IRAN - Five Minutes to Armageddon?

Arno Froese

Israel and Iran are rapidly approaching an inflection point over Tehran’s nuclear program, and what was the atomic equivalent of a controlled clash between the two countries is now devolving into an unconstrained chain reaction.

Iran’s amassing of 95 pounds of highly enriched uranium (HEU) is deeply concerning. Sufficient HEU mass is required for a nuclear chain reaction to sustain itself and Tehran has ominously crossed that minimum threshold.

For Israel, it is 1981 redux—when then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his security Cabinet authorized Operation Babylon to destroy Saddam Hussein’s Osirak nuclear facility. Iraq’s atomic threat was largely theoretical in nature in 1981; Iran’s today is far more dire and will be exponentially more difficult to eliminate.

Iran under President Ibrahim Raisi is increasingly combative and noncooperative. Rafael Grossi, director-general of the IAEA, reported to the agency’s board of governors that Tehran had failed to provide “explanations that are technically credible” with respect to finding nuclear materials at “three undeclared locations in Iran.” Further, Iran began installing “advanced IR-6 centrifuges” in clusters, thereby chillingly accelerating Tehran’s enrichment of uranium by as much as 50 percent.

In response, the IAEA board censured Tehran, resulting in Iran cutting off IAEA camera feeds that monitored Iran’s nuclear activities. 

Prepared or not, Israel and Washington both appear to be out of time—Iran’s threat is substantial, and it is only intensifying. Until now, Jerusalem’s “war between wars” covert approach against Iran was sufficient to tactically frustrate Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, largely via sabotage and assassinations of key Iranian nuclear physicists. It no longer is—not when HEU is 60 percent enriched. Measured in Doomsday Clock terms, it is five minutes to midnight in Jerusalem and Tehran—and in Megiddo, the historical biblical site of Armageddon in Israel., 16 June 2022

Arno's Commentary

While it is known that Israel has the capacity, supported by the necessary intelligence, to destroy much of the nuclear facilities within Iran, it is all but impossible to accomplish total annihilation of their nuclear program.

Israel is painfully aware of the difficulties associated with campaigns to eradicate enemy positions, plans, and functionality. This has been repeatedly experienced during the several wars with Gaza. 

Iran was known for centuries as Persia. Over 2,600 years ago, we read the last verse of 2 Chronicles 36: “Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.” That was very positive; freedom for the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem. 

The message of today’s Persia (Iran) is quite different. According to The Times of Israel, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared: “Zionism is an obvious plague for the world of Islam. The Zionists have always been a plague, even before establishing the fraudulent Zionist regime. Even then, Zionist capitalists were a plague for the whole world. Now they’re a plague especially for the world of Islam. Muslim nations oppose the normalization of relations with the Zionists, clench their fists and shout slogans against states seeking normalization. The Zionist regime exploits these states. They don’t realize it, but we hope they realize it before it’s too late.”

However, these developments are not Armageddon. Revelation 16 explains the preparations for Armageddon: “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (verses 13-14). This is world war initiated by God, as verse 16 reveals: “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” It’s a happening in the invisible world, for chapter 17, verse 14 declares: “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” No earthly power can muster its military force to “make war with the Lamb.” In the end, it is the Lamb of God who will demonstrate His victory over planet earth.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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