Middle East on War Alert: Will the U.S. and Israel attack Iran?
Forces are gathering for what appears to be an unprecedented military conflict in the Middle East. Tensions between nations have been high in recent months and have only worsened in the weeks since early December when Iran hijacked and recovered an American drone aircraft. Iran now experiences new, harsh US and international economic sanctions over its nuclear program – a program considered by much of the country as a matter of national pride. The West has imposed the increasingly tight sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran says is strictly peaceful but Western countries believe aims to build an atomic bomb. Many have speculated that it will soon escalate Iran and the US into an all-out war, and that event might occur sooner than thought. Here’s the breakdown of what transpired in recent days:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seeking the company of friends – in Latin America by going on a four-nation tour that includes U.S. antagonists Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador. (Source)
Iran and Russia have replaced US Dollar with their own currencies in their trade ties, a senior Iranian diplomat announced on Saturday. Iran has also replaced dollar in its oil trade with India, China and Japan. (Source)
Tension in the oil shipping lanes of the Gulf looks set to intensify amid indications that Iran, Israel and the US will hold military exercises designed to test weaponry and tactics. As the US and European Union press ahead with oil sanctions on Iran, Tehran’s defence minister announced on Friday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps will hold large-scale exercises, called “the Great Prophet”, in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf – the latest in a series of forceful gestures in the world’s most important oil shipping lane at a time when new sanctions threaten Tehran’s exports. (Source)
Great Britain responded to Iran’s threat by the deployment of HMS Daring, a Type 45 destroyer with impressive firepower and world-beating technology. The Defence Secretary has publicly warned Iran that any blockade of the Strait of Hormuz, which served as the conduit for 17 millions barrels of oil every day last year, would be “illegal and unsuccessful.” (Source)
The armies of Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states stood ready Thursday for Washington to stand up to Iranian threats. RT reported last week that the US is equipping Saudi Arabia with nearly $30 billion F-15 war planes, a deal that comes shortly after Washington worked out a contract with Dubai to give the UAE advanced “bunker buster” bombs that could decimate underground nuclear operations in neighboring Iran. (Source)
Without much media attention, thousands of American troops are being deployed to Israel. The Israeli military will together with America host the largest-ever joint missile (Austere Challenge 12) drill by the two countries. In the testing, America’s Theater High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system will be operating alongside its ship-based Aegis system and Israel’s own program to work with Arrow, Patriot and Iron Drone missiles.
The Jerusalem Post says the drill is not just an “exercise” but also a “deployment” that will involve “several thousands American soldiers” heading to Israel. With America previously equipping Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with weaponry to wreck any chance of an Iranian nuclear weapon program from close by, the US will now have added forces on the ready in Israel and Germany. Additionally, new command posts will be established by American forces in Israel and that country’s own IDF army will begin working from a base in Germany. (Source)
Russia and Iran emphasized on the close cooperation between Tehran and Moscow for resolving the regional issues. Both presidents also emphasized on expansion of bilateral economic ties and trade transactions. (Source)
Iranian officials have threatened in recent weeks to block the strait if new sanctions harm Tehran’s oil exports, and this week threatened to take action if the United States sails an aircraft carrier through it. After Iran threatened to close down the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial path for the nation’s oil trade, the US dispatched 15,000 marines into the area. (Source)
Steaming in international waters over the horizon from the Iranian fleet, the U.S.S. John C. Stennis was keeping to its scheduled work, regardless of any political or diplomatic fallout from Iran’s warnings to react with “full force” if the USS Stennis aircraft carrier tried to reenter the Gulf or Iran’s pretensions to control the traffic transiting the world’s most important oil route. (Source)
After years of measures that had little impact, the new sanctions are the first that could have a serious effect on Iran’s oil trade, 60 percent of its economy. The impact of falling government income from oil sales can be felt on the streets in Iran in soaring prices for state subsidized goods and a falling currency. In the past week Iran’s currency – the rial – dropped almost 30 to 40 percent after the sanctions signed into law by Obama on New Year’s Eve, which would cut off financial institutions that work with Iran’s central bank from the U.S. financial system, blocking the main path for payments for Iranian oil. (Source)
