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 military chief threatens to 'wipe Tel Aviv off the map'

Feb. 26, 2015 - In the face of a possible Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear installations, General Mustafa Yazdi, the assistant chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, said, “Iran will flatten Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel perpetrates an attack on our country."

Earlier this week another Iranian, Mujtaba A-Nur, an adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, issued a similar challenge:

“If the Zionist regime attacks us, our missiles will reach Tel Aviv within six, seven minutes, and they will destroy it before the dust and the smoke of their missiles reach us,” he said.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Prophetic Significance of Iran


U.S., Israel Trade Barbs Over Iran Talks

Feb. 27, 2015 - U.S. are trying to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before his speech to Congress next week.

At what U.S. officials say is a historic low point in relations between the longtime allies, the White House now sees Mr. Netanyahu as a serious threat to President Barack Obama ’s efforts to reach an agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

Source: Wall Street Journal



Secret Iranian nuke facility revealed

Feb. 25, 2015 - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an organization opposed to the radical Islamic government of Iran, has revealed a secret nuclear facility called Lavizan-3. It is buried deep underground, and consists of four parallel halls, each more than 200 yards long.

NCRI has disclosed other top secret sites in the past, including Natanz and Arak. A spokesman for the group said there is:

“...no way to insure Iran is not developing secret nuclear weapons if Tehran keeps nuclear sites like Lavizan-3 hidden even from the IAEA such that the sites cannot be subject to international inspection.”

Source: WND
President caving to Iranian nuclear demands, despite poll showing 80% of Americans fear “Second Holocaust” if Iran gets The Bomb - Joel Rosenberg

Iran is Deployed, 'Planning War' Along Israel's Northern Border

Feb. 23, 2015 - Yigal Carmon, president of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), warns that Iran has infiltrated Lebanon and Syria, effectively establishing an active front from Israel's northern Mediterranean border to the Golan Heights. Iran has formed a united front from Tehran, through Baghdad, Syria and Lebanon, in the north, and is making inroads into the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria east of Israel and Gaza on Israel's western border.

Iran has several objectives, Carmon explained: "These include deterring Israel from attacking Iran's nuclear capabilities, capturing the Golan from Israel, and the like – but these are sub-objectives. Their main goal is ultimately to destroy Israel."

Source: Israel National News
MEMRI

Nuclear deal could allow Tehran to make bomb

Feb. 23, 2015 - In an effort to find agreement with Iran by the March 24 deadline, the P5+1" group — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the U.S. and China — may fail to stop Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons.
Secretary of State John Kerry met in Geneva Monday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif amid reports that a deal was taking shape that might allow Tehran to build nuclear weapons in its final years.

However, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would make it difficult for Iran to reach their apparent goal.

Source: Washington Examiner Israel rips U.S. deal with 'messianic, apocalyptic' Iran - Emerging agreement seen as 'great danger' to Western world - WND
Israel concerned by emerging 'bad deal' with Iran - Israel Hayom
Netanyahu speech setting stage for Last Days? - OneNewsNow

Arab governments reportedly concerned about terms of Iran nuke talks

Feb. 21, 2015 - The governments of some Arab countries are expressing fear that a nuclear deal with Iran will leave Iran's nuclear developments at a point that threatens them and leads to a nuclear-arms race in the region.

The major Sunni states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, have said that a final agreement could allow Shiite-dominated Iran, their regional rival, to keep the technologies needed to produce nuclear weapons.

One Arab official said that at this point it would be better for the talks to collapse than it would be for them to adopt a bad deal.
Source: Fox

Report: Iran has direct military presence on Israel's borders

Feb. 21, 2015 - A new report by the Middle East Media Research Institute warns that Iran has infiltrated Syria and has established its presence through their control of Hezbollah.

Geographically, while hundreds of kilometers separate Iran and Israel, in actuality the Islamic republic is already sitting on Israel's doorstep along the northern border, especially on the Golan Heights.

Source: Israel Hayom

Iran says it is accelerating ‘peaceful’ nuclear progress

Feb. 18, 2015 -
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said the Islamic republic was speeding up its nuclear program, adding that Tehran doesn’t ask for permission from any other country to pursue technological advancement.
Source: Times of Israel
Iran nuclear talks: US accuses Israel of 'leaks' - BBC

Giuliani: ISIS Fight Could Result in 'New Iranian Empire'

Feb. 17, 2015 - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" that it is unwise to allow Iran to extend its "empire" by helping defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). It could lead to Iranian control of Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
Source: NewsMax
Iran's Houthis Start Battle to Control Red Sea Entry - Israel National News
Charles Krauthammer: Iran’s emerging empire gets a pass from inattentive White House - The Houthi rebels who have just taken over the government of Yemen are agents of Shiite Iran. - National Post

Obama Has Lost His Nerve in the Race to Stop Iran

Feb. 14, 2015 - Iranian leaders cannot be trusted. Six times they have ignored UN resolutions.
What is most alarming about Iran is that the United States, in the person of President Barack Obama, seems to have lost its nerve to stop Iran’s final dash to be a nuclear military power, with appalling consequences for the Middle East.
The United States will also be in danger once Iran has nuclear weapons and missiles that can reach that far.
Source: Mortimer B. Zuckerman - U.S. World and News Report
Israel warns anew of action against Iran - Yahoo
Netanyahu too hesitant to order military attack on Iran, rival MK says - Jerusalem Post

WSJ: Kissinger Fears Iran Talks Will Lead to Nuclear Mideast!

