In the past week, Iran has suffered one of the worst heat waves ever recorded. Though its neighbors are also coping with an unbearable rise in temperatures, only Iran has reached this record-breaking thermal high indicating a possibility that the middle eastern country is being divinely singled out for punishment.
Thursday afternoon, Ahvaz in southwest Iran posted a temperature of 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit (53.72 Celsius), the country’s hottest temperature ever recorded. Other sources claimed the temperature in Ahvaz climbed even higher, hitting 129.2 (54 Celsius) later that day. If that reading is accurate, it could tie the hottest temperature ever measured on Earth in modern times.
According to Jewish tradition, Elohim is the name of God designating His aspect revealed through nature. It is also the name of God describing his aspect of judgement. The Bible frequently describes divine retribution coming through extreme natural conditions. In Deuteronomy, Israel is warned that God’s displeasure at their sins could be expressed in extreme heat waves.
And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. Deuteronomy 28:23
In Malachi, heat waves are clearly described as a part of the process of geulah (redemption), a punishment for those who oppose God.
Then shall ye again discern between the righteous and the wicked between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not. For behold the day cometh it burneth as a furnace; and all the proud and all that work wickedness shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall set them ablaze saith Hashem of hosts that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. Malachi 3:18-19
As the End-of-Days draws near, Iran clearly stands out as an enemy of Israel as the largest sponsor of terrorism against the Jewish state. In a recent illegal test of a ballistic missile, Iran used a Star of David as a target, underscoring their desire to destroy Israel.
Iran continuously supplies Hezbollah, a known terrorist group, with missiles that threaten Israel’s northern border, and is even involved in the conflict in Syria, supporting Bashar al Assad’s despotic regime with weapons and personnel.
The International Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Iran was recently observed as a national expression opposing Zionism and the Jewish possession of Jerusalem. Parades held in the capital, Tehran, and 900 cities around the country were marked by massive cries of, “Death to Israel” thus illustrating their hatred for the Holy Land.