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By Joel C. Rosenberg

Published November 07, 2011 | FoxNews.com

Why would Iran authorize a major terrorist operation on American soil? Skeptics say the much-discussed “foiled” Iranian plot makes no sense. We will know soon enough if the Feds have sufficient evidence related to this specific plot. But Iranian leaders may, in fact, have a motive to accelerate direct attacks on the U.S.: Shia Islamic eschatology, or “End Times” theology.

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are convinced that the End of Days has come. They believe the Shia messiah known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi” will appear soon to establish a global Islamic kingdom known as the caliphate. 

What’s more, they believe the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to annihilate Israel (which they call the “Little Satan”), and the United States (which they call the “Great Satan”). We should not, therefore, be surprised that Iran is probing for weaknesses in American intelligence and homeland security.

Khamenei told Iranians in July 2010 that he personally met with the Twelfth Imam. He also claimed to be the personal representative of the Mahdi on earth, and said all Muslims must “obey him.” Meanwhile, Western intelligence agencies say he continues to work with Ahmadinejad and the Iranian military to develop nuclear warheads and the ballistic missiles to deliver them.

Much of the media has focused on Iran’s threats to wipe Israel “off the map.” But journalists have generally ignored the fact that the Iranian regime is equally determined to destroy the United States. 

On October 26, 2005, for example, Ahmadinejad said, “God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism.” 

On June 2, 2008, Ahmadinejad said, “Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come, and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started.”

Iran’s leaders actually believe that the destruction of the U.S. is foreordained, just as the Soviet Union’s implosion was predetermined. They see U.S. economic weakness as a sign that the end of America is near. 

Other signs include President Obama’s political weakness in the polls and his unwillingness to use force against Iran even after the Iranian murder of Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon over the years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the gravity of the situation. “The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” he told The Atlantic magazine in March 2009. “You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs,” Netanyahu said of the Iranian leadership. “When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran.”’

Unfortunately, Netanyahu hasn’t seen the Obama administration strengthen the American economy or take decisive measures to stop Iran from getting the Bomb, and he is getting anxious. “The international community must stop Iran before it’s too late,” Netanyahu warned in his United Nations speech last month. “If Iran is not stopped, we will all face the specter of nuclear terrorism, and the Arab Spring could soon become an Iranian winter….The world around Israel is definitely becoming more dangerous.”

To truly understand how just how dangerous Iran’s regime really is, American leaders need to better understand Shia eschatology.

The Twelfth Imam was a real, flesh-and-blood person who, like the eleven Shia leaders who went before him, was an Arab male, a direct descendent of the founder of Islam, and was thought to have been divinely chosen to be the spiritual guide and ultimate human authority of the Muslim people. His actual name was Muhammad Ibn Hasan Ibn Ali, and it is generally believed by Shias that he was born in Samarra, Iraq, in AD 868.

At a very young age, however, Ali vanished from society. Some say he was four years old, while others say five and some say six. Some believe he fell into a well in Samarra but his body was never recovered. Others believe the Mahdi’s mother placed him in the well to prevent evil rulers from capturing him and killing him, and that little Ali subsequently became supernaturally invisible. This is where the term “Hidden Imam” is derived, as Shias believe that Ali is not dead but has simply been hidden from the sight of mankind – Shias refer to this as “occultation” – until the End of Days, when Allah will reveal him once again.

Shias believe the Mahdi will return in the last days to establish righteousness, justice, and peace. When he comes, they say, the Mahdi will bring Jesus with him. Jesus will be a Muslim and will serve as his deputy, not as King of kings and Lord of lords as the Bible teaches, and he will force non-Muslims to choose between following the Mahdi or death.

By most accounts, Shia scholars believe the Mahdi will first appear in Mecca and conquer the Middle East, then establish the headquarters of his global Islamic government—or caliphate—in Iraq. But there is not universal agreement. Some believe he will emerge from the well at the Jamkaran Mosque in Iran and then travel to Mecca and Iraq. Some say that he will conquer Jerusalem before establishing his caliphate in Iraq. Others believe Jerusalem must be conquered as a prerequisite to his return.

None of this is actually written in the Kuran, and Sunnis reject this eschatology. 

But one thing that is fairly well agreed upon among devout “Twelvers” is that the Mahdi will end apostasy and purify corruption within Islam. He is expected to conquer the Arabian Peninsula, Jordan, Syria, “Palestine,” Egypt and North Africa, and eventually the entire world. During this time, he and Jesus will kill between 60 and 80 percent of the world’s population, specifically those who refuse to convert to Islam.

Ayatollah Ibrahim Amini, a professor at the Religious Learning Centre in Qom, wrote a noteworthy book entitled, Al-Imam al-Mahdi, the Just Leader of Humanity, describing the connection between Shia eschatology and Iranian foreign policy. “Those who persist in their disbelief and wickedness shall be killed by the soldiers of the Mahdi,” wrote Amini. “The only victorious government in the entire world will be that of Islam, and people will devotedly endeavor to protect it. Islam will be the religion of everyone, and will enter all the nations of the world. . . .The Mahdi will offer the religion of Islam to the Jews and the Christians; if they accept it they will be spared, otherwise they will be killed. . . . It seems unlikely that this catastrophe can be avoided. . . . Warfare and bloodshed [are] inevitable. . . The Imam of the Age and his supporters will overcome the forces of disbelief and godless materialism by undertaking jihad.”

