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The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast

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The Bible predicts that in the last days a charismatic leader will establish a global following in the name of peace. The Koran also predicts that a man will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to usher in an era of peace. The man in the Koran is called the Mahdi, or Islams savior. The man in the Bible is the Antichrist. Richardsons stunning research and analysis suggest ...more
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Nov 29, 2010 Dominique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was gobsmacked when I read this book. Absolutely blown away. I have read the Koran and have a small amount of understanding of it but this blew the lid off of anything I THOUGHT I knew.

How to explain this book is just hard. The author makes a credible and amazing case for the idea that the Anti-Christ will be of Muslim descent. He also paints a completely different portrait of Islam than groups like C.A.I.R. routinely espouse. In addition, he shows that the Koran is not the only holy book tha
Mike Reynolds
Aug 12, 2016 Mike Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prophecy, islam, history
Richardson does a very good job at expressing the parallels between Islamic eschatology and Christian eschatology. He demonstrates that the very savior the Islamic world is expecting is the antichrist of Christian eschatology using extensive quotations from the Qu'ran, Hadith, and Sunnah.

He opens up the geography of Ezekiel 38 (Gog of Magog) and shows that Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) is Magog. Along with this he shows that Gog is one and the same with the antichrist. I believe the simplified
Rick Shrader
Joel Richardson has a mixed background and reputation in prophetic circles. This 2009 book has created a lot of interest because it is Richardson’s thesis that the antichrist is Islamic, not “Christian.” (See my article in this issue for a refutation of that view) In trying to look up Richardson’s background and connections I found that he has often appeared with and written for Glenn Beck, even claiming that God has given him divine revelation concerning his Scriptural insight. Some have claime ...more
Oct 16, 2013 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm irritated that I paid $$ (altho used book rate) for this book. Even moreso irritated that I read it. It is well written and easy to understand, I will give it that much, as most books on religious subjects are so fuddled with words - it is hard to tell what the point is.

But, it is undoubtedly a hate book. It compares Christian & Islam end time versions with a bit of Jewish culture thrown in to hit the 3 major religions that stem from The Bible. The theory is that the Antichrist will be a
Jul 08, 2011 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in Tim LaHaye's church, so I was curious to see this eschatological perspective. The anti-parallels Richardson draws between Christian and Islamic end-times prophecy are striking. For instance, I remember thinking years ago that beheading seemed an odd way for the Tribulation saints to be killed--isn't that rather archaic? Why wouldn't they be shot or electrocuted? But beheading fits perfectly into an Islamic scenario. John 16:2 also makes sense in this context:"...the time is coming t ...more
John Barbour
The Islamic Anti Christ by Joel Richardson (2009)

Joel Richardson (not his real name) has written a book that has become popular among certain sectors of the Evangelical community. Being on the Glen Beck show didn’t hurt him either.

The basic premise of the book is that the Islamic Mahdi of Islamic eschatology correlates well with the “end time Anti Christ” idea held by so many modern Christians. In fact, it is safe to say that Richardson believes they are one and the same. He also believes that
Dec 13, 2009 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Well researched, authoritative, and -- seriously off the wall!

Based on responses from fellow readers, I should perhaps elaborate on my reasons for reading, much less reviewing, this "hate-filled," etc. diatribe, the main goal of which is to expose Islam for what Richardson claims it to be -- namely, the key to Satan's plan for end-time world domination.

I had a problem, you see: one of the minor tropes in my new book Dualism is an end-time event known as "al Malhamah al Kubra" (literally, "the Sl
Yasmeen Khan
Aug 27, 2015 Yasmeen Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best text in a long time

As a former Muslim who met Jesus at the age of 24, I have never read a text written by a Christian who so accurately captures the various nuances of Islamic culture and paradigms, both in the west and abroad. I can't understand how a Western Christian has come to understand the many and varied cultural sentiments of Muslims, but perhaps it is a radical gift from God, for which I am beyond grateful. Thank you, Joel, for the references, the truth, and for writing a text tha
Apr 24, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the book was highly informative, presenting a wealth of absolutely accurate information about the beliefs within Islam, a couple of factors prevented this from gaining a fifth star.

