Will The Anti – Christ Come From The Line Of Ishmael?
Posted by Job on February 16, 2009
Whether the anti – Christ will come from the line of Ishmael has to be considered. Of course, he may be a figurative or spiritual descendant rather than a natural one. And there are probably more physical descendants of Ishmael about than those within the Muslim faith, and it can certainly include former Muslims that did not become spiritual descendants of Abraham by becoming born again Christians. Still, a bit of Biblical evidence has to be considered.
Genesis 16:11 reads “And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
Genesis 17:20 reads “And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”
Genesis 21:21 reads “And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.”
Galatians 4:22-29 reads “For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.”
Interesting that both Ishmael and Isaac are descendants of Abraham. However, scripture has always depicted the line of Isaac as being supernatural, born of the spirit, and representing the world to come that will reign with Jesus Christ. The line of Ishmael, on the other hand, represents the natural, the sons of the earth, and representing the world or this current order. So it is interesting that just as the Godly spiritual order or kingdom is represented by the 12 tribes of Israel for Judaism and the 12 apostles for Christianity, Ishmael, the one born after the flesh that represents the natural order, had 12 princes as well.
Now realize that the best defintion of the word translated as “Satan” is “opponent” or “adversary.” Satan opposes God and God’s people. Also, consider, type/anti – type, what the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles that replaced them represent, and consider the 12 of Ishmael the opposite of that. The Godly 12 of Israel and of the apostles represent God’s people, first Israel and then the Body of Christ, on the earth, so Ishmael’s nation of 12 represents its opposition; supernatural versus natural. Finally, consider that the number of the man of sin, the beast, is the number of a man, which could be a reference to Ishmael’s being one after the flesh and not of the promise.
So if Jesus Christ was the descendant of the 12 dukes of Israel, how sensible would it be were the anti – Christ the descendant of the 12 dukes of Ishmael? Either way, the type and anti – type, the Redeemer and opponent, will have come from Avraham (Abraham).
Also, Paul stated that just as Ishmael persecuted Isaac (and the world has persecuted true Christians!), he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit. That also falls in line with the prophecies in Revelation that refer to the beast, the man of sin, persecuting the church during the great tribulation.
So then, this is something for Christians to ponder as we watch and pray for the return of our Lord and Savior Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ.