Thanks, Obama! Iran Gains Billions And Warm Welcome To Do Whatever It Wants As Economic Sanctions Disappear (One Day, Iran Will Invade The Middle East)

Marxists and useful idiots recently rejoiced as Obama embraced Cuba, a nation that once housed atomic weapons pointed at the United States, and they rejoice again as Obama embraces Iran, a nation for whom Obama has done everything he can to fulfil their dream of building and pointing nuclear weapons at the United States.

“What could go wrong?” earnest useful idiots everywhere scoff at the legions of people who question “why exactly it is good for Iran to receive billions of dollars we could otherwise prevent them from receiving and having more influence in the Middle East and in the world?”

Here’s the story:

The US and the EU have lifted crippling sanctions against Iran following the UN nuclear watchdog’s finding that Tehran had curbed its nuclear program as promised.

Key points:

IAEA report confirms Iran has honoured its side of the nuclear accord

Raft of US, EU and UN sanctions lifted, oil exports to resume

Iran has always said its nuclear activities were for peaceful purposes

In a dramatic move scheduled to coincide with the scrapping of the sanctions, Tehran also announced the release of five Americans including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian as part of a prisoner swap with the United States.

Together, the lifting of sanctions and the prisoner deal considerably reduce the hostility between Tehran and Washington that has shaped the Middle East since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Tens of billions of dollars worth of Iranian assets will now be unfrozen and global companies that have been barred from doing business there will be able to exploit a market hungry for everything from automobiles to airplane parts.

The UN nuclear watchdog ruled on Saturday that Iran had abided by an agreement last year with six world powers to curtail its nuclear program, triggering the end of sanctions.

“Iran has carried out all measures required under the [July deal] to enable Implementation Day [of the deal] to occur,” the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.

Iran to emerge from years of economic isolation

Within minutes, the United States formally lifted banking, steel, shipping and other sanctions on Iran, a major oil producer that has been virtually shut out of international markets for the past five years.

The European Union also began the process of lifting sanctions and Iran’s transport minister said Tehran planned to buy 114 civil aircraft from European aircraft maker Airbus.

Australia would also lift sanctions on the Islamic republic, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

Iran nuclear deal at a glance

The main points in the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

“The easing of these sanctions will ensure that Australian business is not disadvantaged in pursuing opportunities in Iran,” she said in a statement.

The lifting of sanctions means more money and prestige for Shiite Muslim Iran as it becomes deeply embroiled in the sectarian conflicts of the Middle East, notably in the Syrian civil war, where its allies are facing Sunni Muslim rebels.

America’s thaw with Iran is viewed with deep suspicion by US Republicans as well as American allies in the Middle East, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.

US-Iranian suspicion remains deeply entrenched.

Washington maintains separate, less comprehensive sanctions on Iran over its missile program.

For its part, Iran detained 10 US Navy sailors on two boats in the Gulf a week ago, although they were released the next day.

Four American prisoners ‘yet to leave Iran’

In an unusual move, President Barack Obama pardoned three Iranian-Americans charged for violating sanctions against Iran, a lawyer for one of the men said, while prosecutors moved to drop charges against four Iranians outside the United States.

Iran agreed to free five Americans including Rezaian and Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American Christian pastor sentenced to eight years in prison in 2013 on charges of undermining Iran’s national security.

But a US official said four of the Americans had not yet left Iran due to ongoing logistical issues.

The fifth prisoner, Matthew Trevithick, has left the country after 40 days in prison. Trevithick, a student and journalist, had travelled and worked in conflict-torn nations including Syria, Mali and Afghanistan.

The prisoner deal was the culmination of months of diplomatic contacts, secret talks and legal manoeuvring that came close to falling apart because of a threat by Washington in December to impose fresh sanctions on Iran for recent ballistic missile tests.

The detente with Iran is opposed by all of the Republican candidates vying to succeed Mr Obama as president in an election in November.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said at a campaign event he was happy Americans were being freed, “but I will tell you it’s a disgrace that they were there for so long”.

Ted Cruz, a conservative senator from Texas and one of the leading Republicans, tweeted in support of Mr Abedini’s release: “Praise God! Surely bad parts of Obama’s latest deal, but prayers of thanksgiving that Pastor Saeed is coming home.”

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton took credit for helping to start the sanctions pressure on Iran during her 2009-2013 tenure as Mr Obama’s secretary of state.

