Islam in Bible Prophecy
Does the Bible mention the predecessors of Islam? Who is the prophetic King of the North and King of the South? How might the religion founded by Muhammad play a significant role in End Time Biblical prophecy?
Islam is an Arabic religion. The Arabs are related to Israel through Abraham and Hagar (one of the maids of Sarah, Abraham's wife). The Bible states that after Hagar became pregnant Sarah made her life miserable. The tension was so bad that she had to escape to the desert. Near death, an angelic messenger appears to her, tells her to go back to Sarah, and then gives an amazing prophecy about Ishmael in her womb.
God appears to Abraham, when Ishmael reaches 13, and makes yet another promise about his son through Hagar. He promises that Ishmael (through whom Islam traces its roots) will be the father of twelve princes and that they will become a great nation (Genesis 17:20).
Twelve sons or princes do indeed come out of Ishmael (Genesis 25:12-18) and live in a land we now refer to as Arabia. His descendants would one day create the Arab empire - one of the greatest the world has ever known.
Are people of Arabic origin, from which Islam would rise, mentioned in God's word? Isaiah refers to those in Arabia as inhabiting the land of Tema. He then gives a prophecy about the "glory of Kedar" falling (Isaiah 21:13-17). Tema and Kedar were two of the twelve sons of Ishmael (Genesis 25:12-15). Easton's Bible Dictionary defines Arabia as inhabited by the descendants of Esau (Edomites). Fausset's Bible Dictionary further states the Ammonites and Moabites (Ammon and Moab) settled the area. Over time, all these tribes and others intermarried and merged to become known as Arabs.