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Why The Islamic Antichrist Theory Matters


By Joel Richardson – “As a well-known prophecy teacher, my email inbox is frequently full of questions, comments and news articles from those interested in biblical prophecy. While some of these emails are certainly helpful and interesting, there are also many that I would put into the category of ‘biblical prophecy as morbid trivia.’ What I mean is that there are many believers who are overly fixated on discussing the many intricate details concerning the many dark events looming on the horizon. Now, to be clear, I say this as someone who deeply values biblical prophecy, but I will be the first to admit that much of what passes for biblical prophecy today is a mixture of conspiracy theories and extra-biblical concepts with only a thin ribbon of biblical passages intertwined throughout, so as to give it the appearance of credibility. I will also be the first to acknowledge that there are numerous Christians who have lost their way, having become completely distracted from the primary mandate of the Christian church, which is the proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom – in both word and deed.

On the other hand, there are many Christians, who have overreacted to the unhealthy emphasis of some and now avoid the subject of biblical prophecy altogether. This is equally grievous. The Lord did not fill the pages of the Bible with prophecy because he wanted us to avoid the subject.

Although there are numerous highly relevant reasons for Christians to study biblical prophecy, I would like to use the remainder of this article to touch on just one deeply relevant reason specifically as to why the emerging Islamic Antichrist theory is so essential for the church to get a hold of. In brief, the answer is because the future of the missions movement depends on it. Allow me explain.

Today there are approximately 6.7 billion people in the world. Roughly 2.2 billion consider themselves Christians. This number is divided almost evenly in half between Roman Catholics and Protestants (with about 240 million Eastern Orthodox believers). There are also close to a billion secularists without a religion, a little less than a billion Hindus and only about 500 million Buddhists. The number of Muslims globally however is approximately 1.6 billion. This means that Muslims are far and away, the largest non-Christian people group in the world. More than any other people group in the world, Muslims need the gospel. The Islamic world needs missionaries. So one would expect the church to be obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus as found in Matthew 28:19 among Muslims:

‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

Such, however, is far from the case. Although the Islamic world represents the greatest need, it has the least number of missionaries. In fact, on average, for every 1 million Muslims, there is only one Christian missionary! This is an absolute scandal, and I have no question that heaven is not pleased.

Now, while there is more than one reason why Christians are not going to the Islamic world, I want to touch on one very popular theological idea, a prophetic scenario actually, that is deeply demotivating a multitude of potential missionaries within many mainstream denominations from pursuing missions and church-planting among Muslims.

Briefly, this prophetic scenario holds that a series of imminent wars, most often referred to ‘the Psalm 83 War,’ followed immediately by the ‘Battle of Gog of Magog’ will soon result in the complete annihilation of most Muslims in the Middle East and Islam as a religion essentially drying up and fading away. This scenario is not some oddball prophetic interpretation, but is widely taught by numerous very well-known Christian leaders and teachers. Consider below just a small sampling of quotes from some such prophecy teachers, as it relates to future of the Islamic world:

‘[T]he war of Ezekiel 38 will result in the annihilation of nearly all the armies of the Muslim nations of the Middle East. … Thus, if the Antichrist is a Muslim who is going to rule a Muslim empire in the Middle East during the Tribulation, then he is going to rule over an empire that has been reduced to ashes!’ (David Reagan)

‘I believe that the Ezekiel 38-39 war plays a key role in the rise of the Antichrist. It is clear in this passage that Iran and the Muslim coalition suffers a humiliating defeat. I believe God will use this war to bring the ultimate downfall of the Islamic religion and the false god Allah.’ (Randy White)

‘The elimination of this Russian-Islamic alliance and all their troops will pave the way for the Antichrist to posture himself to take over the world.’ (Mark Hitchcock)

‘Islam is just another system that will be wiped out before the Antichrist instills his system.’ (Nathan Jones)

There is power in prophecy. What prophecy teachers teach has widespread and lasting implications. This teaching that Islam is about to disappear is truly destructive to the completion of the Great Commission among Muslims. And what makes matters worse is that the idea of the Battle of Gog of Magog as a distinct and separate battle from the final battles of the Antichrist described elsewhere throughout the prophets can easily be shown to be a bogus interpretation.

