For years now, we have been watching for the coming Second Signpost, Iran’s great invasion of the Middle East. We have also watched developments beyond the Middle East, and across the world. To that end, the events of the last year or so may cause us to expand our view as to how the Second Signpost might unfold.
Daniel 8:4 tells us about the Persian ram’s charge outward from Susa: “No other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased (NASB).” This, of course, would mean the United States would be either unable to project power in the Middle East to stop Iran, or its forces in the Middle East might be defeated by Iran. With the oil immediately cut off, and the US Petrodollar ended, the US might be in a difficult place to project power. I wrote about this in this post.
However, other things are starting to enter the picture. And things may be looking worse for the United States, to the point that it might not be the same country when the Second Signpost begins.
Iran and Russia and China
Iran and Russia and China all have their own goals to be sure. However, to accomplish them, it comes down to a single common theme: neutralize the power of the United States.
Starting with Iran, the Bible seems to be showing us what the Iranian regime wants to do and will do. The Iranian regime—the kings of the Medes and Persians—want to spread their Shia Revolution to all Muslim countries. I believe they are ready, but their only threat is the United States military.
Next is Russia. It stands out since it has been helping Iran for years now. What does Russia want? From all the news and history and analysis I’ve seen, I believe it wants to be secure from their surrounding neighbors, especially from the Sunni Muslim realm. Russia has been at war with Sunni Islam on and off for all of Russia’s existence which is about one-thousand years. (Did you know they suffered, i.e. were the victims of a large slave trade based in the Crimea? In terms of human trafficking it was half the size of the Atlantic trade.) Add Napoleon and Hitler, and this is why they want security.
This is why they produce all their own oil, and more for export. This is why they took back Crimea (which, if you know Russian history, makes perfect sense) which is the location for the entire Russian Black Sea fleet. And this is why they are disappointed the United States isn’t allying with them against Islam. The US is instead allying with Sunni Islam via Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The US has also been deploying forces to NATO allied countries right at Russia’s doorstep.
This is why I earlier wrote that I think the Russian government knows the Second Signpost is coming. With oil at sky-high prices, and with Iran being a thorn in the side of Sunni Islam nations, Russia should be in a much better position than it is now. It would be rich from high oil prices, and not have to worry for at least a while about its Sunni Islam neighbors.
However, to both allow Iran to run out, and to remove the United States as a superpower getting in the way of Russia’s goals, their threat is the United States military, and its economic power.
Finally, what does China want? China wants to be the next world superpower. It looks like they will attain their goal according to Rev. 16:12. They will at least be powerful enough to threaten the Antichrist. China has established its own oil marketplace, and converted its own currency to be gold-backed. It has the second largest gold reserve in the world after the US reserve, assuming it is still there. The only threat to China expanding and invading is the United States military and to achieve world domination China needs to contend with the US economy.
We see three nations working together, all with their own goals, but requiring the same action to allow the goals to be realized: neutralize the power of the United States.
The Means to Neutralize the US
Up to ten years ago, the US and Russia had nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them that were roughly comparable. New technologies would upset the balance of power, but they were always years away. That has changed.
I confess I was not paying attention to these new technologies coming in to play. Our mainstream media reported that Russia had new hypersonic missiles. I didn’t pay attention because all ballistic missiles are hypersonic. So at the time the news seemed like a non-starter. It should have been reported that Russia has new hypersonic cruise missiles. That’s very different.
First we need some explanations before going on. A missile is ballistic if it goes up beyond the atmosphere (typically), and follows an arc and then comes down to some target. The US can see a ballistic missile for a good part of an hour before it arrives. Russia has created new weapons to go around America’s formidable ballistic missile defenses. A cruise missile is different. It flies above the ground, level, like an airplane.
A new technology that the US has attempted to develop is the scramjet (Supersonic Combustion Ramjet). This engine would allow vehicles to travel from Mach 5 (hypersonic speed) to perhaps Mach 8 or 9 (“Mach” is the speed of sound, 750 mph at sea level, so Mach 8 is 8 times that). The US has not been very successful, with scramjets working for only seconds at a time.
As this Forbes article states, “We’re still at the stage of just getting scramjets to fly.” The Pentagon believes we can field such weapons by 2025. However, Russia has had more success. Apparently, Russia is on the verge of deploying hypersonic cruise missiles powered by scramjets, right now.
