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The “Perfect Human Being”: Can An Islamic Antichrist Present Himself As God And Receive Worship, Yet Remain A Servant Of ‘Allah’?


By ICA

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, “Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”

With great anticipation, the Islamic world awaits a “savior.” They call him “The Mahdi.” They believe that he will unite the Muslim world together against all who refuse to submit to Islam, creating peace and lasting security by leading all nations into a new era of global Islamic “justice.” This year, at the annual United Nations General Assembly and in front of millions of people around the world, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that we would soon witness a new “global management” ruled by the “perfect human being” Imam Al-Mahdi along with his deputy, the prophet “Jesus Christ.”

The world of Biblical eschatology has undergone a major shift over the past few years. Many discerning Christians now recognize immediately this “Islamic messiah” as a prime candidate for the Biblical Antichrist. But despite all that has happened and continues to happen in the Muslim world as of late, there are still many others who continue to resist any notion that Islam is the religious ideology of the Beast in Daniel and Revelation and that the Biblical Antichrist could be a Muslim or be associated with Islam in any way. In their way of thinking, the argument always begins with the premiss that the Antichrist will be someone who will literally announce to the world that “I am God” and will then demand to be worshipped as God. Since no Muslim would ever dare claim to be God (under accusation of blasphemy and penalty of death) and since no Muslim would ever dare to worship a mere man who made such a claim (under accusation of blasphemy and penalty of death), Islam must, they believe, either be all but destroyed before a non-Islamic Antichrist comes to power or undergo a significant theological metamorphosis, making it virtually unrecognizable to the Islam that we have today. But there is something very significant that many are missing, and it involves the premisses upon which their conclusion is derived.

When someone assumes even one or two false premisses as true, the wrong conclusion will more often than not be the end result. And the belief that the Antichrist must say “I am God” is one example in particular. In 2 Thessalonians 2:4 the Apostle Paul writes that the man of lawlessness “shows” or “proclaims” himself to be God. The Greek word is “apodeiknymi” and it means “to declare” or “exhibit” or “show” or “demonstrate”. The implication of “apodeiknymi”, therefore, is not that he says “I am God” in any sort of a veracious verbal declaration, but rather that he displays himself as God through behaviour or action. But how?

There Can Be Only One …

According to Sunni and Shi’a Islam, the Mahdi (or 12th Imam) is believed to be “the infallible intercessor between Allah and faithful Muslims” [1]. The Iranian President even described the Mahdi today as “The Ultimate Savior” of the world [2]. The significance of this claim cannot be overstated. According to Scripture, there is only One who is the intercessor between man and God:

Romans 8:34, “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

And there is only One who is worthy to be called the Savior:

Isaiah 43:11, 46:9b, “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior… I am God, and there is none like me.”

According to Biblical Scripture, anyone who would proclaim himself to be the “intercessor” between man and God or the “savior” of the world would be attributing to himself a title or position that is exclusive to God alone, therefore presenting himself as God. To the Islamic way of thinking, however, this is not the case at all. Their religious jurisprudence is based upon Islamic texts, not upon the Hebrew/Greek Scriptures. Since “savior” is not one of the 99 names of Allah in the Qur’ancalling someone the “savior” or claiming to be the “savior” is therefore not an attribution or declaration of divinity in the Muslim mind. They will not view any such proclamation as making oneself equal to the Almighty.

One of the claims often pushed by Muslim apologists against the Christian belief in the Deity of Christ is that Jesus never said “I am God” anywhere in Scripture. And they are right. Jesus never said to the Sanhedrin, “I am God.” However, He showed Himself as God by accepting worship (Matt. 28:9). He demonstrated it by forgiving sins (Mark 2:5-7). He proclaimed it before Jewish religious leaders when He declared that “before Abraham was, I AM” and called God His father (John 8:54-58). And the Sanhedrin understood immediately the theological significance of His words and sought to kill Him because He was “making Himself equal with God” (cf. John 5:18). He attributed a Divine title or function to Himself that can only be attributable to the Almighty or His office. If someone was present who did not know the Hebrew Scriptures as the Jews did, would they have understood the theological significance of what Jesus did or what He said? Of course not. Likewise, when Antichrist proclaims himself to be God, he will do so in such a way that Jews and Christians will recognize it immediately, but those who believe the lie will not. The elect will not be deceived (cf. Matthew 24:24). Proclaiming to be God does not therefore necessitate the words “I am God” in order to make the claim. In fact, while accepting the position or claiming to be the “savior” on one hand, he would deny the accusation that he is claiming to be God on the other. But in the eyes of the God of Israel, this is precisely what he would be doing.

Does The Prophet Daniel Tell Us That Antichrist Will Exalt Himself Above Every God, Including Allah?

One other argument against an Islamic Antichrist that is often raised involves Daniel 11:36-37:

Daniel 11:36-37, “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”

The argument asserts that the Antichrist could not be Muslim since Daniel tells us that he will “magnify himself above every god.” And since “every” must also include Allah, the Antichrist therefore cannot be a Muslim.  To address this concern, we should first be made aware that even though most translations incorporate the word “every” in verse 38, it is not included in the original Hebrew, though it is inferred. For instance, the NCV renders Daniel 11:36 to say that Antichrist “will brag about himself and praise himself and think he is even better than a god.” Wycliffe’s translation says that “the king shall do by his will, and he shall be raised [up], and magnified against each god, and against God of gods he shall speak great things.” Moreover, the thrust of Daniel 11:36-37 will not be fully understood unless it is read in full light of the verses that follow it:

Daniel 11:38-39,But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge [and] increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.”

Context is key. Daniel clearly shows us in vs 36-37 that Antichrist will speak blasphemies against the God of gods, will pay absolutely no homage to the God of his fathers, and infers that he will “exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god.” However, Daniel then makes one exception. In vs 38-39 he introduces us to the one god that Antichrist does not elevate himself above, stating, “But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces … a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour … a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge [and] increase with glory.” This is the god that Antichrist will not exalt himself over, one that would be familiar to him, but not one that would be familiar to his fathers, Abraham and Ishmael.  Obviously, Antichrist cannot honour his god and increase him with glory if he believes that he is god [Allah] or that he is above him. That would be nonsensical.

