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Edition 224. September 10th 2014
The arising Islamic antichrist:
The arising Islamic antichrist:
This edition is centred on the timing of prophetic events. And no, the Bible doesn’t say “no one knows the time.” (Look it up.)
At this point, no one knows who the antichrist will be and we don’t need to know yet. But we do need to know what the Bible does reveal to us about his soon appearance. We need to know about his workings, and how he will gain control of most of the world. We need to know about his deceptions and devices. Whatever is revealed to us in the scriptures is what we need to know.
There are so many prophetic events taking place now that it’s too much to be coincidence.
We are now witnessing the preparation for the Isaiah 17 destruction of Damascus, the preparation for the war of Ezekiel 38 &39, the preparation for the war of Psalm 83 and the preparation for the arising of antichrist and related events.
Within all these events on the go now, we also have just as dramatic developments behind the scenes, which we would do well to take heed of.
The arising of the Islamic antichrist:
The antichrist is not the pope, Obama, Prince Charles, anyone from ISIS, an Israeli, or any of the countless contenders and candidates presented. None of them fit the prophetic bill.
The antichrist will most probably arise out of Islam. He is not the current leader of ISIS. He will arise from the land of Turkey according to a number of verses in Daniel.
In identifying where the antichrist will arise from we need to look carefully at a number of scriptures and they must all align.
Firstly we see in the Daniel 2 vision, a great image with two legs, ten toes etc. This represents the revived Roman Empire. Both the eastern and western leg of Europe must be in place. The western leg is not fully in place now. It must include Turkey and other Islamic states. The original Roman Empire included Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Syria and Israel.
In Daniel 8 we see a fight between a ram (Persia) and a goat (Greece). The goat destroys the ram. Greece under Alexander conquered Persia. Then we see four small horns coming up representing the four kingdoms which emerged. These are Massadon, Pergamum (Turkey), Syria and Egypt.
The antichrist (little horn) arises out of one of these four. Daniel 8:9 gives the clue: “Out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great towards the south, toward the east and toward the Glorious Land.”
So now if we take our four nations and we apply the verse above, we see that if antichrist “grew toward the south, the east and Israel, he could only come from Pergamum (Turkey today.)
Revelation 2:13 “I know your works and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is...” This is the letter to the church at Pergamos, also called the compromising church. Pergamos is a city in Turkey.
In some verses the antichrist is referred to as the Assyrian. In those days Assyria included parts of Turkey as you see on the map below.
There is widespread agreement that the antichrist arises from Turkey, which is an Islamic state. ISIS is currently making inroads into Turkey from Syria, wanting it to be part of their Caliphate.
In fact ISIS is currently paving the way for assembling of the Eastern leg of the ancient Roman Empire, which is required in prophecy.
The succession of Empires:
Daniel 8:3-26 speaks of four successive Empires arising out of Alexander’s Empire. The “little horn” (antichrist) arises out of one of them. Verses 17, 19 and 23 tell us that this vision is for the “time of the end.” Most interpreters believe that Antiochus Epiphanes is a type of the antichrist. He ruled from a city called Seleucia which is on the Tigris River in the area ruled by Alexander. The Syrian Empire once ruled the city. It was also within what is today Turkey many centuries ago.
We can legitimately argue that the antichrist will arise from this area. Today it is under Islam.
How will it play out?
Islamic tradition and sections of the Quran speak of a Caliphate being set up in the last days. This will be a super-Islamic state from which the Caliph will rule and make further advances for Islam. Once this is achieved, then the Islamic Messiah, called the Mahdi will come.
To Islam he will be their Messiah, to Christians he is the antichrist, or at least a powerful figure in the spirit of antichrist.
He will be a world peace-maker, creating supernatural signs and wonders to deceive the masses.
But before we go on let’s have a quick look at the source of many great problems – the Quran.
The Quran and killing:
Firstly it’s important to understand that when Islam talks of peace, what they mean is an absence of resistance to Islam itself, Sharia law and their quest for world domination. Peace to them is an Islamic world with all who resist it removed.
