The False Prophet of Revelation 13: Beast from the Earth

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Revelation 13:11-18
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. [Lucifer] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, [antichrist] and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

This beast comes from the earth. The first thing that came to remembrance was the 12th Mahdi. Many Muslims are expecting him to come up out of a well in Iran. A well is a hole in the earth. Therefore, this beast would be coming up from the earth. What’s significant with this character is that his return would bring the allegiance of the Muslim world with him since they believe him to be their messiah. With his supernatural powers, would Muslims dare defy him? If my conclusions are accurate, this man could explain that they misunderstood the prophecies of his coming and instead point to the European antichrist, the beast from the sea, for them to worship. In this way, two of the main religions of the earth would be worshipping this European leader.

Identifying traits of the beast from the earth:

  • Two horns like a lamb, speaks like a dragon [Lucifer]
  • Has all the power of the first beast [antichrist]
  • Makes all in the earth worship the first Beast with the head wound.
  • Does great wonders like calling fire from heaven in the presence of the first Beast. (With these things he deceives the world into worshipping the beast, and making an image to him, who was wounded by the sword but lived)
  • Able to give life to the image of the Beast so that it speaks and kills anyone who doesn’t worship at it.
  • Makes everyone get a mark of the Beast in order to buy or sell anything.

If you read through the articles down below, you will see where I came up with the conclusions I have about the false prophet’s identity.

The False Prophet: The 12th Mahdi [Imam]

I believe the false prophet to Christians is the Islamic messiah figure, the 12th Mahdi. He is supposed to lead Islam in victory against the infidels in the last days. This is to include the commonly identified antichrist. Many Christian and Islamic beliefs identify the antichrist as coming from Europe and the Bible says the false prophet worships the beast, I believe that when the 12th Mahdi does come up from the well, that he will “correctly interpret” the Koran and Islam will then begin to worship the antichrist instead.

Convergence?

What’s interesting is that the Christian eschatology the antichrist goes out conquering and to conquer. I believe the following passage speaks of Antiochus IV destroying many by peace.

Daniel 8:19-26
And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.

1 John 2:15-20
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

The same spirit works in the modern antichrist as in Antiochus IV. If he took the kingdoms by flattery, I would expect the same spirit to infiltrate the same way. I believe this is by speaking to those who are puffed up with pride and cultivating that. I believe the future antichrist will take the offer Christ rebuked of power over all the earth.

Matthew 4:8-10
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Could it be that the Imam, when he comes out of the well, will redirect worship of himself to the antichrist from Europe? The die-hard Muslims may still go against the antichrist, but they will become like the Jews and Christians at that point, being killed for not conforming. Lucifer, the dragon, gives power to the beast such that nobody can stand against him. I think the majority of Islam would obey the Mahdi if he were to do that. There is also the possibility that the European antichrist will have some form of “religion” interpreted to be compatible with Islam.

In His work Imam al-Mahdi, the Just Leader of Humanity, Ayatollah Ibrahim al Amini, professor at the Religious Learning Center at Qom affirms Larijani’s comments, when he states, “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.” (Source WND Article)

With beheading being the method of execution described in scripture, it could be that Islam will be used as the enforcing army of the man of sin, aided by the signs and lying wonders of the 12th Mahdi to control Islam world-wide, re-enforcing their belief of a coming world domination by Islam.

This is what the Bible says the false prophet does, notice how the beast (antichrist) comes to power and receives his power:

Revelation 13:1-5
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

The dragon is Lucifer. Lucifer gives his power to the beast from the sea such that the entire world recognizes his authority and worships him and the dragon. This would include Islam and I believe the 12th Imam (Mahdi) is the man who will redirect Islamic worship to Allah (dragon) and the beast from the sea. If they don’t worship the dragon, they are powerless against him and will be killed like anyone else who doesn’t worship him.

What I find interesting is that according to Islam, the 12th Mahdi is in a well, awaiting his occultation to end. The Bible describes the false prophet as coming from the earth.

“In our discussion of the world in the last days of the earth we had said in our previous editions of this programme that no source has pointed to the exact date when the Savior will appear and only God knows about the exact timing of the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (AS). The Prophet had said: He will certainly appear and if only a day were to be left to the end of the world God will make that day so long for Mahdi to appear and rise. There are various versions of the exact day of his reappearance. Some say it would be Friday and the date will be Ashura or the 10th of Moharram, the heart-rending martyrdom anniversary of his illustrious ancestor, Imam Husain (AS). Others say the date will be the 25th of the month of Zil-Qa’dah and may coincide with the Spring Equinox or Nowrooz as the Iranians call. A saying attributed to the Prophet’s 6th infallible heir, Imam Ja’far Sadeq (PBUH) says the Mahdi will appear on the Spring Equinox and God will make him defeat Dajjal the Impostor or the antichrist as the Christians say, who will be hanged near the dump of Kufa. The 6th Imam goes on to add: There will be no Nowrooz when we will not be waiting for him.” | The World Toward Illumination - secondary link

The Mahdi is expected to come out of a well in Iran. Lampholder wrote, “The Mahdi will emerge at the end of time when those who would call out the name of Allah would be killed.” Perhaps they fight against the EU and the Mahdi comes and straightens them out.

