Recently, Islamic spiritual leaders from places such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, among others, gathered together to deal with a problem they believe will cause great harm to Islam and the Muslim believers. Their worry wasn’t over war, terrorism, ISIS, the West. Their worry? Mars. Or to put it more plainly, traveling to Mars.
As ignorant as that might sound, it once again proves the point that not only is Islam a backward thinking religion, it’s a religion which thrives on fear, fear of change, fear of rejection, fear of others, fear of prosperity, fear of other religions, fear of other Muslims. Is it any wonder why the nation of Islam has not produced a civilization by themselves? Or created a vast wealth of infrastructure? Much of what Islam boasts in their towering buildings were all created by foreigners. One would think that with all the problems facing those who live in the Middle East, from sectarianism with other Muslim factions, terrorism, political rivals, economic hardships, the Israeli conflict, one would think that logic and human reasoning would influence those within the Islamic religion to come together and face the task at hand. Yet once again to the rest of the world we see the ignorance of a religion whose entire worry is not the woes of mankind, but space travel to Mars. Is it any great wonder then why Islam is for the most part recognized as the fastest growing ignorant religion on the earth? I believe so.
There is a dramatic shift taking place within some factions of Islam, a coming to terms with the culture of the day and understanding that change, unless promoted and agreed to, will bring it into the new world we now live in, failure to accept this change will unquestionably bring its ruin. This is not an endorsement of Islam, more so, it’s an understanding that things in this world are changing quickly to bring us into a final period known to man as the “last days”. Yet the major Islamic factions who are the voice of Islam refuses this assertion and instead, desire to bring about a tyrannical rule upon the world, the only problem is, the world won’t allow it to occur. This will no doubt, bring us into a world conflict of the old regime of Islamic philosophy and the world’s desire to build a bridge to a one world order. The stumbling block? Radical Islam.
So how does this relate to the end times and what is and is not truth as it relates to the last days and Bible prophecy and Islam? There are many teachings found by men who would have us to believe certain ideas, as well as information flooding the internet to what is “truth”, the problem is, much of it has to do with another agenda and not necessarily what the word of God has to say.
When we look at Bible prophecy and Islam, we must separate fact from fiction, more importantly, hysteria versus reality. In order to understand end times prophecy we must remember one important rule – proper Hermeneutics. In other words, interpret prophecy by the word and not through the scope of today’s headlines. It’s a sign of imbalance when someone sees what’s going on in our world and then takes a few scriptures to prove something when the reality is that particular scripture, when read in its full context means something entirely different than what the expositor would try to make it say. Today we can see this confusion when it comes to Islam and the last days. With Islam flooding the headlines of our newspapers, being the lead story on late night news, it’s easy to assume particulars as it regards to the rise of Islam across the world, but many try to then add to scripture to make scripture say something it does not suggest nor imply. This is because in some ways political and social agendas still play apart in prophetic interpretation, and nothing can be seen more dire when it comes to end time beliefs and Islam than American preachers basing their end time eschatology and Islam influenced by patriotism. This makes their doctrines not only confusing, biased and manipulative, it serves as a warning that their interpretation is not by the spirit of God, but by pure patriotic pride.
So the questions that are commonly asked are:
1. Is Islam going to take over the world?
2. Is Islam the religion of the antichrist?
3. Is ISIS the army of the antichrist?
4. Will Islam bring the world into sharia law?
5. Will America be an Islamic nation?
6. Where does Islam fit into end time prophecies?
7. Does prophecy reveal Muhammad as the coming antichrist?
8. Will the Mahdi be the false prophet or the antichrist?
9. Is Islam one of the beasts mentioned in Daniel’s prophecy?
10. Does Islam promote peace and freedom?
11. Will Islam invade and conquer Israel?
How we understand bible prophecy is how we can determine what is and what is not true. With this in mind, we can now begin to properly examine scripture and determine what is truth and what is myth. Fact from fiction.
Q. Is Islam going to take over the world? A. If one was living in 1938 eastern Europe at the time when Nazi Germany, under the rule of a tyrannical dictator named Adolf Hitler, was rising up in that hour, that person could easily believe that the real possibility of the cold and brutish army of Nazi stormtroopers would sweep across Europe, then the world. The problem with Islam compared to Hitler and Nazi Germany is, there is no centralized form of Governmental rule, not to mention Islam has no great army or military infrastructure to challenge the world unlike Germany of the 40’s or the Soviet Union in the cold war era. Is Islam going to take over the world? The reality is that Islam is divided (Sunni and Shitte) between views and ideologies. The factions which are dividing Islam today such as ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood are not only proving Islam is weak, it is proof that Islam cannot get past their past. The nations of the world are beginning to formulate a plan to eradicate militant Islam. Russia, China and the UK, are beginning to restrict and in some cases, deport those who voice a message of intolerance and hate in their Muslim rhetoric. Will Islam take over the world? Unless the United States and the super powers relent their influence in the world any time soon, Islam has absolutely no chance of dominating the world at this time, or any time in the future.
Q. Is Islam the religion of the antichrist? A. Daniel 9:26 tells us the rise of the man of sin, the one named “antichrist” “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.” Daniel is giving us several things to consider, 1. The death and resurrection of Christ (Messiah) then his return to heaven. 2. The PEOPLE of the PRINCE (antichrist) who is to COME will destroy the city (Jerusalem). This happened in 70 A.D. by the Romans. So here we have a working knowledge that the future coming man of sin will not come from an Islamic statehood, but from the region of the central power – a Roman Europe. If we take Daniel literally in this verse, it’s clear to me that the coming man of sin is gentile, not Islamic or comes from the religion of Islam. Keep in mind that Islam does not consider Israel a legitimate nation, nor does Islam desire to see any good out of Israel except its destruction. Anyone coming out of Islam would already have a belief system which says Allah is God, that Muhammad is his prophet and the Koran is the law of the world. This also would go against scripture, for Revelation 13:14 tells us the antichrist makes himself an image which all are required to worship “and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” The problem is, it is a crime punishable by death for a Muslim to make an image of anything to worship, not even Muhammad or Allah can be made into an image. When we take this into account and carefully consider the facts, Islam cannot be the religion in which the man of sin will come from in the future.
Q. Is ISIS the army of the Antichrist? A. No. It is not. ISIS has less than 30,000 ground soldiers who are virtually using stolen, left over military equipment and weapons, or some shipped from Syria into the hands of these Islamists who are determined to cut off the heads of every living person who does not convert to Islam, and even then they are killing in vast numbers of Muslims in their quest for an Islamic state. The problem is, ISIS is nearing defeat, as most of the world is preparing for a final battle that by all accounts will largely bring an end to ISIS and radical Islamists. It is not the army of the antichrist.
Q. Will Islam bring the world into sharia law? A. The form of Islam currently in the world today would like to, but the overall reality is that no, it won’t and here’s why – the world has changed since the time of the Ottoman Empire and the Turks. Islam today would desire to bring the world under Sharia law, but the reality is, it’s simply not possible, nor does it fit into end time prophecy. Extremist groups such as the al-Qaeda spinoff known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have become notorious for executions by stoning and crucifixion. They apply punishments rarely used in Islamic history. Vigilante justice also takes place. Honor killings, murders committed in retaliation for bringing dishonor on one’s family, are a worldwide problem. This all places Islam back into the mindset to most of the free world which says Islam is a backward religion – and they would be right. Sharia law, if we view it through the lens of scripture would never be applied or forced upon the world, for the word speaks in Revelation that a world currency, a mark of the beast will be forced upon the world. Even economically, sharia law can become financially burdensome. The fact is, there is no free economic prosperity under such methods of religious institution such as can be found in sharia law.
Q. Will America be an Islamic nation? A. No. There are still only 2.6 million muslims living in the U.S. This is a far cry from Islamic change that could take over the United States of America. The reality has still been one that says America is a Christian influenced country with no affiliation with outside religions such as Islam.
Q. Where does Islam fit into end time prophecies? A. There is still much debate and speculation as to where Islam fits into end time bible prophecy. Yet here’s the problem – there is no concrete evidence that says Islam is specifically mentioned or going to be used in the last days.
Q. Does prophecy reveal Muhammad as the coming antichrist? A. No, there is no scripture reference that ever says Muhammad will be the coming man of sin. The Bible makes it clear that “it is appointed unto man to die ONCE, then the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
Q. Will the Mahdi be the false prophet or the antichrist? A. That again is a topic of great discussion. While Islam does teach that the Mahdi is coming, the argument even in Islam suggests that both divisions of Islam cannot agree on such beliefs. But it must be made clear, as Christians, we do not accept any prophecy or prophetic utterances by another religion outside the realm of the cross. To even suggest or apply the beliefs and teachings of Islam brings into the scriptures great deception (leaven). It is my belief based on my understanding of Islam, there can be no genuine or true Mahdi simply because it does not fit into scripture concerning the false prophet or the antichrist himself. I must equally add that Islam was in fact a Roman Catholic invention at the time of inception.
Q. Is Islam one of the beasts mentioned in Daniel’s prophecy? A. Revelation 13:2 “And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.” I believe if we look at scripture collectively we can then examine scripture and see that these nations, Iran ,Syria, Iraq and Libya will be used and ultimately face it’s greatest defeat in the Ezekiel 38-39 war.
Q. Does Islam promote peace and freedom? A. Not at all. The Qu’ran does not promote peace and love for their fellow man. It promotes hate, slavery, war, rape, torture, every evil thing one can think of, Islam supports it. This makes Islam a hard argument for a religion of peace upon the world, nor does it prove that the man of sin will promote Islam or come out of it. The world has faced 2 world wars due to evil rulers, this will be no different.
Q. Will Islam invade and conquer Israel? A. It will try. In Ezekiel 38-39 as well as Psalm 83, we read of the Islamic nations coming together to invade Israel and destroy it, but God himself will render Islam it’s greatest and final defeat. This, I believe is the coming war that looms on the horizon and will send the world into the final stage for a World Order.
We must be careful when we examine scriptures when we deal with things which are current in today’s headlines and not confuse them with assurance that they are “the” signs of the end times.