Signpost #1 Is History (July 16, 1979 – December 18, 2011)

The First Signpost points to the rule of Saddam Hussein, and the transformation of the government of Iraq into a democracy.

The First Signpost began in 1979 with Saddam Hussein’s ascendancy to power as absolute ruler of Iraq. As of December 18, 2011, the events called for by the Bible regarding the First Signpost are done. How do we know the First Signpost is complete?

The First Signpost would certainly include the ending of the career of the rider on the white horse. That happened early on in America’s occupation of Iraq. Entering Iraq in March 2003 and toppling Saddam in April 2003, American forces finally captured him in December 2003.

Any end of the First Signpost would also include a withdrawal of the force used in Daniel 7 that made the lion stand on its hind legs and replaced its heart. Iraq, the former lion with wings, is now standing erect somewhat like a man, and indeed has a heart of a man, rather than that of a beast. That unnamed source of the force in Daniel 7 was the United States and its international coalition.

A decisive end to the First Signpost, then, would be the exit of U.S. troops from Iraq. The white rider was removed and the lion was made to stand. It is done. And the force is removed. So of all the events I’ve seen in the news, the two stories linked below are probably closest to being a declaration that the First Signpost has concluded.

On a final note I am thankful to God that almost all of our men and women on the ground will now be out of harm’s way when Signpost #2 begins. According to the Bible, when the ram comes storming out of Iran, no country will be able to stand up to it, and no country in the ram’s path will be rescued.

U.S. Marks End to 9-Year War, Leaving an Uncertain Iraq
December 15, 2011

Last U.S. troops leave Iraq, ending war
December 18, 2011



Categories: Signpost #1: Iraq

4 replies

  1. I came upon your web page and found this article and have a couple of questions… Is your interpretation that the 1st – 4th horses in Rev.6 are separate from Daniel’s 70th week (i.e. Jacob’s time of trouble, the day of wrath, the 7 year tribulation)? Also, what leads you to believe the doctrine of immenancy

  2. Continued from the last post:

    What leads you to believe the doctrine of Imminency says that following the founding of Israel in 1948, nothing more prophetically must happen until the Rapture occurs? What Bible verses tell the church that the doctrine of Imminency began in 1948?

    Doesn’t the doctrine of imminency go back to the first century to such passages as:
    1 Corinthians 1:7–“awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
    1 Corinthians 16:22–“Maranatha.”
    Philippians 3:20–“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for
    a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;”
    Philippians 4:5–“The Lord is near.”
    1 Thessalonians 1:10–“to wait for His Son from heaven,”
    1 Thessalonians 4:15-18–“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we
    who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have
    fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the
    voice of {the} archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise
    first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
    clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore
    comfort one another with these words.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:6–“so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and
    sober.”
    1 Timothy 6:14–“that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the
    appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
    Titus 2:13–“looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great
    God and Savior, Christ Jesus;”
    Hebrews 9:28–“so Christ . . . shall appear a second time for salvation without reference
    to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”
    James 5:7-9–“Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. . . . for the
    coming of the Lord is at hand. . . . behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.”
    1 Peter 1:13 –“fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the
    revelation of Jesus Christ.”
    Jude 21–“waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”
    Revelation 3:11; 22:7, 12, 20–“‘I am coming quickly!’”
    Revelation 22:17, 20–“And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one
    who hears say, ‘Come.’”
    “He whotestifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord
    Jesus.”

  3. Hi Matt,
    Thanks for your comment. Yes, the interpretation I have arrived at is that these four signposts are all before the Tribulation, and that the first four seals of Revelation 6, are the unsealing of each of the four great sets of events in Daniel 7 and 8.
    It was Joel Richardson’s work that led to believe the Antichrist might be Muslim. This led me to do my research where I confirmed that fact, and it led me to find that Daniel 7 and 8 are fulfilled in the end times, not ancient times.
    Before I came to these conclusions, I believed the doctrine of imminency. I thought, too, that either rapture or tribulation – that was the next ‘thing’ prophetically. But I have found that the doctrine of imminency is therefore very wrong.
    My book contains a careful study of history, with a logical exegesis of all verses involved in the passages, taking the reader by the hand, with the stages clearly referenced. I recommend you read the book.
    Mark

  4. Matt,
    It’s not so much that I say the doctrine of imminency says that it includes the independence of Israel in 1948, I say it got popular to where it has become the mantra of many in the church, following the 1967 Six-Day War. When the Jews became established on the mountains of Israel per Ezekiel 37, many thought that was it, the next step was the rapture or tribulation.
    The passages you quote are warnings ot the saints to stay awake for Christ’s return, and/or the rapture. My conclusions are showing us, His saints, that there are specific seasons that we can watch, only available here in the end times. Check out this post, this post, and this post, regarding the unsealing of prophecy in the end times and what Jesus told us to be aware of and watch.
    As far as I know, no one else has come up with this interpretation. And as far as I can tell, events in the Middle East are falling in line perfectly with Bible prophecy so far, fulfilling it in this interpretation. If events veer from my book’s message, I will readily admit it.
    Blessings,
    Mark

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