The Associated Press reported the following:
Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks
May 13, 2019
FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks the previous day that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States.
The announcement by the kingdom’s energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, came as the U.S. issued a new warning to sailors and the UAE’s regional allies condemned Sunday’s incident that targeted at least four ships, including two Saudi tankers, off the port city of Fujairah.
The statement came just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at Fujairah’s port. Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who might have been responsible. … European Union powers were meeting Monday in Brussels to thrash out ways to keep the Iran nuclear deal afloat, and were likely to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran. Saud Arabia is Iran’s regional rival. https://www.apnews.com/3884ea5ef0084d7a9e8a7d48c03fb69e
A few days ago, the US warned that Iran might attack oil tankers:
May 10, 2019
The U.S. Maritime Administration issued on Friday a maritime advisory warning that Iran or its proxies could target oil infrastructure and commercial ships, including oil tankers, in and around the Persian Gulf.
“Since early May, there is an increased possibility that Iran and/or its regional proxies could take action against U.S. and partner interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz. Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or U.S. military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf,” says the U.S. Maritime Administration’s advisory which is effective until early November 2019.
The tension between the United States and Iran has flared up in recent weeks, after the U.S. announced in April that it was ending all sanction waivers for Iranian oil customers, aiming to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero.
Iran, for its part, is accusing the U.S. and its allies of using oil as a political tool and has repeatedly said that American sanctions can’t and won’t bring Iranian oil exports to zero. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/US-Warns-Iran-May-Attack-Oil-Tankers-In-The-Persian-Gulf.html
It would illogical for Iran to authorize (or cause) these attacks now since it want the European Union to help it reduce the problems caused by US sanctions. But someone caused the attacks.
That being said, one day, Iran may well lead a major military attack against Israel (cf. Isaiah 22; see also Iran in Prophecy).
But Iran will, ultimately not do well.
Consider the following prophecy:
34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam,
The foremost of their might.
36 Against Elam I will bring the four winds
From the four quarters of heaven,
And scatter them toward all those winds;
There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies
And before those who seek their life.
I will bring disaster upon them,
My fierce anger,’ says the Lord;
‘And I will send the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
38 I will set My throne in Elam,
And will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says the Lord. (Jeremiah 49:34-38)
Iran needs to be cautious as biblical prophecies suggest it will be involved in militaristic ventures, and ultimately that will not end well for Iran.
These military ventures look to harm the tiny nation of Israel, and could even impact the USA.
Whoever committed the terroristic attacks against the oil tankers should repent.
Violence and destruction like that will not bring real peace.
We need the Kingdom of God.
Author: Dr. Bob Thiel/COGWriter.
Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.