This is ‘how’ the White Horseman of the Apocalypse Conquers, Not with ‘Arms’ but with False Peace, False Security, ‘Dark Sentences or Agreements’. Saudi prince pivots to peace after years of war. A ‘GREAT WARNING’ to a World that is Fast Asleep. Saudi Arabia’s New Sweetheart: How China is Edging out World Superpowers. The ‘BEAST’ and ‘KINGS OF THE EAST.’

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Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Commentary; the rider is the ‘beast’ or ‘antichrist’. His being clothed in white suggests ‘3’ false righteousness, false peace and false authority. He has a bow, but no arrows. He rules with lies and threats, but no military or arms. He conquers and subjugates, not with force but with ‘5’ lies, deception, false covenants and false agreements and false promises. He is the world’s greatest ‘political’ leader and deceiver. He is the one who ‘confirms the false covenant of seven years with Jacob’ which starts the tribulation. You should know now of who I speak. His ‘crown’ represents authority, rulership and position. It even literally represents his ‘position’ as Crown Prince, once the tribulation begins. My discernment is that the ‘white horse upon which he sits’ is symbolically a white Arabian stallion.

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Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and POWER was ‘GIVEN’ him (Prince, Beast, Antichrist) over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and NATIONS.

The Antichrist; ‘A King of Dark Sentences’ (political language, false agreements, deceiving covenants, lies, back-room dealing, deception, intrigue, announcements and deceiving doctrines and programs.)

23 “ And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” (Daniel 8:23-25)

13 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.

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

This is ‘how’ the White Horseman of the Apocalypse Conquers, Not with ‘Arms’ but with False Peace, False Security, ‘Dark Sentences or Agreements’. Saudi prince pivots to peace after years of war. A ‘GREAT WARNING’ to a World that is Fast Asleep. Saudi Arabia’s New Sweetheart: How China is Edging out World Superpowers. The ‘BEAST’ and ‘KINGS OF THE EAST.’

Sebastian Rees Published October 2nd, 2019

Kong Xiaoxi and Hakim, a 26-episode cartoon series, was co-produced in China and Saudi Arabia and broadcast on public television in both countries.

It tells the story of Hakim, a Saudi Arabian teenager working in his family’s restaurant. Hakim’s family restaurant faces stiff competition from a Western backed rival, the Raman restaurant.

Yet before Hakim loses hope in the prospects of the survival of his family restaurant, he meets Kong Xiaoxi, a Chinese teenager who offers his help. Kong helps Hakim’s family, using traditional Chinese cooking methods, to turn the restaurant around and help beat its rival.

Designed to promote cross-cultural awareness, Kong teaches Hakim traditional martial arts from China, whilst Hakim teaches Kong about life in Saudi Arabia.

Though intended for an audience yet to reach political maturity, Kong Xiaoxi and Hakim provides powerful symbolic insights into the expanding role China plays in the Middle East.

It indicates that China sees itself in the region as an agent of assistance, willing to aid regional powers to reach their potential rather than keeping them weak and divided. It suggests a new period of cultural engagement between long detached world regions.

Where once people and politics in the Middle East looked West for inspiration and support, in recent years they have increasingly shifted their gaze eastwards.

Most importantly, it shows that China is seeking to turn its enormous financial investments, increasing diplomatic role and close relations with partners in the region into a deeper form of cultural influence which resonates not with political and economic elites but everyday citizens of the region.

It attests to perhaps the most important development in Middle Eastern international affairs this century – where once people and politics in the Middle East looked West for inspiration and support, in recent years they have increasingly shifted their gaze eastwards.

In the so-called ‘Chinse century’, commentators ought to focus on the Middle East as a key theatre for the realisation of China’s increasing global ambitions.

China’s increased role in the Middle East and North Africa has been the product of the opportunism of Chinese firms and officials and the pro-active choices of regional powers, but it also relates closely to the choices of other global powers. Most importantly, China has capitalised on the relative decline of American power in a region where the United States once reigned supreme.

As Guy Burton, a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics notes, “externally the period of US hegemony is coming to an end. During the 1990s until 2003, the Americans were unparalleled. But that’s been withering away.”

The American Vacuum

The story of American decline in the Middle East is a complex one. It has occurred despite, or perhaps because of America’s expansive military presence.

After decades of regional entanglement, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials and the American electorate have grown weary of maintaining an over-sized presence in what has proved, in terms of security and stability, an unforgiving region.

Yet longer term shifts are also at play. Dr Burton notes that the global financial crisis knocked America economically, causing a more generalised retrenchment of overseas endeavours.

Hasan al-Hasan, a doctoral researcher at King’s College London notes that America’s role in the region has also resulted from a changed international energy regime.

America’s cosy relations with the Gulf States in particular had been built on demand for oil to fuel America’s rapid economic expansion in the post-war era. Yet as Hasan notes “the introduction of tight oil and shale gas, especially in North America, has transformed the global oil and gas markets.”

Americans grew tired of foreign adventurism and focused on combating a tough economic situation at home.

America has proven far less dependent on energy security in the Middle East than was the case even one decade ago.

