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Biblical Antichrist is Quran’s Messiah?

By Henk Kamsteeg

On August 16, 2009, Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei called on Muslim nations – specifically Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan – to united militarily in response to the imminent coming of Islam's messianic savior – the Mahdi. 

About three years ago, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a shock wave through the world by telling his followers that he believed the end of the world is just two or three years away. He urged Muslims around the world to prepare for that day when “our holy hatred expands” and “strikes like a wave.” He repeatedly talked about his objective to have a world without America and Zionism.

Nothing has changed since then. Ahmadinejad is still convinced that he has been chosen by Allah to hasten the coming of the Islamic messiah – know as the Twelfth Imam or Mahdi –by launching a final holy war against the Saturday and the Sunday people, the Jews and the Christians. That’s why he increased Iran’s effort to build the nuclear weapons necessary to bring chaos in the world and to bring about the end of days, in accordance with his Shi’ite theology.

Dr. Mahdi Mostafavi, the chairman of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, spoke recently against the dangers and evils of Christian Zionism. "Putting an end to the tyranny and brutality" of Zionism is one of the basic goals of Mahdism, he said. Dr. Mostafavi also offered a wildly distorted version of the Christian end time narrative. Claiming that Christians are making efforts to bring about the Battle of Armageddon, he stated: "In order to make this war happen they consider brutality, war and violence allowed and in their propaganda, they ask Christians and especially soldiers to create a situation for Jesus to reappear. These soldiers would be considered martyrs if they are killed in this way and would be in the circle of Messiah's Twelve disciples," Dr. Mostafavi explained. 

In his book “Antichrist, Islam’s Awaited Messiah” Joel Richardson presents a fascinating overview of how biblical and Islamic viewpoints on the “end times” overlap. There are stunning similarities between the biblical Antichrist and the “Islamic Mahdi.” Most Christians – influenced by popular prophecy books such as the “Left Behind” series – are expecting the Antichrist to emerge from a revived Roman Empire, Richardson makes the case that the Biblical Antichrist is one and the same as the Quran’s Messiah.

Who knows whether Joel Richardson is right or wrong about his conclusion that the Biblical Antichrist is the Quran’s Muslim Mahdi. But one thing is for sure: Islam has really grabbed the attention of the whole wide world. And the future of Islam, the future of Israel, the future of the Church, and the future of the entire world are divinely interconnected.

In the meantime, let’s not forget that Muslims are not our enemies. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6). As decidedly as we oppose Islam, we should also respect and love the people who live under its reign, because the God of the Bible loves them and offers them salvation in Jesus as He does to us.

One day not long from now, Someone will reveal Himself as the One and Only real Messiah. The Bible tells us that He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and His name is Jesus Christ.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16,17).