By Ray Gano
Can you guess who this is?
He was popular when he was younger when he played professional soccer and later in life created a political party that was banned because it crossed the line in being religious and political.
He spent four months in jail in 1999 for reciting a poem that backed militant Islam.
He dislikes the internet but believe it or not, he is the most followed “European” leader with 6 million more Facebook followers than Germany’s Merkel and 5 million more than the British royal family.
He is a hero to the Turkish people and highly respected in the Islamic community as a whole.
He has been pushing to reintroduce the Caliphate and help bring back the the former glory of Islam.
Who am I talking about?
Recep Tayyip Erdogan – The President of Turkey
Over the past several weeks our eyes have been more on North Korea and we have not been paying attention to the Middle East, at least it has been that way with me.
That is till the following was reported, and it caught my eye in a big way.
Erdogan has called on Muslims around the world to visit the mosque on the temple mount in Jerusalem. His reasoning? “To protect the site’s Islamic identity.”
Speaking in Istanbul at a charity conference discussing Palestinian economic development, Erdogan lashed out at Israel regarding its settlement plans in the West Bank and Jerusalem. He likened the country’s policies to South Africa’s Apartheid era.
“We, as Muslims, should be visiting Al-Quds more often,” Erdogan said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem. “Each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us.” (1)
As many as 26,000 Turks visited the Temple Mount, or Noble Sanctuary, in 2016. However, Erdogan emphasized “hundreds of thousands” should be visiting the site, which is considered holy by Muslims. “[It] would be the greatest support to our brothers there,” he said.
Many of you know that I do not support the idea of some charismatic guy coming out of Rome or the EU to be the antichrist. I truly believe that this person will come out of the Middle East/ Asia minor.
There is a lot of evidence to back this idea up and JFYI, it isn’t a new idea either. Many respected men from time’s past have believed that the antichrist will rise up out of Islam.
Now I do want to note that I am not naming Erdogan as the antichrist. What I do see him doing is laying some pretty powerful groundwork that could be passed off to his successor, which could be the antichrist.
The Antichrist vs. The Mahdi
Here is a great list showing what scripture says and what Islam’s own writing say. This was compiled by one of my fellow watchmen (woman) on the wall, Lisa Haven…
|The Biblical Antichrist||The Muslims Mahdi
(Their messiah, The 12th Imam)
|The antichrist will be a leader who has the ability to speak boldly.
“…and a mouth speaking pompous words.” Daniel 7:7-8
“… And he was given a mouth speaking great things…” Rev. 13:5
|The Mahdi will be a leader who has the ability to speak boldly.
“He will be so powerful that if he… shouts among the mountains, hard rocks will turn into powder…”. (Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 52, p. 32; Al-Hurr al-Amili, Ithbat al-Hudat, Vol. 6, p. 19)
|The Antichrist will be accompanied by the false prophet who will lead people into serving him.
“Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.” Revelation 19:20
|The ‘Muslim Jesus’ (not to be confused with the Christian Jesus) will return to help the Mahdi get accepted by the world.
“ The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts).” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 43: Kitab-ul-`Ilm (Book of Knowledge), Hâdith Number 656)
|The Antichrist will have a powerful army that will do damage to the earth. Ultimately causing all to follow him.
“So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life…” Rev. 3:4-8
|The Mahdi will also have a powerful army that will do damage on the earth. Ultimately causing all to follow him.
“Mahdi will receive a pledge of allegiance as a caliph for Muslims. He will lead Muslims in many battles of jihad. ” Abdulrahman Kelani, The Last Apocalypse, An Islamic Perspective, (Fustat, 2003), pp. 34-35
“If you see him, go and give him your allegiance…” Ibn Maja, Kitab al-Fitan #4084 as quoted by Kabbani, p. 231
|The Antichrist will be a world leader and rule for seven years.
“He will confirm a covenant with many for one seven [7 years]…” Daniel 9:27
“Authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.…” Rev. 3:7
|The Mahdi will be a world leader and rule for seven years.
“The Mahdi… will fill the earth with equity and justice as it was filled with oppression and tyranny, and he will rule for seven years.” Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4272, Narrated by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri
“Fight against the forces of evil, lead a world revolution and set up a new world order…” Ayatullah Baqir al-Sadr and Ayatullah Muratda Mutahhari, The Awaited Savior, (Karachi, Islamic Seminary Publications), prologue, pp. 4
|The Antichrist will change times and laws.
“He..shall intend to change times and laws.” Daniel 7:25
|The Mahdi will more than likely adopt the Islamic calendar thus changing the times. In addition he will promote Shariah law changing the laws.