Daniel 11:36-39 is not only a perfect description of how Islam operates as a religion, but is also a perfect description of what Islam is. An Islamic Antichrist will exalt himself over every faith and belief system that exists or has existed outside of his estate (H3653 ken — base, estate, office), outside of the religious ideology that the “seat of the beast” forces upon everyone under its control. Antichrist (and by direct implication the one whom he represents, Satan) will position himself against everything called god or considered God or divine outside of his base/estate/office. He will exalt himself over Ayyavazhi. Over Buddhism. He will exalt himself over the gods of Hinduism and each and every single one of its sects or denominations. He will exalt himself over Manichaeism. Over Mithraism. Over Zoroastrianism. Over Confucianism. Over every Shinto sect and school of thought. Over every indigenous religion that exists or has existed in the Americas, in Eurasia, in Africa, in Oceania or elsewhere. He will even exalt himself over the One True God of gods — the God of his fathers — over Adonai, over Mashiach, over Ruach ha Qodesh. He exalts himself over them all by attributing to himself a Divine Title or Function held only by YHWH, and by definition therefore declaring himself to be the God of gods.

The Islamic world accepting the Mahdi as their “savior” or the “intercessor” between Muslims and God will make this man to be “Christ” (the word “anti” doesn’t just mean against, it also means in place of) and is blatant idolatry and blasphemy in the eyes of God, effectively calling YHWH and His Messiah a liar. This is all a part of the deception that is Islam. Consider for a moment Islamic behaviour and teachings in light of Biblical revelation. On one hand, Islam convinces Muslims that they must not worship idols, yet on the other hand it commands them to kill anyone who says or does anything negative to the Qur’an, and to be willing to die for it. It commands them to kill anyone who says anything negative about Mohammed, and to be willing to die for their prophet.  It causes them to bow down facing Mecca five times a day where the Black Stone (Kaaba) sits, even teaching them that touching the Kaaba absolves them of sin(!)[3]. They will gladly offer their lives for every one of these, each of which is blatant idolatry in the eyes of YHWH because it is worship of the Qur’an, of their “prophet”, of the Black Stone, of their “savior.” It is worshipping the image of the Beast.

More Than Just A Man?

Some believe that Antichrist may not be an actual man at all, but rather something entirely different. In Revelation 13, the Beast is a kingdom or empire or system, yet is often described as a “him” or “he” anthropomorphically in many translations:

Revelation 13:4-6, “And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who [is] like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?’ And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.” (NKJV)

However, from a textual standpoint, this need not be the case at all according to the Greek. The translators of the ESV understood this and rendered the verses accordingly:

Revelation 13:4-6, “One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’ And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.” (ESV)

Many who now view Biblical eschatology from the perspective of an Islamic End-Time paradigm are of the opinion that the “him” who receives the mortal “head wound” is not a person, but rather was likely the power and might of the Islamic Empire that ceased with the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924. Today, however, we are beginning to witness a reawakening of Islamism in the Muslim world, particularly with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and even the Islamist AKP Party in Turkey and the startling speed by which Islamism has so far been able to subdue all opposition, essentially imitating the sort of power and influence that one would expect during the induction of a “Neo-Ottoman” Islamic Empire.  We are beginning to witness a “healing” as it were of the Islamic Caliphate that received its mortal “head wound.”

As a system, Islam is itself fully and completely Antichrist to the core (1 John 2:22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7). In the article “2 Thessalonians 2:4 — A Rebuilt Jewish Temple, or Something Else?” I felt it was important to note that:

There is also one final point that needs to be considered as well with respect to the “man of sin”.  We should not discount the possibility that the “man of sin” may not be pointing to one single person as it were, though the general consensus is precisely that, but could instead be pointing to one single entity or system.  The Ekklesia of God is comprised of a great multitude of believing Jews and Gentiles created as “one new man” in Christ who are marked by God (Eph. 2:15, Rev. 14:1) and described by John in Revelation 7 as the “multitude of the lamb”, ie, Jesus Christ. Conversely, the “man of sin” (2 Thess 2:3) could therefore be its direct antithesis comprised of those who have the Mark of the Beast and described by John in Revelation 13 as the “multitude of a man”, ie, the “prophet Mohammed”.  If this is the case, then we may be even closer to the cusp of prophetic fulfillment than many of us realize.

The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 that the “man of sin” or “lawlessness” — whom we often refer to as Antichrist — “takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” It is important to note, however, that the Greek word for “in” is the word “eis” (G1519), but it does not only mean “in.” It is also translated dozens of times as “against” in Scripture. For example:

Matthew 10:21, “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.”

Matthew 18:21, “Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’”

Mark 14:55, “Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none.”

In the context of 2 Thessalonians 2:4 the Apostle Paul made a reference to the “temple of God.” The natural assumption on the part of the translators would have therefore been to interpret “eis” to mean in. But in light of the full canvas of Scripture we now understand that the New Testament writers, including the Apostle Paul, no longer defined the temple of God in terms of one that was made of stone, but rather as one made of people — the Ekklesia of God (the Church):

1 Corinthians 3:17, “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

1 Peter 2:5, “And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.” (NLT)

Ephesians 2:19-22, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner[stone], in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

In this light, the Holy Spirit could very well have been referring to the “man of sin” or “lawlessness” as the Ummah of Islam which stands against the temple of God, essentially displaying itself as God by usurping the Divine title/office/way of Salvation in claiming that salvation is only found in “Allah and His Messenger” and not in YHWH and His Messiah. And, sure enough, the Ummah of Islam stands against the temple of God and does this very thing today, blaspheming the God of our Salvation and boastfully declaring that “Jews and the Christians are enemies of the [Islamic] believers” who are “cursed” because “adhering to Islam is the only path to enter heaven, and escape hellfire” [4]. Whether Antichrist is a man or a system, we may indeed be even closer to the cusp of prophetic fulfillment than many of us realize.

