There is no denying that the world is frequently thinking about Muslims today, especially “Radical Islam”. Our president candidates, the world’s media, the world leaders, everyday conversations, you name it, the world is predominantly focusing on Muslims and their troublesome brethren–the radicals. But what does God’s word say about these people in the future? How prominent a role will they play?
Just recently we witnessed yet again a horrible terrorist attack, when a young kid with strapped explosives exploded in the midst of a large wedding in Turkey, killing 51 people. Then just a few days ago a young boy about 12 was arrested by Iraqi policemen and they bravely dismantled the explosive belt from him.
Yet these horrible acts have led some individuals and religion groups and their leaders to forecast that Islam will play a key role in the final events. Some say that the anti-Christ will be a Muslim (NYT Best seller “The Islamic Anti-Christ” for example).
The top 5 religions based on world adherents are listed as followed–
- Christianity (General) — 2.04 Billion Followers. …
- Islam (General) — 1.226 Billion Followers. …
- Catholicism — 1.142 Billion Followers. …
- Hinduism (General) — 828 Million Followers. …
- Agnosticism — 639 Million Followers. (www.newsmax.com)
So we see that Islam is very widely followed around the world. Then certainly we should look at what, if any, this religion will play in a future role. Let’s start by looking at the Lord’s Elijah message, to get some background on Islam and their leader–Mohammed.
“Let us now for a moment consider Mohammed, to whom something like 220,000,000 people bow. What kind of man was he? Was he a deceiver? or was he a teacher of righteousness? — Let us also consider the people who were taught by him. They were the descendants of Lot and Abraham, — Moabites, Esauites, and Ishmaelites, etc., all of them bitter enemies of the Hebrews, and their religion.
Since Mohammed led millions of Arabs closer to the Hebrew-Christian religion than the so-called Christians in his day would have led them, it is hardly possible that he was a deceiver. He led his followers to a higher moral standard of living, modesty, cleanliness, regularity of prayer and Biblical diet than the Christians of his day would have led them. Mohammed’s theory of religion according to history, and as Mohammedanism has it now is this:
“Mohammedanism, the name commonly given in Christian countries to the creed established by Mohammed. His followers call their creed Islam (entire submission to the decrees of God), and their common formula of faith is, ‘There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.’ The dogmatic or theoretical part of Mohammedanism embraces the following points: —
1. Belief in God, who is without beginning or end, the sole Creator and Lord of the universe, having absolute power, knowledge, glory, and perfection.
2. Belief in his angels, who are impeccable beings, created of light.
3. Belief in good and evil Jinn (genii), who are created of smokeless fire, and are subject to death.
4. Belief in the Holy Scriptures, which are his uncreated word revealed to the prophets. Of these there now exist, but in a greatly corrupted form, the Pentateuch, the Psalms, and the Gospels; and in an uncorrupted and incorruptible state the Koran, which abrogates and surpasses all preceding revelations. (See Koran.)
5. Belief in Gods prophets and apostles, the most distinguished of whom are Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed. Mohammed is the greatest of them all, the last of the prophets and the most excellent of the creatures of God.
6. Belief in a general resurrection and final judgment, and in future rewards and punishments, chiefly of a physical nature.
7. The belief, even to the extent of fatalism, of God’s absolute fore-knowledge and predestination of all events both good and evil.” — “Twentieth Century Cyclopedia,” p. 507.
In view of the fact that Mohammed led his people closer to the religion of the Bible than they had been before, could he truly be called a deceiver? If so, tell me what did he deceive them from?
Since Mohammed was so near to believing the Christian religion, we may ask, Why did he not become a Christian? — Let us consider the possibilities that could have prevented him from so doing:
Mohammed lived in the seventh century of the Christian era, in the midst of the Dark Ages of religion, when the Christian church was deepest in idol worship, graft and immorality, practices that are prohibited by the Scriptures. If nothing else could have kept him from joining the Christian church, then idol worship along with the prevalent use of swine’s flesh, practice that is against all Bible religion, was enough to turn Mohammed from Christianity.
