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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2 Killed As Anti-Government Protests Enter Fourth Day In Iran

Dec. 31, 2017 - For a fourth day anti-government protests continue in the streets of Iran. Protestors are demanding the end of clerical [religious] rule, which has been imposed ever since the country's Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Demonstrations began on Thursday and thousands have taken to the streets in multiple cities over the weekend, with many protesters calling for the removal of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Source: National Public Radio

Iran protests turn deadly as 2 killed amid warnings from the regime - Fox

US condemns arrest of anti-government protesters in Iran - The Hill

Trump redoubles support of Iran protests, saying the 'world is watching' - Fox

Prophetic Significance of Iran


Report: US and Israel formulate a plan to stop Iran - Together

Dec. 28, 2017 - According to a Jerusalem television station (Channel 10), a meeting was held between top US and Israeli officials two weeks ago to determine how to work together to counter Iranian activity in the Middle East,
Several working groups were set up, including one to deal with joint covert and diplomatic steps to prevent Tehran from getting nuclear weapons and to monitor and verify that it is not violating the nuclear deal signed in 2015.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Trump could kill Iran nuclear deal as early as next month - Newsweek



Erdogan and Putin denounce Trump's Jerusalem decision

Dec. 12, 2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday warned that U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region.
Source: Israel National News

Key Middle East Publics See Russia, Turkey and U.S. All Playing Larger Roles in Region - Pew Research Center

Egypt: We have no interest in confronting US or Israel - Israel National News

Turkey switches to full defiance of US, continues Putin courtship - Asia Times

Update 12/28/17 - Iran votes to declare Jerusalem ‘everlasting capital of Palestine’ - Times of Israel

With victory assured, why is Assad suddenly wary of Iran’s embrace?

Nov. 28, 2017 - Recently Iranian chief of staff, Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, visited to Damascus to reveal a list of demands now that they have helped end Syria's civil war.
Damascus was less than eager to accede to the list of demands reiterated yet again by Iran: a 50-year lease on a Mediterranean naval base, the establishment of air bases on Syrian soil, phosphate mining concessions including for uranium...
Source: Times of Israel

Saudi Crown Prince Vows New Islamic Alliance 'Will Wipe Terrorists from the Earth'

Nov. 26,, 2017 -
Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth" as officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance.
Source: NewsMax
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman opens first alliance of nations against terrorism - Firstpost
Iran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East - no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide - Foreign Policy

Saudi Prince Muhammad is on eve of accession, plans war on Iran, with Israeli attack on Hizballah

Nov. 20, 2017 -
The next Saudi King Crown Prince Muhammad and Israel agree that Iran is the biggest threat to the region, but Israel’s top soldier rules out initiating an attack on Hizballah.
Prince Muhammad will soon become King of Saudi Arabia. He has already detained 500 princes, former ministers, and business leaders on charges of corruption. He is said to be planning to fight Iran, and hopes to draw Israel into the battle by hittiing Hizbollah in Lebanon
Source: DEBKAfile

Report: Iranians Built New Military Base in Syria

Nov. 11, 2017 -
Located in Al-Kiswah, south of Damascus, the facility is one of many alleged Iranian bases in Syria and illustrates part of the growing documentation on how Iran is establishing a permanent presence in the war-torn country.

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned that Israel will not allow Syria to become "a forward operating base of a Shia axis.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

Report: Iranians Built New Military Base in Syria

Nov. 11, 2017 -
Located in Al-Kiswah, south of Damascus, the facility is one of many alleged Iranian bases in Syria and illustrates part of the growing documentation on how Iran is establishing a permanent presence in the war-torn country.

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned that Israel will not allow Syria to become "a forward operating base of a Shia axis.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

Russia and Iran Sign $30 Billion Energy Deals

Nov. 10, 2017 - When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Iran recently, the two countries signed energy agreements worth $30 billion.
The deals are more than economic. Both Russia and Iran stand to make significant geopolitical gains. And those gains come at the expense of the United States.
Source: Callum Wood - The Trumpet

Is Saudi Arabia Pushing Israel Into War With Hezbollah and Iran?

