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"The coming is near"

Drudge is currently leading with this CBN story that some will see to be sensational, even nonsensical.  I think we should hope those people are correct:

New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear.

CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place -- and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times.

While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.

'The Coming is Near'

The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.

It's called The Coming is Near and it describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical tweflth Imam or Mahdi -- the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days.

More at the link.

So what say you? Hulabaloo? Religious mumbo jumbo?

Or serious threat?


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I'm looking forward to it.<... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

I'm looking forward to it.

The sooner they get this started, the better.

I'm sure Barry is helping every way he can.

I'm with you, TexBob, the s... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

I'm with you, TexBob, the sooner they start this crap the fresher my ammo will be.

Patrick Henry said it best:
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! "

If the Iranians want 'the e... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

If the Iranians want 'the end time' so bad, I say give it to them. I'm sure we can spare several nukes.

It has to be true or... (Below threshold)

It has to be true or the Iranian Government would not support it!

I seriously doubt the Irani... (Below threshold)

I seriously doubt the Iranian government actually believes this, regardless of what they may say.

This sounds to me more like propaganda to keep their masses in line, by saying that all this unrest in the Middle East will pave the way for Iran to lead - rather than be overthrown also.

Jim x, if you will recall, ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Jim x, if you will recall, its the Mullahs that drive the train in Iran.
If they're bleating that it's the 'End Times' most likely its to shore up their base, not the masses that despise them and tried to revolt earlier.

If anything its a sure sign of desperation on their part to prevent a repeat uprising.

1 anti-christ coming up.</p... (Below threshold)
G.:

1 anti-christ coming up.

Read` revelation abduhlahs... (Below threshold)
914:

Read` revelation abduhlahs and avoid the massive sunburn heading your way.

These insane mullahs and th... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

These insane mullahs and their sick followers are hell on Earth for the people of Iran, and the victims of their terrorist auxiliaries Hezbollah and Hamas. The rest of us tend to see them as some sort of barbarian joke because they are are sooooo 7th Century.

Once they get their hands on a nuclear device, we won't be laughing anymore. We should take steps to make sure they are deposed before that happens.

Fat chance of that with the buffoon-in-chief we presently endure. Notice how quick he was to turn on Mubarak, a staunch ally of the US. With Qaddhafi, perhaps the most universally-hated man on the planet, he waffled for a month before coming down against him. He flatly refused to even speak favorably of the protesters of our most dangerous enemy in the region, Iran, both in 2009 and today, and won't consider acting against their Syrian terror client state as the people revolt there.

If you were an enemy of America, you could hardly hope for anything different.

Did Tim LaHaye write the sc... (Below threshold)
Chico:

Did Tim LaHaye write the script for them?

Here's the thing: I'm watc... (Below threshold)
BlueNight:

Here's the thing: I'm watching for the Mahdi or a clearly evil person like Hitler to take control and make war against Israel, and to be beaten by a conservative with a heretical pseudo-Christian theology. Why?

If the Bible is to be taken seriously, we're in a time war, with the prophecy published for BOTH sides to read.

Consider that at Jesus' time, the Pharisees had the most correct theology of any Jewish sect. They failed in only two things: acting in line with God's forgiving and giving character, and recognizing Jesus when He showed up.

Today's conservative evangelical Christians are in pretty much the same situation. Pastors are leading their flocks in picketing funerals for soldiers and almost burning the Koran, because they're dead certain about their theology. They need to drop the "us vs them" attitude that Jesus never had toward sinners, or they'll be fooled by the coming anti-Christ (pseudo-Messiah).

And the alternative to the ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

And the alternative to the "dithering" Obama is? The GOP and their comic leaders, have been all over the block on Libya, exposing their total ignorance and incoherence? Could you get any more embarrassing than this from the new GOP star, who made a favorable impression on Republican voters In Iowa?


Michelle Bachmann (on March 24):

I have been very reluctant to see the United States to go into Libya. For one thing, we haven’t identified yet who the opposition even is to Qaddafi. We don’t know if this is led by Hamas, Hezbollah, or possibly al Qaeda of North Africa. Are we really better off, are United States, our interests better off, if let’s say Al-Qaeda of North Africa now runs Libya?”

Heizbullah is a Shiite movement of southern Lebanon. There are no Shiites in North Africa, almost all are Sunni, and Hamas is a Palestinian extreme organization, with no chapters in North Africa and there are only a handful of al-Queda members in North Africa.. in Algeria.


And Addison, dictator Murabak was unviversally hated in Egypt for his police state tactics and goon squads..so I suppose you and Bachmann would still be supporting him and wondering if al-Queda, Hamas or Hezbulalh or muslim cannibals from new Guinea, are leading the opposition in North Africa?

