Insights Into the Iran Nuclear Deal

Fortress of Faith Tom Wallace and Shahram HadianFortress of Faith Radio by Tom Wallace and Shahram Hadian discuss recent Iran Nuclear Deal. Listen to the program HERE (mp3 download link) and below are the “show notes” from this program.

Today we want to discuss the recent nuclear “deal” negotiated with Iran. Shahram is from Iran and his insight will be very helpful in understanding what this means. As Americans, we don’t think of this deal in the same way that someone from Iran does.

Historically, Persia (Iran), has a wonderful history. It is a beautiful country with a lot of biblical history. It is mention in biblical prophecy in Ezekiel 38. We know that Iran (Persia) will is in end time prophecy, but we are not sure about America.

What happens in Iran should concern us. It is presently in the hands of hard-line Muslims. It wasn’t always that way.

Persia has a rich biblical history. God often used Persia to rescue Israel when she was in trouble. The story of Esther takes  place in Persia. There is a prophecy in Jeremiah 49 that speaks of breaking the bow of Elam.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might. Jeremiah 49:35

Elam is an ancient name for Iran. The prophecy says that Elam will be scattered throughout the earth, but in the end God will bring them back.

But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 49:39

I believe in the prophetic timetable, and it is no coincidence that Iran is right in the midst of what we are seeing today.

In recent history Iran was a secular monarchy under the Shah. He ruled with an iron fist, but he also stood against the Islamists. There were those who wanted to make Iran an Islamic state and he squashed several uprisings which attempted to bring this to pass.

Ayatollah Khomeini was exiled to France by the Shah, and with the help of America under Jimmy Carter, he returned to Iran. He started a revolution that ousted the Shah, who had been a strong ally of the US, and became the supreme religious leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979.

Under Khomeini all of the high ranking military personnel were executed. Shahram’s father had some friends who were among those executed.

When Ayatollah Khomeini came to power the Iranian people were told that he was the Mahdi, the Islamic messiah. When Khomeini died in 1989 it upset their plans a bit.

Today Iran is governed, not by extremists and radicals, but by fundamentalist Shiite Muslims. They believe that they are supposed to usher in, through chaos if necessary, their messiah, the twelfth imam. We just made a nuclear deal with this regime. How foolish can we be?

Most of the Iranian people don’t support this regime or its prophetic presumptions. It is actually possible that the greatest revival in Christianity is happening in Iran at this time. Many young people have rejected Islam and this government. They like America and they don’t want to be at war with us.

We have two problems. We have the Ayatollahs in Iran and we have the Islamic supporters in the White House.

The Ayatollahs, the ones with the black turbans, are believed to be direct blood relatives of Ali, the fourth caliph in the Islamic time frame. The Shiites reject the first three caliphs. The only way to be come a high cleric in Iran is to be a direct descendant of Ali.

There is a lot of talk about the geo-political issues between Iran and the rest of the world. The media wants to keep the discussion in this framework. They want to deny the religious aspects of what is happening.

We need to understand why the sanctions were placed upon Iran by the international community. It was because Iran was acting in a belligerent manner toward other nations.

The sanctions have not changed their behavior at all. We have sat down at the negotiating table with them. The negotiations resulted in Iran getting pretty much what they wanted, and the rest of us, especially America, got absolutely nothing. The Iranian negotiators knew that we have a President that is not willing to go to war or to back up our rhetoric telling them to behave.

We really must focus on the ideology of this regime. I believe that our listeners will be more informed on this subject than others because we will address the true issues. We need to remember that the issues we are dealing with come directly from the true teachings of Islam.

The overthrow of the Shah in 1979 was not motivated by geo-political issues, it was motivated by the religion and teachings of Islam. Iran had a Muslim population that was governed by non-Muslim law. The Shiite Muslims believe that it is their mission to hasten the coming of the end-time scenario. We are not dealing with rational people. They are devout, fundamental, zealots who are committed to world-wide Islamic domination. They believe that if they die in fighting for this goal, it is the best thing that can happen. It is their only guarantee of Paradise.

Again, let me emphasize that we are not dealing with geo-political issues. We are dealing with fanatics who are bent on bringing in an Islamic world order. They cannot be trusted. They are liars and deceivers. It is foolish to believe that we have really obtained a “deal” with these  people. They will only honor the “deal” as long as it suits them. They will break it at the earliest opportunity.

Fortress of Faith Radio by Tom Wallace and Shahram Hadian discuss recent Iran Nuclear Deal. Listen to the program HERE (mp3 download link) and below are the “show notes” from this program.

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Segment Two

As we discuss this “deal,” let me remind you that this is before Congress. Obama, in trying to sidestep Congress, has already taken it to the UN.

I want us to look at the nuts and bolts of this “deal” from the Iranian perspective. I want us to understand how they are thinking. Their thinking is driven by their ideology, which in turn, is driven by Islam.

