The Iran Deal

Although I have posted many articles regarding the Iran “deal,” on Facebook, I have not said anything about it in my Morning Messages. But I feel I need to, and how it ties in perfectly with what has been prophesied in the Scriptures. I am not going to comment on the ingredients within the agreement, but rather the Biblical meaning behind it.

In just a few weeks, in September,* nonetheless, the US lawmakers will decide whether to lift the sanctions against Iran, or not. To be honest, they cannot stop what is going to happen. We can pretty much expect Obama to go around Congress, and make it happen. The vote will be more symbolic than truly making a difference. It is a done deal. Scriptures do possess some prophetic perspectives on what will happen and how it will impact Israel and the Jewish nation.

[*Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard all kinds of dire predictions and expectations regarding this September. Me? I am hoping they are correct, but I am still planning for what I am going to do for Christmas, this year]

Anyway, here is a great video that explains the gist of the Iran deal:

All this began when President Obama announced the “framework” of an agreement they were attempting to create with Iran. Most of us are already aware of his animosity toward Israel, and his admiration for Islam, but what was most significant was the date he announced it! Sure, it could have been pure coincidence, but the president made the announcement on April 1. Yeah? What is significant on that date? Well, on the Hebrew calendar, it was the 13th of Nisan.

Yeah, yeah. So what’s the big deal about that? I’m glad you asked. In the story of the Jewish holiday of Purim, the 13th of Nisan is the day an evil member of the Persian court convinced King Ahasuerus to issue a decree ordering all the Jews of his kingdom to death. Like I said, it could be pure coincidence that Obama chose that day, but his choice sure seems disturbingly appropriate.

But, like many of you, I do not believe in any coincidences. Everything is planned and prepared. Also, I am sure you already know that the ancient Persia is now present day Iran. Coincidence? Personally, I don’t think so. And, the fact that Obama is so antsy to get it approved, disturbs me. He seems to have a personal benefit to the deal being finalized.

I also do not believe that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, coincidentally chose March 3, the 13th of Adar on the Hebrew calendar, to speak to our Congress. He spoke on the eve of Purim, to made his appeal for them to reject the deal with Iran. Hmm, more coincidence?

You see, according to the story of Purim, it was on the 13th of Adar that the Jewish Queen Esther told her husband, the Persian King, what an evil man named Haman, was planing with the decree her husband had signed. The holiday of Purim is actually celebrated on the 14th of Adar, the day after Haman’s roll of the dice. Indicating that the 13th was the most “propitious” time for the extermination of the Jews.

They celebrate it on the day after, because it was the day that the Jews successfully fended off their enemies and experienced the joy of deliverance. So yes, it was most appropriate for Netanyahu to speak on the 13th. Sure, maybe Obama never connected the Biblical story, but it certainly wasn’t lost on Israel’s prime minister. On the eve of Purim, he said:

“We’re an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we’ll read the Book of Esther. We’ll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies” ~Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Here is another coincidence: we expect the US lawmakers to vote on the fate of the Iran deal during the Ten Days of Awe. Huh? What’s that? Well, it is the 10 days of divine judgement between the holidays of Rosh Hashana, the New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Repentance. According to Jewish tradition, on Rosh Hashana G-d opens the book of judgment and on Yom Kippur he seals it.

From a Christian viewpoint, Rosh Hashana (rä-(h)ə-ˈshä-nə) signifies the return of Christ, and the beginning of judgment by God. It is a day of both literal AND spiritual darkness for most, a day of wonder and awe for those who trust Him. I truly believe, that whether it this year, or in some year, it is the Biblical Feast of Rosh Hashana that our Messiah will return; otherwise, it would break the pattern of the Feasts that up to now signaled precisely every signal event of His life. Which, in my mind, is a pretty good reason to celebrate Rosh Hashana each year.

10 days after Rosh Hashanah, on Tishri 10, is THE Holiest day of the year: Yom Kippur! Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement.” The prayer that is recited by most observant Jews, is very profound. So quiet your minds, and listen to the Lord, as you read this prayer:

“For the sin which we have committed before Thee by unclean lips, and for the sin which we have committed before Thee by impure speech; for the sin which we have committed before Thee by our evil inclination, and for the sin which we have committed before Thee wittingly OR unwittingly; for all these, O God of Forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement. In the book of Life, blessing, peace and good sustenance, may we be remembered and inscribed before thee.”

