Yes, apparently it is true. General Qassem Soleimani, lead commander of the Quds Force of the IRGC, has been killed on Friday in a US rocket attack.
At first I had wondered if it was only being reported by Israeli newspapers since they have reported his death at least twice before in cases of wishful thinking. But, no, the news came through AP, Reuters, and now Fox.
US President Trump did warn Iran after the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, that the US would strike back. There was a report from Iraqi forces that three Katyusha rockets struck near the Baghdad airport on Friday. But it wasn’t an Iranian-led attack, but a US attack. This would mean the rockets were not Katyusha as they were made in America.
Several people were killed in the attack, among them General Soleimani. Also killed was the deputy commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis of the Iranian-backed Iraqi militias the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
This means that it can be recorded for the history record that US President Trump ordered the attack that took out Soleimani.
What This Means
What impact this has on the region is hard to say. The IRGC is calling him a martyr, and martyrs can get an army more motivated.
Would this slow down or speed up the coming of the Second Signpost? It’s unknown at this point.
Regarding leadership within the IRGC, the supreme leader will promote the next king from the group of kings of the Medes and Persians to be in Soleimani’s place. We should see a replacement very soon.
You’ll see some news sources saying this attack risks the start of World War 3. This is simply not true since Iran is pushing to start World War 3 anyway. Others will say this is a game changer. Not really. The Second Signpost has been in the works for the last fifteen years, at least. It may seem this way to the world, but not to those watching the Signposts.
There is one question that arises pertaining to the end-time fulfillment of Daniel 11:2. Is it possible that Soleimani was the third king (with the two ayatollahs as the second and third), and the next commander of the Quds Force might be the fourth king. We will know after the Second Signpost begins.
(Thanks go to Chris Mantei of Wings of the Eagle Ministries and a couple other readers who jumped on this. Thanks to all readers who are watching with me!)
Categories: In The News, Signpost #2: Iran
I just caught your post off Facebook and wondered if you were going to post anything soon. I think it will get under the skin of the Iranians and escalate matters. I do think that they need Russia involvement though. I read a source awhile back that stated that Iran would desire for Russia to attack the US and would do anything to spur that on. I personally wonder if David Wilkerson’s prophecy concerning Russia might still have a fulfillment but that it was delayed much like Jonah’s was.
Yeah, Mark…for Chris and I Twitter is where real time info is obtained even before any of the normal slower news org outlets. The amount of American support the President is getting for defending American assets and interests in a very targeted way show true leadership we really have not had since Reagan, imho though Trump’s personal character is awful he is a strong leader.
This USA-Iran situation is fluid and over the winter it will only get more complicated. Iran is working hard to provoke the US into a Mideast war but Trump is not playing their tune. Spring will perhaps shed more light on exactly where the next chess move will be in this high stakes drama.
Statements on IRGC-controlled news websites in English suggest to me that the killing of Major General Soleimani has steeled the resolve of the Iranian regime to do all that it wants to do. I think that includes invading Islamic nations that are doing business with Israel. The only safe place in the Middle East to visit is Israel, and things could get dicey there.
The problem is that though Twitter is fast and near real-time, it is not as reliable. My conscience forces me to make sure the news reports and their analysis I post is real and accurate.
According to https://iranwire.com/en/features/6583 Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem. The Quds Force is tasked with all the Guards’ military operations in the Middle East and beyond. But the Quds Force is not only a military force, it also determines Iran’s diplomacy in the Middle East. General David Petraeus, the former commander of US forces, says he once received a text message saying: “Dear General Petraeus, you should know that I, Ghasem Soleimani, control the policy for Iran with respect to Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and Afghanistan. And indeed, the ambassador in Baghdad is a Quds Force member. The individual who’s going to replace him is a Quds Force member.”
According to https://iranwire.com/en/features/6584 Khamenei’s quick appointment of Ismail Qaani as the new Quds Force commander was designed to give the impression that nothing had changed: the unit would continue to operate exactly as it had before, unshaken by the dramatic events that led to Soleimani’s death. However, Qaani, who had been Soleimani’s deputy, has not enjoyed the same status or popularity within the wider Guards apparatus that Soleimani did …
According to https://thearabweekly.com/us-says-it-disrupted-imminent-attack-killing-soleimani US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the strike aimed to disrupt an “imminent attack” that would have endangered Americans in the Middle East.
According to https://iq.usembassy.gov/security-alert-u-s-embassy-baghdad-iraq-january-3-2020/ Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately. U.S. citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land. Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy.
We have definitely poked the bear so to speak. I’ve been as focused as I can on this all day since 5am.
Here are a few things that I think this could lead to prior to the start of the second sign post which starts when Iran moves north south and west from Susa. In order for the Ram to charge out from Susa I am thinking that it will have to have a clear path from the presence of the US Military in the middle east. At least that is the premises of everything am saying hear. If there were a large scale war with Iran and the US and Iran won the war it would make a lot less US presence in the middle east. Or there could be something that happens here that makes it so that we have to consolidate all of our troops home. That could be done by an EMP strike against the US by Iran as retaliation to the death of Soleimani. If that were to happen then also Iran would have a clear path to push through the middle east. Both of those scenarios could potentially quickly become so escalated as to become a world war 3.
Could not above said fit into the sign post perspective? I am definitely with you on everything in Daniel Revisited, just I think we are going to see something major with the US before the second signpost mostly due to the current state of how all of the chess pieces are set up. What are you thoughts on this? Do you think that the US stands in the way of the Rams charge?
All good questions, and asked by many Signpost watchers over the years. The scenario you paint is valid for fulfilling the Second Signpost – but there are many others. The US may be out of the way or be in the way. Iran could use an EMP. All valid.
Regarding EMP, note Ezekiel 38 is all swords, horses, and bucklers – not “like” these things – but the actual items. Good chance of an EMP between now and the middle of the seventieth week.