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Iran Claims Mahdi Coming Soon
Statements continue to emanate from Iran concerning the predicted return of a special cleric:
An official state media website in Iran has posted a message heralding the coming of the Shiite messianic figure, Imam Mahdi, noting he could arrive with Jesus by the spring equinox.
"Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance) will appear all of a sudden on the world scene with a voice from the skies announcing his reappearance at the holy Ka'ba in Mecca," the message says.
The Islamic Republic of Iran broadcasting website said in a program called "The World toward Illumination," that the Mahdi will form an army to defeat the enemies of Islam in a series of apocalyptic battles, in which the Mahdi will overcome his archvillain in Jerusalem. ...
The Iranian series also claims the Mahdi will reappear on Earth with Jesus: "We read in the book Tazkarat ol-Olia, 'the Mahdi will come with Jesus son of Mary accompanying him.' ... Imam Mahdi will be the leader while Prophet Jesus will act as his lieutenant in the struggle against oppression and establishment of justice in the world." ("Iran website heralding 'Mahdi' by springtime," worldnetdaily.com, Dec. 29, 2006)
The Bible depicts Christ's coming as a judgment, but there is no mention of another to whom Christ is secondary.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. ... And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16)
Unstable Weather in 2006
Weather summaries for 2006 are coming in and show significant unfavorable trends.
This year of weather extremes, from incessant rain in the Northwest to chronic drought in the heartland and wildfires in the West, could go down as the second-warmest on record when it ends this weekend.
The first 11 months of 2006 already were the second-warmest January-to-November since national record-keeping began in 1895, says the National Climatic Data Center, which analyzes weather statistics. ("Extreme weather caps off the year," usatoday.com, Dec. 29, 2006)
And while the surface of the earth was getting warmer, the lower stratosphere was getting colder:
Global temperatures in 2006 were the third coldest on record in the lower stratosphere, according to the National Climatic Data Center. ... Why is this important? Well, the stratosphere is that layer of the upper atmosphere approximately 14-22 km (9-14 miles) above the surface that contains our protective ozone layer. The main reason for the recent stratospheric cooling is due to the destruction of ozone by human-emitted CFC gases. ("Global cooling," Dr. Jeff Masters Wunderblog, Jan. 15, 2007)
One study predicts there will be more to come:
Scary weather patterns appear to be on the rise. And if a new report is right, we could be in for a lot more. In a study called "Going to the Extremes," coming out in the December issue of the journal Climatic Change, researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Texas Tech University found strong evidence that by the end of this century, there will be significant increases in what the authors call "extreme weather events"—deadly heat waves, heavy rainfall and prolonged droughts.
While it's impossible to peg any single storm or heat wave to global warming, the overall trend is clear, according to the report—and closely correlated with rising greenhouse-gas emissions. Already we're seeing increases in extreme weather. The study doesn't name examples, but they're not hard to find. There was the heat wave this summer that killed more than 130 people in California. High windstorms in the Southeast this month left a dozen dead and spawned heavy rains and flash flooding up the coast. ("Study Predicts Extreme Weather Changes," MSNBC.com-Newsweek, Nov. 27, 2006)
When calamities fill the land, forced Sunday observance will be the proposed solution:
Satan puts his interpretation upon events, and they think, as he would have them, that the calamities which fill the land are a result of Sunday-breaking. Thinking to appease the wrath of God, these influential men make laws enforcing Sunday observance. They think that by exalting this false rest day higher and still higher, compelling obedience to the Sunday law, the spurious sabbath, they are doing God service. (Manuscript Releases, v. 10, p 239)
Disaster Predicted for 2007
Pat Robertson, who has made predictions in the past, made one for 2007:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson predicted Tuesday a horrific terrorist act on the United States that will result in "mass killing" late in 2007.
"I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."
Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.
"I put these things out with humility," he said. ("Religious Broadcaster Pat Robertson Predicts Horrific Terrorist Attack on U.S. in 2007," FOXNews.com-Associated Press, Jan. 2, 2007)
Some scientists might share the ominous outlook:
The keepers of the "Doomsday Clock" plan to move its hands forward next Wednesday to reflect what they call worsening nuclear and climate threats to the world.
The symbolic clock, maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, currently is set at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight marking global catastrophe. ("Scientists to Move Doomsday Clock Forward," NewsMax.com-Reuters, Jan. 12, 2007)
One day God will let results more fully follow causes:
God's message for the inhabitants of earth today is, "Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Matthew 24:44. The conditions prevailing in society, and especially in the great cities of the nations, proclaim in thunder tones that the hour of God's judgment is come and that the end of all things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another—fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed. We are not to be surprised at this time by events both great and decisive; for the angel of mercy cannot remain much longer to shelter the impenitent. (Prophets and Kings, p. 278)
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