The Story Of Cain Anticipates Islam…The Bible And Islam pt 7

The Book of Genesis is foundational to all of the Revelation of God to man. It is a succinct theological account of the earth and man’s beginnings. It is by no means exhaustive. Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters, for example, but Genesis focuses on the story of Cain and Abel.

Every account in Genesis was hand-picked by the Holy Spirit because it offers the fundamental understanding of some aspect of either the fall or the salvation of humanity. Ironically, though Genesis is an account of the beginnings, it is also full of eschatology, the beginning corresponds to the end.

I believe that the story of Cain and Abel goes beyond being the account of the first murder. There would be many, many more murders in human history, and for varying reasons and circumstances, but the story of Cain and of Abel is about much more than the sin of murder.

This first account of murder, and of fratricide is placed immediately after the account of the Creation and the Fall of man, as being basic to the entire development of man after the fall.

Consider that the context of the first murder is worship. Both Cain and Abel were monotheistic worshippers. Abel offered the God appointed blood sacrifice and Cain offered of the fruit of the ground. But sacrifices are statements in and of themselves.

By offering the God appointed bloody sacrifice to God, Abel was saying in effect, “I come to you dear God, by the blood of this substitute which you have ordained,. I admit I am a sinner, and deserving of death. Please accept this sacrificial death in my place!” . 

Cain also made a statement by his offering. Bringing the best of the produce of his crops, the fruit of the ground which God had blessed, Cain was saying that he was willing to admit his utter dependence upon God as creator, and blesser of the ground. But by refusing to bring the bloody sacrifice God appointed, Cain would not admit that he was a sinner in need of substitutionary redemption.

When God rejected Cain’s offering, and accepted Abel’s, Cain slew Abel, shedding his brother’s blood.

The point is that sin would require blood, either way. Someone is going to have to pay for sin. God has appointed a substitute for all of us (Jesus the Messiah). But like Cain, a good portion of humanity finds sacrificial redemption too humbling and abhorrent. As one Muslim proudly told me on an airplane,“We Muslims need no sacrifice!”.

I answered him gently, “Then why do Muslims kill so many people all over the earth?”.

The religion of Cain rejects the sacrifice appointed by God, i.e., the blood of Jesus. But consequently it demands bloody sacrifice in other ways.

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.( I John 3:11-15)

To the Lord’s apostle John, there are only two paradigms for all of humanity ; Christ or Cain.

Love one another, is what we have been hearing from the start, ie the onset of our Christian walk. Love pervades the gospels, the epistles, the story of Jesus, indeed, in the whole concept of God seeing us in our sin and misery and sending his Son to suffer in our place as a substitute, Love permeates Christian spirituality.

Yes Love is commanded, but even if not it is so implied that since we have been so loved, in such an unworthy state, how could we not gratefully Love one another?

The paradigm for those who have truly received the gift of Life is Jesus, whose love for God and for us was acted out in the Incarnation, and on the cross in the giving up of his own life, and in our subsequent adoption into His family.

But John suggests a second paradigm, one which he warns us not to emulate, for it is the sure sign of spiritual death and darkness, that is Cain. We are told that Cain was “of the wicked One”, that is, he lived out his life at the disposal of and in the character of the Devil.

Cain “slew His brother”. The word “slew” here has a religious and sacramental significance. In other words there is a sense in which Cain offered up his brother as a sacrifice, just as Abel offered up a lamb as a sacrifice. Abel “slew a Lamb”, Cain “slew His brother”.

But notice that though perhaps he felt he was above slaying a lamb to offer to God, he didn’t hesitate to slay his brother. In other words, sacrifice is inevitable, someone is going to have to pay for sin, someone is going to be offered up on an altar to a god, if not the true sacrifice to the only true God.

Cain offered Abel up to his own rage, on the altar of his hurt feelings, envy, and rebellion. Thus Cain”slew” his brother. He wouldn’t kill a lamb but he killed his brother. He wouldn’t offer to God but he offered to himself! But in all religion, true or false, sacrifice is going to be offered no matter what!

Muslims hate Jews and Christians. But almost universally, wherever possible, Jews and Christians are good to Muslims. Muslims have more rights in Israel than anywhere in the ‘Arab World’. Terrorists get the same treatment in Jewish hospitals than the people they tried to kill. America bends over backwards to try to please Muslims.

Muslims hate us because we are good,and they know it!

Why did he slay his brother? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s were righteous…

Cain actually hated his brother for doing rightly, for coming to God in the God appointed way! It was because his brother’s righteousness showed up his own faux righteousness that Cain Killed Abel. He “slew” him for being good, and because He himself was determined to remain a sinner!

The story of Cain and Abel doesn’t specifically predict Islam, but it is certainly the way to understand the psychology beneath it. All false religions demand bloody sacrifices, one way or another, even atheism. Look at the millions slain by Mao and Stalin, or the millions of children aborted.

