The Return of the Twelfth Imam

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on September 17, 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke of a plan for world peace.

He told the Assembly,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

When that day comes, the ultimate promise of all Divine religions will be fulfilled with the emergence of a perfect human being who is heir to all prophets and pious men. He will lead the world to justice and absolute peace.”

Iranian President, Ahmadinejad, closed his speech by calling for the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi. He prayed before the assembly,

O Mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the promised one, that perfect human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace.”

Why is the President of Iran praying for the return of the Mahdi, the so-called perfect human who will bring peace on Earth?

Because, Shi’ite Muslims believe the Twelfth Imam, or Mahdi, the last in a line of saints, descended from Ali, the founder of their sect and vanished down a well in 941 AD. According to this belief, he went into a state of occulation’ like the sun hiding behind the clouds. The story goes on and claims that after a stormy period of apocalyptic wars, the clouds will part, and the sun (the Mahdi) will be revealed. They believe that when he is released from his imprisonment, the entire world will submit to Islam. This belief is the driving force behind Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Khameni, and the majority of the central figures in the Iranian government.

Ahmadinejad and tens of thousands of mullahs are controlling Iran (ancient Persia) and are dead serious about the Mahdi’s return. They are all connected and impassioned with fiery, zealous, religious fervor. Ahmadinejad believes Iran’s redemption will come through a volatile mixture of Islamic ideology and confronting the “world conspiracy” they deeply suspect is instigated by the Crusaders and Zionists (America and Israel); this suspicion and hatred goes back hundreds of years.

In fact, the origin of the volatile hatred dates back to the book of Genesis where Moses wrote about Ishmael, Abraham’s son by Hagar. Moses writes,

And he [Ishmael] will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren” (Genesis 16:11-12)

Once Iran has the necessary nuclear bombs or missiles, Israel, the U.S. and/or even Europe will be threatened with a thermonuclear exchange if any of these countries expects or attempts a regime change in Iran.

Michael Evans, author of, Showdown with Nuclear Iran, gives a chilling example of just how feasible a nuclear attack could be manifested by Iran on the U.S. and Israel, and has set up an illustrative scenario depicting a nuclear attack:
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Nabih Osami was the Director General of Pakistan Shipping Lines in the port city of Karachi. Brigadier General Hossein Shirazi paid a visit to Osami to discuss having a special compartment built on the cargo deck on one of Osami’s container ships. Shirazi wanted a space twice the normal size of a container space of eight feet wide, nine feet tall, and forty feet long. The container would be a permanent fixture of the ship and be covered with a normal container load. The deck had to be able to deploy a vehicle from the compartment and clear the deck above the container. The Shadow-3, one of Osman’s new container ships, dropped anchor outside of the Port of New York. He was sailing under a Panamanian flag for anonymity. Inside the special lead lined compartment, was a Russian built missile launcher, an MHZ 534 transport erector launcher. The erector raised a fifty three foot long Shabab-3 missile skyward. At exactly 6:30 AM EST the Revolutionary Guard Commander in charge of the missile pushed a button and sent the Shebab-3 shooting star missile carrying a 550-kiloton enriched uranium nuclear warhead into space. It detonated at 80,000 feet. When it exploded it sent a barrage of gamma rays to earth and created an Electromagnetic Pulse. The EMP instantly reached a radius of several hundred miles and rendered all electronic equipment inoperable. All cell and land phones, electrical equipment, lights, motors, and computers were dead due to the pulse. The eastern half of the U.S. was in a state of shock and disbelief. All agencies in the government and civilian areas could not contact each other due to the EMP energy pulse. The President and the military tried to discern what had happened. With the country silent from the EMP pulse, there was no way to know who attacked us and why. At exactly 6:30 AM, another container ship 250 miles off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, a second Shabab-3 missile was launched carrying a 550 kiloton warhead headed for Washington DC. Eight minutes later a mushroom cloud formed over our nation’s capital destroying a large portion of the city. At the time of these two nuclear blasts a third missile was fired from Rafah, Egypt, toward Tel Aviv, Israel. With the blast, all communications in Israel also went dead. All three crews knew they were an integral part of ushering in the Twelfth Imam.”

The EMP scenario is a proven concept as the U.S. Congress in 2000 created a commission to discern whether such a feat could be accomplished. The scenario is feasible and could be accomplished as the commission gave its report to Congress. The terrorists, in these examples, plan very carefully and then execute with vengeance. If they are caught, martyrdom is part of their faith and they are willing to die for their objectives hoping they will be richly rewarded in heaven for their dedication. Let us take a look at Osama bin Laden and his cosmocrats.

