Recently I attended a presentation entitled, “Is Islam in the Bible”, at a local church. It was presented by Stephen Dickie, a self-published author of a little known book, Islam: God’s Forgotten Blessing.
It did not take me long to grow uncomfortable. Not because of the topic of Islam but because of the biblical presumptions he presented.
Mr. Dickie was quick to put forth his own biblical interpretation that Islam was and is part of God’s design for the world.
As the author of the highly endorsed book, Islam & Christianity, I am not a neophyte when it comes to understanding Islam and its origins. As Mr. Dickie proceeded with his premise, I quickly realized that we were on opposite sides of our understandings and beliefs about Islam and its Muslim adherents.
Using chapters 15-17 in Genesis of the Bible and Deuteronomy 21:15-17, Mr. Dickie stated emphatically that “the same promises that went to Isaac went to Ishmael, except for the promised Messiah [Jesus].”
“Ishmael was the son of promise until Isaac was born,” he claimed. In my study, the only promise that Ishmael received from Jehovah God was that, “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” (Genesis 16:12)
Mr. Dickie believes that Isaiah 60 is a prophecy about Muslims and their returning to Jehovah God. It was understood that he believes that the God of the Jews and the Christians is the same as Allah, the god of Muslims.
Turning to Revelation 9:1 of the Bible he read: “The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.” The star Mr. Dickie proclaimed was Muhammed, the prophet of Islam. Muhammed “was a worker with [Jehovah] God and sinned and fell to earth and was given the keys (authority) to the bottomless pit or earth” referred to in Revelation 20:1-3.
The “he” referred to in Revelation 9:2 was indeed Muhammed or Islam, Mr. Dickie said. His premise for the evening was unabashedly this: When God sent Muhammed the Christian church was in apostasy due to the dictates of Rome (i.e. the Roman Catholic Church). God sent Muhammed and Islam to purge the church of its apostasy. Drawing from Revelation 9:3 and the reference to “locusts”, Mr. Dickie said this referred to the “Children of the East” or Muslims whom God sent to punish the apostate church, then and now.
“If it wasn’t for Islam purging the Christians throughout Europe,” he asserted, “the [Protestant] Reformation would not have come.”
He cited Revelation 9:12-15 as prophetic evidence that God has sent and is today using Muslims to kill sinful mankind.
This is the most heretical and dangerous teaching that I have ever heard or read about concerning Islam. Neither Muhammed nor Islam is prophesied in the Bible – unless you attribute their existence to the “anti-Christ” of scripture. It is satan, not God, that is using Islam and Muslims to persecute Jews and Christians and the whole non-Muslim world.