As described in Hidden In Plain Sight, and briefly mentioned in this post, the Third Signpost is dominated by the four-nation confederacy. With Turkey leading, Syria and Egypt will be included among the four nations. The confederacy is represented by both the goat (of Daniel 8:5-7) and by the four-headed leopard (of Daniel 7:6).
It will attack Iran (the ram) in a great rage, according to Daniel 8:6. However, that word for “rage” is translated from the word for “bitterness.” The Bible uses the same word to describe how Esau felt about Jacob after losing his birthright through Jacob’s treachery. I believe that for the four-nation confederacy to attack in an “embittered” way, there must be a greater cause than merely national pride. And that cause may very well be that because fundamentalist Shia Iran invaded these nations, a fundamentalist Sunni confederacy needs to fight back.
This suggests that before this war occurs, Turkey, Egypt and Syria will all have governments that are being converted to Islamist governments. We all know about Egypt – how Mubarak’s government was ended and a Muslim Brotherhood president was elected, Mohammed Morsi. Now Syria, after some eighteen months or so of rebellion and now outright civil war, looks like it is headed down the same path.
Here is an excellent news article from the German news source Deutsche Welle summarizing the situation as it stands this week. It looks like Assad’s secular government will be ending soon, and just as in Egypt, the Muslim brotherhood is waiting to come to power in Syria.
First Egypt and now Syria. One by one it seems that the nations that are to form the four-nation confederacy are being prepared. They are being prepared so that indeed, if an army of Shia Muslims invaded, they would fight back not just in a rage, but fight back as if they were embittered.
One final note about the linked article. Look at the picture in that article – it shows a crowd of people waving large and colorful Syrian flags. Just look at all the bold colors – the white, the red, the black, and the green. We will see those colors again and again, as they are the colors of Islam – and of the horses of Revelation 6.
Categories: Signpost #3: Four Nations