The dictionary definition of a cosmocrat is “a universal monarch or world ruler.” The same term can be used in the context of a terrorist in that they are comfortable in business meetings, weddings, and dinner meetings and political events. They speak several languages fluently and may have multiple degrees from prestigious universities. Their focus is on talent and drive. Islamic leaders have always cherished the idea of the umma: the world community of Muslims.

Osama bin Laden’s network is comprised of many cosmocrats. They have operated in Afghanistan, Yemen, Algeria, Kenya, and the Philippines just to name a few. Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda is sized between a cult and a genuine mass movement. There are presently several thousand al-Qaeda members that are scattered in sixty countries around the globe. One of the defining characteristics of an al-Qaeda operative, aside from the cosmocrat status, is patience. The 1998 Embassy bombing in Kenya took five years to execute. The U.S.S. Cole bombing in Yemen was two years in the making. The plotters of the World Trade Center Attack formed around Mohammed Atta started in Germany in 1998; the execution of the plan was on September 11, 2001.

For millions of Muslims, the defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan was not viewed as a victory for the U.S., but rather a Muslim victory. If Saudi Arabia were to have a democratic election, Osama bin Laden would be elected president. Most Muslims believe, including Amadinejad, that Osama bin Laden was anointed by Allah to defeat the evil empires of both the Soviet Union and the United States. Osama, with his inherited millions, is able to support his jihadist agenda whenever and wherever he pleases. He is an activist that operates with impunity. Why is he on such a vengeful attack on America?

Peter Bergen, author of, Holy War Inc. gives us the answer:

The continued American military presence in Arabia, U.S. support for Israel, its continued campaign against Iraq, and its support for regimes such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia that bin Laden regards as apostates from Islam. Bin Laden is at war with the U.S., but his is a political war justified by his own understanding of Islam, and directed at the institutions and symbols of American power such as the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.”

There are many sides to the Islamic religion, and the existence of a strong element of militant fundamentalists is a threat not only to Americans but also to moderate Muslims. Tarek Fatah, who hosts The Muslim Chronicles on Canadian television, told The Toronto Star he has kept his bags packed since criticizing Muslim extremism on television. He said he has been getting death threats, and moderate leaders in the U.S. have also faced fierce criticism for opposing extremist regimes.

The moderate voice is almost nonexistent. Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden are two high profile cosmocrats. They have access to millions of dollars to promote their jihad agenda. Their charismatic popularity is most certainly exacerbated by our well-known adversary, Satan. The Dragon is assuredly influencing, taunting, and whispering to the Jihadist extremists. Paul writes to Timothy in the context of the Christian, but is applicable to the Islamic Jihadists as well,

…And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26, emphasis mine)

They are flaunting their venomous threats to the entire world with impunity. If they were to be killed it would only serve as a catalyst for more virulent threats, because they thrive on martyrdom.

Our current prophetic insights do not include the United States. The Middle East, however, is a ‘mushroom factory’ for any and all prognostications in prophecy. The Beast and the False Prophet, for example, are certainly cosmocrats. The Apostle John writes:

Who is like unto the Beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty-two months… And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him…” (Revelations 13:4-8)

Matthew also writes:

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

Ahmadenijad will continue his ‘divine’ calling to ensure the revelation of the Twelfth Imam. He is determined to bring the Twelfth Imam out of occultation and present him as the ‘savior of mankind.’ With the second coming of the Mahdi, Shi’ites expect to realize the final triumph of Islam around the world. At present, there is no force able to stop his relentless pursuit of nuclear bombs and missiles to destroy Israel and cripple the U.S. In like manner, Osama will proceed with his al-Qaeda operatives around the world. The final triumph will not come without an intense struggle. The Ayatollah Khomeini firmly believed that only a proper structured Islamic theocracy could create the conditions needed for the return of the Twelfth Imam. Khomeini also believed he was on a mission from God. We have two things we can do in the interim of these end-time developments.

The first thing we can do is watch! Watch that we do not grow weary in well doing. Watch that we do not run out of oil or become unprofitable. Watch that we do not backslide. Watch that as we increase in goods we have need of nothing. Finally, Luke writes:

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)

The second thing we can do is work while it is day, lest the night come when no man can work. Paul writes to the Thessalonians:

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5-11)

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