In the book Islam: The Cloak of Antichrist author Jack Smith examines the role Islam will play during the great tribulation. This excerpt comes from chapter 2.
We cannot separate Allah from the Qur’an and vice versa. They are one and the same. The same conclusion is true for God and the Holy Bible. The Bible declares in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The central and abiding statement of Judaism is summed up in one verse. Deuteronomy 6:4 says, “Hear,O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” We cannot separate the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob from the Holy Bible. The Bible both defines and explains Him. The Bible and God are one and the same; and, in fact, we cannot separate the Son from the Father, for they are One (see John 1:1; 10:30).
The teachings of these two books differ drastically. We need only return to the teaching about Jesus Christ, for it is the single most important teaching. We have compared the Qur’an’s teaching with the teaching of the Bible. They are the opposite of one another. How is it possible that the Qur’an can state that Jesus is not the Son of God and the Bible can state that Jesus is the Son of God—and both books be authored by the same author? How can the Bible declare that Jesus was crucified on a cross (see John 19:16–30 and many other passages) and the Qur’an declare that Jesus was not crucified (Surah 4:157) and both books be authored by the same author? Either God or Allah is a liar. Or, the two books are authored by two different authors, one of whom has declared himself to be god, when, in reality, he is not God, but a false god.
It should not surprise us that the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, makes pretty much the same conclusion but does so from the Quranic world view. The Reliance of the Traveller is a substantive and authoritative compilation of Islamic law (from the Shafi'i School of Islamic Law) and considered to be the classic manual of Sunni Islamic law among modern Islamic scholars. Here is Book V (His Messenger), 2.1:
Allah Most High sent Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), the Qurayshite unlettered prophet, to deliver His inspired message to the entire world, Arabs and non-Arabs, jinn and mankind, superseding and abrogating all previous religious systems with the Prophet’s Sacred Law, except for the provisions of them that the new revelation explicitly reconfirmed. Allah has favored him above all the other prophets and made him the highest of mankind, rejecting any one’s attesting to the divine oneness by saying, “There is no god but Allah,” unless they also attest to the Prophet by saying “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” He has obliged men and jinn to believe everything the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) has informed us concerning this world and the next, and does not accept anyone’s faith unless they believe in what he has told us will happen after death.
Notice what the Hadith states: if anyone does not attest that Muhammad is the “highest of mankind” and the “Messenger of Allah,” then their faith in the “divine oneness” must be rejected. Christians do not accept Muhammad as “higher” than Jesus Christ. Therefore, their faith in the “oneness” of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is rejected by Islam; to Muslims, it is a lie.
“What about the Jews,” you say? The Jews deny that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and yet they worship the same God as that of Christians. Jews call Him the same names as Christians, i.e., Yahweh and Jehovah, so how can Christians and Jews worship the same God if Islam and Christians do not? Because the Bible never declares that Jesus is not the Son of God, even though the Jews do. The Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah, but God did not reject Him (see John 1:11; 1 John 5:10). The Jews are the chosen people of God, as recorded by the Bible (see Gen. 12:1–3; 17:1–2). Abraham’s son, Isaac (not Ishmael), is the son of promise (see Gen. 17:19; Rom. 9:7, 13) and the patriarch of the Jewish people. The Bible prophesies that one day the Jews will repent of their sin of rejecting Jesus as Messiah (see Zech. 12:10; 13:6; Rom. 11:25–27), but the sons of Ishmael and Edom will forever be enemies of God (see Ps. 83).
There are many other Bible passages that prophesy of Israel’s coming to believe in Jesus as Messiah/Son of God. We will discuss this event in detail in future chapters. For now, suffice it to say that this will not take place until the second coming of Jesus Christ at the close of the tribulation period, just prior to the Millennial Reign of Christ and His church.
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