PRAYER ALERT: With radical Islam on the rise, more and more Christians now believe that the Antichrist will be the Mahdi—the Muslim “messiah”. But the Mahdi is expected to lead military conquest to establish shariah “justice” throughout the world. In contrast, the biblical Antichrist will launch a peace campaign more concerned with gaining influence through deceit than with establishing justice. He “will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue…After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people (Dan. 11:21,23). “And he will make a firm covenant with the many [Jews] for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering” (9:27). “He will cause deceit to succeed by his influence” (8:25).
The Mahdi will not be a man of deceit or intrigue. He will be a man of the strictest legalism and the harshest shariah law. The Antichrist, to the contrary, is “the man of lawlessness” (2 Thess. 2:3). He devises a world economic system that is called the harlot Babylon because it is intoxicated with immorality. Nothing could be further from harsh shariah legalism than the luxurious debauchery of harlot Babylon (Rev. 17:1-6; 18:1-19,24).
It is because Western nations have permitted this kind of debauchery that Muslims so hate the West. But the West inherited this culture of debauchery from Rome, the “Babylon” of the first century (see 1 Pet. 5:13). Rome’s most most extreme example was Nero, a type of Antichrist. In turn, Rome inherited its culture of debauchery from the Greek empire. The Greek empire’s most extreme example was the Seleucid Antiochus Epiphanes. Greece inherited it from Medo-Persia, whose luxurious court life was imitated by Alexander the Great. And Medo-Persia inherited it from Babylon itself.
The end-times Antichrist is “man of lawlessness” who arises from a licentious and luxurious “harlot Babylon” culture, not from legalistic Islam. And so the Antichrist cannot be a more extreme Muslim. Most certainly he cannot be the Mahdi. Besides, no extreme Muslim would ever make peace treaty with such despised enemies as Jews, whom the Mahdi is determined to exterminate. A peace treaty between the Antichrist and Israel is one of the most pivotal signs of the end times (see Dan. 9:26-27). We must watch for these signs and pray that God will help us make the most of the time we have left. And that He will limit the enemy’s works and make them conform to His purposes.
PRAY WITH US: Father God, You know the end from the beginning. You have set by Your own authority the times and seasons of the earth. You have made room for free choice. You have ordained consequences for sin. But You so loved us sinners that You sent Your only Son to take those consequences for us. Muslims deny Your love and Your Son. They deny the new life He gives to those who receive Him. They have submitted to a harsh and deadly master. They are looking forward to a false Messiah who will cruelly disappoint them. In many Muslim nations they do not even allow the real Christ to be preached. Many of them are fighting viciously to deny the gospel of Christ to all people for all time.
But they cannot keep You out of their lives. You made them and You sustain them. You know them and You will judge them. Reveal Your Son Jesus to them before it’s too late. Restore religious freedom to Muslim nations. Show the more moderate Muslims that only Your kingdom will last forever. Turn the more extreme Muslims into Pauls who are zealous for You. Give refugees divine protection. Make them witnesses with divine power to demolish strongholds and arguments.
Upset the false Muslim end times scenarios. Expose the false Muslim messiah and his false prophets. Both shariah law and harlot Babylon lawlessness lead to death. Show Jesus as the narrow way that leads to life. Embolden Muslims to follow Him. Steer them away form the broad ways to destruction. Turn the hearts of Muslim rulers like a watercourse. Release great waves of the Holy Spirit to change the courses of entire Muslim nations. Bring the fullness of the Gentiles in, so that Israel too can be saved. We know this is Your good will. And so we pray in faith that Your good will be done, and Your kingdom come in Muslim lands as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ almighty name, amen.
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