In Daniel Revisited, chapter 10, I proposed two paths to the Second Signpost. They both involve the fulfillment of the second horn on the ram, the horn that grew up longer and later in Daniel 8:3. I wrote in Daniel Revisited about a possible transfer of power in the government,
“…But this transfer of power may be hidden and may have already happened. The IRGC may either operate with this power behind the scenes with its leadership overruling the supreme leader, or it may establish an official government office. We probably will not know until the first overt and significant event happens—whether a new office in Iran takes greater power, or the great invasion itself begins. How I wish it were the former, since in that case we might have the luxury of extra time to warn and prepare, but I fear it is the latter.” DR, p. 183
The purpose of this article is to let all my readers know that recently I have taken more of a shift to the latter in the quote above. I gave some more thought and prayer to the kings of Media and Persia as it says in Daniel 8:20, and to the question, “Who are they?”
(As a side note there will be many pictures in this article of the various generals of the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] – they are all there for the purpose of illustrating the message here – take a good look at them.)
The search for clarification went like this. The large horn on the goat and the little horn growing out of one of the four, are said in Daniel 8 to be individual kings – one man for each single horn. The four growing up in place of the first horn on the goat, are said to be entire kingdoms. The horns definitely and consistently represent power only. The text of Daniel 8 tells us whether that power is wielded by one man, or by an entire country.
That leaves the two horns of the ram. These two horns are still two power bases, I believe, just as I wrote about in Daniel Revisited. Daniel 8:20 tells us who the horns are – the kings of Media and Persia. The DR quote above is indicative of my position – the first horn’s power is wielded by the office of the supreme leader, and the second horn’s power is wielded by the IRGC and its commanders. With the second horn being the IRGC, I was thinking it had to be either a single commander breaking out to form a new office possibly, or the horn was the entire IRGC and there would be a single commander in the background calling the shots.
And then a new thought hit me.
In the supreme leader’s case the situation is obvious, it is the office itself set up by the Iranian constitution that wields the power of the first horn. But in the IRGC’s case, how would that exactly work for the second horn?
I had known about the commanders – the generals – of the IRGC. They all joined the IRGC early in their lives as soldiers, either in 1979 at the start of the revolution, or in 1980 when the war with Iraq started. They all fought together and became friends. They all decided to make the IRGC their career and their religion (yes, religion, the IRGC has a cult of the supreme leader that they follow – DR, p. 188). Together, they now control the IRGC.
And, unlike a typical army, a few of the top generals report to the supreme leader, rather than only one general. One might think that if there was one top general he might be the “king” of the second horn. But the situation does not seem to work that way. Here are the generals reporting to the supreme leader.
Major General (MG) Ali Jafari, head of all the IRGC, reports to the supreme leader.
MG Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force which is one of the five branches of the IRGC, reports directly to the supreme leader. Being the head of an IRGC branch, he does not report to Jafari as one might think, but to the supreme leader.
So does MG Mohammad Bagheri the recently promoted chief of staff of the entire Iranian military including the IRGC. He reports to the supreme leader.
And so does MG Gholam Rashid, the top commander of the huge complex serving as headquarters of the IRGC, which will soon be under S-300 protection.
What would a ‘king’ need to do in wielding the power of the IRGC? Well, the IRGC must be operated, trained, logistically supplied, financed (which includes running half of Iran’s economy), and ultimately commanded to carry out a major invasion of an area the size of the USA. There are the 300,000 men of the IRGC itself and the million-plus men of the Basij that must all be coordinated. Realizing this, and seeing how so many generals don’t report to each other but to the supreme leader, and that all these men do not appear to be jostling one another but are brothers within their cult of the supreme leader working together (in everything I’ve read), it dawned on me – there doesn’t have to be TWO kings.