In light of such End Times theology, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Iranian regime is taking a more aggressive posture towards the U.S. and Israel. Instead, we should be taking decisive measures to prevent Iran from blind-siding us in the not-too-distant future with a nuclear terrorist attack or even an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. 

Unfortunately, most of Washington and the world’s leadership is asleep to the prospect of this gathering storm. It is time to wake up, before it’s too late.

Joel C. Rosenberg is the author of eight New York Times best-selling books about the Middle East. His most recent political thriller is “The Tehran Initiative.” Visit his website at www.joelrosenberg.com

 
Source Article LINK: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/11/07/why-irans-top-leaders-believe-that-end-days-has-come/print#ixzz1fJLFen76

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New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi–or Islamic messiah–is about to appear.

CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place — and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times.

While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.

‘The Coming is Near’

The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.

It’s called The Coming is Near and it describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical tweflth Imam or Mahdi — the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days.

“This video has been produced by a group called the Conductors of the Coming, in connection with the Basiji — the Iranian paramilitary force, and in collaboration with the Iranian president’s office,” said Reza Kahlil, a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who shared the video with CBN News.

Video – ‘SmokingJoeTrainer’

Kahlili, author of the book, A Time to Betray, worked as a double agent for the CIA inside the Iranian regime.

“Just a few weeks ago, Ahmadenijad’s office screened this movie with much excitement for the clerics,” Kahlili told CBN News. “The target audience is Muslims in the Middle East and around the world.”

The video claims that Iran is destined to rise as a great power in the last days to help defeat America and Israel and usher in the return of the Mahdi. And it makes clear the Iranians believe that time is fast approaching.

“The Hadith have clearly described the events and the various transformations of countries in the Middle East and also that of Iran in the age of the coming,” said a narrator, who went on to say that America’s invasion of Iraq was foretold by Islamic scripture–and that the Mahdi will one day soon rule the world from Iraq.

Other ‘Prophetic’ Signs

The ongoing upheavals in other Middle Eastern countries like Yemen and Egypt–including the rise of the Muslim Brotherood — are also analyzed as prophetic signs that the Mahdi is near — so is the current poor health of the king of Saudi Arabia, an Iranian rival.

“Isn’t the presence of Abdullah, his illness, and his uncertain condition, great news for those anxious for the coming?” asks the narrator.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameini, and Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Iran’s terrorist proxy Hezbollah, are hailed as pivotal end times players, whose rise was predicted in Islamic scriptures.

The same goes for Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, who the video says will conquer Jerusalem prior to the Mahdi’s coming.

“I think it’s a very grave development,” Mideast expert Joel Rosenberg, author of The Twelfth Imam, told CBN News, “because it gives you a window into the thinking of the Iranian leadership: that they believe the time for war with Israel may be even sooner than others had imagined.”

Kahlili says The Coming is Near will soon be distributed by the Iranian regime throughout the Middle East.  He explained that their goal is to instigate further uprisings in Arab countries.

Source: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/March/Iranian-Regime-Video-Says-Mahdi-is-Near-/

What is interesting about this whole thing is that, NOT only has it been spoken of in the Koran, but it has also been prophecised in the Bible too.

Both talk about the end of this age with the introduction of a new ‘Messiah’.  Albeit, from VERY different perspectives.

In Islam the Mahdi or “Guided One” is the prophesied redeemer of Islam who will stay on earth seven, nine, or nineteen years (depending on the interpretation) before the coming of the day, Yaum al-Qiyamah (literally “Day of the Resurrection” or “Day of the Standing”). Muslims believe the Mahdi will rid the world of error (non-muslim thinking), injustice and tyranny alongside Jesus. The concept of Mahdi is not explicitly mentioned in the Qu’ran, but there are many Hadith (traditional sayings of Muhammad) on the Mahdi.

The idea of the Mahdi has been described as important to Sufi Muslims, and a “powerful and central religious idea” for Shia Muslims who believe the Mahdi is the Twelfth Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, who will return from his present state of “hiding”. It has gained a strong hold on the imagination of many Muslims worldwide .

Common Sunni and Shia beliefs

 

1. The Mahdi will be a descendant of the Prophet  Muhammad of the line of Fatima

2. He will bear the name Muhammad

3. He will rule for either seven, nine or nineteen years

4. His coming will be accompanied by the raising of a Black Standard (black war flag) in Khurasan (modern day Iran).

5. His coming will be accompanied by the appearance of Dajjal (the anti-Christ) in the East.

6. He will return with Jesus as a lesser prophet.

 Signs of the Mahdi

 

Among the most commonly reported signs of the advent of the Madhdi in Shia hadith are

1. Before his coming will come the red death and the white death. The red death is the sword and white death is the plague.

