Correlations Between the Antichrist and the Islamic Mahdi PT4
COMPARISON 7: JEWS AND CHRISTIANS AS THE TARGET OF WRATH
The Christian prophecies clearly state the Antichrist will cause the entire world to submit to his one world religion and government. The Bible also shows how the Antichrist will target his wrath against Jews and Christians. Likewise, the Mahdi will also cause the entire world to submit to his one world religion and government but that he also focuses his campaign against Jews and Christians.
Since we’ve already seen how the Antichrist and Mahdi will create a one world government in THIS post and a one world religion in THIS post, let’s now turn our attention on the similar targets of the Antichrist and Mahdi: Jews and Christians.
The Antichrist Targets Jews and Christians
There are so many passages in the Bible showing the persecution and murder of Christians and Jews during the Antichrist’s reign so let’s focus on a few examples.
He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.
In the next post we will show how both the Antichrist and the Mahdi will change the calender and laws but for now let’s focus on the Antichrist’s ‘oppression of the saints’ cited in the passage above. The phrase ‘A time, times, and half a time’ is an idiom meaning 3 1/2 years. This passage is stating that when the Antichrist breaks his treaty with Israel at the 3 1/2 year mark, the last 3 1/2 years of his reign will be spent persecuting those of the Judeo-Christian faiths.
We now turn our attention to prophecy in Revelation that is rich with symbolism and imagery. The book of Revelation is written in a style known as ‘apocalyptic literature.’ Everything is written using highly symbolic language including Revelation 12 that shows the targeted campaign against Christians and Jews.
An excerpt from the entire context linked to in the paragraph above:
When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach…. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
An explanation for the symbolism above:
The Dragon = Satan as well as his manifestation in the Antichrist.
The Woman = Israel and the Jewish people.
The Male Child = Jesus who has already ascended.
The Woman’s Offspring: Jews and Christians collectively.
The passage above shows the flight of many Jews from Israel to escape the wrath of the Antichrist. Remember, one of the passages I cited earlier in this project is a warning from Jesus to the Jews to flee Israel:
So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains… For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again… See, I have told you ahead of time.
John’s vision in Revelation of Jewish flight from Israel meshes flawlessly with Jesus’ warning in Matthew for the Jews to flee Israel. It looks like many take His advice. Then right after this flight occurs, we see the Antichrist dropping his facade of false peace, breaking the covenant, and beginning his official slaughter of Jews who remain behind in Israel as well as Jews worldwide and all Christians who refuse to convert to the Antichrist religion.
One final example before moving on to the Mahdi portion:
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
He who has an ear, let him hear.
If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed.
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.
Cross referenced with:
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.
The above passages state that while the rest of the world will follow the Antichrist, the saints will resist and be killed for it. The persecution that will be prevalent throughout the Antichrist’s reign comes with an admonition to the saints to endure in faithfulness among the rampage brought by the Antichrist and the saints who resist will be beheaded. Cross reference this passage with Revelation 6:9-11 where the martyrs killed for their faith are asking when justice will be served.
The Mahdi Targets Jews and Christians
A consistent theme in Islamic literature regarding the end times is the Mahdi’s preoccupation with the conversion of Jews and Christians. He offers them the choice to convert peacefully. If they refuse, death is the only option. We will be going over this in detail once we begin Part 2 in a few more posts consisting of parallels between Isa and the False prophet but for now let’s few some examples of the Mahdi’s focus on Jews and Christians.
Like the Antichrist, although the Mahdi will force everyone to submit to his empire and religion (as we have shown in previous posts), he, too, will have Jews and Christians as his primary focus.
The Mahdi will offer the religion of Islam to the Jews and Christians. If they accept it they will be spared, otherwise they will be killed.
-Ayatollah Ibrahim Amini, Al-Imam Al-Mahdi: The Just Leader of Humanity
We also have the following Hadith as an example to show the belief that the ‘last hour’ (Islamic end times) will not ‘come’ (be fulfilled) until the Muslims wage a war against the Jews and kill them:
The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or tree would say, ‘Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him!’
-Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 6985
Although it can often be hard to gauge the reliability of certain Hadith sayings, this one does appear to have veracity. The second segment of that Hadith states:
But the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
In this centuries old prophecy, it shows the Muslims slaughtering the Jews and predicts a certain kind of tree in Israel. One author goes on to explain the significance:
After commenting on this particular Hadith, several Muslim authors have been quick to point out the very ‘interesting’ fact that this particular tree, ‘the Gharqad’ (apparently the boxwood trees) is presently being planted in abundance by Jews in Israel. The point is that this final holocaust is expected by Muslims to take place within the present state of Israel.
