Watching Iran

Submitted June 25, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Beyond Today Media spends time focusing on the Middle East for good reason. It is a focal point of both current international affairs and Bible prophecy. What happens in the Middle East has long-term implications.

Of late we have published several articles in our magazine, The Good News, detailing the statements and intents of Iranian leaders such as Mahmoud Ahmanidijad. We often get complaints that we run too many negative articles on the threat of a nuclear Iran or another war in the Middle East. "What does this have to do in a publication that is supposed to be about "good news!" Fair enough, but it is something you need to understand. Events in these nations are impacting your life—and the more you know the better you will be able to deal with future events.

The problem with watching events in Iran is we do not have enough on-the-ground information to fully grasp the reality of the threat. Since 1981 the United States has not had an official presence in the nation, the takeover of our embassy finished that off. Language, religion and culture are completely different from the West. Iran pursues a secretive approach that conceals a lot of information. When a nation is that furtive it is because there is something to hide.

The public statements are enough to scare you. Iran says they want to destroy the State of Israel. They threaten America because of its support for Israel. It is known they are building a nuclear weapon and have threatened to use it. What more needs to be known? Those who fail to listen to tyrants and take them at their word usually regret the decision.

The Wall Street Journal today quotes Arab expert Bernard Lewis on this point:

Particular importance should be attached to the policies, and perhaps still more the attitudes, of the present rulers of Iran, who seem to be preparing for a final apocalyptic battle between the forces of God and of the Devil"—meaning themselves and the West, respectively. "They see this as the final struggle of the End of Time and are therefore undeterred by any level of slaughter and destruction even among their own people. 'Allah will know his own' is the phrase commonly used, meaning that among the multiple victims God will recognize the Muslims and give them a quick pass to heaven (Notes On A Century)

Wishful thinking, called "whistling past the graveyard," in another context does not create a safe world. Evil plans are in the working. It is important to know what and why.

In Iran the fact is that people who do not think like you and I believe it is their God-ordained duty to wage war on and kill in the name of their faith. Reason and discussion based on Western ideals or Christian principles mean nothing. When they develop a weapon that will further their goals they will use it. It is folly to ignore this reality.

God tells His servants to stand as a watchman upon the walls of the city and give warning of approaching calamity.

"Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: "When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman"'" (Ezekiel:33:1-2).

Read the whole prophecy. It urges not only the watchman to sound an alarm but the people to heed the message and "turn and live."

America and Great Britain in particular are asleep on this issue. Another attack is building. The signs are there in the headlines and events we can read and discern. It will come when least expected and this time could be more deadly than any previous.

The message you read and hear from Beyond Today media is meant to warn an instruct. We explain why our world has it problems, and we give you the individual biblical instruction that shows how to avoid the personal pot holes of misery. It is all based in God's guidebook, the Bible.

We make no apologies for sounding an alarm. We hope you take the time to listen.

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Floyd7's picture

If Israel was to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike, could we find ourselves in a position to
withdraw our support from the first country to use nuclear weapons, even if Israel has no choice?
If this happens, then how far along the timeline for the last days would we find ourselves?

stuart 46

stuart 46's picture

Thanks Darris for another great blog and words of wisdom great work.


Mavis Stucci

Mavis Stucci's picture

Iran has no future as a nation. God says so. Fearing Iran only empowers its jingoistic leader. Promoting politics has no part in the gospel. Promote God's way and use the whole world for examples of what He will change. We should be proactive in watching, not reactive. Iran has been featured, ad nauseum. Also, how about watching ourselves? Or the real enemy? Are we of the world or are we of God?

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