Posted Apr 24, 2020 by Michael L. Brown

I recently wrote that practical obedience to God today is far more important than speculation about the mark of the beast tomorrow. I have also made clear that I do not believe that COVID-19 is one of the plagues from the Book of Revelation. At the same time, a number of recent developments help illustrate how quickly a false Messianic figure could emerge on the earth, in both religious and secular circles.

Prepare to read some shocking quotes. But first, let me set the stage.

As I have stated, I do not believe that a potential COVID-19 vaccine, replete with microchip is the mark of the beast. And I do not believe that the virus is part of a larger, nefarious plot hatched by a clandestine one-world government cabal. (For more on all this, see my new book.) Yet the events surrounding the coronavirus have demonstrated how quickly the status quo can be overturned, how dramatically the fortunes of nations can shift, and how a call for one-world cooperation can arise.

And what if there was a worldwide economic collapse, accompanied by plague and famine? Is it too farfetched to imagine that a powerful, problem solving leader could gain an international following?

To say it again, I do not believe we are at that point. But I do believe that, in front of our eyes, we’re seeing how quickly the table can be set, even from an entirely secular point of view.

All the more does this become feasible when we add in religious beliefs.

Jesus famously warned His disciples, saying “Be careful that no one leads you astray! For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will lead many astray.” (Matthew 24:4–5 TLV) He also warned that, “Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.” (Matthew 24:11, TLV)

So, from a Christian perspective, before the true Messiah (= Christ) will return in the clouds of heaven, there will be counterfeit Messiahs (= antichrists) who will deceive many.

And this leads us to the promised, shocking quotes.

In the Islamic world, the belief in the Mahdi, the hidden Imam waiting to be revealed, could easily prepare the way for a counterfeit Messianic figure.

To be sure, Muslims believe that Jesus is the Messiah (although, quite plainly, they do not believe in the Jesus of the Bible). So, technically speaking, the Mahdi is not the Messiah. On the other hand, since he functions in Islamic lore as the end-time redeemer, he could be the perfect counterfeit Christ type of figure.

And here’s where it gets very interesting: there are Muslim leaders today who claim to have met the Mahdi numerous times.

Writing in the Jerusalem Post on January 20, Brian Schrauger explained that the Mahdi “is Islam’s messiah, the 12th of 12 Imams who are successors to Mohammed. Said to have been born in 879 CE, the Imam Mahdi is believed by Shi’a Muslims to still be alive, but hidden from mankind in ‘occultation’ until a time of such upheaval on the earth that only his reappearance will rescue mankind and, in fact, usher in an age of global peace; Islamic peace, that is; a kind of peace in which all mankind is living in submission to the Allah of the Koran.”

He continues, “Crazy to Western ears, this messianic creed is the raison d’être for the Islamic Republic of Iran according to its founders and leaders. It is also the basis of Tehran’s foreign and military policies; and it is impossible to overemphasize the Iran regime’s visceral commitment to it. The Imam Mahdi is invoked in every public gathering, both civil and military; he is the singular inspiration for every policy, every tactic, every mission; indeed, he is nothing less than the regime’s reason for its existence and, as such, its singular and unwavering motivation for the future.”

And Schrauger can provide documentation for every single claim he has made.

In the words of Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamanei, “The Iranian nation, enjoys a great privilege today: the atmosphere of the country is an atmosphere of Imam Mahdi. . . .”  And, Khamanei states, “many of our great scholars have personally met with this beloved [Imam] of hearts of the admirers during his occultation; many have made a pledge to him in person; many have heard from him some heartwarming words; many have been caressed by him and many others have received his kindness, care, and love.”

The Islamic Mahdi is here, he is known to many insiders, and he is about to be revealed. And remember: this article was written before Iran was smitten with COVID-19. What are the leaders thinking today?

But there’s more.

A February 20 headline in Israel Today stated that, “Israeli Rabbi Says He’s Already Holding Meetings With Messiah.” And, “Israel’s biggest rabbis are all afraid to leave the country lest they miss Messiah’s coming.”

The article, by Ryan Jones, cited a three-hour radio interview in which Rabbi Yaakov Zisholtz “told religious broadcaster Radio 2000 that Kanievsky recently told him that he (Kanievsky) is already in direct contact with the Messiah.”

Rabbi Kanievsky, now in his early 90s, is considered to be the leading authority in the ultra-Orthodox (haredi) community in Israel, and he has often spoken of the nearness of the Messiah’s coming. But it seems he is saying even more today.

According to Rabbi Zisholtz, “…the process of redemption is about to start happening very quickly and at a fast pace. It is important that people remain calm and steady to act properly in the right time.

“There is a potential Messiah in every generation and there are righteous men who know precisely who it is. This is, of course, true in this generation.

“Getting the word out now that the Messiah is closer than ever is a matter of life and death. Haven’t you heard of Gog and Magog? That is what is going to happen very soon. Right now, the situation is explosive more than you can possibly imagine. Everyone needs to know whether they are on the inside or if they are going to be left out.”

Yes, these are the words of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi in Israel, not those of an evangelical Christian, Bible in hand, with end-time prophecies heavily underlined.

