By ‘Reza Kahlili’ – “Increasing tensions between Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intensified when hardline clerics exerted pressure on Ahmadinejad to obey the supreme leader as the ultimate authority. Those tensions were exacerbated with the arrest of over 25 of Ahmadinejad’s associates and loyalists, along with a high-level member of his inner circle. Supporters of the supreme leader are referring to Ahmadinejad’s group as ‘The Deviant Movement.’
This ‘group’ has announced that within the upcoming weeks a monumental event will turn the tide to their advantage.
Based on a report from Iran’s Ayandeh, one of the officials within ‘The Deviant Movement’ has informed his confidants that certain sources close to the ‘Mahdi’s Emergence Movement’ have stated that an important event will soon change the course of operations to Ahmadinejad’s favor. According to interpretations offered by Ahmadinejad’s team, a high-ranking member of the Islamic Republic will meet with a climactic incident. This in turn will build up to the announcement of the ‘covert emergence’ of the Twelfth Imam (or Mahdi) in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
Hardliners critical of Ahmadinejad maintain that his team believes a covert emergence will commence on the 14th of Khordaad (June 5) in Medina, setting the stage for the announcement of the actual emergence in the next few years.” Read more.
Nation of Islam Leader Says Mahdi is “Present in the World, is the Christ You’ve Been Looking For” – “‘… The End of Your World has arrived! What you’re looking at happening in Tunisia, in Egypt, in Yemen, in Jordan, in Libya, in Bahrain will soon—very soon—happen in all the nations of the world… This is a sign that The Great Mahdi that the Muslim world has been looking for is present in the world. That ‘The Christ’ that you hoped for, ‘The Christ’ that you longed for is present in the world. And all tyrants will be set down—God is stimulating the rise of the masses, and soon it will come to America’s shores. Indeed it has already begun.'” Read more.
‘A World Without America’: Iran Building Rocket Bases in Venezuela to be Used Against ‘Iran’s Enemies’
Today the United Nations is reporting that Iran — a state sponsor of terrorism — has been working with North Korea on ballistic missile technology (and who knows what else) with shipments taking place through China. Now, either China is chronically inept at securing and inspecting large shipments passing through its borders, or they are willingly ignorant about what is taking place in their own back yard. All of this, of course, while Iran laughs at the West and forges ahead with its nuclear program (aided by Russia and possibly others), repeatedly boasts about the ‘attainable’ vision of a world without Israel and America, and continues to prophetize about the soon coming of the ‘divinely appointed Islamic savior’ of mankind that will force the world into Islamic submission. And now Iran is building rocket bases in Venezuela to be used against its enemies? Where next, Cuba? Seems to me like the Iranians are doing as much as they can now, and as fast as they can, while the Office of the Presidency and American leadership is still controlled by
eunuchs those who continue to believe that diplomacy is the answer …
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is Teheran’s most important South American ally.
Iran is building intermediate- range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, participated in the visit, according to the report. Die Welt cited information from ‘Western security insiders.’
… According to Die Welt, the clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rocket at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.” Read more.
Ahmadinejad Envisions ‘A World Without America’ – “The country that is probably the most dangerous current sponsor of terrorism–Iran—is also pursuing a nuclear capacity, and may well harbor an intention to use it against both the US and Israel. Iranian President Ahmadinejad envisions ‘a world without America.’ … Iran could launch rockets to detonate a nuclear warhead some 70 miles above the earth’s surface. This would create an electromagnetic pulse (EMP)… [which] could effectively shut down wide swaths of the US economy. Millions would perish in a short period.” Read more.
Iran, North Korea Partnering on Ballistic Missiles, U.N. Says – “Iran and North Korea seem to routinely be swapping ballistic missile equipment in breach of U.N. Security Council directives, a classified expert report to the international body stated on Friday. Illegal trades of missile technology had ‘transshipment through a neighboring third country,’ the report states. Multiple envoys told Reuters the nation in question is China.” Read more.
Iran trains terrorists in Venezuela, hides behind mercenaries – “Al-Seyassah has published reports about Iranian training camps on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, where Shiites from the Arab world are taught to make bombs, carry out assassinations, kidnap people and transport hostages to other locations. These training camps are run by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in cooperation with Hezbollah and Hamas.” Read more.
Many Christians today can be eschatologically myopic. This is particularly true for many of us who live comfortably in the West, working comfortable jobs and making enough money to enjoy a fairly comfortable living while Christians in other parts of the world, especially the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia where Islam is the dominant religion, live under the constant threat of persecution and even death simply because of the very fact that they are Christian. According to the World Evangelical Alliance, over 200 million Christians in at least 60 countries are denied fundamental human rights solely because of their faith. David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson, and Peter F. Crossing in their 2009 report in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (Vol. 33, No. 1: 32) estimate that approximately 176,000 Christians were martyred between mid-2008 to mid-2009. This, according to the authors, compares to 160,000 martyrs in mid-2000 and 34,400 at the beginning of the 20th century . And it’s getting worse.
I believe that we are in the last of the last days and are being plunged into a time that Christ described as “great tribulation” in Matthew 24. I do not believe, however, in a seven-year-tribulation nor do I believe that we, at any imminent moment, will be whisked away in a secret rapture to avoid any and all persecution that may be coming to our shores, as much as I would love for that to be the case (read here to find out where Paul and John place the rapture of the Church in Scripture, and here to find out what the Church is according to Jesus).
As the end of the age approaches, the picture of radical Islam and its role in the Last Days is becoming increasingly clear (cf. Daniel 12:4), and just as our Christian brothers and sisters on the other side of the world are today being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, shot, blown up and beheaded for the faith of Jesus, I believe that we, too, will continue to witness all that is taking place. As such, I hereby present to you a commentary on Revelation 13 for your consideration that I believe reveals to us the time in which we are now living today, and the time that will soon be upon us.
“By Erick Stakelbeck, CBN News Terrorism Analyst – New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi–or Islamic messiah–is about to appear.
CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place — and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times.
While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.
‘The Coming is Near’
The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.
It’s called The Coming is Near and it describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical tweflth Imam or Mahdi — the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days.” Read more.
Update: Original video removed by YouTube. Replacement video substituted, but you can watch the video by clicking the link above.
Many Christians today believe that when Antichrist is revealed the world will suddenly experience some form of global governance virtually overnight, controlled by a man who will be worshiped as God himself. Although there are a few verses in Scripture that may appear to give credence to the idea that the entire earth will be overcome by the last-days Antichrist at first glance, the whole of Scripture supports neither the idea of a “One World Government” (OWG) ruled by Antichrist, nor the idea of an end-of-days leader who controls literally every last nation on the earth.
Many popular teachers of Biblical eschatology who support the idea of a OWG and Antichrist who controls the political and religious dictates of all the nations of the world will agree, at the very least, that the last portion of Daniel 11 from verses 36 and beyond all refer to the final years leading up to the Second Coming of Christ. What they fail to consider, however, are the following questions that should be obvious to anyone who holds to both of these positions: Read more…