Now for the Mahdi.
After looking at the subject from the viewpoint of the Bible I came up with this theory.
The Jews are expecting someone to appear called the Branch. This Branch would be a chosen man who would be expected to build the 3rd Temple. See the
book of Zechariah. However according to the book of Revelation this Branch is also a Witness of Revelation.
Now the problem is that according to Isaiah 11 he does the following.
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and
of the fear of the Lord;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the
hearing of his ears:
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his
mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be
left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the
12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four
corners of the earth.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex
14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand
upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite
it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.
16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up
out of the land of Egypt.
I would propose that this guy is also the Mahdi. Now that being said it would appear that the Muslims reject this guy. A war is triggered and a
massive army comes against Israel. This guy gets killed and that triggers the Gog-Magog disaster. 5/6s of the army is destroyed. Later when the
Antichrist appears both branches appear and fulfill the prophesies of the Witnesses of Revelation.
When the 1000 year reign of the saints starts both Branches return to earth to rule and restore the planet. And he restores the temple for the next
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