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The “Beast” and Islam
There is growing speculation that the beast spoken of in Revelation is actually exclusively Islam and not the Roman Catholic Church, but can we find Scriptural evidence that this is true?
One email that I have received on this topic said it this way. “While you have some sound ideas, the bottom line is the Pope can't be the Antichrist (nor the Catholic Church the beast) because he/they are NOT "anti-Christ." Granted, they are into idols, etc. but so is the rest of the world. Furthermore, the Catholic Church doesn't behead, as we are clearly told in Rev. 20:4. But MUSLIMS do! Their goal is to get people to "covert or die"...Islam is the biggest threat in this world, not the Pope.” Yet, this reasoning really ignores the greater context Scriptures provide on this topic.
There is even a recently published book titled “The Islamic AntiChrist” that argues that the “antiChrist” is actually Islamic. The author, however, wrote the book under a pseudonym and remains anonymous. To me, when I hear about authors writing under pseudonyms, I immediately suspect Jesuits. Regardless, if a person is so cowardly as to write under a false name, he certainly has no faith that Yah will be with him and thus no credibility, in my view.
My research indicates however, that Islam is an invention of the beast, the Roman Catholic Church. As a result, Islam could rightly be categorized as an outgrowth or a “horn” of the beast.
Why would the Roman Catholic Church invent Islam? To answer this question, let us take a brief look into the history of the life of Muhammad.
Brief History of Islam Muhammad’s rise from poverty to wealthy merchant to leader of a religious movement appears, to this casual observer, to be pre-planned and deliberately orchestrated. He seems to have been selected to fulfill a role rather than acheived his rise to prominence on his own merits.
The pertinent historical details begin with the life of Islam’s founder Muhammad from when he was 25 years old. The year was A.D. 595.
Muhammad’s home city of Mecca was being attacked by Ethiopian invaders. Muhammad’s influential uncle gathered a group of men that repelled the attack, but when he saw the horrors of the battle, then Muhammad turned and ran away in fear. This cowardice earned him contempt and ostracism. He was relegated to the lowliest of trades.
Then Muhammad then took a job as an assistant to a traveling cloth merchant, which took him to the town of Hayacha where he met a very wealthy widow named Khadijah.
Muhammad then entered into Khadijah’s employ as a camel driver. He performed his duties with great care and was especially grateful to Khadijah for allowing him to put his destitution behind him.
Khadijah, who was 15 years his senior, noticed Muhammad’s handsome appearance and decided that he would be her husband. Muhammad’s marriage to Khadijah made him an extremely wealthy man. Kahdijah exercised tremendous influence over Muhammad.
History records that Khadijah was an adherent to the Hanif religion, which was monotheistic and claimed its roots back to Abraham via Ishmael, the son of Hagar.
However, Khadijah was also closely related to family members who were Roman Catholic, most notably Khadijah’s cousin Waraqah b. Naufal.
In A.D. 610, when Muhammad was 40 years old and while wandering the desert caves around mount Hira in solitude, he received a visit from a “majestic being.” Muhammad later identified this being as “Gabriel.” This “majestic being” gave instructions that Muhammad was “the Messenger of Allah.” Muhammad immediately feared that he was suffering from demonic possession. Khadija and Waraqah however influenced Muhammad otherwise. Despite their assurances, however, Muhammad suffered from extreme anxiety and depression. He was gripped by a sense of abandonment and worthlessness.
Muhammad’s initial attempts at evangelism in his home town of Mecca were met with very limited success. The polytheistic social establishment of Mecca simply would not tolerate Muhammad’s monotheistic message especially given that Muhammad was poor man who married into money – hardly a real man at all, in their view.
It was not until A.D. 622 in the largely Roman Catholic city of Yathrib that Muhammad’s luck changed when a group of 75 people from Yathrib pledged their loyalty to Muhammad and Islam.
From this point, Muhammad’s religious and political influence was propelled to new heights of popularity and new lows of depravity. Although Muhammad claimed that his religious beliefs were based on those of the prophets of Scriptures, Muhammad began a career of rape and murder that was certainly becoming of the exploits of contemporary Jesuits.
Scriptures give us the ethics and instructions from our Creator, but what ethical guidance does Islam give? Muhammad helped his followers to understand to "proper" way to rape women just moments after making them watch the slaughter of their husbands, fathers and brothers. In their attack against the tribe of Banu-'l-Mustaliq in AD 626,
Muhammad's followers argued that the captive women would fetch a higher
ransom if they were returned to their husbands not pregnant. Their
solution was not to refrain from rape but to practice coitus
interruptus. Muhammad, an inspirational leader of sinners indeed,
replied: no coitus interruptus needed. This is according to Sahih Muslim
Book 8 Number 3371. Far from giving us the ethics of our Creator, Islam is a religion of murderous, looting rapists. Book 4 of the Koran is titled, "The Women" verse 24 states that a Muslim man is forbidden to have sexual relations with a married woman unless the woman has become his captive (4:24) ( http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/k/koran/koran-idx?type=DIV0&byte=114839 ). Certainly, Muhammad was giving a message from his own heart or by the inspiration of demons; he was not relaying the words of Yah, which do not allow such behavior.
Interestingly, Muhammad, despite having waged massacres against communities of various religions, offered his protection to Roman Catholic St. Catherine’s monastery in A.D. 628. The monastery survives to this day despite being located within a country of Islamic dominance.
Similarities between Roman Catholicism and Islam The similarities between Roman Catholicism and Islam are also striking.
