In the Bible, the term “antichrist” is never given to the person. The “antichrist” is mentioned 4 times in the Bible, and always in the epistles of John.
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:3
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7
The sum of these verses tells us that the essence of antichrist is the denial of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
Most of us were taught that the antichrist religion was Catholicism. How does what we have just read from the Scriptures fit Rome? It doesn’t, does it? I am not trying to defend Catholicism, but it does believe that Jesus is the Son of God. The deity of Christ is a major precept in the Catholic religion.
I will not let Catholicism completely off the hook. There are a number of things that the two religions have in common. If there is any other religion that venerates Mary more than the Catholics, it would be the Muslims.
Muslims have prayer-beads like the Catholics. I forget if it is the 43rd or 47th bead on the Muslim prayer-beads is the great deceiver. The Bible tells us who the great deceiver is.
The three people the Muslims are waiting for fit the Bible in reveres. Islam fits as the antichrist religion because it denies the deity of Christ, Jesus as the Son of God, and God as the Father. This is a hallmark of the Islamic faith.
We also find the the great whore of Revelation Chapter 17 fits Islam. The first thing we need to see is that the whore is not a person, it is a location. Verse 18 tells us that it is a city.
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:15-18
The waters upon which the whore sits are the peoples and nations of the earth. Verse 3 tells us the city is located in the wilderness.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. Revelation 17:3
I have not been to Mecca, but I have been to Rome. I can assure you that Rome is not a wilderness. We think this is talking about Rome because it is built on seven hills. If the seven hills are figurative, as is the water and the whore, there are seven towers around the Kaaba in Mecca. Also, Mecca is in a mountainous region. This could also be the seven mountains.
The Kaaba in Mecca was called Ba-Bell in old times. It is interesting when we think of Babylon.
Within Islam there are a lot of sexual images. Even the Kaaba there is a sexual image. On the south-east corner there is the black stone. It is in a silver encasement that is designed to look like a female part. The Kaaba is also known as the womb. It is supposedly the birth place of the earth.
If this is the location of the great whore, the system that teaches the denial of Jesus being the Son of God and God the Son, this would fit with the teaching of Revelation 17.
Textual Discoveries About The Qur’an
There have been textual discoveries concerning the Qur’an which are devastating to Muslims. Muslims have been told don’t ask questions, if your imam says it is so, just accept it as true.
By the way, Islam is rehearsed in a foreign language, it is in Arabic. Only 15% of the Muslims in the world are Arabs. This means that the vast majority of Muslims recite phrases in Arabic that they don’t even understand. They are like a parrot reciting the Lord’s Prayer in English.
Their imam tells them what is true, and they have to trust that their imam. This is similar to traditional Catholicism with Latin. The point is that they are not to question, they are just to do.
Most Muslims have never studied their scriptures, nor have the studied the validity of their sculptures. Muslims come to the west and go to our universities where professors have developed the science of textual criticism to study the validity of the Christian Scripture. The more unbelievers study the Christian Scriptures, the more their validity is proven. This can be very frustrating to Muslims.
When Islam tries to stand shoulder to shoulder with Christianity they find their scriptures subject to the same textual criticism. When this happens Muslims start having a real problem because when these same principles of textual criticism are applied to the Muslim scriptures they can’t stand the scrutiny.
Lets start by looking at the originals. There were seven oral versions of the Qur’an before they ever wrote down the first one. How do we know they were following the right one. They even admit that there could be disagreements on this. Listen to what the Hadith have to say:
“The Qur’an was sent down in seven dialects, so recite what seems therefrom..”
In other words he said, if it fits your dialect, then quote it, that is just fine. When they started to write it down they had these seven versions to deal with.
Uthman was the third caliph, and he was the one that ordered the writing of the Qur’an. Muhammad never commanded that the Qur’an be written down. It was to be memorized. The Qur’an often says recite this or say this. Those who memorize the Qur’an are called the Hafiz. It was quite a feat to memorize all 114 chapters of the Qur’an. Some of them had it memorized before the age of 12. They would spend all of their childhood memorizing the Qur’an. As you can imagine, those who memorize the Qur’an have special honor in Islam.
Under Uthman there was a battle where they lost 40 of those who had memorized the Qur’an. Out of fear of losing the Qur’an, Uthman ordered the Qur’an to be written down.
He said, “In case you disagree [with the chosen version] on any point of the Qur’an then write in in the dialect of the Quraish because the Qur’an was revealed in their tongue.”
This is an admission that there was disagreement between the various oral versions. They were told that in the case of theses disagreements they were to follow that version that was in Muhammad’s tongue.
The point I am trying to make is that there were, from the very beginning, disagreements between the various versions. How do we know that they followed the word of Allah?
We will continue on this subject tomorrow.
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