ISLAM IS NOT THE ANTICHRIST*
Ask Israel who is the Antichrist—and you’ll hear a resounding chorus in unison proclaim: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For Israel, he is the reincarnation of Persia’s “Haman . . . the enemy of the Jews” (Esther 3:10). The glaring difference between the two Persians, Haman and Ahmandinejad, is obvious: Haman was subtle, surreptitious, and almost cowardly in his connivance—whereas Ahmadinejad uses an in-your-face-Israel-must-be-wiped-off-the-map approach!
The odious remarks from Tehran confirm Haman’s reappearance . . . “to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day . . . and to plunder their possessions” (Esther 3:13) . . . as the USA, Israel, and Iran “have at it” . . .
“Iran’s first target would be Israel in any response to a U.S. attack, a Revolutionary Guards commander said Tuesday (May 2, 2006), reinforcing the Iranian president’s past call for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map.’
“We have announced that wherever (in Iran) America does make any mischief, the first place we target will be Israel,’ the Iranian Student News Agency quoted Gen. Mohammad Ebrahim Dehghani as saying.
“Dehghani, a top commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, also said Israel was not prepared to go to war against Iran.
“‘We will definitely resist . . . U.S. B-52 (bombers),’ Dehghani was quoted as saying.
“On Tuesday, Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres called on Iran to scrap its nuclear program and warned: ‘Remember that Israel is exceptionally strong and knows how to defend itself.’
“President Bush has said a military option remains on the table if Iran does not agree to international demands for it to stop enriching uranium and open its nuclear program to inspections.” (Ali Akbar Dareinen, Iran Threatens Israel if U.S. Attacks Associated Press, Tuesday, May 2, 2006).
Threatening Israel’s existence, according to Israel’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, would “constitute a threat to Israel’s existence.”
Sure sounds familiar, doesn’t it? In mid-April, 2006, Haman-Ahmadinejad offered these invidious remarks to the general public:
“The president of Iran again lashed out at Israel on Friday and said it was ‘heading toward annihilation,’ just days after Tehran raised fears about its nuclear activities by saying it successfully enriched uranium for the first time.
“President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a ‘permanent threat’ to the Middle East that will ‘soon’ be liberated. He also appeared to again question whether the Holocaust really happened.
“‘Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward ANNIHILATION,’ Ahmadinejad said at the opening of a conference in support of the Palestinians. ‘The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm.’” (Ali Akbar Dareinen, Iran Leader: Israel Will Be Annihilated, Associated Press, April 14, 2006). (My emphasis.)
This overt reminder of Iran’s intentions is several fold: (1) It is inextricably linked to the threat from the USA—a threat that Iran utterly knows is for real; and (2) It is linked by centuries of hatred for all things Jewish and, most assuredly, Zionist—for as far as Iran is concerned, Israel is naught but the aircraft carrier that numerous Israeli and America proponents of the Israel-USA Axis claim it is—least of which is Rani Levy, former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s advisor on “World Jewish and Christian Affairs”:
“‘The U.S. has earned tremendous benefits in its Middle Eastern position because of Israel’s existence’ he said. ‘It’s clear: U.S. (has) interest in Israel to be a stabilizing force in the Middle East. Israel is like a stable, static aircraft carrier for the U.S. It’s the only democracy in the Middle East, the only Western-world society in the Middle East, the only country there that has any kind of reputable legal system, human rights system, judicial system. The whole fiber of our society is a Western one and it is the only one in all the Middle East.’”
(Israel Welcomes Christian Support in Battle for Survival, Sharon aide says, Christian Examiner on the Web, Christian Times, September, 2002)
Thus it is, that in the minds of Haman, Hamas, and a vast swath of Islam, Israel is the Western aircraft carrier—the epitome of decadence and apostasy—she must be destroyed!
So, is Islam the final Antichrist?
