Calvin on Islam

     Yet Calvin was not at all discouraged when he perceived that Daniel predicted the later rise and development of the Roman Pontiff as the “Leader and Standard-bearer” of the Kingdom of Anti-christ.   Nor was Calvin discouraged to see Islam more and more challenging the claims of Christ, and ultimately drawing closer to the Standard-bearer of Antichrist’s abominable kingdom.   For Calvin knew, also from the Book of Daniel, that Christ’s Kingdom would nonetheless increase and ultimately triumph over Islam as well as over the Papacy.         Thus in his 1561 Commentaries on Daniel (at 11:34), Dr. Calvin uttered a passionate prayer.   He petitioned: “Grant, Almighty God, as at this day Thou dost try the faith of Thy People by many tests, that they may obtain strength from the unconquered fortitude of Thy Holy Spirit!