Appearing Soon: the Twelfth Imam

The Iranian government has produced a propaganda film that argues the conditions foretold by prophecy are now being fulfilled, so that the emergence of the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi, is at hand. CBN News reports:

The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.
It’s called The Coming is Near and it describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical tweflth Imam or Mahdi — the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days.
“This video has been produced by a group called the Conductors of the Coming, in connection with the Basiji — the Iranian paramilitary force, and in collaboration with the Iranian president’s office,” said Reza Kahlil, a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who shared the video with CBN News.
Kahlili, author of the book, A Time to Betray, worked as a double agent for the CIA inside the Iranian regime.
“Just a few weeks ago, Ahmadenijad’s office screened this movie with much excitement for the clerics,” Kahlili told CBN News. “The target audience is Muslims in the Middle East and around the world.”

Reza Kahlili has more at Pajamas Media. You can watch the film at PJTV. A few things I found noteworthy:
1) Some have questioned whether Ahmadinejad really speaks for the Iranian regime, but his role in this prophetic video is central. In fact, the film suggests that the countdown to the final victory of Islam began when he took power.
2) At one point, the video quotes a Koranic passage about the hidden imam returning when the most awful sorts of people are ruling countries. Next come photos of George Bush, Benjamin Netahyahu, Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. So can we now say definitively that the open hand has been met with a clenched fist?
3) The documentary includes a weird digression on freemasons, whom the Iranian leadership apparently associate closely with Jews–a novel interpretation, I thought, until I checked moments ago and found that this association comes from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
4) The documentary crows about Iran’s military strength in relation to that of the United States. After praising the Iranian Army, Navy, etc., this statement appears (we see here the translated subtitle):
So the Iranian people are being told that the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff believe a “military confrontation” with Iran is “no longer possible.”
Producing this video doesn’t necessarily mean that Iran’s government is planning an imminent military strike that it hopes will have apocalyptic results. But it certainly is preparing its own population for such an apocalypse, as well as others in the Muslim world. That fact is, at best, ominous.

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