Will Egypt Be Compelled to Sit Out The Second Signpost?

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, NIV1984

The Second Signpost says Iranian forces will run out to the west, as far as the Mediterranean Sea, and will be able to do all the regime desires. To the west of Iran, there are three nations’ militaries on the Mediterranean that might have the power to interfere. From north to south they are Turkey, Israel, and Egypt.

Israel may stay out of the war entirely if it sees Muslims attacking Muslims.

As far as Egypt is concerned, recent developments suggest Egypt might actually sit out the Second Signpost. How could this be?

To begin with, Egypt’s oil production has been steadily falling short against its own consumption, as the bar chart shows. Egypt needs to be an oil importer. However, Egypt is broke and in debt to just under $100 billion which is a lot for a country whose economy has tanked.

Trends in Egypt's oil production and consumption show that Egypt will likely be producing only 60% of its needs by 2017.

Trends in Egypt’s oil production and consumption show that Egypt will likely be producing only 60% of its needs by 2017. From eia.gov.

Recently, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been trying to strike a deal for Egypt to get the gasoline and other oil products it needs. This NY Times article reports that the Saudis would provide oil and some investment in the Sinai in exchange for $22 billion and two islands of Egypt’s sovereign territory (see map below). The islands are situated in the Strait of Tiran, which joins the Gulf of Aqaba to the Red Sea. This strait is the only access path for Israeli ships between its southern port of Eilat and the Red Sea.

The two islands in question. The Egyptian mainland is toward the west, and Arabia is to the east. The inset shows that this involves Israel's access to the Red Sea.

The two islands in question. The Egyptian mainland is toward the west, and Arabia is to the east. The inset shows that this involves Israel’s access to the Red Sea.

This news story says that the amount of oil products is going to be 700,000 tons of gasoline and other refined oil products per month. That is the equivalent of Egypt receiving 225,000 barrels of crude oil per day when all the math is done. Per the bar chart, 225,000 barrels per day would just about take care of Egypt’s needs.

Egypt’s high court, though, rejected Egypt’s giving away the two islands, and the Saudis have said “no islands, no deal.”

So how would Egypt get the oil it needs for its economy to run better? From the bar chart’s trend it looks like Egypt can only produce 60% of what it needs in 2017. Where else could it get the oil it needs?

Iran might take advantage of this opportunity. Since Iran is now producing 4 million barrels per day, another 225,000 barrels does not seem like a big deal.

If Iran’s mullahs are shrewd, and Egypt is desperate enough, might Iran buy off Egypt’s opposition by providing 225,000 barrels per day at a reduced price – maybe even, for free? Such a deal in the future would go a long way to fulfill Daniel 8:4.  If Egypt is willing to give away two islands to an ally, might it accept free oil from a potential enemy?

We shouldn’t be too surprised at such an arrangement. During the Tribulation, might Antichrist buy Europe’s allegiance by providing all the oil it needs from the Middle East oil fields; the same oil that was cut off during the Second Signpost?



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11 replies

  1. 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

    If this is referring to modern day Iran how do you think it even possible for Israel to stay out of any war that allows the Iranians to “do as they please”, when what would please them most is the annihilation of Israel?

  2. http://www.debka.com/article/25900/Trump-Putin-safe-zones-deal-ousts-Iran-from-Syria

    Interesting to see if any of these plans play out in the near term. They certainly wouldn’t make Iran happy.

  3. Phil,
    Goo d question; I addressed this in my book. A subtle point is that the regime’s first and foremost goal is to spread their Revolution to all Muslim countries. If they are charging out to a dozen or so countries, taking them over, causing chaos, instilling a new Shia government everywhere they go, they don’t have a chance of going up against Israel in a serious way. Iran may lob rockets, and the local Palestinians might start another intifada, but by large conditions in Israel should be far better than most muslim countries in the Middle East.
    The regime does all this in the belief they will force the Mahdi’s coming. They believe the Mahdi will deal effectively with Israel.

  4. Hi Mark! I received this news from Breaking Israel Video today. http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/iranians-attacks-saudi-arabia-yet-scream-destroy-usa-and-destroy-israel/?omhide=true

    And of course, thought of the second signpost.
    Have you seen any other news about Iran attacks on Saudi Arabia or any other country in their region?

    Watching with you,
    Jana

  5. As I sit here in this evening watching the news of the firing of the acting Attorney General, I wonder if president Trump could be the usher of The Second Horseman as Carter was the of the First.

  6. Trump and Al Sisi of Egypt seem to like each other, so maybe it will not be Iran but the USA that somehow comes to the aid of Egypt:
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/01/31/Is-the-Trump-Sisi-bromance-real-or-exaggerated-.html

    Meanwhile, Russians are smuggling Soviet-era anti-tank missiles to Iran:
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/01/22/Ukraine-seizes-Iran-bound-plane-carrying-missiles-.html

    … and Iran has launched a medium range ballistic missile on Jan 29th, for which Israel has summoned the UN Security Council:
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/01/31/UNSC-to-hold-urgent-talks-on-Iran-missile-test.html

    Maybe the Iranians see this too as a test of what Trump is about in this regard.
    The Israelis also will be curious for the US reaction I deem. But I expect them to be optimistic; Israel feels so emboldened by Trumps support, in a few days time they have okayed the construction of 5500 houses on the West Bank.

  7. Hi Jana,
    Interesting. This is ongoing warfare between Shia Houthis and the Saudis like Shia Hezbollah against the Syrian rebels. I think the reason they were shouting death to the USA is because the Iranians/Shias, already considering the Sunni Saudis as enemies, are adding another reason to be enemies – the Saudis are allied with the Great Satan.
    Thanks for watching.

  8. Mark, I think you’re missing my point. Do you seriously think Israel would allow it’s deadliest enemy in the region to get to such a position of strength before taking military action?

    Allowing Iran to gain regional hegemony may have been an undeclared policy of your former President, but it’s not supported by biblical prophecy, that places Iran among the coalition of countries led by Gog.

  9. Phil,
    The clarification to your confusion is in Daniel Revisited. And Iran’s future hegemony is shown by prophecy, Daniel 8. We’ve gone round about this before; you refuse to see it.

  10. Yes, like my refusal to see a sword and sprig of wheat as a rams’ horn! You should’ve gone to Specsavers 🙂

  11. Phil,
    Well, I didn’t mean that – the sword and sprig is purely subjective. I refer to the long comments on prophetic Scripture I wrote back to you debating your position.

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