Ramadan and the Islamic Expectations of the Coming Mahdi (Messiah)
By Robert E. Mock M.D.
From October 4 to November 3, 2005, the 1 billion faithful of the Muslim world will be celebrating their most holiest month of the year, Ramadan. The mood of Islam is elated. They see the great Satan reeling as the impacts of the triad of hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast and lower Southeastern Seaboard of the United States. They see the Little Satan reeling as their greatest hopes and aspirations have been given to them to encircle completely the Nation of Israel. Since the globalist’s government of Sharon made the unilateral decision to pull 8000 of their citizens from the Gaza Strip and several small communities in the Shomron, the Islamist fundamentalists have swept down Gaza Strip while PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has crept inside his headquarters. They also streamed through the Philadelphia Corridor while the Egyptian security stood aside with indifference. Now the Islamic cells, shouting the calls of praise to Allah, have imbedded themselves all around the Israeli Negev. The prophetic day of fate of Psalms 83 looms on the horizon for Israel.
“Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered Ones. They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”
“For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You: the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagerites; Gebel, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah
Even so, the western realms of the globalist’s Golden Internationale are reeling from the omens of the financial markets. The entire world’s economic order is threatened with collapse by a major infra-structure of their oil dominated society. On top of that the Russian, European and American societies are threatened with the far ranging spread and pandemic threat of the Avian Bird Influenza. At this same moment, while the foes of Islam appears to be crumbling before their eyes, the portents of the heavens in this new century are bringing harbingers of great joy as the signs of the heavens in the solar and lunar eclipses appear to show the great pleasure of Allah and the portents that the Great Mahdi will soon appear.
On the web site for The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam (Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’at-e-Islam Lahore), in an article dated August 12, 1999 titled, “The Significance of the Lunar and Solar Eclipses in Islam”, it states under the Mahdi’s Appearance:
The Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement - This double obscuration of the sun and the moon took place in the year 1300 Hijrah, corresponding to the year 1894 of the Christian era. In the month of Ramazan (between the months of March and April 1894), in that year, the moon was eclipsed on the 13th night (March 20, 1894) and the sun on the 28th day (April 6, 1894), precisely in accordance with the Holy Prophet’s, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, word. It was such a unique and unprecedented eclipse, that it has ever since been called THE DARK DAY in history.
Astronomers turned every leaf of their dusty record in vain, for not a single similar instance they could find ever since this world came into existence. The Mahdi, of a truth, had come into the world. And he was no other man than Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib of Qadian. Righteous souls rallied round him and Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib applied himself with assiduity to the rejuvenation of Islam.
The growing popularity and success of Hazrat Mirza Sahib made the Maulvis all the more adamant. They fretted and fumed with envy, crying that the sign had not been fulfilled, and that the lunar eclipse, according to the Holy Prophet’s, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, hadith should take place on the first night of Ramazan and the solar eclipse on the 15th day.
The lunar eclipse on the 1st and the solar on the 15th, according to the law governing eclipses, are sheer impossibilities. Moreover, the moon of the first night is almost invisible, and it will be much more so if it were eclipsed. No human eye will be able to see this sign, this darkened moon of the first night, and yet it is, according to the Maulvis, the singular sign of the Great Mahdi. And, thus such an interpretation of the hadith is, on the very face of it, senseless and absurd.”
Yet on the 2005 Ramadan, the impossible became possible except in reverse order, on the first day of the lunar month, October 3, 2005, the sun was eclipsed by the moon and on the 15th day of the month, October 17, 2005, the earth will come between the sun and the moon creating a lunar eclipse.
This prophetic portent of the heavens of the Double Occultation of the Sun and the Moon has ancient lineage. In the days of the Jewish prophet Isaiah he wrote also that before the coming of the Maschiach of Yisra’el (Messiah of Israel) at the Great Day of the Lord these events would occur:
Isaiah 13:9-13 – “Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.
I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the havens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.”
