When you read the headline news and there are developments in Israel and the Middle East do you wonder how that fits into end-times Bible prophecy? If you do, then you may want to read Mark Hitchcock’s most recent book Showdown with Iran. This year began with the news that Iranian General Soleimani was killed in the US ordered drone strike. Just this week, Iran issued an arrest warrant for President Trump in connection with the drone strike. So how does all this fit into Bible prophecies about Iran? What about the nations that surround Israel that are hostile towards her?
In Showdown with Iran, Mark starts by reviewing the current state of Iran and recent hostile acts that seem to lead us ever closer to war. One of the more sobering facts is that Iran is drawing closer to having a fully functional nuclear weapon in seven to eleven months. Will Israel be forced to take a preemptive strike to stop that from happening? If so, how will Iran respond?
I was interested to learn that there is a conflict between Islamic nations in the Middle East, like Saudi Arabia and Iran. But there are many nations that are in league with Iran and Israel is surrounded by hostile nations. Today, we are seeing ties between Syria and Iran and interestingly Russia is one of their allies. How does that line up with Bible prophecy?
Also covered is the history of an important area, the Strait of Hormuz, where oil tankers from surrounding Persian Gulf nations must pass. They do so under the watchful eyes of Iran. An important element in the relationship between Israel and Iran is religion. Bible prophesies about Iran and other Middle East nations are covered as well as the Islamic faith, prophecies, and the differences between Sunni and Shia faith and how those differences impact international relationships.
Something I found very helpful is information about the ancient Biblical names of nations and their current modern-day names. When Mark disagrees with what other Bible prophecy teachers believe, he explains their conclusions, his conclusions, and why he differs. Bible end-time prophecies are covered from the books of Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Revelation and what has already been fulfilled and what is to come.
This most interesting chapter to me was Will America Survive? When you read Bible prophecy there’s no clear reference to the United States. Mark does an excellent job of explaining why that is. The scenarios he puts forth are very sobering and timely especially in light of Covid-19 and recent civil unrest in our Country.
While end-time Bible prophecies could be fulfilled at any time, Mark is cautious and reminds the reader that Scripture forbids date setting. He brings the reader back putting our hope in the Lord God Almighty, truth found in the Bible and the assurance of salvation found in Jesus Christ alone.
I highly recommend Showdown with Iran by Mark Hitchcock and encourage you to get a copy and read now it before the next eruption of conflict with Iran. Another great resource is the Marking the Times weekly videos on YouTube where Mark covers various Bible prophecies and current events and to date, he has 119 episodes.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Showdown with Iran by Mark Hitchcock. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to give a favorable review.