The Coming Mahdi

This was on WorldNetDaily.com two days ago, and I wanted to post it here, because it needs to go in my prophecy section (especially since I don’t know how long WND.com will keep it archived).  It’s in regards to prophecy in the Islam religion.  NoTe:  I do not endorse ANYTHING written in the Qu’ran… I do not believe it to be a accurate or credible source.  However, it’s very important when in a battle to know what the offence is thinking, so as to protect yourself and your own position.  And there’s a spiritual battle out there.  So be aware that we aren’t the only ones who have prophecies to be fulfilled, just as we aren’t the only ones who believe we have reached the point of imminency.  And while the credibility of these ‘prophecies’ is WAY more than iffy, (read: take them with a grain of salt) we need to be aware what they believe is real, and what they are watching and acting upon.  Here it is, and I will add commentary in blue and bold important stuff, for you skimmers.  ((wink!))

Warnings from Islam’s ‘messianic whirlpool’
Jihadists in global frenzy over coming of prophesied ‘Mahdi’


Posted: March 29, 2004   1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

An Israeli intelligence analyst sees a frenzy of jihadist Internet communications as part of a “dangerous Islamic messianic whirlpool” featuring a number of prophecies culminating in the coming of the “Mahdi.”  The communications make a number of predictions about world events pointing to “The coming of the Mahdi” – a messianic figure Muslims expect to come and lead them in victory against the infidels in the last days.   ((Them, too?))  Here is what these communications foresee:

**    Two European countries will be attacked.   ((Spain and…???))
**    Another attack is planned against the U.S.  ((We knew that…))
**    Followers are asked to get rid of euros and as true Muslims replace them with gold.  ((Isn’t there something in the Bible about only gold having worth in the end times???))
**    There will be an assassination attempt against a high-ranking Egyptian official.
**    A mass gathering of jihad warriors is expected in the cities of the twin holy mosques Mecca and Medina.
**    A divine signal will be given when three celestial stars will be aligned on one axis.
**    The appearance of a new star, never seen before, will be in plain sight to all humanity.
**    Pakistani President Pervez Musharaf and Yasser Arafat will be annihilated in the same month.

The list includes other apocalyptic predictions such as “the march of Islam through Russia, the return of Islam to Andalusia and a victory parade in Jerusalem with liberated Saddam Hussein at the lead. This will follow after a war in Syria and the assassination of King Abdullah of Jordan.”   ((btw, much of this mirrors Bible prophecy.  There will be a war in Damascus -Syria- only they aren’t gonna win.  The Bible also mentions Russia’s involvement, and doesn’t it say something about gold, too?))

There is no specific time frame for the apocalyptic prophecy, according to G2 Bulletin sources. The most important aspect of the communications is the subsequent attack in Spain, and an important threat to the continental U.S.   The analyst says the Internet is now the most important tool used by the jihadi propagandists. Some of the material is clearly a warning to Muslims to distance themselves from possible target areas.

Further analysis suggests the second European country to be hit, according to the jihad spirit, is probably Italy or the Vatican. This is based on constant verbal attacks on the pope as an enemy of Islam and on rejection of Christian missionary movements in Africa and the Middle East. A direct threat is aimed against American missionaries and indeed some were attacked last week in Iraq.   ((Remember the three horns to be plucked?  The one left as of yesterday being Italy..???  HOLY WHA!!))

Experts say the latest Ramadan saw, according to Muslim scholars, three aligned stars.  ((Making this THE year, btw.))  Also the issue of unknown stars is lately highlighted among jihadists such as the news of March 15 about distant unknown galaxies and information about new stars. The new star is explained by the jihadists as the discovery of a new planet. ((In the past 3 weeks, a new planet was discovered.  They are calling that their new star.))

The jihadists reacted to this information by saying: “Even infidel researchers are aware of the Mahdi’s message.” G2B reported earlier that U.S. military intelligence experts were studying a video clip of bin Laden in which he stands before a dry-erase board with an Arabic phrase written upon it – “awaited enlightened one.”  No one who has seen the video is quite certain of the meaning or the context. But, the Hadith, a collection of Islamic holy writings that supplement the Quran, predicts the messianic figure will arise in the last days of history. This “Mahdi,” along with the “Prophet Jesus,” will lead the believers to victory over the infidels.   ((Like I said, their sources are not accurate.  While Jesus is returning – even satan must acknowledge that – He isn’t going to lead Muslims anywhere.  Unless this ‘Prophet Jesus’ is the Anti-Christ, maybe???))

The video raises the question of whether bin Laden sees himself as this Mahdi or if he is expecting another to arise and lead. Either way, the addition of a dimension of Islamic prophecy to the global terror war may seriously complicate matters for planners in the West.

According to G2 Bulletin’s military sources, some of the detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay have told interrogators they joined bin Laden’s al-Qaida offensive because they think he is the “awaited enlightened one.” Others in military intelligence say some of the terrorists crossing the border into Iraq with al-Qaida ties are doing so because of their belief in this Islamic prophecy.

Muslim believers – both Sunni and Shiite – expect the Mahdi to return one day to restore justice to the world. This messenger is not as great as Muhammad, but is a messianic figure found in all branches of Islam.

Interestingly, since the end of 2001, bin Laden has been signing his name “Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden,” rather than just Osama bin Laden. This is significant because it gives the al-Qaida leader an apocalyptic dimension. The Hadith says the Mahdi will be recognizable, among other things, by the fact that he carries the name of the prophet.

The Mahdi is supposed to come, according to Islamic clerics, just before the advent of the day of judgment – when believers are severely oppressed in every corner of the world. He will fight the “oppressors,” unite the Muslims, bring peace and justice to the world, rule over the Arabs, and lead a prayer in Mecca at which Jesus will be present, according to Islamic scholars.   ((And the most interesting part is that – like me – they believe that those days are nearly upon us.  May God have mercy.))

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