Iran

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has been the champion of the Shi'ite branch of Islam. Now their leadership harbors a deep hatred for the United States, whom they call "The Great Satan," and Israel, "The Little Satan."

Even though they have immense supplies of oil, they have claimed to need nuclear power as well. It is now admitted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nation's nuclear watchdog, that their goal is the development of nuclear weapons. At the beginning of 2012 experts believe that it will take only a year or less for them to become a deadly threat to Israel, the Middle East, and United States.

Iran figures prominently in Bible prophecy because they are the direct descendants of the Persians, who are mentioned in Ezekiel 38 as key allies of Magog, a powerful nation in the North that many prophecy scholars have tentatively identified as Russia. Together with other nations, these allies will engage Israel in a future war against Israel. See The War of Gog and Magog.

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Tougher EU sanctions against Iran come into force

Dec. 22, 2012 - New sanctions against Iran were approved last October. They go into effect today and include new restrictions on Iran's banking, shipping and industrial sectors.
They reflect heightened concern over Iran's nuclear goals and Israeli threats to attack Iranian atomic installations if diplomacy and other measures fail to deliver a solution.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Prophetic Significance of Iran


Iran will not halt 20% enrichment: official

Dec. 18, 2012 - According to the Washington Post the United States and five other world powers were hastily preparing for possible new talks with Iran, possibly even this week. They are prepared to offer Iran a new package of inducements if they will agree to freeze key parts of its nuclear program.
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi has said that Tehran will not stop producing uranium enriched to a purity level of 20 percent in response to Western countries’ demands.
Source: Tehran Times



Next 9/11: Iran's death squad is here

Dec. 11, 2012 - About 10 Quds Force officers from Iran are already strategically placed in the U.S. Each one leads terrorist cells that are highly trained to attack U.S. infrastructure in case the U.S. fails to accept Iran's nuclear program, increases sanctions, confronts Iran militarily or intervenes in the Syrian civil war. The information has been supplied by a source within the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Source: WND

Alarm in Tehran and Moscow over Bushehr nuclear reactor’s near-explosion in mid-October

Dec. 1, 2012 - Information is just now coming to light that Iran conducted an emergency shut-down of its new Bushehr nuclear reactor in October. Loose bolts were discovered under the fuel rods. This could have led to an explosion of the nuclear power plant. If it had exploded it could have caused a million Iranian deaths and hundreds of thousands of radiation victims in the Persian Gulf emirates.

Informants in Moscow say that causes of the malfunction were being examined. Two possibilities are...

1. The bolts were deliberately unscrewed and dropped into the reactor vessel as an act of sabotage;
2. The Stuxnet virus which attacked Iran’s nuclear program two years ago was back and had tampered with the reactor’s computers.

During the crisis in October Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent emergency teams trained to deal with nuclear disasters to Bushehr.

Source: DEBKAfile

AP: Diagram suggests Iran working on nuclear bomb

Nov. 27, 2012 - The Associated Press has obtained a diagram from Iran showing the computer simulation of a nuclear weapon. Such a bomb would have more than three times the explosive force of the one that destroyed Hiroshima during World War II. It is believed that this graph is the basis of the International Atomic Energy Agency report last year that said Iran was calculating the "nuclear explosive yield" of potential weapons.
Source: CBS

What Gaza fighting taught Israel about possible war with Iran

Nov. 23, 2012 - Analysis of the brief Gaza war shows that Israel's military might, defense capabilities, and the support of the Israeli people were are very strong. However, if Israel had been fighting against the greater capabilities of Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, they could be overwhelmed.
Israeli intelligence sources say Hamas and partners in Gaza had 10,000 rockets. Hezbollah in South Lebanon has between 100,000 and 200,000, including longer range rockets that carry heavier explosive warheads, according to Israeli military analysts.
Israel also had the blessing of the U.S. during this operation, as long as they did not go in with ground forces. This analysis suggests that Israel would suffer great damage if they were attacked by Iran, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad (in Gaza) all at the same time. Therefore, Israel will need help from the U.S. if they fight Iran. The author questions whether or not President Obama will support a war against Iran and its allied, especially if it is caused by a preemptive strike by Israel.
Source: Martin Fletcher - NBC

World Powers Want New Nuclear Talks with Iran Soon

Nov. 21, 2012 - Senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany say they are "committed to having another round of talks with Iran as soon as possible." Earlier talks about Iran's nuclear program last June in Moscow ended in virtual failure.
Analysts warn that a window of opportunity for a negotiated solution is narrowing because of growing alarm over Tehran's nuclear activities in Israel.
Israel is scheduled to have elections on January 22. Some experts think Israel will not initiate air strikes against Iran before elections, but Israel will not rule out that possibility. World powers are concerned that such a preemptive strike will escalate into a great war in the region.
Source: Voice of America

Secret Iran nuclear-bomb plant expanding

Nov. 3, 2012 - Information has surfaced about Iran's secret site - Velayat 1, near the city of Najafabad.
To avoid suspicion, the site was built below a medicine factory called Abu Reyhan. The facility beneath the factory has three levels, with two underground entrances away from the facility.
The plant has the capacity of 800 centrifuges for uranium enrichment. A neutron detonator has been tested there, and the design process is almost complete for a nuclear warhead for the Iranian Shahab-2 ballistic missile. It is said that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, the father of Iran's nuclear program, does his work there, along with other scientists.
Source: WND