Americans grew tired of foreign adventurism and focused on combating a tough economic situation at home and during the presidency of Barack Obama, the American government pursued a policy of pragmatic realism in the Middle East.

A process of managed decline occurred as America signalled that it was no longer willing to commit to large scale military operation or provide blank cheque support for regional partners. High profile moves such as the negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal signalled that America preferred maintaining an arms-length relation with Middle Eastern affairs based on diplomacy and mediation rather than an active on the ground presence.

Though President Trump has made issues related to Israel and Palestine and placing pressure on Iran central to his foreign policy agenda, his regional ambitions are decidedly modest.

The cultivation of ever closer relations with Israel at the expense of ties with Arab partners have frustrated many and Mr Trump’s avowed commitment to put America’s domestic interests above regional and global stability has provided space for other actors to fill the large vacuum resultant from American decline.

Yet those actors which had long played a supportive or adversarial role in relation to American interests in the region lack the interests or resources to increase their own involvement.

 Where Other Actors Have Failed

Though Russia has aimed to secure short term benefits in the region by backing the Assad regime in Syria, providing material support to struggling regimes in the Maghreb and the Horn of Africa, and pushing for regional stability to prevent the spread of international terrorism to its borders, it is not financially powerful enough to fill the American vacuum.

The Middle East does not fit centrally with Russia’s security agenda, focused as it is on Eastern Europe and East Asia, nor does Russia, one of the world’s largest energy producers, retain a significant material interest in regional reconstruction or the cultivation of financial ties to hydrocarbon rich states.

The European Union has also abrogated its once significant regional role.

Whilst outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows into the Middle East and, in particular, North Africa, remain significant, the EU lacks the military might or political support to play a decisive role in the region’s future.

As Dr Burton notes, much of this “has to do with them focusing on getting their own house in order” which largely concerns managing “the populist rise and the response to migration and refugees.”

Rather than developing pro-active strategies to stem the flow of migration from North Africa and the Levant, they have sought management on the cheap – “they’ve effectively tried to pay Turkey off to manage that problem for them.”

Whilst the European Neighbourhood Policy once funnelled significant investments into the region, since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War, such resources have not proved as forthcoming.

Regional powers looking further afield for political support, military hardware and financial assistance are looking East rather than West.

To some extent, a decline of traditional great powers in the Middle East has led regional powers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran to exert increasingly autonomous influence over regional affairs.

As Mehran Kamrava, a Professor at Georgetown University notes, all three states, have turned to bold foreign policy manoeuvres including support for regional proxies, attempts to expand cultural and ideological influence regionally, and, in some cases, direct foreign military adventurism to assert their leadership over the region.

Yet none of these states, in its own right, is particularly powerful. All remain reliant on international support, have to face their own domestic economic travails, and have struggled to cultivate regional support for their agendas.

Asserting a more direct military role would require a far higher degree of international quiescence than is currently forthcoming and depends on the importation of military technology and expertise from abroad.

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This time, regional powers looking further afield for political support, military hardware and financial assistance are looking East rather than West.

Whether as an independent actor, or a strategic ally, China has come to the fore as the ally of choice for many Middle Eastern states, even those which have traditionally pledged allegiance to the United States.

 A Rising China

In the early 19th century, writing on China, the French general Napoleon Bonaparte noted, “let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”

Two centuries on, his comments have appeared prophetic.

Whilst China struggled under the weight of foreign control and revolution in the early 20th century, and isolation and chaos in its middle decades, since the 1970s, it has become a power to be reckoned with on the global stage.

Following the Communist seizure of power in 1949, China positioned itself as a moral and political leader of the Third World under Chairman Mao.

Despite early hopes to realise these ambitions, the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution at home and the Sino-Soviet split abroad left the People’s Republic diplomatically isolated for much of its early history.

Coming in from the cold in the early 1970s, China gained admission to the United Nations and began a process of diplomatic normalisation abroad.

Domestically, China opened itself up to large scale foreign trade and investments. Thousands of industries were privatised, and public subsidies were used to promote market development.

A state once gripped by widespread economic insecurity and deprivation has emerged more unequal but far more prosperous.

Economic theorists see this as a period in which China transitioned from a form of state socialism, in which bureaucrats and officials directly controlled the country’s productive apparatus to a form of state capitalism in which a close nexus between the state and semi-autonomous business partners catalysed a centrally directed process of economic liberalisation.

The results of this policy shift were nothing short of an economic miracle: between 1989-2016, the growth rate of China’s Gross Domestic Product averaged 10% annually.

A state once gripped by widespread economic insecurity and deprivation has emerged more unequal but far more prosperous.

Yet as Chinese authorities seek to escape the much-feared middle income trap, they must turn to strategies of sustainable long-term growth and focus on becoming a key player at all levels of international trade.

Foreign expansion and the development of a well-considered geo-economic strategy is central to these efforts.

The BRI was intended to serve as a pushback against America’s much touted ‘pivot to Asia’

In 2013, Chinese officials first announced what was then called the One Belt One Road Initiative, later renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Originally, the BRI was intended to serve as a pushback against America’s much touted ‘pivot to Asia’- as Qiao Liang, a retired major general in the People’s Liberation Army noted, “a hedge strategy against the eastward move of the USA.”