By this story near the very beginning of scripture, the LORD was telling us tat man’s conflicts would primarily be spiritual, and that those who refuse to be redeemed by the God appointed sacrifice of Love end up offering bloody sacrifices of their own, making others pay for their sin.

Islam has been basically subdued for about a hundred years, by the Judeo Christian West. Now that our leaders are defecting from the Judeo Christian worldview, the beast has awoken and demands blood.

Those beheadings we read about through ISIS,ISIL, and Al Queda aren’t mere war crime atrocities, they are ritual killings, sacrifices to false Gods, making others pay for the sins of the Muslims.

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What Rothertham Teaches Us…Wisdom Cries Out

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,  How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23)

I believe that when God metaphorically personified his Wisdom as a lady crying out in the streets to the simple, the wicked and even the scorners, He wasn’t just talking about classical street evangelism,(Although the metaphor includes that).

I believe that to the one who has ears to hear, Wisdom is also crying out for one and all to perceive her message through current events. Never before in history have current events been more universally known and broadcast.The discerning should ask themselves, ‘What is Wisdom saying through these widely reported events?’.

Among the avalanche of horrors reported lately in the news is the depressing account of the what has been happening city of Rotherham, in the very heart of the UK. Evidently a gang of mostly Pakistani Muslims has been uncovered, who have been seducing, capturing  and grooming young English girls, to service the wider Muslim community as prostitutes.

This has been going on from 1997 to 2013 evidently without detection. Up to 1,400 young English girls have been ruined this way, many of them began this slavery and degradation when they were pre-teen-aged. How does something like this go on for 16 years without any furor? How is it that in a city of 250,00 population, that 1400 young girls can be abused over 16 years without anyone noticing?

Let us try to discern some of the dreadful warnings lady Wisdom is crying out through this sordid and nightmarish scenario.

* C.S. Lewis was prophetic about “Men without Chests”. C.S. Lewis warned in his book “The Abolition of Man”, that the new secular, relativistic trends in state run education, stripping boys of everything Christian, masculine, virtuous or patriotic,  would one day produce a new breed of “men without chests”, drones of the state, utterly dependent and waiting for ‘help’ from the Government.

“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst” (The Abolition of Man, CS Lewis)

Where were the Fathers and brothers of these young girls? Was there any indignant revenge? * Will there be any account of outrage? Or has that part of us been expunged by our secular humanistic conditioning of the last 60 years. No doubt our Muslim “guests” sense this and therefore continue to abuse us with impunity.

* I know, I am a Christian and not supposed to be vengeful. But are we really supposed to stand by and allow a perverted gang of foreigners come in and rape any preteen girls they find?

* A partial answer to the first point is that in a city of 250,000 it is entirely possible that 1400 preteen girls can be brought up with the beneficial influence and protection of even one decent man. Wisdom seems to be saying, Congratulations on your sexual revolution! Here is what you are now liberated from; Men, commitment, security, protection, and love.

 Thanks to the sexual  and marital revolution of the past sixty years, it is conceivable that there are many vulnerable young girls, born out of wedlock, and open to male attention, thus seduction. In many cases the only males they are vaguely familiar with, are the heavily medicated, tattooed and often violent, occasional boyfriends of their mothers.

When one considers what the UK was even recently; civilized, highly mannered, stable and hardworking, productive, brave and running underneath it all, a deep stream of evangelical Christianity, you realize that this nonsense couldn’t have occurred. Of course the left laughed Enoch Powell off the public scene, scornfully reducing his prophetic warning to “mere racialism” as they rushed off to recreate Great Britain into the welfare state it is today.

* I think Wisdom is warning also that Big Government isn’t an adequate protector. People are truly on their own these days, and its a shame that the land that originated the phrase “A man’s home is his castle” has been stripped of the rights of self defense through oppressive gun control laws. How is that working out for you?

One outraged Grandfather did threaten a police constable in Rotherham,after he found out that the grooming was known about and covered up by the “powers that be”, saying “If I had a gun I would shoot you”! I am not advocating shooting these negligent officials, but the impotant rage is heart breaking.

There is another horrifying anecdote out of Rotherham about a victim of the grooming who happened to run into one of her Muslim rapists on the street, (Although the perpertrator should have been in jail). When she publically confronted him, the police were called, and arrested her! I guess political correctness trumps child rape!

These new beaureucratic hells in Europe and yes America actually see the tax paying citizen as the problem, and come down very harshly on any who dare say the Emporer has no clothes!

* Wisdom is warning us ISLAM IS RAPE!  Sometime after World War 2 planners in Europe had an idea, ‘how about lets bring in thousands of Muslims into our civil societies to replace the dead of World Wars 1 & 2’? Later they brought Muslims in by the millions to replace the dead due to abortion and birth control. What could possibly go wrong?

