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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Prophetic Significance of Iran

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Critics: Kerry Desperate for Nuke Deal With Iran

Mar. 31, 2015 - Today is the target date for an agreement with Iran about stemming their nuclear capabilities. Critics of the process are skeptical of the process.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton – one of those White House critics – says the United States and its allies may not walk away with a good deal, but he doesn't think that would stop Kerry from saying they did.

Source: NewsMax

Prophetic Significance of Iran


Boehner: Iran has 'no intention' of keeping its word on nuclear deal

Mar. 30, 2015 - House Speaker John Boehner told CNN that Iran does not intend to keep any agreement they might obtain from the nuclear talks that end tomorrow. He said,

“We’ve got a regime that’s never quite kept their word about anything,” he said. “I just don’t understand why we would sign an agreement with a group of people who have no intention of keeping their word.”

He also said that if Iran simply rejects an agreement Congress will act quickly to impose new sanctions on them.
Source: The Guardian
Iran nuclear talks intensify as key deadline nears - BBC
Iran reportedly makes new push for uranium concessions in nuclear talks - Fox
Benjamin Netanyahu says impending nuclear deal for Iran 'is very dangerous to humanity' after being excluded from discussions - Independent - UK
Netanyahu accuses Iran of trying to 'conquer the entire Middle East' amid looming nuclear deal - Fox
The Plan All Along - Hal Lindsey
Iranian Defector: US Working 'On Behalf' of Iran - NewsMax



Netanyahu blasts Iran nuclear negotiations

Mar. 29, 2015 - Respondinging to latest news about the ongoing attempt by world powers to limit Iran's nuclear progress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:

“I expressed our concern over the agreement formulated with Iran in the nuclear talks, which appears to confirm all of our concerns and more,”

Source: The Hill
As deadline looms, Iran nuke talks take on frantic tone - Fox

Iran Keeps Its Nuclear Secrets

Mar. 27, 2015 - The International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) reports that Iran only completed one aspect of the 12-step plan that they agreed to in 2013 to disclose the possible military dimensions of a nuclear program.

“Progress has been very limited” on Iran’s promise to come clean about its earlier efforts to develop a nuclear weapon, IAEA head Yukiya Amano said this week. Mr. Amano added that “no more new issues” had been resolved, particularly on Iran’s effort to develop explosives for a nuke.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Report: Deal Could Let Iran Run Centrifuges in Underground Bunker - NewsMax

Saudi Arabia launches airstrikes in Yemen against Houthi rebels

Mar. 25, 2015 -

With the support of nine mostly Arab countries, Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes in neighboring Yemen on Thursday, where for months Houthi rebels have intensified their violent campaign against the government.

Source: CNN
Saudi-led forces strike rebel bases in Yemen as Iran warns of 'dangerous step' - Fox
Regional tensions: Iran demands immediate halt to Saudi airstrikes in Yemen - Jerusalem Post
Iran expands regional 'empire' ahead of nuclear deal - Jerusalem Post
LA Times: Iran Gains Control of US Intelligence Files in Yemen - NewsMax

Iran Rejects Snap Inspections of its Nuclear Sites

Mar. 25, 2015 - Negotiations continue between Iran and world powers to limit their nuclear program. Earlier this month, Yukiya Amano, the head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), called for snap inspections of Iranian facilities to verify their compliance.

Iran's nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said that the IAEA proposal hinders the negotiations. He said they should only ask for seasonal and monthly reports.

Source: Israel National News

Veto-Proof Majority of House Sends Obama Letter on Iran

Mar. 23, 2015 - A letter to the president from 367 members of the U.S. House of Representatives--a veto-proof alliance of Democrats and Republicans--expressed their united opinion that:
“Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran’s nuclear program must last for decades.”
Source: Breitbart

Graham threatens to cut funds to UN if Obama bypasses Congress on Iran sanctions

Mar. 21, 2015 -

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is throwing down the gauntlet, warning the White House he’ll move to cut funding to the United Nations if the administration turns to the international body to lift sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal.

Source: Fox
Lawmakers on Both Sides Push to Cut Funding for Iran Nuclear Deal - NewsMax

Iran nuclear talks reportedly hit snag over lifting of sanctions as Obama makes appeal to Iran's people

Mar. 20, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal reported that Iran wants sanctions lifted almost immediately if a deal is made.

U.S. and European diplomats, for their part, hold that sanctions should only be lifted once Tehran accounts for its past nuclear activity and is confirmed to be using nuclear energy for peaceful means by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog.

Western negotiators say that the U.S. and European Union can lift some of their sanctions right away but sanctions from the U.N. could take years because Iran has failed to provide key documents about its nuclear program and has not allowed scientists to visit their sites.

Iranians consider the limited lifting of sanctions a deal-breaker.

Source: Fox

Report: Iran Prepared for Nuclear EMP Attack on US

Mar. 19, 2015 - U.S. analyst Peter Vincent Pry wrote an article on the Israeli website Arutz Sheva, based on a recently translated Iranian military textbook that endorses a nuclear EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack against the U.S. He wrote:

"One nuclear warhead detonated at high altitude over the United States would black out the national electrical grid and other life sustaining critical infrastructures for months or years"

He also warned that if such a national blackout lasted for one year it would "leave 90 percent of Americans dead."

Source: NewsMax
Op-Ed: Nuclear Iran--A World Crisis - Peter Vincent Pry - Arutz Sheva

Israel 'closer than ever' to decision on hitting Iran

Mar. 19,. 2015 - The strong surprise winner in Israel's parliamentary elections was Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says that Netanyahu is now on a much firmer base if he decides to use force against the Iranian nuclear weapons program. In the past Israel has twice attacked nuclear weapons sites being developed by hostile states.