ISLAM AS THE ANTICHRIST—THE CRUSADES
From Islam’s immediate dominance, the Church let it be known that the Antichrist had risen upon the earth through a false religion:
“Then came the Latin writers (in fact, priests) of the Middle Ages who got their information mostly from the Byzantine accounts, and from the personal contact with Islam during the Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula and the Crusades. Alvarus Paulus (d. 861) was the first Latin author to transform Muhammad into antichrist. Making use of the reference in Psalm 89, he algebraically substituted seventy years for each of the three and one half "times" and calculated that the end of Islam would come after 245 years of Islamic rule, that is, as he figured it, in the year 870 C.E. His friend Eulogius of Cordova (d. 859) similarly depicted Muhammad as the 'anti-Christ,' a 'false prophet,' the coming of which Christ had foretold to the apostles.” (An Analysis of Anti-Islamic Polemics, Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Quran.com)
One of the seminal works on Muhammad as the Antichrist, and, if you would, Islam as the Antichrist “system” was written by Karen Armstrong: Muhammad: A Biography. Her synthesis of history pits the rise of Islam during the latter half of the first millennium against the backdrop of a resistive, and ultimately, a resurgent Christianity manifested in the Crusades.
It is here that Muhammad-Islam is, in her chapter entitled “Muhammad the Enemy” a political threat—a threat which became Christianity’s religious calamity and ipso facto Muhammad became the fulfillment of all that was foretold about the future Antichrist—the Great Pretender!
During these Medieval times the dominant view was that Antichrist would rule from Jerusalem’s Temple and dissuade multitudes of Christians with persuasive and subtle doctrines, beguiling the innocent. The Christians at the time could readily see in Muhammad and his extension (Islam) that Muhammad was the perfect Antichrist, imposter, deceiver, and the precise fulfillment of the Christian prophecies.
A “fictional portrait” of “Mahound” was concocted which literally stands for a synonym of “the devil.” Christian theologians faced a perplexing proposition: How could so many embrace Islam? Why would the Almighty allow this “impious faith” to extend its bounds when the world was supposed to be abounding in salvation through His grace and the shed blood of Jesus . . . ANTICHRIST MUST BE DEFEATED to substantiate Christian theology . . . this led to the Crusades!
Ignorance prevailed as Islam suffered defeat after defeat—Christians were fighting “idol worshipers” who embraced “Apollo (the ancient Greek and Roman god of prophecy, poetry, and music sometimes identified with the god of light and truth or sun); Tervagant (French word for ‘a violent and overbearing fictional deity attributed to Muslims’—it’s English derivative termagant means ‘quarrelsome or shrewish, and Mahomet!’” (Ibid. Armstrong).
Reconquista carried the day—1085, Alfonso VI conquered Toledo for the Christians and in 1095, Pope Urban II (1088-1099) gathered the knights of Europe to commence the liberation of Jerusalem’s empty tomb for Christ and the Church. From the Council of Clermont to the Cross of Calvary—the Crusades would destroy the Antichrist and the Kingdom, according to St. Augustine, would prevail upon all the inhabitants of the earth!
As the new millennium arrived—the tide was shifting toward the Crusaders juxtaposed to the hated “idol worshippers” who worshiped a false trinity of gods.
Muslims by the tens of thousands were slaughtered by Crusaders in Jerusalem in 1099 . . . their demise was justified by their despicable condition; they were branded: “Filth and Vermin.” Sounds ominously familiar to Hitler’s “War against the Jews” whose descriptive wore the same labels.
Throughout the greater part of the second millennium, Islam and Christianity were, in the main, isolated and estranged from one another—if anything, they were linked by the Lateran councils in 1179 and 1215 to Jews; they were considered common enemies.
In the early 14th century Pope Clement V (1305-14) “declared the Islamic presence on Christian soil as an insult to God inciting further waves of violence and hatred.” Then, in 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella subdued all of Granada—Spanish Muslims were told to convert to Christianity (then labeled as crypto-Muslims for many years; i.e., “phony Catholic Christians”) or face expulsion—even death if they refused.
After the spread of the Reformation throughout Europe, and with it the shift of Antichrist from Islam to the Papacy, a more benign relationship existed between this newly-formed branch of Christendom (Protestantism) and Islam. At best Islam was but a failed version of Christianity; however, at its worst Islam was still connected—even more so, with Antichrist; to wit:
“In expounding Daniel 9, Martin Luther noted that among others, the prophet Daniel was talking about the Muslim Turks, who at that time were invading Europe: ‘In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation … He will cause deceit to prosper and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.’ (Daniel 9: 23 – 25)
“Luther wrote that the ‘two regimes, that of the Pope and that of the Turk, are … antichrist.’