Of course we have the words of the Jewish rabbi, prophet and messiah, Yahshua ben Yosef (Jesus son of Joseph) who made these prophetic utterances concerning the “Solar and Lunar Eclipse as the Signs of the Time of the End” on the Mount of Olives during the Olivet Discourse:
Matthew 24:39 – “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will v send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Both Isaiah and Jesus also give affirmation to the order of this Double Occultation where the “Sun will be darkened” during the time of the New Moon and then the Full Moon “will not give its light.” What is even more fascinating that while Allah appears to be speaking to the Islamic people, the Lord of hosts is also speaking to the Jewish “chosen ones of Israel” and the Christian “saints of the Most High.”
During the onset of the beginning of the Jewish New Year 5766, the Sun was “darkened” during the first New Moon of Rosh Hashanah on October 3, 2005 and the “Moon did not give its full light to shine” on the first day of Succot (Feast of Pentecost) on October 17, 2005.
One of the most recent up swellings of messianic anticipation by the Islamic Shiites of the return of the Mahdi was reported by BibleSearchers Reflections on April, 2004 in Global News:
BibleSearchers Reflection – “From the preparation day of Passover, April 5, 2004 (14 Nissan) to the 56th year celebration of the Nation of Israel on April 20, 2004 (29 Nissan 5764), who won their independence on May 14, 1948, the tumultuous events in America and the Middle East give pause to BibleSearchers. What is the intent of the Divine One who is arranging all the nations in preparation for the coming of the Moshiach (Messiah)?
What is now being called the declaration of war by Iran against America, Iraq War II, all the best intentions of the Bush administration to prepare for the transition of government to the Iraqi people on June 30, 2004 appear to be swept away in a tide of violence that is ever escalating. Under the banner of Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr, who cloaks himself and his warriors with the mantle of the Mahdi, we must ask does he consider himself the future messiah after Mohammed, who would come to this earth at the end of the age? It is this same Sheik al-Sadr, who represents the Iranian cleric, Kadhem al-Husseini al-Haeri who in turn represents the Ayatollah Mohammed Bakir Khakim. It is their intent to impose Islamic rule over the country of Iraq. We now can see the region quickly exploding in a “Holy War” of proportions not anticipated by military strategists of the United States.
By the end of April, the twin sieges at Falluja and Najaf have brought the worse crisis to the Bush administration since Saddam Hussein was ousted from power. In the interim, President Bush endorsed Ariel Sharon’s Gaza-settlement plan with the words that “the entire world should thank Ariel Sharon”. This brought down universal condemnation from almost all the nations of this earth. The Arab world is now boiling in hatred to both the United States and Israel.
The United States is quickly being engulfed in the same experience that Israel has faced for years. Whether force or appeasement, the results will be the same. The fate of George Bush Jr. and the United States seen as the ‘Great Satan’ and Israel seen as the ‘Little Satan’ will be intrinsically bound together in probably the worse diplomatic rift with the moderate Arab allies in decades. The rise of hatred towards Bush and Sharon is paralleled with the astronomical rise in admiration for Osama ben Laden.
At this same time, BibleSearchers were seriously looking at the opening of the Iranian front against the coalition forces dominated by the United States in Iraq as being the opened door to the Second Red Seal of the Apocalypse in Revelation. In fact it had been 1260 days (3½ years) since the end of the seven year Oslo Peace Accord and the beginning of Yassir Arafat’s Palestinian Intifada against Sharon’s Israeli government on Rosh Hashanah 2000.
We also had to consider on that Passover, 2004 in the article titled, “Is the Passover at the Conjunction of a Major Prophetic Event?”, whether the 7 year Oslo Accord, the 3½ year Intifada of the Palestinians and the rise of Al Sadr’s Mahdi’s Army were all apart of the “Appointed Time” ordained since creation by the God of creation.
Now eighteen months later, Ramadan begins at the same time as Rosh Hashanah on October 3, 2005. The fall festivals of the Hebrews follow an adjusted lunar calendar that prescribed that the festivals of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot always occur after the fall harvest season of the year. On the other hand, the Islamic month of Ramadan follows a strict lunar calendar can fall in the autumn, winter or spring seasons. Is the God of Israel moving His finger as He guides the affairs of the nations of this planet earth?
The Messianic Mahdi of Islam
The concept of the Mahdi and the Mahdi Warriors is virtually unknown to the western peoples. In the Islamic world, its significance is of immense significance. According to the Encyclopaedia of the Orient under the Article, “Mahdi”, it gives us this insight into this Islamic warrior messiah.
