Afghanistan: What We Learned

WE learned much from the events in Afghanistan from the last few days and twenty years. The things learned include a preview, a reminder, and a confirmation.

And by “we” I don’t mean the world or even Americans in general. By “we”, I mean we the followers of Christ, we the children of God, and we the Bible prophecy students who are watching the events in these years prior to Christ’s return. We can learn some lessons from Afghanistan.

The Preview

The incredibly rapid advance of the Taliban across the provinces of Afghanistan and into Kabul shocked many people. Even though the US military had some 100,000 soldiers in Afghanistan at one point, the Taliban were never completely wiped out. They would lay low, in caves, or across the border in the mountains of Pakistan, or in villages in extreme rural areas.

Then, when conditions were right (i.e., the US military evacuated), these zealous and dedicated Sunni Muslims came out of hiding and quickly took over as they believed was their right, given by Allah.

We will see the same thing at the beginnings of the Second and Third Signposts. Iran is shown in the Bible to be a charging ram. Certainly no slowing down there. The IRGC is biding its time, waiting for the US military to be absent. And Turkey and her Sunni allies are shown to be a goat galloping full speed in the air, and as a leopard who, with four wings added, will leap longer than a normal leopard.

Both the Second and Third Signposts will shock people. Never underestimate the will and ways of a zealous and determined army. If only Christians in the West could have the same zeal for the true, living God of heaven, by trusting their God and not their idols, to love people and spread the Gospel.

The Reminder

Many commentators are comparing these twenty years of the US military in Afghanistan to our twenty-years’ experience in Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. Twenty years were spent on a nation with the wrong, corrupt government not supported by the people. And so when the US military evacuates, the opposing faction takes over the government. I could be talking here of either Vietnam or Afghanistan.

But instead I want to focus on Iraq. We cleared out the Taliban just as we cleared out Saddam Hussein and his officers. Both were hated and feared by the citizens of their countries.

With Iraq the US military instilled a democracy—one that included all regions and the three main groups of Iraqis which are Shias, Sunnis, and Kurds. Indeed, the lion was forced to stand and its mind was changed in 2003–2005. Daniel kept looking at it until the bear came along. The lion continued to stand with a changed mind.

Even after the US military left in 2011 and ISIS came in taking over a good half the country, the US came back, fought alongside the Iraqi army giving it confidence, and defeated ISIS. When the US military left for good, the Kurds declared independence. However, the Iraqi army came in to the Kurdish area and ended talk of independence. Today, Iraq is still the lion with its mind changed, with all its territory.

Afghanistan is the reminder of what was accomplished in the First Signpost.

In Afghanistan, things were different. A central government was established in which most of the outlying provinces felt like they did not have a say in their government (just like with South Vietnam). When the US military left, the Afghan army melted away with the advance of the Taliban, just as the South Vietnamese army didn’t have the heart to fight the North Vietnamese communists. Neither the Afghans nor South Vietnamese felt like the propped government was worth fighting for.

The US effort to instill a more civilized government in Afghanistan failed, but when Iraq is compared to it we are reminded that the lion did not change its mind back to something brutal and beastly. But it is still standing with the mind of a man.

Yes, Daniel 7:4 has likely been fulfilled, even after eighteen years since 2003, the year Saddam Hussein was removed from power by the force that made the lion stand.

True, Iraq’s government and history since 2003 has been shaky, but the lion still stands, waiting unknowingly for the bear and the ram to beat it senselessly.

There is also the possibility that the ram could charge into Afghanistan. The Taliban being the ultimate Sunnis would face off against the IRGC, the ultimate Shias. They are arch-enemies. Daniel 8 speaks of the directions Israel sees, because Daniel 8 is all about events around Israel. That in no way excludes Iran from acting on Afghanistan also. If the IRGC has the resources they may very well try to extend their Revolution to Afghanistan as well.

The Confirmation

We witnessed first hand, for the first time, how the Biden administration reacts to a crisis. That is, with incompetence and coldness. That is, they don’t think things through, they shut down, close their eyes, blame Trump, and heartlessly disregard the created misery of millions of people. There is no care or pity or heartfelt empathy from the Left for all the people who will lose their lives or be taken into slavery.

If China and Russia were to attack the US on multiple fronts via some ICBM strikes on coastal cities, and/or cyber attack on infrastructure (which Biden so wisely gave Putin a list of the things that shouldn’t be attacked), and/or attacks on our military across the world, I shudder to think how the Biden administration and the Left would react. It might be reminiscent of that night when Persia took out Babylon by draining the Euphrates—completely unaware and non-caring. This would easily pave the way for the IRGC to execute the Second Signpost.

We, the United States, have never been weaker, not only in reality but also in the eyes of our enemies. All this while our military leadership worries how woke it should be. China may feel emboldened from our handling of Afghanistan to begin its conquest of East Earth by taking Taiwan. This is a strong reason if China is to make a move they will do it before the next president comes along in 2025, getting while the getting is good with a compromised US government.

