The silence is deafening. The world continues on the way it wants to go.
The church—especially in the west—continues to be asleep to the events in the world, not believing a bunch of primitive Shia Islamic zealots could cause any real harm, and certainly wouldn’t get in the way of the Rapture which should be any moment now.
The world has been living with a zealous and fundamental Twelver Shia regime in the ancient land of Media and Persia. A government that is unique to all other governments that shouldn’t even exist by the standards of modern society has been allowed to continue in the world’s midst, for the last few decades.
Year after year the IRGC gained military, economic and political power to become the other half of the theocracy first created in1979. The second horn grew longer, later.
We watched as it built its ranks of ideologues, and tested its missiles and bombs, and watched as the IRGC and Basij gained an iron grip on the nation of Iran. We saw the 2009 rebellion by everyday Iranian citizens get crushed.
We saw the Obama administration come to a nuclear agreement with Iran which guaranteed it would get the bomb, since no Americans or Brits were allowed to be the inspectors, and any notice given Iran to inspect a facility allowed 27 days before inspection. The 27 days and the Russians and Chinese being allowed to be inspectors never came up in news stories.
“There,” it was thought, “Iran won’t get a nuclear weapon for at least ten years.” As if ten years was forever.
The world was allowed to relax and continue along the way it wanted to go.
The Ram is Ready
More recently, starting this past April, something changed. All of a sudden the Iranian regime became bolder. As if it was ready to do what Daniel 7 and 8 said it would do. The world witnessed a step up in the IRGC’s daring.
Single pipelines in Saudi Arabia were blown up. Oil tankers and other merchant ships were seized by Iranian or Iranian-allied forces.
Still, and amazingly, the world’s slumber continued. Like the frog in the pot in which the water is only slowly turned up to a boil, the world wasn’t jumping out.
Nations like Japan, France, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan, Italy, and Australia, and many others, didn’t seem to express any worry. Though all, or a major chunk of, their oil comes from the Middle East it was believed there was still no reason to worry.
The US dollar was still the reserve currency, oil prices were still tame at $50 per barrel or so, and the oil continued to flow.
And then the Iranian regime shot down an American drone. The US military almost responded and in the end did not. What could have been Iran’s excuse to lash out and make the world go in a way it doesn’t want to go, was stayed.
And still the world slumbered. The silence continued.
Now, just a week ago or so, a coordinated drone and cruise missile attack was perpetrated on the largest oil processing facility on earth, cutting world oil production by almost 6 percent.
The oil market responded, with oil prices shooting up 20% or so for a few hours. Unlike 1973 and 1979, which also witnessed 6% cuts in oil with an accompanying doubling of oil price, there was extra production margins, and an ongoing oil glut.
The markets settled down and the world continued to be silent and rest easy after being convinced by world leaders everything is ok.
Never mind that Iran now has the capability to attack the entire Mideast oil infrastructure using a technology that didn’t exist 15 years ago, and that the regime, in its pursuit of ways to carry out “asymmetric” warfare, had successfully proven it could be done.
One week later, now, the silence continues.
The US has announced it is moving a few hundred soldiers with antiaircraft guns to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, but they are likely to be used to protect US assets, not oil infrastructure.
The world is not putting two and two together. Instead they were demonstrating in every large city this past week against man-made climate change. That red herring keeps much of the world busy these days.
The church is not connecting the dots either. Daniel 8 is for the end time. The Persian ram is in position, with its second horn longer than the first. Daniel 7 lays out the major action with Daniel 8: nations in three directions from Susa are going to be treated like a person being mauled.
Year by year, week by week, we have witnessed Iran’s military become more and more capable of carrying out the Second Signpost. I believe only those who have studied Scripture and believe the Second Signpost is coming have connected the dots.
The Persian ram is about to charge and butt and shock. The ram showed it can do so with the drone attack. The next time, we may see all the oil in the Middle East—20% to 25%—of world production taken out.
The church is still sleeping.
The world and the church are in for a shock.