Iranian forces represented by the Persian ram in Daniel 8:4, will charge to the north, to the south, and to the west. This is of course the main event of Signpost #2, as identified in my book, Hidden In Plain Sight. It is the start of the first great war of the Middle East. As of August 2012, we are watching for the triggering event at the beginning of this Signpost.
Daniel 8:4 says,”I watched the ram as he charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against him, and none could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.”
All nations in Daniel 7 and 8 are represented as animals or beasts – both the nations that are represented by the beasts themselves as well as other nations in the area. For instance, the bear in Daniel 7:5 is told to “eat your fill of flesh” – this “flesh” being the flesh of other “animals.” Daniel 8:4 goes on to say that no animal could stand up to Iran, “and none could rescue from his power.” And this is where there is an ominous implication for the United States. The question that I’ve heard from many people is, “wouldn’t the United States stop Iran?” That is a good question. The answer, I’m afraid, comes from Daniel 8:4 where it says “none could rescue.” “None” would mean that the United States is included in the long list of nations that will not help. Maybe a better question then is, “why wouldn’t the United States help?”
For the last century or so, the United States has been in a position of power amongst the nations of the world. Most notable for its actions was its fighting and defeating the Axis powers in WWII. We have certainly seen the U.S. in action recently in the Middle East. We saw Signpost #1 come and go, where the reign of Saddam Hussein came to an end and Iraq was democratized, and that the United States was there, causing these things to happen. Though the United States of America is not specifically mentioned in prophecy, it was directly responsible for providing the force in Daniel 7:4 that raised the lion on its hind legs forcing it to stand. It also provided the environment for the lion’s mind (or heart) to be changed from that of a beast to that of a man, i.e. it was the force behind the democratizing of Iraq. The United States was used by God in Signpost #1 to provide the means for prophecy in Daniel 7:4 to be fulfilled. I am not saying that what the United States did was necessarily right or wrong, I am simply saying it was used to fulfill prophecy.
The United States has also had a hand in the preparations for Signpost #3. Turkey, Egypt and Syria must tend toward more Islamic governments in fulfillment of Daniel 8:6 (see this post). The Obama Administration has pressured the secular governments of both Egypt and Syria to relinquish power and allow “democracy.”
But where the United States was acting from a position of power in regards to Signpost #1 and #3, the situation in Signpost #2 is different. Daniel 8:4 says that “none could rescue” from the power of the ram (Iran). If Iran were to conquer the Middle East and take over the oilfields you can bet the United States would not just let that stand, and would act if it had the ability to do so. After all, one-fifth of the oil that is consumed worldwide everyday comes from those oilfields. These are the oilfields in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf states.
But God’s Word says “none could rescue.” God’s Word is true and cannot be changed. This small phrase in Daniel 8:4 suggests that the United States will not rescue nations from Iran. I can think of only one reason why the United States would not react and militarily take back the oilfields: the United States would lack the ability to project power and so would not have the ability to do anything about it. And that is ominous. Not only would the entire world be experiencing economic chaos, but there is a good chance that the United States itself could be in great distress internally, as much as it pains me to say such things being an American citizen.
There are, indeed, many forces at work internally right now to bring down the might of the United States. Government debt and government spending, which has steadily been increasing for decades, is now going parabolic towards a breaking point under this most recent administration. To keep the U.S. from defaulting on its debt and to keep the banking system afloat, the Federal Reserve may be forced to print dollars like it never has before (this is nicknamed “QE 3“) which will cause a currency-induced hyperinflation, which will destroy the purchasing power of the dollar. Obamacare (if not repealed in January 2013 after the elections) may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Not only would Obamacare accelerate our taking on more debt, but it is the first time in the history of our nation where we allow the government to tell us to buy something. We may see revolts over what is deemed as an unconstitutional power grab by the federal government. Any of these factors if played out could contribute to the U.S. no longer having the ability to project power around the world. How soon could this happen?
It would be prior to, or during, Iran’s invasion. Before Iran’s invasion, Daniel 8:3-4 says that Iran’s leaders are reshuffled, where the first leader becomes second and the second leader becomes first. And how soon could that happen? The short answer is, anytime. Ahmadinejad, who is the man holding the second position (President of Iran) is to step down at the end of his second and final constitutionally-mandated term as president in the first week of August 2013. If he is going to make his move I would think it would have to be while he is still in power.
In conclusion, the U.S. was the power behind some of the events in Signpost #1. But Signpost #2 is different for the U.S. – I believe it hints that the U.S. will be occupied with troubles of its own, and in a word, hobbled.