Iran confirms it has finished installing uranium centrifuges at Fordo plant

Nov. 2, 2012 -
Days after Ehud Barak said an attack on Iran could be postponed by 8 to 10 months Iran's atomic agency chief says Tehran 'is completing its nuclear activities regardless of the negative Western media speculation.'
Source: Haaretz

The US And Britain Are Putting Final Touches On A Possible Military Operation Against Iran

Oct. 28, 2012 - Britain and the U.S. are working on a military contingency plan in case of hostilities in the Middle East, but they say that the plan is not a prelude to a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. According to the Guardian newspaper...
... the U.S. had asked Britain to use its bases in Cyprus, and British territory in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, to help build up forces in the Gulf.
Source: Business Insider

NYT: US Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks -- *White House Denies*

Oct. 20, 2012 - The New York Times reports that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks over Tehran's nuclear program. The agreement is said to be the result of secret talks between the two sides, but National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor denies the story, saying, "It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections."
Source: Breitbart
Dick Morris predicts Obama-Iran 'October surprise' 'I think they feel that Romney would assist Israel in attacking them' - WND
Obama cuts deal with Iran over nukes - Reza Kahlili - WND

U.S. Suspects Iran Was Behind a Wave of Cyberattacks

Oct. 17, 2012 -
American intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that Iran was the origin of a serious wave of network attacks that crippled computers across the Saudi oil industry and breached financial institutions in the United States.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned that the United States might experience a “cyber-Pearl Harbor.” Russia and China are thought to be the strongest agressors in the ongoing cyberwar. It is believed that they are the ones who have caused the greatest damage so far by stealing intellectual property and attacking the computer systems of American companies and government agencies.
Source: NY Times

Confirmed: Iran toying with 'deal' on nuke plans

Oct. 17, 2012 - According to the Jerusalem Post Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Selahi said:
“If our right to enrichment is recognized, we are prepared to offer an exchange. We would voluntarily limit the extent of our enrichment program, but in return we would need a guaranteed supply of the relevant fuels from abroad.”
Source: WND

US report: Israel-US discussing joint Iran attack

Oct. 9, 2012 - Politics may have contributed to the release of information about one military option - a short, surgical pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities by the combined might of the US and Israel. This concept was revealed by an article in Foreign Policy magazine yesterday written by its CEO and editor at large David Rothkopf. Rothkopf is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as an undersecretary of commerce in the Clinton administration.

The Foreign Policy article was posted soon after Republican candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Obama's Iran policies. Speaking at the Virginia Military Institute, he said, “Iran today has never been closer to a nuclear weapons capability. And it has never acted less deterred by America.”

Source: Jerusalem Post
A Truly Credible Military Threat to Iran - Foreign Policy
US sources: US, Israel plan October Surprise. Others: Israel can do it alone - DEBKAfile
Iran's secret nuclear-bomb plant revealed - WND
Netanyahu announces he’ll hold elections ‘as soon as possible’ - The Times of Israel
Netanyahu Orders Early Elections: How does this fit into the PM’s war planning?- Joel Rosenberg's Blog

Iran preparing for nuclear war

Oct. 8, 2012 - According to Reza Kahlili, an ex-CIA spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and counterterrorism expert, Iran could reach the "Red Line" defined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, much sooner than next Spring. He thinks Iran is already preparing for the liklihood of a pre-emptive strike by Israel. Meanwhile a source within Iran’s Revolutionary Guards says that Iran has already armed some of its ballistic missiles with chemical and biological warheads, to retaliate if Israel does attack. One Revolutionary Guard commander said:
“The enemy has always threatened us and we consider [the probability of] military confrontation at 100 percent . There are signs that the threat is real, we are ready and the people should be ready, too.”
Source: Washington Times

Defecting Iranian cameraman brings CIA priceless film of secret nuclear sites

Oct. 6, 2012 - After Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations General Assembly he returned to Iran. However, his personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, defected from the Iranian entourage and stayed in the U.S. Now it is known that he has turned over to the CIA a treasure trove of photographs and videos of secret Iranian nuclear installations.
The Iranian cameraman has given US intelligence the most complete and updated footage it has ever obtained of the interiors of Iran’s top secret military facilities and various nuclear installations, including some never revealed to nuclear watchdog inspectors.
Source: DEBKAfile

October Surprise? Obama secret Iran deal cut

Oct. 5, 2012 - Reza Kahlili, an ex-CIA spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and counterterrorism expert, says that an anonymous source reports that a three-person delegation of the Obama administration engaged in secret negotiations yesterday with a representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They urged Iran to announce a temporary halt to uranium enrichment before next month’s U.S. election in order to save Barack Obama’s presidency.
The U.S. representatives promised the Obama administration quickly would remove some sanctions on the Iranian central bank and oil industry, with further collaboration after the election, the source said.
Source: WND
Ed. Note: The moral issue here is deception. If this article is correct, the American people will be tricked into temporary approval of the President just long enough to influence the outcome of the elections.

