Sunday, September 27, 2009

Iran's Nuclear Aspirations

Iran has recently disclosed a second nuclear reactor which gives them more capacity to develop nuclear material than originally thought. Meanwhile, the leaders of Western Civilization seem to be resigned to just living with a nuclear-armed Iran.

The danger in that is they do not recognize the evil this represents. Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has made it clear that he believes that his role in history is to usher in the 12th Imam. This is the Islamic Messiah who will bring all nation under Islam. According to the sect of Shiite Muslims that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad represents, the 12th Imam will only come on the scene following a time of turmoil between nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes he is the one to instigate the needed international turmoil that will cause the 12th Imam to emerge.

The news of Iran's nuclear capacity makes it more likely that Israel will take military action against them because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also on the record wanting to "wipe Israel off the map." It does not matter to Ahmadinejad whether Iran nukes Israel or Israel attacks Iran to prevent a nuclear attack; either way his objective to instigate international turmoil is achieved. An Israeli attack on Iran will most certainly initiate an attack by Hezbollah, Iran's surrogates based in Syria which will necessitate an Israeli response... "Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap" (Isaiah 17:11, NKJ). At some point, Russia will take advantage of the situation and get involved as prophesied in Ezekiel 38 & 39. All this seems very close to coming to pass in our day.

We can see God removing His restraining hand from evil in this world today. "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way" (2 Thessalonians 2:77, NKJ). This means that we are very close to the end of the Age of Grace. This realization will encourage all who are secure in Christ. For all who find no comfort in the soon return of Christ, there is no time like the present to repent and follow Jesus.

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