Islam teaches that Issa (Jesus) was a prophet, though they say he did not come from the grave in spite of eye witnesses in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, who initially ran but were later willing to die for a risen Christ. “Would we die for a lie?” asks Dr. Richard Ruhling, author on current events and Bible prophecy. He offers the following explanations.
When asked about the end of the world, Christ said to understand the book of Daniel—another prophet that offers a panoramic view of the world’s empires from 2500 years ago to now.
God used imagery of fierce beasts of prey to show Daniel what the kingdoms of this world are like. The lion, bear, leopard and dragon in Daniel 7 foretold the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia and Rome. Out of the dragon (Rome) grew a little horn that became great.
The Protestant reformers (like Luther who 500 years ago protest the papal abuses), saw the little horn growing out of the Roman Empire as the papacy, doing what verse 25 described, starting with a Sunday law by Constantine in 321 that the Bishop of Rome blessed to secure unity.
Then comes Islam in Daniel 8 represented by a Muslim ram by the River Ulai (Karun River by Kuwait where US troops deployed after 9/11. The ram is pushing north (into Russia), west (into Europe and US) and south (into Africa) until it angers a goat that flies from the west to break its horns and stomp the ram.
Most readers say this was Alexander the Great that conquered the Medes and Persians because they are named in verse 20 (hundreds of years after Daniel lived.) But in a stunning view, Gabriel tells Daniel that his vision is “at the time of the end,” verse 17.
This suggests a double application as “history repeats,” and the God of the Bible is alone able to “see the end from the beginning.” (Isaiah)
The Medes and Persians are now Iraq and Iran. This vision is half fulfilled by Saddam’s death, and it also answers a huge question for Islam that comes from Abraham, father of Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Abraham was tested over his love for God and willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac. But Islam says the son was Ishmael and they celebrate the saving of Ishmael by the sacrifice of a ram in their yearly ram sacrifice, Al-Adha. So was it Isaac or Ishmael–Which is the true holy book?
Daniel 8 suggests that Islam, not content with its part of the Middle East, will be sacrificed to spare Israel in spite of Iran wanting to drive Israel into the sea. (Israel was the son of Isaac after Jacob’s name was changed), spared by the ram in Genesis 22). Only the God of the Bible could give such breath-taking details centuries before they unfold, starting in Genesis with a ram caught in a Bush!
One more question that Muslims might have. Why would God allow “the Great Satan to conquer Islam when the US brought alcohol, tobacco, drugs, Hollywood, crime, sex, violence on TV, abortion, homosexuality, all things that the Bible condemns?
Daniel’s prophecy is about how the future unfolds. America will have its own time of judgment soon and after a military victory, the US’ “horn” also gets broken.
On the positive side, Christianity is a religion of loving our neighbor–others who need our help–treating them as we would want done for us. Christianity has elevated the role of women in society above so much abuse in other regions and religions.
Dr. Richard Ruhling is author of God Bless America? on Amazon at no charge on Saturday, Oct 28 where readers can also download an app (free) to read Kindle books on computers.