It is very difficult for hardcore secularists to make any distinctions about religion, their ideological blindness causes them to lump all religions in the same category. “Christians hurt people too!” is how they relegate equivalency to the two monotheistic religions.

When Christians hurt people, they are denying Christ. When there are mass movements such as the Weslyan revival, people start trying to imitate Jesus and good things happen, hospitals and Universities are built and societies for the relief of the poor.

However the opposite is true of Muslims. If a Muslim can get away from his society and have a life in the west without too much of his religion, I admit he can be a ‘solid’ citizen. But to the extent that the Muslim goes back to the Koran and imitates Mohhamed, bad things, such as rape and murder begin to happen.

How corrupting it must be to the soul to insist that the best possible human being, is Mohammed, a pirate and thief, a violent criminal, a treacherous truce breaking warlord, a perverted man who married a six year old when he was in his fifties?

This sets up a terrible cognitive dissonance within Muslims( you can see the strain on their faces), for Muslims are human beings also. They wouldn’t want their sisters to be raped and used as prostitutes.

But Islam is rape, it is written into their legal battle codes, and Fatwas are being issued granting Muslims infidel women, who are their’s for the taking. Mohammed was a rapist, so also his disciples. Ask the Norwegians, Swedes and Danes about the rape epidemic, almost exclusively done by Muslims. These Socialistic leaders ought to be put in Jail for their crimes against their own people.

* Wisdom is also crying out that Muliticultralism is a dangerous religious delusion!  Perhaps the most disturbing thing about Rotherham is that it lasted so long, due to coverup and collusion of those charged with the public safety. The original whistleblower was commanded to take Muslim Sensitivity classes(Re-education)

For the despicable protectors of political correctness and multiculturalism, the systematic sexual abuse of 1,400 girls over the course of a decade and a half—including some as young as 11 years of age—was the lesser of two evils that occurred in Rotherham, England.

In a stunning testament to the bankruptcy of both ideologies, a researcher who blew the whistle on this appalling scandal more than a decade ago was sent to an “ethnic and diversity course” by child protection authorities after she revealed the ethnic identity of the abusers.

The revelation emerged in a segment of Panorama, a current-affairs program broadcast by the BBC that produced a report on the scandal. The researcher, a person from the United Kingdom’s Home Office who wished to remain anonymous, explained that she began encountering victims while working at Risky Business, a youth outreach organization set up by the Council, aka the local government. “The workers in that project were the only people that those young people trusted, that they were telling the complete story to,” the researcher told Panorama‘s Alison Holt. “And some of the stories that I heard very early on were just so graphic that I don’t think I will ever forget them. I was collecting data on who the perpetrators were, what cars they were using, their grooming methods, their offending methods, and what I was also collecting, was information on professional responses.”(Canada Free Press,Arnold Ahlert,”Diversity Re-education for Rotherham Whistleblower)

Political correctness is an ideology, a religion and a Utopian creed all in one. It’s proponents will overlook rape, mass murder and a host of other evils, lying to cover up it’s abject failures. Our western societies in the grip of the Politically correct, are not really safe, because our leaders put such nonsense as diversity and multiculturalism over their one God given responsibility, the protection of the citizens.

Rotherham was covered up, lest the mass rape of English girls “hurt Muslim sensibilities”.

The US example of this is the Obama administration reaction to the FT Hood slaughter by a Muslim US army Psychologist. He was promoted although he was caught trying to convert wounded US soldiers to Islam at Walter Reed hospital, and had made a business card proclaiming that he was a “soldier of Islam” and had even made threats. The shooting was pronounced “Work place violence” and  before the smoke of the slaughter of 13 US soldiers on their own base had cleared, a senior military spokesman had publicly hoped that “Diversity” wouldn’t be harmed by this incident.

I hate to say it but there are no doubt many more Rotherhams to be discovered. Perhaps our societies are being judged for our defection against God, Judeo Christian morality, and for the promotion of Homosexuality, abortion, and all forms of sexual anarchy . As Proverbs 8 says of Wisdom, “All they that hate me (God’s wisdom) Love death!” God is a Holy God, and we must all soon answer to Him.

Our only real defense would be to turn back to him in repentence, before it is too late. God forgives sin. He sent his only Son to die for us, as  substitute for our sins. How do we know he really accepted what JEsus did? On the third day, Jesus was raised from the dead! “Seek ye the Lord while he can be found, and call upon him while he is near…”

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Did Jacob Cheat Esau?…The Bible and Islam pt 6

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.(Genesis 25:27-34)

The book of Genesis is all about election, contrasting God’s choice and man’s choice. Abraham would have chosen Ishmael the firstborn, but God had chosen Isaac. Isaac had twins, and his favorite was his firstborn, outdoorsman,hunting son, Esau. But God had chosen Jacob, and stopped Isaac from blessing Esau as He had intended to.

