In its latest TW News & Prophecy, LCG has the following:
Will the Middle East powder keg explode soon?
Tensions between Israel, Iran and Lebanon are heating up. Israel is threatening an attack on suspected nuclear sites in Iran, while Iran appears to be “itching for a fight” with Israel to show off its military hardware (YNet News, August 21, 2012). In a recent speech, Iran’s president asserted, “The very existence of the Zionist [Israeli] regime is an insult to humankind and an affront to all world nations” (New York Times , August 17, 2012). Hezbollah’s leader recently stated that if Israel attacks Lebanon, Hezbollah will “…turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Zionists into a living hell” with its new missile technology (Al Arabiya News, August 17, 2012). The U.S. and its allies have also coordinated an unprecedented buildup of naval and air defenses in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz in the last six weeks, preparing for an impending attack (Star Tribune , July 3, 2012).
Long ago, God prophesied of end-time trouble in the Middle East. For decades, this Work has also instructed its readers to “watch the Middle East.” Today we see Bible prophecies coming into play that God prophesied thousands of years ago. Jerusalem is to be a “cup of trembling” and a “burdensome stone” for the surrounding nations (Zechariah 12:2-3, KJV)–something clearly apparent today. Events in the Middle East will explode one day soon.
One way the Middle East powder keg could “explode” would be with the use of electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) weapons.
I have written for some time that since Iran is NOT the prophesied King of the South that it will likely somehow be neutralized and an EMP attack from Israel could possibly do that.
Some have reported that Israel could use such weapons to drive Iran into the “stone age”:
Israel’s EMP Attack Can Send Iran Back to the Stone Age…
Israel’s dilemma is focused singly on the use of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) without informing the U.S…
So the game-changer would be a significant EMP event that would take Iranians back to the Stone Age.
What would an EMP attack look like?
If Israel chooses one of its Jericho III missiles to detonate a single EMP warhead at high altitude over north central Iran, there will be with no blast or radiation effects on the ground.
Coupled with cyber-attacks, Iranians would not know it happened except for a massive shutdown of the electric power grid, oil refineries and a transportation gridlock. Food supply would be exhausted and communication would be largely impossible, leading to economic collapse. Similarly, the uranium enrichment centrifuges in Fordo, Natanz and widely scattered elsewhere, would freeze for decades. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/12017#.UDjTAqP0-aQ
Is Israel planning EMP attack on Iran?
WASHINGTON – Analysts say because Israel now believes diplomacy has failed to halt Iran’s nuclear program and the Jewish state’s very survival is at stake, Israelis have not ruled out a Jericho III missile launch to detonate a single electromagnetic pulse warhead at high altitude over central Iran…
Meanwhile, top religious and political officials in Iran have issued repeated warnings they plan to obliterate the Jewish state…
Given that Iranian sites may be hardened against a conventional military attack, several Israeli and foreign sources believe that Israel has a nuclear device to create an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, that would produce little radiation on the ground but could knock out all of Iran’s electronics.
Israel also is assessed to be able to launch nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles from its German-supplied Dolphin electric submarines that could carry a one-kiloton or more device and explode over Iran, effectively neutralizing all of Iran’s electronics.
This would include Iran’s command and control capabilities and its ability to launch ballistic missiles in retaliation to a pre-emptive Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, which Western intelligence has assessed is a cover to make nuclear weapons. http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/is-israel-planning-emp-attack-on-iran/
And Israel very well may launch an EMP attack against Iran. How such an action would turn out is hard to be certain of as this type of EMP attack simply has not been attempted on a large-scale before.
But this does not just have to come from Israel. Iran is believed to have the capability to deliver such weapons itself.
For some time, the USA has been aware of the potential threat of an EMP attack. Iran, as some believe, has been aware of this for some time and may be planning on using this against the USA. Notice also the following:
In written testimony delivered to the United States Senate in 2005, an EMP Commission staff member reported:
- The EMP Commission sponsored a worldwide survey of foreign scientific and military literature to evaluate the knowledge, and possibly the intentions, of foreign states with respect to electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The survey found that the physics of EMP phenomenon and the military potential of EMP attack are widely understood in the international community, as reflected in official and unofficial writings and statements. The survey of open sources over the past decade finds that knowledge about EMP and EMP attack is evidenced in at least Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Taiwan, Sweden, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Iran, North Korea, China and Russia. (Wikipedia. EMP. Accessed 07/17/12)
So for years, Iran has been believed to have sufficient knowledge for using EMP weapons for some time. And it may do so.
While I do not believe that Iran would be able to truly prevail against the USA, it seems to have plans to try (see Iranian Leader Calls for Vanishing USA and Israel from the Universe and Khamenei Has Claimed Iranian Nuclear Weapons Need for the Arrival of the 12th Imam). And the USA could be hurt badly. Notice the following:
The International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran has test-launched ballistic missiles off ships in an exercise similar to an EMP attack.
Studies have shown that a successful EMP attack would devastate America, slaughtering up to two-thirds of the United States population within a year of the attack. Read more: KAHLILI: Iran’s radical rulers close in on the bomb – Washington Times
Iran has accelerated its forced projection and tested ballistic missiles delivery system in an EMP mode with North Korean assistance…
The reality on the ground is revealing: Iran needs only one or two nuclear bombs to start a thermonuclear war against Israel and the United States, to hasten what these religious nuts believe is the coming of the Islamic messiah.
Evidentially, a nuclear-capable Iran can unleash a single atomic bomb on Israel with simultaneous asymmetric proxy attacks in the U.S. and other western targets. But thanks to heaven - and Israel – the Islamic republic is not there yet.
In addition, intelligence sources have now indicated Iran is within two years of bringing the Islamic revolution to the U.S. in the form of an EMP attack. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/12017#.UDjTAqP0-aQ
An EMP attack on the United States, for example, from a 30-kiloton nuclear weapon exploded at an altitude of 62 miles, or 100 kilometers, effectively would knock out 70 percent of electrical systems up to a thousand miles in every direction. A similar explosion at a higher altitude of some 250 miles would virtually affect all electronics from Boston to Los Angeles and from Chicago to New Orleans, according to experts. http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/is-israel-planning-emp-attack-on-iran/
It is possible that because of its potential to attack the USA with EMP-type weapons, dirty bombs, terrorism, etc., this may be why Iranian leaders have repeatedly made public statements that they would essentially eliminate the USA (see Iranian Leader Calls for Vanishing USA and Israel from the Universe and Khamenei warns America “will soon be defeated”)–yet the USA will not be eliminated by Iran.
However, the USA, despite its military strength, is vulnerable to being hurt by EMP weapons, chemical weapons, dirty bombs, terrorism, and biological weapons. All of which Iran and/or its closest ally Syria seem to possess. And while the USA will NOT to eliminated by this type of conflict, the USA certainly could be partially or even greatly weakened by these type of attacks.
The situation in the Middle East is dangerous and the danger level seems to be rising. And the danger is not limited to the Middle East.
“And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:37).
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
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? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic 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 about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?
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?
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2012, 2013, or 2014? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? Is there a needed peace deal first in the Middle East? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000?