Now, you may not believe in God or believe the Bible (not sure how you ended up here but welcome!) but it takes a pretty special stubborn refusal to deal with reality to pretend that this Iran deal will probably work out well for anyone, Iranians included.

After all, even Germany enjoyed the benefits of economic recovery until Hitler plunged it into a decimating world war.

Good thing Iran doesn’t have an evil, blood-thirsty dictator in power over its massive, un-sanctioned oil wealth…

Oh.

Nonetheless, welcome to the Obama administration’s foreign policy record that currently has such hits as Arab Winter, Benghazi, and the heart-wrenching Islamic State.

Time to add nuclear-Iran to that best-of because, let’s face it, what President is ever going to top that utter catastrophe?

Anyway, if you have read the Bible, especially the book of Daniel and are inclined towards a consistent futurist interpretation of Chapter 8 (more on that here), then Iran’s new lease on life and money and regional influence should be very much expected.

It’s likely that Iran’s confrontation with Saudi Arabia will escalate and eventually, whether it takes years or decades, Iran is going to come good on its promise to be really dangerous and launch an invasion of the Middle East for whatever reason it finds acceptable.

From there it’s pretty straight forward – Turkey leads a coalition to fight against Iran and whoops them, seeming regional peace, antichrist rises, Jesus returns as King to rule and reign for a Millenium, new heavens and new earth.

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Dangers In The Middle East: The Saudi Arabia-Iran Conflict

While most Westerner know next to nothing about either of these nations, nor about Islam, recent events are neither surprising nor to be quickly dismissed.

Indeed, we may all eventually be impacted by the distasterous-at-best relationship between these two nations.

Consider Dave Jolly’s take on the situation:

On June 28, 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the nephew of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, King of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia. Archduke Ferdinand was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife is generally believed to be the spark that ignited World War 1.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people accused of terrorist crimes. One of those executed was a Shiite cleric by the name of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. While you may not understand the importance of his execution, it may possibly lead to war between Iran and Saudi Arabia and if that happens, it may well be the final spark that launches World War 3.

Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader claims that Sheikh Nimr was not a terrorist but a peaceful man. He accuses Saudi Arabia of executing him because he was a Shiite Muslim who disagreed with Saudi Arabia’s Sunni leaders. As reported by BBC News:

But Ayatollah Khamenei said the cleric had been executed for his opposition to Saudi Arabia’s Sunni rulers.

“‘This oppressed scholar had neither invited people to armed movement, nor was involved in covert plots’ the ayatollah tweeted.”

“‘The only act of #SheikhNimr was outspoken criticism,’ he added, saying the ‘unfairly-spilled blood of oppressed martyr #SheikhNimr will affect rapidly & Divine revenge will seize Saudi politicians’.”

“Sheikh Nimr had been a figurehead in the anti-government protests that erupted in the wake of the Arab Spring up to his arrest in 2012.”

The animosity or hatred between Sunni and Shiite Muslims is stronger than the hatred held by the southern states about the northern states that led to the American civil. Allow me to explain:

“The conflict between the two Islamic sects goes back to the death of their prophet Muhammad in 632 AD when a successor was to be named to lead the Islamic people. The majority, the Sunni, wanted the community to select the new leader and a minority, the Shiites or Shia, insisted that Muhammad’s successor be a family member, namely Ali who was Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, married to his daughter Fatimah.”

“The Sunni majority won out and named the first caliph, but the Shiite minority was not happy and tensions soon flared into conflicts. Eventually Ali was named as the fourth caliph, but it was too late. Ali was murdered at Kufa in present day Iraq in 661 AD as were several of the early caliphs.”

“Ali’s son Hussein assumed the leadership of the Shiites and openly rejected the rule of the Sunni caliph. Hussein continued to defy the caliph and eventually faced the caliph’s very large army with only 72 followers, many of which were family members. The caliph’s army massacred Hussein and his small group. He was beheaded and his head was taken to the Sunni caliph in Damascus. His body was left on the battlefield until it was burned and buried.”

For the past 1300 years Sunni and Shiite Muslims have been at odds. Many of the civil wars and skirmishes that have taken place in the Middle East over the past 1300 years have been due to the bitter hatred between the two Muslim sects. That’s why I’ve long contended that it is extremely naïve of our government to believe that they can actually bring peace to the Middle East.

