Trap for Second Signpost Being Set?

Do you get the feeling the West, especially the USA, is being set up for a fall?

According to the Second Signpost interpretation of Bible prophecy, the Persian Ram is to run out across the Middle East, occupying and ravaging many nations. Daniel 8:4 says “I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no beasts could stand before him . . .”

One major reason the IRGC has not yet is the US military. Daniel 8:4 continues on with, “nor was there anyone to rescue from his power.” Well, the US military is likely standing in the way.

Another verse used as part of the Signpost interpretation is Revelation 6:4, for the Second Signpost: “And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men should slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.” Peace here is the Greek word iraynay which means “peace of mind.”  

Cutting off one quarter of the global oil supply is reason enough for most countries to lose their peace of mind. However, it’s looking more and more like there will be a major war. Not only must the threat of the US military to the IRGC be removed, but it looks like a trap is being set for the United States. The jaws may be closing.

As shown in this earlier post, the world is divided into three, and these three areas will play out in their own ways as the end times play out. The leaders of the Eastern Earth are China and its deputy, Russia.

In the last few years, the growing military might of China has grown commensurate with more and more bold talk coming out of Beijing. It looks like Chinese conquest of their wayward province, Taiwan, is inevitable. This alone could tie down US forces.

However, the recent developments with Ukraine add war with Russia to the mix. Russia has declared a red line. The red line is that Russia wants legal guarantees that Ukraine will not become a NATO member. Having Ukraine as a full American ally cuts too deeply into the sphere of Russian influence, in Russia’s opinion. And our short-sighted government sees no reason to respect that red line.

There have been many news reports on these topics. This piece from Newsweek puts it all together nicely.

I do have one disagreement with the article—it will be a three-front war, not a two-front war. War with Russia and China at the same time will be disastrous for the US. The Newsweek article gives many reasons. In addition, while Russia and China are already fielding hypersonic cruise missiles which could take out intelligence targets in minutes, the US military worries about the woke agenda.

Admittedly though, the third front with Iran will melt away as Russia and China will be considered greater priorities than worrying about Iran.

If a world war with China and Russia against the United States is to occur, then the IRGC will be free to run out and the Second Signpost can commence. If this is to happen I believe it will be before the American election of 2024, for it is better for China to have those in our leadership be compromised by the CCP.

Categories: America in the End Times, China in the End Times, In The News, Signpost #2: Iran

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  1. And the US Dollar is already collapsing. And Russia and China are getting off of the SWIFT / US Dollar system to send and receive cross boarder payments for goods and oil. That alone will cripple our already over-printed currency!
    Yeah, were being ganged up on… Even the WEF and the IMF want to use DLT / cryptos as a means of cross boarder payments. Is that because they don’t want us to be able to boss the world through “sanctions” anymore? SWIFT is how we do that BTW. We cut the world off of our cross boarder payments platform of sending and receiving currency via the US Dollar through the SWIFT platform. That is a “sanction”. They don’t need SWIFT anymore! Countries are no longer held to the petrodollar system anymore since the Saudis made a deal for military protections with Russia…. THE USD is done.

  2. Mark: Could you have ever foreseen the insanity of the overwhelming non-resistance of the military to be injected with a biological warfare vaccine that will kill or cripple our troops under the guise of “healthcare”, and discharging officers who are loyal Americans who don’t fall for this deception?

  3. Great post, Mark. This is something I have been observing as well with Russia and China in the last month. Biden and his cronies are really trying Putin and Putin is simply waiting for the opportune time. My speculation on the matter is when Biden does step down and Kamala steps in, the old world leaders will test her. Biden with his near 50 years of networking in Congress and with the military is operating in conjunction with the brass. Kamala will be entirely different and perceived inexperienced. Biden also has been showing a lot more gaffes and listless gazing than he did at the beginning of the year. His low poll numbers will cause Democrats to revamp their plans once again and push Kamala out in front with a viable VP and it doesn’t have to be Pelosi. There is a procedure to designate for another person to fill that position where it does not require the Chair of the House to fill it. Someone that could help her look much better as President. I really would not be surprised for Biden to step down and claim health reasons if his poll numbers continue to stay low or drop further. The Democrats know it will be disasterous for them in the midterms if his poll numbers don’t change. As a result, as many start prepping primaries in the spring, Mark, I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden steps down by early February. This will allow for Kamala to step up as President and then Russia and China will proceed to test her with Iran to follow. I could be wrong on the scenario but I really think I will be close on this. Kings tend start wars in the spring.

