This morning, I was handed a report from a journalist that was in Iran when a special meeting was held with the Imams and spiritual leaders of Iran (known in the Bible as Persia), that revealed the Iranian Islamic community is in high anticipation of the soon arrival of the “expected one,” identified by the name, The Mahdi.
If you are familiar with my book, “Unleashing the Beast,” and have heard the detailed teaching on the Biblical Antichrist, you are aware that the Islamic characteristics are eerily parallel to the same characteristics of the Biblical Antichrist. For example, the Mahdi is said to appear on the world scene riding upon a white stallion, and some Islamic commentators point out that the white horse rider in Revelation 6, is the Mahdi which was predicted by John in the Apocalypse. The Mahdi will bring Islamic justice in a peace treaty for 7 years. This is interesting as Daniel 9:27 point out that a “prince that will come,” will make a covenant for seven years and break this covenant with Israel in the middle of the seven. One of the strongest points to parallel the Biblical Antichrist to this unknown person, who will arise, is in Revelation 20, where any person who receives Christ in the tribulation and rejects the worship of the image of the beast and refuses to receive the mark, name or number, will be beheaded (Rev. 20:4).
It is globally known that one of the methods of capital punishment in Islamic nations, including Saudi Arabia, is beheading. This method was also employed during the Roman Empire, as Paul himself was beheaded, along with several other noted apostles. Recently in Britain, Muslims seized a British soldier and right on the street in front of witnesses they cut his head off in broad daylight, near an intersection. This radical element may think they are gaining followers, but the younger and more progressive Muslims, such as in Egypt, are “turned off” to this form of fanaticism and are begging to search out other beliefs, to the dismay of their family members.
The recent announcement in Iran at this special Mahdi Convention was that Armageddon is coming and all of the turmoil in the Arab – Islamic nations is a sign which was predicted hundreds of years ago, that must occur to bring in the appearance of the Mahdi. Thus despite the recent change in the government of Iran, the religious leaders are anticipating more than ever the rising up of one man, who will defeat the West and Israel, and unite the Islam world under a new, united banner, that will lead Islam into being the world’s only religion. It is about to get more interesting.
Perry Stone, Jr.