On March 1, 2018, Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced new weapons to be deployed. Russia’s new weapons will either give no warning, or give a warning on the order of a few minutes. I was skeptical when Putin said they were unstoppable. But after researching the topic, it looks like what he claimed is true. At least for the next few years. Out of the six or so weapons announced, two are of the most concern.
The Zircon cruise missile can be launched from any platform whether ship, submarine, plane, or land. The way it would be launched is that a plane or ship or sub would release the missile off the coast of enemy territory, it would then fly within 1,000 feet of the ocean or land surface, and travel in excess of Mach 5. Its range is less than 300 miles, but it would only take 5 minutes to go wherever it is going. Command centers and other strategic targets near the US coast could be taken out with little warning.
Even more concerning is the so-called Poseidon torpedo, which Russia also calls “Status-6.” Typical torpedoes are 2 feet wide and 30 feet long. They can punch a hole into the side of any large ship. This “torpedo” (more like an underwater drone) is 6 feet wide and 80 feet long. It contains a nuclear-powered engine to allow it to cruise thousands of miles at speeds up to 80 mph, underwater. Its payload would be a 100-MT H-bomb, which is twice the yield of the largest bomb ever tested.
The Poseidon is also so quiet, it can only be detected from 2 miles away or less. It only needs to get to 3 or 4 miles away from an aircraft carrier to take out the entire carrier group at one time. More concerning, it can slow down to less than 20 mph, then becoming virtually quiet, and so can take its time and settle on the sea bottom right outside of a coastal city like New York City. A 100-MT blast would take out all five boroughs and then some. It is also modeled that the Poseidon could settle at the end of the continental shelf, detonate, creating a high tsunami. The Poseidon has a range of 6,000 miles, and can rest on the ocean bottom for a time before detonating.
The Pentagon believes the Russians actually have the weapon. This Popular Mechanics article presents a war scenario in which Russia begins World War 3 using these new weapons. There is only one reason to develop such missiles: to take out the current superpower that has an edge in ballistic missiles, and counter that edge some other way. With the US effectively blinded by its command centers being taken out, and major coastal cities being destroyed, the US would not be in a position to stop Iran from doing anything.
With this strategic situation taking shape, it seems incredible to me that the Deep State in this country would be pushing for war. Don’t they understand that for the first time in decades, the US could easily lose a major war and be crippled? Why would they do this if Russia really has these weapons? Pride goes before the fall. Perhaps God is befuddling their thinking to allow judgment to come to the US. In Chronicles, I show that the Americas will be desperately poor. Maybe this is the way it happens. Major financial centers like New York, gone. The US petrodollar and even the Fed, gone. Oil to fuel industry and homes and cars, very expensive.
Iran would then be free to begin the Second Signpost, with no interference, and with no one rescuing nations from their actions, just like Daniel 8:4 says.
How These New Weapons Change Things
The US would not be available to keep Europe safe from Russia or safe from the Antichrist.
The US would not be available to keep Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, or New Zealand safe from China.
All nations in the free world would be on their own, vulnerable to oil shortages and threatened by China or the Antichrist.
Back in the US, due to the disruptions in electricity and communications that are probable where strategic targets are being hit with nuclear weapons, American Christians may not even be able to watch, or be aware of, the Second or Third Signposts unfolding in the Middle East. Most US territory away from the coasts would be untouched. There is a chance foursignposts.com would be done.
Israel will be all by herself also. This is where God gets to show His glory. The Psalm 83 war will be won only by God’s miracles.
The US could take any number of news forms.
Lastly, if all this is true, we as Christ’s servants knowing the Signpost message, here in America, cannot wait until the Second Signpost actually begins. The message must be spread now. We will have to pray and ask Him to direct our actions, and spread the Signpost message however we can with God’s direction.
I am hopeful that Christ’s servants in other countries will be able to spread the Signpost message once the Second Signpost begins.
I had to pray through all this as I was learning and considering. It does make the future in America and her allies take a darker turn. However, my God has shown me who He is, and how He operates, and so I know He will take care of me, even to the point of Job 13:15. I pray you also have, or will have, that kind of relationship with the God of the universe, when the Second Signpost begins.
Just remember, Christ our Lord is coming.