If Khamenei’s threat of divine revenge becomes a reality and Shiite Muslims retaliate against Saudi Arabia’s Sunni leadership, there is a good possibility of a full-fledged war breaking out between Iran and Saudi Arabia. If that happens, it could spark further conflicts between Shiite and Sunni Muslims throughout the Middle East. With so many nations dependent upon Middle East oil, a war in the entire region could very well spill out in much of the rest of world and yes, the US will most likely get involved as well but this time a world war will surely come to our shores and endanger us all.

World war happened once over the death of one man and may just happen again.

Walid Shoebat is an expert in these matters and offers a clear biblical perspective of these events:

When we tell you that Iran (biblical Elam) will soon wipe Saudi Arabia off the face of the map, you better believe it, Isaiah 21 confirmed it and it will be done. Today Iran’s Ayatullah threatens: “I have no doubt that this pure blood will stain the collar of the House of Saud and wipe them from the pages of history,” says Iran’s Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami. The threat with complete annihilation came as result when King Salman of Saudi Arabia today executed an Ayatullah figure named Nimr Al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. So like birth pangs, this speeds up the end of Saudi Arabia by the hand of Elam/Iran (Isaiah 21).
There are only 47 Ayatollahs in the world and 17 of them are assigned to 8 Muslim countries outside Iran and yesterday the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, decided to behead one of them; Nimr Al-Nimr who was executed privately among 47 others on terrorism charges in an indoor beheading fest that was carried out in small batches throughout the kingdom.

The event sparked havoc all throughout; Shiites ignited in riots in several countries, Qatif, the Shiite community in Saudi Arabia are revolting while the Saudi Embassy in Mashhad, Iran was set ablaze with calls to destroy Saudi Arabia which echoed throughout the Shiite world while Iran vowed to destroy Al-Saud.

The execution was carried out few days when Erdogan of Turkey, the candidate for Caliph of the Muslim world had visited with King Salman and entered the Gate to Allah (Bab-Illah) in the Kabaa in Mecca. The King perhaps is confident that his back is covered by major Muslim sunni power, the Caliph to be, the neo-Ottoman Erdogan. This, we predict, will backfire on Saudi Arabia.

Ayatullah Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, the Ayatullah appointed in Saudi Arabia to represent the Shiites

Several videos surfaced showing the havoc. The first two is setting Saudi embassy ablaze in Mashhad, the other two are the riots in Qatif, the Shiite region of Saudi Arabia.

The title Ayatollah is from Arabic: آية الله‎, āyatu allah “Sign of Allah”, and is the highest ranking title given to Usuli Twelver Shī‘ah clerics after the Grand Ayatollah and are considered experts in Islamic jurisprudence, ethics, and philosophy.

The best way to relate this story to the western mindset is perhaps to compare the feud between the English (as the Sunnis) and the Scottish (as the Shiites) where William Wallace had become the hated enemy of King Edward I, the Longshanks who eventually had Wallace beheaded. Nimr, according to the Saudi Kingdom was a cause of much controversy for leading a Shiite uprising within the Sunni kingdom.

As it was in Wallace’s mock trial, Nimr’s trial was no ordinary criminal trial, since the prosecutor sought to convict al-Nimr of “waging war on Allah” and was ultimately convicted of “disobeying” the king; waging violence against the state; inviting “foreign meddling” in the kingdom; inciting vandalism and sectarian violence; and insulting the Prophet Muhammad’s relatives, a thing that all Shiites are accused by Sunnis because of their theological convictions. The prosecutor requested the court to have the Ayatollah to be publicly executed by “beheading crucifixion” (just as they did to William Wallace), a rare method of execution that entails beheading the individual before publicly displaying his decapitated body on a crucifix.

Since the October 15, 2014 ruling to execute Nimr, Iran was up-in-arms and the international human rights organizations including the U.S have sought to pressure Saudi Arabia into sparing al-Nimr’s life while demonstrations erupted in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and the United Kingdom, even including Bashar Al-Assad of Syria and Hezbollah.

The King carried out the execution despite requests from U.S. state department showing that Saudi Arabia realizes its ally, the U.S., no longer is the protector. Keep in mind, the executions were carried out after Erdogan of Turkey (the new fledgling protector) of the kingdom entered into the heart of the Kaaba.

The beheading was celebrated by Saudis and scorned by Shiites.

