Iran’s Role in the Mideast Nuclear War – Confirmed?

A recent IAEA inspection report along with smuggled Iranian documents point to Iran being able to now quickly make nuclear bombs when it desired, potentially in time for spring 2022. Now with a new hardline, murdering president, Iran may be ready to fulfill prophecy... thanks to Trump?

Another Unexpected Confirmation

This is now the third "confirmation" article in a row about the Mideast nuclear war that I expect to happen next year in the spring. A little background: back in April I had prayed and told God that it’s OK if I am wrong about this next part of my timeline in 2022 and I end up looking foolish. God responded by giving me a new insight into something I missed in the key Mideast war prophecy in Psalm 83.

Then a trusted prophet-in-training who had not seen that article surprised me with a prophetic word they had just received in an answer to their own question to God on timing. They said the exact date of the Mideast nuclear war was given to them 400 days from the date they received the word. There was a second question they asked about which was also answered at the same time, one which I can confirm privately is correct. Therefore I have confidence that the word on the date will turn out right, too. Either way, the main point is the date falls in spring 2022 which is my original timing expectation based on deductions from my dreams.

Now another confirmation which I was not asking or looking for. Given the challenges in my personal life lately, you can believe me when I say I had no ideas or plans to write anything on prophecy this month. I have not cared to stay abreast of international events, that’s for sure. But then a humble elder brother in Christ who I love but have not heard from since last year messaged me with questions about the Mideast war and what it will take to bring Israel to nuke her enemies. After I answered, he followed up with some big news on that topic which I had missed:

“Iran is enriching uranium at levels 'only countries making bombs are reaching,' UN's nuclear watchdog warns”

The IAEA reports that Iran has enriched uranium to 60% purity a level that only bomb-making countries pursue on the way to 90% weapons grade uranium-235. It has enough uranium at all levels of enrichment to create a few bombs when they choose to.

Iran’s Role in Damascus’ Destruction

Why is this significant? Because Iran has for almost two decades now been who I have had my eyes on as the culprit behind the end of Damascus. After I became aware of the Mideast nuclear war prophecy and added it to my timeline, I wondered how it would happen. I concluded that only another nuclear capable nation would attack a nuclear power like Israel. Then in 2002, it was revealed that Iran had secretly been enriching uranium with thousands of centrifuges. That seemed to be the answer to my question. To find out now from an official source that Iran is clearly pursuing nuclear weapons is a confirmation that Iran can indeed be the one who triggers the Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 prophetic event.

The next question one must consider given that my expected time for this event is now around one year away, is can Iran produce working, deliverable bombs in time for the attack on Israel in spring 2022?

If Iran cannot possibly do it then Iran must be ruled out as a candidate for who starts the nuclear Mideast war. Another candidate must be found.

Iran’s Intermittent Journey Towards the Bomb

Of course, if Iran’s leaders are smart, they have made sure that IAEA inspectors can access only part of their nuclear weapons program. Iran would have other activities and capabilities that they have kept shrouded. Since we must admit we do not know all that Iran is doing, we could end this article right here and state that there is nothing to say they could not achieve bombs in a year based on the little we know.

It turns out we have more to go on than just inspections and speculation. You may remember the big news in 2018 when Israel raided Tehran to steal documentation on their nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu held a press release with the headline “Iran Lied” referring to how the internal documents showed Iran was indeed pursuing nuclear weapons despite what they were telling the world.

Three years on, a new book analyzing those smuggled documents was just released last month. It has several important revelations that lend credence to the conclusion that “Tehran’s scientists could produce a bomb quickly if they acquire the necessary fissile material and an order from the country’s leaders to do so.”

  • “top-secret weapons program was preparing for a “cold test” of key components for a nuclear bomb by late 2003 and could have quickly progressed to true nuclear detonations.
  • “Work on an Iranian nuclear weapon was halted in 2003, but by then Iran’s scientists had mastered nearly all the technical challenges of bombmaking and needed only a reliable source of fissile fuel”
  • “Iran has accumulated enough enriched uranium (meaning it has an increased concentration of the isotope uranium-235) to construct several bombs should its leaders choose to purify the heavy metal to the 90% level typically used in weapons”
  • "If it gets nukes, Iran could fire using cruise missiles"

If I were living in Israel, these revelations would make me feel insecure and nervous. The new Mossad chief seems to be well aware of the advanced state of Iran's nuclear program given his warnings on what lengths Israel would go to against Iran.

But...Why Would Iran Attack A Superior Nuclear Power like Israel?

