The president of Iran has again called for the annihilation of Israel. Speaking to ambassadors from Islamic countries ahead of the annual anti-Israel Qods Day (Jerusalem Day), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said “the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel” (“Ahmadinejad,” Jerusalem Post, Aug. 2, 2012). He claims that “Zionists” have been controlling the world “for about 400 years,” which probably comes as a great surprise to the Jews themselves. He held forth the liberation of “Palestine” as the “key for solving the world’s problems.” We don’t have to guess about how all of this will turn out. Iran is modern-day Persia and her fate is described plainly in Bible prophecy. She will join Gog and Magog in the ill-fated attack on Israel described in Ezekiel 38-39 and suffer a stunning, world-shaking defeat on Israel’s hills. “And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet. ... And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 38:3-5, 22-23).
(Friday Church News Notes, August 3, 2012, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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