In my new book, ‘Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist,’ I walk the reader carefully through the prophecies of Ezekiel 38 and 39 (The Battle of Gog of Magog), Psalm 83 and many others, so as to thoroughly dispel this false idea that the Islamic world and religion is about to face ‘annihilation’ or ‘will be wiped out.’

In fact, if there is one primary underlying point I would wish to make with my newest book and which I am struggling to awaken the Christian church regarding, it is the simple fact that Islam is the single greatest challenge the church will face before the return of Jesus. But until he returns, it is not going away.

The mandate of the church at this moment in history is to rise to meet the challenge of Islam. Now is not the time for armchair prophecy-enthusiast Christians to sit back and passively await the destruction of the Islamic world.

Numerous Western Christians today are openly calling for war with Iran, yet few are aware of the fact that Iran is experiencing the single greatest Christian revival in the world!

Now is not the time to pray for the judgment of the Islamic world. Now is the time for the church to lift up their eyes and recognize the fact that the fields are white unto harvest and pray that the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into the fields! (Matthew 9:37-38; John 4:35)

It’s time that the church casts these false and deeply demotivating interpretations of prophecy into the waste basket. Hundreds of millions of souls are depending on it.” Source – WND.

  1. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    07/26/2012 at 8:34 AM

    I just finished Mideast Beast. It’s a great book! I reccomend it to everyone. I do agree that the church has strayed very far away from missions work. I don’t really know why, this view of chrislam is in itself an abomination because for it to happen, these leaders have agreed that we can all worship together and not proseletyze, or witness. Now just exactly how does that work? I don’t know what the answer is, as death, torture, and dismemberment await those who leave the Islamic religion. But I do pray for them every day. I pray for God to lead all soul’s to Heaven. I don’t understand where some prophecy teachers get there knowledge. I think many of them have fallen away from guidance and understanding given by the Holy Spirit. Continuing to pray for knowledge, wisdom, and guidance for all. And again, God Bless Joel Richardson, and you too ICA for the tireless work you do to inform all.

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  2. 07/26/2012 at 8:40 AM

    It is hard for me to comprehend how experts in prophecy can be so “wide of the mark” in interpreting Islam to be “reduced to ashes” in the end-times. The antichrist-identifiers that John the Apostle describes in 1 John 2:22-23 (5 passages in 1 and 2nd John) are so completely fulfilled by Islam that only those who refuse to see, do not see. How is it possible that the Antirchrist forces will be reduced to ashes when Daniel 7:21 and Revelation 13:7-8 both describe Christianity as being “worn down” and “overpowering them” for 42 months (Rev 13:5) while the entire world comes under the dominion of the Antichrist empire (Rev 13:8). Yes, Ezekiel 38-39 do prophesy that Gog and his forces will ultimately be defeated, but the view of this writer is that this occurs only upon the return of Jesus Christ, and only upon Israel (the remnant) looking upon him whom they have pierced (Zachariah 12:10; Ezekiel 38:23, 39:22, 28-29).

    The evangelization of the Muslim world is a command of Christ to the Church that must be responded to in the knowledge of its difficulty. The Apostle Paul warns of this difficulty when he describes God’s action to “send a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false” (2 Thess 2:11). The reason? “Because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved” (2 Thess 2:10). God will save those Muslims who will receive Him. He is doing that in many ways, particularly in the supernatural. May God’s people pray for the salvation of the Mulim world as we are commanded to (1 Tim 2:1,4), and may those He calls be empowered by the Holy Spirit God to take the gospel to the Muslim world.

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    • iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
      07/26/2012 at 9:03 AM

      AMEN!

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    • ICA
      07/26/2012 at 2:54 PM

      Amen brother …

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  3. 07/26/2012 at 10:39 AM

    Right on, Jack.

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  4. Mike
    07/26/2012 at 1:03 PM

    Could the Gog Magog war begin prior to the Tribulation but have it’s close at the time of Jesus’ return, at the end of the Tribulation?

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  5. ICA
    07/26/2012 at 1:16 PM

    Depends on how you want to define “tribulation.” Tribulation itself began nearly 2000 years ago since the time of the Apostles. Tens of millions of Christians have died for their faith throughout the centuries.

    John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

    Acts 14:22, “Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

    Rom 5:3, “And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience”

    Rom 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

    Rom 12:12, “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer”

    2 Cor 1:4, “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble…”

    2 Cor 7:4, “Great [is] my boldness of speech toward you, great [is] my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.”

    1 Thess 3:4, “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.”

    Some believe that we have been experiencing “great tribulation” since 70 AD, while others like myself (at this time) believe that the worst is yet to soon come and will last for 3.5 prophetic years.

    Article:
    What Is The War Of Gog-Magog?

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  6. Mike
    07/26/2012 at 1:25 PM

    I use the term “Tribulation”(with CAP) in the sense of the 7 year tribulation.

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  7. ICA
    07/26/2012 at 2:50 PM

    The idea of a “7 year Tribulation” comes primarily from one single verse in the Bible, and it is a verse that not all Christians agree on. Personally, I see many problems with a “7 year Tribulation” in a future “70th Week of Daniel”.

    There are three views regarding the 70th week: A. Already fulfilled, B. Partially fulfilled, and C. Not yet fulfilled.

    The view that it has not yet been fulfilled is not only the newest but also the weakest, in my opinion. This traditional dispensational view is a recent invention and was never taught prior to the 19th century.

    Although the first view — that it has already been fulfilled — is the most prevalent view throughout church history, I lean towards the second view that it is partially fulfilled, but am open to the first view as well to some degree. I believe that Christ already fulfilled at least the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. The Messiah is mentioned more times in Daniel 9:25-26 than anyone else and it seems to be Daniel’s primary focus:

    Dan 9:27a, “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering…”

    Now compare Dan 9:27a with the following:

    Gal 3:17, “And this I say, [that] the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.”

    In my view, the 70th Week of Daniel started when Messiah began His ministry. He was Crucified on the Cross about 3.5 years afterwards, in accordance to the plan of the Father. The Messiah is the one who confirmed the covenant with many:

    Matthew 26:28, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

    Messiah is the Lamb of God. He is our Passover. And because of His sacrifice, the sacrifice and oblations of the old law ceased. They were no longer required:

    Heb 8:6-8, “… he [Christ] is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.”

    Heb 10:1-10, “For the law … can never with these same sacrifices … make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered?… For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come — In the volume of the book it is written of Me — To do Your will, O God.'” … then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].”

    Although the 70 weeks of Daniel can be consecutive from beginning to end, and though I could be wrong, there is the definite possibility in my mind that there is a pause in the middle of the 70th week. We even find an example of a pause in time essentially from a comma. In Luke 4:16-21 when Jesus went into the synagogue and read the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-3 to proclaim its fulfillment, He stopped mid-way in the prophecy. This is what He fulfilled:

    Isaiah 61:1-3, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD [{– Fulfilled | –} Not yet fulfilled], and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

    Interestingly, Jesus felt the need to mention something a few verses later in Luke 4:25, “But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land.” Could this have been a clue to something? Only God knows. But with respect to the 70th week of Daniel, however, if only the first half was fulfilled then the other half is yet to come — the 1260 days / 42 months / time, times and the dividing of time (3.5 prophetic years of Antichrist). Scripture itself never speaks of a “7 year Tribulation”. It just doesn’t exist.

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  8. 07/26/2012 at 6:05 PM

    I personally don’t believe in an upcoming “Great Tribulation”; all biblical evidence points to a tribulation beginning with persecution for being a Christian or a Jew after Yeshua’s resurrection until now. There were major fulfillments of scripture in 1948 and 1967, see here: http://prophesite.wordpress.com/revelation-bracketed/rev-12/.

