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. Since 2012 experts have believed that it would only take a very short time for them to become a deadly threat to Israel, the Middle East, and United States.

U.S. President Obama led the adoption of a nuclear agreement in 2015. The U.S and other world powers would remove sanctions against Iran in exchange for their cessation of nuclear development. The agreement was also supported by major European Union nations. However, it is difficult to verify that they have discontinued their nuclear research and development. Since then they have increasingly sponsored terrorism and meddled in the afairs of other countries in the region, strengthening Shi'ite Muslim groups like Hezbollah, and supplying them with missiles and other support.

In 2017 President Trump discontinued the nuclear agreement with Iran.

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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Prophetic Significance of Iran

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Pompeo: Iran behind Islamic Jihad rocket attacks against Israel

Nov. 17, 2019 -
Iran is behind the latest round of Israeli-Gaza violence, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday... “Iran uses its terrorist proxy Palestinian Islamic Jihad to strike our great ally Israel."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Prophetic Significance of Iran


Iran starts injecting uranium gas into centrifuges, further unraveling nuclear accord

Nov.5, 2019 -
President Hassan Rouhani announced Tuesday that Iran will start injecting uranium gas into centrifuges, further unraveling a nuclear deal with world powers and effectively advancing the country's ability to make a nuclear bomb.
Source: Kim Hjelmgaard - USA Today


International community must confront America's hostile approach: Iran president

Oct.1, 2019 -
The international community must confront America’s hostile approach, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday as tensions have spiked between the Islamic Republic and the United States.
Source:Reuters

Iran ready to accept nuclear deal changes if US lifts sanctions, spokesman says

Sept. 26, 2019 -
Iran is prepared to accept changes to the 2015 nuclear agreement and not seek nuclear weapons if the United States agrees to the deal and lifts sanctions, a spokesman for Iran said Wednesday... Ali Rabiei said on state TV, according to Reuters.
Source: The Hill

Iran warns it will 'destroy aggressors' after US troop announcement

Sept. 21, 2019 -
Iran is ready to destroy any country that launches an attack on its territory, a senior military official has said, after the US announced it was sending troops to support Saudi Arabia.
Source: BBC

Iranians Threaten 'All-Out War' If Hit With Military Strike

Sept. 19, 2019 -
Iran's foreign minister told CNN the Islamic Republic "won't blink" if it has to defend itself against any U.S. or Saudi military strike, which he said would lead to "all-out war."
Source: NewsMax

Trump ups ante with Iran over Saudi oil attack

Sept. 18, 2019 -
President Trump ramped up the pressure on Iran after an attack on a key Saudi oil facility, telling the Treasury Department to "substantially increase" sanctions on Iran.
Source: Fox Business

Iranian general says country ready for ‘full-fledged war’ with US

Sept. 15, 2019 -
Amir Ali Hajizadeh warns that American bases up to 2,000 kilometers away are ‘within the range of our missiles,’ after Washington blamed Tehran for Houthi attack on Saudi oil.
Source: The Times of Israel

(Saudi oil attacks:) US 'ready' to deploy resources from reserves

Sept. 14, 2019 -
In Saturday tweets, Pompeo says "there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen" and points the finger at Tehran. He adds, "Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply."
Source: Fox 23

Trump signals thaw in US-Iran tensions, says he’s willing to meet Rouhani

Aug. 26, 2019 -
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday at the G-7 summit he would be willing to meet with Iran’s leader under the right circumstances, a sign simmering tensions between the two nations could soon reach a diplomatic solution.
Source: Air Force Times

Britain warns of 'serious consequences' if Iran doesn't release seized tanker as regime insists it was 'reciprocal' move

July 20, 2019 -
Britain warned Iran that it’s on a “dangerous path” after its authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf, but the regime insists it was a “reciprocal” measure amid economic sanctions.
Source: Fox

Iranian IRGC boats tried, failed to seize British oil tanker in Persian Gulf, senior US defense official says

July 10, 2019 -
Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.
Source: Fox

Iran says it has broken uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

July 1, 2019 -
Iran acknowledged Monday it had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew.
Source: Los Angeles Times

Air Force fighter planes sent to Persian Gulf amid heightened tensions with Iran

June 28, 2019 -
The military deployed nearly a dozen Air Force fighter jets to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar this week amid escalating tensions with Iran and threats against American forces in the region. The F-22 Raptors arrived Thursday.
Source: Louis Casiano - Fox

Trump Says He's Prepared to Speak to Iran With No Preconditions

June 23, 2019 - President Donald Trump is willing to hold talks with Iranian leaders without preconditions.
“Here it is. Look, you can’t have nuclear weapons. And if you want to talk about it, good. Otherwise you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come.”
Source: Ros Krasny - NewsMax

Trump confirms he called off retaliatory Iran attack ‘10 minutes before the strike’

June 21, 2019 -
President Trump confirmed early Friday that he called off a retaliatory attack on Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. drone “10 minutes before the strike,” saying the number of expected casualties was not "proportionate"...
Source: Fox

