For quite a few years, I’ve been predicting that the first affliction of the tribulation would be World War 3, and that the war would begin with a nuclear attack on New York City. I’ve changed the date on that event a number of times, but now that the tribulation is nearer, the timing of this event is narrowing.
Iran is close to obtaining a nuclear bomb. This past summer, the Director of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) said that it would be possible for Iran to make a nuclear bomb within 6 to 12 months. It has been 5 months since he made that assertion.
Detailed analysis of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and of the present ‘signs of the times’ (Arab Spring, Occupy Protests, Global Financial Crisis) is in my brief book: Notes on the Apocalypse: 2012 (Kindle format only)
What I found most surprising in researching this book is that Iran’s leaders are devout believers in eschatology — the radical Shia (Muslim) version of eschatology –and these beliefs seem to be motivating their quest for nuclear weapons. They believe that Iran is ordained by God to play a special role in the End Times, by attacking the infidel nations, especially the U.S. and Israel.
My book concludes that Iran will obtain a nuclear bomb sometime in the first half of 2012, and that Iran will almost immediately use that bomb on New York City, without testing it first.
[Note that this book is only available in Kindle format. If you do not have a Kindle device, you can download the free Kindle software that allows you to read Kindle books on a PC, Mac, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.]
Edited to add:
More news media discussion of the explosions in Iran:
This news report, based on sources in Israel, says it was a deliberate strike against Iran’s missile program.
In my view, this is too little, too late. It slows their program to place a nuclear bomb in a missile, but does not affect their ability to make a nuclear bomb. It also constitutes a clear indication that Israeli and probably U.S. intelligence are convinced that Iran will soon be able to make a nuclear bomb. Otherwise, the missile program would not be targeted. Iran has had a working and already tested medium range (2000 km) missile for several years now. Why target that program years after it was completed? because Iran is attempting to redesign the missile to hold a nuke.