The question has arisen: “Is Mohammed the false prophet of the scriptures?” Some claim that it is self-evidently true. But is it? We believe it not so.
A close examination of God’s word should make the answer clear to each of us.
The words “false prophet” (singular) occur only four times in the Authorized Version of the Bible. Those references are as follows:
1. Acts 13:6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
Acts 13: 6 – In this first instance, Barjesus (meaning, son of Jesus, son of Joshua), a Jew, is called a false prophet. The account tells of the man, also known as Elymas (meaning, a sorcerer, or wizard) who tries to dissuade his master, a Roman Proconsul whose name was Sergius Paulus, from learning the gospel of salvation. Elymas possibly wished to discredit Paul and Barnabas from rendering teachings that were contrary to the Law of Moses (?).
As such, Elymas was going directly against the Word of God, and trying to prevent its being taught to his master.
We shall see that this one, verifiable, instance of a personal “false prophet” is consistent in intent with that of the larger, more pervasive, prophetically prominent “false prophet” of all the years since the birth of Christ – i.e., he who is nominated in the other three references below.
It is important to note the reference that the Apostle John made to the principle of every false prophet – the principle of “antichrist” that he made in this passage: 1John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Note that the defining principle of those “prophets” is that Jesus Christ has NOT come into the world “in the flesh” of mankind.
The Roman Church claims that Jesus was immaculately conceived – thus directly claiming that He came NOT in the flesh of mankind; they claim this also of His mother, Mary – that she was also not of humankind, but also “immaculate.” That dogma marks the Church as the early bearer of this doctrine of the cleanness of the flesh of Jesus; it predates Mohammed by some 600 years.
What about Mohammed in this context? How did he view Jesus, the Son of God according to God’s word? No! His view is entirely of his own manufacture: Jesus, said Mohammed, was a great prophet, but not the Son of God, for “God (by which he means ‘Allah’) has NO SON.”He did give Jesus “credit” for being a great prophet; but Mohammed’s forecasts were completely at odds with the forecasts of Jesus Christ. Which one was wrong? I believe we all know the answer. (NOTE….Islam is quite correct in claiming that ‘allah has no son’, for allah is but an idol of wood or stone)
Other Passages Describing “the False Prophet”
The remaining three references define for the student of scripture just who is meant by the term “the false prophet,” a particularly prominent, dastardly and dishonorable character who has over the agessince the time of the Apostle John, betrayed the word of God, corrupted it, denied it, and changed its meaning in subtle and cunning ways. This first record addresses “unclean spirits” which were similar to frogs, which emanated from the mouth of a dragon, a beast and THE false prophet. The reference is …
2. Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
The book of Revelation as such, addresses the interface of the true Ecclesia of Christ with the apostate Church of Christendom – which has proven over and over to be the Roman Catholic Church. The endless, fatal conflict of these two entities continues today as strongly as ever, although today in a context somewhat dissimilar to that of the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages when that entity of the false prophet flourished most strongly. In that age, the clergy were the only educated group of people in the Roman world, and their interpretations of the scriptures were taken by most people at face value – although with serious reservations among the most thoughtful and considerate of its adherents.
Is there any hint of Mohammed being identified with this “false prophet” of Christendom?
As far as we have been able to determine, he has not. Islam as a “religion” is recorded as becoming prominent under the Fifth Trumpet in Revelation 9. Its leader is called Apollyon (Greek) and Abaddon(Hebrew). Apollyon is defined as meaning “destroyer,” which is a term which certainly could be applied justly to Mohammed, the founder of the “religion” known as Islam. But he is not named nor otherwise indicated here. He is not termed “the false prophet,” although “the Prophet” as meaning Mohammed, has become prominent today.
We must comment here that the term “the false prophet” must mean one who prophesies falsely about a known body of information that has an understood, verifiable meaning. The “religion” preached by Mohammed was built upon no past institution, and certainly not on one whose imprimatur was that of the Almighty; it was not a repudiation of – or a revision of – the truth of God’s word. It was a reflection of the man’s warped intent of domination of all the masses of humanity, bringing them under control of his own ideas and notions.
In the 16th of Revelation, those triple entities of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet are the originators of the “unclean spirits” which are recognized by most as overturning the past norms of sovereignty, rulership, law and order which had preceded them. As such, liberty, equality and fraternity took the place of the earlier established norms.
