The Hashemite dynasty of Jordan claims to be direct descendants of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, through his daughter Fatima. This is important because Muhammad predicted that the “Mahdi”, or the “Guided One”, would be directly descended from him according to his revelation from Allah.
I have come to believe that the “Mahdi” of Islam is the man referred to as the “Beast” in the Book of Revelation or the “man of sin” in 2 Thess. 2:3. I wrote about the “Signs of the Mahdi” in a previous blog: http://www.motsog.com/fundamentals/signs-of-the-mahdi
There is also an excellent book I would also recommend titled - The Islamic Antichrist by Joel Richardson:
Hashemite kings ruled over Mecca, the birthplace of Muhammad and the center of Islam, for well over seven hundred (700) years. Their rule in Mecca ended in 1924, when Mecca was conquered by ibn Saud, the first king and founder of Saudi Arabia.
I was talking to my sister about the current conflict brewing between Saudi Arabia and Iran when the idea flashed into my mind that, “perhaps the antichrist will be from the Hashemite Dynasty, after all they do claim to be direct descendants of Muhammad”. So I started doing a little research!
The current Jordanian dynasty was founded by Sharif Hussein ibn Ali, who was appointed as Sharif and Emir of Mecca by Sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1908, then in 1916 he proclaimed himself King (Caliph) of the Arab Lands (but he was only recognized as King of the Hejaz) after initiating the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. His sons “Abdullah” and “Faisal” respectively assumed the thrones of Jordan and Iraq in 1921. The Hashemite dynasty is the oldest ruling dynasty in the Islamic World, and the second-oldest in the world.
If you have ever watched the movie, “Lawrence of Arabia”, King Faisal was played by the actor Sir Alec Guinness. King Faisal was at one time the ruler of Syria and the King of Iraq. He died suddenly at the age of forty-eight (48) under mysterious circumstances. His son, King Ghazi, died in a motorcar accident at the age of 26. In 1958, during a military coup d’etat, his grandson, King Faisal II, was executed and the Hashemite Dynasty in Iraq came to an end. However, the Hashemite Dynasty descending from King Faisal’s older brother, King Abdullah, still rules over the Kingdom of Jordan.
We know that bloodlines are important to God because genealogies, and prophecy connected to those genealogies, are specifically mentioned in in the Old and New Testaments. I also believe that bloodlines are important to Satan as well. In the Bible, “familiar spirits” are mentioned.
Lev 19:31 Regard not them that have FAMILIAR SPIRITS, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
FAMILIAR SPIRITS: H178, 'ôb, obe
From the same as H1 (apparently through the idea of prattling a father’s name); properly a mumble, that is, a water skin (from its hollow sound); hence a necromancer (ventriloquist, as from a jar): - bottle, familiar spirit.
The familiar spirit is joined to a “family” and it is passed down from generation to generation. Often times it was believed by ancient peoples that the familiar spirit, or family ghost, was a powerful ancestor that watched over their family. However, the Bible is very clear that these supposedly benign or beneficial spirits are actually demonic entities that seek to do us only harm.
People who contact and communicate with supposed “dead” people are called necromancers, wizards, or witches in the Bible. The penalty for consorting with demons in the Old Testament was death:
Exo 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
I briefly mention familiar spirits because I believe Muhammad was possessed by a demonic principality that compelled him to violently spread his “new” religion of Islam throughout the Arab peninsula. I go into more detail about Muhammad’s demonic possession in my blog article titled “Muhammad”. http://www.motsog.com/fundamentals/muhammad
In the book “Mohammed” by H.E.E. Hayes, we are given an excellent description of Muhammad’s character. Everything, and everyone, was subject to Muhammad’s overriding goals of catering to “his” every carnal desire, and secondly, people needed to constantly re-enforce his conceited self-identification as the “last prophet of Allah”. The following description of Muhammad will also likely perfectly describe the antichrist when he arrives on the scene:
When he was at the zenith of his power, "revelation" became merely an instrument of self-glorification, licensing him in every whim and fancy, because it gave him, as the prophet of God, exemption from all law and order. MOHAMMED by H.E.E. HAYES.
