The prince of Persia

By Hal Lindsey

Iran’s defense ministry said on Wednesday it had carried out a field test of the latest version of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile, which defense experts say can reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf.

The information comes following an admission by Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani last week that Iran was working on improvements to the range and accuracy of the Shahab-3 in response to Israel’s moves to boost its anti-missile capability.

Based on the North Korean Nodong-1 and modified with Russian technology, the Shahab-3 is thought to have a range of 810 miles which would allow it to strike anywhere in Israel. Shahab means “meteor” in Persian – an interesting choice of words:

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters …”

– Revelation 8:10, NAS

Tehran is sounding increasingly like Baghdad did before the U.S.-led coalition invaded and removed Saddam Hussein. The Iranians are painfully aware that Israel will not allow them to develop a nuclear weapon. They are equally aware that the last Arab enemy to come close was Saddam Hussein – before Israeli warplanes reduced Iraq’s Osiraq reactor to rubble.

Revolutionary Guards Cmdr. Yahya Rahim Safavi gave his best impression of Baghdad Bob, telling Iran’s Student News Agency: “If Israel behaves like a lunatic and attacks the Iranian nation’s interests, we will come down on their heads like a mallet and break their bones.”

Iran deployed the Shahab-3 missiles to its Revolutionary Guards last July after preliminary field tests were successfully completed.

Six of the sand-colored missiles, bearing slogans which said “We will stamp on America” and “We will wipe Israel from the face of the earth,” were displayed at an annual military parade last September.

Defense Minister Shamkhani also said:

I completely rule out that Israel would dare direct any military strike at any Iranian facilities. But if Israel one day commits such military folly against Iran, I can promise you that Ariel Sharon, assuming he stays alive, will appear on television screens and announce that he regrets this folly … He will suffer and scream out in pain.

This sounds like Shamkhani is warning about either biological or even atomic weapons. Iran, or Persia, has been in the center of an unseen warfare from ancient times.

In the 10th chapter of the book of the prophet Daniel, a most extraordinary revelation is made concerning the real rulers behind nations. God pulls back the curtain and briefly exposes the wars that continue in Heaven that affect events on the Earth.

Daniel prayed for Divine insight into the meaning of some prophecies God gave him about the future of his people Israel. An angel appeared to him 21 days later and explained the delay to God’s answer:

He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for 21 days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”

– Daniel 10:11-14, NAS

I mention this here for two reasons. First, it reveals that there are mighty fallen angels called demons that influence earthly leaders. And under God’s permission, they even control them. The true “Prince of Persia” was able to hinder the archangel Gabriel.

Only with the help of the archangel Michael was he able to subdue his hindrances. Second, the archangel Michael is said to be the special guardian angel of Daniel and the Israeli people. As it is written, “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise.” (Daniel 12:1, NAS)

I realize for some of you this may sound a little spooky. But this is the Word of God and it is true. My point is this: Even though God has allowed Israel to be disciplined, their final fate always remains in His hands.

God has promised that the nation of Israel will never be destroyed once they return from the worldwide dispersion that began with the Roman holocaust in A.D. 70. And all the powers of darkness cannot change God’s promise.

Israel was officially reborn May 15, 1948. So even though the modern Persians think they will destroy Israel, God has another surprise in mind for them.