-Joel Richardson, Islam’s Awaited Messiah, pg 61.
Many Muslims are therefore seeing this prophecy already showing signs of fulfillment and preparation.
On a final note, to show the Mahdi’s mission to specifically convert Jews and Christians to Islam, one of the prophecies of the Mahdi show him discovering ancient Jewish and Christian texts to ‘prove’ their texts are corrupt while only Islamic texts have maintained their integrity:
Ka’b al-Ahbar says, ‘He will be called Mahdi because he will guide to something hidden and will bring out the Torah and Gospel from a town called Antioch
Izzat and Arif, p.40
Of course the Torah is Jewish and the Gospels are Christian.
He is called the Mahdi because he will guide the people to a mountain in Syria from which he will bring out the volumes of the Torah to refute the Jews… He will bring forth the volumes of the Torah with which to argue against the Jews and at his hands a group of them will become Muslim.
So among his violent pursuits, the Mahdi will also target his attempt to convert Christian and Jews by using gentle persuasion after allegedly proving the Judeo-Christian texts to be corrupt.
Next up we will show how both the Antichrist and the Mahdi will change the calender and implement new laws. Shortly after that, we will see what Isa is claimed to do compared to the false prophet and will reinforce the information in this post about Jews and Christians being targeted for conversion or destruction.
RESEARCH: FROM BABYLON TO MECCA II
Continued from part one.
Prologue: Satan, the cosmic phony, he perverts and subverts the things of God. God initiates, he tries to imitate.
Abraham to Muhammad
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Ge 12:1-3)
Why was God so insistent that Abraham get out of his country and away from his extended family? Very simply, the reason was to remove him from the influence of his native Ur of the Chaldees religion, worship of the moon god Sin.
The two chief seats of Sin’s worship were Ur in the south, and Harran to the north. The cult of Sin spread to other centers, and temples of the moon-god are found in all the large cities of Babylonia and Assyria.
This god, Sin, would ultimately become the supreme deity of the entire Babylonian empire. The root names of many individuals in Babylon preserves links to the gods of the Babylonian pantheon. In fact the well known son of Sargon II, King Sennacherib’s name is rooted in the name of the moon god. “Sin Ech-erib” = “Sin multiplies his brothers.”
Nabonidus praying to the moon god Sin
Nabonidus was the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, reigning from 556-539 BCE. He was the absentee King that delegated the throne to his son Belshazzar in the book of Daniel. Many scholars believe he was an Assyrian. He revered the moon god Sin beyond all the other gods and paid special devotion to Sin’s temple in Harran, where his mother was a priestess. Some scholars argue that he elevated Sin the top of the Babylonian pantheon in an effort to make Babylonian religion more acceptable to subjects like the Arabians.
Pre Islamic Arabia
In my comparison of dispensations we were able to match Christian and Muslim with the Abrahamic covenant. The principle difference between the two religions is delineated by the two sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. The Genesis account tells us how, doubting Gods promise, Abrahams wife Sarai arranged for him to sleep with their servant Hagar to father a successor. The result of this compromise union was Ishmael, the father of the Arabians. In this excerpt God comforts the servant Hagar’s fear and assures her that her son would be the father of a nation as well,
“Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.” And the Angel of the Lord said to her: “Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”” (Ge 16:10-12)
The parallel of this prophetic dialog to our present geopolitical reality is astonishing. Of course some fourteen years later God shocked Abraham and his wife with Isaac the son of promise. Of course this is a major point of contention as Islam claims Ishmael as the son of promise. I find the juxtaposition of the two conceptions to be the most revealing. The former being out of wedlock against the counsel of the Lord – the latter as God had promised and miraculous. Blessed with the spiritual gift of flippancy I often quip, “One day you sleep with the maid, the next thing you know, the world trade center falls down.” Flippancy aside, there is a profound truth that when man seeks his own way, a shortcut or deviation from what God prescribes, the results lead to tragedy. It’s not a racial issue as Jesus died for the Arab people too and we all are under the curse of sin. However it is a spiritual battle that has been going on ever since Abraham and Sarai took the shortcut instead of trusting God, like we often still do today, when we seek fulfillment outside of Gods plan. But the Bible states that the child of promise was Isaac:
” By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,” (Heb 11:17)
Muslims feel that Ishmael was the one offered up by Abraham. They believe that the Holy Bible supports this by its declaration that Abraham offered his only son. Ishmael was Abraham’s only son for over 13 years, which would make it impossible for Isaac to be the child of sacrifice. Muslims believe that scribes later corrupted the original reading from Ishmael to Isaac. Isaac was the only child of promise, which the Quran also agrees with.
Then he conceived a fear of them (when they ate not). They said: “Fear not.” And they gave him glad tidings of an intelligent son,[this is the promise] having knowledge (about Allah and His religion of True Monotheism). Then his wife came forward with a loud voice, she smote her face, and said: “A barren old woman!” They said: “Even so says your Lord. Verily, He is the All-Wise, the All-Knower.” (Sura 51:28-30}
Matches up quite nicely with the Genesis account that occurs after we were told that Ishmael was thirteen years old (Gen 17:25)
“And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”” (Ge 18:10-12)
Considering how overzealous many Muslims have been in their arguments that Ishmael, not Isaac, was that son, the fact that the Quran never mentions the name of the sacrificial child anywhere in its account escapes them. Muslim scholar Shaykh Hamza Yusuf of the Zaytuna Institute, concedes that:
This was the child that Abraham was given, and there is a difference of opinion about who that child was. The majority of the later scholars say it was Ismail, many of the early scholars said it was Ishaq. It should not be a point of contention for the believers; it’s not the point of the story. Both are valid opinions. (Yusuf)
While I admire his candor on the controversy, they are not both valid. What makes their efforts almost comical is the undisputable fact that Muhammad appears a couple of thousand years after Moses and a full 600 years after Jesus. The Quran was not codified until around 650 AD.
Having studied this account in detail, in light of New Testament revelation, there is more going on here. One should recall that God stopped Abraham and provided the ram for the sacrifice. This is the origin of the name of God, Jehova Jira which means the “Lord will provide”. Flash forward to the New Testament and recall that John the Baptist said of Jesus the first time he laid eyes on him “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the whole world!” Now it is abundantly clear that Abraham’s offering of Isaac was a prophetic foreshadowing of the pivotal event in human history that would occur on the very same spot, the highest point on Mount Moriah Golgotha, where another Father would offer his only begotten Son for the sins of the world. Note that Adam was also Gods first son, yet Jesus was the son of promise. The spirit of antichrist working in Islam to conceal this amazing confirmation of Jesus Christ is transparent.
crescent moon god symbols still adorn mosques
The Bedouin’s astral beliefs centred upon the moon, in whose light he grazed his flocks. Moon-worship implies a pastoral society, whereas sun-worship represents a later agricultural stage. In our own day the Moslem Ruwalah Bedouins imagine that their life is regulated by the moon, which condenses the water vapours, distils the beneficent dew on the pasture and makes possible the growth of plants. On the other hand the sun, as they believe, would like to destroy the Bedouins as well as all animal and plant life. (Hitti)
The moon god worship by Abraham’s kindred in Ur was widespread in Arabia. The brutal nature of the desert climate led the Arabians to esteem the moon god above all others, but they had more difficulty identifying with Marduk, the supreme Babylonian deity. Recall that the last Babylonian king Nabonidus had promoted the moon god, thus Sin became the supreme deity of Babylon and Arabia.
Sin, “The Controller of the Night,” had the crescent moon (now the primary symbol of Islam) as his emblem and was worshiped by various names in Arabia. Mount Sinai of Arabia draws its name from the moon god. Mecca the home of the Ka’aba, a cube that houses a black meteorite fetish, was the center of all pagan religions of Arabia. AI-Ilah, the moon god – lord of the Ka’aba, ruled over 360 idols at the Ka’aba. Pagan polytheists in Saudi Arabia, before Muhammad, worshiped toward Mecca because it was where their idols were located. All of this was in place long before Muhammad came on the scene. Traditions which are carried on to this day in Islam.
The Ka’aba houses the black meteorite idol still worshiped in Islam today
COMPARISON 8: THE LAWS AND THE CALENDER
The Antichrist and the Laws and the Calender
Once the Antichrist makes his rise to power, this will be yet another clue to reveal he is the one the prophecies warn about. We see the Antichrist will attempt to change the calender and laws. This will most likely be done to phase out the Gregorian calender based on the life of Jesus Christ.
He will…try to change the set times and the laws.
The altering of the laws could possibly allude to a couple of things:
1). Like we mention in my previous post about the Mahdi claiming to discover ancient Jewish texts (specifically the Torah), the Antichrist could possibly claim the Jewish laws of the Torah as we know them have been corrupted and must be changed.
