Many who know the Four Signposts wonder when the Second Signpost, the next one, will happen and how fast the others might go by. In parallel to this, the Bible doesn’t tell us, nor can we know the day and hour of Christ’s return.
Jesus said that all the end time events given in Matthew 24 will all occur in one lifetime (Matt. 24:34). The end times are looking like they will indeed unfold over decades (i.e. one lifetime), since the First Signpost started in 1979 and here we are in 2020 still waiting for the Second Signpost.
Therefore, we should expect the birth years of the various national leaders to proceed over decades as well. And as it happens, the birth years of the leaders of the each of the Signposts tend to be clustered by Signpost, over the decades. It also appears so far that national leaders are mostly in their 50s and 60s, as we would expect.
The illustration shows birth years of various national leaders during the Signposts. Let’s examine the chart a little closer, starting in the lower left hand corner.
First Signpost Leaders
Saddam Hussein, who was the leader of Iraq, which is the lion with wings just before it was forced to stand in Daniel 7:4, was born in 1937. Ayatollah Khamenei, the current supreme leader of Iran, oversaw the growth of the second horn of Daniel 8:3 which occurred mostly during the First Signpost. In fact, if it weren’t for Saddam Hussein and his war on Iran the second horn (the IRGC) may never have started growing. (And therefore is it possible Saddam Hussein, the king of the lion with wings, is a candidate for the restrainer of 2 Thess. 2:6? Just speculating.)
The leaders of the First Signpost, therefore, were born in the 1930’s.
Second and Third Signpost Leaders
The leaders of the nations (Iran and Turkey, and others) to be involved during the Second and Third Signposts are all born in the 1950’s and 1960. Erdogan is the leader of Turkey. Soleimani was the commander of the Quds force, and Qaani is his successor. Salami is the commander of the entire IRGC.
There are two interesting points told by this chart regarding the Second and Third Signposts. First, is Khamenei’s successor. Ayatollah Raisi is seen by many as the strongest candidate. You can see his birth year nestles quite nicely in the Second and Third Signpost camp. However, this Fox story suggests Khamenei’s son might be his successor. However, his birth year is out-of-step with other Second Signpost leaders, being closer to the leaders of the Fourth Signpost. Just from this chart, Raisi should be the more likely successor.
Second, is the time of the Second and Third Signposts. The birth years of the leaders of the Second and Third Signposts suggest the two can be lumped together time-wise when all end-time events are considered, and they are separated in time from the First and Fourth Signposts. The Second may be quick—a few years at most, and the Third Signpost may last longer, allowing peace and stability to be restored to the Middle East for a time, but will follow right on the heels of the Second Signpost (per Dan. 8:5).
Fourth Signpost Leaders
The birth years for the Fourth Signpost leaders are sheer speculation on my part.
The King of the South (per Daniel 11:40), in opposition to Antichrist, would be the leader of Egypt just after the fragmenting of the huge Sunni Confederation at the end of the Third Signpost. Today he might be in his 40s. He may very well be in a government office under the current president, Al-Sisi (born 1954), or more likely in the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The man who will be Antichrist is possibly in his 40s right now. The time between the Sunni Confederacy conquering the Middle East, and the time the man to be Antichrist emerges and takes over one of the four new nations could be ten to fifteen years. Besides the Sunni Confederacy existing for some years, the Fourth Signpost will involve four new nations all vying for supremacy in the region, and may be at war with one another for years, particularly when the man to be Antichrist finally takes over as leader of the new Turkish nation. The Bible tells us the Antichrist will uproot three of the four kings of those nations (Dan. 7:8, 24). How long could wars between four nations last in past centuries?
We cannot know the times of the Signposts until they occur. However, looking at the birth years of national leaders during the Four Signposts may give us some perspective on the years involved with the Four Signposts.
Also, anyone born in the years around 1960 could very well witness everything including Christ’s return when all is done.