I just watched a 28-minute clip from the film, The Coming is Upon Us, that Iran intends to circulate throughout the Middle East, proclaiming the coming of the Islamic Messiah. Let me encourage you to become informed about this development. I have several links below to help you.
Joel Rosenberg has a good article, Analysis: Why is the New Iranian Video About the Soon Coming of the Messiah Significant?, explaining that Shia Muslims interpret the current unrest in the Middle East as part of the signs of the coming of the Mahdi, or the Twelfth Imam. They believe they must destroy Israel in order to usher in his coming. Read more.
In his article, Joel also encourages us in how we should respond. Here’s an excerpt:
“The film, in my view, should immediately lead to Christian ministries producing films and TV programs explaining what the Bible says about the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how to both prepare for His return and live lives of holiness, prayer, evangelism, discipleship and church planting in view of Christ Jesus’ coming. Followers of Jesus Christ should be ready and willing to answer people’s questions from the Scriptures, and teach other believers how to answer these questions from the Bible, as well.” Read more.
While the Shia Musllims believe their blood will win and will usher in their Messiah, we know that the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, has already come. His blood has brought peace.
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation… and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” ~ Colossians 1:15, 20 – 22 NLT
- A video report from Joel Rosenberg about the film
- CBN report with link to film
- NewsMax.com report with link to film
- The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg.
- Our review of Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg