IRAN - Government Unveils Next Generation Missile

Arno Froese

Iran’s defense minister unveiled the next generation of Tehran’s Fateh Mobin short-range ballistic missile, according to conservative news agency Tasnim. 

“As promised to our dear people, we will not spare any effort to increase the missile capabilities of the country and we will certainly increase our missile power every day,” the minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said. 

He described the new version of the Fateh Mobin as “100-percent domestically made... agile, stealth, tactical (and) precision-guided.” 

“Be sure that the greater the pressures and psychological warfare against the great nation of Iran, our will to enhance our defense power in all fields will increase,” he added. 

Iran’s missile program is a major bone of contention with world powers, particularly the United States, but is seen as vital by Iran to its defensive posture in a troubled region. 

President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and world powers in May, has called for a new agreement that restricts Iran’s missile capabilities and regional interventions., 13 August 2018

Arno's commentary

Iranians are not Arabs, although Muslims. The nation publicly declares Israel as being the number one enemy. 

Iran’s population is 82 million, with 99.4% Muslim; life expectancy is 74 years, and GDP per capita is $20,200. That shows it’s a country not to be compared with most other Islamic nations.

Defense is the key word used throughout the world in these days. Although in practice, no one has to defend themselves, particularly among the industrialized nations of the world. So, what is Iran’s aim? It’s one word: Israel. The overwhelming majority of Iranian Jews left Iran for Israel since 1948. Today, less than 9,000 Jews remain in the country.

From the Bible, we know that Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Isaiah, and Daniel yield plenty of information about Jews in Persia. The book of Ezra begins with these words: “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying…” The purpose is revealed in verse 3: “Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.”

Today, there is a “temple” on the Temple Mount; it is the Muslim Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Yet the territory that surrounds these two Muslim shrines is Israeli. Iran promises to “liberate” Jerusalem from Israel. Will that ever happen? The answer is a decisive no, because the Bible says: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).

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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