Saudi Princes Arrested, March 2020

The winds of change may be blowing in Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is arresting his relatives. Prince Ahmed; his son Prince Nayef bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, Head of Land Forces Intelligence and Security Authority; the former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef; and his half brother Nawaf have been accused of attempting a coup… allegedly.

And the list is growing. The latest out of Saudi Arabia indicates at least 20 have been detained.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-least-20-princes-detained-mass-purge-saudi-crown-prince

The move coincides with a failed OPEC meeting where member nations failed to agree on oil production cuts. The result was 10% drop in oil prices. Brent crude settled at $45.18 a barrel. Oil revenues are the heart beat of the Saudi economy. Revenue created from the sale of oil provides stipends and services to Saudi citizens.

Mecca-Empty

The Saudis have recently re opened the holy sites in Mecca and Medina amid concerns of the coronavirus, COVID 19. The Saudi kingdom had requested pilgrims to not come visit at this time. Now, visitors must wait 14 days of screening before being allowed to enter Saudi Arabia. As of the writing of this post, Saudi Arabia has 5 documented cases of COVID 19.

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/saudi-arabia-reopens-mecca-madinah-holy-sites-after-coronavirus-closure-1.1583478146413

The internet and social media rumor mill are running wild about the health and well being of King Salman. There are multiple unconfirmed reports the king has died.

Stay tuned…

Sheba and Dedan are first mentioned in Genesis 10.

Genesis 10:7 The sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.

Seba-Dedan2

The family tree starts with Noah, then his son Ham, then his son Cush, then his son Raamah and his sons Sheba and Dedan.

Historically, per Strong’s Concordance and NET Bible, Raamah settled in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula. Sheba settled in the southern Arabian Peninsula. Dedan settled in the northern Arabian Peninsula. These areas make up what is modern day Saudi Arabia.

Dedan was an ancient capital of Saudi Arabia. It is modern day Al Ula in northwest Saudi Arabia.

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