The Antichrist Religion

Dr Pierre Coovert

When I read the Scriptures, it seems to me that Catholicism does not fit what the Bible says about the one-world religion of the Tribulation. I want to take a look at Islam and show how it is a much better fit.

The first thing I want to do is look at the origin of Islam. Remember, Islam is 600 years younger than Christianity. It can be traced back to 7th century Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Muhammad introduced Islam in 610 AD after experiencing what he claimed to be an angelic visitation. Muhammad was not sure whether it was and angel or a demon until his wife convinced him that it was an angel. He was so troubled over the issue that he even considered suicide.

This supposed angel dictated the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. Muslims believe it to be perfect words of Allah.

Islam means submission and Muslim means one who is submitted. Islam forces everyone to submit to Allah and to Sharia law.

In the beginning, Muhammad tried to spread his religion peacefully. This is why some of the early verses in the Qur’an speak of living peacefully with Christians and Jew.

His uncle was an important man in Mecca. Because of this, Muhammad and his new religion received a certain amount of protection and tolerance in Mecca. When the uncle died, the protection died with him.

In the approximately 12 years Muhammad tried to establish his religion in Mecca, he only had about 100 followers. He was forced to leave Mecca and moved his new religion to Medina. As a result, Muhammad became very bitter toward Mecca.

This move took away his livelihood, so in Medina he changed his tactics. He started robbing the caravans that passed through Medina and sharing the booty with his followers. His success as a robber/warlord brought him many followers.

The “revelations” he received from the “angel” also changed. The new “revelations” said that anyone who did not convert to Islam was to be killed. When his followers questioned these changes, Muhammad came up with the doctrine of abrogation. This means that when the later passages contradict the earlier passages, the later passages abrogate, or supersede, the earlier ones.

When Muslims are not strong enough to enforce the later passages, those passages that demand the death of non-Muslims and only allow the religion of Islam to exist, they quote the earlier passages. They do this to try and convince non-Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace.

When Muhammad became strong enough, he returned to Mecca and took the city by the sword. He killed those who had stood against him before. So much for peaceful Islam.

Those Muslims who are trying to establish a world wide caliphate, a world wide Islamic government, and who use terror and deceit to accomplish this goal, are the true Muslims. They are following both the teachings and the example of Muhammad.

The Bible warns us of those who come with another Gospel that supposedly comes from an angel.

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9

Islam fits this description to a “t,” and should be accursed. The only other “gospel” that I know of which claims to have been received from an angel is Mormonism. I don’t have time to go into it, but both religions have a lot in common.

Another characteristic of Islam is the absolute authority of the clerics. The vast majority of Muslims cannot read Arabic. The Qur’an, according to these clerics, can only be fully understood in Arabic. This allows them to lord over the people. Whatever the imam says, is true in the mind of Muslims.

This is contrary to the teachings of God concerning the leaders of His people.
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 1 Peter 5:2-3

This passage gives us an overview of the job of a pastor. His first job is to feed the flock over which God has made him overseer. This means he is to teach them God’s Word. He is to take oversight of the flock. This means he is to look out for dangers that threaten it, and to keep the flock faithful to God’s precepts. He is to do it willingly. He is not to do it for “filthy lucre.” Although lucre generally refers to money, it also means any personal gain. A pastor is a servant of the flock, the flock is not his servant.

In Christianity, pastors are servants and ensamples, and the Bible is the standard for truth. The leaders of the flock are not lords over God’s heritage. An ensample is a model or pattern for someone to follow. For God’s people there is only one Lord, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. In Islam the clerics are lords, and they are the standard for truth.

The word “Nicolaitans” is used in the letters to the churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The word means to lord over the people. God hates the Nicolaitans, and He hates their deeds.

Now that we have an understanding of Islam and how it functions in opposition to the Word of God, let’s see how this relates to the antichrist.

The word “antichrist” is found in Scripture 5 times, 4 of them in 1 John and one in 2 John.

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

There are already many antichrists in the world. Of course these are not the Antichrist of the tribulation, but they are guided by the same spirit.

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

This verse gives us the characteristics of antichrist. He denies that Jesus is the Christ and he denies the Father and the Son.

