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Dr. John MacArthur Now Teaches the ‘Islamic End-Time Paradigm’, not the ‘Revived Roman Empire’


Daniel 12:4, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Some teachers of Bible prophecy still stubbornly insist that the number one persecutor of Christians will suddenly become a “Revived Roman Empire”. Does it stand to reason that the immense rising tide of Christian persecution we are seeing perpetrated by Islamic extremism today — an anti-Semitic and anti-Christian ideology and set of religious laws that has taken nearly 1400 years to expand to where it has today — will one day and without warning be eclipsed by the rule of some adored, charismatic leader of a yet-to-be-seen new-and-improved European Union virtually overnight?

Though I would argue against the idea of a ‘7 year tribulation’ that some teachers still ascribe to, it is good to see more and more pastors such as John MacArthur beginning to teach the “Islamic End-Time Paradigm” and not the traditional “Revived Roman Empire” position.  Eyes are being opened, and prophetic knowledge is increasing indeed …

Excerpt: “As you get to the end of human history and you get into the period of time of the tribulation, there is a specific fulfillment of this prophecy that I want you to understand, and it has to do with Islam.  Most people think of Islam as an utterly distinct religion from Christianity with no connection to Christianity … there are many religions that have no connections to Christianity … The Muslim ‘Jesus’ plays a crucial role in Islamic eschatology … the Muslims have an eschatology, in other words they have a ‘theology of the end’ [and] they know where they’re going according to their writings … let me describe the Muslim ‘Jesus’ to you …”

Update:  Looks like YouTube now believes that the truth about radical Islam should be called “hate speech.” Feel free to download the MP3 here and listen to Dr. John MacArthur’s full sermon.  The truth may set you free, even if it offends YouTube.

For those interested in this topic, you may also be interested in some of the articles listed on the Theology and Eschatology page, particularly:



Update 2:  Another video is here that YouTube didn’t remove … yet:

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  1. Marcy
    04/17/2011 at 10:35 PM

    This was a portion of an end-times sermon and is not the sermon in its entirety. John MacArthur was making a side-by-side comparison here between false Islamic eschatology and true Biblical eschatology. Dr. MacArthur was showing how the Islamic beliefs about the end-times somewhat mirror what the Bible says. He was not promoting an Islamic Antichrist. In the complete sermon, he makes it clear that this is one of the many deceptions that will be used in the end-times. I suggest people listen to the complete sermon (http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-66_The-Grim-Reality-of-the-Last-Days) before making blanket statements or criticizing Dr. MacArthur.

    • Anonymous
      09/09/2011 at 5:31 AM

      part one removed ? lol imagine that

  2. ICA
    04/17/2011 at 10:53 PM

    And he is absolutely correct, Marcy. Islam and Islamic “prophecy” is definitely one of the many deceptions in the end-times. As I, too, concluded in my commentary on Revelation 13:

    “In closing, allow me to say this: Islamic ‘prophecy’ is false. It is nothing more than Islamists taking true Biblical prophecy and then turning it on its head so that it is pro-Islam, and anti-Judeo/Christian. In doing so Islamists make radical Muslims out to be the ‘good guys’ and the Jews and Christians out to be the ‘bad guys’. But we must not dismiss the river that is raging in the undercurrents of Islamic eschatology. Its banks are about to burst and what we must take into consideration is not the fact that Islamic ‘prophecy’ is false and void of Divine inspiration, but rather the fact that they BELIEVE that it is true and that their destiny is Divinely appointed. Because of this belief they will in turn interpret events on the world stage in accordance to this way of thinking, as fulfillment and proof that the ‘prophecies’ of Islam are true. They have done exactly that with the restoration of Israel in 1948 (see here) and will continue to do so, driven into action against the Judeo/Christian world they believe to be the ‘Dar al-harb’ — House of War. As the analogy goes, the stage is now set. Indeed, the ‘props’ are in position. The ‘characters’ are in full costume. And the world is watching in attendance. All that remains now is for the Director to say ‘Action.'”

    As Dr. MacArthur says during the sermon (starting at around the 32 minute mark), “There always are false prophets, always false teachers, we know that, always people who claim to be Jesus … but as you get to the end of human history and you get into the period of time called the Tribulation, there is a specific fulfillment of this prophecy [of Matthew 24:5,11] that I want you to understand. And it has to do with Islam.”

