JPost: Iranian intelligence shut down a Presbyterian church and removed its cross from the bell tower, the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) announced Sunday, reported Iran’s Radio Farda.

According to the report, the building was confiscated by the Revolutionary Court in 2011, but its members had been able to continue to use it until earlier this month.

“Intelligence agents stormed the 100-year-old church, officially recognized as a national heritage site in Iran, on Thursday, May 9, changed all the locks, tore down the cross from the church tower, and ordered the churchwarden to leave,” Article 18, a non-profit organization based in London announced. The group’s stated goal is the protection and promotion of religious freedom in Iran.

Eiko, the state agency responsible for the raid together with the Ministry of Intelligence, is under the direct control of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. more …

Opinion: Back in the saddle. For two weeks touring archaeological sites in Israel getting online was a challenge. We had initially thought that Israel would have very hight-tech, high-speed WiFi, but most days we had to wait until we got back to our hotel room to get online.  Thanks to Vason for keeping up headlines, I was able to get a quick update on what was happening all over the world.

So Iran is finally giving us a glimpse of their long held ideology of removing or ‘breaking the cross’. It is Shia eschatology that calls for Isa, son of Mary, to remove and break crosses when he comes as the deputy of the 12th Imam, or the Mahdi.

And it is eschatology, study of the last things, that Muslims understand and study – and Christians and Jews mostly ignore: It’s too depressing, or, I just don’t want to hear that stuff, or, only the fringe kooks believe that.

The Shia messiah is known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi”. Iranians believe he will appear soon to establish a global Islamic kingdom known as the caliphate. What’s more, they believe the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to annihilate Israel (Little Satan), and the United States (Great Satan).

Iran’s leaders believe that the destruction of the U.S. is foreordained. They believe that the Twelfth Imam was a real person who, like the eleven Shia leaders who went before him, was an Arab male, a direct descendant of the Muhammad, and was divinely chosen to be the spiritual guide and ultimate human authority of the Muslim people.

Shias believe Al-Mahdi vanished from society as a child. They believe that he fell into a well in Samarra and his body was never recovered. This is where the term “Hidden Imam” is derived, who will remain in hiding until the end of days, when Allah will reveal him once again and bring peace to the world under Islam.

The world ignores Shia ideology at its peril:


  1. I didn’t say that quite right. I don’t see anything on the Muslim beliefs – regarding the Mahdi, etc. – recently – at any other websites. Maybe I’m going to the wrong sites. :o)

  2. Welcome home, Author and Editor! I’m sure it was hard coming back. Thank you so much for your journal postings of your trip. I feel like I went with you in some ways. Have always wanted to go to Israel and “walk where Jesus walked”, but time is growing short, so I’m glad I got to see it through your eyes and minds – all the research you have done and knowledge you have.

    Thank you, also, Vason, for keeping up the news posts! I have not posted for awhile. Life has been busy. My mom died at 93 on Resurrection Sunday morning. She went rather quickly and with minimal pain – Praise God! She is with Jesus now. And I am thinking we may all be with Him soon, too! Things are crazy converging.

    Thanks for this post. I don’t see anything on the Muslim beliefs at any other website. I was starting to think the Iranians had lost their way. ;o) Gods many blessings to all and Maranatha!!!

    • Hey ShelleyB, I’m so glad to see an update from you! Sorry to hear about your mother even though she is now thankfully with Jesus. That’s a hard time.

      Take care and God bless!

    • Thanks Shelly it is good to be home and good to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed the journal and like Centurion, we probably took a thousand pictures. Sorry to hear about your mom, I lost mine 10 years ago and because of her deep faith and persistence, my wife became a Christian, then me. One day we will see them again.

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