What Does It All Mean?

Islam is directly influenced, controlled and is even being given its authority by Satan himself. I think most of us would agree. Lately, however, Islam has been strengthening considerably in its authoritative influence, and may even strengthen militarily if/when Iran reaches nuclear capability. But it is more than just a violent religion that hates everything outside of its own ideology. It is Satan’s platform upon which he is attempting to exalt himself and become like the God of Heaven. It is a means to an end.

As the Prophet Isaiah tells us, Satan has explicitly declared his intention to rise above the stars of God and to become like Him:

Isaiah 14:12-14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation … I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

It is no coincidence that this also happens to be the exact description of Antichrist as given to us by the Prophet Daniel. Isaiah exposes Satan’s own corrupted ambitions, to magnify himself above everything that is called god, above everything that is associated with the God of gods, to be like God Himself.  And the Ummah of Islam and its “savior” is how he intends to accomplish this. The “stars of God” may even be referring to the people of God, His Ekklesia:

Deuteronomy 1:8-11, “‘See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers–to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–to give to them and their descendants after them.’ … ‘The LORD your God has multiplied you, and here you [are] today, as the stars of heaven in multitude. ‘May the LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you”

The Kaaba: Idol of Stone (Click to watch video)

The Kaaba: Idol of Stone (Click to watch video)

The name of Satan in Isaiah 14:12 (Lucifer) is “heylel,” which means “light-bearer”. The Arabic equivalent of Satan’s name is “hilal,” which means “crescent moon.” Also consider the “Takbir” of Islam, the victory cry of “Allahu Akbar.” What are they saying? It doesn’t mean “God is great” as it is often translated in the West. It actually means “Allah is greater.” If it is Satan’s intention to be like the Most High and to exalt his throne above the stars of God and sit upon the mount of his own congregation, it only stands to reason that Satan will seek to accomplish these things and perform these blasphemies through the religious system to which he has given power and authority — Islam. After all, those who marvel and follow the Beast “worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast” (Rev 13:4), and Satan knows that when they are worshipping “Allah” and the image of the Beast, they are worshipping him. Satan is therefore working to exalt and magnify himself as the Prophet Isaiah described through the religious ideology of Islam that diametrically opposes everything that the Judeo-Christian faith represents and stands for. But although the enemy will try to destroy what God has created, he cannot and will not prevail against the Ekklesia of God. All he can do is create his own corrupted version of God’s elect, to wage war against God’s elect, in an effort to replace God’s elect with one that is created in his own image. Just as the Ekklesia of YHWH is the “Body of Christ” (and also referred to as His Bride), Satan’s counterfeit of the Church — the Ummah — is the “Body of Antichrist” (and is referred to as the Harlot):

Yahweh has the Ekklesia (The congregation of God, the true Church).
Satan has the Ummah (The congregation of Allah, an apostate Church).

Yahweh has given the Ekklesia His Word, the Word of God, the Holy Bible.
Satan has given the Ummah its corruption, the “Word of Allah”, the “Holy” Qur’an.

Yahweh’s Ekklesia is like “a bride adorned for her husband” and filled with “the glory of God.”
Satan’s Ummah is like a harlot “decked with gold and precious stones and pearls” and filled with abominations.

* Yahweh’s Ekklesia is “a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
* Satan’s Ummah is “a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit…”

Yahweh’s Ekklesia is the multitude of the Lamb — Jesus the Messiah — whom they follow.
Satan’s Ummah is the multitude of a man — Mohammed the “prophet” — whom they follow.

Yahweh’s Ekklesia comes out of Great Tribulation.
Satan’s Ummah is responsible for it.

Yahweh’s Ekklesia receives the seal of God upon their foreheads and are redeemed.
Satan’s Ummah receives the Mark of the Beast upon their foreheads and are condemned.

Yahweh’s Ekklesia will be lead to springs of living waters.
Satan’s Ummah will drink of the wine of the wrath of God.

To borrow the analogy from the concluding remarks made in the Revelation 13 commentary, the stage has been set. In the “theatre” of Biblical eschatology, it is ready for the final act.  All “props” are in position.  The “characters” are in full costume.  And the world is watching in attendance. Very soon we will witness the final act begin, and through Islam Satan will make his final stand against the Prince of princes.

Revised 10/18/2012
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  1. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    09/26/2012 at 11:29 PM

    Excellent ICA! I would like to print and send to my father who is teaching a class on Revelation. I don’t know how anyone cannot recognize what’s happening. But yet they don’t. Time is running out, I fear for those in the valley of decision. I pray for them to turn to Jesus, while there is still time.

  2. ICA
    09/26/2012 at 11:41 PM

    Feel free to copy/print anything you like. God bless …

  3. FX
    09/27/2012 at 1:43 AM

    Bonjour ICA !

    ICA :
    To borrow the analogy from the concluding remarks made in the Revelation 13 commentary, the stage has been set. In the “theatre” of Biblical eschatology, it is ready for the final act. All “props” are in position. The “characters” are in full costume. And the world is watching in attendance. Very soon we will witness the final act begin, and through Islam Satan will make his final stand against the Prince of princes.

    Amen to that!

    I do not know if you have ever made the connection, but it is very interesting to consider that in 2015, it will be the 70th UN General Assembly!

    We also know what happens this particular year: solar and Lunar Eclipses falling on biblical Feasts (a solar eclipse on the Feast of Trumpets, on September 13, and a lunar eclipse on the Feast of Tabernacles, on September 28, 2015).

    The number 70 represents the “nations”. I do not know the dates of the 70th UN General Assembly yet, but I would be ready to bet that they will coïncide with the above Moedim (YHVH appointed times)!!!

    Ahmadinejad’s speech yesterday fell on YHVH’s 6th Biblical Feast, Yom Akkippurim (a Feast associated with the expiation of Israel and the nations).

    Interesting, isn’t it?

    With Ahmadinejad’s speech about the imminent return of the Mahdi, it will be very interesting to see how the next 3 years unfold!

    Shalom & blessings (from Moscow where I am at the moment!)

