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An “Islamic Antichrist?” Joel Richardson Still Predicting A Muslim Satanic Figure

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That Joel Richardson is predicting a Muslim anti-Christ isn’t anything new. Richardson did, after all, publish a work in 2006 with the title, Anti-Christ: Islam’s Awaited Messiah; the book received an enthusiastic blurb on its front cover by none other than Rev. Deacon Robert Spencer himself,

“A fascinating and provocative work. A must read for priests and pastors, students and lay-readers everywhere.”

An Islamic Antichrist? Joel Richardson Predicts A Muslim Satanic Figure

(RNS) Every age needs an Antichrist.

Protestant Reformers picked the papacy as their embodiment of evil. American colonists chose King George III and some Cold War Christians suspected the Soviet Union was satanically led.

Now, amid threats of Islamic terrorism, a nuclear-armed Iran and tumult across the Middle East, a growing group of American evangelicals say the Antichrist will be Muslim.

“I understand that I’m going to be viewed as a fringe, apocalyptic Christian,” said Joel Richardson, author of several books predicting an Islamic Antichrist. “But I fully own the idea that the Antichrist will be a Muslim and will come out of the Muslim world.”

These days, even the fringe has a faithful following. On websites, television programs, conferences and books, conservative Christians like Richardson warn that a Muslim Antichrist will lead army to arise and attack Israel, in fulfillment of the biblical prophets and the Book of Revelation.

From there, they say, it’s a short road to Armageddon.

“Today, we’re seeing the beginning signs of that exact prophecy coming to pass,” warns Richardson.

Scholars say the arrival of Islamic Antichrist prophecies was, well, predictable.

“I think the shift to Islam was just waiting to happen,” said Glenn Shuck, an assistant professor of religion at Williams College who has studied evangelicals’ views on the apocalypse.

A certain kind of Christian, sometimes dubbed “armchair apocalyptists” or “newspaper exegetes,” seems especially inclined to cast their foes as agents of the Archenemy. The Antichrist they identify, scholars say, often reflects the era’s deepest anxieties.

For many modern Christian apocalyptists, fears of big government are embodied in an Antichrist who will unite nation-states in a totalitarian One World Order.

Since 9/11, though, Islamist terrorism has ascended as a new threat, and lept from the front pages to apocalyptic thrillers like the “Left Behind” series and nonfiction books such as Richardson’s “Mideast Beast” and “Islamic Antichrist.”

Richardson, a 40-year-old decorative painter from Missouri who jokingly refers to his writings as “an expensive hobby,” presents his prophecies as straightforward interpretations of the Bible, including the Book of Revelation.

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  • Wouldn’t be surprised

  • Tanveer Khan

    Perfect. Hehe

  • golden izanagi

    REPENT FOR HIS CALIBRATIONS WILL LEAD THE UNIVERSE TO SALVATION!

  • Kirook

    You actually can recruit them; one joins your party in Mass Effect 2 and if you make the right choices, they can help you in the final battle of Mass Effect 3.

  • Kirook

    Wait. Commander Shepard is the Antichrist! Think about it! He a) doesn’t seem to believe in Jesus, he never mentions anything like that at all,
    b) claims to be a god (“You can fight like a krogan, run like a leopard but you’ll never be better than Commander Shepard!”)
    and c) performs great miracles (Surviving the Elysian Blitz as a War Hero, destroying Sovereign, defeating the Collectors and so on)
    These are the biblical warning signs for the Antichrist!
    REPENT, AND WORSHIP GARRUS VAKARIAN!

  • Kirook

    Oh, in the Mass Effect ‘verse lots of people do. There’s an in-universe political party called Terra Firma that basically bases its entire existence around anti-alien bigotry (kind of like how the Tea Party bases itself around hating Muslims, hating gays, hating communists, hating liberals, hating liberals, hating liberals…) and one of your party members has some anti-alien sentiment herself–though it’s worth noting that even she considers Terra Firma far out of line. Neither my character nor I myself bear any such sentiments (except maybe against the Reapers, but then their name is fairly descriptive), and in fact, I keep an alien in my squad almost all the time. Why? Because she can create black holes WITH HER MIND!

  • Sam Seed

    PS4 reveal event last night watched it and liked it. Go Sony!

  • Tanveer Khan

    Interesting Emir SS. If we play our cards right I believe we will be able to bring them under the supremacy of izlam

  • Solid Snake

    The Geth and Krogans are two different factions/races in the Mass Effect Universe. Geth are robots created by another race, the Quarians, for labor and for war. The Geth soon rebelled against the Quarians. Generally the Geth operate using the “Hive mind”. A single Geth “unit” is about as intelligent as an animal or a bit better, but when Geth are in close proximity of each other, they are able to pool their individual resources and achieve superhuman intelligence. The more Geth there are in a specific area the smarter they are. There are both evil and good Geth “units”. As for the Krogans, they are a race of reptilian like beings who are built for war. They live on a harsh desert like planet crawling with dangerous creatures. Due to their violent nature the Krogans were used by a more advanced race, the Salarians, to fight a war against another race, the Rachni. After the war, the Krogans began expanding and became a danger to the galaxy. Another race, the Turians, created a ‘genophage’ that would make most of the Krogan females infertile causing the birthrate and ,subsequently, the population of the Krogan to decline. Apologies for the long and off-topic post.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    I thought flying kites was your job ?

  • Talking_fish_head

    I think this guy is better as the Antichrist

    http://adventuretime.wikia.com/wiki/The_Lich_(character)

    think about it, a guy born from nuclear war, is an undead fiend , and his goal in life is the extinction of all life in the universe
    (yes I watch cartoons, sue me)

  • There is.

  • I’m just waiting for humans to come to their senses and stop this childish and primitive behavior. I’m going to be waiting a very long time I fear….

  • Tanveer Khan

    What are Geths and Krogans?

  • Tanveer Khan

    Dajjal-anti christ

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    I had a phone call from Liverpool as they needed a left winger
    I turned them down as they could not afford my wage demands
    Sir David

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