Welcome to Muslim death festivity. Cake and Halva with decoration that says “To hell with you Nimr Al-Nimr” with two chalices of red drink resembling Nimr’s blood for drink. Keep in mind when the Two Witnesses in Revelation are executed in Jerusalem, that sweets are passed in celebration resembles Muslim joy.

Tweets like “the martyred Nimr’s blood is the beginning of the end of the Kingdom of Daesh” filled Twitter. Shiites render Saudi Arabia as the instigator and originator of Daesh (ISIS). Another tweet says “the blood of martyred Sheikh Nimr will remove Al-Saud from existence and will draw the pathway for freedom of the people of Saudi Arabia”.

The last mass execution of similar scale in Saudi Arabia was in 1980, when 63 jihadists were put to death after they seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

The executions of at least 157 people in 2015, a year that began with the inauguration of a new monarch, King Salman, were a sharp increase from the 90 people put to death in 2014. Saudi officials have argued that the increase reflects not a change in policy but a backlog of death sentences that had built up in the final years of the previous monarch, King Abdullah.

The spark to end Saudi Arabia perhaps has begun. Emirati political scientist, Abdulkhaliq Abdulla,wrote on Twitter, adding that the kingdom was better prepared to confront Iran “than at any other time.”

The cyber rattling between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia stems from ancient wounds that will never be resolved, with Saudi Arabia having destroyed Shiite holy places and Iran making countless claims of persecution. Iran has recently forbidden its citizens from traveling to Mecca to practice the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. Iran’s prohibition on traveling to Islam’s holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, confirms that Iran will even eventually abandon Mecca altogether. As it seems, the Sunni-Shiite divide reveals a major schism between two Muslim holy cities, Mecca on the one hand and Karbala (holiest site for Shiites in Iraq) on the other. The execution of Ayatullah Nimr will backfire on Al-Saud. Anyone today now can deduce that Iran with Iraq, a majority Shiite nation, soon to become Iranian controlled, this including Iranian controlled Yemen, Oman and later Bahrain will pin Saudi Arabia where they have only the Red Sea behind them and the enemy on its eastern flank leaving no escape. This is definitely a deadly combination and Saudi Arabia sees the writing on the wall: the Persians (Elam) are coming for Arabia (Isaiah 21). This is no longer prophetic theory but is becoming prophetic reality. In the geo-politics of everything Middle East, when Iran eventually controls these nations, even if one takes Jordan (Edom and Moab), prophetically will likely be entered by Turkey (Daniel 11:41) leaving no escape for the harlot except by the Red Sea. Yet the Bible even tells us that her destruction is heard at the Red Sea (Jeremiah 49:21) and is where the shipmasters will weep and wail “Alas Alas that great city …” (Revelation 18).

Saudi Arabia is rummaging to find a solution and sees the writing on the wall. The dual fulfillment of “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN ()” is on the horizon. And while it is explained to mean that God had “numbered” the kingdom of Babylon and brought it to an end; that the king had been weighed and found wanting; and that his kingdom was divided and given to the Medes and Persians (Dan. v. 1-28), we need not forget the duality of fulfillment here. This also applies to the end time Mystery Babylon which is not in Iraq, New York or Rome (see full detailed explanation here) but Arabia. Within few years, Mecca and its 7 massive structures, the largest building structure on earth, called “The Towers Of The House” that overlooks the Ka’ba, Islam’s holiest place will meet its doom in accordance to prophecy. There is no place on earth today where stands the largest structure in the world, used for a religious purpose, all worshipping in one tongue, regardless of their mother tongue, and is holy to more than 1.5 billion people on earth that is literally called Mount Babel today, except the one in Mecca overlooking the Ka’ba.

This is an un-healable divide and the Scriptures in Isaiah 21 predict that Iran will end up destroying Arabia, so let the symphony begin and let the angels proclaim God’s judgment which right after, the earth will rest and the holy people will rejoice.

Finally, Mark Davidson offers a brief but important comment:

Iran will run out and invade in the three directions: north, south and west. So says Daniel 8:4. This is the Second Signpost

To the west, Iran is already engaged antagonistically in limited combat with its enemy to the west: Islamic State.

We have yet to see a significant development to the north. However, Iran’s enemy, Turkey has restarted its war with the Kurds and perhaps Iran would be seen as a liberator.

