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Insights Into Iran – Part 1

IranDealToday we want to discuss the recent nuclear “deal” negotiated with Iran. Shahram is from Iran and his insight will be very helpful in understanding what this means. As Americans, we don’t think of this deal in the same way that someone from Iran does.

Historically, Persia (Iran), has a wonderful history. It is a beautiful country with a lot of biblical history. It is mention in biblical prophecy in Ezekiel 38. We know that Iran (Persia) will is in end time prophecy, but we are not sure about America.

What happens in Iran should concern us. It is presently in the hands of hard-line Muslims. It wasn’t always that way.

Persia has a rich biblical history. God often used Persia to rescue Israel when she was in trouble. The story of Esther takes  place in Persia. There is a prophecy in Jeremiah 49 that speaks of breaking the bow of Elam.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might. Jeremiah 49:35

Elam is an ancient name for Iran. The prophecy says that Elam will be scattered throughout the earth, but in the end God will bring them back.

But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 49:39

I believe in the prophetic timetable, and it is no coincidence that Iran is right in the midst of what we are seeing today.

In recent history Iran was a secular monarchy under the Shah. He ruled with an iron fist, but he also stood against the Islamists. There were those who wanted to make Iran an Islamic state and he squashed several uprisings which attempted to bring this to pass.

Ayatollah Khomeini was exiled to France by the Shah, and with the help of America under Jimmy Carter, he returned to Iran. He started a revolution that ousted the Shah, who had been a strong ally of the US, and became the supreme religious leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979.

Under Khomeini all of the high ranking military personnel were executed. Shahram’s father had some friends who were among those executed.

When Ayatollah Khomeini came to power the Iranian people were told that he was the Mahdi, the Islamic messiah. When Khomeini died in 1989 it upset their plans a bit.

Today Iran is governed, not by extremists and radicals, but by fundamentalist Shiite Muslims. They believe that they are supposed to usher in, through chaos if necessary, their messiah, the twelfth imam. We just made a nuclear deal with this regime. How foolish can we be?

Most of the Iranian people don’t support this regime or its prophetic presumptions. It is actually possible that the greatest revival in Christianity is happening in Iran at this time. Many young people have rejected Islam and this government. They like America and they don’t want to be at war with us. We have two problems. We have the Ayatollahs in Iran and we have the Islamic supporters in the White House.

The Ayatollahs, the ones with the black turbans, are believed to be direct blood relatives of Ali, the fourth caliph in the Islamic time frame. The Shiites reject the first three caliphs. The only way to be come a high cleric in Iran is to be a direct descendant of Ali.

There is a lot of talk about the geo-political issues between Iran and the rest of the world. The media wants to keep the discussion in this framework. They want to deny the religious aspects of what is happening.
We need to understand why the sanctions were placed upon Iran by the international community. It was because Iran was acting in a belligerent manner toward other nations.

The sanctions have not changed their behavior at all. We have sat down at the negotiating table with them. The negotiations resulted in Iran getting pretty much what they wanted, and the rest of us, especially America, got absolutely nothing. The Iranian negotiators knew that we have a President that is not willing to go to war or to back up our rhetoric telling them to behave.

We really must focus on the ideology of this regime. I believe that our listeners will be more informed on this subject than others because we will address the true issues. We need to remember that the issues we are dealing with come directly from the true teachings of Islam.

The overthrow of the Shah in 1979 was not motivated by geo-political issues, it was motivated by the religion and teachings of Islam. Iran had a Muslim population that was governed by non-Muslim law. The Shiite Muslims believe that it is their mission to hasten the coming of the end-time scenario. We are not dealing with rational people. They are devout, fundamental, zealots who are committed to world-wide Islamic domination. They believe that if they die in fighting for this goal, it is the best thing that can happen. It is their only guarantee of Paradise.

Again, let me emphasize that we are not dealing with geo-political issues. We are dealing with fanatics who are bent on bringing in an Islamic world order. They cannot be trusted. They are liars and deceivers. It is foolish to believe that we have really obtained a “deal” with these  people. They will only honor the “deal” as long as it suits them. They will break it at the earliest opportunity.

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