A prophetic dream. Is Jeremiah 49:35-39 about to take place with Iran? First a little History.
Below we see how much Iran changed after the Islamic Revolution 1978-1979. Iran students once dressed very similar to westerners.
Tehran university students in 1971 ( source: R. Tarverdi (Editor) A. Massoudi (Art editor), The land of Kings, Tehran: Rahnama Publications, 1971). Photos above and below.
Above: Iranian Students before 1978-79 Islamic Revolution.
Pictured above: Iranian women ‘the parlimentarian; 1970 Creative Commons photo.
The changed face of Iran 40 years after the Revolution- Photo from Zoom Zoom Creative Commons.
Remembering Iranian Christians.
According to Open Doors USA, there are 800,000 Christians of a population of 80,000,000, in Iran. For some reason Wikipedia shrinks that number down to 300,000 to 375, 000. I’m leaning towards Open Door’s estimate. However, asylum seekers may be shifting that number down. Especially, in light of the recent jailing of 100 Iranian Christians just days ago.
In November of 2018, I had a dream that I was walking through an open market place and kept seeing Iranian Christian families showing up as if from out of no where, scattered and integrated in the market place. It seemed as though populations outside of Iran were swelling with Iranian Christian Refugees. I saw many becoming small business vendors, in the food industry. They were just there. They set up shop. Markets and malls were swelling with refugee vendors at every turn. I wondered if this mall/ market place was in America, as well. Will President Trump change his mind about Iranian refugees? As of late asylum seekers have not been given the green flag to come here.
To Westerners the change in Iran took on less than civil overtones, forty years ago. Especially when a frenzied crowd (among thousands) upset the Ayatollah Komenie’s casket so violently, his body became exposed; as grief stricken on-lookers tore fragments of his burial cloth, to be kept as mementos, in the funeral procession in 1989 Teran, Iran.
For most of the American public, this was proof enough that the changes in Iran were leading the people backward, rather than forward, since the days of the Shah, before the Islamic Revolution. Many today may not realize that the Iranian people once dressed in similar fashions of the western culture. This was most evident in the 1970’s. The change was so radical that 2800 years of Persian history seemed to dissolve, if that’s possible, giving way to an Islamic Republic. The colorful Empire, began to became veiled in black.
From this side of the pond, it looks as though a people we had some commonality with, as far as fashion, and some culture, is long gone. We remember the Shah with a fair amount of likability, his beautiful wife even more. While his excessive life style was said to have contributed to the revolution, many Americans that remember the descendant of this long line of Monarchs, Reza Pahlavi, had a more positive view of him.
The Shah was forced out of Iran February 11th 1979 and died in Cairo, Egypt. He was still in exile at His death July 27th, 1980.
King Cyrus the famous and great Persian King of the bible (Isaiah 45:1-7) was an advocate for Israel who made it possible for their temple to be restored. King Cyrus was appointed by God to bring restoration to Israel. This ancient people seems to have gone into their own captivity. One that appears to have diminished their Persian identity. The Revolution involving many college students at the time, is being protested against, by them now. Iran appears in end times prophecy as written in:
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.
And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them: And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD. But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD The people of Elam,
“scattered to the winds of the earth.“
We may be ramping up towards that scenario, as sanctions by President Trump go into effect. Wouldn’t it be poetic that President Trump, who is paralleled with King Cyrus by many prophetic circles, returned the favor of Cyrus toward God’s persecuted church of Iran. To be a wall of refuge for believers from Iran, in crises.
Pray for Christians in Iran.
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I had no idea about Iran’s major change. I thought they’d always been the same as today. Thanks for opening my eyes!