A high-ranking Iranian official covertly left his country in early February and is now disclosing privy information regarding Iran's political agenda and nuclear capabilities. Apparently, Ali Reza Askari is a recently converted Christian, as reported by Assist News and The Northern Gleaner. Although I have not yet seen anyone merge the two sides of the story, it seems to be the same individual.
If that is truly the case, this story is a massive and mysterious drama of truth, lies, and real-life spiritual warfare.
Iran, like North Korea, has for some time been growling and sputtering like a caged animal, ominously clicking it's claws and being as much of a bully as it dares without attracting too much attention. There is evidence linking Iran to Iraqi insurgents, and the country seems to have developed an unhealthy preoccupation with bombs.
This man was converted, convicted about what his country was doing, and convinced enough to get out and do something about it, at great personal risk. A staggering testimony, and one which may have averted an Armaggedon.
As Christians, we should take heart: if these nuts ever did succeed in blowing up the planet, it will only be because God allowed it. Given a choice, I'll take Psalm 91 over forlorn fear any day.
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