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The Devil's Crockpot – Bill Perkins – www.compass.org
1) One large dose of Iranian irrationality.
2) A generous helping of Israel's need for survival.
3) A heaping ego from the American leader.
Mix together on high heat for 2 years while stirring rapidly 24/7.
Whether it's due to design or ignorance, our government is negotiating with Iran as if Iran is trustworthy. But they're not at all trustworthy. History has shown they don't negotiate in good faith. And this is because the Bible says the descendants of Ishmael have a propensity to be irrational.
"[Ishmael] will be a wild donkey of a man,
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyone's hand will be against him; Gen. 16:12
As we have often pointed out, the descendants of Ishmael were prophesied to always be fighting "everyone." That's irrational behavior. And the history of the Arab region around Israel is famous for those of the Muslim faith acting irrationally, always fighting each other and their neighboring countries.
Iran, which is Biblical Persia, although not technically Arab, has recently had a history of irrational and confrontational acts due to Muslim influence. Since the American-backed Shah was toppled in 1979 and replaced by an Islamic republic led by Ayatollah Khomeini, their behavior has been profoundly established.
Following the 1970s revolution, in 1981 the United States imposed economic sanctions against Iran for human rights violations stemming from the capture and detention of 52 Americans as hostages for 444 days.
The imposed sanctions included freezing millions of dollars of cash assets in American banks and banning aviation companies from selling aircraft and repair parts to Iranian airlines.
In October 1987, President Reagan added additional sanctions by issuing an Executive Order prohibiting the importation and exportation of any goods or services from Iran.
In 1995 Congress passed more sanctions to include prohibiting American firms from dealing with the Iranian government in any capacity whatsoever.
In 2005 Iran refused to suspend its uranium enrichment program which would eventually allow them to build nuclear weapons. So in 2006, the U.N. Security Council imposed more sanctions. These U.N. sanctions affected Europe's oil imports from Iran, effectively bringing them to a halt.
In June of 2010, the U.N. added more sanctions forbidding any Iranian products to be imported to any U.N. country.
And in July of 2013, the United States imposed even stiffer financial sanctions against Iran, effectively barring Iran from any banking transactions. These financial restrictions worked, crippling their economy, and caused Iran to finally agree to come to the negotiating table.
Iran had no choice but to negotiate. The Iraqi-Iranian war between 1980 and 1988 led to over 500,000 total casualties and 400 billion dollars in damages!
The war ended in a stalemate with nothing to show for the great cost in lives and money. (Remember, they're irrational!)
The upside to the West was that that war, combined with all the financial sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the U.N., has held Iran somewhat in check for decades. Iran finally reached the point of having no option but to negotiate some relief or risk an internal revolt.
So Iran comes to the negotiating table and we hold all the cards. We have them on the ropes. We can dictate the terms. We can demand what is needed to ensure they act peacefully in the region.
But for some odd reason the Obama Administration is willing to negotiate a deal to lift all Iranian sanctions in return for Iran delaying their nuclear program for 10 years.
What kind of deal is that? That's like saying that Israel has 10 years to prepare for a nuclear strike. Would we agree to let Cuba have nuclear weapons in ten years? Hardly!
And if Iran does manage to acquire nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia has announced that they too will have to have nukes to protect themselves. So our leadership's mismanagement of the Middle Eastern situation has huge repercussions far beyond Iran and Israel.
Our administration's handling of the Middle East is much like taking a pot of water, cranking up the heat to high and hoping stirring the pot will keep it from boiling over. If you have Godless leadership, you usually have Godless actions. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Iran has vowed to nuke Israel as soon as it has the big bomb. So Israel is not about to wait around for it. Nor should they. Their country's life is a stake.
Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, recently vowed in a speech to a joint session of the American Congress that Israel was not about to stand around doing nothing while Iran built a nuclear bomb to launch at them. Who could blame them?
Israel was ready to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities a few years ago. But the Obama Administration exposed the plan publicly and threatened to shoot down any Israeli aircraft engaged in an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Obama has shown he loathes Israel.
A recent poll of Israelis by the Tel Aviv University and Israel Democracy Institute found that an astonishing 67% of Israelis don't believe Obama. (No telling what percentage of the American population thinks Obama lies!)
The poll also found that 66% of the Israelis think that the U.S.'s handling of the Middle East crisis projects weakness.
There is coming in the future a time when every nation in the world is against Israel, even the United States. I used to always assume that it was something that happens post-Rapture . . . but if the Lord tarries, who knows! Especially with an administration that, judging by its past actions, is more pro-Muslim than it is pro-American!
The Obama administration just proved this by announcing that they may not protect Israel from United Nations sanctions. If that actually happens, this nation is in deep trouble. Deep.
In reality, we're getting very close to the fulfillment of the verse that says one day there will be:
". . . all nations against Jerusalem." Zech. 14
God has used the United States to protect Israel. Since 1972, the U.S. has used its veto power 39 times to cast the only dissenting vote to stop resolutions against Israel concerning a myriad of untrue, untested and unworkable declarations.
