The current supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, will be turning 79 next month. He has ruled Iran as supreme leader since 1989, at age 50.
Khamenei’s earlier bout with cancer, coupled with his age, tells us we may expect his successor soon. This article from al-Monitor shows us why the next supreme leader may very well be Ayatollah Mohammad-Mahdi Mirbaqeri, age 57.
In my new book, Chronicles of the End Times, a case is made that Daniel 11:2 may very well be fulfilled here in the end times as well as ancient times. Daniel 11:2 says,
Behold, three more kings are going to arise in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of Greece [Yavan]. (NASB)
It is a curious way of stating there will be four kings—“three,” and “then a fourth.” Why the differentiation of the fourth? Assuming this verse applies to ancient times, one could have just stated there will be four more kings with the last being the richest. Cyrus was king at the time of the prophecy. The next three kings were Cambyses, Bardiya, and Darius I. The fourth king was Xerxes I, who led the invasion of the Greek states.
However, if the verse also applies to an end-time fulfillment, the three and the fourth are parsed out separately to fit the modern kings of Iran in Daniel 8:20. The three kings could then be the three supreme leaders, and then the fourth would be a top commander of the IRGC.
The al-Monitor article reminds us that there is a man waiting in the wings to possibly be the third king and supreme ruler of end-time Persia.