Iran has a long history of deception and denial regarding its nuclear program and in the coming days we expect Iran to answer the serious questions raised by this report.
– Hillary Clinton
Anybody who takes up the idea of an attack on Iran, should get ready to receive a strong slap and an iron fist by the Iranian armed forces.
– Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Surely, knowledge of the Hour is with Allah alone.
– Holy Qur’an 31:34
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
– Matthew 24: 27
MIDDLE EAST, INDIA, November 11, 2011 — What’s so special about 11-11-11?
The Los Angeles Times carried a story: 11-11-11 meaning: A special once-a-century repunit palindrome day with revelations from Aziz Inan, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Portland who explains “Repunit” means a number such as 11, 111, or 1111 that contains only the digit 1. “The term stands for ‘repeated unit’ and was coined in 1966 by Albert H. Beiler,” says Inan. 111111 equals the product of two palindrome numbers written as 111111=111 x 1001.
Inan pointed out that November 2011 includes many palindrome days including 1-1-11 (another repunit day), 11-2-11, 11-3-11, 11-4-11, 11-5-11, 11-6-11, 11-7-11, 11-8-11, 11-9-11 and coming soon — 11-22-11.
“Among them, 112211 is interesting because it equals 101 x 11 x 101, a palindrome expression.”
The next time 11-11-11 will occur is 100 years from now in 2111, but Inan points out that, “interestingly enough, in 2111, 11-11-11 and eight-digit palindrome day 11-12-2111 will be two concurrent palindrome days!”
The Washington Post (Lifestyle, November 11, 2011) interviewed Sonia Ducie Dip, a professional numerologist who observed, “Eleven is a master number,” meaning that it’s the same digit, doubled. When a digit is doubled or tripled, its qualities become more intense. “The issue with 11 is that it’s meant to wake us up, spiritually.”
So 11/11/11 sparked superstition, joy, and - for some - fear. Is the number 11 some sort of indication and does its appearance reveal anything? The triple convergence of 11s, spelt good luck to those who flocked to casinos, while others rushed to tie the knot. Some believe there is a more sinister meaning to the 11/11/11 alignment and speculate about its unlikely correlation to the Mayan Doomsday calendar.
World War I was provoked by an assassination, World War II started after an invasion, what will lead to World War III and Armageddon?
After raising some 80 million dollars for his doomsday predictions according to news reports, the reverend Harold Camping has retired leaving us to figure it out the future for ourselves.
However there is no shortage of individuals like the 90 year old bungled preacher who have built large flocks using similar tactics. But only Camping was naive enough to make serial predictions about the apocalypse on September 6, 1994, May 21, 1988 and 2011, and October 21, 2011.
Fellows like Camping are the ones who reinforce for me the folly of putting any religious middlemen on a pedestal, a false practice well established in Christianity where the pastor is revered.
But rather than discuss others on the same bandwagon like John Hagee, Grant R. Jeffrey, David Pawson, Pat Robertson, Joel C. Rosenberg, Walid Shoebat, R.C. Sproul, Ray C. Stedman, Jack Van Impe, David Wilkerson or any of the hundreds listed in the ‘Who’s Who Of Bible Prophecy’ there’s a chap called Hal Lindsey who is quite interesting.
Lindsey is respectable, and competent but for many evangelicals, he probably gives a bad name to those they consider more competent and respectable. One reason could be he has been married four times if news reports are accurate and in the past he has made some wild predictions. I am a bit wary of him, but he does come across with a modicum of credibility in these extraordinary times we live in.
As the author of a 1970 bestseller The Late Great Planet Earth, Lindsey compared end-time prophecies in the Bible with world events in an attempt to predict the Second Coming of Christ based on key passages in Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation, centering around the creation of Israel in 1948. He predicted America’s demise as a major player in geo-politics before the tribulations of the end times arrived. From prophetic texts in the book of Revelation, he deduced that theEuropean Economic Community, (which preceded theEuropean Union), was destined to model a revived version of a “Revived Roman Empire” with ten members ruled by the Antichrist – the demonic leader of biblical prophecy, called the Djall or Liar or Deceiver in Islamic terminology.
The European Union currently has 27 members, but things do look shaky, whether it will dwindle to ten members is too early to say, but Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical may have provided more grist for the mill.
Time magazine in 2008 quoted Lindsey from an essay on World Net Daily as saying, “Obama is correct in saying that the world is ready for someone like him — a messiah-like figure, charismatic and glib … The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance.”
According to Hindu scriptures, Kalyuga is the “Age of Vice,” one of four stages of human society that will end, with much speculation centered around December 21, 2012.
Biblical teaching on the end times has been common since the Middle Ages, but it probably moved from theology to popular literature in the 1970’s after Hal Lindsey published his book, which was followed by the bestselling Left Behind series of novels by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Printed media, radio, television, and the Internet continue lending credibility to end-time preachers who easily manipulate the biblical scriptures.
After 911, many end-time preachers focus on Islam as the source of speculations about the end of the world.
Lindsey reports that the Vatican’s ‘Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace,’ (PCJP) recently called for a “global authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over the world’s diverse financial institutions. The PCJP quoted Pope Benedict’s 2009 encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate,” in which the Pope denounced the capitalist mentality as responsible for the global financial meltdown. He stated that the world’s nations need to transfer part of their powers to a world authority and argued about the “urgent need for a true world political authority.”
Lindsey also refers to Saint Malachy a 12th‑century bishop of Armagh in Ireland, who had a vision called ‘The Prophecy of the Popes.’ “Written in 1139, it was rediscovered in the Vatican’s archives in 1590. It seems to predict that the current Pope, Benedict XVI, will be the next to last Pope of the Roman Catholic church. After him will come a Pope called Petrus Romanus, or Peter the Roman. Malachy appears to indicate that he will be the one who cooperates with the Antichrist, then will be turned upon and destroyed by the leader of the confederacy that rises out of the old Roman Empire.
“When you consider the fact that Benedict XVI is 85 years old,” says Lindsey, “the world might not have to wait very long to learn if Saint Malachy’s final prediction comes true.”
Unlike Camping who was either a simpleton or very naïve, Lindsey cuts himself some slack with careful phrases like “It seems to predict” and “Malachy appears to indicate,” etc.
With several members in dire financial straits the European Union is virtually teetering on the brink of collapse and in the current desperate situation it is not too farfetched to consider that world leaders could turn to someone who has the ideas and the leadership to make it work.
So there we have it – looks like exciting days immediately ahead – shared religious expectations, an ancient prophecy about the last Pope, a pact with the Antichrist, the current Pope advocating for a global authority to rule over the world’s financial institutions and a single world political authority.
At precisely the same time, the much vaunted Arab Spring seems to be heading for a resurgence of Sharia compliance in the Islamic states all positioned to the south of Israel.
Lindsey points out that Eqypt, Tunisia, Libya, etc., - nations that span northern Africa and extend down the Arabian peninsula could form the entity that the prophets called the “King of the South” — referring to one of the four spheres of power that will be involved in the war of Armageddon with Israel.
How feasible is it for Russia, China, and Iran to band together?
Frank Raj is based in India and the Middle East where he has lived for over three decades. He is the founding editor & publisher of ‘The International Indian’ (www.theinternationalindian.com) the oldest magazine of Gulf-Indian society and history since 1992. Frank is listed in Arabian Business magazine’s 100 most influential Indians in the Gulf and is co-author of the upcoming publication ‘Universal Book of the Scriptures,’ and author of ‘Desh Aur Diaspora.’ He blogs at www.no2christianity.wordpress.com
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