Yet the initiative took on a life of its own. It was written into the constitution of the Chinese Communist Party in 2017 and has been seen as key to China’s future prosperity.

The project, funded by a combination of direct Chinese foreign investment and a regime of low interest loan provisions to partner states, is regarded by many as the largest infrastructure project in history. It is set to cost an estimated $2 trillion US Dollars, directly include 63 economies, and connect billions of people through road, silicon and rail.

Though only one of the BRI’s 6 pathways, the China-Central West Asia Corridor, runs directly through the Middle East, the region plays a vital role in Chinese economic development.

Sustaining China’s economic miracle is contingent on two key factors.

The first relates to securing access to a reliable flow of energy resources. Though China has emerged as a leading player in the green technology sector and hopes to achieve energy self-reliance by the end of the century, it continues to exhibit an almost insatiable appetite for hydro-carbon imports.

China is estimated by the International Energy Agency to consume a staggering 13.5 million barrels a day, a demand expected to increase by 57% by 2040.

Secondly, as China attempts to escape the middle-income trap, it must continue to expand production at home whilst securing investment prospects and market opportunities abroad. The Middle East and North Africa offers opportunities consistent with both of these needs.

 Breaking into Trade

By 2004, China had began making inroads in the region. In that year, former Chinese president Hu Jintao visited Egypt to discuss the establishment of the China Arab States Cooperation Forum with Amr Moussa, the Secretary General of the Arab League.

This forum hoped to develop closer relations between East and West Asia without forming dependent alliances and has since proliferated a range of influential sub-groups including the Energy Cooperation Conference, the Entrepreneurs Conferences and Investment Seminar, and the Internet Cooperation Conference.

A deepening of commercial and diplomatic ties has been central to this project. By 2016, China had signalled in its first Arab policy paper, a desire to further bind the region to its economic plans.

China’s initial forays in the Middle East were built on a requirement for supplies of oil and gas. China is now the top petroleum export destination for Iran, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

In fact 52% of China’s hydrocarbon imports come from the Middle East and nearly a third of Chinese petroleum imports from the region come from Saudi Arabia. This percentage continues to increase as US sanctions on Iran’s oil industry begin to bite. Qatar provides China with more than 20% of its Liquid Natural Gas Imports.

Yet the energy industry has also been a tool for the expansion of Chinese investment regionally. Chinese firms have financed energy exploration and extraction in Iran and the UAE.

China’s Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation is playing a key role in rebuilding Iraq’s Rumelia oil field and many Saudi officials see a private share sale to a Chinese company as a viable and more palatable alternative to an Initial Public Offering of Aramco, the Kingdom’s petroleum giant.

China has also invested significantly in down-stream oil capacity. It has emerged as the world’s second largest refiner of crude oil and refines 14.5 million barrels per day, securing lucrative deals to build refineries throughout the Gulf and in China with regional partners.

Yet oil and gas do not explain Chinese staying power in the region.

Chinese authorities also see an increasing role in the Middle East and North Africa as a way to expand markets for Chinese goods and develop a stake in crucial nodes of the global trade network.

In 2008, 1% of Chinese FDI was earmarked for the Middle East and North Africa. By 2016, China had become the largest foreign investor in the region, holding one third of the Middle East’s entire FDI stock according to the Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation.

Now 16 Middle Eastern states are integrated into the BRI and many have inked high profile investment deals with Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies.

President Xi’s hopes to ‘break the bottleneck in Asian connectivity’ is slowly being realised.

A core element of the BRI is the so-called ‘Maritime Silk Road Project’, an ambitious venture to connect the Chinese mainland with a string of Chinese operated ports, particularly in the Indian Ocean.

East Africa has been key to efforts in this regard, but China hopes to secure a presence on both sides of the Gulf of Aden as well as more presence in the Suez Area and on the Mediterranean.

Maritime trade is of particular importance for the expansion of Chinese economic influence- 90% of Chinese exports travel by sea. Chinese enterprises have secured deals to manage important maritime real estate in the Middle East.

Chinese companies have been in negotiation over building a deep-water container port at El Hamdania in Algeria, have won contracts for an extension of the port of Doha in Qatar and been involved in developing the capacity of the UAE’s two leading ports, Jebel Ali in Dubai and the Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE has emerged as a key hub for Chinese international trade- approximately 60% of Chinese goods destined for Europe, Africa and the Middle East pass through the country.

Though Chinese firms have sought to assist Egyptian authorities in the establishment of a new Suez Canal Economic Zone, China has logistical ambitions to lessen dependence on strategic bottlenecks like Suez altogether.

China hopes to build a so-called ‘Red-Med Railway’ connecting Eliat on Israel’s Red Sea Coast with the Mediterranean port of Ashdod. Such a development would create an important alternate route for the flow of international trade and reduce Chinese dependence on maritime transport.

China has already collaborated on the development of a direct freight railway from Zhejiang on China’s eastern seaboard to Tehran, cutting transportation times by 30 days compared to shipping.

