By Nathan Jones
Does Iran play a major role in end time Bible prophecy? What about the Palestinians?
On Saturday, November 19, 2011, I was interviewed by host August Rosado of the BlogTalkRadio show Signs of the Times. August is a Bible prophecy teacher and preacher and founder of a ministry called Today in Bible Prophecy. He has and continues to be a personable guest on our television program Christ in Prophecy. He and I concluded with questions from the audience concerning Iran and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy.
Iran in Bible Prophecy
August Rosado: Nathan, what do we do with Iran? People keep on asking me, "When do you think Israel is going to attack Iran?" Does Iran play a major role in end time Bible prophecy?
Nathan Jones: One of the side affects of the United States attacking Iraq and removing Saddam Hussein is that we removed a check to the mullahs who dominate as a theocracy over Iran. Iran since has been extending its influence and power all throughout the Middle East to create what is called a Muslim Crescent or a Shiite Crescent. The branch of Islam that they follow is Shiite.
And so, the Iranian leaders want basically to take over the Middle East and by doing so also take over the nation's riches and power. Sadly, they know they can't get that type of influence without Russia's help, so behind Iran pulling the puppet strings is Russia. Russia has been providing Iran all the nuclear knowhow to build the reactors they're using to not-so covertly build their nuclear bombs which they'll use to follow up on Iranian President Ahmadinejad's threat to "wipe Israel off the map."
During the past few weeks the International Atomic Energy Committee, a part of the United Nations, came out and said that, yes, Iran isn't just using these nuclear reactors that they are building for peaceful purposes like they continue to claim. Instead, they are using them to build nuclear weapons. The commission said that they will have four possible nuclear weapons and the capability to launch them by April of 2012. So, that gives Israel maybe as late as March at the most to deal with these weapons.
President Ahmadinejad who is the President of Iran is a puppet for the Ayatollahs who run the country. They all hate Israel with a passion, because in Islam if any land is taken away from Muslims they feel it is an insult against Allah and they will do everything they can to get that land back. So, no matter what the West does in the matter of making peace processes and appeasement which never work, there will never be peace because to Islam we have offended Allah. They must defend Allah because in their minds they are in Allah's bad spot right now. They believe Allah is mad at them until they get Israel back. So, they feel divinely justified in wanting to wipe Israel off the map to restore their salvation.
All this Islamic talk about them loving the Palestinians is just crazy talk because Iran wants to irradiate all of Israel. You cannot love the Palestinian people if at the same time you want to irradiate the whole country they're claiming ownership of.
Iran is a major problem right now, and unfortunately the European Union and American leadership are extremely weak in their response. Russia and China are profiting off of Iran, and so they want to extend to them their support.
Russia's support of Iran in part prophetically fulfills Ezekiel 38 and 39 which talks about Iran (Persia) along with a bunch of other countries that have never been united as a coalition before such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, we've got down in Africa Sudan, Ethiopia, and Libya. All these countries that are experiencing the Arab Spring are supposed to come together and unite and attack Israel. God said to Ezekiel that He will show Himself to the world through this attack by annihilating their united forces. Joel 2 says only a fraction of the attacking hordes will make it out of the Lord's supernatural response, and they will all be running off to the northern lands, most likely Siberia. So, we know that Iran with all their yelling and screaming and wanting to kill Israel has no real future.
Bill Salus has been bringing up the idea that maybe Jeremiah 49 and the prophecy against Elam which is a portion of the modern day lands of Iran may experience devastation beforehand. Israel could knock Iran back with a preemptive strike on their nuclear facilities, putting them off for a time and that might be a precursor event to Ezekiel 38 and 39. We will have to see how it plays out.
Iran definitely has a place in Bible prophecy and it's a place of absolute defeat and destruction. I wrote an article called Timing Gog and Magog where I try to place when Ezekiel 38 and 39 is going to find its fulfillment in the scheme of end time events. To me the most likely fulfillment will be before the Tribulation but after the Rapture. The reason for this timing conclusion is because the entire focus of this battle is off the Church and back again onto Israel.
