Bismillah, the Mark of the Koran, and the Chi Xi Stigma of Revelation

“In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful” are the opening words of the Koran. The phrase is used by Muslems around the world to open many of their prayers, and is the phrase that opens many Islamic constitutions.

This phrase is called the “Bismillah” (sometimes basmala), and according to a Muslim website entitled, In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, the phrase is the key that provides a test that identifies the correct version of the Koran as it was revealed to Muhammed in the year 610 A.D. by the “Lord of the Universe.” The test is performed using gematria – a numerical coding system common in the ancient world by which letters are assigned numerical values. The bismillah converts to certain mathematical values that can be compared to gematrical values in the Koran as a whole. When this is done for the “true” version of the Koran, the values match. Otherwise they do not.

The bismillah can therefore be thought of as the mark, or number, that unlocks or decodes the true Koran. The above named website further states that the gematrical value of the correct version of the Koran is 666, and it is that which frees mankind. The article concludes by saying that the Christian doctrine relating 666 to the antichrist is a deception designed to keep man in bondage. So the bismillah is the mark of the Koran, and its numeric value is 666.

The antagonism between the two religions is further unfolded by their respective views on the nature of God and of Jesus Christ. The Koran teaches that the Christian understanding of Christ is the antichrist; while Christianity teaches that the Muslim understanding of Allah is of the antichrist. Toni Wilkerson, posting on the Issachar Blog, clarifies this.

 Islam teaches that there is no god but Allah, Allah has no son and is not a father.  The belief that God has no Son is encoded in the Koran in several places.  It is embossed inside the Dome of the Rock in two foot high Arabic letters.  I John 2:22 says:  “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He who denies the Father and the Son is antichrist.” It is apparent and simply stated that the belief of Islam is antichrist.

The Christian doctrine of the antichrist and his mark centers on a constellation of prophecies that a false messiah will come at the end of the age and cause all, both great and small, to worship him. Revelation 13:1-18 encapsulates this subject well:

  1. And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
  2. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
  3. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
  4. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
  5. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.
  6. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
  7. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
  8. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. …
  1. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
  2. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
  3. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
  4. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
  5. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
  6. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
  7. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
  8. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.

The Christian scripture here does not spell the numbers out long-hand, but uses gematria. This was a common practice in both Hebrew and Greek. In this case, the Christian scripture used three Greek characters representing 600, 60, and 6.

Reading from left to right, the first Greek letter, χ (pronounced “chi”) has a numerical value of 600.
The middle Greek letter, ξ, is pronounced “xi”, and it has a numerical value of 60.
The third Greek letter, ς, is pronounced “stigma”. Although its numerical value has changed since the first century, back in the first century, the stigma had a numerical value of 6. We might also note that the stigma has a literal meaning of “scar, mark, or badge of service”. (“In the name of Allah” = Bismillah = 666)

Mr. Walid Shoebat, a purported former PLO terrorist now Christian evangelist, says that when he saw the Greek symbols for 666 in the original manuscripts, he immediately recognized these as the Arabic character “bismillah,” which means “in the name of Allah.”

Here is a clip of Shoebat demonstrating what he saw, while explaining that some of the letters must be turned and mirror-imaged in order to match up.:

http://issacharblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/what-walid-shoebat-wrote-compared.jpg

Here is an image of the bismillahلڑكی

The third character, the “X”, is according to Shoebat the crossed swords representing Islam. Islam would be the expression in the world, through government and law, of the will of Allah. So all the characters together might read, in the name of Allah, Islam!

Below we see the bismillah (upper), compared to the Christian scripture (lower). In the scripture, the horizontal line over the characters is thought to be the indicator used to show that they should be read as numbers:

http://endtimeproof.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Bismallah-Crossed-Swords-of-Jihad-Greek-666.jpg

Toni Wilkerson, on the Issachar Blog, explains the comparison by saying that John the Revelator saw the mark of the beast in a vision, and wrote the characters down. Wilkerson says that the characters were never Greek at all, but were Arabic. The fact that neither Arabic nor Islam existed at that time is not a problem if this was a prophetic vision. He says,

Below is a sample of those three symbols from the Codex Vaticanus:

These symbols greatly resemble the three Greek letters χ ξ ς.  But John did not write these symbols in Greek.  These symbols are Arabic.  In order to better recognize the Arabic letters let us rotate the middle symbols 90 degrees to the left and then invert them:

We now see four characters that read from right to left.  The first, second, and third characters from the right are two Arabic words and the forth character is an Islamic symbol.  The character to the far right is the first Arabic word which reads “In the name of.” The next two characters, going from right to left, are the name of a person.  That name reads “Allah.” So when these three characters are read together they read the Arabic phrase “In the name of Allah.

