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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“Iran tensions could fulfill prophecies about the end of the world,” reports the Washington Post. Is that true? Does the Bible even speak of the future of Iran? Here’s what I told the Post.

Jan. 12, 2020 -
A Washington Post reporter called me last week and asked if I thought the current tensions with Iran suggested Biblical “end times” prophecies were coming to pass. I confess, it’s not every day I get a call like that.
Read Jeremiah chapter 49 and Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39 (The “War of Gog & Magog”).
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Prophetic Significance of Iran


Iran plane crash: Ukrainian jet was 'unintentionally' shot down

Jan. 11, 2020 -
Iran has admitted "unintentionally" shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board. An investigation found that "missiles fired due to human error", President Hassan Rouhani said. He described the crash as an "unforgivable mistake".
Source: BBC


U.S. Officials Say It's 'Highly Likely' Iranian Missile Downed Ukrainian Plane

Jan. 10, 2020 -
U.S. and Canadian officials say it is “highly likely” that an anti-aircraft missile strike caused the crash of a Ukraine International Airlines operated Boeing 737 in Iran on Wednesday, which killed all 176 people on board.
Source: Time

House to vote on War Powers resolution limiting Trump on Iran; Pelosi facing mounting impeachment pressure

Jan. 9, 2020 -
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans for the House to vote Thursday on a War Powers Resolution that aims to limit President Trump’s military action toward Iran.
Source: Fox

Iran launches 'more than a dozen' missiles into Iraq targeting US, coalition forces, Pentagon says

Jan. 7, 2010 -
Iran fired "more than a dozen ballistic missiles" into Iraq, targeting U.S. military and coalition forces early Wednesday, Pentagon officials said... after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
Source: Fox

Pompeo: U.S. would have been 'culpably negligent' if Soleimani left alive

Jan. 5, 2020 -
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the American airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, against criticism from Democrats.
Pompeo backed up President Trump’s threat for more response if Iran retailiates against the U.S.
Source: Ronn Blitzer - Fox

Thousands gather in Baghdad to mourn Soleimani

Jan. 4, 2020 -
Tens of thousands of people marched in Baghdad on Saturday to mourn Iran's military commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis...
The US Embassy in Baghdad has urged American citizens to leave Iraq.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Trump orders attack that kills Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, other military officials in Baghdad

Jan. 2, 2020 -
President Trump ordered a game-changing U.S. military attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, among other military officials at Baghdad International Airport early Friday...
Source: Frank Miles - Fox

As US-N.Korea talks fail, what happens with Iran? - Analysis

Jan. 1, 2020 - Israeli officials view the linkage of US treatment of Korea in relation to its treatment of Iran.
Now that the North's leader Kim Jong-Un is threatening to return to full and even more advanced nuclear weapons testing, it appears that the US-North Korea negotiations track has fallen apart completely.
This might be a bad result for the US, but it could be helpful to Israel in regards to Iran.
Source: Yonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post

China, Iran, and Russia to hold joint naval drills starting Friday

Dec. 26, 2019 -
China, Iran and Russia will hold joint naval drills starting on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Sea of Oman, China's defense ministry said on Thursday, amid heightened tension in the region between Iran and the United States.
Source: Jerusalem Post

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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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