Further into the story, Jacob favored Rachel as his wife, but God chose Leah to be the wife who was to bear the “Seed of the woman”through her son Judah.

Man choses one person, but God choses another, and often the choice of God presents an offense to unregenerate man. In this way the text of scripture actually reveals the (fallen) hearts of men.

It has become the conventional wisdom to this day, that Jacob cheated Esau, and was a lying conniver. But the scripture text teaches no such thing. No where does God accuse Jacob of wrong in the manner of his dealings with Esau, or even his father Isaac. But man does.

There are two  stories in Genesis by which people commonly (but erroneously)  draw the conclusion that Jacob cheated Esau; the incident of the pot of stew, and the incident of JAcob dressing up like Esau to gain the blessing.

In the account above, of Esau coming home from hunting, hungry enough to sell his birthright for Jacob’s stew, all that scripture establishes is that Esau was a profane man, without any sense of the spiritual or the holy. There is no indication of Jacob plotting and scheming to take anything away from his brother, he just happened to be making lentil soup, at the time that his brother returned from his hunt.

Esau was the firstborn, jacob and Esau both knew it. But there is no reason to doubt that they had both heard their own birth story and the prophecy which accompanied it. I don’t believe Jacob had to make the trade to buy the birthright, for God had already said that “The elder shall serve the younger”.

This story doesn’t establish Jacob’s duplicity, rather Esau’s profanity and unworthiness to receive the Abrahamic blessing. The epistle to the Hebrews warns us,

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.(Hebrews 12:15-17)

The lesson of this passage is that afterwards, Esau wanted to receive the blessing, (After he had profaned the idea of a birthright), but could not. There was nothing he could do to undo his situation,(Found no place of repentance). The incident of the stew didn’t disqualify him, it just served as an example that he was disqualified.

The second incident is a bit more offensive for people, leading them to judge Jacob as a conniver and cheat…the incident of Jacob dressing up as Esau and fooling his blind father.

I see why this is hard to take, but for those of us who believe scripture, we must ask, where does God in any way condemn Jacob or his mother Rebbekah for this incident? Esau certainly hated him for it, bitterly complaining that he (who had ‘sold’ his birthright for stew), had been cheated! But where does the author of scripture condemn him for this?

One of the ways I have learned to read the narrative of Genesis and indeed most of the Old Testament itself, has been by seeing these stories as a record of the attempted corruption of the “Seed of the woman” and the preservation of the same.

Why does Pharoah take Abraham’s wife? The devil wanted to corrupt the seed. Why did a later Pharoah seek to destroy Hebrew babies? Satan was after the seed! Why did Queen Athaliah destroy all of the children of her deceased son, the King of Judah and son of David? The Serpent was after the ‘seed of the woman’, but God preserved Josiah, the one child the Messiah was coming through.

The story of Jacob and Esau is not merely a morality tale, we are talking about the people chosen to bring into the world the seed of the woman who would save the world and crush the serpent! God had chosen Abraham, and Isaac, and now Jacob! Not IShmael and Esau! God chose Judah, who would come through Leah, not Rachel!

Isaac was intent upon ‘blessing’ his favorite son, Esau, with the very blessing of Abraham, even though he knew what God had said about the two twins. Rebekkah wasn’t going to allow that to happen, neither was Jacob.Look at Rebekkah’s deception in a similar way to the deceptive tale of Nathan to King David about the poor farmer and his only beloved sheep! It was a ruse to get David to see the error of his ways, and it worked!

Isaac’s blindness is shared by much of the world today. He couldn’t tell the chosen Son from the other brother.

There are massive demonstrations going on in European capitals on behalf of the Palestinian cause, and in support of HAMAS, and indirectly ISIS, by normally civilized people. Incredible expressions of hatred for Jews are being publicly demonstrated in Europe of all places!(Whatever happened to ‘never again’?).

This is because the impression still remains, that Jacob is cheating Esau out of his inheritance again! The “evil Jews” supposedly have cheated and oppressed the sons of Esau out of their “holy Land’, and millions are taking sides against them.

Isaac eventually was able to see. The book of Hebrews 11 tells us that Isaac blessed his sons by faith… . Once he realized what Rebekkah and Jacob had done he validated it by telling the crying Esau, “…He shall indeed be blessed…”, recognizing the hand of God.

Unfortunately the whole world has to take sides in the modern Jacob/Esau dispute, unwittingly fighting, not against the Jews, but against the God who brought them back into their ancestral land as He said he would.

For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.(Joel 3:1-3)

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Many Warned About TB Joshua

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.(Matthew 24:11-13)

In view of the recent collapse of the Synagogue of all Nations church, led by the (False) prophet TB Joshua, which led to the deaths of at least 70 South Africans, I thought I would reprint this 2001 letter I sent to a major newspaper in Johannesburg South Africa, printed in March 2001, after they printed a positive review of the dangerous false prophet.Unfortunately thousands of Nigerians and gullible westerners have been decieved by this dangerous man.

