The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. Psalms 2:2

Iran - nuclear or not

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Nobody should have been unaware of President Ahmadinijad and his oft repeated threat to wipe Israel off the map once he has acquired his nuclear weapons.

However many people continued in denial about his sincerity or Iran's capability - even as the missile test launches were blatantly televised and the International Atomic Energy inspectors were given the run-around.

Ahmadinijad has been replaced by new President, Hasan Rouhani, who said of his predecessor

"Ahmadinijad was stupid enough to be a wolf in wolf's clothing, to expose his teeth and nails and alert the west. I can be a wolf in sheep's clothing. I have all the diplomatic and rhetoric skills to do so."

The west appears to have fallen for this new "Moderate" Iranian "leader" -

the slick salesman from Tehran.

Pres Rouhani - source of image unknown

A man "may smile, and smile, and be a villain," to quote a play of some renown called "The Tragedy of Hamlet" (Act I, Scene V). This suave new "moderate" president of Iran smiles and smiles, too. Experienced and worldly diplomat that he is, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani dispenses ever more rhetorical soft-soap, the kind guaranteed to ease and smooth, all the while winning time.

Nothing has changed in Iran

Twenty Threats made to wipe out Israel since Rouhani became president (as of 2016)

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And still the US administration, led by the weak president Joe Biden, does nothing to stop Iran becoming a nuclear force!

 

PM Netanyahu addressed UN General Assembly

01/10/13

"Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others.”

Netanyahu attempted to warn EU about Iran

04/10/13

An apparent desire on the part of several European governments to move towards dismantling the regime of sanctions against Iran's renegade nuclear program and normalize relations with the clerical regime in Teheran is viewed with alarm by Israeli officials.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made room in his schedule to conduct several interviews with prominent European media outlets in an effort to sway public opinion against this course of action.

 

Israel warns of Iranian motives for agreement

Yuval Steinitz - 24/09/13

Israel voiced concern over a potential meeting of the US and Iranian presidents, saying Tehran's conciliatory overtures to world powers masked an acceleration of its disputed nuclear program.

"We are certainly warning the entire international community that Iran may want an agreement, but it is liable to be the Munich agreement," Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an Army Radio interview, referring to the 1938 appeasement of Nazi Germany.

"Rouhani wants to hoodwink, and some in the world want to be hoodwinked, and the role of little Israel is to explain the truth and to stand in the breach. And that is what we are doing to the best of our abilities. It is a long struggle."

 

Iranian interference around the Middle East Becomes Clear

Iran's Non Nuclear ambitions

Iran is seeking hegemony in the Gulf / Arab world by interfering in various nations. One such is Yemen, but Iran's ambitions have been thwarted.

Yemen - from an article by by Jonathan Spyer, director of the Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs - 2015

The Iran-supported Ansar Allah movement, more popularly known as the Houthis, seized control of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in March. The government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was forced into exile in Saudi Arabia. The Houthis and their allies then began a march to the south, intending to seize the Gulf of Aden and unite the country under their control.

Preventing this was a matter of strategic importance for the opponents of the Houthis and of their Iranian backers. Control of southwest Yemen would have given the Houthis (and hence the Iranians) the ability to choke off energy supplies making their way from the Persian Gulf to the Suez Canal via the narrow Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

Saudi and Emirati assistance to Yemeni government forces seeking to prevent this outcome began on March 26, but by 2022, the Houtis were attacking Saudi with drones and missiles. Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain also joined the coalition against the Houthis.

This process fits into a larger picture, in which Iranian interference - in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq - appears more usually to lead to the division of countries and ongoing civil war rather than to a clear Iranian triumph.

In tiny Lebanon, Iranian proxy (Hezbollah) has established a position of acknowledged military superiority.

 

Now Russia is involved and protecting Iran with sophisticated anti-aircraft missie systems.

Human Rights

UN reports that there has been a steady rise in human rights violations, including political oppression and executions, since the "moderate" Rouhani took office.

Iran has one of the highest execution rates in the world and continues “to harass, arrest, prosecute and imprison members of civil society who express criticism of the government or who publicly deviate from officially sanctioned narratives.”

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country."

 

Finally a thought about modern day Iran being ancient Persia.

Daniel 10:12 Then he said to me, "Don't be afraid, Dani'el; because since the first day that you determined to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard; and I have come because of what you said. The prince of the kingdom of Persia prevented me from coming for twenty-one days; but Mikha'el, one of the chief princes, came to assist me; so that I was no longer needed there with the kings of Persia. CJB

Daniel 12:1 "When that time comes, Mikha'el, the great prince who champions your people (Israel), will stand up; and there will be a time of distress unparalleled between the time they became a nation and that moment. At that time, your people will be delivered, everyone whose name is found written in the book. CJB

Is that same prince of Persia building up again (in the spiritual realm) for a big attack on God's people Israel?

Shouldn't we, therefore, be fervent in Daniel style prayer for the angel forces under Mikha'el to be available to protect Israel from Iran's leaders and the prince of Persia?

Another scriture to remember - concerning Iran (Elam)

Jerimiah 49:34  The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.
And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:
And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD.
But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.

 

Updated 23/03/22

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