Iran provokes US Navy, USA complains

A few days ago, Iran provoked the US Navy militarily.  Today, the USA complained this has increased tensions:

December 30, 2015

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near U.S. warships and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the American military said Wednesday, causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal. …

While the United States has complained previously about other Iranian war games and maneuvers there, Saturday’s incident comes after a series of weapons tests and other moves by the Islamic Republic following the nuclear deal.

Iranian media and officials did not immediately discuss the tests Wednesday.

Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said in a statement that Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval vessels fired “several unguided rockets” about 1,370 meters (1,500 yards) from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, the USS Bulkeley destroyer and a French frigate, the FS Provence. Raines said commercial sea traffic also was nearby, though the missiles weren’t fired in the direction of any ships.

Raines said the Iranian vessels announced over maritime radio that they’d carry out a live fire exercise only 23 minutes beforehand.

Iran’s “actions were highly provocative,” Raines said. “Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional and inconsistent with international maritime law.”

The Obama Administration is hesitant to take strong military action against Iran as it has considered the Iranian nuclear deal as a major accomplishment towards peace.

Yet, the fact that Iran is taking bolder military steps should not come as a surprise to readers of this page.  Here is something I posted on September 25, 2015 (see Iran deal an ‘exemplar’ or leading to ‘collapse’? Iran continues to state it will destroy Israel.):

The nuclear deal also lifts most trade sanctions against Iran, which should also assist it financially. … By exporting more, Iran will likely end up with more money. Money it will use for its objectives–many of which are militaristic.

Iran wants to eliminate Israel and the USA. Iran’s top leader clearly has personally indicated that (see also After deal, Iran’s Khamenei calls USA ‘arrogant’ and ‘the real terrorists;’ he also says Iran will not change its policies in Middle East). Some believe Iran may use electromagnetic pulse weapons–including potentially using them against the USA (see Maloof: America unprepared for devastating EMP ‘Black Swan’).

Iran is getting what it wanted from the nuclear deal and is starting to publicly take steps that are consistent with its long-term goals of eliminating the nation of Israel and ultimately eliminating the USA.

While Iran will NOT eliminate the USA, the Bible shows that it is possible that God will allow Iran to strike the nation of Israel (Isaiah 22:1-14).

But all will not go Iran’s way.  Iran is allied with Syria, and the capital of Syria will be destroyed (Isaiah 17:1). The Bible also indicates that Iran will one day suffer military defeat (Jeremiah 49:34-38).

We may well see a regional war involving Iran, Syria, and Israel, perhaps with some USA involvement. A war that could see all of them damaged according to Bible prophecy. But also a war that might lead to another ‘deal’–perhaps one day the deal of Daniel 9:27 that will signal the final countdown to the end.

That being said, despite the view of certain Protestant prophecy watchers, Iran is not about to be totally aligned with Russia to invade Israel or somehow fulfill Ezekiel 38 (see also Ezekiel 38: For Russia & Iran in Our Day? and/or watch Russia, Iran, Syria, & the Bible (Code)).


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