Events in the Middle East continue to support the Signpost interpretation of Daniel 7 and 8. Events involving IS (Islamic State) are no exception. In this earlier post I wrote that it looks like IS is being used by God as a trigger for the Iranian invasion of the Middle East, i.e. the Second Signpost. What the exact nature of the trigger is to be is yet to be seen. However, recent stories are showing that IS is now being used as leverage by the major Middle East powers to get the Second Signpost moving, and to prepare for the Third Signpost.
Both of the major Muslim powers in the Middle East – Iran and Turkey – are using the issue of dealing with IS (Islamic State) as a bargaining chip. Rather than IS being a great threat as the western media would have us believe, the IS is being used as leverage for His purposes to lure Iran and Turkey into their roles within the framework of the Signposts.
So what is it that Iran wants?
Iran wants to finish their nuclear program so they have nuclear weapons. This of course would allow Iran to conduct the Second Signpost invasion of the Middle East unhindered, just as 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.” (NIV, emphasis mine) They are now saying to the world that they would gladly wipe up IS if the world allows them more freedom in their nuclear program.
So what is it that the Turkish leadership wants?
They want two things. First, they want the Kurdish Party in Turkey, the PKK, to ally with Erdoğan’s ruling party the AKP to get the necessary majority so that they can re-write Turkey’s constitution and so give Erdoğan all the power he wants. This would help in his future role. And second, they want (Shia Muslim) Assad removed from the leadership of Syria so a Sunni Muslim government can be installed. This of course would give Turkey an ally to the south, rather than a bitter enemy. Syria is one of the four Sunni nations to join the future Confederacy during the Turkish-led Third Signpost. Turkey would join up with a Sunni Syria, but not a Shia Syria.
Most recently, the Turkish government is using the imminent invasion of the Kurdish town of Kobani to further both desires. It is feared IS will not only take the town of Kobani which sits just south of the Turkish border in Syria, but that IS militants would then massacre everyone in the town. So Turkey would save Kobani for political favors from the Kurdish Party, and would go into Syria to deal with IS at large if it gets to remove Assad from power.
In conclusion, IS is perceived as a great enough threat to become assistance for Iran in its invasion plans and to assist Turkey in becoming not only more tyrannical and Islamist in its government, but also to set up one of the four nations of the future Confederacy so that it can join with Turkey when the time comes.