I have long suspected that the one popularly called "the antichrist" will, in fact, be Muslim. The purpose of this article is to provide further evidence for this view, and the proper, correct response of the church of Jesus Christ.
First, some defintions:
Church/People of God - I speak of the worldwide body of Christ; this is the true people of God in every place. He knows who they are, and where they are.
Antichrist - also known as "the man of sin", "another Messiah". Messiach is Hebrew for "deliverer". I will be referencing Daniel 9:27, and, as well as 2d Thessalonians and Matthew 24.
12th Imam - http://www.allaboutpopularissues.org/12th-imam.htm
The 12th Imam: Who Is The 12th Imam?
Within the Shiite belief system, (which is predominate in Iran), it is prophesied that there is a coming 12th Imam who is the great spiritual savior. This Imam is named Abu al-Qasim Muhammad or also called Muhammad al Mahdi. He is said to have been born the son of the 11th Imam, Hasan Al-Askari and his wife, the granddaughter of an Emperor. There are conflicting statements of her name being either Fatima or Nargis Khatoon.
In August of 2010 the photos on this site were taken, and show hundreds of Muslims leaving their mosque in New York City on a Friday afternoon, stopping traffic, and holding a prayer service in the street outside. If this was done by Christians, or any other group, there would be arrests, citations, and confrontation from the police. Had these Muslims been confronted, recent history reveals there would have been immediate rioting down the avenue.
And from here "The number of U.S. Muslims will more than double, so you are as likely to know a Muslim here in 20 years as you are to know someone Jewish or Episcopalian today.
Those are among key findings in " The Future of the Global Muslim Population," the first comprehensive examination of Muslims, whose numbers have been growing at a faster rate than all other groups combined.
This article is an excellent revelation on the whys and wherefores of Islam evangelism and proselytism in the West. It is focused, it is forward looking from an Islamic perspective.
While an uneasy relationship with Christianity varies in its consequences and reasoning, all narrators describe practicing Christianity in their early life as a result of their social background, rather than from a self-made spiritual choice. Asserting the concept that every person is born a Muslim and only society corrupts him serves to rationalize the conversion process. The former relation to Christianity is depicted as having more to do with culture, tradition, and society than with true personal faith.
Note the perspective...the "narrators" are those who converted to Islam from Christianity, and they "all" state that their having been a Christian was due to cultural, tradition and societal constructs. This leaves NO ROOM for the call of God, or interaction with the Divine as the basis for Christian faith.
And from here,
The survey also finds that Muslims in the U.S. have higher fertility rates than the general public. Among women ages 40 to 59, who largely have completed their childbearing years, Muslim women report having had an average of 2.8 children each, compared with 2.1 among all U.S. women. In general, the pattern of higher fertility among Muslim Americans is similar to that seen among many other immigrant groups in the U.S.
With higher fertility rates, combined with immigrationrates since 2000, crunching the numbers reveal that, should these factors continue, Muslims will surpass American society as the dominant religious and cultural force in 2050.
Again: Live Muslim births combined with some 115,000 Muslim refugees and immigrants every year since 2000, America will no longer be a Christian nation, nor a secular nation. America will become a Muslim nation.
Now, lest anyone think this is just more empty handwringing, I encourage everyone to read the information I have provided.
THE ANTICHRIST and the 12th IMAM:
Most accounts of the story say that al Mahdi went into hiding as a child around the age of 5 years (about 13th Century). It said he has been ‘in hiding’ in caves ever since but will supernaturally return just before the Day of Judgment. According to the Hadith the criteria for the Hidden Imam are:
- He will be a descendant of Muhammad and the son of Fatima
- Will have a broad forehead and pointed nose
- Will return just before the end of the world
The stage must be set for the appearance of the anti-Christ. he will be viewed as a savior, as the one bringing peace to turbulence, of bringing cessation of hostilities to a world in upheaval.
2d Thessalonians 2:3:
3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
- His appearance will be preceded by a number of prophetic events during 3 years of horrendous world chaos, tyranny and oppression
- Will escape from Madina to Mekkah, thousands will pledge allegiance to him
- Will rule over the Arabs and the world for 7 years
This is very interesting: Consider Daniel 9:27;
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven. In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
The one 'seven' is a 7 year period.
The "middle of the 'seven'" is at the 3 1/2 year mark.
"He will put an end to sacrifice and offering". For this to take place, the Temple must be rebuilt in Jerusalem. In a "covenant with many" this person will bring about not only peace between Israel and the Arabs, but allow the Temple to be rebuilt! Who could pull this off? Who could ever get the Palestinians to allow the Jewish Temple to be rebuilt on the Temple mount?
