Iranian leader’s tweet shows gun at Barack Obama’s head

A Twitter account affiliated with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, posted an image over the weekend that appears to portray U.S. President Barack Obama holding a gun to his head. (Source: Twitter/CNN)


Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei is taking figurative shots against US President Barack Obama:

July 28, 2015

(CNN) – Regardless of the recent deal over Iran’s nuclear program, officials in Tehran are still taking sharp jabs at the United States. A Twitter account affiliated with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, posted an image over the weekend that appears to portray U.S. President Barack Obama holding a gun to his head.

The picture shows a silhouetted figure holding the gun. No facial features are visible – only a white shirt, red tie and a Stars and Stripes lapel pin stand out from the shadow.

“US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military,” the tweet said.

It then continues with a quote attributed to Khamenei from July 18 that’s written out in full on the image: “We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S.”

Account regularly criticizes U.S.

It’s unclear how much involvement Iran’s Supreme Leader has in deciding what’s posted on the account, @khamenei_ir, which describes itself as providing “regular updates and news” about him.

Some of its posts are first-person statements from Khamenei, others refer to the leader in the third person alongside photos of him at events.

Strong criticism of the U.S. and Israel are recurrent themes, including posts in recent months about racial tensions in places like New York, Ferguson and Baltimore.

The tweet with the gun image has been retweeted more than 1,750 times since it was posted Saturday, far more than other recent posts.

Some have felt like Barack Obama felt he had no choice but to give Iran a deal that it wanted.  Hence, holding a figurative gun to his head.  On the other hand, with this tweet Iran more directly seems to be telling the USA that military action against it will be suicidal.  Iran has several ways it could harm the USA, including electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) bombs which could fry much of the electrical infrastructure of at least parts of the USA.  While Iran could harm the USA, it is in no position to beat it in an out-and-out war.

As far as the deal goes, yesterday, I saw a news report that the Iranian government informed the journalists in Iran to NOT be critical of the nuclear deal that Iran has tentatively agreed to.  This is an indication that Iran’s top leader plans to, at least for now, publicly accept the deal.

The Iranian deal was in the news in the USA today:

July 28, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told skeptical lawmakers Tuesday that if the U.S. rejects the internationally brokered Iran nuclear deal there would be “no restraints” on Tehran developing a nuclear weapon.

“It’s a good deal for the world, a good deal for America, a good deal for allies and our friends,” Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. …

Obama vows veto

Kerry appeared before the panel along with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who met repeatedly with Iranian officials to close the long-sought agreement earlier this month, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

The three secretaries took part in a similar hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week where Kerry said rejecting the deal would be turning away from the best chance to peacefully resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear activity.

U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional rejection measure, meaning both the House and Senate would need to muster two-thirds majorities to override the president and refuse to lift congressionally imposed sanctions.

Despite John Kerry’s comments, this deal is not ‘good’ for the world.  It is a deal for the world, and one that will likely end in a less rosy way than Secretary Kerry and President Obama have publicly indicated.  Look for war to come to Iran and/or its ally Syria.  And more war in Syria that the present conflict–something that will render Damascus a ‘ruinous heap’ (Isaiah 17:1).

Many are concerned about the deal.  Notice the following fron the Wall Street Journal:

Israel’s Choice: Conventional War Now, or Nuclear War Later

July 28, 2015

I agree wholeheartedly with the critics that, far from “cutting off any pathway Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon,” as he claims, the deal actually offers Tehran not one but two paths to acquiring the bomb. Iran can either cheat or simply wait for the sunset clause to kick in, while proceeding more or less legally to prepare for that glorious day. …

The brutal truth is that the actual alternatives before us are not Mr. Obama’s deal or war. They are conventional war now or nuclear war later. John Kerry recently declared that Israel would be making a “huge mistake” to take military action against Iran. But Mr. Kerry, as usual, is spectacularly wrong. Israel would not be making a mistake at all, let alone a huge one. On the contrary, it would actually be sparing itself—and the rest of the world—a nuclear conflagration in the not too distant future.

Many in Israel would seem to agree with the above.

Now the Europeans are interested in the deal with Iran as many there believe it will be good for European businesses and hope it will be a good deal:

July 28, 2015

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini insisted Tuesday during a visit to Tehran that she made the trip to begin implementation of the nuclear accord with Iran.

Iranian state TV highlighted the visit, broadcasting EU foreign policy chief Mogherini’s press conference with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Mogherini said she wanted to ensure the “smooth implementation” of the nuclear accord between Iran and the international community, which she said would pave the way toward better relations.

“Implementing in full the agreement is the best possible way of opening up the way of investments and trade relations with Europe,” she said. “My personal role in facilitating this process [is] making sure the implementation from all sides will be substantial and consistent.”

