Saudi and UAE forces enter Bahrain to calm protesters
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In another sign that things are still tension filled in the Middle East, it is being reported today that Saudi Arabia and the UAE sent police forces into Bahrain at the request of the Bahrainian government to help calm Shi'ite moslem protesters who have been protesting for government reforms. Apparently the country of Bahrain is run by the Sunni royal family. The Shi'ite moslems make up a majority in the country, yet are governed by the Sunni royal family which make up the minority. This increase in tension is not good as the U.S. has it's Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain so any problems in the country could directly end up effecting the U.S. and our troops in the region as well as military operations in the region. The Haaretz news website is reporting:
The United Arab Emirates has sent about 500 police officers into Bahrain to calm protests by the Shi'ite Muslim majority, Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan said on Monday. The move came after Bahraini police clashed on Sunday with mostly Shi'ite demonstrators in one of the most violent confrontations since troops killed seven protesters last month.
"The Bahraini government asked us yesterday to look at ways to help them to defuse the tension in Bahrain and we have already sent roughly 500 (police officers)," UAE's Sheikh Abdullah said. About 1,000 Saudi soldiers also entered Bahrain to protect government facilities, a Saudi official source said earlier on Monday.
Apparently the unrests that have engulfed the region have made their way to other countries in the Arab peninsula. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, and others have been recent targets of protesters and terrorist elements who are trying hard to cause unrest in the hope of regime change like that we have seen in Egypt and possibly in Libya. Most governments in the region are in some sort of "reform" mode in regards to handing power over from the dictators to the people, even if the power exchanged is minimal at best. As I mentioned in the last Rapture Report, it appears the entire region is undergoing a radical change that is effecting nearly every country in the region. and almost everyone of these countries is Arab. As we have suggested in previous reports, the ground could be preparing for the fulfillment of the Psalm 83 prophecies where Israel's "inner-ring" of enemies consisting of the Arab states are defeated soundly by the Israelis.
Whether this is the start of such actions remains to be seen, but something is definitely adrift in the region that is causing this unprecedented chaos and confusion that has resulted in intensified political action and results in the region. In all my time of watching Bible prophecy events, the current situation on the ground is very unique in that it almost seems like a supernatural hand is moving things around the prophetic chess board for the conclusion of the end times game.
Couple the continuing unrest with the recent massive Japanese earthquake and it would appear to the causal student of Bible prophecy that the "birth pains" of end times are slowly but surely picking up. The Bible tells us that the end times will come like a woman giving birth, with the pains and intensity of the events leading up to the birth getting more and more intense as time passes. The level 9.0 earthquake that shook off the coast of Japan is a major earthquake that could be a sign that things are picking up. These level earthquakes are according to the U.S. government website one that happens about 1 every 20 years.
Let us continue to keep a watch on the Middle East region as the protesting and riots show no sign of calming down and things could end up getting worse before they get better, especially if NATO goes through with the "no-fly" zone that is being proposed for Libya. Gaddafi for his part has said that he will fight to the end even if it means fighting Western forces. Let's keep watching and sounding the alert that time is short and that Jesus is coming soon for the church. Stay tuned!