"AHMADINEJAD ASKS ALLAH TO HASTEN COMING OF THE TWELFTH IMAM AND BRING ISLAMIC "VICTORY":"
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By Joel C. Rosenberg
D.C., September 24, 2010) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made
an inflammatory speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. He
began by praying, "O God, hasten the arrival of Imam al-Mahdi and grant
him good health and victory and make us his followers and those who
attest to his righteousness."
Imam al-Mahdi is another name for
the "Twelfth Imam" or the "Hidden Imam." Shia Muslims believe this
Islamic messiah will come at the End of Days to destroy Judeo-Christian
civilization as we have known it, force infidels to convert or be
executed, and will set up a one-world Islamic government known as the
"caliphate." Ahmadinejad believes the way to "hasten" the Twelfth
Imam's coming is to annihilate the U.S. and Israel. This would bring
about the "victory" that Ahmadinejad prayed for on American soil.
speech went downhill from there. Ahmadinejad accused the U.S.
government of masterminding the 9/11 attacks in order to save Israel.
Few in the West, including our leaders, understand what Ahmadinejad and
his colleagues in the Iranian government believe. And that's the
problem. Unless the leaders and the people of the world wake up, war is
coming. The leaders of Iran, including the Ayatollah Khamenei, believe
it is their job to hasten the the apocalypse and the end of the world.
should we do in response? We need to get ready and be prepared (Ezekiel
38:7). We need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and mobilize others
to pray, too. We need to travel to Israel to do pray walks and to
encourage Israelis that we are standing with them. We need to care for
poor and needy Israelis and Palestinians with unconditional love and
unwavering support. We need to stockpile humanitarian relief supplies
in Israel and build the infrastructure to distribute even more
emergency aid when the next war comes. We need to strengthen the Church
in the epicenter in real and practical ways. We need to help our
brothers and sisters throughout the region preach the gospel and make
disciples and plant churches and show that Jesus Christ is the Prince
of Peace and the only hope of reconciliation. Time is short. But our
path forward is clear.