Middle East Beast By Joel Richardson

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There is a recent form of prophetic interpretation known as Islamic End-Time Theory. This view was made popular from the book, Middle East Beast by Joel Richardson. The basic premise is that the last kingdom Daniel prophesied as the ten toes of the statue in chapter two and the fourth beast in chapter seven is an Islamic kingdom ruled by an Islamic Antichrist, considered by Muslims as the Mahdi.
This view has definite strengths; foremost, its answer to the problem this present world faces with Radical Islamic Terrorism, whose goal is to create a one-world Islamic Kingdom under Sharia Law. As ISIS spreads its campaign of terror and torture on the level of biblical proportions across the Middle East, events appear to parallel prophecies in The Bible, i.e. the beheading of the saints.
Ever since I started studying prophecy I wondered where Islam fits into the puzzle. The Bible is not explicit regarding historical developments such as the discovery of America or Islam. Fact is, portions of Scripture could, in my opinion, pertain to America, e.g. Isaiah 5:26-30. But caution must be used when interpreting any passage of Scripture. There is always a temptation to use eisegesis (imposing a meaning onto a text) as opposed to exegesis (drawing meaning out of the text). This is true for the scholar and laymen alike. The meaning of any text must come from its context, not a pretext. Passages can have multiple applications and in some cases, even double fulfillment, but any giving

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