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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Iranian rocket passes within 1,500 yards of US aircraft carrier

Dec. 30, 2015 - Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said that an Iranian rocket passed the U.S. aircraft carrier Harry Truman at a distance of about 1,500 yards. He described it as "highly provocative." and also said:

"Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional and inconsistent with international maritime law." .

Source: Fox

Prophetic Significance of Iran


Iranian hackers breached US power grid to engineer blackouts

Dec. 22, 2015 -

About a dozen times in the last decade, sophisticated foreign hackers have gained enough remote access to control the operations networks that keep the lights on, according to top experts who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Source: Times of Israel



U.S. 'Not Ruling Out' Steps Over Iranian Missile Test

Dec. 17, 2015 - A confidential report to the UN Security Council affirms that the medium-range Emad rocket that Iran tested in October was capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, and was therefore a violation of a UN resolution.

The conclusion of the council's Panel of Experts on Iran will likely lead to calls for expanding sanctions against Tehran in Washington and some other Western capitals.

Source: Haaretz

Iran tests another mid-range ballistic missile in breach of UN resolutions

Dec. 7, 2015 - Iran has tested another mid-range missile in a breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The missile, known as a Ghadr-110, has a range of 1,800 – 2000 km, or 1200 miles, and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile fired in November is an improved version of the Shahab 3.

Source: Fox

Iran trains for capture of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa, but uses Dome of Rock model

Nov. 22, 2015 - On Friday thousands of Iran's Revolutionary Guards simulated the capture of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque. They used a model of the mosque, erected on a hill in Iran.

The symbolic operations were backed up by Guards helicopters, drones and Tucano planes that bombed hypothetical enemy positions before ground troops captured the replica of the mosque set up at the top of a mountain.

Source: Times of Israel

UN asked to take action against Iran for recent missile test

Oct. 22, 2015 -

The United States, France, Britain and Germany asked the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to investigate ... Iran for conducting a ballistic missile test earlier this month, which they say violated U.N. sanctions.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power contends that the missile launched by Iran on Oct. 10 “is inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon."
Source: Washington Post

Iran reveals huge underground missile base with broadcast on state TV

Oct. 15, 2015 - Three days ago Iran tested a new long-range missile. Now they have released video footage of their underground missile facility that they say can "erupt like a volcano from the depth of earth."

Iranian state television broadcast unprecedented footage on Wednesday of an underground tunnel packed with missiles and launcher units, which officials said could be used if “enemies make a mistake”.

Source: The Guardian - UK

Syria and Iraq are awash with Russian, Iranian, and Chinese weapons

Sept. 27, 2015 -

A large amount of the Russian, Iranian, and Chinese ammunition flooding the battle zones were likely looted by ISIS and other jihadists from Syrian military bases. Iran and Russia both directly provided arms to the Assad regime in 2014.

Source:Business Insider
A Chinese aircraft carrier docks at Tartus to support Russian-Iranian military buildup - DEBKA
France launches airstrikes against ISIL in Syria - USA Today

Canada Declares Iran a ‘Terrorist State’, Closes Embassy And Expels Iranian Diplomats

Sept. 21, 2015 - Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird called Iran "the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.” Therefore Canada is shutting down their embassy in Tehran, and expelling Iranian diplomats.

While the Obama administration celebrates a deal with Iran, Canada has just officially labeled Iran as an ‘active state sponsor of terrorism.’

Source: Christian Telegram

Russian Flights Over Iraq and Iran Escalate Tension With U.S.

Sept. 14, 2015 - Russia is defying America's efforts to block military aid to Syria.

American officials disclosed Sunday that at least seven giant Russian Condor transport planes had taken off from a base in southern Russia during the past week to ferry equipment to Syria, all passing through Iranian and Iraqi airspace.

Source: NY Times
US and Russian Forces in Syria Aren’t Talking to Each Other - Defense One

Dick Cheney Demands Congress Stop ‘Madness’ of Iran Deal

Sept. 9, 2015 -

Cheney objected, “Iran will be inspecting itself. This is historically misguided,” and said the so-called secret side deal between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran is off-limits for elected representatives to review.

Source: The Blaze

Obama’s Iran Deal Is Still Far from Settled

Sept. 9, 2015 - The way things stand right now, President Obama could veto action by Congress to invalidate his nuclear deal with Iran, and there might not be enough votes to override his veto. However,

The Corker legislation — formally known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 — is crystal clear. In its very first section, the act requires the president to transmit to Congress “the agreement. . . . including all related materials and annexes.”

President Obama has never YET given Congress the complete information that they should have had. He should have transmitted it to them “not later than five days after reaching the agreement” (July 19, since the agreement was finalized on July 14).

