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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'Flame virus aims to gather intelligence'

May 29, 2012 - Iran and other Middle Eastern countries are concerned about a new computer worm, dubbed "Flame." It is being called "the most sophisticated virus of all times." Similarities to the Stuxnet virus make it likely that it was developed by the same expert programmers, but it does not damage equipment like Stuxnet did. Instead, it steals important information. It has been able to overcome 43 different anti-virus programs.
Flame can gather data files, remotely change settings on computers, turn on PC microphones to record conversations, take screen shots and log instant messaging chats.
It is not known who is behind "the most sophisticated virus, but the U.S. and Israel were believed to have produced Stuxnet. Experts believe that only a state could have developed such a complex virus.
Source: YNet News
Iran Under Mysterious 'Flame' Cyber Weapon Attack - NewsMax

Prophetic Significance of Iran


U.S. study: Iran has enough uranium for five nuclear bombs

May 26, 2012 - The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) says that Iran now has enough uranium for at least five nuclear weapons if refined much further.
Friday's report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a Vienna-based UN body, showed Iran pressing ahead with its uranium enrichment work in defiance of UN resolutions calling on it to suspend the activity.
Source: Haaretz
Iran Doubles Its Enriched-Uranium Stockpile, UN Inspectors Find - NewsMax
Netanyahu, Barak refuse to see US official with negative report on Baghdad talks - DEBKAfile



World powers and Iran start nuclear talks in Baghdad

May 23, 2012 - In Baghdad, six global powers -- United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany -- began talks with Iran to hopefully resolve the dispute over their nuclear program. Iran claims their nuclear work is only for peaceful purposes, but the world powers are concerned that they are developing nuclear weapons.
Diplomats have said the Baghdad round of talks, only the second since diplomacy resumed in April after more than a year, may yield initial concessions from all sides. But a breakthrough could still be far off.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Fresh Iran nuclear talks to be held in Moscow [in June] - BBC

UN nuclear chief : Deal with Iran reached on probe

May 23, 2012 -
Despite some remaining differences, a deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the UN nuclear agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms, the UN nuclear chief said Tuesday.
Source: Fox
Israel skeptical of Iranian nuke deal with UN - Fox

US Senate approves new Iran sanctions bill

May 22, 2012 - The US Senate has unanimously approved a bill that will impose tougher sanctions on Iran if they continue to enrich uranium.
"Today the US Senate put Iranian leaders on notice that they must halt all uranium enrichment activities or face another round of economic sanctions from the United States," said Republican Senator Mark Kirk, a co-author of the bill, in a statement.
This strong message from the Senate comes just days before world powers will meet with Iranian representatives in Baghdad, Iraq.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu: No concessions for Iran - YNet News
Iranian drone records U.S. carrier activity [and has capability for EMP attack] - WND
Iran committed to ‘full annihilation of Israel,’ says top Iranian military commander - Daily Caller

Iran will not relinquish one iota of its nuclear rights: Jalili

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has said that the country will not back down an inch in the face of Western pressure to relinquish its rights to advance its peaceful nuclear program
Source: Tehran Times

Plans to strike Iran ready, U.S. envoy to Israel says

May 16, 2012 - U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said that the U.S. is ready to strike Iran's nuclear developments if necessary. He said,
"It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically and through the use of pressure than to use military force. ..But that doesn't mean that option is not fully available - not just available, but it's ready."
Source: Haaretz
Iran to Hezbollah: Don't strike Israel - YNet News
U.S. war drill in Jordan – Israel not invited - WND

Israel fears nuclear deal between Iran, world powers as Baghdad talks draw near

May 15, 2012 - Talks will begin on May 23 in Baghdad between top world powers and Iran about ending their pursuit of nuclear weapons. Israelis fear that Iran will agree to a preliminary compromise that will not actually stop its work but would limit Israel's option of a pre-emptive strike. On an army radio interview, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said,
“If the demands are expressed in the minimalistic manner which we suspect, Iran could agree to all of them, and still be able to continue progressing toward a nuclear weapon. In such a case these talks will not help in stopping Iran.”
Source: Haaretz

Iran Hangs 'Mossad Agent' for Scientist Killing

May 15, 2012 - Majid Jamali Fashi, who was an agent for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, was hanged at Tehran's Evin Prison. He was convicted in 2010 for killing an Iranian nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, by detonating a remote-controlled bomb attached to his motorcycle.
Source: Newsmax

IAEA, Iran begin new nuke talks

May 14, 2012 - As the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) begins two days of talks with Iranian officials it is urging them to allow inspectors to visit key sites, including the Parchin military complex.
The agency believes that site was used by Iran to test multipoint explosives of the type used to set off a nuclear charge. Iran denies such experiments and insists it has no plans to turn its civilian nuclear program to making weapons.
Source: Fox
Drawing may provide insight into Iran's nuclear intentions - Fox
Iran boasts U.S. has abandoned Israel - WND

Hamas says it will not go to war for Iran

May 10, 2012 - Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh answered questions about the complex developments in the Middle East now that Israeli leadership has been united. He said that if Israel carries out a pre-emptive strike against Iran Hamas will not let itself be dragged into a war against Israel.
"Hamas is a Palestinian movement that acts within the Palestinian arena and it carries out its political and field actions in a way that suits the interests of the Palestinian people... Iran did not ask anything from us and we think Iran is not in need of us."
Source: YNet

Iranian Navy Able to Deploy Vessels Three Miles off New York Coasts

May 2, 2012 - Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told university students that Iran is able to position its naval vessels near the United States. He said:
"Our naval forces are so powerful that we have a presence in all the waters of the world and, if needed, we can move to within three miles of New York."
He also claimed that their military has the abillity to cripple or disable US aircraft carriers.
Source: FARS News Agency

Jpost poll: Most Israelis support US-led Iran strike

April 30, 2012 - According to a new Jerusalem Post poll, the vast majority of Israelis would support an attack against Iran if it was led by America, leading an international consortium of air forces.
Seventy-two percent would back an international strike, while just 14% would oppose it, and 14% did not express an opinion.
On the other hand only 45% would be in favor of an Israeli attack without the US support.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Iran preparing for 'the Last Six Months'

April 26, 2012 - While Iran publicly claims it has not yet decided to make nuclear weapons, the UN indicates that they already have enough enriched uranium for six bombs. A former undercover CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guard, who goes by the pseudonym Reza Kahlili, claims that the country appears to be in the last six months of preparation for an all-out war, which they believe will usher in the return of their messiah, the Mahdi (or 12th Imam) to destroy all of Islam's enemies.
Mahdi will only reappear, Shiites believe, when Israel is destroyed and the U.S. is brought to its knees; [and] two-thirds of the world’s population will die in a nuclear exchange.
Nine years ago Kahlili wrote a book, The Last Six Months. It describes the conditions that Iran's leaders believe will lead to Mahdi's return. The 9/11 attacks and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are preludes to even greater signs: Attacks on Syria and then on Iran itself. Current conditions make both of these events plausible today.
Source: WND
Israel's top general says Iran unlikely to make bomb - Reuters
April 27, 2012 - Israel Defense Minister Restates Fears of Nuclear Iran - Prophecy Central's Israel Section

N. Korean missile failure setback for Iran

April 24, 2012 - North Korea's failed launch of their long-range Unha-3 rocket was not only a disappointment for them, but also for Iran in their efforts to develop a missile that could threaten the United States and Europe.
The Islamic Republic's aerospace industry has depended on North Korean -- as well as Chinese and Russian -- technology and expertise to develop its strategic missile force, generally seen as a means of delivering the nuclear warheads that ... Tehran is driving to produce.
Source: Space Daily

Israeli TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near

April 15, 2012 - An Israeli TV broadcast a detailed report of Israel's plans to carry out a military strike against Iran if diplomacy and sanctions fail to stop their nuclear developments. The report was cleared by the military censor.
No order to strike is likely to be given before the P5+1 talks with Iran resume in May, the reporter, Alon Ben-David, said. “But the coming summer will not only be hot but tense.”
Source: Times of Israel