    I think what we will see is an increasing persecution of Christian and Jew, and gathering storm clouds in the Middle East with final Ezek 38/39 conflagration resulting in the return of Yeshua for judgment of the wicked and reward for the righteous.

    I would make sure your lamp is full of oil at all times (who knows when each of us will go into eternity?) I would watch especially for the Lord’s return at each year’s Rosh Hashanah, including the upcoming one on Sept 16, 2012.

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    • iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
      07/26/2012 at 9:22 PM

      Thanks Kurt, I’m reading the E-book the False Prophet, and searching Prophesite also. Very good info. And that is very good advice, we all should make sure our lamps are full and keep looking up.

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  9. ICA
    07/26/2012 at 6:52 PM

    Could be, Kurt. Once all of prophecy has been fulfilled many will be surprised to discover that some things were completed in ways they hadn’t expected.

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  10. Mike
    07/26/2012 at 8:35 PM

    Okay, thanks for your detailed reply. Well I think even though the Bible does not specifically say “seven year Tribulation”, that a good case can be made for a specific seven year period of time for it.

    For example, Daniel’s last “week” of years- Dan 9:27, divided into two parts, also evidenced in Daniel 9:27, the mid point being when the covenant with many is broken, Dan 9:25 where the saints are worn down for times, time and half a time (universally accepted as 3 1/2 years), Rev 12:6 where Israel flees to the mountains for the 2nd half of this time period, the use of the term “tribulation” in a general sense, and “great” tribulation during the 2nd half of this seven year period, the first being a period of great persecution of Christians and Jews, the latter being a time of great punishment for those are not with the Lord in the air (1 Thess 4:17) and are not Jews in the mountains (Rev 12:6) and who suffer a great defeat against Jesus at His return, and the 42 months of Rev 13:5, which presumably take place just prior to Jesus’ visible return. Though my summary here is rather disjointed and out of sequential order, I think it can be readily seen that there are multiple and independent contextual attestation of separate 3 1/2 year periods, which of course total 7 years.

    Now I’m not saying I’m correct, or that this view is the only plausible view, but I’m just saying that it is a view that seems to have contextual support and should be given equal consideration among other competing views.

    My question had more to do with presuming a specific 7 year period of time of events just prior to Jesus’ return, where does the Gog Magog war fit in? Prior to this 7 year period? Beginning with this 7 year period and ending before Jesus’ return?, Or beginning before the 7 year period and continuing through 7 years to a climactic finale at Jesus’ return?

    If it is the position of this website that there is no specific 7 year tribulation period just prior to Jesus’ return, I suppose discussion will be limited. However I will respect you and that view and we can still fellowship in the Lord and look with earnest for His hopefully soon return.

    Graciously and in peace

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  11. ICA
    07/26/2012 at 9:54 PM

    Mike, “Daniel’s last “week” of years- Dan 9:27, divided into two parts, also evidenced in Daniel 9:27, the mid point being when the covenant with many is broken”

    Hi Mike, if we carefully examine this passage, there is nothing in the text of Daniel 9:27 to infer that the one who “confirms the covenant” is someone other than Christ. In fact, I would contend that elsewhere Scripture tells us quite clearly that Christ is the one who is specifically in view, as noted previously. (Eg., Gal 3:17, “… the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ …”).

    Mike, “Dan 9:25 where the saints are worn down for times, time and half a time (universally accepted as 3 1/2 years)”

    I think you mean Daniel 7:25 (and 12:7). Neither of these passages, however, have anything to say about a 70th week. They simply provide the duration of persecution for the people of God before their Deliverance.

    Mike, “Rev 12:6 where Israel flees to the mountains for the 2nd half of this time period”

    Unfortunately, there is no mention in Revelation 12:6 about a second half of anything. This passage, too, only provides the duration of a specific persecution experienced by the people of God before their Deliverance.