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

Here it is plain that antichrist is a spirit, not a man. Of course the Antichrist of the Tribulation will be filled with the antichrist spirit. He will also deny that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

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

This verse tells us that the antichrist will deny the truths about the Jesus Christ coming in the flesh.

All of these verses make it clear that the denial of Jesus Christ is the essence of antichrist. The denial of Jesus Christ is one of the most important precepts of Islam. Islam teaches that Allah has no son. It is completely antichrist in nature. Islam teaches that Jesus was only a prophet, and not God in the flesh. It teaches that Jesus didn’t die on the cross, that Allah saw that his prophet was in trouble so he took him to heaven, that the image of Jesus was put on Judas, and that it was Judas who died on the cross. If it was Judas who died on the cross, he could not offer his sinful life to pay for our sin. Obviously, if Jesus didn’t die on the cross, He didn’t raise from the dead.

Let me inject here, the only guaranteed way for a Muslim to get into Heaven is if he dies in jihad for Allah.

I don’t want what I say next to be taken as an endorsement of Catholicism because the Catholic Church has many errors, not the least of which is their false doctrine of salvation. The Catholic Church teaches salvation through the church and baptism. It teaches that salvation requires the sacraments and good works. It makes Mary to co-mediatrix and co-redemptrix with Christ. And I could go on for a long time exposing its errors.

On the other hand, the Catholic Church does have a few things right. The coming of Christ in the flesh is a basic tenant of Catholicism. It teaches His deity, His death and resurrection, and His virgin birth. As we have seen, these things do not fit the antichrist as he is described in the Scriptures. This would also indicate that the one-world religion that will be part and parcel of the antichrist system cannot be Catholicism.

Here is an interesting passage from the Book of Revelation:

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Revelation 17:6

How does a person get drunk? Is it by spilling alcohol on the ground? No, it is by drinking it. This passage tells us that the woman representing the one-world religion was “drunken with the blood of the saints.”

You may not be aware of this, but Muslims, especially in Saudi Arabia, pay a large fee to receive the blood of Christians who are being killed by ISIS. The price of a small bottle of Christian blood can bring as much as $100.000. There are two reasons. The first is that they believe washing their hands in Christan blood it is a sacrifice to Allah. The second reason is that they believe drinking the blood of Christians brings them salvation. Although Catholicism shed the blood of many Bible believing Christians, I have never heard of their drinking the blood of those they killed.

Some see the woman riding the beast in Revelation 17 as being the Catholic church because of its veneration (worship) of Mary. Most people don’t know that Islam venerates Mary as much as Catholicism. There is only one woman mentioned by name in the Qur’an, and she is Mary the mother of Jesus. There is a whole chapter in the Qur’an dedicated to her. There is a shrine in Portugal dedicated to Mary. As many, if not more, Muslims visit this shrine as Catholics.

There are some other things that would seem to fit better with Islam than with Catholicism. The first is, how have Catholics killed those they considered infidels throughout history. The most common way was burning at the stake. What is the most common way Muslims kill those they consider infidels? Beheading is their preferred way. How will the Antichrist kill infidels? The Bible says it will be by beheading.

All of the things I have mentioned seem to me to indicate that Islam is the antichrist religion of the Tribulation period.

Let me close by saying something important about Bible prophecy. In the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s there was much speculation about end time prophecy. Most of the claims by the prognosticators did not come to pass. They were not wrong on the fact that Christ’s return is to be expected at any time, they were wrong in drawing the conclusions they did from the things the saw.

I have been studying prophecy for more than 50 years and the most important thing I have learned is that prophecy is like looking through a fog when looking forward. After the prophecy is fulfilled it is as clear as a bell. The certainty of the future events may be clearly seen, but the details are foggy. It is dangerous to be too dogmatic on the details.

In this article I have expressed how I see things. There are other opinions, and I would not fault someone who see things differently than I do. I will say this, the closer we get to Christ’s return, the more convinced I am that Islam is the antichrist religion.

It doesn’t matter whether His return is tomorrow, or if it is in 100 years, or even 1,000 years, we are to be re

When I read the Scriptures, it seems to me that Catholicism does not fit what the Bible says about the one-world religion of the Tribulation. I want to take a look at Islam and show how it is a much better fit.

