Election of Iranian President June 18: Nothing Will Change

Every four years in June, Iran elects a President to oversee the work of the administration of government. The next election is June 18.
The President of Iran has no real power. A mouthpiece of the supreme leader, the President is basically the head bureaucrat of the government offices.
Of the hundreds who applied to be candidates for this election, only seven passed the vetting process. They are:
Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh, 50, member of Parliament, and spokesman for a Principlist political group.
Abdolnaser Hemmati, 64, former Governor of the Central Bank of Iran
Saeed Jalili, 55, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and protégé of Khamenei’s son.
Mohsen Mehralizadeh, 64, the only Reformist candidate and therefore likely does not stand a chance to win.
Ebrahim Raisi, 60, Principlist politician, the chief justice of Iran, and on the short list of who might be the next supreme leader.
Mohsen Rezaee, 66, a current Major General in the IRGC, and is therefore already a king per Daniel 8.
Alireza Zakani, 56, former member of Parliament.
Six of the seven candidates are Principlist, which is the ideology of the regime, viewing Iran’s mission as spreading the Revolution to other Muslim nations, and causing chaos to bring about the Mehdi. I wrote of this ideology in Daniel Revisited, chapter 10.
Since the President has no real power, nothing will change. The Reformist candidate will not be allowed to win, and of the other six they all have views similar to that of Ahmadinejad, but with varying shades of “niceness” akin to current President Rouhani.
Nothing will change in Iran. It is still full speed ahead to the Second Signpost.

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  1. Daniel saw a ram representing Iran standing near Susa in Elam. Of the three directions in which Iran is to charge (Daniel 8:4), western is first mentioned. Susa is near the 32nd N parallel. Wikipedia lists countries that the 32nd N parallel passes through. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/32nd_parallel_north Starting from Iran and going west, they are Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, West Bank, Israel, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, all except for Israel, Muslim countries. Countries friendly toward Iran may be peacefully taken over, while Israel and those friendly to Israel are prime candidates for invasion. Iran has outsourced its proxies to invade Israel. Iran will only take over or invade Muslim countries. “No other beasts could stand before him.”

    Is Morocco too far west to invade? Morocco ended relations with Iran in 2018, when it was discovered that Iran was arming the Polisario Front through its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah and the Iranian embassy in Algeria. The Polisario Front opposes Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara. On 2020-12-10, the USA announced that it would recognize full Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara in exchange for Morocco normalizing relations with Israel, agreed to and signed on 2020-12-22. Iran, Hezbollah, Algeria, and the Polisario Front are angry at Morocco for its annexation of Western Sahara amid its friendliness toward the USA and Israel.

    The USA is now conducting “African Lion 21” military exercises with Morocco. But the results of USA 2020 election forensic audits may cause a power struggle within the USA military. Morocco may have to fend for itself.

  2. Prism,
    Perhaps you forgot the Hebrew word for “west” in Daniel 8:4, “yam”, means “seaward” or “seashore”, i.e. from Susa the east shore of the Mediterranean, as written about in Daniel Revisited.
    All Sunni nations out to Egypt are targets of invasion. Any country west of Egypt will be part of the Fourth Signpost.

  3. >Speaking of the sea, Iran is trying to show that, despite the loss of their oiler the IRIS Kharg, they can still send ships wherever they can keep them afloat.

    Iran sends warships to Atlantic amid Venezuela concerns

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian destroyer and support vessel are now sailing in the Atlantic Ocean in a rare mission far from the Islamic Republic, Iran’s state TV reported on Thursday, without offering the vessels’ final destination.

    In this photo released Thursday, June 10, 2021, by the Iranian army, Iranian warships seen in the Atlantic Ocean. Iran has dispatched two warships to the Atlantic Ocean, a rare mission to demonstrate the country’s maritime power, state TV reported Thursday, without specifying the vessels’ final destination. (Iranian Army via AP)
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    In this photo released Thursday, June 10, 2021, by the Iranian army, Iranian warships seen in the Atlantic Ocean. Iran has dispatched two warships to the Atlantic Ocean, a rare mission to demonstrate the country’s maritime power, state TV reported Thursday, without specifying the vessels’ final destination. (Iranian Army via AP)

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian destroyer and support vessel are now sailing in the Atlantic Ocean in a rare mission far from the Islamic Republic, Iran’s state TV reported on Thursday, without offering the vessels’ final destination.

    The trip by the new domestically built destroyer Sahand and the intelligence-gathering vessel Makran comes amid U.S. media reports, citing anonymous American officials, saying the ships were bound for Venezuela. The Associated Press could not immediately confirm the ships’ destination.

    The vessels departed last month from Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas, said Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, Iran’s deputy army chief. He described their mission as the Iranian navy’s longest and most challenging voyage yet, without elaborating.

    Iranian state TV released a short clip of the destroyer cruising through the Atlantic’s rough seas. The video likely was shot from the Makran, a converted commercial oil tanker with a mobile launch platform for helicopters.

    “The Navy is improving its seafaring capacity and proving its long-term durability in unfavorable seas and the Atlantic’s unfavorable weather conditions,” Sayyari said, adding that the warships would not call at any country’s port during the mission.

    Images from Maxar Technologies dated April 28 appear to show seven Iranian fast-attack craft typically associated with its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard on the deck of the Makran. Satellite images from Planet Labs Inc. suggest it left a port at Bandar Abbas sometime after April 29. It wasn’t immediately clear where the Makran and the destroyer are now.

    In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price would not speculate on what the vessels were carrying, saying only “that if this is an effort to transfer weapons or otherwise to violate its international obligations we would be prepared to respond.”

    “We have seen the press reports regarding this movement,” Price said. “We’re prepared to leverage our applicable authorities, including sanctions, against any actor that enables Iran’s ongoing provision of weapons to violent partners into proxies.”

    The website Politico first reported in late May, citing anonymous officials, that the ships’ final destination may be Venezuela. Iran maintains close ties to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and has shipped gasoline and other products to the country amid a U.S. sanctions campaign targeting fuel-starved Caracas. Venezuela is believed to have paid Iran, under U.S. sanctions of its own, for the shipments.

    A top aide to Maduro has denied press reports that the ships will dock there. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive geopolitical issues.

    During a news conference May 31, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh declined to say where the Makran was going.

    “Iran is always present in international waters and it has this right based on international law and it can be present in international waters,” he said. “No country is able to violate this right, and I warn that no one makes miscalculations. Those who sit in glass houses should be careful.”

    The fast-attack craft aboard the Makran are the type that the Guard uses in its tense encounters with U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf and its narrow mouth, the Strait of Hormuz. It’s not immediately clear what Venezuela’s plans would be for those ships.

    “If the boats are delivered, they may form the core of an asymmetrical warfare force within Venezuela’s armed forces,” the U.S. Naval Institute said in an earlier published analysis. “This could be focused on disrupting shipping as a means of countering superior naval forces. Shipping routes to and from the Panama Canal are near the Venezuelan coast.”

    Earlier this month, fires sank Iran’s largest warship, the 207-meter (679-foot) Kharg, which was used to resupply other ships in the fleet at sea and conduct training exercises. Officials offered no cause for the blaze, which follows a series of mysterious explosions that began in 2019 targeting commercial ships in Mideast waterways.

    The unusual voyage comes ahead of Iran’s June 18 presidential election, which will see voters select a successor for the relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani.


    Associated Press writers Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, Matthew Lee in Washington and Joshua Goodman in Miami contributed to this report.

    >Meanwhile, Russia is helping them with satellite capabilities.

    Russia to supply Iran with advanced satellite
    June 10, 20217:38 PM CDT

    Russia is preparing to provide Iran with an advanced satellite that would enable it to track potential military targets across the Middle East, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

    The plan would deliver a Russian-made Kanopus-V satellite equipped with a high-resolution camera which could be launched from Russia within months, the Post said.

    The report was published days before U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva and as Iran and the United States are engaged in indirect talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal designed to put curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions.

    The satellite would allow “continuous monitoring of facilities ranging from Persian Gulf oil refineries and Israeli military bases to Iraqi barracks that house U.S. troops,” said the paper, which cited three unnamed sources – a current and a former U.S. official and a senior Middle Eastern government official briefed on the sale.

    While the Kanopus-V is marketed for civilian use, leaders of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have made several trips to Russia since 2018 to help negotiate the agreement, the Post said.

    Russian experts traveled to Iran this spring to help train crews who would operate the satellite from a newly built facility near Karaj west of Tehran, it added.

    The satellite would feature Russian hardware, the Post said, “including a camera with a resolution of 1.2 meters — a significant improvement over Iran’s current capabilities, though still far short of the quality achieved by U.S. spy satellites.”

    The Revolutionary Guards said in April 2020 that they had successfully launched the country’s first military satellite into orbit, prompting then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to call for Tehran to be held accountable because he believed the action defied a U.N. Security Council resolution.

    >Erdogan is running into some friction with other Sunni Islamist groups as he tries to expand his influence across the whole muslim world.

    Turkey should pull troops from Afghanistan under 2020 accord -Taliban spokesman
    June 10, 20216:31 PM CDT

    Turkey should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan under the 2020 deal for the pullout of U.S. forces, a Taliban spokesman said on Thursday, effectively rejecting Ankara’s proposal to guard and run Kabul’s airport after U.S.-led NATO forces depart.

  4. Nothing in Daniel 7, 8, or Revelation 6 indicates that the second signpost invasion will go further west than the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea. But if Isaiah 23 has any application, an Iranian invasion of Morocco is possible. Tarshish, at the west end of the Mediterranean Sea, is mentioned four times in Isaiah 23, and the Phoenicians had a colony in Morocco.

