Does the thought of World War III send chills down your spine?  Many Christians believe Armageddon will be such a battle, a final one between good and evil as mentioned in Revelation.  The thought of a universal apocalypse may strike fear in most, but not for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad is an outspoken critic of Israel and the West.  He’s been embroiled in controversy in regard to statements he made about the Holocaust and for saying: “Israel is a rotting corpse” that “the occupying regime will vanish from the pages of time.”

In 2007 the Iranian leader claimed: “In the world, there are deviations from the right path: Christianity and Judaism.  There are also false claims that these religions will save mankind.  But Islam is the only religion that can save mankind.”

In February 2011, Ahmadinejad suggested the traditional and outdated world order is about to collapse.   But who might be behind such a shift according to the Iranian president?  He believes the world is witnessing a revolution managed by the 12th Imam who disappeared in the 10th century.

The 12th Imam, five-year-old Mohammed al-Mahdi, is believed to have been born in present-day Iraq in 869 and never died – but is only in hiding.  Those who believe that, feel al-Mahdi will return with Jesus to bring world peace and establish Islam as the ruling faith around the globe.

What’s the apocalyptic catch though?  The 12th Imam is expected to appear when the world is thrust into utter chaos, war.  It should be mentioned the Iranian president believes it’s his calling to create enough chaos to stimulate the arrival of the Islamic Messiah.

Such a belief has raised concern in conjunction with Iran’s interest in pressing forward with its nuclear program.

The United States and Israel have accused Iran of striving to obtain nuclear arms and developing long-range firing capabilities.  Following a 2009 test launch of a long-range missile the Iranian president was quoted as telling the crowd that with its nuclear program, Iran was sending the West a message that, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is running the show.”

If anyone thinks the Iranian president is joking, it most certainly isn’t Israel.  I believe Israel can’t wait for Iran to finalize a nuclear weapon with delivery capability.  The Israeli Prime Minister has said: “We can’t afford another Holocaust.”  Unfortunately, the Obama administration is treating Israel like a drunk uncle at the family reunion when they’re one of our closest allies.

It was recently reported Iran’s in the beginning stages of building missile bases in Venezuela – Bases built in Central America would be well within range of the Panama Canal and the Florida coast.  It’s just a matter of time until Iran has a “Nuke.” It would appear the Obama administration hasn’t got the stomach for an assault on Iran though.

However, I believe Israel will be left with little choice but to take out Iran’s nuclear capabilities.  When that happens, Israel will probably be seen as the aggressor and not the threatened.  A chain reaction of apocalyptic proportion could indeed then follow.

“A third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.  Something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea.  The sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.  A great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and all the springs of the water.  A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that have become bitter.”  (Revelation 8:7-11) Some foresee this passage as an end result of atomic warfare.

The United States was the first to develop atomic weapons during World War II, and it remains the only country to have used those weapons against another nation.  Russia claims to have 11,000 nuclear warheads, the United States 8,500, France 300, China 240, the United Kingdom 225, Israel 200, Pakistan 110, India 100 and North Korea 10.

No one wants to give credence to the thought of Armageddon, it’s beyond anything one can imagine, but it can’t simply be ignored anymore.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at

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