The coming of the
lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds
of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that
deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the
truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so
that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not
believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2
It’s no secret that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
is preoccupied with the coming of a Shiite Islamic messiah figure, al Mahdi.
This continues to raise concern that a nuclear-armed Iran would
create the kind of global chaos he believes will be necessary to set the stage
for the Mahdi’s return. Recent events seem to confirm this.
For example, after years of promising that their nuclear ambitions are purely
just announced their intention to test a 1 kiloton nuclear warhead this year. Iran’s Supreme Leader is thought to favor
nuclear capability as an accomplished fact as soon as possible.
has also made repeated threats to close the Straights of Hormuz, blocking over
35% of the world’s ship borne oil supply, and they’ve warned the
US not to send it’s recently departed aircraft carrier back
into the Persian Gulf. The
has responded by reversing the carrier’s departure course and ordering an
additional carrier into the vicinity, which entered the
Persian Gulf this week. In addition to the thousands of
troops the US recently
stationed in Israel and Jordan in case of trouble in Syria, 15,000 more have now been stationed
in Kuwait in case of trouble
It’s widely assumed that some kind of military showdown between the US and Iran is imminent.
Al Mahdi, which means the guided one, is said to have
gone into “occlusion” (disappeared) in the year 941 AD, at the age of five.
Shiite Moslems believe he will reappear at the end of the Age. They say his
reappearance will be preceded by chaos, war and bloodshed. When he comes he’ll
establish a world wide Islamic caliphate, and following a cataclysmic
confrontation with evil and darkness that lasts 7 years, the Mahdi will lead the
world to an era of universal peace.
This is obviously similar to Christian eschatology of the
anti-Christ. Indeed, the Hidden Imam, as he’s also called, is expected to return
in the company of Jesus. Iran’s “Twelver” sect of Islam
believes the Mahdi is Mohammed ibn Hasan, regarded as the 12th Imam, or
righteous descendant, of the Prophet Mohammad. Both the Ayatollah Khamanei and
Pres. Ahmadinejad claim to have communicated with him.
As he has has publicly explained, Ahmadinejad believes he’s
been called to “pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may
Allah hasten his reappearance.” To some, this means creating the chaos necessary
to bring al Mahdi back.
He will confirm a
covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an
end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an
abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out
on him.(Daniel 9:27)
The Prophet Daniel spoke of a seven-year rule by one who
brings about Earth’s final judgment over 1000 years before Mohammed fashioned
the religion we know as Islam. And as is the case with Shiite beliefs, Daniel’s
ruler will rise to power on the heels of a great battle between the forces of
good and evil as well. How else would he be able to use the promise of peace to
deceive the world? (Daniel 8:25)
Revelation 13, this ruler and his false prophet will force the world into a
common religion, killing all who resist. Shiites agree. They insist the
religion will be Islam, and that in the process all the Jews and Romans
(Christians) who don’t convert will be put to death.
Good News And Bad News
Please understand, I’m not trying to give these Islamic
beliefs about al Mahdi any legitimacy. I’m only trying to show how similar
they are to Biblical prophecies of the anti-Christ. In fact the only
discernible difference lies in one fact. Whereas Daniel and other Biblical
figures who prophesied of this coming ruler viewed him as the ultimate
expression of evil, eventually indwelt by Satan himself, Shiites see him as a
force for good, ushering in a glorious age of worldwide Islamic rule. The two
perceptions couldn’t be more opposite.
I think this difference is the sprouting seed of the powerful
delusion Paul spoke of in 2 Thes. 2:11.
During the Great Tribulation the world will experience a total reversal of
perception from that of its Judeo-Christian past. Consider these two passages
from the Revelation as confirmation.
Men worshiped the
dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the
beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”(Rev.
13:4) The dragon is Satan and the beast is the anti-Christ.
Men gnawed their
tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their
sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
As they clearly show, the End Times world will worship Satan
and curse God.
Amazingly, this reversal of perception is also the basis of a
New Age heresy called the Luciferian Doctrine. Simply put it holds that Lucifer,
the angel of light (in Latin, Lucifer means light bearer) is desperately trying
to bring mankind through the final, spiritual phase of human evolution, into the
Utopian world man longs for. But Lucifer is being thwarted in his
efforts by the evil Adonay (from the Hebrew Adonai, which means Lord) who wants
to destroy man. As you can see, it’s also the opposite of the truth, just like
Paul warned (2 Thes. 2:9-12), and
just like prophecies of al Mahdi appear to be.
By whatever name, this doctrine will permeate the One World
religion of Daniel’s 70th Week. Because of the dramatic manifestations of
supernatural signs and wonders during that time, the last vestiges of the
godless secular humanism will finally die. Satan, who during our age has been
content with giving anyone but God credit for the Creation of Earth and Man,
will begin demanding credit for himself. And having refused to love the truth,
man, who needs to believe in someone greater than himself, will be fair game for
The Luciferian Doctrine explains the difference between the
Shiite view and Bible Prophecy and could be the powerful delusion Paul spoke of.
The god of Islam is not the God of the Bible, after all, and besides man there’s
only one other created being who aspires to be God.
“The days are
coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the
land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the
words of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11)
The man who doesn’t stand for something will fall for
anything, the saying goes, so after the church disappears and the famine of
God’s word prophesied by Amos takes hold, there will be a real longing for
something to believe in on Earth. The Luciferian Doctrine will fit the bill
nicely, especially when its two leading proponents, the anti-Christ and the
False Prophet, will seem to have such supernatural power.
Mahmoud The Zealot
The introduction of religious zeal, counterfeit though it may be,
into world events is the most dramatic proof since 1948 of the nearness of the
end. In the final days of Communism, when some folks thought Gorbachev was the
anti-Christ, they overlooked the absence of this critical component. Coming from
the perspective of the Modern Rationalism of the 50′s, when God wasn’t thought to be
real anymore, the godless Soviet enemy seemed sufficient to fulfill end times
prophecy. And yet, the Bible speaks of powerful spiritual contention at the end
of the age. After all the final battle is fought and won in the spiritual realm.
It just takes place on Earth. It’s clear that events at the end of the age will include powerful,
opposing, spiritual forces.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a religious zealot of the first
magnitude. By his statements, it’s clear that he believes his Mahdi is coming
soon, and that he has been chosen to have his country ready to receive him. An
old Islamic saying goes, “When the students are ready, the teacher will come.”
And he himself has declared, “We don’t shy away from declaring that Islam is
ready to rule the world.” A man with that kind of zeal, given the kind of power
he has, will not hesitate to plunge the world into chaos to hasten the day of
For the secret
power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will
continue to do so till he is taken out of the way
(2 Thes 2:7). But remember
this, my friends. Before the powerful delusion can truly take hold, the truth
has to disappear. The repository for truth in this age is the church, so when these things begin to take place,
stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke
21:28). If you listen closely, you can almost hear the footsteps of