Iranian police clash with protesters over currency plunge

Oct. 4, 2012 - The Iranian currency is collapsing. The rial has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar in a week. Riot police clashed with demonstrators in Tehran who are angered by the plunge. Money changers were arrested for selling dollars.
The rial has hit record lows against the U.S. dollar almost daily as Western economic sanctions imposed over Iran's disputed nuclear program have cut its export earnings from oil, undermining the central bank's ability to support the currency.
Source: Reuters

Iranian MP: Tehran Would Enrich Uranium to 60% If Talks Fail

Oct. 3, 2012 - An Iranian lawmaker said that if negotiations with major powers over its nuclear program fail, his country will begin to enrich uranium to 60 percent purity.
Mansour Haqiqatpour, deputy head of parliament's Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, said 60 percent enrichment would be to yield fuel for nuclear submarines, which often require uranium refined to high levels.
Iran is already enriching some of its uranium to the 20% mark, for use in a medical research reactor.
Source: BewsNax

Iranian source: Nuclear program hiring ‘non-stop,’ ramping up enrichment

Oct. 2, 2012 - An unnamed source in Iran's nuclear program says that they are making steady progress in its uranium enrichment. He also said it had been,
“very hectic” of late at the facility where he is employed. “More and more young graduates and people are brought in every day... We have been working non-stop.”
Source: Times of Israel

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Excerpts from

Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy

Pages 141-142
- The Aggressors of the War of Gog and Magog - Ezekiel 38:1-4

According to Ezekiel, an alliance of enemies will attack Israel in the End Times. The leader will be Gog of the land of Magog, who is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. He is assisted by Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, Beth T ogarmah, and other nations. Most of these names are listed in the genealogies of Genesis 10. Gog is not listed in Genesis 10, but he is evidently the head of the land of Magog, who is mentioned as a son of Japheth, one of Noah's sons. It is known that Japheth traveled north from Mt. Ararat after the flood. Hesoid, a Greek writer of the 7th century BC, and contemporary of Ezekiel, identified Magog with the Scythians and southern Russia. Flavius Josephus, a 1st century Jewish historian said that Magogians were called "Scythians" by the Greeks. Philo, a 1st century Greek identified Magog with southern Russia.Commentators from the turn of this century and before have generally identified Gog and Magog with Russia even though, at the time, they could not explain why Russia would turn against God's people. They conjectured that perhaps the time would come when there would be animosity between Russia and Israel. Rosh ("head", "chief") sounds like Russia. Meshech sounds like Moscow or Mushkovi, the old name for Russia. Tubal sounds like Tobolsk.

- The Target: Israel - Ezekiel 38:2-12

This is the only time in history that this could be said of Israel, that they were brought back from many nations. It is true that they were brought back from Babylon and Persia in the Old Testament, but it is only since the Zionist movement, which began in the late 1800's, that Jewish people have returned from nations all over the world. They had been scattered abroad even in New Testament times. On the Day of Pentecost, for example, the various languages spoken by the Apostles, when the Holy Spirit came upon them, represented the many lands where they had settled. But they had not returned to stay. This really never happened until the amazing events that led to the rebirth of Israel in 1948. What thoughts would come into Russia's mind to make them want to attack Israel? A consideration of Russia's instability and the plans of some of their leaders for expansion throughout the Mediterranean area is given below. Israel has always been a key land bridge between Russia's allies and is presently an enemy of some of those allies. Any number of scenarios in the always-volatile Middle East politics could lead to a Russian attack in the future.

- Russia's Allies - Ezekiel 38:5-6

Persia is now known as Iran, and there is an amazingly close relationship now between Russia and Iran. Cush is Ethiopia, Put is Libya, Gomer and Beth Togarmah may well be Turkey and/or other Islamic nations like those once part of the Soviet Union.

It is interesting that Mizraim, the forefather of Egypt is apparently missing from this lineup. This, of course, fits the current world scene, with Egypt being the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel.

- Israel's Allies - Ezekiel 38:13

Israel's allies appear to be few and feeble. Some of Saudi Arabia was populated by Sheba and Dedan. The merchants of Tarshish could be England and English colonies. In that case, The United States could even be included since we were once an English colony. These allies ask why Russia and its allies are coming, but do not appear to deter them.

- The Outcome - Ezekiel 38:22

The quick end of this future war will be with God's judgment. It could be God's personal power, raining literal fire and brimstone, as in the days of Sodom, or it could be God using nation against nation, as he often did in the Old Testament, to precipitate a nuclear exchange.

And with pestilence and with blood I shall enter into judgment with him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone. - Ezekiel 38:22 (NIV)

The next chapter of Ezekiel continues to give details of this great conflict. Again, it is a scene of utter destruction.

"And I shall strike your bow from your left hand, and dash down your arrows from your right hand. 4 "You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and the peoples who are with you; I shall give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field. 5 "You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken," declares the Lord GOD. 6 "And I shall send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the LORD." - Ezekiel 39:3-6 (NIV)

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