Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Mahdi

So, who is this Mahdi person?
The Mahdi is the Islamic version of the Messiah. 
What are the prophecies concerning him?
He will be a descendant of Muhammad. 
He will be a devout Muslim, a caliph even.
He will be the greatest spiritual, political, and military world leader ever, and establish a new world order.
He will emerge after a period of great turmoil and suffering upon the earth. 
He will rule with peace.
All who oppose him will be dealt with.
He will uphold/make a seven year peace treaty with a Jew of priestly lineage.
Islam will be the only tolerated religion on earth, and he (with his helper "Jesus") will enforce this.
He will appear (symbolically) riding a white horse.
He will discover biblical manuscripts that he use to convert Jews to Islam.
He will rediscover the Ark of the Covenant and help bring it to Jerusalem.
He will have power from Allah over the weather and the earth.
He will have enormous wealth and will distribute it to many.
He will be loved by all.
OK, so that's what Islamic prophecies say.  Do you see any similarities to the Christian Anti-Christ?  Um yeah.
Revelation 6:2 "I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
Daniel 9:27 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 11:39-43 "He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price. ...Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand.  He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission."
I'm sure there are more, but again, I'm running short on time.
In Daniel 7 it talks about a king that will first gain control over three kingdoms, then a ten-nation "beast" empire.
In Revelation 13 it talks about the Anti-Christ's power to make war and overcome... Then it goes on to say that there is another beast that  (vs 11)"had two horns like a lamb (Islamic "Jesus"), but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
The Muslim's not only believe that our Anti-Christ is their savior (the Mahdi), (though they don't see it that way,) they also believe that our "false prophet" is Jesus. He will say he is Jesus, and there will be Christians who believe him. But he will serve the Mahdi, and Allah. 


Doug said...

thanks. good comparison between the Mahdi and Anti-Christ. Good info. Amazing info that I am surprised that I haven't heard before in Christian circles...

moo said...

I know! I was shocked that this isn't more "common knowledge". Truly, things have been "hidden" until the end. :-)