Nov. 10, 2017 -
What connects Lebanese PM Saad Hariri's sudden resignation and Hezbollah's assassination threat with Saudi Arabia and Israel? It's all about Iran. But Israel must not be maneuvered by an impatient Riyadh into a premature confrontation
Source: Haaretz
Exit of Lebanon's Hariri Increases Instability on Israel's Front With Hezbollah - Haaaretz

Saudi Arabia calls missile launch 'act of war' by Iran, vows retaliation

Nov. 7, 2017 - An attempted missile attack on Riyadh’s main airport in Saudi Arabia came from Yemen, but is considered an "act of war" by Iran.
Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have been fighting Saudi-backed forces there for several years, claimed responsibility for firing the ballistic missile on Saturday. The missile traveled more than 500 miles before Saudi Arabia intercepted it.

However, examination of debris from the missile showed that it was made in Iran, so the Saudis consider the episode an act of war by Iran, and say they will respond to Iran based on the right of self-defense.

Source: Fox
Saudis, Iran on path to 'very, very bloody' war - WND

US House passes four bills targeting Iran's missiles, Hezbollah activity

Oct. 26, 2017 - Four bills that would impose sanctions Iran’s ballistic missile activity and Hezbollah’s terrorist practices were passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The measures have bipartisan support and are likely to be approved by the Senate. One of the bills...
...would require the president to report to Congress details of Tehran’s missile supply chain, and determine whether its program violates international law. The US would further sanction Iranian individuals and agencies involved in the missile work.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Report: Hezbollah to leave Syria to prepare for conflict with Israel - Israel Hayom
'Israel prepared to use force to stop Iran from acquiring nukes' - Arutz Sheva
North Korea crisis in 300 words - BBC

Netanyahu: If we are not in the Jordan Valley, Iran will be

Oct. 19,, 2017 -
Iran will take over the Jordan Valley unless Israel maintains a military and civilian presence in the area, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday night at a jubilee event marking the 50th anniversary of the state’s control of the region.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Trump backs away from Iran deal but doesn't break it

Oct. 13, 2017 - Today President Trump plans to explain that he will refuse to re-certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 agreement to lift sanctions against them. Critics of the deal believe Iran can continue secretly developing nuclear weapons without detection.
But Trump will not ask Congress to re-impose sanctions right away, a move that could prompt Iran to back out of the deal and resume its nuclear development program.
Source: USA Today
Trump to target Iran nuclear deal, Revolutionary Guard in speech - President Donald Trump will outline a tougher U.S. strategy for countering Iran on Friday that will seek to strengthen the enforcement of what he considers a flawed nuclear deal. - CNBC
Trump slams Iran nuclear deal, plans new approach toward Tehran regime - Fox

Iran's secret sites linked to nuclear weapons development revealed

Oct. 11, 2017 - President Trump is expected to “decertify” the 2015 "Iran deal" this week on the grounds that is not in America’s national interest.
A new 52-page investigative report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), entitled: “Iran’s Nuclear Core: Uninspected Military Sites,” ... slated for release Wednesday, asserts that the country’s nuclear weapons program has far from halted.

If the President does decertify the agreement Congress will have 60 days to decide whether or not to re-impose pre-2015 sanctions on Iran

Source: Fox
Iran’s FM warns of tough response if Trump acts against nuclear deal - Times of Israel
Report: Iran tried 30+ times to buy illegal nuclear technology in 2016 - Jerusalem Post

Why Decertify? Iran's Nuke Program Looks Like It's Hiding In N. Korea

Oct. 8, 2017 - In a Forbes Foreign Affairs article Gordon G. Chang explains that President Trump could decertify the controversial Iran nuclear deal (Corker-Cardin) based on the fact that Iran has not shown that their country has ended their collaboration with North Korea's nuclear program. He writes:
We should remember that Trump does not need, for decertification, proof that the Iran-North Korea collaboration continues. All he needs to show is that there is insufficient proof it has ended.
Source: Forbes

Trump plans to announce he will decertify the Iran deal

Oct. 5, 2017 - The White House press secretary says the president is looking for a comprehensive strategy on how to deal with Iran.
Source: Fox Video

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran expects US to ditch agreement, says FM

Sept. 30, 2017 -
Iran's foreign minister has said he assumes that the US will abandon the international deal restricting his country's nuclear activities... Mr Trump said the agreement was an "embarrassment" in a speech to the United Nations this month.
Source: BBC
On the eve of Yom Kippur, “Putin in Ankara to forge alliance of Russia, Turkey & Iran.” Here’s why that’s interesting. - Joel Rosenberg

