Do Christians and Muslims Both Worship God? Is Yahweh and Allah the Same Being?


no god but allah InvertedMany Muslims will tell you that Christians and Muslims both worship God. This declaration is often offered as a response to the noticeable differences in the way Christians and Muslims live out what they believe. It is only one attempt among many to quell fears that Islam is not really a violent belief system in spite of its fruits. Ultimately, the “fact” that Christians and Muslims both worship God becomes an evangelistic tool toward Christians, atheists and people of various religions. If this were true, and we both do worship God, one might ask why they would rather people become Muslim than Christian and worship Allah rather than Yahweh? Why the need to evangelize to Christians at all? Essentially, this idea is just part of a giant public relations campaign to verbally promote Islam as a religion of peace in order to make it acceptable worldwide.

Anyone who reads the Bible and the Quran (along with the other Islamic writings) can tell right away that God and Allah are not the same. But rather than compare verses between the Bible and the Quran, I’m going to take a different approach to answering these frequent questions to show you the most striking and astonishing difference between Yahweh and Allah.

Comparing Prophecies

I’m going to show you a comparison of Islamic prophecy with Bible prophecy (yes, Islam has end-time prophecy, too) and in doing so we will be able to actually identify beyond a reasonable doubt that Allah is a real being who is familiar to all of us whether we are Christians or not. What follows is a concise comparison of the main figures in Christian and Islamic eschatology (prophecy).

Christian Bible prophecy tells of three main persons of darkness and destruction who will be present on the earth at the time of the end. They are the Antichrist, the False Prophet and the Dragon, or Satan. After a time, all three will be defeated and destroyed by the returning Christian Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Islamic prophecy also tells of three main persons who will be present on the earth at the time of the end and who will wage war against a returning Jesus Christ. They are the Mahdi, the Muslim Jesus (Isa) and Allah. Islam also has an antichrist figure called the Dajjal. All three will wage war against the Dajjal. The Dajjal is, of course, the biblical Jesus Christ.

Let’s take a brief look at the Islamic end-time persons. I’ve used color-coding for easier understanding.

The Mahdi is Islam’s awaited messiah. Muslims believe he will come to help them defeat the Christians and the Jews at the time of the end. He will attempt to rule the entire world. The Mahdi is the biblical Antichrist.

Isa is Islam’s Jesus figure. Muslims believe Jesus was a great prophet but they do not believe He was the Son of God or Savior of the world. The Muslim Jesus will “return” and deny he ever said he was God. He will join together with the Mahdi. He will teach people about Islam and eventually direct people to worship the Mahdi. He is obviously not the real Jesus. The Muslim Jesus is the biblical False Prophet.

The Dajjal is Islam’s Antichrist (Anti-Mahdi) figure. According to Islam, the Dajjal will return and claim to be Jesus Christ. He’ll claim to be divine and He’ll fight for Israel. The Dajjal is actually the biblical Jesus Christ who returns as the King of kings.

In other words, Islamic end-time prophecy is the polar opposite of Christian end-time prophecy. Wrap your mind around that one. It’s an astounding realization!

I think you are already beginning to see the direction I’m headed, but let’s take a deeper look at two of these persons via Joel Richardson’s excellent research from his first of two outstanding books on biblical end-time prophecy The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast.

The Mahdi

The coming Mahdi is the Islamic savior of the world.

After reviewing the various Islamic traditions and opinions of the Muslim scholars, let’s now review and walk through a list of what we have learned about the person and the mission of the Mahdi as he exists in the minds of the 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. Remember, this is the man that the Muslims of the world eagerly await:

  1. The Mahdi is Islam’s primary Messiah figure.
  2. He will be a descendant of Muhammad and will bear Muhammad’s name (Muhammad bin Abdullah).
  3. He will be a very devout Muslim.
  4. He will be an unparalleled spiritual, political, and military world leader.
  5. He will emerge after a period of great turmoil and suffering upon the earth.
  6. He will establish justice and righteousness throughout the world and eradicate tyranny and oppression.
  7. He will be the caliph and imam (vice regent and leader) of Muslims worldwide.
  8. He will lead a world revolution and establish a new world order.
  9. He will lead military action against all those who oppose him.
  10. He will invade many countries.
  11. He will make a seven-year peace treaty with a Jew of priestly lineage.
  12. He will conquer Israel for Islam and lead the “faithful Muslims” in a final slaughter/battle against Jews.
  13. He will establish the new Islamic world headquarters from Jerusalem.
  14. He will rule for seven years (possibly as much as eight or nine).
  15. He will cause Islam to be the only religion practiced on earth.
  16. He will appear riding a white horse (possibly symbolic).
  17. He will discover some previously undiscovered biblical manuscripts that he will use to argue with the Jews and cause some Jews to convert to Islam.
  18. He will also rediscover the Ark of the Covenant from the Sea of Galilee, which he will bring to Jerusalem.
  19. He will have supernatural power from Allah over the wind and the rain.
  20. He will posses and distribute enormous amounts of wealth.
  21. He will be loved by all the people of the earth. 1

After comparing Scripture to the above Islamic traditions, Richardson writes, “So in conclusion, we see that several of the most unique and distinguishing aspects of the biblical Antichrist’s person, mission, and actions are matched to quite an amazing degree by the descriptions of the Mahdi as found in the Islamic traditions. And now, even further, we see that Muslim scholars actually apply Bible verses about the Antichrist to their awaited savior, the Mahdi. This must be seen as quite ironic, if not entirely prophetic.” 2

The Islamic Mahdi is the biblical Antichrist.

And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. [Revelation 13:1-8 NASB]

“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” [Daniel 9:27 NASB]

The Muslim Jesus (Isa)

The name “Jesus” as used below refers to the Muslim Jesus, not the biblical Jesus Christ. So, where number ten says “Antichrist”, it is referring to the biblical Jesus Christ or the Dajjal, Islam’s Antichrist (Anti-Mahdi) figure.

Now let’s review the various defining characteristics and actions of the Muslim Jesus upon his return to the earth:

  1. Jesus is said to return to the earth in the last days near a mosque in Damascus.
  2. He will arrive at a time when the Mahdi and his army will be preparing to pray.
  3. The Mahdi will ask Jesus to lead the prayer, but Jesus will decline in direct reference to the Mahdi, whom Jesus declares to be the leader of the Muslims. He will then pray behind the Mahdi as a subordinate.
  4. He will be a faithful Muslim.
  5. He will make a pilgrimage to Mecca.
  6. He will visit Muhammad’s grave and salute Muhammad, whereby Muhammad will return the salute from the grave.
  7. He will destroy Christianity.
  8. He will repeal the jizyah tax, thus leaving Jews and Christians with the only options of conversion to Islam or death.
  9. He will establish Islamic shariah law throughout the entire earth.
  10. He will kill the Antichrist and his followers, made up largely of Jews and women.
  11. He will remain on the earth for roughly forty years during which time he will marry, have children, and then die. 3

After comparing Scripture to the above Islamic traditions, Richardson writes, “Muslims await a man who will claim to be Jesus Christ… In the Bible, we see that it is for these very purposes that Satan will empower his False Prophet.” 4

The Muslim Jesus is the biblical False Prophet.

“So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. [Matthew 24:26 NASB]

Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. [Revelation 13:11-17 NASB]

So, is Allah God?

At the beginning of this article we asked the questions: Do Christians and Muslims both worship God? Is Yahweh and Allah the same being?

God’s Word tells us that at the time of the end, the Antichrist will attempt to establish a world-wide military, economic and religious state with the help of the False Prophet. Islamic eschatology also describes these same individuals.

In examining the paradox between Christian and Islamic end-time prophecy, we can know that the Mahdi is the biblical Antichrist and the Muslim Jesus is the biblical False Prophet. Since we know from Scripture that the Antichrist and the False Prophet are both empowered by Satan, who do you suppose Allah is when we plug him into this unholy trinity?

