In the video above, Dr. Chuck Missler, a well respected Bible teacher, explains the idea that the title Bis’m Allah or Bismillah on the Shahadatan (band on Muslims foreheads) may actually be the Mark of the Beast as described in Revelation 13. This theory is not new, in fact, quite a number of Bible scholars have risen up like Walid Shoebat and Joel Richardson, who insist that the Islamic religion may have a strong role to play in the End Times. Especially, with the prophecies of the Mahdi or 12th Imam. The Bible says that the Antichrist will behead anyone who refuses to take his mark as hinted to below:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw souls of them that were beheaded for witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah – never will He waste their deeds.
Sharia law also denies citizenship to anyone who is non-Muslim and establishes limits on the buying and selling of goods. These all seem to be consistent with the description of the End Time scenario as outlined by the Book of Revelation in the Bible (Revelation 13:16, 17).
Personally, I think Islam may indeed have a role but it may only be just one possible avenue for the Antichrist to rise from. In Revelation 12:3, there is a description of Satan with 7 heads and crowns on each head, symbols which makes him eerily similar to the Hindu depiction of Shesha, the king of the nagas (snake deities):
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
A picture of Shesha and the second person of the Trimurti (Hinduism’s equivalent to the Trinity), Vishnu, is shown in the picture below:
Shesha, who is often depicted as a seven headed serpent with seven crowns, is famous in Hinduism for his role in an event called the “Churning of the Ocean” where the participants try to make themselves immortal. The very same idea that Satan presented in the garden of Eden: “Ye shall not surely die” and “Ye shall be as gods”. Another thing to note is that Vishnu, who is in every way another Christ (Antichrist), is often shown sitting relaxed on Shesha, as one who has received authority – in Revelation we know that the Antichrist will be given power from the dragon (Revelation 13:1-8).
My point is that Satan has been preparing himself, planting himself and several Antichrist figures in the false religions as suggested by 1st John 4:3:
1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
The Bible teaches that the only time the world will know the true Antichrist will be when God removes the “He (Holy Spirit) who restrains” as described in 2nd Thessalonians 2:6-7. I think it is reasonable to say that the restrainer is indeed the Holy Spirit, as the scriptures describes the Antichrist as the ‘man of iniquity’ or ‘man of sin’ (2 Thessalonians 2:3), only the Holy Spirit has power over sin (Galatians 5:17–18), in fact, 2 Thessalonians 3:2, 3 confirms that it is indeed God who does the restraining:
2 Thessalonians 2:6-7
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he (Antichrist) will be revealed.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he (Holy Spirit) who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 3:2, 3
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
In the same picture chosen above for “Bismillah” we see the image of a “serpent” which Chuck Missler highlights in the video. In the same image we see what also appears to be a “pole” or “post.” You may ask, “What is my point for highlighting this to you?” Well Islam teaches that Jesus Christ never died. Jesus Himself says:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.
Jesus of course refers to the brass serpent raised on a pole by Moses in Numbers 21:9. I find it amazing that the “serpent” of this rendition of Bismillah is off the “pole” almost as if to mock it. Accident? Coincidence? I am not sure, but I will tell you that anyone who studies linguistics will know that languages in their basic and original forms were represented by images. It could therefore be considered that “Bismillah” at it heart truly denies the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, just as Islam claims that Jesus did not died on the cross (Surah 4:156-158). Please share, like, comment and follow this blog. God Bless!