The long-term prophetic referent for these characters could be the Arabic bismillah whether they were originally perceived as Greek or not. It is common for the Judeo-Christian prophecies to have both a near-term and a long-term fulfillment. Preterism & Biblical Prophecy, by Fred Zaspel, explains this well:

It has long been recognized that Biblical prophecy is normally fulfilled not in a single event but in a series of events which bring the prophecy to it (sic) final culmination. … Older Bible teachers described this as “double” or “dual” fulfillment and as the “near view” and “far view” of prophecy. … More popularly, interpreters speak of the “now and not yet” aspect of Biblical prophecy, emphasizing that a given prophecy may well come to realization now yet await its fuller manifestation later; its fulfillment is both now and not yet. …

Our point here is simply to notice that Biblical prophecy normally unfolds in a progressively fulfilling way. In the unfolding of redemptive history the prophecy is seen to take on a wider or more detailed significance, … and examples in the prophetic Word abound. …

Antichrist provides (a good) example. The details of Dan.11 so graphically portray Antiochus Epiphanes that critical scholars insist that “Daniel” wrote after the fact. Of course we deny their conclusion, but the prophecy’s fulfillment in Antiochus is obvious. But then Jesus speaks of this “abomination” as yet future (Mat.24). As does Paul (2 Thes.2) and, (so it would seem from the many thematic parallels) John (Rev.13). And so the prophecy is fulfilled and yet is fulfilled again and is to be fulfilled still again, only more fully. But John tells us also that Antichrist “has come” (1Jn.4). He is the false teachers who lead men astray. So Antichrist “has come” and “will come.” He is “now,” and he is “not yet.”

A near-term prophetic referent may explain why some early manuscripts showed the variant 616 as the number for the beast of Revelation. After commenting that Irenaeus knew of this variant but affirmed 666 as correct, the Tyndale Bulletin states:

Recent studies suggest that there may not be any significant exegetical difference between 616 and 666. The consensus is firmly in favour of viewing this number as an example of gematria, in which the number stands for the name of a person (‘the number of his name’, Rev. 13:17; 15:2), and the person in mind would be Nero. It is likely that 666 arose from a Hebrew transliteration of Neron Caesar from Greek into Hebrew (rsq Nwrn).[38] It is notable that an equivalent transliteration from Latin into Hebrew results in 616 (rsq wrn). We might also note that two possible transliterations of ‘beast’ into Hebrew could produce either 616 or 666.[39]

So either 616 or 666 referred to Nero in the immediate historical contexts, but prophetically pointed to later fulfillment as well.

Here is an early fragment of Christian scripture (225-275 A.D.) in which the number of the beast is recorded as 616. The early form of the stigma character (the digamma, I think) here is like a simple “c” shape . To the left of it is the iota character, looking like an “l”, and representing 10.

It is interesting to note that three of the four characters we have seen forming the bismillah are approximations of the three characters representing 616 in the scripture fragment. So the bismillah relates to either form of the scriptural “number of the beast:” the 616 or the 666.

We have established a strong visual relationship between the bismillah and the scriptural “number” of the beast. We have also established that the bismillah represents a sacred text that is valued gematrically as 666, while the Bible represents this gematrical formula as corresponding to a false messiah. One might say that the Bible and the Koran are antichrist to one another.

So is the bismillah the mark of the beast who’s book is the Koran? I wonder what the Sufi’s say it means.

Consider also my studies, Gog – King of the North, The Qur’anic Mahdi and The Final Exodus

16 Responses to Bismillah, the Mark of the Koran, and the Chi Xi Stigma of Revelation

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  2. Munja says:

    NO, Antichrist is DAJJAL… You can’t say Islam is the Antichrist, because by islam: Jesus is a prophet of God/Allah just as Muhammed and Davud among others… And by islam you have to know that Jesus is gonna come and kill Dajjal/antichrist…

    Selam/peace be upon you :)

    • icliks says:

      Thanks for the comment! Who/what is DAJJAL?

      • Patricia says:

        Simply put the Dajjal is the bad guy in islamic prophecy, kinda like the antichrist is the bad guy in christian prophecy.

      • sadia says:

        Dijjal is a greatest son of devil who is going to come on the day of judgment, all the good people are going to refuse to follow him and all the bad people are going to obey him and follow him.

      • icliks says:

        Thanks, Sadia! Tell me more. Who or what is Dijjal? What tradition does this come from?

    • Patricia says:

      The teaching of the Imam Mahdi, and isa fit the role of the false prophet and the beast in the bible, who make war against the christians and Jesus, known in islam as the Dajjal.

