While You Were Watching ISIS, Iran Took Yemen and the Red Sea Port of Hodeida

Iran, one of the Antichrist beast’s alliance nations, moves toward a last days prophecy of the fall of Babylon.  A prophecy that points to Iran destroying “Babylon” (Saudi Arabia), who sits by the sea, with a nuclear weapon.

Revelation 18:17 says:

In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!  Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.

The capital of Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest and perhaps most chronically unstable nation, has new masters.  Last month the Houthis, Iranian backed Shiite rebels, took control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa; where they plastered the city with fliers proclaiming their slogan, “Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory to Islam.”  

Now they are reported to have captured the strategically important city of Hodeida, Yemen’s second biggest port on the Red Sea coast and a key source of supplies for the country’s capital, Sanaa.

The Houthis’ rapid advance comes a day after the appointment of a new prime minister, who is backed by the rebels.  He is expected to form a government in the coming weeks.

So what’s Iran’s interest in Yemen?  It was spelled out by Michael Segall of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs two and a half years ago.  A couple of Segall’s observations are sobering:

  • Iran regards Yemen in general, and its Shia northern part in particular, as a springboard for subversion and for creating a tangible threat to Saudi Arabia, its main religious-political rival in the region.  
  • Iran also seeks to establish a physical Iranian presence, ground and naval, in the countries and ports of the Red Sea littoral (Rev 18:17 above), which control the shipping (and weapon-supply) lanes leading from the Persian Gulf to the heart of the Middle East and to Europe.
  • Islamic Iran aspires to superpower status.  It is actively involved in the region’s primary crisis centers.  These include the “Arab Spring’s” main fronts with the West and the moderate Arab states: Syria, where Iran backs Bashar Assad through thick and thin; Bahrain, where Iran calls for the overthrow of the Royal House and supports the Shia demonstrators; and Yemen, where Iran is active in attempts to create a new order that is not based on support for the West.

While the West is obsessed with ISIS, Iran has continued its quest for dominance in the Middle East.  In Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and now Yemen, Iran is emerging as a major player.

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