“John Calvin in a sermon on Deuteronomy 18:15 maintained that Muhammad was one of ‘the two horns of antichrist.’
“In his commentaries on Daniel (7: 7-18), Calvin put forward the theory that the Muslim Turks were the little horn that sprang up from the beast. As the Turks had conquered much of the old Roman Empire, much of the prophecies concerning Rome could apply to the Muslim world. Islam was one of the two legs of the later Roman Empire described in Daniel 2.” (The Challenge of Islam According to the Reformers, Dr. Peter Hammond, Frontline Fellowship – with special thanks to Dr. Francis Nigel Lee for his book Calvin on Islam, published by Lamp Trimmers, El Paso, Texas 2000).
The Historicists amongst the Protestants continued to affirm that the Image of Daniel—its two legs—were the separation of the East and West and constituted the evolution of the antichrist system. The first president of Princeton University, Jonathan Edwards, wrote in his “A History of the work of Redemption” the following condemnatory lines against the Papacy and Islam:
"The two great works of the devil which he … wrought against the Kingdom of Christ are … his Anti-Christian (Romish or Papal) and Mahometan (Muslim or Islamic) kingdoms … which have been, and still are, two kingdoms of great extent and strength. Both together swallow … up the Ancient Roman Empire; the (Papal) kingdom of Antichrist swallowing up the Western Empire, and Satan’s Mahometan kingdom the Eastern Empire … In the Book of Revelation (chapters 16 – 20) … it is in the destruction of these that the glorious victory of Christ at the introduction of the glorious times of the Church, will mainly consist…” (Jonathan Edwards, A History of the Work of Redemption)
Calvinism—with its emphasis upon Christian Dominionism (inheriting the doctrine of post-millenialism from St. Augustine)—spared no shame upon the Antichrist as Islam:
“In a sermon on 2 Timothy 1:3, Calvin explained: ‘The Turks at this day, can allege and say for themselves: ‘We serve God from our ancestors!’ … It is a good while ago since Mahomet gave them the cup of his devilish dreams to drink, and they got drunk with them. It is about a thousand years since those cursed hellhounds were made drunk with their follies … Let us be wise and discreet! … For otherwise, we shall be like the Turks and Heathen!’ (Sermons on Timothy and Titus – John Calvin, The Church on the Threshold).
“Calvin pointed out that the reign of antichrist will be destroyed by the Word of God (2 Thessalonians 2:8). ‘Paul does not think that Christ will accomplish this in a single moment … Christ will scatter the darkness in which antichrist will reign, by the rays which He will emit before His coming – just as the sun, before becoming visible to us, chases away the darkness of the night with its bright light.’” (Ibid, The Challenge of Islam According to the Reformers)
To this day the association of Islam with the events of the Apocalypse in the minds of ardent Protestants align the events of Revelation 6:3—and of the second horseman and second seal—with Islam’s wrath and sword upon the earth:
“For a while, it must have seemed that the Moslems would overwhelm all of Christian Europe. However, in 732 at the Battle of Tours, a Moslem army, which had advanced into the center of France, was at last defeated by the Franks. Nevertheless, in a scant century of fighting, these Bedouin tribesmen, inspired by the word of Mohammad had CARVED OUT (interesting choice of words for this swordsman in light of the Seal 2 description above) an empire stretching from the borders of India to the Atlantic Ocean---the largest empire that the world had yet seen.
“From the above, it can readily be seen that Mohammad was indeed given a ‘great sword’, one with which he took ‘peace from the earth.’ (Go back and read Revelation 6:4.) He also, like Constantine, achieved success in two different ways: as a military conqueror and as a religious leader. (There are an estimated 1,000,000,000 followers of Mohammad today and, ironically, about the same number of Catholics.) (Come and See, Revelation 6)
Because Historicists do not “personalize” the Antichrist—it is far easier for them to solely identify Islam (just as they have done with the Papacy) as the “antichrist system.” These remarks are telling and blatantly tendered:
“‘Who is a LIAR but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son (as did Mohammad) does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son also has the Father.’ (Allah is not God!)
