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Will the Antichrist Be a Moslem?
They Call Him “The Twelfth Imam”
By Gary Stearman
Bible-believing Christians around the
world are “Looking for that blessed hope, and
the glorious appearing of the great God and
our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13).
Christ’s return for the church will mark
the beginning of a great judgment, and the
overturning of the present geopolitical con-
ﬁguration. As tensions build, the saints pa-
tiently await deliverance from a burgeoning
But we’re not the only
ones who await divine
retribution. The raging
factions of Islam now
believe that within a very
short time, a divine one
– the Mahdi – will come
to defeat the inﬁdel and
install Islam as the world’s only faith. Their
Mahdi, a messianic ﬁgure, bears a strong
resemblance to the Judeo-Christian Mes- Recently, Iran’s new President,
siah. A brief review of religious history will Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared that
make clear why this is so. “Israel must be wiped off the map.” He
Down through the ages, many religions was quoting an earlier Iranian leader,
have taken key ideas from the Judeo-Chris- the late Ayatollah Khomeini. He didn’t
tian faith, incorporating them into their own quit there, declaring that, “Anybody who
systems of worship. Heaven, hell, judgment recognizes Israel will burn in the ﬁre of
and the glory of the Kingdom have all been the Islamic nation’s fury.”
picked up and adapted into the cultural
backgrounds of many Eastern nations. religion favorable to the Persian culture. movement, but its revival was fleeting.
Of such adaptations, there are many ex- Zoroaster claimed to have had a series Christianity sharply cut into its numbers.
amples. However, there is one especially of visions, given to him by Ahura Mazda, Then, in A.D. 651, the Muslims defeated
good case in point. It is the religion called the so-called “god of light.” By the time Persia. All Zoroastrians who would not
Zoroastrianism. It goes all the way back the Persian monarchs rose to power, the convert were either killed or exiled. The
to the Persian monarchs Cyrus, Ahasuerus religion had won many followers in the monotheism of Zoroaster was then shifted
and Darius. All of them worshiped Ahura Middle East. At the same time, Israel suf- to Islam, as it began its historic climb to
Mazda, the god of Zoroastrianism. These fered a tragic fall, then rose again to build power. Many wars raged back and forth,
Persians are all named by Daniel, Isaiah, the Second Temple. both through the Middle East and as far
Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah It is no mere coincidence that during north as Europe.
and the histories of Second Chronicles. the centuries preceding the ﬁrst coming of The teachings of the new religion of Islam
It should come as no surprise that many Christ, other counterfeit religions ﬂourished. featured a heaven and a hell, and a god of
of Zoroaster’s teachings are very much The inﬂuence of Judaism waned, as Hindu- vengeance who, it was said, would one day
like those found in the Bible. Born in 660 ism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism and other send a savior – a Mahdi – to rule the world
B.C., he taught a monotheistic religion, eastern religions came into their own. and to set up his kingdom. Many of its be-
a coming savior and the end-time truths Israel was miraculously preserved liefs revolved around biblical claims that
of resurrection, judgment and a peaceful through this period, but even the Judaism went all the way back to Abraham, whose
kingdom. Where did he get such ideas? that survived became so perverted that it true inheritance was claimed to be through
Naturally, from the Holy Scriptures of the was roundly condemned by Jesus when He Ishmael, not Isaac. Ishmael was cast as
twelve tribes. The rise of Zoroastrianism came. Following His resurrection, Christi- the forbearer of the population that would
dates back to the time of the Babylonian anity spread throughout the civilized world. ﬁnally inherit the world, under Islam.
captivity. During this period, the fall of Ju- But at the same time, counterfeit religions Today, Islam boasts itself as the world’s
daism witnessed the rise of a new religion, grew with equal vigor. In the third century, fastest-growing religion. In the nearly
as Zoroaster adapted its key points into a A.D., Zoroastrianism experienced a reform ﬁfteen centuries since it was founded by
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Mohammed in A. D. 570, its intense form alliance, as they invade Israel, where they From all of this, any discerning Chris-
of monotheism has swept the Middle East, are soundly defeated. In the second, Gog tian can see that Islam has taken the key
and is now a world power. It is important to and Magog are the forces that rebel against end-time prophecies of the Bible, mixed
note that its precepts are not really original, God at the end of the thousand-year King- them up, and turned them upside-down.
but, like ancient Zoroastrianism, are simply dom Age. America is Gog. Its president is the Beast.
copies and modiﬁcations of Judaism and Finally, look at the term, “Day of Islam.” The apocalypse is dominated by the Mahdi,
Christianity. One of the oldest and most deﬁnitive terms who destroys both America and Israel. This
Most important of all is its belief in end- in the entire Bible is “Day of the Lord.” It will bring the world into the glorious age of
time prophecy, and in the ﬁrm conviction refers to the judgment of the nations and the its kingdom, called the Day of Islam.
that the world will be saved by a coming establishment of the Kingdom. The Lord,
messiah ﬁgure, called “The Twelfth Imam.” Himself, will preside over it, seated upon An Iranian Mahdi?
It is taught that he will soon return to rule the throne of David. Islam simply takes this Recently, Iran’s new president, Mahmoud
the human race, bringing Islam into its term and modiﬁes it to suit its own cultural Ahmadinejad, declared that “Israel must be
kingdom age. He is none other than the interpretation. wiped off the map.” He was quoting an ear-
Imam Mahdi, or the “guided one.” Williams writes, “Islamic tradition says lier Iranian leader, the late Ayatollah Kho-
that the Mahdi will be a descendant of meini. He didn’t quit there, declaring that,
Osama As the Mahdi Muhammed through his daughter Fatima. “Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn
Today, some in the Islamic world believe He will have a distinctive forehead, a in the ﬁre of the Islamic nation’s fury.”
that the Imam Mahdi is already among us, prominent nose, and a black mole on his His reference clearly invoked Iran’s new-
awaiting the proper moment to step forth face. He will arise from Arabia and will be ly acquired nuclear technology, complete
in power. One of the leading candidates called from a cave by Allah to serve as the with intermediate-range ballistic missiles
for this ofﬁce is Osama bin Laden. In his savior of all true believers.” that can reach Israel. The most frighten-
October 23, 2005, G2 Bulletin, Joseph Of course, Bin Laden sports all the Mahdi’s ing aspect of Ahmadinejad’s bluster is his
Farah quotes Paul L. Williams, author of appropriate physical features and background strong belief that he is acting to bring forth
The Al Qaeda Connection. He is a former resumé. As a cave-dweller in Afghanistan, the Imam Mahdi.
FBI consultant and expert on Middle East he was tailor-made for the part. On November 17, 2005 Reuters reporter
affairs who believes that Islamic scholars Williams continues, “Bin Laden speaks of Paul Hughes wrote, “His call for the de-
are convinced that the time for their ascent the president of the United States as Dabbah, struction of Israel may have grabbed the
to power is near: the beast he must slay, and of the American headlines abroad, but it is President Mah-
“Islamic clerics point out that the signs in people as the Yajuj wa-Jajuj, the nation of moud Ahmadinejad’s devotion to a mysti-
the heavens are propitious for such an event. Gog that he must destroy. In his edicts and cal religious ﬁgure that is arousing greater
This year, Muslims will experience solar ofﬁcial correspondence, he no longer signs interest inside Iran.
and lunar eclipses during the holy month. his name as Osama bin Laden but as Osama “In a keynote speech on Wednesday
These great heavenly signs, according to bin Muhammed bin Laden.” [Nov. 16] to senior clerics, Ahmadinejad
Islamic visionary Hazrat Mirza Ghulan spoke of his strong belief in the second
Sahib, foretell the coming of the ‘Mahdi,’ Nuclear Weapons Are OK coming of Shiite Muslims’ ‘hidden’ 12th
the mighty warrior of the Apocalypse, who Many prominent Islamic scholars believe Imam.
