WARSHIPS OFF COAST… Hal Lindsey Report
February 15 2014
It’s safe to say that what Iran “says” and what Iran “does” are usually two completely different things. America’s leaders apparently don’t know that, don’t believe that, or don’t care.
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When I consider Iran, the word “paradox” comes to mind. Today, we think of Iran primarily as Israel’s greatest threat. The leaders of the Islamic Republic consistently and often threaten to wipe Israel from the map at their first opportunity.
Yet for generations, Iran has been home to the largest community of Jews in the Middle East outside of Israel. And they have lived there in peace and a certain degree of harmony.
In fact, until the Muslims overthrew the Shah more than 30 years ago, Israel and Iran were, effectively, allies. There are, in fact, still Jews living in Iran. They have jobs, businesses, a member of Parliament, and even a hospital, but now just a few thousand remain out of the 150,000 who once lived and thrived there.
Even in their dealings with the United States, whom they call “The Great Satan” and are determined to destroy, the Iranians say one thing and do another.
While the new president, Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet mount a successful major “charm offensive,” Iran’s Supreme Leader and his military officers issue threats against both Israel and the United States. The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues to ridicule and threaten Israel. Major military figures imply to the world’s press that teams of Iranian operatives are positioned at critical, vulnerable points to attack and destroy the U.S. from within.
Further, recently Iran announced that — for the first time in its history — it has dispatched three warships to the Atlantic Ocean to patrol (and probe?) the maritime borders of the United States. For several years now, I’ve reported on Iranian preparations (including substantial practice off their own coast in the Caspian Sea) to launch an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack against the U.S. Could this be a dry-run for that attack?
Whatever, it’s safe to say that what Iran “says” and what Iran “does” are usually two completely different things. America’s leaders apparently don’t know that, don’t believe that, or don’t care.
Speaking of dry runs. In April of 2013, a power substation serving San Jose, California, was mysteriously attacked in the middle of the night. A team of snipers began firing at the unattended Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) facility. In less than one minute, the snipers fired more than 100 shots. They damaged or destroyed 17 of the station’s 23 transformers.
Though law enforcement dismissed the incident as a prank by drunken teen aged boys, powerful and knowledgeable people have begun to question that assumption. Jon Wellinghoff, who was the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at the time of the incident, recently has gone public. He told The Wall Street Journal that it was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.”
“The grid,” of course, refers to the thousands of power generation and distribution stations and substations that supply our nation’s electricity through millions of miles of electrical distribution lines. It is huge and it is extremely vulnerable to terrorist attack.
The one minute assault of concentrated and coordinated gunfire on the San Jose substation took 27 days to repair. Power transformers are very expensive to build and difficult to install. That’s why most power companies have very few of them on hand and at the ready. In fact, most of the transformers in our nation’s power grid do not have replacement units available.
Fortunately for Silicon Valley, there was only one substation attacked. PG&E quickly rerouted around the downed station. Just imagine the possibilities if many substations are attacked at once and in a coordinated manner. The cascading effect could be unbelievably catastrophic. In today’s world, no electricity means society ceases to function. And it could take months to get the grid back up and running.
In view of recent threats by Iranian generals about teams of operatives being in place to attack and destroy America from within, the possibility that the San Jose attack was a “dry run” becomes even more realistic — and frightening.
On a recent “Hal Lindsey Report,” I offered a series of stories about how Christians are increasingly being criticized and ridiculed for their faith and even forced by the state to act in contradiction to that faith. In the course of the program called “No Christians Allowed,” I reported that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) had surprised everyone with its nomination for an Oscar of a song from an obscure Christian movie.
I noted the disgusting media reaction to the song, “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from the movie of the same name. I even reported that one of the film’s producers was surprised, amazed, and overjoyed by the announcement.
Well, apparently the Academy board was also surprised and amazed by the nomination — though apparently not overjoyed! They were probably also a bit shocked by the reaction of the liberal media elites and the gay-rights activists. So they did the only thing a group of hypocritical leftist snobs could do, they withdrew the nomination.
This was almost as great a shock as the nomination itself. In fact, it is so rare that The Los Angeles Times noted, “For the first time in its history, the academy this week revoked an Oscar nomination on ethical grounds, citing improper campaigning….”
In an industry where studios pay companies millions of dollars to deliver Oscar votes (including lavish parties, free screenings, bags of gifts, and who really knows what else), a solitary composer sending 70 emails to his friends and acquaintances simply suggesting they listen to a song seems pretty benign. (He only asked them to listen. He didn’t ask them to vote for it.)
As Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of “Schindler’s List” noted, in an industry where over-the-top, in-your-face promotion “seems to me to have been the normal practice for a long, long time… the Academy has suddenly discovered lobbying in the case of this one song?”
Then I think Molen hits the nail on the head: “Many will see this decision as faith-based bigotry pure and simple.”
But, really, we should not be surprised. The Bible warns that as we approach the end of this Age, recrimination and discrimination against Christians will increase. It will someday reach the point where Christian thought and activity may be criminalized. I firmly believe that’s the goal. At that point, the government can begin removing Christians from participation in society.
Remember, Jesus Himself warned us that the world would “hate” us simply because they hate Him and our very presence reminds them of Him. He said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:18 & 20)
Let’s take this as a reminder that we need to actively prepare ourselves and our families for those days. Make certain you’ve accepted the forgiveness that Christ’s atoning sacrifice purchased for you. Then trust Him to strengthen you for the trials that lay ahead. Remember, each challenge to your faith will be an opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus with those who do not know Him.