Q. I just read your article on the Powerful Delusion. I personally don’t think that Islam is going to be the religion of the Anti-Christ. The one world religion of the Anti-Christ will accept all religions of the world, not just one. The Jews will accept the Anti-Christ, but the Jews will never accept Allah and the religion of Islam. This is one reason why Islam cannot be the One World Religion we know is coming.
A second reason everyone seems to be forgetting right now is that Islam is not the only religion waiting for a messiah, the man with all the answers to earths problems. The New Age is also awaiting their coming World Leader who will accept all under his wing.
We know that the Anti-Christ will come on the scene to bring the answers the whole world is looking for. He will bring false peace to the world and sign the 7 year covenant with Israel. The New Agers will accept him, the “false” Christians will accept him, the Jews will accept him, and all the religions of the world will accept him. This they will do willingly. We know that after the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation, Antichrist will claim that he alone is God and whoever opposes him will die. This would include not only those who find true faith in Jesus after the Rapture, but also those of all faiths including the Muslims who believe there is no God but “Allah”.
The Jews will be horrified when he enters their temple which the Anti-Christ allows them to build. The Muslim Allah would never permit a temple to the God of Israel to be built.
I would like to know what you think about these four reasons why I don’t believe that Islam will be the One World Religion.
A. You might be right. I presented my view as a possibility based primarily on the similarity between Christian and Moslem prophecies, but here are a couple of other factors for you to consider.
We know from scripture that true believers of both Judaism and Christianity will not accept the anti-Christ as the Messiah. The Book of Revelation speaks of their persecution and martyrdom. It also speaks of believing Jews being protected in the desert during the anti-Christ’s reign from his attempts to wipe them out.
Jesus said,”I have come in my father’s name and you did not accept me. Another will come in his own name and you will accept him.” (John 5:43) He was speaking to unbelieving Jews then, about the deception that would come upon unbelieving Jews at the End of the Age.
The title of my article was “The Powerful Delusion” a reference to 2 Thes. 2:11. There Paul says that God Himself will actually cause those who have rejected Him to be deceived into believing in the anti-Christ. To me that means whatever the anti-Christ’s background, the unbelieving world will accept Him. And let’s not forget that he’ll have all the supernatural power of Satan at his command with counterfeit miracles and such to help convince them.
And where the Temple is concerned, whether he’s Moslem, New Age, or any other religion, the anti-Christ only wants it built to further his own goals, and that’s to stand in the House of God and proclaim that he’s God. No matter who he is, he’ll see the Jewish religion as the means to that end. What we know for sure is this. In Ezekiel 44:7-8, God’s first complaint to Israel after He returns is that they let a foreigner, uncircumcised in Flesh (not Jewish) and Heart (not Christian) have charge of His Sanctuary.
I presented the Moslem view because Islam is the fastest growing religion on Earth and after the Church leaves it will be the largest. Most non-believers think Allah is just another name for the Judeo-Christian God, would have no trouble accepting the Moslem path to salvation, and think Islam is a religion of Peace that’s been hi-jacked by a minority of terrorists. If a Moslsem “messiah” were to come on the scene as a peace maker following a period of intense warfare and the disappearance of the Church he would already have the world’s biggest following. I don’t think the rest would have any trouble at all falling into line behind someone who promises them peace and a return to life as they knew it, regardless of who he is.