The big news this week from the Middle East is, of course, the Turkish invasion of northern Syria.
In the post just before this one, I wrote that its significance was “nothing” in regards to the Second Signpost. Admittedly, this invasion could have possibly been a trigger for the Second Signpost (as some readers commented correctly), but I felt it was joining a growing list of past possible triggers that all turned out to be “nothing.” Iran will launch when it is ready.
This Turkish invasion of Syria joins the ranks of (1) ISIS’ conquest of Syrian and Iraqi territory, (2) Saudi attacks on the Houthis, (3) Israeli bombings of Iranian rocket positions in Syria, among other possible triggers. Even when Assad was hanging on by a thread in the midst of the Syrian Civil War, the IRGC did not start the Second Signpost and simply helped by sending units bolstering Assad’s army.
Yet, there has been a significance I wasn’t able to put my finger on until now.
A reader sent me a Fox news article about a dream Pastor Brunson had while in prison. He was put in prison by Turkish authorities for running a house church in Izmir, which was formerly named Smyrna (where one of the seven churches was located). His dream had to do with shifting alliances involving Turkey.
It was a reminder of all the things the Turkish government is displaying right now, and what conditions might be like living in the great Sunni confederacy of the Third Signpost, under the rule of the first and prominent horn of the goat.
I believe Turkish president Erdoğan, who is an Islamist, and the Turkish government is setting the tone.
First, other beliefs will not be tolerated. Not only will the goat attack the Shia power of Iran with a great, embittered, personal rage, Erdoğan is showing no tolerance for other beliefs now. A house church pastor is thrown into prison and given a mock trial. The ongoing invasion is reportedly hitting Christians, Yazidis, as well as the Kurds.
The leopard of Daniel 7:6 is given dominion which is authority to rule. “Dominion” in the Aramaic is shol-tawn, Strong’s #7985, and is also used in Daniel 4:22 about King Nebuchadnezzar’s dominion, and in Daniel 7:14 about Christ’s dominion. These refer to absolute rule. We can see today how someone like Erdoğan will rule if he were to have absolute dominion. His power has been growing since 2003. During the Third Signpost as the prominent horn he will rule as an absolute tyrant.
Second, even the hint of disobedience or rebellion will be crushed. Erdoğan not only defends the current territory of Turkey, but has ambitions to expand the territory to something like the former Ottoman Empire. For the last several years Erdoğan has been making sure the Kurds in his nation did not declare independence. What is more, he wants to make sure the Kurds in Turkey are not encouraged by the Kurds living in Syria or Iraq. I believe this is truly the main reason he is invading Syria to make war with the Kurds living there.
Third, Turkey will be its own power. Its “cozying” up to Russia and Iran (as Brunson saw in his dream), both traditional enemies for centuries, is temporary for now just as Iran is “cozying” a bit to Turkey. Turkey, leading the Sunni confederacy, will absolutely crush all power Iran has (remember, the ram’s horns are broken) and will rule the entire Middle East (except Israel) in the fashion of an empire. There will be no more Iran to cooperate with, as it will be a province of this new empire. This new Sunni empire will also be a threat to Russia’s southern flank.
The Turkish invasion of Syria seems like a major event. This major event is, I believe, significant for the Third Signpost, and not the Second. This invasion will likely not trigger the Second Signpost as past, similar events haven’t either. However, this invasion is indicative in part of the way the leopard will rule.