    FX

  4. 09/27/2012 at 7:47 AM

    Good reasons given that the Mahdi will be the Antichrist. But of course he has not arrived yet. Ahmedinejad has been talking about this for years now and no Saviour is appearing on the Islamic front. Iran itself is in a state of distress – the only way the Islamic regime clings on to power is through brutal suppression of their opponents. Most Iranians are sick of Islam and would love to live in a non-Islamic regime. Ayatollah Khamenei (who also preaches the Mahdi coming) is widely despised as a corrupt wicked old despot. And Ahmedinejad’s version of events is a Shiite one while the majority in the Middle East are Sunni Muslims (most of whom hate and reject Shiites). Sunnis too look for the Mahdi to come but at the moment there is no one to inspire much confidence in the arrival of an Islamic Saviour from the so-called Arab Spring. I suppose if someone could unite them to bring about the destruction of Israel that might be seen as the Mahdi, but then the prophetic scriptures show Israel surviving (albeit facing elimination) until the coming of the Lord to the earth. Also the question of whether there will be a peace / covenant with Israel signed by the Antichrist remains. The Ahmedinejad version is one of destruction of Israel.

    Tony

    • ICA
      09/27/2012 at 5:24 PM

      Tony Pearce, “Also the question of whether there will be a peace / covenant with Israel signed by the Antichrist remains. The Ahmedinejad version is one of destruction of Israel.”

      Hi Tony, thank you for your comment. With respect to there being any sort of peace treaty signed by the Antichrist, please feel free to read through this article for your consideration.

  5. Mike
    09/27/2012 at 8:07 AM

    Thanks for the excellent post ICA, and for giving permission to copy/print anything. I am just now easing my friends and family into end times issues from the Islamic end times perspective. I’m preparing a series of 30 FB posts, one for each day of the month showing evidence from the Bible and from history that the anti-Christ will be Islamic in origin, being revealed today and emphasizing the need for repentance and belief on Jesus Christ (which, following the model of Revelation, should be the underlying reason for all of our studying of end times). Though I’m trying to be as original and self-studied as possible, using multiple sources, your material will be a great help.

    • 12/08/2013 at 10:06 PM

      A wonderful opening to knowing the times we live in. In conformity to GOD’S Word, I personally was shown a vision of how the whole world will go through the test of – Islam- its show of earthly wealth against the Living Word of Truth in Christ Jesus. And sadly the quest for silver / gold had drawn the Church away from this understanding.

  6. Hubae
    09/27/2012 at 8:46 AM

    Wow…..this Hit the nail on the head!!!!!! Thank you for your hard work and allowing us to reproduce!!!!!! Maranatha!!!!!!!

  7. 09/27/2012 at 11:05 AM

    Reblogged this on shofar37.

  8. 09/27/2012 at 2:06 PM

    Hello All,

    I picked little gem up from a user on The Blaze.. I don’t know if you have seen it or not. I had not seen it until today.

    It is great information.

    http://startthinkingright.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/what-is-there-to-fear-about-islam-besides-its-1400-year-record-of-terrorism/

    • iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
      09/27/2012 at 2:30 PM

      Thanks. A lot of good hystorical info.

  9. 09/27/2012 at 11:57 PM

    ICA , you not only impress me but my husband has been reading your writings and has come closer to Jesus as a result of your news…Thank you very much and God Bless you

    • ICA
      09/28/2012 at 12:27 AM

      Thank you for the kind words and encouragement sandollarlady. I am humbled and blessed to know that the blog is making a difference. May our Heavenly Father bless you and your husband.

  10. Willard
    09/28/2012 at 12:34 AM

    It is simply amazing that the world ignores the history of the many nations that have tried to destroy the Jewish people. The Egyptians, Canaanites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Spaniah, English, Germans, Ottomans, Arabs, Islam, the UN, and how many others, the burial list for the nations, peoples, tribes that the Jewish people buried through history continues on.

  11. 09/28/2012 at 1:41 AM

    I excerpted part of this article on Prophesite: http://prophesite.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/yeshuas-ekklesia-vs-allahs-ummah/

    Good article, thanks.

  12. 09/28/2012 at 1:45 AM

    I changed the title to “Yahweh’s Ekklesia vs. Allah’s Ummah”: http://prophesite.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/yahwehs-ekklesia-vs-allahs-ummah/

    Seemed more symmetrical.

  13. 09/28/2012 at 9:20 AM

    God Bless you and your husband sanddollarlady. Thanks Kurt and ICA I’m sharing on facebook and in print as fast as I can. I think we need to pay attention and pay attention NOW, and I’m praying for more to come closer to our Lord. God Bless all.

  14. Kingdom-Dweller
    10/02/2012 at 9:00 AM

    Yeah, it sure seems to be falling into place…I used to be into escatology but took a healthy break for a while. Never considered Islam a main component, but if you consider “a form of godliness w/o actual faith in God”, not to mention the obsessive beheading…it really does fit the bill. COEXIST–these poor suckers have no clue what’s heading their way, and with our currant “Manchurion candidate” in charge, it could possibly be in America too; there may even be a susspended election…by executive order. We’ll see soon enough.

  15. Believer
    10/17/2012 at 2:00 PM

    Great article, brings a lot of things into a solid biblical perspective.

  16. ICA
    10/18/2012 at 4:22 PM

    I added a new section called “More Than Just A Man?” to the article above since there was one other consideration that I felt was important to keep in mind. Whether we view Antichrist in terms of a system or in terms of a man it is important to be aware of an alternate view.

    • 10/19/2012 at 1:35 AM

      Very good, I concur with your prudence. It might be a single man or it could be a system. We need to remember that the Apostle John wrote “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)

      If while John was alive he could say “many antichrists have appeared”, then think how many have appeared over the ensuing centuries. While there might be a “super antichrist” to come, there’s been many horrible ones already.

      Father may we keep our hands to the plow until the return of Yeshua, whether or not someone comes along with his jersey emblazoned with “#1, THE Antichrist”, Amen.

