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The 12th Imam

November 16, 2010

The image on the left is a Shia Muslim artist’s depiction of the 12th Imam or Al-Mahdī. According to Muslim escatology (end times events), the ultimate savior of mankind and final Imam will soon be revealed.

According to this teaching he was born in 869 and did not die but rather was hidden by God (the Occultation) and will later reveal himself with Isa (Jesus) in order to fulfill their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world.

This Imam’s full name is Abu’l Qasim Hujjat ibn Hasan ibn ‘Alī. He will appear (along with Jesus) and together they will bring peace and justice to the world as well as making the world totally Muslim.

For more information click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad al-Mahdi.

Should this concern Christians? Yes and No. No, because we know from Scripture that a false Antichrist is coming and already many antichrists are in the world (1 John 4:1-4). Greater is Jesus Christ who dwells within us that any external enemy!

Yes, because the Twelver theology (as it is called) is a main tenet of Iranian Muslim Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He is the sixth and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition of conservative political groups in the country. He has called for the annihilation of Israel and the USA. They are at present attempting to develop nuclear weapons.

Ahmadinejad abides by Iran’s long-standing policy of refusing to recognize Israel as a legitimate nation or as representative of the region’s population. He also denies the Holocaust. He continually calls for the destruction of Israel (the little satan) and the USA (the great satan). In Persian: marg bar Omrika, marg bar Esra’il “Death to America! Death to Israel!”

This should concern us. First of all because the message of Isa (Jesus) is to love your enemies not hate them. Our mandate is to share Jesus Christ with the whole world, and that means the Muslims like Ahmadinejad who hate us.

For more information read the Wall Street Journal article by clicking http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123093176783149767.html

Gordon

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