We may forget another factor that will affect the timing of the Second Signpost, and that is the fact that three-fourths of the Iranian population hates the current regime. I mentioned this in Daniel Revisited.
This story from American Thinker reminded me of this factor that could ultimately result in the ending of the current regime. The story says,
For some time now, protests by ordinary Iranians have become a daily routine. These protesters include workers who have not been paid wages or have become redundant; savers who have lost their savings in Iran’s many quasi-banks, which are infested with corruption and embezzlement; people concerned about the environmental disaster Iran is fast becoming; people protesting rising prices; retired pensioners whose retirement funds have been plundered by successive administrations; and low-income people who can no longer make ends meet.
These protesters are across the spectrum of Iranian society. The protests are getting larger, and their chants are becoming more radical.
History has shown us that as the majority of a country’s population becomes increasingly impoverished and restless, it almost always results in the demise of the ruling regime. Think of eighteenth-century France.
It could be many years or decades before the regime falls due to unrest. However, I believe this serves to remind us that the Second Signpost cannot tarry for too long.