Source: Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review
It’s not too late for the Senate to stop the President’s dangerous Iran deal from becoming U.S. law. Here’s how to follow the Constitution. - Joel Rosenberg

Nearly 200 Retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal

Aug. 26, 2015 - Last week three dozen retired senior military officers sent a letter to Congress expressing approval of the nuclear deal. In response, nearly 200 retired generals and admirals have now sent a letter urging lawmakers to reject the Iran nuclear agreement because it threatens national security.

One is retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush and is now executive vice president of the Family Research Council.

Many of the leaders who signed the letter have served in the White House, under both Democratic and Republican presidents.

Source: Washington Post
Gen. Paul Vallely: Iran Already Has Nuke, Making Deal 'Moot' - NewsMax

'Israel should be annihilated,’ senior Iran aide says

ug. 26, 2015 - According to Hussein Sheikholeslam, a foreign affairs adviser to parliament speaker Ali Larijani, “Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”

Source: Times of Israel
Iranian Intel chief: Israel's Mossad plotting to undermine stability in Iran - Jerusalem Post
IDF ‘more ready than ever’ to strike Iran, security official says - Times of Israel

RON'S BLOG
Aug. 18, 2015
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An Open Letter to the President


It is with a mixture of the greatest respect for the office you hold, and a profound disappointment with some of the decisions you have made, that I must plead for you to face the realities of the course you are taking with Iran, the self-proclaimed enemy of the United States and Israel.

I don’t have any illusions that you will actually read this letter, but I hope that if you did, I would have the courage to stand face to face with you—for the sake of my own children and grandchildren, and for the multitude of others who love our country and God’s Chosen People in Israel.

As President of the United States, you are the most powerful person in the world. But there are untold millions of people who follow the most Powerful Person in the Universe: Jesus Christ. We are not afraid that Christianity will fail, because Jesus promised, “I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

However, we do fear for the future of our country, which was founded on Christian principles. God’s blessing of nations is based on the Abrahamic Covenant.

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. – Genesis 12:3

Most Americans still believe that God has blessed America. But if we turn our back on Israel, which was miraculously reborn in 1948 in fulfillment of prophecy (Ezekiel 36 and 37), we know we cannot expect the continued divine assistance and protection that we have enjoyed for so long.

World War II could have been avoided if Great Britain’s Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, had not made a deal in 1938 with Hitler, called the Munich Agreement. He thought that he had defused the problem, but it only allowed Hitler to continue his preparations for a war that cost more than 50 million lives.

Many prominent observers of today’s dangerous world are warning you that this deal with Iran will lead to a nuclear holocaust—the very thing you are trying to avoid. Numerous military experts oppose this agreement, and it is almost certain that Congress, including many Democrats, will vote their disapproval of the plan. But you have already said you will veto any such congressional action.

It is my earnest prayer that you will reconsider your position, and that your real legacy will be your courage in stopping the aggression of our greatest enemy.

350 rabbis urge Congress to reject 'dangerous' Iran deal - WND
Iranian EMP attack on U.S. 'Shariah-compliant' - F. Michael Maloof - WND

Trump: Israel was sold out by Kerry and Obama

Aug. 17, 2015 - Speaking to an Iowa crowd, Donald Trump voiced harsh disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal.

"Israel was sold out by Kerry and Obama. You cannot let Iran have a nuclear weapon. You can't have it. When they march down the street saying death to Israel, death to the United [States]. You can't let it happen."

Source: Jerusalem Post
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Obama: Netanyahu only leader 'I can recall' forcibly interfering in US policy

Aug. 10, 2015 -

Congress is expected to vote on the deal by September 17. Netanyahu has mounted a public campaign against the deal which he believes is a historic mistake because it legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program and leaves it with the ability to produce atomic weapons.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Iran Deal: American Christians Warn 'Annihilation Looms' for US - Israel National News

Ya’alon: Israel ‘not responsible’ for Iran nuke scientists’ lives

Aug. 7, 2015 - In an interview, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon implied that covert assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists might resume.

Ya’alon told German newspaper Der Spiegel that Israel would do anything necessary in order to assure Tehran does not get atomic weapons, including taking military action.

Source: Times of Israel

Top Iranian Terror Commander Meets with Putin

Aug. 7, 2015 - Iranian Revolutionary Guards leader Qassem Soleimani, ignoring a UN travel ban, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia and Iran are close partners. The two countries have both backed the Syrian regime in the ongoing civil war; Moscow is also preparing to deliver S-300 missile defense systems to Tehran despite a chorus of international criticism.

Source: Israel National News

Why is the Iran nuclear deal so dangerous? Rosenberg's detailed analysis of the 159-page agreement.

Aug. 5, 2015 - After consulting with a number of Mideast experts, nuclear experts, and former senior U.S. government officials, Joel Rosenberg believes the Iran nuclear deal is insane. Read his reasons, including these:

• The deal doesn’t end Iran’s nuclear program — it legalizes, legitimizes, expands it.
• The deal provides Iran not just one but two paths to The Bomb — in 10 to 15 years if Iran keeps the agreement, and much sooner if Iran cheats.

