Iran to Triple its Nuclear Capacity

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


Iran plans to triple its nuclear production capacity:

Robin Pomeroy and Mitra Amiri

TEHRAN | Wed Jun 8, 2011 9:07am EDT

(Reuters) – Iran will shift its production of higher grade uranium to an underground bunker and triple its production capacity, it said on Wednesday in a defiant response to accusations it is trying to produce atomic bombs…

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…said on Tuesday that no incentive from world powers could persuade Iran to give up enrichment…

The headline of the above article was Defiant Iran plans big rise in nuclear enrichment. Iran does not seem to mind being called defiant.  The President of Iran has long believed that it is his special calling to create enough chaos in order to stimulate the arrival of an Islamic leader that he and others refer to as the Imam Mahdi. This leader is supposed to unite Islam and root out problems within its religion (see also Iran’s Ahmadinejad Does Not Want Peace).

And, while I do not believe that the final King of the South will be from Iran, it is likely that Iran’s provocative activities will be factors that will lead to the rising up of such a leader.  Of course, the events in Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Middle East during this Spring show that the a re-alignment is likely to take place among the Arab nations–and while Iran believes they will turn to it, that is not what the Bible seems to foretell.

For various reasons, the Imam Mahdi that Iran wants sounds a lot like the final King of the South (the name implies south of Jerusalem, which tends to eliminate Iran as it is basically east of Jerusalem, while many of the Arab nations are south) that the Bible tells will arise (Daniel 11:40-43). While the King of the South will not fulfill everything related to Iran’s Mahdi predictions, this may not matter too much to the Arabs, who unlike the Shi’ite Iranians, are mainly Sunni Muslim. This Imam/Mahdi/Caliph may be part of a deal that will affect the USA and its Anglo-allies, as well as the nation of Israel (Psalm 83). And this will not be good.

The reality, as I long warned about, is that Iran is likely to attack Israel and/or provoke Israel to attack it. And while Iran hopes to win such an encounter in order to get the Muslim world behind it, it is much more likely that Israel would hit back hard. So hard, in fact, that the Arab world will be even more upset with Israel than it is now. Enough so that the Arab world will be more likely to accept a pan-Islamic leader, that they will refer to as a type of Caliph, that happens to be the same one that the Bible refers to as the final King of the South. I suspect that if Iran has an unsuccessful attack on Jerusalem that a Caliph-type leader will rise up from elsewhere in the Middle East and that many in Iran will support him anyway (even if all the Mahdi predictions do not come to pass).

Iran’s latest statements seem to be somewhat provocative as if to tell the world in general, and the Arabic world in particular, that it should be considered the main Islamic power. But I suspect that Iran may overplay its hand, and end up as a possible follower, and not leader, of the coming confederation to be ruled by the final King of the South (Daniel 11:40) of Bible prophecy.

Some articles 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?

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