We are waiting and watching for the triggering event which will begin the Second Signpost, as I wrote about in my book Hidden In Plain Sight. This triggering event will be a shuffling of power in the government of Iran.
“I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later.” (Daniel 8:3 NIV)
We don’t know how the second horn will become longer than the first – if a new office will appear or an old office will be elevated – but we know that the supreme leader will become the second power, demoted from being first. The presidential election will occur on June 13. That could be an opportunity for the IRGC (the power behind the horn as it were) to make its move.
There are over 600 people that have applied to be presidential candidates. This coming week the supreme leader will choose which ones can run.
But among these potential candidates there are four men that stand out as most significant both in terms of Iranian politics and in terms of the Second Signpost:
1) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – This former president of Iran can run again because his last term was years ago. He represents the Green Movement which is all but politically dead in Iran. He will most likely be excluded as a candidate by the supreme leader. Rafsanjani represents the last hopes of millions of Iranians who want reforms in the government and more freedom. But this runs counter to the direction that the Bible says Iran will take, and counter to the supreme leader and the IRGC.
2) Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei – This is Ahmadinejad’s disciple. If Ahmadinejad has any chance of affecting future politics in a major way then Mashaei must win. But there is no chance of this because the supreme leader is against Ahmadinejad and his allies, and so will not allow Mishaei to run. And even if Mashaei is allowed to run the IRGC is against him because Ahmadinejad turned out to be a disappointment for the IRGC and Mashaei would only be a rerun of this disaster. As I have said in earlier posts, the supreme leader may choose the candidates, but now it is the IRGC who determines who will be the president out of that field (due to force, intimidation and stuffing ballot boxes as in 2009).
3) Saeed Jalili – This is the current chairman of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and is the supreme leader’s poster boy, his favorite. He may not necessarily be the IRGC’s favorite but we will see.
4) Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf (or Qalibaf) – This former IRGC commander and now current mayor of Teheran is one of the core IRGC; he is one of them. Qalibaf is popular with the people and being one of the former IRGC core commanders, may be the IRGC’s top pick.
I believe it will come down to Jalili versus Qalibaf. Whoever wins, it will be because the IRGC wants it that way. Once the election is completed, it still may not be the last step in the second horn’s rise. That still needs to happen. But if the office of the president is to step up in power to be the second horn, and it is to be within the next few years, then the face of the second horn will likely be that of Jalili or Qalibaf.
And that is the bigger problem when watching prophecy be fulfilled – we cannot tell before hand how something will play out, only that it does play out after it is fulfilled.