“Now then, I tell you the truth: Three more kings will appear in Persia, and then a fourth, who will be far richer than the others.” Daniel 11:2, NIV
As I am writing this new book I keep running across several places where there are foreshadows prior to fulfillments and in other places fulfillments first and then “aftershadows.”
For example, Alexander the Great can be considered a foreshadow of the Turkish leader of the future Sunni Confederacy during the Third Signpost. We know fulfillment of the Daniel 8 goat is here in the end times because of Daniel 8:17, :19 and :26.
And then there are “aftershadows” as in Daniel 11:2. (I didn’t find a word that was to my satisfaction and so I am using “aftershadows.”) Indeed that verse was completely and to the letter fulfilled by the kings of Persia after Cyrus: Cambyses, Bardiya, Darius I, and then the rich Xerxes I who stirred up everyone against Greece. From my research I am finding a compelling argument for this same Daniel 11:2 passage to reflect or echo today with Iranian leaders as a setup to the Second Signpost.
This phrase “three kings and then a fourth” would only make sense and apply to the Islamic Republic of Iran, founded in 1979. For it is only the Persian ram, the Islamic Republic, that is relevant and not the preceding Pahlavian Dynasty. But we must also keep in mind the prophecy of Daniel 8:3 where the second horn grows up longer, later. Any echo from Daniel 11:2 must be in agreement with Daniel 8:3. And Daniel 11:2 does not have to reverberate but there is a compelling reason due to a symmetry I have found in prophecy fulfillment. But if it does not occur in the Iranian leaders of today there is no problem. I bring up this situation as a possible addition to watch for as the Second Signpost takes shape.
The first king was Ayatollah Khomeini, the first supreme leader, and the power behind the first horn of the ram, ruling from 1979 to 1989. The second king, continuing the first horn is Ayatollah Khamenei, ruling from 1989 to the present day. But what of a third king and a fourth king? We know from Daniel 8 that there will be at least be one more king, who is the second horn of the ram.
It was two news articles that caught my eye, one of them being sent thankfully by a reader.
The first is about the current supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the process of choosing a successor. This coming month in February the Assembly of Experts will hold elections among themselves. It is this new Assembly, the fifth since 1979, which will likely choose Khamenei’s successor. This successor would be the third king, but still representing the first horn of the Persian ram. Khamenei may not last too much longer, and if the Second Signpost tarries we may very well see a third Ayatollah – a third king – ruling Iran when the Second Signpost begins. Because of the age of Khamenei – 74 – and his bouts with cancer, he may not last too much longer.
The second story, sent in by a reader, reports that the IRGC leadership stands to become very rich with the lifting of sanctions. The rationale in Chapter 10 of Daniel Revisited shows that the IRGC has grown up and is already that second horn – whether it is longer or not than the supreme leader at this point is anyone’s guess. But with the billions of dollars coming in to enrich IRGC coffers and two candidates already leading as the second horn, when the leader of the IRGC representing the second horn possibly steps into a more prominent position out of the shadows and into the limelight, another king will appear. This king would a fourth king (assuming there is a third Ayatollah as supreme leader), and be richer than the other kings and would stir “everyone” up against Yavan.
Remember, this is only an echo of Daniel 11:2, for it was in ancient times that there was indeed a third king and then a fourth, and he stirred up his entire empire to attack only Yavan/Greece. That was a perfect fulfillment. Today, the third and fourth kings would be co-leading Iran and they would attack everyone to the west, south, and to the north including Yavan/Greece, i.e. Turkey.
Again, a third Ayatollah appearing may or may not happen. But with all the rich tapestry that is Bible prophecy, we should not be surprised if it does indeed occur as an echo of ancient fulfillment, here in the end times.