Netanyahu: Iran received 'gift' from world powers with further nuclear talks

Apr. 15, 2012 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was critical of the process of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers. He said that the decision to continue talks in May is like a gift for Iran, that give the country more time to continue enriching Uranium.
The prime minister repeated his position that "Iran needs to stop all uranium enrichment immediately, to take all the enriched material out of the country, and to dismantle its nuclear facility at Qom."
The six "world powers" that sent representatives to meet with Iranians were the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany. The meeting was held in Istanbul ,Turkey.
Source: Haaretz
Iran nuclear talks 'positive' after 15-month break - BBC
Nuclear Talks with Iran Begin in Turkey: Last Chance for Diplomacy Before War? - Joel Rosenberg

Big US-Arab Gulf air force exercise draws Iranian warning to stop at once

April 11, 2012 - The biggest air force exercise ever conducted in the Gulf region is now underway with 200 warplanes. Some one hundred of them were launched from the USS Enterprise and USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carriers and their strike groups near Iranian shores.
The Saudi, UAE, Kuwaiti and Bahraini air forces contributed the other 100...in an unprecedented show of military solidarity with the US.

The Iranian ambassador to Kuwait warned that Iran would attack the Gulf nations taking part in the exercise unless they withdrew at once.

Source: DEBKAfile

IDF officials: Missile attack on Israel would produce less than 300 casualties

April 4, 2012 -
Israel Defense Forces officials told cabinet ministers on Monday that should Israel undergo a coordinated missile attack, there would be less than 300 Israeli casualties.

If Israel were to attack Iran's nuclear facilities they could expect missile attacks from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Syrian army, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and terror organizations in Gaza. The response could last for three weeks. Thousands of missiles and rockets would strike Israel. There would be severe damage to property and infrastructure, and hundreds of people would be wounded.

The estimate of 300 deaths is lower than earlier projections.

Source: Haaretz
Top Commander: Iran Could Hit US If It Is Attacked - Newsmax

Iran vows to stick to nuclear 'path'

April 3, 2012 -
The UN Security Council has imposed four sets of sanctions on Iran because of suspicions over its nuclear programme, which the United States and its allies believe includes a drive to develop atomic weapons capability.
In response, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that sanctions have caused Iran some small problems, but, he said "we will continue our path."
Source: France 24

Opinion: Israel's plan to attack Iran put on hold until next year at the earliest

Mar. 29, 2012 - A recent war simulation conducted by the U.S. projected that an Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear facilities would result in the death of 200 Americans. This implies that the death of Americans would be on Israel's hands. In the meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman George Little announced that the Defense Department would be seeking more money to help Israel fund the Iron Dome antimissile defense system. Columnist Amir Oren gives his opinion of what this means:
When [Israeli Defense Minister Ehud] Barak thanked the Obama administration "for helping strengthen Israel's security," he was abandoning the pretension to act against Iran without permission before the U.S. presidential elections in November.
In essence this was an announcement that this war was being postponed until at least the spring of 2013.
Source: Haaretz

Obama: Window for diplomatic solution to nuclear Iran is closing

Mar. 25, 2012 - President Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on the eve of a nuclear security summit in Seoul. Following that meeting he warned Iran that if diplomatic solutions fail to halt their nuclear weapons program, they will face military intervention.
"I believe there is a window of time to solve this diplomatically, but that window is closing," Obama told reporters.
Source: Haaretz

Open Doors: Growth of Christianity in Iran 'Explosive'

Mar. 24, 2012 - Persecution of Christians has led to a booming underground church in Iran and young people in that country are unhappy with their Islamic leaders after what they consider a false re-election of their radlical president.
The number of Muslims converting to become Christians is growing at an explosive rate, according to the persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA.
Source:Christian Post
See where Christian church growth is 'explosive' - WND

