"And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations.” And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Yeshua. When I saw her, I marveled greatly. But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”
The spirit of Islam is the satanic force, the beast, that will engulf the world in the last days before the coming of the Messiah. Make no mistake, the Lord of Lords, and the King of Kings, with the 'called, chosen and faithful' will win and win overwhelmingly. First though, the birth pangs must take place. We are witnessing the rise of the last days beast, Islam, and it is rising right now.
There will also rise a 'little horn', or a man possessed with a luciferic anointing who will step up as the anti-messiah in the days just ahead. The destruction of the people of the book, Jews and Bible believing followers of Yeshua the Messiah will be his aim. Just as we saw Nazi Germany rise influenced by the demonic spirit of Adolf Hitler and his henchmen, the rise of the spirit of this Islamic beast will explode all over the earth. We get a perfect glimpse of this horrendous beast in Revelation 13.
To really understand this in context though you have to see this situation brewing from the standpoint of the Jewish people and their heritage. Remember, John, who received this revelation was Jewish. His background and worldview were Jewish. The Bible is Judeo centered. It is not Euro-centric, and it is not American or western-centric. You have to look at prophetical subjects from the view point of the chosen people of God, the Jews, to understand what is happening.
The mystery of the woman: The woman is a harlot, a fake bride. To the masses, she looks legitimate but is false. Observe how this vision begins by discussing an abomination of religious belief, a woman adorned in her whoredoms. She is a fake, a counterfeit. It is a well known fact that Islam was an original idea of Papal Rome and the spiritual aspect behind it all is very revealing. It was Augustine in the 7th century in North Africa who began this movement of Muhammad to rid the world of Jews and Bible believing Messianic followers of Yeshua of Nazereth. Papal Rome has from the very beginning coveted Jerusalem and has hated people brazen enough to believe the Word of God: the 'book'. This 'woman', is a spiritual mystery looking like love but is endued with hate. She is working behind the scenes. This is that spirit of anti-messiah/anti-christ, written of by John that was in the world during his time and now. People might die but the powers of darkness take on many forms from age to age. Unfortunately for the religious whore though, the beast later turns on her with fury.
From the eyes of Israel, this satanic beast has made many appearances throughout history in order to finally kill off the Jews. Jewish history is rampant with stories of the ravening beasts coming to do away with God's chosen. If you know your Bible and Jewish history you've seen this before. The beasts shown in scripture are tyranical, foreign powers, endued by the spirit of HaSatan to destroy God's people. Here's the hall of shame:
Amazing as it is to contemplate, there is a drive afoot right now to merge Roman Catholicism and Islam. This is the merging of spiritual beasts coming together to surround the chosen people of God right now. This union, perfectly depicted in Revelation 13 would create the One-World religious side of the beast described in the Bible. This alliance, along with a one-world military, financial system would seem to solve the problems man faces right now. Or would it? No, not at all, unless you like the thought of slavery, sharia law and spiritual bondage. The New World Order is hell on earth, literally.
From my seat, I believe that the great false prophet will be the Pope in Rome and he will hail a leader coming out of Islam as the answer to mankind. This looks like a light to many, but remember: The light at the end of the tunnel is actually an oncoming freight train! This 'problem solver', this 'little horn' will captivate the world. People will breath a fresh breath of air thinking someone now has the answers. The fact is, this 'little horn' will probably be the Imam Mahdi of the Muslims but actually he will be the anti-messiah/anti-christ. He will have murder in his heart. His hatred for our Lord Yeshua HaMashiach will be his driving force. We see this clearly displayed in the Bible. This end of the age scenario is described in many places in scripture; it is in Torah, the prophets, the writings and in the new covenant too. We've been warned. It is time to truly arm ourselves with God's truth, His Spirit. Prepare your heart my fellow follower of Yeshua the Son of God. Our future is the eternal Kingdom promised to us by the Lord Himself. First however, we must prepare our homes, hearts, and lives in order to help others through the days ahead. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!