    Now listen to his description of the Mahdi starting at around the 39 minute mark. After describing the Mahdi of Islam, at 42:38 Dr. MacArthur then summarizes by saying the following: “Let me summarize. [According to Islamic teaching] The Mahdi will be a messianic figure. He will be a descendant of Mohammed. He will be an unparalleled or unequaled leader. He will come out of a crisis of turmoil. He will take control of the world. He will establish a New World Order. He will destroy all who resist him. He will invade many nations. He will make a 7-year peace treaty with the Jews. He will conquer Israel and massacre the Jews. He will establish Islamic world headquarters at Jerusalem. He will rule for 7 years, establish Islam as the only religion. He will come on a white horse with supernatural power. He will be loved by all people on earth. If that sounds familiar, that is a precise description of the Biblical Antichrist. Absolutely step, by step, by step, by step. The Bible’s Antichrist is their Mahdi.

    With respect to your statement that Dr. MacArthur “was not promoting an Islamic Antichrist”, I’ve listened to the rest of the sermon very closely. My question for you is this: Where does Dr. MacArthur say that he is not promoting an Islamic Antichrist? Everything that I have heard in this sermon suggests otherwise.

    In fact, from 49:27 onward he addresses the ‘Revived Roman Empire’ theory by saying the following: “Now, somebody might say, ‘You know when you think about the future and what’s gonna happen in the world, don’t we have a Revived Roman Empire? Doesn’t that mean the West?’ You remember that the image in Daniel 2 of the final world empire had two legs, and the Roman Empire had the West and the East? You know of course if you know history that the western part of the Roman Empire basically dissolved and the East survived for a thousand years, or more, so that at the time of the New Testament 60% of the Roman Empire was land that is now under Muslim control. At least 60%. The vast majority of the Roman Empire in New Testament times is today under Muslim control, and Islam is moving across the West rapidly in Europe …”

  3. ICA
    05/16/2011 at 8:49 PM

    New YouTube link added …

  4. Obsessive Reader
    07/11/2011 at 4:26 PM

    I think quite a few teachers are coming to the same conclusions on Islam. The old ideas are likely very wrong when we look at what is happening in the world today.

  5. indielogic
    09/30/2011 at 4:27 PM

    You Tube blocked the upper video, is there anywhere else I can view it, not on YouTube’s Big brother screen?

  6. ICA
    09/30/2011 at 4:30 PM

    The second video is the exact same as the upper video. I just left it there to show that YouTube removed it after calling it ‘hate speech’.

  7. ICA
    09/01/2012 at 7:52 PM

    Video of John’s MacArthur’s sermon:

  8. questforthebest
    11/12/2012 at 10:35 AM

    Revelation 20:4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

    In years past I could never understand that “beheadings” would be the choice of those killing Christians. Then, after seeing Radical Islam and how they use beheadings, it all came together. In the days of ultra-modern weapons, why beheadings? Islam. Period.

    Also, with regards to the AC…

    In Daniel 9:27 – “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

    What “religion” has the hallmark of lying? Islam. They break every vow and promise in the name of Islam. They will do so with Israel as well.

    I don’t have all the answers but, the rise of Islam was something no bible scholar had even thought of 35 years ago. Look how quickly it has risen! In Europe, Islam, in a few short years, will be THE majority. Think about that. Like The Borg, they have assimilated into regions of the world and with a population growth of 5.1 (compared with 1.4 or so of others) they have OVERTAKEN, or will soon, the world! In America, we are seeing the rise of Islam at an unprecedented rate. Incrementalism is a tool the devil utilizes well. Homosexual marriage is now thought of as OK with even some of the “elect” (I use that term loosely) believing in it now. Humanity caves. It falls for the devils’ ploys and strategies. He is one step ahead of us all. Imagine a world where no Christians exist. Where the presence of the Holy Spirit is now void. Where mankind will finally get what it has been asking for. A world without God in it. Soon, the Lord Jesus will call us to be where He is. Soon, the world will have unrestrained evil running rampant. The fascination with all things “zombie”? I do not dismiss this as mere science fiction. Nor do I dismiss the fascination of all things UFO related. They will come together as something mankind has been prepared to see already via movies/TV/books about these subjects.

    Maranatha my friends!

  1. 05/07/2011 at 1:22 PM

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