CBS: Iran’s Ticking Nuclear Clock

Hiroshima After the Atomic Bomb Was Detonated


CBS reported the following:

January 15, 2012

The ticking clock of Iran’s nuclear threat

(CBS News)  Iran this weekend accused the CIA of masterminding the assassination of a nuclear scientist on the streets of Tehran this past Wednesday. The U.S. denies any involvement. Nevertheless, the clock is ticking in the Persian Gulf in what some fear could be a countdown to war…

U.S…Panetta said Iran blocking Hormuz would be a red line that America would not tolerate. Also a red line: Developing a nuclear weapon.

If it comes to that, the B-2 Stealth bomber has been outfitted with a 30,000-pound bunker-busting bomb designed to destroy Iran’s underground nuclear facilities….

Israel’s Defense Minister has warned Iran will soon have dispersed its nuclear facilities and hidden them underground to the point that a military strike could no longer stop the program.

“He’s publicly giving interviews where he talks about 6 to 9 months from now,” said Ross.

As regular readers of the COGwriter news page are aware, I have been warning for some time that a regional war involving Iran, Israel, and Syria seems likely.

The situation in the Middle East is tense.  Iran still wants to project enough military power (including nuclear weapons) to persuade the rest of the Islamic world that they should support Iran in its goals.

And what are those goals?

Well, according to a video released in Iran earlier this year (which I watched) it wants to take over Jerusalem, and prepare the way for an Islamic leader, known as the Imam Mahdi to rise up (this is the subject of a March 28, 2011 post, see Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Conquer Jerusalem?). Amongst others leaders, this video has clips of Iran’s President Ahmadinejad as part of it and suggests that he is fulfilling certain aspects of Islamic prophecy. I also saw Ahmadinejad on television a few years ago explaining that the goal of the Iranian revolution was to prepare the way for the arrival of the Imam Mahdi.

The final pan-national Islamic leader, whether Shi’ite or Sunni Muslim (Iran wants a Shi’ite, but I suspect it is more likely to be a Sunni), seems to be the one that the Bible considers to be the final King of the South (Daniel 11:40)–but that will not end well (Daniel 11:40-43).

With the unrest in Syria, the Arab Spring, etc. it may not be a coincidence that Iran wants to have atomic bombs by the end of 2012, as attacking Israel would fulfill some of its stated goals. (Also since Iran’s President Ahmadinejad is supposed to leave office in 2013, if he actually does, he would need to accomplish his objectives within a year or so if he is to accomplish them.)

Since Iran, however, is NOT really south of Jerusalem, we in the Living Church of God do not believe that it will be the final King of the South of Bible prophecy (cf. Daniel 11:4-43). Because of that, I have tended to believe that Iran may somehow get “neutralized” before this final king rises up. And it may be that provoking some type of conflict with Israel (through an attack or through simply possessing nuclear bombs) may result in Israel hitting Iran hard enough militarily to greatly reduce Iran’s influence in the Islamic world. It simply may take a regional war for the seven-year deal in Daniel 9:27 to come about.

Something like this would, thus, allow the other Islamic states (like Saudi Arabia and Egypt) to continue to exist and allow for the rising of the prophesied leader (revolution in Iran, is also another possibility).

We will watch and see (Mark 13:37).

Some articles (and books) 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? What does the Bible say?
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?
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”? What is the seven-year deal? 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?
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might Barack Obama be involved in 2012?
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect This is a link related to a book by Bob Thiel (COGwriter). This link also has YouTube videos. This book documents and explains hundreds of prophecies. And since it was published, world events have aligned with at least 17 predictions in the book and many more will to come to pass.

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