In the case of the pope of Rome, his contribution was chiefly to change times and laws – to accomplish the requirements of the angel’s revelation to the prophet, in Daniel 7:25: And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
The time period nominated here is 1260 years of time during which the Church ruled supreme in the affairs of nearly every man and woman, both exalted and humble, in Europe and the Middle East. It was the time of the maturity and establishment of the teachings of the Roman Church, the leaders of which corrupted the scriptural message of salvation, changing its meaning and substance, and generally exercised its own sway among the nations.
In this instance “the false prophet,” falsified earlier teachings of the apostles and prophets, changing them into lies and spiritual corruption, redefining the eternal God as three entities in one, not one alone; instituting a personal devil as presiding over a burning hell; insisting on the principle that the “soul” of man is a separate, shadowy reflection of the man himself which survives death and goes to heaven; the institution of infant sprinkling (called “baptism”); selling of indulgencies, which were advance permits to commit sins for a certain length of time; and many other corrupt practices, all of which tore down and destroyed the Plan of Salvation which the Almighty had faithfully handed down in His inspired word.
From these facts, we behold a career of deliberate deception for personal (Church) profit – yes, in marks and franks, and in sovereigns and ducats.
Next, the final punishment of the false prophet and his cohort is noted, in Revelation 19.
3. Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
These words mark the termination of the false prophet of the ages. He is destined to have no future participation in the plan of God whatever – and to be obliterated from among men.
In the next reference, the subject is actually diabolos, or sin indwelling the flesh of the false prophet, being done away in the establishment of the eternal kingdom of God on the earth. The passage is …
4. Revelation 20:10 And the devil (in Greek, diabolos) that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
In all these instances, “the false prophet” is presented in the light of a deceiver of believers of Truth toward his own false principles. As such, he is a corrupter of God’s Word and Plan, changing these into false hopes and dreamy expectations inconsistent with the Plan of God.
The words of the Apostle Paul to the Ecclesia at Thessalonica are relevant here:
2Thessalonians 2:3 – Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (a falling away from Truth), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
This “falling away” indicates a complete departure from the Truth of God’s Word and Plan with mankind. This “son of perdition” is thus shown to be a son of damnation, or condemnation and of utter failure by the Almighty, because of his corruption of God’s word and plan.
Mohammed did not corrupt an existing, established plan; the popes and their minions HAVE done so. Mohammed did not “fall away” from God’s truth because he never understood it or believed it; therefore he cannot be the one indicated as having “fallen away” from the Truth; he clearly established his own “religion” from the corruption of his own mind.
On the other hand, the papacy DID fall away from God’s pure truth by corrupting it into the scheme of salvation said to be necessary to be understood and believed by Catholicism – a body of dogma which is unequivocally at odds with the pure truth of salvation as delivered to the saints of old by the sages and prophets of God, and by the Lord Jesus and His disciples.
For that reason, the pope of Rome we believe to be “the false prophet” of the ages, and the only entity worthy of being so-called. Mohammed was A prophet of falsehoods, but these were not corruptions of something that had existed for ages as being true and established. He was therefore not “the false prophet,” this particularly named entity. [The principle is somewhat the same as Russia of today being Aking FROM the north, but not “the king of the north” per se.]
Other False Prophets
We realize that it is tempting for many to label Mohammed as THE false prophet, because he is so often referred to as “the prophet” – an appellative which is nearly always used of that person. We believe Mohammed cannot truly be recognized as “the false prophet,” because he did not change the truth of God into a lie; he merely created his own set of predictions and spewed them forth to the ignorant masses of the East, consisting today of over a billion folk who knew nothing of the Creator of the earth and the universe, Whose word is eternal and immutable.
But this description fits perfectly the occupant of the Seat of Peter in the Vatican, and reflects the utterly false claims of this wolf in sheep’s clothing who rules over nearly an equal number of blinded followers.
Having stated our beliefs above, on THE false prophet, we recognize that several instances of the words “false prophets” (plural) are also recorded. These generally have to do with prominent individuals who have forecasted erroneous outcomes of contemporary events.
Mohammed certainly falls into this category, because the “prophecies” that he made are the products of his own fleshly thinking, directly comparable to the numerous false prophets of Israel, of Jeremiah’s and Ezekiel’s times. As such they do not reflect the goodness, the plans, the mercy or the compassion of the God of Israel.
And, like Barjesus of Paul’s day, he AND they shall have no benefit from their “prophecies” at all, but shall suffer the effects of the blindness of mankind apart from God. Most of these references are listed below …
Jeremiah_14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.