Earthquake in the Middle East

I want to pack in a few more cheeseburgers before a financial Armageddon descends upon us, so I was relieved when Greece surrendered to Europe and when China put a draconian halt to financial losses in the Chinese stock market. I feel sorry for the Greeks and the Chinese, but I like my cheeseburgers.

Unfortunately, something happened this week that has dampened my appetite and catastrophically reorganized a region that I like to call home:

The Middle East

Obama’s surrender to Iran has unleashed the dogs of war. This geopolitical earthquake will change the face of the Middle East forever. And, it has brought us a huge leap closer to Ezekiel’s Fire.


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Earthquake in the Middle East

America’s capitulation to Iran has brought me right back to where I started. On April 5th, 2011, I saw a video that changed my life and launched me on a course that resulted in this website.

You can find that video, here:

The day before – April 4th – I called my Dad. We talked for an hour and a half, and at the end of our conversation, my Dad said, “your mother and I watch the Glenn Beck show on the Internet.” I thought, “oh yeah, that Glenn Beck guy.” My Aunt and a couple other friends watch that show, too.

April 5th was a slow day, so I tootled over to the Glenn Beck website, and up popped the April 4th show. Interesting things were said, and my curiosity was piqued. So, when the show was over, I clicked the link for the April 1st show. It was even a bit more interesting… It was a quiet day, and I had some extra time. So, I clicked the March 31 show, and that’s when the bomb went off.

(For what it’s worth, I am NOT a Glenn Beck fan – even though
I think that he’s very sincere and a very nice guy.

That March 31st show presented me with some information that I should have known, but didn’t. I did my own checking and found out that it was all horrifyingly true.

We had a gun pointed at our head, and some of us were pretty certain that it was loaded. But, we just didn’t know when they were going to pull the trigger.

Sounds dramatic, right?

But, let’s take a step back and look at the Middle East again.

My History with the Middle East

I have been completely fascinated by the Arab-Israeli conflict since I was a teenager, more than 35 years ago. I ate up anything and everything that I could find on the subject. I even went so far as to move to Jerusalem and live there for something like 15 years.

What a completely fascinating place. Peace and war are fought in every battlefield you can imagine, and in a few that you cannot. The best and worst of humanity is writ large there, and I am privileged to have been something of an observer. I could go into detail here, but I need to stay on topic.

Throughout all this, Iran remained a fringe player in events. They armed Hezbollah in Lebanon and eventually started helping out Hamas. They dabbled in assassination and covert action, but they didn’t seem to do much more than that. They were a problem, but not an existential threat.

Oh how times had changed.

In 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini died and Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyin Khamenei was appointed to take his place. He looked like a fairly decent fellow – scholarly with a bit of a twinkle in his eye. His pictures were certainly less austere than the ones depicting Khomeini.

Maybe things in Iran were looking up?

But, it didn’t really seem to matter much because they were always something of a bit player in the Middle East. Little did we know that kindly-looking Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyin Khamenei would be at the heart of a growing madness within the Islamic Republic of Iran.

We first started to notice something wrong in 2005 when little-known Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mayor of Tehran, came from nowhere to defeat the urbane incumbent Mohammad Khatami to become the next president of Iran. It was a surprise, but we sighed at the craziness of life and continued on with our business. There were other things to think about.

(I mean, I was desperately single, and you know how distracting THAT is.)

Then trouble between the IAEA and Iran escalated. Iran seemed (at least to me) less and less willing to be open about it’s nuclear intentions. Iran, the bit player, was rapidly moving down the road to becoming an active threat to our modern way of life.

I watched the progression of that threat with unease. I had hoped that the West would do something. I had hoped that they would treat this growing threat seriously. But, they didn’t. But, life was like that, and we told ourselves that we had time to neutralize the threat. We said to ourselves that we could handle Iran. And frankly, we could.

We had anti-missile systems and the ability strike deeply into Iran. We had a powerful military and an active intelligence service.

What could Iran do that we couldn’t defend against?

We had stared down the Soviet Union, so we told ourselves that we’ll stare this threat down too. But, that was before they started to test the remote detonation of ballistic missiles in low earth orbit.

Doomsday, the 2007 Version

I didn’t know that they were doing so at the time, but I did know that Ahmadinejad seemed to believe that he could hasten the coming of the Islamic Messiah (the Mahdi) by bringing down the US and Israel. And, he seemed awfully confident that his country could deliver.

My thought at the time was, “oh, really?”

At the same time, people were getting hysterical about the coming expiration of the Mayan Calendar. According to some, the world was going to end in 2012, so I thought that it would be ‘fun’ to see how the Iranians could make that happen.

That’s when I sat down to write a doomsday scenario, playing out what the end of the world would look like if it was done Iranian style. I knew that they would only have been able to produce a handful of nuclear weapons, and that didn’t seem like enough to really do the job. I mean, it’s true that one nuclear bomb can ruin your whole day, and a series of them would certainly hurt – but, it wouldn’t destroy us.

That’s why I diligently researched blast radii, fallout and kill zones. And THAT is when I came across Iran’s testing of remote detonation of ballistic missiles in low earth orbit.

When I asked why they should do such a thing, the answer was chilling. The Iranians seemed to have found a way to destroy us. All they had to do was detonate a few nuclear weapons in low orbit (or maybe even just one), and the EMP effect would turn our civilization into toast. Just do a search for “High-altitude Electromagnetic Pulse”.

Of course, there were other details to think about. Much would happen before the Iranians would be in a position to do this, so I thought of those. Out came a doomsday scenario that seemed so ‘doable’ that… well, it made me incredibly depressed. It really looked like Iran could pull it off.

We are now eight years into my scenario, so let’s check to see how events have coincided with my apocalyptic fantasy.

Please remember that this wasn’t so much a prediction as a ‘what if’. What if the Iranians were on a path that would cause our world to crumble right around December 21, 2012.

So, let’s look at what has occurred that corresponds with the scenario I cooked up in 2007:

  • A Democrat did win the White House
  • We did have a Recession (although MUCH worse)
  • Troops in Iraq were repositioned away from active combat duty. (In fact, they were withdrawn.)
  • Plans for a troop withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan were finalized.
  • Iran and Turkey did move closer and closer to each other.
  • Turkey’s re-Islamization did accelerate.

But, Russia didn’t move quite so quickly to build alliances southwards, and Iran’s nuclear weapons program did suffer serious setbacks. (That Stuxnet virus was brilliant.)

With the knowledge that the world wasn’t ending anytime soon, I breathed a sigh of relief and went back to my complacent meander through life.

Oh, and just for the record, I had never treated with any seriousness the idea that the world would end on December 21, 2012. That idea was ridiculous.

(But, I enjoy being ridiculous, every once in a while.)

So, my doomsday scenario gathered dust until April 4th, 2011. That was when I made my fateful phone call to Dad. And, it was the next day that I saw the March 31st show that has changed my view of the immediate future.

On that March 31st show, a guest called Reza Khalili (not his real name) shared information with us that the Iranian leadership was operating under a five year time clock to fulfill the prophecy of the Shoaib bin Saleh, who will supposedly bring in the Mahdi. And, he said that their five year time clock was going to be finished that summer. I thought, “no way,” and went and checked out the information. It was true, and worse, I uncovered the video produced by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard illustrating that they truly believed that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the Shoaib bin Saleh.

Not only did it check out, but it seemed that the situation was even worse than I thought. The Iranian leadership believed all this stuff, and the REAL badguy was that ‘kindly spiritual leader’ Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyin Khamenei. He was the biggest nutjob of all, and the only thing that I didn’t know was how long he had been preparing to spring his version of Armageddon upon us.

Here is the video:

The Coming is Upon Us – Translation: Reza Kahlili (Author of “A Time To Betray”) –

YouTube shortlink:

Please understand that the above video really is how the leaders of Iran think. This really is how they view the world. This really is what motivates their foreign policy and their military.

It sounds crazy. I get that. But, that video was an official government production by the Iranian government.

So yes, they’re nutjobs. But, they are nutjobs with a big army and a nuclear weapons program.

A New Possibility for Doom

But, the lovely Ayatollahs don’t actually need nuclear weapons to take us down. All they need to do, in this time of terrible financial instability, is to take out strategic parts of Saudi Arabia’s oil production infrastructure and send the cost of oil rocketing to $200, even $300 a barrel.

That would be bad.

How bad?

Well, think about how vulnerable our financial system and economy are right now. We are teetering on the brink of complete collapse.

And, to have the oil turned off in Saudi Arabia?

In a time when food for the average American travels between 1200 and 1500 miles?

At a time when the real US jobless rate is still astronomically high?

With businesses still struggling to keep their doors open?

Normally we’d go straight into a recession. But we’ve already been through the worst recession since the Great Depression, and we’re still not out of it.

No, I’m afraid that $300/barrel for oil would crash the system. Gas prices would shoot through the roof. Farmers would have to charge far, far more for their grain because they would otherwise not be able to harvest it. Truckers would have to charge hideous transportation fees to deliver the grain, or leave it in their silos. Cattle farmers would have to charge astronomical prices for their beef because grain had gotten so expensive, and that’s not taking into account THEIR cost for fuel. And on and on the dominoes would tumble.

