The question of who founded Islam does not have an easy, cut and dried, black and white answer. We must pull back the covers to see who, in the end of days, will try to kill the descendants of Jacob. The one with the agenda is likely he who founded Islam.
Biblical Jacob has an enemy who has wanted to kill him from the beginning. Jacob’s enemy in the beginning will be the same enemy in the end. How can we know this? God says He tells us the end in the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). In other words, the repeating patterns of history were set by God in the beginning so that believers will understand what is happening in the end of days.
Taking a look at the enemies of Jacob requires us to know who Jacob’s descendants are in the end of days. For the most part, his descendants are Jews and Christians. However, there are millions of Muslims who were converted from Judaism and Christianity. These will be called back into the faith of YHVH when the time comes.
Most would say that Jacob’s enemy is Islam, but that is too general a view. Islam is an end time answer to an ancient agenda which means we need to go back to the beginning, to the Book of Genesis, to find out who really wants to kill Jacob because it will be an Islamic empire that will finally bring about the end of the age.
Esau was Jacob’s twin and arch enemy who tried to kill Jacob in the womb (Genesis 25:22), while exiting Rebecca’s womb (Genesis 25:26), during Jacob’s lifetime (Genesis 27:42-45) and prophesied that one day, eventually, he would kill Jacob (Genesis 33:4 where the “kiss of Esau” is prophesied in the Torah scroll as a jot that looks like teeth, a bite mark). The final struggle between Esau and Jacob will come almost 4,000 years later during the time known as “Jacob’s Trouble”, also called the “Great Tribulation”.
Esau was a ‘red’ man (Genesis 25:25) and God tells us to always remember that Esau was red and that Edom, Esau’s territory, was red (Genesis 25:30), too.
Esau also was hairy (Genesis 27:11) and a “man of the field” (Genesis 25:27). He was a man with no interest in learning or obeying Torah, or in having a relationship with God. He rejected God and God’s instructions. In the red stew incident, Esau tipped his hand about his attitude toward his place as the firstborn.
A primary characteristic of Esau is that he hides in order to strike. The Book of Jasher tells the story of how Esau hid in the bushes (Jasher chapter 27), then sprang forth to behead King Nimrod. But Esau ran from the scene like a coward to get back home where he traded red lentil stew (Genesis 25:30) for his birthright.
The scenario was that Jacob was cooking the stew of consolation for his father, Isaac. Abraham had just died and it was the eldest son’s duty to console his father when the grandfather died. Esau, of course, was more interested in hunting than being a good and Godly son, so he had gone to the field where he spied Nimrod and three of his men also hunting. After Esau killed Nimrod, and became the father of beheading, he ran – to his younger brother.
He did not want the birthright, the responsibility required of the firstborn, but he wanted the wealth and power that comes with the blessing. Esau hated Jacob over losing the blessing (Genesis 27:41) and has been trying to get it back ever since.
This act verifies that another of Esau’s characteristics is that of a bully. Bullies are usually cowards who hide, destroy, then run. Esau ran from Nimrod’s men, then sold his birthright to Jacob and lost his blessing to him, as well.
If hiding is Esau’s modus operandi, then where has he hid himself for the last 4,000 years? The visions of the four beasts God gave to Daniel show us where Esau has been and the visions are warnings about the ways that the Edomites were coming to fulfill that prophetic “bite” on Jacob’s neck.
The Book of Daniel explains the identities of the four beast governments and their leaders – Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. The first beast was Babylon whose leader, Nebuchadnezzar, was an Edomite. We know this from the account in Daniel 4:28-33 that Nebuchadnezzar became a true “man of the field”, living like a beast, eating grass like an animal, looking wild with long hair like an eagle’s feathers and fingernails like a bird’s talons. As a “man of the field”, he is connected to Esau, either physical, spiritually or both. So, ancient Babylon was a “beast nation” with a “beast man” as a leader.
Nebuchadnessar’s Babylon is a description for then and also for now. The two Babylons, the one in Daniel and the end times Babylon, are both beast empires. President Obama fulfilled Esau’s ‘red’ role in turning America from being a “vinyard of the LORD” to the end times “Babylonian-type” nation.
Obama was ‘red’ in that he aligned himself with the ‘red’ socialist and communist views. Communism, socialism, fascism are all ‘red’. They claim red in their flags and icons. China is known as the ‘red’ dragon and Russia is also ‘red’. Red plays a significnt role as a color in Russia. Red Square is a city square in Moscow and there are other examples of the importance of ‘red’ in both China and Russia. Esau was red. China and Russia are also ‘red’ and related to the spirit of Esau and his secular descendants.
