Iran has Israel virtually surrounded on every side!
Ezekiel 38:5 prophesies that Persia will be one of the nations to invade Israel at the time of the Battle of Armageddon. Iran was called Persia until 1935, and today many people still call it by its original name.
The government of Iran has stated repeatedly that Israel will soon be “wiped off the map.” Over the last few years, Iran has quietly positioned itself to fulfill this threat.
Since the radical Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran in 1979, Iran has become the world’s number one supporter of terrorism, especially against Israel. Iran has supplied finances and arms to Hamas, which controls Gaza along Israel’s southern border and is dedicated to the annihilation of Israel. Iran has done the same for Hezbollah, which is headquartered in Lebanon along Israel’s northern border and is also dedicated to the destruction of the state of Israel.
More recently, Iran moved troops into Syria to prevent the toppling of Bashar Assad’s government.
Since the dramatic rise of the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, Iran moved troops into Iraq to protect the Shia Iraqis that make up sixty percent of Iraq’s population.
Most recently, the Houthis have taken control over 14 of the 21 provinces of Yemen, including Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a. Houthis are of the Shia branch of Islam. Consequently, they are aligned with and supported by Iran, which is also Shia.
Look at the Big Picture
Iran currently has bases in Lebanon on Israel’s northern border, in Syria on Israel’s northeast border, in Iraq to the east, in Iran to the east, in Yemen to the southeast, and in Gaza to the south. Iran has Israel virtually surrounded on every side!
One More Factor
Iran has been attempting to obtain nuclear weapons for over a decade. The International Community led by the United States has levied sanctions against Iran in an effort to force Iran to forsake its nuclear program. Negotiations between Iran and the International Community have been conducted for several years in an effort to solve the Iranian problem by diplomacy rather than by force. Several deadlines have been set for the achievement of an agreement, but they have all been missed. A new round of negotiations is scheduled for February with a deadline for a final agreement by March.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the terms of the nuclear agreement being offered to Iran are unacceptable to Israel. Netanyahu claims the agreement will leave Iran with the ability to produce a nuclear weapon within months.
Israel is a one-bomb state. She has no margin for error. One nuclear weapon dropped on Tel Aviv would render the entire nation uninhabitable. Iran has vowed that Israel will be wiped off the map. Israel cannot allow Iran to have even one nuclear weapon. The very existence of the state of Israel is at stake!
Iran and Armageddon
So, what is going to happen? We can’t predict every turn in the road that lies ahead, but we know for certain how things are going to end up. According to Ezekiel 38, Russia, Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, Turkey and other nations will invade Israel under a UN flag at the time of the Battle of Armageddon.
Iran is already strategically positioning herself for the invasion of Israel when that time comes a few years from now.