This is the point in time where American forces, if they are going to leave and avoid the ram of Daniel 8, should get out of the Middle East. The point in time is now. Iran has strangely shown grace towards the United States.
The US administration and military, of course, would laugh at this thought.
Admittedly, this is a strange and crazy thought. What brought this on? Looking back at the peculiar news stories of the last three days, we can arrive at some seemingly odd conclusions. The conclusions took some thought and prayer and confirmation from a few readers, a few from the larger group of fellow Signpost watchmen. It also took going back to the basics of Signpost theory.
First, the Iranian missile attack. The IRGC launched about a dozen ballistic short range missiles towards western and northern Iraq.
It was a restrained and a very precise response from the IRGC for the assassination of their beloved general, Qassem Soleimani.
It was restrained because the IRGC let the Iraqi security forces know it was coming so they wouldn’t suffer casualties. And the Iraqi authorities alerted the US military so they could retreat to protected places on the bases to be hit. And there were no casualties.
It was a precise strike. Look at the photo which shows where the missiles hit on a part of Al Asad air base. It is an Iraqi base, currently used by US military personnel. Each missile hit was not at some open field or vacant area. Each hit was squarely on a building. If these missiles had poor accuracy at least one hit would show it just pounding sand. But each and every hit was centered in a building. This is something I have not seen mentioned in any news media.
Second, the supreme leader made an announcement. He stated that this missile attack is merely a slap in the face. However, and more importantly, he said that this missile attack is not the full retribution for Soleimani’s assassination. Rather, full recompense would be all American military forces to leave the Middle East.
The supreme leader and the IRGC have always wanted the American military to leave the Middle East. They want to conquer the Middle East and instill their brand of Shia Revolution in many Muslim countries. This what the Persian ram wishes to accomplish. This is why the Persian bear of Daniel 7 will eat and gorge on much flesh, and why the Persian ram of Daniel 8 will run out in three directions. I wrote about all this in Daniel Revisited, chapter 10.
There are two ways to accomplish their goal: the hard way and the easy way. Either way, Daniel 8:4 will come true: Iran will get to do all it wants to do, no one will stand in their way, and no one will rescue. The hard way is for the IRGC to defeat the US military, possibly with large numbers of American casualties. Not only might this be hard for the IRGC, but it would be very hard for American military personnel. The easy way is to march out with only resistance from the occasional Sunni military force as from Saudi Arabia, or the Kurds. The IRGC will run roughshod over the others, such as Kuwait.
The supreme leader is using the portrayed anger and emotion from the IRGC over the loss of its beloved leader as another reason or excuse to tell the US to send its military home. The IRGC executed the missile attack perfectly. It let the targets know they were being targeted so that there would be no military response from America. It let America know that its ballistic missiles —thousands of them—will hit their target precisely.
I believe this is a gracious warning from the two horns of the ram, for the US to get out of Dodge. The only reason I have been able to think of for this grace, is that God is showing mercy to the United States. I know many Americans will cry “Nonsense!”, that this is America and Iran is weak. But you and I know what Daniel 8 and Revelation 6 say, and it does not paint a pretty picture for any soldier on any side in the region.
Of course, if America left the Middle East the Second Signpost could begin the next day. But it will begin anyway because God’s word says so. On September 14 and again three days ago we saw the IRGC’s capabilities: precise strikes on oil facilities and on military assets.
I could be wrong, but I believe what we are seeing here is a time of grace for America, given to us by God. And it may be very well given to us by God because of US President Trump’s orders to respect the land of Israel, move the US embassy to Jerusalem, and to allow the US to take its proper and blessed place as a friend of Israel. Whoever blesses Israel will be blessed.
But this time of grace has a limited duration. We know that because Christ is coming, and in one lifetime starting with the rider of the white horse. Who knows how long it will be? Days? A couple months?
I believe, too, as the Second Signpost rumbles along we will look back at this time as an opportunity lost for the US, due to America’s hubris.