Amid growing alarm caused by Iran's alleged quest for nuclear weapons and fears of a new war between Israel and the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, Iran's main proxy, that could spiral out of control and drag in the Persian Gulf states as well, the old political shibboleths are shifting.
The uncovering of an alleged Iranian spy ring in Kuwait in May, its links to Bahrain, and the 2009 discovery of a large Hezbollah network in Egypt plotting to attack the Suez Canal, a strategic logistics link for Western forces heading to the gulf, underline the extent of this confrontation.
This has made for some bizarre situations, with secret dealings between Israel and its longtime Arab adversaries, largely through their intelligence services but increasingly at a diplomatic level as well.
The Saudis and their gulf partners are extremely vulnerable to Iran's growing ballistic missile force, which is controlled by the Revolutionary Guards.
The moderate Arab states, all Sunni Muslim-dominated states, thus have shared strategic interests with Israel in preventing Shiite Iran from seizing regional dominance.
There are those in Israel who also see beyond the Jewish state's conflict with the Palestinians and envision a strategic link with Saudi Arabia.
The key to this information is that any attack on Iran by Israel would require some cooperation from the more moderate Arab states, and it appears that this level of cooperation has been accomplished. Note that none of the Gog-MaGog alliance members are mentioned, nor are any of the Psalm 83 alliances mentioned. Interestingly, only the regions not mentioned in these biblical attacks are favorable to Israeli action against Iran (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain).
The stage is being set. There will be major warfare in the region - the only question is - will the Church be here to witness it.