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Iranian Nuclear Nightmare

The last time we looked in this column at the prophecy about an apparent Persian/Iranian nuclear-type disaster was a number of years ago. At the time, it looked very much like the Iranian regime was on the verge of attaining the technology and obtaining the fissionable materials in sufficient amount to produce a nuclear weapon.

Israel looked to be at that time about to take out Iran’s nuclear production centers within the Bushehr Mountains by military strikes. However, the program seems to have been disrupted by something called a Stuxnet worm—a cyber virus introduced by Israel’s IDF into Iran’s nuclear development computer system.

Still the rumors persisted that the Iranians were on the verge of producing a nuclear bomb. The claim always seemed to indicate it would happen within several months, at most.

The bomb, of course, was never demonstrated to have become fact, and yet the same claims are made today. Iran is on the cusp of creating a nuclear weapon, and they promise to use it to eliminate Israel when the capability comes into being.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in power during most of those earlier Bushehr Mountain threats. We know how the Israeli government has gone in and out of various stages of political ideological phases since. And now, in 2023, Netanyahu is once again in power, and everything coming out of his government’s inner circle indicates the Iranian threat to complete its nuclear weapons program is about to come to fruition. Netanyahu continues to vow—as when he was in power in those earlier days—that Israel’s blood-vowed enemy will never be allowed to achieve nuclear weapons capability.

This would seem like a ho-hum moment, in that we’ve seen it before and nothing came of it. That they will once again come up with a Stuxnet-type technological worm to infiltrate and destroy Iran’s project before it can be completed is at the heart of the sense of not to worry.

There is an entirely different feel to these matters this time, however. This is particularly true among those of us who look at all other developments in Bible prophecy progression and see all the things mentioned by Jesus and the prophets as coming together into profound convergence. This factor and the obvious ratcheting-up of Israel’s military planning and Netanyahu’s strong words might indicate the Elam prophecy given by Jeremiah the prophet could be close to fulfillment.

Analyzing from a biblically prophetic perspective of the dangerous situation presented by Iran’s threats has been the mission of my friend Bill Salus of Prophecy Depot Ministries. He wrote in a 2014 article about a report outlining that danger.

The war-weary world is watching with worrisome eyes as Iran assembles a uranium enrichment arsenal that now numbers about 19,000 centrifuges. This many centrifuges spinning 24/7 can produce a nuclear weapon within about six weeks Perhaps even more startling is the June 9, 2014 headline below from The Washington Free Beacon:

“Israeli Official: Iran to Have 50–100 Nuclear Warheads by 2024.” (“Elam: Iran’s Forgotten Prophecy: Middle East,” Bill Salus, Koinonia House, June 2014)

Well, the year 2024 is almost upon us. And, like all other prophetic signals on the immediate horizon, our headlines at the moment blaze with news from Israel.

As stated many times in these commentaries: No matter in which directions the cameras and microphones might be turned at the moment, they always swing right back to focus on Jerusalem and Israel as the center of controversy.

That truth continues to be in play. The following portrays the seriousness of the moment.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening, at the Hartog National Security Conference at the Setai Hotel in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, was interviewed by Prof. Walter Russell Mead, Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College, and the ‘Global View’ Columnist at the Wall Street Journal

In response to the question: What would the policy be on Iran, on the assumption that the US administration claims that the 2015 nuclear agreement is completely finished, and in light of reports that Iran has enriched its uranium to 84% just below nuclear level, Prime Minister Netanyahu replied:

“Ask a question. How do you stop a rogue nation from acquiring nuclear weapons? Let’s see. I mean, there have been some examples, so we can maybe deduce a rule.”…

“The only thing that has credibly stopped rogue nations from developing nuclear weapons is a credible military threat or a credible military action. You can couple that with crippling economic sanctions, but that’s not a sufficient condition. A necessary condition, and an often sufficient condition, is credible military action. The longer you wait, the harder that becomes. We’ve waited very long.”

