Islamic End Times scheduled for June 5

Not to be outdone by Harold Camping, some Muslims are predicting the onset of the End Times  to occur on June 5.   Iran’s political establishment is being torn by a controversy over the return of the messiah-like Mahdi.   Some Shi’ites have set a date, so we will be able to see if they are right.  From Reza Kahlili:

Increasing tensions between Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intensified when hardline clerics exerted pressure on Ahmadinejad to obey the supreme leader as the ultimate authority. Those tensions were exacerbated with the arrest of over 25 of Ahmadinejad’s associates and loyalists, along with a high-level member of his inner circle. Supporters of the supreme leader are referring to Ahmadinejad’s group as “The Deviant Movement.”

This “group” has announced that within the upcoming weeks a monumental event will turn the tide to their advantage.

Based on a report from Iran’s Ayandeh, one of the officials within “The Deviant Movement” has informed his confidants that certain sources close to the “Mahdi’s Emergence Movement” have stated that an important event will soon change the course of operations to Ahmadinejad’s favor. According to interpretations offered by Ahmadinejad’s team, a high-ranking member of the Islamic Republic will meet with a climactic incident. This in turn will build up to the announcement of the “covert emergence” of the Twelfth Imam (or Mahdi) in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Hardliners critical of Ahmadinejad  maintain that his team believes a covert emergence will commence on the 14th of Khordaad (June 5) in Medina, setting the stage for the announcement of the actual emergence in the next few years.

Certain accounts have chronicled that prior to the official emergence of the Mahdi, he will appear covertly in Medina, and during a period of one to three years he will lay the foundations for the actual announcement of his appearance. . . .

Ahmadinejad believes that the covert emergence has, in fact, occurred. Therefore, he acts like he no longer needs the supreme leader and that he can disobey him, as he is taking his orders directly from the Mahdi himself.

Mehdi Khazali, son of Ayatollah Khazali — an ally of Khamenei who has access to high-level authorities within the supreme leadership — has noted on his website that the month of Khordaad (May 21 to June 21) will generate much chaos within the Iranian political strata. He has also expressed grave concern regarding the state of affairs and developments facing the Iranian people in the second half of the month. . . .

Since Ahmadinejad’s ascent to power, talk of the emergence of the Mahdi has increased. A number of hardliners, who are installed within the halls of the presidency, are attempting to utilize the Iranian and global situation to demonstrate the signs of the emergence of the Mahdi and to prove that the Rapture is imminent.

As I revealed recently, a secret Iranian documentary, The Coming is Upon Us, details the last condition for the reappearance as the destruction of Israel and the conquest of Jerusalem by Ahmadinejad. He has been portrayed as the mythical figure in centuries-old Hadiths, Shoeib-ebne Saleh, the Islamic commander who attacks Israel in the End of Times and creates the needed circumstances for the reappearance of the Shiite messiah, the 12th Imam Mahdi.

The question is: Will the rifts in the Iranian leadership push Ahmadinejad and his team to draw Israel into an unwanted war to prove that he is that mythical figure and to facilitate the Rapture?

How is the religion of Harold Camping like that of Islam?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • larry

    It’s precisely like it theologically. The only distinction is the level of crassness. Luther warned that ultimately the heresy Scripture addresses is not of the crass direct opposition kind but lays things along side of the truth. It concurs with many things but lays things along side of it. It uses the terms, as Luther discusses heresy in particular faith, grace, gospel, christ, spirit, etc…but means (doctrinally) “another kind”.

    This parallels the warnings of both Paul and Christ. They don’t say “Beware of secularism or tree worshipping”, but beware of other gospels, other spirits, other christs. The term ANTI-christ does not so much mean in direct opposition (though it is) but rather ‘in place of’. This happens when it all calls itself faith, grace, gospel, christ, spirit, etc… This is why Paul (and Christ) warns about examining the doctrine, not just affirming statements like “we too believe in grace and that’s all we are about”.

    The difference is only a matter of camouflage.

  • larry

    It’s precisely like it theologically. The only distinction is the level of crassness. Luther warned that ultimately the heresy Scripture addresses is not of the crass direct opposition kind but lays things along side of the truth. It concurs with many things but lays things along side of it. It uses the terms, as Luther discusses heresy in particular faith, grace, gospel, christ, spirit, etc…but means (doctrinally) “another kind”.

    This parallels the warnings of both Paul and Christ. They don’t say “Beware of secularism or tree worshipping”, but beware of other gospels, other spirits, other christs. The term ANTI-christ does not so much mean in direct opposition (though it is) but rather ‘in place of’. This happens when it all calls itself faith, grace, gospel, christ, spirit, etc… This is why Paul (and Christ) warns about examining the doctrine, not just affirming statements like “we too believe in grace and that’s all we are about”.

    The difference is only a matter of camouflage.

  • SKPeterson

    There is also an “escapist” element – God will come and take away the good people from all the bad people and bad things that make (my) life miserable, but I’m not one of those people who make others miserable or fails to alleviate other’s suffering.

  • SKPeterson

    There is also an “escapist” element – God will come and take away the good people from all the bad people and bad things that make (my) life miserable, but I’m not one of those people who make others miserable or fails to alleviate other’s suffering.

  • Jonathan

    Of course. It all makes sense now, the reason for the call to pre-1967 borders.

  • Jonathan

    Of course. It all makes sense now, the reason for the call to pre-1967 borders.

  • Joe

    Well, I don’t know what anything about the guy who is being quoted her, but it is generally understood that chaos is required before the 12 Imam will publicly return.

  • Joe

    Well, I don’t know what anything about the guy who is being quoted her, but it is generally understood that chaos is required before the 12 Imam will publicly return.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Sorry, but I still don’t put much stock in the words of this Reza Kahlili guy.

    I noticed that Veith’s citation link was broken, so, looking to fix it, I Googled bits of this quote in an attempt to track down the correct URL (now at the link in Veith’s post above). And I couldn’t help but notice how many sites there were flogging this quote from Kahlili — in the context of promoting notions of a Christian rapture, with this being a sign of the Antichrist. I still think Kahlili’s site does little more than flog his own book, as well, which is the main reason I’m suspicious. In short, I think this author is selling American Christians exactly what they want to hear.

    Which doesn’t mean that it’s all made-up, of course. But I’m not exactly likely to put stock in it, all the same.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Sorry, but I still don’t put much stock in the words of this Reza Kahlili guy.

    I noticed that Veith’s citation link was broken, so, looking to fix it, I Googled bits of this quote in an attempt to track down the correct URL (now at the link in Veith’s post above). And I couldn’t help but notice how many sites there were flogging this quote from Kahlili — in the context of promoting notions of a Christian rapture, with this being a sign of the Antichrist. I still think Kahlili’s site does little more than flog his own book, as well, which is the main reason I’m suspicious. In short, I think this author is selling American Christians exactly what they want to hear.

    Which doesn’t mean that it’s all made-up, of course. But I’m not exactly likely to put stock in it, all the same.

  • steve

    A lot of what’s in that article has been echoed by more mainstream news outlets. Some of the more salacious details about the appearance of the Mahdi may come from the new documentary about which most articles only give passing mention, but which also apparently caused the arrest of the presidential palace prayer leader. And the term “deviant group” or “deviant circle” makes appearance in other accounts too. Not having read more about the documentary, I can only speculate. On the other hand, this is a part of the world where attacks on political rivals might easily come in the form of allegations of sorcery or “deviant” religious views.

  • steve

    A lot of what’s in that article has been echoed by more mainstream news outlets. Some of the more salacious details about the appearance of the Mahdi may come from the new documentary about which most articles only give passing mention, but which also apparently caused the arrest of the presidential palace prayer leader. And the term “deviant group” or “deviant circle” makes appearance in other accounts too. Not having read more about the documentary, I can only speculate. On the other hand, this is a part of the world where attacks on political rivals might easily come in the form of allegations of sorcery or “deviant” religious views.

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