But we have just witnessed a major development with Iran’s enemy to the south: Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. I believe we have just seen a big step forward to setting the stage for the Second Signpost in the south. Saudi Arabia has cut off diplomatic relations with Iran, and so has one of the Gulf States, Bahrain. A second Gulf State, the UAE, has cooled relations with Iran.

Like dominoes, the events are falling one after the other. First there was the execution of Nimr, than the burning of the Saudi embassy, then the cutting off of diplomatic relations. Historically, the cutting off of relations is a common sign often seen when two nations drift slowly towards war with each other.

The two best candidates for the longer horn on the ram, to lead the charge in the three directions: Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, on the left, and Major General Ali Jafari, commander of the other four branches (Army, Navy, Rocket forces, Basij) of the IRGC, on the right. Both men report directly only to the first horn of the ram, the supreme leader.

We don’t know what exactly is next. But I believe we can know that it will culminate in the Second Signpost. Remember to keep the actual Second Signpost as the sign God’s word tells us to watch. All events preceding and marching towards the Second Signpost are only the preparation.

http://godfatherpolitics.com/27650/iran-vs-saudi-arabia-could-spark-world-war-3/
http://shoebat.com/2016/01/02/90379/
http://foursignposts.com/2016/01/04/another-big-step-towards-the-second-signpost/

More Signs Poiting To The Iranian Invasion Of The Middle East As The Fulfilment Of Daniel 8

The futurist interpretation of Daniel argues that Daniel’s prophecies were not fulfilled but merely shadowed in ancient times.

Instead, they will be fulfilled in the lead up to the end of the age.

If this is indeed the case, the fulfilment of Daniel 8 would be a significant and defining event before the end of the age, one that would reshape the Middle East in preparation for the rise of antichrist.

Here is just one more reason Iran has to launch such an attack:

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Saudi Arabian politicians will face “divine vengeance” for executing prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

Key points

Iran’s Supreme Leader warns of ‘divine vengeance’ for execution of Shiite cleric

Comments came after protesters attacked Saudi embassy in Tehran

US warns execution could inflame sectarian tensions

UN’s Ban Ki-moon ‘deeply dismayed’

The comments came as Iranian officials announced that 40 people had been arrested for attacking the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran with fire bombs.

The angry crowd set the building on fire and destroyed its interior.

“The unjustly spilled blood of this oppressed martyr will no doubt soon show its effect and divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians,” state TV reported Ayatollah Khamenei as saying.

“This scholar neither encouraged people into armed action nor secretly conspired for plots but the only thing he did was utter public criticism rising from his religious zeal.”

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent cleric executed in Saudi Arabia, was a vocal critic of the kingdom’s ruling family.

It said he described the execution as a “political error”.

Sheikh Nimr was executed along with 46 others on Saturday, including three other Shiites and dozens of Al Qaeda members.

Despite Iran’s anger at the execution President Hassan Rouhani denounced the embassy attack, saying it was “totally unjustifiable”.

“The actions last night by a group of radicals in Tehran and Mashhad leading to damage at the Saudi embassy and consulate are totally unjustifiable, as the buildings should be legally and religiously protected in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Mr Rouhani said.

Riyadh considered Sheikh Nimr a terrorist, but he was hailed in Iran as a champion of the rights of Saudi Arabia’s marginalised Shiite minority.

Analysts have speculated that the execution of Sheikh Nimr and the other Shiites was partly to demonstrate to Saudi Arabia’s majority Sunni Muslims that the government did not differentiate between political violence committed by members of the two sects.

Execution risks increasing sectarian tensions: US

 Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran during a demonstration against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, on January 2, 2016

PHOTO: Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. (AFP: Atta Kenare)

Despite the regional focus on Sheikh Nimr, the executions seemed mostly aimed at discouraging jihadism in Saudi Arabia, where dozens have died in the past year in attacks by Sunni militants.

The ruling Al Saud family has grown increasingly worried in recent years as Middle East turmoil, especially in Syria and Iraq, has boosted Sunni jihadists seeking to bring it down and given room to Iran to spread its influence.

A nuclear deal with Iran backed by Saudi Arabia’s biggest ally and protector, the United States, has done little to calm nerves in Riyadh.

But Saudi Arabia’s Western allies, many of whom supply it with arms, are growing concerned about its new assertiveness in the region and at home.

