Will The Antichrist Be A Muslim?
WILL THE ANTICHRIST
Be A Muslim?
Part 1, NO.
This concludes Part 1.
For Part 2
And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one. Zec 14:9
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven ... by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12
"...which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above ... every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. Eph 1:20-21
The “MUSLIM-ANTICHRIST” CONTRADICTION
The seemingly endless debate regarding the question "Will The Antichrist Be A Muslim?" is like asking "Will The Antichrist Be A Christian?"
It is nonsensical in light of the clear statements of Scripture. When two diametrically opposed “truth-claims” are affirmed about the same subject, at the same time and place, there is a contradiction. "Will The Antichrist Be A Muslim?" contradicts the “plain-talk” of the Scripture and Bible Prophecy.
Here is that contradiction...
1. TRUTH CLAIM #1—"There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet."
This is the first pillar of faith for a Muslim and is considered "non-negotiable...not to be questioned"
(Unveiling Islam, Caner & Caner, Kregel Publications, 2002, p.122)
This is the first of the "obligatory observances upon which the Muslim faith rest."
(Fast Facts On Islam, Ankerberg & Weldon, Harvest House Publishers, 2001, p.17.)
BOTTOM LINE: This is the CREED THAT MAKES A MUSLIM A MUSLIM.
2. TRUTH CLAIM #2—The Antichrist "will exalt and magnify himself above every god...for he will magnify himself above them all... “ Daniel 11:36-37
"[he] opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” (2 Thes. 2:3-4)
BOTTOM LINE: This is the CREED THAT MAKES THE ANTICHRIST THE ANTICHRIST.
How can even a demonically-demented Antichrist say "There is no god but Allah" while also saying "There is no god but me"?
Could he mean that “there is no God but Allah” and “I AM Allah” (Arabic word for "God")? But that won't work. Paul says that he "exalts himself above every so-called god." That is, when the Antichrist comes to power, "every so-called god" up to that point in history, which includes the Muslim Allah, is put under his feet as he raises himself above every and all previous gods.
The Antichrist will declare, NOT Allah—but HIMSELF—to be God.
The Antichrist will not be saying "There is no God but Allah." He will be saying "There is no God but me."
That makes him--not a "Muslim Antichrist"--rather, that makes him an Anti-Muslim Antichrist.
When the Bible uses the term "so-called god," it refers to every "god or object of worship" including the Muslim “Allah.” The Muslim god, or "Allah," is a "so-called god." The Antichrist won't claim to be a so-called god. He will "exalt and magnify himself" above them all. That is anathema, blasphemy, to a Muslim and the Islamic religion. It is a 'contradiction' to their “FIRST Pillar of Faith,” making a “Muslim-Antichrist” a contradiction to the clear-headed thinking of anyone familiar with the "pillars" of Islam.
Will the Antichrist be a Muslim? No.
WILL THE ANTICHRIST Be A Former Muslim?
The question, "Will The Antichrist Be A Muslim?" is often followed by the related question “Could The Antichrist Be A Former Muslim?",
But this is a moot point because it has no bearing on who he actually is when he comes to power. That's because whatever his religion once was, that religion is so totally disavowed—disowned, renounced, refuted, recanted, rejected, jettisoned, discarded, dumped, ditched— that the Bible says "he will show no regard for the gods of his fathers...or for any other god." This couldn't be plainer.
For example, the Jewish High Priest Menelaus discarded the Jewish Faith when he united with the Syrian King Antiochus Epiphanes to install the statue of the false god Zeus in the Jerusalem Temple in 168 BC. This High Priest was joined by many “apostate Jews in Judea [who]...had long since apostatized from Jehovah and abandoned His Word.” Exploring The Book Of Daniel, John Phillips & Jerry Vines, Loizeaux Brothers, Neptune, NJ, 1990, p.186-187.
When those Jews “discarded the Jewish Faith,“ they became non-Jews (religiously, not racially). The first precept of a true Jew is Deuteronomy 6:4-5, "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” By disowning this precept a “Jew” becomes a non-Jew.
Likewise, the pillar of the false religion of the Muslim is this: "There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet." If a Muslim rejects this “Islamic-Pillar,” he kicks Islam out of his life. Just as an apostate Jew is the same as a non-Jew, so too is an apostate-Muslim the same as a non-Muslim.
The Antichrist goes beyond being a non-Muslim. He becomes an Anti-Muslim. The difference between being AN Anti-Muslim and THE Antichrist however, is huge. As the Antichrist, he opposes the one and only True God and His Son Jesus Christ and the born-again Saints of God.
Following the publication of the book, The Assyrian Connection, numerous books about an Assyrian Antichrist have appeared. (see below)
Unfortunately, most of them, being post-911, have elevated world headlines to the same level as Bible prophecy, thus formulating “biblical” theories about a Muslim Antichrist. This drift with the ‘front page’ has influenced some of these books.
Though right to reject the extreme Euro-centric teaching on the revived Roman Empire, they often go to the other extreme and wrongly proclaim an Islamo-centric “Rome.” Out of this scripture-bending to the east arises someone called the “last-mahdi antichrist” and the “prophecy,” perfectly in parallel with today’s hottest headlines, sells books. Thus, Islam becomes the kingdom of the Beast.
Accordingly, critics of any such thing as an Assyrian Antichrist have reacted. Unfortunately, their critiques have lumped all “Assyrian” books into a category of “Assyrian Muslim Antichrist.”
The Assyrian Connection was published by Prescott Press of Lafayette, LA, in the fall of 1993. It predates the 9-11 (2001) headlines that have propelled the “Muslim Antichrist” idea into pop-prophecy books, and it predates these books by at least 14 years. But the “Assyrian” passages in the Bible predate all of these books by 2500 years. That was the source for The Assyrian Connection.
And that is why there is no “Muslim Antichrist” in that book. It’s not in the Bible!
—It's Been Said It From The Outset—
Some reviewers don’t read the books they review. They say, “the Assyrian Connection, being ‘Assyrian’, and middle eastern, must therefore be proposing a Muslim Antichrist, but the Antichrist, they insist, must be a European...”, and on it goes. A myopic Euro-centric restriction on the Revived Roman Empire. Yet in the 1993 original edition of The Assyrian Connection, pages 141-142, discussing the Russian-Islamic Invasion of Israel, it says this,
"The whole campaign is transformed overnight into a landscape of contorted corpses and twisted war implements (Eze. 39:1-16).
The Russian republics — both Slavic and central Asian Muslim, Iran, and a host of allies from pan-Arabia and Africa —
are virtually eliminated from the stage of world power. Much of the Islamic world is destroyed.
Israel is miraculously preserved. The Assyrian claims the victory as his own."
(This was re-quoted verbatim in the POST-911 book The Sequence Of End Time Events, p.47)
The Bible sets forth clear teaching on “the Assyrian,” and he is not a Muslim.
”Logic” & The Egyptian Jesus- One of the web sites critiquing an Assyrian Antichrist says that because the Antichrist arises to power from the Assyrian realm of the planet the "logical conclusion" is "he would be a Muslim," as though, “Yes, any Assyrian must be a Muslim—look where he comes from!”
That is like saying that since the Bible says "out of Egypt did I call My Son," (Mat. 2:15), then therefore Jesus, a Jew, was actually an Egyptian.
ILL-logical of course.
Jesus was not Egyptian; the Antichrist will not be a Muslim.