IRAN and Ezekiel 38
By Pastor Mark Hitchcock
Iran’s new President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, continues to spew out his venomous hatred for the Jewish people and the United States at the same time he is in hot pursuit of nuclear weapons. This is a highly combustible combination. The Iran crisis continues to escalate with no peaceful resolution in sight.
Iran removed the seals from its nuclear plant at Natanz on January 9, 2006 and then officially announced on April 9 that it had begun enriching uranium. Some believe Iran may possess P-2 centrifuges, which quadruple the capacity for enrichment over the older P-1 centrifuges. If this is true, the process for producing a nuclear weapon will be greatly accelerated. While all this is transpiring, on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, Ahmadinejad said, “60 years have passed since the end of World War II. Why do the Germans and Palestinians need to pay for a war that the present generation was not involved in?” He also said that Israel’s “fake regime” won’t survive.
At a meeting in support of the Palestinians, the Iranian President made some incredible comments that point toward the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39. He said that Palestine “will soon be freed.” He called Israel a “constant threat” and “permanent threat to the Middle East” and said the Middle East will “soon be liberated.” Did you notice the repeated use of the word “soon”? He also said that Israel is “heading towards annihilation.” He has said that he believes the end of the world will come in his lifetime, probably in the next few years. And he is willing to do everything in his power to hasten its coming. When he says “soon” he really means it. In one of his most shocking statements, the Iranian President said, “The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm.” This sounds like an open threat of a nuclear attack against Israel. What other single storm could eliminate the entire nation of Israel? Is there any doubt what this fiend would do with nuclear weapons if he’s allowed to produce them?
Interestingly, Ahmadinejad’s statements are especially chilling in light of Ezekiel 38:9 which describes the future invasion of Israel by Iran, Russia, and other Islamic allies with these words. “And you will go up, you will come like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.” (italics added)
Ezekiel 38:16 says, “and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It will come about in the last days.” (italics added) Ahmadinejad is using language referring to a “storm” that comes straight from Ezekiel 38 to describe his evil intentions toward Israel. The current headlines from Iran are significant. Iran (ancient Persia) is mentioned specifically in Ezekiel 38:5 as one of the nations that will invade Israel in the “latter years.” It appears that we are seeing the key end-time players move into place on the stage for their future roles in the coming tribulation. But before the curtain rises on the final act, all true believers will rise into the air at the rapture to meet the Lord.
Make sure you’re ready for that meeting in the sky.
Mark Hitchcock graduated from law school in 1984 and worked for a judge at the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for four years. After a clear call to full-time ministry, Mark attended Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating in 1991. Since that time, he has served as senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma.