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Twelver vs. Christian End Time Theology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Lorren   
Friday, 05 February 2010 09:46

Although in most ways they are different, Christians and Radical Islamists do have one thing in common:  they both have similar end-times theology.  While they have similar beliefs as to what is going to happen in the end times, they tend to be in disagreement as to which side they are on.  Here is a summary of the ways that Radical "twelver" Islamists and Christians agree, and disagree.  "Twelver" Islamists, like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believe that they need to usher in the reign of the "twelfth imam", or the Mahdi.

 

 

Twelvers Belief Christianity
Believe that Israel is the "little Satan" and that the US is the "big Satan". Both believe in the Antichrist. Believe that the Antichrist is a person that will show up right around the end.
The twelfth imam will not return until the world is awash in chaos and war. When the Mahdi appears, he will fight a war with Christians. Both believe in a time of chaos and war to come. Christians believe in the Tribulation, a period of seven years where 2/3 of humanity will die. It will be a terrible time to live, and many Christians and Jews will die.
The Mahdi will run a world government. Both religions believe in a global government. The global government will be run by the Antichrist.
Believe that they need to take actions to bring the Mahdi back. This is part of what is behind Ahmedinejad's quest to acquire nuclear weapons. Disagree as to how to react to this belief. Believe that you can't know the day nor the hour (although many believe that they can know the season). Most are not trying to bring about the tribulation, as many feel that by waiting, more souls will have the opportunity to turn to Christ before the tribulation.

 

Not all Moslems are Twelvers, and not all Christians agree about some of the details of the end times either.  One of the biggest disagreements between Christians come over the timing of the event known as the "rapture".  The Pre-Trib Christians believe that before the Tribulation even begins, Christians will be swept up to Heaven by God in an event called the Rapture.  Mid-tribulation Christians believe that the rapture will occur during the Tribulation, while Post-Trib Christians believe that the rapture will occur at the end of the tribulation period.  Christians also tend to disagree as to whether a person who has already heard and rejected the Gospel will be able to be saved after the rapture occurs; the Bible mentions that many will be deceived with "a strong delusion."

Sources for this article include the Glenn Beck program on February 4, 2009, and the article "Twelver Islam: Waiting for the Mahdi" by David W. Thornton.

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