First, where is the discussion of the Rapture of the Church? At several points, Richardson discusses dealing with what will happen concerning the Pahdi as if he will have to face it. If the Mahdi is indeed the Antichrist, as I believe he is, Richardson would not have to face him because of the Rapture. This is t
Tammy Doughty
Jun 21, 2012 Tammy Doughty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shocking how well researched the material was. Anyone who believes that the Antichrist will come from Europe will be amazed how scripture plainly points to the Middle East.
Charlene Mathe
Dec 30, 2014 Charlene Mathe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have on the crisis of violent Islam and the failure of the West to resist the Sword of Allah. The bulk of the book examines the history and doctrines of Islam, drawing from classical sources. This information is authoritative, mainstream Islam; and should open the eyes of those who still think of Islam as "the religion of peace."
Secondly, Joel Richardson analyzes the prophetic expectations of both Sunni and Shia Islam regarding the last days, the messiah and the a
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Another "book" that had me wondering what is taking goodreads so long to invent negative reviews. Firstly Mr. Joel Richardson has, while trying to sell his point twisted, misquoted, and even lied about the Qur'an and the sayings (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh. In fact I literally threw this book across the room against the wall, something I never do.After tossing this extreme waste of paper I did not finish it. To Mr. Richardson I would recommend research, followed by the truth would p ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Gayle by: Review in World Magazine
This book gave me a much greater understanding of Islamic endtimes beliefs and how they deceptively parallel Christian endtimes beliefs. Though it can be depressing reading having my faith securely rooted in Jesus Christ keeps away fear. With Islam growing rapidly globally, it's critical to be educated and prepared to defend our faith and to recognize counterfeits as described in the book. I'd recommend this for all followers of Christ. There is a great lack of knowledge about the true doctrines ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Zachary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is written in a sane, reasoned, and prophetic spirit. A measured call to awareness and thought from a man steeped in the Scriptures, Islamic tradition, and experienced in ministering to Muslims. This explanation of the end times, when examined carefully and with an open mind, just makes far more sense both Scripturally and based on current events than any other theory going. Thankfully doesn't degenerate into a fearmongering paranoid fest but includes sober reminders of our call to lov ...more
Jack Hansen
Joel Richardson researches and writes a very important and interesting book that compares the Bible and the Qur'an revealing 21 uncanny similarities between the two when it comes to the Antichrist. The two-part Audiobook narrated by Richard Powers allows the listener enjoyment while being educated. I recommend this book in any format because the content applies to a most serious subject, the threat of Islamization in the world by an ideology that is setting the stage, as predicted, for the end o ...more
Brad Michaels
Feb 07, 2013 Brad Michaels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a page turner that will have you gripped from the first chapter forward. Richardson develops and presents proofs for the very real possibility and probability of the upcoming antichrist to be Islamic and some other very inciteful revelations of the antichrist, nationality, and biblical references from the Old Testament prophets such as Ezekiel to the book of Revelation.
Shawn Paterson
No superficial sensationalism. Simply profound parallels. Solid biblical conclusions. Thankful for Joel Richardson's focus and work.
Apr 10, 2011 Cari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author draws really interesting parallels between Christianity's antichrist and Islam's anticipated Mahdi. Good read for anyone that likes to study the end of time.
Alan Myers
May 11, 2012 Alan Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. Very compelling. He's not saying the AntiChrist will be a Muslim but he points out the similarities of the 12 Imam & his cohorts & the biblical Antichrist.
Dave Bryan
Nov 22, 2014 Dave Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great study!

This is a great treatment of biblical prophecy and global trends! Excellent in every way! I loved it! And learned a great deal!
Jim Courtney
Aug 10, 2013 Jim Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book, it reveals some shocking information.. a MUST read by EVERY American.
Jun 21, 2012 Donni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing how Islam and Chistianity's apocalypse intertwine.
Dec 08, 2016 Annamae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every believer needs to read this book. It is both eye opening and heart breaking to learn how many Christians are turning away from the cross for the lie is Islam. This book provides undeniable proof through parallels in both God breathed scripture and demonic forced writings. The Bible tells us that the antichrist will ride in a white horse, mimicking Jesus, and shows how the Christian antichrist is perfectly mirrored in Islam's Mahdi (savior).
Matthew Bandy
Nov 10, 2016 Matthew Bandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read. Of course most will blow this book off as either hate mongering or uneducated speculation. However, regarding the liberals or Muslims who view Joel in this light - I would say read the book all the way through. Towards the end this author states emphatically that he loves Muslims and has great relationships with many. This is not a man who sits at his desk in the US surrounded by white people all the time - but someone who loves to minister and serve the Muslims in real relat ...more
Sep 20, 2016 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed very thorough and contains some scary as hell stuff.
Jaime Contreras
The author known as Joel Richardson (a pen name) has written a thought-provoking book on the subject of the antichrist and the antichrist spirit. The author presents the biblical antichrist and the Islamic antichrist side by side. He lays out and dissects the persona of the charismatic leader who will establish a global religious movement in the name of world peace. The Quran (Koran) also predicts that a 'holy' man will arise up to usher in the time of Mahdi who will lead the Islamic nations. Th ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook--The Bible predicts that in the last days a charismatic leader will establish a global following in the name of peace. The Koran also predicts that a man will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to usher in an era of peace. The man in the Koran is called the Mahdi, or Islam's savior. However, the man in the Bible is the Antichrist. Joel Richardson's stunning research and analysis suggest that the Mahdi and the Antichrist are actually one and the same.In The Islamic Antichrist, Richar ...more
Joseph Gudge
Dec 11, 2012 Joseph Gudge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well researched and fairly balanced. I like that he is hypothetical in his notions when making his final comparison of Christian eschatology vs Islamic eschatology and that he recognizes that he doesn't have all the answers. Honestly, this is one of the best theology books on eschatology I have ever read (and it is on Islamic theology of all theologies), and I have read many Christian books on eschatology that seem less researched, realistic or even biblically accurate let alone balanced an ...more
Don Weidinger
Mar 26, 2015 Don Weidinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
death threat, the way of God’s love, end time belief eschatology, Africa 6M/yr to Christians, Quran and Sunnah, Mate of Fatima white horse at Jerusalem, Romans 4 agreements peace 7 years, deceit deception, Friday day of Islam, reject trinity incarnation, attempts resurrection, Jesus becomes biggest bad guy while antichrist becomes biggest good guy, good as enemy of best, prayer determine final chapter, as Nazism and Soviet imperialism, do outreach to Muslims, reality rarely as in books, Bible pr ...more
Michael Bridges
Jan 19, 2016 Michael Bridges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have ever read. The comparisons between the Christian end of times and Islamic end of times are quite remarkable, and I was totally unaware that they even existed. Richardson makes his case without sounding like an "Islamophobe". He presents plain, simple facts and then backs them up with verses from the Bible as well as from the Qur'an. In this world we battle powers and principalities, and it is crucial to know exactly what you are up against. This book does and EXCELLE ...more
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“God did not reveal every final detail for a reason. He rarely does. If He did, then we would be justified in simply waiting for the Antichrist to come and get us. We would be entirely justified in digging holes in the ground as secret hideouts to store our survival food. But instead, God desires us to actually wrestle with Him in prayer, not only for our own souls and those of our families, but also for the very nations that we live in and call home.” 5 likes
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