The Great Depression

In the 1930s most people still lived on a farm and had a better idea about what it took to survive than those of us today. And, they didn’t do so well in surviving. Out of a population of 123 million in 1930, approximately 7 million died of starvation and starvation-related diseases. That is about 5.7% of the US population at the time. Our current population in the US is about 310 million. 5.7% of that is almost 18 million people.

If a similar Great Depression should hit us, at least 18 million people would die of starvation and starvation-related disease. At least. We might be lucky to see only that many die.

I mean, how good are your survival skills when food, money and gasoline are scarce?

If the Iranians succeed in throwing the West back to the stone age for a couple years we would be far more helpless than we were then – and less willing to help, even if we could. We don’t have a fraction of the integrity, honor and community spirit that Americans had 80 years ago.

I am convinced that 18 million dead would be just a START. If you don’t believe me, just look at the census data. We had 106 million in 1920, 123 million in 1930, 132 million in 1940 and 151 million in 1950. According to projections, the population in the US should have grown by 18 million between 1930 and 1940. It didn’t. It grew by only 9 million. Somewhere during that time period, 9 million people went unaccounted for.

Where are these 9 million?

Well, some of them would just never have been born because their parents died before they could do so. But, most of the deaths would have been the elderly and the young. People of child-bearing years tend to survive starvation better than those younger and older.

We face yet another Great Depression, and the US government has done nothing to prepare for such an eventuality. The stimulus packages that the government has introduced is only holding off the inevitable. Stimulus is never going to fix the problems of the US economy. In fact, these stimuli are only making things worse by adding an even greater debt burden on the US government. When the stimulus money runs out, the system will start to come unglued.

When that happens they’ll throw in another stimulus package, and the economy will come unglued even faster and harder. Eventually, we will no longer be able to stimulate the economy and everything will come to a grinding halt. The result will be a crash of unimaginable proportion.

But It Gets Worse

What would happen if Iran delayed in its attempt to take the US down? What if they waited until we were REALLY vulnerable? When we get to the point where we have run out of money to borrow? Where stimulus packages will cease to become viable? What if they attack THEN? And what if they have those nuclear weapons that they’ve been trying to develop?

The Iranians are already hoping to mount an EMP attack on America and Europe. If they succeed in knocking out America’s infrastructure, the United States of America will cease to exist. There will be so many deaths that 18 million will be nothing by comparison.

The Middle East Earthquake

But, let’s spare a thought for the Arabs of the Middle East.

Please understand that the Iranians are NOT Arabs. If you ask them, they will tell you that they are Persian. The Persians are Indo-European, or at least Indo-Iranian. And, during the Iran-Iraq War, they referred to it by another name – The Arab-Persian War.

And, the Arabs of the Persian Gulf understand all that.

(And, the Arabs call it the Arabian Gulf, anyway.)

Oh, and there’s another distinction. The rulers of the Gulf Arabs are Sunni. Iran is Shia. And the Sunnis and the Shias do NOT get along. In fact, they like nothing more than to kill each other.

Now, here’s the Sunni-Shia divide:

The Sunni-Shia Divide in the Middle East
The Sunni-Shia Divide in the Middle East – source

The pale yellow is Shia. The rest is mostly Sunni.

Now, look at the oil map of the Persian Gulf:

Persian Gulf Oil
Persian Gulf Oil – click image to enlarge – source

Do you notice the problem?

Right the Shia sit right on top of the oil.

Do you think that Saudi Arabia is just a bit nervous about that?

You betcha!

Now, here’s another question:

What do you think that Iran is going to do with all that extra money that they are getting, courtesy of the US of A?

Right. Cause trouble.

The Persian Gulf Arabs are terrified, and rightly so. They feel the noose around their neck, and they are turning to the only people who have any chance of saving them:

Israel and Egypt

They are the only two that have any chance of keeping Iran at bay. And, the irony is that the Arabs probably trust the Israelis more than the Egyptians. The Egyptians have a bad habit of losing wars, and the Arabs need a ‘sure thing’.

Who will Iran turn to for help?


In fact, Iran and Russia already have a VERY cozy relationship.

This reminds me of Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39. You’ll notice that none of the Gulf Arabs are in that grand army that is a part of the coming of Gog and Magog. In fact, some think that Sheba and Dedan are in Saudi Arabia. I will leave that conclusion for you to determine.

The point is that we are seeing prophecy play out before our eyes. A geopolitical earthquake has occurred, and it will turn the world upside down. Unfortunately, it will do far more than that.

It will also bring Ezekiel’s Fire…

Ezekiel’s Fire

…and the death of a billion people.

If you wish, you can download and read Ezekiel’s Fire as a single PDF, here:

Lord willing, I will give you my analysis of this week’s events – tomorrow.

I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
(That’s a link. Click it for a discussion on preparation.)

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3


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