US Navy drone shot down by Iranian missile over Strait of Hormuz in 'unprovoked attack,' central command says

June 20, 2019 -
U.S. military officials returned fire -- verbally -- hours after Iran blasted a Navy high-altitude drone out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz, ... slamming the "unprovoked" strike and Tehran's subsequent "false" justifications for it.
Source: Fox

White House Planning 'Massive' Tactical Strike Against Iran – Reports

June 18,2019 - Russian headlines may not be correct, but they claim that, following the U.S. deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Mideast,...
The United States is planning to carry out a "massive" tactical attack on an Iranian target, a Western diplomat at the UN headquarters in New York has told Israel's Maariv newspaper.
Source: Sputnik

Pentagon approves sending 1,000 more troops to Mideast as US releases new photos of tanker attack linked to Iran

June 18, 2019 - Some new images purported to show Iranian forces removing an unexploded device from one of the vessles attacked near Iran.
Hours later, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he had approved a request from CENTCOM to send approximately 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East "to address air, naval, and ground-based threats" in the region.
Source: Fox

Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days

June 17, 2019 -
Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency said Monday.
Source: Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press - USA Today

Iran tried to shoot down US Reaper drone that arrived on scene of oil tanker attacks: officials

June 15, 2019 -
An MQ9 Reaper drone was fired on by the Iranians on Thursday shortly after it arrived at the scene where the MV Altair tanker sent out a distress signal amid the attacks the U.S. says were perpetrated by Iran.
Source: Fox

Trump on Oil Tanker Attacks: 'Iran Did Do It.'

June 14, 2019 -
"You saw the boat," Trump told Fox News'... "One [of the] mines didn't explode, and it has Iran written all over it. They successfully took the mine off the boat, and that was exposed... 'Iran Did Do It'
Source: Newsmax

Oil tanker attacks will inflame conflict between the US, its allies and Iran

June 13, 2019 - Massive explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman are being explored.
As with the earlier attacks on 12 May, news of the latest strikes was again broken by media outlets aligned to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran, who broadcast images of the attacks within minutes of them taking place.
Source: The Guardian

US orders new troops to Middle East to counter Iran 'threat'

May 25, 2019 -
The United States said it was deploying 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East to counter "credible threats" from Iran in a move denounced by Tehran on Saturday as "a threat to international peace".
Source: Yahoo

US plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast to counter Iranian threats

May 23, 2019 -
The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, US officials said Wednesday.
Source: Times of Israel

Trump Threatens Iran in Tweet as Tension Between 2 Countries Escalates

May 20, 2019 -
President Donald Trump warned Iran not to threaten the United States again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight.
Source: NewsMax

Trump says he hopes for no war as US-Iran tensions escalate

May 17, 2019 -
Asked Thursday if the U.S. was going to war with Iran, the president replied, "I hope not" — a day after he repeated a desire for dialogue, tweeting, "I'm sure that Iran will want to talk soon."
Source: Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee - Fox

Updated Iran Plan Calls For Up to 120,000 Troops

May 14, 2019 -
An updated plan pushed by National Security Adviser John Bolton would send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran ramps up its work on nuclear weapons or attacks U.S. forces, according to officials.
Source: NewsMax

Iran Commander: We Are Ready For War With U.S.A.

May 12, 2019 - Amirali Hajizadeh, head of Iran,s aerospace division, said:
“An aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us... If [the Americans] make a move we will hit them in the head.”
Source: Independent

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran may increase uranium enrichment

May 8, 2019 -
President Hassan Rouhani said he would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad. He also threatened to resume production of more-highly-enriched uranium ... if other signatories did not act to protect Iran from US sanctions.
Source: BBC

Iranian threat that prompted deployment of US carrier, bombers to Middle East ‘is real’, official warns

May 6, 2019 -
The [US] official’s underscoring of the danger posed by the Islamic Republic comes amid an Associated Press report in which a source identified “clear indications” that Iranian ... forces were preparing for a possible attack on American troops in the region.
Source: Fox

Ceasefire reached after Hamas, Islamic Jihad fire 700 rockets at Israel

May 6, 2019 -
Ceasefire reached after Hamas, Islamic Jihad fire 700 rockets at Israel... rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since the security situation escalated over the weekend.
Source: Jerusalem Post


Pence presses EU to leave Iran nuclear pact, says Tehran wants 'another Holocaust'

Feb. 14, 2019 -
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called on the European Union to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran, accusing the bloc of trying to undermine U.S. pressure on Tehran's nuclear missile programs.
The Vice President warns that Iran is trying to bring about “another Holocaust.”
Source: The Hill

Iran said to put ‘guided warheads’ on missiles that can reach Israel

Feb. 4, 2019 -
Iran has equipped its most advanced, longest-range missiles, which can hit Israel and US bases in the Gulf, with new precision guided warheads, state media reported Sunday.
Source: The 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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