Jay, seriously can`t you get a part-time job for 2010-11 with some of your 'favorite son or daughter' Presidential aspirants' informing them on some basic Middle East geography and history? They are going to be destroyed. The neocons must be pulling out their hair when they look at the field. Could they be wondering if some of their ideas are suspect if these are their heirs?

I seriously doubt the Ir... (Below threshold)
Evil Otto:

I seriously doubt the Iranian government actually believes this, regardless of what they may say.

And what are you basing that on? Time and again they say things like this, and yet libs like you claim they don't really mean it.

Guess what, Jim? Sometimes insane fanatics really do mean what they say.

"I seriously doubt the I... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"I seriously doubt the Iranian government actually believes this, regardless of what they may say."

You say that because you are a westerner and can't fathom the depth of their belief.

Ahmadinejad is a true believer. There is a sect of Shi'a that firmly believe in the 12th Imam's coming and that it is near. They constitute a large and scary portion of Iran's population and those they support in Syria and Lebanon.

You might want to rethink that.

Jay, seriously can`t you... (Below threshold)
Chico:

Jay, seriously can`t you get a part-time job for 2010-11 with some of your 'favorite son or daughter' Presidential aspirants' informing them on some basic Middle East geography and history? They are going to be destroyed.

In the case of Huckabee and Palin, they are going to try to usher the End Times themselves. You see, as they say, you need room for all the Jews to move to Israel, because that will initiate the Rapture, Armageddon and bring back Jesus. . .

"The Coming is Near" Yeah, although I could not say that with a straight face myself.

Bluenight - Some food for t... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Bluenight - Some food for tghought re: your comment #11: "Evangelical Christians" is not correct. "Evangelical" has nothing to do with the WBC nuts. None of their actions are evangelical or Christian.

And many who identify themselves as "evangelical," such as myself, think that Tim Lahaye, Hal Lindsey, John Haggee, Benny Hinn, etc., are false prophets and should never be listened to. Their "left behind" theology is leading many astray and looking for antichrists behind every tree. They make Christians look idiotic.

And you need to read the Bible where Jesus certainly DID have an "us vs. them" message. Just one example: "I am the way, the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

I always find it interestin... (Below threshold)

I always find it interesting that so many Christians seem unaware of the fact that Islam has teachings related to eschatology, specifically a final purging of sin from the world and ultimate divine judgment of the wicked. We really shouldn't be surprised by this, since Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all share elements of ancient Middle Eastern culture, specifically its literature and rhetoric, metaphors, and so forth.

For decades American prophets of doom (Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe, John Hagee, etc.) have been trying to foretell the Second Coming of Jesus and the end of the world by claiming that current events unfolding in the Middle East were predicted thousands of years ago by Old Testament prophets. So color me unsurprised on that one.

These same leaders, particularly John Hagee, have also been attempting to influence government policy toward Israel, presumably in order to ensure that America is "doing God's will"; in essence, paving the way for the events of the Last Days to unfold. So again, hearing Iranian religious leaders doing the same things is unsurprising.

What makes the Iranian version of "The Late Great Planet Earth" alarming is the fact that the religious fundamentalists control its government (and by default its military) -- a perfect case for the separation of church and state if ever there was one -- and, these fundamentalists seem to believe that it is the will of Allah for them to instigate a "holy war" in order to trigger the series of events that leads to the return of the 12th Imam.

Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with the Religious Right's continuous and unconditional lobbying in support of Israel, but those activities are essentially harmless when compared to the Iranian government apparently preparing its people to instigate an all-out war in the Middle East.

It is unfortunate that the ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

It is unfortunate that the left lacks the understanding and power of faith. The left will sight two extreme examples of some lone sect and call that the norm. It speaks to their ability to seriously debate a serious topic. The current president, who reigns over 57 states is not even close to an amateur on foreign policy. His politicizing everything is making us look like a laughing stock throughout the world. The left says muslims throughout the world hate us, but Egypt, Tunisia and Lybia are crying out our name for help so it is obvious the only people who hate america are the dictators and liberal americans. ww

Be patient mullahs-- your A... (Below threshold)
PBunyan:

Be patient mullahs-- your Al Mahdi is busy right now destroying "the Great Satan" (that would the United States to radical Muslims and leftists). Once he's done here, Obama, a.k.a. the 12th Imam, will be ready to take the Caliphate and lead your 57 states.

If they're bleatin... (Below threshold)
If they're bleating that it's the 'End Times' most likely its to shore up their base, not the masses that despise them and tried to revolt earlier.

That's basically what I'm saying. ALthough it's also worth noting that it's the *urban* majority who despise them - not the rural majority, who have poorer access to technology, education, and specifically internet, twitter, etc.

