Islam: The Cloak of Antichrist (BOOK EXCERPT, 21)
Summary of Key Points in Chapter 2
The Apostle John has given two meanings for antichrist in Scripture: a general spirit of antichrist, which acts within human society to foster a heretical view of Jesus; and the incarnation of that spirit in human form in the last days, i.e., the Antichrist.
The Apostle John describes three specific antichrist “identifiers” that are all heretical views of Jesus Christ: the denial that Jesus was (and is) the Messiah; the denial that Jesus was (and is) the Son of God; and the denial that Jesus was fully human. When any of these three identifiers are present, the spirit of antichrist is present.
The New Testament also prophesies of an embodiment of the spirit of antichrist in human form by using another phrase: false christ or false prophet. False christs/prophets are prophesied to proclaim themselves (or others) to be the Messiah so as to lead the world away from the true Christ, Jesus, the Son of God.
The Qur’an specifically commits all three of the antichrist heresies about Jesus Christ: 1) the Qur’an denies that Jesus is the Messiah. 2) The Qur’an denies that Jesus is the Son of God. 3) The Qur’an acclaims Jesus to have been a human being born of the virgin Mary, but it labels Jesus as a prophet similar to other biblical prophets, e.g., Adam, Moses, and John the Baptist.
The Qur’an claims that there is “no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Allah and Jehovah God are not the same God. Allah is a false christ (Matt. 24:24) because he denies Jesus is the Son of God and claims Jesus Christ was only a prophet. The Bible and the Qur’an are opposite to one another in their teachings regarding Jesus Christ, as well as the identity of Abraham’s true son of promise, Isaac. The Qur’an claims Ishmael is the son of promise, and the Bible claims Isaac is the son of promise. The two books cannot be authored by the same God since the teachings are opposite to one another regarding the identity of Jesus Christ and the identity of Abraham’s son of promise, Isaac.
Based on the claims of the Qur’an about Muhammad, Muhammad is a false prophet based on Matthew 24:24 and related scriptures. Muhammad is the prophet and messenger of a false christ, Allah. As such, he directs humanity to worship Allah, who is not God. The Qur’an also labels Muhammad as the “seal of the prophets,” thereby elevating Muhammad above Jesus Christ, the true Messiah and only begotten Son of God. Muhammad is also rendered a false prophet by his personal actions as well as his own contemporaries, the Jews (and Christians) of seventh century Arabia.
The spirit of antichrist has been identified in the teachings of the Qur’an. These words have rendered God a liar, for they deny the very words of God about His Christ in the Bible. These words identify the voice behind the Qur’an as the spirit of antichrist. That voice is the voice of Allah, the supreme being through whom the words of the Qur’an originated. This supreme being is the “cloak” of Satan.