Iranian President: the Mahdi and Jesus will Reform the World

On September 23, 2008, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran addressed the 63rd annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The following are excerpts from his address:

“In the last three years, I have talked to you about great hopes in the bright future of human society, and some solutions for achieving sustainable peace and expanding love, compassion, and cooperation. I have also talked about unjust systems governing the world; pressures exerted by some powers seeking to trample the rights of other nations, oppression imposed on the majority of the global community, especially on the people of Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Africa, Latin America, and Asia …

Friends and Colleagues, let’s look at the situation of the world today: Iraq was attacked under the false pretext of uncovering weapons of mass destruction and overthrowing a dictator. The dictator is toppled and WMDs are not uncovered. A democratic government is established by the votes of the people but, after 6 years, the occupiers are still there. They insist on imposing colonial agreements on the people of Iraq by keeping them under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. Millions of people have been killed or displaced, and the occupiers, without a sense of shame, are still seeking to solidify their position in the political geography of the region and to dominate oil resources. They have no respect for the people of Iraq and disregard any dignity, rights or status for them. The UN is not capable enough to solve the problems and to remove aggression, occupation and imposition.

In Palestine, 60 years of carnage and invasion is still ongoing at the hands of some criminal and occupying Zionists. They have forged a regime through collecting people from various parts of the world and bringing them to other people’s land by displacing, detaining, and killing the true owners of that land. With advance notice, they invade, assassinate, and maintain food and medicine blockades, while some hegemonic and bullying powers support them. The Security Council cannot do anything and sometimes, under pressure from a few bullying powers, even paves the way for supporting these Zionist murderers. It is natural that some UN resolutions that have addressed the plight of the Palestinian people have been relegated to the archives unnoticed.

In Afghanistan, production of narcotics has multiplied since the presence of NATO forces. Domestic conflicts continue. Terrorism is spreading. And innocent people are bombarded on a daily basis in streets, markets, schools and wedding ceremonies. The people of Afghanistan are the victims of the willingness of NATO member states to dominate the regions surrounding India, China, and South Asia. The Security Council cannot do anything about it because some of these NATO members also happen to be the major decision makers in the Security Council.

In Africa, efforts are made to reestablish the relationships of the colonial era. By starting civil wars in large countries including Sudan, disintegration of those countries is planned in order to serve the interests of some corrupt powers. In case there is a national resistance, the leaders of the resistance are put under pressure by legal mechanisms created by the very same powers.

In Latin America, people find their security, national interests and cultures to be seriously endangered by the menacing shadow of alien domineering governments, and even by the embassies of some empires.

The lives, properties and rights of the people of Georgia and Ossetia and Abkhazia are victims of the tendencies and provocations of NATO and certain western powers, and the underhanded actions of the Zionists.

The never-ending arms race and the proliferation and stockpiling of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction and the threats to use them, and the establishment of missile defense systems, have made the situation unstable.

With regard to Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, despite the inalienable right of all nations including the Iranian nation, in producing nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, and despite such facts as the transparency of all Iranian activities and our country’s full cooperation with the inspectors of the IAEA and the Agency’s repeated confirmation of the fact that Iran’s activities are peaceful, a few bullying powers have sought to put hurdles in the way of the peaceful nuclear activities of the Iranian nation by exerting political and economic pressures against Iran, and also through threatening and pressuring the IAEA. These are the same powers that produce new generations of lethal nuclear arms and possess stockpiles of nuclear weapons that no international organization is monitoring; and, the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were perpetrated by one of them.

Indeed, they are not against weapons, but they oppose other nations’ progress, and tend to monopolize technologies and to use those monopolies in order to impose their will on other nations. But it is very natural that the great Iranian people, with their trust in God, and with determination and steadfastness and with the support of its friends, will resist the bullying and has defended and will continue to defend its rights. The Iranian nation is for dialogue. But it has not accepted and will not accept illegal demands. The time has come for the IAEA to present a clear report to the international community on its monitoring of the disarmament of these nuclear powers and their nuclear activities, and for a disarmament committee to be established by independent states to monitor the disarmament of these nuclear powers.

