Mahdi, Dajjal, and the Christ
One thing that fascinates me is that Muslims think an Islamic ruler will join Jesus Christ in the defeat of the Dajjal (Antichrist). This is to compare the Islamic and Christian viewpoints.
Their basic beliefs:
According to scholar Moojan Momen, signs that Sunni and Shi’a are agreed upon include that
The Mahdi will be a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad of the line of Fatimah
He will bear the name Muhammad
He will rule for either seven, nine or nineteen years
His coming will be accompanied by the raising of a Black Standard in Khurasan.
His coming will be accompanied by the appearance of Dajjal (the anti-Christ) in the East.
More about the Dajjal
He will appear somewhere between Syria and Iraq, at which time Jesus will return, and the Mahdi will come, he will travel the whole world in forty days preaching his falsehood but will be unable to enter Mecca or Medina.
It is said that he will have one eye damaged and the other will be working. He will be blind in the right eye, and his left eye will look like a rotten grape.
I wonder what that means:
Like this (yuk)?
Or maybe like this:
This is an interesting find – eye makeup, to make the eye look like a “gilded grape”:
I wonder if he is gay, and does his with makeup. The bible says that he “does not regard the desire of women.”
Maybe it just means bruised:
It is also said that he will have the word kafir on his forehead.
This means infidel, unbeliever (in Islam).
كافر that is an interesting word to look for. I do not know how this could be written on anyone’s forehead, unless, of course, he has scratches or wounds on his head that happen to look like writing. See the man above. His scratches could be “letters” in Arabic, using some imagination.
What I find is curious is that
They think Jesus needs help to defeat the Antichrist:
Imam Mahdi’s followers shall organize themselves into an army and the followers of Jesus Christ shall also become an army and both these armies shall unite to defeat the army of Dajjal (Anti Christ) in the last war of Human history on earth.
The Antichrist will have an eye problem- does anyone fit this description now in the East, or Middle East?
I agree with them in that:
The Dajjal will arise in the east, not western Europe, or America.
He will appear somewhere between Syria and Iraq – the bible calls him the Assyrian.
There is a “word” or mark on the forehead of the Dajjal, who is an infidel.
The bible says that this man will not adhere to the god of his fathers, so he could be an ex-Muslim, or someone the Muslims believe discredits Islam.
The Dajjal is not a charming personality, but a troublesome one for everyone in the region.
The Book of Daniel describes him as warring with the kings of the north, south and east. This does not make him popular, but someone who is opposed by most of the region.
Just because the Bible says he uses flattery to misrepresent himself as peaceful, does not mean people believe him, or like him.
It could be that the Islamic Mahdi represents those who believe the Dajjal will bring the region into World War 3, and get all the Muslims killed.
We have to understand that even among the Islamic nations, there are disagreements. We see this in the Sunni- Shiite conflicts, as one example.
This would be good reason for them to fight one of their own, who is endangering them.
This would definitely be true if he invaded Israel, and caused the Israelis to use nuclear weapons on the entire Middle East to defend themselves.
The solution to peace in the Middle East is….. to leave the Israelis alone!
The solution to peace for the entire world……. is Jesus Christ!
So, if the world just lets Israel live in peace, and accept Jesus for who He is, and what he has to offer, which is peace and salvation, there will be no need for a Mahdi at any time.