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Islam 101

For decades, the prolific agenda that has been pushed, about the "one world religion" and the "one world government", would be "the Catholic church" and "Russia". Unfortunately, many have erred in this view since the scripture does not line up with this belief.

What if the "one world religion" and the "one world government" were one in the same? In this article and those following it, we will discover that Islam is not only a religion, but a political machine. As we explore this, we will use terms like Qur'an, Hadith, and Sunna. The Qur'an is Islam's Bible. It is the first and most well known of their sacred books. It was conveyed entirely by Muhammed, Islam's founder and prophet. The word Qua'ran means, "reading or recitation". Of an equal value is the Sunna. It means, "a clear or well-trodden path". It refers to what Muhammed did, said, condemned, or condoned. The Hadith is a record of the sayings and deeds of Muhammed. Each Hadith has two parts; the isnad and the matn. The isnad is the chain of transmission of what was written and the matn is the actual text that was outlining what Muhammed said and did. These definitions are brief, but they allow you to understand what each is; at least on an elementary level.

In order to understand Islam, we must first understand its eschatology. That simply means the way they view the final events of history or the ultimate destiny of humanity. Islamic eschatology is broken down into two categories; the Minor Signs and the Major Signs. In comparison to Biblical eschatology, the Minor Signs would be similar to the "birth pangs" Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24. The Minor Signs should not necessarily be viewed as the "first signs", but rather the "lesser signs". The Major Signs are the obvious, more significant events like the return of "al-Mahdi" or "Ad-Dajjal".

There are five things or "tenants" that a Muslim must believe in order to be a Muslim:

- Belief in Allah

- Belief in the Last Day

- Belief in Angels

- Belief in scripture

- Belief in prophets.

By the way, this is the order in which they must be believed

As in Christianity, we await our Messiah. So also, Islam awaits theirs. As we go through these Islamic characters, you will see how they intersect with Christian prophesy. The Islamic messiah is known as al'Mahdi which interpreted means "the Guided One". He is sometimes referred to by Shi'a Muslims as Sahib Al-Zaman or Al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar. The translation is "the Lord of the Age" and "the Awaited Savior". He is the first of the Major Signs in Islam. He is the central element of all Islamic end-time narratives. He is expected by both the Sunni and Shi'a Muslims. Bringing this home for Christian prophesy, most of the Islamic traditions have the non-Muslim world coming to Islam as a result of the al-Mahdi and his conquests. You can read that as he will force those who will not submit to Islam voluntarily. The Christian Antichrist is pictured perfectly here.

Islam waves two flags. One is white and the other, black. Written on both in Arabic is, "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger". The white flag is known as Al-Liwaa and serves as a sign for the leader of the Muslim army and it is the flag of the Islamic state. The black flag is call Ar-raya and is used by the Muslim army. It is best known as the flag of jihad. Jihad means, "holy war". One flag is military and the other is governmental. All of Islamic traditions have al-Mahdi joining the Muslim forces carrying black flags and will lead this army against Israel to re-conquer it for Islam.

Probably the most disturbing of the Islamic characters is Isa bin Maryam, Hadrat Isa, or Nabi Isa. Those terms translated in order are Jesus son of Mary, Honorable Jesus, and Prophet Jesus. The whole key to Islamic enforcement is Jesus. This is the part where Christians really need to pay attention. In Christian prophesy, we believe that The Antichrist will have a "false prophet". In aligning our article here with Islamic prophecy, "Muslim Jesus" lines up with our false prophet. He is the second most important event of the Major Signs.

Believing in Jesus and submitting to Him as Lord is two completely different things. Most do believe Jesus existed. James 2:19 says, "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble". Muslims believe Jesus was another prophet in the long line of prophets that Allah has sent to mankind. They reject that He is the Son of God. They reject that He ever died on the cross for the sins of mankind. They especially reject that He was resurrected since He never died on the cross.

Islam believes that Jesus' return will be as a radical Muslim. In essence, they believe that Jesus will explain to His followers that we had it all wrong. We should be following Allah and the dictates of Islam. Sound hokey? The following is a summary of the Islamic belief of Jesus Christ:

- Jesus will return to earth in the last days near a mosque in Damascus

- He will arrive when al-Mahdi and his army are preparing to pray

- Jesus will decline to pray in deference to al-Mahdi thus submitting His Lordship to The Antichrist (al-Mahdi)

- He will be a faithful Muslim

- He will make a pilgrimage to Mecca

- He will visit and salute Muhammad's grave

- He will destroy Christianity

In retrospect, Christianity has been expecting a "false prophet" to accompany The Antichrist. Islam tells us that he is Jesus.

Every story, no matter who writes it, must have a villain. Islam has a villain and he is Al-Maseeh Ad-Dajjal. You translate that as The Messiah, The Liar Deceiver. Have you ever wondered how The Antichrist could convince people to fight against God? It isn't difficult. Simple convince them that our returning Messiah is really The Antichrist. Confused? Don't be. When looking at Islamic prophesy vs. Christian prophesy, simply invert the two and you will have the outline.

The Islamic Antichrist, our Lord and Savior (the REAL Messiah) is said by Islam to be a deceiver with miraculous powers. According to Islam, He will hold temporary powers over the whole earth. They even acknowledge that this "Antichrist" of theirs will claim to be Jesus Christ and will claim to be divine. Hello?

While there is not enough room here to help you understand the implications of Islam and its behind the scenes workings, as our articles go forward, understand that this is not to diminish or demean the people of Islam. Romans 3:23 says, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God". Do not be fearful of any man; no matter their belief. Simply witness as you can and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

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