Warning! Before you begin to read this or do any study of another religion, pray for guidance. While it is good to know what the enemy is up to is better to not fall prey to its beliefs.
When I first started my bible studies I found that the three main religions of the world are Judaism, Christianity, & Islam. I found that interesting so I began a study of the similarities. For some reason I lost interest and moved on to another study. Every once in awhile over the years I would be reminded of that study I never fully finished. My thought is that I just wasn’t ready to learn it. God wanted me to learn other areas first but, He would show me bits and pieces as time went on. The other night I had a dream. I don’t remember all of it and it may have been influenced by the events in Africa. I remember something about a man from the north and a woman form the south joining together and something about the number 10. There was something I read in the dream that made me say, “Oh wow, that’s it!” It reminded me of a vision in Daniel. I have been trying to remember what happened but it just won’t come to me. I figure if it was important I will be shown again. The main point of the dream had to do with the antichrist. These last few days since the dream I have been led to news articles and other sources concerning Islam and their coming Al-Madhi, the twelfth Imam. So, my study has been picked back up.
For those that do not understand, or care to understand, the Islamic religion, I urge you to do some form of study on it. Even if it is just within this blog. But please pray for the guidance not to be led astray. It is too easy to be influence by the world around you. Just like the world can influence dreams. That is why God told the Israelites to stay away from the surrounding nations because He knew they could easily fall into those practices. They might seem appealing, or cause you to have doubts about the one true God. So, pray.
Years ago when I did my study on the similarities, I caught myself thinking how all three are actually worshiping the same God. Perhaps that is why God stopped me. Here is what I learned in that study. You will see how I fell into that trap.
In the King James bible, there is an Old Testament and a New Testament. The Jewish nation, Judaism, knows and follows the Old Testament. It is to them their Tanakh. It contains the laws, or Torah. Christians use both but, primarily focusing on the New Testament as we believe Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the Jewish see Him as merely a crazy blasphemes man. The Islamic religion also believes in the Old Testament, however, their views on Adam, Noah, and Abraham differ slightly. Did you know that all three religions are mentioned in the King James bible? Two of them are quite obvious while the other has little mention. Now mind you that the term Islam is not used in the King James but, from it we can find its roots. It is interesting that as Christians we can accept the beliefs of Judaism and have a sadness for them because they do not know Jesus but, we can not and will not accept the Islamic, or Muslim, religion. The Jewish nation and the Christians believe in the same God. The difference is that Christians believe God came to us in human form as Jesus Christ. The Islamic god, Allah, is the god of the Old Testament with a twist. A god of war, vengeance, and punishment. So, why is the Islamic god different from the Jewish and Christian God when we basically all follow the same start? Let’s find out in our King James bible.
Genesis 16:1-4 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was old in age and could not have children of her own will. She told Abraham to go to Hagar, her handmaid, and lay with her so that maybe she could gain children that way and Abraham would have children to pass his inheritance onto. After it was all said and done, Hagar became pregnant and Sarah became upset about the whole thing and took it out on Hagar. We often do that in our own lives. Not thinking through the whole outcome of events. It sounded good at the time then we have regret after it’s done and over. Hagar gave Abraham a son, Ishmael. Sarah, jealous of the outcome, sent Hagar away.
Genesis 16:6-12 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
God promised Hagar that her seed would be multiplied exceedingly. This seed will be against every man and every man will be against it. Christianity teaches that Abraham’s seed was multiplied and blessed, however, they teach that the seed is only the Jewish nation. When God told Abraham that his seed will be multiplied He meant all of Abraham’s seed, including Ishmael.
Christians are taught about the Twelve Tribes of Israel. These are the sons of Jacob, the son of Isaac, who is the son of Abraham. These are the ones whom are blessed and multiply. They never mention the other Twelve Tribes that are also blessed and multiply.
God told Abraham: Genesis 17:5-7 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Genesis 17:19-21 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
Genesis 24:12-17 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations. And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.
Hopefully, now you have learned that through Abraham’s seed came the birth of two main religions. Judaism and Islam. These two are brothers. Brothers who just can’t seem to get along. Why do you ask?
