According to Jesuit futurism, the Antichrist comes after a "secret rapture" and 7 years before the end of time. There is a remarkable resemblance between this and Islamic prophecies concerning the coming of their 12th Imam, who they call the Mahdi! In other words, the Islamic Mahdi is the Jesuits' antichrist!
Both Sunnis and Shias shared the belief that at the end of days a messiah-figure known as the mahdi, or the 'expected one', would come to the rescue of Islam. He would return to Mecca at the head of all the forces of righteousness to take on the forces of evil in one final, apocalyptic battle, after which he and the lesser prophet Jesus would proceed to Jerusalem to kill the devil. Thereafter the world would submit to his rule until the sounding of the last trumpet, and Judgement Day. There were, however, significant differences between the Sunnis and Shias over the origins of the Mahdi, in that the latter held him to be the twelfth and last of the imams of early Islam. Unlike his predecessors, this twelfth imam had not died and gone to heaven but had disappeared from the sight of man to become the 'Hidden Imam'. He was said to be concealed in a cave in the mountains, waiting for the call from the righteous, when he would reappear as a padshah or 'great king' to lead the faithful to victory.
- Allen, God's Terrorists, The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad, p. 73
AL-MAHDI Lit. "The Directed One," hence, "who is fit to direct others, Guide, Leader." A ruler who shall in the last days appear upon the earth. According to the Shi'ahs, he has already appeared in the person of Muhammad Al-Qasim, the twelfth Imam, who is believed to be concealed in some secret place until the day of his manifestation before the end of the world. But the Sunnis say he has not yet appeared. In the history of Muhammadanism, there are numerous instances of impostors having assumed the character of this mysterious personage, amongst others, Saiyid Ahmad, who fought against the Sikhs on the North-West frontier of the Panjab, A.D. 1826, and still more recently, the Muhammadan who has claimed to be al-Mahdi in the Sudin in Egypt.
The sayings' of the Prophet on the subject, according to al-Bukhari, and other traditionists, are as follows:
"The world will not come to an end until a man of my tribe and of my name shall be master of Arabia."
" When you see black ensigns coming from the direction of Khorosün, then join them, for the Imam of God will be with the standards, whose name is al-Mahd"
"The Mahdi will be descended from me, he will be a man with an open countenance and with a high nose. He will fill the earth with equity and justice, even as it has been filled with tyranny and oppression, and he will reign over the earth seven years."
- Dictionary of Islam by Thomas Patrick Hughes
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