Iran parliament questions President Ahmadinejad

Mar. 14, 2012 - For the first time since Iran's 1979 revolution, Iran's President has been summoned to the country's parliament and asked to defend his actions, and especially his apparent challenge of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.
One question asked the president to explain his justification for his 11-day absence from government meetings last April after the supreme leader reinstated the Intelligence Minister, Heidar Moslehi, whom Mr Ahmadinejad had just sacked.
Source: BBC

U.S. May Attack Iran with New ‘Great Weapon’ – Pentagon Official

Mar. 9, 2012 - According to DefenseNews.com U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Herbert Carlisle talked about a new 13,600-kilogram bunker-buster bomb that would be able to smash through a 200-feet concrete bunker.
Speaking at the conference on the U.S. defense programs, Carlisle said that the bomb was "a great weapon," specially designed to attack countries like Iran which have their nuclear facilities buried underground.
Source: RIANovosti
Panetta: US attack on Iran would be more effective - YNet News
General Boykin to Beck: ‘I Believe Iran Has a Nuclear Warhead Now’ - Yahoo

US 'offered Israel new arms to delay Iran attack'

Mar. 8, 2012 - Unnamed Western diplomats said that during the meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the US administration offered to supply Israel with advanced bunker-busting bombs and long-range refuelling planes if Israel would agree not to attack Iran until 2013, after the November elections in the US.
Source: AFP (Google)
Think-tank: Israeli attack on Iran unlikely this year - YNet News
Iran sends in the trucks: satellite images suggest nuclear clean-up - Sydney Morning Herald

Fresh Iran nuclear talks agreed with world powers, says EU

Mar. 6, 2012 - Israel's threat of a pre-emptive military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities has apparently led Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili to invite fresh discussions about their nuclear progress. Iran insists there is no military element to its nuclear program, but the last round of talks ended in failure in January more than a year ago. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton agreed to the talks on behalf of the five UN Security Council members plus Germany. She said the EU hopes that this will signal "a sustained process of constructive dialogue which will deliver real progress" in resolving the issue.
Iran had earlier said it was prepared under certain conditions to grant inspectors from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to the key military site of Parchin.
Source: BBC
How Israel might strike at Iran - BBC

Adamant Obama confronts Netanyahu with a lone decision on Iran

Mar. 5, 2012 - President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu today. The intelligence experts at DEBKA predict that President Obama will stick with his position that a military strike would be “premature” and that economic and diplomatic pressure against Iran need more time to produce results.
Even before hearing what Israel had to say, Obama was resolved to oppose military action on Iran and not be moved on this. Now he is additionally determined to put his Israeli visitor in his place and draw a line on Jerusalem’s influence in Washington - both as a lesson to Jerusalem and an incentive for Tehran.
Source: DEBKAfile

AP: Israel Won't Warn US Before Iran Strike

Feb. 28, 2011 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak told top-level U.S. visitors to the country, that Israel would not warn the U.S. before striking Iran's nuclear facilities.
Israeli officials said that if they eventually decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the United States would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel's potential attack.
Source: NewsMax

US Bolsters Defenses in Strait of Hormuz

Feb. 26, 2012 - In order to deal with a possible military confrontation with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon has notified US lawmakers of plans to use new mine-detection and clearing equipment and improved surveillance capabilities.
Iran's military and political leaders had earlier warned they could close the strait -- a key transit route for global oil supplies -- if increased Western sanctions over Tehran's suspect nuclear program halt Iranian oil exports.
Meanwhile, the UN atomic agency reported that Iran has substantially boosted uranium enrichment, and the agency "continues to have serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program.
Source: NewsMax

'Iran ready to wipe Israel off the map'

Feb. 25, 2012 - Iran's Deputy Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi warned Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
"Israel is weaker than it has ever been and its army is tired and humiliated… This is why it is trying to solve its problems by talking about taking action against Iran... Iran's warriors are ready and willing to wipe Israel off the map."
Source: YNet News

IAEA official: No 'way forward' on nuclear talks with Iran

Feb. 22, 2012 - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official Herman Nackaerts said that his team went to Iran "in a constructive spirit," but they "could not find a way forward" in attempts to persuade Iran to talk about their suspicion that their country was developing nuclear arms. The team has returned to Vienna and a statement was issued that acknowledged the talks had failed.
Source: Haaretz
Tehran steps into US-Israel Iran row with threat of pre-emptive strike - DEBKAfile
Mideast Expert Phares: Obama Turns Blind Eye to Iranian Peril
Wife Admits: Slain Iranian Nuke Scientist‘s ’Ultimate Goal Was the Annihilation of Israel’ - Yahoo

Iran to hold military drills 'to protect nuclear sites'

Feb. 21, 2012 - To prepare for a possible military strike by Israel against Iran's nuclear sites, defensive drills will be conducted by Iran to counter "all possible threats, especially to public, important and nuclear centers".
"The exercises aim to reinforce the integrated abilities of the country's anti-air defences," said a statement from the Katem-ol-Anbia military air base, quoted by the official Irna news agency.
Source: BBC

Iran FM: We are ready to face 'worst-case scenario' in defense of nuclear program

Feb. 20, 2012 - While analysts say that an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities are likely, Iran's Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, insists that their nuclar program is only for peaceful purposes. He said that Tehran was prepared for any "worse-case scenario" in order to defend its nuclear aspirations.
Source: Haaretz

Joel Rosenberg Warns of Biblical War Unfolding Between Iran and Israel

Feb. 16, 2011 - Joel C. Rosenberg, best-selling author and authority on Middle East affairs, told a Pastor's Conference in Jacksonville that Iran and Israel will soon be thrown into a war. He said this developing threat will one of the most dangerous moments in the history of Israel, the Middle East, and the church.

Rosenberg acknowledged that many pastors feel that prophecy has become "sensationalized" today, causing people to not take it seriously anymore. But he said that pastors should not shy away from the facts or ignore biblical prophecy.

"Prophecy is an intercept from the mind of an all-knowing and all-seeing and all-powerful God," he said. "It is meant to inspire, motivate and encourage. It will lead to repentance, holiness, and prayer and fasting."
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was in the audience.

Source: Christian Post
U.S. military told to prepare for Iran ops - WND

Iran Announces Nuclear Improvements

Feb. 15, 2012 - In an elaborate televised ceremony, Iran unveiled the latest achievements in its nuclear development program: use of their own nuclear fuel and installation of new and better centrifuges. A video showed their President Ahmadinejad inspecting the process of installing domestically-made nuclear fuel rods in a reactor.

The government unveiled the "new generation" of faster, more efficient uranium enrichment centrifuges at its Natanz facility ... The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, said they were three times more efficient than their existing capacity.

Source: BBC

Covert ops have Israel placing ships in position

Feb. 14, 2012 - According to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin Israel has placed under-cover ships in the Arabian Sea, near the mouth of the Gulf of Oman. In that position they may be used for the vital "C4ISR" functions (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance).

This would give the Israelis the capability of not only intelligence-gathering on Iranian communications of its missile and air defense activities but also to coordinate attacks employing jet fighters, missiles and missile-carrying submarines.

Source: WND
Krauthammer: Israel ‘will strike’ Iran to ‘prevent a second holocaust’ - Yahoo

US admiral says forces prepared to confront Iran

Feb. 13, 2012 - Vice Admiral Mark Fox, commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet, says that Iran has submarines and fast attack craft, some with large warheads attached that could cause considerable damage in a suicide attack. They also have a large inventory of mines that they could use to stop traffic in the Strait of Hormuz.
[He] told reporters at the naval force's Bahrain headquarters that the Navy has "built a wide range of potential options to give the president" and is "ready today" to confront any hostile action by Tehran.
Source: YNet News

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a href=http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/11/iran-to-make-major-nuclear-announcement-within-days-ahmadinejad-says/> Iran to make major nuclear announcement within days, Ahmadinejad says

Feb. 11, 2012 - At a rally commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran will soon unveil "big new" nuclear achievements.
Within the next few days the world will witness the inauguration of several big new achievements in the nuclear field," Ahmadinejad told the crowd in Tehran's famous Azadi, or Freedom, square.
Source: Fox
49% of Americans in favor of Iran strike - YNet News
Countdown! Iran's finger on nuclear trigger - WND

'Iran must attack Israel by 2014'

Feb. 9, 2012 - A document that represents the bellief of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now circulating on the Internet.

The document, written by strategy specialist Alireza Forghani, outlined the reasons why, "In the name of Allah, Iran must attack Israel by 2014."
The document calls Israel "cancerous tumor for the Middle East." It says that even though Israel has not yet struck Iran, its occupation of Palestinian lands already justifies an attack. It called for the destruction of Israel before the opportunity to do so will be lost, and claimed that it would be a "defensive jihad" - or the protecting of Islam against aggressors "who want to gain domination over the Muslims and kill them."

Source: Jerusalem Post

US Prof. Tells Newsweek Israel Must Attack Iran – Now

Feb. 7, 2012 - Harvard University Professor Niall Ferguson told Newsweek that Israel must attack Iran now.
Prof. Ferguson maintains that whether he likes it or not, President Barack Obama will come to Israel’s defense if it attacks Iran in an attempt to slow down its nuclear development, if not destroy its nuclear facilities altogether.
The U.S. already has two U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf (CVN 72 Abraham Lincoln and CVN 70 Carl Vinson) and another one (CVN 77 George H.W. Bush) is on its way.
Source: IsraelNationalNews
Israel and Iran on the Eve of Destruction in a New Six-Day War - Newsweek

U.S. anxiety grows over possible Israeli plans on Iran

Feb. 4, 2012 - Confusing and contradictory reports abound about Israel's possible plans to attack Iranian nuclear installations before it is too late to stop their development of nuclear weapons. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that he believes Israel will most likely strike Iran in a few months. But Ken Pollack, a former White House and CIA official opined that the increasing dire warnings from Israel's leaders were misleading.
"If Israel has a good military option, they just take it, they don't talk about it, they don't give warnings...So the fact that they are talking about it, to me, is one tip-off that they don't have a good military option."
Source: Haaretz
Israeli official says Iran is creating missile that could reach East Coast of US - Jewish World Review
Krauthammer: Leak indicates Israeli attack on Iran ‘certain’ - Daily Caller
A Nuclear Iran: Is it Biblical prophecy? - Donald L. Brake, Sr. - Washington Post

Iran's Supreme Leader: Israel a 'Cancer,' Will Be Cut!

Jan. 3, 2012 - On the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, called Israel a "cancer" and offered assistance to any nation or group that will confront them. He said Iran has helped Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian communities.

His remarks were partly a response to news that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had said that he feared a possible Israeli strike as early as April.

Source: NewsMax
Iran warns world of coming great event - Khamenei believes that the coming of the last Islamic Messiah, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, is near. Some of the Revolutionary Guards are called “Soldiers of Imam Mahdi” - WND
'Panetta believes Israel will strike Iran soon' - Likely that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June. - YNet News

MI chief: Iran can produce 4 bombs

Feb. 2, 2012 - Major General Aviv Kochavi, Israel's Director of Military Intelligence, said that Iran has over four tons of enriched materials and nearly 100kg of 20% enriched uranium -- enough for four bombs. He added, "We have conclusive evidence that they are after nuclear weapons."
Source: YNet News

Mossad chief holds secret U.S. meetings on Iran nuclear threat, Senate panel reveals

Feb. 1, 2012 - CIA chief David Petraeus told a Senate committee that he had met with Isral's Mossad chief Tamir Pardo, who said that Israel considers Iran an existential threat and has growing concerns about their nuclear ambitions.

At the same meeting Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate panel,

"Iran's technical advancement, particularly in uranium enrichment, strengthens our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical, and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons... Iran would likely choose missile delivery as its preferred method of delivering a nuclear weapon."

