Protest signs at a ‘funeral’ in England for Osama bin Laden claim “Islam will dominate the world” (See http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/245148/ of Friday, May 6, 2011).
A careful study of Bible prophecy would surely indicate otherwise, at least in the “long run.” There is some good evidence that Islam will not be in existence at all by the time Ezekiel 38 and 39 come to pass, since the Islamic nations that surround Israel mentioned in Psalm 83 seem to be left out of the list of nations mentioned in the confederation of nations lined up against Israel mentioned in those chapters. This may be because they have been defeated prior to Ezekiel 38 and 39 events. It is not absolutely certain that Psalm 83 is prophecy, but my study so far indicates it is, because nations and events are mentioned which are not a part of the historic events that form the basis for the Psalm. See the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible at Psalm 83:8, and consult the cross references at the passages listed there for Assur. Careful study of the cross references will produce unexpected enlightenment on this prophetic theme.
The taunt or threat recorded or predicted in Psalm 83:4 sounds strikingly familiar:
Psa 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
World or national leaders who make threats like that surely have little or no knowledge of the Bible.
According to one of the provisions in the Abrahamic Covenant, such threats are exceedingly dangerous to the one or ones making the threat:
Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
The proper attitude to have is found stated in this passage of Scripture:
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Considering the remarkable accuracy of Biblical prophecy, it is a very poor choice to stand on the wrong side of what God declares He will do.
I’m still studying these topics, and my conclusions are not final. But so far, this is the way I see the Biblical evidence pointing, as far as I have studied it.
It is almost certain that the Antichrist does not come from Europe. The Antichrist is certainly not the Pope. Antichrist appears to arise in the Middle East from the Biblical region named Assyria, according to Micah 5:5.
In two weeks we will find out if Harold Camping is correct in his understanding of Bible prophecy. I am absolutely certain he is mistaken, for his understanding of Bible prophecy is flawed by his dependence upon mistaken notions pertaining to Bible chronology and the meaning of numbers in the Bible.
Furthermore, what he proposes could not be learned from a study of a plain text Bible on Robinson Crusoe’s deserted island. From what I heard of Mr. Camping’s claims in an interview aired yesterday with Bob Dutko on WRDT Detroit 560 AM of the Crawford Broadcasting Network, Mr. Camping’s understanding of Bible prophecy may be tainted from his prior attachment to Reformed and Calvinistic theology. Those who adhere to the Reformed position on Bible prophecy, like the respected Bible teacher Dr. R. C. Sproul, are absolutely wrong on the subject.
I am not equating Dr. Sproul with Mr. Camping. Dr. Sproul is a reliable teacher, except for his commitment to the mistaken theology of Calvin. Calvin is mistaken because he leaned too heavily upon the writings of Augustine, a Roman Catholic church father. Whenever we derive our theology and understanding of the Bible from an extra-biblical source, especially from an “ism,” such as Calvinism, or any other “ism,” such as Seventh Day Adventism (extremely mistaken on Bible prophecy and the Sabbath Commandment), or Arianism (an ancient heresy now promoted by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in their denial of the Deity of Jesus Christ), we will be utterly mistaken about what the Bible really teaches.
That is why it is most important to engage in Real Bible Study as discussed and taught here!