So the urban majority may or may not be the national majority, they may be outweighed by the rural population - I honestly don't know.

And what are you b... (Below threshold)
And what are you basing that on? Time and again they say things like this, and yet libs like you claim they don't really mean it.

Hey, that's my guess. You're welcome to disagree.

If you're taking that as my meaning that the Iranian government is nice, sweet, and reasonable, then that's absolutely wrong. But let's remember that Iran is really run by the legislature. Entire bodies of governments shainr power tend to be less specifically insane than individuals, just not necessarily less evil.

But, whatev.

Once he's done her... (Below threshold)
Once he's done here, Obama, a.k.a. the 12th Imam,

Oh ffs. Obama is about as Islamic as Bill Cosby.

You know, sometimes I wish Obama really was an Islamofascist Marxit Elitist Boogieman, just so you guys would really have something to cry about.

Well, if the 12th Imam is a... (Below threshold)
914:

Well, if the 12th Imam is a bumbling fool, it could be Barry.

Michael, very well done. Of... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Michael, very well done. Of course Ismael was born of a whore and by Abraham not obeying GOD and trusting GOD that his wife Sarah will bear him a son, GOD banished Ismael from Abrahams promise. With that action, I can understand why Islam has such a low opinion of women.

Israel was the only tribe of the 12 tribes of Judah that obeyed and kept God's laws. For that, even though the relationship has been rocky at times, God said as long as there are stars in the sky Israel will be my people. (paraphrasing)

The terrorists are correct. They declared a Holy War on us. Our biggest mistake is not recognizing this. They want us to be Muslim, or dead. Two options. ww

All the bickering aside, I ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

All the bickering aside, I think the regime made a mistake, potentially disastrous.

My dad worked in the region for a long time, and the thing about Iran is that it's very, very racist and has a strong superiority complex. That is, Iranians make a big deal out of being Aryan (racially, not in a Reich sense) and generally consider themselves to be the leaders of the Gulf. As a people, not so much because they love their Shah/Ayatollah/Leader.

The 'mahdi' gambit has been played before, and the historical model has three stages; stage one, the 'Mahdi' is "revealed" and basically leads a horde of Muslims against the Great Satan, stage two where some early success is enjoyed and there is talk of restoring "The Caliphate", and stage three where things fall apart, the would-be Mahdi is denounced as a fake and a lot of bad things happen to the region for the next few decades. Since 1979 the Iranian Big Mullah Movement has been playing the notion of beating down the Great Satan and taking charge, and frankly they've done well for themselves, strategically. Not that many Iranians would not rather have the standard of living they enjoyed two generations ago, and not that many Iranians kinds sorta like the idea of being able to express themselves without risking their lives for it, but the military and the Revolutionary Guard have been happy with things. Problem is, they play up this Mahdi thing and they are risking a lot for not much gain. And seriously, it's not hard to figure out who would be the guy cast in the role of 'Mahdi Knows Best', but not that many people would benefit from Ah'm-a-total-nutjob starting a major war, which is the obvious next major step in this plan.

So, either the Iranians have decided to let the crazies drive the car, or this is a faction ploy which other well-armed factions may decide is too much to tolerate. Excuse the mental image, but this plan could easily blow up in the Mullahs' faces.

RE #22:Relax Jim. ... (Below threshold)
PBunyan:

RE #22:

Relax Jim. I was joking. (Although Obama actually being Al Mahdi would answer a lot of puzzling questions about his policies...)

Obama is about as religious as Richard Dawkins. So no, I don't think he's a Muslim either.

He is however clearly a fascist, a Marxist, and an elitist, so most of your wish has already come true.

He is however clea... (Below threshold)
He is however clearly a fascist, a Marxist, and an elitist, so most of your wish has already come true.

ffs again.

Please explain how someone who gives away so much to corporations can be a Marxist.

Better yet, please explain any one thing that Obama has done which is so radical, that neither GWB nor Clinton would have done it.

Does this mean these jokers... (Below threshold)
Oldpuppymax:

Does this mean these jokers will be taking to the streets with guns?? If so, I won't need any targets from Walmart.

"Please explain how some... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Please explain how someone who gives away so much to corporations can be a Marxist."

Don't be so naive. He buys their support. He allows them to have huge influence in fashioning laws and regulations in return that benefit them and diminishes their competition. They help him and his Marxist friends to get and retain power.

And yes, his Marxist friends too. He's surrounded himself with these people his whole life.

"Spread the wealth around...."

Except for theirs of course.

So, Oyster, your evidence t... (Below threshold)

So, Oyster, your evidence that he's a Marxist is that he's giving corporations what they want.

Do you have any other evidence that he's a Marxist? Such as, something he's said or done.




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