by Billy Roper
Many mainstream Judeo-Christians refer to “the people of the book” or to “all Abrahamic religions”, lumping Judaism, Christianity, and Islam together as if they have more commonality than differences. As that becomes more common with attempts to spread artificially and governmentally enforced hyper-ecumenical unity, we will hear this more and more often. That’s why I think it’s crucial that racially conscious Christians understand what Muslims believe about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in terms of Bible prophecy.
There are two distinct branches of Islam, Sunni and Shiah. The much larger group, Sunni Muslims, are the ones who believe that their religion’s highest leaders can be elected. Shiah Muslims believe that their faith’s top offices must be filled by those who are direct descendants of Muhammad. That’s the basic difference between the two branches of their religion.
Most Shiah live in Iran. Sunnis live from Egypt to Pakistan, as well as in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and in ISIS and Al Qaeda. You get the picture.
Instances in the Bible involving Jacob wrestling with an angel are not mentioned in the Quran, and so are rejected by Muslims. Furthermore, Muslims don’t believe Jacob tricked Isaac, by impersonating his twin, Esau, into blessing him as they consider him a righteous prophet of God and that Isaac must have known that Jacob was special from all his children. Finally, there is no mention of the vision of Jacob’s Ladder, and this is rejected by most Muslims. But what’s more crucial is what they believe about Jesus, and what they think is in store for the future.
Muslims do not believe that Jesus was God’s son. They do believe that he was born of a virgin birth, and performed many miracles himself. And, they do believe that Jesus Christ was “the most perfect prophet”, and as such, God would not have allowed Him to die. Instead, they believe that in the Garden of Gethsemane, when the guards come to arrest Jesus and are blown back when it is revealed who He is, that God took Jesus up into Heaven alive at the age of 33, and instead passed Jesus’ physical likeness onto Judas Iscariot, the traitor, or Simon of Cyrene, or Sergius, or Natlianus, depending on the text, who was crucified instead. After the event, Ibn Kathir reports the people were divided into three groups following three different narratives; The Jacobites believing ‘God remained with us as long as He willed and then He ascended to Heaven;’ The Nestorians believing ‘The son of God was with us as long as he willed until God raised him to heaven;’ and the Muslims believing; ‘The servant and messenger of God, Jesus, remained with us as long as God willed until God raised him to Himself.’ Note that Ibn does not include the fourth division of belief, that the son of God was with us until His crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection in salvation of us from our sins in fulfillment of prophecy.
Jesus, according to the Muslim faith, is going to return again from Heaven, 33 years old, and descend to near Damascus, Syria during the middle of a war between Islam and the Anti-Christ, preaching universal love and peace for three and a half years; but then He will turn on the Jews and Christians and declare Islam to be the true faith for an equal period of time, before ruling for a generation. So, it matches the seven year tribulation of Christian apocalyptic prophecy, but actually makes Christ into the figure whom we think of as the anti-Christ, an inversion of Himself.
According to Islamic tradition which describes this graphically, Jesus’ descent will be in the midst of wars fought by al-Mahdi (lit. “the rightly guided one”), known in Islamic eschatology as the redeemer of Islam, against al-Masīh ad-Dajjāl (the Antichrist “false messiah”) and his followers. Jesus will descend at the point of a white arcade, east of Damascus, dressed in yellow robes—his head anointed. He will say prayer behind al-Mahdi then join him in his war against the Dajjal. Jesus, considered as a Muslim, will abide by the Islamic teachings. Eventually, Jesus will slay the Antichrist, and then everyone who is one of the People of the Book (ahl al-kitāb, referring to Jews and Christians) will believe in him. Thus, there will be one community, that of Islam.
Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 43: Kitab-ul-`Ilm (Book of Knowledge), Hâdith Number 656:
Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts).”— Narrated by Abu Huraira
After the death of al-Mahdi, Jesus will assume leadership. This is a time associated in Islamic narrative with universal peace and justice. Islamic texts also allude to the appearance of Ya’juj and Ma’juj (known also as Gog and Magog), ancient tribes which will disperse and cause disturbance on earth. God, in response to Jesus’ prayers, will kill them by sending a type of worm in the napes of their necks. Jesus’ rule is said to be around forty years, after which he will die. Muslims will then perform the funeral prayer for him and then bury him in the city of Medina in a grave left vacant beside Muhammad, Abu Bakr, and Umar -companions of Muhammad and the first and second Sunni caliphs (Rashidun) respectively.
That’s somewhat nicer than the Jewish belief that Jesus is a blasphemous bastard, a liar and fraud who is boiling in a vat of urine in Hell forever, but it’s still not quite what I’d call a commonality of faith. The Muslims see Jesus as a mortal, if miraculously born and perfected prophet of God, rather than as His divine son, and that’s of course a crucial difference.
Christian Identists believe Jesus Christ is God’s own divine son, God in human form, who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead after three days in triumph over them, and over death. We believe that the antiChrist will be Jewish, and will come preaching racial tolerance and universal equality and love in order to foster a one-world government. True Christians will resist this, and be persecuted and suffer for their resistance, but God’s side will ultimately triumph after seven years of war, and an earthly kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ will rule for 1,000 years.
Even not considering the racial differences which literally define our Christian Identity, how can we have common cause with, or consider ourselves brethren with, Muslims or Jews, even White converts to those faiths? We cannot. They are NOT fellow “people of the book”, or our Abrahamic brethren. All three faiths cannot be correct. Not even any two of them may both be correct. Only one may be, and the other two are, ipso facto, false prophets at best, or idolators, more truthfully.
Know your enemy. Ignorance is death. Now you understand what Muslims think of your savior. You should never be confused about their worldview, again.