Muslims around the world are currently observing the fast of Ramadan. During Ramadan Iran hosts an anti-Zionist conference, where leaders from the Islamic world gather. During the event this year, on August 17th, Quds Day (Jerusalem Day), President Ahmadinejad gave what many believe, is his most anti-Israel speech yet.
Ahmadinejad has reiterated calls for the annihilation of Israel, he believes that only the “liberation” of Palestine will bring about world peace. Ahamadinejad said, “Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom.” Ahmadinejad believes the “Zionists” control the world’s media, banking system, and governments.
This latest speech will only intensify the fear in Israel at this time. Israeli journalist Amos Harel, defense correspondent for Haaretz believes there is a 50% chance of Israel launching an attack on Iran before November, in a pre-emptive move to try and stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said, they want the international community to unite to “prevent the Iranian regime –with its fanatical and hate filled agenda – from obtaining nuclear capability.
The Iranian leadership believe they are called by Allah to usher in the reign of the ‘Mahdi’ – an Islamic messianic figure, who will come to earth at a time of great trouble, and establish an Islamic kingdom of peace. However, they believe to bring about the Mahdi’s coming Israel must be destroyed. Israel understand that Ahmadinejad is a man to take very seriously.
MI6 chief Sir John Sawers: ‘We foiled Iranian nuclear weapons bid’ – Telegraph.
British security agency MI6 has today said they stopped Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons… for the time being.
MI6 spies have prevented Iranians from developing nuclear weapons.
However Sir John Sawers, head of MI6, has warned Iran will have nuclear capabilities within 2 years. When Iran reach that point it will increase the likelihood of an Iranian stike on Israel or America.
The Iranian leadership believe they are called by Allah to usher in the reign of the Mahdi. The Mahdi is an Islamic messianic figure, who Muslims believe will come at a time of great turmoil, resulting in the destruction of Israel.
Iran has hosted a World Conference to mark the anniversary of the Arab Spring. At the conference the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei addressed over 600 youth from across the Middle East. He told them that, “the Zionists and the Great Satan (America) will soon be defeated”.
He went on to urge them to be vigilant, that there is a “great event coming”. Khamenei and the President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believe they have been called by Allah to usher in the reign of the Mahdi, or 12th Imam. The Mahdi is a messianic type figure in Islam, who is said to appear during an Armageddon type war, in which Israel and her allies are destroyed.
Iran have refused to give up on their nuclear program and made no secret of their hatred for Israel and America.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard have been placed on a war footing. Iran is again facing international pressure over it’s nuclear program, and it is now increasingly apparent that Iran will not give up it’s nuclear ambitions.
The Iranian government believe it’s nuclear program is the victim of a concerted and sustained attack from the West, beginning last year with a cyber attack directly upon it’s nuclear facilities. Iran also believe the West is responsible for two recent explosions, both military targets.
“It looks like the 21st century form of war,” said Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington think tank, told the Los Angeles Times. “It does appear that there is a campaign of assassinations and cyber war, as well as the semi-acknowledged campaign of sabotage.”
Iran have been hitting back by raiding the British embassy in Tehran and shooting down a US spy drone. Iran have seized computers from the British embassy, and the US security services are concerned over the loss of the spy drone.
This escalation in the region has to be taken seriously. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has openly spoken of his belief that he is God’s chosen vessel to usher in the coming of the Mahdi, an Islamic Messianic figure.
The Mahdi, or 12th Imam is prophesied to come in the midst of an apocalyptic type war, resulting in the destruction of Israel. It is little wonder that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking the threat very seriously. Prime Minister Netanyahu has said Israel would make “the right decision at the right moment”. For Israel, an Iran with a nuclear arsenal is not an option that they will tolerate.
Within Islam there is a belief that there is a coming messianic figure, referred to as the 12th Imam or Mahdi. Although this belief is more or less universal across the sects of Islam, the Shiites have a particularly fundamental perspective on the Islamic teachings regarding the 12th Imam. And these teachings ought to be taken very seriously by the West and the Church.
Iran is a predominately Shiite nation, and the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is evangelical in his beliefs. He sees himself as called by Allah to usher in the reign of the Mahdi, and that the Mahdi will unite the Muslim world, ruling from Iraq and bringing peace. However, to bring forth his appearing, terrible destruction must first be in place, as well as the destruction of Israel. Ahmadinejad has made no secret of his hate for the West and Israel, and has spoken publicly of his desire to see “Israel wiped off the face of the map”.
Ahmadinejad now sees the recent unrest in the Middle East as “prophetic” signs that the Mahdi is near. However, intelligence also suggests that Iran have been manipulating the troubles to bring about their own agenda. Iran have been circulating videos throughout the Middle East calling on the people to rise up and over-throw their rulers, sympathizers of the Iranian regime have infiltrated these countries, like Egypt and Yemen, in a bid to seize power and make alliances with the Iran.
As previously stated, the Mahdi will only appear after the destruction of Israel, and seeing Jerusalem in Muslim hands. What are the West doing? Ahmadinejad sees America as weak at this time, and looks to capitalize on her weakness, by pressing forward with their nuclear ambitions. The Church is called to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”, however half the church is anticipating the destruction of Israel. This is especially a time for the Church to stand in the gap for Israel; and pray for America, that she will once again be a friend and ally to Jerusalem.