Encyclopaedia of the Orient – “The Arabic term "Mahdi" is best translated with "divinely guided one". The main principle of the Mahdi is that he is a figure that is absolutely guided by God. This guidance is stronger form of guidance than normal guidance, which usually involves a human being willfully acting according to the guidance of God. The Mahdi on the other hand, has nothing of this human element, and his acts will be in complete accordance to God's will.
According to Knight Ridder News on April 8, 2005 in an article called, “Al-Sadr's militia named after messianic image:”
Knight Ridder News – “Muqtada al-Sadr summoned one of Shiite Islam's most messianic images when he chose the name Mahdi Army for his militia. The mahdi is believed to be the successor to Muhammad who will return to save the world. The word isn't mentioned in the Quran or in the collected sayings attributed to Muhammad, known as the hadiths. But the term is common to both Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam as the term for a leader who will bring righteousness to the world.
The title means "the divinely guided one" but refers to differing concepts, depending on the believer. Some Muslims believe the mahdi will come in conjunction with the second coming of Jesus. For the largest branch of Shiites, however, the "mahdi" is the 12th imam or leader of the Muslim faith who is said to have gone into hiding in the ninth century and who Shiites believe is still alive and will return at the day of judgment. The concept is so holy, say some, that few in Islam would dare use it to describe themselves, which makes the actions of al-Sadr's militia appear all the more audacious.”
While the Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr in the last twelve months has gone underground and remained virtually silent the rise of Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda has been in phenomenal ascent. This fact alone is highlighted in the October 10, 2005 article by Paul Williams as the author the new book, "The Al-Qaeda Connection," for the G2 Bulletin titled, “Nuclear Ramadan 2005?”
G2 Bulletin – “Will the American Hiroshima occur during Ramadan, which began Oct. 4 and ends Nov. 2? Islamic clerics
point out that the signs in the heavens are propitious for such an event.
This year, Muslims will experience solar and lunar eclipses during the holy
month. These great heavenly signs, according to Islamic visionary Hazrat
Mirza Ghulam Sahib, foretell the coming of the "Mahdi," the mighty
warrior of the Apocalypse, who will defeat the army of Yajuj wa-Majuj (“the infidel
unbelievers”), led by the Dabbah or “the Beast.” He will lead the
Muslims to great victory and bring forth the Day of Islam, when all of creation
falls before the throne of Allah.
Islamic tradition says that the Mahdi will be a descendant of Muhammad through his daughter Fatima. He will have a distinctive forehead, a prominent nose, and a black mole on his face. He will arise from Arabia and will be called from a cave by Allah to serve as the savior of all true believers.
Osama bin Laden has the high forehead, the
prominent nose, and the black mole. He hails from Arabia and received his
calling from a cave in Afghanistan. Bin Laden speaks of the president of
the United States as Dabbah, the beast he must slay, and of the American
people as the Yajuj wa-Majuj, the nation of Gog that he must destroy. In
his edicts and official correspondence, he no longer signs his name as Osama
bin Laden but as Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden. Is Osama the Mahdi? Many
Muslims believe so…
One Muslim, who views bin Laden as the Mahdi, is Sheikh Nasir bin Hamid al Fahd. Al Fahd recently issued a religious ruling or fatwa on behalf of the clerics of Saudi Arabia that granted bin Laden and other terrorists the permission to use nuclear weapons against the United States. In the fatwa, titled "A Treatise on the Legal Status of Using Weapons of Mass Destruction against Infidels," al Fahd rules that international law should not be taken into consideration while determining if America should be nuked. Islamic law, he says, overrides all man-made laws.
To the question of whether a nuclear attack would violate the Islamic teaching that “the basic rule in killing is to do it in a good manner,” al Fahd argues that this teaching means that one should only kill in a good manner “when one can.” He goes on to say that it is permissible in certain circumstances to kill women, children, and fellow Muslims for the sake of jihad. Al Fahd justifies the mass casualties and destruction that would be caused by the American Hiroshima -- the al Qaeda plan to detonate seven tactical nuclear weapons in seven major U.S. cities -- by arguing that an estimate of the number of Muslims killed by Americans would total “almost 10 million. He writes: “If a bomb killed 10 million of them [Americans] and burned as much of their land as they have burned the lands of Muslims were dropped on them, it would be permissible, with no need to mention any further argument.”