  17. Mike
    10/18/2012 at 4:29 PM

    Thank you bro ICA. This is rather coincidental, since I am in the middle of a series of posts on FB entitled “Evidence Of The Day of an Islamic Anti-Christ”. The post I have been preparing for most of the day is based on Daniel 8:25, and details the last 5 UN speeches by Ahmadinejad, exposing the anti-christ elements and omissions, and linking that to the type of deception of the future Islamic anti-christ yet to come, only that deception will be more effective than Ahmadinejads. Again, thanks for your ministry and GOD bless you and yours.

  18. ICA
    10/31/2012 at 3:11 PM

    I was just listening to Kerby Anderson’s recent interview of Joel Richardson on “Point of View” and noticed that Joel also touches upon this topic briefly during the interview here at about the 32:00 mark.

  19. Willard
  20. shah
    11/13/2012 at 3:23 PM

    The auther has clearly no Idea About Islam … I am really shocked to see all this munipulation of Islam . Dajjal is the antichrist which will have one EYE and he ll fool the weak fath ppl with his powers . and many will start following him we muslims are warned against this Dajjal ( the Anti christ) and when Jesus will come he will kill this Dajjal . Thats what every muslim believe in . plz study Islam first then made comments about it . thank you

    • ICA
      11/13/2012 at 5:05 PM

      Hi shah, thank you for your comment. The problem with what you are saying, however, is that the article does not manipulate Islam. It exposes it. On the other hand, Islam has manipulated the teachings of the Bible and assimilated many distortions and half-truths into its own teachings. I understand that you will disagree, but you disagree not because you have the truth, but rather because you have been taught to believe the distortions that have been assimilated into Islam and to accept all of them as completely valid and free from error.

      Allow me to explain what is happening.

      Islamic eschatology teaches that the Messiah of the Jews will be the “false messiah”, the Islamic version of the Bible’s “Antichrist” whom they call “ad Dajjal” or “al Masiikh”. Muslims are told that they, along with “al Mahdi”, must fight against this “false messiah of the Jews”. What Islam has done is flip-flop who Jesus and the Antichrist are and have made evil into good, and good into evil. Islam views al Mahdi as the savior of humanity, when the fact of the matter is that he will be Antichrist, and Islam views the Messiah of the Jews as the Antichrist, when in fact He is God in the flesh.

      Quote: “Al-Mahdi as we are informed by Prophet Muhammad, will emerge from the east (his name will be like the prophet name) he is not a prophet of God, he will gather the Muslims on one word and will lead Muslim armies to conquer the Jews in Jerusalem and his army will reach Rome and conquer the Vatican, then he will march back to Jerusalem on the word that the Antri-Christ has emerged in Jerusalem (The Holy Land)…

      When Al-Mahdi reach back in Jerusalem, he will not be able to defeat the anti-christ, (He seems to have strong magical powers)” (Source).

      Islam has already deceived the Ummah into believing that the Jesus of the Bible (the Messiah of the Jews) is their Antichrist (Dajjal) whom they must fight against, and has deceived the Ummah into believing that the Antichrist of the Bible is their Islamic savior. God Himself declares “I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior” (Isa 43:11). Anyone who declares himself to be al Mahdi and the savior is declaring himself to be God.

      Quote: “The Holy Prophet Muhammad has prophesied about several events that will occur just before the advent of the day of judgment. Among these, Rasulullah has foretold the advent of one of his descendants, Al Mahdi … will fight the oppressors, unite the Muslims, bring peace and justice to the world

      [Al-Mahdi] is from the family of the Holy Prophet, and when he comes the earth will be filled with justice, and Jesus, upon whom be veneration and peace, will follow him and assist him in the slaying of al masiikh often referred to as ad-dajal – the lying, false messiah, the anti-Christ…” (Source).

      According to Islam, Jesus is just a prophet only. The Islamic Jesus is therefore not the same Jesus of the Bible. The Islamic Jesus is an imposter. He is a false prophet. Shah, if there is one thing I want to leave you with, it is this: Do not be deceived.

      Qur’an: Sura 3:54, 8:30: Allah is the best deceiver.

      Bible: Revelation 12:9: Satan is the deceiver of the whole world.

      I encourage you to read through “A Few Simple Questions For Muslim Visitors” and to think about it very carefully. Your eternal soul depends upon who you choose to serve: Islam’s Allah, or Scripture’s YHWH. May God bless you and lead you to His Truth …

  21. Euagrios Pontikos
    11/15/2012 at 2:42 AM

    Hello ICA, I would like to add to your accurate list of who is the antichrist, two more things, which must also be considered as antichrist.
    The Communists and the antifascist movement in europe persecute and insult christians nowadays!
    In bible it was somewhere mentioned that the antichrist will persecute true believers of christ!
    So these systems hate and persecute christians! (as you already know Marx and communists were atheistic)
    Another system which must be called as antichristianism, is the worship of mammon. People who would destroy or do anything to get profits nad money, they would even persecute and destroy christian tempels for money…You know what this mean…?

    • Mike
      11/16/2012 at 4:22 AM

      ICA excellent post (and very informative and sincere reply to Shah).

  22. 11/19/2012 at 9:03 AM

    Reblogged this on servehiminthewaiting and commented:
    A very well-established premise for the Islamic Antichrist, which we would be foolish to dismiss!

  23. 11/27/2012 at 11:51 PM

    Awesome information, you’ve given me more to study! I agree with you for the most part, I’m still not clear on a few things, but you’ve already answered a lot of my questions. I also agree with you about the temple and whether there needed to be a third one built on one of your other posts. I tell you these are exciting times very sobering prayerful times as well. I am so grateful for people like you and others who God is clearly using in this hour, what a blessing!!

    • Mike
      11/28/2012 at 5:39 AM

      I agree. ICA’s posts have been consistently eye-opening, thought provoking. They remind me that there is more going on outside the four walls of the local church, events we can respond to with sharing of the Gospel

  24. 12/03/2012 at 5:41 AM

    There is so many wrongs in your texts and thinking about Islam. You have your religion and it is distorted, they have their religion and it is distorted. It is none other than satan who has made you enemies, because originally your religion was the same. If you are prepared to drop the pretensiousness (and the guns), and worship GOD, who is THE TRUTH, then read and acknowledge the following: http://paradoxuncreated.com/Blog/wordpress/?page_id=62

    Peace Be With You.

