The nation of Iran will be a powerful force during the Time of Distress
that marks the end of the Times of the Gentiles. The role of Iran
is described in a vision that Daniel received while the people of Judah
were in exile in Babylon. After the vision the angel Gabriel appeared to
explain its meaning to him. He first explained the timing of the
Understand that the vision concerns the time of the end…
I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath,
because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. Dan 8:17,19
The angel makes it clear that the vision will be fulfilled in
the later "time of wrath".
Daniel 8 is being fulfilled in our time. The first part of the
vision is described in Daniel 8:3,4.
I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing
beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer
than the other but grew up later. I watched the ram as he charged
toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand
against him, and none could rescue from his power. He did as he
pleased and became great.
The interpretation of the ram is given in verse 20. The two horned
ram represents the kings of Media and Persia. The people of Media and
Persia now make up the nation of Iran.
During the Islamic
Revolution in 1979, the Iranian and Shia spiritual
leader, Ayatollah Khomenei deposed the Shar of Iran. The
Shah had been installed by the CIA and was an American puppet.
Iran under the Ayatollah had all the characteristics of the ram; no
nation was able to stand against it. Iran was the centre of
During the 1980s, Iran got bogged down by the Iran-Iraq war and lost
its leadership role. The next decade was spent recovering from the
war. This lull in activity is represented by the gap between the
horns. During this time Iran had to compromise with the West, so
it lost credibility as leader of the radical Islam. Iran's mantle
passed to Al Qa'aida because it was leading most of the action, but Al Qa'ida is a Sunni Wahabbi-based organisation that
is opposed to Shia Islam.
With Al Qa'ida under increasing pressure and new leadership
emerging in Iran, the baton is being handed back again. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected as President of
Iran in August 2005. He is intent on re-establishing Shia Iran as the
leading defender of Islam throughout world, the role it had when led by
Ayatollah Khomeini. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his successors
are the second horn on Daniel's Ram.
Although Ahmadinejad is not a religious leader like Ayatollah Khomenei (the first horn),
he became even more
powerful. He has already taken several steps to
reclaim the leadership of the revolutionary movement.
Iran-backed militias dominated the southern parts of Iraq that
were occupied by the British army. With only 10,000
troops on the ground the British have had little choice but to go
The latest election in Iraq has given dominant power to
Shia parties closely tied to Iran.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran will recomence the
development of nuclear power. This could give it the capacity
to develolp nuclear weapons.
All thse actions are a direct challenge to the power of the
United States. Iran is declaring that it will not be pushed
around by the other nations. Several factors will contribute to
this resurgence of Iranian power.
Ahmadinejad is confident that he has the backing of God.
He said that when he spoke to the United Nations in September 2005, he
felt himself surrounded by light. He felt that the atmosphere
changed and the world leaders were unable to blink, as their eyes and
ears were opened to the message from the Islamic Republic.
The destruction of Iraq has removed a major obstacle to Iranian
Iran now has a population of nearly 70 million, which is more than
the United Kingdom. A quarter of the population is aged under
15, which gives it enormous vitality.
Iran has the world's second-largest proven natural gas
reserves. In December 2005, Russia cut off natural gas
supplies to the Ukraine, placing supplies to Europe under
threat. The only alternative source of gas for most of Europe
is Iran, so this Russian ruckus will strengthen the hand of
Iran also has about a tenth of the world's oil reserves, so the
United Nations will be powerless against it. Any trade
sanctions against Iran will increase the price of oil, the last
thing that the world economy needs at this time.
As the United States puts more pressure on Iran, its credibility
in the Islamic world increases.
Daniel said that no animal could stand
against the ram, and none could rescue from his power. Over the
next few years, we will see a revival of Iranian power in a way that
surprises the world. No nation will be able to stand against it (until the time
when he is to be destroyed by the long horned goat). Iran will do
as it pleases an become a really important player on the world stage.
Daniel saw the ram charging to the west, the north and the
south. The charging to the south and the north were partly
fulfilled in the 1980s. The recent war in Lebanon might be a
further butt towards the north.
However, Iran has not yet advanced its
power to the south. The only significant country south of Iran is Saudi
Arabia and the Arab Emirates Although the Saudi King is a Sunni Moslem, most of the
population of the Eastern Province where most of
the oil is found