There appears to be an incredible grass roots movement in Iran where people have taken to the streets demanding an end to the radical Islamic government focused on international terrorism rather than jobs and the economy. In Ezekiel 38:3-8, the Lord says, “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…Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them…against the mountains of Israel…” These areas mentioned in Ezekiel 38 coincide with modern Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and parts of Iraq, even Saudi Arabia. So what do the current protests in Iran mean from an end time prophetic lens?
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) gives this analysis of the Iranian situation: “Supreme Leader Khamenei declared that Iran must implement a “resistance economy,” and blocked the option of Western cooperation in Iran’s economic development. At the same time, the billions of Iranian dollars that were frozen by the West and unblocked following the nuclear deal by the United States, were channeled into Iran’s involvement in the regional war zones in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Gaza and into the continued development of its military capabilities, for instance by constructing new underground cities to house ballistic missiles, by advancing its military industry, etc.”
MEMRI says that the protests are caused by anger over the regime using the billions of US dollars given by the previous US administration for military instead of economic purposes. This could cause the government to start a war to divert attention. “Even if this popular uprising is suppressed by the Iranian regime in the short term, given the absence of any solution to the Iranians’ economic woes it is eventually bound to resurface. One option the regime may resort to in order to rekindle the people’s solidarity with the regime despite the absence of any economic improvement is to spark crises or a war in one or more of the regional arenas in which Iran is involved-Israel, Bahrain or Yemen-by means of its proxies in these countries.”
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani claimed the Iranian unrest is led by Saudis living in Iran, and instigated by Israel. Persians are historically skeptical of Arabs. There is an ancient relationship between the modern Turkish and Iranian people, as recalled by Daniel 8’s account of the Medo-Persia alliance. Today these countries share cultural and ethnic commonalities. The second largest ethnicity in Iran, the Azerbaijanis, are a Turkic people. The second largest ethnicity in Turkey is the Kurds, an Iranic people. The unrest allow Turkey to diplomatically strengthen relations with Iran. For Ezekiel 38 to play out, Iran must submit to Turkey’s Gog to attack Israel in the end of days. If the unrest brings Turkey and Iran into alignment, they could emerge as a unified power, moving the prophecy clock forward.
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