will defeat the army of Yajuj wa-Majuj (‘the that he is the Mahdi. Williams points out “According to Shiite Muslim teaching,
inﬁdel unbelievers’), led by the Dabbah or that in October of 2005, during Ramadan, Abul-Qassem Mohammad, the 12th leader
‘the Beast.’ He [the Mahdi] will lead the two eclipses occurred. One was Solar (on whom Shiites consider descended from the
Muslims to great victory and bring forth the 3rd) and the other was Lunar (on the Prophet Mohammed, disappeared in A.D.
the Day of Islam, when all of creation falls 17th). This phenomenon had occurred 941, but will return at the end of time to
before the throne of Allah.” only once before – in 1894. At that time, lead an era of Islamic justice.
All this began to unfold during Ramadan clerics said that when it happened again, “‘Our revolution’s main mission is to
in 2005. Note that the Mahdi is called the it would mark the time of the emergence pave the way for the reappearance of the
“warrior of the Apocalypse.” This term, of the Mahdi. 12th Imam, the Mahdi,’ Ahmadinejad said
from the Greek of the New Testament, is Because of the perceived auspicious in a speech to ‘Friday Prayers’ leaders from
the original name of the book of Revela- nature of the times, Williams says a special across the country.
tion, predating Mohammed by ﬁve hundred dispensation has been given to Islamic ter- “‘Therefore, Iran should become a power-
years. And in the book of Revelation, we rorists: “One Muslim, who views bin Laden ful, developed and model Islamic society.’
ﬁnd the “beast,” or Antichrist. He was origi- as the Mahdi, is Sheikh Nasir bin Hamid al “‘Today, we should deﬁne our economic,
nally named in the prophecy of Daniel, who Fahd. Al Fahd recently issued a religious cultural and political policies based on the
wrote early in the sixth century B.C. Thus ruling or fatwa on behalf of the clerics of policy of Imam Mahdi’s return. We should
Islam liberally copies from both Revelation Saudi Arabia that granted bin Laden and oth- avoid copying the West’s policies and
and Daniel. Then, it makes them its own, er terrorists the permission to use nuclear systems.’”
interpreting them in favor of the followers weapons against the United States.” According to recent news reports, these
of Allah. “Al Fahd justifies the mass casualties comments are typical of the Iranian Pres-
Note also that Islam uses the term “Yajuj and destruction that would be caused by the ident’s recent speeches. In virtually every
wa-Majuj” to explain an invading army. ‘American Hiroshima’ – the al Qaeda plan to public statement, he invokes the name of the
This term is an Arabic transliteration of detonate seven tactical nuclear weapons in Imam Mahdi. It is also stated that Ahma-
a term found both in Ezekiel and Revela- seven major U.S. cities – by arguing that an dinejad is connected with a secret society
tion: “Gog and Magog.” In the ﬁrst case, it estimate of the number of Muslims killed by devoted to the Mahdi. This society, banned
refers to a Russian leader and his Islamic Americans would total almost 10 million.” in the early 1980s, now seems to have been
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activated once again. Ayatollah Javadi Amoli. Referring to his Ibn Muhammad Ibn Ali Ibn al-Husain Ibn
According to Reuters, “The Hojjatieh September speech to the United Nations, Abi Talib (AS).”
Society is governed by the conviction that during which he called for the return of the Note that the Shiites acknowledge Jesus,
the 12th Imam’s return will be hastened 12th Imam, the Iranian president conﬁdes but only as a prophet, and one who will wor-
by the creation of chaos on earth. Ahma- that he felt himself surrounded by a radiant ship and follow the coming Imam Mahdi.
dinejad, who is only the second non-cleric light. Not one foreign diplomat blinked dur- Though there are differences in Sunni and
to become president since the revolution, ing his speech, he adds. All this has caused Shiite belief, they both hold to a “second
has made clear his immense respect for Aya- a major stir, prompting some critics to coming” motif, in which the Mahdi comes
tollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, a wonder if Ahmadinejad has come to fancy to lead Islam to world conquest.
