If you have already read our book The Coming Bible Prophecy Reformation you already know that we speculated that the speaking image of the beast could possibly be an Islamic minaret with the crescent and star symbol of Islam and loudspeakers producing the “adhan” or “Islamic call to prayer” to which Muslims bow down to and pray five times a day.
What we didn’t know at the time of the writing of the book is that unlike most Sunni mosques, Shiite mosques and minarets usually use the Arabic letter for the name “Allah” instead of the crescent moon.
We read in Revelation 13:15 that the second beast who is also called “the false prophet” in Revelation 19:20 (whom we believe to be the Antichrist himself) causes his followers to make an “image” to the beast and that image is given the ability to speak. He also causes those who refuse to “bow down” and worship the image of the beast to be killed. The second image above shows how Muslims bow down in reverence and worship to Allah during the call to prayer which comes from loudspeakers on minarets recited by the “muezzin” or man who recites the call to prayer from the minaret with loudspeakers.
It is interesting to note that the passage in Revelation mirrors Daniel 3:1 where the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar also made an image and threatened to kill those who refused to bow down and worship it just like the false prophet will do. It is also interesting to note that the height of the image was 60 cubits and its breadth 6 cubits. 60 + 6= 66. So what?, you might say. It so happens that the gematria or numerical value of the name “Allah” in Arabic is also 66 as seen on the image below.
A Muslim web site called “The Mathematical Miracle of Islam” also confirms that the gematria for Allah is 66. Click here for further information.
Is this all a coincidence given the fact that Revelation 13:15 mirrors Daniel 3:1 without even mentioning that the number of the beast will be 666?
It is also interesting to note the image in Daniel 3 whose height was 60 cubits and breadth was 6 cubits (60+6=66) was placed in the plain of Dura in Babylon, modern day Iraq. It so happens that Karbala whose mosques and minarets have the name of Allah whose gematria equals “66” is the holy capital of Shia Islam and is also located in the region of ancient Babylon where king Nebuchadnezzar erected his image. Another coincidence?
If you have been following this blog, you know that we believe the empire to be revived under Antichrist is the Babylonian empire centered in Iraq where Nebuchadnezzar built his image and where the false prophet will also cause people to make an image to be worshiped by the followers of the beast which will be a military empire of religious nature, a Babylonian empire with Allah as the deity to be worshiped and Islam as its national religion.
We read in Daniel 9:27 that the abomination of desolation will be placed on the Jewish temple that will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. We speculated in the book that this would be an Islamic crescent to be placed on the Jewish temple much like Muslims do to Christian churches converted to mosques where they replace the cross with a crescent moon. If the Antichrist happens to come from the Shia sect of Islam, he might place the name of Allah on the Jewish temple instead of a crescent moon as the abomination of desolation. He may also place a minaret on the temple compound with loudspeakers reciting the Islamic call to prayer and those in Jerusalem (and other places in the Muslim world in the Middle East) who refuse to bow down and worship the image of the name of Allah will be killed. The image of Allah atop a minaret with loudspeakers literally has ability to speak via the Islamic call to prayer. It may look like a normal thing to you in the 21st century but imagine what this may have looked like to the writer of the book of Revelation in the 1st century when he had the vision of the image of the beast being able to speak. To him this looked nothing short of a sign and wonder as loudspeaker technology didn’t come to exit for the next 18 centuries and were introduced to Islamic mosques in the 1930s. Also consider this article in light of the recent Israeli attempt to ban the use of speakers for the Muslim call to prayer which you can read here. The Antichrist may take revenge by reintroducing it in Israel and even install a minaret on the Jewish temple as discussed above.
As we said in the book, all this was mere speculation and conjecture and the same applies for this article. There are still mysteries surrounding the image of the beast and only when the time comes, will we finally know what it all means. We live in very interesting times. Jesus himself said that we should be watchful for the sings of the times and of His coming.
Below are some additional images with the name of Allah in Arabic adorning the top of Shiite mosques and minarets in Karbala, Iraq, the capital city of Shiite Islam.