Netanyahu convenes security cabinet to discuss Iran missile threat

Sept. 24, 2017 - After Iran tested a ballistic missile that can reach Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a special meeting of his security cabinet.
On Saturday, Iran said it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile, in defiance of warnings from Washington that it is ready to ditch the landmark nuclear deal over the issue.
Source: Times of Israel
Analysis Israel Simulates War With Hezbollah, but Iran Will Orchestrate Next Conflict in Lebanon and Syria - Haaretz

Transcript of President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly today:

Sept. 19, 2017 -
The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.
Source: The White House
In U.N. speech, Trump to call for international cooperation on North Korea - USA Today
Erick Erickson: The Best Speech by President Trump So Far - Fox
Trump to U.N.: North Korea's 'Rocket Man' Kim Jong Un On A Suicide Mission - NPR
Trump hints at possible withdrawal from Iran nuke deal - NY Post

Iran Official: We have the 'Father of all Bombs'

Sept. 17, 2017 - Iranian Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh announced:
"Iran's Defense Industries Organization manufactured a 10-ton bomb... these bombs are at our disposal and can be launched from Ilyushin aircraft and they are highly destructive,”
Source:Israel National News

Israeli official: If Iran expands in Syria We'll bomb Assad's Palace

Aug. 28, 2019 -
A senior Israeli official warned the Russian government that if Iran continues to extend its reach in Syria, Israel will bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad's palace in Damascus, according to reports in Arab media.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Iranian commander: Israel won't exist in 25 years

Aug. 27, 2017 - Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Iran's army commander said that The Zionist regime of Israel will not exist in 25 years.
Speaking at a cultural event in the city of Qom and quoted by the Tasnim news agency, Mousavi stated that Iran will be t he side which decides how to end a war, if one were to break out against the country.
Source: Israel National News

‘Iran building missile factory in Syria’

Aug. 18, 2017 - Satellite photos and other evidence indicate that Iran is building a missile factory in Syria. Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that it is obvious that Iran is gearing up for a significant battle against Israel as part of their goal of extending a “land bridge” from Iran to Lebanon via Iraq and Syria. He said:
“So we are seeing the execution of a long term strategy and this is one that puts Israel in a bind because Israel is fearful of provoking a war in Lebanon or entering the fray in Syria.”
Source: Jerusalem Post

Iran lashes out at talk of new sanctions, says it could abandon nuclear deal 'within hours'

Aug. 15, 2017 - Iran is reacting to new sanctions imposed by the U.S. treasury against six Iranian firms for having a hand in the development of Iran's ballistic missile program.
Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, said Tuesday that Tehran could abandon the 2015 nuclear deal "within hours" if new sanctions from the U.S. are imposed.
Source: Fox
Iran could restart nuclear programme within hours - Rouhani - BBC

Iranian parliament votes to boost military budget in response to U.S.

Aug. 13, 2017 - In response to U.S. sanctions against Iran, the Iranian Parliament voted ...
... to approve the outlines of a bill to counter the “U.S. terrorist and adventurist acts in the region”, boosting by more than 500 million dollars investment in missile defense industry and operations by the IRGC Quds Force.
Source: Tehran Times
Iran lawmakers vote to boost spending on missile program - Fox
Mossad chief warns Iran taking over territory relinquished by ISIS - Jerusalem Post

Kissinger: End of Islamic State Could Lead To ‘Iranian Radical Empire’

Aug. 6, 2017 -
Kissinger cautioned that ... driving out the Sunni terror group would leave a “territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut” that Iranian-trained Shia forces could occupy.
Source: Breitbart
Why Israel Is Concerned About American-Russian Understandings on Syria - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
'Iranian empire is being established - and the US does nothing' - Israel National News

North Korea's 'No. 2' official on 10-day visit to Iran that may signal wider military ties

Sept 5, 2017 - Kim Yong Nam, chairman of the Supreme Assembly of North Korea is in Iran to acknoledge the inauguration ceremony for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
But given the head of North Korea's parliament is expected to stay for 10 days in Iran, the trip is being seen as a front for other purposes, including expanding military cooperation.
Source: CNBC
North Korea could soon develop a hydrogen bomb more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan - Fox

New US sanctions are 'breach' of nuclear deal, Iran says

Aug. 3, 2017 - Iran is reacting to new sanctions from the U.S., claiming they are contrary to the nuclear deal made in 2015.
The U.S. sanctions impose penalties on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, enforce an arms embargo and apply terrorism sanctions to Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard.

