This news story just broke in the last day or two reporting that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has been hospitalized and is in critical condition. He has been under watch by doctors since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer several years ago. It has advanced to stage four and apparently the effects of the cancer are catching up with him.
This story should remind us of the ever-changing and shifting world of prophecy fulfillment. What I mean by this is that even though it is fairly certain that Daniel 8 is showing us the Persian ram will have two leaders during the Second Signpost, and the Turkish leader will lead the four nation Sunni confederacy during the Third with four leaders coming after him, the actual men fulfilling these roles is unknown until the fulfillment is under way.
Ayatollah Khomeini was the face of the first horn of the ram until 1989. Ever since that time it has been Ali Khamenei. But the man who is the first horn when the Persian ram runs out will not be known until it happens. It might be Khamenei or a successor. And as it turns out chances are now high it might be someone else other than Khamenei. Who might it be? The Assembly of Experts will decide. But whoever it may be, it will be someone God will use to carry out the Second Signpost.
Remember the horns are positions of power and could be held by anyone. Erdogan is the best candidate for the first horn of the goat but that does not mean that it will be him. Generals Soleimani and Jafari are likely the best candidates for the second horn of the ram but it may not be either of them.
This is yet another reason why we must watch. Watching, like our King commanded in Matthew 24, requires perseverance and being alert.