The Quran contains 109 verses calling Muslims to violence and to kill for the sake of Islam. Unlike the Old Testament of the Bible, these verses are all “open ended” in the sense that they are not limited to the historical context. They therefore apply today just as in the past and personal choice becomes the applicator.
Throughout the Quran there are very few verses offering love or forgiveness. The balance swings heavily in favour of forced capitulation to Islam through persuasion or humiliation, or be killed.
Here are just a few of the 109 verses calling for violence against those who resist Islam:
●Quran 2:191 “Kill them wherever you find them. Disbelief is worse than killing. If they desist, Allah is merciful and forgiving. Fight them until there is no disbelief in Allah alone.”
●Quran 5:33 “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger, and those who make mischief in the land is that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands or feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned.”
●Quran 8:12 “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. Behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Quran.
●Quran 9:123 “O you who believe, fight those of the unbelievers and let them find in you hardness.”
●Hadith: Bukhari 52:65 “Allah’s apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with terror.’”
●Sura chapter 47: When you meet the unbeliever in the battlefield, strike off their heads until you have crushed them completely; then bind the prisoners tightly.”
There is a common denominator running through these organisations: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah P.A and others. It is Islam, but more than that it is the Quran. Through this book, there is eternal hatred for the Jews, Christians and the Western nations. The religion of Islam is jihad, hatred, murder, death and destruction.
The ignorant and ill-informed even of Islam, talk of Islam being a religion of peace!
It is the moderate Muslims who are way out of step with the Quran. This is why ISIS is systematically murdering nominal Muslims.
Essentially, Islam believes that Moses and the children of Israel failed to set up the religion of Islam and corrupted the revelation of God, so God ditched them and moved on to Jesus, the prophets and the Christians. They also failed to form the Muslim religion, so God ditched them. According to Islam Muhammad was the true one and did set up the Muslim religion. They believe that they are the final work of Allah in the world.
Muslims believe in Jesus, but not in the saving work of His death on a cross, and resurrection.
Daniel 11:32-33 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant, he (antichrist) will corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by the sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.”
►Please don’t send me emails on peaceful Islam. Look up the verses above and look at the fruits – I’m not interested in those who proclaim its peacefulness.
The Islamic Mahdi:
Tradition believes that the Mahdi will ride a white horse.
There are numerous beliefs about the coming of the Mahdi. In a nutshell, Muslims believe he will be a god on this earth, preparing the way for the return of the prophet Muhammad, with his side-kick – Jesus, submitted to and working for Muhammad. The Mahdi will be a descendant of Muhammad.
The Mahdi will be the crowning figure of Islam and for all humanity, they believe. He will be the Islamic Messiah-figure who will subdue and bring the whole world under Islamic control.
Their tradition teaches that the Islamic Mahdi will rule for seven years. The Mahdi is Muhammad’s successor. He is also known as “The guided One and “Lord of the age.”
This Islamic Messiah, their awaited one will bring in great social transformation to Sharia law and a “pure” faith creating a just social order and a world free from oppression in which pure Islam will be the new world norm.
Jews are awaiting their Messiah, Christians are awaiting the Messiah – Yeshua- and Muslims are awaiting the Mahdi.
When will he arrive on the world scene?
►Muslim tradition believes that the Mhadi will arrive when an Islamic caliphate has been set up.
►He will arrive between two lunar eclipses, they believe. Click Here.
►Muslim tradition expects the Mahdi in 2014.
In an Islamic article on the coming Mahdi written many years ago, I was shocked to see a paragraph entitled “The army of black flags.” The coming of the Mahdi will be preceded by an army of black flags. “And their hearts will be as firm as iron,” it is claimed. When Muhammad returned to Mecca after being exiled for eight years, he returned as a conqueror flying black flags. On some of the flags the word “punishment” was written in white, while on others were the words “There is no god but Allah,” also in white.
Islamic tradition pictures the Mahdi joining with armies of Muslim warriors, carrying black flags entering Jerusalem. “The Jews will be slaughtered” they believe. The faithful Muslim warriors will display the black flags in the Baitul Maqdas (Dome of the Rock).
