Christ & antichrist

I Jn 2:18-29

18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.

25 And this is the promise that He has promised us-- eternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.

27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. (NKJ)
 
Preached at FBC Toulon, IL on October 14, 2001 by Albert Harmon; see it at toulonbaptist.com 

John tells us that the Antichrist is coming. But he also tells us that there are many antichrists that are in the world already. And although they may not be the Antichrist they follow his examples and ways. When the Antichrist comes he will be like those who have come before but will be widely accepted by the world and its leaders.

Among those who have been identified as Antichrist by Christian leaders is Mohammad. John of Damascus referred to Mohammad as Antichrist and truly believed that he was. When one considers the war that the Antichrist will make with the saints and compares it to the war of Islam against Christianity it is easy to see how they drew that conclusion.

There is far more information than we can present in this session. I have read dozens of pages and articles both modern and ancient in regards to this. I want to present the most significant items and primarily show the difference and superiority of Christianity to that of Islam.

Today we will deal with the comparison of Jesus and Mohammad.

Christ vs Mohammad

Origin and Nature 

Origin and Nature 

Eternal with God

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1 

Was prophesied by Jesus

Koran 61:6 And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: "O Children of Israel! I am the apostle of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of an Apostle to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad." But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, "This is evident sorcery!" 

God in human flesh

Col 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, (NIV) 

Jesus not God in the flesh

Koran 5:75 They do blaspheme who say: "Allah is Christ the son of Mary." But said Christ: "O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord" 

The Messiah, the Christ

I Jn 2:22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. (NKJ) 

Jesus is the Son of God

Ps 2:7 "I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (NKJ)

Matt 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (NKJ) 

Matt 11:27 "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. (NKJ)

Matt 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"

Matt 26:63-64 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!" Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, (NKJ)

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (NKJ)

Luke 1:32 "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. (NKJ)

John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (NKJ)

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJ)

I Jn 2:23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (NKJ) 

Jesus was only a man.

5:78 Christ the son of Mary was no more than an Apostle; many were the apostles that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth.

9:30 Section 5. The Jews call Uzair (Ezra) a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the Son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (In this) they imitate what the Unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: How they are deluded away from the Truth! 31 They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; Yet they were commanded to worship but One God: There is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him). 

Koran 43:59 He was no more than a servant: We granted our favor to him, and We made him an example to the Children of Israel.

Koran 2:116 They say: "Allah hath begotten a son": Glory be to Him. --Nay, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: Everything renders worship to Him.

Koran 4:171 O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: So believe in Allah and His apostles. Say not "Trinity": desist: It will be better for you: For Allah is One God: Glory be to Him: (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.

 

Birth and early history

Born of a virgin.

Raised in obscurity.

Baptized at about 30.

Did first miracle shortly after. 

Born in poverty

Father died when quite young

Married an older widow when about 24

The best short account is found in Gibbon's Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire 

Life & Teachings 

Life & Teachings 

There is no greater teachings any where than those in the Sermon on the Mount.

Jesus taught love for enemies and those who hate us.

His teachings agreed with all that God had given before in the Old Testament.

His teachings were consistent throughout His life.

He never taught that there was an acceptable time to steal, murder, lie.

He never married and commanded that divorce was a great sin and gave the example of Adam and Eve as a will of God in marriage, one man for one woman for life. 

His life and teachings can be divided into three phases or stages.

He was a teacher when he first began his mission. He taught against idiolatry, claiming that God was but one, and beside him there was no other.

He was driven from Mecca, the very seat of idol worship in the Arab world when he preached against the idol worship there.

He went to Medina where he was but a humble teacher and prophet.

He thought that the Jews would accept him as the Messiah, which after they did not, he stopped praying toward Jerusalem and began to pray toward Mecca.

He was also not accepted by the Christians. Whom he taught had corrupted the Bible and the teachings of and concerning Jesus.

In these days he was tolerant of other faiths as is reflected from the parts of the Koran from that period.

He was a minority and lived accordingly, in peace with those who did not agree with him.

His first exploits as conqueror were against the caravans that traveled to and from Mecca, from which he received great wealth and supplies, receiving a large portion of the spoil for himself.

Later when his converts, with sword in hand were in a greater number he changed his tactics.

 

Plan for conversions

His was a proclamation of good news.

Everyone was free to accept or reject His teachings.

Conversions were made by the power of the Word and the Holy Spirit and never the sword.

Conversion was an inward work and not an outward humiliation and confession. 

He purposed to drive all infidels, Jews, Christians and idolaters from Arabia, which he did in his life time.

In some cases he expelled them in other cases he slaughtered this captive victims, every male and the wives and children became slaves.

Later when he had a large enough following he believed that persuasion was to be yielded by the sword.

He spends the remainder of his life pursuing those who oppose his teaching.

This includes Jews and Christians as well as idolaters. 

Actions

Healed the sick, feed the hungry, raised the dead.

But when it came to Himself, He was led as a sheep, and opened not His mouth.

He told those who would follow Him that unlike the birds and the foxes, He did not even have a place where to lay His head. 

Death

Jesus gave His life an atonement for our sins, dying on a cross.

Matt 20:27-28 "And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave- 28 "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (NKJ)

Matt 26:28 "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (NKJ)

John 3:14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, (NKJ) 

John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. (NKJ)

John 10:15 "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

John 10:17 "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. (NKJ)

John 12:31-33 "Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. (NKJ)

John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. (NKJ)

Acts 5:30 "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.

Rom 5:6-8 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NKJ) 

Jesus did not die on the cross.

4:157 That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of Allah"; --But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not: --

They believe that God made Judas look like Jesus and the crucified him instead of Jesus.

 

Present state

He was raised from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the father, ever living to make intercession for us. 

MOHAMMEDANISM

Mohammed began to preach in Arabia, A.D. 607. He boldly proclaimed to

the world that he ascended with Gabriel, astride the same donkey which

Christ rode into Jerusalem. Having flown through trackless ether, passing

glittering spheres, rolling worlds, and blazing suns, with his archangelic

escort, he arrives at the first heaven, where he finds Adam and Eve, so

crippled by the fall that they have progressed no further, but linger there

with many of their children. They sweep on the ethereal void traversed by

rolling worlds, till they reach the second heaven, where they find a number

of patriarchs and saints. Then onward they fly, halting anon at the third

heaven. Then to the fourth, on to the fifth, and finally to the sixth, at all of

which he finds multitudes of patriarchs, prophets, saints, and angels. At

the sixth heaven Gabriel throws up his commission, alleging his

unworthiness to escort him any further, at the same time notifying him

that he must proceed alone to the seventh heaven, and there stand before

the effulgent majesty of the Almighty, as He sits upon the throne of the

universe, and who has sent him all the way down to this world to summon

Mohammed to appear in His presence. Now Mohammed proceeds alone

up to the seventh heaven, and stands before the Almighty, who notifies

him that, having sent prophet after prophet to warn the wicked people of

this world to repent, He finally sent His Son Jesus Christ to persuade

them, by His condescending love and mercy, to repent of their sins. But all

this had proved a failure, since, instead of repenting, they arose up and

slew Him. But now Mohammed represents the mighty as sending him into

this world, the last and most beloved of all the prophets, even from the

beginning of the world. But He does not send him to persuade men to

repent, as all the others had come on that line, and signally failed; but He

sends him armed with the sword to compel all the people in the world to

cast away all other religions and worship God Almighty alone, and receive

the Koran, which Mohammed certified that the Almighty revealed to him

while he stood in His august presence. Doubtless Mohammed was one of

the most intelligent men the world ever saw. Though a son of Esau, he was

the master-spirit of the Dark Ages. Satan was one of the brightest of all.34

the archangels before he fell. This wonderful superhuman intellect he

retained after his spirit's apostasy, and utilizes at the present day.

Doubtless, Mohammed was wonderfully illuminated intellectually,

inspired, energized, invigorated, and empowered by the devil. Thus

Mohammedanism, instigated by Satan, was born in blood, death, robbery,

and every species of crime. The Koran has no code of morals. It

unscrupulously justifies robbery, murder, and licentiousness. It presents

the greatest conceivable incentives to the most chivalric heroism on the

battlefield. It says: "A night spent in arms is more precious in the sight of

God than months of fasting and prayer. Whosoever dies in battle, his sins

are forgiven. In the day of judgment, his wounds shall be resplendent as

vermillion, and odoriferous as musk. In the Mussulman's paradise,

seventy-two damsels of sparkling beauty shall minister to the most

humble of the faithful," Mohammedanism is an ironclad system of

inflexible Monotheism, utterly repudiating and eternally abjuring every

form of idolatry. Thus, Mahomet proclaimed to the world that God had

sent him to destroy all the idolatry on the globe, and purify the religions of

the world. At the time of his ministry, in the seventh century, Asia and

Africa, the great apostolic fields of labor, were occupied by the Greek

Church, which was full of image worship. Mahomet, born and reared in

the wilds of Arabia, did not discriminate between corrupt Christianity,

with its image-worship, which everywhere prevailed in the East, and the

paganistic Churches. Hence, the Moslem armies exterminated all religions

as they went, giving the people the solitary alternative of Koran or death.

Thus the loyal Mussulman believes he is to swim to heaven in Christian

blood. The Turkish Empire has been the upholder of Mohammedanism the

last twelve hundred years. It was a penalty of death to profess

Christianity in that empire till the treaty of Ryswick, A.D. 1844, when the

united powers of Christendom forced on the Turks the Act of Toleration.

This treaty they are now flagrantly violating in the Armenian massacres. Rev. W. B. Godbey, D. D., on Revelation
 
 

(5) War on Infidels. -- The Koran abounds in contradictions respecting the

right and duty of the faithful to make war on infidels; for Mohammed,

while he was the weaker party, showed himself very tolerant, and

commanded to convert only by the power of the word; but later, when he

became more potent, he issued severer ordinances against those who

would not submit to his faith. His successors, therefore, have established.55

the following doctrines, and declared null and void the passages of' the

Koran adverse to them. Every major Moslem fit for military service is in

duty bound to participate in holy wars against infidels who will not submit

to the dominion of Moslems, and against the faithful who refuse obedience

to the legitimate prince, or adhere to dogmas contrary to the faith. In a war

against Moslemite rebels or heretics it is not allowed to kill prisoners of

war, nor to attack the wounded or pillage property. As for infidel prisoners

of war, who do not adopt the Islam before their capture, women and

children are made slaves; men can, according to the pleasure of the prince

or political exigency, either be killed, ransomed, or exchanged for Moslem

prisoners; or even, as circumstances may dictate, be released or be made

slaves. McClintock & Strong

 

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com