Thanks go to the many readers in the wave of emails who sent me the link to this story which came out a few days ago. It is good to see readers watching just as our Lord commanded us. Yes, it looks like the Second Signpost is very close. The article, with the title “Mideast’s worst case: A ‘big war’ pitting Shia Muslims against Sunni,” shows that secular commentators are realizing what could potentially happen in the Middle East – a great Sunni-Shia War.
The great Sunni-Shia War to come is the Second and Third Signposts as shown to us from Daniel 7 and 8, and as I wrote about in Daniel Revisited. The Bible shows us that this great war to come is the next event in end-time prophecy.
The article mentions this war as “worse things could happen.” I would say that puts it rather lightly as this great war will change our world economically, set it on the path to the Tribulation, will result in the emergence of Antichrist, and bring in the Tribulation itself. Things don’t get worse than this. The Bible even tells us the Tribulation will be a time of the worst times in all of human history.
In this post I compared the Mideast of today to Europe in 1914. In both cases, there are two basic factions (Allies vs. Central Powers, Sunni vs. Shia) involving many nations covering a continent-sized piece of territory. In the Table below I list the nations involved in these wars and their land areas. The number of nations to be involved will be roughly comparable to the number of nations that fought WWI in Europe. The territory covered is astonishingly equivalent.
In addition, according to the article Michael Stephens, of the Royal United Service Institute which is a think tank in London said, “The conditions are very much like 1914…all it will take is one little spark.”
Iraqi Kurd commentator, Hiwa Osman is quoted as saying, “The whole region is braced for the big war, the war that has not yet happened, the Shiite-Sunni war.”
Increasingly, people in the Mideast itself see this war as inevitable, as sure as there is a Sunni sect and a Shia sect. Saudi Arabia fears this war, as do the Gulf States. Turkey is wary.
It seems everyone is concentrated on the trouble presented by ISIS. The opening salvo of this war will be the invasion of the Middle East by Iran. I believe when the war begins, Iran will demolish ISIS in a matter of days. At that time, people will realize what they should really worry about.
Keep watching. It looks like it is getting close. Get prepared. Wake up your pastor. Above all realize the Bible tells us this war is the next necessary step to Christ’s glorious coming.