Friday proved to be another deadly day for top Iranian commanders and associated terror organizations. Here is a sampling of those believed to have been killed in American strikes subsequent to the major one that took out IRGC commander, Qassem Soleimani:
- Abdul Reza Shahla’i – a senior IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp) leader and director of the financial networks for Iranian-backed operations in Yemen. The US had a $15M bounty on his head. The attack that caused his demise was carried out in Sanaa, Yemen.
- Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis – a commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary forces, was one of six people killed in a strike near Taji in northern Iraq.
- Shbl al-Zaidi – commander of Kataib Imam Ali militia, was also targeted by American forces.
- Raid Karawi – commander of the 40th brigade of Kataib al-Imam Ali, a militant Shi’ite group, was killed near Sinjar in northern Iraq.
What triggered such drastic actions by the US military?
American intelligence revealed imminent plans of attack on US military bases, directed by now-deceased IRGC commander, Qassem Soleimani, which triggered the strikes. Afterward, President Trump declared:
“We do not seek war, we do not seek nation-building, we do not seek regime change, but as president I will never hesitate to defend the safety of the American people… We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”~Politico, posted 1/3/2020
What we are seeing is not sensationalism, but real life stage-setting of prophecies given in Scripture. What will Iran’s response be? We don’t know.
But what we do know (from Scripture) is that Iran will ultimately team up with Russia, Turkey, Libya and Sudan to invade Israel…and neither the US nor any other nation will take a stand with Israel. (Read Ezekiel 38 and study the identity of the people groups named there.)
The Bible is filled with prophecies that are intended, not to scare, but to prepare us for the coming of our Lord Jesus. In 2020, it is time to focus. It is time to develop a vision of what Scripture teaches us about the signs of our time. We need 20/20 vision!
To that end, I’ll soon announce a new initiative called Vision 2020! Stay tuned for details!