Before I get into the eschatology of Islam I want to remind you that the majority of Iranians, both in Iran and around the world, are secular Muslims. This means that they don’t really practice the religion. In Iran only about 8% of the people attend the mosque. This is the lowest of any Islamic country. The younger generation has lived under Sharia for all of their lives, and as a result, have rejected Islam. The majority do not support the present regime.

If you remember, in 2009, the Green Party had a chance to overthrow these imams. They asked Obama to just stand with them. They said we don’t want your troops, we don’t want your arms, we just want your moral support. Obama’s response was, we don’t meddle in the affairs of another sovereign country, except for Egypt, Libya, Syria, and others that we disagree with.

Why did the Obama administration not seize on an opportunity to help the Iranian people overthrow this oppressive regime? What the Iranian government did to the Green movement was brutal. Our government stood by and let it happen.

Today, Iran is a theocracy. Even though Iran’s official name is the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is not a republic. Their parliament is a facade. The person who runs Iran is the Ayatollah Khamenei. He is the supreme ruler and what ever he says is final. Even the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, answers to Khamenei.

We also need to remember that Hassan Rouhani was the head of Iran’s nuclear program before becoming president. Our government is trying to tell us that this man as a moderate.

Shiite Eschatology

Shiites are only between 12 to 15 percent of the world  population of Muslims. The other 85 percent are Sunni. The only major difference is that the Shiites believe that the caliph must be a blood descendant of Muhammad, while the Sunni don’t.

Iran is the largest Shiite country in the world. They are not simply Shiites, they are what are called “twelvers.” This means that they believe in the twelfth imam. They believe that there have been twelve imams and the twelfth disappeared in 931 AD. They believe that he is in a well in a city in Iran called Jamkaran. People actually go there and write notes to him that they drop down the well.

Why is he in a well? Is he in the depths of Hell?

They believe that the twelfth imam is going to reappear to usher in the Islamic Caliphate of the end-time. They agree with the Sunni in that they are waiting for their messiah, the Mahdi. The difference is that the Sunni believe that he hasn’t come yet. The Shiite believe that he came once, disappeared, and is coming again. They both agree that he is coming to set up a global Islamic order.

The Twelvers believe that if they stir the pot, make things more chaotic, it will cause the imam to come back sooner. We need to understand who we are dealing with. These are not radical, unrepresentative Muslims. These people believe that it is their duty to usher in the twelfth imam and the Islamic world order. How can we trust them?

Iran’s Trustworthiness

If their past record concerning “deals” represents what they will do in the future, we cannot trust them at all. They have shown no change in their conduct. While we were negotiating this “deal,” their leaders, both  Rouhani and the  Ayatollah Khamenei, were leading the country in chants of “death to Israel, death to America” and our negotiators were still sitting down with them expecting to get a “good deal.”

If we had a real leader he would say, we don’t come to the table until you show us, by your words and your actions, that you have changed in your ideology and conduct. Until you show that you will deal correctly with us and our friends, we have nothing to negotiate. From the outset of these negotiations, we have negotiated from a position of weakness.

Islam gives Muslims the mandate to deceive the Kafir (unbelievers). Muslims have demonstrated their willingness to do this in the past. It is the example given by Muhammad. We will never be able to trust Muslims to keep a treaty because they are taught by their religion and their Prophet to deceive non-Muslims.

Muslims are allowed, and even commanded, to lie to non-Muslims in the House of War, but they are not allowed to lie when they are in the upper house, the House of Islam. This is why Muslims in Europe are starting to tell the truth about their goals. They believe they are now in the House of Islam.

There is one lie that is permitted in the upper house, and that is the lie of a treaty. Muhammad made a treaty with Mecca when he was in Medina called the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. This treaty was supposed to be a ten year cycle, but in less that two years Muhammad broke the treaty. He took Mecca by force and killed most of the people.

Muslims are commanded to follow the example of Muhammad. If Muhammad broke a treaty, the Ayatollahs can do the same. They can break the treaty at any time by simply saying they no longer keep it, or by secretly ignoring it while the other side thinks it is still in effect.

In this deal we have allowed them to keep the centrifuges spinning, we have given their money back, we allow them to keep their military strong, etc.

Khamenei actually tweeted out the “America has surrendered to Iran.” This is how the Iranian leaders view the “deal” that was made by this administration. I find it hard to disagree with him. We surrendered everything they wanted, and received nothing in return. We even gave them things that were not supposed to be part of the deal, like agreements concerning conventional weapons. Russia can now legally give them ballistic missile technology, which will definitely make the world a more dangerous place.

This is like a death sentence to our country. I would call this treasonous.

 

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Troubling Connections

We had put crippling sanctions on Iran. They were the ones who came with their hats in their hands. The way the negotiations went, it seem like we were the ones negotiating from a position of weakness.

There are some things that we should have made non-negotiable from the very beginning. Before sitting down with them we should have demanded, as a gesture of good faith, the release of the American hostages in Iran.