Dear Sirs,

I am writing in regard to your article (02/25/01) on the prophet T.B. Joshua entitled MIRACLE MAN. As a Christian Pastor and teacher I am concerned about some of the aspects of this prophet’s ministry which are either unreported or perhaps unappreciated for their significance.

In the light of the fact that we believe we are living in the last days before Jesus’ return, and that one of the warnings Jesus gave us was that immediately before that time there would arise “False prophets”, who would be able to perform “signs and wonders so that if possible they would be able to deceive even the very elect”, it is extremely important that we be all the more discerning.

I don’t know Pastor Joshua’s heart. Indeed, it seems to be that he is a very sincere man living a simple lifestyle. Rather than taking money constantly (as a good many of the celebrated televangelists do) there are stories of T.B. Joshua’s generosity to the poor who struggle to come to him for healing. Nonetheless, we are told to be discerning in our evaluation of anything which claims to be “of God”.

“Try the Spirits to see whether they be of God” (I John 4). There are several caveats I offer to those who are seeking discernment regarding these phenomena,

o On a French television interview, Prophet Joshua said that he had received this ‘gift’ at birth. In God’s word, the true Gifts of the Spirit of God are not bestowed at birth to anyone – see 1 Cor:12-14. One must first be converted to Christ to have God’s Spirit indwelling one – and even then the gifts are distributed “as the Spirit wills”.

o Transubstantiation – On videotape distributed by the Synagogue of all Nations, a “Blood of Jesus ” service was shown. It consisted of the Prophet Joshua blessing a huge tank of water, touching each of twelve running spigots, proclaiming them to now be “the blood of Jesus”. The congregation Were then shown rushing forward, pushing and pulling among themselves, seeking to get to those spigots first, that they might drink, splash, and in some cases even shower in “the blood of Jesus”. This is perhaps the most disturbing aspect of it all as it turns the Biblical doctrine of the blood of Jesus (His vicarious death) into a sensuous, superstitious experience. No Priest or Prophet can turn any substance into the blood of Jesus – that is more akin to paganism and magic than Christianity. The blood of Jesus was shed as a sacrifice to God the Father, not as a potion to be splashed and bathed in!

o False separation between the Sheep and the goats- In addition to the other antics at the blasphemous “Blood of Jesus ” service, as the people pushed, pulled and shoved forward to participate in the so-called blood, those who had “agents of Satan”, were put into a demonic frenzy, rolling on the ground, through the muck and mire (more on that next) screaming and moaning in agony. There is demon possession indeed, but one would look in vain anywhere in the scriptures to find any deliverance service remotely resembling this so called “Blood of Jesus” service. Joshua proclaimed this as the” separation of the sheep and the goats”, which actually takes place at Judgment Day.

o There is also a degrading and even humiliating aspect to these healings. When Christ healed it was in a dignified manner. True man is below, God is above, but man is not “Nothing”, he is made “In the Image of God”. In the Joshua videotape, released by the Synagogue, men with rectal cancer are asked to take down their pants, before others, both before and after the healing. A woman is made to bare her breasts, one showing cancer, and stands in front of a mixed assembly in the agony of her pain. As the healing progresses, her breast is seen oozing puss onto her dress and flowing down to make a puddle on the floor.

People are seen “Vomiting their troubles away” on the floor. Some vomit blood, others vomit rocks, shells, large worms and live insects. There is no scripture for this. Where did Jesus or His apostles ever do any such things? Yes these stains can be seen on the floor, the very spots where people vomited blood, and where women are seen on camera passing bloody “fibroids” from between their legs! And then on this same floor, people are put into trances, laid out on that same floor, (you can see the spots) and those in trances are seen rolling about in those spots.

Remote control- T.B. Joshua uses a technique called “remote control”. Standing about ten feet away from “patients”, with hand motions he manipulates their motions: By scooting his hands to the left, the patient seems irresistibly drawn to the left; and to the right, the patient goes to the right; by circling his hands, Joshua sends the patient into a circle, often until they spiral out of control, falling into a dazed heap! Once again, this method is more akin to occult healing practices than it is to Biblical healing and in the compassionate manner of Jesus Christ.

Another similar technique is called “point of contact”. For example, the bare-breasted woman suffering in agony from cancer, before the congregation, Joshua stands about 15 feet away, and rubs his chin vigorously, This then evidently affects her cancerous breast, in some way. In contrast, the healing of the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:44, simply touched Jesus and was healed!

o Calling Fire from heaven – Joshua has the power to call fire from heaven upon the body parts of sinning members of his congregation! A woman in the video is seen clutching her private parts in agony as Joshua’s fire cleanses her of the sin. This causes mild amusement of others in the audience. It does not bring fear of God! We are told in the book of Revelation that the false prophet calls fire from heaven to the amazement of those under delusion!

o Joshua has strange beliefs. For example, he is a vegetarian : he told an interviewer that many of the people he ministers to in the area of deliverance are “Half fish and half man”. In another interview, he said that “the divine person” within him can appear to thousands simultaneously, even coming to them in their dreams! This is not Biblical or Christian!

