Q. Regarding your Q&A titled “Can Islam Really Become the One World Religion”, you stated in your answer that you believe that a great leader from the Islamic faith will emerge to restore peace and order. How can this future leader emerge from Islam since he’ll have no regard for any god including the god of Islam as it states in Daniel 11:37?
A. This demonstrates the danger in building a doctrinal position on the strength of one verse. Taking Daniel 11:37 by itself one could conclude that the coming world leader will have no use for any religion. But in several places the Bible speaks of the important part religion will play in his rise to prominence.
His lack of regard for any religion stems from the fact that he will eventually proclaim himself to be God (2 Thes. 2:4). But in the meantime he will use religion to consolidate his power. 2 Thes 2:9 says he’ll use counterfeit miracles, and signs and wonders to deceive the people. Rev. 13 says he will garner the worship of the entire world through a religious leader we call the false prophet. In Rev. 17 John explains how he will tolerate the one world religion until he has no further need of it and will then will destroy it.
Following the departure of the Church in the rapture, Islam will be the most popular religion in the world by a wide margin, and would be the obvious group for this leader to align himself with. We shouldn’t be surprised at this kind of deception. It’s one of Satan’s signature strategies.