May 2023: The Month of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Breakthrough?
Iran made tremendous progress in its nuclear weapons program in May.
- The International Atomic Energy Agency believes Iran has increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium by 25 percent, the Wall Street Journal reported on May 31. According to the Journal, the report stated Iran has been enriching uranium to 60 percent levels for two years. In February, Iran confirmed it had reached 84 percent enrichment levels; 90 percent is weapons grade. Iran is currently the only country without nuclear weapons to produce 60 percent-level enriched uranium.
- On May 25, Iran showed off a newly developed ballistic missile in Tehran. The Kheibar reportedly can evade radar detection and has a range of 1,240 miles (2,000 kilometers). That’s more than enough to reach Israel. The missile is named after a Jewish fortress conquered by Mohammed in the seventh century.
- On May 29, Iran claimed it had concluded testing a new hypersonic missile. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who runs the aerospace program of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, claims “it will be able to breach all the systems of antimissile defense” of Iran’s adversaries. Like regular ballistic missiles, hypersonic missiles can carry nuclear payloads. But their maneuverability and flight path make them extremely difficult to intercept.
What the Bible says: Matthew 24:21-22 is a prophecy of “great tribulation” on mankind unparalleled in history. This tribulation will get so bad that, if not cut short, “not a soul would be saved alive” (verse 22; Moffatt translation). It is only with the invention of nuclear weapons that mankind has reached the point where he could wipe himself out. This is a prophecy for our day.
Iran’s nuclear weapons program brings us closer to the fulfillment of this prophecy. The good news, as the end of verse 22 brings out, is that “for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
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