Al Fahd’s fatwa, despite its significance, has not been published -- either in portion or in entirety -- by any leading American newspaper or news outlet. Concern about a possible nuclear attack on the U.S. during Ramadan was first raised by the CIA’s interception of a communiqué of May 30 from Abu Masals al-Zarqawi to Osama bin Laden. In the letter, al Zarqawi speaks of a “great Ramadan offensive” that will create a “fateful confrontation between the United States and Israel.” Such concern was heightened by the appearance of Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second in command, on a taped message that was aired on al-Jazeera Aug. 8. He issued the following warning to the American people: “What you have seen, O Americans, in New York and Washington and the losses you are having in Afghanistan and Iraq, in spite of the blackouts by your media, are only the initial clashes. . . . You will experience horrors that will make you forget the horrors you have experienced in Vietnam.” In addition to the Double Occultation of the sun and the moon, many Muslims see other signs that Allah seeks the destruction of the United States, including the devastation wrought by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”
At no time since the Christian Crusades in 1095 to 1291 have the Islamic nations felt the threat of total annihilation until the War on Terror by the President of the United States, George W. Bush. It is not a war of just military conquest for oil or a war to defend the global interests of the United States and the global community that they represent, but the War on Terror is a war to completely alter the life and lifestyles of the Muslim people. This war is spoken of in glowing terms as a war for freedom and democracy and the instillation of the eventual culture and economic domination of the Golden Internationale of the western globalists, internationalist and Transnationalists.
While the Christian Coalition and the Christian Evangelicals in America are in great support of the war to spread the freedom of democracy around the world, the underlying faith of both the fundamental Islamic and Jewish religions is that the western globalists represent “The Beast of the Apocalypse”. To the Jewish people, the Beast is Edom epitomized by the Roman Hellenistic Empire in the days of Yahshua (Jesus) and the modern European and American globalist cultural empire also of democratic Hellenism that is sweeping the world today. To the Muslim people, the Beast is Dabbah and represented also by the same globalist powers that the former Pope John Paul II recognized to be the Golden Internationale of the western globalists, Internationalist and Transnationalists.
Al-Qaeda and the Final Conflict with the Dabbah (The Beast)
This will not be a war of just a superior power overcoming an inferior power but a war of attrition. In the eyes of the Vice-President of the United States, Dick Cheney in an article by the BBC News,”Cheney warns of 'decades of war” when he warned that the US must be prepared to fight the war on terror for decades, an era that will involve not only this generation but the children and grandchildren of the Americans and Muslims that are fighting each other today.
The stakes are high and all sides are prepared to allow the “Red horse of the Apocalypse” to reign over their land for decades is necessary. Yet the war to annihilation will be costly and devastating. Is this also not the tale of the Apocalypse of Revelation until that day in which:
Revelation 9:6 – “In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.”
As was reported in BibleSearchers Reflections on September 2004, in the compilation of articles in “Al-Qaeda and the American Hiroshima”, the American people are being threatened by a nuclear holocaust on American soil that will involve seven major cities which include: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston, Las Vegas, and Valdez, Alaska
World Net Daily – “Raising new concerns about the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists, al-Qaida is planning spectacular attacks next month against the U.S., Russia and Europe in what it is calling the "Great Ramadan Offensive." The offensive, designed to overshadow the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon, was first referenced in a May 30 letter written by al-Qaida's Iraq commander Abu Musab Zarqawi to Osama bin Laden. It is the subject of a report written by terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky, the former director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, to government officials…
Ramadan, the holiest period in the Muslim calendar, begins Oct. 4 this year and lasts a month. Zarqawi characterizes the attacks as a "fateful confrontation" with the U.S. and Israel. Airports in Italy and the Netherlands are referenced as specific potential targets, and Italy is already on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. A Zarqawi operative named Abu Abdul Rahman al-Jazaeri is considered a key figure in the planned Italy attacks. He is believed to be in the country, but eluding authorities. Details of the operation came from intercepted communications between top al-Qaida leaders about two weeks ago. "I think that the plan for the next stage that was drawn up has reached you or is on its way to you," said Zarqawi's letter to bin Laden. "O God. Make the expedition of Osama proceed toward its goal ... We await your orders as to the next stage of the plan."
This communiqué between bin Laden and Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, the top al-Qaida lieutenant in Iraq, was intercepted only
four months ago by the CIA. This communiqué to date is on the Global
Information System database and is accessible only to intelligence
officials who have high-security clearance. This communiqué speaks
of the "Great Ramadan Offensive" that will create a "fateful
confrontation" with the United States and Israel. It continues, "I
think that the plans for the next stage of the jihad has reached you or will
reach you in a few days," proclaims Zarqawi who continues, "O God,
make the plans of Osama come to fruition!"
As usual it was not initially believed to be a “credible” source until Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s second in command, appearing on al-Jazeera, the official television network of Saudi Arabia, sent this message to the American people on August 8, 2005, "What you have seen, O Americans, in New York and Washington and the losses you are having in Afghanistan and Iraq, in spite of the blackouts by your media, are only the losses of the initial clashes. ... You will soon experience horrors that will make you forget the horrors you have encountered in Vietnam." He continued, "Jihadist forces have been established in all of Western Europe to defend the powerless within the nation. For the crimes that the Crusaders have committed against the Muslims will be reaped by Christians and Jews throughout the Western world."
Prior history and knowledge now lead the American intelligence community to view this threat not with caution but as a severe alert. It must be noted that a prior Zawahiri video message on September 6, 2004 preceded the December 6, 2004 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Also Zawahiri’s message on June 17, 2005 anticipated the London bombings on July 7, 2005 (777). These messages were coupled with intercepted messages from imams who wrote, "Allah has punished America with winds and water," and the America, stumbling by the recent natural disasters, is "under the curse of the Jews."
Yet the planned attacks called the “Great Ramadan Offensive,” were not to include only the United States. According to Sherrie Gossett of Cybercast News Services, the planned attacks also included Western Europe and Russia. More specific targets included the Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands and the Fiumicino Airport in Italy.
According to “Believe Religious Website, under “Ramadan”, the “Night of Determination” was the night between the 26th and 27th days of Ramadan, on which the first revelation of Allah was given to Muhammed the Great and according to the Qur'an, Allah determines the course of the world for the following year.
In an article written for G2 Bulletin on September 29, 2005 titled, “Ramadan and nuke terror – American Hiroshima, Is the Big One set for this month?” a report by Christopher Brown of the Hudson Institute’s Transitions to Democracy Project, it states,
Bulletin - “The fate of the world for the next
Islamic year, if bin Laden has his way, will include the nuclear destruction of
the United States.
Bin Laden has been amassing nuclear weapons and materials since 1992, when he
was in the Sudan. This was substantiated by the testimony of al-Qaida officials
in federal court during the hearings of "The U.S. v. Osama bin
Laden." When he returned to Afghanistan, bin Laden purchased
tactical nuclear weapons from the Chechen Mafia. News of the sale was
confirmed by Saudi, Israeli, British, Saudi and Russian intelligence and
reported in The Times of London, the Jerusalem Report, Al Watan al-Arabi,
Muslim Magazine, Al-Majallah (London’s Saudi weekly) and by the BBC.
In 1997, bin Laden made additional small nuclear weapons from materials bought not only from the Chechens but also black market sources in Russia, China, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine. In 1998, he purchased large quantities of highly enriched uranium from Simeon Mogilevich, a Ukrainian arms dealer. For one delivery of fifteen kilos of uranium-236, Mogilevich was paid $70 million. Bin Laden also purchased several bars of enriched uranium-138 from Ibrahim Abd, an Egyptian arms dealer and several Congolese opposition soldiers. From 1999 to 2001, bin Laden hired scientists and technicians from the A.Q. Khan Research Facility in Pakistan not only to build new nukes from the highly enriched uranium and plutonium but also to maintain, upgrade, reconfigure, and redesign his "off-the shelf" nukes, including nuclear mines, so that they could be packed into lightweight (less than eight pounds) suitcases and backpacks or molded into warheads that could be launched from 120 or 155 millimeter recoilless rifles.
