Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. The Antichrist Daniel 11:36 The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.      This is well after the rapture (or abomination in vs. 31) and the leader of the Shiites will be firmly established.  Since Muslims believe in the same God of Abraham, the leader will be denouncing his religion.  When you think about it, it would take a profound event such as the Rapture to cause such a drastic change in the above person.  Nevertheless, the Shiites and Russia will form the empire of “iron and clay” (see 70th Seven), and they will have considerable power because God has determined that they will succeed for 42 months.  Revelation 13: 4-6 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?"  The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies  and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.  He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place  and those who live in heaven. What would cause him to denounce his religion?      In a nut shell, the Muslims, both Sunni and Shiite, are not taken in the rapture because they don’t believe in Jesus.  Oh, they believe that Jesus was a prophet  but not the Son of God.  Like all prophets in Islam, they consider Jesus to be Muslim  because He preached about submission to God.  They believe in the virgin birth but not in the crucifixion.  On the contrary, they believe that Jesus ascended to Heaven alive.  That may sound strange to some people but if they acknowledged the crucifixion, then they would have to acknowledge the resurrection.  They can’t very well do that because that’s the foundation for Christianity.  “Twelvers”      The sect of Shiites in Iran and Iraq are called Twelvers because they believe in twelve “Imans” (historical spiritual leaders of the Shiites).  They believe the twelfth will return, someday soon, followed by Jesus.  However, their scenario is way different from the Bible.  When Jesus returns before their expected Iman and takes the Christians, rather than Muslims, he will know his religion was wrong.  That’s when he will exalt himself above God and become the antichrist.  Beliefs:      Twelver Muslims believe that another individual will divinely re-appear before Jesus.  He was the twelfth and final Iman, Muhammad al-Māhdī, from the line of Husayn.  He was born in 869 and assumed the title of Iman at age five when his father died.  Reportedly, he disappeared after he led the prayer at his father’s funeral.  Twelver Shiites believe that al-Māhdī did not die but was rather ‘hidden by God’ (called the Occultation).  He is supposed to return before Jesus to bring peace and justice to the world.  According to scholar, Moojan Momen, traditions report that al-Mahdi will announce himself in Mecca and then travel to Kufa.  At that time, he will fight an apocalyptic battle against the evil forces of the Dajjal and the Sufyani (similar to a false messiah or antichrist).       There are differing opinions about the epic battle.  One account says that al-Mahdi will prevail and rule the earth for a number of years before Jesus’ return.  Another account describes Jesus’ descent over Syria where he joins al-Mahdi and slays the Dajjal.  Either way, the world unites into one Islamic community.  According to the Encyclopedia of Islam, Jesus is supposed to assume leadership, after the death of al-Mahdi, and rule for about forty years.  Then, He dies and gets buried next to Muhammad.  Obviously, the events of the rapture will not fit this scenario so the Shiite leader will know his religion was false.  Conclusion:      The stark reality will cause the Shiite leader to abandon Allah, exalt himself, and establish the “kingdom of the beast” (page 4 of chart).  He will be successful for 42 months because that’s the end of the 70th Seven.  They must be successful so they can take the rest of the Middle East, just before God unleashes His final wrath, the “Bowls”.         Note: The exact identity of the antichrist may not be 100% until after the rapture but he will most likely come from Iran (because of verse 21).  The most likely person may already be apparent but it’s too soon to say for sure. (current events) sitemap home
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