Why Beck is concerned about 'Islamic Antichrist'
Author says Bible's 'bad guy' and Quran's 'good guy' are 1 and the same
The Bible predicts that in the last days a charismatic leader will establish a global following in the name of peace. The Quran also predicts a man will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to usher in an era of peace. The man in the Quran is called the Mahdi, or Islam's savior. However, the man in the Bible is the Antichrist. Could it be possible they are one and the same person?
Joel Richardson's remarkable research and analysis suggest that it is. In "The Islamic Antichrist" – subtitled "The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast" – Richardson exposes Western readers to the traditions of Islam and predicts that the end times may not be that far away. His book will stun readers who are unaware of the similarities between the Antichrist and the "Islamic Jesus."
During his TV interview with Richardson, Beck cited a number of similarities between the prophecies regarding the Antichrist in the Bible and the Mahdi in the Islamic tradition.
"You have the bad guy of the Bible, he primarily persecutes God's people, Jews and Christians," Richardson responded. Meanwhile the "12th imam," or Islam's Mahdi, "causes Jews and Christians to submit to Islam or be killed."
Both prophecies call for a time of rule of 7 years, a leader of the world who makes peace with Israel but then breaks the accord, and then invades Israel and kills nonbelievers, setting up a seat of government on the Temple Mount.
"The Mahdi is Islam's primary messiah figure Muslims believe will come at the end of the age to lead Islam to global dominance. Much popular discussion of Mahdism in recent years has inaccurately expressed that belief in the Mahdi is merely a Shia phenomenon.
While variances in the details do exist between Sunni and Shia Muslims on this issue, belief in the Mahdi is nevertheless not reserved to one group or the other. Numerous renowned Muslim scholars, Sunni, Sufi and Shia affirm the orthodoxy of belief in the coming of the Mahdi."
Chapter titles include "Islamic Eschatology," "The Sacred Texts of Islam," "Comparing the Biblical Antichrist and the Mahdi," "The Dark Nature of Muhammad’s Revelations," "How Should We Respond" and "Preparing for Martyrdom."