The next beast empire in the Book of Daniel was Persia. It is more difficult to see the Edomite beast in the Persian empire, but it is there.
Daniel 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
Daniel’s first vision of the Persian empire is that it is a bear. A bear is a beast with a blood thirst. The Persian bear is raised up on one side because one side of it was stronger. The two sides in the past were Medea and Persia; those two sides today are Russia and Iran.
Cyrus was blood thirsty like that bear Daniel saw in his vision. But there is another beast that is associated with Esau in the book of Daniel, a beast who also represents the Medo-Persians. This beast is a ram (Daniel 8:20).
So, Persia is represented both as a bear and a ram. A ram is a clean animal and is associated with Israel and redemption. Esau is anything but clean, however he is a Hebrew. The ram, in this context, represents Esau’s identity as a Hebrew and a descendant of Shem. Esau is a “Shemite”, a semite, who now appears as this Persian ram disguised as King Cyrus who “cared for” Jerusalem like a shepherd – Esau attempting to be the firstborn son.
This ram is the face of a sheep over that of a bear’s head. There is a much darker side to Cyrus’s beast nature. He has an ulterior motive. He wants Jerusalem, to rule over it by making God’s city beholden to him and make Jerusalem a vassal city to the Persian empire.
Another, and perhaps better, association of Persia as an Edomite enclave is the entire account of Esther where Haman, a descendant of Esau’s grandson Amalek, was a prominent figure in the Persian government. It is doubtful that Haman was the only Edomite in the Persian government.
Ancient Persia is modern Iran. Keep that in mind.
The next beast empire of the Book of Daniel is Greece (Daniel 8:5, 21). Let’s look at the Greek ‘he-goat’ and how he is associated with Esau. The association begins with the word ‘seir’ from Genesis 27:11 where the scripture says Esau was ‘hairy’ – sair – שׂער. That word has many other spellings and pronunciations in Hebrew. The masculine noun שׂעיר (sa’ir) denotes a he-goat (a bristly guy; Leviticus 4:24). By association, it means ‘shaggy goat’. Why? A goat skin fooled Isaac into thinking Jacob was Esau.
Another Hebrew word associated with ‘sair’ is the mountain, Seir. The ‘notable horn’ that Daniel saw on the shaggy he-goat is related to Mount Seir, the mountain given to Esau by God. Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau to the land of Seir (שׂעיר), the country of Edom (Gen 32:3). As a masculine noun שׂער (sa’r) is derived from the verb that means horror (Job 18:20). The denominative verb שׂער (sa’ar) means ‘to be very afraid’.
The feminine noun שׂערה (se’ora) means barley, the bearded grain (Exodus 9:31, Isaiah 28:25). This is a type of grain that looks like wheat and is called a ‘tare’. There is a type of tare called a ‘bearded tare’ which is poisonous. This particular type of grain is what the New Testament refers to in the parable of the wheat and tares. The wheat is Jacob, the tare is Esau. This alludes to the prophecy that wherever Jacob went, Esau would follow.
An Edomite ‘he goat’ is exactly what Daniel saw in his vision. YHVH did not want us to guess about the origins of Greece. (You can find out more about this in my teachings, The Esau Effect and The Kingdom of Edom – The Enemy We Face).
The next beast empire Daniel saw was a beast that was unlike any natural animal on the earth. This beast had elements of beasts of the field such as horns and claws, but it was more of a composite beast of war whose horns were made of the material of war – iron (Daniel 7:7).
This is a composite beast that many believe is Rome. It was Rome, but it is not just Rome. It was an Edomite empire that later spawned Islam.
Jewish historians nicknamed Rome ‘Bosrah’ because it was well-known that the Edomites had migrated to Rome from the Edomite capital, Bosrah, and had taken over the leadership there just as they did when Esau migrated to Mount Seir. Ancient Roman culture still persists in the modern world because of one element that Esau failed to use during his previous attempts to take back his birthright and rule the world through Babylon, Persia and Greece. That one element is religion.
Esau finally figured out, and made use of, religion during the time of Rome to conquer and hold captive many from the House of Jacob, both Jews and lost ten-tribers, who are called Christians today. Whom Esau could not conquer through war, he converted to his new religion, Christianity. Christianity failed to subjugate all of Jacob’s descendants, so the next religious thrust would be Islam.
Edomites have tried every way possible to subjugate and kill Jacob’s descendants. First, they took the Jews captive into Babylon. But capturing the Jews didn’t make them disappear. So the Edomites’ next attempt was to make Jerusalem a vassal city and send the Jews back to Jerusalem where they would serve Esau under the guise of the Persian empire. Isaac’s blessing to Esau was that he would serve Jacob, but Esau was trying to make Jacob serve him.
