One of the most difficult aspects of researching for Daniel Revisited was finding any accurate information regarding the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Very few Americans (or anyone outside of the Middle East), had heard of the IRGC, knew what they were and what they did. I can only hope Daniel Revisited will help in waking the church up to the IRGC.
The IRGC will have an integral role in the Second Signpost. It is one of the two horns of the Persian ram of Daniel 8, the horn that grew up longer and later. It is the bear that will gorge in Daniel 7.
In the last year or two the IRGC has been mentioned more and more in the news. When the Second Signpost begins, everyone will hear of the IRGC at that time. Indeed, there will be a great ramping up in the IRGC’s fame (or infamy).
So as part of the ramping up of the IRGC’s fame, and its part in the future invasion of the Middle East, it was good to see a Fox News report telling of the IRGC and its finer points related to Bible prophecy.
The second horn (IRGC) of the ram started small, alongside the longer established horn of the supreme leader.
The news story states that the “Revolutionary Guard was created . . . in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.” The group is “enshrined in the constitution.” It was called on to “defend . . . its clerical leadership.”
Of the second horn’s growth to a long length, the IRGC was “called upon to defend Iran” and then after the war ended in 1988, it grew in power. The report states the 1980’s war caused the strengthening of “the guard’s ideological, economic and security footprint at home.” An example of this is the IRGC “runs a massive construction company.”
The report goes on: “the IRGC oversees the country’s ballistic missile program.”
In addition, the IRGC is engaged in the following:
– Overseeing “the Basij, a volunteer force of several million that draws its members from among the poor.”
– It “backs a number of Shiite militias.”
– It “recruits and trains thousands of fighters abroad through its Quds Force.”
The IRGC’s power has grown so that it is now longer than the first horn, i.e., the power horn of the supreme leader.
And as the moment of the Second Signpost gets closer, various aspects about the Iranian regime such as the IRGC should become mainstream.
I hope the church at large will contribute to that spreading of knowledge, but it likely will not. The popular prophecy picture in the church now is based on eighteen centuries of tradition; changing that picture will require effort. Loved traditions die a slow death.
I believe the spreading of the Signpost interpretation will mainly occur via word of mouth due to the efforts of individual believers, like you.