Iranian President Ahmadinejad has said that he believes the end of the world is only a few years away. He has also said that he believes the way to hasten the arrival of the Islamic Mahdi (messiah) is to unleash an Apocalyptic Holy War against Christians and Jews. He has vowed to annihilate the U.S. and Israel and is feverishly preparing his military to accomplish just that.
From childhood, Shia boys are told to cultivate two qualities:
First to develop the capacity of patiently waiting for the Imam to return.
Secondly, actions needed to hasten the Iman’s return; coinciding with an apocalyptic battle between believers in Islam and with the evil infidels, who are ultimately routed.
A professor at the Religious Learning Center in Qomm, Iran, one of his country’s most respected Shiite scholars wrote a book called Al-Imam al-Mahd; “The Just Leader of Humanity”, and describes the signs of the coming of the Mahdi (messiah) in great detail. Primarily a massive earthquake and the launching of a global war to kill and either subjugate or kill Jews, Christians, and other infidels.
“Cyrus is my anointed king.
I take hold of his right hand.
I give him the power
to bring nations under his control.
I help him strip kings of their power
to go to war against him.
I break city gates open so he can go through them.
I say to him, 2 ‘I will march out ahead of you.
I will make the mountains level.
I will break down bronze gates.
I will cut through their heavy iron bars. 3 I will give you treasures that are hidden away in dark places.
I will give you riches that are stored up in secret places.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.
I am the God of Israel.
I am sending for you by name. 4 Cyrus, I am sending for you by name.
I am doing it for the good of the family of Jacob.
They are my servants.
I am doing it for Israel.
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
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