Feb. 10, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal reported on an address to the Senate on Jan. 29 that the administration's planned agreement with Iran would set their enrichment capability at a point where they could develop nuclear weapons within one year. He is concerned that if that deal is made,
"We will live in a proliferated world in which everybody — even if that agreement is maintained — will be very close to the trigger point. . . the Obama Administration may be underwriting a new era of global nuclear proliferation."
He explained that Saudi Arabia could buy a bomb from Pakistan, and both Turkey and Egypt will want to develop nuclear deterrents to the Iranian threat. Possibly one or more of the Gulf emirates would make the same decision.
Source: NewsMax
Obama: ‘Real differences’ with Netanyahu over Iran -Times of Israel

Proof is in the footage: Iran's missiles destined for Eastern Seaboard?

Jan 30, 2015 - Israel's Eros-B satellite captured footage recently that proves Iran is in the final stages of development of a 90-foot missile that could carry a weapon of mass destruction to the East Coast of the United States.
This never-before-seen missile and launch site stand outside Tehran appear capable of sending a rocket into space or being used as an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] to launch an attack on a long-range target.
Source: One News Now
Experts: Iran Now a Nuclear-Ready State, Missiles Capable of Hitting US - Iranian military writings describe eliminating the United States with an EMP attack. - NewsMax
Israeli air force chief: We may have to send planes to Iran tomorrow - Times of Israel
Dershowitz: Obama Fails to Recognize Iran Is Greatest Threat to World - Prophecy Central's Obama Section
Iran — Unafraid and Undeterred - Caroline Glick

Iran calls for assassination of Netanyahu's children

Jan. 29, 2015 -
Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs.
Source: Fox

Boehner denies 'blindsiding' White House with Netanyahu invite

Jan. 27, 2015 - Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to speak to Congress about the danger of allowing Iran to continue their nuclear development. The White House complained that they should have been involved in the process. US Speaker of the House John Boehner told CBS' 60 Minutes program that he had advised the President of the invitation. He felt it was necessary for Congress to hear from Netanyahu.
"There's nobody in the world who can talk about the threat of radical terrorism, nobody can talk about the threat that the Iranians pose, not just to the Middle East and to Israel,. . . but to the entire world."
Boehner said that the President had practically ignored the issue of terrorism in his State of the Union address last week.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Krauthammer: Iran's emerging empire - Charles Krauthammer - The Spectrum
New Iran sanctions won’t lead to war—one side’s already fighting it - Erlic Rozenman, director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America - The Hill
With U.S.-Israeli relations heading for a train wreck & threat of Radical Islam rising, what’s next? Where do we go from here? Video of my interview with Greg Laurie. - Joel Rosenberg

Iran doubles down on threat to attack Israel after Syria strike

Jan. 25, 2014 - After an Israeli attack on a convoy on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights last week, Iran threatened retalliation. The attack killed an Iranian general and six members of Hezbollah.
And on Saturday, the Iranian news network Press TV quoted Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami as telling Iran's Al-Alam broadcast service that the country would "certainly consider a special retaliation for this issue. . . opening a front across the West Bank."
Source: Haaretz

While Obama Touts Diplomacy, Iran Vows Israel's Destruction

Jan. 23, 2015 - The Obama administration wants to continue negotiations with Iran about its nuclear ambitions without imposing stronger sanctions. Israel is in favor of stronger sanctions. Iran, provoked by the death of a military leader, is threatening to annihilate Israel.

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a senior leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, said they will...

"Remain steadfast on the path to the collapse of the Zionist regime of Israel through its continued support for the Lebanese and Palestinian combatants."

Source: NewsMax
Israel prepared for 'any scenario' after attack on Hezbollah - WND
Iran calls for assassination of Netanyahu's children - Fox

Krauthammer on Yemen: 'huge geopolitical gain for Iran'

Jan. 23, 2015 - Charles Krauthammer told Fox News that the resignation of Yemen's president is a loss for the U.S. and a gain for Iran. He mentioned that President Obama has called Yemen a great success of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.
"That's why this is a double attack on us," he said. "It's a loss of an ally against Al Qaeda. and it's a huge geopolitical gain for Iran extending its influence over Arab states."
Source: Fox
Yemeni president, cabinet resign, deepening turmoil for a key U.S. ally - Washington Post

Iranian and Russian officials meet in Tehran to sign Defense pact against foreign meddling

Jan. 20, 2015 - Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu flew to Tehran yesterday to sign a mutual defense pact with Brigadier General Hosein Dehqan, the Islamic Republic's Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Minister said that the agreement would be a foundation of comprehensive military cooperation between the two countries in various spheres."
The Russian official was on an official state visit to Iran in order to highlight the two country's mutual commitment to insulate themselves from what they believe to be foreign meddling led by the US.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Sophisticated Russian S-400 missiles for Iran under new military pact, S-300s for Egypt, Syria, Hizballah - DEBKAFile

Iran Building Missile Sites in Syria

Jan. 1, 2015 -
Iranian military leaders admitted this week to building and operating missile-manufacturing plants in Syria, where it was also revealed that Tehran is helping to build a secret nuclear facility.
Just a few days ago Germany’s Der Spiegel revealed that Iran has been helping to build a secret nuclear facility in Syria, where their program will not be hampered by international nuclear inspectors.
Source: Free Beacon
Report: Syria's Assad building facility for the production of nuclear weapons - Jerusalem Post

Times of London: Obama Outreach to Iran Could Be 'Single Most Reckless Act of 2015'

Jan. 1, 2015 - A Times of London editorial about the year 2015 warned:
President Barack Obama's hope to turn Iran's President Hassan Rouhani "into a friendly ally in the fight against Islamic State" could lead him to undertake "the single most reckless act of 2015" and cut a bad nuclear weapons deal with Teheran.
Source: NewsMax
The World in 2015 - NewsMax

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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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