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Stunning, Dramatic Change in the Capacity of Iran to Threaten Israel With Nuclear Destruction
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Art Sadlier

A news report issued by debkafile entitled -”The First Full-Scale Cyber Attack on a State," declares;
“the debate over a missile, warplane or Special Forces strike against Iran's nuclear facilities is made
redundant by an outside power proving able to partly cripple Iran's nuclear facilities by activating at will
a malworm latent inside their control systems.”

This is a stunning change of events with regard to Iran's nuclear threat on Israel. Apparently this
powerful virus has crippled much if not all of Iran’s nuclear industrial complex. It is reported that as
many as 30,000 centrifuges have been shut down, crippling Iran’s capacity to produce a nuclear bomb.

In a late new flash it has been reported that the activation of the Bushehr nuclear generation plant is
delayed at least until 2011. This delay is a result of the computer virus that has infected the plant.

In another news report from debkafile; we read; “An alarmed Iran Asks for help to stop Rampaging
Stuxnet Malworm” - Tehran this week secretly appealed to a number of computer security experts in
West and East Europe with offers of handsome fees for consultations on ways to exorcize the Stuxnet
worm spreading havoc through the computer networks and administrative software of its most important
industrial complexes and military command centers. Debkafile's intelligence and Iranian sources report
Iran turned for outside help after local computer experts failed to remove the destructive virus.

One expert said: "The Iranians have been forced to realize that they would be better off not 'irritating'
the invader because it hits back with a bigger punch."

Debkafile further reports; “As it is; the Iranian officials who turned outside for help were described by
another of the experts they approached, as alarmed and frustrated. It has dawned on them that the
trouble cannot be waved away overnight but is around for the long haul. Finding a credible specialist
with the magic code for ridding them of the cyber enemy could take several months. After their own
attempts to defeat Stuxnet backfired, all the Iranians can do now is to sit back and hope for the best,
helpless to predict the worm's next target and which other of their strategic industries will go down or be
robbed of its secrets next.”

While Tehran has given out several conflicting figures on the systems and networks struck by the
malworm - 30,000 to 45,000 industrial units.  Debkafile's sources cite security experts as putting the
figure much higher, in the region of millions. If this is true, then this cyber weapon attack on Iran would
be the greatest ever.

We need to read the world situations in the light of what Scripture says, and not read the Scriptures in
the light of world news. Scripture teaches that Israel will not be annihilated by nuclear weapons. The
world has totally ignored Israel’s plight via the threat of Iran’s nuclear attack. The God of Israel has a
program for Israel and no power on earth can frustrate that purpose.

God’s purpose for Israel is to bring her to repentance and faith in Him and then restore her to all the
land He long ago promised her. To be sure, the Scriptures tell us that Israel will go through the “Time of
Jacob’s Trouble.” The nations who interfere with God’s people will suffer God’s wrath.

Joel 3:2, “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will
plead (judge) with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered
among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel is referring to the battle of Armageddon that awaits the
nations in defiance of God.

The President of Iran has threatened to utterly destroy Israel off the face of the earth. He has been
feverishly working to obtain nuclear weapons to accomplish this. It is Iran who will be destroyed in the
war of Ezekiel 38-39, early in the tribulation period.  The war of Ezekiel will not involve nuclear
weapons, according to the Scripture; trust God to see to that.

Let men rage and think they can defy God but God will have the last word. We have read His Word and
we know what the last chapter says.                                                     

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Five Areas of Preparation for the Final Countdown -

Art Sadlier

The Coming of the Beast

The prophets foretell of a latter day revival of the old Roman Empire. They prophesied that on the
territory of the old Roman Empire a latter day Roman Empire would arise, called in scripture the ‘Beast’.
The term ’beast’ refers to both the kingdom and the leader of the kingdom. The term, ‘ten horns’ refers
to the Revived Roman Empire. The horns arise out of the head of the beast, identifying it with the Old
Roman Empire.