“Iraq is an integral part of the Mahdi prophecy, and according to Islamic prophecy, when al-Mahdi appears, the people of Iraq will come to him and swear allegiance. As a Muslim, when they are summoned to fight “against a people given to vehement war” they must obey in order to receive a reward or otherwise be greatly punished [61.4]...Militant groups in Iraq/Afghanistan, and other parts of the world, will continue to gather and reorganize into a vast army intent on world domination....” | [The Lampholder, Sept 10, 2003]

This summoning to war with those who reject Islam is already being called for, specifically targeting Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In addition to the above, I found this Islamic website describing prophetic events they are expecting surrounding the revealing of the 12th Mahdi:

The Signs of the Reappearance (Qiyam) of the (Imam) who undertakes the Office (al-Qa’im), Peace be on him, the Period of Time of his Appearance, an Explanation of his Life and an Extract of what is revealed about his State.

Traditions have been reported mentioning the signs for the time of the appearance of the Imam who will arise (qa’im), peace be on him, and the events which will take place before his appearance, together with the indications and features of it. Among them are:

  • the wall of the mosque of Kufa will be destroyed;
    • “Kufa” is an infidel so this could be referring to the Jewish temple that will be rebuilt
  • the star will appear in the east giving light just like the moon gives light; then (the new moon) will bend until its two tips almost meet;
  • a colour will appear in the sky and spread to its horizons;
  • a fire will appear for a long time in the east remaining in the air for three or seven days;
Matthew 24:27
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
  • the Arabs will throw off the reins and take possession of their land, throwing out the foreign authority;
Luke 17:24-31
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
Matthew 24:15-18
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
  • Is this confirming that Christ’s coming is at the time of the abomination of desolation with lightning from east to west that coincides with the coming of the 12th Mahdi, the false prophet? The “Palestinians” lay claim to Israel as their land and the time of Jacob’s trouble is an unparalleled time of trouble for Israel. That is why Christ warned those in Judea to run to the mountains! And could this too be tied to the soon following wrath of God?
  • locusts will appear at their usual times and at times not usual so that they attack agricultural land and crops and there will be little harvest for what the people planted;
    • Revelation 9?
  • a cry (will come) from the sky (in such a way) that all the people will hear it in their own languages;
    • This could be one of many things. Angels go and preach the everlasting Gospel through the world before God’s wrath is poured out and before the mark of the beast is implemented. Everyone is duly warned.
    Revelation 14:6-12
    And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
  • The next example is tied to the harpazo of the bride. And also seen in the next example below.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
  • a face and a chest will appear in the sky before the people in the centre of the sun; the dead will arise from their graves so that they will return to the world and they will recognize one another and visit one another;
  • at that time they will know of his appearance in Mecca and they will go to him to support him.

(These signs) are as the reports have mentioned. Among the total of these events are some which are bound (to happen) and other which are conditional. God knows best what will take place. We have only mentioned them on the basis of what is recounted in basic sources of tradition (usul) because of their inclusion in traditions which have been handed down. From God we seek help and Him do we ask for success.”

Is this also how Christ’s coming with these signs be sending a strong delusion as fulfilled prophecy in Islam?


Revelation 13:11
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

The Two Horns

In other prophesies such as that in Revelation 17 as well as Revelation 13, horns represented kings. With the beast from the sea, there are the 10 horns on the seventh head of the beast headed by the man of sin, the antichrist. These represent 10 kings who give their power to the antichrist.

What is the identity of this beast from the earth? He has two horns, but what kings might they represent? I believe the false prophet may be the 12th Mahdi, expected to come up out of a well in the earth. But what are the two horns? Given the above, I believe they may be two “kings,” or leaders of Islam, who will attest to the 12th Mahdi being who he says he is. These horns would talk about peace that the 12th Mahdi is supposed to bring, but the Islamic form of peace where they will conquer the world for their leader.

Who is their ultimate leader? According to scripture, the false prophet has power to call fire from heaven and points all to worship the antichrist heading the revived Roman Empire, beheading any who refuse... sound familiar? There is currently an Islamic Divide I believe this may be why the two horns will be needed to bring the different sects of Islam to accept the 12th Mahdi and “correctly interpret the prophecies” to reveal who their adoration should go to, the man of sin.

Sufi

Wikipedia: Sufism is a mystic tradition within Islam that encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to Divine love and the cultivation of the elements of the Divine within the individual human being. Practitioners of this tradition are known as “Sufis” generally, though some senior members of the tradition reserve this term for those who have attained the goals of the tradition. Although some people refer to this tradition as Sufism, others refer to it as the Sufi Way. They draw this distinction because they feel that the term “Sufism” refers to a philosophy or a school of thought like capitalism or socialism, and they feel that the Sufi Way describes a practical path to follow. Sufism has been defined as a type of knowledge by the great Sufi masters. Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq, a 15th century Sufi who wrote The Principles of Sufism, defined Sufism as “a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God.” Ibn ‘Ajiba, one of the best known Sufi masters, defined Sufism as “a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one’s inward from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits.” The Tariqas, or Sufi orders, may be associated with Sunni Islam or Shia Islam. It has been suggested that Sufi thought emerged from the Middle East in the eighth century, but adherents are now found around the world.

Sunni

Wikipedia: Sunni Muslims are the largest denomination of Islam. Sunni Islam is also referred to as Sunnism or as Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā‘h (Arabic: people of the example (of Muhammad) and the community) which implies that they are the majority, or Ahl as-Sunnah for short. The word Sunni comes from the word Sunnah, which means the words and actions or example of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. They represent the branch of Islam that accepted the caliphate of Abu Bakr due to him being chosen by Shurah. Shurah over the caliphate is the first distinguishing factor of Sunni Islam.

The coming of the Mahdi is a disputed notion within Sunnis. The concept is reported in neither the Sahih al-Bukhari nor Sahih Muslim collection of ahadith. According to scholar Cyril Glasse, “Belief in the Mahdi has been rejected by noted Sunni authorities as being a Messianism .... various Hadith about the Mahdi appear to be inventions to support political causes,” It is also reported to be denied by the Ahle Quran and Darul-uloom Nadwatul Ulama clerics.

On the other hand it is found in Sunan Abi Dawud, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi and “some non-Shiite Muslims believe that the Mahdi will come in addition to the Second Coming of Jesus.” Al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ja’far al-Katani said: “The conclusion is that the hadiths narrated concerning the Mahdi are mutawatir, as are the hadith concerning the Dajjal and the descent of Jesus the son of Mary, upon whom be peace.” Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Hajar al-Haytami in his fatwa titled The Brief Discourse on the Portents of the Awaited Mahdi, said that denial of the Mahdi is disbelief. Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti in his book The Rose Fragrance Concerning the Reports on al-Mahdi, wrote, “This is the belief of Ahl al-Sunnah, this is the belief of the Sufis, this is the belief of our Shaykhs, and this is the belief of the true Shadhili Shaykhs, whose path both al-Suyuti and al-Haytami followed. Whoever differs with them is a liar and an innovator.” Of those Sunnis that hold to the existence of the Mahdi, some believe the Mahdi will be an ordinary man, born to an ordinary woman. Umm Salamah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon Him) say: ‘The Mahdi is of my lineage and family…’ | Sunan Abu Dawud, 11/373; Sunan Ibn Maajah, 2/1368. Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon Him) said: “He is one of us…” | Reported by Abi Na’eem in Akhbaar al-Mahdi, see al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, 5/219, hadith 5796.

The Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order, under the leadership of Shaikh Hisham Kabbani of Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA), is among the Sufis who strongly believe the coming of Imam Mahdi in this 21st Century is imminent. Shaikh Hisham has written a book “The Approach of Armageddon” that touches much on this subject according to Sunni doctrine and beliefs. In the light of traditions and interpretations, the personality of the Promised Mahdi would be as such: It is said “predictions and lore conscerning the Mahdi abound” Among them are that the promised Mahdi would be a Caliph of God and that to make a covenant with him is obligatory. He would belong to the House of Muhammad and would be in the line of Imam Hussein. His name would be Muhammad and his family name would be Abul Qasim, his father’s name would be ‘Abdu’llah, and he would appear in Medina. He would protect the Muslims from destruction and would restore the religion to its original position.

Shia

Wikipedia: Shī’a Islam, also Shi‘ite Islam or Shi’ism, is the largest minority denomination (10-20%) based on the Islamic faith after Sunni Islam. Shias adhere to the teachings of Islamic prophet Muhammad and the religious guidance of his family (who are referred to as the Ahl al-Bayt) or his descendants known as Shi’a Imams, whom they consider to be infallible. Shia’s assert the right of Ali ibn Abi Talib (Muhammad’s cousin and husband of Fatimah) as successor to Muhammad, rejecting the legitimacy of the first three caliphs of Islamic history.

Among Shi’ites “the Mahdi symbol has developed into a powerful and central religious idea” Shia claim the Mahdi is their 12th Imam, that he is alive and in occultation for 1200 years and is eleven generations down from Muhammad. This is evidenced in a hadith from the Shia text (Kitab Al-Kafi) containing a conversation between the first Shia Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib and a man named al-Asbagh ibn Nubata. In a hadith widely regarded as authentic, Muhammad said,
“Even if the entire duration of the world’s existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left before the Day of Judgment, God will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person out of Ahl al-Bayt who will be called by my name. He will then fill the Earth with peace and justice as it will have been filled with injustice and tyranny before then.” | Sahih Tirmidhi, V2, P86, V9, P74–75.
The Mahdi, according to Shi’ite tradition, will arise at some point before the day of judgment, institute a kingdom of justice, and will in the last days fight alongside the returned Jesus against the Dajjal, the Antichrist. However, like most religious concepts, various Muslim traditions have ascribed different characteristics to the Mahdi. Also, as Mahdiism is closely related to the leadership of the Ummah, it has had the potential to be abused as some leaders of secularly focused politico-religious movements in the name of Islam who have claimed to be the Mahdi.

Iran

Iran President Paves the Way for Arabs’ Imam Return
Persian Journal Article Iran News (November 17, 2005)
His call for the destruction of Israel may have grabbed headlines abroad, but it is President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s devotion to a mystical religious figure that is arousing greater interest inside Iran. In a keynote speech on Wednesday to senior clerics, Ahmadinejad spoke of his strong belief in the second coming of Shi’ite Muslims’ “hidden” 12th Imam. According to Shi’ite Muslim teaching, Abul-Qassem Mohammad, the 12th leader whom Shi’ites consider descended from the Prophet Mohammed, disappeared in 941 but will return at the end of time to lead an era of Islamic justice. “Our revolution’s main mission is to pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Imam, the Mahdi,” Ahmadinejad said in the speech to Friday Prayers leaders from across the country. “Therefore, Iran should become a powerful, developed and model Islamic society.” “Today, we should define our economic, cultural and political policies based on the policy of Imam Mahdi’s return. We should avoid copying the West’s policies and systems,” he added, newspapers and local news agencies reported.

Ahmadinejad refers to the return of the 12th Imam, also known as the Mahdi, in almost all his major speeches since he took office in August. A September address to the U.N. General Assembly contained long passages on the Mahdi which confused Western diplomats and irked those from Sunni Muslim countries who believe in a different line of succession from Mohammed. This fascination has prompted wild stories to circulate. Presidential aides have denied a popular rumor that he ordered his cabinet to write a letter to the 12th Imam and throw it down a well near the holy city of Qom where thousands of pilgrims come each week to pray and drop messages to the Imam. But what really has tongues wagging is the possibility that Ahmadinejad’s belief in the 12th Imam’s return may be linked to the supposed growing influence of a secretive society devoted to the Mahdi which was banned in the early 1980s. Founded in 1953 and used by the Shah of Iran to try to eradicate followers of the Bahai faith, the Hojjatieh Society is governed by the conviction that the 12th Imam’s return will be hastened by the creation of chaos on earth. Ahmadinejad, who is only the second non-cleric to become president since the revolution, has made clear his immense respect for Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, a deeply conservative cleric with close ties to the Hojjatieh-founded Haqqani theological school in Qom.  Conspiracy theorists, never in short supply in Iran, allege that many members of Ahmadinejad’s cabinet and other key appointees are Haqqani graduates and Hojjatieh followers. “It seems that they (Hojjatieh members) have recently become more active and are spread through the government,” said a political analyst who declined to be named. “The president has repeatedly said his government will pave the way for the Imam’s return.” But others point out that many former government officials, perceived as moderates, graduated from Haqqani. Haqqani’s continued links to Hojjatieh, though rumored, have not been proven and it remains one of the most prestigious theological schools in Qom. Ahmadinejad’s emphasis on the importance of development and justice to encourage the Mahdi’s return, also suggest an important divergence from Hojjatieh thinking. But he would be better advised to focus his speeches on practical rather than religious issues, said former Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi. “Of course, we must pray for the return of the Imam, but we must also tackle inflation and unemployment,” the reformist cleric told Reuters.

