Ayatollah sees global Islamic ‘Mahdi’ army

Aug 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Ayatollah sees global Islamic ‘Mahdi’ army

Calls for Muslim nations to unite militarily under messianic figure

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

WASHINGTON – Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei yesterday called on Muslim nations around the world to unite militarily in response to the imminent coming of Islam’s messianic savior – the Mahdi.

Khamenei, through his spokesman Ali Saeedi, specifically beckoned the nations of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan to join together with Iran in preparation for the Mahdi’s soon coming.

The purpose of uniting now, a report in Al Arabiya explained, is to fight Israel and the U.S. – seen as the two greatest obstacles to the coming of the Mahdi and the age of Islamic “justice” that would ensue.

“We have to train honest forces that can stop the obstacles that may hinder the coming of the Mahdi like the United States and Israel,” Saeedi stated. Saeedi also emphasized that the Iranian revolutionary guard possessed a special religious authority to prepare the way for the Mahdi.

Iran also recently concluded its fifth Annual Conference on Mahdism doctrine in the Iranian city of Qom, from which Shi’a Muslims believe the Mahdi will emerge.

“While the belief in the Mahdi has been widely held by Shi’a Muslims, it has taken on a dramatically more political tone in recent years since the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” explains Joel Richardson, author of a new book called “The Islamic Antichrist,” which hypothesizes that Islam’s prophesied Mahdi is one and the same as the Bible’s Antichrist.

According to Savyon and Y. Mansharof an Iranian scholar, “From the establishment of the Islamic Regime in 1979 to Ahmadinejad’s rise to power in August 2005, Mahdism had been a religious doctrine and a tradition that had no political manifestation. The political system operated independently of this messianic belief and of the anticipation of the return of the Mahdi. It was only with Ahmadinejad’s presidency that this religious doctrine has become a political philosophy and taken a central place in politics.”

Mahdism is now increasingly being used as a political tool by appealing to the religious and nationalistic tendencies of various Muslims groups. This particular call for Islamic unity stands out because of its pan-Islamic, cross-sectarian appeal.

While many have assumed that the marked rise in fervor and devotion in recent years in Iran was primarily due to the influence of Ahmadinejad, this statement reveals that Mahdist devotion is also held quite fervently by Ayatollah Khamenei as well.

According to Al-Arabiya, Saeedi emphasized that obedience to the Ayatollah is the same as obedience to the Mahdi or the “guided one” – “who is the prophesied savior of Islam.”

With news arriving this past week that Iran now has the capability to develop nuclear weapons, the Mahdist conference and this call for Islamic unity under the banner of the Mahdi takes on an added dimension of interest. Last year, one of the presenters at the Mahdist conference, Dr. Mariam Tabar, asserted the, “military capabilities of the future Mahdist state depend on Islamic governments in the here and now acquiring abilities to stand against the enemies of the imam [al-Mahdi].”

Opening the conference this year, was Dr. Mahdi Mostafavi, the chairman of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, who spoke against the dangers and evils of Christian Zionism. “Putting an end to the tyranny and brutality” of Zionism is one of the basic goals of Mahdism, he explained.

Dr. Mostafavi also offered a wildly distorted version of the Christian end time narrative. Claiming that Christians are making efforts to bring about the Battle of Armageddon, he stated:

“In order to make this war happen they consider brutality, war and violence allowed and in their propaganda, they ask Christians and especially soldiers to create a situation for Jesus to reappear. These soldiers would be considered martyrs if they are killed in this way and would be in the circle of Messiah’s Twelve disciples,” Dr. Mostfavi explained.

“These evangelists try to reinforce their belligerent notion ideologically even by mentioning verses from Gospel. They start war in Afghanistan and Iraq, torture prisoners of war in detention camps like Abu Ghraib, and spread their doctrines throughout the whole world.”

While the Christian narrative of the return of Jesus is one where Christians passively await a savior to deliver them from an aggressive empire, Islamic narratives often portray Muslims as aggressively and actively pursuing Islamic world dominance, particularly over the nation of Israel.

This year, it was also announced that Iran will be establishing a University of Mahdism to train theologians and politicians, according to Richardson, who has been assembling details of the recent conference.

One speaker at the conference, Abdollah Adam Gaya from Nigeria, spoke about the need to export Mahdism to the West:

“[In order] to fight against the [Western] cultural invasion against Islamic Shiite values, we must also export the Mahdism culture to the West… Imperialist powers fear the growth of that culture and therefore they are after attacking it. …”

Gaya also explained that the vehicle of Mahdism was the most effective tool to unite not only all Muslim countries, but also the whole world:

“Propagating and defining the Mahdism Culture are the most effective steps in order to establish unity among Muslim Nations of the world because not only Mesianism and Mahdism are the common grounds for understanding between all Muslims but between all religions in the world,” he added.

While some Muslims have emphasized the peaceful nature of the Mahdi’s reign, many in Iran obviously disagree.

Adnan Oktar, a prominent Turkish intellectual and Sunni author has repeatedly emphasized that under the Mahdi; no blood will be shed, guns and weapons will be eliminated and any traditions which infer anything different are unreliable.

Others however have a very different view. In His work Imam al-Mahdi, the Just Leader of Humanity, Ayatollah Ibrahim al Amini, professor at the Religious Learning Center at Qom affirms Larijani’s comments, when he states, “The Mahdi will offer the religion of Islam to the Jews and Christians; if they accept it they will be spared, otherwise they will be killed.”

Richardson’s “The Islamic Antichrist” has debuted at No. 1 on Amazon in two religious categories and held those positions for nearly two weeks.

It’s not only a hot book at Amazon, it is also hot in e-book format at Scribd. But it is offered autographed only at the WND Superstore.

In “The Islamic Antichrist,” Richardson, a student of Islam, exposes Western Christians to the Muslim traditions. He says most Christians have no idea of the stunning similarities between the biblical Antichrist and the “Islamic Mahdi.”

Richardson’s book stands in stark contrast to most other popular prophecy books of the last 40 years.

The student of the Middle East says that after decades of reading popular prophecy books and even best-selling fiction like the “Left Behind” series, millions of evangelical Christians around the world are expecting the Antichrist to emerge from a revived Roman Empire, which many have assumed is associated with the Roman Catholic Church and the European Union.

Not so, argues Richardson. His book makes the case that the biblical Antichrist is one and the same as the Quran’s Muslim Mahdi.

The Islamic Antichrist” is a book almost certain to be greeted in the Muslim world with the same enthusiasm as Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses.” The author is prepared. He has written the book under a pseudonym to protect himself and his family.

“The Bible abounds with proofs that the Antichrist’s empire will consist only of nations that are, today, Islamic,” says Richardson. “Despite the numerous prevailing arguments for the emergence of a revived European Roman empire as the Antichrist’s power base, the specific nations the Bible identifies as comprising his empire are today all Muslim.”

Richardson believes the key error of many previous prophecy scholars involves the misinterpretation of a prediction by Daniel to Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel describes the rise and fall of empires of the future, leading to the endtimes. Western Christians have viewed one of those empires as Rome, when, claims Richardson, Rome never actually conquered Babylon and was thus disqualified as a possibility.

It had to be another empire that rose and fell and rose again that would lead to rule of this “man of sin,” described in the Bible. That empire, he says, is the Islamic empire, which did conquer Babylon and, in fact, rules over it even today.

Many evangelical Christians believe the Bible predicts a charismatic ruler, the Antichrist, will arise in the last days, before the return of Jesus. The Quran also predicts that a man, called the Mahdi, will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to usher in an era of peace. Richardson makes the case these two men are, in fact, one in the same.

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  1. It looks like Richardson is sounding the trumpet
    Warning of the dangers of Islam(militant)
    ( and seems like there are more militant then non-militants)
    Orthodox Christianity is asleep
    Our government is asleep
    I dont know about Islam being the antichrist
    But it sure is anti CHRIST–anti everything
    What I do believe is they represent the Gog and Magog
    of Ezekiel their object being to destroy Israel, which they will nearly do
    at which point GOD will take control and wipe them out except for a minority

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  2. Mr. Richardson believes that “Islam” is the Anti-Christ, Man of Sin.

    Both the Man of Sin and Anti-Christ are the same as the “Beast” in Revelation chapter 13 which is the same as Daniel 2 and 7, which I believe all point to the Papacy and history as well as scriptures point to them as well.

    However in Revelation chapter 13 there is a 2 horned beast, which has “all the power of the first beast before them.” I believe this to be speaking of Islam.

    It says that this beast will cause others to worship the first beast. How? Islam is a very scary proposition and it says that Christendom will try and form a confederacy (that is if they join together they might withstand this plague that is coming–we are told not to be a part of it. Isa. 8:12) So by forming a confederacy with the first beast, it will bring it back to life. This will be the hour of power spoken of in Revelation. This is the revival of head of the beast that was wounded in 1799 (by the capture and death of the Pope by France).

    This is when the “mark of the beast” comes into play.

    What camp will you be in? Islam? Papal? Gods?

    These are very scary times that are coming! That is why we are told it is a Time of Trouble such as never was since there was a nation, and that if God doesn’t step in NO flesh would be saved!

    To the Christian: Pray that ye be accounted worthy to escape! Luke 21:36 (or you will be of the class in Rev. 7 who have to go through it to wash your robes)
    To the Word: Seek meekness and righteousness and it might be that ye be hid! Zeph. 2:3

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  3. Based on my studies using thematic connections, it seems that the Beasts of the Sea and Earth will come from the Middle East (possibly Syria and Iran). Al-Mahdi could be one of them. We will need to watch this development very carefully!!

    Despite what this article suggests, the Harlot, Mystery Babylon the Great should descend from Western Rome and may be the coming New World Order. She will initially have some kind of a relationship with the Scarlet Beast because she rides him. The Scarlet Beast should come from Eastern Rome and be a revived Islamic Caliphate–remember, the original Arab caliphate descended from Eastern Rome. Talk of a revived caliphate has been the news for a few years already. At some point in the future, the revived Islamic Caliphate will separate from the New World Order and join the 10 kings. The Scarlet Beast and the 10 kings will destroy Babylon the Great. This paves the way for Christ to return to destroy only the Scarlet Beast and 10 kings and begin His millennial reign in Jerusalem.

    The Beast of the Earth is thematically connected to Antiochus Epiphanes IV. The Scarlet Beast’s defeat of Babylon the Great is thematically connected to the brief rule of the Crusaders during the Arab Caliphate. Jesus’ millennial reign is thematically connected to 2nd half of the Arab Caliphate rule (from 1270 – 1917). The rise and fall of Adolf Hitler is thematically connected to the Battle of Gog which takes place at the end of Jesus’ millennial reign.

    The future seems quite bleak but we know the final outcome will be awesome.

    Remember this empire progression: 1. Assyria, 2. Egyptian, 3. Chaldean (Babylonian), 4. Medo-Persia (Iran-Kurds), 5. Ancient Greece, 6. Rome (which divided into East and West), 7. Arab Caliphate in Jerusalem, 8. revived Islamic Caliphate.

    It’s too bad that the major media has a blind eye to certain issues in the Middle East.

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