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The Role of Islam in the End Times
By Chris Schang
WARNING!! A great lie and deception is making it’s way around the Bible prophecy circles these days. This lie is catching many unsuspecting Christians into exchanging the truth of the scriptures for the vain imaginations of men. Many Christians who are buying these lies “hook, line, and sinker” do so because they do not know what the holy scriptures themselves state about the end times. Instead they have surrounded themselves with “newspaper” theologians who have come up with new fad theories that on the surface would seem to be possible, but in fact deny God’s very own Word. It is our desire in this article to warn people against these unbiblical teachings and to expose these false teachers of “Islamic paradigm”.
An examination of the scriptures themselves will show anyone who is interested in the truth, that this “Islamic paradigm” that is operating today is simply not what the Holy Spirit revealed to the prophets long ago concerning the end times. This lie centers around an “Islamic Antichrist” theory as well as how Islam is going to be the dominant force in the world during the end times simply because of the shear numbers of professing Islamists. These newspaper theologians whose main goal is to “sell books” based on theology that is contrary to the Word of God is yet another sign that we have reached the point where people are turning away from sound doctrines and embracing doctrines of devils. The Bible clearly warns us that this will happen in the end times. The bible says:
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Not only will people fall away from the truth and embrace doctrines of devils, they will also place pagan “sacred” texts on par with the holy scriptures found in the Bible – the very own Word of God. In this case the Bible is being replaced with the “Koran” and the prophecies of the Bible are being replaced with the Islamic prophecies which of course are not Holy Spirit filled, but instead the delusional rantings and drivel of a man named Mohammed back nearly 1,400 years ago. These mumblings and utter nonsense is clearly not the work of God.
Afterall, if something is not from God, it is surely from the devil. So called “Islamic paradigm” theories would definitely fall under the doctrines of devils since they have no sound biblical footing in which to stand as we will clearly demonstrate.
But the question remains, what is the role of Islam in the End Times? Is it going to be the dominant force throughout the tribulation period up unto the time of the Second Coming? Does it matter that approximately a quarter of the world’s population is Islamic? Is this indeed what the Bible says? The answer is a resounding NO! The great lie is setup and promoted by so called “theological experts” who have basically no idea what the Bible says as they go around peddling their false theories. So, what exactly does the Bible teach about the coming end times one world religion? Does it mention anything about Islam? The answer is NO.
Right now in the world Islam is a dominant force in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” continues to remove one dictator after another from power and installing fanatical terrorist regimes as the heads of these countries. The current hot spot right now is Syria where President Bashar Assad is currently fighting the fight of his life to stay in power. This movement across the region appears to be setting the stage for the fulfillment of prophecies that were foretold in Isaiah 17, Psalm 83, and eventually Ezekiel 38-39. Speaking of Ezekiel 38-39, this is a key prophecy that occurs before the coming tribulation period.
The Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy involves a large Islamic coalition of allies led by Russia as they move south to “invade” Israel. There are numerous possibilities as to why the coalition would finally make a move on Israel (such as a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities) but the end result will be exactly as God said that it would be and that was to take a great spoil. God will supernaturally intervene in this war and save Israel from what would normally be sure destruction. An interesting passage in the Ezekiel 38-39 scenario gives us a glimpse of what will happen to Islam as a result of this failed invasion. Let’s take a look at Ezekiel 38-39:
Eze 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.
Here we see that God will once again directly intervene in the affairs of men as the church age begins to close or has closed. By the time of this conflict, it could be very well that the church of Christ has been raptured and is not around to see it. But the main point here is that God clearly says that he will “magnify and sanctify himself” in the eyes of many nations (people) and they will “know that I am the Lord”. The eyes of many nations indicate that many people will see this divine intervention and the invading Islamists, what is left of them, will know from first hand experience that the God of Israel saved the Jews from certain destruction. Suddenly the god of Islam will minimized as the God of Israel is magnified and sanctified among the nations, just as the Bible says. This doesn’t sound like a revival for Islam. No, it sure doesn’t. In fact, it doesn’t look good at all for Islam.
While Islam itself may not be “destroyed” or cease to exist anymore, it sure does sound like it will be “neutered” considerably so that when the power vacuum is created from the Ezekiel 38-39 war, that the rise of the Antichrist will begin to take place. This rise of the Western Antichrist, which has been the primary teaching for many centuries, will start the process for the final disintegration of Islam and the merging of the world’s pagan religions into a new one world religion. This one world religion will eventually be ruled over by the Antichrist as he is indwelt by Satan at the mid-point of the tribulation period.
What does the Bible say about this one world religion of the end times? Does it indicate that it is Islam? The answer is NO. In fact, one possibility is that the coming one world religion will be a merging of the pagan religions quite possibly under the “Marian” delusion. There are actually numerous possibilities as to how the pagan religions of the world will final evolve into one, but the bottom line is that Islam will not be running around wild as the “Islamic paradigm” proponents would have you believe. In fact, Satan doesn’t care anything about Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. he only cares about himself being worshiped above God. This is the ultimate goal of the Western Antichrist as indwelt by Satan. It doesn’t matter how many people are Islamic, Buddhist, or Hindu in the end. Their fate will be the same – the Lake of Fire. For the Bible says:
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
So while Islam today is in the news alot, the Word of God says that Islam will eventually blend into the rest of the world religions most likely after suffering several defeats in the Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 conflicts. God will magnify and sanctify his Holy name among the nations. But because of the “strong delusion” that is coming, many will still turn from God despite overwhelming visible evidence otherwise. Attempts to “shoe-horn” Islam into the final end times religion is a fatal mistake and is surely not biblical. Neither is an “Islamic Antichrist”. Search the scriptures like the Bereans and look at the big picture. Don’t buy newspaper theology and beware of strange teachings that run contrary to God’s Word.