2). Since the Antichrist will head a one world government, this could possibly mean he trumps the laws of individual nations to implement his own laws world wide.
One thing is certain: He will somehow attempt to change the laws and the calender system.
The Mahdi and the Laws and the Calender
There’s no question about the legal system the Mahdi is said to implement. It will undoubtedly be Sharia Law and he will use Isa to achieve and uphold his vision:
The Mahdi will lead the Muslims in prayer and Isa will rule the Muslims according to the Divine Shari’ah.
-Sahih Ashrat as-Sa’at, Kabbani, p.236
Isa, the son of Mary will descend and will lead them judging among them according to the holy Koran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad.
The Sunnah, as we mention in the introductory material, is where most of the Muslim traditions are found. This is what will be used as a guideline for the Mahdi’s law.
Besides having its own law, Islam also has its own calender system. While the Gregorian calender is based on the birth of Christ, the Islamic calender is based on the career of Muhammad and some view it as mandatory to be observed:
It is considered a divine command to use a Hijra calender with 12 purely lunar months without intercalation as evident from the Holy Koran.
-Waleed Mahanna, A brief introduction to the Islamic (Hijri) Calender
The week is also different in the Islamic Calender. While Monday through Friday is considered the ‘work week’ and Saturday and Sunday is considered the weekend by Judeo-Christianity to celebrate holy days, in Islam, Friday is the sacred day of prayer and the day of the week to meet at the mosque.
RESEARCH: A FRESH LOOK AT THE ANTICHRIST/MAHDI
The Assyrian Lamassu Winged Lion
“O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.” (Is 10:5-6)
The purpose of the tribulation period is to cause Israel to repent of denying their messiah Jesus Christ when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on the exact day the prophet Daniel told them he would. It’s going to be a hard lesson. Zechariah gives us a numeric ratio of the Jewish people that will be purged.
“And it will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'” (Zechariah 13:8-9)
Therefore, we learn that two-thirds of Israel will be purged through the fire of the tribulation, leaving the one-third elect who will be converted to Jesus as their Messiah. This holocaust will be even more ghastly than the first! The Bible says Jesus will respond when the survivors earnestly seek him. This was prophesied by Hosea,
“I [Jesus Christ] will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”” (Ho 5:15)
I believe this is reflective of Christ ascension at the conclusion of his first coming. After the horror of the tribulation, Israel acknowledges their offense of not recognizing him the first time. Thus, “all Israel will be saved”; just as it is written,
‘The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins'” (Romans 11:26-27).
“You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. (Da 2:31-33)
We normally tend to equate the Roman Empire with Western Europe, and there have been many “end times” theories involving Rome, the Vatican, and the rise of the European Union. The traditional view of the statue is that the ten toes represent a ten nation confederacy of the revived Roman Empire. When Greece joined as the tenth nation in the EU, all the prophecy scholars said,”We’ve got the tenth toe!” Then the 11th toe came, the 12th…
The traditional view has largely been frustrated as many additional nations have joined the EU. What has been overlooked until recently is the fact that the Roman Empire had an eastern leg that, in fact, survived the western leg by a thousand years! In A.D. 284, Emperor Diocletian divided the Empire into two legs exactly as Daniel had predicted nine centuries earlier. My research efforts strongly suggest that the coming world leader, commonly called the Antichrist or Imam Mahdi, will emerge from the region of the eastern leg of the Roman Empire.
Byzantium, the eastern leg of the divided Roman empire
Now consider the remarkable overlap with the ancient land of Assyria.
The ancient nation of Assyria
Assyria occupied portions of modern day Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. A most fruitful region for the emergence of the Imam Mahdi or Antichrist, depending on ones faith.
When Arabs and Islam swept through the Middle East in 630 A.D., they encountered 600 years of Assyrian Christian civilization, with a rich heritage, a highly developed culture, and advanced learning institutions. It is this civilization which became the foundation of the Arab civilization.
The Assyrian: part II
Recalling my earlier post referring to the Antichrist as “the Assyrian”. In Micah chapter 5 we identified the future ruler of Israel as Jesus Christ. We can positively identify this is speaking of Jesus because of the amazing fact that Micah knew he would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah some 700 years in advance!
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”” (Mic 5:2)
Our study of dispensations tells us this refers to the 2nd coming, the millennial reign – as Jesus first coming was as a servant – not a ruler. Knowing that and following Micah to verse five and six we saw that the Jesus would “deliver us [Israel] from the Assyrian”(v6) who had “tread in our palaces”(v5). Because we know from the basic eschatological time line that Jesus will overthrow the Antichrist immediately prior to his reign, it follows that the Assyrian spoken of is none other than the Antichrist.
