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Identifying The Antichrist Spirit
Today we are asking the question, “Is Islam the antichrist religion? We believe that it is and today we are going to present our case for why we think that Islam fits the concept of the antichrist religion.
We are going to let the Bible define for us the spirit of antichrist. Then we are going to test that to see how well it fits Islam.
When we compare what the Bible says about the end times and what the Qur’an says they are the exact opposite of each other. Through the centuries most Bible scholars have taught that Catholicism was the religion of antichrist. Over the years since the rise of Islam has risen to prominence many scholars are reexamining this subject and changing their views. However, we want to look at what the Bible says, not Bible scholars.
We need to start by looking what how the Bible defines antichrist. There is a person that we often identify as the Antichrist. I want to set him aside for a bit and look at what the Bible clearly defines as the antichrist spirit. The person of Antichrist will fit with the doctrines and other aspects of the spirit of antichrist.
If we first define the spirit of antichrist we can then look and see what religious system fits with this spirit. I believe a religious system exists that fits all that the Bible teaches about the spirit of antichrist.
The little epistles of First and Second John are where we find the clear teaching of the antichrist spirit. The word antichrist is only used in these epistles. The Bible does not call the person of Antichrist by this name, it calls him the son of perdition, man of lawlessness, and the beast. The word antichrist is used to describe the spirit behind him.
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18
This verse tells us that there are presently many antichrists. Verses 22 and 23 tell us that those who say that Jesus is not the Christ is a liar and is antichrist.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 1 John 2:22-23
We are told that antichrist denies both the Father and the Son. This is two thirds of the Trinity. We are going to see which religion fits this description.
The antichrist spirit will deny the deity of Jesus. It will also deny God the Father. This is reaffirmed in 1 john 4:3:
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:3
We see that the spirit of antichrist was already at work in the first century. There were already those who denied the deity of Christ. They denied that God has a begotten Son who came in the flesh. The mark of antichrist is this denial of the Father and the Son. The spirit of antichrist denies that God became flesh and dwelt among us.
Notice the context for this verse.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
We are to try, or test, the spirits by the Word of God. We are to expect many false prophets and teacher throughout this age. In the end times we should expect one religious system that will deceive many. This will be the spirit of antichrist. We are going to lay out the evidence that this system is Islam.
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7
Every verse that mentions antichrist says that this spirit denies Jesus Christ. To deny that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is to deny the Father and the Son. The evidence clearly shows that this is the identifying characteristic of the spirit of antichrist. This is what we should look for when we try to identify the antichrist religion.
Something that greatly concerns us here at Fortress of Faith is that we see many churches and Christians teaching that we worship the same God as Islam. We believe that this is part of the movement toward the antichrist system. It is getting Christians to come to a place of embracing the end time one world religion. How great a deception it would be to get Christians to believe that the antichrist spirit’s god is the same as our God.
We see a lot of movement in this direction. Chrislam is an effort to blend Christianity with Islam. We have covered this issue in past articles. If you go to our website, http://fortressoffaith.com, and do a search for “Chrislam” you will find a lot of information on this subject.
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Is The Catholic Church The Antichrist Spirit?
Some of you will remind us that the Catholic Church has been considered the religion of antichrist for centuries. You will tell us we are wrong in thinking that it could be Islam.
We are not here to defend the Catholic Church. We know that it does not line up with the teachings of the Bible. We know that it is often in opposition to what the Scriptures teach. The question isn’t, is Catholicism a false religion? The question is, according to the Scriptures, can it be identified as the religion of antichrist?
Catholicism doesn’t fit with the scriptural definition of antichrist because it strongly believes in the Trinity and in the Father and the Son. It doesn’t deny the Father. It doesn’t deny the Son. It doesn’t deny the Holy Spirit.
Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is God who came in the flesh. They believe in the concept of His crucification and His resurrection.
No matter how hard we try, Catholicism does not fit with what the Scriptures teach concerning the spirit of antichrist. According to the Scripture passages we have looked at it just doesn’t fit. We are clearly taught that the spirit of antichrist will deny the deity of Christ, His being the Son of God come in the flesh, and the Father. We can eliminate Catholicism as the religion of antichrist.
