'Beginning of Sorrows - 1st 3 Seals'
Can World War 3 begin in 2018?
Dan 11:40 "At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through."
Endtime King of the North
Is there a possibility of Iran (Persia), Iraq, Syria and Lebanon forming the Northern Alliance.
Iran-Iraq War (1980 to 1988)
Wikipedia - The 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution refers to events involving the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who was supported by the United States, and eventual replacement of 2500 years of continuous Persian monarchy with an Islamic Republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution, supported by various Islamist and leftist organizations, and student movements.
(Note: - It will be perilous for both Jews and Christians if the Antichrist is a direct descendent of King Cyrus from the family of the Pahlavi.)
The Islamic Revolution replaced the Shah of Persia (supported by US) with the Shia Islamic clergy. In 1980 Saddam Hussein of Iraq declared war with Iran and the eight years Iran-Iraq war cost the lives of possibly a million lives and hundreds of billions of US$ in damages to both sides.
Syria - Iraq Relationship
Ever since King Faisal took the Iraqi throne in the early 1920s, Iraqi leaders have dreamed of unifying the two countries. Even during the last years of Saddam Hussein, relations between the two countries were not good.
In this modern era, there was no possibility of the formation of an Alliance of Iran, Iraq and Syria when they were at loggerhead with one another.
Arab Uprising since 2011
The whole Arab world was facing the Arab Spring with street protests and uprisings and the successful revolutions saw the removal of the governments of Egypt, Tunisia and the developments of civil wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen, etc.
US supported the Shia government in Iraq (60% Shia) but the Sunni rebels in Syria (minority Shia government) with finance and military weapons.
The ISIS Caliphate
IS or ISIS burst onto the international stage when the Sunni jihadist overran the fleeing Shia Iraqi military and was joined by the Sunni rebels of Syria. Within a short period (having captured most of the US weapons) they capture a large area in both Syria and Iraq. It then declared a caliphate bearing the infamous black jihadist flag after they seized control of Mosul in 2014.
Military support of Iran
IS Sunni Caliphate was trying to removed the Shia governments in both Syria and Iraq. The Iranian Shia government immediately sent support to both countries to neutralize IS advances.
The Northern Alliance
The governments of Iran, Iraq and Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon have since formed the military alliance (Northern Alliance) to fight against IS. With the help of Russia (and indirectly US and the West), IS is almost annihilated from Iraq and Syria.
Start of World War 3
No thanks to IS, the impossible 'Northern Alliance' is already in place. Also no thanks to Iran's nuclear and missile programs, the Southern Alliance comprising of Israel and Egypt - the proxy of Saudi Arabia and the Arab League, is now being formed.
So as soon as the Southern Alliance attacks the Northern Alliance (king of the North), World War 3 will begin.