The theories of development that are in line with the hegemonic system and not in accordance with the true needs of humankind and human societies, have turned into repetitive and bland tools for assimilation of economies, expanding hegemonic domination, destroying the environment and destroying the social solidarity of nations. There is no end in sight to this. Poverty, hunger and deprivation are hurting more than one billion of the world's population and have dashed their hopes for a decent life.

The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists. Although they are a miniscule minority, they have been dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centers as well as the political decision-making centers of some European countries and the US in a deceitful, complex and furtive manner. It is deeply disastrous to witness that some presidential or premiere nominees in some big countries have to visit these people, take part in their gatherings, swear their allegiance and commitment to their interests in order to attain financial or media support.

This means that the great people of America and various nations of Europe need to obey the demands and wishes of a small number of acquisitive and invasive people. These nations are spending their dignity and resources on the crimes and occupations and the threats of the Zionist network against their will”…

With the grace of God Almighty a hopeful trend is flourishing in the heart and soul of human societies. The universal eagerness for justice, purity, and love for others, monotheism and the quest for perfection is clearly and increasingly on the rise. A universal resistance against the acquisitiveness, aggression and selfishness of the bullying powers is being formed. Today, the bullying powers' thoughts, practices and strategies are rejected by nations and governments, and all are seeking to establish new human relations based on justice with a view to attain prosperity, perfection, security, and sustainable welfare. This is the very auspicious phenomenon that all the traditions of creation and the ruling laws of the universe emphasize and support.

Today, the Zionist regime is on a definite slope to collapse, and there is no way for it to get out of the cesspool created by itself and its supporters. The Islamic Republic of Iran, while fully respecting the resistance of the oppressed people of Palestine and expressing its all-out support for it, submits its humane solution based on a free referendum in Palestine for determining and establishing the type of state in the entire Palestinian lands to the distinguished Secretary General of the UN.

American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road, and its next rulers must limit their interference to their own borders. Today, the thought of hegemony quickly becomes a demerit.

“And now a few words with the expansionist governments ruling global relations: Be aware that   living with obedience to God and carrying out His orders, compassion for people and striving for the fulfillment of justice is to your advantage too. I invite you to return to the path of God, the  Prophets and to the path of the people of the world and to the truth and justice. The only route to salvation is a divine straight path. Otherwise, God's hand of power will emerge from the sleeve of oppressed nations and will make your life difficult, and will put an end to your hegemony.

Let's love the people of the world and respect their rights. Rectify past behavior. This will benefit you and the human community. The Iranian people are prepared, along with other nations, to help you be rescued from your current situation and to establish peace and prosperity”…

With the grace of God Almighty, the existing pillars of the oppressive system are crumbling. Great developments in favor of humankind as well as its true and real rights are on the way. A golden and brilliant future is awaiting mankind. A global community filled with justice, friendship, brotherhood and welfare is at hand, as I have elaborated. A community which will tread the path of beauty and love under the rule of the righteous and perfect human being, the One promised by all divine prophets and the One who is the true lover of humanity. A community that will be devoid of any fear, despair and privation. Such a community will soon be ours. The community promised by the great divine Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ and Mohammad (PBUH) is about to materialize.

Let us, hand in hand, expand the thought of resistance against evil and the minority of those who are ill-wishers. Let's support goodness and the majority of people who are good and the embodiment of absolute good that is the Imam of Time, The Promised One who will come accompanied by Jesus Christ, and accordingly design and implement the just and humanistic mechanisms for regulating the constructive relationships between nations and governments.

Oh great Almighty, deliver the savior of nations and put an end to the sufferings of mankind and bring forth justice, beauty, and love. Friends, let’s have a proper share in the establishment of that illuminated and promised divine age” (end of speech).

