I recently announced proudly that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior. I’m not going to evangelize any more than I ever have (I haven’t), though I will continue to rail against the abomination that is The Religion of Fear & Perpetual Outrage.
I would like to take a little bit of time to write a comparison between the Messiah (Jesus), the Antichrist, the false prophet, and their Islamic counter-parts (Isa)Jesus, Imam Mahdi (world leader), & the Dajjal (Islam’s version of the antichrist).
I realize that there are many Christians who don’t see the descriptions of the end times/latter days as anything but allegory and that’s okay. If my words don’t apply to you, please feel free to comment, or sit quietly – I don’t really care either way.
Many of the folks who do see the end times/latter days descriptions as more literal, believe that the Roman Empire will be re-established. What I know of both faiths, leads me to believe that the Islamic Caliphate (Ez 38: 5-6/Dan 11:42-43) is more likely in that scenario.
Whether Pre-millenial, Post-millenial, Amillenial, Panmillenial (it’ll all pan out in the end) or other, matters not for the purposes of this discussion. I am merely pointing out the similarities between the views of Islamic end times and (some) Christian latter days.
I’m not a scholar on the Bible or the Qur’an/Hadith. I happen to have been exposed to both and find some very interesting comparisons, which I’d like to point out to my friends. To wit:
Jesus – The Messiah.
Returns on a white horse.
Has name on his forehead.
Battles armies of the beast/false prophet.
Raises the dead.
Jesus says that the World, right before He Returns, will be much like it was in the Days of Noah & the Days of Lot (Luke 17:26-33, Matt 24:37-39)— the People will be very: Prideful, Unloving, Boastful, Materialistic (2 Tim 3:1-5), Indifferent (Rev 3:15-20) and Mocking Jesus (2 Peter 3:3-14,9) & the Things of God, and Sin will be rampant everywhere (Matt 24:12). There will be a great time of Apostasy (1 Tim 4:1, 2 Tim 4:3-5) & Spiritual Deception on the Earth (Matt 24:11). Apostasy is a departure & falling away from Faith in Jesus & God’s Word.
The Beast- The Antichrist.
World leader who negotiates 7 year peace deal between Israel/Islam(not specifically, but who are we kidding – it’s Islam).
Suffers a mortal wound and “resurrects” himself.
Declares himself to be God at the temple in Jerusalem.
Has the armies of Muslim nations on his side (Gog, Magog, Libya, Ethiopa, Egypt, Persia, Gomer, Togarmah[Turkmenistan/Azerbaijan, respectively]…)
Establishes one world government.
Causes all to receive a mark (Mark of the beast) in their forehead or right hand.
The False Prophet: Establishes one world-religion.
Works ‘miracles in the sight of the beast’ which would cause even some of the elect to worship the beast (Antichrist).
- Prophet. Returns to aid the Mahdi in defeating the Christians and Jews.
Declares that all Christians & Jews must worship Allah and submit to the jurisprudence of the Imam Mahdi & the global caliphate.
Battles the Dajjal (Muslim Antichrist)
- Religious ruler; strongman. Commander of the faithful [amir al-muminin].
Leads the armies of Islam against the Jews & Christians.
Marches with black flags to the temple mount.
Declares a global caliphate.
Brings peace & prosperity [after killing all of us kafirs]. Yes, even you.
Causes all to receive a mark in their forehead. [IMPORTANT!!!] Muslims receive “bismillah” (in the name of allah) – unbelievers receive ‘bismilkafir’ (in the name of unbelievers)
*** the mark is a good thing in the Islamic version***
Islamic Antichrist. (Islam’s “the deceiving-messiah”)
Arrives on a white donkey.
Only the believers [Muslims] will be able to read the word ‘Kufr’ [disbelief], inscribed in bold letters, on his forehead. There will be big mountains of smoke at both front and backsides of his caravan. People will anticipate food within those mountains, during the severe famine. All rivers, falling in his way, will become dry and he will call upon people in aloud voice, “O my friends come to me! I am your lord who has made your limbs and given you sustenance.’
The signs of the coming of Dajjal:
- People will stop offering the prayers
- Dishonesty will be the way of life
- Falsehood will become a virtue
- People will mortgage their faith for worldly gain
- Usury and bribery will become legitimate
- Imbeciles would rule over the wise
- Blood of innocents would be shed
- Pride will be taken on acts of oppression
- The rulers will be corrupt
- The scholars will be hypocrites
- There will be acute famine at the time
- There will be no shame amongst people
- Many people would worship satan
- There would be no respect for elderly people
Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Maryam descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs [Jews], and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it.
Both the Christian Antichrist(AC) and the Islamic Mahdi(MD) invade Israel (Ez 38:16/various hadith).
Both AC/MD cause every man to take the mark (believer/unbeliever) or lose their head.
Both AC/MD establish one world religion (Bible: ambiguous world religion/Qur’an: global caliphate)
Both AC/MD create wealth that all nations use (one global economy).
Both AC/MD have a “Prophet” who aids them. In Christianity, the false prophet works miracles in the sight of the beast (AC). In Islam, the Mahdi is assisted by Isa (their jesus).
Both AC/MD establish one world government.
Both AC/MD gather their armies to make war on Jesus Christ/ad-Dajjal
One and the same.
Both arrive on white horse/white donkey (at least it wasn’t a camel)[Rev 19:11-12/abu hurayrah hadith]
Both work miracles/raise the dead. (In Islam: he does it to fool believers)
Both men have a name on their forehead (Jesus on his crown Rev 19:11-12/in hadith it’s the word ‘kafir’) so when the muslims see Jesus, they will dismiss him as the Dajjal.
Both will be a ‘King of the Jews’.
Regardless of your views on religion, faith, or millenialism – there are some very interesting connections between the Islamic view of the time just before judgment and it’s Christian counterpart.
Muslim’s believe that their antichrist will exhibit all of the behaviors ascribed to Jesus Christ in the bible. The Islamic ‘false prophet’ – is the Christian Jesus Christ.
Conversely, the Islamic Mahdi (commander of the faithful) before the day of judgment – rules as the Antichrist of the bible – with the assistance of the false prophet (which is the Muslim Isa/jesus).
I thought it interesting enough to spend hours writing this. Hope you enjoyed the comparison.