Source: Haaretz
US Intel Chiefs Assess Iranian Threat - Voice of America
Ya'alon: Iran asked IAEA if it could enrich uranium to 90% - Israel Hayom

'4 Revolutionary Guards men died in a week'

Jan. 25, 2012 - In Iran four Revolutionary Guard commanders died mysteriously of heart attacks and strokes over the past four days. The deaths were reported by a website run by an Iranian opposition organization, and the implication is, in the light of recent assassinations of nuclear scientists, that the men might have been murdered.
Source: YNet

Iran preparing now for Armageddon

Jan. 25, 2012 - Select fighters being described as 'Soldiers of Imam Mahdi'

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has reportedly called for preparation for a possible war with the United States, and the need to execute Iranian dissidents. He evidently believes that the Mahdi, the 12th Imam is on earth now, and that he will be revealed when the world is in chaos. Some believe that the Mahdi facilitated the victory of Hezbollah over Israel in 2006.

Source: WND
Iran, Russia Ink Security Agreement - Fars News Agency
Iran claims it has produced laser-guided shells - YNet News

Benjamin Netanyahu renews speculation over military action against Iran

Jan. 25, 2012 - The commander of the Israel Defense Forces is planning to retire, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is advancing the candidacy of his military secretary, Maj Gen Yihanan Locker, a pro-war officer, for the position.
Mr Netanyahu, supported by Ehud Barak, his defence minister, is widely known to lead a camp favouring military action against Iran but he has run into persistent opposition from senior military and intelligence commanders who question whether unilateral air strikes would be effective.
Source: Telegraph UK

EU formally adopts Iran oil embargo

Jan. 23, 2012 - Today the European Union intensified pressure on Iran by adopting an oil embargo against them and freezing the assets of Iran's central bank.
Diplomats said the measures, approved in Brussels by the EU's 27 foreign ministers, include an immediate embargo on new contracts for crude oil and petroleum products. Existing contracts with Iran will be allowed to run until July.
Source: Fox

'Obama recognizes Iran's N-rights'

Jan. 22, 2011 - Through three different channels President Obama sent a letter to Iran's Foreign Ministry saying that that the U.S. recognizes Iran's right to peaceful nuclear technology. Iranian legislator Hossein Ebrahimi revealed that Obama said he was against sanctions against Iran's Central Bank, but he could do nothing to avert the motion as it was unanimously passed by US Congress.
The Iranian legislator described such positions as “passive” and noted that the US and the world have come to a “definite conclusion” that Iran is a “powerful” country that will not surrender to “bullying and hegemony.”
Source: PressTV
Obama blinks in Iranian standoff - WND

Strategist: U.S.-Gulf state alliance could ‘completely destroy Iran’s armed forces’

Jan. 20, 2012 - Riad Kahwaji, chief executive officer of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, said that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) forces were superior to Iran’s military. He added that it would be suicidal for Iran to block the Strait of Hormuz.
GCC officials said the alliance was preparing for any Iranian attack, including one by nuclear weapons.
Source: World News Tribune
US Forces Poised to Deal with Iran Threat - Voice of America

Scientists’ deaths suggest tit-for-tat assassinations

Jan. 17, 2012 - The recent assassinations of four Iranian nuclear scientists has been in the headlines, but the revenge killing of Eli Ollaz, an Israeli scientist, was not highly publicized.
Now a previously unknown group, Brigades of Martyr General Hassan Tehrani Moghadam, has claimed credit for the killing of Ollaz in December in his home in Tel Aviv.
The group took its name from General Moghadam who was considered the father of the Iranian missile program. He was killed last November in the explosion of the Iranian Alghadir missile base.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Iran says nabbed suspects in scientist's murder - YNet News

