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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Obama to Bypass Congress on Easing of Iran Sanctions

Oct. 20, 2014 - According to a New York Times article, President Obama is doing everything in his power to bypass Congress and suspend most of the sanctions placed on Iran by Congressional action in 2010.
Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, a vocal critic of the negotiations, said Congress could not allow the president to “unilaterally unravel Iran sanctions that passed the Senate in a 99 to 0 vote.”
Ongoing negotiations will end on November 24, and Menendez predicts that if the talks do not end Iran's illicit nuclear weapons program that Congress will pass even more stringent sanctions.

However, the President evidently has the power to temporarily suspend some of the sanctions in order to get a deal. Critics say that this will result in Iran becoming "a threshold nuclear state" -- one that does not yet have nuclear weapons, but could reach that point very quickly.

Source: NewsMax
Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress -N.Y. Times
Charles Krauthammer: Obama Surrendered To Iran on Building Nuclear Bomb - NewsMax
Emerging ‘bad deal’ with Iran puts Israel on offensive - Jerusalem Post
Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’ - “Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened,” - Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani - Free Beacon

Prophetic Significance of Iran

Israeli PM says Iran poses greater global threat than IS

Oct. 19, 2014 - As the November 24 deadline for a deal about Iran's nuclear program approaches, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that making the wrong decisions will make Iran a "far more serious" threat than the Islamic State.
“We are facing the danger of an agreement with the world powers that will leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state, with thousands of centrifuges with which Iran will be able to make a nuclear bomb in a short time,”
Source: Times of Israel

Mysterious blast at Iran nuke plant proves weapons program alive, say experts

Oct. 9, 2014 -
The massive blast at an Iranian nuclear plant earlier this week remains shrouded in mystery, but it cleared up one thing, according to those who track the Islamic Republic: The nuclear weapons program Tehran has long denied is real.
Source: Fox

'Deadly fire' at Iran military explosives facility

Oct. 7, 2014 - A fire and an explosion occurred at Iran's Parchin military site near Tehran. This explosives experimentation site has been linked to Iran's nuclear program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not been given access to the complex since 2005.
Analysts say the IAEA suspects Iran of experimenting with explosives capable of triggering a nuclear weapon at Parchin.
Six world powers are still trying to negotiate a permanent agreement with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. According to the IAEA, there has been an increase of activity at the Parchin facility, and Iran missed a missed a deadline to answer further questions about its nuclear plans.
Source: BBC
Iranian opposition activists claim sabotage was responsible - Honest Reporting
Iran explosion: An accident or a reminder ? - ". . .reminder that Israel . . . has the will and capacity to do real damage to Iran’s program, then maybe, just maybe the U.S. negotiators will use that to their advantage. You think so? Me neither, but one can hope." - Jennifer Rubin - Washington Post

Netanyahu at UN warns “militant Islam is on the march,” from Hamas to ISIS, but greatest threat is a nuclear armed Iran.

Oct. 1, 2014 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly that ISIS and Hamas are serious problems, but the greatest threat to his country and the world is an Iranian regime that that could rapidly produce nuclear warheads.
Source: Joel Rosenberg
Transcript of Netanyahu's message
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Iran Nuclear Talks to Continue in New York

Sept. 4, 2014 - Discussions between the six "power group" nations (the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia) and Iran will continue on Sept. 18 in New York.
Iran and the six-nation group——are seeking to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal by Nov. 24 that would offer Tehran a time frame for reducing sanctions in exchange by Iran to curtail their future nuclear activities.
A temporary agreement last November essentially froze Iran's nuclear work in return for modest sanctions relief.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Israeli team heading to U.S. for intel exchange ahead of Iran talks - Haaretz

Khamenei: Keep arming Palestinians until Israel is destroyed

July 25, 2014 -
The “Zionist regime” must be destroyed, Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. This should be achieved “by a referendum of the people living there,” but until that happens, there should be “total armed resistance” against it."
He said that anyone who is capable should help arm the Palestinians.
Source: Times of Israel
Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel should face trial over Gaza assault - Haaretz

