Sound of the Shofar #85
Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.Dan 10:12-13
Iran (Biblical Persia) continues on its march to nuclear weapons and the world continues to talk. After the revelation of a secret uranium enrichment facility and then the meeting in Geneva of Iran and the USA, Russia, China, UK, France and Germany we do not seemed to have moved much on the international chess board. Why do I say "chess board"? Because the Persians invented the game of chess and they seem to have a better grasp of strategy than most of the nations they are facing. At this point it is probable that Iran will continue to try and drag the discussions out so that they have time to assemble from 1-5 nuclear bombs. It is also probable that the nations listed will go along with this charade and give Iran the time it needs.
Two other things have happened that have a major bearing on this situation. A secret report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was leaked to the NY Times that states that Iran is close to the Bomb. According to the report, Iran now has all the information needed to design a nuclear weapon. There was another leak to the British Times newspaper that said that P.M. Netanyahu's visit to Moscow was to present the leadership there with a list of the Russian nuclear scientists who are helping Iran make the bomb. These four events coming close together are pushing us toward a resolution of the Iranian threat. There are not many options available to deal with an Iranian bomb.
Allow Iran to make the bomb and try and live with the situation that would develop. As Israel has repeatedly said "this would be a threat to the entire world". The problem is that the world does not seem to be paying attention.
Strong international sanctions upon Iran that would especially target its gasoline imports. This could include a naval blockade of Iran. Unless all the nations of the "P-5+1" group (USA, Russia, China, U.K, France and Germany) agree the sanctions would be worthless. Both Russia and China have been against the gasoline sanctions and Russia could provide Iran with all the gas it needs via trucks thus getting around a naval blockade.
A military operation to destroy Iran's nuclear infrastructure. Iran's expected response to this scenario would be to rocket both Israel and US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and to try and close the Strait of Hormuz thus blocking 40% of the world's crude oil supply. If Iran were successful in closing off the Persian Gulf to shipping it would quickly make this a world wide problem. This possibility of closing the Gulf has in it both an opportunity of really dealing with Iran and also the possibility of all nations quickly coming against Israel. We will explain this in detail shortly.
God Himself deals with Iran's nuclear sites. As we have said before, Iran geographically is full of major faults in the earth's crust - in other words it has many major earthquake zones. We pray that our Father in Heaven would see the great danger His People Israel are in and open up the ground where the Iranian sites are and swallow them up. Would this not bring both the acknowledgment and fear of the almighty God upon the whole earth? Ex. 14:17-18
And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.While we continue to pray for God to move sovereignly, we must also understand and pray for human intervention.