This type of negotiation is not new. In 1979 Jimmy Carter tried to negotiate with Iran from a position of weakness. It wasn’t until the day that Ronald Reagan was sworn in that the Iranians released the hostages. They released them because Reagan said we would take them out if they didn’t do so. When we stand in strength, not in the weakness we see with this administration, even our enemies respect us.

The weakness we see seems to be intentional. When we see who is behind Obama this seems to make sense. Obama’s chief advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was born in Iran. Her family left America to go to Iran because they were tired of what America stood for. She still has ties to people in Iran.

Remember, this woman is the one who is always whispering into the ear of Obama. Nothing happens in this administration without her input.

According to a WND article by retired General Boykin, Jarrett is the real architect of this “deal.” This administration doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. Jarrett supports Obama’s “apology tour.”

It would seem that while Obama is out golfing, Jarrett is on the job. I don’t think we elected her. She is an Iranian citizen because someone who is born in Iran is always an Iranian citizen.

There is another troubling connection with Iran through John Kerry. His daughter is married to an Iranian-American businessman with extensive ties to high level people in Iran. The son-in-law has family still living in Iran. Could these things affect how Kerry deals with Iran? At the very least, this is an interesting coincidence.

You know, we couldn’t make up things like this. Some of the things being said by this administration in defense of the “deal” are amazingly foolish.

 

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John Kerry’s Foolish Statement

Sometimes it is hard to believe what we hear and see. Listen to Kerry’s response to the Iranians saying “Death to America:”

When the Iranians are saying “death to America,” it doesn’t mean that they want to kill us.

Can you believe that he would say something like this, and that he thinks any thinking person would believe him? How can he keep his composure when he says things like this. He says that at no time was he made aware of an Iranian plan to destroy America. Representative Poe said:

“Well, I kind of take that to mean that they want us dead. That would seem like that would be their policy. He said that. That – you don’t think that’s their policy?”

Kerry’s response was:

“I think they have a policy of opposition to us and of great enmity, but I have no specific knowledge of a plan by Iran to actually destroy us,”

We know that Hezbollah, an Iranian surrogate, has been working with the Mexican drug cartels and coming across our borders for years. We know that there are Hezbollah cells in America. We know that they have a plan for coming against America.

We know that the money released by this “deal” will go to support Iran’s army and terrorist surrogates around the world. How do we know this? It is what they have done in the past. Just looking at the present policies in Iran, we see that this regime doesn’t care one bit about the suffering of its citizens. It only cares about its plan for world domination.

I haven’t confirmed this yet, but I am hearing that Iran is not just receiving missile parts, they are actually building factories where they can produce the missiles themselves. They already have missiles with the range needed to hit Israel. They are not interested in missiles with that range, they are looking for longer range missiles that can reach Europe and the United States. This “good deal” has remove restrictions that would keep Iran from developing these long range missiles.

Netanyahu has said that they already have the capability of delivering nuclear weapons against Israel, What they are working on is the capability of reaching America. Listen to what Neanyahu said about ending the war between the Arabs and Israel:

If all the Arabs and the Persians were to put down their weapons today, there would be peace in the Middle East. If Israel were to put down her weapons there would be no more Israel.

We need to fix this in our minds. Israel must fortify and arm herself if she is to continue to exist. Israel is not threatening the Arabs and Persians, they are threatening Israel.

Iran has in its constitution statements about removing Israel. It isn’t like they haven’t made their intentions clear. The aggression is from the Muslims, not from Israel.

Saudi Arabia is another country that is worried about Iran. There is tension between them because of the tensions between the Sunni and the Shiite Muslims. I believe that, in the end, they will work together.

During the Senate hearings on the Iranian “deal,” Marco Rubio asked Kerry some hard questions. He asked him and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz whether the controversial articles in Annex III on page 142 of the 159-page deal would stipulate that the US block Israeli attempts to scupper the Iranian nuclear threat.

Both Moniz and Kerry tried to deflect this and make it means something else. Kerry said:

“I don’t see any way possible that we will be in conflict with Israel with respect to what we might want to do there, and I think we just have to wait until we get to that point,”

This is a lot like what Pelosi said about Obama Care. What is it about Democrats that makes them think we can wait until confronted with the meanings of their words to figure out what they mean.

It is obvious from what was said that the “deal” obligates the US to protect Iran from any attempt to hinder their nuclear program. This would include a preemptive trike on Iran by Israel.

What does this, and the statement that “death to America” doesn’t mean they want to kill us, say about our Secretary of State’s wisdom and discernment? Israel’s very existence, as well as our own, is at stake.

We need to understand that this is not just a few radicals. This is the very essence of Islam. Islam has a strategy for world domination and America is part of the opposition. In order for Islam’s goal to be reached America must go.

Ted Cruz has said from the Senate floor that Mitch McConnell has stopped amendments which would have stopped this deal. It seems that both parties are complicit it this.

This is not about politics, or about any political party. This is about our survival as a nation. We need to contact our senators and representatives and let them know that we want this “deal” stopped before it is too late. We need to let them know that if they don’t stand up for America we will remove them from power.