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  4. Mark says:

    Islam is an anti christ religion and the muslims commenting under this page are lost and practicing “Kitman” Google kitman in islam. Its legal lying sanctioned by their religion from the quran and hadiths, its basically the right to lie to non believers to further the cause of islam, IE thats everyone besides muslims.

  5. Mark says:

    Quran 9.5 And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

    Quran 9.30 And those Jews (who came to you) say (as did some Jews who lived before): “Ezra (‘Uzayr) is God’s son”; and (as a general assertion) the Christians say: “The Messiah is God’s son.” Such are merely their verbal assertions in imitation of the utterances of some unbelievers who preceded them. May God destroy them! How can they be turned away from the truth and make such assertions?

    Quran 5:72
    They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.

    Quran 5:73
    They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the third of three.” And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment.

    Quran 5.51
    O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.
    ____________________________________________________________________
    Please explain to me how Islam is NOT an antichrist religion? It makes it a point to deny Jesus Christ for who he is and was, it makes it a point to target Jews and Christians, it makes it a point to kill us until we worship Allah and repent to him, this is by the very definition antichrist 666

    It even teaches that when their Jesus comes back to the earth, he will “correct all the christians” and if they dont worship allah he will kill them… Their Jesus is not the real Jesus, hes a figment of the false prophet mohammads mind and actually the muslims will think that the antichrist is someone good and they will be allied with him.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is very little difference between the two..but yes according to early muslim authors of the koran and early historians..it is said that Proohet Muhammad was tricked by the devil to assosiate 3 pagan Gods who would intersede with Allah. Islam clearly states there is only 1 God.
      2nd point in the book of Deu 18:20-22 it states the law under which if someone was preaching falsely to be stoned to death under 2 conditions
      1. If he spoke of something was wasnt passed from God.
      2.To assosiate God with others.

      These were indications of a false prophet.

      There is only 1 God..he is merciful, all powerful and kind. Why would he force a number or mark on his people?? To distinguish them from others? Why he cant tell the difference..how come??
      A true God wouldnt force cha

  6. website says:

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    I get many conflicting answers, but I know someone has the answer that makes sense.
    The problem I’m having is, if the year of Christ’s first coming was given, why wouldn’t the year of his sencond coming also be prophesied?

    Matthew 24:36 say’s that no one would know a day or the hour,
    but it says nothing about a year. And, Daniel
    12:11,12, in answer to Daniels question in verse 8, really seems to
    give a year for Christ’s second coming. In fact, all
    of chapter 12 describes what happens at the very end, giving a
    scene right out of 2Thess’s on the resurrection.
    Seriously.
    Please leave a comment, or visit the website where this prophecy is,
    I believe, very detailed.
    The author of, The Final Time Prophecy, DW, the prophecy ends soon.

    Looking for truth.

    • icliks says:

      Glancing at your website I notice an advertisement for your book which is also an advertisement for Mormonism, saying that the Mormons “believe Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.” Before considering what is in the book I would need to consider what is Mormonism.

      The quote in the ad leads me to ask, “which Jesus Christ is Mormon theology talking about?” There are many religions that claim to worship or to venerate a person by the name of Jesus Christ. The Muslims do. The New Age does. Those are both different persons than the Jesus Christ of the Christians. The Muslims, for example, emphatically say that God has no Son. As I remember it, the Mormons worship a Jesus Christ who is the brother of Lucifer. If so, the quote in the ad is a bit misleading since it gives the appearance that Mormonism is Christian, and that is not a Christian doctrine.

      The Christian Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of God. That is to say that God became a man when Mary conceived a child by the Holy Ghost. Therefore Jesus Christ is both God and human in nature. “Only-begotten” means that this happened only once in all of time; that God the Father has had only one Son in this manner. That is, God was born as a man only one time. God has many sons by adoption (Christians), but He birthed only one Son whose “biological father” is God Himself.

      On the other hand, Christian doctrine teaches that Lucifer is an angel and has no God nature or human nature. By these definitions, Jesus and Lucifer could not be brothers. A doctrine that teaches that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers is not a Christian doctrine.

      If I am wrong about what the Mormons teach on this, please correct me.

      • icliks says:

        Adding some clarification to my comment above: It is true to say the the angels are called “sons of God” in the Old Testament. That does not mean, though, that they are eternally pre-existent in the Godhead as is God the Son, Jesus Christ. Ezek 28:13-15, for example, clearly says that Lucifer is a created being. He is also described there as the covering angel – that is he is over all the others of his kind; over all the angels. Angels are created beings and Eph 3:9 says that God created all created things by Jesus Christ; and Col 1:16 “For by (Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers.”

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