This story came from the BBC that IS fighters and their families were given safe passage out of Raqqa by local officials, to other points in Syria and Turkey. The last fighters in Raqqa were brought to the negotiating table around October 10. About a month later, they were shipped out in a convoy across Syria and southeast Turkey.
When I saw the BBC news on TV, and those trucks moving out on the road across the desert, the curious thought hit me – could the future Antichrist have been in that convoy? The last 250 battle-hardened ISIS fighters were transported with their families – 3,700 in all. Though only 250 fighters out of millions in Syria and eastern Turkey is a longshot probabilistically, the thought wouldn’t go away and seemed to beg further consideration. But what a crazy thought.
Birth Years of Signpost Leaders
The ages and birth years of leaders of the Four Signposts will likely progress to be later and later as the Signposts progress.
First Signpost: Saddam Hussein, the leader of the First Signpost, was born in 1937. He was dictator of Iraq from age 42 until he was removed at age 65.
Second and Third Signpost: It is my belief the Second Signpost will last only a few years (not nearly as long as the First Signpost), and so the Third Signpost leader would be comparable in age to the Second Signpost leaders.
The leaders of the upcoming Second Signpost are the supreme leader and the commanders of the IRGC. Major General Soleimani of the Quds force is a likely candidate. He was born in 1957. He has been commander of the Quds Force since he was 50, and is now 60.
Khamenei is the current supreme leader. He is now 78. The candidate most likely to succeed him is Ebrahim Raisi who was born in 1960 and is currently 57.
The leading candidate of the Third Signpost is likely Turkish president Erdoğan who was born in 1954. He has been in power since he was 49, and will likely stay in power until 2029 when he is 75.
Fourth Signpost: This is the Signpost of the emerging Antichrist. The timing of the Signposts may dictate that the man to be Antichrist is not born until twenty years or so after the Second and Third Signpost leaders. If Saddam was born in the late 1930s, and Soleimani and Erdoğan were born in the mid- to late-1950s, it may follow the man to be Antichrist wasn’t born until the 1970s or even 1980s. Those fighters in the trucks in the BBC news story are likely in their 20’s, or 30’s. A 35-year-old would be born in 1982. (There’s a thought – the Antichrist could likely be a Millennial!)
What Might He Do During the Early Signposts?
Therefore it is certainly within the realm of possibility in terms of age that the man to be Antichrist might have been one of the fighters on those trucks and busses.
Consider the following as well. During the Fourth Signpost, the man to be Antichrist will take over as king of one of the four nations emerging from the Sunni Confederacy. What kind of person seizes power like that? It is someone who will have military and political experience leading men. Think of someone like Saddam Hussein.
There is a case for the Antichrist’s origination being in central Syria itself (see Post). What might he have done during the First Signpost? Being a jihadist or militant is certainly not an unreasonable guess. He could have been part of al-Qaida and might now be a retired ISIS fighter.
What, then, might he do during the Second Signpost? Perhaps he will lead Sunni militants against IRGC forces there in Syria or southeast Turkey.
During the Third Signpost, with Turkey leading its powerful confederacy, he might be a politician or higher ranking officer in their army. Perhaps he would have got that position by being recognized by the country as a hero fighting the IRGC (total speculation of course). When the Fourth Signpost begins, that could place him in a better position where he can step into the role as new leader of the new Turkish-Syrian nation.
This world has likely many years – a couple decades or more perhaps – to go until Christ returns. With each Signpost, the man to be Antichrist may very well go through stages in his own career as God prepares him for his final role.
The thought of him possibly riding on one of those trucks or busses leaving Raqqa might not seem so crazy. If he witnessed the brutality of ISIS as a perpetrator, and might witness the Second Signpost and its butchery, it isn’t surprising if he himself oversees mass brutality over much of the world in his final role.
Some may say the man to be Antichrist might right now be a government official of some country. Here’s another idea: right now he is a lowly militant learning the ropes of how to brutally rule his future kingdom. And as the Second Signpost will create opportunities for Erdoğan and his future confederacy, it might create opportunities for the man who will be Antichrist.