The purpose of this paper is to summarize the key elements discussed through the lectures given this week by Dr. Jimmy Deyoung. This summary will be divided into five different sections: (1)Satan’s Dominion Strategy; (2)Ishmael’s True Legacy; (3)Islam’s Satanic Trio; (4)The Islamic Invasion; and, (5)Islam and the Final Solution. It is necessary for the student of Bible Prophecy to have a firm grasp of the understanding of these key elements, as they indeed play a vital role in the present times and will increasingly continue to do so as the Second Coming of Christ draws closer to fruition.
(1)Satan’s Dominion Strategy:
In the Book of Genesis, Chapters 1 and 2, a detailed account of God’s creative power and glory are given. It is stated that “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, KJV).¹ At the end of the Seventh day, God once again records that “Thus the heavens and earth were finished, and all the host of them” (Genesis 2:1, KJV). With the completion of Creation, God says that the product “was very good” (Genesis 1:31, KJV); with a more powerful translation out of the original that translates “abundantly excellent”! With this powerful opening statement by God Himself, it is crystal clear that God’s Creation was beautiful to His joyful satisfaction, and unadulterated. What then, and who, is responsible for the chaotic turmoil which now exists some six thousand years after the “perfect” world? Quite clearly, the answer to such a question can be shown, without a doubt, to be Satan. Satan, created as the Angel Lucifer, would leave this perfect creation and through wicked pride and deceit, help bring about the fall of mankind. The next logical question in this sequence then remains: why? Why would a created being who stood in the very presence of an almighty and perfect God do anything to jeopardize his existence and place in the heavenly realm? Like mankind, Angels were created and given the gift of free will. Without free will, mankind and angels alike, are nothing more than robotic beings at God’s disposal and command. God, in His sovereign grace and mercy, allowed created beings to exercise their choice to follow and obey, or despise and reject. In the Book of Isaiah, Satan’s reason for disobedience is told: “For thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14, KJV). The reason for Satan’s actions? PRIDE. A pride of self, coupled with a deep seated greed to be worshiped in place of and over God Almighty. How could this be accomplished? Satan would use three approaches to attempt to usurp God’s authority: Confusion, Contamination, and ultimately- Control.
As Adam was given the dominion over all creation by God, this no doubt enraged Satan and his jealousy grew deeper with his bitterness toward God. Satan saw this as an opportunity to use confusion and cast doubt in the minds of God’s first two members of the human family. This confusion would develop through a series of lies told to Eve in regards to what God did and did not say in reference to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan asks Eve: “Hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden” (Genesis 3:1, KJV)? Eve, slipping in recollection of the command, answers to Satan, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” (Genesis 3:2-3, KJV). God never told Adam and Eve that death would come in the “touching” of the tree, but rather through eating of the fruit of the tree. This further weakened Eve’s stance which would eventually give way to the fall as she would not only “touch” the tree, but partake of the forbidden fruit as well. It would seem at this point, that Satan would claim victory, but God in His sovereign omniscient grace had already made provision as he announced to the serpent: “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15, KJV). This first mention of a Messiah coming to redeem God’s people no doubt crushed the momentum of Satan and his quest for power. His attempt at confusion had been thwarted to a degree, and now there existed another scheme in his wicked heart: contamination.
God had disclosed the plan for redemption to Satan: a coming Messiah to be brought through the seed of a woman. God, in His infinite knowledge, had already planned an earthly way to bring forth His heavenly Son through which to pay the price for mankind’s depravity. In Satan’s mind, what better way to combat and destroy the chances of this coming Messiah than to contaminate the very vehicle through which he would enter the world- the human womb. Satan would enact his second strategy: the contamination of the human bloodline through mingling the seed of fallen angels with the seed of man, producing an impure and mixed race. Genesis records that “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:1-2, KJV). Time prohibits further exposition of this verse, other than to say that the “sons of God” used in this scripture deals specifically with Angels and is translated exactly as such in corresponding passages such as Job 1:6, Job 2:1, and Job 38:7. Satan attempted to ruin the human race through his fallen angels having sexual intercourse with human women. This would have possibly been a progressive and ultimately victorious campaign, had God not already seen his plans and had a remedy for this wicked immoral action: The Flood. In Genesis, chapters 5 and 6, the bloodline is given from Adam to Noah. Genesis 6 records that “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9, KJV). The phrase “perfect in his generations” does not reflect that Noah lived a sinless life, but that his bloodline was pure and uncontaminated by the genetic warfare of Satan. God would destroy this second attempt at Satan’s dominion through the Flood, as he would deliver through the Ark, a perfect family, untainted by demonic seed, from which to repopulate the Earth and continue with His plan of the future coming Messiah.
