Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Iran
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister made an announcement today about cutting ties with Iran:
September 7, 2012Canada cuts ties with Iran, closes embassy, orders Iranian diplomats home
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has severed Canadian ties with Iran over its sponsorship of terrorism and amid fears about the safety of diplomats in the country.
Baird says the Canadian embassy in Tehran will close immediately and Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave.
The skeleton staff that was operating Canada’s Tehran mission has already fled the country…
“The Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel,” he said.
“Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran. Our diplomats serve Canada as civilians and their safety is our No. 1 priority.”
He also condemned the regime as a sponsor of terrorism.
“Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today,” he said.http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Canada+cuts+ties+with+Iran+closes+embassy+orders+Iranian+diplomats+home/7206256/story.html#ixzz25pLBln1F
Canada has historically been a staunch ally of the USA and if Israel attacks Iran, the USA will likely be involved and this could affect Canada.
As far as the threat of strikes against Iran go, notice the following in today’s TW News & Prophecy from the Living Church of God:
Iran’s defensive preparationsIn response to the growing threat of an Israeli military attack, Iran is planning a massive defense drill in October, involving their air defenses, army and revolutionary guard (Reuters, September 1, 2012). “Today our systems are prepared in a serious way for modern air threats,” noted Iran’s air defense commander (ibid.). An Iranian naval commander said that Iran now sees Israel and the U.S. as one, so if Israel attacks Iran, Iran will counter-attack both Israeli and U.S. targets (Reuters , September 5, 2012). Turkey’s prime minister has stated that an attack on Iran could cause an “apocalypse” in the region (Ynet News , September 5, 2012).
As tensions rise, the U.S. is moving another carrier group to the Persian Gulf to join with two existing fleets for a 12-day naval exercise from September 16-27 (DEBKA, September 5, 2012). This exercise involves militaries from 25 nations including Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (ibid.).
Tensions are rising as the biblical Holy Days approach in late September and early October. Will Israel attack Iran, with or without the U.S.? Will Israel back down or be pressured to do so by the U.S. and EU nations?
The Bible tells of a coming temporary peace between Israel, Middle-Eastern, and European nations (Daniel 9:27; Psalm 83:1-8) and that no matter what happens with Iran, Jerusalem will not be destroyed; however, it will be controlled by armies of the coming Beast power (Luke 21:24) and become a seat of power for the prophesied Man of Sin (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
For more on this exciting topic, review our booklet The Middle East in Prophecy.
The reality is that the cost to Israel (and likely the USA) for a regional war involving Iran and/or Syria will be higher than many in the USA or Israel believe (and the cost to Iran would also likely be quite high). Between terrorist acts, sustained resistance, chemical weapons, biological weapons, emp-type bombs, and/or even disruptions of the internet, Iran and/or Syria can inflict significant damage to their enemies.
Yet, as the TW reported the tiny of nation of Israel would not be “eliminated” by that (nor would the U.S.A.)–it will come later, by the King of the North (cf. Daniel 11:39) before he takes on the King of the South (Daniel 11:40). But since Iran will not be the King of the South and Syria apparently will support that King, the situation in those countries will change–and this certainly could happen from an attack involving Israel.
Watch! (Mark 13:37). As it seems that the Canadians are watching this as well.
Some items of possibly related interest may include:
The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What does Islam teach about the Imam Mahdi?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Is he the Imam Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
Canada in Prophecy: What Does Bible Prophecy, Catholic Prophecy, and other Predictions Suggest About the Future of Canada? There are prophecies that suggest involvement with Canada. And many are not positive about its future.
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What about Jerusalem? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?