I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. – Daniel 8:3 (NIV)
What I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!” – Mark 13:37 (NIV)
It’s been a while. With headline-grabbing developments such as the Iran nuclear deal, Assad, Erdoğan, ISIS, it’s been a while since we saw anything having to do with the Persian ram’s second horn. I wrote in Daniel Revisited how the Iranian government, supreme leader, and IRGC have so far fulfilled Daniel 8:3 with great detail. One of the things to watch for in these Signposts is the man who will be the second horn on the ram.
All eight horns seen in the vision in Daniel 8 (the two on the ram, the prominent horn of the goat, the four that sprout, and the little horn) are all represented by single men. The prominent horn of the goat will be the leader of Turkey at the start of the Third Signpost. The little horn to grow out of one of the four is the man who will be Antichrist. The two horns – the two kings – of the Persian goat will also be two men. One of the men, in the office of the first horn, is the supreme leader of Iran. The horn is long as it says in Daniel 8:3 and likewise the supreme leader has all the power in Iran. The second horn that grew up longer and later is the head of the IRGC, whoever that may end up being.
Today, the supreme leader is Khamenei. When the Second Signpost kicks off and the actual charge of the ram begins it may be someone else, whoever the supreme leader will be at that time. The second horn though, the head of the IRGC, could be General Ali Jafari or General Qassem Soleimani. Jafari, the head of the IRGC, and Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force branch of the IRGC both report directly to the supreme leader.
So it is that this story came out a few days ago. Soleimani travelled to Moscow to meet with Putin. To me what is interesting is the exact words used in the story (emphasis mine):
“…Soleimani arrived in Moscow for meetings with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and President Vladimir Putin. It was not immediately clear what the Iranian leader discussed…”
When I’ve seen the words “Iranian leader” in the past, it’s always been associated with the supreme leader or the president or some other elected official in the Iranian government. This is an interesting choice of words used for someone who is “only” a general. It’s the first time I’ve seen those words in the press used this way. If Soleimani is to be the second horn, he would have to be an Iranian leader. Is this a divine clue? We will soon see.