The stark difference between Christianity and Islam is illustrated by their two opposing definitions of the afterlife: Christianity presupposes an afterlife where the saints of God are no longer bound or controlled by their carnal natures; while paradise, as described by Muhammad, appears to be a continual indulgence of every imaginable sensual appetite throughout eternity.
Muhammad had very few converts until he received his “revelation” from Allah that Muslims could rob, rape, and murder unbelievers with impunity. Then followers began to flock to his banners in larger and larger numbers. The Bible indicates that the antichrist will employ the same doctrine and methodology, and he will likely enjoy the same popularity among his followers.
Dan. 11:24 When people feel secure, he will invade the richest parts of the provinces and do something that none of his predecessors ever did. He will distribute loot and wealth to his followers. He will invent new ways of attacking fortifications. But this will last only for a little while. God’s Word Bible.
Satan is a distorted caricature of God because he so badly wants to be God. Therefore, according to the Book of Revelation, Satan manifests himself to the world as a perverted unholy trinity represented by the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet.
It stands to reason that Satan would prepare a counterfeit religion with prophecies about the arrival of his son just like the Books of the Old Testament contain prophecies about the arrival of the Son of God…and as a matter of fact Satan does have his own prophecies!
Abdullah. Ibn Masood reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, "Even if there remains only a day before the World ends, the almighty Allah will greatly prolong that day to send a man from me (my progeny), from members of my House (family). His name will be similar to my name and his father's name similar to my father's name. He will fill the Earth with equity (fairness) and justice, as it (previously) was filled with oppression and injustice." (Abu Dawud)
Not only will the Mahdi be a direct descendant from Muhammad bin Abdullah, the prophet of Islam, but according to Muhammad, the Mahdi’s name will be similar to Muhammad’s name, and the Mahdi's father’s name will be similar to Muhammad’s father’s name. Muhammad’s name according to Arabic nomenclature was followed by “bin” (son of) Abdullah; therefore, we can expect according to Muslim eschatology that the Mahdi’s name will also be Muhammad bin Abdullah. There are only a couple distant, older relatives named Muhammad in the Jordanian Hashemite dynasty. This is fairly unusual because Muhammad is probably the most popular name in Islamic families. The crown prince of Jordan is named “Hussein” and his younger brother is named “Hashem”.
Interestingly, the name “Hussein” was originated by Muhammad according to al-Qarashi, Baqir Sharif (2007). The life of Imam Husain.
This name was not used in the pre-Islamic period, and is recorded to have been first used by the Islamic prophet Muhammad when he named his grandson Hussein ibn Ali, saying he had been commanded to do so by Allah through the archangel Gabriel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussein
Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad is very, very important in the history of Islam. The murder of Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein ibn Ali, caused the great political and religious divide between the Sunni Muslim branch and the Shia Muslim branch of Islam . Ethnic Arabs are mostly Sunni and the Persians, or Iranians, are mostly Shia. The Shia believe that ONLY a direct descendant of Muhammad can be the true Caliph of all Muslims. The name “Hussein” is far more popular among Shia Persians than it is among Sunni Arabs.
When Muhammad prophecied that the Mahdi would have “his” name, could he have been speaking about “Hussein”, the name that was revealed to him by Allah through the angel Gabriel? Could he have been speaking about his grandson’s name instead of his given name? Let’s take a closer look at the Crown Prince of Jordan, “Hussein bin Abdullah”.
Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah is the next in line to be the King of Jordan when his Father dies. He was born on June 28, 1994, and is only twenty-three years old, but he still has an impressive resume’. He graduated from Georgetown University, a university located in Washington D.C. in 2016, and he graduated from the British Army’s Royal Military Academy of “Sandhurst” in 2017.
Dan 11:37 "That northern king will not care about the gods his ancestors worshiped. He will not care about the gods women worship. He will not care about any god. Instead, he will praise himself and make himself more important than any god.
Dan 11:38 The northern king will not worship any god, but he will worship power. Power and strength will be his god. His ancestors didn't love power as he does. He will honor the god of power with gold and silver, expensive jewels, and gifts. Easy-to-Read-Version.
Prince Hussein is the youngest person ever to chair a United Nation’s Security Council session. On September 21, 2017, Prince Hussein gave a speech dealing with the Arab refugee problem before the U.N. General Assembly. Therefore, we can safely assume that he has close ties with the “World Governing Organization”. It is also interesting that September 21, 2017 coincides with the Hebrew New Year, and the Jewish Holy Day of “Rosh Hashanah”. According to Jewish tradition, it is the day that God created Adam and Eve. It is also called the “Feast of Trumpets” because it is celebrated by blowing the “shofar”, or rams horn. It is the day that Abraham bound his son Isaac to an altar of sacrifice, but Isaac was delivered because God provided a ram as a sacrificial substitute.
It appears that the antichrist will have very small beginnings, but he will gradually increase his power through deception.
Dan 11:23 By making treaties, he will deceive other nations, and he will grow stronger and stronger, even though he rules only a small nation. Good News Bible.
I believe this prophecy may apply to the country of Jordan because its size and power makes it fairly insignificant on the world stage, but it occupies a unique position in the Middle East. In 1994, a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan allowed Jordanian security forces to act as guardians of the Muslim and Christian Holy Sites within the City of Jerusalem. Just recently, Jerusalem was recognized by President Donald Trump as the capital of Israel. According to Bible prophecy, Jerusalem is the epicenter of end time events, it is the city where the antichrist will proclaim himself to be God.
Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
According to Muslim eschatology, “the WHOLE community (of Muslims) will agree on each of them (Muslim rulers or Caliphate).” All Muslims must agree on the same Caliph, but this has been impossible since the Sunni and Shia political split that occurred after the murder of Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein bin Ali. However, it is very possible that both the Sunni and the Shia Muslims would both agree to follow a Caliph that was a member of the Hashemite Dynasty, because he would be a direct descendant of Muhammad.
Narrated by Jabir bin Samura: I heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم saying, "There will be twelve Muslim rulers (who will rule all the Islamic world)." He then said a sentence which I did not hear. My father said, "All of them (those rulers) will be from Quraish." (Sahih Al-Bukhari ) Abu Dawud in his Sunan also reported this Hadith, but added to it "and the whole community will agree on each of them."
Finally, according to Muslim eschatology, the Mahdi will have his capital city in Jerusalem.
Abdullah ibn Hawalah Al-Azdi said: "The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم placed his hand over my head and said:"O Ibn Hawalah! When you see that the Khilafah (Caliphate) has settled (has its seat or capital) in the Holy Land (Palestine), then the earthquakes, tribulations and great events will have drawn near. The Hour, on that day, will be closer to the people than my hand is to your head."(Abu Dawud)
This is why we are witnessing the outrage and rioting all over the Muslim world after Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is the key to understanding end time events. Jesus specifically said to watch Jerusalem.
Luk 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Luk 21:21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
Luk 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
In conclusion, we cannot know with %100 percent certainty the identity of the antichrist until he is proclaiming himself God, while standing on God’s Holy Mountain. However, there are only a few people who can adequately fulfil Biblical prophecy. Mainly, I would keep my eye on the princes in the Jordanian Hashemite Dynasty. Most especially, I would keep my eye on The Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah. He appears to be currently moving into the spotlight of the world stage.
If King Abdullah of Jordan were to become seriously sick or to die, the Crown Prince Hussein would automatically become the ruler of Jordan, and he would also automatically become the recognized guardian of all the Muslim and Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem. This would push him into the very center of the world stage and into the middle of end times prophecy.
You might ask, “What about King Abdullah? Could he be the antichrist?” I do not think so, mainly because of his age. He will be fifty-six (56) years old next month, that means he will be close to sixty-five (65) years old in 2026, which is when I believe the antichrist will reveal himself to the world. While his son, the Crown Prince Hussein, will only be thirty-two (32) years old in 2026. I believe Satan will want a young, healthy body to possess, not someone who will probably be on his last legs, if he is even still alive. After all, King Abdullah’s father, King Hussein, died at the age of sixty-three (63).
Luk 21:34 "Constantly be on your guard so that your hearts will not be loaded down with self-indulgence, drunkenness, and the worries of this life, or that day will take you by surprise
Luk 21:35 like a trap, because it will come on everyone who lives on the face of the earth.
Luk 21:36 So be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to take your stand in the presence of the Son of Man." International Standard Version.