Agreement with Iran, and lying spirits

Steven LeBlanc

Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama presented two very different views of the future following the announcement of a nuclear deal with Iran.

The President is optimistic; Israelis are devastated that their closet ally (America) has been so easily “fooled” by the Iranians. The Obama administration expects the Iran deal to usher in an era of enhanced stability in the Middle East. Netanyahu warns that, “Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran because Iran continues to seek our destruction. We will always defend ourselves.”

One Saudi diplomat described the accord, which offers a gradual lifting of international sanctions in return for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program, as “extremely dangerous.” One of the Saudi princes said: “Iran is already a disruptive player in various nations throughout the Arab world, whether it’s Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, or Bahrain,” –and America is backing down in the Middle East yet again—It is showing a weak and tired hand—Iran will move in to fill the vacuum left by America’s timidity and fatigue.

There is very little interest on the part of the United States to engage in a military confrontation in the Persian Gulf—all players in the Middle East see this. The Obama administration wants America to have a smaller footprint in the Middle East—The Iran deal does just that.

With the collapse of Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and America leaving the Middle East—there are now major pockets of chaos expanding throughout the region. Washington’s policies have left a vacuum, Muslim visionaries and fanatics—from Sunni jihadists to militant Shiites—have filled the void THAT AMERICA HAS LEFT —all with the vision of grabbing power as they seek to control millions of people. Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s brutal Islamic State caliphate is now taking on the Iranian mullahs, who themselves want to re-establish a “greater Iran.” The Iran agreement will only escalate the chaos that is resurgent in the Middle East.

Netanyahu stated, “In the coming decade, the deal will reward Iran, the terrorist regime in Tehran, with hundreds of billions of dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel Iran’s terrorism worldwide. The deal means: Iran will receive roughly $100 billion in frozen assets overseas immediately after adoption of a Security Council JCPOA resolution.

In Israel, one of the world’s most chaotic democracies, politicians rarely agree on anything. Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. writes, “which is why their reaction to the nuclear arms deal with Iran is definitely unique. For the first time in living memory, virtually all Israelis – left, right, religious, secular, Arabs, Jews – are together calling the deal disastrous.”

Will Congress approve this agreement? As Charles Krauthammer writes, Whatever Congress ultimately does, it won’t matter because the legal underpinning for the entire international sanctions regime against Iran will have been dismantled at the Security Council. Ten years of painstakingly constructed international sanctions will vanish overnight, irretrievably. Even if Congress rejects the agreement, do you think the Europeans, the Chinese or the Russians will reinstate sanctions? The result: The United States is left isolated while the rest of the world does thriving business with Iran.

The agreement with Iran seems to me so very naïve. It reminds me of the lying spirit that swayed King Ahab as recorded in 1 Kings 22. In 1 Kings 22 we are told of a council of war between the kings of Israel and Judah. Treacherous King Ahab and the good Jewish King Jehoshaphat were planning war against Syria to regain land that Israel had lost. At the council God’s prophet Micaiah was brought before the two kings, he revealed an insightful vision from the throne of God and how the world of angels and demons can sway world leaders.

Micaiah viewed God sitting on His throne and the spiritual host of heaven around Him. “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him [Ahab].’ The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets’” (verses 21-22). God was allowing Ahab to be persuaded by his advisors (influenced by a lying spirit) to engage in a battle that would lead to Ahab’s death.

The lesson for us is that at times lying demonic spirits work through government advisors [types of false prophets] to prevail upon leaders to make foolish decisions. The Bible tells us there is a parallel world where demons seek to confuse and influence world leaders. With this in mind I cannot help but to wonder if demon spirits were involved in the sequence of discussions that lead to the agreement with Iran. I think so.

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