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The Coming Antichrist

Sadly, the many who have drifted away from the church and their Christian faith stand little chance against the deception of the Antichrist and his prophet.

What might seem to be minor events from long ago in the Bible has and will have an incredible impact on world history. For example, in Genesis 16, the first book of the Bible, Abraham and Sarah (Sarai and Abram at the time), were attempting to have a child to fulfill the promise of God that their offspring would become a great nation. Sarah grew impatient, so she asked Abraham to have a child with their servant, Hagar. Hagar then became pregnant and began to despise her master, Sarah. Hagar eventually had a son, but he would not be the son of the promise. Nevertheless, the angel said this to Hagar:

You are now pregnant
    and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
    for the Lord has heard of your misery.

He will be a wild donkey of a man;
    his hand will be against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
    toward all his brothers (Genesis 16:11-12)

To this day the Arabs and Muslims trace their ancestry back to Ishmael, claiming that Ishmael, not Isaac, is the son of the promise. It is at that point that the stage was set for two great people to clash even to this day, primarily during end-time events.

Consider these facts: Not only do Arabs and Muslims trace their roots to Abraham, but practically the entire whole world is focused on Israel, a tiny country by world standards. And as Joel Richardson has rightly argued, prophetic Scripture is Middle East-centric. When you examine the Scriptures regarding nations that will rise up against Israel at the end of the age, and determine their whereabouts based on historical location, these nations come into focus: Modern Turkey, Southern Russian, Central Asia, Libya, Sudan, and Iran.

Presently, these and the surrounding nations are all Muslim, and unless there is to be a great migration, it is reasonable to expect that they will be the people involved in end-time events.

It’s important to observe that Islam, in many respects, came out of Christianity. It teaches that the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospel, and many eschatological passages are considered authoritative, although, full of many errors. Islam, having come along around six hundred years after Christianity, would seem to be in a poor position to critique the ancient Scriptures, but that is what followers of Mohammed believe.

Key teachings that are especially significant are that Islam “flips” the identity of Jesus and the false prophet, and the anti-Christ and the Messiah. Islam’s Christ, the Mahdi, fits the description of our Antichrist:

    • He is a man of war and is a spiritual, political, and military world leader.
    • He will establish a new world order.
    • He will establish the headquarters in Jerusalem.
    • He will cause Islam to be the only religion practiced on the earth.
    • He will conquer Israel and lead the final battle against the Jews.
    • He will have supernatural power from Allah over the wind and the rain and crops.
    • Most significantly, he will make a seven-year peace treaty with a Jew of priestly lineage, paralleling the prophecy in Daniel 7:21 regarding the Antichrist.

In contrast, the Muslim Jesus:

    • Will be subordinate to the Mahdi.
    • He will institute Islamic law.
    • He will be a great Muslim evangelist.
    • He will kill Christians and Jews.

A world that has become cynical toward God and His miracles, and Biblically illiterate, will be easily influenced by someone, the Mahdi, who has supernatural powers, including over the wind and the rain. You can only imagine the surprise and dismay of those who accept the Muslim Jesus as the real Jesus, only to learn that he teaches Islam as the one true religion, and who will kill both Jews and Christians (Joel Richardson’s Book, “The Islamic Antichrist,” is a primary source for this article).

Jesus taught us that his return will be swift and unexpected, and we need to stay vigilant: “Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!” (Revelation 16:15). Sadly, the many who have drifted away from the church and their Christian faith stand little chance against the deception of the Antichrist and his prophet.

Mark Eastway

Pastor, Burket Bible Church

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