By Nathan Jones
Will the Antichrist be a Muslim? Twelve different Bible prophecy experts were asked this question. The previous three out of the twelve answered "Yes" or "Maybe." The following nine answered "No."
No. I think based upon Daniel 9:26-27 that the Antichrist has to be a Gentile of Roman origin, so would be of European origin. Could he be a European Muslim? Here again, no, because according to Isaiah 28:14-22 when Israel signs the covenant with the Antichrist, they sign it because the Antichrist guarantees Israel's military security. And Israel would not trust any Muslim to guarantee Israel's military security. Just like it isn't going to happen with the leadership of right wing or left wing, it is not going to happen.
I do not believe the Antichrist is going to be a Muslim. Several reasons actually, one of them is the fact that Israel is not a religious nation. The confidence that they are going to put in this man, that they are going to look at as someone that really has the answers to a lot of there problems is going to be a secular humanistic view. If he were a Muslim, then they would associate a type of religion with him that has an agenda and because of their history with the Muslim nations that is not something they are going to be interested in. But, they will be very, very ready to accept the input and political expertise from a man who is a secularist and a humanist. Because, if you think about it, look at their Knesset, look at their Prime Ministers — every last one of them since Menachem Begin has been a secularist. So, I think that mindset is going to bleed over into their acceptance of the man that is going to be the Antichrist.
I don't think that he is going to be a Muslim because the Antichrist is going to come out of Europe and only 10% of Europeans are Muslim. And, I don't think the Jews are going to be able to jive with him being a Muslim. If he is going to be the Messiah to them I just can't see him being a Muslim.
No, I don't, for a number of reasons. Number one, Daniel 11 talks about him not honoring the god of his fathers. In Daniel 11:36-37, it actually translates God there as Elohim, but it says he will not honor God of his fathers. And, the God of his fathers is Elohim. One part of the verse says "Jehovah" or "true God," for that reason I think it disqualifies him. Also, in Second Thessalonians 2 the Scriptures says that during the time of the Tribulation the Antichrist would literally go into the Temple of God and he would be worshipped as God. I believe this also disqualifies him because I can't see the Israelis even during the Tribulation worshipping a Muslim as God. I just can't see it.
No, I do not. There's a lot a things that preclude the Antichrist from being a Muslim. For one, I don't think that Islam is even going to be a religion during the Tribulation. Between Psalm 83 knocking out the nations around Israel and Ezekiel 38 and 39 knocking out the Islamic nations and Russia, Islam will not even be a player during the Tribulation. And, there is a lot about the character of the Antichrist that doesn't seem to fit, either. For one, the Mahdi — the Islamic Messiah — that is supposed to be worshipped, well in Islam you worship Allah alone, and so they would not take this guy and worship him. If you look at Daniel 11:37 and his unaffection for women, there is a good chance that the Antichrist will be gay. Well, Muslims have zero tolerance for homosexuals. So, no, I don't think the Antichrist will be a Muslim.
No, I don't think the Antichrist will be a Muslim for several reasons. First of all, the Bible says that the Antichrist will be a Satan worshipper. It doesn't say anything about him being a Muslim. It tells us that he will say that he is God. He won't say that Allah is God, so I don't think he will be a Muslim.
Another reason, when you look at the Old Testament types and there are a lot of Old Testament types of the Antichrist, Pharaoh to an extent, Nebuchadnezzar, Antiochus Epiphanies, Titus — none of these types were Muslims. There were no Muslims until about 700 AD.
The third reason why I don't think he will be the Antichrist, I don't think he will come from Iran or Syria because I believe that the Antichrist and his people are the people that destroyed Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD, and that was the Roman Empire. I don't think as far as I study and look at it that Iran was in the Roman Empire in 70 AD. And the way I look at Syria, I believe that Syria is going to be destroyed before the Tribulation period.
Another reason some people say that the Antichrist is the Assyrian is in the book of Micah chapter 5 verses 5 and 6. I really don't think that is the Antichrist. The Assyrian is going to be destroyed by a small number of Jews, 7 shepherds, and 8 principle men I think in the land of Assyria. But, that is not the way the Antichrist is going to come to his end. He is going to be captured when Jesus comes back at the Second Coming and he is going to be cast alive into the Lake of Fire.