Conclusion

Afghanistan is an example of how a nation not mentioned in Bible prophecy can still teach us some things about the end times. These three lessons pop out at me. There are probably more lessons to learn from Afghanistan.

Keep watch!



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16 replies

  1. Mark, I wish I could find that article I read yesterday but several things leaped out when reading that and other information on Afghanistan and the Taliban. One thing was that although the Taliban are essentially Sunni, they have no qualms in working with Iran and in their view of Islam, they view themselves as the constant “student” (which is what the word Taliban mean in Pashto language). They tend to pride themselves as being independent in their views though they lean Sunni. The fact that Pashto was an Eastern Persian language, I do think that they will have an affinity to ally with Iran and Iran needs them to ensure the silk road can proceed through Afghanistan. If Iran can promise China oil at a certain price AND deliver the various ways then they can use less of the Saudi’s. This would be advantageous to Iran in so many ways for the silk road to proceed. Contemplating on the last few days, I really think Afghanistan was the last piece of Iran’s puzzle before the ram charges. I anticipate by March next year, when Biden is gone and Kamala is President, Iran with added forces from the Taliban will try something. Our former and current military personnel is spiritually crushed and despondent currently. Very few will want to serve next year at all. Look for retirement of big names military brass too. Kamala and her forces will not be able to withstand Iran.

  2. The long standing tradition in Afghanistan relates to a previous post regarding the Scripture in Luke 10:17, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven.” This tradition, that is not spoken of much, is the people believe Satan landed in Afghanistan.

  3. Gary,
    We are going to have to agree to disagree. First, the Taliban are Sunni, of the Hanafi legal school of Sharia (there are four in Sunni). The Iranian regime is an archenemy. The only reason they worked with the IRGC over the last 20 years, hiding out just inside Iranian territory, and getting small arms from Iran is because the regime hates America even more than the Taliban. But when the Taliban take over, the Iranian regime will be wary. It is attempting to make overtures to peace right now because it doesn’t want the Taliban to attack along their eastern border.
    Pashto being East Persian is not important as through the Middle East you have Arabic-speaking Shias and Arabic-speaking Sunnis living in adjacent areas, as an example.
    Iran currently ships oil to China via tanker. Any future pipeline to China via the Belt and Road Initiative is because China will force the pipeline, forcing Iran and Afghanistan to play nice.
    I believe the “last piece” of the puzzle for Iran to step out into the Second Signpost isn’t Afghanistan (the Artesh can handle the Taliban) – its the US military.
    I do agree we will lose very good people at the top in the military very quickly.


  4. Back to Jerusalem is a China-based Christian group that specializes in missionary work in the 10/40 Window, where many regimes jail, torture, and kill Christians. Yet Christianity is spreading fast in China and Iran. Back to Jerusalem uses easily-hidden portable servers that broadcast a Wi-Fi “Gospel Cloud” that allows people with cell phones at a bus stop or on a bus to access and download within minutes the entire Christian Bible. This is revealed in chapter 22 of Eugene Bach’s 2015 book “Jesus in Iran.” Scheduled for release at the end of this month is Bach’s “China and End-Time Prophecy: How God Is Using the Red Dragon to Fulfill His Ultimate Purposes.” In commenting on why God allowed supposed Christian forces to be driven out of Afghanistan, Bach revealed that corrupt leaders of American soldiers in Afghanistan ordered down the chain of command Bibles seized and burned to please the corrupt Muslim leaders of Afghanistan. https://backtojerusalem.com/the-real-reason-taliban-is-back-in-power-that-no-one-is-talking-about/ In the time of Daniel, the king of the Persian Empire issued a decree in every language of the empire that the God of Daniel was the only true God (Daniel 6:25-27). In “Jesus in Iran” Bach pointed out: “The Persian Empire stretched from Egypt and the borders of Greece, through the Middle East, to Pakistan, India, and Central Asia, and to the borders of China… This is the 10/40 Window of today! These are the hardest to reach areas of the world that severely restrict and prohibit the spread of the Word of God.” America’s Milley-tarry generals, focused on malicious critical race theory and mandatory vaccination, have been exposed to be good for nothing (Matthew 5:13).

  5. Hearing early reports of U.S, personnel among injured in Afghanistan blasts.

  6. When I heard about this prophecy earlier today, I still think it is the missing piece before the charge by the ram….
    https://time.com/3430960/obama-isis-khorasan-terrorism/

  7. When the question came up on Good Morning America about how the White House was handling the current situation in Afghanistan, there was a very loud cricket in the background of the correspondent’s microphone.