Source: Joel Rosenberg

Congress Motion to Kill Iran Deal Almost Veto-Proof

Aug. 3, 2015 - A new Congressional resolution calls for an end to the Iran nuclear deal. It has...

...already received the support of at least 213 Republican lawmakers within just two weeks, and is well on its way to obtaining a two-thirds majority that US President Barack Obama will be unable to veto.

With some Democrats supporting the resolution, it is hoped that 290 of the 435 members of the House of Representatives will vote in favor of it, making it veto-proof.
Source: Israel National News
Iran: U.S. Banned from Knowing Details of Iran Nuclear Inspection Agreement - Free Beacon

Iran Publishes Book on How to Destroy Israel

Aug. 2, 2015 - Iran's Supreme ruler Ayatollah Khamenei has written a book called Palestine, in which he explains that Israel must be wiped out. He claims that present Israel once belonged to Islam, and therefore can never belong to someone else. He says, "The solution is a one-state formula." The land should be called "Palestine," but those who can prove they are Jews could remain as a minority.

On the back cover of the book Khamenei is called "The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem." He says that Israel is especially bad because it is an "ally of the American Great Satan," which has fought against Muslims on many occasions. In addition, Israel occupies Jerusalem, "Islam’s third Holy City."

Khamenei says this position is not "anti-Semitic," which he considers a European notion.

Source: NewsMax
Editor's Note: Iran does not consider itself anti-Semitic, because it is allied with the Arab world, which is also Semitic, having descended from Shem and Joktan, and also from Abraham and Ishmael. (Genesis 10:21-31; Genesis 16:15; 17:20)
Ayatollah publishes book calling to wipe out Israel, give Iran full reign in the Middle East - Jerusalem Post
Mideast Hit With 165F Heat, 'Highest Ever Recorded' - NewsMax

U.S. to defend Iran against Israel?

July 30, 2015 - Section D of the nuclear agreement with Iran is titled,“Nuclear Safeguards and Security.” It stipulates:

E3/EU+3…are prepared to cooperate with Iran…through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.

This section commits the U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany to defend Iran against a cyber attack or military action against it.

Source: Dan Calic - American Thinker

Huckabee: Obama marching Israel "to the door of the oven"

July 27, 2015 - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee told Breitbart News that President Obama's foreign policies are "the most feckless in American history."

"It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,"

This, of course, was a reference to the Nazi death camps of World War II.

Source: BBC

Obama sued for Iran deal that 'abrogated' Constitution

July 25, 2015 - Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, has filed a suit against President Obama and others, saying that the deal made by Iran is unconstitutional.

“A president cannot lawfully override or amend a treaty simply by issuing an order, even if he calls it an executive order or some other form of international agreement,” the action, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, explains.

Source: WND

'You've been fleeced': Congress grills Kerry, Obama officials on Iran nuke deal

July 24, 2015 - Many members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were critical of the nuclear agreement made with Iran.

Secretary of State John Kerry found himself on the defensive Thursday at a Senate hearing where he was hard-pressed to find support for the Iran nuclear deal from either side of the aisle.

Senators doubted that sanctions could be reinstated once they're lifted. They also expressed doubt that Iran would allow international inspections.

Source: Fox

UN Security Council endorses historic Iran nuclear deal despite Israeli anger

July 20, 2015 -

The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed the historic nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers reached last week – a move that angered Israelis who regard the Iranian regime as the greatest threat to the Jewish state.

Source: The Globe and Mail
Nuclear deal will see powers 'help Iran protect facilities' - Israel Hayom

UN Security Council Expected to Approve Iran Nuclear Deal

July 20, 2015 - The U.N Security Council will probably approve the nuclear agreement with Iran today.

The 15-member Council is voting Monday morning, and since the five permanent, veto-holding Council members are signatories to the agreement, the resolution is almost certain to be adopted.

In December, if the International Atomic Energy Agency gives a positive report on Iran's compliance, sanctions against them will be lifted.

Source: VOA
AIPAC’s Top Leadership to Meet Next Week in DC for Lobbying Mission Against Iran Deal - Jerusalem Post name="150719">

Iran deal: Obama to attempt end run around Congress via the UN

July 19, 2015 - Senate Republicans oppose President Obama's plan to ask the Security Council to approve the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, before Congress even has a chance to consider it. Senator Marco Rubio said,

“It’s a clear sign that he knows if this deal is reviewed closely by the American people, it will be rejected. We cannot allow America's security to be outsourced to the United Nations.”

Source: Rick Moran - American Thinker
UN Set to Adopt Iran Nuke Deal Monday in Obama Blitzkrieg - Israel National News
Iran’s Khamenei hails his people for demanding death to America and Israel - Times of Israel

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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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