Islam and the end-times

June 27, 2007

I recently read a book that Brent let me borrow called "From 9/11 to 666", by Ralph Stice.

Like "Antichrist: Islam's Long Awaited Messiah" by Joel Richardson, Stice argues the case that the Imam Mahdi, Islam's messiah figure, will emerge during the Great Tribulation and will be the character known by Christians as the Antichrist.

Even with a simple glance at common Islamic eschatology, one will immediately find its similarities to Christianity's eschatology. Many of the locations, players, and key events line up with unbelievable precision.

While I didn't agree with a few things Stice said, I think he made a great case for the rise of Islam and where things might be headed for our nation and for our world. Many of the things he said did indeed sound very plausible and likely. I might take some future posts and discuss them if there's interest.

Paul tells Timothy that deception will be rampant in the last days:

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” ( 1 Timothy 4:1-3 (NKJV) )

As believers in the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, we need to heed his warning and truly watch and pray.

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Future posts? Yes, please.

I recently read "Antichrist: Islam's Awaited Messiah", and the book sobered me up pretty quick (yet again) about the very concrete reality of what is coming.

The parallels between events depicted in both Christian and Islamic eschatology served as a very potent reminder for me that the book of Revelation wasn't just made up as some sort of religious exercise. Seeing the same events foretold in Islamic scripture/tradition, albeit from a rather different perspective, brings home that Revelation is describing what will actually come to pass.

I'll try to find the book you mentioned, but since that may not happen out here in California I'd be happy to hear more of your thoughts. Consider this interest in a series :-)

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