have a transformative effect on higher education in the country. Reports indicate that the Saudi Research and Development Office has identified six (6) priority fields for international research collaboration: water, energy, information technology, petrochemicals, life sciences and health, and the environment.

Israel understands that the innovation, creativity, and stable economics of a high-tech private industry flourish in ecosystems that combine many companies, enabling them to interact and meet unofficially. Those ecosystems boost creativity, which is the foundation of this sector. The importance of “Silicon Wadi” was first recognized internationally by Wired magazine, which in 2000 ranked locations by the strength of cluster effects, giving the Israeli high-tech cluster the same rank as Boston, Helsinki, London, and Kista in Sweden, second only to Silicon Valley. Those are the most fertile grounds for creating Israeli entrepreneurs.

Those small ecosystems can be found all around Israel (Herzliya Pituach, Ramat Hachayal, Raanana, Nes Ziona, Yokneam, etc.). Adopting this model to the demographics of the GCC and to MBS’ Vision 2030 can provide the turning point for our region.

It’s the right time to do business in our neighbourhood. Israeli companies should explore the GCC market potential and GCC investors should invest in Israeli technologies. It will not be easy at first, but once we have favourable examples of investment and partnerships with local resellers in the GCC, this cooperation will be considered the usual course of business

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

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 12:19Dearly 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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