There are two power bases. Who says there has to be two kings? The text of the Bible says “kings” as in the plural of king. Two is plural. But so is eight or seventeen! (By the way, don’t you find Bible prophecy is frequently like that? You can get stuck on one meaning and miss an entirely different meaning.) Daniel 8 is not telling us there has to be two kings, just two powers. To wield the power of the IRGC and conduct the Second Signpost effectively requires many kings – a “king’s club,” if you will. There are the four kings/major-generals I named above. In addition there are the brigadier generals (BG) – all heads of other branches – that report to the major generals.
There is BG Mohammad Reza Naghdi who commands the Basij, the volunteer force for the IRGC.
There is BG Amir-Ali Hajizadeh of the Aerospace Force, a branch of the IRGC, which runs the missile and nuclear weapons programs.
There is BG Ali Fadavi of the IRGC Navy, another branch.
There is BG Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of the Ground Forces branch of the IRGC.
There is BG Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of the entire IRGC.
And there is BG Ali Fazli, the deputy commander of the entire Basij.
Five brigadier generals report to the MG’s named earlier, and Fazli immediately above reports to Naghdi.
After realizing the kings were not two but many, one other thing hit me. It has been staring me in the face for years, and once I realized what I was seeing, it seemed to confirm my conclusions. For me it was a “duh” moment. I guess I didn’t see it because I was looking for two kings only.
Look at all those photos again – both of the MGs and the BGs. You see all these men in their 50’s, all joining around 1980 heeding some spiritual call, all brothers in their careers of the IRGC and carrying out their oaths to both do the supreme leader’s bidding and to carry out the Iranian revolution across the Muslim realm. They form the club of the kings. There is something in common in all the pictures. Do you see it? It’s in every picture above. Take the time to check out the photos above for a common feature.
For comparison, below is the top commander of the Artesh (the regular army, navy and air force) tasked with only defending the Iranian homeland – MG Ataollah Salehi. What do you see missing in this photo compared to the earlier photos? The uniform is a different color, yes. But that’s not the main feature I’m calling out here. Indeed, what is missing here?
Are you looking? Proceeding beyond this line gives you the answer. The answer is in the next line; you might find this more fascinating if you can see it for yourself. Again, the answer is in all the preceding photos above except the last one of MG Salehi.
A hint is in the title of this post.
If you guessed the RED BADGE’s you are correct. They are on the collars of every general whether a BG or an MG of the entire IRGC and Basij, but not the Artesh. The Artesh will not take part in the Second Signpost directly – only the IRGC and Basij. Generically, in the West, the badges are called gorget patches when worn on the collar. In Iran, they are for the rank of Sardar (which is Persian) for “General,” but the patches are only for the generals of the IRGC. And they really do stand out.
Let’s look more carefully at those red badges, for they are truly remarkable and even prophetic. We’ll use the photo of MS Qasem Soleimani again to examine them.
Note in the photo the features of the IRGC General’s Sardar badge. The first is that the dominant color is red – the color of the second horse in Revelation 6 which I believe heralds the start of the Second Signpost (DR, chapter 7). Note the second feature – the large sword, also carried by the horseman on the red horse. Third, note the sprigs – likely wheat, I don’t know – but at a distance they are reminiscent of ram’s horns, the way they twist and curl around the swords. Finally, there are two badges, on either side of the head, and even mirrored like a right and a left, furthering the similarity to having two ram’s horns, per Daniel 8:3.
So these badges could be said to be only worn by the kings of the second horn of the ram, and are rather prophetic being red (not white, black or green), with a sword (not a bow or a balance), with two of them on either side of the head looking a bit like ram’s horns. Now, I typically don’t let symbolism drive a truth, but I find frequently a truth is reflected by symbolism.
The generals participating directly in the ram’s charge in Daniel 8:4 are wearing a “picture” of a ram’s left horn and a ram’s right horn, adorned with the color and symbolism of the second horseman. It’s as if the kings are wearing icons. It’s their “mark” for the Second Signpost.
