This is the most overlooked prophecy of the Hebrew Bible, the importance of which is generally underestimated. All the prophecies in the Bible are connected, sometimes in a very mysterious way. Thus, Daniel 11:40 describes the war between the kings of the north and south that will start as a result of the violent “push” of the king of the south against the king of the north.
The king of the south refers to the Islamic Republic of Iran with its Muslim allied nations of the Middle East and northern Africa, while the king of the north is Germany (Assur) with its allies of EU countries.
Let us continue with Daniel’s narrative:
“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Daniel 11:40).
Iran has a long history of illegally obtaining nuclear technology from certain countries, using a diplomacy of double dealing and blatant lies. Iran will not honor its promises to abide by the rules and regulations of the signed nuclear treaty and will most likely use its habit of cheating and covering up, as evident with its international nuclear agreements. As a result, Iran may secretly build a nuclear weapon. Washington and its European allies recently (on the demand of Iran) made a step forward, permitting Iran to dissemble and hide information about previous nuclear weapons-related work. This decision will further encourage Tehran to continue cheating in the future without paying the price.
The wrath of the king of the north against the king of the south could be caused by Iran’s preparation for a nuclear attack against the EU, cutting off the oil and gas supply in order to choke the European economy into submission, or by a massive terrorist attack like 9/11 in New York City and the November 13, 2015 massacre in Paris, or by closing the Strait of Hormuz, preventing the shipping of oil and gas to undermine heavy industrial European economies, or, what is worst of all, smuggling nuclear devices into the hands of fanatical Islamic terrorists.
Everybody knows what grave consequences this could bring upon the world: the nuclear terrorists with just one explosion of a dirty bomb could kill millions of people and cause destruction on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki scale. No matter what form the “push” takes, Germany will take it seriously as a national security threat and retaliate swiftly with all its might in a “blitzkrieg” manner, resulting in the defeat and subjugation of the king of the south and its allies (Daniel 11:40–45).
The prophecy of Jeremiah 49:34–39 brings some additional information on Iran’s demise.
First of all, who is Elam? Elam, according to Josephus Flavius (Antiquities of the Jews, chapter VI: 4), is the Persian people: “For Elam left behind him the Elamites, the ancestors of the Persians.” The Elamites were excellent archers. It was their strength and the power of their bowmen (Isaiah 22:6). This instrument of war brought them many victories on the battlefields. It was the “chief of their might,” the source of their great strength. But this prophecy does not speak of the past—it aims for the future. In this case it speaks of Iran and its modern nuclear arsenal. God will break the bow of Elam, meaning all nuclear missiles launches—on land, air or water—will be destroyed. The judgment against Elam is very specific and the language used cannot be found anywhere else in Scripture.
A disaster of epic biblical proportions will finally arrive in the Middle East, causing a nuclear holocaust and humanitarian crisis of unseen dimensions. The past nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima will not even be comparable.
“There shall be no nation where the outcasts of Elam shall not come,” said the prophet. The territory of Iran will be badly polluted, and the Arabian Gulf will become a cesspool of radioactive contamination, and whoever is saved from the Iranian people will be scattered into the nations of the world. God’s judgment of Elam has not occurred in recorded history but will be fulfilled in the future.
“I will set My throne in Elam” (verse 38) means that God will break not only Elam but also its militant religion of Islam, which seeks to destroy Israel and take over the world. Instead of Islam, it will be the God of Israel who will establish His rule and authority over the entire world, including the people of Iran.
Rabbi Yonasan Eibshetz (1690-1764) in his book Ya’arot Dvash – “At a certain moment the time will come when the Messiah should have already arrived but the redemption has not yet come. The Messiah will ask how it could be that the time for redemption has arrived and he still undergoes sufferings? The response that he will receive is that he must wait for nine months. Why? In order to wait for the fall of Persia (Iran) at the hands of Edom (the Christian West), and then the final redemption will come!”