Iran nuclear talks: Envoys warn of big hurdles to deal

July 14, 2014 - Talks between major world powers and Iran over their nuclear program have not made significant progress as the process approaches its July 20 deadline.
An interim deal was reached last year. However, the parties have been unable to reach agreement on imposing long-term restrictions over Iran's uranium enrichment and plutonium production - processes that could yield material for nuclear warheads.
Source: BBC
Update July 19, 2014 - Iran nuclear talks deadline extended until November - BBC

Iranian nuclear deal still is possible, but time is running out

Jul. 4, 2014 - With the July 20 deadline looming for talks between Iran and major world powers, it is still not known whether Iran will accept the terms that would keep their nuclear program active for power generation but block their ability to create nuclear weapons.
In this troubled world, the chance does not often arise to reach an agreement peacefully that will meet the essential and publicly expressed needs of all sides, make the world safer, ease regional tensions and enable greater prosperity.
Iran could make the right choice now, but will they?
Source: Washington Post
Iran says it will not 'kneel' as nuclear talks enter crunch time - Reuters
Iran warned it must make concessions for deal by John Kerry - Telegraph UK
Netanyahu links Holocaust to Iran's suspected nuclear ambitions - Fox

Iran, P5+1 launch final push in ‘historic’ nuclear talks

July 3, 2014 - The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) meet for the final series of talks about curtailing Iran's nuclear capabilities. The talks are considered "historical" because they may well determine the future of a Middle East in great chaos.
The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany want Iran to reduce drastically in scope its nuclear activities in order to render any Iranian drive to assemble a weapon all but impossible.
The key aspect of this plan would be to slash the number of centrifuges available to enrich uranium from the current number of 20,000 to just a few hundred. Iran has so far rejected this reduction, claiming they will need even more centrifuges to build power plants.
Source: Times of Israel

Iranian hackers said to use Facebook to spy on Israelis

May 29, 2014 - Some 2,000 top-level Israeli politicians, diplomatic assistants and journalists have been duped during the past three years into providing secret information. There is strong evidence that the perpetrators, a group called "Newscaster," operate from Iran. The perpetrators have developed false but believable identities using social media. They claim to be journalists, defense contractors or governmental officials (not from Iran). They ask to be "friended" on Facebook, and at some point they are sent messages...
... directing them to links where they would be asked to provide personal information or enter a login and password (on the theory that most people use the same login/password for multiple sites).
The hackers were then able to load the victim’s system with spyware that could stealthily collect other passwords and sensitive information.
Source: Times of Israel

Iran: Any aggression will be met with 'crushing and lethal response'

May 23, 2014 - Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan told the Fars news agency:
"The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will never be caught unawares, and should the enemy want to act on the immature fantasy of aggression, it will face a crushing and lethal response by the Armed forces.”
Source: Jerusalem Post
IRGC Official: Israel Fearful of Iran's Military Response - Fars News Agency
Updade: Jun. 6, 2014 - Iran’s Khamenei: US has taken military action off table - Times of Israel

Iran defiant on Arak facility, right to enrich uranium as nuclear talks appear to falter

May 19, 2014 - Talks have ended between world powers and Iran over their nuclear program.
In comments carried by Iran's Press TV, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi emphasized that the Arak reactor would remain a heavy water facility and also stressed that Iran has the right to enrich uranium.
Source: Jerusalem
IDF, US Rehearse for Iran Missile Attack - Israel National News
Iran nuclear talks: Deal still possible, says Tehran - BBC

Iran, 6 world powers begin new round of nuclear talks

May 14, 2014 - With just a little more than two months before the July 20 target date for an agreement, Iran and the six world powers are now meeting in Vienna to try to reach an acceptable position on Iran's nuclear future.
The six hope to reduce Iran's potential nuclear weapons-making capacity by negotiating substantial cuts in its atomic program. Tehran says it does not want such arms but is ready for concessions in exchange for an end to all sanctions on its economy.
Source: Fox

Iran, six powers hold 'useful' nuclear talks; agreement elusive

May 8, 2014 - Talks in New York between Iran and six world powers--United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia-- were called "useful," but a Western diplomat said they were still struggling to overcome deep disagreements on the future of Iranian atomic capabilities.
The talks were a prelude to next week's political-level negotiations in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Source: Reuters
Can a nuclear Iran and war be stopped? - Washington Post

Large explosion at oil depot in northern Iran

May 6, 2014 - According to Israel's Channel 2, a large oil explosion occured in the city of Qavzin, an "unreported nuclear site." The Iranian Fars news agency reporting that there were around fifty people injured.
In January of last year Israeli intelligence officials confirmed that an explosion damaged Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, which is being used to enrich uranium.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Large fire sweeps through warehouse in Iran - USA Today

Millions of former Muslims will celebrate Easter this year. Meet one, Hormoz Shariat, the “Billy Graham of Iran.”

