Well if you saw headlines from Iran about its election and its newest president, followers of this site might think, “What, neither Qalibaf nor Jalili is the new president?” Has the IRGC lost its power? Has Khameini lost control? Hardly.
In a surprise move both to this site and to many Iran observers, the only moderate candidate in the field of presidential candidates was allowed to be the winner of the election. In what is seen as a calculated move, supreme leader Khameini has opened the pressure valve from opposition by allowing the people to vote for who they really want – the only moderate candidate in the field. Hassan Rouhani will be a new name we will see in the news, as he has succeeded Ahmadinejad as the new seventh president of Iran.
I say “surprise move” because this is different from politics as usual. If we were to believe that things were to continue as business as usual as they have the last two elections in 2005 and 2009, and that the IRGC-supporting Fars News was correct, then right now Qalibaf and Jalili would be neck and neck going in to the second round on June 21. We would see revolts in the streets as the IRGC had stolen yet again another election.
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)
It can happen any number of ways. I had thought one possible way for this to happen would be by the IRGC continuing to use, and then elevating the presidency. But with Rouhani being allowed by Khameini to be president, and if Rouhani is truly moderate and outside the core of the IRGC, then for the IRGC to achieve what Daniel 8:3 says it must do, it will do so by some other means.
The defeat of Qalibaf or Jalili simply translates to the idea that the presidency is most likely out of the spotlight for being a central player when the second horn becomes the longer one. With Rouhani as president, the efforts of the IRGC may now be more veiled. And it reminds us that, yes, we can speculate any number of ways how an event might fulfill the next Daniel prophecy of the Signposts, but the best effort is recognizing the actual event that finally fulfills the next prophecy.