Upon the arrests of Dr. Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and Dr. Chaudry Abdul Majid, two top officials from the Khan facility, the CIA discovered that several of bin Laden’s tactical nukes had been forward-deployed to the United States from Karachi. More information concerning al-Qaida’s nukes came with the arrest in Pakistan of Sharif al-Masri, a key al-Qaida operative. Al Masri, an Egyptian national with close ties to al-Zawahiri, operative, informed CIA and ISI (Pakistani intelligence) officials that several tactical nukes for use in the American Hiroshima had been forward deployed to Mexico for transportation across the border by members of Mara Salvatrucha ("MS-13"), a Salvadoran street gang. These developments caused both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry to speak of nuclear terrorism in the 2004 presidential campaign as "the single greatest danger facing the American people," and for Vice President Cheney to say that a nuclear attack from al-Qaeda appears "imminent." The seven cities targeted by al-Qaida for nuclear destruction are New York, Washington DC, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Chicago.
The idea of a nuclear holocaust on Ramadan does not have universal support of Islamic cleric many who doubt that it will be used on the holiest month of the Islamic year. This was traditionally not a time of war but a time for fasting, meditation and prayer. Yet as history has recorded several critical battles in Islamic history have occurred at Ramadan. These include:
· 624 CE - The Battle of Badr occurred on 17th Ramadan. At that the Prophet Mohammed and his forces were victorious over the Arabian Bedouin tribes who opposed him.
· 627 CE – During this 20th Ramadan, the Muslims trained for the Battle of Ditch.
· 630 CE – On this 23rd Ramadan, the Islamic warriors under Mohammed set up a training camp in Tabouk during the month of fasting and attacked the Byzantine army.
· 653 CE – During this Ramadan, the Muslim army conquered the famed city of Rhodes. They melted the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, into weapons for the soldiers.
· 1187 CE – The Battle of Hattin in which a combined force of Sunnis and Shiites under the fames Muslim general Saladin destroyed the Christian army occurred the morning after the "Night of Determination."
· 1973 CE – On October 6, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a surprise offensive against Israel to launch the Yom Kippur or the 10th of Ramadan War.
2000 CE – The Al-Qaida
cell in Yemen launched the suicide bombing against the USS Cole and
crippled the ship in the in the Aden harbor. The attack on Oct. 5, 2000 killed
17 and wounded 39 American sailors.
The “Night of Determination” (October 29, 2005), the Islamic Qur’anic equivalent to the Jewish Yom Kippur, the Day of Judgment is the day in which the Islamic fundamentalist believe that God determines the course of the world for the following year. This Islamic who believes that he is to be the emissary of Allah in order to bring judgment upon the infidels, makes this date a high-risk date for such a catastrophic event.
Osama bin Laden who has been noted by many scholars believes
that he is the reincarnation of the famed Islamic general Saladin (Yussuf ibn-Ayyub Salah ad-Din).
It was this Islamic messianic general that conquered and drove out the
last remnant of the Christian Crusades in the 11th and 12th
centuries. The fact that the recreation of the Battle of Hattin
that occurred on the morning after the “Night of Determination” could
have a perfect sequel in our modern era. If Bin Laden truly believes that he is the
reincarnation or successor of Saladin, the great Battle of Hattin may be worthy
to emulate on a global scale.
According to Dr. Fuad Mukheimar, secretary-general of the Egyptian Sharia Association in 2001 published an article in which he encouraged bin Laden to launch an attack against the U.S. during the holy month of Ramadan. As counseled by Mukheimar to Osama bin Laden:
Dr. Fuad Mukheimar - "During the month of Ramadan, a great Muslim victory was won over the Crusaders under the leadership of Saladin. His advisers counseled him to rest from the jihad during the month of fasting, but Saladin insisted on continuing the jihad during Ramadan because he knew ... that fasting helps to [achieve] victory, because during Ramadan the Muslims overcome themselves through fasting, and thus their victory over their enemies is certain."
