Iran top leader: US wants to turn Iranians against Islamic rule

Source: Jerusalem Post

Khamenei says US goal is to “put the people against the system.”

DUBAI/BEIRUT – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States on Saturday of using economic pressure and “bullying” to try to turn Iranians against Islamic rule, underscoring his long-held mistrust of Tehran’s main negotiating partner in nuclear talks.

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Perilous Times

“This know also, that in the last days perilousStrongs 5467: chalepos, khal-ep-os’; perhaps from 5465 through the idea of reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. dangerous, or (by implication) furious:—fierce, perilous. times shall come.”
—2 Timothy 3:1-2a

Editors note about the word perilousFYI: The Greek word (chalepos) (perilous) is only used one other time in the New Testament, Matthew 8:28. There it is translated as (fierce) when describing the nature of the devils that possess Legion and his cohort.

Spiritual Wickedness

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalitiesStrongs 746: arche, ar-khay´; from 756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank): — beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule., against powersStrongs 1849: exousia, ex-oo-see´-ah; from 1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: — authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength., against the rulersStrongs 2888: kosmokrator, kos-mok-fat´-ore; from 2889 and 2902; a world-ruler, an epithet of Satan: — ruler. of the darknessStrongs 4655: skotos, skot´-os; from the base of 4639; shadiness, i.e. obscurity (literally or figuratively): — darkness. of this worldStrongs 165: aion, ahee-ohn´; from the same as 104; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity (also past); by implication, the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): — age, course, eternal, (for) ever(-more), (n-)ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end). Compare 5550.
Strongs 5550: chronos, khron´-os; of uncertain derivation; a space of time (in general, and thus properly distinguished from 2540, which designates a fixed or special occasion; and from 165, which denotes a particular period) or interval; by extension, an individual opportunity; by implication, delay: — + years old, season, space, (x often-)time(-s), (a) while.
, against spiritualStrongs 4152: pneumatikos, pnyoo-mat-ik-os´; from 4151; non-carnal, i.e. (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (daemoniacally) a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious: — spiritual. Compare 5591. wickednessStrongs 4189: poneria, pon-ay-ree´-ah; from 4190; depravity, i.e. (specially), malice; plural (concretely) plots, sins: — iniquity, wickedness. in highStrongs 2032: epouranios, ep-oo-ran´-ee-os; from 1909 and 3772; above the sky: — celestial, (in) heaven(-ly), high. places.”
—Ephesians 6:12

ITD Editors Note

The word perilous: the Greek word (chalepos) (perilous) is only used one other time in the New Testament, Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. Matthew 8:28. There it is translated as (fierce) when describing the nature of the devils that possessed Legion and his cohort.

Amid shouts of ‘Death to America’, Khamenei, who has the last word on all matters of state, added in a speech that Tehran was negotiating with major powers solely on the nuclear dispute and not about regional matters, an apparent reference to conflicts and instability in Iraq, Syria and the Gulf.

His speech, which repeatedly hit out at Western sanctions, attacked “arrogant powers” — a reference to major Western countries — for what he said was their role in bringing about a fall in the oil price by more than half in recent months.

Speaking in the north eastern city of Mashhad, he said “enemies” sought to turn Iranians against the Islamic Republic, founded by a 1979 revolution that toppled Shah Reza Pahlavi.

A man in the audience shouted “Death to America”, a cry taken up by the crowd.

Khamenei continued: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure. They insist on putting pressure on our dear people’s economy. What’s their goal? their goal is to put the people against the system.”

The West suspects Iran of seeking the ability to produce nuclear weapons and the United Nations has imposed stringent economic sanctions on Tehran; Iran says its program is intended only for peaceful purposes, such as medical technology and nuclear energy, and wants the swift lifting of sanctions.

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