Are US and Iran tensions in the Bible?
wars and rumors of wars
By Craig C. White
January 7, 2020: Iran retaliates for the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran fires ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops. Both Iran and the US have threatened further retribution.
June 22, 2019: Over the past couple of weeks several oil tanker ships have been attacked in the straights of Hormuz near Iran. The US has blamed Iran for the attacks although the evidence is a bit unclear. Iran also shot down a US spy drone investigating the incidents. This week US President Trump called off an airstrike on Iran at the last moment.
My question is does the Bible predict a conflict between the US and Iran? Are these latest events fulfilling Bible prophecy? The answer is mostly no. First of all, the US is not clearly identified anywhere in the Bible. Secondly Iran is identified in the Bible as jointly attacking Israel along with Turkey (Eze 38:5). Iran is also identified as the destroyer of Saudi Arabia and Mecca (Mystery Babylon) (Dan 5:26-28). This happens just before Jesus Christ’s second coming at the end of the Tribulation period. So it’s clear that Iran will continue to exist and to cause trouble throughout the end times.
I don’t think that the squabbles between the US and Iran are specifically identified in the Bible, but they may be mentioned. Matthew 24:6-7 describes the events that happen during the first half of Jerusalem’s seven year long Tribulation period.
Mat 24:6-7 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
I think that the US and Iran tensions could be the beginning of the wars and rumors of wars mentioned in Matthew 24:6. We aren’t in the Tribulation period yet but I think that we are close enough to be able to peer into the events that are looming.
What Bible prophecy is happening now? The Turkish Army is ready to attack Hamah and Tell Rifaat in northern Syria (Jeremiah 49:23-27). Jeremiah says that after Turkey attacks Hamah and Tell Rifaat then Turkey will destroy Damascus. Afterwards Turkey will lead Iran and the forces that are now fighting in Syria into the Golan Heights of northern Israel. When the Turkish Army enters northern Israel then Jesus will return to stop them. The Resurrection and Rapture will happen at that time and the Tribulation will begin shortly thereafter. It is High Time to Awake!