It didn’t work. They wanted more. So, other Edomites came against the Jews from Greece. Unlike their Persian predecessors, they were not happy allowing the Jews to worship YHVH in Jerusalem or having Jerusalem as merely a vassal city. After conquering their Persian brothers, the Greeks went to rule from Jerusalem.
And, unlike their Persian predecessors, the Greeks tried to convert the Jews away from the teachings of their father, Jacob. Like Esau, the Greeks rejected Torah and to make their point, they slaughtered a pig on YHVH’s holy altar to defile it. They removed circumcision, the sign of the Abrahamic covenant, from the Jews and made it difficult for them to continue obeying the Torah. But the Jews would not convert to worshiping the Greek, Edomite gods. Something more needed to be done, so along came Rome.
Rome tried another tactic. Force wasn’t working to get rid of Jacob’s descendants. But the Edomites had another problem. They knew there were other Tribes with a heritage right to Jerusalem, the seat of wealth and power on the earth. Rome could occupy and distress the Jews, even taking away what the Greeks had not – the Temple, but they also needed to get rid of the other Tribes, those which had gone into Assyrian captivity before the Babylonian captivity and were now scattered around the known world. So, Rome took another direction and created a religion that would be just similar enough to what the Jews were used to, and also to what the scattered descendants of the lost Tribes would understand. Rome created Christianity.
Rome’s Christianity took advantage of the tension between the Jews and the Ger, the converts who were attempting to return to the Abrahamic Covenant through belief in Yeshua as the Messiah, and worked to keep the two Houses from reuniting. Under the guise of a twisted theology, House of Israel descendants and gentiles flocked to Christianity because the House of Israel knew a Messiah was required to bring them back into the Covenant. The Jews, on the other hand, largely rejected the House of Israel and their Messiah because the Edomites, true to their hatred of Torah, taught that Yeshua was against keeping the Laws of God.
Jewish rejection of Christianity caused Rome to forcibly convert Jews into the new Edomite religion. Yet, this also failed. Out of ignorance, Christians joined forces with Arabs to bebin chasing Jews all over the earth.
Esau has never completed his mission to either subjugate or kill all of Jacob’s descendants. This is why another religion was needed, one that concentrated on the final destruction of all of Jacob’s descendants through a final war. The Apostle John saw two more beast entities arise and both of them were from the same source. The first has already gone to war against the Jews. The next will go to war against all the descendants of Jacob – both Jews and Christians.
The Bible says Ishmael is wild man and always contentious with his brothers (Genesis 16:12), but Ishmael is almost entirely lost in scripture, unlike Esau whose name is there to the end when it is finally destroyed. Ishmael’s name doesn’t come up again after Genesis until the book of Judges and the account of Gideon’s battle (Judges 8:24). Ishmael is alluded to in the wanderings of the Children of Israel when they traversed the Wilderness of Zin (Numbers 20:1), Ishmael’s territory next to Edom. He also appears in Jeremiah 41:3. The genealogy of Ishmael appears in 1 Chronicles. He shows up against in Psalm 83 listed as “Ishmaelites” and “Hagarites”, and again in the Book of Isaiah chapter 60 when his two oldest sons, Nebaioth and Kedar, are mentioned doing something that one would not expect.
Isaiah tells us that Nebaioth and Kedar will be accepted on YHVH’s altar (Isaiah 60:7 ) – they will be in the Messianic Kingdom. If Ishmael is the killer of Jacob – which is Islam’s agenda – are we to believe that God would still allow Ishmael into the Kingdom, but not Esau? If so, why will Ishmael’s descendants have rams that are accepted on YHVH’s altar, but Esau won’t? This is because Esau has always had the agenda of killing Jacob, but Ishmael has not. Ishmael has not. Esau, nor any of his descendants will be in the Kingdom where they can bring rams for God’s altar (Obadiah) because they are destroyers of God’s people, Israel.
Could there be another answer to the true origin of Islam? Could it be that Esau hid himself behind Ishmael, who is less violent and more prone to a relationship with God, to orchestrate the founding of Islam and use it for his end times purposes? It would certainly confirm Esau’s M-O.
Esau is mentioned in scripture over 3 times more often than Ishmael. In fact, Esau is much more prominent in the prophecies than Ishmael, and Esau is always associated with destruction while the prophecy of Ishmael is that his sacrifices will be approved on YHVH’s altar (see Rashi’s comment at Chabad.org). The lack of mentions in the Bible, particularly in the prophecies, seems to speak of a particular fate for Ishmael. He goes into the background, behind Esau, yet it will be Esau who actually hides behind Ishmael, as we will see in a moment.