Genesis 21:10-21 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
After Isaac was born Sarah could not bare the thought of the son of a slave sharing an inheritance with her son. So, she had Abraham cast away Hagar and Ishmael. But, God promised Hagar that her son would be a great nation, however, that nation will not be included in the covenant made between God and Abraham for that was made for Isaac.
Genesis 17:20-21 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac,……
Another story where Ishmael was belittled was when Isaac, Ishmael’s half-brother, blessed Jacob his son and sent him for a wife. He was absolutely not to take a wife from the Canaanites, which was Ishmael’s land. Esau being upset with Isaac, his father, because his brother, Jacob, got the blessing, went to Ishmael and took Ishmael’s daughter for a wife because he knew it would displease his father. Isaac and Ishmael never seemed to get along.
Do the Islamics actually understand why they hate the Jewish so much? I don’t think they do. I think down the line things changed and as generations are born and grow so does the hatred and the reason for the hatred. Looking back on how it all started I find a sadness for the Muslims. I can understand why they feel the way they do. I feel sadness not so much because they were cast aside but because they do not see the true blessing God has given them. They are so filled with envy, hate, and vengeance that they are blinded from the truth. This begins the message of this blog.
While Islam started out with belief in the same God, there was an infiltration hundreds of years ago. The main character in Islam is Muhammad. Muhammad lived approx. 570 AD-632 AD. He is considered the last prophet sent by God to deliver the Quran, the Islamic holy book. It is said that the angel Gabriel gave Muhammad messages from God to share with his people. He wrote them down and began to teach these words. Muhammad was actually accepted by Christians when he first started out. I won’t go into a lot about Muhammad. I only want to show you how the Islam religion started to change. The King James bible states that Satan and his angels can appear as angels of good. Perhaps this “Gabriel” was merely an imposter of the real one. Just as I believe the angel that spoke to Joseph Smith was an imposter and the angels of many other religions. The Muslim community was heavy into idolatry when Muhammad began. His main messages were about the oneness of a single God. Much like Judaism and Christianity. However, unlike Judaism and Christianity views of “if they don’t join you, avoid them”, Islam turned to “if they don’t join you, kill them”. Not all Muslims adhere to this belief. Just like the Christian faith has different “denominations”, so does the Islamic faith. God turned into someone different and they never knew it happened.
I am a believer that all good believable lies contain hidden truth. Whether it is tone of voice, body movements, or in the words themselves. That is how you can tell if someone is lying. You spot that hidden truth and if it doesn’t jive with the rest of it, then you see the lie. Satan is the master liar. He knows he has to throw some truth out there to make the lie believable. He has worked his way into a nation that was rejected and played upon their misguided faith. These plans he has for the Islamic community coincide with the Christian end time events. That is why I felt a need to study this topic. The Islamic end time events are about to unfold which means that our Christian end time events will soon follow. Let me explain:
Islam eschatology, the study or belief of end time events, centers around someone called the Al-Madhi, their “Ultimate Savior of Mankind”. Some Muslims believe that this man will be the twelfth Imam that is from the lineage of Muhammad and even have the name Muhammad. It is believed that this Imam has been hidden by God until the time to reveal him. I won’t go into the study about this man. My message is to go forward to the Al-Mahdi no matter if he is the twelfth Imam or not. This Al-Mahdi has many titles:
The Guided One
The Awaited One
The Rising One
The Master, or Leader, of the Age
The Guardian of the Era, or Twilight of Man
The Proof of Allah’s Justice
Do you notice how many of these are the same names given about the Christian end times antichrist? The Islamic religion also recognizes Jesus. They call him Isa. Isa is a prophet to the Muslims, not a savior. This Isa will emerge with the Al-Mahdi. This fits into place with the Beast and false prophet of Christian eschatology. The Al-Mahdi will rule for 7 years with Isa as his aid. They will fight against Masih ad-Dajjal, or the false messiah and his followers. Isa will rule for 40 years until his death and he will be buried next to Muhammad (an empty tomb awaits him), who will be the first to rise during the resurrection at the Day of Judgement. Mind you that just like Christian beliefs, there are different views on how or how long these events take place. What I hope to give you are puzzle pieces that we can fit into place. There is so much commonality that these things should not be over looked. Remember Satan places truth within lies.