    Mike, “the use of the term “tribulation” in a general sense, and “great” tribulation during the 2nd half of this seven year period”

    Tribulation in a general sense has been continuous for nearly 2000 years, as evidenced by the many verses above. Though the “great tribulation” is itself attributed to a specific duration — the 1260 days of Revelation or the time, times and half a time of Daniel — there is no indication whatsoever in the text that this 3.5 prophetic year period is preceded by yet another 1260 days or time, times and half a time of “general tribulation.” That is an assumption based solely upon one single verse and one narrow interpretation of that verse. As such, it therefore has no real hermeneutical legs to stand on, imho.

    Mike, “the first being a period of great persecution of Christians and Jews”

    We’re already experiencing a great persecution of Christians and Jews, right now as we speak. Our Christian brothers and sisters are, as I write this, being shot, blown up, stabbed, tortured, beheaded, raped, imprisoned, etc. simply because of the fact that they hold fast to the faith of Jesus. There is a genocide of Christians taking place throughout the Islamic world, and it is getting worse.

    ‘Bloody’: Christian Persecution is ‘Coursing Through Muslim-Majority Nations from One End of the Globe to the Other’

    ‘The Most Important International Story Not Being Told by the Mainstream Media’: Christian Persecution in the Middle East

    ‘A New Evil is Sweeping the Middle East: Religious Cleansing’, Anti-Christian Violence Throughout Middle-East Concerns London

    Genocide Warning – Urge President Obama to Defend Mideast Christians

    Dr. Rob Dalrymple: Bethlehem and the Middle East – The Very Birth Place of Christianity – Threatens to be Extinct of Christians

    Egypt: Rising Islamic Leader Declares ‘We Will Launch a Campaign of Islamic Conquest Throughout the World’, ‘Exterminate’ Christians Who Get In the Way of Sharia Law

    Muslim Group: ‘Christianity Should Be Destroyed And Wiped From The Face Of The Earth’, It Is ‘Evil’ and ‘Demonic’

    Jews, too, are being persecuted and threatened with extinction as well:

    Iranian Commander Reiterates Need Fully Annihilate The ‘Cancerous Tumor’ Called Israel, ‘The Zionist Regime … Will Be Cut’

    Ayatollah: Kill All Jews Worldwide, Annihilate Israel

    Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Leader Calls For Jihad Against Israel To ‘Save Jerusalem’ And ‘Cleanse Palestine’

    Hamas MP and Cleric: The Caliphate is Coming and in a Few Years a ‘Great Massacre of Jews’ for Allah

    Mike, “the latter [3.5 years] being a time of great punishment for those are not with the Lord in the air (1 Thess 4:17)”

    The Greek text really doesn’t allow us that understanding, however. Paul says that when Christ descends, the dead in Christ are resurrected to Christ and then we will be caught up to meet them in the air (1 Thess 4:16-17). Now here’s what you may not have been taught. The word “meet” is the Greek word “apantesis”, and this word only occurs here and in three other places. In Vocabulary of the Greek Testament by G. Milligan and James Hope Moulton, “The word apantesis seems to have been a kind of official welcome of a newly arriving dignitary – a usage which accords excellently with its NT usage.” And indeed it does. In Matthew 25:1,6 it describes the virgins going out to meet the bridegroom, to escort him back into the house. In Acts 28:14-16 it is used to describe brethren from Rome coming out to Appii Foru, to meet Paul and his company, and then escort them back to Rome. In each example of “apantesis”, the escort back is immediate. We don’t have them going out to meet the subject, then going to where the subject came from for days, weeks or years, and then escorting the subject back. That was not the custom. The subject who was coming is met by those who are already at his destination. And what is His destination? Where we are — earth. When Christ comes back to Earth, we will go out to meet him, and where ever He goes, we go, and He is going to Jerusalem to set His feet upon the Mount of Olives.

    Zech 14:4-5, “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, [Making] a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. Then you shall flee [through] My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, [And] all the saints with You.

