Muslim Antichrist? Idea stirs hornet’s nest
A WND author’s bold claim that the biblical Antichrist will be Islamic has rankled one of the Mideast’s most dynamic personalities, prompting the creator of a TV show reportedly seen by millions to fire back that it’s not Muslims, but Christians who are “on the side of the Antichrist and Satan.”
Adnan Oktar, who writes Islamic creationist books under the pen name Harun Yahya, is reported by Reuters to be one of the most widely distributed authors in the Muslim world, with a publishing empire that boasts over 250 books in 52 languages. Israel’s Arutz Sheva reports his TV program seen by millions in the Middle East.
But Oktar – a white-suit clad personality who surrounds himself with glamorous women and opulence – is often accused of leading a sex-tainted cult in which some followers believe the author is actually Islam’s long-awaited savior, or “Mahdi.”
Apparently, Oktar is none too pleased with biblical research linking the Mahdi to the Antichrist.
Oktar devoted a television program recently to blasting Joel Richardson, author of the New York Times best-selling “The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast” and “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist”, for drawing parallels between the rise of Islam in Turkey and the rise of the Antichrist.
“Evangelical author Joel Richardson, quoting the prophecies of the Gospels, … says that Turkey will become a power in the last days,” Oktar said, according to a translation of the show. “This Joel … is sitting in the lap of the Antichrist and he is not aware of it. The proponents of the Antichrist see the system of the Mahdi as the system of the Antichrist. … Seeing the Antichrist as the Mahdi and the Mahdi as the Antichrist is one of the portents of the end times.”
Oktar continued, “If we get in contact with Joel and explain this to him, he will see that he is on the side of the Antichrist and Satan himself, because he says that there are three, that Allah is three. Someone who is supporting the Trinity, how can be on the side of the Mahdi? How can he be on the side of the savior? They have devastated the world with these claims.”
Oktar’s charge was prompted by a recent WND article about director Faruk Aksoy’s film “Fetih 1453,” a movie about the rise of Ottoman Empire and which translated means “Conquest 1453,” now the most watched and highest grossing movie in Turkish history, earning more than $60 million worldwide.
Richardson views the release of “Fetih 1453″ and the rise of Turkey as a world power as confirming biblical prophecy.
“In my book ‘Mideast Beast,’ I walk the reader through several key biblical texts that also point to a renewed Turkish power in the last days,” Richardson told WND. “As the Obama administration is openly getting behind the Islamist government in Turkey, numerous world events are all aligning with what the biblical prophets spoke. For those who take biblical prophecy seriously, awaiting the return of Jesus, the events now unfolding in Turkey and the region – the days in which we are now living – are absolutely profound.”…………….
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