deeply conservative cleric with close ties to himself as the 12th Imam’s representative Note that the Twelvers teach that the
the Hojjatieh-founded Haqqani theological on Earth – a dangerous notion for a man Imam is twelfth in a line of religious clerics
school in Qom.” with a Ph.D. in trafﬁc management.” In descended from Mohammed, himself. It is
other words, now we have a “holy man” of great current importance that he was born
Nuclear Chaos and Celestial Light with the bomb … and the zeal to use it. in Samarra, Iraq, since the current focus of
Western political leaders are said to be military action includes this city, regarded
deeply concerned about the fact that an The Twelvers as sacred to the Shiites. This has fanned a
Islamic zealot will soon control a consider- The Shiite view of the Mahdi has been great deal of passion among Shiites who
able nuclear force. What better way to cre- formalized in the tale of eleven descendants await the coming of the Mahdi.
ate chaos than to unleash nuclear missiles of Mohammed … followed by the 12th Were someone to arise today, offering
on U.S. forces in the Middle East, or launch man. On their own website, Shia.org, one signs and powers to prove his divinity, the
intermediate range ballistic missiles toward of their ofﬁcial commentators explains the Shiites would ﬂock to him. Shiite teaching
Israel? After all, he has called for Israel’s Mahdi as follows. (In the following quotes, states that when the Twelfth Imam comes,
annihilation. “AS” is an Arabic abbreviation for “Peace he will require no introduction. His identity
Recently, several news bureaus have re- be Unto Him.”) Note especially, their com- will be self-evident, most likely because of
ported that a member of the audience in the parison of the Mahdi with Jesus: his remarkable powers.
UN during one of his speeches claimed that “In the previous part, I provided exten- Though the Sunnis and Shiites disagree
a light surrounded him until the end of his sive traditions from the six authentic Sunni about the lineage of the Mahdi, both would
speech. One witness (Ayatollah Amoli), in a collections concerning the fact that the rush to support him, if the word came that
report from Radio Free Europe (November Imam Mahdi (AS) who is different than he had unveiled himself.
29, 2005), addressed Ahmadinejad with the Jesus (the messiah) WILL come and he is Christians viewing the present situation
words, “… in the name of God, I saw that the descendant of Prophet [Mohammed] in Iran and Iraq should remember that
you became surrounded by a light until the and his daughter Fatima. The traditions over eighty percent of the combined Shiite
end of the speech.” further illuminated the fact that Jesus (who population are Twelvers. They believe that
Ahmadinejad agreed, then added, “I felt was a great Prophet) will pray behind al- in 874 A.D., Mohammad al-Mahdi went
it myself, too. I felt that all of a sudden the Mahdi (who is an Imam). Also I gave the into hiding after the assassination of his
atmosphere changed there, and for 27 or 28 fatwa [decree] of Sunni scholars who stated father. His disappearance is referred to by
minutes all the leaders did not blink.” that the belief in the ‘Mahdi of the House Islamics as the “occultation.” In the 1,132
Then he added, “I am not exaggerating of Prophet’ is one of the Islamic tenets for years since, Allah is said to have given him
when I say they did not blink; it’s not an ‘Ahl al-Sunnah wal Jama’a’ [the essence of the power to hide in plain sight.
exaggeration, because I was looking. They the Sunni faith], and any one who denies it That is, he is still alive, circulating among
were astonished as if a hand held them is either ignorant or an innovator. his people, but they don’t know him. He is
there and made them sit. It had opened “In this part however, I would like to talk even said to have conversed with a few of
their eyes and ears for the message of the about some special speciﬁcations of Imam the faithful down through the centuries. As
Islamic Republic.” The clear intent of these Mahdi which are questionable for a majority the story goes, he hides in a cave, but is now
reports is to suggest to the devout of Islam of Sunnis. Imam Mahdi’s identiﬁcation: reachable at a certain well, where thousands
that Ahmadinejad may be the long-awaited “Shia believe that Imam Mahdi is the of believers drop notes in an effort to com-
Imam Mahdi. only son of Imam Hasan al-Askari (the municate with him.