Even Iran’s top trading partner China – which has refused to back new global sanctions against Iran – is demanding discounts to buy Iranian oil as Tehran’s options narrow. Although China, India and other countries are unlikely to sign up to any oil embargo, tighter Western sanctions mean such customers will be able to insist on deeper discounts for Iranian oil, reducing Tehran’s income. Beijing has cut its imports of Iranian crude by more than half for January, paying premiums for oil from Russia and Vietnam to replace it. (Source)
The EU is expected to impose new sanctions by the end of this month, possibly including a ban on oil imports and a freeze of central bank assets. A blockade would halt purchase of Iranian oil by EU members such as such as crisis-hit Greece, which has taken advantage of the discounted price of Iranian crude. Berlin was in discussions with other EU states on “qualitatively new sanctions against Iran” to “ensure the sources of funding for the Iranian nuclear program dry up.” (Source)
Iran claimed to have successfully tested a new medium-range ground-to-air missile, which was quoted being equipped with the latest technology and intelligent systems, during naval exercises in the Gulf, amid rising tensions over the country’s nuclear programme. Amid constant speculation that Israel or the US could use air strikes against Iran’s nuclear programme, Iran has attempted to buy long-range surface-to-air missiles from Russia. (Source)
Iranian scientists have produced the nation’s first nuclear fuel rod, a feat of engineering the West has doubted Tehran capable of, the country’s nuclear agency said The announcement marks another step in Tehran’s efforts to achieve proficiency in the entire nuclear fuel cycle — from exploring uranium ore to producing nuclear fuel — despite U.N. sanctions and measures by the U.S. and others to get it to halt aspects of its atomic work that could provide a possible pathway to weapons production. (Source)
Where does Russia’s national interest in the Iranian question lie? The truth is that the Kremlin has been sending out a whole array of signals on the issue, some of which are contradictory. On the one hand, Russia stopped selling or transiting any kind of weapons to Iran, fulfilling UN resolution 1929, which was adopted in June 2010. This meant cancelling the contract to ship S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran, which could have helped the Iranians to challenge Israel’s superiority in the air. (Source)
China is circumventing international sanctions against Iran by enlisting North Korea’s help in providing the Islamic state with its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles and the technical expertise to make those nuclear warhead-capable missiles operational. And now the Communist giant is threatening to come to Iran’s defense should the missile or nuclear sites be attacked. (Source)
Moscow, the closest thing Iran has to a big power ally, is deeply opposed to any military action against the Islamic republic, though Moscow has supported UN Security Council sanctions against Tehran. Russia’s foreign minister has warned that a military strike on Iran would be a “very serious mistake” with “unpredictable consequences”, after Israel’s president Shimon Peres said that an attack was increasingly likely. (Source)
END TIMES TRUTH
Satan’s child is preparing to cause a confrontation with Iran so they can engage them in a war and plan to use their nuclear arsenal against China, one of Iran’s biggest ally. Who is behind this latest move on the war board - “Oil and debt liquidation” – Satan himself or his human confederates? Either way, it has something to do with keeping the U.S. in power. It’s really about the beast toppling – they are afraid of being declared bankrupt and are refusing to go down without a fight. Is Satan holding on to his child so desperately that he’s ready to murder millions of people with radiation fallout?
The U.S. must feel they can devastate China with nuclear war heads and invade Iran with the help of allies. Destroy China in the process if they can and maybe that will literally dissolve that debt holder. Take out Iran’s military – killing perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent Iranians and then swoop down and take their oil and treasury. Satan old plan for filling up the U.S. coffers was to loot other countries.
In the mean time, China is sending a massive fleet of submarines to lurk in U.S. waters. Could they be prepping for a full scale invasion of the U.S. Territories to start off by basing out of Cuba and Venezuela? The U.S. will be vulnerable to a Chinese attack on the homeland. Will U.S. lose to China and be invaded because they have a strike plan in place to knock out all U.S. nuclear missile sites by using their submarines and firing from strategic locations?
Is it time for Armageddon? No yet! That was supposed to happen a little farther along. So the holy side will counter this latest move with several possible counter moves: (1) a strike on Satan’s child if they continue with their madness, Archangel Michael has his crafts armed with anti-matter weapons and lasers that can pin point and melt a copper off the Statue of Liberty from a long ways off (2) a massive earthquake in Israel (3) maybe a sea quake or other disruptions planned under the ocean right where the U.S. warships are.
If the situations continue to escalate, then there will no anti-Christ reigning for a short period of time from the EU and Armageddon will come early as Yahweh cuts the timeline short. Archangel Michael’s hand will be forced to take early action and the veil between the spirit and fleshly realms will be lifted sooner than planned. Each move on the chess board in the tribulation period is designed to fulfill the prophecies Father inspired to the writers of the Word long ago. In this Spiritual Chess War, both sides have to play by Yahweh’s War Rules – all part of the War Plan.