We have seen that Esau hid his identity in the four beasts of Daniel. He also hid among the Ishmaelites by marrying Ishmael’s daughters, Mahalath and Bashemath (Genesis 25:17, 36:3). And being the bully that he is, Esau then usurped Ishmael’s “House” to become the Patriarch of Ishmael’s family. How do we know this? The Bible tells us about the “House of Esau”, but there is no mention of a “House of Ishmael”. The Bible mentions the “Houses” of many other people, important and unimportant, both men and women, but there is no mention of the “House” of the important son of Abraham, Ishmael, after Esau marries into the family.
Esau has hidden himself among the Ishmaelites, letting them get the credit for being the face of Islam. That phrase, “the face of Islam”, which is used by the Rabbis, suggests that the Rabbis know who is behind Ishmael. While Ishmael is a wild man, and contentious, he is not portrayed as being as violent as Esau in the scriptures. Esau is the violent one and Esau didn’t recede so far behind Ishmael that we can’t see him reappearing in the end of days.
Although the Ishmaelites have struggled with the Israelites, the larger and most struggles have been with Esau. One sin Ishmael is guilty of is found in Genesis 21:9 when he did something to Isaac. Hagar and Ishmael were exiled for his behavior and he will remain in exile until Messiah comes.
Ishmael’s behavior toward the Children of Israel has been more favorable than Esau’s. The Ishmaelites gave the children of Israel no trouble (Numbers 20:1) in the desert, whereas the Edomites would not let them pass and the Amalekites went to war with the Israelites when they were at their weakest during their Exodus. War for war, Esau does it much more than Ishmael.
Psalm 83, the Psalm of the famous Psalm 83 war, lists the Edomites, then those who are with them.
Psa 83:5 Indeed, they shrewdly planned together, forming an alliance against you—
Psa 83:6 the tents of Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Hagrites,
Psa 83:7 Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, and the inhabitants of Tyre.
The most important person of these nations, which are all now Muslim, is Esau. This is another clue about Esau in that the first name in this list of nations is Esau which implies that there is an Edomite leadership in Islam.
It is said by the Rabbis that Esau was Rome and Ishmael Islam. But let’s look at some other facts. The last war between Judah and Edom resulted in the forced conversion of all the remaining Edomite males. Hyrcanus conquered the whole of Idumea and undertook the forced conversion of its inhabitants to Judaism (Jos., Ant., 13:257ff.). This suggests that there were no Edomites around at the time of the creation of Islam. But Esau is Rome and Rome was involved in the creation of Islam.
Furthermore, though Hyrcanus converted the remaining Edomites, there were millions of Esasu’s descendants that had gone where Jacob went and had mixed in with Jacob. If they mixed with Jacob, might they not have also mixed further into the other Middle Eastern populations? The answer is yes. Esau also married Canaanite, Hivite and Hittite wives.
In trying to establish whether it was Ishmael or Esau who created Islam, let’s review some facts about Prophet Muhammad. One glaring physical characteristic gives us a clue about Muhammad’s ancestry because his beard was red. Some say he was a natural redhead like Esau while others claim he dyed his beard red. According to Sunnah.org, the prophet “was a wide-shouldered man of proportionate/medium build, thick-bearded with a reddish complexion, his long hair reaching to the earlobes”. This is almost a direct description of the Bible’s account of Esau. The ‘redness’ of Muhammad is a clue to the real founder of Islam
At some point, we must stop looking for a single black and white answer to the founder of Islam and realize that Esau’s violent spirit is everywhere. It is in Islam, but it is also in Christianity and Esau is among the Jews, too. Ishmael represents the Islamic religion on the surface, but behind the scenes, hiding, is Esau. There is a “spirit” of Esau that permeates wherever rejection of the Torah abounds. It is this, the rejection of the Torah, that is the signature of the Edomite spirit. Wherever we find violence against the Torah and Torah-keeping people by those who are part of another beast system, we have found Esau.
The Apostle John’s vision included the beast empires of Daniel. Therefore, we can surmise that the next two beast empires will be of Edomite origin, either physically, spiritually or both. Ishmael’s role in Islam is better understood in the light of his Patriarch, Esau. Ishmael’s role in founding Islam is without question, but it is Esau’s spirit and his agenda that we will be fighting in the end.
A final caveat: Edomite Christian leaders will, at some point, align with Islam against the true people of Jacob. It may be that Edomites among the Jews will rise up against the true Jews, too. Even though Islam will have the military power through Iran (ancient Persia and the coming King of the North), other Edomites who are scattered with Jacob’s descendants will cause chaos among the true believers everywhere. Yeshua warned us of this, so we should expect it. In the end, Islam will kill off the Christian whore, too.