“He…will govern the people by the Sunnah of their prophet and establish Islam on the earth.” (unan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4273, Narrated Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu’minin)
|There is a white horse rider in the Bible that is bad news for the world.
“…Behold a pale horse. He that sat on him…went forth conquering and to conquer.” Revelations 6:2
|The Mahdi comes riding on a white horse.
“It is clear that this man is the Mahdi who will ride the white horse and judge by the Qur’an (with justice) and with whom will be men with marks of prostration (zabiba) on their foreheads.” ‘Izzat and ‘Arif
|The Antichrist and false prophet will promote a one world religion.
“ He…causes as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed..” Revelations 13:15
|The Mahdi will make Islam the only acceptable religion.
“He…will govern the people by the Sunnah of their prophet and establish Islam on the earth.” (unan Abu Dawud, Book 36, Number 4273, Narrated Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu’minin)
|The Antichrist will execute infidels through beheading.
“I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. ” Revelations 4:20
|The Mahdi will execute infidels, anyone who does not believe in Islam, through beheading.
“Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), strike off their heads…” Surah 47:4
|The Antichrist will kill Jews and Christians. He will kill anyone opposing him.
“He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them…” Revelations 13:7
“The dragon [Antichrist] stood in front of the woman [Israel] who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.” Revelations 12:4
|The Mahdi will kill anyone who opposes Islam. He will kill the Jews and the Christians.
“Muslims take neither Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their numbers. Allah does not guide wrongdoing.” Surah 5.51
“Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush for them.” Surah 9.73
|The Antichrist will attack and conquer Jerusalem.
“For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken…” Zachariah 14:2
|The Mahdi will conquer Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem will be the location of the rightly guided caliphate and the center of Islamic rule, which will be headed by Imam al-Mahdi.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 6985)
|The Antichrist performs many signs, wonders, and miracles.
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 2 Thess. 2:9
“And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast…” Rev. 12:13-14
|The Mahdi performs many signs, wonders, and miracles.
“In the last days of my Ummah [universal Islamic community], the Mahdi will appear. Allah will give him power over the wind and the rain and the earth will bring forth its foliage. He will give away wealth profusely, flocks will be in abundance, and the Ummah will be large and honored…” (Sahih Hakim Mustadrak, related by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (4:557 and 558), as quoted by Kabbani p. 233)
|The Antichrist will make people receive a mark on the hand or forehead to pledge allegiance to him.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:” “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Rev. 13:16-17
|Followers of the Mahdi usually mark themselves with headbands on the foreheads.
Muslims receive ‘bismillah’ (in the name of allah), unbelievers receive ‘bismilkafir’ (in the name of unbelievers)
What I want people to see is that as of this very moment, Islam, not the EU is fulfilling scripture and the “new” teaching of the EU being the final empire is an idea that is not holding much water anymore. Even with the election of the new French president, which I believe will bring destruction to France, I still do not see the AC coming out of the west or EU.
Great Men of The Past Who Also Believed in an Islamic Antichrist
With that, I want to present others who have taught that the Antichrist and the final empire will be from Islam.
These are all highly respected and learned men of God. Many of them we quote and respect. In fact I respect their scholarly teachings more than many of today’s modern scholars who have accepted the “new” EU teaching of the past 50 or so years.
“Ever since the religion of Islam appeared in the world, the espousers of it…have been as wolves and tigers to all other nations, rending and tearing all that fell into their merciless paws, and grinding them with their iron teeth; that numberless cities are raised from the foundation, and only their name remaining; that many countries, which were once as the garden of God, are now a desolate wilderness; and that so many once numerous and powerful nations are vanished from the earth! Such was, and is at this day, the rage, the fury, the revenge, of these destroyers of human kind.”
Does this sound like he is describing a beast with iron teeth that is ruthless and ravenous?
Sir Isaac Newton
Discussing Daniel 11:36-45, Sir Isaac Newton saw this passage as fulfilled in the Islamic conquest—the lands ruled by the Muslim Turks. He stated to the effect that “these nations compose the Empire of the Turks, and therefore this Empire is here to be understood by the King of the North.” (Newton’s The Prophecies of Daniel and The Apocalypse, p. 189)
Martin Luther (1483–1546) was the father of the Protestant reformation. He stated… “The Pope is the spirit of antichrist, and the Turk (Muslims) is the flesh of antichrist. They help each other in their murderous work. The latter slaughters bodily by the sword; and the former spiritually by doctrine” (Martin Luther, Tischreden, Weimer ed., 1, No. 330)
Calvin also connected the Antichrist o Muhammad. We read … “In Daniel 11:37, that Prophet predicted the coming of a terrible tyrant. This is how he described that tyrant: ‘Neither shall he pay regard to the God of his fathers, nor to the desire of women.’ Applied to the Unitarian Muslims, this might well mean that they would ignore the Trinitarian God of their forefathers—and with their licentiousness and polygamy also disregard the desire of women to conclude monogamous unions. Some refer this prophecy to the Pope and to Mahomet—and the phrase ‘the love of women’ seems to give probability to this view. For Mahomet allowed to men the brutal liberty of chastising their wives, and thus he corrupted that conjugal love and fidelity which binds the husband to the wife…. Mahomet allowed full scope to various lusts—by permitting a man to have a number of wives. This seems like an explanation—of his being inattentive to the love of women.”
