Wednesday, February 27, 2013


From K-House 

On January 21, 2013 several large explosions in Iran were detected by both seismic and subsonic instrumentation around the world. As Iran denies the incident and ascribes it to “political fiction”, reports from sources inside the Iranian regime report that radiation is leaking from the site of the reported explosions. Iodine pills have been distributed to surrounding inhabitants and the first responders to the explosive incidents were reportedly taken to the hospital immediately after their leaving the area.

Of course, officially, Iran continues to claim there has been no incident and, consequently, no leakage. Since the Iranian nuclear program influences the geopolitical security of its surrounding neighbors, most prominently Israel, there has been much speculation as to how this facility was compromised. To date there is no evidence as to whether this was an accident or a politically preventative maneuver.

Contrary to common understanding, we live in a delicate environment. Much of our electric power is provided by dangerous materials. With its widespread use, only the dedication and determination of the nuclear community has made that usage safe. But let us not forget that seemingly small errors and accidents in faraway places can have long-term effects.

Recently in our history there have been “issues and incidences”. Let’s review them so we don’t forget them in this sound-bite driven world.

Twenty-seven years ago on April 26, 1986, reactor #4 at the Chernobyl nuclear facility in the Ukraine exploded, causing a radioactive graphite fire that contaminated the surrounding area and spread a cloud of radioactivity around the world. Thirty-one workers and firefighters were killed immediately. Because of faulty measurement equipment it was initially assumed the reactor had not lost containment. Most of the casualties were plant workers who stayed, most without radiation protection, to try to get water to the containment facility. They all died within three weeks since radiation levels were some 10,000 times higher than lethal levels.

Surrounding areas were also contaminated by the blasts and resulting fires, killing everything including the forests. More than a quarter of a million people were evacuated, never to return. Still, this site is the symbol of the dangerous nature of nuclear energy. It was categorized as a “level 7” (the highest) accident.

Today Chernobyl still radiates. In 2011 the Ukrainian Government was asking for a billion dollars in foreign aid with a plan to “seal” Chernobyl for 100 years. Today, still under construction, a 105-meter domed roof is being constructed. Later this year (maybe) this dome will be rolled into place and “seal in” this accident some quarter of a century later.

At a 2011 conference on the planned sealing, Viktor Yanukovych admitted “…such catastrophes are a challenge to all mankind” and that sealing Chernobyl could not be completed by one country alone. The U.S. donated $182 million to the cause.

On April 12 2011, the 40-year-old Fukushima nuclear facility became the victim of an overwhelming tsunami wave, as a result of an under-ocean earthquake. The tsunami damaged the coolant system. At first it was deemed not to be comparable to Chernobyl. Later, though, it was classified as a “level 7” also. Surrounding areas have been evacuated and, two years later, they are still trying to contain and prevent a more severe “meltdown” with accompanied radiation release in sea and air. Due to the currents of both, any leakage is on a “conveyor belt” to western North America (U.S. and Canada). The negative impact on the Pacific environment will take years to evaluate.

The Hanford Nuclear Reserve in the eastern Washington State area is the poster child for what humans can take from success to abject failure. This area has been home to plutonium production in the U.S. since the early years of the Cold War era. It is situated on 586 square miles, a size that the entire city of Los Angeles could comfortably fit within. It is hardly known and yet it is the single largest nuclear contaminated area in the country. After poor storage practices and methods, resulting in a constant leakage of materials into the surrounding environment for over 40 years, it finds itself in the news once more.

This leakage has not been without its far-reaching effects. In the early ’60s an irradiated whale was killed off the coast of Oregon. Apparently the leakage had worked its way into the Columbia River and out into the ocean. As well as being a vast resource of marine life, the Columbia also supplies much of the Pacific Northwest’s water for drinking and industry. As recent as a decade ago, a number of radioactive tumbleweeds were found downwind from the Hanford Reserve area.