Apr. 19, 2014 - In Joel Rosenberg's 2009 non-fiction book, Inside the Revolution, he told of “MBBs,” Muslim Background Believers in Jesus. One example of the movement was Dr. Hormoz Shariat, who in 1979 had been a Shia Muslim shouting “Death to America!” on the streets of Tehran. He later became a Christian, along with his wife, and they started planting churches of Iranian believers. Eventually they founded a satellite TV ministry. Today, there are over one million Iranians who love Jesus Christ, and millions of other former Muslims throughout the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia who are celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Source: Joel Rosenberg - Flashtraffic
The Billy Graham of Iran - Charisma Magazine

New poll finds 62% don’t trust President Obama to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons

Apr. 11, 2014 - In a recent poll a majority of Americans said that, based on President Obama's handling of the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, he can not be trusted when he says he will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Source: Joel Rosenberg

Israel budgets $3 bn for strike on Iran - report

Mar. 19, 2014 - According to a Tel Aviv news source three members of Israel's parliament said that earlier this year approximately 3 billion dollars (one fifth of Israel's total military budget) had been designated for an air strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. The amount has remained the same in spite of Iran's promises to reduce its nuclear program.
Source: Russia Today

Former Navy chief: Israel in a 'secret war' to stop Iranian weapons smuggling to terrorists

Apr. 7, 2014 - Admiral (Res.) Eliezer Marom, told a conference that the interception of an Iranian ship last month demonstrates Israel's rapid response and highly developed intelligence structure. The event represents a “war between wars,” to minimize the ability of Israel's enemies to acquire new and more deadly missiles. He said, “Hezbollah has 100,000 rockets. Hamas in Gaza holds several thousand rockets, some of which are long-range.”
Source: Jerusalem Post

Iran, six powers seek nuclear progress in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Mar. 18, 2014 - Talks concerning the nuclear crisis in Iran started a new round today in Vienna. Delegates of the six international powers - the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia – are hoping that the ongoing East-West confrontation over the Ukraine and Crimea situation will not make the task more difficult.
Source: EuroNews

Iran’s Finger on Trigger to Destroy Zionist Regime

Mar. 11, 2014 - Addressing some 5000 volunteer commanders in Tehran at a conference called ‘The Islamic World's Role in the Geometry of the World Power,’ Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards General Hossein Salami said that Iran was ready to destroy Israel.
“Islam has given us this wish, capacity and power to destroy the Zionist regime so that our hands will remain on the trigger from 1,400km away for the day when such an incident (confrontation with Israel) takes place,” he added.
Source: FARS News

Israel to show long-range rockets from 'Iran arms ship'

Mar. 11, 2014 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the contents of a shipment that was intercepted from Iran to Gaza.
As hoards of journalists and foreign military attaches gathered on the quayside at a naval base in the southern resort town of Eilat, the weapons seized during last week's Red Sea raid were laid out in full view.
The shipment included 40 long-range M-302 rockets, 181 122mm mortar shells and approximately 400,000 7.62-calibre rounds.
Source: Z News
In seizing Gaza-bound missiles, Israel prevented a game-changer - Haaretz
Netanyahu slams world's hypocrisy in not strongly condemning Iran's arms shipment to Gaza - Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu: Like Iran hid arms, it's hiding nuclear ambitions - YNet

IDF intercepts major Iranian missile shipment to Gaza

Mar. 6, 2014 - Israeli naval commandos boarded a merchant ship, the "Klos-C," carrying medium-range missiles from Iran to the Gaza Strip. The ship was in the Red Sea when it was apprehended.
The army said soldiers carried out a preliminary inspection of the ship and found several dozen advanced Syrian M-302 missiles, with a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and a payload of up to 170 kilograms (375 pounds).
Source: Times of Israel

Ahead of nuclear talks, Iran flexes muscles (fires two missiles)

Feb. 12, 2014 -
With negotiations between Iran and six world powers on a permanent nuclear deal set to get underway next week in Vienna, Iran is continuing to flex its muscles.
Iran reportedly tested two new domestically made missiles. One of them, named "Bina" ["Insightful"], is a long-range ground-to-ground device with a fragmentation warhead, capable of striking targets with great precision.