  4. Kamala is the “Whore of Babylon”. Unlike Biden who has enough crony friends in his long political career to guide him through his dementia in a serious event, Kamala has the IQ and giggles of an immature 14 year old girl. She will feel threatened by everyone screaming at her to do the right thing and basically do nothing except take revenge on those US citizens who are challenging her stupidity.

  5. A new article concerning Iran’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their distribution to proxies of Iran has been published by Alma, a research organization whose members reside in Israel’s northern border communities.
    This “executive summary” article touches on all significant aspects of Iran’s UAVs. It has a link to the full report, which has photos and details worthy of study at the Pentagon. “This threat isn’t limited to the Middle East. Iranian UAVs are also now active in African states and in Venezuela, 2000 kilometers away from Florida.”

    Oblivious to what Bible prophecy reveals about Iran are UAE and Bahrain, whose heads are literally in the clouds. On the same day that Alma’s Iranian UAV report was published, “a SpaceX rocket blasted off … carrying a UAE-Bahraini miniature satellite to the International Space Station.”
    The UAE-Bahraini satellite will from the ISS be put in orbit around Earth to “measure charged particles above thunderstorms that release harmful levels of radiation and can endanger aircraft passengers.”

    It is the Spirit of God that guides into all truth (John 16:13). Quran 17:85 admits: “And they ask you concerning the Ruh (the spirit). Say: ‘The Ruh (the spirit) is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little.'” An invasion of UAE by Iran would only prove that the Spirit that inspired UAE leaders to have UAE scientists learn from NASA how to put in orbit around Mars a satellite (which has discovered abundant oxygen in the upper atmosphere of Mars) is a better guide than the one that will prompt Iran to invade UAE.

  6. Mark:
    Vaccines aside, I wanted your guess on who would win A. a mere land war between Russia and Ukraine with NATO and American help considering weapons, training, discipline, tactics, and dedication and B. A nuclear war between U.S. and Russia.assuming either side would do a first strike.

  7. Thanks for article, The prospect of war in the next couple of years is high, quite possibly upon the collapse of the US economy, to take there eyes off of there internal problems war will come quickly, and the patreotic fervour will be pumped up. To keep the masses occupied, and of their problems. This is When the war with China and Russia will start.This intern will give Iran freedom to push out,we only need to be patient in The Lord,and wait.Thank God for His sovereignty.

  8. China continues to test European Union resolve and readiness by making an example out of Lithuania and tests Putin’s willingness to stand up for a fellow Orthodox country, Ethiopia. The United Arab Emirates continues to make overseas investments to try to make itself look bigger than its geographical area suggests, hoping to make deeper ties so that its potential partners will not be quick to abandon them. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s $728,000,000 divorce settlement must have stung a bit, but then again it may be a maneuver moving some assets out of harm’s way. Putin’s Russia keeps seeking influence across the Mediterranean and North Africa while distracting the West with Poland and Ukraine. Historically, Russia has been most significant when it has had the ability to send its fleet out into blue water. Meanwhile, the Republic of Somaliland reaches out to whomever will listen. Railway access from Ethiopia to seaports is vital to Ethiopia’s development.

    Lithuanian PM discusses China pressure with top U.S. diplomat Blinken
    VILNIUS, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Tuesday discussed U.S. support for Lithuania in response to Chinese economic pressure with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, her office said.

    Putin’s push in Africa
    December 02, 2020 Carlos Santamaria
    and Alex Kliment

    Taiwan announces mutual establishment of Representative Offices with Republic of Somaliland
    Post Date:2020-07-13

    Dubai’s DP World commits to invest $442m in Somaliland port project
    Fri 25 Jun 2021
    DP World and the Government of Somaliland inaugurate a new container terminal at Berbera Port, following completion of the first phase of the project

    China says Ethiopia capable of handling Tigray conflict | Chinese FM Wang Yi visits Ethiopia | News

    Dec 3, 2021

    US hands China a victory in Ethiopia
    China provides winning weaponry to Ethiopian national forces while US de facto sides with the fading Tigray rebels
    by Stephen Bryen December 6, 2021

    China in the middle of Nile mega-dam feud
    China has much to gain and lose by wading into a brewing major water crisis pitting Ethiopia against Egypt and Sudan
    by Jonathan Gorvett July 31, 2021

  9. Karl,
    I believe the two scenarios – a land war in Ukraine and a nuclear WW3 – are inseparable as Putin has laid a red line on Ukraine for the first time ever. Russia would win for various reasons. And China would jump in as well.

  10. Major non-Islamic countries like USA, EU, Russia, India, and China have only indirect if any coverage in Bible prophecy. Those who believe that God no longer speaks through prophets apparently believe that “completeness” has already come. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears” (1 Corinthians 13:9-10 NIV). Since God’s purposes on planet Earth are not yet complete, prophecy is still necessary. “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it” (2 Peter 1:19 NIV). “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7 NIV). “Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 NIV). Prophecies concerning major non-Islamic countries exist, but must be tested for reliability. What God is revealing through prophets is primarily focused on fulfilling the Great Commission. Those prophesying are themselves involved in missionary work. “For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus” (Revelation 19:10 NIV).

  11. I have mentioned the Mediterranean port of Latakia, Syria, part of which since 2019 has been leased by Iran for civilian and military purposes. A December 29 article in the Jerusalem Post describes Israel’s December 7 and 28 air attacks on containers in the Iranian portion of the port, highlighting Russia’s failure to deploy its nearby air defenses to protect Iranian interests in Latakia.
    Russia is an ally of both Syria and Iran. But as the article points out, Iran wants a weakened Syria through which Israel can be attacked, while Russia wants a strenghtened Syria that can rejoin the Arab League. On November 12, 2011, a majority of Arab League member-states had voted to suspend Syria’s membership in response to the regime’s crimes against Syrian civilians. Syria is to become one of the four heads of the leopard of Daniel 7:6. Russia may be a country that, through the second signpost, preserves Syria for its third signpost role.

  12. Hi Mark, first time commenter, here. A little off topic, but here’s an interesting article, posted today, and I am interested in your thoughts.


  13. How might Putin might ever so embolden Russian citizens and those in the Ukraine that ally themselves with him to invade Ukraine…….I am left nervous for our country to be honest

  14. Welcome, Tom –
    As I wrote in Daniel Revisited, I believe that the Third Signpost empire of the great first horn of the ram, which will cover the Middle East except Israel will tolerate Israel. The leader of that empire – the four-fold leopard of Daniel 7 – I believe to be Erdogan himself for several reasons also in the book. Therefore, the news story in the link is only the way Erdogan treats and will treat Israel.

  15. Gary,
    I’m a bit nervous, too, as evidenced in this post. I believe Putin to be forthright – he will take Ukraine IF we in the west push Ukraine to join NATO. He will not invade Ukraine otherwise. Our leaders’ hubris is clouding their judgment. They believe Ukraine should be part of the Western alliance.
    Well, it looks like the West will lose their idols of money and wealth so we must desperately seek Jesus. We will come to that state of affairs one way or another.


    Kazakhstan has Russia’s attention at the moment. Putin is getting close to spreading himself too thin. Russia doesn’t have the available manpower to afford losing even a moderate conflict. If he could paralyze Ukraine’s government so that he didn’t have to fight to finish taking them over, or could keep the casualties on his side somewhere south of 100,000, then he might still attack, but he is almost out of tricks. It’s not that he couldn’t take Ukraine, but right now he’s looking at a Pyrrhic victory at best. The Ukrainian people have not forgotten the Holodomor, the mass starvation campaign waged against them the last time they came under Russian rule. Their country has already had several pieces sliced off. Their morale, their stomach for a fight, is as high as it’s going to get. Putin can outmatch the Ukrainians in tanks and planes, and can even get behind their lines with troops moving by plane, boat, and in small groups in civilian clothing coordinating drone strikes not too dissimilar to what Azerbaijan did to Armenia, but what he can’t do is feed the farthest isolated troops if the initial advance stalls. Ukraine’s wide open fields give drones a clearer view than in the mountains, but it also makes it easier for Ukrainian forces to spot them and shoot them down.