A December 12, 2005 report from News- 11th Imam) who was born on 15th of However, clerics say that he is not really
week conﬁrms the above account. It repeats Sha’ban 255/869 [A.D.] in Samarra, Iraq. at the bottom of that well. Rather, he lives
certain facts, but adds others, making it He became the God-appointed Imam when as a normal man, being guided to the places
clear that many regard the Iranian leader his father was martyred in 260/874 [A.D.]. that Allah shows him.
as a spiritual mystic: Imam Mahdi went into occultation (disap- Also, he is believed by some to have com-
“Eerie stories about Ahmadinejad’s pearance; living among people while they municated to the most religious Moslems
mystical obsessions have been drifting out can’t recognize him) at the same time. He through intermediaries called Babs (gates).
of Tehran of late, speciﬁcally his devotion will re-appear when Allah wills. More We might call them “mediums.” The last of
to the so-called 12th Imam – the Shiite speciﬁcally: these Gates is said to have died in the year
messiah, better known as the Mahdi, who’s “His title is ‘al-Mahdi’ which means ‘The 941 A.D. When this happened, the level of
supposed to return and lead an apocalyptic Guided One.’ his occultation is said to have deepened,
revolution of the oppressed over vague “His name is Muhammed Ibn al-Hasan placing him beyond the reach of all but the
forces of injustice. (AS). most spiritual in Islam.
“Last week, a videodisc began circulating “His lineage, traced back to al-Imam Ali From that time forward, the Twelvers be-
that reportedly shows the president chatting (AS), is: Muhammed Ibn al-Hasan Ibn Ali gan to teach that Muhammed Ibn al-Hasan,
with one of the country’s leading clerics, Muhammad Ibn Ali Ibn Musa Ibn Ja’far the Twelfth Mahdi, would come back to this
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world in the last days, in visible form as the understanding count the number of the western Iran, where daytime temperatures
great Imam Mahdi. He will bring peace to beast: for it is the number of a man; and routinely soar to 110 degrees Fahrenheit in
all the earth, and justice to all men. his number is Six hundred threescore and the summer. Winds whip clouds of ﬁne sand
During the years when the Ayatollah six” (Revelation 13:11-18). thousands of feet into the air. Southward,
Khomeini ruled Iran, many elevated him as Here, we see the true “beast.” Islam now in the United Arab Emirates, it gets even
the long-awaited Mahdi. Some referred to believes that the American President is the hotter. Today’s battle against Islamic terror
him as the Mehdi … a term that emphasizes beast who must be killed. But the Bible’s is a desert battle.
messiahship. beast is a man who will arise from the It seems quite appropriate that, when
The Twelvers teach that after the return earth; he will not be divine, but demonic. Jesus evokes a picture of false messiahs, it
of the Imam Mahdi, Jesus will return to And he will be able to perform miracles, is set in a background of secret chambers of
become one of his followers … to stand up by which he will convince all men – and the desert. It takes no imagination at all to
and pay homage to the Twelfth Imam. especially Islamic clerics – that he is the envision Osama bin Laden, one of the men
Imam Mahdi. presenting himself as the Mahdi, sitting in
False Christs Islamic scholars say that when the Imam a secret cave in the desert.
The above history of the Twelvers reveals Mahdi comes, he will be followed by the Based on existing reports, that’s exactly
a long dispute about the true revelation of Hadhrat Isa, their name for Jesus. Amaz- what he’s doing today.
the Mahdi. He appears as a man, whose ingly, they say that only Jesus will be able But the words of Jesus are speciﬁcally
true claim to power is questioned by the to kill the Dajjal (the Antichrist). They addressed to the remnant of Israel, resid-
Sunni Moslems. Some Sunnis believe that teach that the Antichrist comes to the Jews, ing in Judea. The “false Christs” whom
he hasn’t been born yet, or that he has been showing power, signs and wonders. They He mentions are not just those who appeal
born in the current era, and has not yet will believe him to be their true Messiah, to Islamics. They are also pretenders to the
revealed himself. but Jesus will kill him! throne of David.
But both Sunnis and Shiites believe that To Christians, it is highly offensive to
he possesses divine power. And, after all think that there are actually people living
The Question of Validation
is said and done, perhaps this will be his who see Jesus as a follower of their vaunted In the well-known narrative of John,
chief claim to fame, when both groups will self-appointed leader, the Mahdi, who is, chapter ﬁve, Jesus healed a crippled man
welcome him as their savior. himself, only a gifted man. At this point, by the pool of Bethesda. He did it on the
It seems biblically signiﬁcant that Islamic we must allow the very words of Jesus to Sabbath, causing the Jewish authorities
believers say he will come from a cave, or address the end-time scenario we have been nearby to bring accusations against Him.
that some believe he will arise from the describing. In fact, they threatened to kill Him.
depths of a sacred well. He will, in short, In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus mentions He used this occasion to teach upon His
arise from the earth. With this in mind, read the end-time events that will lead to the power and authority. As He spoke, it be-
the following: Tribulation. Then, He describes a key ele- came clear to them that He was declaring
“And I beheld another beast coming up ment of this catastrophic period: His equality with God the Father. Of course,
out of the earth; and he had two horns like “For then shall be great tribulation, such this infuriated them. But He concluded
a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. as was not since the beginning of the world with the classic passage on His power and
“And he exerciseth all the power of the ﬁrst to this time, no, nor ever shall be. authority:
beast before him, and causeth the earth and “And except those days should be short- “Search the scriptures; for in them ye
them which dwell therein to worship the ﬁrst ened, there should no ﬂesh be saved: but think ye have eternal life: and they are they
beast, whose deadly wound was healed. for the elect’s sake those days shall be which testify of me.
“And he doeth great wonders, so that he shortened. “And ye will not come to me, that ye
maketh ﬁre come down from heaven on the “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, might have life.
earth in the sight of men, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. “I receive not honour from men.
“And deceiveth them that dwell on “For there shall arise false Christs, and “But I know you, that ye have not the love
the earth by the means of those miracles false prophets, and shall shew great signs of God in you.
which he had power to do in the sight of and wonders; insomuch that, if it were pos- “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye
the beast; saying to them that dwell on the sible, they shall deceive the very elect. receive me not: if another shall come in his
earth, that they should make an image to “Behold, I have told you before. own name, him ye will receive.
the beast, which had the wound by a sword, “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, “How can ye believe, which receive hon-
and did live. Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: our one of another, and seek not the honour
“And he had power to give life unto the behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe that cometh from God only?
image of the beast, that the image of the it not” (Matthew 24:21-26). “Do not think that I will accuse you to
beast should both speak, and cause that as From this statement, it is quite obvious the Father: there is one that accuseth you,
many as would not worship the image of that one of the hallmarks of this “great even Moses, in whom ye trust.
the beast should be killed. tribulation” will be a proliferation of “For had ye believed Moses, ye would
“And he causeth all, both small and false messiahs. As we have already seen, have believed me: for he wrote of me.
great, rich and poor, free and bond, to the world’s fastest-growing religion now “But if ye believe not his writings, how shall
receive a mark in their right hand, or in resounds with the heartfelt belief that their ye believe my words?” (John 5:39-47).
their foreheads: Mahdi is about to reveal himself, if he Here, Jesus plainly states that conﬁrma-
“And that no man might buy or sell, save hasn’t already done so. tion of His authority is written in Holy
he that had the mark, or the name of the In Christ’s discourse, He actually refers Scripture, and is not the product of acclama-
beast, or the number of his name. to the “desert.” How quickly we envision tion by any human being.