US, Israel in open rift over Iran: Big joint military drill cancelled

Jan. 16, 2012 - Austere Challenge 12, the biggest war games exercise the US and Israel have ever conducted, has been moved from this spring to the last quarter of the year. The reason given was "budgetary constraints" but observers think the real reason is disagreemnt between the US and Israel about the escalating tension with Iran.
Nothing was said about the 9,000 US troops who landed in Israeli earlier this month for a lengthy stay. Neither was the forthcoming visit by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff, Thursday mentioned.
Source: DEBKAfile
US Believes Israel May Strike Iran Soon - Newsmax
U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman headed to Israel amid Iran threat - Fox
Netanyahu deputy "disappointed" with Obama on Iran - Yahoo

Former National Security Adviser Hadley: Chance of US-Iran Conflict 'Very High'

Jan. 14, 2012 - Stephen Hadley, who served as President George W. Bush’s chief foreign policy adviser, warned that the United States and Iran may end up in a military conflict because of the tensions that are building now.
Referring to Iran’s provocative and bellicose threats about military attacks on U.S. carriers and the Strait of Hormuz, Hadley said, “I think it is a very high risk that we will have that kind of confrontation."
Source: NewsMax
Two US aircraft carriers opposite Iran, 15,000 troops in Kuwait - DEBKAfile
Russia: Attack on Tehran is Attack on Moscow - Israel National News

Tehran blast kills nuclear scientist

Jan. 11, 2012 - Another nuclear scientist has been killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Iran. The mysterious event took place in the capital city of Tehran. The victim was Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, "an oil professor at Tehran's technical university and nuclear scientist."
A city official blamed Israel for the attack, similar to attacks on nuclear scientists just over a year ago.
Source: YNet News
US denies killing Iran nuclear scientist with magnetic bomb - MSNBC
Killings, blasts, computer worms: The covert war on Iran - YNet News
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Covert War with Iran - Fox

Ex-adviser: Obama ready to strike to stop Iran

Jan. 10, 2012 - Dennis Ross, who served two years on Obama’s National Security, said,
Obama has “made it very clear” that he regards a nuclear-armed Iran as so great a threat to international security that “the Iranians should never think that there’s a reluctance to use the force” to stop them.
A day earlier Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CBS News’s “Face the Nation” that a decision by Iran to develop nuclear weapon would cross a red line, precipitating a US strike. In addition, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the same audience that he has is planning and positioning assets to be ready if ordered to take military action.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Iran plans one-kiloton underground nuclear test in 2012 - DEBKAfile

Iran to Launch Nuclear Work in Bunker in 'Near Future'

Jan. 8, ,2012 - Iran sends a political signal that it will not agree with pressure to stop enriching uranium. Instead, they will move their uranium enrichment facility in the "near future" to a location deep inside a mountain.
Iran has said for months that it is preparing to move its highest-grade uranium refinement work to Fordow, a facility near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom in central Iran, from its main enrichment plant at Natanz.
Iran still claims that its nuclear program is only for the purpose of generating power and for medical purposes. Western powers believe that Iran also wants to produce nuclear weapons.
Source: NewsMax
Gulf states brace for unwanted US-Iran war - Space Daily

Thousands of US troops deploying to Israel

Jan. 5, 2012 - The US is sending troops to Israel to conduct the largest-ever joint missile drill by the two countries, and perhaps to prepare for the possibility of war with Iran. Last year's UN report on Iran's nuclear program developments and threats from Iran to close the Strait of Homuz might cause an all-out war to occur sooner than thought.
Without much media attention, thousands of American troops are being deployed to Israel, and Iranian officials believe that this is the latest and most blatant warning that the US will soon be attacking Tehran.
Source: RT
President Obama Outlines a New Global Military Strategy - White House
'US deploys troops in Israel for Iran war' - PressTV
Former CIA Chief: Iran 'Single Greatest Destabilizing' Force in 2012 - Fox
Saudis, Gulf states on war alert for early US-Iran clash - DEBKAFILE
Report: Israel could take out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure ‘in two days’ - World Tribune
'Attacks on Iran won't be allowed from Turkey' - Jerusalem Post
U.S. to Iran: Warships to remain in Persian Gulf - USA Today

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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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