Iran’s Leader Preparing for ‘Armageddon’ and the Imam Mahdi

Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Iran


Iran is awaiting to see the Imam Mahdi and apparently is taking related steps:

Iran preparing now for Armageddon
24 January 2012

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei… has been heard to say that the coming of the last Islamic Messiah, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, is near and that specific actions need to be taken to protect the Islamic regime for upcoming events.

Mahdi, according to Shiite belief, will reappear at the time of Armageddon.

Selected forces within the Revolutionary Guards and Basij reportedly have been trained under a task force called “Soldiers of Imam Mahdi” and they will bear the responsibility of security and protecting the regime against uprisings. Many in the Guards and Basij have been told that the 12th Imam is on earth, facilitated the victory of Hezbollah over Israel in the 2006 war and soon will announce publicly his presence after the needed environment is created.

Iran wants to lead the Islamic world and its leaders tend to believe that they needs to trigger enough upheaval for the Imam Mahdi publicly to rise up.

As I have written before, some feel that this triggering would be between now and late 2012 (this Mahdi, according to certain Shi’ite tradition cannot rise up prior to November 2012).  Perhaps the leadership in Iran is figuring out that an oil embargo may actually hurt the country so that the time to prepare for war and/or other conflict is now.

Also notice something that Forbes reported years ago:

According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet’s cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the Mahdi, the Ultimate Saviour, a “tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West.” Commanding “the strongest army on earth,” the new ruler in the West will carry “a clear sign” from the third imam, whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali. The tradition concludes: “Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us.”

In a curious coincidence Obama’s first and second names–Barack Hussein–mean “the blessing of Hussein” in Arabic and Persian. His family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means “he is with us,” the magic formula in Majlisi’s tradition (Taheri A. Obama and Ahmadinejad. Forbes – Oct 26, 2008 viewed 11/14/08).

So, the timing for such a leader to rise up is soon (and if the above is believed to be correct and US President Obama is not re-elected, the Iranian Mahdi would seem to have to publicly rise between now and January 20, 2013).

Thus, it is possible that the government of Iran may more directly provoke something that it hopes will trigger the rise of a leader, they call the Imam Mahdi, who seems to be the person that the Bible calls the King of the South, very soon. There is a video, which I viewed that came out in the first quarter of 2011, which has clips of Iran’s President Ahmadinejad that essentially shows that Iran wishes to militarily take-over Jerusalem as a prelude to the Imam Mahdi rising up, and that it hopes that the rest of the Islamic world will follow Iran if it takes this step (see Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Conquer Jerusalem?). In it, Iran tries to imply that since it is such a massive military power, that the Arab states should want to support it in its quest for Middle East dominance.

Since the Arabs tend to be Sunni Muslims and the Iranians Shi’ites, many of the Arabs do not completely share Iran’s view of prophecy or world events.  While many Muslims are looking for a caliph or Imam Mahdi to rise up, not all believe that the individual that Iran currently refers to is the one–and in that way they are correct for many reasons.

Yet, events are moving forward in the Middle East, Iran, and other parts of the world for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Some of these events may happen in 2012. There could be regional war in the Middle East.

As Jesus said:

37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch! (Mark 13:37)

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East 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?
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start in 2012? How might Barack Obama be involved in 2012?

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