Al-Mahdi: Islam’s Awaited Messiah

The Mahdi: Islam’s Awaited Messiah 

 

Among the Major Signs, the most anticipated and central sign that Muslims are awaiting is the coming of a man known as, “The Mahdi.”  In Arabic, al-Mahdi means, “The Guided One” 1 He is also sometimes referred to by Shi’a Muslims as Sahib Al-Zaman or  Al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar which translated mean “The Lord of the Age” and “The Guided/Awaited One.”  The Mahdi is the first of the Major Signs.  This is confirmed by Ibn Kathir, the renowned Muslim scholar from the eighth century:

After the lesser signs of the Hour appear and increase, mankind will have reached a stage of great suffering.  Then the awaited Mahdi will appear; He is the first of the greater clear, signs of the Hour.2 

The coming of the Mahdi is the central crowning element of all Islamic end-time narratives.  So central to Islamic eschatological expectations is the coming of the Mahdi, that some Muslim scholars do not even refer to “the Minor Signs” as such, but instead, refer to them as, “The signs accompanying the Mahdi”. 3 While there are some variations of belief between the Sunni and Shia’ sects of Islam and while certain quarters of Sunnis reject him altogether, general belief in the Mahdi is not a sectarian issue within Islam, but is universal among most Muslims.  According to Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America:

The coming of the Mahdi is established doctrine for both Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, and indeed for all humanity 4

Ayatullah Baqir al-Sadr and Ayatullah Murtada Mutahhari, both Shia’ Muslim scholars in their book, The Awaited Savior, describe the Mahdi this way:

A figure more legendary than that of the Mahdi, the Awaited Saviour, has not been seen in the history of mankind. The threads of the world events have woven many a fine design in human life but the pattern of the Mahdi stands high above every other pattern. He has been the vision of the visionaries in history. He has been the dream of all the dreamers of the world. For the ultimate salvation of mankind he is the Pole Star of hope on which the gaze of humanity is fixed… In this quest for the truth about the Mahdi there is no distinction of any caste, creed, or country. The quest is universal, exactly in the same way as the Mahdi himself is universal. He stands resplendent high above the narrow walls in which humanity is cut up and divided. He belongs to everybody. For all that and much more, what exactly is the Mahdi? Surely that is the big question which the thinking people all over the world would like to ask. 5

 

Indeed, just who is this “awaited one” that the Islamic world is longing for, and what is it that he does that has them all in such a state of anticipation?  This chapter will attempt to thoroughly answer this question primarily by citing various Islamic traditions and the interpretations of Muslim scholars that study them.  I would like to encourage you to take the time to read each and every quote.  It is in these references that we find an articulation of one of the central beliefs and passions of many of the 1.3 billion Muslims that we presently share the Earth with.  Those of us who desire a greater understanding of one of the primary underlying spiritual factors affecting the world today should pay very close attention…

Islam’s Messiah

In the simplest of terms, the Mahdi is Islam’s Messiah, or Savior.  While the actual terms “Messiah” and “Messianism” have very clearly Judeo-Christian roots, University of Virginia Professor Abdulaziz Abdulhussein Sachedina agrees that these terms are appropriately used in an Islamic context when referring to the Mahdi.  In his scholarly work on the subject, Islamic Messianism, Sachedina elaborates thusly:

The term “messianism” in the Islamic context is frequently used to translate the important concept of an eschatological figure, the Mahdi, who as the foreordained leader “will rise” to launch a great social transformation in order to restore and adjust all things under divine guidance.  The Islamic messiah, thus, embodies the aspirations of his followers in the restoration of the purity of the Faith which will bring true and uncorrupted guidance to all mankind, creating a just social order and a world free from oppression in which the Islamic revelation will be the norm for all nations. 6

Thus it is fair to say that the “rising” of the Mahdi is to the majority of Muslims what the return of Jesus is to Christians.  While Christians await the return of Jesus the Messiah to fulfill all of God’s prophetic promises to the people of God, Muslims await the appearance of the Mahdi, to fulfill these purposes.  Sheikh Kabbani likewise identifies the Mahdi as Islam’s primary messiah figure:

Jews are waiting for the Messiah, Christians are waiting for Jesus, and Muslims are waiting for both the Mahdi and Jesus.  All religions describe them as men coming to save the world. 7

A Man From The Family Of Muhammad

The first and most often cited Islamic belief with regard to the Mahdi is the tradition which states that the Mahdi will descend from the family of Muhammad and will bear Muhammad’s name:

The world will not come to pass until a man from among my family, whose name will be my name, rules over the Arabs. 8 

The Prophet said: The Mahdi will be of my family, of the descendants of Fatimah [Muhammad’s daughter]. 9 

A Universal Leader For All Muslims 

Throughout the Islamic world today there is a call for the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate.  The Caliph (Khalifa) in Islam may be viewed somewhat as the Pope of the Muslims.  The Caliph is viewed as the Vice-regent for Allah on the earth.  It is important to understand that when Muslims call for the restoration of the Caliphate, it is ultimately the Mahdi that they are calling for.  For the Mahdi is the awaited final Caliph of Islam.  As such, Muslims everywhere will be obligated to follow the Mahdi.

If you see him, go and give him your allegiance, even if you have to crawl over ice, because he is the Vice-regent (Khalifa) of Allah, the Mahdi. 10 

He will pave the way for and establish the government of the family [or community] of Muhammad… Every believer will be obligated to support him11

 

The Ruler Of The World

 

The Mahdi is believed to be a future Muslim world leader who will not only rule over the Islamic world, but also the non-Muslim world as well.  The Mahdi is said to lead a world revolution that will establish a new Islamic world order throughout the entire earth: 

The Mahdi will establish right and justice in the world and eliminate evil and corruption.  He will fight against the enemies of the Muslims who would be victorious.

He will reappear on the appointed day, and then he will fight against the forces of evil, lead a world revolution and set up a new world order based on justice, righteousness and virtue…ultimately the righteous will take the world administration in their hands and Islam will be victorious over all the religions.  

He is the precursor of the victory of the Truth and the fall of all tyrants.  He heralds the end of injustice and oppression and the beginning of the final rising of the sun of Islam which will never again set and which will ensure happiness and the elevation of mankind… The Mahdi is one of Allah’s clear signs which will soon be made evident to everyone. 14

 

The Mahdi’s means and method of accomplishing this world revolution will include multiple military campaigns or holy wars (jihad).  While some Muslims believe that most of the non-Muslims of the world will convert to Islam peaceably during the reign of the Mahdi, most traditions picture the non-Muslim world coming to Islam as a result of being conquered by the Mahdi.  Abduallrahman Kelani, author ofThe Last Apocalypse, describes the many battles of the Mahdi:

 

al-Mahdi will receive a pledge of allegiance as a caliph for Muslims. He will lead Muslims in many battles of jihad.  His reign will be a caliphate that follows the guidance of the Prophet.  Many battles will ensue between Muslims and the disbelievers during the Mahdi’s reign…

Even Harun Yahya, a moderate and very popular Muslim author refers to the Mahdi’s invasion of numerous non-Muslim lands:

The Mahdi will invade all the places between East and West. 16

The Army Of Black Flags

The Mahdi’s ascendancy to power is said to be preceded by an army from the east who will be carrying black flags or banners of war.  Sheikh Kabbani states:

Hadith indicate that black flags coming from the area of Khorasan will signify the appearance of the Mahdi is nigh.  Khorasan is in todays Iran, and some scholars have said that this hadith means when the black flags appear from Central Asia, i.e. in the direction of Khorasan, then the appearance of the Mahdi is imminent. 17

Another tradition states that:

The Messenger of Allah said: The black banners will come from the East and their hearts will be as firm as iron.  Whoever hears of them should join them and give allegiance, even if it means crawling across snow. 18

In Islam there are two flags.  One is white and one is black.  Written across both flags in Arabic are the words, “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger”.  The white flag is called Al-Liwaa and serves as the sign for the leader of the Muslim army and is the flag of the Islamic State.  The black flag is called Ar-Raya and is used by the Muslim army. It is also called the flag of jihad, and is carried into battle.  One flag is governmental and the other is a military flag. 19 When Muhammad returned to his home city of Mecca after being exiled for eight years, he returned as a conqueror.  With him were ten thousand Muslim soldiers.  They carried with them black flags.  On the flags was one word written in Arabic: punishment20

I was once talking to a group of young Muslim men and asking them some questions.  I asked them if the obvious superior militaries of America and Israel compared to the militaries of any Islamic nations were a source of difficulty for many Muslims.  One of these men then became very angry at my question and snapped out, “You Americans and Zionists better get ready, because the black flags are coming!”  At the time, I had no idea what he was talking about.  Later I learned the meaning.

 

The Conquering Of Israel

Islamic tradition pictures the Mahdi as joining with the army of Muslim warriors carrying black flags.  The Mahdi will then lead this army to Israel and re-conquer it for Islam.  The Jews will be slaughtered until very few remain and Jerusalem will become the location of the Mahdi’s rule over the Earth.

Rasulullah [Muhammad] said: “Armies carrying black flags will come from Khurasan. No power will be able to stop them and they will finally reach Eela (Baitul Maqdas in Jerusalem) where they will erect their flags.” 21

It is important to note here the reference above to “Baitul Maqdas”.  In Arabic this means “the holy house”.  This is referring to the Dome of the Rock Mosque and is located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

In a particularly venomous manner, Egyptian authors, Muhammad ibn Izzat and Muhammd ‘Arif comment on the above tradition:

The Mahdi will be victorious and eradicate those pigs and dogs and the idols of this time so that there will once more be a caliphate based on prophethood as the hadith states… Jerusalem will be the location of the rightly guided caliphate and the center of Islamic rule, which will be headed by Imam al-Mahdi… That will abolish the leadership of the Jews… and put an end to the domination of the Satans who spit evil into people and cause corruption in the earth, making them slaves of false idols and ruling the world by laws other than the Shari’a [Islamic Law] of the Lord of the worlds. (Emphasis mine) 22

There is a very famous tradition that is often quoted throughout the Islamic world that speaks of the Mahdi’s military campaign against Israel.  The tradition is both sickening and very sobering:

The Prophet said… The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him… (Emphasis mine) 23

The Miraculous Provider Who Will Be Loved By All 

It is said that the Mahdi will have control over the wind and the rain and the crops.  Under the Mahdi’s rule, the world will live in prosperity.  Islamic tradition relates that Muhammad once said: 

In the last days of my Ummah [universal Islamic community], the Mahdi will appear.  Allah will give him power over the wind and the rain and the earth will bring forth its foliage.  He will give away wealth profusely, flocks will be in abundance, and the Ummah will be large and honored… 24

In those years my community will enjoy a time of happiness such as they have never experienced before.  Heaven will send rain upon them in torrents, the earth will not withhold any of its plants, and wealth will be available to all.  A man will stand and say, “Give to me Mahdi!” and he will say, “Take.”  

As a result of the numerous benefits that the Mahdi brings, it is said that all the inhabitants of the Earth will be possessed with a deep love of him:

Allah will sow love of him in the hearts of all people. 26

Al Mahdi appears, everyone only talks about Him, drinks the love of Him, and never talks about anything other than Him.

The Timing of The Mahdi’s Reign

 While there is more than one tradition regarding the nature and timing of the Mahdi’s ascendancy to power, there is one particular hadith that places this event at the time of a final peace agreement between the Arabs and the Romans (“Romans” should be interpreted as referring to Christians, or more generally, the West).  Although this peace agreement is made with the “Romans”, it is said to be mediated specifically through a Jew from the priestly lineage of Aaron.  The peace agreement will be made for a period of seven years.

Rasulullah [Muhammad] said: “There will be four peace agreements between you and the Romans [Christians].  The fourth agreement will be mediated through a person who will be from the progeny of Hadrat Haroon [Honorable Aaron – Moses’ brother] and will be upheld for seven years.  (Emphasis mine)

It appears that the period of this seven year peace agreement will likewise be the period of the Mahdi’s reign.  While there are a few traditions that specify that the Mahdi will reign on the earth for as much as eight or possibly even nine years, most traditions state that the time of his reign will be seven years.

The Prophet said… He will divide the property, and will govern the people by the Sunnah of their Prophet and establish Islam on Earth.  He will remain seven years, then die, and the Muslims will pray over him. (Emphasis mine)  

The Prophet said: The Mahdi… will fill the earth with equity and justice as it was filled with oppression and tyranny, and he will rule for seven years. (Emphasis mine)

Al-Mahdi, The Rider On A White Horse

The Mahdi is believed to ride on a white horse.  Whether or not this is symbolic or literal is hard to say. Quite interestingly, this tradition is based on the Muslim interpretation of Christian Scriptures.  Despite the fact that Muslims view the Bible as having been changed and corrupted by Jews and Christians, they still claim to believe that some portions of the “original” inspired books are still to be found within the “corrupted” Bible.  As such there exists a tradition within Islamic scholarship that seeks to extract those portions of the Bible that Muslims feel may be untainted by the corrupting influence of Jews and Christians.  These Judeo-Christian traditions are called by Muslims, isra’iliyyat.  One such transmitter of biblical traditions is Muslim scholar Ka’b al-Ahbar.  He is viewed among Muslims as a trustworthy transmitter of Hadith as well as isra’iliyyat. 31 Ka’b al-Ahbar is supported in his view that this description of the rider on the white horse as found in the Book of Revelation is indeed the Mahdi by two well known Egyptian authors, Muhammad Ibn ‘Izzat and Muhammad ‘Arif in their book Al Mahdi and the End of Time.  ‘Izzat and Arif quote Ka’b al Ahbar as saying:

I find the Mahdi recorded in the books of the Prophets… For instance, the Book of Revelation says: “And I saw and behold a white horse.  He that sat on him…went forth conquering and to conquer.” 32

‘Izzat and ‘Arif then go on to say:

It is clear that this man is the Mahdi who will ride the white horse and judge by the Qur’an (with justice) and with whom will be men with marks of prostration on their foreheads [Marks on their foreheads from bowing in prayer with their head to the ground five times daily]. 33

It is said by some that it was for this reason that Saddam Hussein had numerous murals painted all over Baghdad portraying himself as a Muslim Knight on a white horse with sword drawn doing valiant battle against the infidels. 34

Al-Mahdi the Miraculous Archaeologist

In one final very interesting series of traditions regarding the Mahdi we find that he is said to produce some previously undiscovered Bible scrolls and even the Ark of the Covenant:

Ka’b al-Ahbar says, “He will be called ‘Mahdi” because he will guide (yahdi) to something hidden and will bring out the Torah and Gospel from a town called Antioch.” 35

As-Suyuti mentioned in al-Hawi that the messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “he is called the Mahdi because he will guide the people to a mountain in Syria from which he will bring out the volumes of the Torah to refute the Jews.  At the hands of the Mahdi the Ark of the Covenant will be brought forth from the Lake of Tiberias and taken and placed in Jerusalem.” 36

Ad-Dani said that he is called the Mahdi because he will be guided to a mountain in Syria from which he will bring forth the volumes of the Torah with which to argue against the Jews and at his hands a group of them will become Muslim. 37

Apparently, the purpose of finding these “lost” portions of the Old and New Testaments as well as the Ark of the Covenant is to help the Mahdi win converts from both Christianity and Judaism prior to “eradicating” the remainder who do not convert to Islam.  We will discuss this aspect of Islamic tradition further in later chapters.

Summary 

After reviewing the various Islamic traditions and opinions of the Muslim scholars, let’s now review and walk through a list of what we have learned about the person and the mission of the Mahdi as he exists in the minds of many of the 1.3 billion Muslims worldwide.

  1. The Mahdi is Islam’s primary messiah figure.
  2. He will be a descendant of Muhammad and will bear Muhammad’s name (Muhammad bin Abdullah).
  3. He will be a very devout Muslim.
  4. He will be an unparalleled spiritual, political and military world leader.
  5. He will emerge after a period of great turmoil and suffering upon the earth.
  6. He will establish justice and righteousness throughout the world and eradicate tyranny and oppression.
  7. He will be the Caliph and Imam (vice-regent and leader) of Muslims worldwide
  8. He will lead a world revolution and establish a new world order.
  9. He will lead military action against all those who oppose him.
  10. He will invade many countries.
  11. He will make a seven year peace treaty with a Jew of priestly lineage.
  12. He will conquer Israel for Islam and lead the “faithful Muslims” in a final slaughter/battle against Jews.
  13. He will establish the new Islamic world headquarters from Jerusalem.
  14. He will rule for seven years (possibly as much as eight or nine).
  15. He will cause Islam to be the only religion practiced on the earth.
  16. He will appear riding a white horse (possibly symbolic).
  17. He will discover some previously undiscovered biblical manuscripts that he will use to argue with the Jews and cause some Jews to convert to Islam.
  18. He will also re-discover the Ark of the Covenant from the Sea of Galilee, which he will bring to Jerusalem.
  19. He will have supernatural power from Allah over the wind and the rain and crops.
  20. He will possess and distribute enormous amounts of wealth.
  21. He will be loved by all the people of the earth.

Notes:

  1. Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, The Approach of Armageddon? An Islamic Perspective (Canada, Supreme Muslim Council of America, 2003), p. 228
  1. Ibn Kathir, The Signs Before the Day of Judgement (London, Dar Al-Taqwa, 1991), p. 18
  1. Muhammad ibn Izzat, Muhammad ‘Arif, Al Mahdi and the End of Time (London,Dar Al-Taqwa, 1997), p. 18
  1. Kabbani, p. 228
  1. Ayatullah Baqir al-Sadr and Ayatullah Muratda Mutahhari, The Awaited Savior, (Karachi, Islamic Seminary Publications), prologue, p. 1
  1. Abdulaziz Abdhulhussein Sachedina, Islamic Messianism, The Idea of the Mahdi in Twelver Shi’ism, (Albany, State University of New York, 1981) p. 2
  1. Kabbani, p. 229
  1. Tirmidhi Sahih, Sunan Abu Dawud, (Sahih), Vol. 5, P. 207;
    also Narrated by Ali b. Abi Talib, Abu Sa’id, Umm Salma, Abu Hurayra
  1. Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4271 Narrated by Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu’minin
  1. Ibn Maja, Kitab al-Fitan #4084 as quoted by Kabbani, p. 231
  1. Sunan Abu Dawud, Narrated by Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu’minin
  1. Sideeque M.A. Veliankode, Doomsday Portents and Prophecies (Scarborough, Canada, 1999) p. 277
  1. Al-Sadr and Mutahhari, prologue, pp. 4,5
  1. Izzat and Arif,  p. 45
  1. Abdulrahman Kelani, The Last Apocalypse, An Islamic Perspective, (Fustat,.///>////
    .2003), pp. 34-35
  1. Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Al-Qawl al-Mukhtasar fi’Alamat al-Mahdi al-Munt,..azar, p. 50 as quoted by Harun Yahya, The End Times and the Mahdi (Clarkesville Katoons , 2003), p. 96.
  1. Kabbani, p. 231
  1. Abu Nu’aym and As-Suyuti, related by Thawban, as quoted by Izzat and Arif, p. 44
  1. Flags of The Islamic State, http://www.islamic-state.org/resources/flags-of-the-islamic-state.html
  1. Ibn Kathir, The Beginning and the End, vol.2, pt. 3, p.288 as quoted by Mark A. Gabriel, Jesus and Muhammad (Lake Mary, Charisma house, 2004), p. 60
  1. Tirmidhi as quoted by Mohammed Ali Ibn Zubair Ali, Signs of Qiyamah  (Islamic Book Service, New Delhi, 2004), p. 42  and Prof. M. Abdullah, Islam, Jesus, Mehdi, Qadiyanis and Doomsday, (Adam, New Delhi, 2004), p. 54
  1. Izzat and Arif, p.40
  1. Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6985
  1. Sahih Hakim Mustadrak, related by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (4:557 and 558), as quoted by Kabbani p. 233
  1. At-Tabarani, Related by Abu Hurayra, as quoted by ‘Izzat and ‘Arif, p. 9
  1. El-Kavlu’l Muhtasar Fi Alamet-il Mehdiyy-il Muntazar, as quoted by Harun Yahya, http://www.endoftimes.net/08mahdiandtheendtimes.htm
  1. Al-Burhan fi Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir al-Zaman, as quoted by Harun Yahya, http://www.endoftimes.net/08mahdiandtheendtimes.html
  1. Tabarani, as related by Hadrat Abu Umamah, as quoted by Zubair Ali, p. 43 and Abduallah, p. 55
  1. Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4273, Narrated by Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu’minin
  1. Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4272, Narrated by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri
  1. M S M Saifullah, Muhammad Ghoniem, Abu Hudhayfah & Khalid al-KhazrajiOn The Transmitters Of Isra’iliyyat (Judeo-Christian Material) http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Hadith/Ulum/israel.html
  1. Izzat and Arif,  p. 15
  1. ibid. p. 15
  1. Time magazine, Michael Elliot, Dec. 29, 2003, The Semiotics of Saddam
  1. Izzat and Arif, p. 40
  1. ibid. p. 16
  1. ibid. p. 16

 

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 The Antichrist and the Muslim Mahdi (Part 2)

6:00AM EDT 10/3/2014 MICHAEL YOUSSEF

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Mecca, also called Makkah, is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the site of his 1st revelation of the Quran.

In my last article, I explained the Judeo-Christian understanding of the Antichrist and that he will somehow be intertwined with Israel—and more specifically, Jerusalem.

Because Islam borrowed a great deal from Judaism and Christianity, it is not surprising that they too have a figure with a messianic complex—the Mahdi, or the Guided One.

Muslims see the Mahdi as a savior who will lead a global revolution and establish a worldwide Islamic empire. The Mahdi will rule the Earth as the final Caliph of Islam (a caliph is both a political ruler and a spiritual representative of Allah on Earth).

Muslims revere Jesus (whom they call Isa) as the Masih or Messiah. In Islamic eschatology, the Mahdi will arrive at the same time that Isa returns. Isa will descend to Earth in Syria, east of Damascus, dressed in yellow robes, and will assist the Mahdi, who will rule over the world for seven years (or, in some Islamic traditions, nine or 19 years). At the end of the Mahdi’s rule, there will be a Day of Judgment for the entire human race.

The parallels between the biblical Antichrist and the Mahdi of Islam are chilling. Both are associated with the End Times and the Judgment. Both are said to possess political, military and religious power, and head up a one-world religion. The Mahdi will force all non-Muslim people to convert to Islam. Like the Antichrist, the Mahdi will establish Jerusalem as his capital, from which he will rule the Earth.

Islamic scholars Muhammad ibn Izzat and Muhammad Arif write, in Al Mahdi and the End of Time: “The Mahdi will be victorious and eradicate those pigs and dogs and the idols of this time so that there will once more be a caliphate based on prophethood as the hadith states. … Jerusalem will be the location of the rightly guided caliphate and the center of Islamic rule, which will be headed by Imam al-Mahdi. … That will abolish the leadership of the Jews … and put an end to the domination of the Satan who spit evil into people and cause corruption in the earth, making them slaves of false idols and ruling the world by laws other than the Sharia [Islamic law] of the Lord of the worlds.”

Though Muslims revere Jesus as a prophet, they deny that Jesus is the Son of God. Jews and Christians are, to Muslim fundamentalists, “pigs and dogs” who must either convert to Islam or be eliminated. Bible prophecy makes it clear that the Antichrist will target Jews and Christians for destruction, just as Islamic prophecy states that the Mahdi will wage war against Jews and Christians. Those who oppose the Antichrist’s worldwide religion will be executed.

Muslim scholar Imam Muhammad Baqir states clearly how the Mahdi will establish his one-world religion: “There must be bloodshed and jihad to establish Imam Mahdi’s rule.” And Ayatollah Ibrahim al Amini of the Religious Learning Center in Qom, agrees: “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.”

Daniel tells us (and Jesus affirms in the Olivet Discourse) that the Antichrist will establish “the abomination that causes desolation” in the Temple in Jerusalem. The apostle Paul adds that the Antichrist “will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thess. 2:4). Since the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., as Jesus predicted, this has led some (not all Christians) to suggest that the Jewish Temple must be rebuilt on Temple Mount before the Antichrist can be revealed to the world.

Yet the golden-topped Dome of the Rock shrine and the Al-Aqsa mosque stand on Temple Mount today. One of the Islamic Hadiths (traditions) records that their Prophet Muhammad said, “[Armies carrying] black flags will come from Khurasan [Iran and Afghanistan], no power will be able to stop them, and they will finally reach Eela [the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem] where they will erect their flags.” In Islamic tradition, black banners symbolize violent conquest, and Muslims await the Mahdi’s conquest of Jerusalem, when he establishes his reign from the Temple site.

Daniel 9:27 tells us the Antichrist will establish a seven-year covenant with Israel—but he will break the covenant after three-and-a-half years, defiling the Temple with “an abomination that causes desolation.” The Hadiths of Islam also speak of a seven-year covenant that the Mahdi makes with Israel: “The Prophet said: There will be four peace agreements between you and the Romans. The fourth will be mediated through a person who will be from the progeny of Hadrat Aaron [Honorable Aaron, the brother of Moses] and will be upheld for seven years.”

There can be no doubt: Muslims are preparing to accept the Mahdi as their leader—and the Mahdi is indistinguishable from the world leader we know as the Antichrist.

I bring all of this to your attention so we can have a knowledgeable perspective when viewing current events unfolding in the Middle East.

But Christians should not fear.

Regardless of whether the Antichrist comes in this generation or a hundred years from now, those who have placed their faith in God’s Messiah, Jesus the Christ, fear no one nor even death. Their eternity is secure in the One who is the only One to defeat death and rise from the grave.

Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, a worldwide ministry that leads the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ through the creative use of media and on-the-ground ministry teams. Youssef was born in Egypt.

 

Above from Charisma News

 

Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):

What Islam REALLY Wants: The Coming of Al-Mahdi!

 

This is a summary of some of the information provided in Joel Richardson’s book Antichrist: Islam’s Awaited Messiah where all quotations from Muslim sources may be found.

The Islamic Revival

If trends remain fairly constant Islam will become the world’s largest religion within 20 years. It is presently the fastest growing religion in the world at a rate of four times faster than Christianity. In the U.S.A. the annual growth rate prior to 9/11 was 4%. Since then indicators are that it has risen to 8% with 85% coming from the African-American population. Islam is also the fastest growing religion in Europe.

Islam is on the march — as it was in Muhammed’s day. Throughout the Western world mosques are springing up like mushrooms in a farmer’s field! In 1970, the once Christian populated Bethlehem area — where the Messiah was born — had only five mosques. By the end of 1997 it sported 72, and on Fridays the whole area in front of the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square is packed with Muslim worshippers because there is no longer room for them all to pray in the Mosque of Omar.

In the United Kingdom more than 1,000 churches have been turned into mosques, and more than 100 new mosques have been built — more than a quarter of them in London.

In typical Western stupidity, Western leaders have opened up their country’s doors to a Muslim immigration that will, in all likelihood, DESTROY Western culture. The West has opened its arms to Muslims, and Islam is spreading in the Western world today almost as rapidly as the plague in medieval times!

Islam is the BIGGEST EVIL facing the Western world. At the October 1999 synod of Europe’s Catholic bishops, Archbishop Giuseppe Bernadini of Smyrna quoted an important Muslim figure speaking at an Islamic-Christian meeting. Addressing the “Christians” in his audience, the Muslim leader said:

“Thanks to your democratic laws, we shall invade you; and thanks to our religious laws, we shall dominate you.”

Another Muslim leader said — at the same meeting:

“You have nothing to teach us, and we have nothing to learn.”

Time and time again Muslim leaders have told us of their ARROGANT intentions, but Western leaders do not want to believe them — so they simply IGNORE the rapidly developing threat. Millions of Muhammed’s followers are all-too-easily invading Europe and America through immigration. And a TIME BOMB is ticking its way toward a MASSIVE Islamic explosion in the West.

Islamic Literature

The Quran is composed of 114 chapters called Surahs.

The Sunna aids in giving proper understanding of the Quran. The Sunna is made up of two types of literature — the Haddith and the Sirat.

Hadith literature contains largely the Islamic beliefs about the end times. There are also many commentaries and modern-day writings about the subject.

Basic Islamic Eschatology

The minor signs are similar to the Messiah’s reference to “the birth pangs,” yet not as occurring before the Major Signs but taking place concurrently with the Major Signs.

The major signsThese all concern the Last Day and the coming of:

1). The Muslim Antichrist — Ad Dajjal

2). The Muslim Yeshua — Isa Al-Maseeh

3). The Muslim Messiah — Al-Mahdi. The Guided One. Shia Muslims refer to him as Al-Mahdi al­Muntadhar. The Awaited One.

Al-Mahdi — the Muslim Messiah — will restore the Caliphate and the purity of the Islamic faith so that Islam becomes the standard for all nations, making a just world without oppression. He will be a descendant of Muhammad and of the descendants of Fatimah. When he returns he will become the final Caliph acting as vice-regent for Allah on earth and will lead a revolution to establish a new Islamic world order. This will include multiple military campaigns (jihad) including the invasion of many non­Muslim countries.

The white flag — Al-Liwaa — is the flag of the Islamic state and of the leader of the Muslim army. The black flag — Ar-Raya — is the flag of jihad and is carried into battle.

When an army bearing black flags comes from the East from the area of Khorasan (in Iran) or from central Asia, then the appearance of the Mahdi is imminent. When he appears riding on a white horse (literally or symbolically Muslims see the Mahdi as fulfilling the description of the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6) he will lead the army to re-conquer IsraelJerusalem will then be the location of the Caliphate and the center of Islamic rule. One particular hadith places the timing of this event when a final peace agreement is made between the Arabs and the Romans (interpreted as Christians) and mediated through a Jewish priest. This agreement is for 7 years. He is described as having supernatural power over the wind and the rain and the earth, and flocks will be in abundance. In Antioch, he will discover certain scrolls of the Torah that he will use to convert Jews to Islam. Finally, he will discover the Ark of the Covenant in the Lake of Tiberius and install it in Jerusalem.

Iran and the Mahdi

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is expecting the Mahdi. The entire Muslim world — Sunni, Shi’ite and the smaller sects — have been flooded for decades with propaganda that the “Signs of Qiyamah” are unfolding. It is wrong to consider Ahmadinejad to be “crazy” or a “lunatic” for thinking these are the End Times. In this he is simply a faithful Muslim who has been told the overwhelming “evidence” that the signs of Qiyamah are unfolding. Given the many “proofs” offered, it is the most reasonable thing in the world to expect the Mahdi to appear — and to want to ASSIST HIM in his prophesied victory over the Dajjal (Israel and the West).

Ahmadinejad is expecting a great, charismatic Muslim leader who will “bring justice” to the world. This is quite misleading. The Mahdi is foretold in the Hadith to be predestined TO KILL many people in warfare — and then to convert the survivors, WORLD-WIDE, to Islam. That is what the code-word “justice” means to a Muslim.

It is frequently said that Ahmadinejad is determined to “create chaos” in the world in order to hasten the return of the Mahdi. The name of the Hajjatieh Society has been associated with Ahmadinejad in this respect. This society believes that they must “create chaos” in order to hasten the Mahdi’s appearance — they talk about “paving the way” for the returning Mahdi. Don’t be fooled by these terms — they are both interchangeable. Ahmadinejad has been quoted as saying that he wishes to “pave the way” for the return of the Mahdi by enlarging the Jamkaran mosque, building roads and hotels for pilgrims (for the movement and billeting of armies), and by developing NUCLEAR WEAPONRY for the Mahdi’s army.

Various imams have been preaching that when there is a nuclear exchange, Allah will suspend the laws of physics so that ONLY INFIDELS (Jews and Westerners) will be killed by the nuclear blasts and radiation fallout. They are even saying that Muslim real estate — like the Dome of the Rock — will be untouched by the blast! The “Mahdi” can nuke Jerusalem in the morning and move into a home there in the afternoon! Ahmadinejad may be a trained engineer, but I would not be surprised at all if he believes Allah will fix it so that his nukes kill only infidels.

It is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS to allow someone who believes that there is no future because the “Signs of Qiyamah” are unfolding to get his hands on a nuclear arsenal. The philosophy of “mutually assumed destruction” that worked so well with the Soviet Union would have ABSOLUTELY NO INFLUENCE on Ahmadinejad and others who believe these are the End Times — that there is no future anyway and who look forward to martyrdom.

Comparison of the Mahdi with the Biblical Antichrist

Christians who erroneously see the Scriptures as presenting the non-dispensational futurist view of prophecy will readily begin to see similarities between Islam’s Messiah — the Mahdi — and their idea of the biblical Antichrist who, according to them, is described in the Scriptures in the following forms: The Beast, the abomination that causes desolation, the desolator, the man of lawlessness, the little horn, the Assyrian, the King of Babylon, the King of the North, and Gog. Actually, it is more likely that the Mahdi and his forces are referred to in the Bible as the False Prophet.

Both biblical eschatology and Islamic eschatology paint a picture of one who is a political, military and religious world leader from the Middle East, one who will target first Jews to force conversion or destruction upon them in a final holocaust that takes place within Israel. Similarly, Christians will be targeted for the same purpose. The goal is a one-world Islamic religion.

The Mahdi Attacks Jerusalem

When black flag carrying armies arrive in Jerusalem from Khorasan (Iran) they set up their flags on the Dome of the Rock so that Jerusalem becomes the center of Islamic rule and all Jewish rule is abolished. Some consider this synonymous to Zechariah 14:2:

“I will gather all nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people [who submit to the false prophet’s rule] will not be taken from the city.”

The Seven-Year Treaty

The Mahdi makes Islam’s fourth and final treaty with “the Romans” (Christians or the West) but it is made with a descendant of Aaron, i.e. a Cohanim or priest. This treaty is also for seven years. Some also believe this is a reference to Daniel 9:27:

“He will confirm a covenant with the many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of a temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

This, however, was fulfilled long ago by Antiochus Epiphanes.

Changing the Laws and the Times

The Mahdi will change the law by instituting the Islamic Shariah law. He will change the times by imposing the mandatory observation of the Islamic Hijra calendar over all those who become subject to him. This will make the week run from Saturday to Thursday with Friday as the sacred day of prayer. Many, of course, equate this to Daniel 7:25:

“He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.”

The energetic “little horn” in Daniel 7 that speaks words against the Most High, changes religious worship and laws, and wears out the holy ones (verse 25), is the same “little horn” that in Daniel 8 acts arrogantly against YEHOVAH God, takes away the daily sacrifice (verse 11), and destroys the holy ones (verse 24). Both “little horns” arise from the latter stages of the Greek Empire, and they each blaspheme YEHOVAH, persecute the Jews, and outlaw Judaism. Thus it is evident that the “little horn” of Daniel 7 is not a future antichrist, but Antiochus Epiphanes, the “madman” whose actions were clearly prophesied by Daniel.

The Rider on the White Horse

In their book, Al Mahdi and the End of Time, Muhammad Ibn ‘Izzat and Muhammad ‘Arif, two well-known Egyptian authors, claim to identify the Mahdi from the Book of Revelation, quoting Hadith transmitter Ka’ab al-Ahbar.

In one place, they write,

“I find the Mahdi recorded in the books of the Prophets… For instance, the Book of Revelation says: ‘And I saw and behold a white horse. He that sat on him…went forth conquering and to conquer.’”

‘Izzat and ‘Arif then go on to say:

“It is clear that this man is the Mahdi who will ride the white horse and judge by the Qur’an (with justice) and with whom will be men with marks of prostration (zabiba) on their foreheads.”

Revelation 6:2: “I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.”

Muslims take note of Revelation 6:2 in the Bible and apply it to the Mahdi, as do Christians who hold the dispensationalist view of this rider as being the Messiah.

However, this is incorrectly seen as a description of the Antichrist by those Christians who hold the non-dispensational futurist view. This rider is seen by them as imitating YEHOVAH God’s ride on a white horse when He returns (Revelation 19:11). They believe the bow is indicative of the false peace of his peace treaty.

The Muslim Yeshua

The Muslim references in English to Yeshua the Messiah (usually called Isa, Hadrat Isa, Isa bin Maryam or Nabi Isa) are as one who is not the adopted Son of YEHOVAH God, never died on the tree for mankind’s sins, and is not a savior. He is merely a prophet who is subordinate to the Mahdi. In the last days his return will be close to a mosque in Damascus where he meets the army of the Mahdi. He is a radical Muslim whose primary purpose is to enforce the Shariah law on all those who are subjugated and he will certainly attempt to force all Jews and Christians to convert to Islam on the pain of death. In doing so he will have abolished Christianity and all religions so that Islam becomes the one-world religion. He destroys the Muslim Antichrist — the Dajjal — and all his Jewish followers. Further his time on earth is for only approximately 40 days during which time he marries and has children and then dies.

Some believe there are several distinct similarities to the Bible’s description in Revelation 13:11-14 of the “false prophet” as a lamb with two horns, inasmuch as he deceptively appears to be like the real “Lamb of God” but is subordinate to the Antichrist and forces all to worship him and to be under their law “so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is the name of the beast” (Rev. 13:11).

The Dajjal: Islam’s Antichrist

The Dajjal is described in Muslim literature as being a deceiver who has miraculous powers, even being able to heal the sick. There is confusion over which eye he is blind in, but he has the word kaafir, meaning infidel, written between his eyes. He will claim to be Yeshua the Messiah and be capable of traveling at great speeds on a giant mule which will take him to all parts of the world. Yet he will not be allowed to enter the cities of Mecca, Medina or Damascus which are the places in which Muslims are directed to seek refuge from the Dajjal. He will be followed by Jews, in particular women. He will defend Israel against the Mahdi and deceive Muslims into forsaking Islam. In the city of Lod in Palestine he will be killed by the Islamic Yeshua. Some see parallels with the biblical Yeshua. The Dajjal is quite often equated with Israel and the West (infidels, crusaders, etc.).

The Revived Islamic Empire of the False Prophet

Many Christians mistakenly anticipate a revived Roman empire. However all the nations that are noted in the Scriptures as last days enemies of Jews and Christians, that is, the many nations that attack Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:2), are currently Islamic nations. These are noted in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 (if it is proven that Gog is a figure for the Antichrist). Detailed studies of the nations of Ezekiel 38 reveal that the common belief that Russia is one of these nations is not correct. Also, as well as any European connection, there are indications that a component or adjunct of Antichrist will come out of the Middle East. These nations surrounding Jerusalem amount to ten nearby (Palm 83) and eight at a relatively short distance, of which five occupy modern-day Turkey.

The territories occupied by the nations/tribes named in Psalm 83 are roughly as follows: Edom in modern Jordan: Ishmaelites in modern Saudi Arabia; Moab in modern Jordan; Hagrites — the territory bordering modern Jordan and Saudi Arabia; Gebal — probably modern Golan Heights and nearby in Syria; Ammon in modern Jordan; Amalek in the modern Sinai peninsula and the Negev; Philistia — modern Gaza Strip, part of the Palestinian authority; Tyre in modern Lebanon; Assyria — modern Syria and Iraq.

The important thing to notice is that the Psalmist here lists a group of nations/tribes which immediately surround Israel on all sides. The nations of Ezekiel 38, on the other hand, are a great distance from Israel, although they too are found in all directions. While the Gog and Magog of Revelation 20:8 is probably a prophecy about a different event, John picks up the point from Ezekiel that this confederacy comes from the four corners of the earth. There is no correspondence or overlapping between the nations of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38.

What we see by comparing the main prophecies of the final conflict is this sequence: An invasion of Israel by her immediate neighbors (Palm 83; Zechariah 14; Ezekiel 35; Joel 3) — an inner circle of nations. Jerusalem is taken captive (Zechariah 14 and Ezekiel 35). The Lord (YEHOVAH God) returns and delivers Jerusalem, and defeats Israel’s surrounding enemies, and establishes His Kingdom on a renewed earth. Israel dwells in peace and safety, without walls or gates (Ezekiel 38:8, 11 ). There is an invasion of Israel by an outer circle of nations — from the four corners of the earth (Ezekiel 38). The outer circle of invaders is defeated. The Kingdom [of YEHOVAH God] expands peacefully, (Psalm 72).

It is VERY significant that both the inner and outer circles of nations described above are all ISLAMIC NATIONS (the false prophet of Revelation?). It’s also interesting that the only list of 10 confederate nations or tribes anywhere in Scripture is in Psalm 83. These may be the ten heads or ten horns mentioned elsewhere.

A Brief History

In 395 AD the Roman empire was divided into a western section and an eastern Byzantine section. In 410 AD Rome fell to the Visigoths but, by having shifted its capital to Constantinople, the Roman empire continued until it finally fell to the Turks in 1453 AD. From this time on the Turkish Ottoman empire, which already had control of Jerusalem from 637, became the next power of note until its end came in 1909. However, the Islamic Caliphate ruling that empire was not abolished until 1923, from which time the Islamic world is awaiting its restoration.

The Antichrist Spirit of Islam

By its denial of the biblical Yeshua as being YEHOVAH’s adopted Son and the true Messiah, Islam exhibits an antichrist spirit so that the Muslim version of Yeshua is as just another prophet. Additionally, the denial of Yeshua dying as the sacrificial lamb to cover mankind’s sins is the very specific spirit of Antichrist that would be seen “in the last hour” (I John 4:2 and 2 John 7-9), that is “those who do not abide in the teaching of the Christ.” In Philippians 3:18 Paul speaks of those who “walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.” This would include the Islamic teachers who deny that Yeshua the Messiah died for mankind.

Islam’s Ancient Hatred for the Jews

Because there has been a very long history of Arab hatred of Jews back through the time of Haman and even to Pharaoh, Islam has continued that hatred since its inception. This hatred is of a genocidal nature, whereby, although it is anticipated that Christians will in the last days convert to Islam, the non-converting Jews will all be destroyed. Islamic literature demonstrates this hatred often to the point of belief that the resurrection cannot begin until there are no Jews left. Even zoo animals are said to have previously been Jews. Notably this ideological hatred of Jews is identical to that of 20th-century Nazism.

Islam’s Practice of Beheading

Decapitation has been quite common among Muslims whenever Mahdist movements confront non-Islamic religions. According to Islamic tradition, the Mahdi, or “the guided one” will come before the end of time to usher in a worldwide, perfect Islamic state. Every few generations, a charismatic leader emerges claiming to be the Mahdi. Since the Mahdi is the harbinger of just government, then any leader (or religion) he challenges is by nature corrupt. The fervor of such claims often leads the Mahdists to label Jews and Christians unbelievers, allowing them to invoke Qur’anic verse 47:3 and behead captives.

Revelation 20:4: “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.”

John 16:2: “Indeed the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.”

These are end-time scenarios indicating that a major way of persecuting and killing Christians will be by beheading, and that those who do it will be motivated by their religion. Such a religious system would have to think it was divinely appointed and have to be worldwide to fulfill these words.

Since the beginning of the new century there have been many reports of the beheading of foreigners and Christians by Islamic radicals in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and a few other countries. Is this practice actually officially approved by Islam? An examination of Islamic tradition and history shows that beheading is the very heritage of Islam. It is commanded in the Quran as a specific method of killing enemies and was the favored method of killing by Muhammad and his followers. Many examples from throughout history are given in Richardson’s book.

Again these aspects of Islam add to the picture that it fits the role of supporting the end-time false prophet, the Mahdi who fills the office of Caliph and therefore originates from within a Muslim country.

Islam’s Goal of World Domination

Many apologists for Islam try to play down this goal of world domination by saying that they are only reacting in self-defense rather than taking the offensive. The fact is that Islam views itself as the only true religion and all others must submit to the will of Allah, whether by persuasion or by force, and with the corollary of death for those who do not submit. One Islamic commentator stated that Muslims have a command from Allah to rule the entire world and to be over every nation. So they do indeed engage in offensive war to establish Allah’s kingdom. Sadly — and misleadingly — the Western media so readily disseminates the apologists’ attempt to hide the real Muslim agenda.

Writes Abd El Schafi —

“…the concept of an offensive war to spread the faith is a GENUINE ISLAMIC CONCEPT; it is known as a Holy War for the sake of God [Allah]…Muslim scholars have explicitly determined that this is the ESSENCE of Islam. They also indicate that if sufficient military power is available to Islamic countries, they ought to attack ALL OTHER COUNTRIES in order to force them to embrace Islam….Those who say that the Islamic wars were always defensive do NOT understand Islam and have NOT read sufficient history. It should be evident that offensive wars to spread Islam are the HEART of the entire religion of Islam. They embody the meaning of ‘Striving for the cause of God [Allah]’ — holy war to make the Word of God [Allah] supreme over the whole world.”

Jihad — Holy War

Jihad means “striving.” There are five forms of jihad in Islam. The one that concerns outsiders is called “Jihad al-kuffaar” (striving against the disbelievers). This means that Muslims are not just waiting for the Mahdi to reappear before they strive for global domination, but are obligated to be daily striving for it regardless of the means. Indeed, it is a religious duty that is well documented in Muslim literature that Muslims must physically fight against those who do not believe in Allah because warfare has been ordained for them.

Holy war in Islam is a CONTINUING IDEAL that will last to the day of resurrection! It is a PLAN in which it is incumbent on ALL Muslims to fight — in the name of Allah — those who reject Islam. This concept started in the 6th year of the Hegira and continues to the present. Do the people of Europe, America and the East — as well as the governments of the world — understand this?

We have been led to believe that Islam has only waged defensive wars, yet Muslims themselves declare that defensive warfare was a TEMPORARY strategy at the beginning of Islam. In fact, believe it or not, Muslims are concerned that the popular notion that Islamic wars were nothing more than defensive  wars is a deception invented by the people of the West to divert Muslims away from allowing the DREAM of Holy War to be revived in their hearts! Those in the West who truly understand Islam are afraid that the Islamic “dream” would set off a holy, offensive war in order to establish Allah’s state on Earth (an Islamic government) and to make Allah’s word supreme. Then Western civilization would collapse and we would be plunged back into the Dark Ages.

The 1990 Muslim Manifesto said that “living in Britain [or the U.S.] or having British [or U.S.] nationality by birth or naturalization does not absolve the Muslim from his or her duty to participate in Jihad.”

Richardson’s conclusion on this point is that what is called “the religion of peace” is responsible for over 90% of all fighting presently in the world…with the involvement of over 400 recognized terrorist groups.”

The Use of Dishonesty and Deceit

Islam is a religion that rationalizes and justifies lying and purposeful exaggerations in the interests of the defense and promotion of Islamic religion and culture.

Muslim propagandists take advantage of the fact that Westerners do not read Arabic and therefore (out of ignorance) do not know the reality of the Islamic faith as recorded in the books of Muslim scholars. Therefore, Muslim missionaries roam across Europe and America, East and West, writing a slew of books and pamphlets, declaring with a loud voice: “How great Islam is! It is the religion of peace, of social justice, equality, women’s rights and dignity.” Unfortunately, many naive and gullible people believe these claims and are deceived and sucked in by this message.

The Doctrines of Kithman and Taqiya — Last Days Deception

Kithman is a command to deliberately conceal one’s religious beliefs and is mainly practiced by Shia’ Muslims in order to mislead outsiders as to the true nature of Islam.

Taqiya is essentially the same as kithman and includes the idea that one will even deny one’s religion if it serves to protect the Muslim. Both are used to justify the murder of an enemy of Islam or to gain prosperity. Deceptive tactics are used in attempts to polish the image of Islam, making it more attractive to prospective converts. The Islamic general view is that “any end justifies the means.”

Matthew 24:24: “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12: “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception forthose who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

The False Prophet Himself Demands Worship

Islam rejects the worship of any man. So how can we understand this apparent contradiction? A possible explanation might be that because of the deep spiritual state of deception that the total Islamic world leadership will be in, and the fact that they will have given their allegiance to the Mahdi at a stage many years prior to his announcement of being God, to deny him after this point would be the ultimate shame for Islam. Considering that he will have accomplished so many of Islam’s goals it will be hard to deny him. In Revelation 13:4 he is apparently acclaimed with the refrain, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” He will have defeated Israel, established the Caliphate in Jerusalem, destroyed many of the Jews and largely converted the world to Islam.

However, no doubt, many individual Muslims will find the very idea of worshiping a man as God intolerable and will desert Islam in spite of the severe consequences. Nevertheless Satan will appear to have achieved his purposes.

With this last thought we must agree with Richardson that individual Muslims should not be treated as if they are the enemy. Many of these people are simply pawns in a system that they have been brought up in. They must be prayed for that they will see the real issues in the end-times.

For Christians to be prepared it will not be primarily about stockpiling food or finding a safe route of escape from one’s city. Rather it is a matter of being spiritually prepared so that one understands what is going on as things unfold in order to escape or avoid the worst of situations if possible and to be spiritually strong so as to endure that most difficult of all times.

— Ray Faircloth and John D. Keyser.

 

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bat the al-mahdi it supposed to have total global control

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its long it’s looking for this islamic Christ figure

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el Mahdi to ride in on a white horse at their property

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day remembering the properties from the book of revelation about the anti-christ

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revelation 6 8 so I looked and behold a pale horse

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and the name of him who sat on it with day ep

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and haiti’s followed with him and power was given to them

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over a fortnight New York to killed with the sword

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hunger with death and by the beach the BR

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remembering then who ride on a pale horse

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the book a revelation says the one who writes the horse’s name is death

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many have misinterpreted the scripture to say that the horse meant death

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when the scriptures say it if the one riding the horse

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whose name is dead now can compare that to the islamic el Mahdi

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who are supposed to be a Christ figure who come in the last days to kill

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Christians and Jews

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run the whole glow be headed the question

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and immediately start slaughtering the Jews after he does what

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goes to the Temple Mount in claims to be God

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these are all the descriptions of the actions of the anti-christ

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we know that he’s going to the temple mount to claim to be

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Christ and when jesus said this happened

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you see him in a place he ought not holy into the mountains those that are in

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judea

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and I’ll swallow anyone up it comes after you

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in dade they intend to go after them

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hopefully those that are in israel and Judea right now

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will hear the scriptures and remember what Jesus had say it

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when you see him in a place that he ought not flee into the mountains

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and don’t even go back in and get your coat

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leave immediately

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again when you put these two stories together

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the biblical story to the anti-christ in comparison what the story is that the

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Islamic el Ahmadi

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it makes it justifiable to say

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the coming elmont date is going to be what the Bible refers to as the

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anti-christ

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we know that

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from generals chapter 7&8 the anti-christ will rule

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over the revived Roman Empire which is the last empire that what

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and will be again

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right now there are many people in its law inside the United Nations

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we know the World Council of Churches which is a religious system involved in

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global government

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because the united nations that don’t have a separation of church and state

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they have intertwined religion into the united nations global governing body

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and right now a large portion is this law firm

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keeping that in mind that’s exactly what the Islamic

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leaders have desired

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the Caliphate a global new world order

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under total Islamic theocracy and Sharia law be heading Christians but did not

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convert to Islam and killing quote

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all jews and the anti-christ to the Bible

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will rule this

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empire that what that will be again we know it’s Rome

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which right now the united nation

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its at the state where brown flawed and we think

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sure enough its law it’s getting more than just their put inside the door

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at the united nations again they walk total global control

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and they’re all buying four positions of power inside the united nations in order

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to carry out this Caliphate

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and they want their Calif are this

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islamic Christ figure called El Monte their global

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totalitarian istic ruler who is going to enforce the theocracy a bit llame

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upon paying a DEP

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fulfilled the bible scriptures up what the anti-christ will be

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we know from the book of Revelation

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the letters to the seven churches that only one of the church’s kept from the

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time

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temptation we know that time is coming up on the church

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parents truck

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whole last under what they know and a lot not their lives unto death world

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and he will give them the crown of live when those that are killed

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for his namesake during the Tribulation Period

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for not serving the anti-christ and not following the baby

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system will live it for eternity with Christ in heaven

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inside the temple and I will never go out

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he will give them a rock with a new name on it

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and they will be closed in London

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and spend eternity with Christ Jesus school

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those that follow the anti-christ the smoke up their torment will go up

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forever

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as the scripture said

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it has been another invitation to carry curing got an

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