In addition from verse six of Micah five we discovered that Assyria was the “land of Nimrod” the very first type of the Antichrist who originated the beast system in Babel. Quite to my amazement in the process of this research I have discovered a nugget overlooked by the majority of commentators, we have another name for Nimrod!
“And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,” (Ge 10:10-11)
From the context of this verse as the King James translates it appears that Asshur went forth from Shinar to build Nineveh. A translation that the Ancient Hebrew translators of the Septuagint version agreed with
Out of that land came Assur, and built Ninevi, and the city Rhooboth, and Chalach, Gen 10:11 LXX
Asshur as a name means Assyrian. Implying that Moses actually referred to Nimrod as “the Assyrian”.
אַשּׁוּר [’Ashshuwr, ’Ashshur /ash•shoor/] n pr m loc. Apparently from 833 (in the sense of successful); TWOT 176; GK 855; 151 occurrences; AV translates as “Assyria” 118 times, “Assyrian” 19 times, “Asshur” eight times, “Assyrian + 1121” five times, and “Assur” once. 1 the second son of Shem, eponymous ancestor of the Assyrians. 2 the people of Assyria. 3 the nation, Assyria. 4 the land, Assyria or Asshur.
I think this next reference is by far the most stunning. I would ask the reader to recall the book of Exodus, when the nation of Israel first moved to Egypt due to a famine in the land. Jacob’s son Joseph had achieved the rank of prime minister, basically second in charge of the kingdom of Egypt, due to his faithful stewardship. Many years later there rose a king that “knew not Joseph” who put the Israelites into slavery. Did you ever wonder why the king didn’t know anything about Joseph? Now practicing some hermeneutics, we get an interesting clue from Stephen in Acts chapter 7,
Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt. He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our forefathers by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die. (Acts 7:18-19)
Fortunately, the precise Greek in the New Testament has 2 forms for the word “another” the form used in “another king” is the hetero form implying that it was “another king” of a different kind. In other words, he was not an Egyptian! Now the stunning insight I have been alluding to is in Isaiah chapter 52:4
For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. (Is 52:4)
Yes, the famous pharaoh that oppressed the ancient Hebrews is also called “the Assyrian”!
What I am getting at is “the Assyrian” is a title that started with Nimrod, carried through to Pharaoh and all the way to the future Antichrist/Mahdi. Although I see a strong connection in the geography appearing, I am not necessarily speaking of person of Assyrian descent. It is not a racial issue. To the contrary, the Assyrian nation was largely a Christian population when the genocidal conquest of the Muslim jihad all but eradicated them in the 19th century.
In the aftermath of the horrible massacre by the Ottoman Sultan Abdul-Hamid in 1894-1896, which claimed thousands of Assyrians, the Assyrians were unable to heal their wounds because the direst time of their entire history on earth, their genocide, was waiting like an angel of death at the door.
Again, I don’t think it necessarily has anything to do with race, but a “type” or spirit. I believe the scripture is speaking of “the Assyrian” more as typologically defined title. A title defined as a dominating world leader that Satan sets up to obstruct the purposes of God mainly by inflicting destruction and genocide upon Israel. This is certainly the mission of the Imam Mahdi of Islam. Ashley has done an excellent job establishing that we are speaking of the same man. Considering Islam’s roots in Babylonian moon god worship, could it be that this final world dictator will be, in some sense, a return of Nimrod?
“There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.” (Re 17:10-11)
He “was” means he lived in the past. He “is not” means he is dead when John wrote the prophecy. He will be the eighth king but he is one of the seven kings implying he was a king in the past. This strange verse seems to support the conjecture that the return of our typological Assyrian, who has been brooding in the depths of the pit, might even be the return of Nimrod himself!
Astonishingly this also applies to the Imam Mahdi. He is said to have existed and then gone into Occultation, soon to reappear!
According to the last letter of al-Mahdi to Ali ibn Muhammad al-Samarri “from the day of your death [the last deputy] the period of my major occultation (al ghaybatul kubra) will begin. Hence forth, no one will see me, unless and until Allah makes me appear.”Another view is that the Hidden Imam is on earth “among the body of the Shia” but “incognito.” “Numerous stories” exist of the Hidden Imam “manifesting himself to prominent members of the ulama.”
So the Mahdi “was” and now “is not” but will come again.
“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Re 17:8)
At this stage of the research there is far too much agreement for there to be any doubt that the Antichrist and Mahdi are one and the same.