A New Iranian Film Highlights The Threat To Israel

Written by Reza Kahlili on April 30th, 2011

I found the following analysis by Joel Rosenberg on the Iranian documentary “The Coming is Upon Us” fascinating and wanted to share it with all those interested in the subject:

By Joel C. Rosenberg


In May, Israelis will celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the rebirth of the modern Jewish state even as forces are amassing in the region to wipe Israel off the face of the map. I will be in Israel at that time for the annual “Epicenter Conference” my colleagues and I organize and host. As part of our conference, we will show excerpts from a new feature-length documentary film, titled The Coming Is Upon Us, to hundreds of pastors, Christian ministry leaders, rabbis and lay people from Israel, the United States and around the world. Why? Because the film highlights in a unique way a grave and growing threat to Israel and the West.

The Coming Is Upon Us was brought to the attention of the West in April by Reza Kahlili, a former Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps officer who in the 1980s became a double agent for the Central Intelligence Agency working against Iran. Kahlili, who recently published a must-read book about his experiences in the CIA called A Time To Betray, obtained a copy of the film from his sources inside Iran. He gave a copy to the Christian Broadcasting Network, which broke the story. To their credit, Fox News, the Drudge Report, Glenn Beck and others quickly picked up the story and alerted millions of Americans to the disturbing film. Still, more must be done.

The Coming Is Upon Us is significant for several reasons:

  1. The film provides the most recent and up-to-date description of the beliefs held by Shia Muslims known as “Twelvers” that the so-called Islamic messiah known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi” will soon appear on Earth to usher in or oversee the destruction of Israel, the establishment of an Islamic caliphate (kingdom), and the End of Days.
  2. The film explains why Shia leaders see the recent wars, revolutions and uprisings in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and elsewhere throughout the Middle East and North Africa as prophetic signs consistent with Islamic End Times teachings, and further proof that the Twelfth Imam is coming soon.
  3. The film identifies for the first time that Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are specific End Times figures foretold in Shia Islamic prophecies.
  4. The film has been screened and approved at the highest levels of Iranian government, indicating that Khamenei and Ahmadinejad approve of their depiction as End Times figures and believe their eschatology is being vindicated by current events in the Middle East. If this is accurate, it would provide further explanation as to why Iran’s top leaders feel emboldened to resist honest negotiations with the West and are determined to continue developing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, both of which directly threaten Israel, America and Western allies and interests.
  5. The film has been screened throughout Iran for military officers and soldiers as well as for paramilitary units. This, too, suggests that Iran’s leaders are trying to prepare their forces for a steadily approaching apocalyptic, genocidal war against Israel, the United States and the West and to encourage them not to fear because, in their view, Shia Muslims are on the winning side of history.
  6. The film is being translated from Farsi (the language of Iran) to Arabic, suggesting that it will soon be shown and distributed throughout the broader Middle East and North Africa to prepare other Muslims — Sunni and Shia – to join Iran in a genocidal war with Israel and the West.

As an evangelical Christian who believes in the Bible, not the Qur’an, I see the film as full of false teaching (the Twelfth Imam is not the true Messiah, cannot save mankind and will not set up a global Islamic kingdom), delivered by false teachers (Iranian clerics), who follow a false religion (Islam). However, the film is useful in that it is further evidence that Christ was correct when He warned His disciples in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 that “false messiahs” and “false prophets” will come in the last days before Christ’s own return. Indeed, while we can’t know for certain that a false Islamic messiah known as the Twelfth Imam is actually coming at all — much less “soon” — we should recognize that this is possible, it would be a fulfillment of Bible prophecy, it would lead to much deception in the world, and would need to be countered with great courage and wisdom by faithful followers of Jesus Christ teaching directly from the Bible.

Despite the poor production values of the film, The Coming Is Upon Us provides a window into the minds of the men running Iran’s brutal and tyrannical regime. Western intelligence agencies and policy-makes would be wise to watch the film and carefully analyze how Shia End Times theology is currently driving Iranian foreign policy and posing a clear and present danger to Israel, America and the West.

Joel C. Rosenberg (www.joelrosenberg.com) is the author of eight New York Times best-selling books, including his latest novel, The Twelfth Imam, and his latest non-fiction book, Inside The Revolution. He is also the host of the annual Epicenter Conference (www.epicenterconference.com).

Watch the Film here: The Coming is Upon Us


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Frumious Falafel says:

    Excellent posting Reza! The film MUST be kept in the “Public’s consciousness” for as long as humanely possible (that is, if TV episodes of “American Idol” — and interesting choice of words) do not sap away the attention of the public.

    And of course we know that the administration is now solely focused on the election. Thus I’m afraid that NOBODY BUT ISRAEL (with perhaps, some under the table collusion from Saudi Arabia — an amazing fact in and of itself) has their “eye on the ball” at this highly critical moment in history.

    Beck is probably our best hope…

  2. Lynda parker says:

    I am very interested in the coming of our lord
    Jesus Christ and helping The people of Israel.

    God bless you,
    Lynda parker

  3. Harold Bethelmy says:

    We have all ready begin to pray for
    Isreal and finding ways to send gifts within our abilities to do so.
    Shalom Forever
    Br Harold and Sis Geraldine H Roberts Bethelmy.

  4. jonah says:

    Any document is useful, even the most blatant propaganda
    (for instance bad old ‘dolf’s “Mein Kampf”)
    This DVD will be in the near future
    highly regarded as symptomatic of
    the current round of the harridan’s fight between Hamandjinnhades &
    ayathollah Khameini, both swearing
    by the foul ghost of ayathollah Khomeini, the late hyperrabid anti-Israel, dyspeptically dour imam who was so visibly and so spectacularly carried away by demons to Hell on June 4th
    1989(!) Coincidence ? No.

    Back to the DVD “The Coming Is Upon Us”, just putting forth as equals Hamandjinnhades and his Imam, is too much for both of their
    egos to digest.
    Something had to give, and its the
    lid atop the cauldron of hot lava of scalding hatred tyrants have for each other.

    GOD IS GRADUALLY METING OUT To the Islamics The Measure Of what they
    intend for Israel.

    GOD BLESS Israel, And The Iranian
    People too, Who dared to rise against tyranny.
    Unlike the Turks who are happily voting their way to doom in Hell, out of their hatred for Israel.

  5. Pilgrim Larry says:

    I highly recommend
    “The Islamic Antichrist”
    by Joel Richardson.

    When the Antichrist foretold in the Bible comes then the Muslims will accept him as their Mahdi.

    In fact, if you take the end time characters and sequence of events the Bible shows us (all true) what the Muslim prophecy does is to reverse the roles.

    When Christ comes to destroy the Antichrist and rule the world then the Muslims will think He is the Antichrist and will fight against Him.

  6. Al Siegwald says:

    Jesus is still in control and there is a happy ending for those who truly commit their lives to him. Not to worry just be in prayer for GOD can do all things…

  7. Anna says:

    A movie to watch in this regard would be Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The Gardener – shot in Israel.


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