American Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), has publicly stated what could be interpreted as his witnessing the final preparations for the Second Signpost.
Gen. McKenzie made known what he is seeing in Iran right now, and his observations were reported on the Foreignpolicy.com website, CNN and the NY Times.
For some background, CENTCOM is the US military structure overseeing the Middle East and Central Asia. Former CENTCOM commanders such as Army Gen. Tommy Franks oversaw the removal of Saddam Hussein and the plucking of the lion’s wings in 2003. Army Gen. John Abizaid oversaw the lion being forced to stand and its mind replaced in 2005, keeping a relative peace in Iraq for a time to allow its government to become a parliamentary democracy. Generals David Petraeus and Norman Schwarzkopf are also former commanders.
Having had the job of commanding CENTCOM for only nine months now, Gen. McKenzie may be witnessing the final chess moves by Iran’s regime, posturing itself for the kickoff of the Second Signpost, the great invasion by Iran of the Middle East.
Evidence from Intelligence
Let’s begin with what intelligence may be saying.
CNN reports in a related story, “While not commenting on the current intelligence, Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told CNN, ‘We continue to closely monitor the activities of the regime in Iran, its military and its proxies, and we are well postured to defend US forces and interests as needed.’” One official told CNN, “There has been consistent intelligence in the last several weeks.”
This “consistent intelligence” shows, according to the story that “in the last several weeks there has been movement of Iranian forces and weapons that the US worries could be put in place for a potential attack.”
There is consistent evidence that the IRGC is getting ready for an attack of some sort.
As a side note, Rebarich’s statement above also reflects the American belief that the US will defeat Iran (which goes against Dan. 8:4).
Gen. McKenzie’s Report
Referring to Gen. McKenzie, this foreignpolicy.com article begins with, “The top U.S. general in the region believes the Iranian threat continues to rise—and Tehran is likely to continue lashing out.”
Gen. McKenzie stated, “My judgment is that it is very possible they will attack again.” The general also believes Iran “has long had hegemonic ambitions.”
This NY Times piece quotes Gen. McKenzie from another interview as saying, “It’s the trajectory and the direction that they’re [the IRGC] on . . . The attack on the oil fields in Saudi was stunning in the depth of its audaciousness.”
Gen. McKenzie recognizes the boldness and military significance of the September 14 attack on the Saudi oil fields. The foreign policy article goes on to say, “McKenzie cautioned that Tehran’s actions are unpredictable” and the general stated, “When a nation behaves that irresponsibly, you have to be very cautious when you evaluate what they might do in the future.”
I doubt the unfolding of the Second Signpost is on the general’s radar, but at least he seems to believe Iran could try anything, and while although falsely, trusting in America’s military capabilities to stop or punish the IRGC.
The foreign policy article also reported, “McKenzie shed new light on the threat, saying he is particularly concerned about the possibility of a strike involving large numbers of drones and missiles—much like the Aramco attack, which used dozens of Iran-manufactured cruise missiles and drones to devastate Saudi oil infrastructure.”
There we have confirmation of my belief stated in this post that Iran was testing its drone and missile capability to carry out a major attack, with such attacks being part of the opening salvoes of the Second Signpost.
The foreignpolicy.com article ends with, “‘Deterrence assumes there is going to be a rational actor on the other end,’ he said. ‘There is a basic recklessness and irresponsibility to their actions that makes you very concerned about what they might do tomorrow or the next day, and that’s very concerning.’”
Gen. McKenzie seems to be concerned, but has he connected the dots to realize America’s deterrence might not really be deterrence?
General McKenzie seems to understand that he is dealing with an unpredictable enemy, and one that may very well attack again, and in the same manner as it did on September 14. Unknown to him though, is that Daniel 8 suggests what would likely be his worst nightmare. His enemy would attack but in far worse fashion, kicking off the Second Signpost.
The general is aware of intelligence showing the movement of the IRGC military assets being put in place for possible attack.
The question for Signpost watchers is, are these movements the final steps prior to the Second Signpost? Is General McKenzie witnessing the prelude to the Second Signpost?
The thought has crossed my mind, what if someone would try to tell him about the coming Second Signpost in God’s Word? Would it make any difference? No, it would not. Daniel 8 will still play out.
One thing is certain, if the Second Signpost is to occur and is only several weeks away, General McKenzie has a front seat to the unfolding of the next event in God’s end-time plan which will unleash terrible times continuing all the way to Christ’s return.