While Rabbi Zisholtz was careful to say he couldn’t promise anything, he was certainly raising the bar with specific predictions and events. And again, he claimed that certain religious Jews knew exactly who the Messiah was and have even met with him.

Adding to all this was the statement of Israel’s Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman, himself ultra-Orthodox, as reported in HaAretz  on March 26 and with reference to COVID-19: “We are praying and hoping that the Messiah will arrive before Passover, the time of our redemption. I am sure that the Messiah will come and bring us out as [God] brought us out of Egypt. Soon we will go out in freedom and the Messiah will come and redeem us from all the troubles of the world.”

The Messiah would be the cure to the coronavirus, and he would come (meaning, be publicly revealed, since in Jewish thought, he could already be here) by Passover.

Well, Passover ended on April 16. And, in case you missed the news, the expected Jewish Messiah did not come.

Ironically, Litzman himself contracted the virus, although he has since recovered. And for a number of reasons, including heavy criticism of his handling of the crisis, he is reportedly considering quitting.

But all this talk about the Mahdi being here, ready to be revealed, along with the traditional Jewish Messiah being here, ready to be revealed, underscores the point I have been making. It would not take much for a counterfeit Messianic figure to arise and deceive many.

And so, while I believe the table has not yet been set for this grand finale, it could clearly be set on very short notice.

Let us, then, keep our focus on the Second Coming of the true Christ (= Messiah). But let us not forget the warnings about that false Messiah (= antichrist) who will come first.

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lives-matter posted a comment · May 28, 2020
Antichrist? Where is this term written in the Tanakh or entire Bible? Nowhere... Rather it derives from "lawless man" who had been symbolized by the man who was born at the conclusion of the week of lawlessness and who intended to free people from the law... That who was born on dec. 25th, who's *image* you worship in christian and/or catholic worship services.... Get it? Wow... antichrist is the widespread Jesus Christ figure people associate recognition to? Wow.. suddenly nothing about Christianity makes sense, right? also, you have to be wiser than the serpent. Don't dare condescend the holiness of those worthy enough to know. Does it make sense for the real Messiah to worry about being the first to announce? Or does it make sense for the false messiah(s) to try pushing the real messiah to announce, so that the false messiah could succeed - with perhaps those affiliated with sick hacktivist groups or others concealing such information?
katmoncue posted a comment · Apr 29, 2020
I have been a Christian for 50 years and remember meeting a guy who figured out Nixon was the antichrist (before Watergate, even). Also, some were convinced Kissinger was the antichrist. Since then, if you hate the current president, he's the antichrist for sure. A few months ago I talked to a woman from the former Soviet Union who insisted Gorbachev is the antichrist. While looking up whether he was still alive, I discovered he had made a commercial for Pizza Hut (on youtube and way funny). If you want to see what the antichrist does after he is ousted from power and needs money, learn from that commercial.
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Apr 26, 2020
The Antichrist IS here. You can see it every afternoon as it speaks from a podium in the White House. THAT is the Antichrist. The fact that its strongest supporters like to think that their adoration of the Antichrist is based upon a twisted view of their Christianity Is further confirmation.
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texasaggie posted a comment · Apr 25, 2020
Very interesting article, Dr. Brown. The Israelis are in for a big disappointment if they think Messiah is a regular person. On the other hand, the Islamic messiah may have supernatural powers of evil if he is possessed by satan as prophesied in the New Testament. If the final anti-messiah empire is a re-formed Islamic caliphate, as Joel Richardson suggests, we may be getting closer to that time based upon middle eastern events. He believes the anti-messiah will come from the region of where Turkey/Syria is now according to the Bible. Paddlefoot20 commenter, I don't know where you are getting your information, but it sounds pretty unbiblical and cuckoo, to be honest.
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Paddlefoot20 posted a comment · Apr 25, 2020
The Mahdi have met Prince William many times. It’s interesting to note that they call him Mahdi of Hearts. PW mother Diana is called Queen of Hearts. The Royal family tree show they have Merovingian blood and are traced from the tribe of Dan. Another reason the Mahdis worship William. It is because of his Islamic blood. He has it through Charles and Diana although I suspect Charles is not PW father and therefore this is why Charles married Diana for this DNA. Diana’s mother is Frances, her grandmother is Lady Fermoy. Lady Fermoys mother, Diana’s great grandmother was Indian. She lived in Bombay and was Islamic.
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Paddlefoot20 posted a comment · Apr 25, 2020
The Antichrist will be a king. He is not a king yet. He has had a head wound that was miraculously healed. He had the very first RFID chip implanted ( supposedly for security like kidnapping) His Royal Crest contains signs in Revelation ( lion head, leopard body, bears feet) etc The motto at the bottom reads I am ( Welsh Red Dragon) your Man. He owns and rides a white horse. He has been photographed holding a white lamb like Jesus but holds up the cloven hoof to the camera. His life goal is to bring about peace between Israel and Palestine. The answer is in his future name. KING WILLIAM V. Let him who has wisdom understand. I AM VI VI VI ( 666) the W is two V’S joined together.