Let’s look at the commonalities: (borrowed from the website link below)
The antichrist will be a charismatic speaker and leader. So will the Al-Mahdi.
The false prophet will support the antichrist and deceive the world into following him. So will Isa.
The antichrist and the false prophet will have a powerful army that will do great damage to the earth in order to subdue it and follow them. So will the Al-Mahdi and Isa.
The false prophet is described as a Dragon in Lamb’s clothing. Isa will come bearing the name that the world knows as the Lamb of God and yet teach Islam.
The antichrist and the false prophet establish a New World Order. So will the Al-Mahdi and Isa.
The antichrist is said to “change the times”. The Al-Mahdi almost certainly will adopt use of the Islamic calendar for use worldwide, hence changing the times. It is a 12 month calendar of 30 days each with Muslims names.
The antichrist and false Prophet will make a universal and mandatory religion. The Al-Madhi and Isa will institute Islam as the only acceptable religion.
The antichrist and false prophet will execute by beheading anyone who does not accept their religion.The Al-Mahdi and Isa will execute by beheading anyone who does not accept Islam. Beheading has been the official method of execution for Islam since the days of Muhammed and still is to this very day.
The antichrist will have a specific agenda to kill as many Jews as possible. The Al-Mahdi and Isa will have an order from God to root out and kill all Jews.
The antichrist and false prophet will attack and conquer Jerusalem. The Al-Mahdi and Isa will attack and conquer Jerusalem in the name of Islam.
The antichrist will set himself up in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as his seat of authority. The Al-Mahdi will establish the Islamic Caliphate from Jerusalem. The Caliphate is a religious and political leader of all Islam and all Muslims. With the whole world having to accept Islam he will in effect be a world ruler from Jerusalem.
The antichrist will make a peace treaty with Israel for 7 years. The Al-Mahdi will rule 7 years.
Jesus at his second coming will defend Jerusalem and Israel from an attack by a gathering of nations led by the antichrist and the false prophet. Islam warns that the Masih ad-Dajjal, the Muslim antichrist or false messiah, will appear and fool Jews into thinking he is Jesus the Messiah and fight for them. The Quran warns Muslims to ignore everything he says and flee from him.
(My Note: It is believed that the Masih ad-Dajjal will appear before the Al-Mahdi and Isa. So I do not see a connection with the Islamic Masih Ad-Dajjal and the real second coming of Jesus Christ. I do see where Jesus said many will come in His name.)
You can find these and more info at www.666soon.com/is_the_mahdi_connected_to_the_an.htm
Very interesting read along with www.ridingthebeast.com/comments/666-is-not-a-number-171.html
When I started this study several years ago I just couldn’t fit it together. I knew there was something familiar about the Islamic beliefs. In the King James bible a “beast” is a kingdom/nation. That is what the real angel Gabriel told Daniel. The beast in Revelation is no different. It is not a man. It is a nation. The antichrist is one of the beast’s horns. A ruler/leader of the beast. The forth beast kingdom is the Islamic nation. There is still so much to gather about all of this. But with just this little bit of information we should be able to spot it when things begins.
With so much being in common it would be good to know some of the signs the Muslims are waiting for:
The Al-Mahdi will have a broad forehead, prominent nose, and a mark on his right cheek. He will come from the House of Muhammad of the lineage of Fatima. He will appear after a great conflict in Syria destroys the nation. He will not know who he is at first. His colors will be that of Muhammad, black & unstitched with a halo. He will pray in Mecca with Isa praying behind him.
Isa will emerge with the Al-Mahdi or shortly after. He will descend with each hand on the shoulder of an angel at the point of the white arcade east of Damascus dressed in a light colored robe and his head will be anointed. One of the Hadiths state: 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).
These characters could show up soon.
“USA Today reported in February 2012 that “The number of Islamic places in the United States soared 74% in the past decade…the overall number of mosques quietly rose from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2010.”
Islam is on the rise with many people leaving their religion and converting to Islam. Islam is sneaking into our everyday lives. Christianity is being dropped, shunned, and almost illegal. This is worldwide, including America. It is a step that will make it easier for the Al-Mahdi to take his place.
Like I said earlier, there are many more pieces to fit together but all of this brings new light to the beasts of Revelation. I am going to continue looking into this more. Behold, the mystery is unveiling.