By Michael Thompson
Amazon.com’s hottest new release in the Eschatology category is Joel Richardson’s just-released book “Mideast Beast.”
Richardson’s sequel to his New York Times bestselling 2009 “The Islamic Antichrist” has surged past Joel Rosenberg’s “Implosion: Can America Recover from its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time?” and “The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days” by Mark Hitchcock to claim the top spot in the Eschatology category on Amazon.
“I am firmly convinced that Islam is the single greatest challenge the church will face before the return of Jesus, yet most are still either asleep or in denial,” Richardson states in “Mideast Beast.”
In his bestselling 2009 book “The Islamic Antichrist,” Richardson’ stunning research and analysis suggested that the biblical Antichrist and Islam’s primary messiah figure (the Mahdi) could be the same person. Now, taking a hard look at the most significant biblical end-time texts, “Mideast Beast” argues persuasively that the Antichrist, his empire and his religion will come from the Middle East and not Europe as has been widely taught by many modern prophecy teachers.
Published by WND Books July 5, “Mideast Beast” completes and establishes the revolutionary argument introduced in Richardson’s “The Islamic Antichrist,” namely that the Antichrist will be a Muslim whose empire will arise out of the Middle East.
Whereas most students of the Bible have long held that some form of humanism or universalist religion would catapult the Antichrist to world power, “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist” systematically proves that the long-awaited system of the Antichrist is even now before us and knocking at our door – virtually unnoticed by the church.
With large segments of the Christian missionary movement embracing a heretical method of outreach to Muslims, “Mideast Beast” cuts to the core of the matter, revealing the true nature and origins of Islam.
“A most engaging book. … There is much to commend the argument for a final Islamic Empire rather than a Western or Roman Empire in the Day of the Lord,” said Walter Kaiser, president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
If, in fact, Islam is the religion of the Antichrist, the implications are earth-shattering, according to the author. He said the church absolutely must consider this information as it formulates its approach forward with regard to prayer, intercession, evangelism and missions. The questions and thesis presented in this book are questions that the church simply cannot afford to ignore any longer.
“This book is refreshingly crisp – a must read for serious Christians and anyone who desires to understand the challenges facing us on our increasingly turbulent horizon,” said Chuck Missler, internationally recognized prophecy expert and speaker
Richardson is an internationally recognized expert on biblical prophecy, the Middle East, and Islam, a human rights activist, and a commentator and columnist for WND.