Iran just made a deal to moderate its nuclear activity for sanctions relief. This is a decisive moment, setting the course in the time ahead for the Middle East and beyond.
Yesterday it was announced that the P5+1 nations reached a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program. If enacted, the deal will lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for concessions in its pursuit of nuclear technology.
Many observers are describing this deal as historic. That is absolutely right—but most people fail to understand why. A full appreciation for its significance requires viewing events from the unique perspective of how it fulfills biblical prophecy.
This deal sets the course for what happens in the Middle East for years to come. We are certain to look back on it as a decisive moment in world events.
The most important effect is that it cements Iran’s position as king of the Middle East. This is a prophetically significant role that the Trumpet has believed for over two decades that Iran would fulfill. Probably nothing has highlighted the truth of this analysis more than what just happened. You can read the proof behind this conclusion in our booklet The King of the South.
After the deal was announced, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “Negotiators have reached a good agreement, and I announce to our people that our prayers have come true.” He seems quite pleased. There are many potential reasons why.
Most broadly, this deal puts Iran on a path to have crushing sanctions lifted and to take its place in the global economy—even while it maintains its nuclear program.
This agreement stipulates that Iran can continue to develop and improve advanced centrifuge machines that can be used to fuel reactors or bombs. Advanced centrifuges are unnecessary for peaceful nuclear power generation, which Iran has repeatedly insisted is the only purpose for its nuclear program. Such centrifuges are only essential if Iran wants to “sprint for a nuclear bomb.”
This agreement does not even address Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missile program, another project that is useful only for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction.
Under this deal, for a limited time, Iran is not allowed to enrich uranium. Those restrictions gradually go away after a prescribed number of years, as few as eight and as many as 15. This aspect of the deal belies the fundamental gamble underpinning the agreement: Essentially, the United States and these other nations hope that by that future time, the Iranian regime will have become so enmeshed in the global community, and that the overwhelmingly youthful Iranian population will have grown to possess such a strong moderating influence, that all will be well.
Put another way, at the foundation of this deal lies the notion that, in the end, Iran can be trusted.
Now, however, with this agreement in place, the money is going to start to flow into Iran again.
Soon, we will able to witness the results.
This agreement says sanctions would “snap back” if Iran violates its terms. This is almost certainly impractical and thus untrue. As many analysts have noted, it took enormous effort to convince the world to agree to the sanctions to begin with. It is ludicrous to think that Russia and China, for example—which have been so resistant to punitive measures against Iran and so eager to find ways around them—will reimpose them once they have been removed.
Once Iran’s seized assets are released and the sanctions start to come off, once oil money again starts flowing into Iran, watch what happens. Not even economic hardship was able to dissuade the regime from its radical goals. With even the threat of economic punishment withdrawn, it is certain to act with even greater assertiveness and pushiness.
So what will Iran do? What sort of behavior will we see within the coming 6 to 12 months?
Considering how emphatically this underscores Iran’s dominance of the region, it seems inevitable that all its nefarious activity over the last 2½ decades to pursue that dominance are going to start ramping up.
What will happen with Israel? It has emerged as practically the only nation unreservedly critical of this agreement. This whole process of negotiations has progressively left Israel more vulnerable and isolated than it has ever been. This deal exacerbates both its isolation and its vulnerability. This too is deeply significant from a prophetic perspective.
Perhaps the most fearsome question of all is, what will happen when Iran gets a nuclear weapon?
It doesn’t matter what the politicians and pundits say: History is going to play out—and soon it will be clear to people around the globe what just happened.
This truly was a historic deal. It is setting the course for the Mideast from this point forward—and for nations far beyond that region. Soon the whole world will recognize just what a decisive moment in human history this agreement really was. ▪
Full article: How the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Will Change History (The Trumpet)