Washington Free Beacon: As if we didn’t have enough to worry about: This week Iran escalated its war against the West.
On June 8 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution calling on Iran to explain traces of uranium that it found at three undisclosed sites of nuclear activity. Hours before the IAEA vote, Iran disconnected security cameras from one of its declared nuclear sites. Then Iran began taking down IAEA cameras throughout its territory. The world’s nuclear watchdog is flying blind. “When we lose this,” IAEA director Rafael Mariano Grossi told reporters, “then it’s anybody’s guess” what Iran is doing.
But we know what Iran is doing. Iran is playing hardball. For over a year now, the Biden administration and its European partners have attempted to lure Iran back into the 2015 nuclear deal, a.k.a. the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Those negotiations have failed. Iran keeps upping the ante. It wants Biden to drop sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, its terrorist army, and to guarantee that future presidents won’t back out of the deal. The first demand is harmful to national security and a political hot potato. The second is impossible. Result: deadlock.
Deadlock that favors Iran. The mullahs have used the months of jaw-jaw to prepare for war-war. Ayatollah Khamenei has placed radicals in top positions, including the presidency. His proxy forces have spread violence in Iraq, Yemen, and throughout the Greater Middle East. He has plotted to assassinate U.S. officials. He has evaded sanctions. And he has built up his stockpile of nuclear fuel.
Iran has enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon. Last week, David Albright and Sarah Burkhard of the Institute for Science and International Security (the good ISIS) wrote that “Iran’s breakout timeline is now at zero.” Read More …
Opinion: The arrogant look on Iran’s leader’s face reflects the growing anti-Semitism sweeping the UN and the West. Ayatollah Khamenei and his henchmen know that a Biden White House will push Israel against a wall over the two state solution, and land taken in the 1967 war.
Even a cursory look at the UNHRC commission’s report (here) on the “New Commission of Inquiry on Occupied Palestinian Territory, East Jerusalem, and Israel” spells out trouble for Israel’s patched together government.
And since war is the prophesied outcome, and the only prophecy that has Iran taking up actual arms against Israel follows an all-Arab conflict of Psalm 83, it is compelling to consider how God will use the future war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39) for Israel’s good.
A single verse, Ezekiel 39:7 “To make His name known ‘in the midst’ of His people Israel” gives us a clue.
You see it it will be after the most stunning victory (Ez. 38:18-21) in Israel’s history, that God will put in the hearts of His people Israel a longing for Him …
“From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God.“ Ezekiel 39:22
…and a burning need to be back in the land.
“Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind.” Ezekiel 39:18
And that, my friends, is the ‘second regathering’ of God’s people back to the land, in preparation for the coming 7 years of the tribulation, and the salvation of God’s people:
“Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7
How awesome is that?
(See our paper “Three Regatherings of God’s People” HERE)