Yet as a recent report by Chatham House, a UK think-tank, notes, China’s infrastructural presence may be defined less by steel and bitumen and more by silicon.

China is a leader in AI, nano-tech, cloud computing and more.

It is in the field of digital development that China appears most ambitious.

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Chinese firms currently operate or co-own 9 submarine data cables serving the region.

The UAE and Chinese tech giants Huawei and China Telecom are working on joint projects in 5G telecommunications, whilst China’s aims to develop an alternative navigation system to America’s GPS has been met with interest in the region.

BeiDou, a company responsible for the so-called BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, opened its first overseas Centre for Excellence in Tunisia in April 2018.

Huawei has agreed to help establish a broadband network in Syria as it seeks to reconstruct itself after nearly a decade of conflict.

Chinese firms, which lead the world in research and development funding in emerging fields of technological advancement including artificial intelligence, nano-technology and cloud computing have linked with regional partners to carry out more ambitious projects.

China’s Communication Construction Company and Road and Bridge Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tangier Tech Development Company to build Tangier Tech City, a smart city powered by Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.

Kuwait’s Silk City megaproject hopes to benefit from a similar extension of China’s largesse.

Dr Jonathan Hillman, a Fellow at the Washington based Centre for Strategic and International Studies notes, “as China’s telecommunications networks expand, it gains power: reducing its dependence on Western systems while gaining data that can be used for commercial and strategic purposes.”

Chinese regional investments are already generating handsome returns.

China-Gulf trade, in particular, has seen substantial growth this decade. Valued at under $10 billion in 2000, it has now topped the $125 billion mark.

Chinese firms such as Alibaba, a retail conglomerate, and Tencent, a technology company, boast impressive market shares throughout the region and 4000 Chinese companies operate in the UAE alone.

 Leverage in the Middle East

A more neutral approach to foreign policy, although sometimes controversial, gives China an advantage.

Chinese investments have synergised well with regional plans for economic diversification embodied in ‘Vision’ development plans in the Gulf.

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Regional leaders, fearful of declining returns from hydrocarbon sales, see Chinese investments in digital infrastructure as a way to facilitate their emergence as dynamic players in a 21st century global economy.

Chinese investments have proved far more forthcoming than those from traditional international allies.

Crucially, they come with fewer strings attached.

As General Ahmed Zaki Abdeen, a former Egyptian government minister responsible for the development of his country’s new Beijing backed administrative capital, aptly warns Western governments and corporations: “stop talking to us about human rights. Come and do business with us. The Chinese are coming- they are seeking win-win situations.”

What is immediately striking about China’s expanding economic and diplomatic involvement in the region is its enormous scope.

China cites a belief in the power of economic linkages and development to solve regional instability.

Unlike previous international actors, China has very consciously sought a position of political neutrality in the region: it meets with Israeli cabinet ministers and leaders of the Palestinian National Authority; Saudi oil executives and commanders in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; tech entrepreneurs from the UAE and Qatari University directors.

Indeed, China has signed Comprehensive Strategic Partnerships, its highest level of diplomatic recognition with a range of regional adversaries.

As Hasan al-Hasan notes, a ‘premise of de-hyphenation’ dictates China’s foreign policy: dealing with two or more adversaries on a case by case, independent basis.

China officially promotes a policy that claims to support national sovereignty, arguing that political tensions ought to be solved at home rather than internationalised.

This explains China’s oft-criticised stance on the Assad regime in Syria.

Whilst China officially condemns atrocities committed in the country since its descent into civil war in 2011, unlike other international actors it does not firmly commit support to Mr Assad or his domestic foes, seeing the issue as one to be “solved by the Syrian people.”

China’s ability to curry favour with a range of regional powers has set alarm bells ringing in Washington.

Though China’s diplomatic balancing act may prove more difficult to sustain as relations between the Gulf States and Iran deteriorate, and as Israel attempts to assert a more aggressive foreign policy stance, for now, China’s official neutrality appears relatively stable.

Particularly concerning are China’s efforts to ingratiate itself with traditionally staunch US allies. As Guy Burton notes, “the problem starts when the search for economic opportunities is challenged by existing partners.”

A 25-year agreement to operate Israel’s Haifa port, secured by China’s Shanghai International Port Group has proven especially controversial.

Israeli ports like Haifa are seen as vital to US interests in the Mediterranean- the US 6th Fleet uses Haifa as a routine replenishment spot, as does Israel’s submarine fleet.

The increasing involvement of Huawei in Israel’s thriving tech sector has provoked similar consternation.

It remains to be seen whether China’s increasing economic and strategic influence in the region will be converted into a more significant presence of Chinese officials, particularly military forces in the region.

A 2016 Chinese Defence White Paper noted “China will never seek hegemony or engage in military expansion,” but the People’s Liberation Army has already shown a penchant for protecting Chinese interests in the region.

In 2011 in Libya and 2015 in Yemen, Chinese forces evacuated expatriates in those countries.

China has provided some military and strategic assistance to Syrian security services, largely due to domestic security concerns.

An estimated 5000 Uighur Muslims from China’s Xinjiang province have taken up arms alongside the Turkestan Islamic Party, a militant group which operates in Western China and Central Asia. They are currently fighting alongside Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib province.

In addition, hundreds more are thought to have been recruited by Islamic State.

Though China’s military footprint is far lighter than that of the US, Chinese weaponry certainly plays an important role in regional conflict.

Frank Slijper, an arms trade specialist at Pax for Peace, a Dutch NGO, notes Gulf States have moved to significantly increase their importation of Chinese arms, in particular for “weapons the US doesn’t want to sell them for strategic reasons such as armed drones.”

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, China has become the largest exporter of unmanned combat aerial vehicles in the region.

China argues that its international military operations are minimal because it is a different kind of international actor- one which places a premium on negotiation and diplomacy over armed conflict.

Yet as lucrative contracts expand, populations migrate, and relations deepen, the People’s Liberation Army may find itself drawn into a more active role.

 Cultural Exchange

Western pundits have tended to argue that while China’s economic influence has spread globally, it lacks forms of cultural capital with which to truly exert its hegemonic power.

Chinese culture does remain unfamiliar in most of the Middle East and North Africa. This fact may inadvertently come with significant benefits.

As Jonathan Fulton, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi notes, China has less historical baggage in the region, making it seem a more trustworthy partner than ex-colonial powers and the United States.

Indeed, as Dr Burton notes, China often draws rhetorically on narratives of historical similarity, describing itself and its partners as victims of past Western colonialism and imperialism.

However, China has recently stepped up campaigns to spread the country’s overseas cultural influence.

China has established 17 ‘Confucius Institutes’, similar to European institutions such as Alliance Française and the British Council, in the Middle East and North Africa to spread Chinese language and culture in the region.

China’s state-owned news agency, Xinhua, has slowly developed into an international service. It created a news office in Cairo and now publishes in Cairo, whilst China Global Television Network, China’s state television network has broadcast in Arabic since 2009.

Tourism from China has significantly expanded regionally. The United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation noted a 6-fold increase in Chinese residents visiting Israel between 2012-2017.

Gulf monarchies are forecasting an 80% increase in Chinese visitors between 2019-2022 and the UAE expects more than 1.5 million Chinese tourists to visit this year.

About 500,000 Chinese expatriates now call the Gulf States home.

Learning from previous international powers, China has been especially keen to expand its international outreach in the sphere of education.

In 2018, Peking University hosted its first China-Middle East Youth dialogue to enhance cross-cultural interactions between youth leaders.

Where Arab youth once looked to America and Europe for opportunities, they may be shifting their horizons eastwards, put off by high fees and stringent visa requirements in the West.

Chinese universities have begun to offer curriculums in Middle Eastern Languages and the Chinese Scholarship Council sponsors thousands of students from the Middle East to study in China.

According to the Middle East Institute, a Washington based think-tank, the number of Arab students studying in Chinese universities and Chinese students studying at Arab universities increased by 26% and 21% respectively from 2004-2016.

Most ambitiously, China has attempted to directly develop its own universities.

China’s flagship regional institution, the Egyptian Chinese University opened its doors in 2016 and has educated more than 2500 Egyptians.

Chinese authorities hope to establish a second regional institute, the China-Jordan University during the next decade.

Religion has proven the most difficult issue for China to navigate regionally, particularly given its own much publicised mistreatment of its own 20 million strong Muslim population.

Yet close relations between China and regional governments has won quiescence over the issue.

As Dr Burton notes, ambassadors from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE signed an open letter of support for China’s nefarious activities in Xinjiang province.

Whilst Turkey criticised China’s actions, it did so in a very muted tone, a far cry from its denunciation of crack downs on rioting in Xinjiang in 2009 as ‘cultural genocide’.

Fittingly, Hajj pilgrims arriving in Jeddah are highly likely to continue their travels to Mecca and Medina on a $1.8 billion Chinese built railway linking the holy cities with the Saudi coast.

Even over the most difficult issue of cultural tension between China and its Middle Eastern partners, strong strategic relations have mitigated incentives for official scrutiny.

The Other Side of Influence

Some aspects of China’s expanding influence in the region should be welcomed.

Money for infrastructure projects is sorely needed and China is right in noting that development and economic growth is the key to a more stable and secure region.

Yet whilst a RAND corporation described China as a ‘weary dragon’ in relation to the Middle East in 2016, it is now the region’s people who should be weary of Chinese intentions.

In the first instance, as China becomes more embroiled in the region, like other powers it may turn to more overt displays of hard power to protect its interests. This would risk renewed international conflict in a region finding its feet after decades of conflict.

Secondly, though Chinese investment should be cautiously welcomed where it genuinely empowers local populations, it may stifle the diversification opportunities it is purports to enable.

Local enterprises may struggle to compete in their home markets under the weight of competition by powerful Chinese state backed enterprises.

Though infrastructure projects may stimulate economic growth and opportunity, the encroachment of Chinese companies able to flood markets with cheap goods may harm emerging players in a diversifying regional economy.

Thirdly, many raise concerns about China’s financial relationship with BRI countries.