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath the arid and dusty wastelands of Iraq and As He utters this declaration, He makes a
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statement that is a plain end-time prophecy. and the things that shall come upon them come a falling away ﬁrst, and that man of
He tells the Jews that He has come in His make haste. sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Father’s name, then says that when another “For the LORD shall judge his people, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself
comes in his own name (validating himself and repent himself for his servants, when above all that is called God, or that is
through his own personal qualities), the he seeth that their power is gone, and there worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in
Jews will receive him. is none shut up, or left. the temple of God, shewing himself that he
During the last twenty centuries, many “And he shall say, Where are their gods, is God” (II Thessalonians 2:1-4).
messiahs have presented themselves to their rock in whom they trusted, No matter how one looks at the current
the House of David as Messiah. The Jews “Which did eat the fat of their sacriﬁces, situation in the Middle East, a war is com-
followed some of them, like Simeon Bar and drank the wine of their drink offerings? ing. Currently, Iran’s President Ahmadine-
Kochba in 135 A.D. Others, the Jews re- let them rise up and help you, and be your jad is in the process of developing a nuclear
jected and killed. All were either liars or protection” (Deuteronomy 32:35-38). offense. At the same time, Russia’s Vladi-
self-deceived false messiahs. Here, we see that during the “day of mir Putin has pledged to protect Iran from
Of course, the ultimate outcome of Jesus’ their calamity,” – an obvious reference to any attempt to destroy that nuclear force.
prophecy will be seen when the Antichrist the Day of the Lord – they have trusted in Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad has rolled out
comes. He will be the ﬁnal “another,” who another rock, one who presents himself as the red carpet for the Imam Mahdi, and
“shall come in his own name” (John 5:43). a true messiah. This counterfeit rock has believes himself to be either the Twelfth
In the Scripture above, one can imagine consumed their sacriﬁces and offerings. Imam or his emissary.
the sting of Christ’s rebuke, as the Jews hear Just as the prophet Daniel said, he agreed He sees himself wreathed in glorious
Him accuse them of not believing in Moses. to protect them, but in the end, offered no light, empowered by Allah to go forward
Until that moment, they had boasted them- protection at all. in the creation of chaos.
selves as being the true followers of Moses, For him to have received the Jews’ The combined international efforts of
and the ultimate interpreters of the Torah. sacriﬁces, he must have been the object of the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, and the
Then came Jesus, the Messiah, who ﬂatly worship in a rebuilt Temple. And of course, International Atomic Energy Agency have
told them that He was the One of whose the New Testament pictures him in exactly utterly failed even to slow down the prog-
coming Moses had prophesied. this way, as a man who is made the object ress of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
In Deuteronomy 32, called “The Song of of an abominable form of worship: The U.S. currently has no ambassador in
Moses,” we ﬁnd one of the Bible’s greatest “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the Tehran. France and Germany have recalled
end-time prophecies. It uses the symbol of coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by their Iranian representatives.
the true Rock, and of the false rock. our gathering together unto him, Suicidal Islamic zealots believe that by
It features the ﬁvefold mention of the “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or creating anarchy and bedlam, they can
“Rock,” the salvation of Israel. Five times be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, hasten the coming of their Imam Mahdi.
the Rock is mentioned, beginning with the nor by letter as from us, as that the day of The world awaits this powerful man who
following proclamation of His person and Christ is at hand. can promise peace. When he comes, he
majesty: “Let no man deceive you by any means: will validate himself with great signs and
“Because I will publish the name of the for that day shall not come, except there wonders. u
LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for
all his ways are judgment: a God of truth
and without iniquity, just and right is he”
In Moses’ prophetic song, the transla- Prophecy in the News
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the Rock, because it is a personiﬁcation of
Jehovah, the Lord. The Rock is a foreshad- Sky Angel Satellite
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He fought for Israel on numerous occasions. Sunday Afternoons
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striking a huge rock, from which ﬂowed the
water of life for his people. It is the great
symbol of the life that, by God’s grace,
ﬂows from the desert sands.
Indeed, just as Jesus said, Moses proph-
esied of Him. In fact, all ﬁve books of the
Torah speak of Him. In Deuteronomy 32,
the Rock is a wonderful depiction of Israel’s
sustenance. But Moses also prophesies of Watch Prophecy in the News anytime on
another rock. This one is associated with a
time of great trouble:
“To me belongeth vengeance, and rec-
ompence; their foot shall slide in due time:
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
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