If you enjoy Biblical calendar stuff, you might enjoy Dr Ken Johnson's work on the Essene calendar if you haven't already found his work. He compares the prophetic calendar-- the one that runs on a 360 day cycle, the Essene calendar and the one in use by the Pharisees, with the Julian and Gregorian calendars and how that affects dates for various events.I concur. It makes a lot of sense. Another thing that I have pondered is the calendars. Most of the West/Europe uses a 365-day calendar. but events on Revelation use a 360-day calendar. This theory accounts for that, as well.
I've seen some stuff, and I think it was Andy Woods talking about it, or writing about it, where Saddam H, the former leader of Iraq was trying to get Kuwait partly for oil, but partly to solve a problem he had with access to the sea at the mouth of the 2 great rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates where they join in the delta region forming one single river called the Shatt al-Arab as they empty out into the Persian Gulf.I have always believed that end time events will be centered on the original two cities of Jerusalem and Babylon (Jerusalem being God's city, and Babylon representing the seat of Satan). I do believe that the Luciferian occult was transferred to Rome, but that the Bible clearly teaches the return of that religion to Babylon (see Zecharia 5:5-11). There are still a few parts of prophecy that confuse the issue a bit for me. The Babylon in Revelation is spoken of as having ships in water nearby. That does not sound like current day Babylon. I live near Houston, however, which is many miles from the Gulf of Mexico. In the 1800's, people would have laughed at the idea that Houston would become a major port city, but in the early 1900s, Houston actually created a 50 mile complex of channels and facilities and has become one of the largest ports in the U.S. It may be that something similar could happen in the area of Babylon. Either way, it just makes sense to me that God is returning the focus of the world to the nation of Israel, and the places that persecuted Israel in Biblical days. .I believe that the America's and Australia were meant to be prominent during the latter times of the Gentiles, but that the mid-east and Europe (as the Roman Empire) will rise again to prominence when the final week of the Jewish people begins. It's as if God paused His judgements on the nations that persecuted Israel during Biblical times, and will bring them up again during the Tribulation to complete the judgements on those nations at the end of days.
His plan was to dredge a channel to allow shipping a long way up the rivers. But Kuwait has opposed that and so has Iran. They prefer to keep Iraq choked off from the sea.
Here is the Encyclopaedia Brittanica on the subject:
"Because the lower Shatt al-Arab forms a portion of the Iraq-Iran border, Iraq’s dependence on the river as its only access to the sea has been an issue of strategic importance to both countries. The vulnerability of the minor Iraqi port at Al-Fāw, at the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, was made clear by Iran’s capture of the city during the Iran-Iraq War. After that war, Iraq began cutting a channel to the gulf from Al-Zubayr, west of the main port of Baṣrah. It has been argued that the Persian Gulf War was brought on partly by Iraq’s desire to use the Kuwaiti islands of Būbiyān and Al-Warbah in the gulf as the off-loading points for that new channel."
This plan if it ever were to go ahead would require Iran and Kuwait to allow it. That suggests it might occur sometime after Iran gets a major defeat such as Ezek 38 outlines and Kuwait wouldn't be able to oppose such a plan if Iran weren't in it with Kuwait.