    • ICA
      12/03/2012 at 1:01 PM

      Hi UBK, thank you for your comment. The site you’ve linked to is in err, however. Islam and Christianity were not originally the same. Christianity is an extension of Judaism. It is Judaism fulfilled and believes in YHWH the God of Israel, recognizing that the prophesied Messiah of YHWH was and is Yeshua (Jesus), and Him Crucified.

      Islam, on the other hand, originated from a polytheistic Babylonian religion that made the sun, moon and stars into gods. Mohammed abolished all of the Babylonian gods except for the “moon god”, now commonly referred to as “Allah.” The God of Israel and the god of Babylon are therefore not the same. They are completely different (read more). In an effort to entice Jewish and Christian converts to Islam, Islam’s “prophet” incorporated a twisted mix of Jewish and Christian teachings with the existing Babylonian religion of Arabia early in his campaign to gain adherents to his “new” monotheistic Arab religion (formerly polytheistic), even going so far as to claim that “Allah” was the same god that Jews and Christians worshiped [1]. But Jews and Christians would not be deceived and, already familiar with the polytheistic religion of the Romans and their Greek gods, understood full well that just as abolishing all other Greek gods except Zeus would not suddenly make Zeus the God of Israel, neither would abolishing all Babylonian gods except for the moon god “Allah” suddenly make Mohammed’s god the God of Jews and Christians. This complete rejection of Mohammed and his teachings infuriated the “prophet” of “Allah”, resulting in subsequent “revelations” for the Qur’an for the next 20 or so years that grew increasingly hateful and violent against Jews, Christians and all non-Muslims in general. This twisted mixing of Judeo-Christian teachings, Babylonian paganism and vengeful anti-Semitic and anti-Christian hatred is what permeates virtually every crevice of Islam today. Read more.

      Historical evidence affirms all of this, UBK, and the Qur’an is little more than a book of lies, half-truths, distortions and plagiarised narratives from the Bible. “Christian” archaeology undermines the Qur’an. “Jewish” archaeology undermines the Qur’an. Even “Islamic” archaeology itself undermines the Qur’an. But when it comes to an ideology whose foundations are grounded in lies and deception, the only facts that need apply are those that can be distorted to undermine the Truth.

      For your consideration, please take a moment to read through “A Few Simple Questions for Muslim Visitors“. In light of the fact that even Mohammed himself did not know for certain what would happen to him in the afterlife, why should I — or any other Christian who knows beyond a doubt that they are guaranteed eternal life through faith in the Jesus of the Bible — give up the Christian faith of Jesus for the Islamic faith of Mohammed which we know will guarantee us nothing? You, too, can have the same guarantee that we as Christians share. All you have to do is believe in and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

  25. 12/15/2012 at 9:35 PM

    No doubt you have placed much work in presenting your thesis. I would caution predictions based upon seen events as they are subject to change. Many have taken the fall for being the anti-christ in times gone by up until the present. – http://www.rogertharpe.wordpress.com

    • ICA
      12/15/2012 at 11:40 PM

      Hi Roger, thank you for your comment. If we aren’t suppose to judge the times in which we live by what we see, then why would Jesus and Paul tell us to watch for events that can be seen?

      Matthew 24:15, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place …”

      Matthew 24:33, “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near …”

      Matthew 24:42, “Watch therefore …”

      Matthew 25:13, “Watch therefore …”

      1 Thessalonians 5:6, “Therefore let us not sleep, as others [do], but let us watch …”

      Mark 13:35-37, “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming–in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning– lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!

  26. JJ
    12/15/2012 at 9:47 PM

    This thesis as well as the Mark of the Beast article and the AC article and some others make so much sense to me and line up so well with what the bible seems to really be teaching that I think it would be foolish to not seriously consider it. It all fits like a glove pretty darn good if you ask me, I have learned a lot.

  27. Mike
    12/16/2012 at 10:20 AM

    ICA… outstanding work!

  28. 02/15/2013 at 5:03 PM
  29. 02/21/2013 at 9:16 AM

    I can picture satan possessing the anti-christ and kicking Islam and it’s followers to the curb. Using them like he uses rock stars and then destroying their lives. So he may use their lives to gain power, but once he has power, he may discard them and their system of worship.

  30. 02/24/2013 at 12:50 PM

    Very well written. Excellent read. I have been trying to point my loved ones and friends to these facts. I am having to overcome the “Roman Empire” theory.

    God Bless!!

  31. Gary
    03/06/2013 at 9:37 AM

    I never really followed politics or presidents at all in my life, but the minute Obama came into the picture back in 2008 I felt something was just really really wrong. I knew how bad Bush was, but I didn’t get that super oddly bad feeling even when Bush was in for a second term. When I looked at Obama, I just had this really bad feeling in my gut that I couldn’t ignore. When he won the election I continually tried to ignore it, but I could not.

    I had a dream about 13 years ago that I watched a man become elected in office and this man was someone that no one had a clue about. I think I was dreaming about Obama, because we literally knew nothing about him and still don’t since he was elected. His records are sealed, and everything they’ve told us has turned out to be BS about him.

    Just look at what he is doing. This is the worst president ever. “Perfect human being” “The messiah” “The second coming” the media defends him. unlike Bush, where they drug him through the mud nonstop when he said and did dumb things, the media defends Obama and compares him to Christ to the point where it is sickening. The way he’s trying to take guns away, you’d think they would be calling for him to be impeached. I promise you this, if Bush was doing the things Obama was doing, they would be demonizing him. But Obama is the “Messiah” and “second coming” so they can’t do anything about it.

    I swear to you, I have had some very disturbing dreams since he was elected. I have seen red skies, and the country torn to pieces in bloodshed of civil war. I have witnessed in these dreams martial law being declared, death camps, all out chaos, and most of all; civil war.