    Isaiah 23:11-12 Robert Alter 2019 [my comments in brackets]:
    His hand He stretched over the sea,
    He made kingdoms quake [Morocco is a kingdom].
    The LORD has charged concerning Canaan [Phoenicia]
    to destroy her strongholds.
    And He said: You shall no longer revel,
    oppressed Virgin Daughter of Sidon.
    Rise, cross over to Kittim [Cyprus].
    There, too, you shall have no respite.

    Nebuchadnezzar conquered Lebanon Phoenicia, but not its Mediterranean colonies. “His hand He stretched over the [Mediterranean] sea” has not been completely fulfilled. Since 2019, Iran has had a port for commercial and military purposes at Latakia, Syria, from which IRGC fast attack boats could reach Cyprus in less than an hour.

    Although riddled with academic skepticism in its notes, Robert Alter’s The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary (2019), attempts to accurately translate the Old Testament text. The Jewish Study Bible (2014) is also helpful, if one can look past its academic skepticism. On 2020-03-02, Amanda Grace prophesied: “MAJOR archaeological discoveries will further solidify the validity of My Word, confirming that it is not a FAIRY TALE, but ACCURATE, REAL, AND TRUE, SAYS THE LORD THY God Yahweh this day. NOTE: There will be a MAJOR discovery that will cause more of My firstborn Israel to call on the name of Yeshua.”

  5. Here is a map of Phoenician-dominated lands about the time Isaiah was prophesying.

    Isaiah 23 mentions Tarshish (in Spain) four times. It does not mention Phoenician strongholds in North Africa. But in Isaiah 66:19, along with Tarshish are mentioned Pul and Lud. “[A time] is coming to gather all nations and tongues, and they shall come and see My glory. And I will set a sign upon them and send from them survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul and Lud …” (Robert Alter, 2019). Tyre’s military included men from Lud and Phut (Ezekiel 27:10), suggesting that those were Phoenician strongholds in North Africa.

    The arrangement of place names in Isaiah 23:1-14 has some convergence to it. “Wail, O Tarshish ships” occurs in both verses 1 and 14 as outer markers. Moving in from them is a pair of “Chittim” (Cyprus) markers in verses 1 and 12. Moving in from them is another pair of “Tarshish” markers in verses 6 and 10, both using the verb “pass.” This arrangement may indicate that Isaiah 23:1-14 pertains to the entire Phoenician realm from the western end at Tarshish and Morocco through Cyprus to the eastern end at Sidon and Tyre in Lebanon. Inside the inner “Tarshish” markers is the central message of the chiasmus.

    Isaiah 23:8-9 in Robert Alter’s 2019 translation:
    Who has counseled this
    against the crowned Tyre,
    whose traders are nobles,
    her merchants notables of the land?
    The LORD of Armies counseled it
    to profane the pride of all splendor,
    to debase all notables of the land.

    Portions of Isaiah 23 were fulfilled by the Assyrians of Isaiah’s time, by Nebuchadnezzar a century later, still later by Alexander the Great. Whatever portions have yet be fulfilled must conform to its central message.

  6. Update on the Iranian ships, according to Politico, the Iranian ships have turned around.

  7. In Daniel Revisited chapter 10 is a section “A Shift in Power in Iran’s Government Prior to War,” which mentions the 2009 re-[s]election of President Ahmadinejad. The ballot stuffing was so obvious that massive protests resulted.
    One of the protesters incarcerated by the regime was Maziar Bahari, whose ordeal was chronicled in a book (Then They Came for Me) and a film (Rosewater).
    Bahari’s reaction to Iran’s 2021 presidential election appeared in IranWire, a website that he founded.
    “This is a wretched morning for Iran and Iranians. For the next four years the chief executive and global face of my beautiful country is going to be a stone-cold killer, devoid of grace or ingenuity, and a willing tool of Iran’s unelected deep state. Apart from being liable for crimes against humanity – which he does not even deny – Raeesi is sanctioned by both the European Union and the United States. He’s subject to travel bans, making official visits to dozens of progressive states impossible, and smothering any hope of bilateral relations with democracies during his tenure. The best the new president can hope for is the odd macabre photo opp in such countries as Russia, China, Venezuela and Syria.”
    Iran’s PressTV, under a headline “World leaders congratulate Raeisi on Iran election victory” lists: Nasrallah (secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah), Abbas (president of the Palestinian Authority), an emir of Qatar, a sultan of Oman, Erdogan (president of Turkey), a leader in Afghanistan, Maduro (president of Venezuela), Diaz-Canel (president of Cuba), Ortega (president of Nicaragua).
    “Birds of a feather flock together.”
    Iran will become “great” (Daniel 8:4). But a society infected with lies cannot long endure.
    Isaiah 16:13-14 may indicate that any Iranian occupation of Jordan will last only 3 years.

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