The United Kingdom and the Signposts

Two developments in the news made me think of the role of the United Kingdom (UK) has played, and might play, in the Signposts.

First a British frigate, the HMS Montrose, attempted to intercept Iranian naval forces and prevent the British tanker from being stolen. The second news story reports the UK is attempting to assemble an all-European naval force to guard the Strait of Hormuz.

The UK frigate, the HMS Montrose is on patrol in the Persian Gulf, based out of Bahrain. It attempted to prevent the IRGC from seizing a British oil tanker.

UK and the First Signpost

The UK did participate in the First Signpost. Of the international force that invaded Iraq in 2003, removed Saddam Hussein, and made the lion stand and changed its mind (per Dan. 7:4), the UK provided just under 9% of the force. (The UK provided 45,000 troops of the total force of 514,000 troops from western nations.) So we may think of the USA as being in Bible prophecy as the force that made the lion stand, but the UK was part of that force also.

UK and the Second Signpost

Being involved with the First Signpost, could the UK also be involved with the Second? It will still likely be the USA that executes a first strike on Iran, or Iran on American military forces in the region that triggers the Second Signpost.

We do not know at this stage, though, how UK military forces may be involved, or if they are involved at all. Just being militarily present in the region the UK increases the chances of being involved.

Categories: In The News, Signpost #1: Iraq, Signpost #2: Iran, UK in the End Times

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2 replies

  1. According to an August 6, 2019 article linked to at, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “referred to Britain’s seizing off Gibraltar of an Iranian tanker suspected of carrying oil to war-torn Syria in violation of EU sanctions. A strait for a strait. It cannot be that the Strait of Hormuz is free for you and the Strait of Gibraltar is not free for us,” Rouhani said.

    It may be coincidence, but a quatrain by Nostradamus (1503-1566) mentions hostage-taking by “Eastern sailors” (Iranians?) involving a “Scottish chief” (of the UK), Germans (of the EU), Gibraltar, and a “Persian king.” Richard Sieburth’s 2012 translation of quatrain 3:78 reads:

    The Scottish chief with six from Germany,
    Captured by Eastern sailors of the sea,
    Shall traverse Gibraltar & Spain to be
    Gifts offered, scared stiff, to the new Persian king.

  2. The IRGC uses several different types of fast attack boats. One of their best and fastest (its top speed of 85 knots is nearly 98 miles per hour) is a British design that Iran began producing in 2011 (the year the first signpost ended).

    In 2019, the UK seized an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar because of EU sanctions against Iran. Two weeks later, a tanker under UK flag was seized in the Persian Gulf by the IRGC using fast attack boats.

    America is a net exporter of energy. If the UK, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership, shifted its energy sources from the Middle East to America, UK presence in the Persian Gulf could be reduced.

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