I think one of the most important and profound books I have ever read is The Islamic Antichrist
by Joel Richardson. (It was previously published with a different cover as "Antichrist: Islam's Awaited Messiah".) This book is the topic my article today. I feel that this book is so important that I bought each of my teenage children their own copy, telling them that it may be the most important book they will ever read (apart from the Bible, of course). I've never done that with any other book, and believe me, I've read a LOT of good and important books over the years!
In The Islamic Antichrist, the author goes into great detail comparing what the Bible teaches about the end times to what Islam teaches about the end times. And more importantly, what the Bible teaches about the coming Antichrist compared to what Islam teaches about their coming "Messiah", called the Mahdi. The similarities are astonishing and frightening!
And if you are like me, you probably didn't know that Islam teaches that "Jesus", a Muslim Jesus, will return to the earth in the last days and work along side the Islamic "Messiah", the Mahdi, to bring the whole world under the control of Islam. This book will inform you about a lot of other Islamic teachings that you've probably never heard of.
Of course, you have to read the book to get all the details. I STRONGLY encourage you to get a copy and study it closely. You can click on the book cover graphic to the left to go straight to Amazon.com to purchase it. In the table below, I have quoted the entire chapter 18 to give you a taste of what is covered in the book in great detail. Below that, I have also shared some paragraphs from chapter 19.
As the author readily admits (as quoted below from chapter 19), Christians throughout the centuries have thought that they had figured out who the Antichrist and his system were, only to be proved wrong. So obviously, what is presented in this book (and on this Web site) may be just as wrong. But he lays out a good case, which is very convincing. And the humility, clarity, and lack of hype with which he shares his findings are equally compelling. As for me personally, I'm convinced. That's one of the reasons I've created this Your Islamic Future Web site. This information is too vital to be kept to myself.
Let the information in the table below whet your appetite, and then get the book and read it for the full meal.
|The Antichrist is an unparalleled political, military and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.
||The Mahdi is an unparalleled political, military and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.
|The False Prophet is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days who will support the Antichrist.
||The Muslim Jesus is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days to support the Mahdi.
|The Antichrist and the False Prophet together will have a powerful army that will do great damage to the earth in an effort to subdue every nation and dominate the world.
||The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will have a powerful army that will attempt to control every nation of the earth and dominate the world.
|The False Prophet is described essentially as a dragon in lamb's clothing.
||The Muslim Jesus literally comes bearing the name of the one the world knows as "The Lamb of God: Jesus Christ". Yet the Muslim Jesus comes to murder all those who do not submit to Islam.
|The Antichrist and the False Prophet establish a new world order.
||The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus establish a New World Order.
|The Antichrist and the False Prophet institute new laws for the whole earth.
||The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus institute Islamic law all over the earth.
|The Antichrist is said to "change the times".
||It is quite certain that if the Mahdi established Islam all over the earth, he would discontinue the use of Saturday and Sunday as the weekend or days of rest but rather Friday, the holy day of Islam. Also, he would most certainly eliminate the Gregorian calendar (A.D.), and replace it with the Islamic calendar (A.H.) as is used in every Islamic country.
|The Antichrist and the False Prophet will both be powerful religious leaders who will attempt to institute a universal world religion.
||The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will institute Islam as the only religion in the earth.
|The Antichrist and the False Prophet will execute anyone who does not submit to their religion.
||Likewise, the Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will execute anyone who does not submit to Islam.
|The Antichrist and the False Prophet will specifically use beheading as the primary means of execution for non-conformists.
||The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will use the Islamic practice of beheading for executions.
|The Antichrist and the False Prophet will have a specific agenda to kill as many Jews as possible.
||The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will kill as many Jews as is possible until only a few are left hiding behind rocks and trees.
|The Antichrist and the False Prophet will attack to conquer and seize Jerusalem.
||The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will attack to re-conquer and seize Jerusalem for Islam.
|The Antichrist will set himself up in the Jewish temple as his seat of authority.
||The Mahdi will establish the Islamic Caliphate from Jerusalem.
|The False Prophet is said to do many miracles to deceive as many as possible into supporting the Antichrist.