Though loans have low interest attached, many regional autocrats, keen for a quick fix to long term developmental problems have eyes bigger than their pockets.

Debt-trap diplomacy ought to provoke fears among weaker economies in the region. Significant debts owed to China may be used as leverage for China to extract more favourable financial terms from partner states.

Chinese technological assistance to autocratic regimes may empower their capacities for surveillance and coercion.

Paul Rolland | Night Watchman Ministries | MbS and His Mark of the Beast Coming Soon ‘666’

Finally, technological development should be treated with a high level of scrutiny.

In January 2018, Le Monde Afrique, a news agency, revealed that the Chinese built African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, had experienced a significant data breach.

A state-of-the-art IT system provided by Huawei had been compromised. For 5 years, all data from African Union servers was transferred daily to Shanghai.

Many states are already taking a stance stance against companies like Huawei, accused of intellectual property violations and data privacy breaches.

Last year, the government of Australia banned equipment suppliers “likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government.”

Protesters in Hong Kong identified the pervasive and pernicious influence of smart city technologies, used to monitor activists and control their movements.

Paul Rolland | Night Watchman Ministries | Neom Babylon – The Beast’s Seat or ‘Great City’

The developments of similar capabilities in the Arab world should be a concern for regional citizens and the international community alike.

China’s international rise has not left the Middle East and North Africa behind.

An expansion of economic opportunities, infrastructural development, and cultural exchange should be welcomed by states attempting to diversify and reconstruct.

Yet Middle Eastern peoples know all too well the dangers presented by strangers bearing gifts.

They would do well to adopt a cautious scepticism to the latest international actor to make inroads in their region.

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Revelation 17:8-11 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 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. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

‘Seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.’ = NEOM Babylon sits on the seven (7) tallest mountains in the Midian Mountain range in the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia. Tallest mountain is Mount Sinai. These mountains are scarlet and purple colored due to volcanic origin and related minerals deposited in rock. NEOM is a $500 (5) billion technological/hedonistic paradise. No mention or acceptance of Christ.

The seven and eight kings are in reference to the genetic lineage (bottomless pit of evil) of the House of Saud. These are ALL the modern kings since the foundation of modern Saudi Arabia.

Proof of the ‘line of’ of the 8 kings.

Kings of Saudi Arabia (1932–present)

 1.        King Ibn Saud. 9/22/1932 – 11/9/1953. Kingdom founded by conquest. Had six (6) sons that became Kings of the Kingdom. Six (6) is the number of evil man/men. The ground work for this kingdom was being created at the same time as the ground work for the State of Israel. Satan started establishing his ‘chosen people’ (those who worship the dragon and beast) at the same time God was re-establishing his ‘chosen people’ (the Jews) over the 1930’s to late 1940’s. 1 of the 5 ‘fallen/dead’ kings.

2.         King Saud. 11/9/1953 – 11/2/1964. 2 of the 5 ‘fallen/dead’ kings.

3.         King Faisal. 11/2/1964 – 3/25/1975. 3 of the 5 ‘fallen/dead’ kings.

4.         King Khalid. 3/25/1975 – 6/13/1982. 4 of the 5 ‘fallen/dead’ kings.

5.         King Fahd. 6/13/1982 – 8/1/2005. 5 of the 5 ‘fallen/dead’ kings.

6.         King Abdullah. 8/1/2005 – 1/23/2015. The king ‘that is.’ This is the 6th king revealed by the Holy Spirit to John the Apostle. He is the signpost for the ‘season of the times’ of the latter days, prior to the tribulation. A sign for the evil Gentile nations.

7.         King Salman. (King 2015 – ?). 1/23/2015- (2022) This is the 7th and ‘future’ king revealed to John the Apostle who will reign for a ‘short time or while’. If his reign lasts for 7 years, from 2015 on into 2022, it will truly reflect a short reign and denotes God’s divine completion to his plan or purpose for the seven kings, including the seventh king. King Salman is the LAST of the six (6) sons of Ibn Saud to be King of Saudi Arabia.

8.         Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman. He is the 8th and final ‘future’ king revealed to John the Apostle. He is the ‘beast’, comes from seven (7) kings/lineage before him and goes to perdition. His reign is over the seven (7) years of the tribulation. Born 1985, he will be 35 (7×5) years old in 2020. Seven (7) denotes God’s divine completion to His plan or purpose. Five (5) denotes Satanic influence of men and kings. God’s influence over men in greater than Satan’s influence over men 7>5. Notice that MBS will be the FIRST king who is NOT a direct son of founding King Ibn Saud in 1932. Becoming the 8th king, MBS represents a ‘new epoch’ a ‘new future’ for the kingdom that forms an ideological break from the past. Eight (8) denotes a new beginning, new timeline, new season, new plan. God is addressing the evil status quo of the House of Saud (bottomless pit of evil, wealth, influence, power, corruption) and ushering in the time of great wrath, the tribulation for Gentile nations. From a spiritual perspective, MBS not being one of the six (6) sons of the founding King Ibn Saud, now holds claim to being the son of perdition under the power and influence of the dragon (Satan). MBS has no allegiance to his family tree, tradition, other family princes and historical political protocol. Only an extremely evil, pathological soul manipulated by Satan would turn on his own family. In Satan’s plan, he used the ‘bottomless pit’ of evil House of Saud to raise MBS, the beast, the son of perdition to be in the positions he both currently and in future, will hold. Just as Jesus Christ had an earthly family tree and lineage, Satan used the House of Saud as the earthly family tree, lineage for his son of perdition, the beast, the coming Antichrist.