In the last couple of weeks, new discoveries of leakage in six holding tanks containing plutonium sludge have become apparent. When this was first reported, only one storage tank was suspected. At that time it was estimated that some 300 gallons of radioactive sludge was leaking per year. With an upgrade in the number of tanks, it is still being assessed as to the possible quantities of contaminated materials this represents.

This represents only a few of the active areas of contamination. For a complete list of nuclear accidents by country go to:

This is not meant to be an indictment on the use of nuclear energy. Still, with the issues it presents it is the cheapest and safest form of energy overall. That being said we must never lose our respect for its dangerous side. With the recent release in Iran it underscores the necessity to be ever vigilant to keep the genie in the containment vessel.
Related Links:
At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a Steady Drip of Toxic Trouble
- The Daily Beast
Chernobyl, Still Leaking, Forces Ukraine to Seek $1 Billion
- Bloomberg
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster
- Wikipedia
Radiation leaking from Iran’s nuke plant

Monday, February 18, 2013

The 12th Imam: What Is An Imam?

Within prophecy circles, there is a lot being said about this subject, especially in light of the Pope"s resignation this past week.

What Is An Imam?
What is the 12th Imam? According to Islamic belief, an Imam is an anointed leader or ruler. Especially among the Shia beliefs an Imam is thought (though not required), to be a prayer leader or cleric when the word is capitalized. Sunnis too believe an Imam may be a prophet; Shiites believe not all prophets can be an Imam but an Imam can also be a prophet. An Imam is said to be anointed by Allah and a perfect example of leading mankind in every way.

The Shiite interpretation is that only Allah can appoint an Imam and no man has the power to do so. The 12th Imam is said to be a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad, having divine status as did each of this succession of sons. The 12th Imam is also called the Hidden Imam and the Mahdi (guided one).

 The 12th Imam: Who Is The 12th Imam?
Within the Shiite, (which is predominate in Iran), it is prophesied that there is a coming 12th Imam who is the great spiritual savior. This Imam is named Abu al-Qasim Muhammad or also called Muhammad al Mahdi. He is said to have been born the son of the 11th Imam, Hasan Al-Askari and his wife, the granddaughter of an Emperor. There are conflicting statements of her name being either Fatima or Nargis Khatoon.

Most accounts of the story say that al Mahdi went into hiding as a child around the age of 5 years (about 13th Century). It said he has been ‘in hiding’ in caves ever since but will supernaturally return just before the Day of Judgment. According to the Hadith the criteria for the Hidden Imam are:
  • He will be a descendant of Muhammad and the son of Fatima 
  • Will have a broad forehead and pointed nose 
  • Will return just before the end of the world 
  • His appearance will be preceded by a number of prophetic events during 3 years of horrendous world chaos, tyranny and oppression 
  • Will escape from Madina to Mekkah, thousands will pledge allegiance to him 
  • Will rule over the Arabs and the world for 7 years 
  • Will eradicate all tyranny and oppression bringing harmony and total peace 
  • Will lead a prayer in Mekkah which Jesus will be at his side and follow in Remarkably, the 12th Imam theory plays heavily into the world’s current concerns with Iran. 
The Shiite Muslim President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, is deeply committed to the Islamic Messiah, al Mahdi. There have been many through the years claiming to be the Hidden Imam but Ahmadinejad believes he is yet to come. He claims that he is to personally prepare the world for the coming Mahdi. In order to save the world, it must be in a state of chaos and subjugation. Ahmadinejad claims he was “directed by Allah to pave the way for the glorious appearance of the Mahdi”. This apocalyptic directive includes some very scary proclamations.

The 12th Imam: Why Is This Especially Important Now?
While Christians look for Jesus’ 2nd coming, the Jews await the Messiah and Muslims await the 12th Imam. However, of the three, Allah’s designated Mahdi is the only one who demands a violent path to conquer the world. Mr. Ahmadinejad, and his cabinet, say they have a ‘signed contract’ with al Mahdi in which they pledge themselves to his work. What does this work involve? In light of concerns over Iran’s nuclear capabilities, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly stated Israel should be wiped off the map. He spoke to the United Nations in September ’05. During that speech he claims to have been in an aura of light and felt a change in the atmosphere during which time no one present could blink their eyes. Iran’s PM is also said to have spoken in apocalyptic terms and seems to relish conflict with the West whom he calls the Great Satan. This is while he proclaims he must prepare the world for the coming Mahdi by way of a world totally under Muslim control. He is working hard to bring about the world-wide horrors that must be in place for their al Mahdi to bring peace.

