Reza Kahlili of WND has written a article on Iran’s preparations for war, specifically a Gog Magog war led by the Al-Mahdi, the Shiites legendary 12 Imam who according to Islamic prophecy will conquer the nations of the infidels. Reza reports in his article that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has held several secret meetings with his economic and military advisers in recent days to prepare for the possibility of war with the United States. Khamenei has been heard to say that the coming of the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi is near and that specific actions need to be taken to protect the Islamic regime for upcoming events. Mahdi, according to Shiite belief, will reappear at the time of Armageddon, a Gog Magog war spoken of in the Prophets.
Soldiers of the Mahdi
He has noted that certain elements within the Revolutionary Guards and Basij have been trained under a task force called “Soldiers of Imam Mahdi” and they will bear the responsibility of security and protecting the regime against uprisings. The plan by the leader calls for total control of Tehran, the capital where the presence of the Basij and Hezbollah militias would be quite visible so that no one would dare to challenge the regime. Khamenei’s measures are based either on an understanding that war could be imminent or that the regime has decided to announce it has nuclear capability and is getting ready for a possible reaction from Israel or America.
Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, an influential cleric and a radical Twelver, previously had stated that Khamenei ascends to the sky every year to take direction from Imam Mahdi, and sources close to the cleric have disclosed that Khamenei has been ordered by Imam Mahdi to continue with the nuclear program despite worldwide objection as it will facilitate his coming.
Last March, a Iranian secret documentary, “The Coming Is Upon Us,” was revealed to depict Khamenei as the mythical figure who creates the environment for the reappearance of Mahdi by leading Iran to destroy Israel.
Recently, Israel released a series of photographsthat are intended to convey a stern warning to Iran to tread carefully. The photos released by the Israeli defense establishment of an Arrow 3 anti-missile defense system test as well as other pictures of Israel’s military vigilance.
While it is biblically debatable whether the Islamic Coalition of Psalm 83 is a separate event from the Gog Magog Wars spoken of in the Prophets, both events show HaShem’s Hand in protecting Israel from the surrounding nations. It should also be noted that Psalm 83 references events in the time of Devorah (Judges) which depict an ancient battle in the area of Megiddo. It may very well be that the wars depicted in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38 and the Armageddon battle from the Christian texts are referring to the same series of events. Regardless, Israel will emerge from these catastrophes intact and stronger than before.