    What is Scripture saying? It is saying that we are not removed to conveniently go to Heaven while all hell breaks loose on Earth. Those of us who are alive and remain (the Greek word means those who survive) are transformed from corruptible to incorruptible, and we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air per the “apantesis”, which means that we immediately escort Him back to earth — ie. Jerusalem — which is consistent with its usage in each of the other verses of Scripture. The pre-trib position, however, suddenly changes the intended meaning of the word. Instead of us escorting Jesus back to Earth immediately for His Second Coming, the that particular position (even mid-trib and pre-wrath) has us conveniently going to Heaven instead, which the text does not say anywhere, at any place, at any time.

    In Greek culture the word “apantesis” had a technical meaning to describe the visits of dignitaries to cities where the visitor would be formally met by the citizens, or a deputation of them, who had gone out from the city for this purpose and would then be ceremonially escorted back into the city. Apantesis was often used to suggest the meeting of a dignitary or king, a famous person, describing people rushing to meet the one who was coming. For instance, when a Roman emperor approached a city, the leading citizens went out to welcome him and had the honor of processing into the city with him. This whole event was described as the “apantesis.”

    Apantesis from apantáo from apó = from + antáo = to come opposite to, to meet especially to meet face to face describes a meeting especially a meeting of two who are coming from different directions.

    The Early Church Father John Chrysostom (347-407) comments on this passage by saying the following: “If he (Christ) is about to descend, on what account shall we be caught up? For the sake of honor. For when a king drives into a city, those who are in honor go out to meet him; but the condemned await the judge…

    Mike, “the 42 months of Rev 13:5, which presumably take place just prior to Jesus’ visible return.”

    I agree. But the text does not give us any other 42 month period that we can staple on in order to come up with seven years.

    Mike, “I’m just saying that it is a view that seems to have contextual support and should be given equal consideration among other competing views.”

    I used to share a seven-year view as well, but was forced to drop it after coming to the realization that Scripture really didn’t support it. If we want to believe the position that there will be a full future 70th week (seven years) I’m sure we can find our own reasons to construct it, but I prefer to not assume things that are not taught by Scripture. I prefer what is.

    Mike, “My question had more to do with presuming a specific 7 year period of time of events just prior to Jesus’ return, where does the Gog Magog war fit in? Prior to this 7 year period? Beginning with this 7 year period and ending before Jesus’ return?, Or beginning before the 7 year period and continuing through 7 years to a climactic finale at Jesus’ return?”

    Presuming a seven-year period, the answer could be all of the above. It is clear, in my view, that the Gog-Magog conflict is an extended war that without question comes to a climactic conclusion at Armageddon with the Second Coming of Christ. When it begins, however, is anyone’s guess. It could last for a few short years, or it could be a full seven. I’m sure that arguments could even be made that this extended war that ends with Christ’s return is happening right now, and that we’ve seen the first few conflagrations occur in 1948, 1967, 1973, 1982, 2006, 2009 and everything in between. Perhaps the next one will be the final drive that will come to a decisive end in the Valley of Decision.

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  12. Mike
    07/26/2012 at 11:04 PM

    Okay, thanks for your detailed reply. On some aspects of your reply, we share agreement. However, there are other aspects that I will remain agnostic on….for now. Thank you for sharing your perspective cordially. Also, I’m definitely aware of the persecution of Christians throughout the world. I happen to live in a country that has hostile Muslim neighbors, so I follow this quite closely. Of course there is much to learn about eschatology, it is not understood with scientific rigor…but I think as the day of the Lord’s return approaches, more will become known and understood.

    Graciously and in peace

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  13. ICA
    07/26/2012 at 11:31 PM

    Well said, and thank you for visiting the blog, Mike. Feel free to continue asking any questions that come to mind, there are other visitors here as well who will also chime in from time to time as well I’m sure.

    God bless …

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  14. 08/19/2012 at 1:30 PM

    It’s a small wonder that the muslims have the fewest missionaries; the try to kill every one that thay can get their hands on.

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