By: Nelson Walters
Author: Are We Ready For Jesus? How to Prepare for His Return (May 2015)
We learned this week that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is gravely ill. In September, the world heard that he was suffering from prostrate cancer. It is assumed that Khamenei’s current health issues are related to the advanced state of his cancer. Even if Khamenei survives this current crisis, it seems likely Iran may choose a successor. To the world this seems a normal transfer of power, but to Christians everywhere, a new Iranian leader may signal a fulfillment of Daniel 11:2!
And now I will tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of Greece (YAVAN). (Dan. 11: 2 NASB, clarification mine)
Iran has had 3 “kings” since the formation of the State of Israel in in 1948.
- Shah Mohammed Reza Palhavi (monarch)
- Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini
- Supreme Leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei
We learned in PRECISE HISTORIC FULFILLMENT OF DANIEL 11 that an historic fulfillment of Daniel 11: 2-35 has already occurred. Despite the fact that most of the fulfillment was precise, fulfillment of verse 3 was not. Alexander the Great’s empire never broke up into 4 kingdoms. (Learn more about that from Joel Richardson here.) IMO prophecy is always fulfilled precisely. This causes several bible commentators (myself included) to consider that a Radical Futurist Fulfillment of all of Daniel 11 may be forthcoming. This would mean that all of this Chapter is yet future.
If this is true, then Iran’s “fourth king” is on the near horizon. He may assume power within days, weeks or months. We can see from Daniel 11:2 that this fourth king will become “rich.” We know from ARE WE ABOUT TO SEE IRAN FULFILL DANIEL 8? and Joel Richardson’s outstanding video we linked to earlier that the Bible predicts Iran will invade the Middle East. Might the new leader of Iran become rich by acquiring most if not all of Middle East oil production as these links predict? It is possible.
The above two links also show how the Bible (Dan. 8) predicts that after Iran invades the Middle East, Turkey will counterattack and defeat Iran. Interestingly Daniel 11 predicts this exact event and adds some information. We see in v. 2 that it is the new Iranian king that initially stirs up his empire against “Yavan” (Turkey.) We learned in the above link that Yavan was an ancient people who populated the islands of Greece and the western shore of Turkey, including Istanbul. Thus when we see “Greece” in English translations of Daniel, it is actually referring to the area controlled by modern Turkey.
It seems that Iran creates the tension that results in Turkey (possibly with the help of allies) defeating Iran.
Every Christian needs to be aware of the possibility that we are watching the fulfillment of Daniel 11 and Daniel 8 before our eyes. Let us all spread the word.