“These Scriptures plainly show that it is impossible to know God unless manifested through the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, his denial that Jesus was the Christ unquestionably proves Mohammad could not have been a true prophet from God.
“However, Mohammad’s sincerity and power of leadership seems undoubtedly super-natural. Therefore, we need to ask where his power came from. I’m convinced he was under the direct influence of Satan himself, who the Bible says comes as an ‘angel of light’ (i.e., a communicator of information).” (Ibid, Come and See)
During the 1700s a fairer interpretation of Islam was given—revealing, however, deep animosities between Protestantism and Islam:
“In 1708, Simon Ockley, the well-known English Arabist, published the first balanced book, History of the Saracens, that gave a just account of the history and spread of Islam. In 1734, George Sale published a fairly accurate translation of the Qur'an titled The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed.... However, he appended to this translation, a highly vituperative essay titled A Life of Mohammed. In this essay he wrote ‘when the character of Mohammed is attentively surveyed—it is so shocking that it is a wonder that the country of his nativity has not been buried in oblivion. Any country would have blushed to produce such a monster.’” (Ibid. Armstrong)
For a time, sundry scholars in the modern era like H. A. R. Gibb, Henri Corbin, Louis Massignon, Marshall G. S. Hodgson, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, William G. Milward, Ralph Braibanti, John L. Esposito, Annmarie Schimmel, John O. Voll, Yvonne Haddad, and Karen Armstrong—began to give Islam a more objective rendering; however, with the “War on Terror” and of al Quaida’s reach throughout the globe, those voices have been stilled. Instead, such invidious descriptives as “Islamofascist” (compliments of talk show host Michael Savage) are increasingly the norm.
Now, in post-9/11, Islam has once again dawned the robe of Antichrist:
“Today there exists only one religion that is intent on the total obliteration of Jews first, and other religions afterwards, and that is Islam. No other religion has hated more, or done more, so blatantly to rid the world of Jews and any other religion that refuses to adopt Mohammed’s twisted version of both Judaism and Christianity as taught in the Koran. They have shown time and again to be brutal and dominating, and as commanded in the Koran, can lie to achieve the furtherance of Islam. In this day and age, as clerics are yelling from Mosques about the ushering in of the Last Imam, we have seen Islam display the characteristics of the Antichrist as described in the Bible.” (The Apocalypse of Mohammad, Pete Fisher, Renew America, March 31, 2006)
The Neocon religionists like Fisher, have no problem identifying Islam as the Antichrist:
“Mohammed began the religion that will see the world at war, but little did he know that had already been predicted. He was a prophet alright, but a prophet who lived contrary to any other. He was a prophet who lived by his lusts, by his contradictions, by his lies, and his sword, robbing and killing all who called him false. The same thing the antichrist will do when he arrives on the scene. Slay and oppress all who deny his global religion, and with the agenda to kill all Jews and Christians. The stage is set, the players are in place, and the deceit is well advanced to take by surprise those who trusted them.
“Mohammed set in motion the Apocalypse when he began Islam in 600 A.D., now his followers are intent on making sure it becomes the reality the Bible says it will be. Much to the chagrin of Muslims worldwide, they are not merely following Mohammed and his evil, they are also fulfilling the precise events as foretold in the Bibles of the Jews and Christians thousands of years before he walked this Earth in his intent to destroy what God had blessed and usher in the Age of Death.” (Ibid. Pete Fisher, Renew America)
KING ABDULLAH OF JORDAN—AS ANTICHRIST!