And then you have some people that say the Antichrist is the King of Babylon. And, I can go along with calling him the King of Babylon. In fact, I believe the Antichrist — one of the names that is given to him — is the "King of Babylon." But, you can look at Babylon. They had all kinds of kings that were not Muslim, so just because he is called the "King of Babylon" doesn't means he will be a Muslim.
Now, it is my personal opinion that the Muslims are going to suffer great defeats before the rise of the Antichrist. I think the Islamic religion is going to be devastated before the rise of the Antichrist. And, I think that is going to pave the way for the Antichrist to come out of a revived Roman Empire — the European Union.
I don't believe the Antichrist will be a Muslim really for several reasons. One, is the Bible says that he is going to arise from the same group of people who destroyed the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD which was the Romans. Now, of course, Rome did cover some areas that are Islamic nations today, but it seems to me that he will rise out of the core of the Roman Empire.
Really, the biggest problem I have with seeing the Antichrist being a Muslim is that it says in the Bible that he is going to declare that he is God. And, it seems to me that goes against the very main tenet of Islam, which there is one God which is Allah and his prophet is Mohammed. So, I don't see how someone who is a follower of Islam could ever declare himself to be God. So, for that reason, I think that he is just going to be some type of pagan follower of religion, maybe a person who has been a follower of dead Christianity in Europe or something like that or apostatizes from that. But, I don't see how he could be a Muslim and declare himself God.
Absolutely not! The Bible says that he will be a person who will not regard the God of his fathers. Muslims are committed generation after generation to their belief in Allah. I think the New Testament makes it very clear that the Antichrist is either a total unbeliever or an apostate Christian who claims a form of Christianity but does not believe in the person of Jesus Christ who can change and transform an individual's life, let alone his life. He is against Christ —anti-Christ. He is also in some senses a substitute Christ who in every way will say to the world "I can bring about change, I can bring about peace, and I can bring prosperity to the world." Those are the same three things that most of our political candidates and our new President are saying over and over again. That ought to get our attention that, as we get closer to the time of the end, it is that very message that sets the stage for the arrival ultimately of the Antichrist.
Personally, I don't think there is any possibility. What Muslim would ever proclaim himself to be God? And yet, that is exactly we are told the Antichrist will do in 2 Thessalonians 2. Also, any Muslim who would make such an absurd proclamation would be instantly rejected by the entire Muslim world.
My second point relates to the fact that the Bible says the Antichrist will make a treaty with the Jewish people that will guarantee their nation's security. Now, let me ask you something, why would the Jewish people ever put their trust in a Muslim by signing a treaty that would allow him to guarantee their security? I can't even imagine it. One of the advocates of this theory said to me, "That is exactly what the Jews are doing today in the peace treaties they are trying to negotiate with their Muslim neighbors." But, that is not true. They are putting their trust today in the United States to guarantee those treaties and their defense.
Another point I would like to make relates to Daniel 9:26. That verse says the Antichrist will come from the people who destroyed the Temple. Well, the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans, meaning that the Antichrist will be of Roman descent. Those that advocate the Muslim Antichrist theory respond by saying the armies of the Romans were made up of Middle Eastern people like the Syrians who were forced into the Roman army when they were conquered by Rome. But, even if that were true, it would be completely irrelevant. It does not matter whether or not the Roman Legions were composed of Australian aborigines or African pygmies, it was the Roman government that gave the orders, it was Roman generals who carried out the destruction. Rome was the rod of God's judgment and it is from the Roman people that the Antichrist will arise.
One aspect of the Muslim Antichrist theory is the idea that the final empire of the Antichrist will be a revival of the Ottoman Empire. In other words, the empire of the Antichrist will be a regional one in the Middle East. Well, that idea is very unbiblical! The Bible says point blank in Revelation 13:7 that the empire of the Antichrist will be worldwide. Here is what the verse says, it says, "And it is given to him the Antichrist to make war with saints and to overcome them an authority was given him over every tribe, and people, and tongue and nation was given to him." What else would God need to say to indicate clearly that the Antichrist will rule over all the nations of the world? Yet, those that espouse the Muslim Antichrist theory claim that this verse is nothing by hyperbole, or in other words, they say it is an exaggeration.
Another problem with this Muslim Antichrist theory is that is based on a belief that Muslims are going to rise to world power during the Tribulation. I believe the Bible indicates just the opposite — that God will pour out His wrath on the Muslim both before and during the Tribulation, removing them from the world scene.
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