The citizens of the United States have experienced the two largest natural catastrophes that have affected the American oil drilling and refinery industry. There is a case that is made also that these catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes are possibly caused by global terrorism. These same Americans have also witnessed the largest mass exodus of an American city fleeing destruction. They are now faced with the reality of an Islamic mandate or fatwa that most have not heard but should know by heart. With the heightened anticipation of the Islamic fundamentalists with the visions of Allah riding the cosmic horse of war on his side, the portents of the heavens in the sun, moon and the stars gives them a sign of Allah’s pleasure. The American citizens are only now becoming aware that the Islamic religious leadership gave ‘divine’ approval thirty months ago for the Islamic fundamentalists to conduct a nuclear or chemical holocaust as noted in the article from the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs titled, "Osama bin Laden’s Mandate for Nuclear Terror."
The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs - "An Islamic religious ruling that had been kept from the public for a year-and-a-half granted Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders permission to use nuclear, biological or chemical weapons against the United States and its allies. The existence of the ruling, or fatwa, was revealed by Michael Scheuer, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who headed the agency’s Bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 during the course of a November 14 broadcast of the CBS news show Sixty Minutes. The fatwa was issued by a prominent Saudi cleric on May 21, 2003, and is an ominous sign that bin Laden and al Qaeda no longer accept moral or religious values obstructing the use of weapons of mass destruction."
The Apocalyptic Battle between the Dragon and the Woman
Will the American people who still cling to the idea that their lives will continue to improve awaken to the reality that the destiny of America is at stake? Has this nation, who once believed enough in the God of the Universe to put on their dollar bills, “In God We Trust”, now willing to return to the divine ways of the God of Israel? This reminds us of the warning by Jesus:
Matthew 24:42 – “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
As the United States continues the fight for its very survival, many Christian followers of Jesus remain blindingly ignorant of how close the coming of the messiah is. Their prophetic models are linked to a few simple events in history and their spiritual and physical preparation await those moments in which they proclaim the time of the messiah is to come. It may be a “war” in the Middle East not knowing that we are at war in the Middle East at this present time. They await the coming of the Gog-Magog war when some Jewish scholars already announce that Gog as George Bush is already at war with Israel.
There must be some prophetic insight to the fact that the American Coalition fought the war in Iraq and toppled the regimen of Saddam Hussein with aerial warfare and virtually no combat on the ground were involved. Wars are won and lost today by covert and psychological warfare. The old Soviet Union crumpled and the Iron Curtain was toppled without a traditional war or the feared attacks of nuclear bombs. The cold war between the Soviet Union and the United States was over without bloodshed very much like Babylon was toppled by the covert battle by Persia. They undermined the defenses of the massive walls of the city by lowering the waters of the Euphrates and sending the Medo-Persian troops through the city gates under the water lines of that mighty river.
When we look at the city of Jerusalem today in the Zionist State of Israel and city of Washington DC in the Globalist State of America, we recognize that the Golden Internationale of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Neocons of the Bush Administration and the international and transnational banking conglomerates of the American and European interests own both of these countries. They own the national medias of both these great lands and own the governmental leaders of Ariel Sharon, Sharon Perez plus George W. Bush and Dick Chaney. We have to consider the BibleSearcher article titled, “Is the United States prepared to Invade Israel” or has this invasion already occurred? With this in mind we might better understand the apocalyptic text in Revelation:
Revelation 12:17 – “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Revelation 13:3-4 – “So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?...It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation…”
May we consider that the “Woman” was both the children of Israel in the TaNaKh (Old Testament) and the Nazarene Christian followers of Yahshua (Jesus) in the Brit Hadassah (New Testament)?
May we also consider that those “who keep the commandments of God” are the Jewish orthodox believers, remnant of Israel that still keep the Torah? May we also consider that those who “have the testimony of Jesus Christ” are those Christian remnant that are willing to accept their Hebrew-Jewish-Nazarene roots, lay aside their claim to themselves and their ideology and allow the testimony of Yahshua haMaschiach (Jesus the Maschiach) to shine through and be revealed every moment of their lives?
In these texts we may be seeing the “cart,” that global engine of the final One World Order. What we are not seeing fully nor clearly is who is the “horse that pulls the cart.” That horse or the driving force of the New World Order will be the anti-Messiah or the Antichrist. That final moment of revelation of who this anti-messiah is, may soon be upon us. It is he who will be pulling the strings of that last great Islamic Mahdi.
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