What is happening in Europe today is in line with Daniel’s prophecy. There is turmoil and disunity in
Europe; however; that chaotic situation is perfectly in line with what Daniel foretold in Daniel 7:24. “And
the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and
he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Antichrist will come on the scene in
Europe in the midst of turmoil and chaos and seize control of three nations. His rise to power in Europe
will be in the midst of division and strife, as recorded in Daniel 7:8, “I considered the horns, and,
behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns
plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth
speaking great things.”  The turmoil in the EU today is in line with what we might expect for the arrival of
Antichrist. “Three horns plucked up by the roots,” implies again an environment of strife and conflict.
He will usurp power over three nations, taking control by force, and weld ten nations into the Revived
Roman Empire. It will be through his bold and brutal initiative that the Revived Roman Empire will come
together. The ten nations will not be identified until that time.

Understand that the EU is not the Revived Roman Empire; it is only the infrastructure for the coming
Revived Empire. The Revived Roman Empire will not appear until after the peace treaty is signed at the
beginning of the tribulation period. There has been a growing recognition for sometime in Europe that
they need a strong, dynamic, forceful leader to take control the E.U., actually, that desire is coming to a
crisis point as economic problems and loss of confidence grows in the present leadership.  The stage
is now set for the beast to appear, but the rapture must occur first!

The War of Psalm 83

The war of Psalm 83 occurs against a backdrop of persecution by the Edomites as they seek to strip
Israel of her land. (See Ezekiel 36:2, 5 – Psalm 83:2-5)  A study by Jimmy De Young shows the
Palestinians to be the descendants of the Edomites. Today the Palestinians are boldly asserting that
they will remove Israel from the land. They have stated that there is no room in the Mideast for the Jews.

In Psalm 83:6-8, the protagonists of this war are given, Assur = Syria, Edom = the Palestinians, Ammon
= Jordan, the Philistines = Gaza & Hamas, Lebanon = Tyre, Lebanon and Hezbollah. That is the very
group of nations now preparing to attack Israel. This involves a tight circle of the enemies of Israel,
those within or on her borders. The war of Ezekiel 38-39 involves a wider circle of Israel’s enemies in
areas around Israel and beyond her borders. These nations are named in Ezekiel 38, they are a
separate group altogether. The war of Armageddon will involve the nations of the entire world. I believe
these are three separate wars.

Today we stand on the threshold of a regional war in the Mideast, a war with multi fronts. One US
general, not a believer, said that he believes this coming war will change the world forever.

At this moment it seems that Israel is in danger of being destroyed in this war. These enemies of Israel
have assembled a tremendous arsenal of missiles that can reach all of Israel with tremendous
explosive power. However; we know that God will intervene in a miraculous way as he did in Israel’s
previous modern wars. God is repeatedly allowing Israel’s back to go to the wall during these days; He
is doing that in order to arrest Israel with His mercy and provision for them. God is working with Israel
again and He will yet win their hearts. We see, that yet to come moment, in Zechariah 13:8-9, “And it
shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but
the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver
is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It
is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” That moment will come at the close of the
tribulation period, also referred to as the ‘Time of Jacob’s trouble’.

One news analyst believes that as a result of this war Israel will reoccupy the Gaza and South
Lebanon. It is also quite possible that chemical and biological weapons will be used and possibly
nuclear weapons? There is some indication of this in Isaiah 17. I suggest that this war, when it starts,
will begin the final countdown toward the peace treaty and the tribulation period. I am not a prophet; but
when I read in the news reports things that are foretold in God’s Word I expect those events to unfold
according to the scripture. If I am wrong, then I have erred in my interpretation and not the infallible
scriptures. My reason for being somewhat bold is found in Luke 21:28, “And when these things begin to
come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” I believe this
verse is referring to the rapture and not the second coming, but that is a topic for another day.

The Peace Treaty

The nations of the world have struggled mightily to obtain peace between Israel and the Palestinians,
but to no avail. The present negotiations are doomed to failure, because the prophet tells us that
someday a leader from Rome will lead in the signing of this false peace treaty, (Daniel 9:26-27), not an
American president. Though the peace treaty seems imminent, we also know that the rapture must
occur first or simultaneously with it. It would seem to me that the war of Psalm 83, with its cataclysmic
effect on the Mideast and the whole world, would be a stage setting event for the peace treaty. Islam
will be greatly humbled as a consequence of the great victory of Israel over them.(Psalm 83 – Isaiah 17
– Ezekiel 36)  The nations would be also be desperate as the threat of an all out nuclear war loomed
over the world.

