Comments from Iran’s President made the news:
24 November 2012
DUBAI – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the head of the Hamas government in Gaza on Saturday that…Zionists have reached the dead point and have no other alternative but officially recognizing and bowing to the absolute right of the Palestinian nation,” IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying, referring to Israel. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=293255
Iran’s current president has his own ambitions for Israel. Israel, of course, has other plans and some believe that one of the reasons that it did what it did in Gaza was to test its missile defense systems in preparation for a later battle with Iran (many of the rockets launched against Israel from Gaza came from Iran, at least parts of many of them did according to new reports).
There was a video that Iran released back in 2011, featuring its President Ahmadinejad, which shows that it plans to take over Jerusalem MILITARILY and then give it to the Imam Mahdi (see Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Conquer Jerusalem?)–the Imam Mahdi is a type of Islamic leader (the one Iran’s wants supposedly was in suspended animation or something like that for about a thousand years–the one that the Sunni Muslims will end up with will almost certainly have been born in the 20th century). While Iran’s President Ahmadinejad likely believes that the destruction associated with the Imam Mahdi will be a blessing to all (as he stated in the UN in September 2012), part of the reason for that is that he also seems to believe that it is a blessing to be Muslim. Most in the West would not agree with his conclusion, and hence need to be careful about the real intent of his speech. In the past, Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has indicated that the Imam Mahdi would rise up before he leaves office (which may be as late as November 2013; though it could be five months or so earlier).
Although President Ahmadinejad, will not succeed in all of his political aspirations, for various reasons,certain aspects of the Imam Mahdi sound a lot like the final King of the South that the Bible foretells (Daniel 11:40-43). And he may be part of a deal intended to destroy Israel, the USA, and its Anglo-allies (Psalm 83:4-8). And this will not be good.
Yet, the final King of the South will not be Iran (Iran is basically east of Jerusalem), but apparently Arabic (which includes those of Egypt, Libya, etc.). Iran’s actions and rhetoric continue to stir up the situation in the Middle East. So much so, that it is likely to get it power reduced (or somehow neutralized) before the King of the South fulfills certain biblical prophecies (though Iran may provide some support to it per Ezekiel 30:5).
But many in the West do not understand that. They seem to think that the Iranians, being Shi’ites, are on the fringe of Islam and that the majority of Muslims, who are Sunni, do not really have quite the same goals (Iran wants the Sunnis to support it and its version of Islam, while the Sunnis basically want the reconstitution of an Islamic empire).
Many of the Sunni Muslims really want an Islamic confederation called a Caliphate–and this is the stated goal of such Sunni-oriented groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Many in the West seem to wish to overlook the real goals of Islam. And according to the Bible, there will be a confederation that consists of the lands of the Islamic nations essentially of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arab peninsula; plus it will likely, at least temporarily have Turkey (who will likely ultimately betray it) and other lands.
Three articles of possibly related interest may include:
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the Arab and Persian world in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What does Islam teach about the Imam Mahdi?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Is he the Imam Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
Is There an Islamic Antichrist? Is Joel Richardson correct that the final Antichrist will be Islamic and not European? Find out.