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The rift between the US and Saudi Arabia

Oct 11, 2017

On October 6 I reported on the new alliance forming between Russia and Saudi Arabia, as King Salman was the first Saudi king ever to visit Russia.


He brought with him dozens of corporate CEO’s and hundreds of staffers. Business deals were signs, and no doubt even military alliances were discussed, if not signed secretly.

A day later, the US government shifted its position and cancelled some of the military exercises with the Saudis. The US also insisted on greater “inclusiveness,” referring to Qatar, which the Saudis have been boycotting since last June. Their borders have been sealed in the attempt to isolate Qatar. Of course, the US has a large military base in Qatar.

ZeroHedge has now run a headline:

One Day After Historic Saudi-Russian Summit, US Suspends Military Exercises With “Arab Allies”


Having failed at direct diplomacy, the US has decided to take a "passive aggressive" approach, and U.S. Central Command said that some exercises would be suspended in an effort to send a signal that the U.S. military seeks to work together with other nations in the region and encourage them to do so as well.

“We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests,” said Col. John Thomas, a Centcom spokesman.

What is even more ironic, is that having initially sent a signal of support for the Gulf nations, and isolated Qatar as an "evil sponsor of terrorism", the Pentagon has now flipflopped, and its latest move to curb military drills in the region represents a shift for the U.S., which initially threw its qualified support behind the Gulf nations in an attempt to put pressure on Qatar. As reported here previously, that attempt failed….

The Pentagon’s reproach may in particular sting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s minister of defense who is seen as one of the architects of the Qatar blockade, according to Andreas Krieg, assistant professor at King’s College in London for defense studies and a former adviser to Qatar’s military.

The timing of the suspension may not be a coincidence: it comes just one day after Saudi King Salman met with Vladimir Putin, the first ever visit to Moscow by a sitting Saudi ruler. Saudi Arabia and Russia signed billions worth of energy and military deals and MOUs.

If the US government continues to pressure the Saudi king and threaten to break its military alliance, it will only further drive Saudi Arabia into the arms of Russia. In fact, I would not be surprised if the Saudis sign deals to purchase Russian planes and military equipment shortly.

The strong-arm tactics of US foreign policy, including sanctions, is no longer effective, now that other nations can simply switch their ties from the US to Russia and China. The US is left holding the bag, as they say. US power brokers still think that they can treat other nations in the same way that they did in the past century. They need to understand that the era of American Empire is ending, and if they threaten to sanction other nations or punish them by canceling their military alliance with the US, these nations will simply realign themselves with Russia and China.

In other words, the US government’s threats are now becoming meaningless, unless they intend to nuke everyone who disagrees with them.

The End of the Petro-Dollar

In 1974 the Saudis agreed to sell their oil only in US dollars, creating the petro-dollar. Any country wanting to buy oil had to buy US dollars first in order to pay for imported oil. This made the dollar “king of the world” even after Nixon stopped allowing dollars to be converted to gold, which the Bretton Woods Agreement in 1944 had established. The Saudi agreement in essence created an oil standard to replace the gold standard.

This is now coming to an end, as other countries begin paying for oil in their own currencies. The most significant is the sale of Russian oil and gas to China, paid for in Chinese yuan. Russia can then use the yuan to buy gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, if they choose. Years ago, when Iraq threatened to buy oil in euros, the US invaded Iraq. The same thing happened more recently in Libya. The US takes such actions very seriously and is willing to overthrow any nation that does this. But they were unable to overthrow Russia and China.

A Prophetic Shift

How important is this new Saudi shift from the standpoint of prophecy?

Since the establishment of the petro-dollar, the Saudis have been allied directly with the US, and indirectly with the Israel. The shift toward Russia means that the Saudis are no longer required to have an indirect alliance with Israel (friends at a distance).

In the mid-1980’s the Chinese technicians built a nuclear missile base for the Saudis at the base of the original Mount Sinai. This was reported in Howard Blum’s book, The Gold of Exodus. The original Mount Sinai is not in the Sinai peninsula (which is part of Egypt), but is across the Gulf of Aqaba along the coast of Saudi Arabia. Howard Blum reports all of this in his book, and pictures can easily be found online by using any search engine.

The Apostle Paul himself tells us in Galatians 4:25 that Mount Sinai is “in Arabia.”

The point is that God intends to judge Jerusalem and to “cast out the bondwoman and her son” (i.e., Jerusalem and its “sons”), as Paul noted in Galatians 4:30. Jerusalem is Hagar, the bondwoman, in the biblical allegory, being contrasted with the heavenly Jerusalem, which is Sarah. Jeremiah 19:10, 11 says that the earthly Jerusalem will be destroyed so completely that it will never again be repaired or rebuilt. Jerusalem has fallen many times in the past, but it was always rebuilt. But its final destruction is yet to come.

The question is HOW? BY WHOSE HAND? I have pondered this question for decades. At first I thought it might be done by Iran (Persia), since they were the ones who originally took the city of Babylon. But when I began to think in legal terms, I settled on Saudi Arabia.

When the Jewish leaders rejected Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant, they decided to remain under the Old Covenant, given by Moses. They put their faith in Moses (so they thought), even though Jesus told them in John 5:45-47,

45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?

The Jewish leaders, both then and now, fail to grasp the legal implications of rejecting Jesus in favor of Moses. In remaining under the Old Covenant, which obligates them to be obedient as a precondition to be God’s people (Exodus 19:5, 6), they put Jerusalem under the jurisdiction of Mount Sinai in Arabia. But Mount Sinai is part of the inheritance of Ishmael, who was given Arabia. Therefore, Jerusalem is called Hagar, and the adherents of Judaism are spiritual Ishmaelites.

It is not a racial or genealogical matter. It is a matter of legal jurisdiction. Because of the decision of the Jewish leaders to put Jerusalem under the jurisdiction of Hagar and Ishmael, God later destroyed the city (temporarily) and kicked the Jews out. Centuries later, He gave that land to Ishmaelites, not necessarily genealogical Ishmaelites, but religious Ishmaelites (of Islam).

It was only later that the land, including Jerusalem, was given to the Jews, not because they were of Judah, but because Edom also had a temporary claim to the land. I wrote about this in my book, The Struggle for the Birthright. Edom had been conquered and absorbed into Judaism in 126 B.C., so all the prophecies regarding Edom must be fulfilled in Jewry today. God had given Esau-Edom a promise in Genesis 27:40 KJV to do him justice on account of Jacob’s sin in lying to obtain the blessing. Jacob would have to give up the land to Esau-Edom for a time in order to allow Edom time to prove their unworthiness to hold the birthright and blessing.

This is what happened in 1948 and in 1967. Jacob (Britain) gave the land back to Edom (Jews) in 1948, and later Edom took control of Jerusalem in 1967. Few understand this history, and even fewer understand the laws on which prophecy is based. Most prophecy teaching today is based on huge misunderstandings and false assumptions.

We are now almost 70 years since the Palestinian Resolution was passed in the United Nations on November 29, 1947. As we approach the 70th anniversary, we are also seeing the transfer of authority to the saints of the Most High. The authority of the Dominion Mandate is not going to the Jews, nor even to the church, but to the overcomers who qualify to reign with Christ. This transfer of authority cannot be complete without first casting out the bondwoman and her son(s).

Neither can it be complete until Esau-Edom is disinherited as a rebellious son, according to the law in Deuteronomy 21:18-21. So all of these prophetic laws are coming to a head today.

I see the possibility that the Saudis will be the ones called to destroy Jerusalem. Isaiah 29:5, 6 seems to describe a nuclear blast upon Jerusalem, making the land uninhabitable for anyone. The Saudis have had nuclear weapons since the 1980’s, although the US government has never made an issue of it, since they were its allies and friends. But that may now change.

It was customary in biblical times for disputing parties to take their dispute to an established judge, or (if there was no official judge) to choose a judge in whom they both had confidence. There is a present dispute over the birthright. Many groups claim the right to be chosen to rule the world. Most base their claim on fleshly things or upon genealogy. In my view, the only rightful claim is based upon faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to His word (law). The overcomers are the only ones who are chosen, or “elect,” Paul tells us in Romans 11:5-7.

The dispute has been presented to the Judge, and the Judge will determine who is truly chosen. What I believe is irrelevant. What the Judge does, however, will affect world history and establish Kingdom government for the next thousand years.

The Jews have appealed to Moses, in whom they have confidence. They have appealed to Moses on the basis of the Old Covenant that Moses instituted. The Old Covenant is Jerusalem and Hagar and Mount Sinai all rolled into one, Paul says. In appealing to Mount Sinai in Arabia, where “Moses” sits in judgment, as Jesus said. I believe that the judgment of Moses will come from Saudi Arabia and from the nuclear missile base located at the base of the mount.

I might be wrong in my understanding, of course, but the recent shift in alliances seems to support this view. For years, I was unsure, because Saudi Arabia was such a close ally of the US and (indirectly) of Israel. But now that this alliance is cracking, my view is looking more and more plausible. And the fact that this shift in alliances is coming at the same time that we are seeing the transfer of authority seems to support the view as well.

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Blog Author: Dr. Stephen Jones