At the time John the Apostle was in the Holy Spirit and given a ‘vision’ of the future, 5 of the Saudi Kings were already dead (fallen). He was shown the sixth king, and told that a future 7th and 8th king were coming. The sixth king was a ‘sign post’ of the beginning of the ‘end times’ prior to the tribulation. The 7th King ‘short while’ in current King Salman, the last son of founder Saud. Mbs, Mohammed bin Salman is ‘Crown Prince’ and will become the 8th king (goes into perdition). MbS is the ‘Beast’ who rules during the seven (7) year tribulation and great tribulation (last 3.5 year period.) MbS (Beast now), becomes the Antichrist midway during the 7 year tribulation, at the occurrence known as the ‘Abomination of Desolation.’

King Salman brought his son, MBS into the kingdom’s political arena in 2015. 2015-2020 is also a 5 year period of Satanic influence on MBS, as he has grown in power and worldwide influence and stature among not only Western countries, but among ‘Kings of the East’, and those who worship the dragon and the beast throughout Middle East / North African countries (MENA – the ‘many’ Arabic and Islamic countries).

Mohammed bin Salman (named Crown Prince, June 2017). He is referred to scripturally as both a Prince and as a King. This is extremely unique and mentioned for a very real reason. He plays a prophetic role as Prince (when he confirms the false peace covenant among many nations throughout MENA regarding Israel and the Palestinians). Please consider that many, if not all, MENA countries are either Arabic and/or Muslim and are financially and politically beholden to Saudi Arabia in one form or another. Religiously, all these countries are beholden to the House of Saud, because it is the ‘custodian’ of Islam’s ‘holiest’ sites in Saudi Arabia. All Muslims must come for Hajj in Saudi Arabia at some point in their life, if capable (those who worship the dragon and the beast). Satanic influence is woven together and throughout ALL of these counties. They will agree to MBS’ confirmation of the covenant, as Crown Prince. They dare not come against the Crown Prince’s wish and confirmation. Thus, they will abide by his confirmation. They have every reason to accept his confirmation, because of their political, financial and religious vested interests with Saudi Arabia. ‘Who can make war or come against the Beast?’

MBS also plays a prophetic role as Saudi Arabia’s 8th King. This will likely occur before he enters the rebuilt Jewish 3rd Temple and causes the Abomination of Desolation (claims to be god and demands to be worshiped as such). Poor man wants to be rich, rich man wants to be prince, prince wants to be king, king wants to be god and rule everything. As such, MBS will likely be the Saudi’s 8th King once he sets foot in the rebuilt Jewish temple half way through the tribulation. After all, he is already the focus of ‘those who worship the dragon and the beast.’ He now wants the Jews to worship him along with the rest of the world (via the destruction of his previous accommodation and approval of the worshipping of the false mystery religions.) It’s not enough that Satan has deceived almost 2 billion Muslims. He now wants to be worshipped by the rest of the earth by Hindus, Buddhists,  Satan destroys the false ‘mystery religion’ being propagated by the False Prophet, so he can be the only focus of mankind’s worship. These false religions served their satanic purpose by deceiving men and leading men away from Christ, now is time to throw these other false religions into the fire so men are forced to worship Satan, through MBS exclusively.

Hence, MBS’ role will have changed from beast/prince to king to Antichrist at this point. He is indwelt by Satan in order for Satan to satisfy his claim that he will rise to be like the true God and to be worshipped as such. As a spiritual entity, Satan can only possess and indwell a flesh and blood human man. Satan has done everything in his power to raise MBS up through the evil bottomless pit of the House of Saud, to become a Crown Prince, to become a King, and now that Satan has possessed him to become the world-wide Antichrist. At this point, MBS is completely under Satan’s authority and power and ensues to blaspheme God and Jesus Christ.

The timing of when MBS became Crown Prince is known (June 2017). When he becomes king is when his father succumbs the throne to MBS (this could be through death or a short political reign for one reason or another – health?). The actual timing is unimportant, all we are told is that the 7th king’s reign is for a ‘short time or while.’ His term could be 5, 6, 7 or 8 years.

Where else is there a family/political dynasty on earth that has had seven (7) consecutive kings that rule a country from the same genetic line? In the Middle East? During the time of Israel’s rebirth from a valley of dry bones to a budding fig tree? Saudi Arabia’s current 7th king and future 8th king fit the Biblical narratives set forth by the Word of God. 7th and 8th kings from the bottomless pit of evil, money, power, influence, corruption (5 Satanic influences). MBS is prince when he confirms the covenant. MBS becomes an Antichrist when he is worshiped as a mujaddid by Muslims, and then becomes the worldwide Antichrist when he is indwelt by Satan.