2. Several figures will appear: the one-eyed Dajjal, the Sufyani and the Yamani. Another figrue, the Pure Soul (an-Nafs az-Zakiyya), will be assassinated.

3. The sun will rise from the West and a star will appear in the East giving out as much light as the moon.

4. The Arabs will throw off the reins and take possession of their land, throwing out the authority of the foreigners.

5. A caller will call out from heaven.

6. There will be a great conflict in the land of Syria until it is destroyed.

7. Death and fear will afflict the people of Baghdad and Iraq. A fire will apppear in the sky and a redness will cover them.

Jesus and Imam Mahdi returning together

 

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested that ‘Jesus would return to the world along with the emergence of the descendant of the Islam’s holy prophet, Imam Mahdi’. It is well known that Ahmadinejad sees himself as the chosen one to bring forth the 12th Imam, to ‘pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi’. The suggestion that Jesus and the 12th Imam would return to earth at the same time is something new and quite disturbing.

Ahmadinejad sees Jesus and Mahdi working together to ‘wipe away every tinge of oppression, pain and agony from the face of the world’. The Mahdi ‘will reign on earth for seven years before bringing about a final judgment and the end of the world’.  Sound familiar?

When the Imam emerges he will enlighten people by discussing religion and when people become totally aware of the nature of religion, their conscience would not permit them to reject what is right. Those who obstinately refuse to accept religion will have the sword of the Imam will decisively come down on their neck.” (beheaded!)

So, non-believers in Islam, whether Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Atheists who don’t accept the Muslim religion shall be beheaded?  After much “discussion” of course!  Doesn’t sound like a religion of peace and love to me.


What the Bible says about the Antichrist 

What Islam and the Koran say about Mahdi 12th Imam 

The antichrist will be an unparalleled leader in ability to speak and lead 

The Imam Al Madhi will be an unparalleled leader in ability to speak and lead 

The False Prophet will support the antichrist in deceiving the world into accepting and following the Antichrist. 

A “Muslim Jesus” will “return” and support the Imam Al Madhi in getting the world to accept the Imam Al Madhi and follow him. 

The Antichrist and the False Prophet will have a powerful army that will do great damage to the Earth in order to subdue it and follow them. 

The Imam Al Madhi and the Muslim “Jesus” will have a powerful army that will do great damage to the Earth in order to subdue it and cause everyone to follow them 

The False Prophet is described as a Dragon in Lamb’s clothing 

The Muslim “Jesus” will come bearing the name that the world knows as the Lamb of God and yet teach Islam. 

The Antichrist and the False Prophet establish a New World Order 

The Imam Al Madhi and the Muslim “Jesus” establish a New World Order 

The Antichrist is said to “change the times”. 

The Imam Al Madhi almost certainly will adopt use of the Islamic calendar for use worldwide, hence changing the times. It is a 12 month calendar of 30 days each with Muslims names. 

The Antichrist and False Prophet will adopt a universal and mandatory religion 

The Imam Al Madhi and the Muslim “Jesus” will institute Islam as the only acceptable religion. 

The Antichrist and False prophet will execute by beheading anyone who does not accept their religion 

The Imam Al Madhi and the Muslim “Jesus” will execute by beheading anyone who does not accept Islam. Beheading has been the official method of execution for Islam since the days of Mohammed and still is to this very day. 

The Antichrist will have a specific agenda to kill as many Jews as possible. 

The Imam Al Madhi and the Muslim “Jesus” will have an order from God to root out and kill all Jews. 

The Antichrist and False Prophet will attack and conquer Jerusalem. Interestingly enough all of the nations the Bible mentions as coming to attack Israel and Jerusalem (In Ezekiel) are currently Muslim nations 

The Imam Al Madhi and Muslim “Jesus” will attack and conquer Jerusalem in the name of Islam 

The Antichrist will set himself up in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as his seat of authority. 

The Imam Al Madhi will establish the Islamic Caliphate from Jerusalem. The Caliphate is a religious and political leader of all Islam and all Muslims. With the whole world having to accept Islam he will in effect be a world ruler from Jerusalem 

.The Antichrist will perform many miracles in order to deceive many into following him. 

The Imam Al Madhi will also be able to perform many miracles. 

The Antichrist will make a peace treaty with Israel for 7 years. 

The Imam Al Madhi will make a peace treaty with Israel for 7 years. 

Jesus at his second coming will defend Jerusalem and Israel from an attack by a coalition of nations led by the Antichrist and the False Prophet. 

Warns that the Dajjal, the Muslim Antichrist, will appear and fool Jews into thinking he is Jesus the Messiah and fight for them. The Koran warns Muslims to ignore everything he says and flee from him. 

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The signs are there for all to bestow and discern.  Even if you don’t believe in any of this, those in power certainly do.  The question is, what will you do about it?

Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.

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