Iran already has its Shahab missiles, which they claim can reach 1,250 miles - far enough to strike Israel and U.S. military bases in the Middle East.

Source: Israel Hayom

Rouhani warns US against making threats as Iran marks anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Feb. 11, 2014 - On the 35th anniversary of Iran's revolution in 1969 - also known as the Islamic Revolution - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said,
"Our revolution was a popular movement against dictatorship, against a regime established by a coup, and against US interventions in our country."
The Iranian media reported that hundreds of thousands of Iranians celebrated the event by chanting "Death to Israel" and "Down with the US."
Source: Jerusalem Post
Iran escalates military threats against United States - Times of Israel
Approaching Iranian warships raise EMP threat - WND
Podcast: 3 revolutions underway in the Muslim world 35 years after Islamic Revolution in Iran. - Joel Rosenberg

UN nuclear experts back in Iran to tackle tougher issues

Feb. 8, 2014 -
The UN nuclear agency and Tehran held new talks on Saturday on allegations of past Iranian weapons work and on additional safeguards to allay international concerns over its nuclear ambitions.
Source: Times of Israel

Netanyahu: Deal Set Iran's Nuclear Drive Back by Only 6 Weeks

Jan. 30, 2014 -
An international deal capping Iran's nuclear work set the program back by just six weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, accusing Tehran of using the hiatus to hone technologies with bomb-making potential.
Netanyahu has called the deal a "historic mistake."
Source: NewsMax
GAME-CHANGER: U.S. intelligence assessment says Iran can now build and deliver nukes. Now what? - Joel Rosenberg
Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community -U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Ex-CIA head: US would use force to stop Iran

Jan. 29, 2014 - Former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus says that Israelis can believe that the United States is willing to use force if necessary to stop Iran's nuclear program.
"This is not an off the cuff comment. He [US President Barack Obama] has articulated his approach on the Iranian nuclear program many times,” Patraeus said at the Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS) annual conference in Tel Aviv.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Poll: Americans prefer military strike to nuclear Iran - Times of Israel

Iranian official on nuke deal: 'We did not agree to dismantle anything'

Jan. 23, 2014 - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN that the U.S. characterizes the six-month agreement made by Iran as a dismantling of Iran's nuclear program, but in reality, "we did not agree to dismantle anything." What they did to do was to agree not to enrich uranium above the 5% level. Zarif was in Davos, Switzerland to participate in the meeting of the World Economic Forum.
Source: CNN
Netanyahu: Iran 'military nuclear program will be stopped - Business Standard

Iran nuclear deal to enter into force on 20 January

Jan. 13, 2014 - A temporary agreement has been made between Iran and world powers about their nuclear program.
Iran has agreed to halt enrichment of uranium above 5% purity, and "neutralise" its stockpile of near-20%-enriched uranium. In return, the world powers agreed to suspend certain sanctions on trade.
Talks to reach a permanent agreement on this issue are scheduled to continue in February.
Source: BBC
White House fights Iran sanctions bill as nuclear deal start date announced - Fox
Iran nuclear deal: Who gets what? White House releases details. - Joel Rosenberg

Iran, Russia negotiating big oil-for-goods deal

Jan. 10, 2014 - Russia and Iran have agreed on a preliminary deal to swap Iranian oil for Russian goods. Agreement on the trade would be in defiance of the Western sanctions that helped force Tehran in November to agree a preliminary deal to end its nuclear program.
Russian purchases of 500,000 bpd of Iranian crude would lift Iran's oil exports by 50 percent and provide a major flip to its struggling economy.
Source: YNetNews

Iranian cleric: ‘Having a nuclear bomb is necessary to put down Israel’

Jan. 7, 2014 - Iranian lawmaker and cleric Muhammad Nabavian said Iran could build a nuclear weapon “in two weeks” if they needed to in order to “put down Israel.”
Source: Fox

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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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