Iran’s Basij Press is claiming that a version of the Gospel of
Barnabas, found in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and
righteous religion and the revelation will cause the collapse
worldwide of Christianity.
Turkey confiscated a leather-bound text, written on animal hide, in
an anti-smuggling operation in 2000. Turkish authorities believe the
text could be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of
Jesus’ apostles and an associate of the apostle Paul.
This version of the Barnabas Gospel was written in the 5th or 6th
century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad and the
religion of Islam, the Basij Press claims.
The Christian world, it says, denies the existence of such a gospel.
However, religious scholars have said another version of the Barnabas
Gospel, discovered a century ago, was written less than 500 years
ago, which would post-date Mohammad.
In Chapter 41 of the Barnabas Gospel, Basij claims, is this
statement: “God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them
(Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that
at top of the gateway to heaven, it was written ‘La elah ela Allah,
Mohamad rasool Allah,’” meaning Allah is the only God and Mohammad
The Turkish army has taken possession of the Barnabas Gospel because
the “Zionists” and the governments of the West are trying to suppress
its contents, Basij Press claims.
According to the Barnabas Gospel in Turkey’s hands, Basij Press says,
Jesus was never crucified and that not only is He not the son of God,
but that He himself predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad. The
book even predicts the coming of the last Islamic messiah, the report
“The discovery of the original Barnabas Bible will now undermine the
Christian Church and its authority and will revolutionize the
religion in the world,” the Basij report says. “The most significant
fact, though, is that this Bible has predicted the coming of Prophet
Mohammad and in itself has verified the religion of Islam, and this
alone will unbalance the powers of the world and create instability
in the Christian world.”
The Basij report concludes that the discovery is so immense that it
will affect the world’s politics and that the world powers are aware
of the coming effects of this event.
Turkey plans to put the Bible on public display. Though Turkish
authorities believe this could be an authentic version of the Gospel
of Barnabas, others believe it only goes back to the 16th century and
is a fake because it would have been written centuries after
“The Iranian regime is committed to stamping out Christianity by any
means necessary, whether that means executing Christian converts,
burning Bibles or raiding underground churches,” said Erick
Stakelbeck, host of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “Stakelbeck
on Terror” show and a close observer of Iranian affairs. “In
promoting the so-called Barnabas Bible – which was likely written
sometime in the 16th century and is not accepted by any mainstream
Christian denomination – the regime is once again attempting to
discredit the Christian faith. Record numbers of young Iranians are
leaving Islam and embracing Christ, and the mullahs see Christianity
as a growing threat to their authority.”
The Vatican has requested to see the scripture but it is unknown if
Turkey has provided it access to the text.
Recently Iranian ayatollahs have been outspoken that Islam is the
last and only righteous religion sent by God.
Grand Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, in a recent statement, announced that
since the Quran was the last holy book and provides the most complete
religion to the world and Mohammad the last prophet as indicated in
the Quran, there is no authority to abide by other books. The Quran
clearly indicates that only those who have accepted the true religion
of Islam are the guided ones, he said.
As reported recently, a former intelligence officer in the
Revolutionary Guards revealed that tens of thousands of Bibles were
confiscated and burned in Iran, under the order of Iran’s supreme
leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said the Bible is not a holy book
and its burning is morally acceptable.
As the Islamic regime in Iran continues to suppress its people with
violations of human rights and challenges the world over its nuclear
program, Khamenei said, “In light of the realization of the divine
promise by almighty God, the Zionists and the Great Satan (America)
will soon be defeated. Allah’s promise will be delivered, and Islam
will be victorious.”
Reza Kahlili translated this Iranian video about Islamic prophecies
of a coming messiah and the destruction of Israel: