The aftershocks of the US-brokered deal with Iran concerning their nuclear program have left many political analysts stymied, but one ancient Jewish source presents a scenario, unthinkable just a few years ago, which is now a strong possibility: a nuclear war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that leaves Israel untouched and makes way for the coming of the Messiah.
So much is still unclear about Iran and the Middle East, but the Yalkut Shimoni, a collection of Biblical teachings believed to have been arranged in the 13th century, predicted a scenario that is is becoming more relevant as time goes on, anticipating our present political reality.
Rabbi Yizchok said: “The year that Melech HaMoshiach [Messiah the King] will be revealed, all the nations of the world will be provoking each other. The King of Persia (Iran) will provoke the King of Arabia (Saudi Arabia), and the King of Arabia will go to Edom (the West) to take counsel, but the King of Persia will in turn, destroy the entire world. The nations of the world will be outraged and panicked. They will fall on their faces, and they will experience pains like birth pangs. Israel too will be outraged and in a state of panic and ask, where do we go? But say unto them, ‘My children, do not fear, the time of your redemption has come. And in the last redemption will be different from the first which was followed by further bondage and pain. After this last redemption, you will not again experience any further pain or subjugation.’”
The Yalkut Shimoni predicted a global conflict involving all of the nations. The focus of the conflict, though, will be Iran pitted against Saudi Arabia, resulting in total apocalypse which, in light of today’s weapons technology, would likely be nuclear.
With radical Islam stoking the flames, and the opposing sides of the Islamic world arming up, the nuclear showdown prophesied by the Yalkut Shimoni now looms closer than ever, especially in the wake of a recent clue that Israel and Saudi Arabia may be approaching an unlikely partnership.
Just a few weeks ago, Salman Al-Ansari, the founder and president of the Washington DC-based Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), made waves when he published an article in The Hill suggesting that Israel and Saudi Arabia form an alliance.
Al-Ansari noted many mutual interests (financial, technology, water engineering), claiming that “it is common knowledge that Saudi Arabia and Israel have committed to rational and balanced foreign policies over the past 70 years, never seeking any provocative or hostile actions against each other.”
Al-Ansari stated that the basis of this revolutionary coalition would be a shared threat: “The totalitarian government of Iran which is classified internationally as a global sponsor of terrorism.” Implicit in Al-ansari’s article is that the catalyst for this new era of cooperation between Israel and the leader of global Sunni Islam is the looming threat of a revived Iranian nuclear program.
Until recently, conflict with Saudi Arabia would not have included a threat of nuclear escalation, since they were not known to have a nuclear weapons program and were a member of the coalition of countries demanding a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East. This changed as a result of the P5+1 agreement brokered by US President Barack Obama last year.
In May 2015, The Sunday Times of London reported that the Saudis had “taken the ‘strategic decision’ to acquire ‘off-the-shelf’ atomic weapons from Pakistan amid growing fears of a nuclear-armed Iran.”
Professor Ze’ev Maghen of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic studies agreed that the situation is close to exploding. “Iran and Saudi Arabia are indeed poised with knives at each other’s throats,” he told Breaking Israel News. “This can certainly explode, as Saudi Arabia is the leader of Sunni Islam and Iran is the leader of Shi’ite Islam.”
However, he expressed doubt at the idea of an Israeli-Saudi alliance. “I’ve heard reports of cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, but I am not sure how far that can actually go.”
“The Yalkut Shimoni emphasizes that Messiah is a process that includes the entire world, not just Israel. It involves the entire world,” explained Rabbi Dayan to Breaking Israel News.
He emphasized that the prophecy is a prediction of modern, tangible events. “It is not a supernatural process, brought about by angels coming down from heaven,” he said. “These things we hear about in the news, happening between nations, this is the Messianic process unfolding in front of our eyes.”
Rabbi Dayan connected the prophecy to non-Jews outside of Israel who see Biblical prophecy coming to life in the headlines – whether for better or worse.
“Many non-Jews are waking up to this, and are turning to the tiny State of Israel, some wanting to connect with us in a positive way, others seeking to prevent Messiah, even if it means self-destruction,” he said. “Many non-Jews are calling for us to build the Temple, while others, against all logic, are claiming there never was a Temple. It is all in the guise of politics, but it is a global Messiah happening right now.”