Shiite/Sunni rapprochement? - Abdullah, Ahmadinejad Hold Wide-Ranging Talks
Arab News (December 21, 2007)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held talks here yesterday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on major regional and international issues as well as ways of strengthening bilateral ties
, the Saudi Press Agency said. Ahmadinejad, the first Iranian president to perform Haj as guest of a Saudi king, arrived in the Kingdom on Monday accompanied by top aides. Nearly three million pilgrims from different parts of the Islamic world including several thousands from Iran performed Haj this year. “In my discussion with King Abdullah we discussed different ways to consolidate the brotherly relations among Muslim nations,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the Iranian media covering his trip. He described Tehran’s relations with Riyadh as “friendly,” adding: “The message of my presence here is boosting ties among Islamic nations.” Iranian pilgrims in the Kingdom expressed their hope that Ahmadinejad’s participation in the pilgrimage would help repair ties between the Islamic republic and its Arab neighbors. “Ahmadinejad’s Haj, since it comes at the invitation of the Saudi king, shows that Muslim nations are supporting one another in times of need,” an Iranian teacher said. “Having ties with big Arab nations is a sign of unity among Muslims, and the West will understand that it cannot divide Shiites and Sunnis,” said Hossein, a trader from Mashhad in northeastern Iran. Earlier this month, Ahmadinejad attended a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Qatar, becoming the first Iranian president to attend a GCC summit. Addressing the summit, the president tried to allay fears of his Gulf neighbors and presented a 12-point program to promote relations between Tehran and the six-member GCC. In his speech at the summit, Ahmadinejad offered to sign a security pact with the GCC that groups Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. “I personally hope that President Ahmadinejad will be able to successfully implement his plans and improve Iran’s international situation (as a result of the pilgrimage),” said university student Ali Rahmati. Ahmadinejad was elected president in 2005.

The Fourth Seal

So could it be that religious leaders from the two main branches of Islam, Sunni and Shia, will both declare the man from the well as the 12th Mahdi, bringing all of Islam under his authority? The Suffi are a part of both branches and if the 12th Mahdi is important to them, mingled in with both Sunni and Shia, with the mixture of signs and lying wonders, I don’t think it is too far-fetched to believe that Islam would finally unite under this Mahdi beholden to the antichrist.

Revelation 6:7,8
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale [green] horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Notice that power is given to death and hell over 1/4 of the earth and those kill with sword, hunger, death and beasts of the earth. I believe that the fourth seal being broken is the rise of the 12th Mahdi and the global uniting of Islam, which comprises about 1/4 of the earth’s population, under their prophet who will direct their worship to the man of sin when He is revealed at the abomination of desolation. I also find it interesting that the color green hold much significance in Islam.

link: A most compelling proof that Muhammad taught his followers to advance the cause of Allah by the use of the sword, is provided by the example of his immediate successors, known as Califs. They followed his intense fanaticism in waging relentless wars of conquests against Christians, Jews, and pagans. In a relatively short time they carved an enormous empire for themselves. At the height of their power, the Muslims’ territories stretched from northern Africa and southern Europe in the West to the borders of modern India and China in the East. Their battle cry was: “Before you is paradise, and behind you are death and hell.

If we examine the historic fruits of those who have come against Israel with a Satanic hatred such as NAZI Germany and Islam, we see why Islam might accept a Roman antichrist once he desecrates the Jewish temple and then commands his followers kill all Jews where they find them. This is part of Islamic prophecy as well when rocks and trees will cry out that there is a Jew behind them and to come and kill them. Remember also that the false prophet can call fire from heaven and has others such signs and lying wonders. What kind of zealous, supernatural army of devout followers might arise from these conditions?

Joel 2:1-10
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generationsA fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

What is increasingly interesting is the timeframe for all this to occur. According to Bible prophecy, the sixth seal with which the above passage ends, is “immediately after the tribulation of those days,” Matthew 24:29, referring to the time of Jacob’s trouble immediately following the abomination of desolation. Furthermore, Joel 2:31 states that the day of the Lord, the beginning of God’s wrath, comes after the sixth seal is broken by Christ. So the fourth seal is the rise of Islam under the 12th Mahdi. The fifth seal speaks of martyrs being killed and waiting for their fellowservants to be killed followed by the sixth seal, which are the signs ending Joel 2:10!

In the beginning of 2011, we saw rioting break out throughout the Middle East. Mainstream news reports heralded it as democracy breaking out all over. However, as time went on and many of the Muslims who were protesting showed their hatred for the nation of Israel and for those who support them, the warnings of a Muslim revival toward the end of a caliphate began. As Joel C. Rosenberg explained in his February 4 blog post:

If Egypt falls into the hands of the Radicals, this will be a disaster of historic proportions. Egypt and Iran would be the Twin Towers of the epicenter, two nations that have collapsed at the hands of the jihadists who are determined to rebuild the Islamic caliphate and usher in the End of Days, even if many in our foreign policy establishment don’t recognize this.

In many ways, Egypt and Iran could not be more different. Egypt is ethnically Arab and spiritually Sunni. Iran is ethnically Persian and spiritually Shia. Traditionally, Arabs and Persians have hated each other. So have Sunnis and Shias. But now they are coming together for two common objectives:
  1. To surround Israel, destroy the Jews, and capture Jerusalem for Islam.
  2. To surround the Arabian peninsula, destroy the “apostate” House of Saud regime, and capture control of Mecca and Medina
This is why the Iranian regime is so excited by what is happening in Egypt, and determined to help where and how they can.