The EU foreign policy chief stressed she was intent on delivering the same message to all states in the region: the nuclear agreement is “a good one,” and would build trust, confidence and cooperation.

“This agreement is an agreement that is going to improve the security of this region, being an agreement that is a solid one, a good one. This gives us the potential to build on it,” said Mogherini.

The Europeans are interested in trade with Iran and have, again, publicly admitted it.

The reality is that after Iran gets much or all of its frozen assets, it will have little incentive to comply with the deal.  But could use some of that money to trade with the Europeans as well as others.  Some believe that Iran will be better able to fund terrorism with the funds that are expected to be released.  Israel realizes this.

Iran has no intention of wanting to be the friend of the USA or anything but an enemy to Israel.  Iran’s top leader clearly has also indicated that (see After deal, Iran’s Khamenei calls USA ‘arrogant’ and ‘the real terrorists;’ he also says Iran will not change its policies in Middle East).

So, what will happen with Iran? What does it really want?

Iran wants to takeover Jerusalem and lead the Islamic world. It then wants to takeover the world.

It hopes that the West will let it get far enough in its military plans to make that a possibility.

The time may well come when Iran ‘overplays its hand.’ We in the Continuing Church of God do not believe that Iran 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) and/or the USA, etc. Since no later than May of 2010, I have been writing that since Iran cannot be the final King of the South that it may be neutralized (see Iran Slams Russia). If it overplays its hand, it may well be neutralized.

This nuclear deal, including its access to funds, and Iran’s overall ambitions make Iran dangerous. Iran may well damage Israel (Isaiah 22:1-14) and even the USA. But that will not end well for Iran (cf. Jeremiah 49:34-38).

But although it does provide support to various Islamic causes now, and probably will in the future, Iran will not be the power that the Bible teaches will be the coming King of the South. And if it is discovered not properly handling its latest nuclear agreement, its neutralization could come soon from outside sources.

While a temporary peace will come to the Middle East (cf. Daniel 9:27, see also The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27), as I have said before, this deal is not that one. However, let me add that the fact that it has a time element to it, in that sense will help set a precedent for a time period like the one for Daniel 9:27. Daniel 9:27 could be, for example, a ten-year deal, that is ‘confirmed’ after three years (or an eight year deal confirmed after one, etc.).

Anyway, as the tweet shows, expect more issues from Iran.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Iran in Prophecy Is Iran in Bible prophecy? If so, what does the Bible teach? What names, other than Persia, may be used to describe Iran? There is also a YouTube video titled Iran in Prophecy. Here is a related video Iran In Prophecy.
Damascus and Syria in Prophecy Will Bashar Assad hold power as he has it? Does the Bible show that Damascus, the capital of Syria, will be destroyed? What will happen to Syria? Will the Syrians support the final King of the South that the Bible tells will rise up? Which scriptures discuss the rise and fall of an Arabic confederation? Does Islamic prophecy predict the destruction of Syria.
The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27 This prophecy could give up to 3 1/2 years advance notice of the coming Great Tribulation. Will most ignore or misunderstand its fulfillment? Here is a link to a related sermon video Daniel 9:27 and the Start of the Great Tribulation.
How Will Middle East Peace be Brought About? Can humans bring peace to the Middle East? Here is a link to a related video: Middle East Peace? When?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe? Here is a link to a video titled: Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?
European Technology and the Beast of Revelation Will the coming European Beast power would use and develop technology that will result in the taking over of the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies? Is this possible? What does the Bible teach? Here is a related YouTube video: Military Technology and the Beast of Revelation.
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Saxon (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-Saxon nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first? Here is a link to the Spanish version of this article: Anglo-América & las Tribus Perdidas de Israel. Information is also in the YouTube sermons titled Where are the Ten Lost Tribes? Why does it matter? and British are the Covenant People. A short YouTube of prophetic interest may be Barack Obama and the State of the Apocalypse.
Will the Anglo-Saxon 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? Here is a link to a video titled Will the USA and other Anglo-nations be Divided and Their People Made Slaves? Here is a related item in the Spanish language ¿Serán divididas las naciones anglosajonas?
United Nations: Humankind’s Last Hope or New World Order? Is the UN the last hope for humanity? Or might its goals end up with sinister results? A related video would be United Nations and Vatican Are Planning the New World Order.
Prophecies of Barack Obama? Reasons why Barack Obama is apocalyptic and reasons why Barack Obama is not the Antichrist. This article includes many biblical and non-biblical prophecies, from around the world, that seem to discuss Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist? Might Barack Obama set the stage for the kings of the North and South as at least one Shiite prophecy suggests? Read it and decide for yourself if President Obama seems to be fulfilling various prophecies. Watch also the YouTube Barack Obama and the State of the Apocalypse.

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