Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Mohammed’s Sleeping Giant

A few years ago I had the privilege of preaching through the book of Revelation. In chapter 13 where we read about the antichrist, we see that his reign will have the following characteristics:

1. He will be clever, powerful and boisterous, being empowered by the “dragon” - Satan himself (Rev. 13:2).

2. His rule will be religious in nature such that he, and the one who sent him, will be the central objects of worship (Rev. 13:3-4).

3. He openly blasphemes the true God and His tabernacle (Rev. 13:6).

4. He makes war with the saints in order to overcome them (Rev. 13:7).

5. His religious rule will be absolute such that those who do not render worship to him will be executed (Rev. 13:10).

Now I certainly have no interest in trying to predict how these aforementioned prophecies will be fulfilled; frankly, there are a number of ways in which these prophecies can be manifested. But it is at least interesting to note that the antichrist’s rule could (possibly) come through the means of Islam itself. At the very least we could say that Islam is an antichrist to the Gospel (1 John 4:2-3) since Jesus Christ is our only hope for true peace - He is the Prince of Peace and shares that title with no-one. What is fascinating to me is that Muslims are awaiting the coming of their “messiah” - the 12th Imam who will come in the power and spirit of Mohammed in order to overcome the world with the rule of Islam. Muslims attribute the following quote to Mohammad concerning this coming “12th Imam”:

"During the last times, my people will be afflicted with terrible and unprecedented calamities and misfortunes from their rulers, so much so that this vast earth will appear small to them. Persecution and injustice will engulf the earth. The believers will find no shelter to seek refuge from these tortures and injustices. At such a time, God will raise from my progeny a man who will establish peace and justice on this earth in the same way as it had been filled with injustice and distress.”

None of this is offered as a distraction from the true point of biblical prophecy. Too often do we see people becoming obsessed with the desire to crystal-ball the future by deciphering the “tea leaves” of current events - I have no interest in doing such a thing. But it is a sober reminder to us that the day of the Lord is coming; a day in which “difficult days will come” (2 Tim. 3:1) and will be governed by men who hold to a form of godliness, but deny its power (2 Tim. 3:5). Reflections such as these should intensify our readiness for the Lord’s return, as well as strengthen our resolve to advance the Gospel of peace for the glory of the Savior.

In addition to the above observations concerning how Islam may be the vehicle through which the antichrist will come, consider the following videos. If they illustrate nothing else, they at least show how easily the nations have been duped by the sleeping giant of Islam:

1. In this first video, notice how it is that “moderate Muslims” will veil the real Islamic agenda (note: it is interesting how the Koran is protected by a subjective interpretation - things which, we are told, westerners “cannot understand” - contextually or linguistically):

2. This video should remind us how Islam has overtaken entire nations from within for centuries, and it is happening again in our generation:

3. In this last video, we see how the national debate is affected by political ambition. In our own nation, there will probably be an increased attempt to appease Islam for political purposes, as seen in this piece:

Friday, February 02, 2007

Been There, Done That

When I was in Junior High, I used to carry a Bible around school - not in support of it, but in order to debunk it. Yes, there was a time in my life when I delighted in debating others over the Bible and Christianity. I could normally run circles around the Christians on campus, and of course what else would be my chosen topic for my debate class but - The Errors of the Bible. When you think about it, it was all a bit crazy. My pursuit against the Lord and His Word was not a logical one even though I was convinced that it was. You see, if it were really the case that God did not exist, or that the Bible wasn’t worth the paper that it is printed on - then the logical response would have been to go on with my life and just ignore what wasn’t real in the first place. But rather than doing the logical thing, I rigorously did battle against the supposed “phantoms” of Christianity. Thus, my actions revealed something important. They revealed that deep in my heart I was in fact combating something - God and His revelation to mankind. What I was doing was suppressing what I knew to be true in my heart:

Romans 1:18: 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness...

Simply put, I was only doing what many people do - I was trying to burry my conscience in a pile of atheistic scepticism. It didn’t work of course, and by the grace of God I actually began reading the very book that I was openly criticizing. But it must be remembered that my earlier behavior had a root source which is described in Romans 1:18 as suppression. This word suppress comes from the Greek word katecho which means to hold fast or to keep in possession. In the context of Romans 1:18 it denotes this idea of withholding truth. It is similar to our own expressions where we would say that someone is withholding information/holding back or even keeping something under wraps. Spiritually speaking, this is what the natural man does no matter what kind of epistemology he presents - whether he claims to be an atheist, a religionist or an agnostic. These are mere dressings for his katechonton (suppression) of what he knows to be true in his heart, and it all amounts to blaspheme against the Lord.

I mention this in view of the brazen effort of some to debunk Christianity over at “” I would challenge you to pray for these people. As they invest their own time and energy denouncing...”nothing,” it should be evident, by reason of Scripture and common sense, that they are just unveiling the reality of Romans 1:18 before the entire world.

May the Lord have mercy on them as He had on us...

1 Timothy 1:12-14:

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.