The first thing I want to do is look at the origin of Islam. Remember, Islam is 600 years younger than Christianity. It can be traced back to 7th century Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Muhammad introduced Islam in 610 AD after experiencing what he claimed to be an angelic visitation. Muhammad was not sure whether it was and angel or a demon until his wife convinced him that it was an angel. He was so troubled over the issue that he even considered suicide.

This supposed angel dictated the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. Muslims believe it to be perfect words of Allah.

Islam means submission and Muslim means one who is submitted. Islam forces everyone to submit to Allah and to Sharia law.

In the beginning, Muhammad tried to spread his religion peacefully. This is why some of the early verses in the Qur’an speak of living peacefully with Christians and Jew.

His uncle was an important man in Mecca. Because of this, Muhammad and his new religion received a certain amount of protection and tolerance in Mecca. When the uncle died, the protection died with him.

In the approximately 12 years Muhammad tried to establish his religion in Mecca, he only had about 100 followers. He was forced to leave Mecca and moved his new religion to Medina. As a result, Muhammad became very bitter toward Mecca.

This move took away his livelihood, so in Medina he changed his tactics. He started robbing the caravans that passed through Medina and sharing the booty with his followers. His success as a robber/warlord brought him many followers.

The “revelations” he received from the “angel” also changed. The new “revelations” said that anyone who did not convert to Islam was to be killed. When his followers questioned these changes Muhammad came up with the doctrine of abrogation. This means that when the later passages contradict the earlier passages, the later passages abrogate, or supersede, the earlier ones.

When Muslims are not strong enough to enforce the later passages, those passages that demand the death of non-Muslims and only allow the religion of Islam to exist, they quote the earlier passages. they do this to try and convince non-Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace.

When Muhammad became strong enough he returned to Mecca and took the city by the sword. He killed those who had stood against him before. So much for peaceful Islam.

Those Muslims who are trying to establish a world wide caliphate, a world wide Islamic government, and who use terror and deceit to accomplish this goal, are the true Muslims. They are following both the teachings and the example of Muhammad.

The Bible warns us of those who come with another Gospel that supposedly comes from an angel.

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9

Islam fits this description to a “t,” and should be accursed. The only other “gospel” that I know of which claims to have been received from an angel is Mormonism. I don’t have time to go into it, but both religions have a lot in common.

Another characteristic of Islam is the absolute authority of the clerics. The vast majority of Muslims cannot read Arabic. The Qur’an, according to these clerics, can only be fully understood in Arabic. This allows them to lord over the people. Whatever the imam says, is true in the mind of Muslims.

This is contrary to the teachings of God concerning the leaders of His people.
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 1 Peter 5:2-3

This passage gives us an overview of the job of a pastor. His first job is to feed the flock over which God has made him overseer. This means he is to teach them God’s Word. He is to take oversight of the flock. This means he is to look out for dangers that threaten it, and to keep the flock faithful to God’s precepts. He is to do it willingly. He is not to do it for “filthy lucre.” Although lucre generally refers to money, it also means any personal gain. A pastor is a servant of the flock, the flock is not his servant.

In Christianity, pastors are servants and ensamples, and the Bible is the standard for truth. The leaders of the flock are not lords over God’s heritage. An ensample is a model or pattern for someone to follow. For God’s people there is only one Lord, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. In Islam the clerics are lords, and they are the standard for truth.

The word “Nicolaitans” is used in the letters to the churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The word means to lord over the people. God hates the Nicolaitans, and He hates their deeds.

Now that we have an understanding of Islam and how it functions in opposition to the Word of God, let’s see how this relates to the antichrist.

The word “antichrist” is found in Scripture 5 times, 4 of them in 1 John and one in 2 John.

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

There are already many antichrists in the world. Of course these are not the Antichrist of the tribulation, but they are guided by the same spirit.

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

This verse gives us the characteristics of antichrist. He denies that Jesus is the Christ and he denies the Father and the Son.

