Will 2024 be the Year Iran Reveals it is a Nuclear Power?

Will 2024 be the Year Iran Reveals it is a Nuclear Power?

Will 2024 be the year that Iran reveals it is a nuclear power? Recent comments by Iranian officials and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are cause for concern. Let’s trace Iran’s management of the narrative since the first of this year.

On January 18, 2024, Breitbart reported that Rafael Mariano Grossi, the Director-General of the IAEA, expressed his frustration with Iran because it had “tripled its uranium enrichment rate and increased its stockpile of near-weapons-grade material.” Grossi vented, “It is a very frustrating cycle. We don’t understand why they don’t provide the necessary inventory for weapons, the manufacture and storage of so much material is raising concern. . . Iran is the only non-nuclear weapon state which is enriching uranium at this very, very high level – very close to weapons grade.”

Sunday, February 11, 2024 was a significant day for Iran. The day marked the 45th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. The Associated Press reported that thousands of Iranians took to the streets that were decorated with Iranian flags, balloons, and banners.

Iranians also chanted familiar slogans, slogans that have been frequently recited since the Iranian regime took control in 1979. What were those slogans? “Death to America” and Death to Israel.” As those traditional slogans were shouted, United States and Israeli flags were also burned. Then the celebration intensified as the crowd watched a paratrooper jump from a plane while displaying a Palestinian flag.

Many high-ranking Iranian officials joined the celebration in Tehran, including Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. During his speech which was broadcasted to the nation via Iranian state television, Raisi called upon the United Nations to “expel the Zionist regime” and to stop Israel’s bombing of Gaza.

Later that same day, the former head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, was interviewed by Iranian state television and said, “We have all the (pieces) of nuclear science and technology. Let me give an example. What does a car need? It needs a chassis, it needs an engine, it needs a steering wheel, it needs a gearbox. Have you made a gearbox? I say yes. . .” (Associate Press).

Salehi’s comments prompted a warning from Rafael Mariano Grossi. While speaking at the World Governments Summit in Dubai, Grossi sounded the alarm regarding Salehi’s admission and Iran’s lack of transparency. Grossi said that Iran is “presenting a face which is not entirely transparent when it comes to its nuclear activities. Of course this increases dangers. There’s loose talk about nuclear weapons more and more, including in Iran recently. A very high official said, in fact, ‘we have everything, it’s disassembled’” (Associated Press).

Ten days later, Reuters reported “Iran’s nuclear chief. . . dismissed a suggestion that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi would visit Iran next month [March] but instead invited Grossi to a conference in Tehran in May.” Grossi wanted to visit Tehran in order “to tackle ‘drifting apart’ relations between the IAEA and the Islamic Republic.” But Mohammad Elami said the March visit would not work for the Iranian regime due to a “busy schedule.”

Then on April 11, 2024, The Jerusalem Post reported that “Iranian nuclear scientist Mahmoud Reza Aghamiri revealed during an interview with Iran’s Channel 2, “As I have said before, making an atomic bomb is not complicated. If you can have a nuclear reactor, which is a device where you control the chain reaction. . . When producing a nuclear bomb, you make a device where the chain reaction is not controlled, so it is much easier. The important point is that our nuclear capabilities are high.”

After Iran attacked Israel on April 14, 2024 with drones and missiles, Iran’s nuclear threats and hints elevated to a new level. Even though Iran has said it would not pursue nuclear weapons because Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has banned production, several high ranking Iranian officials have hinted “that Iran will be changing its declared nuclear doctrine from civilian to military, and will act to develop nuclear weapons” (MEMRI). For instance, Javad Karimi Ghadossi, Majlis National Security Council Member and former Senior IRGC Official said, “If approval is given [by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khameni], it will be a week until the first [nuclear] test.” On April 16, 2024, Abdallah Ganji, a member of Iran’s Informational Council, warned, “Any mistake by Israel and its sponsors – France, Britain, and the U.S. – could prompt Iran to rethink its nuclear strategy” (MEMRI).

Meanwhile, on May 7, 2024, the Associated Press reported that the IAEA is still trying to negotiate with Iran “over how to implement a deal struck last year to expand inspections of the Islamic Republic’s rapidly advancing atomic program.” Once again, Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director-General of the IAEA, sounded the alarm stating, “Tehran has enough uranium enriched to near-weapons-grade level to make ‘several’ nuclear bombs if it chose to do so.”

On May 10, 2024, MEMRI translated an interview of Majlis member, Dr. Ahmad Bakhshayesh Ardestani, who revealed Iran’s plan to gradually announce it is a nuclear power. Ardestani noted that “recent statements by Kamal Kharrazi, advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, along with statements by other elements, about the possibility of a change in Iran’s nuclear doctrine from civilian to military were ‘a preliminary step before announcing that we have a nuclear bomb.’” Ardestani added, “In effect, we want to gradually make it known that we have achieved [this]. . . We do not want to announce it all at once and frighten the world.” And commenting on Iran’s April 14, 2024 attack on Israel, Ardestani observed, “Iran would not have attacked Israel or the U.S. with missiles unless it had the ‘backup’ of a nuclear bomb.” Finally, Ardestani said that “Iran is apprehensive about frightening its allies Russia and China, and that. . . it expects Russia will use its veto in the UN Security Council to thwart possible sanctions by the Western powers once it becomes known that Iran has a nuclear bomb.”

Question: Why should this matter to citizens of the United States, Israel, and their western allies?

Answer: Because Iran is not only the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, it is committed to the destruction of the United States and Israel.

Question: Why are these developments important when it comes to understanding the events of the latter days?

Answer: The prophetic stage is being set for the return of Jesus Christ at the end of the Great Tribulation.

As I have noted in recent articles and during the Blessors of Israel Podcast, one event that will precede the Great Tribulation is the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39). During the Battle of Gog and Magog, there will be an alliance of nations against Israel. According to the book of Ezekiel, “Persia,” modern-day Iran, will be part of an alliance that will attack Israel “in the latter years” (Ezek. 38:5, 8). These nations will “devise an evil plan” against Israel and with overwhelming force “come like a storm. . . like a cloud covering the land” (Ezek. 38:9-10).

But in response to this great opposition, God will come to Israel’s rescue and pour out His “blazing wrath” upon her foes in order to deliver Israel from certain destruction through a series of cataclysmic judgments (Ezek. 38:18-23). This divine deliverance will be in keeping with God’s promise to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse” (Gen. 12:3).

So, the stage is being set for the events prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel 2,600 years ago. And through it all, God will reveal Himself to Israel and the many nations so that they will know that He is the Lord (Ezek. 38:23).

Will you please join in praying for Israel and for the leaders of the United States?

by Dr. Matthew Dodd | May 17, 2024