TW: Persian Gulf tensions remain high; Russia and China add their concerns

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Today’s TW News & Prophecy from the Living Church of God has the following:

Persian Gulf tensions remain high.

“Four [U.S.] Navy minesweepers will soon be on their way to the Persian Gulf… as part of an effort to boost American military capability in the region amid rising tensions with Iran, a Navy official says.” In March, the U.S. Navy moved four airborne mine countermeasure helicopters to the area to assist the British who are already there. The idea is “to beef up the American military presence in the region in the face of Iranian threats to shut down the Strait of Hormuz,” according to a plan set out by General James Mattis, head of the U.S. Central Command. The U.S. also plans to keep two carrier groups near the Strait of Hormuz (, March 29, 2012).

Bible prophecy indicates an ongoing struggle between Middle Eastern nations and the nations of Europe and beyond (see Daniel 11). The Middle East figures prominently and repeatedly in end-time prophecy. For more information on what will occur in this volatile region, be sure to review our insightful booklet on The Middle East in Prophecy.

Much is happening in the Middle East.  And since Iran is not the prophesied King of the South (Daniel 11:40), something must change to reduce its Islamic militaristic influence.

Of course, the religious leaders of Iran do not want a regime change that would eliminate their version of an Islamic empire. They may decide that they have no choice but to fight back hard believing that doing so represents their real opportunity to fulfill their view of Iran’s Islamic destiny. Earlier this year, Iran’s “supreme leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated “In light of the realization of the divine promise by almighty God, the Zionists and the Great Satan (America) will soon be defeated” (for more details see Ayatollah Khamenei Claims America “Will Soon be Defeated”). That would suggest that he might want Iran to fight back hard.  And while Iran could somewhat harm the USA, Iran will not defeat the USA.

The USA apparently is trying to send Iran a message not to take various steps (as well as to possibly be able to support Israel should it decide to attack Iran).  And while Iran probably understands that message, it still prefers to believe that its version of Islam will prevail, though biblically it would appear that it will not.

China and Russia are not pleased with the direction in that region as the following news items help show:

Beijing steps up pressure to prevent strike on Iran
A senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday an attack on Iran would invite devastating retaliation that would envelop the region and destabilize the global economic recovery, and added that the international community had to restrain itself from war.

U.S. Missile Defense in Gulf Signals Strike on Iran – Russian Lawmaker

A U.S.-backed plan to build a missile defense shield within the Gulf States may signal preparation for a military strike on Iran, Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov said on Friday.

“The building of a missile defense shield is a political step, which signals the possibility of a military strike against Iran,” he said, speaking at a round table conference on Iran at the Lower House of Parliament, the State Duma…

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi sharply criticized the U.S.-backed missile defense project, saying that it was “against regional security.”

Tensions in the Middle East remain high and conflict may occur soon.

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