This notion and goal, along with a violent hatred of infidels, America and Israel reminds us of Biblical prophecies of the coming anti-Christ and the pledges of millions to a deceiving False Messiah who will claim to bring peace. Could this 12th Imam Mahdi and his servant Ahmadinejad spark the last days of the coming true Savior?

You can learn more at this link:  Learn About The Origin Of Islam!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013


Pope Benedict XVI (born Joseph Ratzinger) announced Monday that he will officially resign on February 28 of this year. When he does so, he will be the first pope to voluntarily leave the post since Pope Gregory XII in 1415. Speculations about possible cover-ups have already started, but Ratzinger has been in poor health for some time, and rumors that he could resign have circulated for more than a year. The Pope explained himself, saying, "In order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me."

Just in time for the Lenten Season, the main topic of conversation will dwell on the next pope, due to be elected by Easter on March 31st. Papal candidates are called "Papabili", a Latin term which literally means, "popeable" or "one who might become pope." According to modern church law, a pope is selected only from the College of Cardinals who meet in conclave to select the successor. A Papabile must be a cardinal, so the list of Papabili is fairly short, usually four of five men.

Throughout modern Catholic Church history, the man who emerges from the conclave to lead the estimated 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide has sometimes been a surprise. Those that people may think will be pope many times are not elected. There is a saying in the Vatican, "He, who enters the conclave as Pope, leaves it as a cardinal." The present pope was thought to be a Papabile, but considered a long-shot since he was 78 years old when elected pope - the oldest man to be elected pope in since Pope Clement XII (1730-40). John XXIII, John Paul I, and John Paul II were all elected pope, but not considered papabili.

While there has been a great amount of speculation in modern times about who would be the next pope, many Catholics are watching closely the next conclave, for they believe that whoever succeeds Pope Benedict XIV will be "The Last Pope".

The Prophecy of St. Malachy:
St. Malachy (Maelmhaedhoc O Morgair) lived in 12th Century Ireland and was the Archbishop of Armagh, now a town of 14,000 in Northern Ireland. Attracted to the monastic life, Malachy established the first Cistercian abbey in Ireland in 1142. He also reformed the Irish Church and aligned it more closely with Rome.

What Malachy is more known for is the so-called Prophecy of the Popes, which is attributed to him. The prophecy is a list of 112 short phrases that supposedly describe each of the Roman Catholic popes beginning with Pope Celestine II (elected in 1143) and concluding with the successor of Benedict XVI.

This last pope is described in the prophecy as "Peter the Roman", whose reign as pope will see the destruction of the city of Rome.

The prophecy did not hold much interest among Catholics up until the mid-20th century because it seemed as if it would be a long time before the world would see the election of "The Last Pope".

Until the pontificate of Pius XII (1939-58), the average tenure of recent popes had been approximately 20 years. This change in 1958 with the election of Angelo Roncalli who took the name John XXIII. Elected when he was 77 years old, John XXIII was considered a "caretaker pope" who would keep the papal throne warm until the College of Cardinals could decide on a longer serving pontiff. He served for four years, but put the Catholic Church on a new course by calling the Second Vatican Council. Giovanni Montini was elected to replace John XXIII on his death and called himself Paul VI. His reign lasted 15 years. Albino Luciani followed and took the name John Paul I, combining the names of his predecessors. John Paul 1 reign lasted one month and his death was clouded in controversy.

John Paul 1 was succeeded by Karol Wojtyła who took the name John Paul II. Fairly young in papal terms when he was elected (58), his was the second-longest pontificate lasting 26 years, 168 days,; only Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) who served 31 years, reigned longer.

Interest in the Prophecy of the Popes increased as John Paul II's health declined and Vatican watchers were shocked when Joseph Ratzinger, a cardinal of advanced age, was unexpectedly elected Pope Benedict XVI. According to the Malachy Prophecy, whoever succeeded Benedict would be the Last Pope. (The Catholic Church discounts the Prophecy, saying that they have no connection with Malachy except their erroneous attribution to him.)

The prophecy connected with the most recent popes is as follows:

Pope #263 - John XXIII (1958-1963) - Pastor et Nauta (pastor and marine). Prior to his election he was patriarch of Venice, a marine city, home of the gondolas.

Pope #264 - Paul VI (1963-1978) - Flos florum (flower of flowers). His papal coat of arms displayed three lilies.

Pope #265 - John Paul I (1978) - De medietate Lunae (from the midst of the moon). Albino Luciani was born in Canale d'Ogardo, diocese of Belluno, (beautiful moon) Elected pope on August 26, his reign lasted about a month, from half-moon to half-moon.

Pope #266 - John Paul II (1978-2005) - De labore Solis (of the eclipse of the sun) Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse. There was also solar eclipse on April 8, 2005, the day of his funeral.

Pope #267 - Benedict XVI - Gloria olivae (The glory of the olives) It was originally thought that this pope would be from the Order of St. Benedict (The Benedictines were known also as the Olivetans.) Traditionally, the olive branch has been associated with peace, but in both the Old and New Testaments it also has been ascribed as an emblem for the Jews. Putting the two together, some commentators believed that the reign of this pope would be a peaceful one during which, according to the Catholic Church, the prophesied conversion of the Jews will take place. People who believe in the prophecy believe that the current pope, by taking the name Benedict, fulfilled the prophecy.

Pope #268 - The Last Pope - In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis ciuitas septicollis diruetur, & Iudex tremedus iudicabit populum suum. Finis. - ("In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.")

Proponents of the prophecy say that it is interesting that at least one pope had a similar mystical vision to the "Last Pope" part of the prophecy. During a papal audience in 1909, Pope Pius X claimed he had a vision of the pope leaving Rome, and in leaving the Vatican, he will have to "walk over the dead bodies of his priests."

While many may hold the Prophecy of Malachy to be true, there is a far more authoritative source to tell us what is coming in the end times. Revelation 4:1 introduces a section of Scripture that detail "things which must be hereafter." What follows are prophecies of the end times. We have not yet reached the Tribulation, the revelation of the Antichrist, or other end-time events. What we do see is a preparation for those events.

Jesus said that the last days would be preceded by several things: many false Christs would come, deceiving many; we would "hear of wars and rumors of wars"; and there would be an increase in "famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows" (Matthew 24:5-8).

Today's news is full of false religions, warfare, and natural disasters. We know that events of the tribulation period will include all that Jesus predicted (Revelation 6:1-8); the events of today are only a prelude for greater trials ahead.

Paul warned that the last days would bring a marked increase in false teaching."In later times, some will abandon the faith, and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons" (1 Timothy 4:1). The last days are described as "perilous times" because of the increasingly evil character of man and people who actively "oppose the truth" (2 Timothy 3:1-9 and 2 Thessalonians 2:3).

What is important is how we live our lives in preparation for Christ's return. What witness are we giving to the world to help non-believers accept the saving grace of Jesus Christ?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:6, Paul concludes a lesson on Christ's coming with these words: "Therefore, let's not fall asleep like others do, but let's stay awake and be sober." (ISV)

The apostles understood that Jesus' imminent return meant they must busy themselves with God's work. They lived life to the fullest, as if every day were their last.

(Large portions of this article were excerpted from "The Last Pope" by Koinonia Institute analyst Steve Elwart, first published in the Koinonia House March 2012Personal Update news journal.)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Can You Hear God

Exodus 20:18-20 (KJV)
18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. 
Are we hearing God when He speaks to us?
We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God— we simply don’t listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them— not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Once we realize we have constantly been showing disrespect to God, we will be filled with shame and humiliation for ignoring Him.

