Iran, Russia, Syria and terrorist groups like Hamas are forming "unholy" alliances that are working to undermine the power of Western nations like the United States and spread Sharia law throughout the world, prominent Christian lawyer Jay Sekulow warns in his newest book.
Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, authored the new book Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World, which was released last Tuesday.
Having researched for over three years, Sekulow argues in the book that as a change in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has caused the U.S. to have less of a presence in the troubled region and a power vacuum to form that has left the door open for Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran to take bigger roles in the region.
Sekulow says in the book that both Iran and Russia have formed an alliance to help prop up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and put themselves in position to seize more power on the world stage.
"What we are now seeing is the formation of a truly unholy alliance," Sekulow wrote in an op-ed published by Fox News. "Enemies of the West — including Russia, Syria, Iran, the Islamic State, and others — are working together — even if they are traditional enemies themselves such as Shiite and Sunni Muslims, or Russia and Iran — in order to destabilize the world and seize power for themselves."
As for Russia, Sekulow argues that the former "Cold War foe" is now active in the Middle East and helping the Assad government because it's looking rebuild its own international influence and "assert control over lucrative oil resources."
"As Iran seeks to fill the vacuum and oppose American interests around the world, it has cultivated an alliance with Russia, a nation led by a former Cold War intelligence officer who dreams of returning Russia to its Soviet-level influence in the region and throughout the world," Sekulow wrote. "Our enemies no longer fear us and our allies don't trust us."
As for Iran, Sekulow contends nation has just one goal in mind. That is to spread their brand of Sharia law.
"The Iranians have one desire and one desire only, and that is to have their version of Sharia implicated on the rest of the world," Sekulow told Pat Robertson on the "700 Club" last week, saying that Iran's benefit for propping up Assad is to combat the Sunni caliphate of the Islamic State.
"Iran, as the Islamic Republic of Iran after the revolution of 79, their desire is to export that revolution throughout the world," Sekulow continued. "It is a world dominion-type of movement and they want everyone submissive to Sharia."
"People want to blow that off but look in England, where they are having Sharia courts," Sekulow added. "Look at the United States, where some judges in some domestic disputes have actually looked and said, 'Well, under their religious doctrine and under their religious teachings, this is allowable.'"
During the conversation with Sekulow, Robertson chimed in by saying that Iran really wants to destroy America and Israel and also wants to facilitate the coming of the 12th Imam, also known as the Mahdi (the Islamic Messiah) and fulfill Islamic eschatological prophecy.
"Of course," Sekulow responded. "And the unusual alliance, and we put this in [the book], for the first time, you have a Shiite-dominant culture, Iran, funding the Sunni Hamas. Why would they fund Sunni Hamas? Only because they think Hamas has got the quicker ability to destroy Israel," Sekulow reasoned. "Because ultimately, the Sunnis and the Shiite are going to go after each other. But in the interim, the Iranians, they are smart, they will utilize even the Sunni Hamas to try to destroy Israel. We know that is not going to happen."
Sekulow told Robertson that while his book didn't go into much detail about the prophetic implications of the alliance, it does explain that the only hope in today's global makeup is "the Gospel."
"I wanted to end the book with hope that the Gospel is the message of peace," he said. "[We have to] realize that, that is what changes hearts and minds. We still have to have a strong military but we can never lose hope that we serve the King of kings. He is on the throne, not the Ayatollah of Iran."