Cool, huh? It is quite different from most of the far too narrow Christian prayers. They constantly uses the word “we”, instead of “I.” It is a prayer for the nation (here, the nation of Israel) as a whole. It is a prayer of confession and repentance on a national basis. Most importantly, it is not about ME! It is about the fact that we are seen by God as individuals AND as the nation we belong to. We cannot escape it. When a nation is judged, ALL who belong to that nation are affected. When Israel was judged, the great prophets who sent the warnings were also persecuted. They were NOT protected even for their efforts. ALL suffered. This is something we need to keep in mind during the times we are currently facing and the days of wrath ahead of us.

Observant Jews believe that Yom Kippur is the day that a person’s fate for the coming year, the New Year that began just 10 days earlier, on Rosh Hashana, is decided by G-d. The Day of Atonement is a Biblical command, and first established in the Torah in the book of Leviticus chapter 16. Its purpose was to cleanse the sanctuary (the Wilderness Tabernacle, the earthly dwelling place of G-d), and to atone for the sins of the people of Israel.

Historically, and Biblically, Yom Kippur was the one day per year when the High Priest was allowed to stand before the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. He would sprinkle blood on the Ark, and then eventually on other furnishings, making them clean from the human contamination of sin and uncleanness from the previous year. Later that same day, the Scapegoat ceremony occurred where a specially selected male goat, the Scapegoat, was loaded up with the sins of Israel, by the High Priest, and sent out into the wilderness, away from God’s people, never to return.

Paul reminded us of this event:

We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you: we beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, receive the love he offers you — be reconciled to God. For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us![ (II Corinthians 5:21-22)

Hallelujah! Biblically, Yom Kippur is a very solemn day. It is a day for people to put themselves in proper perspective before the Lord God; to recognize our complete dependence on Him.

Prophetically, Yom Kippur symbolizes the day all Israel will be saved. After the Messiah’s return on Rosh Hashana, Israel will be cleansed and saved from the hand of the gentile world that has come against it, by the Anointed One. Yeshua came 2000 years ago as our Passover. He came meekly to be slaughtered as the Lamb of God. However, when He returns, He will come as the greatest warrior of all time. He will come as the Kinsman Redeemer who will take blood vengeance on a world that has persecuted His set-apart people, Israel, and all those joined to Israel under the ancient covenants by means of faith . . . Believers.

Involved within all this is the end of the rule of the Anti-Christ, the end of the rule of Satan over the world, and the end of people and nations who go against Isra’el. So, what we term the Battle of Armageddon also likely falls within this period of the Fall Feasts. Another pretty good reason for ALL Believers — gentile or Jew — to pay attention to these Biblical Feasts.

The Yalkut Shimoni is the best known and most comprehensive anthology of the oral traditions of the Bible. The oldest known copy goes way back to 1310 CE (although most believe it is even older). Here, you will find a description of the current situation with Iran that could have been taken from our modern headlines. In its commentary on the Book of Isaiah, the Yalkut Shimoni states:

“Rabbi Yitzchak said: ‘In the year in which the Messiah-King appears, all the nations of the world are provoking each other. The King of Persia provokes an Arab king and the Arab king turns to Aram for advice. And the King of Persia goes back and destroys the entire world. And all the nations of the world are in panic and distress and they fall upon their faces and are seized with pains like those of a woman giving birth, and Israel are in panic and distress and asking ‘Where shall we go? Where shall we go?,’ and He says to them ‘My sons, do not fear; all that I have done, I have done only for you.

Why are you afraid? Do not fear, your time of redemption has come, and the final redemption is not like the first redemption, because the first redemption was followed by sorrow and servitude under other kingdoms, but the final redemption is not followed by sorrow and servitude under other kingdoms.”

The prophet insight of the Iran nuclear deal is shocking, and provides very important implications for our future. While the Iran nuclear threat is real, in the same way that Esther defeated an evil Persian enemy, Israel and the Jewish nation will prevail. Pray for the peace in Israel.

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