Thursday, February 21, 2008

Iranian Official: Countdown To Israel's Destruction Has Begun

Curt Here.....

If you have been following the news over the last few years then you are well aware of the fact that Iran has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. When I first head their threats I found it quite alarming, and in view of the prophecy of the Gog/Magog war as described in Ezekiel 38-39 I believe there was good reason to be alarmed. Over time, as the threats continued and the rhetoric sounded the same, my alarm bells somewhat quieted.

Recently, over the last month or so the threats and rhetoric has increased and in my opinion the threats have become even more pointed (if that were possible). I believe this increase is tied directly to the assassination of Hezbollah's second-in-command Imad Mugniyah that occurred earlier this month in Syria. Although it is unclear who committed this assassination it is clear that most within the Iranian regime, blame Israel. (Please see article posted below)

After studying the scriptures of Ezekiel 38-39, it is clear that Iran (Persia) is part of the group of nations that suddenly attack Israel. When all seems lost God will divinely intervene and save the Nation of Israel from certain destruction.

So with this new increase in threats are we getting closer to the Gog/Magog war? Are we getting closer to Iran actually acting out on their ongoing threats of destruction against the Nation of Israel? If so when does it happen in the prophetic calendar? I have to admit, I am unsure on the exact timing of this event and am not sure that I can answer these questions accurately. Some say this war occurs prior to onset of the 70th week and some say that it occurs at beginning of the 70th week. Some even make a good case for it happening towards the end of the week.

Whenever it occurs, it is obvious we are getting closer and closer to our Lord's return. Keep watching for our redemption draws nigh.


Iranian official: Countdown to Israel's destruction has begun

By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and News Agencies

Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Hadad has warned that the "countdown to Israel's destruction has begun," in an interview published Thursday in an Iranian newspaper.

Hadad's comment was one of a number of scathing remarks made by Iranian officials regarding Israel this week, a trend apparently escalated by the assassination of Hezbollah's second-in-command Imad Mugniyah earlier this month.

Also Thursday, an adviser to Iran's most powerful figure said Mughniyah's assassination would accelerate Israel's demise at the hands of outraged followers of the Shi'ite Lebanese group.

Yahya Rahim Safavi, a former commander-in-chief of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, Mughniyah's killing in a car bomb in the Syrian capital Damascus had angered thousands of young members of Iran-backed Hezbollah. "With such anger, the definite death of Israel will arrive sooner," Rahim Safavi told the official IRNA news agency. Rahim Safavi was appointed as a military adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say in all state matters.

Western analysts say the Revolutionary Guards, an ideological wing of Iran's armed forces, has given military support to Hezbollah. Tehran denies this, saying it only provides moral backing to the Lebanese group.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called Israel a "filthy germ" and "savage beast" established by Western states in their bid to dominate Middle East nations.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon promised Wednesday to respond "firmly" to Ahmadinejad's verbal attacks on Israel, which he called "intolerable." Ban made the promise in a meeting with Israel's Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman, who requested the meeting with the UN chief.

Ahmadinejad's comments came just days after a top commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard called Israel a "cancerous germ" which would be wiped out by Hezbollah.

Guards commander-in-chief Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted by the Fars News Agency on Monday as saying: "In the near future, we will witness the destruction of the cancerous germ of Israel by the powerful and competent hands of the Hezbollah combatants." Jafari made the remark in a letter to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, offering condolences after the killing of terrorist mastermind Imad Mughniyah, which Iran has blamed on Israel.

The Foreign Ministry sent a letter of protest to the United Nations over Jafari's remarks, Army Radio reported earlier this week.

Last month, Ahmadinejad called on the West to acknowledge Israel's "imminent collapse" and to "stop supporting the Zionists, as [their] regime reached its final stage." "Accept that the life of Zionists will sooner or later come to an end," the Iranian president said in a televised speech. He added, "What we have right now is the last chapter [of Israeli atrocities] which the Palestinians and regional nations will confront and eventually turn in Palestine's favor."


1 comment:

the70thweek said...

Wow, that is big news.

I've been sick and admittedly a bit out of it but I didn't even see the news of the assassination.

I also find it interesting that the Gog/Magog war is so hard to pin down on the prophetic calendar.

My own personal theory is that it is a very obvious event and if it had a clear correlation to the 70th week it would promote even more date setting. God clearly wants believers to recognize the season and be ready for Christ's return at any hour.

We could be on the prophetic eve of some very scary but divinely amazing events. I honestly have mixed emotions.

Great find and post Curt. You rocked it.