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Antichrist: Islam's Awaited Messiah Paperback – April 7, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing (April 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414104405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414104409
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel Richardson is a New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized teacher. Joel lives in the United States with his wife and five children. Joel's heart is thoroughly missional, with a special love for all the peoples of the Middle East. Joel travels globally teaching on the Gospel, living with Biblical Hope, the return of Jesus, and preparing the Church to face the great challenges of our time.

Joel's web-site is www.joels-trumpet.com

Customer Reviews

It was well thought out, well organized, well written and very well researched.
Luis Stanado
Here is a book which examines these very current events from the perspective of Islamic eschatology: what many believe is THE INEVITABLE unfolding of EndTime events.
Leonardo LCH Lenbenhear
Please read this book and it will open your eyes as to what Muslims believe will happen when the end of the world is near.
Christ's Crusader

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120 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Alexandrios on May 11, 2006
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This book is simply superb. I first read this book online, and just now re-read it. Simply stated, this is THE book that will change the way that we view many of todays world events. Mr. Richardson has brought the religious aspects behind the events of todays news into a very, very crisp focus. There are many books out there that discuss Islam from a comparative religious perspective, but what Joel has accomplished here is nothing short of astounding. It is as if he has cut through all of the peripheral issues and nailed only what needs to be said.

Joel begins the book by discussing the growth rates of Islam, mostly due to births, but also due to new waves of conversions since 9-11. This fact is one that very little like to face. His presentation is very gentle yet direct. The research is also very impressive.

Next Joel compares dozens of Islamic doctrines about the Islamic Messiah figure known as the Imam Mahdi. This chapter alone makes the book worth reading. Especially with the Iranian President's claims to be called to usher in the emergence of the Mahdi. Next he compares dozens of aspects of the Mahdi's life and mission to the Bible's end-time figure known as the Antichrist. The similarites between the two is simply stunning. You have to read this.

After this, the subject of the Islamic Jesus of his end-time mission is discussed. Very frightening and fascinating stuff.

Other apects of Islamic doctrines are analyzed such as the Muslim practice of beheading and Islam's plans for world domination. One chapter that I also really appreciated was his analysis of the Islamic practivce of al-taqiya, or the Islamic practice of lying.
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164 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ambrosius Aurelius on September 28, 2006
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This book is a fascinating, frightening comparative analysis of Islamic and Christian eschatology. The author is a Christian (Protestant) who has studied Islam during the course of his long-term involvement in interfaith dialogues. Drawing from the Koran and the Sunna--the two principle sources of Islamic doctrines--he has identified the prophesied Islamic Messiah, Muhammed al Mahdi, as a figure quite similar to the Christian "Antichrist," as described in the book of Revelations, and in the Judaic prophecies of Ezekial and Daniel. He then demonstrates that the returning "Jesus" (Isa) of Islamic eschatology is quite similar to the Christian "false prophet," who will, in fact serve the Antichrist in the conquest and destruction of Israel, presenting himself to the world as a non-divine "Jesus" who is subservient to Allah and his Mahdi. The author's interpretation of the two prophetic traditions is that the Mahdi will re-establish the Islamic Ottoman Empire, which was essentially built on the foundation of the Orthodox Christian Byzantine Empire. This book is particularly frightening in light of the current turmoil in the Persian Gulf. For example, the militias of the Shi'a leader of Iraq, Mohktada al Sadr, is now called the "Mahdi" army. Muhammed al Mahdi is supposed to return to earth, presumably reuniting the Sunna and Shi'a factions of Islam by his presence. The prophesied destruction of Israel in the end times is supposed to originate in Khorasan, modern day Iran. Skeptics will scoff at the whole concept of prophesy, and the perrenial concerns about the "end times," but, after reading this book, I certainly wonder if we are witnessing the beginning of a pan-Islamic reign of terror in the Middle East, and around the world.
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Within the Shiite Sect, (which is predominate in Iran), it is prophesied that there is a coming 12th Imam who is the great spiritual savior. This Imam is named Abu al-Qasim Muhammad or also called Muhammad al Mahdi. He is said to have been born the son of the 11th Imam, Hasan Al-Askari and his wife, the granddaughter of an Emperor. There are conflicting statements of her name being either Fatima or Nargis Khatoon.

Most accounts of the story say that al Mahdi went into hiding as a child around the age of 5 years (about 13th Century). It said he has been `in hiding' in caves ever since but will supernaturally return just before the Day of Judgment. According to the Hadith the criteria for the Hidden Imam are:
He will be a descendant of Muhammad and the son of Fatima
Will have a broad forehead and pointed nose
Will return just before the end of the world
His appearance will be preceded by a number of prophetic events during 3 years of horrendous world chaos, tyranny and oppression
Will escape from Madina to Mekkah, thousands will pledge allegiance to him
Will rule over the Arabs and the world for 7 years
Will eradicate all tyranny and oppression bringing harmony and total peace
Will lead a prayer in Mekkah which Jesus will be at his side and follow in
Remarkably, the 12th Imam theory plays heavily into the world's current concerns with Iran. The Shiite Muslim President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, is deeply committed to the Islamic Messiah, al Mahdi. There have been many through the years claiming to be the Hidden Imam but Ahmadinejad believes he is yet to come. He claims that he is to personally prepare the world for the coming Mahdi. In order to save the world, it must be in a state of chaos and subjugation.
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