The Demise of America

Today, America with her mighty military and economic power is controlling and influencing events in the
Mideast. It is obvious that America stands in the way of the Biblical end time scenario’s unfolding. It is
also a fact that America has no place in end time Biblical prophecy. It seems obvious that America must
be neutralized before the final countdown begins.

Warnings of the imminent collapse of the American economy are reaching crescendo proportions.
There are dire warnings that the world's number one economy is on the brink of collapse, amid high
rates of unemployment and a spiralling public deficit. According to a poll by the Strategy One Institute
published Friday, some 65 percent of Americans believe there will be a new recession. Such a
recession could trigger hyper-inflation as the Fed moves to print more money. Hyper inflation could
make the dollar worthless as happened in Germany after the war. Germans carried worthless money in
wheelbarrows to the bank.

Another warning is the growing threat to replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This
event would free the nations from lending money to America, safer investments would be available.
This would bring the U.S. economy crashing down.

Financial analysts are forecasting, a ‘Hyperinflation nightmare is dead ahead’.  They are telling us that
the world’s confidence in the dollar is evaporating, while International investors watch mountains of
toxic debt pile up faster than at any point in history!

There are other scenarios which could bring about the demise of America. The explosion of one
nuclear bomb high over the central U.S would create an Electro Magnetic Pulse which could turn
America into a third world state overnight. Electrical systems and electronic devises would be rendered
useless, turning the clock back a hundred and fifty years, bringing chaos, economic turmoil and civil
unrest and the collapse of society.

There are many potential ways America could be brought crashing down.

The real problem is not physical but spiritual. America has already collapsed morally and spiritually.
God has been officially ruled out of existence, all of the instructions of His Word have been trampled
on. America has turned from the worship of God to the worship of idols. The idols of America are
pleasure and the idols of materialism; the idols of sensuality and the idols of pride. The idols of Israel,
just before the Lord judged her, were idols that they had set up in their hearts. “Son of man, these men
have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face:
should I be enquired of at all by them?” Ezekiel 14:3

Today in the U.S. and Canada we have bowed down to worship our idols of pleasure, sensuality,
things, booze, drugs and gluttony. These are the idols we have setup in our hearts. Our society, which
has had the light of God’s Truth, has turned away from God and His truth altogether. For these things
the judgment of God fell on Israel until there was not a living Jew left in the land. America and Canada
will not escape the judgment of God. It seems that this judgment must come prior to the peace treaty in
order to facilitate the peace treaty that America is now preventing by her very presence. That
judgement may be near at hand!

The War of Ezekiel 38 - 39

I believe the war of Ezekiel 38-39 is a separate and distinct war as opposed to the wars of Psalm 83
and Armageddon. Ezekiel names the specific nations involved in his war. Armageddon involves all the
nations of the world. In Ezekiel 39 the destruction is on the mountains of Israel, while at Armageddon
the destruction is in the Valley of Megiddo. In Ezekiel the armies are destroyed by convulsions of
nature. At Armageddon the destruction is by Christ Himself. At the end of the tribulation prior to
Armageddon, Israel will not be dwelling safely as they are said to be prior to the war of Ezekiel.

I believe the war of Ezekiel will take place very early in the tribulation period. Three times in Ezekiel 38
Israel is said to be dwelling safely and at rest just prior to this war. The only period that this happens is
immediately after the peace treaty is signed. Paul describes this as a short period of time, “For when
they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman
with child; and they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3.  The context of this verse is found in the
preceding verse and it is the context of the tribulation period. We know that the peace treaty will begin
the seven year tribulation period and it will be followed quickly by ‘sudden destruction’.

This brief period of false peace is the only time of peace spoken of until the Prince of Peace comes to
set up the kingdom. I believe therefore that this is the time frame of Ezekiel’s war, very early in the
tribulation period.

As I see, it four great events will take place in rapid succession:

1.     The war of Psalm 83.

2.     The great false peace treaty. I believe that the war of Psalm 83 will be the stage setting event for
the peace treaty.

3.     The war of Ezekiel will take place.

4.     The greatest event of all will be the catching up of the Bride of Christ to be forever with her Lord.
We do not know when this will take place, except to know that it will happen prior to the beginning of the
tribulation period. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour
of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:
10.  Notice; the Lord said, ‘Keep thee from the hour,’ He did not say ‘in the hour.’  Those who deny this
promise are whistling in the wind.