Despite the fact that Rome adores obelisks, images of jealousy condemned by Scriptures, yet Islam despises them (and rightly so), there are many other symbols that are remarkably similar. Both utilize rosary beads for prayer. Both extol the virtues of pilgrimages.
Most importantly it is necessary to point out that both worship the hosts of the heavens, the sun and the moon, which is forbidden according to Scriptures. Roman Catholicism, with its obelisks, crosses of Tammuz, communion wafers that resemble cakes for the queen of heaven and ubiquitous images of the sun, is a continuation of ancient Babylon’s sun-worship. Islam, with its crescent moon, is a continuation of ancient Babylon’s moon-worship. Both religions therefore are derivatives of the religious systems of ancient Babylon. The Scriptures refer to Babylon as the first beast of the earth, a religious system condemned by Scriptures.
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The Testimony of a Former Jesuit Priest
Alberto Rivera claims that he was a Jesuit priest before realizing that the Roman Catholic Church is in reality the “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.” Rivera leaves us the following testimony as recorded in the book "The Prophet" published by Chick Publications.
“What I'm going to tell you is what I learned in secret briefings in the Vatican when I was a Jesuit priest, under oath and induction. A Jesuit cardinal named Augustine Bea showed us how desperately the Roman Catholics wanted Jerusalem at the end of the third century. Because of its religious history and its strategic location, the Holy City was considered a priceless treasure. A scheme had to be developed to make Jerusalem a Roman Catholic city. The great untapped source of manpower that could do this job was the children of Ishmael. The poor Arabs fell victim to one of the most clever plans ever devised by the powers of darkness.
Another problem was the true Christians in North Africa who preached the gospel. Roman Catholicism was growing in power, but would not tolerate opposition. Somehow the Vatican had to create a weapon to eliminate both the Jews and the true Christian believers who refused to accept Roman Catholicism. Lookng to North Africa, they saw the multitudes of Arabs as a source of manpower to do their dirty work. Some Arabs had become Roman Catholic, and could be used in reporting information to leaders in Rome. Others were used in an underground spy network to carry out Rome's master plan to control the great multitudes of Arabs who rejected Catholicism. When 'St Augustine' appeared on the scene, he knew what was going on. His monasteries served as bases to seek out and destroy Bible manuscripts owned by the true Christians.
The Vatican wanted to create a messiah for the Arabs, someone they could raise up as a great leader, a man with charisma whom they could train, and eventually unite all the non-Catholic Arabs behind him, creating a mighty army that would ultimately capture Jerusalem for the pope.
In the Vatican briefing, Cardinal Bea told us this story:
'A wealthy Arabian lady who was a faithful follower of the pope played a tremendous part in this drama. She was a widow named Khadijah. She gave her wealth to the church and retired to a convent, but was given an assignment. She was to find a brilliant young man who could be used by the Vatican to create a new religion and become the messiah for the children of Ishmael. Khadijah had a cousin named Waraquah, who was also a very faithful Roman Catholic and the Vatican placed him in a critical role as Muhammad's advisor. He had tremendous influence on Muhammad.
Teachers were sent to young Muhammad and he had intensive training. Muhammad studied the works of St. Augustine which prepared him for his "great calling." The Vatican had Catholic Arabs across North Africa spread the story of a great one who was about to rise up among the people and be the chosen one of their God. 'While Muhammad was being prepared, he was told that his enemies were the Jews and that the only true Christians were Roman Catholic. He was taught that others calling themselves Christians were actually wicked impostors and should be destroyed. Many Muslims believe this.
Muhammad began receiving "divine revelations" and his wife's Catholic cousin Waraquah helped interpret them. From this came the Koran. In the fifth year of Muhammad's mission, persecution came against his followers because they refused to worship the idols in the Kaaba.'Muhammad instructed some of them to flee to Abysinnia where Negus, the Roman Catholic king accepted them because Muhammad's views on the virgin Mary were so close to Roman Catholic doctrine. These Muslims received protection from Catholic kings because of Muhammad's revelations.
Muhammad later conquered Mecca and the Kaaba was cleared of idols. History proves that before Islam came into existence, the Sabeans in Arabia worshiped the moongod who was married to the sungod. They gave birth to three goddesses who were worshipped throughout the Arab world as "Daughters of Allah" An idol excavated at Hazor in Palestine in 1950's shows Allah sitting on a throne with the crescent moon on his chest.
Muhammad claimed he had a vision from Allah and was told, "You are the messenger of Allah." This began his career as a prophet and he received many messages. By the time Muhammad died, the religion of Islam was exploding. The nomadic Arab tribes were joining forces in the name of Allah and his prophet, Muhammad. 'Some of Muhammad's writings were placed in the Koran, others were never published. They are now in the hands of high ranking holy men (Ayatollahs) in the Islamic faith.'
When Cardinal Bea shared with us in the Vatican, he said, these writings are guarded because they contain information that links the Vatican to the creation of Islam. Both sides have so much information on each other, that if exposed, it could create such a scandal that it would be a disaster for both religions.”
Islamic – Roman Catholic Connection Documentary Teacher Walter Veith has researched this topic extensively and offers a lot of very important information. Please make time to watch this 95 minute documentary, which will be very much worth your time.
Caution: Walter Veith’s theology is Seventh Day Adventist, which is also not entirely consistent with Scriptures. Regardless, we can benefit from Veith’s research and teaching talent.
Further Reading Form more information on Islam, the following books will provide important information on Islam.
• “The Sword of the Prophet” by Serge Trifkovic • “The Life and Religion of Mohammed” by Rv. J.L. Menezes • “Fast Facts on Islam” by John Ankerberg and John Weldon • “The Islamic Invasion” by Robert Morey