The US State Department said Sheikh Nimr’s execution “risks exacerbating sectarian tensions at a time when they urgently need to be reduced”.

The sentiment was echoed almost verbatim by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and an official at the German Foreign Ministry.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply dismayed” by the execution.

“Sheikh Nimr and a number of the other prisoners executed had been convicted following trials that raised serious concerns over the nature of the charges and the fairness of the process,” Mr Ban’s spokesman said in a statement.

Mr Ban raised the case with Saudi leaders on a number of occasions and urged Saudi Arabia to commute all death sentences that had been imposed, the spokesman said.

“The Secretary-General also calls for calm and restraint in reaction to the execution of Sheikh Nimr and urges all regional leaders to work to avoid the exacerbation of sectarian tensions,” the spokesman said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-03/saudi-leaders-face-divine-vengeance-iran-leader-says/7065336

Iran Nuclear Deal Secured: “A Bad Mistake Of Historic Proportions”

What a total disaster!

Negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran is crazy and it’s on Barack Obama’s hands – this and what comes after it. 

One day and probably one day soon, Iran will invade the Middle East in fulfilment of the prophecy recorded in Daniel 8. Nuclear weapons would be a boon to that end.

It’s pretty clear that Iran wants to rule the Middle East and that dream won’t just disappear so that Obama can have a supposed foreign policy success on his record. Their pursuit of nukes will not stop.

Here’s the report:

Iran and six major world powers have reached a nuclear deal, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East.

Under the deal with Iran — agreed to by the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Russia, France and Germany — sanctions imposed by the US, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Tehran agreeing to long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

Reaching a deal is a major policy victory for both United States president Barack Obama and Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist elected two years ago on a vow to reduce Iran’s diplomatic isolation.

Both men face scepticism from powerful hardliners at home after decades of enmity between countries that referred to each other as “the Great Satan” and a member of the “axis of evil”.

Mr Obama said the deal offered a chance to move in a “new direction” in relations with Tehran, but promised a sceptical Israel that Washington would not abandon it.

“Our differences are real. The difficult history between the nations cannot be ignored. It is possible to change,” Mr Obama said.

“This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. We should seize it.”

The US president nevertheless promised to “continue our unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel’s security, efforts that go beyond what any administration has done before”.

Mr Rouhani pledged Iran “will never seek a nuclear weapon, with or without the implementation” of the deal.

He said live on state television that such weapons were “against our religion” and contradicted a decree from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei barring the pursuit of an atomic bomb.

Mr Rouhani reiterated the point later in his speech, promising regional countries suspicious of Iran’s nuclear program that it has never and will not “seek to pressure” its neighbours.

‘We are starting a new chapter of hope’

Final talks in Vienna involved nearly three weeks of intense round-the-clock negotiations between US secretary of state John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“I believe this is a historic moment,” Mr Zarif told a joint news conference.

Timeline of the 13-year stand-off

World powers have reached a historic deal on Iran’s nuclear program — read a summary of the main developments during the long stand-off.

“We are reaching an agreement that is not perfect for anybody but it is what we could accomplish and it is an important achievement for all of us.

“Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope. Let’s build on that.”

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the deal was about more than just the nuclear matter.

“It is a decision that can open the way to a new chapter in international relations and show that diplomacy, coordination, cooperation can overcome decades of tensions and confrontations,” she said.

“I think this is a sign of hope for the entire world.”

Western diplomats said under the final agreement, Iran had accepted a “snapback” mechanism, under which some sanctions could be reinstated in 65 days if it violated the deal.

A UN weapons embargo will remain in place for five years and a ban on buying missile technology will remain for eight years.

Israel slams deal as ‘bad mistake of historic proportions’

But hostility to the agreement from Washington’s closest ally in the Middle East was immediate.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “a bad mistake of historic proportions”.

“Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world,” he said.

“Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons.”

Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely said on Twitter: “This deal is a historic surrender by the West to the axis of evil headed by Iran.

“Israel will act with all means to try and stop the agreement being ratified.”

A deal will still face scrutiny by the US Congress, controlled by opposition Republicans who are sceptical of the Obama administration’s overtures to a country that has been an enemy since Iranian revolutionaries stormed the US embassy in Tehran in 1979.

US allies in the region, particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia, are also worried about an agreement that would benefit Iran.