    If this man is the second coming of anything it is Lucifer. If he is not the antichrist, he is (at the very least) opening the door to reveal him.

  32. Anonymous
    03/22/2013 at 8:59 PM

    Dear my brother,

    I am a Muslim and should tell you that you have wrong opinion about Muslim beliefs. You should read the Islam resources much more in details. For example your reply to “Shah” about:

    Qur’an: Sura 3:54, 8:30: Allah is the best deceiver.
    Bible: Revelation 12:9: Satan is the deceiver of the whole world.

    The expression “the best deceiver” is just the English translation of the original Arabic expression in Quran.

  33. ICA
    03/22/2013 at 9:36 PM

    Anonymous, “You should read the Islam resources much more in details… The expression “the best deceiver” is just the English translation of the original Arabic expression in Quran.”

    Hi Anonymous, thank you for your reply. I have read many Islamic sources, and to say that Allah is “the best deceiver” per Sura 3:54 is the most accurate translation. Most translations of the original Arabic sanitize this verse and, in fact, sanitize much of the Qur’an itself in order to appeal to Western readers. If they were to actually read an accurate translation they would be repulsed and completely offended by the hatred, racism, misogyny and warmongering contained throughout the book.

    “Some English translations of the Qur’an are simply amazing. At times, they are so far removed from the actual meaning of the Qur’an that they actually say the very opposite of the Arabic original. In this short article I want to point out the mistranslation of one particularly troubling verse. The following transliteration and all translations cited here are taken from this Muslim website.

    The passage in S. 3:52-55 is important for the discussions between Christians and Muslims because it makes claims about the life and death of Jesus, or rather that he did not die as the Bible reports. In other words, it is a passage that is part of the Qur’an’s denial of the crucifixion of Jesus. The Qur’an claims that what ultimately happened was a scheme or deception devised by God. This has enormous moral and theological implications. Before touching on some of these implications, I want to point out how various Muslim translations deal with this particular passage. Let’s first cite a transliteration and a literal translation of S. 3:54.

    Wamakaroo wamakara Allahu waAllahu khayru almakireena

    And they cheated/deceived and God cheated/deceived, and God (is) the best (of) the cheaters/deceivers.

    Note that the above translation is given by a Muslim!

    There is no doubt that makr means deception, scheming, but looking at most Muslim translations, we see that this meaning is totally lost…

    First observation: Many Muslim translators render the verb based on the root m-k-r (makaroo, makara) differently when it is used for the unbelievers than when it is used for Allah, despite the fact that it is the same word in both cases, i.e. they use ‘plotted’ vs. ‘planned’ (Al-Hilali & Khan), or ‘plotted and planned’ vs. ‘planned’ (Yusuf Ali), etc. — see the words highlighted in bold. Further observations will be presented below.

    The meaning and implications of S. 3:54, and other similar verses, is discussed in more detail in these articles:

    * Deceptive God, Incompetent Messiah
    * Allah: Truthful Or Deceiver?
    * Allah – The Greatest Deceiver of them All

    which the reader may want to study in order to recognize just how misleading and deceptive most Muslim translations of this verse are. One could come to the conclusion that we are looking here at Muslim scholars and translators trying to cover up the deceptiveness of Allah, i.e. they are seeking to deceive Muslims and non-Muslims alike about a rather problematic attribute of Allah.”

    Read more.

    Also see “Deceptions in Islam” and “Deception by Translators of the Quran” for more.

  34. 03/22/2013 at 11:16 PM

    Allah was masqueraded as God, but was described as Satan is described in the Bible: a deceiver.

    Jesus Christ was revealed as God in the flesh, and proclaimed:

    “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

  35. Darrell
    04/02/2013 at 7:58 AM

    Hello ICA, just stopping by to say hello. Hope all is well with you and yours.

    God bless.

    • ICA
      04/03/2013 at 1:09 PM

      Hi Darrell, thank you for stopping by. God bless! …

  36. pyrosina
    04/05/2013 at 9:11 AM

    The term antichrist in 1 John is only mentioned four times, Islam itself is an antichrist with his sharia law. I do not agree that the antichrist is a manifestation of a person. News about islam always makes me shocked about how a holy “God” is so very bloodthirsty throughout the history of civilization. I am a former Muslim who is enlightened from Indonesia’s largest Muslim country. Luckily I was not from a feral Muslim country like Pakistan, Arab countries or Africa, at least until recently. This site by the way makes me suffer because I think of the persecuted brethren. Thanks for your site, greetings from Indonesian Muslim friendly country (at least until recently).

  37. pyrosina
    04/05/2013 at 9:18 PM

    Islam may not worship God as a person as written in the Bible. Muhammad antichrist that he identifies himself as God and revealed through the Quran and the sharia legal system.

  38. Dan
    07/10/2013 at 3:53 AM

    ICA, I would tend to go with “More Than Just a Man” when talking about the Antichrist.

    Any doctrine that exalts itself above that of Christ’s is antichrist, which would include all religions and ideologies outside of faith alone in Christ (God was manifested in the flesh 1Timothy 3:16) with no reliance on works/good deeds.

    So Antichrist is the whole sinful antichristian world system or Babylon, or Sodom and Egypt…

    Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. Revelation 17:5

    “…of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Revelation 11:8

    …which is presided over by the devil, “…the god [ruler] of this world…” John 14:30

    Islam and Roman Catholicism foreseen by Daniel.
    Gabriel interprets Daniel’s vision:

    “…A king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human hand.” Daniel 8:23-25.

    “A king” refers to the institution in general rather than a single person. The prophets commonly signified an entire body of rulers by the analogy of a single person.

