One major unknown about the Second Signpost that the Bible is silent about, is how it could start. I believe coordinated attacks by drones are now the likely path.
In Daniel Revisited and on this website, we have seen that the loss of oil production is the main factor to debilitate the west. (The second horseman will take peace from the earth, and the Persian ram would charge south from Susa.) Loss of oil will cripple many nations’ economies and likely cause the loss of the current banking and credit system.
The question has been, how would the Iranian regime pull it off? Would it be rocket attacks on oil facilities? Would it be terror cells being triggered to do sabotage?
I believe with the Saturday morning drone attack we have our answer. The IRGC can now attack with many drones, in a coordinated fashion, to do major damage to the oil infrastructure.
It is no longer a matter of rockets or militants. Yes, the IRGC and Basij will still invade and occupy many Muslim nations as the Persian ram will get to do all it wants to do, but the shock at the beginning—the butting by the ram that would be a great surprise—may very well be via coordinated drone warfare. (I remember the emotion I myself felt when I opened the news and saw this attack. It was a shock for me.) Instantly, over 5% of the world’s oil was knocked out. If 5% can be knocked out so quickly, and so easily, what would stop the IRGC from knocking out all the oil facilities in the Middle East (except its own of course)?
It is now no longer a matter of whether the US military would attack and be defeated. It is no longer a matter of when or how the Trump administration would react. The IRGC doesn’t have to wait. The IRGC could simply take out all the oil production in Iraq, Kuwait, and the Arabian Peninsula, to which the USA, its military, and the west would have to contend and respond, with oil prices skyrocketing.
The Second Signpost would have started regardless of what the USA does. The world economy would be upended no matter how the USA responds even to the nuking of Tehran, which it wouldn’t do anyway.
Perhaps the exact situation behind the “no one could stand” of Daniel 8:4 is that the ram instantly ends all oil production, pulling the rug out from anyone who could possibly stand.
The Second Signpost could now, literally, start at any time. God has given the two horns of the Persian ram full control to start this Signpost on their whim and fulfill God’s Word in Daniel 7 and 8.