Many are now watching the Middle East for the truly significant prophetic events. This is good. One big question people have is what will we see when the Second Signpost truly begins. One theme that always draws questions is when Iran increases the number of its troops in the field in Iraq or Syria, or deploys ships to some area around the Middle East. I get emails and texts wondering if this is “it.”
Daniel 7, 8, and Revelation 6 tells us about various aspects of the great Iranian invasion. Keep in mind the words from Daniel 8:4:
“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.”
A ram is used to symbolize Iran’s attack; its troop movements. A ram charges quickly, unexpectedly, and with enough force to knock people down and other animals senseless. No animal could be rescued from this ram, so it seems that the ram’s attacks will be overpowering. What might this translate into? I believe it equates to enough military force to easily overpower and shock the militaries of ISIS and other countries around it.
Recently on May 23 Iran sent a “small number of troops” to take back an oil refinery. I did not believe that was it. Just yesterday the story broke that Iran is sending 15,000 troops to Syria to shore up Assad’s forces. I don’t believe this is the start, either.
These forces that have gone out are meant to contend with ISIS, not overwhelm and shock it.
Also, Daniel 7:5 tells us that the bear that represents Iran will be told, “’Get up and eat your fill of flesh.” “Your fill” in the original language means to gorge and like a bear, that means many creatures, many beasts, many countries will be consumed. (This is all discussed in detail in chapter 10 of Daniel Revisited.)
So I believe the signature of the start of the Second Signpost will be a number of troops exceeding 100,000 at a very bare minimum (and more likely a minimum of 200,000), and many countries being impacted – ISIS, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Gulf states, and even countries like Jordan and Turkey. If there is any ramping up of forces to these levels, it will most likely be quick.
Keep watching. The invasion by Iran of the Middle East is next in Bible prophecy. We will continue to see Iran posture itself in the region. Having watched for the Iranian invasion since 2005, I would say we are close.
General Soleimani, the head of the Quds force branch of the IRGC, when the 15,000 troops to Syria was announced was quoted as saying, “The world will be surprised by what we and the Syrian military leadership are preparing for in the coming days.”
Is he referring to the Second Signpost itself? Maybe.