“I can tell you that I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That is not merely an Israeli interest; it’s an American interest; it’s in the interest of the entire world.” (“PM says stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons in interests of the entire world, not just Israel,” Arustz Sheva, Israel National News, February 21, 2023)

While Mr. Netanyahu lays out the nightmare for the entire world if Iran is allowed to develop its nuclear weapons program, it is the nightmare for the Persian people, sadly, that is in view from God’s prophetic perspective.

God, through Jeremiah, foretells that the Persians’ bow (its military capability) will be broken. There will be such a disaster as a result that the people of the region will have to scatter to the four winds to survive the carnage. I believe that carnage is nuclear radiation because of the facilities destruction.

Here is what Jeremiah said:

Against Elam I will bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven, And scatter them toward all those winds; There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. (Jeremiah 46:39)

As I say, this is sad—tragic—if looked at as happening before the Rapture. There is a tremendous number of Christians in Iran, and reports have it that the number is growing spectacularly despite the evil regime’s efforts to stamp out believers in Christ. This might well be one more reason to add to the Rapture taking place before this prophecy is fulfilled—meaning that, with the seeming assault by Israel coming very soon, the great Rapture event might be sooner than even the most ardent Titus 2:13 watchman can imagine!


  1. Truth2Freedom says:

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  2. Dave Michaelson says:

    An attack by Israel against Iran’s nuclear capability may be the ‘linchpin’ to a latter fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 and Isaiah17 prophecies–post rapture I believe. In the last week or so, I’d been thinking about when we read about how even before Donald Trump took office in 2017, how close Iran was to having a nuclear bomb! It was like any day now they’ll have the bomb, and Netanyahoo was adamant that he’ll never let this happen. Here we are in 2023, and still NO BOMB! It’s not like I’m sick of hearing this, but this thought had crossed my mind. I think it’s going to take something very dramatic before Israel puts a devastating strike into Iran and their facilities are reduced to the point they can no longer enrich uranium. Especially now because Iran has gone to subterranean–bunker busting proof facilities to enrich uranium–at least that’s what I’ve read.The other thing is if you google the geneology of Elam, Iran, Medes, Persians etc., it states Elam may have had many different ethnic groups tracing their ancestry back from 1000-2000 B.C. One source states that the Elamites were not Persians at all. Also, the Elam of Old Testament(Tanach) says Elam was a son of Shem from Genesis. I also remember an article written years back of the controversy of this concerning ‘Elam’ and his descendants. While I don’t remember the exact quote by this author, he made the assertion the Bible is referring to some other ‘tribe” when speaking of Elam, and their role in end-time prophecy, however God states Elam being scattered and I don’t question God’s Word, just who this Elam is that’s spoken of in Jeremiah! Look, I don’t know only to say there’s been a controversy here about who exactly Elam-the elamites really are by biblical scholar experts with far more knowledge than I’ll ever have!

  3. Ed Wood says:

    As I see it, only Israel has the motivation, being the prime target, and courage to actually stop Iran from getting the ability to launch a nuclear weapon. The U.S. and European leaders are good at flapping their gums about this (and everything else except ushering in a future global empire) and that’s about it.

    Before getting swallowed up by Islam, the Persians were once friends of Israel, as we can see by all that Cyrus the Great did for them. I am sure many of them today still do not approve of their fanatical leaders and are in a lot worse shape than Bible-following Christians are back here in Joe Biden’s “Wokeland America,” which is certainly no friend of Israel, either.

    If the Lord tarries, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this get worse as our government becomes more socialistic and authoritarian. I figure one more “emergency” ought to do it, be it another pandemic, massive chemical train derailment, any number of things, be they real or contrived.