OK, Iran was close in 2003 to becoming a nuclear power and its scientists are still capable of making that a reality by 2022 if its leaders so desire. Yet...why would anyone desire such a clearly inadvisable thing?

That last question is one I asked my humble friend directly in our chat. Why would Iran, once it acquires a couple of nukes, attack a nation that mastered nuclear bombs and their delivery decades ago? His answer was as follows:

“Perhaps what we are missing is that Iran has a messianic self image that can only be realized in a Post Israel Mid East.”

When I did a little research on this idea like I did his other idea, I found merit. This apocalyptic religious aspect of Iran has long concerned the nations surrounding Iran.

My research reminded me that Iran is a theocracy or theocratic republic. Unlike the US with separation of church and state, Iran’s political leadership are religious leaders. In 2013, Saeed Ghasseminejad wrote an article called “Iran’s Apocalyptic Policy Makers.” He wrote:

“Two of the most lunatic and apocalyptic high-ranking figures in Iran are Ayatollah Ali Khamenei himself and his now disgraced one-time protégé, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. While Khamenei deeply believes his task is to prepare for Mahdi’s appearance, Ahmadinejad takes the apocalyptic narrative to an unprecedented level of lunacy and weirdness, even by the Islamic republic’s measures. He believes, for example, that the real reason behind the US invasion of Iraq was to search for the Hidden Imam and to postpone his appearance. Many observers believe Khamenei chose Ahmadinejad as president mainly because of their shared belief in this apocalyptic version of Islam.

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“While many experts tell us Iran is a rational, pragmatic regime like any other in the world, all the facts shout that it is not. A large number of Iranian officials and decision makers have deeply rooted apocalyptic beliefs. Underestimating this radical ideology even as the Iranian regime is on its way to building a nuclear bomb can lead to dangerously wrong conclusions. The suggestion taking hold of late that a nuclear armed Iran is not the end of the world may unfortunately be dead wrong.”

When asked in 2019 by a journalist what he thought about the recent Iranian aggression, here’s what she reported:

“I think policymakers in the West should take the IRI official’s apocalyptic vision seriously,” he told me, “because that is what drives Tehran’s decision-making process. Preparing the ground for the reappearance of the Hidden Imam is the Islamic Republic’s raison d’etre. Ignoring it leads to misinterpretation of Tehran’s actions and miscalculation by Western policymakers.” Short version: When assessing the next scenario vis-à-vis Iran’s aggression and seemingly relentless push toward conflict, don’t overlook their apocalyptic theology. It’s more significant than most of us imagine.

You don’t have to be familiar with radical Shiite Muslims to know that religion can lead people to make radical, irrational-seeming decisions. I knew that already as a Christian from personal experience in some of my own decisions (like moving to Costa Rica sight unseen in 1999 due to Y2k) and from studying the predictions of many Christian doomsday theorists over the last few decades.

Attacking an established nuclear power like Israel requires a good amount of irrationality in the decision process. Now that I am reacquainted with the apocalyptic religious vision of Iran’s leadership and nuclear program scientists, I no longer question why or whether Iran would launch such an ill-advisable and ill-fated campaign.

Get Your Own Confirmations

As always, I encourage you to not trust my opinion or my conclusions but to take it to God for your own personal confirmation. That's something I’ve been advising a lot lately in my writing. Yet it occurs to me you may not know how to do it. If you don’t know how to get answers from God in your walk with God, it’s time to learn how.

You do it by expecting God to answer you on a question important to you and then making the sacrifice of time and focus to be slow enough to hear his answer. That's a challenge in our modern world and could explain why you don't regularly get answers from God already. A suitable question to start with before getting into external questions like timelines is to ask God about your personal salvation, whether you are saved according to the actual requirements for salvation his son spoke about. You may be shocked at what you hear. You may hear a whole lot of non-confirming nothing for a while. Then if you persist, something may come to put doubt into the question for the first time in your life. Then if you persist through the discomfort of what you are hearing, God will guide you to the answer to know how to be sure you're saved.

Once you are adept enough to hear from God, then go ahead to confirm insights like you hear from me. If he confirms the imminency of the end that I teach, you might then ask him what to do to prepare yourself mentally and spiritually for it. When this war happens it means that the final seven years are not delayed. Are you ready for that reality to come possibly next year? Let's learn from the surprise of COVID last year and make sacrifices to be ready for the next “birth pain” coming potentially next year on the way to the end. God is the only one who can guide you personally there, so earnestly seek him out as your guide. Your survival in the end times may depend on being able to hear from God.