And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. [Revelation 13:2 NASB]

The unholy trinity is the biblical Antichrist (the Mahdi), the biblical False Prophet (the Muslim Jesus) and Satan the Dragon (Allah).

And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. [Revelation 16:13-14 NASB]

And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; [Revelation 20:2 NASB]

Can there possibly be a more distinct contrast between God and Allah?

Knowing this, consider what Christ said in the Olivet Discourse:

“They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. “These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. [John 16:2-3 NASB]

Is this not what Islam, the most antichristian religion to ever exist, does?

Wake up, Church!

At a time in history when the Church is most needed, we are asleep specifically when it comes to Bible prophecy. For decades the Church has been taught errant Bible interpretation claiming that we are awaiting a revived Roman Empire. This, plus the false idea that Christ’s return could happen at any moment (i.e. pre-tribulation rapture) and that nothing needs to happen before then, has contributed to blinding us from seeing the very prophecy from Daniel 11 that is coming true today, right now, in the Middle East. As a result, the Antichrist’s future kingdom is aggressively grabbing the world politically, physically and spiritually while the Church is watching Europe, a geographic area of the world Bible prophecy has nothing to say about.

God is shaking up the Middle East and bringing about the formation of the Antichrist’s future kingdom, but we can’t warn others of the danger that is coming when we don’t know we should be warning them. And because we do not recognize Islam for what it is, we have conceded to being put in a position where telling the truth about Islam is condemned, and those who do so are labeled as “islamophobic” and “haters” sometimes even by Christians! Well, what else would you expect when we don’t pay attention despite Christ’s many warnings to do so [Matthew 24:42; Mark 13:37; et al]?

The spread of Islam is spiritual

Ultimately, all of this is why the rest of the world’s unexplainable attraction and submission to all things Islam despite its obvious goal of world dominance by tyrannical oppression through violence can best be explained as something spiritual in nature. It is a spiritual phenomenon. It is the great delusion [2 Thessalonians 2:7-11]. This is why secular analysis and even most Christian analysis, no matter how good it is, can’t make sense of what is happening. They do not recognize the severity of the concern because they are missing the eternal perspective that only God’s prophetic Word can give.

Consider right now that the West, having the same ambition of global governance through the United Nations, is militarily engaged with the budding kingdom of the Antichrist and that our President, by toppling governments in the Middle East and consistently siding with the Muslim Brotherhood, is encouraging, enabling and assuring its growth. That is astonishing! Everyone wants to know America’s role in Bible prophecy. Well, here it is. The nation of the world that is most free from tyranny is the greatest enabling force for the development of the most tyrannical rule the world will ever know! I say most free from tyranny because, unless something changes, we know where we’re headed. The West’s continual descent into tyranny will allow this greater evil to thrive. It already is.

It’s here where I would remind you that our battle is not against flesh and blood [Ephesians 6:12]. “Muslim” is only the name given to a person who is under the influence of Islam. God desires all men to be saved and, if He would be so gracious as to allow us to turn the tide of the cultivation of Sharia law here in our own country, I believe it will only be through witnessing to Muslims about Jesus Christ [1 Timothy 2:1-6].

It’s time to get serious about who Christ is to you!

see also: Middle Eastern gentiles excited about the coming of the biblical Antichrist. It is a conversation about this very thing I captured from YouTube.

Bibliography:
1.  Richardson, Joel. The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast. WND Books, 2009. p. 44
2.  p. 57
3.  p. 64
4.  p. 71

 

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27 comments

  1. Thank you for this posting. It is so extremely important that Christians especially know the difference…..because the Bible says that if it is possible,Satan will deceive the elect. That is what he is doing with this false religion. Everyone should share this information with other Christians.

  2. Most definitely the Allah worshipped by Muslims is not the God of Christianity. However, I would remind you that the term “Allah” or “father” predates Islam and is still used by some middle eastern Christians to refer to Jehovah/YHVH. The Maronites of Lebanon still hold their services in Aramaic, and Lebanese Christians have used the title of “Allah” to describe God for 2000 years.