    The people in eastern Ukraine don’t want to be ruled by a dictator. They want to be part of a normal, free, stable country. One of Putin’s goals in invading Ukraine would be to bring more ethnic Russians back inside Russian territory, and make himself look like a winner while doing it. Part of the problem is that most of the Russian troops who would die taking even a few more miles of Ukrainian soil would be among the most loyal and capable of the men Putin has following him. The people in the east of Ukraine have grown up for a generation outside of Russian rule. They wouldn’t meet the challenge of providing Putin with the kind of high-quality recruits he would need to show to be able to justify the invasion’s heavy losses to his own people, at least not for another twenty years or so, which is too late for Putin to do anything with them.

    Kazakhstan is far too important to Russia for Putin to be able to ignore it for long. Paratroopers were able to prop up the regime there this time but may not be able to keep it propped up indefinitely, possibly requiring Putin to pull back thousands of troops which had been threatening Ukraine. Russia is already stretched thin with commitments in more than a dozen different countries. Meanwhile, Iran takes advantage of every opening it sees, trying to build influence and assert itself without being too dependent on any one other country.

    A Russia with eyes bigger than its stomach may well be part of paving the way for Iran’s campaigns in the near future.

  17. The US Dollar currently represents the world’s de facto reserve currency, with Russia, China, and others playing the role of spoilers, willing to use it while it is around to their advantage while actively seeking to undermine that status, unless they can control it. China is in much better position than Russia to manipulate American policy than Russia is currently, in much the same way that they manipulate the policy of smaller countries, threatening their businesses and gaining as much leverage as they can through debt-trap diplomacy, and are building a navy that might soon be strong enough to practice their own form of gunboat diplomacy. From Beijing’s point of view, Taiwan would make an excellent staging area for force projection farther out to sea. They need at least a dozen naval bases besides what they would gain by taking Taiwan to become a truly global power, but they already have three and are currently laying groundwork for more.

    Part of the reason the British Empire failed to hold their American colonies was that they first failed to establish a permanent South American naval presence. Portugal was an ally to Britain, and thus British ships would make call to ports in Brazil, so they didn’t feel a need to carve out a new colony against a strong Spanish headwind of resistance. Any attempt on their part to do so likely would have rallied popular support among the Spanish-speaking colonies to the Spanish Crown. Besides the low likelihood of successful invasion of Spanish holdings in South America, doing so would have made Portugal uneasy. The Portuguese preferred to have some buffer between their colonies and Britain’s. They hoped that would spare strain on their relations with Britain, lest the two countries’ territorial claims should overlap. A joint effort from Britain and Portugal might have successfully divided and conquered Spain’s empire, but Portugal had more to lose in such a fight, with metropolitan Spain right on their doorstep and without an English Channel to behind which to hide. As it was, Spain already tried to invade Portugal several times over the years, and even with British help they barely managed to stop it.

    For nearly a century Spain had a monopoly on silver and gold coming into European countries’ economies. Spain ended up bringing so much silver and gold back that they flooded the markets and hurt their value as money, undercutting the growth of their own economy’s development by minting more units of currency than their level of productivity actually added the value to support. The U.S. Treasury dept. printing money like crazy isn’t the only reason the price of gold can change. If you have enough gold, it is actually possible to ‘print,’ or rather mint away its value, as well. Britain studied what the Spanish did right, and the lessons that Spain’s one-time European colony, the Netherlands, further developed and applied after regaining independence from Spain. Britain then moved in to the Dutch areas of influence and took over both their territory and many of their models of business. The words “yacht,” a symbol of affluence, “boss,” a symbol of economic subjugation, and “job,” a symbol of economic dependence, all came to English through Dutch. New York, South Africa, parts of South Asia and the Caribbean all used to be Dutch colonies until Britain took them over, outdutching the Dutch.

