Discussion on the ideology of the clerical establishment in Iran and how they believe the end of the world is near.
January 27, 2012
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:
A NEW IRANIAN FILM HIGHLIGHTS THE THREAT TO ISRAEL
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:
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
Ever since I exposed the Iranian documentary “The Coming is Upon Us,” which promises the imminent coming of the last 12th Shiite Imam, Imam Mahdi, a heated argument is taking place within the Iranian establishment that is causing panic and concern over the coverage of the movie in the West. The film reveals the regime’s true ideology and plans for the world.
As I stated in my release, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, President Ahmadinejad’s top adviser and chief of staff, was directly involved with this project and he was the first one to be sacrificed over the movie’s publicity in the West. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had strongly supported his sometimes controversial chief of staff, had no option but to fire him from that position, which was announced on April 8th. One day later Rahim Mashaei, in answer to reporters in Tehran, denied any relation to the makers of the movie though he did not deny all of its facts.
However, the objection to this movie came not only from those opposing Ahmadinejad, but from some hardline radicals, including, Hossein Shariatmadari, the managing editor of Kayhan, Iran’s major state newspaper. He lambasted everyone claiming that now the enemy (the West) is using this video to weaken the Islamic Republic of Iran by showing the inside intimacies of their sacred beliefs to the world.
The Iranian regime never intended for the documentary to be made public. Reports indicate that funds for its production came directly from the Revolutionary Guards as they intended to distribute it en masse throughout the Middle East to incite further uprisings, while calling for the unification of Arabs to overthrow the U.S.-backed governments and promising the destruction of Israel and the imminent coming of the last Islamic messiah, the 12th Imam.
The revelations in this movie have even caused Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq to show concern as he has long opposed the radicalism coming out of Iran. He openly made this statement: “The analysis for the timing of The Coming of the last Imam is quite concerning. These analyses could weaken the very belief of Muslims. Such activities should not take place in Iran …This is very worrisome.”
All of this caused the makers of the documentary, who call themselves “The Conductors of The Coming” and, as I reported, worked in collaboration with the Iranian president’s office and with the Basij (Iranian paramilitary force), to come out and hold a press conference in which they defended the movie and stated some very interesting facts including that the movie was pre-screened to the supreme leader prior to availability:
At first, they harshly criticized those attacking the movie and responded to a question posed that the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei and President Ahmadinejad had seen the movie. They stated:
“We can tell you with utmost assurance that they have seen the movie as it touches on a very important subject and it relates directly to them. The enemy now has zoomed in on this issue. We did show it to the supreme leader and the president for their review ourselves and there was no objection.”
In response to another question the film makers defended the comparison of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to the mythical figure “Seyed Khorasani,” who per Hadith creates the circumstances for the reappearance of Shiites’ 12th Imam and passes the flag of Islam to the last Imam by noting several points: “One is that on many occasions when others have called him Seyed Khorasani, he has smiled and nodded without refusing the claim. Many have asked him to verify his position and he has chosen silence. Well if it was not true, if it was not in accordance with his own belief, then wouldn’t the Supreme Leader come out and say this is not true and stop this argument?”
The producers of the movie then continued by reaffirming the facts that the Revolutionary Guard Commander Jabari and former Chief Commander of the Guards Yahya Safavi, and even Grand Ayatollah Kazem Haeri and many more prominent figures have called the supreme leader “Seyed Khorasani” in front of him and His Excellency has nodded.
It is important to note that in the video, Grand Ayatollah Khomeni, the founder of the Islamic Republic, is quoted as saying that he had three goals for Iran:
1. Overthrowing the Shah
2. Establishing an Islamic State
3. Creating the situation for the return of the last Imam
Then it goes on to say that the one after him will be the one to pass the flag of Islam to Imam Mahdi for the conquest of the world by Islam. There is also a quote that Khomeni personally told Ayatollah Khamenei that he will be the one to bring about the End of Times and the final glorification of Allah!
While the Iranian leaders are scrambling to stop the damage caused by the publicity over this video, it is important to note that they truly believe it is their mission to destroy Israel and bring about the reappearance of last Shiites’ Imam for the final glorification of Islam.
This morning, reports claim the Iranian regime has filtered the website of “The Conductors of The Coming,” along with the movie and all of the related information.
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