How Well Does Islam Fit With The Antichrist Spirit?
We are going to see how well the scriptural identity of antichrist fits with the teachings of Islam. The more I have studied this issue, the more I am forced to admit that Islam fits the biblical description better than any other religion. It denies both the Son and the Father. This is the central difference between Islam and Christianity. This difference is so pronounced that I can’t see why anyone would try to join these two faiths together. We actually see the Pope moving in that direction so even Catholics need to be on guard.
Although I don’t understand how this can be done, the Bible does teach there will be a joining of religions into one world wide religion.
What does Islam teach about the deity of Christ? The Qur’an denies the deity of Christ in no uncertain terms.
Surah 4:171 O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, ….. so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Far be it from the glory of Allah that he should have a son.
This verse warns us as Christians, the People of the Book, against saying there is a Trinity, which they believe means three gods. It tells us that it is beneath Allah to have a son. This sounds to me like a pretty strong denial of the deity of Christ and His being the Son of God.
Earlier in the same chapter the Qur’an says:
They said in boast, those who killed Christ, Isa the son of Mary…But they killed him not nor crucified him so that it may appear that they killed him, for a a surety they killed him not.
What did they say in boast? They said they killed Him. The Qur’an says that Allah made it appear that they crucified Jesus, but they did not. They believe that it was probably Judas, whom Allah made to look like Jesus, who was crucified.
If Islam denies the crucification, which would mean it has to deny the resurrection, are they not denying the central precept of Christianity? If you take the resurrection away from Christianity you have destroyed the whole thing. This is exactly what Islam wants to do.
The Qur’an also says that Allah is above having a son.
Surah 39:4; Had Allah wished to take to Himself a son, He could have chosen whom He pleased out of those whom He doth create: but Glory be to Him! (He is above such things.) He is Allah, the One, the Irresistible.
Allah could have taken to himself a son if he wanted to, but this is below him.
The Arabic of Surah 112:3 says, “He begets not, nether is he begotten.” This means that Allah cannot beget so he is not a father, and he is not begotten so he is not a son. This verse is important because Muslims are commanded to pray this verse daily.
It is important to know that Muslims, whether they speak Arabic or not, are commanded to pray in Arabic. Since only about 15% of Muslims are Arabs the vast majority have to learn to recite their prayers in Arabic, often not knowing what they mean.
How could it be any more clear that Islam denies both the Father and the Son? This is not only in their doctrine, they are praying it multiple times a day. If this isn’t the antichrist spirit, what is?
When I was in Israel I visited the Dome of the Rock. The oldest written Qur’an is on the walls inside. It is not written in the Arabic script because the Arabic script was not yet formed. On the outside they have a more modern Arabic script. It has quotes from the Qur’an and it repeats the phrase “Allah hath no son” again and again.
This is telling Christians that they are wrong. The most central principle of Christianity is denied by Islam. It should be clear when we look at the Bible’s description of the spirit of antichrist that Islam fits perfectly.
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Islam and Prophecy
Christians may be surprised to know that Islam also has scripture talking about future events. They believe in an antichrist, their messiah (Mahdi), and they are waiting for Jesus (Isa) to return. Isa is not going to be the messiah, he will be subservient to the Islamic Mahdi. He will do those things that the biblical false prophet will do. As I study Islamic prophecy it is like putting my Bible up to a mirror, everything is reversed. The one we call the Antichrist is who Muslims call the Mahdi. They call our Messiah the Antichrist. The false prophet of Revelation seems to be the Muslim Isa (Jesus).
In Islam they believe in a false messiah (D’Jal). This false messiah will teach that he is god, that he has a father and is a son. Their D’Jal is exact description of the true Jesus of the Bible. Think about this; our Messiah is their Antichrist and their messiah is our Antichrist.
The word “ Mahdi” means the guided one in Arabic. He will come to guide the world into Islam. They believe that he will rid the world of all false systems and establish an Islamic caliphate under Sharia Law.
The Mahdi will establish a peace, and will later break that peace just as Muhammad did time and time again. We are not making this up, this is taught in Islamic teachings on the last days.
