Are We on the Verge of Iran’s Invasion of the Mideast, and will the U.S. Trigger It?

In a recent post I mentioned how events in Egypt right now are basically just noise.  Both Egypt and Turkey will be pulled into their rolls in the Third Signpost, forming their confederacy, with internal pressures of steering their governments into Islamism.  What happens between now and then is the result of the ebb and flow between Islamist and Secularist forces in those nations.  These nations are not to be involved as the main players in a major event – yet.

Syria on the other hand may be quite different.  Though Syria will eventually join Egypt and Turkey in the Sunni Confederacy, I say “may be quite different” because right now Syria is a potential powder keg that could be the trigger of the next big event, the Second Signpost, the invasion by Iran.  Syria is one of the nations allied with Iran.  Iranian leadership looks upon its alliance with Iraq, Syria and Lebanon (via Hezbollah) as something near and dear to them, to be defended.  The reason is that in those countries there are Shia militant groups keeping those countries in orbit about Iran, Shia Islam dominates otherwise Sunni regions, and those countries form a land bridge to the border of Israel.

On September 4, Iranian president Rouhani stated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is charged with a very important responsibility [in seeing] a stable and secure Syria….”  On the same day, Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani said, “Some criticize why we support Syria so much; [one] must respond to them that we do not pay attention to enemy propaganda because Syria has been the front line of Resistance and this reality is undeniable. We have a duty to support Muslims because they are under pressure and oppression.”  They view both Israel and the Syrian rebels as the oppressors.

If there be any doubt that this whole strategic scenario of having this land bridge to Israel is important to Iran, they named one of the five branches of their IRGC after Jerusalem (al-Quds in Arabic) itself, the “Quds” Force.

There have been some developments to indicate that if the U.S. attacks Syria, Iran will retaliate which of course would widen the war.  And once a war begins to widen, who knows what kind of war it ends up being.  This war could even result in the start of the Second Signpost.

We can see clues that this is indeed the case if the U.S. strikes Syria.  It was reported in the Wall Street Journal that the “U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria.”  The message came from Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani who gave an order to potentially strike a range of targets with the American embassy in Iraq being the most visible.

It was also reported in WorldNetDaily, “Should the U.S. launch a Mideast attack, the Islamist Hezbollah has threatened, its ‘23,000 … martyrdom-seeking forces’ are prepared to fight back by attacking Saudi Arabia and western oil interests in the region.”  In addition, “Sheikh Wathiq al-Battat, the secretary-general of the Shi’ite Hezbollah in Iraq, has warned that his Jaysh al-Mukhtar army will target oil installations and ports in predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia if the U.S. attacks Syria or, by implication, should there be an attack on Iran.”

Both of these reports, one concerning Iraq and the other Saudi Arabia are reminders that Iran has varying degrees of control on various regions and countries within the Middle East.  It does control Iraq and Lebanon.  It has great influence in eastern Saudi Arabia due to the Shia population living there.

There are also signs of something going on behind the scenes in Iran, as hinted at in a report by one AEI analyst who watches Iran.  He noted Gen. Suleimani’s lack of presence and “…dearth of coverage of one the Islamic Republic’s most powerful and revered security officials discussing critical and timely events is highly unusual.”  The analyst then speculated Suleimani may simply be tending to his responsibilities as commander of the Quds Force during this critical time.  I found the article’s next statement interesting, “Why is something seemingly so trivial important?  Because it is the only real aberration in Iran’s official response during the Syria crisis.”  So what would otherwise be a “normal” crisis is different because strangely Suleimani is busy?  It is being reported that this is not normal behavior – that something may be different this time.

At the same time, IRGC Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, speaking at a conference where neither his boss Gen. Suleimani the head of the Quds Force, nor Gen. Jafari the head of the entire IRGC attended, was reported as stating, “We are on the verge of a strategic turning point for this region’s future, and in a sense, for the world of Islam.”  What might that statement mean?

To the person who does not know the Signposts this statement could be taken as just one more instance of Iranian rhetoric and is ignored.  However, to those who know the Second Signpost and the event it holds which is the imminent invasion by Iran of the Middle East, Salami’s statement might sound rather ominous.  The Second Signpost is the major paradigm shift in the region and in Islam that is to occur next, which is exactly what Salami was talking about.  So is Salami giving us a hint that we are on the verge of the Second Signpost?  Are we on the verge of what amounts to the major paradigm shift in the Middle East and in Islam, as Salami states?  The question we must ask is, are we really on “the verge”?

In conclusion, Brig. Gen. Salami’s statement about a strategic turning point being “on the verge”, and of Iranian leadership’s threats to Saudi Arabia and the American embassy in Iraq, are all a response to the U.S. threat of an attack on Syria.  Will America trigger the Second Signpost by attacking Syria?

Categories: In The News, Signpost #2: Iran

7 replies

  1. brilliant.analysis.Mark….the.usa.could.actually.trigger.the.second.signpost…amazing!

  2. I appreciate the “insider” look into the possible thinking of Iranian leadership you provide, Mark. It is a shame you do not work for the CIA, your analysis would be valuable in light of prophetic Scripture! Tho’ many would charge you as one of those “conspiracy theorists” and of course any prophecy student wears that badge of honor proudly! I know I do. It is also of interest to note that the newly elected Iranian President will be visiting the UN this coming week for the new session. There is even talk that Obama and the new Iranian President might even have a “getting to know you” chat while he is here! And again, the Iranian President keeps repeating the party line that Iran has no intention of developing nuclear weapons. But only wants Iran to have domestic nuclear energy as a nation. Nobody is buying that in the international community, but the centrifuges still keep spinning.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Iran will invade the Middle East during the last term of Obama now since our President has clearly demonstrated his incompetent leadership in foreign policy over the Syrian situation. But for the sovereign hand of God stopping the US over Syria, Iran may have well invaded by now and you would be talking about signpost #2 as a reality. The time has not yet come but the writing is on the wall. It is not a matter of if but when.

    I was reading 2013 Spring conference notes from the Daniel Training Network which is a Christian organization trying to reach the Christian community to prepare them for the Day of the LORD. They see the writing on the wall too. Hey, Mark you should attend their conference next year in San Francisco, CA. That is your backyard and I bet you could contribute much to next year’s conference. Check out their web site. I have been greatly blessed by what I have read. Joel Richardson will be one of their speakers at next year’s conference. If I could find a way to go, I would be there in a heartbeat.


  3. I believe with the left in this country wanting to see Rouhani as a moderate, and with Rouhani himself being the anti-Ahmadinejad in image, I would think Iran’s nuke capability is all but done.
    Thanks for the info on the Daniel Training Network.

  4. Amazingly the USA decided on whether to bomb Syria during the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It was not God’s time but it sure felt like it when it was happening. The larger horn has not ascended in Iran in my opinion. That remains.

    President Obama was deterred but seems still determined to take sides against the Shia.

    The question of why comes to mind. The possible connection of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the USA is fascinating in this second article.

    The Shia/Sunni war is boiling just below the surface with the USA seeming to take sides with the Sunni. Yes the USA seems bent on entering the fray and possibly sparking the second signpost.

  5. Since Iran’s new president’s visit to the UN opening session last week Israel is becoming alarmed at how the West and in particular the US President seems to be “charmed” by the “new” approach by a supposed more open Iran. If this tactic is successful then we may see birth pangs of your second signpost sooner rather than later. Here is the recent link:

  6. Here is an article underlining the smoldering Sunni Shia conflict and Turkey’s involvement in Syria. It will be easy to see the Iran invasion heading north into southern/western Turkey as well just as the Bible predicts.

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