Now, if this were not enough—a further reinforcement on the above-styled evangelical eschatology from Jon Christian Ryter emphasizes the modern deprecation of Islam as the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies foretelling the coming of Antichrist:
“Christian conservatives who have more than a cursory knowledge of premillennial Bible prophecy know that when Antichrist appears on the world scene [Rev. 13:1-10], he will initiate a peace accord with the Jews [Dan. 9:26-27], guaranteeing the security of the Jews for a period of seven years. While many of those same Christians believe that Antichrist must necessarily be a Jew for the Jews to accept him as their messiah (and others because of the description of the Harlot of Babylon [Rev. 17:1-14] have wrongly construed the Harlot to be the pope of Rome), Scripture clearly identifies Antichrist as a Muslim [Isa. 9:14-15, 30:31; Dan. 8:9-25, 11:21-25; Hosea 9:7-8, 13; Rev. 13:1-10]. The False Prophet, who directs the Jews to the foot of the throne of Antichrist, will be a Jew. He is scripturally described [Rev. 13:11-18] as the second beast, arising out of the Earth. Unlike the first beast which has 10 horns, the second beast has two. The horns of the second beast represent the Jewish tribes of Dan and Ephraim who led the Jews into idolatry as Israel settled the Promised Land at the end of the Egyptian captivity.” (Has Anti-Christ Arrived?, Jon Christian Ryter, November 25, 2001)
Ryter then goes about to construct an amazing synthesis of human history leading to King Abdullah of Jordan as the coming Moslem Antichrist!
“Unlike Saddam Hussein, who claims (but cannot prove) to be a direct ancestor of Saladin (and through Saladin to Nebuchadnezzar) simply because he was born in the same village where the Muslim conqueror of Europe was born, the Hashemite king has the most direct link to Mohammad the Prophet of Islam—even though the Saudi royal family also claims that distinction through one of Mohammad’s other wives. While Antichrist must have ‘first born’ direct linkage to Mohammad (in order for the Muslims to accept his peace initiatives towards Israel), Antichrist must have one other thing. He must have direct ancestral linkage to Abraham through Esau and Ishmael. It is that tie that links Antichrist to God—a necessary ingredient for him to be linked to the creation of mankind and therefore tied to Satan’s efforts to thwart God’s plan from the beginning.” (Ibid. Has Anti-Christ Arrived?)
Obviously, according to Ryter, King Abdullah fits the bill—and, of course, as one can surmise, the Scriptures can be made to say virtually anything one would or could conjecture! The preposterous notion of King Abdullah as the pending revelation of THE Antichrist is mentioned here—not to discredit this otherwise interesting evolution of Islam as the Antichrist, but how times change to conform to the whims of Christians—especially, historicists—even so-called Premillenarians—who find all manner of explanation to fit Islam into the role of Antichrist.
Ryter’s Antichrist bespeaks both of a system, as well as a personification or embodiment of Antichrist.
And, finally, it doesn’t get any more blatant than the following—from the pen of Jim Searcy:
“Muhammad is the most successful of all false prophets. He is the greatest of Satan's prophets. He taught hatred as the substitute for the love of God revealed in Yeshua Messiah. He taught the self righteousness and hypocrisy of man as the substitute for the faith righteousness given to man by God through the shed blood of Messiah. In the last days Satan, the deceiving god of Muhammad, will greatly use Islam to assist the Antichrist in his war on the saints.
“The next Imam of Persia, or Iran, will be a major false prophet of Antichrist. Imam is used in the Koran to mean leader, guide, model, or sign. The Sunnites use imam as a title for the caliphs, the successors of Muhammad as leaders of the Muslim community.
“Muslims are wide open for demonic possession. Muhammad received the gospel of Satan from an angel of light. Muslims do not have Bibles. Bibles are not allowed in Muslim countries. When the war in heaven is concluded and Satan's demonic hosts are cast down to earth they will have many human bodies prepared for their possession through the religion of Islam. The next Imam of all Islam will be a major false prophet. He will display spectacular demonic power and encourage all Muslims to follow the leadership of Antichrist to destroy bible believing Christians and Jews.” (Islam, by Jim Searcy)
THE FIFTH TRUMPET
There is, however, within the Apocalyptic drama, some amazing phraseology which MAY allude to a latter-day involvement of Islamic consternation during earth’s final week. Just prior to the “Sixth Trumpet” and the references to the “Angels from the Euphrates” and of the “Kings of the East” and their two-hundred-million-man army which shall descend upon the Plains of Megiddo to face the forces of Antichrist (Please see our article on EAST IS EAST AND WEST IS WEST—The Ultimate Armageddon), the announcement heard from the Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit.
“Then the fifth angel sounded: and I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or ANY GREEN THING, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads and they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
“The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. They had tails like scorpions, and there were strings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.” (Revelation 9:1-12)
I include the entire passage verbatim because of its unusual frame and its proximity to the obvious references to the Kings of the East (Ref. Rev. 16:12-16) and the final campaign of Armageddon—“something” quite radical has taken place prior to this ultimate contestation involving demonic forces and descriptions which hereunder have references in history to some immediate applications of major import.
