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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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

Prophetic Significance of Iran


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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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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