(Calvin On Islam Revelation Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee (Lamp Trimmers El Paso, 2000)
Known for the greatest sermon ever given”Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” Johnathan Edwards believed and taught that the Islamic sweep over the remnant of the eastern Roman Empire was foretold in Scripture.
“The Mahometan kingdom is another of mighty power and vast extent, set up by Satan against the kingdom of Christ. … And then the Turks, who were originally different from the Saracens, became followers of Mahomet, and conquered all the Eastern empire. They began their empire about the year of Christ twelve hundred and ninety-six; began to invade Europe in the year thirteen hundred; took Constantinople, and so became masters of all the Eastern empire, in the year fourteen hundred and fifty-three. And thus all the cities and countries where stood those famous churches of which we read in the New Testament, as Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth, &c. now became subject to the Turks. These are supposed to be prophesied of by the horsemen in the 9th chapter of Revelation, beginning with the 15th verse.”
(Quoted from Jonathan Edwards’ classic, A History of the Work of Redemption)
Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386)
Here is one that is absolutely amazing. Even before the advent of Islam, there were those who looked toward the Middle East for the fulfillment of the Antichrist prophecies. Cyril was a distinguished theologian and Father of the early Church. In his Divine Institutes, Cyril discusses the fact that the Antichrist will proceed forth from the region of ancient Syria, which extended from modern day Syria well into portions of Asia Minor (Turkey)
Here is his words…. “A king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit, the over thrower and destroyer of the human race, who shall destroy that which is left by the former evil, together with himself… But that king will not only be most disgraceful in himself, but he will also be a prophet of lies, and he will constitute and call himself God, and will order himself to be worshipped as the Son of God, and power will be given to him to do signs and wonders, by the sight of which he may entice men to adore him… Then he will attempt to destroy the temple of God and persecute the righteous people.”
(Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Divine Institutes 7:17 A.D. 307)
Clearly we see that the idea that the Antichrist will come from the Middle East and out of Islam is certainly not new.
There are many other great men of God who professed Islam as the origins of the Antichrist and where his empire will come out of…
- Sir Robert Anderson
- Bishop Fulton J Sheen
- Gregory Palamus of Thessalonica (1354)
- Vernon Richards
- Josiah Litch (1840)
- Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem (560-638)
- Maximus the Confessor (580-662)
- John of Damascus (676-749)
- Eulogius, Paul Alvarus, and The Martyrs of Cordova (9th Century)
- And the list goes on.
Although many out there do not wish to agree, the Antichrist coming out of Islam is not a new teaching.
In fact, it was the dominate teaching for much of the Christian world though out the ages. Again, if we are to hold to scripture and completely stand on scripture, then we must submit to scripture and stop leaning on the traditions of men that we have held to in these last days of the last days.
We must admit that we may have been wrong in our modern ideas and that like it or not these modern ideas are based more on books and movies than it is based on scripture. We have forgotten to read scripture in context. Instead we compartmentalize verses and cherry pick them to suit our modern ideas.
I hope that this will help you and it gives you tools to help better share the gospel as well as defend against this “new” idea that has been promoted for only the last 50 or so years.
Please share this with everyone. Challenge these teachers who promote the whole EU idea. Show them that scholarly time is not on their side and great men of God point to Islam.
In the end we have to come to the conclusion that if we are the final generation, we are in fact running out of time. So either we “got it all wrong” or God’s Word is lying to us.
God does not lie, that is a fact, so that means that like it or not “we got it all wrong” and we have to “man up” to that fact and make wrong right again so that we can fall in line with Scripture, not with the traditions of men that over the years have become “doctrine” because that is what all the popular books, movies and prophecy conference teachers have been promoting.
I am willing and I have publicly stated that I was wrong in my thinking when I promoted a EU AC. We need others to follow suit. The evidence is clear and it is there. So, what is holding people back from standing with scripture and the clear evidence? Fear, Doubt, or maybe it is pride and the almighty dollar?
I made up a saying a few years ago… “If scripture fits, we gotta submit.”
What are your thoughts?