  8. Today, August 28, began a conference in Baghdad, Iraq, hosted by France and Iraq and attended by leaders or representatives from most Middle East countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran (which is bellyaching that Syria, which it controls, was not invited).

    from https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210828-macron-arrives-at-iraq-summit-aimed-at-easing-middle-east-tensions
    “Oil-rich Iraq has been caught for years in a delicate balancing act between its two main allies, Iran and the United States. Iran exerts major clout in Iraq through allied armed groups within the Hashed al-Shaabi, a powerful state-sponsored paramilitary network.”

    from https://www.dailysabah.com/world/mid-east/iraq-hosts-middle-east-summit-to-mend-regional-fractures
    “The high-level summit meeting in Baghdad is a major boost for Iraq and its top leadership, sending a message of Arab solidarity with the country, which has increasingly been pulled into Iran’s orbit in recent years.”

    from https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/iraq-summit-for-regional-cooperation-opens-in-baghdad-3579301
    “A regional summit aimed at promoting cooperation and partnership in the Middle East region opened in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Saturday. The summit, held in the heavily guarded Green Zone, seeks to discuss political, economic and security issues related to Iraq and the region.”

    from https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/king-baghdad-conference-iraqs-prosperity-our-prosperity
    Jordan’s King Abdullah: “The security and stability of Iraq is integral to the security and stability of us all, and its prosperity is our prosperity. A strong Iraq is a pillar for regional economic integration and creating an environment conducive to enhancing cooperation among countries in the region.”

    from https://theiranproject.com/blog/2021/08/28/iran-fm-at-baghdad-summit-mutual-trust-of-regional-states-paving-way-for-peace/
    Iran’s new Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian: “The Islamic Republic of Iran was one of the first countries in the region to recognize the new Iraq [Daniel 7:4] and develop its [Iran’s] political, economic, and trade exchanges with it [Iraq] by supporting political processes in the country [gaining control over Iraq].”

  9. I called attention to a forthcoming book “China and End-Time Prophecy.” Now that it is available and I have read it, I am reporting that it is a history of the Back to Jerusalem movement, whose mission is to complete the Great Commission by preaching the gospel from China westward toward Jerusalem through the 10-40 Window of extreme opposition to the gospel, to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). During the 1899-1901 Boxer Rebellion in China against Christian missionaries, the Topeka Outpouring of 1901 happened in Kansas, and the resulting Pentecostal movement influenced some Christians in China. The Back to Jerusalem movement responds to guidance from God. “John’s mention of the armies involved in the final battle marking the end of the world could well depict China’s army today. However, a different kind of army is also rising in China, and it is quickly approaching two hundred million people. This army is for Christ, not against Him. It is a host of Christians from the Chinese underground house church who are fighting a battle against principalities and powers and spreading the gospel in unprecedented ways under intense persecution.”

  10. Isaiah 13-23, Jeremiah 46-51, and Ezekiel 25-32 are prophecies concerning regions round about Israel’s homeland. Iran’s prophesied three-direction invasion will gain control over most of those regions. Whatever fulfillment there was in ancient times, we may find that portions of those prophecies will have 2nd, 3rd, or 4th signpost fulfillments, while other portions will not be fulfilled until the reign and fall of the Antichrist. Isaiah 23 and Ezekiel 26-28, which prophesied concerning ancient Phoenician regions, may have some Moroccan fulfillment. Violence against Moroccan interests (which are friendly with Israel but are broken off with Iran) by Polisario Front interests (which are friendly with Algeria, Hezbollah, Iran) has begun.
    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/09/344395/killing-of-moroccan-truckers-in-mali-transport-federation-president-accuses-polisario-algeria
    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/09/344392/violent-murder-of-2-moroccans-in-mali-sparks-outrage-in-morocco

  11. The U.S. has pulled missile defenses (“its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries”) from Saudi Arabia. How might this contribute to and accelerate the fulfillment of Daniel 8? From AP, September 11 (!):

    https://apnews.com/article/iran-asia-afghanistan-dubai-middle-east-b6aaf30d689d0a8e45901e51f0457381

  12. Hi Jeanne,
    I would say the US action that you linked is another step to remove the last barrier for the IRGC to run out and fulfill the ram’s charge of Daniel 8. That last step is for the IRGC to see that the US military is not a threat. I believe we will see a steady progression in the decline of US military presence until the ram runs out.

  13. On 2021-09-17, Iran was accepted as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation founded in 2001.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Cooperation_Organisation

    In Persian blue are the countries that have full membership in SCO.

    The only one who really understands geopolitics is God. We don’t know what will happen prior to Iran’s prophesied invasion west, north, and south (Daniel 8:4). However, Amos 3:7 states: “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” (NIV). Christians prophets have mentioned some of the countries in SCO.

    2010-02-27 Kim Clement
    “China will endeavor to try and come and rise up against this land [America] and against Israel with a pact that they wish to make with Iran [on 2021-03-27, a Iran–China 25-year Cooperation Program was signed], but there shall be betrayal from Russia that shall make them [China and Iran] angry and they shall withdraw.”

    2021-04-02 Amanda Grace
    “A bomb in Russia, watch and see, will cause opposition to arise against former allies and against Iran alike, as a major event in Russia causes a BEAR of an issue, says the Lord of Hosts. The dragon [China] has spun a web, and those who have so attached markets and economies shall crash, as I the Lord completely remove MY hand.” [As Amanda receives words from the Lord, she is directed where to capitalize. BEAR in a sentence mentioning both Russia and Iran is interesting. Does it refer to Daniel 7:5?]

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