- Will eradicate all tyranny and oppression bringing harmony and total peace
- Will lead a prayer in Mekkah which Jesus will be at his side and follow in
Consider the time span indicated in Daniel 9:27;
"He will confirm a covenant with the many for one seven"
And the time period of 7 years for the 12th Imam.
Very clearly, the devil has his own plans for end time events that somewhat mirror God's plans. Nevertheless with all the above data, when I correlate it all, here is the scenario I envision:
Islamic incursion throughout the world will continue in developed countries, through immigration, outpacing others in live births, and conversion of disaffected Christians and others.
Jesus Christ will suddenly appear, as prophesied in Scripture, and the snatching away, or rapture, of the Church will take place. The world will be thrown into confusion, and many will have an epiphany. Of particular note in the chaos will be the national conversion of Israel to the belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Declaring that Christians had it right all along, as well as receiving counsel from those who claimed Christianity that were left behind, the Rabbis will turn to the New Testament, and find Matthew 24:
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
In prophetic scriptures, these take place in a spiritual place where there is eternity, so they read rather cryptic, and the span of a thousand years can be stated within two sentences. What is key in verses 15-21 is that these speak directly of the antichrist. Verse 22 tells us why he will be limited to a 3 1/2 year period. Keep in mind both Daniel 9:27 and the 12th Imam beliefs state that this one's reign will be a 7 year period.
Further, in 2d Thessalonians we read that he cannot appear until "he who restrains is taken out of the way." The One who restrains evil in this world is the Holy Spirit, resident in the born again people of God. Once the rapture happens, the way will be clear for the one called "antichrist", or "man of sin" to appear, bringing calm in the midst of chaos, forming agreements, making covenants and imposing his will on the world. And how will his will be imposed in the world? Islamic infusion and taking over populations in 1st world cities through outpacing indigent populations in live births, annual immigration levels in the hundreds of thousands, and conversion of disaffected Christians and others. At that point, America will become a Muslim country.
Now, let us consider some other historical perspectives:
Abraham was called by God, and his descendants, the children of Israel, were delivered from slavery in Egypt to be a people for God's own posession, and to be a light to the nations revealing the one true God. They failed miserably, and even through God's longsuffering mercy and patience (as revealed by the book of Hosea) they continually turned away. For this reason, they were sent into captivity not once, but twice.
Likewise, America was called forth by God, however well or poor it was done BY man, dispossed the indiginous, and made a powerful nation of this country. However, like Israel, we have turned from our God-given mandate to be a light to this world, and have increasingly become Godless, atheistic, and rejecting of His Lordship over our lives.
I used to wonder why America, as big as she is, is not found in end time prophecies. I think I know the answer: America is on it's way to becoming a Muslim country. And this is neccesary for the world-wide implementation of what is known as the Great Tribulation.
So what should be the response of Christians?
Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34,35)
We think that we must love the unbeliever, and that we are failing if we do not. Love for the unbeliever is an act of the will alone, as love never includes approval. Christians are to love each other, because we are a family. And indeed John tells us that we cannot say we love God and hate our brother (in the Lord). Loving God includes loving His people as HE loves them. It is by this love for each other that others see the emptiness of their lives, and want what we have, for God is able to make them realize their lives are empty. We MUST walk in the truth, and lay off this petty bickering and return to a pure Gospel, seeking Him, rejecting doctrines of men in place of His truth. We must stop condemning those who do not know Him, leaving their judgement to His righteous judgment, and instead focus on removing the wicked one from our groups and families of God.
Dear People...the time to install a fire protection system is not when the building is on fire. These things are coming to us, and unless we make a firm habit of walking in the truth NOW, of loving our Lord NOW, and loving His people NOW, we will not have these things when they are all that keeps us strong and trusting in Him, walking in the grace so needed by those who are persecuted, and knowing Him. Indeed Jesus said, "My sheep know My voice." Do you know His voice? If you do not, what does that say? Does it not say that you are not His sheep? We must be converted.
Stop sinning, and stop justifying sin. Correct the brother in error, no matter how high he sits, making repentance the goal. Lead all men and women into the truth, and never forget to love our God and His people. Let THIS be our motivation that consumes us, as we are devoted to Him. If we hold these truths with a pure heart and clean conscience, walking humbly with our God, doing justice and LOVING mercy, then He will give us the strength to walk in love for each other, and be His light to those lost in darkness.