The Antichrist As Seen From Two Different Faiths

As I was watching the international news yesterday, the newscaster said that ISIS believes they are fulfilling prophecy through murdering and beheading innocent Jews and Christians.  Islam believes that a period of chaos and global upheaval will precede the time when Allah rules over all.  Radical Islam thrives on terrorism and desires to promote confusion, because doing this will usher in the time for their Maudi to come into power.  They look forward to this time, when Islam goes unto the offensive in their attempts to instill their faith and Sharia Law on everyone.  (Convert or die).

This above mindset is becoming very plain to see, and because of this, many Christian students of eschatology have reevaluated their view points on end times prophecy and the Great Tribulation, known to the prophet Jeremiah as Jacob’s Trouble.  For instance, the older view of a revived Roman Empire centering around Europe has suddenly shifted to the east!  An Islamic Caliphate is seen as a strong possibility of becoming the ruling power during the last days.  The Islamic period of confusion and chaos can be interpreted as the Great Tribulation by Bible believing Christians.  The Islamic Maudi can be seen as the Antichrist.  Amazingly, Islam looks at this end times ruler in a positive light while Christians interpret him to be the Antichrist.  Let me share one Bible verse that really puts this end times scenario into perspective:  Revelation 20:4  “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”  (KJV)  “Beheadings” are the trademark of Islam, initiated by their founder Mohammed.  Christians who stand firmly on their faith will be beheaded during the Great Tribulation for refusing to compromise what they believe.  We have observed this phenomena of beheadings sweep the globe in recent months.  Is this a precursor of the environment everywhere during the Great Tribulation?  Can you see how it is all coming together?  The exact same prophetic event is interpreted differently by Christianity and Islam. 

Keep Looking Up, And Pray For Revival.  Jesus Christ Is The Only Hope For Mankind.  John 3:3, 16, 36; 14:6; Acts 4:12.

Pastor Steve

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