“You speak with us, . . . but let not God speak with us . . . .” We show how little love we have for God by preferring to listen to His servants rather than to Him. We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we don’t want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey. But if it is simply one of God’s servants speaking to us, we feel obedience is optional, not imperative. We respond by saying, “Well, that’s only your own idea, even though I don’t deny that what you said is probably God’s truth.”

Am I constantly humiliating God by ignoring Him, while He lovingly continues to treat me as His child? Once I finally do hear Him, the humiliation I have heaped on Him returns to me. My response then becomes, “Lord, why was I so insensitive and obstinate?” This is always the result once we hear God. But our real delight in finally hearing Him is tempered with the shame we feel for having taken so long to do so.


God speaks in varied ways to each individual. He knows how we will respond and will use whatever methods are necessary to get through to us. The three most common ways God communicates are through prayer, the Bible, and leadings of the Holy Spirit. Also, God can use a godly mentor to provide wise counsel (Proverbs 12:15). If God wants to speak to us, nothing can stop Him. He may use one, all, or a combination of methods to make Himself known, but one thing remains the same: our duty is to listen and obey.

Prayer is an honest, two-way conversation with God that involves both speaking as God hears us and being quiet as we hear God. When we pray, we "must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind" (James 1:6). If we have no faith, we "should not expect to receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:7). We must "be still" and willing to hear (Psalm 46:10; Matthew 13:16).

Talk to God in prayer and earnestly listen for His response. However, keep in mind that sometimes He doesn't give us all the answers we desire. He knows what we need to know at any given time, and He will tell us if it is best.

Study the Word
Reading the Bible is the best way to learn about God's character and His dealings with people throughout history. All Scripture is "breathed out by God" and is a guide for the righteous life (2 Timothy 3:16). The more familiar you are with how God works, His desires for His people, and what He has said to others in the past, the more you will be able to recognize what He is saying to you now (Psalm 32:8). While we speak to God in prayer, He will very often speak to us through His Word. Again, as we read, we must listen.

Listen to the Holy Spirit's Voice
The Holy Spirit is God—a divine Being with a mind, emotions, and will. He is always with us (Psalm 139:7-8). His purposes include interceding for us (Romans 8:26-27) and making decisions to benefit the church (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). His voice comforts, and He offers counsel when we ask and listen (John 14:16).

When we feel that we have received personal instruction from God, we need to remain wise (Proverbs 4:7). We must “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1). The world is full of noise and distractions, and so are our minds. Life on earth is a spiritual battle. The enemy is eager to supply diversions to detract us from God's will (1 Peter 5:8). We must be vigilant to ensure that what we have heard is more than a feeling but is truly from God Himself.

Remember, God wants to show us the right path to take. He’s not in the business of hiding His will from those who seek Him. Isaiah 30:21 says, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’"

Here are some good questions to ask as we examine whether or not promptings are from the Lord: Are the promptings confusing or vague? God is not the author of confusion; He is the bringer of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). Do they go against God's Word? God will not contradict Himself. Will following these promptings lead to sin? Those who live by the Spirit will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:16).

In addition to prayer, studying God's Word, and listening to the Holy Spirit, you may want to seek counsel from a Christian friend, family member, or pastor (Proverbs 15:22). is a great resource, too, as we have many volunteers waiting to help answer your questions with biblical truth.

God does not want us to fail. The more we listen to God, the better able we will be at distinguishing His voice from the other noises in our heads. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, gives His promise: “He goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice” (John 10:4). Others may speak, “but the sheep [do] not listen to them” (verse 8). The better we know our Shepherd, the less we have to worry about heeding the wrong voice.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Will The Antichrist Be A Muslim?

With the increasing tensions in the Middle East in this past year, and particularly the statements by Shiite Muslim extremists regarding the Twelfth Imam, many people have begun to ask how this relates to Bible prophecies. 

First, we must ask two questions.
  • Who the Twelfth Imam is?
  • What he is expected to do for Islam. 
Second, we must examine the statements by Shiite Muslims in relation to those hopes.

Third, we need to look to the Bible to shed light on the whole issue.

Within the Shiite branch of Islam, there have been twelve imams, or spiritual leaders appointed by Allah. These began with Imam Ali, cousin to Muhammad, who claimed the prophetic succession after Muhammad's death. Around A.D. 868, the Twelfth Imam, Abu al-Qasim Muhammad (or Muhammad al Mahdi), was born to the Eleventh Imam. Because his father was under intense persecution, the Mahdi was sent into hiding for his protection. About the age of 6, he briefly came out of hiding when his father was killed, but then went back into hiding. It is said that he has been hiding in caves ever since and will supernaturally return just before the day of judgment to eradicate all tyranny and oppression, bringing harmony and peace to the earth. He is the savior of the world in Shiite theology. According to one writer, the Mahdi will combine the dignity of Moses, the grace of Jesus, and the patience of Job in one perfect person.

The predictions about the Twelfth Imam have a striking similarity to Bible prophecies of the end times. According to Islamic prophecy, the Mahdi's return will be preceded by a number of events during three years of horrendous world chaos, and he will rule over the Arabs and the world for seven years. His appearance will be accompanied by two resurrections, one of the wicked and one of the righteous. According to Shiite teachings, the Mahdi's leadership will be accepted by Jesus, and the two great branches of Abraham's family will be reunited forever.

How do the statements of Shiite Muslims, such as the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, tie into this? Ahmadinejad is a deeply committed Shiite and claims (Before the UN) that he is to personally prepare the world for the coming Mahdi. In order for the world to be saved, it must be in a state of chaos and subjugation, and Ahmadinejad feels he was directed by Allah to pave the way for that. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly made statements about destroying the enemies of Islam. The Iranian President and his cabinet have supposedly signed a contract with al Mahdi in which they pledge themselves to his work. When asked directly by ABC reporter Ann Curry in September 2009 about his apocalyptic statements, Ahmadinejad said, “The Imam...will come with logic, with culture, with science. He will come so that there is no more war. No more enmity, hatred. No more conflict. He will call on everyone to enter a brotherly love. Of course, he will return with Jesus Christ. The two will come back together. And working together, they would fill this world with love.” This sounds a lot like the tribulation period.

What does all this have to do with the Antichrist? According to 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, there will be a “man of sin” revealed in the last days who will oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God. In Daniel 7 we read of Daniel's vision of four beasts which represent kingdoms which play major roles in God's prophetic plan. The fourth beast is described (v. 7-8) as being dreadful, terrible, exceedingly strong, and different from those which came before it. It is also described as having a “little horn” which uproots other horns. This little horn is often identified as the Antichrist. In verse 25 he is described as speaking “great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time” (3 ½ years). In Daniel 8, the vision of the ram and the goat identifies a king who will arise in the last days (v. 23-25), destroy m any people, and stand up against Christ, but this king will be broken. In Daniel 9:27 it is prophesied that the “prince that shall come” would make a 7-year covenant with many people and then bring in much desolation. Who will this Antichrist be? No one knows for certain, but many theories have been given, including the possibility that he will be an Arab.

Regardless of the various theories, there are a few parallels between the Bible and Shiite theology that we should note. First, the Bible says that the Antichrist's kingdom will rule the world for seven years, and Islam claims that the Twelfth Imam will rule the world for seven years. Second, Muslims anticipate three years of chaos before the revealing of the Twelfth Imam, and the Bible speaks of 3 ½ years of Tribulation before the Antichrist reveals himself by desecrating the Jewish temple. Third, the Antichrist is described as a deceiver who claims to bring peace, but who actually brings widespread war; the anticipation of the Twelfth Imam is that he will bring peace through massive war with the rest of the world.

Will the Antichrist be a Muslim? Only God knows. Are there connections between Islamic eschatology and Christian eschatology? There certainly seem to be direct correlations, though they are like reading the descriptions of a great battle, first from the perspective of the loser, trying to save face, and then from the perspective of the victor. 

Until we see the fulfillment of these things, we need to heed the words of 1 John 4:1-4, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”