The Mahdi will move his rule to Jerusalem.
You may never have heard this famous Islamic slogan: “The Prophet said, The last hour would not come unless the Muslims fight against the Jews and kill them until the Jews hide behind a stone or a tree and the stone or tree would say, ‘Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
Certain Islamic traditions believe the Mahdi will return on a white horse. (This is why Saddam Hussein had images of himself on a white horse displayed all over Baghdad.)
Various archaeological discoveries proclaim: “He will be called Mahdi”. “He will guide the people to a mountain in Syria from where he will bring out the ‘volumes of Torah, refuting the Jews’. He will be the one to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. He will “find” new additions to the New Covenant of the Bible, which will cause Jews and Gentiles to covert to Islam.
He will have supernatural power from Allah over weather and agriculture. He will have enormous wealth.
The word “ISIS” means “throne of magic.” She was a mythical Egyptian goddess.
ISIS has unprecedented wealth and power. It comes from extortion, blackmail and illegal oil sales. They now control 60% of Syria’s oil fields. ISIS makes $2million per day just from oil sales. ISIS also controls huge amounts of food and water supplies all through underhand dealing and agents. The organisation is a giant Islamic terrorist, Mafia-like, criminal syndicate, driven by devils and demons! According to its annual report, ISIS makes $4million per day.
This is the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. His central aim and objective is to set up and establish the Islamic Caliphate, which will precede the coming of the Mahdi.
The march of Islam is a spirit. It is the spirit of Satan! He is preparing the way ahead for his own demise and in the process, the salvation of the Jews and untold millions in the tribulation period.
The purpose of the tribulation is to bring the Jews to repentance, to bring about worldwide revival through the saved Jews. To destroy the wicked who have hardened unrepentant hearts. To shake everything that can be shaken. It is to bring every sphere of Satan to eternal destruction. It is to bring in a Millennial reign of peace in an environment of holiness, purity and righteousness.
How will the Mahdi arise?
Daniel 8:25 “Through his (antichrist) cunning he will cause deceit to prosper under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their peace and prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human hand.”
He will arise as soon as an Islamic Caliphate is established.
Right now we have a Caliphate being established or founded through death and destruction in Syria and Iraq.
He will introduce severe rule on the wings of war. Many will willingly fall for him, giving themselves to him without resistance, in pure fear.
He will invade “all places between East and West with an army of black flags!”
America, Britain, Europe, Israel and other nations, beware, the black flags are coming to you. CNN, BBC, Sky and other mass-media call Islam the religion of peace. They don’t know that Islam calls them all the “great Satan”, and has a strategy to kill them by beheading.
Know this my friends; the Islamic antichrist will be the king of slaughter, but will arrive on the wings of many miracles and supernatural phenomena. He will be a man of spectacular signs and wonders.
Islamic tradition believes that the coming Mahdi will have power over winds, rains and other environmental things.
Islamic tradition believes that the Mahdi will make a seven-year peace treaty between the Arabs and the Romans (a wider reference to Christians.) Tradition believes that this treaty will be overseen by a Jew of the lineage of Aaron.
Beware of new revelations:
Very soon we will see some sort of new discovery either in archaeology, biblical understanding or something along these lines. It will be something so dramatic and startling that it will fool the world. It will be a “sign” that all the gullible of the world will receive and lap up. It will be a giant “lying sign.”
It will unite the world around the new false Messiah.
The Mahdi will be one who will be a universal leader for all humanity and a ruler of the world. He will force all into Islam.
Tradition believes the Mahdi will discover some new Torah and Gospel scrolls in Antioch. This new revelation will be most significant in unifying belief in Islam, with Jesus being a servant of Muhammad. Some believe that he will discover the Ark of the Covenant in or near the Sea of Galilee and bring it to Jerusalem.
The end of Islam:
The coming Islamic antichrist will not achieve his goal. He will meet his fate in Jerusalem. This will most probably be the end of Islam as well.
The attempted conquering of Israel will turn out to be the conquering of Islam. Various Islamic organisations will unify to destroy the Jews in Israel. Israel will come under enormous pressure and see terrible destruction. In this God will bring the Jews to complete repentance.
Note that the “Assyrian” is a reference to the antichrist. A section of Turkey today was part of ancient Assyria, reinforcing the view that the antichrist will arise from Turkey.
Isaiah 10:24 “O My people who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt.”
Isaiah 14:25 “I will break the Assyrian in My land, and on My mountains tread him underfoot, then his yolk shall be removed from them and his burden removed.”
Isaiah 31:8-9 “Then the Assyrian shall fall by a sword not of man, a sword not of mankind shall devour him, but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall become forced labour. He shall cross over to his stronghold in fear and his princes shall be afraid of the banner, says the Lord whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.”
It really doesn’t matter who the antichrist turns out to be. It really does matter what the Bible says about his coming, operations and demise. It is highly likely that he will be someone who today is obscure and unknown.
Truth brings peace, error brings turmoil:
The coming antichrist will attempt to bring in his deceptive peace through control and domination. The fruits of error are rotten. Our Lord will bring in universal world peace through the cleansing of everything through His shed blood and the cross. The fruits are evident.
The fruit of truth is peace. The fruit of error is turmoil!
Biblical truth deeply rooted in your heart is the one thing that gives you real hope, encouragement, stability and endurance!
“You shall know them by their fruits”.
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have those who love Your word and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Isaiah 48:18 “Oh that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would be like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
Psalm 29:11 “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.”
Psalm 147:11-14 “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy...He makes peace in your borders.”
Proverbs 3:13-17 “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding...All her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her and retain her.”
Isaiah 59:8 “The way of peace they have not known, they have no justice, their paths are crooked; whoever takes that way shall not know peace.”
Jeremiah 14: 13-14 “The prophets say to them, you shall not see the sword nor famine but I will give you assured peace in this place. And the Lord said, ‘the prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them..’,”
Jeremiah 8:11 “They have healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying ‘peace, peace, when there is no peace...they were not ashamed of their abominations.”
Isaiah 57:20-21 “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace says my God for the wicked.”
Revelation 6:4 “The fiery red horse went out and it was granted to him who sat on it to take peace from the earth.”
The grand summary and conclusion:
So now we have had a brief look at the major beliefs of Islam regarding the near future, and what the Bible has to say about these things. We’ve also taken a brief look at what is actually happening in reality now.
Well, well, well – unless you have your head in the sand, or just don’t care like most, or are deceived by your church, you are in the dark. You know that song that goes, “Hullo darkness my old friend”? It’s your own special lie! Spiritual darkness, my friend is your worst enemy!
The real good news is that the full force of the antichrist whoever he turns out to be, will be seen in the tribulation period. If like me, you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, we may see the forerunners of it all, but no more.
The good news is that our Messiah is coming very soon and it’s not long now until all sin, and evil will be banished to hell forever.
The good news is that our future universe will be pure and holy and full of the righteous glory of God and His family forever.
This paragraph was written by our sub-editor.
The final great world battle is to be between the two sons of Abraham – Ishmael, the child of the flesh, and Isaac, the son of promise and the covenant.
Ishmael has been trying since time immemorial to literally wipe Isaac off the face of the earth and with Satan’s backing he intends to have a last desperate fling at doing just that. But Hashem has other ideas; the prophet Ezekiel notes that the nations of the north will be pulled into the fray by the Lord, and He will dispense justice then to all the nations involved. Messiah is coming sooner than we expected!
Netanyahu says, “Nip Islamic extremism in the bud or you will find it at your doorstep.”
What must you do?
Quit living for yourself! This is the entire focus of modern, western Christianity especially as espoused by the likes of TBN and others.
Isaiah 40:31 “They who wait on the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
I took this picture of the Fish Eagle from a dug-out in the Okavango Delta.
Here are some more pictures of the Fish Eagle in the Okavango – one of my favourite places. Click Here.
Shalom and grow in grace!