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With violent protests, riots and revolutions under way in the Arab world, many observers are scratching their heads trying to figure out what to make of it all.

Some are proclaiming it a “pro-democracy” uprising, given the involvement of many on the political left working in unison with Islamist radicals and proponents of Shariah law.

But Joel Richardson, author of the best-selling “The Islamic Antichrist,” simply sees history repeating itself.

“This is the same kind of seemingly unlikely political coalition that united in Iran to depose the shah in 1979,” he points out.

Richardson says the reality of this coalition re-uniting on a broad scale throughout the Islamic world is potentially explosive.

“While it may be difficult for some to make a connection between the religious world of Islam and the generally liberal-bent of the political left, there are in fact some foundational, shared commonalities between the two ideologies,” he writes in a WND exclusive commentary today. “First, both leftist and Islamist ideologies share a populist, collectivist, and even utopian political vision. While the American ideal seeks ‘economic freedom,’ leftist and Islamists both seek ‘economic justice’ or radical wealth redistribution as a definitive goal. Second, both the Leftists and Islamists are now using the vehicle of riots, violent protests and revolution to achieve their goals. A significant part of the apocalyptic dimension is that whether atheistic Marxism or religious Islamism, both ideologies also share a mutual hatred of you and me. Whether this is Israel, (the little Satan), or the United States, (the Great Satan), Leftists and Islamists long to see the demise of both.”

To Richardson, who has popularized the notion that Islam will play a definitive role in fulfilling biblical prophecy, he says it is important to “take note of the eschatological and messianic swirl underlying much of what is now taking place.”

“The yearning of the Islamic world over the past decade has been the overthrow of what is perceived as the corrupt, Western-puppet regimes of the Arab world, but also the unification of the Islamic world under the historical Islamic government of the Caliphate,” he writes. “Underlying all of this is a growing turn to Messianic Mahdism. The Mahdi is Islam’s primary messiah figure, awaited by both Shi’a and Sunni Muslims. Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America declares that, ‘The coming of the Mahdi is established doctrine for both Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, and indeed for all humanity.’”

Richardson’s book defies the assumptions of many of the most popular prophecy books written over the last 40 years. After decades of reading popular prophecy books and even best-selling fiction like the “Left Behind” series, millions of evangelical Christians around the world are dreading the day when a beastly figure known as the Antichrist emerges as a global political and religious dictator.

Most expect him to come from a revived Roman Empire, which many have assumed is associated with the Roman Catholic Church and the European Union.

Not so, argues “The Islamic Antichrist,” a book that makes the case that the biblical Antichrist is one and the same as the Quran’s Muslim Mahdi.

So controversial is the title, the author has written under a pseudonym.

“The Bible abounds with proofs that the Antichrist’s empire will consist only of nations that are, today, Islamic,” says Richardson. “Despite the numerous prevailing arguments for the emergence of a revived European Roman empire as the Antichrist’s power base, the specific nations the Bible identifies as comprising his empire are today all Muslim.”

Richardson believes the key error of many previous prophecy scholars involves the misinterpretation of a prediction by Daniel to Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel describes the rise and fall of empires of the future, leading to the endtimes. Western Christians have viewed one of those empires as Rome, when, claims Richardson, Rome never actually conquered Babylon and was thus disqualified as a possibility.

It had to be another empire that rose and fell and rose again that would lead to rule of this “man of sin,” described in the Bible. That empire, he says, is the Islamic Empire, which did conquer Babylon and, in fact, rules over it even today.

Many evangelical Christians believe the Bible predicts a charismatic ruler, the Antichrist, will arise in the last days, before the return of Jesus. The Quran also predicts that a man, called the Mahdi, will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to usher in an era of peace. Richardson makes the case these two men are, in fact, one in the same.

In “The Islamic Antichrist,” Richardson, a student of Islam, exposes Western Christians to the Muslim traditions. He says most Christians have no idea of the stunning similarities between biblical Antichrist and the “Islamic Jesus.”

Richardson is the co-author with Walid Shoebat of “God’s War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible” and co-editor of “Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out.”
“The Islamic Antichrist” is published by WND Books and is available autographed in the WND Superstore.

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