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It was such an extraordinary speech for a head of state addressing the UN General Assembly, that one would never have expected to hear it from this forum. But Ahmadinejad has become notorious for advancing Shiite Islamic eschatology on any possible occasion, and this was the second time that he did so at a session of the UN. In the future scenario advanced by him, Israel (the Zionists) is described as a group of criminals who illegally occupy land belonging to the Palestinians. Israel’s most important ally, the US, is portrayed as a bullying, power-hungry superpower that does not respect the freedom of other countries but invades, intimidates and dominates them at will. He often reiterates his allegation that a small group of Zionists controls the international financial world, exerts pressure on leading governments, and is responsible for the perpetuation of evil policies all over the world.

In the future dispensation envisaged by Ahmadinejad the world will be under the just rule of the Shiite Imam Mahdi, assisted by Jesus Christ. The Jesus promoted by Him is not the Jesus of the Bible who is the Son of God and died on a cross to atone for the sins of lost humanity. The Jesus of the Koran is nothing more than a human prophet and spiritual “brother” of Mohammed. They expect that he will soon return as one of the future leaders who will Islamize the whole world in collaboration with the Mahdi. To better understand this strange combination of two “prophets” who come from different and completely incompatible religions one should clearly understand the basic tenets of the Islamic religion and particularly also Shiite eschatology.

The Imam and ‘Jesus’

The Shiites have a strong expectation of the coming of the 12th Imam as world Messiah. The leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who threatened to wipe Israel off the map, accepted the role of paving the way for the coming Imam. Tony Pearce (Light for the Last Days, Winter 2005), said the following about this dictator: “Ahmadinejad says that the wave of the Islamist revolution will soon reach the entire world. He believes that the world is heading for a clash of civilizations in which Islam is the only credible alternative to Western domination. And he is convinced that Islam can and will win. There is nothing more dangerous in the world than a religious fanatic who seeks to impose his idea of justice by force. Part of Ahmadinejad’s conviction comes from his belief in the second coming of the 12th Imam. According to the Shiite version of Islam the 12th descendant of Mohammad, known as the 12th Imam or the Mahdi, went into hiding in 941, more than a thousand years ago. Shiites believe that he will reappear when the world has become full of oppression and tyranny. They believe that he is hidden in the Jamkaran well in Iran, which is a place of pilgrimage for believers who drop their requests for help into the well in the hope that the Imam will read them and come to their aid.”

Iran plays a big role in preparing the way for the appearance of the Shiite’s Imam Mahdi. According to the website of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Broadcasting Corporation, the Mahdi will shortly make his triumphant appearance at the Ka’aba in Mecca. He will immediately set up armed forces to destroy Islam’s enemies in a series of apocalyptic battles. One of his biggest victories will be against the Zionist enemies and their allies in Jerusalem.

The Imam will move further north and establish his headquarters at Kufa near the ancient city of Babylon. This website also says that the prophet Jesus, son of Mary, will appear with the Mahdi and help him to bring an end to oppression in the world so that righteousness can prevail. Daily prayers are said in Iran in which Allah is petitioned to hasten the coming of the Mahdi.

Iranians are also busy arming themselves to the teeth as they intend playing a major role in forming the Mahdi’s army with which he will subject his enemies. Iran, with its population of 70 million, has a large Islamic Revolutionary Guard which is very well trained and equipped with sophisticated weaponry. This is a special unit over and above the country’s armed forces. With their advanced missiles they can carry out precision attacks to destroy virtually every target in the Middle East. This unit will be offered to the Imam Mahdi to wage his wars.