I believe the elements in Islam that have the power and the sea of people behind them are those fundamentalist radical elements that have no problem spreading lies to spark anger and use their growing power to pull more Muslims into their ranks. The fact that these small but powerful groups willing to kill or convert have a common focus against Israel and their own apostates is a strong indicator that the seemingly divisive Sunni/Shiite divide could quickly fade in the face of Islamic unity and even more so with the appearance of a man with great power, signs and wonders appearing to fulfill the role of the Shiite “promised one.”

Given the above, I believe that the false prophet could be the 12th Mahdi, backed by the major sects of Islam to unite Islam and redirect worship on the earth to the man of sin.

The Vatican

As part of my research into Islam, I learned the story of Islam’s beginnings and how the Vatican was intimately involved in it. I believe this is the other main religion that will be redirected to worship the antichrist is the Catholic Church. Current trends have the Popes walking down the all-inclusive religious road where all paths lead to God and we all worship the same God with different names. This lie only works if one doesn’t know anything about other religious beliefs. The truth of the matter is that by removing any distinction between religions, you destroy the foundations of those religions dictated by their holy books in favor of a personalized version with no foundation. The ultimate end of this is to have a society with no foundation recognizing an idea of God, but basing proof of God on signs and wonders rather than faith. Then when Satan comes with his signs and lying wonders like blood-crying statues and visions in the skies, or in the future calling fire from heaven, then the world will have a place to direct and found their worship on, the antichrist. Read more on this plan from Albert Pike’s 1871 letter about the three world wars planned and carried out.

Revelation 17:1-7; 12-18
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns... And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beastThese have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

The only thing that can rule over the kings many nations in the earth is religious control that spans all politics. So this woman riding the political beast who has been controlling the seven heads through history is in the end a religious institution mingling other religion with Christianity and idols and influencing politics while showing extravagance in wealth and traditions of men. In the end, the Bible says the 10 kings of the political structure will maul the woman and burn her with fire according to God’s will for her destruction. If this Babylon of mingled religion is labeled mystery Babylon the great, is her prophesied destruction in the Bible what we find in the next chapter?

Revelation 18:1-10
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful birdFor all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrowTherefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

While Roman Catholicism has introduced many false doctrines into their religious structure, the Bible is still the foundation of the belief system even if it isn’t obeyed to the letter. However, the exclusive claims of the Bible to the Truth go against everything the 10 kings and the antichrist will be forcing on the world. I believe it is this reason why those who don’t worship the antichrist from the Catholic Church and remain true to faith in Christ will be hated by the 10 horns and attacked by them as well as a possible power struggle by the Vatican, which it loses, to keep the power it had over the centuries.

Once people accept the antichrist over Yeshua, they are no longer holding even Catholic beliefs and so they will become victims in the war on the saints while the evil structure centered on the seven hills in Rome will be destroyed for the wickedness through history shown in the conquering nature of the power-hungry leaders. There is also a secret society connection related to plans carried out to control the world as well. I believe this is why we are warned to come out of her (Catholicism) because what uses the Bible as a front is rotten at its core, lies covered by parts of Truth. We don’t need priests, Popes or any man to tell us what the Bible says if we just read it, the Holy Spirit guides our understanding. We all need to seriously examine where our true allegiance lies, with God or with men. God’s Word reveals the Truth, men often have their own selfish agendas. Personally I desire Truth and reality, everything else is vain imaginings.


The video The End Times and the Mahdi speaks to the Islamic perspective of the Mahdi. From the video, “In the wake of great disasters, war and suffering, mankind will seek the answer to just one question, ‘Where does our salvation lie?’ ” This sounds kind of like what Albert Pike wrote in 1871 regarding the Illuminati plans to bring about the pure doctrine of Lucifer. For more on the Illuminati plans, watch The Secret of Solomon’s Key Revealed. Also Exposing the Illuminati From Within.

The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion…We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”

After reading the Bible prophecies about the false prophet that leads people to worship the antichrist.

“At that very moment of dispair, god will charge his spiritual entity to call mankind out of the chaos and onto the true path. The Mahdi. The word means, ‘he who leads people to the truth.’ According to the prophet’s sayings, the Mahdi will first wage a struggle in the Islamic world and return those Muslims who have broken away from the essence of Islam back to true belief and morality. He will have three basic tasks at this point
  1. The overthrow of philosophical systems that deny god and support atheism.
  2. Putting an end to practices that are not part of the religion, but that are portrayed as being so.
  3. The revealing and implementation of true Islamic morality based on the Koran. Starting with his own nation and moving on to strengthen the entire Islamic world in political and social terms, establishing peace, well-being and security and resolving social problems.”