In closing, I don’t pretend to know Joshua’s motivation; by all accounts he seems to be a very sincere man. However sincerity is no safeguard against deception. I am sure Edgar Cayce, Jean Dixon and countless other prophets, who by Christian, Biblical standards would have to be regarded as False, were equally sincere and unassuming. There are countless warnings in scripture

about the emergence of False Prophets and teachers who like Pharaoh’s magicians, withstood and hindered the true gospel by means of signs, wonders and miracles. Just because Joshua seems to be able to produce “results”, doesn’t make him a man of God, nor should we go there. The end does not justify the means. The very idea of having to go to Nigeria to receive a healing, or a miracle, or a Word from God, is unscriptural.

“Jesus Christ is the same, Yesterday, Today, and forever”. He is as closer to us today as our breath, for “Whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved”.

We at Moriel Teaching Ministries SA will happily verify these claims by providing access to the video we have cited here today. Any one needing further clarification can contact us.

Sincerely, Pastor Bill Randles

(Reply to YOU magazine following an article. Note: Even Radio Pulpit is promoting him)

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The 2nd Esau Prophecy in Genesis…The Bible and Islam pt 5

And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;  And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.  And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.(Genesis 27:38-41)

Much of the book of Genesis, from the story of Abraham on, is about the subject of election. Abraham would have chosen his firstborn,Ishmael, but God chose Isaac to bear the ‘seed of the woman’ and to save the world.

In the story of Isaac’s twins, Jacob and Esau, Isaac definitely chose the firstborn, Esau, but God chose Jacob. Later on we will see that Jacob chose Rachel, as his favorite wife, But God chose Leah, to be the wife who would bear the ‘seed of Abraham’, the Messiah. Man has one set of standards by which he choses, but God has his own, and God’s election is all that matters.

Esau was Isaac’s favorite son. He loved the his firstborn, hunter and outdoorsman. Truly Esau was a “man’s man”. This is not to say that Jacob was in any ways soft, for the life of a herdsman in those days was far from refined. But there was something about Esau that Isaac preferred.

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.(Genesis 25:7-8)

That Jacob was described as a “plain man” is misleading. Literally, “Jacob was a ‘perfect man’, ie complete, Spiritual and carnal, intellectual as well as active. There is no criticism of Jacob in Genesis, other than through the lips of Esau and Laban. Scripture instead criticises Isaac, if anyone.

Isaac is the one who ignored the first Esau prophecy, thus setting his household up for contention and strife, a strife which would simmer until the very end of time, ultimately engulfing the entire world into it. The Patriarch was prepared to bestow the blessing of Abraham on his firstborn son, a worldly,carnal, godless and profane person.

Rebecca, the twins mother, knew what the Spirit had said about both boys. She knew who God had chosen, thus she intervened. She isn’t criticized in the text for doing so. Isaac’s wife intervened, preparing a ruse to replace Isaac’s intended son, with Jacob, in order to receive the Patriarchal blessing.

At his mother’s urging, Jacob disguised himself as Esau and put a fleece on his bare arms, and the scent of the field on his clothes in order to deceive the nearsighted Patriarch into blessing the truly chosen ‘seed of Abraham’.

And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death. And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved. And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:(Genesis 27:5-15)

Isaac did indeed confer the blessing upon Jacob,(THinking it was Esau), but when he discovered he had been tricked he realized that it was the Lord’s doing and submitted to its wisdom and validity, which is why the book of Hebrews tells us,

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.(Hebrews 11:20)

Isaac’s faith wasn’t exercised in the actual deception, rather it was when he discovered to his horror that he had given the blessing to Jacob, that he realized God had intervened, for he did not invalidate the blessing on Jacob, rather he affirmed it to Esau.

And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau. And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed. (Genesis 27:32-33)

It was after this that the occasion for the second prophecy over Esau was pronounced;

And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.(Genesis 27:38-40)

Mind you these ‘blessings’ were not arbitrary desires of a doting father for his sons, but were granted in the capacity of the Patriarchs as  prophets of God, speaking by the Spirit of God. Esau pled for a ‘blessing’ but you determine of this seems to be a blessing you would want…

…Thy Dwelling shall be (Away) from the fatness of the earth…” The prediction is that literally Esau would live away from the fatness of the earth. Edom, the nation that sprang out of Esau was situated in Southern Jordan and its brownness can be seen from Space. It is a harsh, Arid environment. On a larger scale, in much of the earth,where Islam goes, desertification eventually follows.

