Everytime we find something that seems to be new we need to hold our opinion until we have a chance to look further and to listen to where the Spirit will lead us as we Learn, not from men but from our Heavenly Father.
Walid Shoebat has an excellent teaching -- but is it the final word? Not according to Chris White. Chris brings up some very good cons to Shoebat's pros concerning the 666 of the Book of Revelation. Let's have a look at what Chris has to say.
It would seem the truth is spread around, here a little and there a little. Someone has a theory and it seems to be right, or looks pretty good, then you turn the corner and questions are raised, quesitons that should be anwered. Sometime someone finds new things so interesting and decide right away this or that must be true. We need to be careful about hitching our wagon, so to speak, to any particular groups or persons.
(2Ti 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(2Co 6:3) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
(1Co 4:6) I have applied all these things to myself (Pau) and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. ESV (all translations agree; "...not to go beyond what is written...")
Let's consider what Chris has for us, keeping in mind we are all vulnerable to letting our imaginations taking us to a place outside of the Word. I do not agree with everything Walid Shoebat has and I do not agree with everything Chris has for us either but I see both as sincere researchers and if we stay within the Word we are better equipped to decide for ourselves.
Chris White also has a book you can pickup at Amazon.com with a full treatment, offering an opposing view to what Walid Shoebat is teaching. For me, I am looking for some kind of balance. In Walid Shoebats book, God's War on Terror, he does point out that He is not the first to come up with this Idea, that the Antichrist will be a Muslim. Chris makes an issue out of this which seemed a little unfair to me, as Walid if the first to admit this idea did not originate with him. Walid, however, is the first to make the case in such detail surrounded by Biblical common sense. What is upsetting, not for Walid, but for all of the modern Christian prophets have invested a lot of material pointing to the European EU as the originator of the end-time Antichrist. It is hard for some to see a different view and to even become a bit annoyed at anyone tearing down their own work, making them "prophets of error". Walid is stepping on some pretty big Evangelical toes.
Besides Chris White a couple of others have come forward claiming Walid stole this idea from them, but remember, himself, tells us he is not the originator of this concept. This idea for a Muslim Antichrist existed before Walid Shoebat and no one can claim full credit for this idea, as Walid points out there has been various authors and students of the Bilbe from centuries past that identified a Muslim Antichrist -- after all, the Muslims do admit this Jewish Messiah existed but deny Him as the Messiah -- they deny Him as the Son of God come in the flesh (1 John 2:22). Adam Clark of the famous Clark Commentary, 17th century work, is among those suggesting a Muslim Antichrist. Walid Shoebat names John Calvin (page 64) also made this observation. Walid gives several names of those who expressed this same opinion, on pages 30-40 in his book, God's War on Terrror. When we look at what is going on in the world today I find it hard to deny Walid Shoebat's understanding on this matter. The evidence just seems to keep piling up. Does this mean I think everything Walid says is absolutely correct? Not yet, anyway, but he does make me focus more of what the Word, already delivered is saying and does say.
Chris White takes issue with Walid's view concerning the MARK of the Beast, the number, 666. Watch the video and you decide if further investigation is needed.