The timing of John the Apostle’s vision regarding the 8 Kings from the bottomless pit of the House of Saud – 5 ‘fallen’, 1 ‘is current’, 2 ‘are future’.

Why is this even a topic worth mentioning? What is the point? Is there a point? Yes, there is a point. And it is VERY important, from a prophetic viewpoint. In that, it is a ‘viewing point’ of the latter days, leading up to the tribulation. How so?

First, as Christians, we know that the Triune God gave John the Apostle a vision and knowledge of many things pertaining to the days leading up to and into the tribulation and after. The Holy Spirit carried him into the future, from his particular life in time, to witness things that he then explained in his Revelation of Jesus Christ. One of the visions he was given, while in the Holy Spirit, was of the 5 kings that were fallen, a 6th king he was being shown, and that of a 7th king who had not come (but would rule for a short while at some point in the future). Lastly, he was shown a future and last 8th king known and described as the Beast who would be sent to perdition, udder destruction, the lake of fire and brimstone, the second death … alive.

I have attempted to confirm who the 7th and 8th kings are from our point in space and time, relative to the ‘season of the times.’ What about this mysterious sixth king, the king ‘who is’. Why is this king important that John the Apostle was directly being shown? And what possible prophetic importance can he have? Of the 8 kings, why would God single out this particular man?

Consider that God, through the Holy Spirit, could have shown John any or all of the Kings in future ‘real time’. He was not permitted to see the 7th or 8th kings, but only the sixth. What perhaps was God’s reason for this?

The reign of 6th King Abdullah was from 2005 to 2015. This snapshot of time and space is important because it suggests that this time frame is important for us, for Gentiles alive in the final generation. To know that we are indeed in the ‘final season’ prior to our harpazo/rapture and the onset of the tribulation, without any doubt or hesitation. We know that Israel’s prophetic time clock began in 1948. God’s prophetic time clock for the tribulation of Gentile nations suggests that it started during the time of this sixth king. It is beyond the scope of this letter to go into details about what has occurred throughout the entire earth during the time of the sixth king’s reign. Many prophetic things started being revealed over the 5 year period from 2010 to 2015. The time of the sixth king’s reign is a sign post, a flashing light, a notice of when the final season begins and is upon the earth for Gentiles. God has given signs in scripture and the heavens for Jews, and Gentiles alike. The September 23, 2017 occurrence of the ‘great sign in heaven’ is an example of a sign for the Bride of Christ. The 6th Saudi king is a Gentile and a member of the House of Saud and the bottomless pit of evil. His reign (along with all the other past 5 kings and 2 future kings) has been orchestrated by Satan during the growth of this kingdom and the discovery of its bottomless wealth (oil). To a logical mind, clear and sober, this would indicate that God is saying that the age of grace for all Gentiles on earth is coming to a close. It is not important that we don’t know if God considers 2005 or 2015 to be the beginning of the ‘season of the time before the tribulation.’ Just as God spoke generically about the rebirth of Israel, as when you ‘see the fig tree bearing fruit’, he was referring to a time frame or process developing over time. In His divine plan, things develop and take time to grow until their divine timing is ripe to be revealed. Those who can discern can watch this occur, as it happens in ‘real time’ and understand appropriately and accordingly. As God gave a general timeline for Israel, commencing in 1948, he gives a Gentile timeline commencing in 2015. This of course is BEFORE the arrival of the future 7th and 8th kings who would indicate perhaps the middle and end of the ‘Fall Season’ or Season of the Times’ prior to the rapture/harpazo for the Bride and the onset of the tribulation.’

The 7 year period from 2015 to 2022 does indeed represent a 7 year period denoting God’s divine completion to his plan or purpose for the modern kingship lineage (line of) of Saudi Arabia. Time for the ‘Age of Grace’ has almost ended.  As I write this letter, there is exactly only three (3) months remaining in 2019 before the world enters 2020 and a ‘new’ decade. Time is running out before the time begins of God’s great wrath on mankind and Gentile nations. We can know this with certainty by looking at the time frame witnessed by John the Apostle of the 6th king from the House of Saud. Six (6) denotes evil man/men. Seven (7) denotes God’s divine completion to his plan or purpose. Eight (8) denotes new era, new epoch, new season, new time span, new series of events. The 7th Saud King indicates that God is finished with Satan’s status quo in Saudi Arabia and of the evil Gentile world. The 8th Saud King indicates that God is ushering in a new time of tribulation and trial for mankind, Jews and Gentiles. Remember, the seven (7) year tribulation is also referred to as the ‘time or week of Jacob’s trouble.’ A week being seven (7) years and Jacob being a reference to Jews and Israel. God is turning his attention back onto Israel, the redemption of the Jews, wrath towards the Gentile world and arranging the coming Millennial Reign of Christ on Earth.

But how can they call on him (Jesus Christ) to save them unless they believe in him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they believe in him (Jesus Christ) if they have never heard about him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they hear about him (Jesus Christ) unless someone tells them?” —Romans 10:14

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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