Satan’s third strategy for power transcends to modern day times. While the first two have been failures for him in obtaining the power and worship he so desires, the third strategy is still in play today, and is intermingled with the affairs of men at this very moment. The strategy is quite simple, but yet quite boisterous- to take control of the world through its governmental and religious systems and to demand worship and obedience by all. This is seen very early in the human family, as Satan would use Nimrod as a pawn in an attempt to control the world. This place, named “Babel”, is the first mention of a Kingdom in Scripture (Genesis 10:10, KJV), and would also be the first mention of a King- that individual being Nimrod. It is at this point in history that Satan would establish the first one world government and religion in relation to a satanic plan to rule the world. Scripture records that this first attempt is dealt with by God Himself, who confounds the language of the people, so that there is no longer one spoken language, but several. In their disobedience to God in regards to populating the earth, the people had desired to remain in one place, and make a name for themselves there and be mighty. God answered this rebellion as well, in scattering them abroad across the globe. A note of importance in relation to Babel and its one world religion is that it still exists today. This religion, best described as a “mother/son cult”, was based on Semiramis and her son, Tamuz. This cult was later moved to Pergamos, and then to Rome, where it resides today. This one world religion has been used by Satan throughout history to draw people away from the true Gospel message. It will continue to do so throughout the Tribulation until its final destruction (Revelation 17:16, KJV).
Satan has continued through the centuries to attempt to dethrone and replace God. He has been unsuccessful and will continue to be defeated as proclaimed by God’s Word, until the final scene where once and for all he will be put down and cast into the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:20, KJV). For now, his evil actions continue in an unquenchable wicked desire for power and authority. While he realizes his time is short, he continues to do his utmost to destroy as many of human race as he can in an attempt to fight against God in his bitterness. His desire for power will continue to move him forward toward his destruction, but sadly will also continue to send billions of lost souls to hell with him.
(2) Ishmael’s True Legacy:
Today there exists a great misunderstanding of the origins of the Arab world. This creates confusion and deception within even the body of Christ for those who remain uneducated as to the Arab world and its role in the end time scenario. One of the largest deceptions in relation to this topic is that of its foundation stemming from Ishmael, a son of Abraham. In Genesis, chapter 16, it is recorded that Hagar, an Egyptian handmaid, is given to Abram by his wife Sarai in order to have a child. Hagar would bare a son and his name would be Ishmael (Genesis 16:1-16, KJV). Egypt is the most populated Arab country in the world. God’s Word states that Hagar was Egyptian- before the birth of Ishmael! How can a man father a nation who’s mother was already a citizen of that nation? It simply can not happen. In Genesis, chapters 10 through 12, also are recorded the names of other Arab nations that appeared on the scene five hundred years prior to Abraham! Nations such as Phut (modern day Libya) and Babel (modern day Iraq) were on the earth long before Ishmael. Further study of God’s word also reveals that Ishmael did not father modern day Jordan, nor did he father Esau, who would become the Palestinian people. God says that Ishmael will not be a father of a world of nations, but rather God records that: “as for Ishmael…I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly: twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation” (Genesis 17:20, KJV). God says that Ishmael will father a Nation- singular. Further exposition of his descendants would uncover that this indeed was fulfilled, and that Ishmael fathered Arabia only (Genesis 25, KJV).
While the Arab world did not spring from Ishmael, the Islamic faith in many ways did. Fifteen hundred years before Mohammed, Arabia was a tribal country. They were taught to take things by force, and when victories occurred, the victor was referred to as a “Great Islamic Fighter”. Islam as a word had already appeared on the scene of history long before Mohammed! It’s meaning was that of “submission” and has never meant “peace” as proclaimed by deceptive people today. Mohammed would later claim to be a direct descendant of Ishmael and would set up the religion of Islam in 610 A.D. This “faith” would spread by the sword like fire out of control in the first 100 years. Today, it is estimated that 1 in 4 people are Islamic, and those numbers continue to rise. Satan desires to destroy the Jews and be worshiped in Jerusalem. He continues to use the Islamic faith to bring that closer to completion.