The United States has vetoed resolutions that would declare Palestine a sovereign state, that would demand that Israel halt construction of new Jewish neighborhoods and would stop the construction of Israel's well-needed security fence.
So if the Obama Administration does what they're threatening to do, Israel will have not a single nation on her side.
God will protect Israel. But there are no assurances God will continue protecting and blessing America. His promise is simple:
And I will bless those who bless [Israel], and the one who curses [Israel] I will curse. Gen. 12:3
Since 1948 when Israel became a nation, America has undoubtedly been blessed because of our embracing and protecting God's special people on earth.
Now our esteemed President wants to throw Israel under the bus. He has announced we may not vote to protect Israel in the future. Heaven help us if we abandon Israel.
Based on the rhetoric coming from the current administration, Israel knows it can't trust the Obama Administration to look out for her interest. She will be on her own, making decisions based on her best interests, not having to worry about world politics.
Israel has nukes
It's common knowledge that Israel has nuclear weapons. Israel is smart enough not to publicly admit it, but they've had the big bomb for 30 plus years. I've personally seen the nuclear facility in Israel, from a distance.
The Bible says Iran WILL succeed in their nuclear aspirations and eventually be part of a group of several nations who launch nuclear-equipped missiles at Israel in the last days.
Ezekiel 37 is the famous chapter of the regathering of Israel the second time back to their homeland. Described as a valley of dry bones that come together, grow tendons and walk, Ezekiel predicted the Jews regathering in their homeland from around the world.
Interestingly, the Bible predicts that when Israel regathers for the second time (which they did in 1948) they will have "an exceeding great army." (Ezk 37:10) They do!
The Bible predicts that when Israel regathers for the second time they will become a "burdensome stone" for the world to bear. They are!
Following Ezekiel 37's bold prediction of a second regathering of Israel to her homeland, chapters 38 and 39 predict a major invasion of Israel from a group of nations who surround Israel.
Led by Gog/Magog, Persia is also specifically mentioned. Persia, Ethiopia, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Ezek. 38:5
Regardless of who Gog/Magog (from the north of Israel) turns out to be (some theorize they have Russian roots), Persia is definitely one of the invading nations of Israel.
In 1935, Persia, the historical name used by its native people, changed its name to "Iran." Persia shows up first in the Bible in 2Chronicles 36:20-23. When Ezekiel gave his prophecy, Persia was the country that is today called Iran.
So Iran will be part of this invading army, which is defeated by Israel. But here is the interesting part. The clean-up of the battle will last seven months as they have to send people into the battlefield to "cleanse" it.
"For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them in order to cleanse the land." Ezek 39:12
"Cleanse the land"? What happens to the land that it needs cleansing? It gets even more interesting when you read that after they spend seven months cleansing the land, they then make another sweep of the land looking for any "bones" they missed the first time.
And they don't dare touch the bones, but instead, set a marker next to where they're found so they can bury them later.
"At the end of seven months they will make a search. As those who pass through the land pass through and anyone sees a man's bone, then he will set up a marker by it until the buriers have buried it . . . " Ezek. 39:14-15
Burying contaminated waste obviously sounds like it could certainly be some kind of nuclear war contamination. So this may also tie into Zechariah's prophecy that the description sounds like a person who melted from the heat in a nuclear neutron bomb exchange.
". . . their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth." Zech. 14:12
That's exactly what a neutron bomb does. It melts anything living but leaves the structures intact. And the most amazing part of all of this is that it was written over 2500 years ago!
So today, Israel is back in their land, Persia/Iran is their enemy and a nuclear war is in the future. But before that horrible war described in Ezekiel 38 and 39, God will remove His Spirit from the earth, along with all those who have His Spirit living in them--all born-again Believers. We call that event "The Rapture" or removal of the Church from the earth.
What a day that will be when millions of Christians disappear into thin air, saved from the horrific seven-year Tribulation. Bible prophecy is so relevant today, and God gave it to COMFORT us as the last days wind up.
"Therefore comfort one another with these words." 1Th. 4:18
Yet many churches are turning or have turned away from teaching Bible prophecy. Most of the so-called mega-churches ignore some or all of prophetic scripture. Which, of course, means they are avoiding about 25% of the Bible!
"I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God." Acts 20:27
By studying Bible prophecy we gain a wonderful peace knowing that God is fully in control. He raises up and discards leaders for His own purposes. Everything that is happening today is part of His plan . . . and in His plan, all things work together for good for Believers.
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Ro. 8:28
These are exciting times to be alive! It seems like more Bible prophecy is being fulfilled every month, every week, every day. And whether we're on this earth for one more minute or two decades, we have incredible opportunities to share God's truth with a lost world.
Last month we held a Steeling Bible Conference and below are nine new incredible titles available to share with your family, friends and coworkers. I urge you to be proactive! Eternity is a long time. Who knows how much time we have left! :-)
Use us, Lord!