Numerous Biblical expositors—historicists and futurists—have concluded that Islam is wholly bound up within the confines of the Fifth Trumpet/Fifth Bowl (Simply do a Google Search on: Fifth Trumpet/Fifth Bowl—Islam); and, of course, historicists extend Islam into the Sixth Trumpet/Sixth Bowl:
“The sixth trumpet (Revelation 9: 13-21) was believed to speak of the Turkish Muslim power, dominant from the beginning of the eleventh century until the end of the eighteenth. Here the Apocalypse speaks of an army and horses that ‘issued fire and smoke and brimstone’ out of their mouths (Revelation 9: 17-18), and the exegetes saw in this imagery the Turkish use of the technology of canonry and gunpowder. To legitimate this view, they once again turned to Gibbon (Gibbon who wrote The Rise and Fall of The Roman Empire).’” (A further irony: Apocalyptic readings of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Canadian Journal of History, Dec 1998 by Stephen David Snobelen)
The specificity of the historicists in their identification of Islam under the Fifth Trumpet/Bowl has credible worth in so far as the identification of Islam as the belligerent—this is not to say that their precision is altogether perfect; however, it does merit observation in that the five months mentioned in Revelation 9:10b (“Their power was to hurt men five months.”) coincides with history’s initial Moslem conquest:
“This represented 150 years as previously shown in this study for
1 day = 1 year in prophetic language. In 612 AD Mohammed proclaimed his mission and the Saracen Empire spread as far north as Syria, and as far west as Spain, but in 762 AD (exactly 150 years later) The Muslim Leader Caliph Alimanzer built Baghdad much further east, and from that time on the Saracens began to withdraw. It's interesting to note that the normal stay of locusts is from May to September which is 150 days.” (The Three Woes, The Fifth Trumpet Illustrated)
Historicists do have credible evidence in their identification of Islam under the Fifth Trumpet/Bowl; however, the timing or ultimate conclusion of the final advance of Islam was obscured by their immediate discoveries—notwithstanding, they do have reason for their conjecture; and, I suspect that their “sense of timing” has been severely influenced by current events which precipitate the commencement of Daniel’s 70th Week (although they may begrudgingly admit that the futurists are correct in this prognostication).
“The following article proves that Protestant scholars of the past were not Futurists in their interpretation of prophecy. Instead, they were Historicists. Unlike modern interpreters who apply most of Revelation to a short period after the Rapture, these ancient heroes of faith applied the Trumpets (Revelation 8, 9) to actual events in the history of Christianity. As Dr. Daniel Botkin clearly demonstrates, our Protestant forerunners applied the 5th and 6th trumpets to the rise of Islam in Arabia. In the light of September 11, this interpretation is very relevant for us today.” (The Army of Locusts, Dr. Daniel Botkin)
THE GREEN PERIL
That identification is heightened by the association of the color “green” and Islam . . .
“The color green is often associated with Islam as well; this is custom and not prescribed by religious scholars.” (Islam, Wikipedia)
To know that GREEN is associated with Islam, listen to Islamic scholars who decry the West’s intervention into their culture:
· The US agenda is centered around the new Green Peril. US congress has already conducted several hearings on the global threat of Islamic fundamentalism.
· Every documentary on Islam and its glorious past is matched with weeks of movies showing Muslims to be evil, selfish, and ready to do what it takes for some cash
· In the aftermath of the cold war, a new perceived threat to Western ideology has emerged. The new ‘bogeyman’ of the Western nations, and the centerpiece of America’s foreign policy establishment is the perceived Green Peril, the Islamic Threat. What is the basis behind this threat?
