Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist 1st Edition
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"Pours brand new wine into some ancient wine skins, all with rational and easily available biblical underpinning." -Charlie Daniels, American musical legend
"Prophecy teachers would do well to ask if Joel is not giving us a new way to look at the prophecies of the last days. There is a wealth of evidence and of coherent fit that should cause us all to re-think. It is a credible view..." --Dan Juster, Founding President, Union Messianic Jewish Congregations, Director of Tikkun International
About the Author
Joel Richardson is the author of several books including The New York Times bestselling Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast. He is an internationally recognized expert on Biblical prophecy, the Middle East, and Islam, and is a human rights activist and a commentator for WND.
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His first mainstream published work, which was initially released under a different title, and which received several updates and expansion for the later release... is called "The Islamic Antichrist." In this book, he goes into great detail explaining how he came to this conclusions, and convincing others of the reasons to accept this interpretation of prophecy... and to expect it to become more clear as time goes on (as it has).
Here is the current "Audible" audiobook version, which is the version I recommend to anyone truly interested. The printed version, for me, is mainly used as a "refer back to for quotes" supplement to the audio book... much as printed materials in a classroom are supplementary to a spoken lecture.
However, as this work was intended to convince the unconvinced of this... and to use as much MUSLIM doctrine and scripture as possible, rather than merely "our" resources... he inevitably had to gloss over a few CHRISTIAN doctrine points in the process. Not ignoring them or sidestepping arguments, just giving them minimal coverage in favor of emphasizing Islam's own declarations about itself.
This allowed some critics of this position... mainly in mainstream Christian churches which espouse the "European Antichrist" interpretation... to dispute some of his statements. The result is THIS book... which is a companion book to "The Islamic Antichrist" but which focuses, instead, on convincing CHRISTIANS, using almost exclusively Christian resources. It also provides a wonderful lesson for those who are, themselves, Christians already, and who may well believe his argument, but need further evidence to be presented in order to fully make the case for their own beliefs.
By reading the first book first, and this book second, the case is fully made, from any potential perspective, of why Richardson believes as he does (and I agree with him, for the record). But note, this book is not really intended to be a "stand-alone" work. Rather, it is like an vastly expanded appendix to the earlier work. I do not recommend anyone but Biblical scholars who are convinced of the "European Antichrist" interpretation, and who disagree with Richardson's interpretation, to read this without reading the first work. In fact, I would not recommend them to do so either, but they will at least find some value in the work as read by itself, while non-believers in Christianity, or less scripturally-educated laypeople of any Christian subsect, will find less value in this book by itself.
Richardson has two further major works which are complementary to "The Islamic Antichrist" as well, but which are fully stand-alone works... "Mystery Babylon" and "When a Jew Rules the World."
The first helps explain one of the most controversial, and he argues misunderstood, element of scriptural prophecy... who, exactly, "Mystery Babylon" is.
He makes a very sound case for the argument (which is more scripturally based than most other interpretations) as to what this confusing reference actually refers to (and for the record, he is not saying it must be "the literal ancient city of Babylon"... but I don't want to undercut his development of his thesis by giving away his final conclusion prematurely)
The other work, "When A Jew Rules the World" is more of a study of why the "supercessionist" theory of Christianity... held by a disturbingly large number of Christian churches, both historically and at present... that "God rejected the Jews and when prophecy discusses Israel it really means the Christian Church"... is wrong.
The "supercessionist" theory is behind almost all antisemitic behavior expressed by nominal "christians" throughout history, and is something those "christian" churches share with Islam, by the way... the claim that "God now hates the Jews because the Jews killed Jesus" (or rather, according to Islam, that they TRIED to do so... Islam declares that Jesus was never crucified, but rather used magic to trick the Romans into crucifying Judas in his place!)
Richardson makes very clear that this position is not only not supported by scripture, but in fact is in direct contradiction to all biblical prophetic scripture. And he does so in a totally conclusive manner... leaving no doubt to anyone reading with an open and inquiring mind.
For anyone who comes to appreciate Richardson's work... there is one further publication in his retinue, but this is not his alone, but rather is a cooperative work with former-Palestinian-terrorist-now-Christian, Walid Shoebat. It's also a terrific work, but is more of a political/social book and less of a scholarly work, as the above are.
Read this book and understand.
OK, so why not Rome and the Pope? After all, it WAS Rome that destroyed the Temple in 70AD. Yes, technically, but not actually. There weren't enough actual Romans to be continuously deployed throughout the vast Roman empire, so local loyalists were used in the far corners of the empire. In Israel, those "Romans" were the same people who have always despised God's people: call them Moabites, Edomites, Canaanites, Philistines, or just "Arabs". They delighted in torturing and murdering the Jews and smashing down the temple. These same people surround Israel now and still proudly display their hatred and intention to wipe Israel from the map. They clearly are working to re-establish the Islamic caliphate, and it's likely they eventually will become the armies of Gog talked about in the Bible.
It's definitely worth reading this book.