New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi -- or Islamic messiah -- is about to appear, the Europe News website reports today (March 29, 2011). A secret video -- produced recently by the Iranian regime -- says all the signs are moving into place, and that Iran will soon help to usher in the end times.
The video is titled "The Coming Is Near" and has been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.
"The Coming Is Near" describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical twelfth Imam or Mahdi -- the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days.
The video claims that Iran is destined to rise as a great power in the last days to help defeat America and Israel, and to usher in the return of the Mahdi.
I don't know about anyone else, but I find this news story to be an Iranian fantasy, coupled with delusions of grandeur. Please feel free to express your views in the Comments section.