||The Mahdi himself is said to control the weather and the crops. His face is said to glow. We can also assume that since Jesus is viewed as having been empowered by Allah to work miracles when he was here on earth the first time, he will most likely be expected to continue to do so when he returns.
|The Antichrist is described as riding on a white horse in the Book of Revelation.
||The Mahdi is described as riding on a white horse (ironically from the same verse).
|The Antichrist is said to make a peace treaty with Israel for seven years.
||The Mahdi is said to make a peace treaty through a Jew (specifically a Levite) for exactly seven years.
|Jesus the Jewish Messiah will return to defend the Jews in Israel from a military attack from a vast coalition of nations led by the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
||The Dijjal, the Islamic Antichrist, will gain a great Jewish following and claim to be Jesus Christ and fight against the Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus.
|The antichrist spirit specifically denies the most unique and central doctrines of Christianity, namely the trinity, the incarnation, and the substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross.
||Islam doctrinally and spiritually specifically denies the most unique and central doctrines of Christianity, namely the trinity, the incarnation, and the substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross.
|The primary warning of Jesus and the Apostle Paul was to warn Christians of the abundance of deceit and deception in the last days.
||Islam is perhaps the only religion in the earth that practices deceit as one of its tools to assist its own ascendancy. It actually has a specific doctrine which allows and even calls for deception to be used to achieve its desired end.
|The specific nations pictured in the Bible as being part of the final empire of the Antichrist are all Islamic nations.
||All Muslims are commanded to give their allegiance to the Mahdi as the final Caliph and Imam (leader) of Islam.
|From the Bible and history we learn that the final Antichrist empire will be a revived version of the empire that succeeds the Roman Empire.
||The Empire that succeeded the Roman/Byzantine Empire was the Islamic Ottoman Empire.
|When Antichrist emerges, there will already be some form of system in place that will be poised to receive him as a savior and to give allegiance to him.
||Islam is already the second largest religion and will at present growth rates become the largest religion within a few decades. Islam is awaiting the coming of the Mahdi with an increasing measure of anticipation.
And now, before we bring this to a close, let me share a bit more from this book, this time from chapter nineteen:
Throughout Christian history, many Christians have seen the Antichrist and his system in whoever happened to be their archenemy or bogeyman of the day. Speculations have included the Pope, Hitler, Mikhail Gorbachev, Saddam Hussein, Prince Charles and president Obama. Nazi Germany, Communism, the European Union have been put forth as candidates for the Antichrist system. There has been a repeated gullibility and hastiness on the part of Christians who have only too often been all too quick to jump to conclusions regarding the identification of the Antichrist or his system.
So perhaps the challenge might arise which asks, "Aren't you doing the same thing in this book? Aren't you just taking today's bogeyman (Islam) and making it into the Antichrist system?" I don't believe so. Here's why: I didn't go looking for a way to identify Islam as an antichrist system, but rather I went looking to befriend Muslims and understand Islam. And I still love Muslims. But through my journey of understanding and becoming intimately acquainted with Islam, the material covered in this book pretty much forced itself on me. It is not through any negative feelings or biased agenda that I have come to the conclusions that I have in this book, but rather the information speaks for itself. Also, the simple fact of the matter is that someday the Antichrist system will emerge. When it does, will we simply look the other way for fear of being the next gullible Christian to falsely identify the Antichrist? When the real thing arrives, will the Church allow the fear of looking dumb to cloud her discernment?
At this point, my response to those who would challenge the idea that Islam is the primary driving force behind the Antichrist system would be to issue a challenge to show biblically why it is not. What aspect of the Antichrist spirit and system as described in the Bible DOES NOT line up with the spirit and doctrines of Islam? What weaknesses are there in the argument that has been presented in this book? And if not Islam, then what other system fulfills the long list of biblical requirements necessary to fulfill such a role?
Ultimately, the purpose of this book was not so much to prove a point, but merely to present the information to the Church. I believe that in doing so, I have fulfilled my responsibility before God to warn the Church regarding this undeniably startling information. This book is ultimately about turning the reader to the Scriptures and prayer in order to study and meditate to see if these things are so.