· What is it about Islam that makes the West’s political system geared towards fighting an endless battle against everything Islam stands for? (Islam: The Green Threat, or Green Saviour? By Br. Ibrahim Abu Khalid [This article was published in the 24th issue of Nida’ul Islam magazine ( http://www.islam.org.au ), July - August 1998]
GOG-MAGOG PRECEDES THE ARMAGEDDON CAMPAIGN—ANTICHRIST VS. ISLAM
In other words—what I am suggesting here is this: Near the commencement of Daniel’s 70th Week, as we have repeatedly pointed out, is the Gog-Magog War; i.e., the King of the South and the King of the North will “come up against him (Antichrist)” (Daniel 11:40-45; Ezekiel 38 and 39). It is this war that mirrors the events under the Fifth Seal of the Revelation. It is this outrage of Islam against the West and, conversely, the West’s distain for Islam, that precipitates the infamous Gog-Magog conflagration and, ipso facto, along with the” Treaty with Death and Hell,” heralds the 70th Week of Daniel.
Likewise, just as Daniel 12:1 and the Sixth Trumpet of the Revelation (Rev. 9:13-21), or Daniel 12:1 and the events of the Sixth Bowl of the Revelation (Rev. 16:12-16), portend the final phase of Daniel’s 70th Week and the ultimate confrontation of the Kings of the East vs. the forces of Antichrist at the final stage of the Armageddon Campaign, even so, the fulfillment of Daniel 11:40-45 astounds:
“At the time of the end the King of the South shall attack him (i.e., Antichrist); and the King of the North shall come against him (i.e., Antichrist) like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He (Antichrist) shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown . . . He (Antichrist) shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He (Antichrist) shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he (Antichrist) shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. And he (Antichrist) shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he (Antichrist) shall come to his end, and no one will help him” (i.e., the final Antichrist-Beast at the Second Coming of Messiah)
To suggest that the pronouns “him” and “he” or the possessive “his” throughout Daniel 11:40-45 are associated with the “King of the North” obfuscates the preceding verses (Daniel 11:36-39) wherein the very character and nature of the “King of the North” has transfigured—Daniel is no longer talking about the archetype of Antichrist, Antiochus Epiphanes IV (“God Is Manifest”), but of the actual latter-day Antichrist himself (i.e., The Willful King). Please forebear while I seemingly digress; however, these contentions are designed to substantiate the initial contestation of the Gog-Magog eruption juxtaposed to the final act of the Antichrist-Beast at the conclusion of Daniel’s 70th Week, Armageddon.
Here, I simply quote one of the finest Premillenarian commentaries on this topic, Robert D. Culver, formerly professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, ID, as well as professor of Bible and apologetics at Wheaton College, IL and of Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Chicago—from his classic: Daniel and the Latter Days:
“Some interpreters think that Antiochus is the theme of the prophecy (Daniel 11) to the end of chapter 11. My own opinion (following the majority of recent Premillennial commentators) is that the prediction relates to Antiochus from verse 21 to verse 35, but that beginning with 36, Antichrist, by the designation of ‘the king who shall do according to his will,’ is the theme of the prophecy, to the close of chapter 11. With the view mentioned above, that Antiochus is described in verses 21-35, and that the history detailed is typical of Antichrist’s future career, I have no quarrel.
“Yet I do contend that verses 36-45 are directly predictive of the career of Antichrist and of him alone . . . I mean to say that if verses 36-45 were intended to refer to Antiochus, the last great Seleucid king, then the author appears to be guilty of introducing error into the Scriptures. There is nothing known in history which corresponds to the prediction of Daniel 11:36-45. Evidence of this is the utter confusion in the commentaries of those who insist that Antiochus is the chief figure down to the end of the chapter . . .
“The statement in 11:36 that ‘he shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished’ suggests that the fulfillment of the predictions of the willful king is in eschatological times. ‘The indignation’ is another technical term out of Israel’s prophetical literature, referring frequently to the wrath of God on men in the last times . . . this predictive section corresponds so precisely with other unquestionable predictions of Antichrist that the identity of the reference can hardly be doubted.” (Chapter 5, The Prophecy Concerning Daniel’s People Among the Nations Especially At the Time of the End, Daniel 10:14; 11:36-45; 12:1-3, Robert D. Culver, Daniel and the Latter Days, Fleming H. Revell Co.)