The Mahdi Prophecy and Islamic Time-Line to Judgment

The original article for this information is found in the Lampholder Publications’ Article Archive (synopsis below) (April 17, 2004)

“Interestingly, the Mahdi army in Iraq does fit into the time-line and Mahdi prophecy of the mujahadeen of Iraq. Jaish al Mahdi (Mahdi Army) will attempt to organize within Iraq to bring about civil war and superiority within region.”
  • “prophecies culminating in the coming of the ‘Mahdi’”
  • “the coming of the Mahdi” - a messianic figure Muslims expect to lead them in victory against the infidels in the last days”
  • “another attack is planned against the US”
  • “an assassination attempt? against an Egyptian and Jordanian official”
  • “a divine signal from the stars in heaven”
  • “a victory in Jerusalem and a war in Syria”
  • “the Internet as a tool of Ji’had”
  • “a time-line for the apocalyptic prophecy”
  • “...a warning to Muslims to distance themselves from possible targets”
  • “another European country to be hit...(but not limited to) Italy and/or the Vatican (see Lampholder global warnings)”
  • “the latest Ramadan saw...three aligned stars”
  • “...the Q’uran, predicts the messianic figure will arise in the last days”
  • “the terrorists crossing the border into Iraq with al-Qaida ties are doing so because of their belief in this Islamic prophecy” ...but there is even more to this puzzle!
    Please visit the Lampholder page for the remainder.

A Sign of the Reappearance (al-qa’im) of the (Imam)

(September 10, 2003)
Both the nearness of Mars and the November 2003 eclipses may have special significance in Islamic eschatology because it was prophesied that when a constant beam of light from the star (the planet Mars), shines brighter than the moon and appears in the East, it will be the time of the appearance of Imam Mahdi. From the “Wild Horse Prophecy” - “A signal sounded, the flag was raised, and the skillful horsemen emerged from a heated, desert sun...” Has The Banner Been Raised?
We will send down on them signs from the sky, and their necks will remain bent submissively to them. (XXVI 4)
...The chest and face of man will appear in the centre of the sun, who will be recognized by his standing and genealogy
A prophecy in ancient Islamic tradition (usul) indicates a black wind (huayra yana) will rise up at the beginning of “The Day” [of judgment] and then a great earthquake will shake the land so much that it will almost be swallowed up; “before the one who will arise (al-qa’im), there will be red death and white death; there will be locusts at their usual time and at their unusual time like the colours of blood. As for red death that is (from) the sword, while white death is (from) plague.” (1)

In the Islamic Hadith, the hour for the end-of-the-world, and the prophets who awake at the Last Judgment [salawatullahi ta’ala ‘alaihim ajmain], cannot occur until the al-Mahdi comes forth, “the Guided one,” the descendant of Fatima from the family of Muhammad. Mahdi is a man, not a prophet. In Islamic eschatology, Mahdi will lead the people for seven years just prior to the return of the [Islamic] Jesus [Isa]. Mahdi will lead Muslims in victory over an antichrist (the Dajjal), Europeans, Americans, Jews, and the white race in general. A great war known as al-Malhamah al-Kubrah (also known to the Christian as Armageddon) will occur upon the face of the Earth. According to Islamic prophecy, this war will be carried out because Al-Hajj.39 permits Muslims to fight [against disbelievers; qitl fee sibil-Allah; Infidels] who fight against Muslim believers’ victory [the al-Mumrin]. NOTE: All Infidels are nonMuslims, and the hypocrites [and apostates] are Muslims who align with the Infidels. Apostate Muslims and the mushrik [polytheist] are considered counterfeit and not considered to be true, authentic Muslims. They, along with the Infidels, are to be eliminated.

The purpose of victory in this war is the conversion of the entire world to Islam in the cause of Allah [Jihad fee sibil-Allah]. Those who do not believe in Allah, the Last Day, or acknowledgement of the [Islamic] religion of truth must pay Jizya with willing submission [they must be subdued; 9.38]. All of those unwilling to convert will be killed because, according to the prophecy, God’s object is to purge those that are true in faith and to deprive of blessing those that “resist” faith [3:142]. After this time-period of great purging and conversion, then peace will encompass the entire world comprised entirely of Muslim followers.

