Mohammad Gave Signs and Wonders
In Revelation 13:11-14 the second beast (the False Prophet) persuades people to worship the first beast by performing miraculous signs. He is a wonder worker. The Greek indicates that he repeatedly performs these signs and wonders so that a momentum of wonders occurs. The word “great” indicates that these will be extraordinary miracles. The purpose of these signs is to authenticate the authority of the first beast.
Revelation 13:11-14 (NIV) Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.
Some people think that “even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth” is a literal imitation of the miracle of Elijah the Bible tells us about in 1 Kings 18:36-39. His hope is to confuse biblical miracles with satanic miracles.
1 Kings 18: 36-39 (NIV) At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”
Revelation prophecy indicates the False Prophet’s signs and wonders as great as “causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people.” This will cause many people to believe the lie.
By reading the Koran we can understand what this Revelation prophecy really means. With regards to the signs of Mohammad and fire from heaven, there are two very similar verses in the Koran (3:183 and 3:184) about “fire from heaven” type miracles. These relate to Mohammad’s signs so that he would be believed.
Mohammad performed many signs and miracles so that those around him believed he was a truly a messenger of Allah.
They are those who said, “Indeed, Allah has taken our promise not to believe any messenger until he brings us an offering which fire from heaven will consume.” Mohammad say: “There have already come to you messengers before me with clear proofs and even that of which you speak. So why did you kill them, if you should be truthful?”
Then if they deny you, O Mohammad – so were messengers denied before you, who brought clear proofs and written ordinances and the enlightening Scripture.
Islamic commentators describe a challenge posed to the Prophet Mohammad by some prominent Jews, who asked him to prepare a sacrificial offering that would be consumed by a fire from Heaven.
Many Islamic commentators note that since a miraculously burned offering was not exhibited even by all the earlier prophets of Israel (only Elijah), and since the practice of Jewish animal sacrifice had stopped after the destruction of the Second Temple, the challenge thus amounted to an empty and cynical ploy.
WE ARE NOT TO UNDERSTAND “FIRE TO COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN” LITERALLY
This is given as a kind of sample of the power possessed by the beast and the False Prophet, being a form of sign or miracle, which would be well known to John’s readers—such as the sign of Elijah described in 1 Kings 18. In this respect, therefore – in the very nature of his signs – the beast still seems to counterfeit the power of God.
“Signs”– the word commonly employed to denote “miracles” and the representation here is, that the power referred to by the second beast would found its claim on pretended miracles, and would accomplish an effect on the world as if it actually did work miracles.
That is, Mohammad pretends this; he accomplishes an effect as if he did it. It is not necessary to suppose that the False Prophet actually did this, anymore than it is to suppose that he actually performed the other pretended miracles referred to in other places. The Apostle John describes him as he saw him in the Revelation vision; and he saw him laying claim to this power, and actually producing an effect as if by a miracle he actually made fire to descend from heaven upon the earth.
This is to be understood as included in what the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:9 calls “signs and wonders that serve the lie”, as among the things by which “a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie” would be characterized, and by which he would be sustained. Why this particular pretended miracle is specified here is not certain. It may be to illustrate, in general, the striking and impressive pretended miracles the False Prophet would claim to perform.
2nd Thessalonians 2: 5-12 (NIV) Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Mohammad’s Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem
One of His Greatest Miracles
ISLAMIC BELIEF OF MOHAMMAD’S MANY SIGNS AND WONDERS
Listed below are 14 of the “miracles” attributed to Mohammad as written in the Koran and Hadith. These signs and wonders are as astonishing as “fire to come down from heaven to the earth”.
1. Koran – The revelation of the Koran is considered by Muslims to be Mohammad’s greatest miracle and a miracle for all times, unlike the miracles of other prophets, which were confined to being witnessed in their own lifetimes.
2. Mohammad split the moon.
3. Isra and Mi’raj. This is the night journey on the white horse to the Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock is today. The excluded outer court prophecy of Revelation 11:2.
4. Mohammad did not cast a shadow, interpreted as a sign of his “light”.
5. He caused blindness to Qurashite warriors after assembling at his door to assassinate him. He sprinkled a handful of dust on their heads as he recited verses from surah: Ya Sin And went away without being seen by them. It was then that Allah gave permission to Mohammad to migrate.
6. Before the Battle of Badr, he showed exactly where each of the enemy chiefs would be killed; they all died in the exact locations stated.
7. He said that his daughter Fatimah would be the first of his family to die after him; which then occurred.
8. On several occasions he provided food and water supernaturally.
9. He quenched the thirst of thousands of his soldiers during the Battle of Tabouk and enabled them to use water for ablution after causing water to pour forth.
10. He caused two trees to move at his command.
11. He caused a well to swell with water after he rinsed his mouth with some water and then threw it out into the well. This was during the event of the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, enabling his followers with him to drink and use the water for ablution.
12. Stones and trees used to greet him before and during his prophethood.
13. He could understand the language of animals.
14. He comforted a palm tree that was crying and upset after he stopped leaning on it during his sermons.
It is by the signs that the False Prophet deceives the earth dwellers to receive the mark of the beast and worship his image. Yet the signs are false—not in their miraculous ability, but in what they attest to. Signs alone are not trustworthy.
Thus, when they see the truly miraculous signs provided by the False Prophet, they easily succumb to the desired conclusion: the beast is “God”. They believe Mohammad is then the messenger of God.
Watch out for the teachings from the False Prophet.
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