Another sign of the end times is clearly Iran ramping up their relationship with Russia and forming these coalitions. To me it's a major sign pointing out that we are really, really close to the Rapture.
The Palestinians and UNESCO
August Rosado: Nathan, what is your take on UNESCO recognizing the Palestinian Authority? Is there any fulfillment of prophecy in that?
Nathan Jones: No, UNESCO is a bunch of educating, scientific doves that are Ant-Semitic and hate Israel. They have no backbone and no authority to proclaim anybody a nation. They could say, "Hey, Alaska is its own country." But, it matters nothing.
Legally, the United Nations Security Council has to be unanimous on voting a country in. Already the United States said they would veto the Palestinians claim to statehood. We might not have to go that far because the official Council clerk there recently came out and said there is no way there would be enough votes anyway. What UNESCO's vote does do is give the Palestinians a lot of street credit with the rest of the world.
The UN absolutely hates Israel. It spends all of its time making resolutions against Israel. With all the horrible government crackdowns on protestors going down in Syria, and also with the Islamic attacks on Christians down in the Sudan, you'd think the UN would be dealing with those important issues, but they could care less.
The United Nations votes based on the bunch of Communist countries and Islamic countries united into one voting block. They took over the UN from its original purpose of bringing peace and justice to the world. Now it exists solely as a paper body which lives to hate Israel.
I believe the UN as a governing body will be abolished at some point when the Antichrist becomes the world leader.
So, UNESCO could vote on even me becoming a country, but it wouldn't matter. Their vote is just symbolic and only proves how Anti-Semitic they really are.
August Rosado: You know in reference to UNESCO, the United States just cut off all of our funding for them. I understand that they are pretty much hurting right now financially because of their move to vote on a Palestinian state. Like you said, it means nothing and I agree it means nothing. By them recognizing the Palestinian Authority they are hurting financially now because the US has just stripped them of all their support money.
Nathan Jones: We have such a large Jewish remnant residing here in the United States. In a recent congressional election the Jewish vote filled a seat in NYC with a Republican which hasn't been done in decades. It shows that these little local elections really can make a big difference in larger government affairs because they send a message like this time to President Obama saying, "You are losing the Jewish vote!" In response to the NYC election, all of the sudden Mr. Obama is coming out now supposedly trying to support Israel while trying to sound touchy with the Palestinians. Still, I think Mr. Obama has revealed his cards pretty well in the past showing that he is totally Anti-Semitic and is all for the Muslim and Arab countries coming against Israel.
We read in Ezekiel 38 and 39 where it talks about how Sheba and Dedan which are the Arabian countries and the young lions of Tarshish which could be the United States, Canada, and Australia, well we all sit the Gog-Magog invasion out. The United States and these other nations will just watch and see what will happen. So, we know the United States isn't going to do more than cut funding and veto things. We aren't seriously going to go out there and defend Israel according to Ezekiel 38 and 39. We are pretty much just going to watch and see what's going to happen.
August Rosado: There's been a report of the Arab Nations preparing to strike Iran. Do you think this is a fulfillment of some Bible prophecy?
Nathan Jones: The Arabs could strike Iran, but I highly doubt it. Like during Ezekiel 38-39, they'll just watch, letting Israel do their dirty work for them. Saudi Arabia may contribute passively by letting Israeli warplanes fly through their airspace.
When you read the nation list of Ezekiel 38 and 39 you will notice there are a number of Arab countries missing. You will notice all the surrounding countries around Israel are not listed in the countries uniting to destroy Israel in the Gog-Magog Battle. These missing nations are Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza. How could they be missing? They absolutely hate Israel and want her destroyed. This absence tells us that there must be a Bible prophecy that needs to be fulfilled before Ezekiel 38 and 39. I believe that prophecy can be found in Psalm 83. Psalm 83 will most likely be the prophecy that fills in this missing piece. Israel will then have to subdue the nations around it before Ezekiel 38 and 39 can be fulfilled.