Email asking if Islam is the government of the Antichrist
I have a question, if you have the time to answer it: my entire life, I have been taught, and believed, that the final one world government of the end times administered by the antichrist would be a revived Roman Empire, i.e., the EU or some similar body. Recently, however, I have read some respected prophecy writers who teach that this final government will most likely be a radical Islamic government. Your website is very informative, and I highly respect your point of view, so what are your thoughts as to this possibility? I personally still think it more likely that radical Islam will be "wiped out" by a war with the apostate "Christian" West, and the remainder of it be absorbed within the antichrist's government.
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I understand where these authors are coming from because Islam now has the attributes that will be found in the government of the Antichrist. This should not be huge surprise Islam is Satanic. I think there may be another answer besides the government of Antichrist being Islamic. I write about this in my article on the coming holy war between Islam and the West. I believe I also wrote about it in my Revelation commentary. This is an excerpt from my article on Islam:
"How the "holy war" with Islam will bring in the Antichrist?
There are now large Islamic populations in most European countries and among these populations are those trained in terrorism. When the war between the West and Islam does occur it will be totally necessary to isolate Islamic peoples in Europe in concentration camps. In order for this round up to be successful these states will have to become police states. This police state will get out of control and ultimately bring about the Beast Antichrist government and system. Hitler's reign was a foreshadow of how this could come about but instead of a national socialist movement there will be a world pseudo Christian dominionist socialist movement. When the satanically possessed European dictator comes on the scene he will somehow appease Islam and they will join with the one world church movement. Later, the dictator is killed and becomes incarnated by Satan. At that time he will claim to be God. He will move the world government headquarters to Babylon and he will turn on and destroy the world church. He will be easily accepted by most Moslems as their concept of "God" because he has the exact same nature as their Allah. He will seek to kill all those who will not worship him as God.
Islam is setting the foundation for the Antichrist Beast world system
Islam now totally controls or has major influence over forty nations in the world. In most other nations Islam is a rising force. Islam controls the masses by force and when it has control it does not tolerate other religions or those who do not adhere to its dictates. Islam in reality worships the god of this world and his name is Satan. When the god of this world becomes incarnate in the man we call the Antichrist he will be recognized by those in Islam as Allah. I am not saying that the Antichrist is Islamic although that is possible. I tend to think the Antichrist figure when incarnated by Satan will claim to be Zeus and will have supernatural help from fallen angels. Nevertheless, subtly Satan has established a worldwide foundation for his monotheistic world religion with himself as God and this foundation is called Islam. I do not think the Antichrist will claim to be Allah. He will claim to be above anything called God. (2Th2:4)
My point is that the leaders of Islam will recognize him as their own concept of God and the followers of this counterfeit god will use the world network already in place in Islam to rapidly bring in the forced world religion and the political system of the Antichrist. We get a strong signal from the book of Revelation about the power base of the Antichrist because like the Islamic fascist's of today they also behead their enemies."
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So, it is not that Islam will be the Antichrist government. Those who have been indoctrinated by Islam will recognize Satan as the God they worship that they call Allah. I still think that radical Islam will force world religious wars that will bring in the Western Antichrist figure out of the area of the Roman Empire. I still believe that harlot Christianity will be the head religion that rides on the back of the Beast of Revelation chapter 17. I see no other option to fulfill that prophecy. At the mid-point of the seven years the Beast claims to be greater then anything called God and all people that do not love the truth will buy into the lie through his deception.
Never-the-less, Islam is setting the foundation for that intolerant would religion all over the would. I think an ecumenical movement will follow the religious wars where all names of God in all Religion will simply mean the Creator. Then one will arise claiming to be the Creator but he will have the attributes of Satan and the world will follow him believing that He is the Creator.
Having said all that, I fully understand why Christians would think that the Antichrist will come from Islam. It is antichrist. But when Pseudo and Dominionist Christianity fights the person labeled by the West, "the Islamic Antichrist" it will set the stage for someone in the West who will defeat radical Islam all over the world. This Western leader will be the actual Antichrist but he will be labeled a hero and the Messiah. The pseudo Christians and Jews will receive Him as a Messiah figure so you can understand why everyone even the elect will be deceived if that were possible. Like Jesus said to the Jews, "one will come in his own name and him you receive". The Jews would never receive someone out of Islam as their Messiah. They will accept someone who will counterfeit their Messiah and lead them to destruction. Meanwhile, dominionist pseudo Christians will expect Jesus to come after the defeat of the person that they had labeled the Antichrist. However, those wars will only be false birth pains with a false tribulation. Antichrist will try to counterfeit the role of the second coming through a satanic false tribulation. I am almost sure aliens (demons) will somehow be involved in that deception.
The Pseudo Christian world and Israel will get a Christ like they want. He will lead them to take over the world and set up a world kingdom called by God, "Babylon the Great" but after Antichrist sets up his kingdom of god he will turn on those who will not worship him with a vengeance. So in my opinion those teaching that Islam is the government of the Antichrist could be the same ones who might be deceived through the future holy wars and deceived by the real Antichrist. In my opinion, they are not seeing the whole picture. They have substituted something that today seems obvious on the face of it. It makes sense from today's point of view to say Islam will be the government of Antichrist but if all scripture is taken into account it really does not fit. It is all too simplistic, just like those who thought Hitler's Fascism or Communism were the demonic movements that would bring in the Antichrist.