“Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who [recently] died of cancer, urged the Shiite Muslims’ 12th Imam, Mahdi, to return to Earth sooner than prophesied, as revealed in a video released by Rajanews, a media outlet of Iran’s ruling Islamic regime,” reports Iranian-born political analyst Reza Kahlili. “Shiites believe Mahdi, the last Islamic messiah, will only come back to Earth after a great conflagration engulfs the Middle East, setting the stage for global Armageddon. When Mahdi returns, Shiites believe, Jesus Christ will be at his side. Chavez was a Catholic.”
“In the video,” notes Kahlili, “which is not dated, but appears to have been captured during a signing of agreements at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Nov. 27, 2009, Chavez told his audience ‘Quds (Jerusalem) is a holy place for all of us Christians. I spoke with (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad about the day that Islam’s Quran says both (Mahdi and Christ) will return. Jesus, holding hands with the 12th Imam, Mahdi.…Then peace will come upon the world. I tell Christ and Mahdi to come sooner, rush now, come sooner…because we witness the threats posed to the world, my God!”
Chavez made the comments during a meeting with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
In my current novel series — The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, and Damascus Countdown — I consider what the world would look like if the so-called Shia messiah known as the Twelfth Imam were to come to earth, and Iran were to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons, and an American President pressured Israel not to launch a preemptive strike against Iran, but Israel does anyway. Damascus Countdown, released last week, specifically imagines the implications of an Israeli attack and an Iranian retaliation, and the possibility that Syria could get drawn into such a war also, with catastrophic consequences.
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