  3. if Jesus or isa never died but was raised up to heaven and that muhammad died after eating poisoned food,why do muslims acredit muhammad who died and not to isa who ‘never died but was raised up to heaven’?.if jesus will come and salute (muhammad)a man who died and the dead man in the grave to salute back,there must be something wrong with the scriptures.Jesus a man who was raised up to heaven both in the bible and in the quran,to come and salute a man (muhammad) who died-i can’t get this right.am confused.

    • It’s all meant to give credit to the antichrist…Isa (the Mohammadan “Jesus”) will supposedly return from death and salute Mohammad, who is the Islamic “father”…giving credence to Mohammad. The real Jesus Christ would never salute or bow down to any man or prophet…for He is GOD.

    • We have rights to be confused. All persons in sense gets CONFUSED by ILLOGICAL/TWISTED ideals that intenteds to mislead into error.

    • Yeah, confusing. Also hilarious, very laughable. Crazy too.

  4. The term “Allah“ is not a name, it is a title which means God. So if ever some non muslim use this terms, it is because it is not a name but it is simply means God, using the term “Allah“ doesn’t mean being a muslim, Allah “god“ never really revealed its name to muhammad.

    • It is evident in both the title and the body of the article I am referring to the Islamic deity “Allah”.

    • Yes, that can be true. Case in point.. Maronite Christians who still conduct their services in Aramaic refer to God as Allah, meaning Father. The distinction, I believe, is that the Allah of Islam is not Jehovah/YHVH.

  5. Witnessing will only work with very few if any “orthodox” muslims. 1500 years of demonic possession cannot be exorcized by pacifist Christian prayer and appeal. Like any diseased body, before this cancerous ideology can matasticize worldwide, In the words of the reknown political theologian Churchill, Islam will have to cease. . . A massive public campaign declaring the truth by Christian Leaders, will start the process of ostracism and alienation, businesses must end commerce with muslims, and communities must end patronizing muslim establishments. The 14th amendment gives states the right to regulate their immigration if people would bother to read that section. As soon as it is established that “orthodox” muslims are forbidden to take an oath of allegiance to any ideology other than Islam then they are automatically ineligible to hold office. With between only 1 & 1 1/2 % of the population muslim it behooves knowledgeable Americans to keep spreading the truth with a relentless spirit, and dispelled the myth of islamiphobia, and openly confront the muslin community with the evil nature of its cult doctrines of violence and global genocide based upon the false teachings of a false god.

    • >>Witnessing will only work with very few if any “orthodox” muslims. 1500 years of demonic possession cannot be exorcized by pacifist Christian prayer and appeal.<<

      My God is not weak to demons. Prayer can and does work.

    • Your message bears practical analysis and facts. Thank you.

  6. Amen brother… The Islamic Jesus is the deception that , if it were possible , would fool Gods very elect….

  7. Hi, somewhere early on in your article, you mentioned, “The Muslim Jesus will “return” and deny he ever said he was God. He will join together with the Mahdi. He will teach people about Islam and eventually direct people to worship the Mahdi.” I find this statement to be incredibly hard to believe, because it is a great sin in Islam (known as the sin of “shirk”) to associate anything or anyone with Allah. Therefore, I think Muslims may disagree with this mention.

    • Thanks for your comment. That is what Islam teaches. I’m just repeating what Muslims already believe.

      • Ironically, they’re referring to the holy Catholic church. The papacy, if you will. Go figure. They’ve been supporting each other for years!