…by thy sword shalt thou live… Esau would have to live by the sword, for like Ishmael, he would ever be at war with his neighbors and with himself. The Muslim Arab world is composed of fierce, warlike tribes ever at war. When Muslims aren’t slaughtering the world, they turn on each other. Notice the swords on Arab flags?

...and shalt serve thy(younger) brother…  Yet for all of the vaunted power of the sword and adeptness at warfare, Esau would have to serve his younger brother. David put Edom to servitude, and the Jews eventually forcibly converted the entire nation of Edom. In a better way, when Christianity came on the scene, many Arabs were converted to serve the God of Jacob and of Jesus.

After the Muslims swept through the world, killing or forcibly converting much of the Christian middle east, Eventually Edom came back under subjection to the Christian nation of Britain. Edom is currently inferior to Israel, culturally, militarily and economically.

…when thou shalt have the dominion, thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck… The New American Standard renders this passage,

But it shall come about when you become restless,
That you will [u]break his yoke from your neck.”.

We see Genesis 27 playing out on a larger scale now, as angry mobs in London, Paris and Berlin demonstrate on behalf of Esau over against Jacob, calling for the isolation and even elimination of Jacob, and choosing Esau over Jacob. We see also Esau getting “Restless”,(ISIS,ISIL) and seeking to throw off the yoke put upon them by the Judeo Christian World(The Sykes/Picot post World War 1 boundaries of Esau’s Muslim Arab World).

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The 1st Esau Prophecy and Islam…The Bible and Islam pt 4

And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.(Genesis 25:21-23)

In our last article we established the fact that though the Bible doesn’t mention the world religion of Islam by name, the revelation of God, given to the Hebrew prophets certainly anticipates it. The prophecies of the scripture revolve around three related subjects, Israel, the Messiah Jesus, and the Eschaton, (last things, end times).

Every other subject in prophecy is incidental to these things. Any  people groups or events are prophesied to the extent that they are related to any or all of the above three subjects.

The first Biblical connection with the religion which would one day dominate one out of five people in the world and posture itself as the ultimate rival to the Judeo Christian civilization, is in the story of Abraham,Ishmael and Isaac.

The Muslim faith takes upon itself the offense and resentment of Hagar and Ishmael, who thought that they had been disenfranchised and their pre-eminent position as the fist born of Abraham usurped by Isaac, the actual child of God’s promise, having been born of barren and aged parents, Abram and Sarai.

In Islamic scripture Abraham and Ishmael build Mecca and visit the Kaaba there together. The Muslims have an annual feast to commemorate the sacrifice of Ishmael to Abraham’s God.In the Koranic account everything is told from Ishmael’s point of view.

The revelation of God to Moses in Genesis continues to anticipate the rise of Islam, in the story of Isaac’s twins, Jacob and Esau. Rebecca, Isaac’s wife had been having trouble in pregnancy, an unusual amount of movement in the womb. The answer from the LORD?

Two nations are struggling in your womb…

The surface answer would be that the prophecy is that of the future of the nations of Israel and of Edom. Edom, the firstborn, became a well established nation with a long line of Kings long before the sons of Jacob emerged from slavery in Egypt. Israel was forged into a nation through the Exodus and subsequent history. The two nations were bitter and constant rivals.

…Two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels…

I believe that this indicates something more than a mere repetition. This prophecy echoes the ‘seed of the woman prophecy’ of Genesis 3 in which there are two distinct ideas expressed.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

There is a corporate seed of the woman, ever at odds with a corporate seed of the serpent. Humanity would either be in an affinity with the serpent or with the (now believing) woman. Those in affinity with the serpent, who share in the unrepentant pride and God rejecting arrogance of the devil will ever persecute those who come to some kind of fear of God and faith in the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

There is also an individual seed of the woman, the Messiah, a virgin born Saviour, who has been appointed by God to crush the Serpent’s head , though not without pain and suffering (He shall bruise thy heel).Eventually the individual ‘seed of the serpent’ will emerge also, who is destined to lead the final rebellion, and to be destroyed at the apocalypse of our Saviour.

In the prophecy of Jacob and Esau we see the same double meaning. Two nations, Edom and Israel shall be rivals and at odds with each other.

But the prophecy to Rebecca maintains that  two manner of people will emerge.

Subsequent history has confirmed this to be true.Currently about half of the population of the earth is Monotheistic, divided almost equally between Judeo Christianity, and Islam. Two manner of people, with two radically different worldviews.

The religion of Jacob, based upon the revelation of the God of the Bible, has developed into Judaism, and Christianity and thus God brought many nations into  the Judeo Christian influence. There are more than a billion people today who consider themselves either Jewish or Christian.

