SIGNS OF THE MAHDI IN THE NEW TESTAMENT


The Events Leading Up to the Appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) in the Gospels


64. People refuse to submit to Allah and rebel because of what befalls them:

... And defied the God of Heaven [Allah is beyond this] because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. (Revelation, 16:11)

 

65. People losing hope in salvation:

During those days, men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. (Revelation, 9:6)

 

66. The days growing short:

If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened. (Matthew, 24:22)

If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shortened them. (Mark, 13:20)

 

67. War in Iraq:

67.1. The bombing of Iraq:

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of Babylon* will be thrown down, never to be found again." (Revelation, 18:21)
*Babylon: The name of an ancient city near Baghdad, the capital of contemporary Iraq.

In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin! Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city [Babylon]?' (Revelation, 18:17-18)

 

67.2. The destruction of Iraqi cities:

A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!... " (Revelation, 14:8)

With a mighty voice he [another angel] shouted: "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!... (Revelation, 18:2)

 

67.3. Severe destruction in a very short period of time in Iraq:

And [the merchants] cry out: 'Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!... (Revelation, 18:16-17)

They... cry out: "Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!" In one hour, [the city] has been brought to ruin. (Revelation, 18:19)

67.4. The impoverishment of Iraq:

"The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her [Babylon] because no one buys their cargoes any more- cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense... and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages... They will say, 'The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished...' The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment... (Revelation, 18:11-15)

 

67.5. A halt to art and creativity in Iraq:

No workman of any trade will ever be found in you [Babylon] again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. (Revelation, 18:22)

 

67.6. The Iraqi people in a state of trouble and despair:

The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you [Babylon] again... (Revelation, 18:22)

The light of a lamp will never shine in you [Babylon] again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world's great men. (Revelation, 18:23)

 

68. The appearance of the antichrist (dajjal):

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. (1 John, 2:18)

 

68.1. The antichrist works intensively to spread atheism:

Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness [antichrist] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction... exalt[s] himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God's Temple, proclaiming himself to be God [Allah is beyond this]. (2 Thessalonians, 2:3-4)

The beast [antichrist] was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to rise up against God, and to defy His name and His dwelling place [Allah is beyond this] and those who live in Heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. (Revelation, 13:5-7)

Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him [antichrist] back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness [antichrist] is already at work... (2 Thessalonians, 2:5-7)

... This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. (1 John, 4:3)

Many deceivers... have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2 John, 1:7)

 

68.2. The antichrist deceives people who have turned away from religion by illusions:

The coming of the lawless one [antichrist] will be in accordance with the work of satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders... They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie. (2 Thessalonians, 2:9-11)

And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he [antichrist] was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth... (Revelation, 13:13-14)

 

68.3. The antichrist influences all nations:

... He [antichrist] was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. (Revelation, 13:7)

... The dragon [satan] gave the beast [antichrist] his power and his throne and great authority... The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. (Revelation, 13:2-3)

 

68.4. He draws support from countries' irreligious ideologies and military forces:

Then I saw the beast [antichrist] and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army [those who are subject to Allah]. (Revelation, 19:19)

... For one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast [antichrist]. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. (Revelation, 17:12-13)

For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish His purpose by agreeing to give the beast [antichrist] their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled. (Revelation, 17:17)

And I saw a beast [antichrist] coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. [That is; the system of the antichrist, gaining its power from countries that embrace atheistic ideologies.] (Revelation, 13:1)

 

68.5. The antichrist's perseverance in his activities until the moralilty of religion holds an utter sway:

For the secret power of lawlessness [the system of the antichrist] is already at work... And then the lawless one [antichrist] will be revealed, whom... Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. (2 Thessalonians, 2:7-8)

 

68.6. He intensifies his evil activities as the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) approaches:

The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his helpers with him... because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. (Revelation, 12:9, 12)

 

68.7. He attracts all those who are weak in faith:

... The whole world was astonished and followed the beast [antichrist]. Men worshiped the dragon [satan] because he had given authority to the beast [antichrist], and they also worshiped the beast... [Allah is beyond this.] (Revelation, 13:3-4)

They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie. (2 Thessalonians, 2:10-11)

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast [antichrist]... [Allah is beyond this.] (Revelation, 13:8)

 

68.8. He acts under satan's command:

The coming of the lawless one [antichrist] will be in accordance with the work of satan... in every sort of evil. (2 Thessalonians, 2:9-10)

 

68.9. He produces corruption and causes war:

And then the lawless one [antichrist] will be revealed. (2 Thessalonians, 2:8)

He performed great... signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. (Revelation, 13:13)

 Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon (Megiddo Mountain). (Revelation, 16:13-16)

You [who follow the antichrist] belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John, 8:44)

68.10. The fact that the antichrist will inevitably be vanquished:

[That day will not come] until... the man of lawlessness [antichrist] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. (2 Thessalonians, 2:3)

And then the lawless one [antichrist] will be revealed, whom... Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. (2 Thessalonians, 2:8)

The beast [antichrist], which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the Creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not... (Revelation, 17:8)

 

69. The emergence of Gog and Magog in the End Times (World Wars I and II):

69.1. They constitute a multinational community:

... Satan... will go out from prison to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth-Gog and Magog-to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. (Revelation, 20:7-8)

69.2. They are very great in numbers:

In number, they are like the sand on the seashore. (Revelation, 20:8)

 

69.3. They produce corruption:

They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city He loves. (Revelation, 20:9)

 

69.4. They act according to satan's suggestion:

... The devil, who deceived them... (Revelation, 20:10)

 

69.5. There being mass deaths:

But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. (Revelation, 20:9)

 

70. The return to earth of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh):

After he [the Prophet Jesus (pbuh)] said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky?" "This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts, 1:9-11)

... He will appear a second time... to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews, 9:28)

... While we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of... Jesus... (Titus, 2:13)
This will happen when... Jesus is revealed from heaven. (2 Thessalonians, 1:7)

He [the Prophet Jesus (pbuh)] was chosen before the Creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. (1 Peter, 1:20)

So that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold... may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter, 1:7)

... May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of... Jesus Christ. The One [Allah] Who calls you is faithful and He will do it. (1 Thessalonians, 5: 23-24)