    China will steal as much of existing institutions as they can. They already took over one former Dutch colony, Taiwan. They are now in a position to do to America what America did to Britain, which Britain did to the Netherlands, the Netherlands did to Spain, Spain did to Portugal, and Portugal did to the Ottoman Empire: sail all the way around the world, pick off the previous power’s foreign ports of trade, and keep the parts of the old business model that worked best for themselves. China may, if they find themselves suddenly stronger than the U.S. when they didn’t expect to be, try to copy the U.S.’s control of international institutions as they have already tried to do with the World Health Organization. One key difference is that few other world empires tried giving smaller countries room to let their voices be heard. The U.S. has not always done perfectly at this, but it is one of the few things we have done right. China is not likely to continue this trend.

  18. One of the four living creatures of Revelation 4-5 speaks before each of the four Revelation 6 horses is mentioned, the first living creature before the first horse, the second before the second horse, and so on. Unlike the others, however, after the third horse is mentioned, a voice comes from among all four of the living creatures, and that voice mentions four commodities: wheat, barley, oil, and wine. In the list of four beasts mentioned in Daniel 7, the third, the leopard has four wings and four heads. Daniel Revisited shows a correspondency between the four beasts of Daniel 7 and the four horses of Revelation 6, but also shows a correspondency with the Daniel 8 vision. In comparing Daniel 8’s goat with the third beast of Daniel 7 and the third horse of Revelation 6, fourness seems to be missing in Daniel 8. However, there is a correspondency between Daniel 8:5-7 and Jeremiah 49:35-38, which is pervaded by fourness: “See, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might. I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven; I will scatter them to the four winds, and there will not be a nation where Elam’s exiles do not go. I will shatter Elam before their foes, before those who want to kill them; I will bring disaster on them, even my fierce anger, declares the Lord. I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them. I will set my throne in Elam and destroy her king and officials” (NIV). “King and officials” corresponds to the two horns of the ram, the leadership of Iran by its Supreme Leader and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Even if only Turkey is represented by the goat, it will have the support of three other countries, Syria, Egypt, and Albania, whose style of Islam is the Hanafi jurisprudence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. From the bronze mountains of the Great Sea island of Cyprus (Zechariah 6:1), these four countries are in four directions: Turkey is north, Albania is west, Egypt is south, Syria is east.

  19. The third signpost confederacy got significantly closer to being formed on January 17, 2022. That was a day in which President Erdogan and several high-ranking Turkish officials visited Tirana, the capital of Albania, to sign seven agreements and to celebrate the reopening of the restored Ottoman-era Ethem Bey Mosque.
    Meanwhile, war has broken out between the Iran-backed Houthis of Yemen and an Arab Coalition that includes Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
    Obviously, the second signpost has to happen before the third signpost can begin.

  20. The Incarnation makes human history His Story. It continues to be a miraculous story. Who would have thought that in 2020 the United Arab Emirates, under the supervision of an Iranian-born woman named Sarah Al Amiri, would have launched its Hope Probe to study the atmosphere of Mars?
    Who would have thought that a month later in 2020, UAE and Israel would agree to sign the Abraham Accords, a treaty of peace, diplomatic relations and full normalization between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel?

    Click to access UAE_Israel-treaty-signed-FINAL-15-Sept-2020-508.pdf

    Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
    and who seek the Lord:
    Look to the rock from which you were cut
    and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
    look to Abraham, your father,
    and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
    When I called him he was only one man,
    and I blessed him and made him many.
    The Lord will surely comfort Zion
    and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
    he will make her deserts like Eden,
    her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
    Joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
    (Isaiah 51:1-3 NIV)

    The Iranian regime, whose space endeavors are for military use only, is extremely displeased with the Abraham Accords, suggesting that any Islamic country recognizing the State of Israel is a traitor to Islam. Yet how can it not feel some pride that an Iranian-born woman leads UAE’s innovative space missions?

  21. Been looking at the site over the last few days for comments about the attack on UAE??
    Any thoughts on this Mark?

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