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Daniel's vision and the Saudi-Iran summit

For centuries there has been a deadly rivalry between the two prominent sects of Islam--Shia and Sunni. Iran has emerged as the Shia power base, and Saudi Arabia, home of the Islamic holy city Mecca, is the core of the Sunnis. Analysts tend to believe the rift between the two is so deep that they would never work together, preferring to kill one another. This is only partially true. There is one issue that unites the two--the destruction of Israel. While Saudi Arabia is considered an ally of the United States, it is no friend to Israel and likely only tolerates America for its oil business. Iran is an enemy to both Israel and the US. Leaders from the two countries met this week to promote unity.

Western analysts who promote the position that Islam Shia and Sunni will never unite are sadly mistaken. While there is an ongoing power and theological struggle between the two, they are not beyond holding meetings to coordinate their evil against Jews and Americans. The recent meeting held in Mecca of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was hosted by Saudi King Abdullah. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was strategically at Abdullah's side in both the meeting and in welcoming the 55 other Islamic state leaders to the holy city meeting. It was a public demonstration of unity to underscore that the two leaders would work together when they can.
Rewind to March 4, 2007 when Ahmadinejad made his first state visit to Saudi Arabia and met with King Abdullah ahead of the Arab League summit in Riyadh. The New York Times reported: Ahmadinejad's first official visit to Saudi Arabia, which began Saturday, was marked by decidedly public shows of warmth and friendship between the leaders, as the men embraced, at times held hands in an Arab sign of close friendship, and smiled to cameras." Ahmadinejad told reporters afterward, "Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are aware of the enemies' conspiracies. We decided to take measures to confront such plots, and hopefully this will strengthen Muslim countries against oppressive pressures by the imperialist front."
The prophetic significance of these leaders showing unity is underscored in the book of Daniel chapter 2 when the kingdoms that rule the world are explained in an eschatological timeline. Verses 42 and 43 say, "And as the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken." When the iron and clay meet in unity, such as the divided rulers of Iran and Saudi Arabia in Mecca, we may be seeing how the Islamic nations would come to unite against Jerusalem in the end times. They are not united enough, however, to sustain their alliance during the colossal battle with the Lord as Ezekiel 38: 21 indicates: "every man's sword shall be against his brother."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day! 

Bill Wilson


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