Ezekiel 38 presents a picture full of noteworthy alliances. Russia is allied to western and central Europe, parts of Eurasia, as well as Persia, Ethiopia and Libya. A protesting voice is heard emanating from Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish; nations which today can be linked to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Yemen as well as Britain and her allies. This article explores how ties between Russia and Iran (Persia) have grown apace in recent years and how the increasing influence of Iran has resulted in its developing antagonism with Saudi Arabia.
On 11 February 2014 a news headline screamed: “IRAN 1979: THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION THAT SHOOK THE WORLD. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Iran’s Islamic Revolution shocked the world and redrew the map of global alliances.”1
The causes of the revolution lay with the increasingly authoritarian…
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