Al Mahdi

Moslems also believe that a messiah lies in the world's future. According to the Koran, he is to be called 'Al Mahdi' (the 'guided one'). And when he appears he is expected to restore the glory and power of Islam throughout the world. Unlike the Christian Messiah, Al Mahdi, according to Islamic tradition, will be beneath God, not His equal. So there will be no Trinity associated with him.

Perhaps the most famous challenger to this title in the past was Hasa ibn-Sbah, who, many centuries ago spurned the Koran and all of its moral laws and founded the Moslem order of Assassins. Hasa ibn-Sbah's appearance shows that precedent has already been set in the Islamic world for the acceptance by some of a militant and violent messiah.

So while the Rebel's philosophy -- a theology based on emperor-worship -- will violate everything decreed by the Koran, he could still try to claim an alliance with Mohammed by discarding that Islamic scripture the way Hasa ibn-sbah did. By claiming to have received the blessings of Mohammed, the Rebel, standing on the doorstep of imminent victory in an Islamic civil war, could put himself in a position to make a powerful claim to the messianic title of Al Mahdi. Especially after he sets the stage for Moslem reunification by tearing down the resistance of the traditional Islamic forces gathered against him in Daniel's kingdom of the South.

It seems certain that the desire to accomplish such reunification will be a strong and underlying agenda in the Rebel's war with Israel as he gathers together all the armies at the battlefield of Armageddon.

Moreover, the incredible victories which accompany his swift rise to power will be viewed, all over the world, as having a divine component. By crushing the Arab moderates and eradicating Christian influences throughout Asia and the western nations of Europe and replacing these with his own philosophies, he could well appear to some as the Persian-Islamic hero of the prophecies. After all, world rule for him would seem to lie just beyond Armageddon.

The problem with this, of course, (and it is a major problem) -- the Rebel of the last days is going to claim that he, himself, is God. (2 Thes.3:4). No Moslem today could ever accept such a claim -- not from anybody. Furthermore, Daniel's prophecies show that the religion of the beast will be nothing like the religion practiced in the Middle East now -- it will be a faith of pomp and show -- of nationalistic glory and emperor worship -- reproducing on earth the kind of ostentatious spectacle that emanated from the ancient Roman empire at the height of its glory.

The Koran specifically forbids such pageantry -- prohibiting even statues and icons. Emphasizing this contrast, Daniel says that the Rebel will reject the God of his fathers and set himself up in God's place. "Heedless of his fathers' gods...heedless of any god whatever, he will consider himself greater than them all." (Dn.11:37).

See also: 'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 21, 'The False Prophet'


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