The shooting down of the surveillance drone in the strategic Strait of Hormuz Thursday morning raised already high regional tensions and sent oil prices upward amid fears of open conflict breaking out. The Pentagon call the incident an “unprovoked attack” in international air space, claiming the RQ-4 Global Hawk was some 34 kilometers (21 miles) from Iran when destroyed by a surface-to-air missile.
However, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutierres and the Security Council that the American drone was engaged in a “clear spying operation” in Iran’s airspace.
In Washington, the debates about the incident and a potential military action along political repercussions, were on the agenda of the day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in a briefing on Iran at the White House. He said the briefing confirmed what the Pentagon has said publicly. “The UAV was fired on from Iranian soil. It was in international waters,” McConnell said. McConnell also aid the administration is considering “measured responses.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also spoke to President Trump about the Iran drone attack. His remarks to the reporters: “Now I told the President that these conflicts have a way of escalating. The President may not intend to go to war here, but we’re worried that he and the administration may bumble into a war. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, echoed Mr. Schumer’s words saying “it is essential the US remain engaged with our allies.”
Asked if the US would respond or go to war, Trump said, “you’ll find out.” Later in the afternoon, the President appeared to downplay Iran’s actions calling it “a mistake” and that “he didn’t think was intentional”. Regardless of what Trump critics or allies say, I believe the President is doing what he does best. He is trying to be unpredictable, one of his trademarks so often ignored by his enemies and even friends. In the meantime, Israel is already getting worried about the possibility of the US been softening its stance against Iran.
Regardless of the possible future geopolitical scenarios, the biblical prophecy student always remembers Iran as an important Nation in biblical prophecies. Perhaps one of the most famous battles that Iran will be present is Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39). Persia also had an very important role in Israel’s history, when Cyrus the Great set the Hebrews free from Babylon.
Furthermore, Iran appears to be in another prophecy in Jeremiah 49:38-39: “I will set My throne in Elam, And will destroy from there the king and the princes,” says the LORD. “But it shall come to pass in the latter days: I will bring back the captives of Elam,” says the LORD. The events described in 49:34-39 take place inside of the borders of Iran. Conversely, the Ezekiel 38 and 39 invasion, from start to finish, takes place in Israel according to Ezekiel 38:8, 16, 18, and 19 and Ezekiel 39:2, 4, 9, 11, and 17.
According to Bill Sallus*, Jeremiah issued his prophecies concerning Elam about 596 B.C. Jeremiah wrote about Elam about a decade before his contemporary Ezekiel prophesied about Persia in Ezekiel 38:5. Ezekiel’s ministry spanned between 595–573 b.c. Modern-day Iran is comprised of ancient Elam and Persia. Bill continues explaining that Ezekiel was familiar with Elam, according to Ezekiel 32:24-25, but he did not include Elam in the lineup of invaders in Ezekiel 38. Apparently Elam was intentionally omitted, because it is the subject of its own distinctly different prophecy, outlined by Jeremiah. Bill identifies Elam as one-tenth of modern day Iran, being located between the Persian Gulf and the Zagros Mountains. He then points out that the Iranian nuclear reactor is located today in the southern portion of this precise area on the coast of the Persian Gulf. If Bill Sallus is correct, we may see the destruction of that area sooner than later as Bill believes the Elam’s prophecy comes before Psalm 83 or the famous epic battle of Gog and Magog.
Eschatology is a difficult field and there are always controversies. One thing is for certain, Iran will continue to be present in the headlines in the last days. The Persian leadership continues threatening to annihilate Israel. Those threats are not political vendetta or coincidence. The Shia theology points out that the Islamic messiah, the 12th Imam’s return will be hastened by the creation of chaos on earth. The Ayatollahs will gladly volunteer to do that. They believe it is their mission to create that chaos. That is why it is so dangerous to let the Iranians get the bomb. In my opinion, if the Iranian leadership gets a nuclear weapon, they will not hesitate to use it.
Let’s pray for the Iranian people and for its persecuted church. The country has the fastest growing church in the world. It is worthy to keep an eye on the Persians. They are closely linked to Bible Prophecy and the end of the days. Shalom
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