According to Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator, Iran has prepared a list of 16 measures in response, including steps to “improve” Iran’s armed forces.

Source: Fox

Russian Plan For Syrian Cease-Fire May Put Hezbollah In the Golan

May 9, 2017 - Russian President Vladmir Putin has an audacious plan for a Syrian cease-fire.
If implemented, Putin’s plan will establish the Golan as part of Syria, supervised by the Iranians, and it will become a no-fly zone for the Israeli Air Force (IAF) protected by advanced Russian anti-aircraft systems.

At the beginning of this article a prophecy from Ezekiel is quoted:

“Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal”.’ ” Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel Bible™)

Source: Breaking Israel News

Netanyahu issues stern warning on Iran in exclusive interview with Fox News

Apr. 23, 2017 - During a Fox News interview, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the Iran nuclear deal is flawed.
Netanyahu theorized to Sean Hannity about what the outcome would be in a confrontation where an “Islamist terror state” has nuclear weapons. He warned of irreparable damage and said “we cannot allow that to happen."
Source: Fox

Trump raps Iran for violating ‘spirit’ of nuclear deal

Apr. 21, 2017 - At a press conference President Trump complained that Iran is failing to fulfill the “spirit” of its nuclear agreement.
Trump ripped into the deal struck by Iran, the US and other world powers in 2015 and said “it shouldn’t have been signed.” Yet he pointedly stopped short of telegraphing whether or not the US would stay in.
Source: Times of Israel

Iran shows off new air defense systems, declares ‘Death to Israel’

Apr. 18, 2017 -
An Iranian military truck displays a banner reading "Death to Israel" as it carries munitions during a parade marking the country's National Army Day, in Tehran.
Source: Times of Israel

Netanyahu: Iran responsible for more than 80% of Israel's security concerns

Mar. 6, 2017 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that Iran is responsible for more than 80% of Israel's security problems. Israel has often needed to disrupt arms shipments from Iran intended for Hezbollah.
“We will strongly oppose arming Hezbollah with dangerous weapons,” Netanyahu said. “Our red-lines are thick and clear, and we do not hesitate to act in order to preserve them.”

Israel is also very concerned that Iran is continuing to establish a permanent foothold in Syria.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Iran's S-300 air defence system operational

Mar. 4, 2017 -
Iran's advanced S-300 air defence system, delivered by Russia following a July 2015 nuclear deal after years of delay, is now operational ... Iran had been trying to acquire the system for years to ward off repeated threats by Israel to bomb its nuclear facilities,
Source: Space Daily

Iran begins annual navy drill off Strait of Hormuz

Feb. 27, 2017 - Iran is conducting its first major military exercise since the inauguration of US President Trump. Their drills will take place near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The two-day maneuver will cover an area of 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) in the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean near the strait... Iranian warships and helicopters taking part in the exercise.

Source: Times of Israel

Top Iran officer: If enemies do wrong, ‘roaring missiles’ will come down on them

Feb. 4, 2016 - Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard’s airspace division, responded to sanctions against Iran after their latest missile test.

"We are making round-the-clock efforts to defend our country’s security and if the enemy dares to make any mistake our roaring missiles will land on them.”

Source: Times of Israel
Pence warns Iran: Don't test us - Israel Naional News
Defiant Iran in missile exercise day after US sanctions - SpaceDaily
Mattis: Iran world’s ‘biggest state sponsor of terrorism’ - Times of Israel

Michael Flynn: US Putting Iran 'on Notice' Over Missile Test

Feb. 2, 2017 - After Iran's recent ballistic missile test, the new national security adviser said the U.S. is putting Iran "on notice."

Michael Flynn told reporters Wednesday that the Trump administration "condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East that puts American lives at risk."

Source: NewsMax

Iran tests ballistic missile in defiance of UN resolution, US officials say

Jan. 30, 2017 -

Iran conducted its first ballistic missile test under Donald Trump's presidency, in yet another apparent violation of a United Nations resolution, U.S. officials told Fox News on Monday. The launch occurred Sunday at... Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran,

Source: Fox
U.N. Schedules Urgent Meeting on Iranian Missile Test at Washington's Request - Iran is the subject of a United Nations Security Council resolution prohibiting tests of ballistic missiles designed to deliver a nuclear warhead. - Time

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- 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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