Arabs and Iranians Blame the Other For Bahrain

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While Saudi Arabia attempts to quell protests in Bahrain, many in Iran are upset about it:

Iran clerics condemn Saudi intervention in Bahrain

By Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran and Abeer Allam in Riyadh

Published: April 6 2011 15:01 | Last updated: April 6 2011 15:01

Iranian clerics and religious students abandoned their classes and staged protests inside their seminaries to show solidarity with Bahrain’s mainly Shia opposition and to denounce last month’s Saudi military intervention in the archipelago…

Gulf Arab states, meanwhile, have officially condemned Iran for its alleged interference in neighbouring Bahrain.

Essentially, the Sunni (Arabs) are concerned that support by Shia-dominated Iran for the protests in Bahrain could make the problems worse.  Yet the Iranians want more influence in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states are part of the Arab League.  It appears to me that Saudi Arabia, with its interventions in Bahrain, is telling the Muslim world that Iran is not the only military power and that Arabs should cooperate amongst themselves militarily.  On the other hand, Iran, according to a recent video, seems to wish to tell the Muslim world that it is the primary military power in the Middle East and it hints that all Muslims should follow it (see Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Conquer Jerusalem?).

Of course, most of the Arabs do not see it quite that way.

While it is interesting that the Arab League has supported the intervention in Libya, it may be because they believe that they will be more unified (against, perhaps Iran) if Colonel Gadhafi was no longer in power.

Ultimately the Bible tells of an Arabic confederation that will rise up with a leader that it calls the King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43).  And it may be that Iran may be dealt with militarily before all of Daniel 11:40-43 is fulfilled.  While I doubt that Iran intends to directly attack any Arab nations at this time, it seems to want to provoke war with Israel in order to get Muslim support for a religious leader, that it calls the Imam Mahdi (who, to a degree, could be the final king of the south) to rise up (see Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Conquer Jerusalem?).  Yet, I do not believe Iran will get quite what it wants, based upon my understanding of biblical prophecy.  A leader will rise up in the Middle East/North Africa, but the final King of the South will not fill all the predictions from Iran for the Imam Mahdi as some appear to be in conflict with Bible prophecy.

For more information, here are three articles of possibly related interest:

The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? What does the Bible say?
Africa: Its Biblical Past and Prophesied Future What does the Bible teach about Africa and its future? Did the early Church reach Africa? Will God call all the Africans?

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