Islam teaches that Isa is not coming back as a ruler. Here are some of his characteristics:
- He will be a Muslim
- He will be subordinate to the Mahdi
The Messenger of Allah said: A section of my people will not cease fighting for the truth and will prevail until the Day of resurrection. He said: Jesus son of Mary would then descend and their [Muslims’] commander [the Mahdi] would invite him to come and lead them in prayer, but he would say: No, some amongst you are commanders over some. Sahih Muslim,Book 001, Number 0293,Narrated by Jabir bin ‘Abdullah
Islam has a messiah that resembles our antichrist, an antichrist who resembles our Messiah, and a Jesus who resembles our false prophet. The evidence is forcing us to conclude that Islam fits perfectly what the Bible teaches concerning the false religious system of the last days.
Another important fact is that every nation surrounding Israel is Islamic. These nations are all against Israel. Recently Egypt has conducted military training exercises anticipating an attack on Israel. The things we hear from Iran is all anti-Israel.
Something that is coming out of Turkey should concern us. Turkey is talking about peace with Israel. Maybe the Antichrist will come out of Turkey and this peace overture may be setting things up for the seven year peace agreement that will be broken. This is, to say the least, very interesting.
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The Hadith contain the life and sayings of Muhammad.
The following is from the Bukhari Hadith:
Bukhari 343:65 – The hour will not be established until the son of Miriam descends amongst you as a just ruler (talking about Isa, the Muslim Jesus) he will break the cross and kill the pigs, and abolish the jizya.
The hour spoken of here is the caliphate, the time where Islam will control the whole earth. The son of Miriam refers to the Muslim Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus is coming back to establish Islamic law on the earth. Islam teaches the Isa will rule the Muslims according to the divine law of Shariah.
They believe that the Muslim Jesus will break the cross. Why would he break the cross? First of all he is not a Christian, he is a Muslim. Secondly, according to Islam, he was never crucified. Thirdly he was never resurrected. He is not God and he is going to rebuke the Christians and to make the message very clear he is going to break the cross. According to the actions of the Jesus of the Qur’an there will be no more Christianity.
Finally he is going to kill the pigs. This is not talking about killing literal pigs. This is taking about killing the Jews.
The last thing he will do is abolish the jizya. This means that there will be no one but Muslims left on the earth.
As I mentioned before, Israel is surrounded by Muslim countries. The Bible tells us that when the true Jesus comes back He is going to be waging war against these Muslim countries.
As we see from what we have studied, this fits perfectly with what we see in the book of Revelation. The Jesus of Islam will be used to establish the worship of the beast. If we look at what the Bible teaches and what Islam teaches the evidence is overwhelming that Islam fits the end time religious system of the Antichrist.
Some people say Islam cannot be this system because of Revelation 13:14.
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Revelation 13:14
This verse says that the second beast will make an image of the first beast and Islam forbids the making of and worship of idols. Those who say this don’t understand Islam. In practice Islam does have a form of idolatry. Every day they pray toward Mecca. In Mecca we find the Kaaba. When Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca, which is the fifth pillar of Islam, they worship a black rock on the outside of the Kaaba. This is also known as the moon rock.
When Muslims go to the Kaaba they actually prostrate themselves before this rock. The Kaaba was a place of idol worship long before Muhammad established Islam. He destroyed all of the idols except one, the black mood rock. Muslims still go their to worship this idol.
The Harlot Of Babylon
Revelation 17 tells us about the great harlot. Verse 18 tells us this is not a person, but a location.
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:18
This harlot will be in the wilderness, it will be a mountainous area, with seven mountains. This description fits Mecca. It doesn’t fit Rome because, although Rome has seven hills, it is not in the wilderness.
The black stone of the Kaaba is encased in a silver casing. It is designed to look like a female sexual part. I put it this way to keep this clean. The Kaaba is also referred to has the womb, the beginning of life. There is a female concept within the worship of Islam.
When we put everything together it all fits. What the Bible describes as the antichrist spirit and the antichrist system fits perfectly with Islam. There is no other religious system on the earth that fits.
Their prophecy is the mirror image of biblical prophecy. It is a counterfeit of everything we find in Bible prophecy.
We as Christians must not join with this antichrist system. We must do all we can to rescue Muslims from he grasp of Islam. Islam will send Muslims to hell. We must love them enough to tell them the truth.