    “Therefore these people falsely apply the term “Antichrist,” whom Paul calls “that man of sin” and “the son of perdition” (2Thessalonians 2:3, 4), to a single person, whereas Paul wants us to understand that the Antichrist is the entire body and horde of godless men and all their successive rulers. Thus in Daniel 8:20-22, the ram signifies the rulers of Persia and the goat the rulers of Greece.” Luther

    “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above them all. But in their place he shall honour a god of fortresses; and god which his fathers did not know he shall honour with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things.” Daniel 11:36-38

    While many aspects of the above verses describe the nature of both Islam and Roman Catholicism, there is also obviously a distinction between the two; since the former is openly hostile to Christ and easy to recognise as his enemy, and also tends more towards physical killing; whereas the papacy is far more cunning in disguising itself behind Christ’s name, and in the killing of souls, that is, spiritually, by leading men astray from in the word with corrupted interpretations.

    The “beast” component of the Antichrist refers to religions and institutions that openly work at destroying Christ’s kingdom on earth, that is, Christianity. For example, Islam’s mandate to ultimately subjugate or destroy all other religions out-side of itself (called unbelievers, infidels or kafirs), as commanded in the Koran.
    And the open enmity and destructive intention of Nazism, Communism, evolutionary indoctrination and atheism, towards Christianity in particular, also make them part of the beast.
    The “false prophet” component of the Antichrist in the same verse refers to those institutions that disguise themselves behind Christ’s or God’s name and kill souls by subtly leading men astray from the truth of God’s word e.g. Roman Catholicism and Christian cults.

    Of course underneath it all, both the beast and the false prophet also share some attributes, since they are both working for the same devil.

  39. Dan
    07/10/2013 at 4:04 AM

    “Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet… These two were cast alive into the lake of fire…” Revelation 19:20.

    In this case, the terms, “beast” and “false prophet” in this verse are general terms for the whole of that type throughout history.

    Note: Whether a word or verse in the Bible is singular or general in meaning is determined by the commentary of the surrounding scripture, e.g. Malachi 3:1 is singular in its meaning of “messenger” and “prophet,” whereas the “beast” and “false prophet” in Revelation are general in meaning.

    E.g. the meaning of “the lie” can mean the general body of lies or a single lie depending on the surrounding scripture. Likewise, “the devil” can mean the general horde of devils or an individual devil or the chief devil, Satan. And, “Satan” can refer to him as an individual or his kingdom in general.

  40. ICA
    07/10/2013 at 11:03 AM

    Hi Dan, thank you for your comments.

    Dan, “Any doctrine that exalts itself above that of Christ’s is antichrist, which would include all religions and ideologies outside of faith alone in Christ”

    Yes.

    Dan, “Islam and Roman Catholicism foreseen by Daniel… The ‘beast’ component of the Antichrist refers to religions and institutions that openly work at destroying Christ’s kingdom on earth, that is, Christianity.”

    John refers to the “mother [singular] of all harlots” (Rev 17). In Middle Eastern terminology, the usage of such an expression denotes something that is the largest, or greatest, or foremost in significance. It’s like saying that during an anti-drug operation the police seized the “mother load” of drugs, for instance. It is referring to the largest capture. Just prior to the first Gulf war, Saddam Hussein stated that upcoming fight against America would be the “mother of all battles”, meaning the greatest of wars. Likewise, the “mother of all harlots” is referring to the greatest “harlot” body of all false religions on the face of the earth, namely, Islam.

    Moreover, in Revelation 17:3 John describes being taken to a desert, but if the “woman sitting on a scarlet beast” is referring to Catholicism in any way, shape or form, when was Rome ever a desert or an empty wilderness? This simple yet significant detail alone in Revelation, often referred to as the “sister book” of Daniel, suggests that Rome is never in view here, but rather a place such as Mecca in the “desert kingdom” of Saudi Arabia, the spiritual birthplace of the “Christian cult” of Islam. Catholicism has nothing to do with the prophetic visions of Daniel and John.

    Dan, “the papacy is far more cunning in disguising itself behind Christ’s name, and in the killing of souls, that is, spiritually, by leading men astray from in the word with corrupted interpretations.”

    What happened to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor mentioned in Paul’s letters — have they all become Roman Catholic, or have they all been destroyed and/or converted into mosques through Islamic conquest? Since Catholics believe that Jesus is God in the flesh who died on the cross for the sins of the world, are there therefore any Catholics who are born-again and saved by the blood of Christ? (The answer is of course, yes, there are). Since Islam denies that Jesus is God in the flesh and denies that Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world, can there therefore be any Muslims who are born again and saved by the blood of Christ? (The answer is a resounding no). To associate Catholicism with the Beast, however, implies that Catholic Christians are unable to obtain salvation. Though I take issue with many doctrines of the Catholic church and some Protestant denominations as well, the inference that no salvific faith can exist in the heart of a Catholic is not a biblical position to take and suggests that all of the Catholics today who refuse to deny Christ and who are being shot, blown up, beheaded etc. by Islamists for the faith of Jesus are all dying for Christ in vain. Such an argument is indefensible.

    The focus of Daniel and John’s prophetic visions was Middle Eastern/Israel centric. If the Book of Daniel and Revelation refers to events that not only happen throughout history but also in the eschaton of time — the time in which we are living today — for what conceivable reason should Catholicism be associated with the Antichrist/Beast when the Papacy today is not killing non-Catholic Christians and hasn’t been for hundreds of years? Islam has killed and continues to kill both Catholic and non-Catholic Christians at an ever increasing pace as we speak, yet the Pope is not calling for the heads of Protestants, or anyone for that matter. In fact, the Papacy is calling for an end to war and killing and has even recently Canonized 800 Christian “martyrs of Otranto” who were beheaded by 15th century Islamists.

    Reformed theologians today may point to Church history in an effort to support their contention, however it was not just Roman Catholics killing Protestants. It was also Protestants killing Roman Catholics. If Roman Catholics were associated with Antichrist/The Beast by Protestants because of the way Protestants were mistreated, what does that in turn make the Protestants who sanctioned and called for scores of Roman Catholics to be executed? The old Reformed position is Deformed. It may have sounded plausible during its day, but is now a very tenuous position to take. When all things are considered, one can easily deduce that Islam alone, which calls for the killing of all Christians regardless of whether one is Catholic or Protestant and which also sanctions the beheading of such “infidels”, is in fact the Beast that both Daniel and John foresaw.

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