COULD ANTICHRIST BE MUSLIM?
J. Grant Swank, Jr.
What we know about the Antichrist is in the Bible. The primary passage is in The Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 1-10. In the same chapter, verses 11-18 is a description of the False Prophet. The Book of Revelation, from chapter 4 to its close, is presented in symbolism.
Jesus Christ gave His revelation to John the apostle on the Isle of Patmos off of Greece around AD 95. Therefore, the author of the Book is Christ and the scribe is John.
Because of the symbolism, one interprets the symbols literally in order to derive the literal message. Therefore, the first beast is understood to be the Antichrist. The second beast is understood to be the False Prophet. They both operate from the City of Seven Hills, Rome. They are both demonically possessed.
The Antichrist is the political leader of the world. The False Prophet is the religious leader of the Religion from Hell, the latter symbolized as a prostitute, Babylon. In other words the false religion is the prostituting of the true faith as revealed in the Bible.
The Antichrist appears as one whose charisma circles the world, though his headquarters is in the City of Seven Hills. He, a mortal filled with Satan ("the dragon"), delights in blaspheming the holy rule of God.
The Antichrist is threatened by an enemy, the latter overcoming one of Rome’s seven hills. But the Antichrist pushes back the enemy so as to retake once again the entire metropolis. This impresses his followers.
The anti-God world worships the Antichrist as well as his Satan. The Antichrist devotees proclaim: "Who is like unto this one? Who is able to make war against him?"
The Antichrist’s zenith time frame for diabolical rule is seven years. After the first 3 ½ years, he goes into Jerusalem’s next temple to be built. There he desecrates the Holy of Holies, announcing that he alone is deity. Then his militia levels the temple and sacks the Holy City. He returns to Rome, continuing his satanic reign for another 42 months.
He persecutes the genuine Christians. However, the Antichrist’s end is that he, having slain with "the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."
The sword with which the Antichrist will be subdued is Christ’s command at Christ’s Second Coming (Revelation 19:15). Christ will speak, the Antichrist will be taken and thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19:20). The False Prophet, likewise, will so come to his end.
Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, will then rule the planet from the Holy City for a thousand years, the millennium.
Note that the Antichrist uses particularly the SWORD by which to slay the genuine believers. The SWORD is the symbol of Islam.
Note that the Revelation repeatedly states that the genuine Christians are BEHEADED. Beheading is one of the main means of Muslims executing infidels.
Note that the Antichrist and False Prophet give allegiance to the PROSTITUTING of the Bible. Islam has prostituted biblical data by including some of it in the Koran, but including it in a false manner, particularly relegating Jesus to being only a prophet and not God.
Therefore, could the Antichrist be a Muslim? Yes. There is nothing definitely stating that in the Bible. However, it is a possibility since there is nothing in the Bible stating that the Antichrist will not be a Muslim.
Further, when one realizes the Islamic World Rule is now proclaimed by Muslims, such parallels the Antichrist global reign. In addition, understanding Islam’s sword as its primary symbol, beheading as Muslims’ primary means of slaying infidels, and their use of an unholy book, the Koran, a Muslim Antichrist could very well be in the offing.
The most blasphemous move that the demonic prophet Mohammed made when writing the Koran was to subordinate Jesus to the level of a prophet when Jesus is in truth God, stating Himself to be God in the New Testament Gospels.
Of course, subordinating Jesus is exactly what Satan wants the world to believe, that is, that Jesus is not God, thereby canceling out the efficacy of his sinless sacrifice on the cross. If Jesus is not God, then there is no redemption for repentant sinners. And so we are all damned, consigned to Satan’s hell forever—just what Satan would have it to be.