In his role as Defense Minister, Mohammed bin Salman classified the Shiite Hezbollah group as a terror organization, led the move to isolate Qatar for its increasing cooperation with Iran, and signed a massive arms deal with the US for $100 million in new military hardware. Mohammed bin Salman is also reported to enjoy close ties with Israeli defense officials.
The surprising appointment of Mohammed as the successor to the throne conforms to the sequence of events predicted in the Yalkut Shimoni, a compilation of rabbinic commentary on the Bible, is believed to have been composed in the 13th century. In the section dealing with the Book of Isaiah, the following passage appears:
"Rabbi Yitzchak said: 'In the year in which the Messiah-King appears, all the nations of the world are provoking each other. The King of Persia (Iran) provokes an Arab king and the Arab king turns to Aram for advice. And the King of Persia (Iran) goes back and destroys the entire world. And all the nations of the world are in panic and distress and they fall upon their faces and are seized with pains like those of a woman giving birth, and Israel are in panic and distress and asking 'where shall we go? Where shall we go?,' and He says to them 'my sons, do not fear; all that I have done, I have done only for you. Why are you afraid?
Rabbi Winston said that it is important to step back and see the prophecy in context of the larger picture. "What the prophecy is telling us on a basic level is that when these specific things happen, it means that things are moving," the rabbi said. "You should be looking for something significant, something stunning and earthshaking,that will happen in ways that don't make sense unless you see it in a divine light." Rabbi Winston stated unequivocally that current events lead to one conclusion: the world has reverted to a Biblical reality in which prophecy is more relevant than ever before.
Unlike political analysts who are unsure where current events are leading, the rabbi seemed clear. "When you can start reading history and current events back into the Bible, that is in itself a sign that we are in the times of the Moshiach (Messiah)," he said. " At this point, it looks like this has nothing to do with Israel, but as we know, in the end-of days it all comes down to Israel."