Go back and look at all the photos of the kings of the ram who wield the power of the second horn. It’s almost as if God has given us an easy stand-out way to spot one or more of the kings of Media and Persia of Daniel 8:20. Spotting the supreme leader is easy – there’s only one of them and the mainstream news makes it obvious who it is. Now the red badges make it easy to spot the other kings too. Below are two photos of the kind you might see in the news.
Since these may very well be the kings of Daniel 8:20, with their position and power already in place, the next event in prophecy is not likely to be a new office appearing in the Iranian government per the quote at the beginning of this article, but the Second Signpost itself.
It has always been my hope for this blog and for Daniel Revisited, that readers come up to speed on prophecy topics and what is really going on and that they will be able to discern what is to happen as all the Signposts roll by. And if this interpretation of Daniel 8 is true, then hopefully in the future when you view the news coming out of Iran and the Middle East, awareness of this iconic feature can help you more easily spot the tell-tale RED BADGE of the kings of Media and Persia.
God bless you all.
Categories: Announcements, Signpost #2: Iran, Signpost Theology
Interesting correlations, Mark. It is surely something to consider. As an aside, I couldn’t help but notice that MG Qasem Soleimani looks like one of my favorite Scottish actors, Sean Connery. Both men are very striking in appearance but the MG for me is an enemy combatant and the other I would love to have a dinner conversation with! LOL!
The IRGC has a lot of similarities with the German SS:
1. It started small: as the personal bodyguard of Adolf Hitler (SS = “Schutz Staffel” = Protection Unit).
2. It grew and grew, and became a state within the state, just like the IRGC now, as you described in previous posts.
3. The SS became the elite military units of Germany, much better armed than the regular German Army, the “Wehrmacht”. (Unlike the depiction in many WW II movies, the Wehrmacht through most of the war depended very much on horsepower for transport of arms and supplies. Only the SS was fully motorized, and also had much more semi-automatic weapons and less ordinary rifles.)
Just as the IRGC is better equipped than the Artesh.
4. The SS had their own uniforms, symbols and ranks, different from the Wehrmacht, just as those of the IRGC differ from the Artesh.
5. The personality cult of the “Fuhrer” (leader, guide) Hitler was strongest in the SS, just like the IRGC towards the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei.
It is to be feared that there will be another similarity:
6. The SS ran all the concentration camps, and all the extermination camps for the Jews and the Gypsies. Because the IRGC is for extending Shia Islam at the cost of Sunni Islam, similar atrocities as from the SS are to be expected. Towards minorities like Yezidi’s and Christians too.
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I didn’t realize until a couple of years in reading the book After the Flood that Persians were connected to the lineage of Japeth, not Shem. They would more European to some degree.
Shem’s descendants’ range is limited to Iraq and Syria in the north, and the Arabian peninsula. That’s about it.
“The generals participating directly in the ram’s charge in Daniel 8:4 are wearing a “picture” of a ram’s left horn and a ram’s right horn, adorned with the color and symbolism of the second horseman. It’s as if the kings are wearing icons. It’s their “mark” for the Second Signpost.”
No Mark. They are wearing insignia that features a sprig of vegetation (possibly wheat) and a sword.
There are no rams and no horns.
Of course they are wearing insignia that features a sprig of vegetation and a sword.
Did you catch the text I wrote two paragraphs before the paragraph you quoted? I wrote,
“Third, note the sprigs – likely wheat, I don’t know – but at a distance they are reminiscent of ram’s horns, the way they twist and curl around the swords. Finally, there are two badges, on either side of the head, and even mirrored like a right and a left, furthering the similarity to having two ram’s horns, per Daniel 8:3.”
As you can see, I said what they were physically, in complete agreement with you. I am simply putting it before you and everyone else that the insignia can be thought of as prophetic. And that this insignia, compellingly similar to prophetic themes, allows you to see the kings easily in news stories.
Have you read DR? Do you know and understand how the signpost message is interpreted from the Bible?
In this post is given a visual tool to allow readers to more easily recognize in news events, what they have read in DR.
Just prior to this “red badge” post, I reread the book Daniel Revisited. So I immediately understood the significance of the new information and responded, “Wow!” A wise saying is this: “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him” (Proverbs 18:13).