No—Gog-Magog—Ezekiel 38-39/King of the South and King of the North/Daniel 11:40-45 are not the same conflict, but like book ends, are at the extremities of Daniel’s 70th Week. Even so, just as the Fifth Trumpet of the Revelation comes before the Sixth Trumpet (Rev. 9:1-21); and as the Sixth Bowl comes before the Seventh Bowl of Revelation 16:12-21—so it is that the forces of Islamic radicalism vs. the forces of Antichrist will initiate and approximate the commencement of the 70th Week of Daniel—but the final conflict shall be at the terminus of Daniel’s 70th Week: Armageddon.
BLESSINGS AND PEACE BETWEEN ISAAC AND ISHMAEL
The entire 70th Week will be one of conflict, the rise of Antichrist, the reign of the Beast, and the ultimate Battle of Armageddon at the climax of Daniel’s 70th Week—ushering in the Second Coming of Messiah or the unveiling of Israel’s Redeemer AND the fulfillment of the promises made to Hagar and the prophecies of Isaiah 19:18-25. No more shall the cousins—Isaac and Ishmael (today’s Jews and Moslem peoples), contend one with another. It is here that the sons and daughters of Ishmael and Isaac will be at peace and fulfillment:
“And He said, ‘Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?’ She said, ‘I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.’ The Angel of the Lord said to her, ‘Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.’ Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, ‘I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.’ And the Angel of the Lord said to her: ‘Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.’ Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’ . . . So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael” (Genesis 16:8-15).
“In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. Then the Lord will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance’” (Isaiah 19:19-25).
ISLAM IS NOT THE ANTICHRIST!
The aforementioned does place an onerous prophetic disparagement upon Mohammed—upon the sons of Ishmael and the religion claimed by him through revelation; however, just as the Papacy is NOT the Antichrist, nor is Islam!
The basis of this is not in the historical, nor in contemporary agitation of geopolitical consequence, but within Holy Writ itself. The confrontation of the Fifth Trumpet and the imagery contained therein is preliminary to the awesome implications of the Sixth Trumpet/Sixth Bowl: Armageddon/Kings of the East.
The preponderance of Biblical evidence does NOT incriminate Islam as THE ultimate Antichrist. This is not to say that major tenets of Islam and that of the Papacy, and for that matter the rejection of Christ by mainstream Talmudic Judaism do not contain “the spirit of antichrist”– but in its ultimate prophetic pronunciation—none of them bears the apocalyptic weight of the final Antichrist set to ravage the earth in his ultimate manifestation as the incarnation of the Evil One: The Beast!
In prophetic essence Antichrist is the culmination of Gentile World Powers as foreseen by King Nebuchadnezzar in his dream of the IMAGE. That image is clearly a progression of Gentile World Power which commenced upon the Euphrates and extended to the Tiber River. It is the WEST which bears the consequence of Gentile extension and dominion. Furthermore, there is utterly no historian who will ascribe any other civilization, other than the West, as the dominant civilization of conquest and hegemony—especially in today’s geopolitical motif. That pervasive influence is felt economically, militarily, religiously, psychologically, technologically, and philosophically—to say nothing of the West’s supreme gifts of communication, education, medicine and entertainment.
Sadly enough, that “influence” is also manifest, not only as “Egypt” but also as “Sodom” – for her monuments to civilization are overshadowed by her corruptions and debaucheries:
“And their (the Two Witnesses) dead bodies will lie in the street of the GREAT CITY which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified” (Revelation 11:8).
Indeed, the Reformers were correct that “Antichrist” is a religious system and that the “many antichrists have come” already—(I John 2:18); however, not only will this “system” culminate in Rome’s apostasies, but Rome’s political IMAGE will both revive, extend its dominance, and issue forth in the final personification as Satan’s counterfeit of the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ—“THE Antichrist is coming!” (I John 2:18a)
But, thank God, our eyes are NOT centered upon the Despicable One—but upon the One Who saw Hagar in all her rejection and distress!
May our eyes see as Hagar saw: “You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees!” For: “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” (Genesis 16:13).
He does see . . . and our eyes can see the One Who sees us in our greatest distress, in our utter rejection . . . the sons and daughters of Ishmael have a well in the Holy Land whose name was given by Hagar: Beer Lahai Roi . . . “Well of the One Who Lives and Sees!” (Genesis 16:14).
*Part IV in the series: ANTICHRIST IS NOT A JEW, THE POPE, ISLAM, NOR A JOKE