2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
I woke up to a news article this morning that really shocked me but at the same time it brought a revelation. The Holy Spirit immediately brought the above portion of scripture to my mind and I believe I understand now what’s about to soon take place.
http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/26/240346.html <– This article details a speech recently given by the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations. I’ve been aware for years now of Ahmadinejad’s desire to bring back the 12th Imam, the Mahdi – according to his beliefs the way to do this is through worldwide cataclysm (this is the drive behind Iran’s desire to obtain nuclear weapons, so that they can usher in the Mahdi.)
I’ve also been aware that in Islamic beliefs, Jesus is considered a lieutenant of Mohammad (Yet they deny any deity of Christ or that he died on the cross.)
The comments Ahmadinejad made just a few days ago however caught me by surprise and opened my eyes to what I believe will happen in the very near future.
“God Almighty has promised us a man of kindness, a man who loves people and loves absolute justice, a man who is a perfect human being and is named Imam al-Mahdi, a man who will come in the company of Jesus Christ and the righteous. Now we can sense the sweet scent and the soulful breeze of the spring, a spring that has just begun. The arrival of the Ultimate Savior, Jesus Christ and the Righteous will bring about an eternally bright future for mankind, not by force or waging wars but through thought-awakening and developing kindness in everyone. Their arrival will breathe a new life in the cold and frozen body of the world. He will bless humanity with a spring that puts an end to our winter of ignorance, poverty and war with the tidings of a season of blooming. Let us join hands and clear the way for his eventual arrival with empathy and cooperation, in harmony and unity. Let us march on this path to salvation for the thirsty souls of humanity to taste immortal joy and grace. Long live this spring. Long live this spring. Again and again long live this spring.”
Notice that Ahmadinejad is not calling Jesus the ultimate savior. He is calling the 12th Imam the ultimate savior who will be accompanied by Jesus and the righteous. He is denying Jesus Christ – who is in reality the only savior of the world.
The Islamic teaching of the Mahdi parallel the Biblical teaching of the Antichrist. During a time of great trouble on the earth, a man will arise who appears to bring peace and unity. Muslims call him the Mahdi, Christians call him the Antichrist – but the important thing to note is that he is certainly not the true Jesus Christ, or the ultimate savior of the world.
It will be necessary for Christians to be removed from the earth before this lawless man arrives, or the great delusion would never be effective.
Why is this important?
If you have read my recent blog posts – Then you are aware that I strongly believe the Bible teaches a rapture that occurs before the 7 year tribulation.
Wouldn’t people notice if all the Christians just disappear from the earth? Wouldn’t it be obvious that all the Christians are gone?
I would assume that someone would put that together shortly after the rapture occurs… Except, the Bible also teaches us that God is going to allow a great delusion to overcome the whole world during that time. Surprise, surprise, the Antichrist is going to tell a lie. (Many lies I’m sure.)
Until now I had no idea what that delusion could be, but after reading this speech by Ahmadinejad I have a strong speculation.
I have been convinced for a while now that Islam will be the one-world religion spoken of in the book of Revelation. If that’s the case, based on the words of Ahmadinejad I am convinced now that after the rapture occurs the Antichrist will be revealed and will be accepted as the Mahdi. He will have a false prophet who will probably claim to be Jesus Christ and the lie they will tell will be that Christians have been removed from the earth because of their ignorance and lack of understanding. The lie will go on to say that Christians are a roadblock to world peace and unity so they have been removed in judgment. According to the Antichrist, it will be necessary to remove Christians in order to “bring about an eternally bright future for mankind, not by force or waging wars but through thought-awakening and developing kindness in everyone.” He may even say that Christianity is the cause of war in our world, which is why it was necessary to remove us.
Now I must make it clear that Ahmadinejad is NOT the Antichrist – but I’m certain he will accept the Antichrist as the Mahdi and consider him to be the “ultimate savior.”
And the world will believe it…
And because the world will believe it they will be willing to accept Islam as true, allowing it to become the universal religion.
Just remember –
21 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
If you find yourself to be in the unlucky position of missing the rapture and being left behind, do not accept the Antichrist or the false prophet. Do not believe their lies no matter what incredible and miraculous signs they perform.
The true Jesus Christ will be back at the end of the tribulation, exactly 1,260 days after the abomination of desolation occurs in the (soon to be built) Jewish temple. You will be able to countdown exactly to the day that Jesus will appear in the clouds in all His glory, bringing with Him the armies of heaven. He will be riding a white horse and he will descend to the earth to wage war on sin and wickedness. The true Jesus Christ will return to destroy the Antichrist (The Mahdi) and the false prophet. He will destroy all the armies that oppose Him (sadly there will be military forces that try to destroy Him) and He will smash apart all the governments of this world so that He can set up His long awaited Kingdom here on earth.
I look forward to that day!