Mahdi’s capital will ultimately be in Damascus, Syria (ancient Assyria); but the central location for the Mahdi’s appearance, spoken of by Muhammad, and the key areas for Islamic end-times prophecy are found both in Iraq (specifically Baghdad) and Afghanistan, ancient Khurasan. In the Arab world, Baghdad is the belly, or naval of the universe, just as Jerusalem is the belly of Israel, and Washington D.C. is the belly of the United States. It is in Afghanistan where Muhammad prophesied the Mahdi will gather together a great army. Islamic militants see these areas of the world as prophetic territory for Arab armies to unite against the evils [infidels] of the world, and with one goal - a march toward Jerusalem.

The return of the Mahdi; Islam will dominate the world, A mushroom cloud, right in the midst of Israel!

WorldNet Daily (May 5, 2006)
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was invited to speak at the United Nations in October 2005. At the conclusion of his discourse, he called upon Allah to quickly usher in the re-emergence of the “Twelfth” or “Hidden Imam,” sometimes referred to as the “Mahdi.” Ahmadinejad is a Shia Muslim. Many of them believe that the Twelfth Imam, or Mahdi, the last in a line of saints descended from Ali, the founder of their sect, vanished down a well near Jamkaran, Iran, in AD 941. According to their beliefs, he went into a state of “occultation,” like the sun being hidden behind the clouds; and, after a stormy period of apocalyptic wars, the clouds will part, and the “sun” (the Mahdi) will be revealed. They believe that when he is released from his imprisonment, the entire world will submit to Islam. The world may smirk as they hear the president of Iran talking of the return of the Mahdi and think it is just a bunch of religious foolishness. But, he is dead serious. Not only does he believe it, but the tens of thousands of mullahs controlling ancient Persia believe it also. It is their mission from God. But just who is this “Mahdi,” this Hidden Imam? Some thought it was the Ayatollah Khomeini. In fact, when he returned to Iran in February 1979 following the overthrow of the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi, the roads leading into Tehran were lined with nearly 2 million Shia Muslims screaming “al-Muntazar.” The grand ayatollah was quick to deny that he was “al-Muntazar,” one of the names given to the Hidden Imam. In other words, many thought Khomeini was the awakened Mahdi. Khomeini did, however, explain to his followers that he was the forerunner, the one who had come to open the way for the Hidden Imam to make his reappearance. more...

Waiting for the Imam’s Return to Earth

The Times UK (October 3, 2006)
The followers of Moqtada al-Sadr believe that the US invaded Iraq to prevent the return to Earth of their sect’s messiah-like figure, the Mahdi, or 12th Imam. Hojatoleslam al-Sadr claims that his militia is preparing for the day when the Mahdi, the last direct descendent of the revered Shia figure Ali, reappears. Shia believe that the Mahdi, who disappeared in 868, will bring justice to Earth. At a prayer service in the central Iraqi city of Kufa on September 15, the cleric told a crowd of thousands that the Americans were collecting a dossier on the Mahdi to prevent his return. “Did you ever ask yourself about why all of this, the bloodshed and the prisons? Why are the brothers fighting each other for a political game planned by the Americans? This all happened because they (the Americans) are waiting for the Mahdi. This planning started ten years ago. They have a big file for Imam Mahdi and they just need his picture to complete it.” more...

Strong Words From Iran

PBS NewsHour (December 9, 2005)
“Jamkaran, the shrine to the 12th imam, the Mahdi. The faithful write their prayers. He is their most revered saint, their only hope. One day, they believe, he’ll return to Earth through the well which lies under the postbox. In the meantime, they mail him their wishes. Now, it seems the Mahdi has become political. Iran’s new president says he’s a devotee of the 12th imam and of Jamkaran. One of the first things Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did on becoming president was to allocate $17 million to this shrine to the 12th imam, the Mahdi. All Shias believe that one day the Mahdi will return, but some Iranians are beginning to worry that their new president is reorienting the country’s politics towards that day. For eight years, Iran was run by reformists who talked of democracy and disparaged such religiosity, but the new president talks the language of the people. Mr. Ahmadinejad shocked western governments when he said Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth. He used Basiij Day to send another hard-line message to Europe and America, the countries trying to prevent Iran from developing nuclear technology. PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD (Translated): You whose arsenals are full of nuclear weapons, you who have used nuclear weapons this century against defenseless people and nations, you who used depleted uranium in the Iraq war, you whose arsenals are full of chemical and biological weapons, who are you to come out and say that you’re suspicious of Iran’s nuclear program?”

How fitting that Islam’s messiah should ascend to the Earth from a well.......In the Middle Eastern Pagan religions the underworld of the dead is called absu which translates as abyss.


The following video asserts El Hassan bin Talal could be the antichrist while I think what is being pointed to would be one of the horns perhaps. Some interesting information to think about though so I share it here. He is President of the Club of Rome from 1999-2007 and also a member of International Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, Informal Advisory Group to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group. There is a definite ecumenical push with focus on saving the planet as well. Read my impressions of global warming here. At any rate, someone to keep an eye on.

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