A number of blogs and news sites have suggested that the recent escalation in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran may be a sign of the end times. Breaking News Israel, which bills itself as providing the “latest news” from a “biblical perspective,” claimed that Saudi Arabia’s actions may have unwittingly fulfilled an 800-year-old Jewish prophecy.
The website discusses a “messianic Jewish prophecy” found in an ancient holy book called the Yalkut Shimoni. The book was written over 800-years-ago, according to the post, and includes a prediction relevant to today’s news.
According to the prophecy, the Messiah will appear in the same year the “King of Persia [Iran] will provoke the King of Arabia [Saudi Arabia].”
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have deteriorated drastically since Saudi executed a prominent Shia cleric. The Saudi embassy in Tehran was attacked, and allies of the Kingdom followed Saudi in downgrading diplomatic relations with Iran.
There have been, of course, countless predictions and prophecies throughout history and those who cite them are often disappointed when they do not come true.
One of the more memorable predictions which still pops up occasionally is that the birth of a specific type of cow will signal the return of the Messiah. When a cow was born in 2014 which appeared to match the description of the prophecy, there was a frantic rush to prepare for the arrival of the Messiah.
Soon after, the cow was determined to be flawed and thus not the correct type.
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