“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. He did as he pleased and became great. (Daniel 8:4, NIV 1984, emphasis mine)
One factor that makes watching for the Signposts interesting is seeing how exactly events will play out to fulfill prophecy. And we are commanded to this because Jesus said, “Watch!”
For example, how exactly will Iran become great as it says in Daniel 8:4 above? Daniel Revisited chapter 10 mentions a few ways. Recently, the “failed” Turkish coup which happened in mid-July suggests another way.
This story from the Washington Post brings up a frightening possibility. The United States, as part of its treaty and deals with various NATO countries, stores some of its nuclear arsenal in certain countries. The fact that about 50 American B1 nuclear bombs are kept at Incirlik Airbase in Turkey is kept quiet – it’s not Classified, but it’s also not advertised.
These nuclear bombs are meant to be carried by fighters such as the F-15 and F-16. They have a variable yield up to 340 kT (the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was only about 17 kT).
While the news article reflects an anxiety about Turkish forces possibly grabbing them, I don’t think that is the problem. Only if you know about the Second Signpost, the invasion by Iran of the Middle East, are you thinking of a far worse scenario. That’s right, if the Defense Dept. under Obama hasn’t pulled them out by the time the IRGC charges out, there is a very real possibility the IRGC could get hold of them. The Air Base is only 70 miles or so beyond Syrian territory.
Iran may be able to cobble together a few nuclear bombs on its own. Now imagine what Iran could do with 50 more nuclear warheads, courtesy the US DoD. The Persian ram “did as he pleased and became great.”