The war of Ezekiel will involve the destruction of Russia and Islam; this destruction will change the
whole scenario of the tribulation period. During that war five of every six Russians and those of Islam
will die, both on the battle field and in their homelands. “And I will turn thee back, and leave but the
sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the
mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of
thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people
that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to
be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. And I will
send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am
the LORD.” Ezekiel 39:2-6.

Russia may recover in time to be involved in Armageddon; however neither Russia, nor Islam, will play
a major role in the rest of the tribulation period. If by this time America has fallen as a power in the
world, Antichrist will be the only one left standing. He would also control all of the Mideast oil. His
Revived Roman Empire will be poised to dominate the world.

I have dealt with this topic before and deal with it again because I believe we are on the threshold of
these things. I close with a reminder that my interpretation may be wrong. We are certain however that
the stage is being set for the final countdown. No matter how it all unfolds we need to be ready for the
Lord to come and take us home to be with Him.     

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The Apostate Church of the Last Days

Art Sadlier

The scriptures reveal that there would be growing apostasy in the church, an apostasy which would
take place over the long church age. We are also told that this apostasy will climax in a world- wide
counterfeit church that will totally turn away from the truth in the last days. In Revelation 17 this
apostate church is called the ‘Mother of Harlots’.

We are also told that Antichrist will enter into union with the harlot church. He will use the harlot to ride
to power in the first half of the tribulation period. At the midpoint of the tribulation period he will destroy
the harlot and cause the world to worship him.

I believe that Antichrist is conducting a program of preparation to bring the present apostate groups
and churches to the point that he can use them for his purposes. This program is well underway with
the present apostasy that is in full swing right now.

In an August 30, 2010 article entitled, 'Religions should unite against radicalism,' Imam Faisal Abdul
Rauf, who is leading the project to build a mosque and Muslim/interfaith centre near the site of the
September 11, 2001 attacks, provides a clue: "we are all in this together ... there is a common threat:
Radicalism, which exists in all religions." He further states, "The real battlefront is not between Muslims
and non-Muslims - the real battlefront is between moderates and extremists." In a Daily Times article
entitled, "Interfaith harmony for world peace," the author Mohammed Jamil concludes that the
'fundamental reason for the turmoil and tension in the world is the absence of a just economic order.' In
his reasoning, interfaith harmony is a means to solve this problem. In 2008, King Abdullah of Saudi
Arabia called for interfaith dialogue between Islam, Christianity and Judaism and said at that time, "If
God wills it, we will then meet with our brothers from other religions, including those of the Torah and
the Gospel to come up with ways to safeguard humanity." The king, who is the guardian of the holy
sites of Mecca and Medina, reasoned that the major faiths "shared a desire to combat the
disintegration of the family and the rise of atheism in the world."

Today the word that is bringing all religions together is the word ‘tolerance’. The religions of the world
will tolerate anything and everything except the notion that Christ is the only way to God. The absolutes
of true Christianity are intolerable and cannot be accepted. Any other and every other compromise is
acceptable. Bring everything to the lowest common denominator and unity realized.

Today the coming together of religious groups and their unification in the cause of peace to the
abandonment of truth, is leading these groups into the arms of the harlot church.

The most disturbing thing is the way that in recent years those who call themselves evangelicals have
apostatized. Those who seemed to preach the truth, those who seemed to believe the truth, have now
turned away from the truth. That is really not surprising when you consider that this is the very essence
of apostasy. Apostasy is to know the truth and to turn away from it. The pulpits of our land are filled
with apostates who say peace and safety and fail to warn our people and our nation of their sin and
rebellion against God. They fail to warn them that the Day of the Lord is about to sweep them away!
Today those men tell their people that everything is fine, just relax, don’t worry!  They preach ditties for
dummies.  Instead of feeding the sheep they put them to sleep. They tickle ears with trivialities and
entertain the unsaved on their way to hell right from their churches.

In a similar hour Jeremiah said, “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my
portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.” Jeremiah 12:10.   In
some towns and cities it is hard to find a church that is not pastured by an apostate.

Hear the Word of the Lord, “....Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and
that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4                                        

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