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Reset or rupture: What lies in store for US-Saudi ties?

Matthew 24:33

Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

Mark 13:29

Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.

Luke 21:31

Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

And he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man (Lk. 21:29-35, ESV).

The Beast / Prince that ‘Confirms’ the seven (7) year false ‘peace treaty’:

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.

Isaiah 28:14-19  Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

Reset or rupture: What lies in store for US-Saudi ties?

March 9, 2021 The New Arab

After facing an uncertain phase in relations, US-Saudi ties have survived without any noticeable damage.

Ever since President Joe Biden’s victory in US elections, there has been apprehension in Riyadh that the change of administration would create new complications. 

Having known that the incoming president was unhappy about the human rights situation in the Kingdom, Riyadh expected the worst. Discussing the matter publicly during his election campaign in 2019, Biden was explicit in his views.

“I would make it very clear we were not going to, in fact, sell more weapons to them, we were going to, in fact, make them pay the price and make them the pariah that they are,” he said.   

The first signal came when the US president made his first phone call to the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (7th King, ‘short time, while or space) instead of his son, the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), (8th King, ‘beast, son of perdition, antichrist)

Confirming Riyadh’s worst fears, the usual protocol between the two governments had been broken. Undoubtedly, this was a snub, as most decisions in the Kingdom are taken by Mohammed bin Salman. 

The next move was more serious. The US government finally released a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report on the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Pending for almost a year, the assessment had been held back by former president Donald Trump as he nurtured ties on a more personal level with the Saudi royalty.

In the declassified summary, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) directly named  the Crown Prince in the murder of the Saudi journalist in 2018, stating that, “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” 

In response, the Saudi Foreign Ministry directly blamed the assassins, reasoning that, “This crime was committed by a group of individuals that have transgressed all pertinent regulations and authorities of the agencies where they were employed.”

Surprisingly, however, president Biden still declined to impose sanctions on MBS. Instead, the US Treasury Department put the Saudi Royal Guard’s rapid intervention force and a former Saudi intelligence chief on the sanctions list two days after the report’s release. 

Considering Biden’s stern stance in the past, there were clearly some new realities that came into play. For starters, Saudi Arabia became ‘pro-active’ as soon as it felt that Trump would lose the election. Turning around its foreign policy completely, the Kingdom started by mending fences with Qatar(Will the Beast now be forthcoming ‘proactive’ with a ‘confirmation’ with Israel? Of course he will.)

Next, Riyadh endorsed Biden’s demand to end the Yemen war, then proceeded to introduce comprehensive legal reforms and, finally, even ceased its opposition to the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran and improved ties with Turkey. Practically, the Saudi government had managed to remove most of the main hurdles in bilateral ties before Biden took over. 

Second, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states stood by Saudi Arabia in the crisis. One after the other, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Bahrain announced their support and solidarity with Riyadh.

Expressing confidence in the Saudi judiciary’s handling of the case, the Emirati Foreign Ministry stated that, “The UAE fully supports Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to establish stability and security in the region,” and stressed the country’s rejection of “any attempts to exploit Khashoggi’s case or interfere in the Kingdom’s internal affairs.” 

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.

Soon after this, the Saudi King received a phone call from Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani who reaffirmed Riyadh’s sovereignty and termed it as “integral” to the security of both Doha and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). 

Therefore, Washington would have to consider the fact that the region was united and Saudi Arabia was not alone. For this success, some credit also goes to the Saudi foreign ministry that activated other regional allies immediately. (Confirm among ‘the many’)

Third, military sales could also prevent Washington from taking more effective action on Riyadh. Even though Biden has wanted a reduction in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, enforcing permanent cuts has proved difficult for most of the main US allies. 

France continues to train Saudi troops while the United Kingdom remains the second largest military exporter to Saudi Arabia. Likewise, Australia, Spain and even Canada continued to export weapons to Riyadh after a brief freeze.  

Even Washington is compelled to continue a certain category of arms sales as the Kingdom has faced intermittent missile attacks from Houthi forces in Yemen. Last week, the US firm Lockheed Martin inked an agreement with the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) to set up a joint venture to enhance manufacturing capabilities locally. This deal is also in line with the Crown Prince’s Vision 2030 goals. In addition, Saudi Arabia plans to spend $20 billion on military research and development over the next decade. 

In the end, it seems that Washington never wanted to rock the boat completely. Aptly describing US intentions, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said that Washington wants to “recalibrate”, not “rupture” its relations with a long-term security partner and regional power like Saudi Arabia.

Delayed by a year, the US intelligence report had lost most of its impact before being disclosed due to gradual leaks to the media. These minor scares achieved the desired target as Riyadh fixed most of the urgent issues in its neighbouring region.  

Even now, most of the evidence remains secret and can be made public whenever it is deemed necessary. As a senior member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Ron Wyden has observed, “There is no question in my mind that there is considerably more to declassify here.”  

In fact, sanctioning the Crown Prince was always “too complicated” as such an action could have endangered US military interests in Saudi Arabia. Notably, the US State Department was never even requested by the administration to prepare workable options in case of such a scenario. 

Settling the matter for now, Washington has asked Riyadh to wind up the Rapid Intervention Force which was put on the sanctions list. Giving details, Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, has explained, “We have urged Saudi Arabia to disband this group and then adopt institutional systemic reforms and controls to ensure that anti-dissident activities and operations cease and cease completely.” 

Apparently, this elite unit was answerable only to the Crown Prince and seven of the 15 members of the hit squad that flew to Istanbul belong to the force. A visa ban has also been announced on 76 Saudis believed to be directly involved in the Khashoggi killing.

Opting to preserve relations with the Kingdom, Washington also hopes to increase its influence over an important Middle Eastern ally. However, Riyadh still has to tackle human rights abuses to improve ties. Biden recently said in an interview that he told the Saudi King (7th) that “the rules are changing, and we’re going to be announcing significant changes.”
Sabena Siddiqui is a foreign affairs journalist, lawyer and geopolitical analyst specialising in modern China, the Belt and Road Initiative, Middle East and South Asia.

Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’

Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.

Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 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. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).

John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.

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 12:19. 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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