    • Behold! Allah said: “O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute. (3:55, Yusif Ali)

      We have made some of these messengers to excel the others among them are they to whom Allah spoke, and some of them he exalted by (many degrees of) rank; and we gave clear miracles to When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: “Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the (points) on which ye dispute: therefore fear Allah and obey me. (43:63, Yusif Ali)

      O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. (4:171, Yusif Ali)

      We have made some of these messengers to excel the others among them are they to whom Allah spoke, and some of them He exalted by (many degrees of) rank; and We gave clear miracles to Isa son of Marium, and strengthened him with the holy spirit. And if Allah had pleased, those after them would not have fought one with another after clear arguments had come to them, but they disagreed; so there were some of them who believed and others who denied; and if Allah had pleased they would not have fought one with another, but Allah brings about what He intends. (2:253, Shakir)

    • There are several sects in islam. Of course we know about sunni and shite. Within the sunni sect there is a very deceptive sect called the sufi’s. The sufis are the mystical branch of islam. The ottomans were mainly sufi. Today you will hear most politicans champion sufism since it is mystical and has a facade of peace. Sufi are basically the middle man between shia and sunni. Sufism has a way called fana might be fanna, that someone can become allah. Basically it with the clerics surrounding their chosen man in alot of circles making chants. This in itself somehow through trance and chants allows their man to actually annihilate himself thus making himself one with allah thus if he is one with allah then he would be allah in the flesh. The trance allows satan to enter into the madih. This is the ultimate demonic possession that tries to mimmick Jesus being one with God yet at the same time being God. Yes muslims will follow a man thinking he is god while at the same time that man will honor that god(allah). Satan has nothing original to create he is allowed however to create a twisted mirror image of what The True God has done. Thats one reason satan is called the deceiver thus one of the titles of allah is The Greatest Deceiver.

  8. Thank you for this. Much of this has recently become apparent, and this piece brings it all together. It’s unfortunate that people remain blind and allow themselves to be guilted into recent decisions and support. Good, kind, loving people making bad decisions, by being deceived into following the wrong leader is all part of Biblical prophecy, and we are seeing it unfold in our lifetime.

  9. As surely as all gods are not the same although called GODS, all religions are not the same although called RELIGIONS. They are to be known by the quality of their association with mankind and contributions they make in leading mankind from pollutions and damnation of the flaws besetting mankind for generations.
    Any religion lacking message to convict mankind of serious faults ruining all by DEATH and having in its means the way of escape from the hold of DEATH has no right to demand faith from mankind of any nation on earth.
    Any religion demanding the favour of mankind for its SURVIVAL among them manifests itself being helpless and hopeless on its own. Such should be declared as SPIRITUAL PARACITE that needs to be removed out of the sanctuary of mankind for preserving mankind from its pollution. Peace.

  10. Until a few months ago I had nothing to do with Muslims-then I met a wonderful young lady who opened my heart towards Muslims and a desire to help them escape their evil cult. A comment the other day was made that in Europe thousands are being saved – millions in Aftica are being converted to Christianity – but no is helping Muslims here- I want to help Muslims to see the truth & convert.
    I was an atheist until God moved in my life – I want to help these people to be saved.

    • That’s great to hear, Graham. I’m glad God brought you out of the quagmire of Atheism into His light. If by “here” you mean the United States, the likelihood that you will someday be confronting Muslims with the Gospel is greatly increasing daily. It’s really the only real defense.

  11. Thanks for a great overview of both sides. Having never read the hadith and only once read the koran. My attitude to fairness as i see it is failing in so many places where the koran as i see it blasphemes the Bible. Eg– they say father son and holy spirit cease desist no such thing. As i remember that verse. The claim i beleive is god is one not three so tantamount to Idolitoty
    Also god begets no one and none is begotten of god. and god has no son which to me calles both God the father andJesus Liars.
    Then because the Koran advises– be not friends with Jews and Christians they are friends one to another. This verse is used to invalidate and even gaol Christians and call them blaspremers. When we Christians are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves. I wonder what a verse like–hate Muslims who murder your fellow Christians. Would do to our faith and forgiveness, since we are told to love our ememys. And love not our lives unto death. Islam comands murder as acceptable Christianity tells us to lay down our lives for our fellow man. Your article helps me understand where these people are coming from

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