Yes Mark, I read what you said, and understood your reasoning. Your conclusion is ridiculous.
There are no ram heads or horns to be seen anywhere other than in your imagination. This latest example of eisegesis is only reminiscent of what Shoebat did with the mark of the beast.
You’ve had a history here on this site of picking at various teachings without receiving the explanations. You never did answer my earlier points on earlier posts.
You’ve shown no sign of wanting to grasp or understand the Signposts, and your earlier posts have shown you are more interested in putting down, than learning, of wanting to teach me your errors and erroneous logic.
Now you call a powerful visual tool “ridiculous” that can easily help people who do grasp and understand the Signposts. Your comment makes sense for someone of your mindset.
I see the same symbolic relationship between the sword and the sprigs also pictured on the shoulder pads above the red patches mentioned. I’m thinking the designer of the symbols had in mind to communicate that growth and prosperity of their nation is intimately related to the use of deadly force. Clearly the biblical symbol of horns (of any shape or size) is also related to the use of force. Although I can’t see force symbolized by the sprigs specifically– (the shape of them is interesting but seems to me incidental), I think the importance of your post, Mark, is in realizing that a group of kings who are of the same mind can effectively be the same as a single force or ‘horn’ of political-military power. I agree with that conclusion. Also, thanks for allowing this comment section for readers to be able to compare notes and digest new information. It’s more helpful in the long run for commenters to focus on agreement with what is true, rather than to try to imply disagreement with an entire thesis because of a single point of disagreement. You’ve put an amazing amount of thought and prayer, I’m sure, into your books and the content of this site. We’re all still learning as time moves forward. The foundation of a thesis is the important part. Their may be some minor details within our imaginations which are discarded as we learn more. That’s ok. Keep up the good work of being a watchman on your particular wall in the area of end-times research and study. You have an unusual ability for bringing to light many things which would otherwise remain hidden from our awareness. I find value in that and hope to see more similar content in future posts.
Mark, I don’t know if you caught Bill Koenig’s website today but this article was posted earlier. Very interesting to see the Shi’ite flag flying in Mosul.
Well said. Thanks.
Mark, breaking story today thought i would let you know if you don’t already. IRGC sending elite military to usa and other places.. check it out
Thanks Mark! Daniel’s assessment is well said. Symbols may be just symbols, our job is to watch and pray for discernment.
Did you see this article in the Free Beacon today? http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-military-sending-elite-forces-u-s-europe/
Appears that we may be joined by some of those wearing red badges very soon. Here is a short statement from the article ““The whole world should know that the IRGC will be in the U.S. and Europe very soon,” Salar Abnoush, deputy coordinator of Iran’s Khatam-al-Anbia Garrison, an IRGC command front, was quoted as saying in an Iranian state-controlled publication closely tied to the IRGC.”
The plant forms seen twisting around the swords look like laurel wreaths. Their yellow color may suggest the heads of ripened wheat. I happen to have dried stalks of wheat in this very room, and their grain sheaths are three-dimensional around their stems, plus they have spikes at the end of the sheaths. When I look up “laurel wreath” on Wikipedia, the first one that I see pictured is yellow. I had thought that laurel wreaths were only green. The meaning usually attached to laurel wreaths is “victory” over something. Wrapping something signifying victory around swords suggests that swords are used to obtain it. The fact that the laurel wreaths are wrapped in opposite directions around the swords does make them look like ram horns.
Thanks for the additional info. Interesting, the idea of both laurel wreaths and wrapping around swords. This means the “wreath” would have a double meaning – both the similarity to the ram’s horn, but now confirming the IRGC’s victory and Daniel 8:4 – the ram got to do all it wanted. And it further accents the sword.
What prismsplay added was helpful and adds a dimension of understanding to the underlying significance to those red badges in my estimation, Mark. It is a symbolic way of communicating military victory by those who wear it! Prophetic? Perhaps.
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