Mohammed, I believe, did the very best he could, considering that in his time the so-called Christian church was at a very low ebb, and that his morals and behaviour were much higher than were the morals and behaviour of the Christianized pagans. In view of all this, who can say that Mohammed was a bad man, that he was a deceiver?
Are we still inquiring why God permitted Mohammed to teach his religion to millions of the earth’s inhabitants? And do we still wonder why he did not become a Christian? — If so, here is a second answer: God permitted him because Mohammed was making the people better than they were, and because Mohammedanism in that day brought one closer to the religion of the Bible than could have paganized Christianity.
But why are the Mohammedans still Mohammedans? — Mohammedans are still Mohammedans, for the same reason that Buddhists are still Buddhists; that is, because after Mohammed died, they did just what the Buddhists did: In the progress of religion the Mohammedans stopped where Mohammed stopped — at his tomb. They stopped there to make sure that their followers would never join another sect.
They taught the people that there was to be no other prophet, that Mohammed was the last, that there was no need for another, that they had all the Truth to lead them to the pearly gates. Thus corrupt Mohammedanism drilled this false idea into the minds of the common people then, and still more corrupted Mohammedanism of today, like all other sects, including corrupt Adventism, still does the same. Thus it is that no sect as a people, but only as individuals, has ever accepted an additional message and this is the reason for the multi-sectarian world.
So to ask why Mohammedans and Buddhists are still Mohammedans and Buddhists — why have they not advanced since Mohammed and Buddha died, is like asking why Catholics have not yet become Lutherans, why Lutherans have not yet become Presbyterians, why Presbyterians have not yet become Methodists, why Methodists have not yet become Baptists, why Baptists have not yet become Seventh-day Adventists, and why Seventh-day Adventists have not yet become Davidian Seventh-day Adventists?
The overall answer is that each successive denomination has failed to keep pace with the progress of Truth because each has failed to climb higher than the height of the founder of each respective denomination could possibly have led them in his life time. (Timely Greetings, Vol.2, no.26, p.17-21) Note: this report was made in 1948 since that time the Muslim population has swelled.
So we see that Mohammed was himself a decent man, devoted to right principles. But because “Christianity” was so perverted in his day due to the pre-dominant pagan influence, he could not go along with it. Yet, as Inspiration says the Muslims stopped growing with his death. Today, they are “stuck” with stagnant truth because they have not kept pace with the advanced light from God. So this being the case, can God use those who are not interested in His advancing truth, his continual road map to the kingdom? No indeed! If He does use them it will be unbeknownst to them, such as pawns in His great design.
So this brings us to today. God has obviously allowed the Muslim people to have a sizable self radicalized element within it to destroy and bring fear upon the world. But, surprisingly, His final message of Elijah does not tell us much about the Muslims except a portion related to their fate AFTER the church purification, let us read–
Ezek. 38:1, 2 — “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.”
Gog is here said to be the chief prince, the king of Meshech and Tubal. These two cities, Meshech and Tubal were anciently situated in Asia, south of the Black Sea, where the Turkish Empire now is.
Ezek. 38:8 — “After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.”
The “many days” after which Gog is visited are the thousand years. The latter days in which Israel return to their land, and the time in which Gog shall go against them are premillennial.
Ezek. 38:9 — “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.”
The expression, to “ascend, and come like a storm,” suggests that these things are to take place in the time of the airplane.
Ezek. 38:10-12 — “Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: and thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates. To take a spoil, and to take a prey;to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”
As the land of Israel shall have no visible human protection whatsoever, it will appear to Gog that he should have no difficulty robbing the people of the land.
Ezek. 38:13 — “Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”
These neighboring countries and people that ask Gog to tell them his mission, evidently are not allied with him.
Ezek. 38:14-17 — “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when My people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: and thou shalt come up against My people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against My land, that the heathen may know Me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by My servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?”
Clearly, this Kingdom of Israel is set up in the latter days, in the days before the millennium, for after the Kingdom is set up, Gog opens war against It. Indeed, this cannot be after the millennium, for then all the nations from the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog with them, shall encompass, not the mountains of Israel, but the new Jerusalem. Furthermore at that time the slain shall not be buried but burned to ashes (Rev. 20:9, 10; Mal. 4:1).