Sunni Muslims

Sunni Muslims have a similar view of the end-time role that will be played by the Islamic Jesus. However, they don’t accept the Shiite Mahdi, as he is a member of a different line of succession from Mohammed than the one they recognize. In their propaganda booklet, Jesus is coming (published by Dar Al-Furqan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), A.H. Jacob rejects the Bible as the infallible Word of God: “The Bible is distorted, changed and no longer the Book of God...” (p. 22). Consequently, Islam’s views on Jesus and the Antichrist are derived from the Qur’an. They do not regard Jesus as God, nor as the Son of God (p. 20, 21), and also refute the biblical account of His crucifixion: “The Qur’anic teaching is that Jesus Christ was not crucified nor killed by the Jews” (p. 25). According to this teaching somebody else was crucified in his place and under his name. Various other deceptive statements are made in this booklet:

·       “God’s Messenger Mohammad said, Surely Jesus, the son of Mary, will shortly descend among you people (Muslims) and will rule and judge mankind justly by the law of the Qur’an and the Sunna. He will break the cross and forbid the sale and consumption of pork ...” (p. 15).

·       “Jesus will come back as a follower of God’s last Messenger, Mohammad, and revive the true religion of God, Islam ... He is coming back to rule mankind justly by God’s last and final message to mankind, the Holy Qur’an, as well as by the tradition of the Prophet Mohammad. He will guide humanity toward Islamic monotheism, to worship God alone, and to follow the footsteps of His last Messenger, Mohammad, and warn people of the eternal consequences of polytheism” (p. 17,18).

·       “Jesus will destroy the false doctrines that pass in his name, such as the belief that God is a trinity, declaring that such a belief is polytheism, the belief in many gods. He will stress the fact that God is One, Absolute, and not a composite unity. Jesus will not view himself with God in a father-son relationship. Rather, he will view his relationship with God as a master-slave relationship ... Jesus will deny that he has any of God’s attributes. He never claimed to be God or referred to himself as the son of God. He was only a prophet and a grateful slave of God” (p. 20, 21).

·       “In his second coming, he will declare that he is a slave of God, who follows his brother, Prophet Mohammad, the last Messenger of God. Jesus will perform the prayer in the right way as the Muslims do, give charity, fast during the month of Ramadan, and perform the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) and the Umrah” (p. 23). “He will strictly forbid selling, keeping and eating pork. He will even order the pigs killed” (p. 27).

·       “Jesus is coming back to deny the false claim that the Jews killed him, and those Christians who, in ignorance, believe them. He will fight the Jews and kill the False Messiah. The Jews will be the soldiers and followers of the False Messiah, and during his time, the Jews will have a very powerful government till Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, descends. He will search for the False Messiah, catch him and kill him. Then Jesus and his Muslim companions will fight against the Jews till some of them hide between the stones ... He will also kill the Christians who adore the cross. Thereafter, when both parties are defeated and polytheism and disbelief are cleansed from the earth, that is the time when peace and tranquility will prevail amongst the people” (p. 24).

Conclusion

Ahmadinejad and other Muslim sects are proclaiming the establishment of an essentially antichristian world that will be 100% dominated by Islam. All other beliefs, especially Christianity and Judaism, are strongly denounced as false, polytheistic religions that are destined to be uprooted and demolished by the Mahdi’s forces. Only then, according to them, will mutual respect and harmony prevail among the nations. They maintain that Islam is the only true religion that offers the world a belief system and moral values that have the potential to realize the evading dream of global peace and justice.

From a biblical point of view it is obvious that Islam is playing a major role in preparing the world for the coming Antichrist. They will embrace the emerging impostor who will offer himself as the Christ to Christians, the Imam Mahdi to Muslims, Maitreya Buddha to Buddhists, and Krishna to the Hindus. Under his leadership the world will not experience true and lasting peace – only a short spell of false peace during the first half of the tribulation period. The deceived nations will then embark on a journey of self-destruction that will end at the battle of Armageddon when the true Christ will return to Jerusalem to judge His enemies, save a remnant in Israel, and establish His millennial rule of peace and righteousness on earth.

(Johan Malan: www.bibleguidance.co.za)