July Update - New Iranian Hardliner President

I was satisfied with my report from June directly above on the IAEA’s confirmation of Iran’s intentions for making nuclear weapons. It was plausible that Iran’s mullahcracy following its apocalyptic religious ideals could order bombs to be made and attack Israel with them, as irrational as it is. I finally had my confirmation that Iran had the means to acquire nuclear bombs and also why they would choose the inadvisable path of using them against Israel.

That was enough but here we are a month later with more big news from Iran. Weeks after my last report, Iran elected a new president, Ebrahim Raisi. He is viewed as a murderer for his role as a judge in the 1980s against dissidents. The United States imposed sanctions on Raisi in 2019 for human rights violations, including the 1980s executions and the suppression of unrest in 2009.

Iran has had many questionable presidents and the president really is only a figurehead with the real power being in the hands of the Ayatollah. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is 82 and may have cancer. He is seen as a mentor to Raisi. Raisi’s election makes sense if he is to become the next Ayatollah. Analysts see a dark turn in his election:

"Iran is becoming an even more repressive state and with somebody who has blood on their hands like Ebrahim Raisi [as President], you could see things going in a darker direction than we've seen in recent memory," said Holly Dagres, Iran expert and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

"Iran is heading in a North Korea-like direction of isolation," she added. "Iran has just two friends in the international community [Russia and China] and the path it's choosing is boxing up a very talented and educated populace."

More specifically, Israel’s foreign minister sees Raisi’ election as in alignment with Iranian nuclear ambitions:

(Israeli) Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called Raisi the “Butcher of Tehran” and “an extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians.”

“His election should prompt renewed determination to immediately halt Iran’s nuclear program and put an end to its destructive regional ambitions,” Lapid tweeted.

The Foreign Ministry said Raisi has “been rightly denounced by the international community for his direct role in the extrajudicial executions of over 30,000 people.

“An extremist figure, committed to Iran’s rapidly advancing military nuclear program, his election makes clear Iran’s true malign intentions, and should prompt grave concern among the international community,” the ministry stated.

In summary, Iran is in the news again with a development that makes it conceivable they will pursue the development of nuclear bombs and use them against Israel to fulfill extreme religious ambitions. 

How Trump May Have Caused This

When I saw how much President Trump’s actions in the Middle East were disrupting the status quo, I suspected he was integral to the Middle East war prophecy happening by breaking up the status quo. No serious threat to Israel’s existence had been launched since 1973 and for good reason, Israel made it clear they would use nuclear weapons to retaliate against any existential threat. For this reason, I speculated early on that Trump would be re-elected to a second term so that he would be president when I expected the war to happen in spring 2022. However, once COVID-19 hit and made his reelection look unlikely, I suspected Trump may have somehow already done enough. Then I read this article about the election of Iranian President Raisi that explained how that could be true:

Many experts see this election as one of the by-products of former President Donald Trump's maximum pressure campaign against Iran, when the US pulled out of the nuclear deal even though Tehran had complied with the terms of the pact.

From 2018 onwards, Trump unleashed a torrent of sanctions that crippled Iran's economy and emboldened hardliners. The tiny window of opportunity granted by the clerical class to the moderate government of President Hassan Rouhani to engage with the US and Europe began to quickly close.

Trump had proven the hardliners' skepticism about the West correct, Iran's conservatives repeatedly said. The country's reformist camp was undermined and conservatives swept a parliamentary election in 2020

Again, this was another point on this whole Mideast nuclear war prophecy that I was ready to be wrong about. Now it looks like Trump indeed was put in office by God to bring the prophecy about, and his actions against Iran got the job done in his first term. Analysts are universally concerned about Iran's direction signaled by the new president. Time will tell if it played a role or not in the fulfillment of prophecy.

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Ronald McConnell - July 29, 2021

Tim, commenting on your “Go away I never knew you” Jesus gives the reason as
(Greek translation) “Those working lawlessness” Different than lack of love.

    Tim McHyde - July 29, 2021

    Ronald, God’s entire word and law is summed ups as love (Mt 7:12) so working lawlessness is living not by love 😀.

Monte Jones - July 27, 2021


Do you think there is any chance that the vaccine is the mark of the beast it will be?

Thanks from a long time follower.

    Tim McHyde - July 27, 2021

    Monte, no chance for me.

    1. the mark is to be a external visible “mark” on the hand or forehead skin, not an injection into the blood (usually through the arm).

