By John Claeys

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced last week that Iran is determined to eliminate Israel. In an interview with a Lebanese television network, he added that “whoever is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime.” It is no wonder Israeli leaders have stated that they cannot allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.

Thus, as Iran moves closer to nuclear capability, Israel draws nearer to launching a military attack on the terrorist regime. Though a military attack by Israel will not likely bring down the Ahmadinejad regime, there is a great possibility that the Iranian opposition movement would take advantage of the resulting chaos of an attack to depose the regime. This result would align with end-times Bible prophecy very well for three reasons.

The first reason concerns the end-times treaty predicted in the Bible. Daniel 9:27 prophecies a future seven-year treaty with Israel that will lead to the return of Christ. (The reference to “many” in the verse is a reference to the Jews. “Many” is used elsewhere in Daniel to refer to the Jews, and the context of 9:24-27 focuses on the Jews. See Apocalypse 2012: The Ticking of the End Time Clock-What Does the Bible Say? for evidence that the six infinitive phrases in verse 24 point to the return of Christ to establish God’s kingdom upon the earth.) This treaty appears to be more than a global treaty; in fact, it seems to be connected to world leaders proclaiming “peace and security.” However, if there is one culprit that has attempted to obstruct a treaty with the Jewish nation, it is Iran. In fact, some experts, including Israeli leadership, believe that it has been Iran that has been the greatest obstacle toward a treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. If so, then the current Iranian government needs to be deposed before the end-times treaty can be confirmed.

The second reason the removal of the Ahmadinejad regime would pave the way toward the end-times fulfillment of Bible prophecy concerns world leaders proclaiming “peace and security,” as per 1 Thessalonians 5:3. At the time of the signing of the seven-year treaty with Israel, the world will believe it has finally achieved “peace and security.” For that scenario to arise, terrorism will need to be defeated-or at least, appear to be defeated. In order for terrorism to suffer defeat, the current Iranian regime, which is the biggest promoter of terrorism in the world today, will have to be deposed.

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