The vote was a “stinging defeat” for President Obama that will make Iran far more nervous and probably lead to more appeasement from the U.S. in nuclear negotiations.

Obama did not congratulate Netanyahu on Likud’s victory but he did congratulate current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after his victory in 2013. Bolton said he thinks Obama can't stand Israel.”

Source: WND
Obama Planning Drastic Shake-Up in Policy Toward Israel - NewsMax

Showdown in Lausanne: Iran nuclear talks enter their final stretch

Mar. 18, 2015 - There are still major differences between Iran and the world powers about removing sanctions and possibly allowing Iran to continue nuclear research and development over the lifetime of a deal.

The Iranians are bullish and the Americans are cautious thirteen days before deadline. Meanwhile, the Netanyahu win in Israel has cast an air of uncertainty and urgency over the negotiations on the shores of Lake Geneva

Source: The Guardian - UK

Iran Deepening Involvement in Iraq's War on ISIS

Mar. 13, 2015 -

Iraqi army forces and Shi'ite militias, with the help of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers, continue their fight to liberate Tikrit from Islamic State (ISIS), according to local reports Friday. Iraqi officials explained that Iranian involvement in the region is deepening.

Source: Israel National News

Iran Nuclear Deal, If Reached, Wouldn’t Be ‘Legally Binding,’ Kerry Says

Mar. 12, 2015 -

Secretary of State John Kerry, in an often contentious Senate hearing, told lawmakers Wednesday the U.S. isn't negotiating a “legally binding” agreement with Iran, meaning future presidents could choose not to implement the accord.

Kerry said the agreement with Iran would not be an actual treaty. Treaties legally bind governments to the terms of the agreement, and the Constitution requires them to be approved by the Senate. The Iran deal will not be a treaty, but an executive agreement, and could be changed by a future president.

Mr. Kerry said that the present plan would contain mechanisms to enforce compliance.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Kerry says Congress cannot modify any Iran-U.S. nuclear agreement - Tehran Times

Iran birth drive 'turns women into baby-making machines'

Mar. 11, 2015 - In the recent past Iran has tried to restrict the country's population with contraception subsidised by the state. However, two proposed new laws would reverse this trend and stimulate new population growth. One of the new laws would outlaw promoting birth control and another law would makes it harder for women without babies to get jobs.

"The authorities are promoting a dangerous culture in which women are stripped of key rights and viewed as baby-making machines," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa deputy director at Amnesty International.

Source: BBC
Editor's Note: This development is undoubtedly linked to Iran's plunge in population growth. Read the 2011 review by Reuven Brenner in Forbes, explaining a fascinating book about this phenomenon in the Islamic world, and how it threatens the very existence of Islamic Civilization -- Book Review: How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam is Dying Too). Islamic leaders are aware of this problem, and, in our opinion, it may be an important factor in their belief that the End of Days is approaching. This, in turn, could be the motivation behind their bold, possibly suicidal jihadist extremism.

Republican Senators Warn Obama on Iran in Open Letter

Mar. 9, 2015 - Forty-seven Republican senators and three potential 2016 presidential contenders (Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul) have issued an open letter to Iran's leaders that any nuclear deal offered by President Barack Obama's administration will be revoked or revised after President Obama has left office.

“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system … Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” the senators wrote.

the letter also states that the next President could revoke such an agreement or future Congresses could modify the terms at any time.

Source:NewsMax
Obama mocks Republican letter to Iran over nuclear talks - BBC
GOP senators called 'traitors' over letter to Iran on nuke deal - American Thinker

Iran's Supreme Leader Hospitalized in Critical Condition

Mar. 6, 2015 - It just so happened that on Purim, the Jewish holiday commemorating a Persian plot to annihilate the Jews, the Supreme Leader of the modern-day Persians, the Iranians, was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition. He has stage four prostate cancer, and is likely to only live two more years.

Source: Israel National News
Call it a Purim Miracle - Jewish Press

Like Israel, U.S. Arab Allies Fear Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal

Mar. 5, 2015 - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are just as upset as Israel is about the nuclear deal that is being planned for Iran. Relationships between these countries and the U.S. have already deteriorated in recent years.

Now, with the nuclear talks nearing a deadline, these allies—particularly in the Gulf—fret that America is about to ditch its long-standing friends to win love from their common foe, at the very moment that this foe is on the offensive across the region

Source: Wall Street Journal
What's In the Iran Nuclear Deal? - CNN
Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are 'Very Close' to Nuke Deal - NBC
Netanyahu Says Iran Deal Guarantees Nuclear Arms - Bloomberg
A United World? 120-Nation Bloc Backs Iran’s Nuclear Stance - Patrick Goodenough - CNS News
Saudi FM: Iran is taking over Iraq - Al Arabiya

On eve of Purim, Netanyahu warns of rising Persian threat to Israel & the world and danger of making a bad deal with Tehran.

Mar. 4, 2015 - Joel Rosenberg, who attended the Netanyahu speech to Congress, said it was a historical event, comparable to Winston Churchill's warnings before World War II. The timing of the event was also significant since it was just before the Jewish observance of Purim which begins at sundown today.

On the eve of Purim, the Jewish holiday remembering the Biblical book of Esther and the Persian plot to annihilate the Jewish people 2,500 years ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned the world of a new Persian/Iranian threat to Israel and the world.

Source: Flash Traffic
Purim 2015 reflects political struggles in Israel - Jerusalem Post
The Feasts of Israel - Prophecy Central

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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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