Michael Youssef speaking
Michael Youssef speaking (Courtesy/Assist News Service)

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Well-known pastor, author and Leading The Way ministry founder Dr. Michael Youssef highlights some striking parallels in his latest book, End Times and the Secret of the Mahdi: Unlocking the Mystery of Revelation and the Antichrist.

End Times explores the startling connections between the Biblical Antichrist and the Mahdi, the central figure of Islamic prophecy, as outlined in the Bible and the Quran.

Dr. Youssef explains: "Today, the world is moving away from freedom as the solution and toward authoritarian control, one-world government, and the concentration of power in a single authority—even a single human leader.

"The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist, and that figure bears a striking resemblance to the Islamic Mahdi. More than 1 billion Muslims—and even many professing Christians—could rally behind this figure of Islamic eschatology. If we don't want to be deceived, we must be ready."

Dr. Youssef's End Times book also unpacks and demystifies the book of Revelation, highlighting its relevance to our lives today and shedding light on how global events are playing into God's plans for the end times. Having grown up in the Middle East, and equipped with degrees in theology and social anthropology, Dr. Youssef brings a thorough, biblical understanding of current world events in this new book.

Dr. Youssef concluded: "The Bible has predicted with accuracy the chaos we are seeing today—the increase in Christian persecution, economic instability, political upheaval and more. Yet God did not give us these texts to frighten us but to motivate and encourage us. My prayer is that God will use this book to fill the reader with hope, faith and an eager expectation of the Lord's return."

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