Iran will build a bomb. It will hold the planet hostage.
Iran will ascribe its present 50-year-old President as World Emperor.
If the world does not bow down to him, he will blow up the planet. If the world does bow down to him, he will take the world population as slaves to Allah or kill those who rebel.
This is the first time that a nuclear power holds to a cultic belief in a returning Messiah. In other words, this is a first for coupling religious fanaticism with nuclear destruction.
Under Communism, the religion was atheism. There was no god. Therefore, there was nothing but this life, then death. Consequently, there was no messianic fanaticism driving the Communist leaders. They simply killed to kill and conquer.
But under Iranian nuclear power, Iran will create the globe’s empire for Allah. All Africa will be a part of the Iranian despotism. Europe, presently dealing with angst because of cartoon protests, will get its fill of it when Iranian zealot President takes Euro-Asia unto his bosom.
North America will be threatened to drop the first bomb or retaliate against Iran’s first drop with US drops following. In any case, it won’t be pretty.
You see, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes that Mahdi, Muhammad ibn Hasan, will come back to this globe. He is the spiritual descendant of Prophet Mohammed, having disappeared as the 12th Imam. That was in the 9th century when the Messiah was only 5 years old.
The Islamic Messiah is waiting in the wings for chaos to envelop the globe. Then he will pierce the skies to reign upon Earth.
The Iranian President is not the only one who holds to this cultic creed. This is the belief of the chief sect, "the Twelvers," within Iran’s Muslim population.
Nothing propels mortals more than religious zeal. Cultic zeal even more so. Therefore, it is a given that Iran will bargain for top rung on the world’s power ladder for Allah’s sake. Nothing that the UN or Western voices say will deter Iran from its prime goal: Muslim World Empire over which the coming Islamic Messiah will rule in universal peace.
Christians who study biblical prophecy believe that Christ will return again. Between Christ’s first and Second Coming is the Church Age. Christ’s return will also be preceded with His prophesies fulfilled as recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 as well as the symbolic Book of Revelation and certain Old Testament sections such as Ezekiel 36 – 39.
Christians hold that prior to Christ’s return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords there will be planetary disarray with wars and rumors of wars, pestilence, increase of sin, discord within families, false messiahs, famine, fear, martyrdom, and the preaching of the gospel worldwide. All these prophesies are taking place daily.
Further, there will appear an Antichrist and False Prophet. They will be demon possessed, holding the planet in their hellish charisma.
All sorts of calamities will strike the planet: a third of the Earth burnt up, waters turned to blood (polluted), diseases spreading, boils appearing on the skin of the spiritually rebellious, and the growth of the apostate church. That apostate church will be made up of what is presently forming, that is, the spiritually rebellious appearing as spiritually legitimate. The Episcopal Church, Unitarian Society and United Church of Christ (Congregational), for instance, are examples of same by their recognizing practicing homosexuality as divinely blessed.
The apostate church is symbolized in the Book of Revelation as the harlot—Babylon. That is, it is the prostituting of the true divine revelation appearing in the Holy Bible.
The "harlot faith" will be the global false religion ruled by the False Prophet. The devil, "that old dragon," will hold sway while the genuine believers will be persecuted, many martyred. It is interesting to note that in the Book of Revelation, "beheaded" is the term used regarding the martyred Christians. Beheading is the prime means of Muslims killing infidels.
How compelling then to witness now the demonic rise of a messianic hope within a Muslim sect while biblical Christians hold to a Christ return. These two parallels are striking—the one from hell and the other from heaven.
It is the gospel that Christians use to bring persons to the living hope in Savior Christ. It is the bomb that Muslims use to hold the planet hostage in despair and fear.
Unless the free nations explode the Iranian agenda now, it will proceed to Muslim World Empire with the present Iranian President serving as emperor. That is his dream.
Presently his power hold is the nuclear bomb.
Yet, as Christians believe: "The battle is the Lord’s."
Copyright © 2006 by J. Grant Swank, Jr.