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.
If we compare the teachings of the Qur’an with the Bible, regarding the end of the age, here is what we find. The Qur’an prophesies that at the end of the age Jesus will descend from heaven and will join forces with Islam’s prophesied Messiah, who is called the “Mahdi.” Jesus will then proclaim Islam to be the one true faith and denounce Christians for having erroneously made Him the Son of God. Jesus will then follow the Mahdi and demand that all crosses from Christian churches be removed, all pigs be killed, and all Christians either convert to Islam or be killed.
Does Islam’s prophecy of the second coming of Christ agree with the Bible? No. It is the opposite. It is opposite as to the nature of Jesus as Son of God and opposite as to the return of Christ at the end of the age. The Bible prophesies that Jesus will return as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (see Rev. 19:11–18) and to exact judgment upon the “Beast” (interpreted to be Allah in this writing), the “False Prophet” (interpreted to be Shi’ah Islam’s al-Mahdi in this writing), and Satan (see Rev. 19:20; 20:2, 10). Hardly the same prophecy as that of Islam.
An amazing aspect of Muslim eschatology regarding the second coming of Jesus is the location of an empty grave near the tomb of Muhammad in the present day Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The empty grave is reserved for Jesus, who, according to Muslim writings, will live for forty years after his coming and then be buried next to Muhammad upon his death:
Some say that Jesus will return as a just judge. One prophecy says that he will descend in Palestine, where he will kill al-Dajjal [the devil]; he will then worship at Jerusalem, where he will kill both swine and those who disbelieve in him. He will die after a peaceful reign of some forty years and be buried in a spot beside the tomb of Muhammad in Medina that has been reserved for him.
In the chapter entitled “Where is Allah and His Muhammad?” we will interpret Allah to be the “beast coming up out of the sea” of Revelation 13:1–10. This beast is prophesied to be worshiped by the entire world, other than Christians (see Rev. 13:8). This beast will blaspheme God, His name, and His tabernacle, i.e., those who dwell in heaven (see Rev. 13:6). We will conclude that this beast is not the king of a political empire, but rather the god of a spiritual empire. As we will see, this beast leads humanity away from Christ and away from the one true God. He is not the same God who loves the world and gave His only Son that we might know Him. He is another god, who leads humanity astray from the true God. According to the Bible, this makes him a false christ because he leads humanity away from the true God and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus.
WHAT ABOUT ABRAHAM, HIS TWO SONS, AND ABRAHAM’S GOD?
Perhaps you are saying this: Abraham’s sons included Ishmael, the father of the Arabic speaking nations whose descendants settled “to the east” (see Gen. 25:6), and Isaac, the father of the Hebrew nation (the twelve tribes of Israel were all from sons of Isaac’s son Jacob). Both sons had the same father, and that father, i.e., Abraham, worshiped God (see Gen. 12:1–3) before Jews or Christians had a religion. How can we now say that the god of Islam and the God of the Bible are different since both sons had the same father, who worshiped the same God, who would one day give Himself the name “Yahweh” [“I Am”] (Exod. 3:14)?
Because God chose one of the two sons as the son of promise (see Gen. 17:21), and He rejected the other. God chose Isaac and rejected Ishmael. This rejection was not a rejection of the son Ishmael, but a rejection of Ishmael and his descendants as the line through which God would one day redeem humanity. The ultimate result of this rejection is that since Muhammad claims to be a descendant of Ishmael, Muhammad is rejected as the son through whom the promise of God will be fulfilled. The rejected son and his descendants must come to God in the same way that all others will come—through Yahweh and His future revelation, Jesus Christ, who was a descendant of David, according to the unbreakable promise of God (see 2 Sam. 7:16; Matt. 1:16, 20):
Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly” . . But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.”
—Genesis 17:1–2, 19–21
Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac; but to the sons of his concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east.
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