"The Iran and U.S. Conflict and the Second Coming" by George Potter
Of course, no one knows when the Second Coming will happen. However, we have been told that if we fear God we should be looking for signs of the Lord's Second Coming (D&C 45:39). When Christ was asked when the terrible tribulation would start prior to his Second Coming, he announced: "When ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth it understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: and let him that is on the house top not go down into the house, neither enter therein to take any thing out of his house: and let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment" (Mark 13:14-16 italics added).
What kind of weapon would make people run for protection in the mountains and not even stop to enter their homes for food and supplies or even to pick up their clothes? Could it be that they have heard that a nuclear weapon has been launched and will be landing in their homeland? Rather than ignore the questions, we have been command to understand and teach others about the abomination that makes desolation. The Lord instructs us in the Doctrine and Covenants to go "...forth as your circumstances shall permit, in your several callings, unto the great and notable cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteousness and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days" (D&C: 84:117).
Matthew recorded the same Lord's warning in his 24th chapter, as did Luke in his 21st chapter . I find it curious that the Lord said that the abomination that makes desolation will he seen "standing". Could this mean that it is a missile "standing" on a launch pad with a nuclear warhead? And could that missile be standing in Iran "where it ought not" since Iran has signed the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Agreement and has repeatedly promised that it is not enriching uranium for nuclear weapons applications? Of course, these are only possibilities. So let's see what did Daniel wrote about the abomination that makes desolation.
In the last five chapters of the book of Daniel, the prophet describes a vision he had of the last days. In the vision he sees a two horned ram, with one horn being greater than the other, with the second larger horn comes up to war lastly (Daniel 8:3). The first horn represents the Medes (Iraq) and the second stands for Persia (Iran) (Daniel 8:20).
In the next verse Daniel indicates that a rough goat, representing the leader of Grecia (meaning Greece, see LDS Bibile Dictionary Grecians) and having a horn between its eyes, shall defeat the ram. While Alexander the Great decisively defeated Persia, the battle was not in the last days. Thus, it was a type of what
would happen in the end of days.
In the latter-days, the leader of the Greek-like democracy is the president of the United States (Daniel 8:21). Daniel also indicates that the Lord himself, the Prince of Peace, shall "return to fight with the prince of Persia (Iran): and when I am going forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come" (Daniel 10:20).
Further, many Christian authors have likened the 11th Chapter of Daniel to Desert Storm, the war in which the USA armed forces and their allies drove Saddam Hussain out of Kuwait (see Daniel 11:21-28). This would have been the first time the ram comes forth to battle the goat with its shorter horn.
Of course, Daniel said the ram would come a second time with its longer horn against the goat (Daniel 8:3, and see Daniel 11:29-45). The prophet indicated that "there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia" (Daniel 11:2). The first three Persian kings would have been the great Perisan rulers in antiquity, while the fourth could be a petrodollar mega-rich Ayttolah in the last days. Daniel also indicates that a navy would confront the two-horned ram (Daniel 11:30).
In verse 31 of the 11th chapter of Daniel, we learn that the "daily sacrifice" will be taken away and "they shall place the abomination that maketh desolation" (Daniel 11:31). Could the "daily sacrifice" be UN sanctions being taken away from Iran, and thereafter they surprise the world by "placing" a nuclear missile on a launch pad?
Daniel ends his description of his vision by warning us: "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the adomination that maketh desolation set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
Apparently there will be a period between the time when the abomination the makes desolation is "set up" and when the actual "desolation" takes place. In Luke 21:20 the Lord says: "When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh."
The current hostilities between the United States and Iran might not be associated with Daniel's vision, but then again, perhaps they are the beginning of something extremely important and help explain why the State of Israel is so interested in stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear-weapons capability. Regardless of the intentions of the rulers of Iran, it is our obligation as followers of Christ to reach out and befriend our brothers and sisters in Iran.