(3) Islam’s Satanic Trio
In Matthew, chapter 24, the disciples ask the Lord questions concerning His future return. They inquire as to when it will happen, what will be the signs of his coming, and the signs of the end of the world. Jesus answers to them first and foremost, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4, KJV). Jesus warns them immediately of the deception that will come into the world- even the churches- after he leaves. In Revelation, the False Prophet is described as deceiving the people with signs, wonders, and miracles (Revelation 13:11-15, KJV). Enter Mohammed, 6th Century, with a “new” religion which is ushered in to heathen people with the same characteristics of deception. The Satanic trio of Islam is seen through the diviner, the diety, and the doctrine. Mohammed, the “diviner”, would be used by Satan to set up this new false religion. A religion based upon the demonic “deity” of Allah, the moon god. The “doctrine” is that of demons, and teaches that through Islam, or “submission” one is brought into a correct relationship with Allah. Mohammed took a bold step in destroying over 300 gods that were part of this people’s belief system. He would be ran out of Mecca for being a man of slaughter and would go to Medina. He would later return with an army and slaughter thousands of people, reinforcing the fact that Islam is not a religion of peace, but of the sword and of war. It is of importance to note that Allah, the moon god, was in existence long before Mohammed would begin Islam. In fact, this same demonic deity was worshiped by the father of Abraham in the land of Ur of the Chaldees. As so many times, Satan’s lies and false religions are repackaged to be resold to new groups of people throughout history.
Islam as a doctrine is a very demonic doctrine. It has great danger today in the fact that so many Christians try to merge the god of Islam and the God of the Bible into one God for the purpose of “getting along” and finding common ground. This is a great abomination and an attack on the Sovereignty of God. Islam’s god is not like the true God! Three simple questions that can be asked concerning Allah are: (1)Is Allah triune like the God of the Bible? The answer is NO. (2)Does Allah have a son that he sent to the world? The answer is NO. (3)Is Allah involved with redemption for the world sent through that son? The answer is NO. The doctrine of Islam is demonic. It’s “holy” book, the Koran, is anything but that. The Koran is an unholy, unbiblical writing that calls for the destruction of the true God and His people. This false religion has increased rapidly through history, and is moving closer to that great day in the future in which the God of the Bible will crush Satan’s attempt at power and authority through this evil and wicked system.
(4)The Islamic Invasion
A part of the deception of Islam that makes it so readily received by those unlearned in the Faith is the fact that it “accepts” the reality and life of Jesus. The Koran mentions Jesus 25 times; therefore, true Muslims believe in Jesus but do not accept the fact that He is the means of Salvation. On the contrary, every time a work is mentioned of Jesus in the Koran, it is said to be done by Jesus through the power of Allah. The real problem for Christians trying to merge the two faiths together lie in the fact that the Koran teaches that Christ did not die on the cross, nor did he resurrect from the dead, which is the fundamental truth of the believer’s hope for eternal life.
This “invasion” of Islam can actually be seen on different levels. First, there exists today, a tremendous increase in “converts” to this religion throughout the world. Its doctrines and laws are being spread like wildfire throughout the continents. The world is being “bullied” into accepting this faith and its laws. Freedoms are being ripped from governments and replaced by the law of Islam, which promises death to the infidels and those within their own belief who neglect or abandon the faith. Fear and the sword have driven this faith around the globe. Satan would appear to have obtained a victory in his attempt to control the world, yet the end is not yet come. While the present day may seem bleak, there exists, in the future, a reckoning of this great sin and judgment of it propagator. Before this can happen, however, there will be another “invasion” of this demonic system in the future, when these nations will arise in number against Israel and seek to destroy her.
(5)Islam- The Final Solution:
So what awaits the future fate of Islam? Quite simply, the wrath and judgment of Almighty God! The Book of Daniel speaks of the fate of two of the lands to which Islam is key today: Egypt and Syria. Daniel, chapter 11, speaks of the “King of the South” (Egypt); and the “King of the North” (Syria), being destroyed ironically by the Antichrist in response to him upholding the Peace Treaty that he will have in place at that time with the Jewish People. This will no doubt wipe out much of the Islamic world at that time due to the size of these territories. The final solution for Islam can be read and understood in the Scriptures of Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelation, and Obadiah. In short, all the other Islamic countries except Babylon and the Palestinians will be wiped out at the Rapture or shortly thereafter. Seven years later at the end of the Tribulation, Babylon- modern day Iraq- will be destroyed. Finally, at the culmination of these events and at the Second Coming of Christ, the Palestinians will be destroyed, who sought, hated, and have tried to destroy God’s people through the centuries.
The end is coming. Satan, the world’s leaders, even blasphemous “Spiritual leaders” can talk it away, but God’s Word is true. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!
1All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Bible version, Royal, 1971.