Over the past two months, I have been asked a number of fascinating questions about Israel, Iran, The Twelfth Imam, The Joshua Fund, and the WikiLeaks controversy as I have spoken in 12 cities across the United States, as well as at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.
Some of the questions I have answered this week include:
- Were the WikiLeaks foretold in Bible prophecy?
- How can we be praying for the work of The Joshua Fund right now?
- When will the sequel to The Twelfth Imam be released?
Here’s another one.
QUESTION: “Hello Joel, I am in reading The Twelfth Imam. I’m starting chapter 50. During one part in the story, when Najjar reads a part in a book describing the Twelfth Imam, it was the same description to me as what anti-Christ will be to us Christians. Will this Imam also be the anti-Christ?”
ROSENBERG: To be clear, it is by no means certain that someone claiming to be the Twelfth Imam will truly emerge in history, much less in our lifetime. But our Lord Jesus warned us three times in Matthew 24 that “false messiahs” and “false prophets” will come in the last days, and that some will be able to do “great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24) Therefore, we need to be on guard that the Twelfth Imam could come as a false messiah and deceive many. Should that happen, this person would certainly be one of the many anti-Christs (little “a”) that the Apostle John foretold in 1 John 1:18 would be coming. “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.” The Twelfth Imam would not, however, be the final “Anti-Christ” (capital “A”) described by the Book of Revelation and the Book of Daniel, the one that will come to full power during the Tribulation, take over the world, but eventually be judged and destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Why not? Pat Robertson asked me the same question in October on “The 700 Club.” You can watch the answer I gave him by clicking here (this specific question comes up at about 2 min, 10 seconds into the interview).