Daniel 7:5 and 8:3–4 tell us of the Second Signpost, the great invasion of the Middle East by Iran. All the signs in the Middle East, Iran, and the United States are pointing to it being soon. More importantly, we might be seeing the indicators as to how it starts.
The key involves the Persian ram itself in Daniel 8:4: “No other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased . . .” (NASB)
What are the potential powers that could either stand in Iran’s way, or rescue from its power? In chapter 10 of Daniel Revisited it was shown that Turkey, Egypt, and Israel could potentially stop Iran, and the US military could either potentially stop it and/or rescue from it. That’s four foes for Iran to deal with.
Turkey and Egypt’s military would be rather out of the way. Egypt’s military is on the west side of the Red Sea, and the majority of Turkey’s military is in the west, around the Aegean Sea facing Greece. Turkey and Egypt will be the first to respond as the Sunni confederacy in the Third Signpost.
Regarding the Israelis, it is looking like Iran will keep Israeli forces tied down by launching the Psalm 83 war against it.
That leaves the military of the United States. How would Iran get around that? No other nation in the Middle East could stop Iran. Yes, Saudi Arabia has bought advanced weapon systems from the US, but with the size of Saudi forces, it could still be overrun. Just this week US Senator Lindsey Graham was quoted as saying, “If it weren’t for the United States they’d be speaking Farsi in about a week in Saudi Arabia.” (Farsi is the native tongue of Iran.)
Unless the US were to lose its ability to project power (e.g., via economic depression), or it pack up and come home (unlikely near-term, though the Trump administration is talking about getting US troops out of Syria), Iran would have to deal with US forces directly.
Apparently, the IRGC is planning not only the invasion of the Middle East, and tying Israel down with the Psalm 83 war, it is also planning to deal with American forces. “Dealing” with US forces would have to involve an all-out rocket attack on US bases in the region, as well as on US ships.
Assembling the Pieces
What all this means is that if Iran is planning to hobble all major opposition to its invasion, the IRGC would have to not only have its minions attack Israel, but its rocket forces would also have to attack US forces.
In other words, right after a war begins with Israel and the peoples surrounding her, we might expect a major rocket attack to the west and south of Iran, on US forces. This rocket attack would involve thousands of short-range and medium-range rockets carrying warheads on the order of one ton each, and these missiles would be fairly accurate.
In addition to all the military exercises of IRGC forces running around, and the preparations being made, there have been innumerable rocket tests.
The start of the Second Signpost could be rather sudden and surprising, with attacks on Israel, and a rocket barrage across the Middle East. That would be consistent with the charge of the Persian ram, butting, and shocking, and surprising.
As those who work sheep farms will tell you, never turn your back on a ram.
Be especially watchful in the Spring, as that is the time of year major wars begin.