MIXED SIGNALS on Iran

Steven LeBlanc

Prime Minister Netanyahu said he and Mr. Obama have a “common assessment” that it will take Iran about one year to make a nuclear bomb if it decides to do so. He said Iran’s continued enrichment of uranium, a key ingredient of such a bomb, is a separate matter.

The comment, “that is a separate matter” most likely means the Prime Minister and the President do not agree on how to exactly draw a line with Iran. The two leaders see sharply different timetables for potentially taking military action. President Obama said Iran was at least a year away from developing a nuclear bomb, while Netanyahu warned that the Islamic Republic must be stopped soon. The American view is that an Iranian nuclear weapon is not imminent and Iran’s ultimate ability to build a deliverable weapon is questionable.

The Israeli prime minister said he believes that if Iran “gets through” the enrichment process, it will reach an “immunity zone” – a reference to a position in which military action would not be able to stop it. It is doubtful the President agrees with Mr. Netanyahu’s “immunity zone” abstraction.

Always remember a passage found in Proverbs concerning God’s sovereignty. Proverbs 21:1 states: The king’s heart is in the hand of God as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever he will.

Will God move America to strike Iran; Will God move Israel to launch a pre-emptive strike? Or will God allow the spirit world to ignite a war in the Middle East in 2013?

The Bible exposes that there are unseen spirit wars going on that impact world events. The “prince of the kingdom of Persia [Iran]” (Daniel 10 verse 13; see verse 20) and the “prince of Greece” (verse 20) are spirit leaders over these empires under the Supreme demon, Satan the Devil. Jesus states, Satan is the “ruler of this world” (see John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). And within his demonic realm are various ranks of power—”forces and authorities and…rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world” (Ephesians 6:12,). In Daniel 10:13 of the “kings of Persia” (plural)—evidently demonic kings under the leading prince of Persia, himself subject to Satan.

One certainty is that Mr. Netanyahu will press the President to act on Iran as there is little time left as far as Israel is concerned. And never forget that there is a parallel spirit world that influences human leaders.

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