Some Bible prophecy teachers and their disciples are looking for some Islamic Antichrist to appear in 2012 and most of them think it will be the Islamic 12th Imam Mahdi figure that Shia religious lore says will ascend out of a well. I think this Antichrist figure should be getting a swelled head by now with all the expectations for him coming from these Bible prophecy teachers. Therefore, their Mahdi figure will never get his swelled head up the well in time for some 2012 Antichrist.
Granted, that there are others that think Obama is the Antichrist but these people are only grasping at a strawman for their 2012 date. Obama might be America’s antichrist-in-chief but he is not the biblical Antichrist.
I am sure that there will be many antichrists in 2012, we usually have antichrists running the nations of the world, but none of them are thee Antichrist. The Antichrist figure cannot even appear until He that restrains is taken out of the way (2Th 2:7).
To me, people that see the Antichrist appearing in 2012 are just not being logical. I heard all the Islamic Antichrist arguments and I know they can sound convincing in view of today’s political realities if one does not take some of the wording in some of the prophecies literally. But, actual fulfillment of end time events are not bound by the expectations of Islam, those that fear Islam or those that write books.
A couple of decades ago certain people were on the Lord Maitreya Antichrist bandwagon and that was one of their main selling points to indicate that the Antichrist was imminent. I came to the conclusion in those days that the Lord Maitreya promoted by false prophet Benjamin Creme was just wishful thinking on Creme’s part. He put full page ads in world newspapers telling the world the Maitreya was about to appear but here we are decades later and still no Maitreya. Apparently Creme’s Maitreya took a long vacation. To bad some Bible prophecy students went with him.
In the 20th century there were well known Christian Bible Prophecy teachers that actually told their followers who the Antichrist was, but they were all wrong. Today we also hear some naming names for the Antichrist and other speculating, but the fact is that the Antichrist will not be revealed to the world until God allows Satan to give him power over the earth. That occurs in the middle of the last seven year period. It only happens after the 42 months of preaching from God’s two witnessess. After the witnesses are killed the Antichrist is revealed. But, even at that time angels will make it very clear to the world who the Antichrist is when they tell everyone that anyone that takes his mark cannot be saved. Nobody is going to sleep walk into the grasps of the Antichrist. Those that take his mark do so because they refused to believe the truth.
Sure, I know those facts do not argue against the increasing Christian belief that the Antichrist will be some Islamic Mahdi that will ascend out of a well. The problem is that I cannot find any such teaching in my Bible, nor is the concept of a Islamic Antichrist logical. There are plenty of other posts on this blog that deal with the Islamic Antichrist theory so I am not going to rehash all that here. I know some other writers on Bible prophecy like to find 88 different ways to say the same thing but I really don’t. So if you want to read the arguments just put “Muslim Antichrist” in the search box and read those articles, comments, and follow a few links. You might also look at the related posts. The real reason for this post is that the logic argument was not adequately addressed in those previous articles.
It just is not logical that any Antichrist could appear in 2012. If we are already in the last seven years where are the two witnesses preaching in Jerusalem? No, the Internet self appointed nut cases do not qualify. It also is not logical that any Antichrist that believes he is above anything called God (2Th 2:4) would then limit himself to being under Allah and Islam.
If we could take all the nations of Islam and join them into a great confederacy they would soon start fighting against each other. Remember the prophecy on Ishmael says that he will be a wild man and his hand will be against everyone (Ge 16:12). The descendants of Ishmael will never have the unity to form the final Beast empire. Further, if all descendants of Ishmael followed the Antichrist, his descendants could not be saved, but scripture makes it clear that the descendants of Ishmael will exist in the Kingdom and serve Israel. Therefore, is is not logical that the Islamic descendants of Ishmael could be the Beast of Revelation and Daniel, as some now claim.
Does anyone really believe that a mostly Sunni Islam will choose to follow an Iranian Shia Mahdi that most of them do not even believe in? That is not logical. Furthermore, Islam will not be a major military world power anytime in this decade so how are the prophetic end time events going to take place in this decade through the actions of Islam? Israel alone could probably handle all the forces of Islam today but the truth is that Israel will not be alone against Islam because when push comes to shove the Western world is never going to submit to Islam. I can just see the people of the lawless hedonistic West with their unbelief and homosexual spouses putting themselves under Sharia Law and the followers of Allah so they can get their heads cut off. Yeah, that will happen about the same year that hell freezes over. So lets live in reality here. Islam is not the Beast.
The Antichrist is also called the lawless one, people are not dancing in the streets when the two witnesses of God are killed by the Antichrist because they are now going to submit to Sharia Law. There is no logic to such a belief.
We need to understand that some people just want to sell books. Others that buy them like to read books that will scare them to death. Still others are looking for a short cut to the end. Nevertheless, real students of Bible prophecy need to try to separate truth from fiction. Some of the Muslim Antichrist proponents even make claims that Christians that do not believe in their Muslim Antichrist spiel will be deceived and lose their faith. But, do not be deceived yourself by them. Christians do not lose their faith because they are looking for the appearing of the Lord rather than the appearing of the Antichrist like these others do.
Here is a sequence you can trust. First the Rapture of the chosen vessels containing God’s Holy Spirit. After that the two prophets appear for 42 months and only after their ministry can the Antichrist come. There is no Mahdi coming out of any well and Islam is not the harlot of Revelation or the Beast. Islam is really the threat to the West that will allow the Antichrist to rise out of the old Roman Empire..
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.