The news from the Middle East seems upbeat these last few weeks, in regards to the Islamic State (IS).
Iraqi forces are on the verge of exterminating the last militant fighters from Mosul. Forces are now encroaching on the IS capital city of Raqqa. The money flowing to IS is only 20% of what it was at its peak. It would seem IS is on the decline.
Daniel 7:4-5 tells us Daniel was watching the lion being forced to stand, and then, behold, the bear being told to eat. We are to watch the lion, and then the bear. We saw the lion being forced to stand in 2005 and it is still standing through the subsequent elections. Iraq is still there, with its capital city Baghdad, its democratic government, and its sovereign territory being won back in the north part of the country.
The Signposts continue.
Iraq, the lion, is still standing.
Iran, the bear, and its mauling and running about, is still next.
As far as we know.