The author of a new book about the prophecy for the Antichrist and the End Times and what that means to the world says at this point, radical Muslims probably equal or outnumber Americans.

Even before the Islamic attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 innocent people died at the hands of “radicals,” there were alarms over those who would pursue such violence. There also were the counterarguments that those “radical” members of Islam make up only a small portion of the Muslim community.

But Joel Richardson, in an interview with Mike Huckabee on his radio show, said that the number of those radicals is much larger than most people probably realize.

Richardson was discussing the content of the new WND Books bestseller, “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist.”

“I have plenty of Muslim friends myself. They are not all radicals,” he said. “The statistics say 10-15 percent … extrapolated from 1.59 billion (Muslims worldwide) and you have close to the amount of Americans we have that are considered to be radical.”

The two were discussing the subject that also was addressed in Richardson’s earlier book, “The Islamic Antichrist,” which actually changed the eschatological views of many evangelical Christians since its release two years ago.

Richardson said Islam is not going away, and is “growing by leaps and bounds” around the world while in the United States, “We’re quickly becoming a post-Christian nation.”

He said while it is up to Christians to oppose Islam as a “soul-destroying force,” it also is their responsibility to recognize that “every Muslim was created in the image of God.”

Middle East expert Daniel Pipes, also joining the program, said Islam is changing and that’s in evidence because in various parts of the world, Islamic law, Shariah, is being applied differently.

He noted while a “bin Laden-type” may wish to apply a strict form of Islamic law, where adherents “strap bombs to the bellies of their children,” there are other interests, such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which seek a lower level of application.

The new book, officially not released publicly to bookstores around North America until September, is available now, autographed by the author, for immediate shipping. It picks up where the last one left off – with even more biblical evidence that the long-anticipated Antichrist will be a figure from the Middle East, a Muslim.

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” systematically makes the case that the Antichrist is even now before us and knocking at the door.

Richardson also reports that a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt believes that should that organization’s candidate be placed in power there, the capital will be Jerusalem instead of Cairo.

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It was Muslim cleric Safwat Hagazy whose comments at a presidential rally were aired on the Egyptian Al-Nas TV station on May 1 and later re-posted on YouTube with English subtitles being added by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute.

He states, “We can see how the dream of the Islamic Caliphate is being realized, Allah willing, by Dr. Muhammad Mursi and his brothers, his supporters and his political party. We can see how this great dream, shared by us all. The United States of the Arabs will be restored, Allah willing. The United States of the Arabs will be restored by this man and his supporters. The Capital of the Caliphate, the capital of the United States of the Arabs, will be Jerusalem, Allah willing.”

He continued, “Our capital shall not be Cairo, Mecca or Medina. It shall be Jerusalem with God’s will. Our chants shall be: ‘millions of martyrs will march towards Jerusalem’… Yes, we will either pray in Jerusalem or we will be martyred there.”

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