Front Page Mag: “I have studied Iran for over a decade and lived there many years. I came to realize that Iran’s antagonism towards “the Great Satan” is the government’s raison d’être. The White House needs to be cognizant of the fact: anti-Americanism is the quintessential element on which the Iranian government bases its legitimacy.
Iran’s latest offensive is through currency. Two Iranian officials in the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Industries and Mines told me recently that Iran is starting the process of moving away from the dollar with respect to their foreign trade and international business.
Further, Iranian officials are reportedly asking other countries not to pay them with dollars, but to pay them in cash with Euros, the Chinese Yuan, the Indian rupee, or the Russian Ruble.”
Opinion: The USA unfreezes Iran’s $100 billion in bank deposits, and opens the global oil market adding another 100-150 billion in income per year. In return, Iran fires rockets near US Navy ships, orders the US out of the Persian Gulf, holds US sailors on their knees at gun point in violation of the Geneva Convention in treatment of prisoners, and to add insult to injury publishes a video of a sailor crying.
John Kerry thanked Iran for an “appropriate response”.
In this upside down world of declining US influence and prestige, Iran and Russia appear to be trying to re-establish Syria as king of the North (prophesied in Daniel 11:4o) while doing all they can to destroy the US dollar, and with it any chance for the US to influence world events, as prophesied in Ezekiel 38:13.
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”
The “him” is Antichrist. “At the time” is near the end of the tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ. The kings of the North and South had been identified earlier in Daniel 11 as Egypt and Syria (320 BC), leading many Bible teachers to conclude that both nations would take up the mantle of kings in the final battle.
But the re-emergence of Syria alone as king of the North, especially with Isaiah 17:1,14 unfilled, will likely include Iran and its patron Russia, and emerging Iranian client states Iraq and Lebanon.
How interesting that Foreign Affairs (.com) reported in November, 2015 that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, despite their many differences, began the establishment of a joint Sunni military force to counter Iran’s growing influence.
The kings of the North and South are a work in progress.
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