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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 237B
August 24, 2005
Armageddon – Jacob’s God vs. Allah, the God of Islam!
I have lived through a depression, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnamese Conflict. And, during my lifetime, I have been consistent in teaching that the ten toes in Daniel 2, the ten horns in Daniel 7, and the ten horns in Revelation 12, 13, & 17 are all the same, and that they are Islamic horns, not European horns. I keep hoping that people will get off the dead horse that came out of the great evangelical movement, and begin to realize that the final conflict of this Gentile Age will be between the descendants of the same man, father Abraham. Some are waking up to the fact that what eventually leads to Armageddon will be a conflict stirred up in the Middle East between the followers of Allah and the followers of the God of Israel.
Down through the ages there have been contests fought between the one true God and many representatives of Satan, the great false god. The final contest of the Age of the Gentiles will be the great battle of Armageddon, which marks the fullness and the end of that age. The war will begin some three and one half years before its great final battle, which will be Armageddon. It will basically be the battle of the followers of the false god Allah and the followers of the great true God of Israel.
Daniel 12:1 – And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
God has not absolutely forsaken Israel. He has left both them and their great temple spiritually desolate for the rejection of his Son Jesus, but he will receive them when Jesus comes to end Armageddon, and they call his Son blessed that comes in his name.
Matthew 23:37-39 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
The descendants of the twelve sons of Ishmael and the six sons of Keturah are the descendants of Abraham who follow Allah, and from among them will come the ten Arab nations that attack Israel some three and one-half years prior to Armageddon. And the nation under attack will also be the descendants of Abraham, but by Abraham’s seed of promise, the man Jacob. Please see Prophecy Archive Updates 101B, 102B and 105.
The idea that the antichrist would rise out of Europe and lead ten European nations against Israel came out of the great evangelical movement. The antichrist being presented today is pictured as dominating the world as we know it today. Please take a good look at Prophecy Archive Updates 73A, 77, 77A, 77B, 77C, and 135A. I believe that while many are waiting for an antichrist to rise in Europe and dominate the whole world as we know it today, that the real antichrist will arise in the Middle East, dominate the world as it was known when the prophecies concerning the “tens” were written, and many will be caught napping, thinking they still have a lot of time before Armageddon.
While many are allowing for a lengthy period of time to pass during antichrist’s climbing to power in Europe, believing that Armageddon is a long way off in the distant future, he will arise in the Middle East, and the prophecies concerning him will be fulfilled primarily in that area. I do not believe the antichrist will arise out of the European Union. This popular teaching is going to cause many to be shocked when he does arise. Please see Prophecy Archive Updates 27, 28, 36, 54, 74B, 78, 105, and 147D.
I recently received an e-mail from an old friend, who reminded me that the frequently heard “Allah is great” from the lips of Islam is a proclamation that Allah is greater than any god. In point of fact, it is a cry that Allah is greater than the god of Christians and Jews, greater than the god of the big U.S. devil and the Little Israel devil.
His e-mail brought back vivid memories of the first time I was confronted head on with a follower of Islam. It was 53 years ago in the city of Tripoli in Libya. A young Arab began to shout at me, “Allah is great, there is one god, Allah, and Mohammed is his Prophet.” He kept chanting it over and over again, ever increasing in pitch and volume. Arabs began to come out of nowhere, and within a few moments I was surrounded. It was my good fortune that other G.I.’s heard his cry and saw my plight. They pushed through the Arabs and surrounded me in an inner circle. The young Arab finally stopped chanting, and the group slowly dispatched. It was the last time I ever went into Tripoli alone.
Things really haven’t changed much down through the centuries between the followers of the true God and the followers of the many false gods like Allah. And it does all seem to boil down for one side to want to prove its god is greater than the other side’s god. I knew nothing about the Islamic faith 53 years ago, but since that time I have come to know many followers of Allah, and have learned a fair amount about their religious fanaticism. I have seen men parading the streets beating themselves over their shoulders with whips and drawing blood, I have watched the blood cut through the epidermis and roll down their backs in beads as a sign of willingness to sacrifice themselves to the cause of Allah in repentance. As I observed the phenomenon I could not help but call to remembrance the false god Baal, whose followers cut themselves to invoke his favor.
I Kings 18:17-40 – And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?  And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.  Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.  So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.  Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.  Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:  And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.  And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.  And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:  And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.  And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.  And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.  And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.  And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.  Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.  Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
I assure you that our God, the true and only God, will win the final contest at Armageddon, and the followers of the false prophet, as well as the false prophet and the antichrist, will suffer a similar fate as received by the prophets of Baal.
Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Revelation 19:19-21 –And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.