Esau and Ishmael’s line intermarried, and religiously progressed from polytheistic paganism, into a stage of Jewish proselytism, and eventually many of the descendents of Esau became Christian. But ultimately Islam came to dominate the Middle East, and the Arab neighbors of Israel for the most part became Muslims. They in turn would spread Islam throughout the world by conquest.

Thus two powerful spiritual nations have emerged, the Ummah of Islam and Judeo Christian civilization. One would be stronger than the other, but Esau would ultimately be made to serve Jacob, either voluntarily by conversion, or involuntarily by subjugation of culture. This struggle would define the future course of history, until the very end of times.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bible Anticipates Islam…Islam and The Bible pt 3

Islam as a world religion didn’t burst onto the world scene until the 7th century AD. But in the 14 plus centuries since, it has played a major role in world affairs, as a foil to the Judeo Christian world, and a scourge on India, the Levant, Persia, Southern Asia, much of Africa, the Caucasus, and even part of China.

Many have forgotten that Islam menaced Europe as late as the 17th century when the siege of Vienna ended. It was as recent as early in the last century that the Caliphate of Sunni Islam finally collapsed, after Ottoman Turkey stood on the losing side of World War 1.

In the modern world, due to the newly acquired wealth of the oil boom, as well as advances in  (Western) technology, the population and influence of the Muslim world have increased exponentially. One out of six people in the world are Muslim. The lifeblood of modern technological society is oil, of which the cheapest, easiest accessible crude has lain under the sands of the harshest and most retrograde expression os Islam, Wahhabism, of which the Saudi’s have long been the most fervent guardian patrons.

The Bible has much to say about this sect. Though it doesn’t mention Islam by name, the scriptures certainly anticipate it’s effects and interactions with God’s chosen people, the children of Israel. The prophets also indicate that the adherents to this form of paganism play a large role in the events of the last days tribulation.

How does the Bible anticipate Islam without mentioning the name of the cult or its false prophet Mohammed?

First of all by relating the story of the birth and nature of Ishmael, the surrogate son of Abraham, born through the handmaid Abraham acquired in Egypt Hagar.

Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.(Genesis 16:1-4)

This act of compromise by Abraham and Sarai, a barren couple, long past child-bearing years, yet who had been promised by God himself a miracle son, caused much division in Abraham’s house. Sarai began to resent the newly pregnant Hagar, who in turn began to despise the barren Sarai.

Eventually the tension became so great that the pregnant Hagar fled into the desert, from the treatment of Sarai, Abraham’s wife. There the Angel of the Lord encountered Hagar and encouraged her to go back home,

And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.(Genesis 16:7-11)

Ishmael is a unique figure in scripture. He shares with Jesus himself the distinction of being one of the few people in scripture, named by an Angel before his birth.The name means”The Lord has heard”, because God did indeed hear Hagar’s cry in the desert.

But the Angel of the Lord then prophesied of Ishmael that;

… he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(Genesis 16:12)

The Pulpit commentary notes that this literally says “He will be a wild Ass of a man…”, many other translations, such as the New American Standard bearing this out.

Verse 12. – And he will be a wild man. Literally, a wild ass (of a) man; the פֶּרֶא, snarler, being so-called from its swiftness of foot (cf. Job 39:5-8)

…His hand will be against everyone, and every man’s against his…Ishmael will be in constant and varied warfare.

…he shall dwell in te presence of his brethren…” Literally “in the face of His brethren, in other words, He shall even be at constant warfare even among his own brothers.

The Hebrew – English Bible According to the Masoretic Text and the JPS 1917 Edition
And he shall dwell in the face of all his brethren.’

Hagar did bear the child Ishmael, remaining within Abraham’s family until Ishmael was about 13, by which time Isaac, the true heir to the promise of God was born. Ishmael and his mother Hagar resented Isaac, even ‘teasing him’ to the point that Abraham had to put Hagar and Ishmael out of the family camp!

And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed(Genesis 21:8-13)

Thus was Abraham’s first-born son, Ishmael disenfranchised, kicked out of the camp with his mother, while but a teenager, and sent to wander in the wilderness, to make way for his younger brother Isaac, the child of Abraham and Sarai, and of the promise of God.

God had indeed promised good for Ishmael, but he was not chosen to be the bearer of the “Seed of the woman” who would one day crush the serpent’s head and be a blessing to every family on earth. Jesus came through Isaac, not Ishmael. But Ishmael would be blessed, being the seed of Abraham.

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.(Genesis 21:14-20)

But there was resentment, by both Ishmael and Hagar, who had been sent away, to roam the desert.

That ancient resentment would  be picked up and codified by Ishmael’s descendants and nurtured, along with other grievances, (Esau’s disenfranchisement), morphing into a distorted form of extreme monotheism and Ishmaelite imperialism. This new religion would be  a twisted parody of that revealed to Abraham,Isaac,and Jacob and eventually a rival counter to the religion of the ultimate ‘seed of Abraham’, Jesus Christ.

 

 

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