Tehran does not recognise Israel and supports its enemies. Arab states ruled by Sunni Muslims, particularly Saudi Arabia, believe Iran supports their foes in wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.

But there is also strong reason for the US to improve its relations with Iran, as the two countries face a common foe in Islamic State, the Sunni Muslim militant group that has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq.

For Iran, the end of sanctions could bring a rapid economic boom by lifting restrictions that have drastically cut its oil exports and hurt its imports.

The prospect of a deal has helped push down global oil prices because of the possibility that Iranian supply could return to the market.

Netanyahu is right and in time we will all see that, guaranteed.

Peace for our time, indeed.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-14/iran-major-powers-reach-historic-nuclear-deal/6619622

The Futurist Interpretation of Daniel 8: “…the vision is for the time of the end.”

The Book of Daniel gives us a glimpse at the empires and conflicts that will occur at the end of the age. Chapters two and seven present a statue of a man divided into four distinct metallic parts and four different beasts respectively which are unanimously interpreted as synonymous representations of four empires.

The general consensus in theology circles has been that these four empires are the Babylonian Empire, the Persian Empire, the Grecian Empire, and the Roman Empire.

However, there are good reasons to challenge these interpretations and consider a futurist interpretation which would relegate these prophecies to the end of the age.

One of the key proponents of the futurist interpretation is Mark Davidson, whose book Hidden In Plain Sight (revised as ‘Daniel Revisited’) and website The Four Signposts are well worth your time.

Davidson’s interpretation lays out the theory that the democratisation of Iraq in the last decade was the first of four key signposts preceding the revealing of the antichrist and he maintains that the second is possibly before us right now with these events in Iraq. Certainly, Davidson lays out a far more detailed presentation than I intend to here.

Daniel chapter eight memorably depicts a series of challenging symbolic images, including those of a ram, a goat, and a series of successive horns. Historically, these images have been interpreted as representing the Persian Empire which was then defeated by the Grecian Empire. Yet there are clear reasons to believe that this prophecy will only be fulfilled in events at the end of the age.

In Daniel 8, the prophet receives understanding about these images, clarifying that they refer to events at the end of the age:

So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.” (Daniel 8:17 ESV)

And again:

He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end. (Daniel 8:19 ESV)

If the key to these prophetic puzzles are a futurist interpretation, we can look to the Middle East with the expectation that these prophecies will be fulfilled near the end of the age and my personal conviction is that we are nearing the end of the age, so we could even be watching the foundations fall into place today.

Am I making the ever criticised error of date-setting? No. Allow me to elaborate.

What I am saying is that there are signs in the earth today that strongly indicate that people alive today may very well live to see the time of Jacob’s Trouble referred to in the scriptures, which ends with the victorious return of Jesus and his inauguration as Israel’s King.

An image that might help clarify my claim is that of the changing leaves on deciduous trees. Towards the end of summer, the leaves begin to change. In autumn, the leaves fall to the ground. Soon after that, winter arrives. All the signs showed me that winter was coming a good time before it arrived. If I can see the season changing, Then I should be preparing for the next season.

No surprises but this is exactly the image Jesus gives so that we will not be caught off guard.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. (Mark 13:28-30 ESV)

In 70 A.D., Israel ceased to exist and did so until its unlikely restoration in 1948. Ever since, maintaining its existence has been a struggle. In recent times, the whole Middle East has been writhing in political turmoil and several key regional players have emerged: the ram and the goat.

The ram is regionally the Persian Empire, today occupied by Iran. They have been vying to be a nuclear power for a while and that ambition is likely still in place, despite their recent pleasantries with the United States. Their former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was an outspoken adherent to Shiite Mahdism doctrine, frequently threatening Israel with utter destruction and promising the Islamisation of the world.

The goat is regionally the Grecian Empire, today occupied by Turkey. They were secular until Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took office in 2003 and ever since, they have been on a steep descent back into their Islamic roots. Erdoğan has replaced significant military and media personnel, stripping Turkey of freedoms and increasing imposing elements of sharia law.

And in the middle of these two powers is the terrorist group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, snaking its way from Syria across Sunni Iraq and beyond, if it is able. Turkey, being Sunni, is all for their advance. Iran, being Shiite, is backing the essentially powerless Shiite Iraqi government with military support to halt the advance.

So here we have the brewings and makings of a dangerous but scripturally expected conflict between two ancient regions. Scripture tells us that it’s the ram that seeks power first;

And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the citadel, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulai canal. I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the canal. It had two horns, and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. No beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great. (Daniel 8:2-4 ESV)

Therefore, based upon what we see before us today, an empire headed by Iran would take control of at least Iraq, probably in a bid to see their eschatological hopes fulfilled in the reestablishment of the Caliphate which, according to their Shia doctrines, will probably usher forth the Mahdi.

Once again, if this interpretation of scripture is correct there would be a powerful and devastating response from Turkey which would establish it as the unchallenged power in the region:

As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west across the face of the whole earth, without touching the ground. And the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen standing on the bank of the canal, and he ran at him in his powerful wrath. I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns. And the ram had no power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled on him. And there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power. Then the goat became exceedingly great, but when he was strong, the great horn was broken… (Daniel 8:5-8 ESV)

While these two passages in Daniel do quite accurately describe the ancient actions of the Persian and Grecian empires, neither of their victories nor defeats could be said to be “at the time of the end”. The very last event of these two images would be the death of Alexander and the division of his empire but even this was a long way out from the often interpreted end in 70 A.D. and I know of no other “time of the end” suggested by theologians.

Walid Shoebat presents a different angle on the same futurist interpretation, suggesting the following:

Such a move would be a radical policy shift for Turkey, a key U.S. ally and NATO member. Under the Turkish current policy, Ankara has been keen to preserve Iraq’s territorial unity in order to prevent a Kurdish state from being created, because such a development could promote separatist sentiments among Turkey’s own Kurdish minority of about 12 million people.

But the escalating Sunni-Shia sectarian war in Iraq is forcing (as is claimed) Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other policymakers in Ankara to review that position, said Veysel Ayhan, director of the Ankara-based think tank International Middle East Peace Research Center (IMPR).

“The federal state [in Iraq] has not brought stability, so we have to discuss a new system, either a confederation or division,” Ayhan told The Daily Beast.

“Sunnis will not accept to live under Shia rule, and Shiites will not live under Sunnis. If Sunni and Shiites do not want to live with the other side, we can’t protect the unity of Iraq.”

Erdogan drew a similarly bleak picture of the situation on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Ankara, he said the conflict in Iraq had gone beyond a mere confrontation between the Sunni extremists of ISIS and the army of the Shia-led central government in Baghdad. “It has turned into a real sectarian war,” Erdogan said.

A Turkish official close to the Prime Minister went further by saying Turkey realised that Iraq was falling apart.

“It has become clear for us that Iraq has practically become divided into three parts,” Huseyin Celik, spokesman for Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), told Rudaw, an Iraqi Kurdish media network based in Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Celik was referring to Sunni, Shia and Kurdish sectors in the country.

Shoebat’s conclusion is an interesting one that would certainly pave the way for a Caliphate ‘race’;

But the real story is that Turkey is likely collaborating with Iran to divide not only Iraq, but the entire region to join either an Iranian Axis or the Turkish Axis.

I am not claiming that any of these theories are exactly how it will work out but rather that they represent possible explanations for what we are seeing in the Middle East today.

Regardless of how it eventuates, the evidence suggests that the vision of the ram and the goat remains a future reality that has been foreshadowed by types and patterns (the rise of Persia and then Greece) that help us understand.
http://foursignposts.com/

http://shoebat.com/2014/06/13/prophecy-fulfilled-antichrist-arising-iran-moves-iraq/

http://shoebat.com/2014/06/20/bible-prophecy-fulfilled-iraq-breaking-three-provinces/

Joel Richardson’s Consistent Futurist Interpretation of Daniel 8

The Middle East is primed for what might turn out to be a Third World War, likely between Sunni and Shia Islam.

Between Iran and Islamic State overtly vying for dominance and Turkey doing it on the down low, trouble is brewing.

It is my opinion that the coming years will bring about the fulfilment of many of the prophecies in the book of Daniel, specifically that of the ram and the goat detailed in Daniel chapter 8.

Joel Richardson, whom I credit with establishing the foundations and much more of my own journey into understanding the Islamic End Times paradigm, has recently released an important video that addresses this particular topic in the context of the many troubles occurring in the Middle East.

I encourage every Christian to seriously consider this message and to be informed about God’s end times purposes. This can be difficult and it does take time but this is always the case for anything worth doing.