Ezek. 38:23 — “Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.”
Ezek. 39:1-7 — “Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord. So will I make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.”
Gog, you see, shall fail to rob God’s people. He will instead perish in the mountains of Israel.
(Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 4, p.17-19)
“Gog” represents a Muslim figure or people and these people are located where Turkey is today. They are Muslim. Over 90 % of the Turkey population and surrounding areas is Muslim. So after the 144,000 return there to establish the final Gospel proclamation headquarters in Israel , these Muslims will think the land is ripe for the taking, thinking there is a bunch of unarmed people who they can just bowl right over. They do not know that the great I AM is now directly involved in earth’s activities! They are used as pawns before the world and His people “Israel” —“and I will bring thee against My land, that the heathen may know Me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” — “So will I make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel”.
So how will the Muslims and the Muslim radicals end up when the Great I Am comes on the scene? Let us read —
“After the judgment work in the house of God (1 Pet. 4:17) is completed and the 144,000 guileless servants of God, the first fruits (Rev. 14:4) take their high and exalted post with the Lamb on Mt. Zion (Rev. 14:1), then commences the ingathering of the second fruits. Finally the world’s eyes will come open to the situation, and as one nation invites another nation, the gospel work will intensely speed up.
Many will then say, “Let us go up to the mountains of the house of the Lord, to the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we wall walk in His paths.” All the prophets have spoken of this great and marvelous event, but for brevity’s sake I shall quote only from one chapter — Zechariah 2.
“And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein. For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her…. Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the Holy Land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation.” Zechariah 2:4, 5, 10-13.
Isa. 2:4 — “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
Not the nations, but Inspiration Itself declares that in the day God judges the living, then those nations who go to the mountain (Kingdom church purified) of the Lord “shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks” — they will go farming instead of spending their strength in war.
The nations that do not accept the Lord’s “rebuke,” in that day, though, will madly arise against the “mountain” of the Lord, as forecast by the prophet Joel, saying: “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.” Joel 3:9- 12. (Timely Greetings, vol. 1, no. 5, p.5-6)
We see that there will be two decisions made by the “nations” of both Muslim and other religions, and that will be either “many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day” or “The nations that do not accept the Lord’s “rebuke,” in that day, though, will madly arise against the “mountain” of the Lord..”
So right now , although we see much worrisome acts coming from radical Islam, these futile acts are soon to come to an end. As soon as the world is under the final Loud Cry Gospel proclamation, these evil doers and murderers will come right smack up against God’s warriors –the 144,000. And we don’t have to tell you which side wins.
“And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” (Isaiah 52:12)
You see brethren as soon as the Lord’s church purification takes place the world’s battlefield will change. They are to be new players, two sides– God’s side, led by His “battle-ax” the 144,000 and Satan’s side, the prideful world loving selfish heathen and false religion people.
“You are my battle-ax and sword,” says the LORD. “With you I will shatter nations and destroy many kingdoms. (Jeremiah 51:20)
As our prophetess explained the “great controversy” will soon take place in the world and yet despite the fact that it looks like the Muslim people are not viewed as God’s people, there shall soon be an awakening that will amaze many.
“God has jewels in all the churches, and it is not for us to make sweeping denunciation of the professed religious world.”–4BC 1184 (1893).
“Notwithstanding the spiritual darkness and alienation from God that exist in the churches which constitute Babylon, the great body of Christ’s true followers are still to be found in their communion.”–GC 390 (1911).
Let us be ready for the Lord’s glory and world awakening power to save even those in the heathen and Babylonian world currently lost in Satan’s darkness. Even the Muslims shall see it!
“There is many a religion current that numbers its thousands and tens of thousands, but there is but one that bears the superscription and the stamp of God. There is a religion of man and a religion of God. We must have our souls riveted to the eternal Rock. Everything in God’s world, both men and doctrines and nature itself, is fulfilling God’s sure word of prophecy and accomplishing His grand and closing work in this world’s history.” (2 Selected Messages, p.379-380)