For a little under two weeks now, Iran's top leaders, either Khamenei or Achmadinejad, have been threatening the west with a blow and a punch on Feb. 11 that will leave us stunned. Feb. 11 is the anniversary of their revolution. Though hot air always emits from those quarters, it is unusual to have a date assigned. Though they usually posture, they rarely issue empty threats. Speculation as to what this punch may consist of was slow to begin but is now rampant along the fringes of the internet conspiracy groups.
George Ure at urbansurvival.com thinks that Iran will launch a missile from a satellite and blow an electro-magnetic pulse over America, immediately throwing us back to the stone age as all electricity and anything with a chip in it becomes immediately fried. Though that scenario sounds outlandish, the fact that America is not mentioned as a nation participating in any end time or tribulation war seems to indicate our country is incapacitated throughout. An EMP would do it. Couple that with the fact that the UK recently increased their threat level to severe, the second highest level, indicating a terrorist attack is "highly likely". Joel Rosenberg postulated this scenario of sorts in his last book, Dead Heat, where a rogue nation lobs nukes at us from container ships anchored close to shore. So a terrorist act is not out of the question, given Rosenberg's track record with fictional end time political thrillers that come true, the UK threat level elevation, and America's absence from world stage in the end time/Tribulation.
Another scenario is making the rounds that I personally think is more likely. Speculation is Iran will announce they will pull out of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty. Though opinions run the gamut that Iran is expected to announce another Shahab-3 missile launch, a series of drones they've built, bought a nuke from Pakistan (who is not in the NPT), or even a nuke test itself, announcing they would withdraw from the NPT does the most good for Iran and the most damage to the west. It would come on the heels of their announcement they are enriching uranium to 20%. That enrichment frenzy indicates without a doubt that their intentions with nuclear power are not peaceful. They know that the West has reached the end of their rope with Iran, and more nations are calling for harsh sanctions, even war, so the announcement they are withdrawing from the NPT would put them out of reach of the west. They could even blame the west and/or Israel for 'forcing' them to withdraw. Iran has spent six fruitful years developing nuclear power and ICBMs all the while keeping the West dancing to their tune, it had to end sometime. Withdrawing from the NPT is one way to keep the west dancing and free Iran to pursue what is universally acknowledged as a near end to their goal of a nuke.
Whether it's only hot air, posturing, a let-down, or a real punch, we only have another day to see which prophecy (if any) would be fulfilled on Thursday with this threatened punch. Meanwhile, the end time is fraught with deception and attendant anxiety in attempting determining what is real and what is a lie. Angst and perplexity over the violence and ugliness happening in the world are very real results when the god of the age is running wild against all humanity. The Texas A&M newspaper says it well:
Iran's threat elevates world anxiety
"Scholars, government officials and military officers worldwide call Iran and its nuclear operations a ticking time bomb. Iran may have hinted how much time is left before 00:00."