Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Iran reaches nuclear milestone

Joel Rosenberg is reporting that Iran now has enough uranium to produce two nuclear bombs Story Here.

In this story, according to Dr. Dore Gold, a senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and author of several best-selling books about the Middle-East, including "The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies The West", Iran now appears to have enough uranium to produce these nuclear weapons.

Quotes from the article:

"On page 2 of the report, the IAEA indicates that 669 kgs of low-grade uranium have been produced by Iran since November 18th, 2008. A footnote on that page further indicates that 839 kgs of similar LEU (low enriched uranium) had been produced by Iran prior to November 2008. That means Iran now has at least 1,508 kgs of low-grade uranium."

"Gold noted that to produce 20 kgs of HEU (highly-enriched uranium, military-grade uranium) to build a nuclear bomb, one needs roughly 700 kgs of LEU that can then be reinserted into high-tech centrifuges and re-processed to roughly 95% purity. Thus, Iran now appears to have the essential materials to move steadily towards building two atomic bombs..."

"Based simply on what we currently know, the situation is 'very serious', said Gold, who served as Israel's ambassador to the U.N. from 1997 to 1999 and today is president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Israel's foremost national security think tank...Gold noted that Radical Shia Islamic eschatology of the current regime has to be taken into account. "[Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad believes the end of the world can be accelerated by men."

Thats the whole problem in a nutshell. President Ahmadinejad makes constant overtures towards the destruction of Israel, and also believes that it is his job to precipitate the Islamic Mahdi's coming to earth to set up Islamic rule throughout the world. And he now has enough uranium to actually produce nuclear weapons.

The clock is ticking for Israel. Will they launch a military strike in order to eliminate those nuclear facilities? If so, things will get very ulgy in the region very rapidly. If not, then Iran will have nuclear weapons, controlled by President Ahmadinejad.

Either scenario has enormous consequences for the Middle-East. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, both of these scenarios will most likely have big prophetic implications as well.

We can take comfort that its all part of God's divine plan. He told us to have no fear as we witness these events.

He also told us that when these things begin to take place, we can "stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28).

Thats a promise that allows us to stand firm and confident as we see the world rapidly moving towards the Tribulation.

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