    2. The mark is not here yet, not until the Antichrist and False Prophet reign.

Ronald McConnell - July 12, 2021

Tim in your rapture article you say the first 4 trumpets are pre tribulation.
Can u lend insight to why u say this this? How close to trib? How much time for all 4 trumpets?
Thanks, Ron

    Sam Hui - July 13, 2021

    Hi Ronald, if my memory serves me right, the 6th Seal to the 4th Trumpet are attributable to Wormwood, which will happen in quick succession before / after Pentacost of 2026, assuming this is the sabbath year cycle for Jesus’ second coming.

    After a period of famine and pestilence, the Anti-Christ will come to power with the solution to world’s problems and promise of peace and security. Then comes the Great Tribulation in early 2027 (1st of Nisan).

      Ronald McConnell - July 27, 2021

      Hey Sam, Just reading revelation and…”Then the third angel blew his trumpet and a great star fell from the sky…….The name of the star was bitterness/wormwood= GREEK TRANS”
      So how does this fit with u and Tim?

        Sam Hui - July 29, 2021

        Hi Ronald, I learnt from Tim’s articles and I understand that “Wormwood” could cause the effects of the 6th Seal to 4th Trumpet as follows:

        Wormwood could be a gas giant like Jupiter or even bigger like a brown dwarf. It’ll approach us from the Southern sky (or out of nowhere as suggested by Tim later), which is very difficult to observe years in advance. When it’s near enough, due to its huge mass, the gravity effect will cause the crust to move apart, Earth’s rotating axis to tilt, not to mention tsunami and volcanic eruption. On Earth we’ll witness all lands and islands moving apart, and stars falling from the sky, i.e. the 6th Seal.

        This is followed by the 7th seal (a non-event on Earth) and sealing of the 144,000 at Mount Zion (at Pentecost, Revelation Ch 7).

        The orbit of Wormwood seems to cross with Earth. Soon afterwards, the 1st Trumpet will bring a meteorite storm (from its satellite or tail), with one third of trees / earth burnt. With the 2nd Trumpet, a huge meteor will drop into an ocean, which will turn into blood, killing all creatures inside. With the 3rd Trumpet, the air is polluted with the gas released by Wormwood, poisoning one third of all fresh water. As the atmosphere is polluted with the above events, the 4th Trumpet will cause all celestial bodies (sun, moon and stars) to be dimmed by one third, which in turn will cause extreme cold weather and famine.

bob wheeler - July 10, 2021

Tim, I’m so glad your’re doing better and I’ve felt it would be our Father that would do your healing, because you’re needed by millions of people that need to be led to the place of protection. My family and I included. Tim I have so many things to ask you when you’re completely healed. Just concentrate on your health and I’ll pray more for your recovery. As always, your dear friend and supporter and thank you for getting back to me so I didn’t complain to the Bank about my donations to you. Thank you, thank you. Bye for now and God bless you and your sweet family, Bob wheeler

Randy Swilley - June 29, 2021

I felt an impression to study Psalm 83 right now.

In the study guide for the Psalm, for verse 2, it mentions the hebrew word for roar/uproar is Hamah. This word is very similar to the Hebrew word Hamas, which means violence.

Iran is a backer of Hamas, and it has financially/politically/militarily supported them in the past.

Maybe a coincidence, but I feel it is not.

Just some thoughts.

    Blaze - June 30, 2021

    Consider reading the book of Judges. Reviewing the battles described in the Psalm. That would be more fruitful imo.

Rhonda Stifer - June 23, 2021


I have been seeing news of wars in the Middle East as well as cashless society rumors. Could any of this news potentially change the timeline? Thanks from a long time follower.


    Tim McHyde - June 23, 2021

    Rhonda, no change as this war has always been a prerequisite event separate from the rest of the timeline. It could happen any time and the rest can delay or come immediately.

Jeff Baker - June 19, 2021

Blaze, it would depend on the yield of the bomb, a smaller more surgical strike of 15 to 25 KT * combined with the typical north east or south east winds that are prevalent 50% of the time during the spring in the western Ephriam area may leave limited damage to crop growing or to Jerusalem/Judaea on the interior of the country. * that KT yield might be all that a nascent nuclear Iran could deliver (?)

Frank Mowry - June 12, 2021


Do you believe the nuclear war could happen before the spring of next year?


    Tim McHyde - June 12, 2021

    Frank, I used to allow for that possibility but now that I feel there is a confirmed spring date I don’t expect it sooner. I think Iran is preparing in many ways but not ready or able before the date. There probably is yet another trigger event to get them to the point of attacking Israel in their religious insanity. What it is I don’t know but maybe we’ll recognize it when we see it and know that Iran will prepare the nukes and the plan after that?

