The Role of Iraq and Iran in the coming World War

For many years, in my writings on eschatology, I’ve been warning the faithful that a World War is approaching. This is no ordinary war; it is the first affliction of the tribulation, the first horseman and first seal: World War 3. It is a war of the Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa against the U.S. and the European nations. And according to my interpretation of Sacred Scripture, the Arab/Muslim nations are led by Iran and Iraq in this war.

In the book of Daniel, this group of nations is symbolized by a ram with two horns:

{8:4} After this, I saw the ram brandishing his horns against the West, and against the North, and against the Meridian, and all the beasts could not withstand him, nor be freed from his hand, and he did according to his own will, and he became great.

{8:19} And he said to me, “I will reveal to you what the future things are in the earlier tribulation, for the time has its end.
{8:20} The ram, which you saw to have horns, is the king of the Medes and Persians.

The ancient kingdom of Persia was based in what is today Iran. And the ancient kingdom of Media (the Medes) was based in Iraq, but extended well into the region of the other Arab/Muslim nations of today.

Iran is currently attempting to obtain nuclear weapons, so as to increase its power in the region and the world. In my view, the current nuclear agreement between Iran and the West is merely a stalling tactic. They likely have a hidden uranium enrichment facility, with their newest highly-efficient carbon-fiber centrifuges, working on producing weapon-grade uranium.

Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Capability

The current leaders of Iran are not merely Muslims or Shia Muslims, they adhere to a particular form of Shia eschatology. They believe that the twelfth Imam (al-Mahdi), from the 9th century A.D., never died, and that he is hidden in the world. And they believe that he will make his appearance to the world at the time of an apocalyptic war in which all human persons worldwide will either convert to radical Islam, or be killed in the war. The leaders of Iran also believe that Iran has the special role of leading the other Muslim nations in this war, to usher in this radical version of the Muslim end times, leading to a worldwide Islamic kingdom.

Radical Shia Eschatology, Iran’s View of the End Times

But until just recently, Iran’s neighbor, Iraq, did not seem to be a likely candidate to help lead the other Arab/Muslim nations in a world war. After the U.S. forces pulled out of Iraq, the democratically-elected government was moderate, relatively speaking, and at least not ruled by Islamic extremists. But that situation is changing.

Fox News: As jihadists take aim at Baghdad, Iran steps in to help historical foe

Islamic extremists, who are said to be Al Qaeda-affiliated, have captured two Iraqi cities and now threaten the capital of Bagdad. These extremists are Sunnis, and the radical Muslims who run Iran are Shias. So Iran has offered to send troops to Iraq to fight the extremists. Is that better or worse? Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

My view is that Iraq will be taken over by Islamic extremists, and Iraq will become one of the lead nations on the Arab/Muslim side of the next World War, second only to Iran. There are two ways this is likely to happen.

Sunni extremists might overpower the current Iraqi government and take control of the nation. Iran might then make an agreement with those leaders, so that Shia and Sunni would be united, but with Iran’s Shia leaders having the greater power. In order to undertake a World War, Iran needs the support of both major sects of Islam: Shia and Sunni.

A second possibility is that Iran might use violence to take control of Iraq, and install a puppet government, one that is nominally Sunni, but is under their control. Their excuse for intervening militarily in Iraq would be to help Iraq fight the Al-Qaeda affiliated militants now threatening that nation.

Either way, the current democratic government of Iraq will fall, and Iran and Iraq will unite the Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa as a prelude to World War 3. Once Iran has nuclear weapons, and the Muslim nations are united under Iran and Iraq, war will be imminent.

Another indicator of imminent war will be the increase in power of current Iran President Hassan Rouhani. As I’ve already predicted, he will replace the current religious Supreme Leader of Iran (Ali Khamenei), and then hold both positions at the same time: President and Supreme Leader. Only in this way can he obtain enough power to start a world war.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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One Response to The Role of Iraq and Iran in the coming World War

  1. Max says:

    I would go with the latter. You can see how Iran is being coy. If it wanted to, Iran could send multiple divisions into the Barsa region of Iraq. Instead IMHO the President of Iran is biding his time.

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