Islam fits the biblical teaching of the Antichrist religion. When we look at Islam and biblical prophecy we need to start with an overview of what the Bible says about prophecy. In doing so we have to approach the Bible with a literal interpretation. There are some places where we find figurative language, but they are very obvious. For example, when Jesus said, “I am the door” or “I am the bread of life” it is obvious that He is using allegorical language.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
When we study the Bible with a literal interpretation we find a premillennial, pretribulational view of Bible prophecy. I know I will hear from some of you disagreeing with me on this but I hold to these views because of my literal interpretation of the Scriptures. In my early training on hermanutics someone told me:
When common sense makes plain sense, look for no other sense or you will have nonsense.
When we look at prophecy through the lens of Islam things will come into better focus.
I believe that the next major event on God’s prophetic calendar is the Rapture of the Saints. There may be some things that happen before the Rapture to prepare the way for the Tribulation, but this is the next major event. For example the Bible tells us that half way through the Tribulation the man of sin, who we commonly call the Antichrist, will desecrate the temple. This means that the temple will have to be rebuilt at some time before this happens. It could be built before the Rapture, but if the Rapture occurs before it is built, everything is ready.
After the Rapture the man of sin will be revealed:
Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
He will make a 7 year peace agreement with Israel, which he will break half way through.
Let’s look at these things in the light of Islam. We have the example of the Prophet Muhammad. Many times he made peace agreements that he would break as soon as it was his advantage to do so. Every time he did this he would remind his followers that war is deceit. It is a tactic of war to deceive and to make treaties and then break them.
Muslims have been following this example for the last 1,400 years. Yasser Arafat, for example, made many peace treaties that he would break when it was to his advantage to do so. Every time he did this he reminded the Palestinians that he was following the example of Muhammad.
Following this same example, the man of sin will break the peace treaty with Israel after 3 1/2 years.
I was taught, as were many of you, that the Antichrist would come from the Catholic Church, and I believe that the Catholic Church will have some part in biblical prophecy, but how does it make sense that the Catholic church will be making peace with Israel? Is it at war with Israel today? No, it is not, but Islam is.
If we pay attention to what is going on between Islam and the Catholic Church, there are signs of some kind of a coming together, but Islam fits end time prophecy far better than does the Catholic Church.
At the end of the 7 year period the Lord returns with His saints (Revelation 19) and we will have the Battle of Armageddon which leads us into the Millennium. Near the end of the Millennium the Devil will be released for a short season for the final battle between himself and God.
After this we will see the Great White Throne Judgment where death and Hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity. The saved will then enter into the eternal state.
Those of you who are old enough saw a major event in biblical prophecy fulfilled before your eyes. In 1948 the nation of Israel was restored in the land we now call Palestine. They are still fighting to retain this land. Every time Islam has attacked Israel, Israel has won and taken more land. This is the fighting between Isaac and Ishmael, the family feud that has been going on since the time of Abraham. The Arabs are trying to steal that which was given by God to Isaac.
Islam has tried to defeat Israel militarily 3 times since 1948, and each time Israel was greatly outnumbered. Israel has won each time.
In light of this, who would be making a 7 year peace agreement with Israel? It would be a Muslim. It would be someone who is at war with Israel.
Now let’s look at how Islam fits the Antichrist religion.
There are three people that Muslims are waiting for. The first of these is the Mahdi, the Muslim messiah. He will be a political leader who will bring Allah’s kingdom on earth. He will destroy all the enemies of Allah and establish his kingdom. There are differences of opinions between the Shi’ite and the Sunni Muslims on this.
The Shi’ite Muslims are bigger on this subject. They believe that the Mahdi will come from the line of Muhammad. He will be either the 12th or the 5th imam, depending on which variation you follow.
The 5th imam fell in a well and disappeared and some believe he will reappear as the Mahdi. Some believe it will be the 12th imam who they believe ascended up into Heaven as Enoch did and he will return as the political leader.
The second person they are waiting for is Isa, the Muslim Jesus. It may surprise you to learn that Muslims are waiting for the return of Jesus. You need to be careful when you tell a Muslim that all they have to do is believe in Jesus to be saved. Muslims believe in Jesus, but he is not the same Jesus of the Bible. Isa, their Jesus, will be the religious leader. He will not be the Messiah, he will serve the Mahdi. He will conduct the worship of the world toward the things of Islam.
The third person Muslims are waiting for is their false messiah. He will pretend to be their messiah. They call him the Dijal, which means the false messiah.
Do these three persons sound a little familiar to you? Of course they do. It is like looking at the Book of Revelation in a mirror, looking at it in reverse. When we compare what Islam teaches we find the their Mahdi is the equivalent of our Antichrist, the first beast. Isa, the religious leader, is the second beast, the false prophet. The one they call the Dijal, the one they will be at war with, is our Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
All of the nations around Israel are Islamic nations, America may be taken off the scene by Islam because of the judgment of God for our sin.
Thins are beginning to take shape. We need to prepare ourselves for what lies ahead.