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

Here it is plain that antichrist is a spirit, not a man. Of course the Antichrist of the Tribulation will be filled with the antichrist spirit. He will also deny that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

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

This verse tells us that the antichrist will deny the truths about the Jesus Christ coming in the flesh.

All of these verses make it clear that the denial of Jesus Christ is the essence of antichrist. The denial of Jesus Christ is one of the most important precepts of Islam. Islam teaches that Allah has no son. It is completely antichrist in nature. Islam teaches that Jesus was only a prophet, and not God in the flesh. It teaches that Jesus didn’t die on the cross, that Allah saw that his prophet was in trouble so he took him to heaven, that the image of Jesus was put on Judas, and that it was Judas who died on the cross. If it was Judas who died on the cross, he could not offer his sinful life to pay for our sin. Obviously, if Jesus didn’t die on the cross, He didn’t raise from the dead.

Let me inject here, the only guaranteed way for a Muslim to get into Heaven is if he dies in jihad for Allah.

I don’t want what I say next to be taken as an endorsement of Catholicism because the Catholic Church has many errors, not the least of which is their false doctrine of salvation. The Catholic Church teaches salvation through the church and baptism. It teaches that salvation requires the sacraments and good works. It makes Mary to co-mediatrix and co-redemptrix with Christ. And I could go on for a long time exposing its errors.

On the other hand, the Catholic Church does have a few things right. The coming of Christ in the flesh is a basic tenant of Catholicism. It teaches His deity, His death and resurrection, and His virgin birth. As we have seen, these things do not fit the antichrist as he is described in the Scriptures. This would also indicate that the one-world religion that will be part and parcel of the antichrist system cannot be Catholicism.

Here is an interesting passage from the Book of Revelation:

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Revelation 17:6

How does a person get drunk? Is it by spilling alcohol on the ground? No, it is by drinking it. This passage tells us that the woman representing the one-world religion was “drunken with the blood of the saints.”

You may not be aware of this, but Muslims, especially in Saudi Arabia, pay a large fee to receive the blood of Christians who are being killed by ISIS. The price of a small bottle of Christian blood can bring as much as $100.000. There are two reasons. The first is that they believe washing their hands in Christan blood it is a sacrifice to Allah. The second reason is that they believe drinking the blood of Christians brings them salvation. Although Catholicism shed the blood of many Bible believing Christians, I have never heard of their drinking the blood of those they killed.

Some see the woman riding the beast in Revelation 17 as being the Catholic church because of its veneration (worship) of Mary. Most people don’t know that Islam venerates Mary as much as Catholicism. There is only one woman mentioned by name in the Qur’an, and she is Mary the mother of Jesus. There is a whole chapter in the Qur’an dedicated to her. There is a shrine in Portugal dedicated to Mary. As many, if not more, Muslims visit this shrine as Catholics.

There are some other things that would seem to fit better with Islam than with Catholicism. The first is, how have Catholics killed those they considered infidels throughout history. The most common way was burning at the stake. What is the most common way Muslims kill those they consider infidels? Beheading is their preferred way. How will the Antichrist kill infidels? The Bible says it will be by beheading.

All of the things I have mentioned seem to me to indicate that Islam is the antichrist religion of the Tribulation period.

Let me close by saying something important about Bible prophecy. In the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s there was much speculation about end time prophecy. Most of the claims by the prognosticators did not come to pass. They were not wrong on the fact that Christ’s return is to be expected at any time, they were wrong in drawing the conclusions they did from the things the saw.

I have been studying prophecy for more than 50 years and the most important thing I have learned is that prophecy is like looking through a fog when looking forward. After the prophecy is fulfilled it is as clear as a bell. The certainty of the future events may be clearly seen, but the details are foggy. It is dangerous to be too dogmatic on the details.

In this article I have expressed how I see things. There are other opinions, and I would not fault someone who see things differently than I do. I will say this, the closer we get to Christ’s return, the more convinced I am that Islam is the antichrist religion.

It doesn’t matter whether His return is tomorrow, or if it is in 100 years, or even 1,000 years, we are to be ready at all times. Some of the details of the events may be open to question, but His return is certain.

ady at all times. Some of the details of the events may be open to question, but His return is certain.

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