Business Insider: “Friday marked the death knell of the internationally-backed post-Arab Spring order in Yemen, whose parliament and government were finally dissolved by the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who took over Sa’ana in late 2014.
The ousted president, Abd-Rabbouh Mansour Hadi, was a highly cooperative US counter-terror partner, and the UN had dispatched a special envoy entrusted with shepherding the country’s fragile transitional process. These efforts failed to prevent the full-on state collapse that Iranian-backed Houthi rebels finally completed on Friday.
But the biggest loser from the Yemeni government’s fall is Sa’ana’s wealthy, powerful, and perpetually insecure neighbor to the north: Saudi Arabia. In recent years, Saudi policy towards Yemen has been built around the need to stabilize the government in Sa’ana while sealing off the two countries’ over 1,000-long and minimally policed frontier.”
Opinion: Isaiah 23:13-17 NIV, The burden against Arabia.
“A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia, bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.
They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.
This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.”
Three of the sons of Ismael:
- Dedan – Dedanites were a tribe from northwest Arabia (possibly Kuwait)
- Tema – an oasis in northwestern arabia
- Kedar – a town in northern Arabia known for beautiful black tents
Opinion: In addition to the often-heard rumors of King Salman’s deteriorating mental health, the fall of the Yemen government on the same day as the death of Saudi King Abdullah will put the oil rich nation in the cross-hairs of Al Qaeda and ISIS.
In January 2009, al-Qaeda groups in Saudi Arabia and Yemen joined to create a single branch: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
King Abdullah took bold steps to reshuffle the government in February 2009, promoting reformers, firing controversial officials, including the head of the religious police and the country’s most senior judge, and appointing the first-ever female minister for women’s education. Saudi Arabia was largely spared the Arab Spring uprisings that spread throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa in early 2011.
Isaiah’s prophecy against Arabia speaks to a great calamity that will befall the kingdom one year after a significant event. In 715 BC Assyrian king Sargon partially fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy with the capture of a number of Arabian tribes that were deported to Samaria.
Matthew Henry’s commentary on the Isaiah passage says “Within one year according to the years of a hireling (within one year precisely reckoned) this judgment shall come upon Kedar.’’
“If this fixing of the time be of no great use to us now (because we find not either when the prophecy was delivered or when it was accomplished), yet it might be of great use to the Arabians then, to awaken them to repentance, that, like the men of Nineveh, they might prevent the judgment when they were thus told it was just at the door. Or, when it begins to be fulfilled, the business shall be done, be begun and ended in one year’s time.”
If Isaiah 23 is a dual prophecy, the one year (360 day year) clock began ticking on January 23, 2015 with the death of the Saudi king and the fall of Yemen.
Ezekiel 38:13 lists Saudi Arabia, Britain and the US as bystanders in the final wars.