      Blaze - June 19, 2021

      A “now or never” event? A terminal illness, or impending inspection by regulators, some inevitable consequence of a preemptive strike that would eventually prevent an attack, etc. Will there be much planning, isn’t it more of an emotional response? Is there any meaning to “Let us seize for our own use
      these pasturelands of God!”? Because if nuclear weapons are used that would render lands unusable, correct?

Silke - June 12, 2021

This article is likely to provide even more confirmation:
In a recent interview with NBC News Putin claimed that that WP article is ‘fake news’:
Putin dismissed as ‘nonsense’ a Washington Post report that Russia was preparing to offer Iran an advanced satellite system that would enable Tehran to track military targets, including the remaining US troops in Iraq.
“It’s just fake news,” he said. “At the very least, I don’t know anything about this kind of thing. Those who are speaking about it probably will maybe know more about it. It’s just nonsense, garbage.”

Judge for yourselves!

amy laxo - June 11, 2021

In July I will begin working as a Hospice R.N. God has led me in this direction and I pray for continued blessing, in leading others to our Lord. Tim your website has been home base – providing sound biblical knowledge which most definitely has allowed me to come to decisions and not focus on the chaos in the world I currently live in. I am preparing my heart and soul. I believe that God will lead me in His chosen plan for my life as long as I continue to listen.

    Jake Harmina - June 12, 2021

    This is a great calling Amy! Let His light and love shine through you. This will be challenging and rewarding, I’ll pray that Yahweh bless and strengthen you. Happy Sabbath all.

Jeff Carlson - June 11, 2021


You may have heard Russia has positioned nuclear capable bombers in Syria recently. Also, Iran has friends in low places like N. Korea and Russia, both assisting Iran with their nuclear plans. It’s just a matter of time. I’m assuming the nuclear strike must come from a Syrian based attack on Israel due to Damascus being subsequently destroyed. Have you ever seen any reference to the demise of Tehran in the end times?

Richard Okello - June 10, 2021

Thank you Tim for the article. God bless you and praying for your speedy recovery, in Jesus Name.

No One Special - June 5, 2021

Tim, do you know the work of dr bob thiel from the cogwriter website, what do you think of his ideas, of europe being the last beast that will defeat the usa…?

Deborah Abel - June 5, 2021


I am praying for you in the name of TRUE LOVE Jesus the Christ (Yeshua Hamashiach) and want you to know how appreciated you are. May God’s healing power take care of any health issues and I pray you have the best of
everything during your recovery. Much peace to you and safety!

Deborah Abel

Murray MacIntosh - June 5, 2021

Elijah can’t be far off, shouldn’t be hard to miss a guy like that!

Geoff - June 5, 2021

Hi Tim,

What I find difficult to fathom is how, once Damascus is a ruinous heap of rubble, anyone will be able to ignore the clear link to Biblical prophecy. Maybe a cover story will emerge. I know we have so little time left, and to spend some of it attempting to predict what may emerge on the news front is perhaps not overly wise. The most pressing of matters right now is to get on with getting right with God.

But I remain fascinated with how mainstream media will manage the blindingly obvious prophetic link. How they will pull off what will have to be a series of very convincing cover stories that deceive the vast majority of the world’s population about the links between what is about to take place and end-times prophecy?

I have a few ideas but am not ready to share the details at this stage. Suffice to say, I believe that decoy events are in the advanced stages of planning and these will be cleverly played out in the lead-up to, and in the days directly after, the coming ME war.

Blaze - June 5, 2021

I often glance to see if there’s anything new on this site. Wasn’t expecting a new article.

You may have discussed this in your book. I remember some interview with Ahmadinejad where he may have talked about this (apocalyptic beliefs). Would have been years ago, but how many mainstream interviews could there have been?

Was probably this I guess…

Darren Melnyk - June 5, 2021

Couldn’t agree more Tim. The old saying, “Patience is a virtue” applies to how our Saviour interacts with His followers for sure!

Blair Campbell - June 5, 2021

Well something seems to be going on. Two fires on key Iranian infrastructure within hours of each other is probably not an accident.

    Thomas Garza - June 5, 2021

    Great insight. I am convinced that Israel will know Iran’s intent before anyone else which leads me to this conclusion: we can read through Israel’s persistent strikes against Iran that your statement will prove itself. As the time draws near, I expect more strikes that signal Israel’s last ditch effort to thwart the inevitable.

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