Wednesday, January 31, 2007
from jan markell, at olive tree ministries to link to the full article:
Ahmadinejad, Ayatollahs, and the Apocalypse
"I have a concern: The West is not taking Iran's Ahmadinejad seriously enough. The West, including Washington, does not know that Islam is as excited--if not more excited--about the return of their "messiah" as some Christians are about ours. Iran is apocalypticaly apoplectic. Official Iranian radio has completed broadcasting a lengthy series on the imminent appearance of their messianic figure who will defeat Islam's enemies and impose Islamic Shiite rule over the entire world.
"Be joyous my heart, miracles of the Messiah will soon be here," reads a poem used to conclude the first broadcast. "The scent of breaths of the One we know comes near. Grieve not or sorrow . . . a savior will come, it is clear."
After the coming of the 12th imam, or Mahdi, "liberal democratic civilization" will be found only in history museums, stated the program. So much for the Islamic world wanting the democracy we keep offering them.
At times the statements seem to jump out of the book of Revelation. One TV program stated, "In short, when he reappears, peace, justice, and security will overcome oppression and deceit and one global government, the most perfect ever, will be established." The Mahdi will appear suddenly in Mecca. The Shiites are told that no one can know the day or hour of the Islamic messiah's return. Sound familiar?
It gets more intense. In a greeting to the world's Christians for this new year, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said he expects both Jesus and the Mahdi to return and "wipe away repression."
While some of this sounds bizarre, see it for its seriousness. Ahmadinejad's mystical preoccupation with the coming of the Mahdi is raising concerns that a nuclear-armed Republic of Iran could easily trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions. The Iranian President sees his main mission to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi."...
there is also a petition to the ununited nations (for all the good it will do) at aish if you'd like to stand up to this nutjob, along with a two-plus minute video - well worth your time.