    As far as who the Elamites are, Wikipedia has this in a short entry about them:

    “Elam (/ˈiːləm/;[1] עֵילָם‎ ‘Elam) in the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 10:22, Ezra 4:9)is said to be one of the sons of Shem, the son of Noah. The name is also used (as in Akkadian) for the ancient country of Elam in what is now southern Iran, whose people the Hebrews believed to be the offspring of Elam,[2] son of Shem (Genesis 10:22). This implies that the Elamites were considered Semites by the Hebrews.”

    Interestingly, the places related to Iran’s nuclear program just happen to be located in the middle and southern part of the country:
    Arak – Heavy water reactor and production plant …
    Bushehr – Nuclear power station …
    Gachin – Uranium mine …
    Isfahan – Uranium conversion plant …
    Natanz – Uranium enrichment plant …

    I don’t think this is at all coincidental.

    If the Israeli’s do strike, I believe they will be surgical in nature because Iran is part of the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy and must therefore still exist as a nation capable of military action. It may be that this would give them further incentive join the coalition against Israel for revenge.

    The “prophetic dominoes” are toppling faster and faster all the time.

  4. Ted Bates says:

    It is both interesting and distressing to watch such Bible prophecy coming before our eyes. With Israel becoming a nation again after 1878 years, that was and is intreguing to watch, but this is scary. And the populace is so ignorant of what is occuring right before their eyes. But it’s a deliberate chosen ignorance. You can’t get anyone’s attention. They won’t hear. I have personally been ostracized by my own friends. While I look forward to the rapture, I still don’t like watching this play out. “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). If you have made peace with God, that’s through faith in what Jesus did on our (your) behalf, then you will escape these things that will come to pass. The believer is not appointed to wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9). We don’t know just what we will see before the Lord comes and catches up His people in the clouds to meet Him in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). But it can’t be much longer and it can happen even now. Revelation 3:10 tells us, “Because of your patient perseverance I will also keep you from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world to test those who dwells upon the earth.” Jesus said that to the church of Philadelphia, but the letter ends with, “Let him who has ears hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (v 3:13). The hour of trial sounds like the tribulation, and I will keep you from the hour of trial sounds like the rapture. If you know Jesus, you can have hope and peace. But if you don’t know Jesus the most loving thing I can say is that you are lost. Now is the day of salvation (Hebrews 4:7). You need to make peace with God right now friend. In Proverbs there is a verse that reads, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” That Friend is Jesus. You need that friend right now-my friend.

  5. K Strand says:

    Jeremiah 49:36 is the corrected scripture reference if you are trying to find it.

  6. Chris Madder says:

    You are not doing anybody, apart from the enemy of our souls, any good with your outrageous speculations, except, perhaps, frighten some who read what you have written. I am saddened by this. For sure it brings no glory to God.

  7. Joyce says:

    Yes come Lord Jesus for your Bride the Church🙏🙏

  8. Things are very clear. Israel will destroy the nuclear sites of Iran, after that Russia and all the leftist governments of the world will come against Israel (Ezequiel 38), at that time the Eternal Creator will take care of them. I expect that to happen before six months from now.
    We are living in the end time exactly as prophesized.

  9. Wendy says:

    Jeremiah 49:36 not 46:39.
    Anyway I am understanding this catastrophic event is the Ezekiel 38 prophecy.?

    • Ted Bates says:

      Wendy I don’t think this event in Jeremiah 49 is the same as Ezekiel 38, but I suspect that these events may be connected one leading to another. We have this Elam event and also Isaiah 17 where Demascus is destroyed that I think these will first occur and then escalate into Ezekiel 38. Somewhere the Antichrist will be ushered into this mess. But right now Ezekiel 38 includes the prince of Rosh and countries like Turkey, Beth Togamah, Iran, Persia, and so on, but eventually the man of sin, the little horn, will enter in. But as for the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war, these other smaller prophecies may lead up to it, but they are not the event itself.

  10. Thank you for heads up.

  11. Allen and Angell Irwin says:

    If only …Maranatha!

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