I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power . . . (Daniel 8:4 NASB)
(Today is September 1, 2020. It is Day 237 of the grace period.)
If you follow Middle East news you probably heard of the peace agreement and the opening of formal relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The agreement was made August 13, 2020. Israel now has formal relations with three Arab nations: Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE.
The UAE is situated on the south shore of the Persian Gulf, right across the water from Iran, and is at the southern end of the Gulf. It happens to lie at the end of one of the paths south from Susa, that the Persian Ram could charge along, per Daniel 8:4, as shown on the map.
Up to now, two things drew Iran’s IRGC to conquer and occupy the UAE. They were (1) its great oil production and reserves, comprising part of the one-fourth of world oil production that could be taken out by the IRGC, and (2) it is a relatively weak Muslim nation that would not stand in the way of the IRGC bringing its 1979 Shia Revolution to that nation.
Well, now we have a third reason for the IRGC to invade and occupy the UAE. And the reason was uttered by the man controlling one of the two powers (horns) of the Ram, that is, the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
Just yesterday, as he spoke to the heads of education in Iran, he said,
“The UAE betrayed the world of Islam, Arab nations, regional countries and Palestine itself. Of course, this betrayal will not last long, but the stain of this infamy will remain on them forever.” [emphasis added] (From the URL https://english.khamenei.ir/news/7897/The-UAE-betrayed-the-Islamic-world-but-this-won-t-last-long)
Three things struck me about Khamenei’s statement, all in regards to the Second Signpost.
First, the UAE is accused of betraying Islam and all the Arab nations. Since the UAE (a Muslim nation!) is fraternizing with what the IRGC names as the Little Satan (the USA being the Great Satan), the UAE must be invaded so the Revolution can cleanse whatever is going on in the UAE. It was already a rather “backslidden” Sunni nation, but now it is becoming a squeakier wheel.
Second is the use of the phrase, “of course.” Of course it is obvious that the UAE must be dealt with. Of course we, the Iranian regime comprising the two horns of the ram—will run out and take care of the UAE when we take care of the entire Muslim Middle East! Of course the Second Signpost is coming.
Third, apparently the UAE’s transgressions will not last long. What does this mean? The world would take this as just another “idle” threat from the supreme leader. Of course, to the student of the Signposts, it may very well mean the Second Signpost is not very far away.
This news story of Israel and the UAE, as it happened, could have been thought of as just noise. I didn’t mention it on this blog earlier this past August.
However, the supreme leader has elevated this new friendship with Israel now to the level of as yet another reason for the IRGC to travel to, conquer, and occupy another particular Muslim country during the Second Signpost—the UAE in this case.