Over the weekend we saw an interesting mixture of fact and fantasy regarding the roiling crisis in Iran.
In the fantasy section:
Ahmadinejad has no Jewish roots
Rumours that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s family converted to Islam from Judaism are false. In fact, they are proud Shias.
Whew! Glad we settled that one.
To be honest, as soon as I read that I wondered how that minor fact would have made it past the Mullahs, oh, about the time Mahmoud became president of the most virulently anti-Semitic nation on Earth?
Seriously, the idea that Ahmadinejad is Jewish is as silly as maintaining that Hitler was a Christian.
But there was also another development that we could only wish was an urban legend.
Report Says Iran Has Data to Make a Nuclear Bomb
Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb.
The report by experts in the International Atomic Energy Agency stresses in its introduction that its conclusions are tentative and subject to further confirmation of the evidence, which it says came from intelligence agencies and its own investigations.
But the report’s conclusions, described by senior European officials, go well beyond the public positions taken by several governments, including the United States.
Two years ago, American intelligence agencies published a detailed report concluding that Tehran halted its efforts to design a nuclear weapon in 2003. But in recent months, Britain has joined France, Germany and Israel in disputing that conclusion, saying the work has been resumed.
A senior American official said last week that the United States was now re-evaluating its 2007 conclusions.
It seems to me that the last word anyone would want to hear in regards to the potential of a rogue state
run by suicide bomb loving religious fanatics
who believe they are in communion with a messiah who lives in a well
who will make his appearance at the height of global war –
But here we are.
So where do we go from here?
It is becoming more and more clear that the West, including the United States has no ability to bring to bear even the slightest economic or diplomatic pressure on Iran.
Russia and China have clearly taken the role of Iran’s patrons and protectors.
If the world community cannot bring about much more than a sternly worded statement of “disappointment”, or a meaningless concession of an inspection of a nuclear facility with two weeks time to move any incriminating evidence, tougher calls like military intervention are extremely unlikely.
It seems clear that one of two realities will be realized.
Israel will take matters into their own hands and bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities, unleashing a regional war and a stunning blow to the world’s already shaky economy.
Or Iran will be allowed to have their own functional nuclear weapon, probably with the understanding that Russia will ensure they don’t use it – much like China’s relationship with North Korea.
But there is one key difference.
Kim Jong-Il may be a megalomanic who enjoys threatening his neighbors – but he doesn’t want to die before his time.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes that dying in a Jihad, even a nuclear Jihad, is his key to heavenly bliss.
If this regime in Iran gets the bomb, they will use it – probably on Tel Aviv.
So the world has a choice of war – or war.
Israel has a choice of bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities, prompting a massive conventional response from Hezbollah and Hamas at the least, and an assault from her Arab neighbors reminiscent of the Yom Kippur War at the most.
Or Israel can wait and see Tel Aviv go up in a mushroom cloud, and then respond in kind.
And then have to fight a regional war.
I wouldn’t count on option number two.
It used to be said that Israel has a “Masada Complex”.
Masada is the mountain fort where the Jews held out against a Roman seige. Rather than surrender to their foes, the Jewish defenders killed themselves rather than be captured.
For years the general belief was that the Jews would fight to the last man before allowing the Land to fall.
But now it is said the Jews have a “Samson Complex”.
And as Sampson at the cost of his own life brought down the Temple of Dagon on his foes, so Israel wold be more than willing to use her own nuclear arsenal if defeat was imminent.
The fascinating curve here is the fact that God’s Word predicts that Israel will survive until the Last Days.
Israel also will be delivered from a Russian led coalition by nothing less than God’s own intervention.
“And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “that My fury will show in My face. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”’ (Ezekiel 38:18-23)
Are we on the edge of seeing this prophecy fulfilled?
Stay tuned- and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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