With news of Iran’s sabotage of Saudi oil tankers and tensions rising between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf and Iraq, an ancient prophecy often quoted at similar period may be unfolding.

Here is the quote from the Yalkut Shemoni:

“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, 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, ‘Higiyah zman geulatchem’  [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.”

This prophecy has been quoted many times in recent years and yet just as it seemed possible the main end of days event was about to occur things fizzled out.

What makes now any different?

In a sense one can look at Iran’s sabotage as well as all of these potential flareups as a series of stages that are constantly moving the world toward this event. Whether the current crisis spills over to all out war or not it doesn’t really matter. These events actually are telling us that we are moving always closer to the above prediction.

With that being said, current events do seem to mirror the above Yalkut Shemoni very nicely. We do live in a world where the [Saudi] Arabians and the Persians are moments away from a cataclysmic war, with America ready to go after Persia. We are also living in a global reality where North Korea, China, the USA, and Russia as well as many others are all at each other’s throats.

Whether this unfolds now or within the next few years won’t matter as the trajectory is clear.