Iran's Threats and World History

June 22, 2019 0 Comments

Iran continues to engage in hostile acts of provocation against the US. In the past week it has attacked oil freighters in the Straights of Hormuz, and more recently, it has shot down an American surveillance drone. Though we do not want war with Iran, it seems they are doing everything possible to provoke one.

It is important, in fully understanding current events, to know something about world history. Modern Iran is ancient Persia. It was the Persian empire, under Cyrus, that overthrew the great Babylonian empire in 539 BC. This was predicted by Daniel the prophet, when he explained to Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation of his great "image" dream (see Dan. 2). This same Cyrus was the one who issued the decree to allow captive Jews to return to their homeland (538 BC), as recorded in the book of Ezra (see Ezra 1:1).

Years later, the Persian king Ahasuerus (Gr. name is Xerxes) had a trusted adviser whose name was Haman. Haman hated the Jews with a passion. Like the leaders of Iran today who shout "Death to America, Death to Israel", Haman devised a scheme, according to the book of Esther, to eradicate the Jews from Persia. The desire on the part of the Iranians to kill all Jews is therefore nothing new. It dates all the way back to the Old Testament days of Queen Esther.

Iran today is the main sponsor of terrorism, and supplies Hamas (in the Palestinian Gaza strip) and Hezbollah (in Lebanon), with weapons to fight against Israel. Iran has succeeded in expanding its influence all the way from Iran, through Iraq, through Syria, and into Lebanon. It is perhaps our most serious threat to world peace.

Israel has vowed not to allow Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, because her very existence is at stake. It is not hard to see how an increase in hostilities, as we have witnessed these past few weeks, could lead to a major war in which America and Israel combine to wipe out all sites in Iran suspected of enriching Uranium and making nuclear weapons. We are on the brink of such a war.

God in His great grace and providence spared Israel once before, and Haman's wicked plot to exterminate the Jews was foiled by the courageous intervention of Queen Esther. It is our prayer that God's grace will again be displayed on behalf of Israel, if we ever end up in a war with Iran. I don't know about you, but I am glad I am on God's side, and Israel's side, it that war breaks out.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.