As Announced by Mr. M. Ahmadinejad, then President of the Republic of Iran
At the United Nations General Assembly
September 26, 2012
Whether the Holy Texts of each faith are interpreted correctly is another matter, and whether this wicked, perverse, adulterous and sinful generation [Mat. 12:39, 16:4, 17:16, Mk. 8:38] is willing to accept those incoherence is yet another matter
It is clear that he is speaking about one individual; one male individual, but who?
Towards the end of the speech he states that: "There is no doubt that the world is in need of a new order and a fresh way of thinking:" Then, in the final stretch of his speech he states the following:
- God Almighty has promised us a man of kindness, a man who loves people and loves absolute justice, a man who is a perfect human being and is named Imam al-Mahdi, a man who will come in the company of Jesus Christ (Praise Be Upon Him) and the righteous....
- The arrival of the Ultimate Savior will mark a new
beginning, a rebirth and a resurrection. It will be the beginning of peace, lasting
security and genuine life.".....
It is obvious to anyone who is objective that Mr. Ahmadinejad is talking about two distinct persons - an Imam named al-Mahdi and the "Ultimate Savior" - Jesus Christ. He is in no way pretending to pass the Imam al-Mahdi as the Savior. The Savior, the Ultimate Savior, is clearly Jesus Christ and this was uttered by the President of a Muslim nation that has as its Supreme Leader a religious leader, Ali Khamenei, who is above Mr. Ahmadinejad.
Obviously Mr. Ahmadinejad would not announce the Second Coming of Jesus Christ before the General Assembly of the United Nations if that expectation was not shared by the Supreme Leader, Mr. Ali Khamenei.
Now then, who is this mysterious (to most Christians) Imam al-Mahdi?
Sunnis and other Shiites believe that the Mahdi has not yet been born, and therefore his exact identity is only known to Allah. Aside from the Mahdi's precise genealogy, Sunnis accept many of the same hadiths Shias accept about the predictions regarding the Mahdi's emergence, his acts, and his universal Khilafat (Caliphate).
Now then, who are the Twelvers?
The objective, thus logical question would be: Why does Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Savior, needs to bring the Imam al-Mahdi along. In Catholic terms it would be as if, at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, a Pope who never died (who was "hidden in God") would come along to help Jesus Christ. Something completely illogical.
Obviously the Twelve Imams concept is not part of the Qur'an. Quotes ascribed to the Prophet Muhammad announce them but they are not part of the Qur'an. Therefore, there must have been some root cause for the Twelve Imams concept and, most specially for the 12th one - Imam al-Mahdi.
Let us find Imam al-Mahdi through association....
First of all, in the Judeo-Christian Faith we only have two individuals who have been taken up by God ("hidden in God") - not died. They are Enoch and Elijah.
Elijah showed up in the Biblical texts in the following reading without a clue as to his background:
And disappeared from the Biblical texts, with the exception of references to him later in the texts, at this point:
Then we have Jesus disclosing Elijah's final manifestation:
There you have it! Imam al-Mahdi is Islam's interpretation of Elijah, but the timing is off.
In the telling and retelling of the story, confusion led the Muslim branch who believes in the Twelfth Imam concept that their interpretation of Elijah - the Imam al-Mahdi - was coming with Jesus Christ to "restore all things" as opposed to appearing before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to prepare the Elect to receive Him.
The only real error regarding the Twelver Shia Muslim version of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is in the timing. They expect Elijah (Imam al-Mahdi) to come at the same time as Jesus, not before, as it was foretold and has already happened in preparation for the Second Coming.
A similar timing error may be seen in Christianity in regards to the Rapture. Many Christians have interpreted the Rapture to take place before the tribulation, when that is not the case. Were it the case, why would the time be shortened for the sake of the Elect? To wit:
(1) True Story of Creation
(2) Judaism, Christianity and Islam Are Not Incoherent Amongst Themselves
(3) Full text of Mr. M. Ahmadinejad deliver at the United Nations General Assembly
(4) Imam al-Mahdi
(5) The Twelve Imams
Published on October 9, 2012 - Simchat Torah - Jewish Rejoicing of the Law
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