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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The HeadChopper Next Door; An insightful article by Daniel Grenfield

Daniel Greenfi4ld, Aka “Sultan Knidh”is one of the most insightful writers I know, I had to share this with my readers- Truth ia harsh but helpful-Pas Bill

Every week another lad or lass from St. Louis, Toronto or Sydney makes the trip through Turkey to the Islamic State. A reporter dispatched by a local paper to talk to the neighbors scribbles down the same recollections about how nice and normal Jihad Joe or Jihad Jane was.

Classmates remember a loud partier or a shy student. Neighbors mention that everything seemed normal until those last few years when he began wearing a robe and she began wearing a burka.

The Somali and Algerian immigrants, the German and American converts, the black burkas and dyed beards, headed into the dying summer to kill Christians and Kurds, Turkmen and Shiites, to behead babies and crucify critics, don’t seem like monsters. They loved their parents. They posed for jokey snapshots on Facebook. They had dreams of becoming biologists or boxers. Until they began killing people, they seemed just like the rest of us.

And with one difference, they were.

The forensic examinations of their lives rarely reveal anything of significance. The extensive digging into the lives of the Boston bombers told us nothing about why they would plant a bomb near a little boy.

The answer lay in the topic that the media carefully avoided. As with the other Muslim terrorists, the meaning of their motives was in the little black book of their religion which commanded them to kill.

The Jihadist isn’t a serial killer. While there are some converts attracted to Islam for its violence, the Muslim convert usually doesn’t convert for the killing, he kills because he converted. Likewise the nice Muslim Jihadist next door might well be moderate by inclination and immoderate by faith.

As the Koran says, “Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.” (Quran 2:216)

Allah knows you have to kill. Even if you think you shouldn’t.

The nice Jihadists flocking to rape Yazidi girls in Mosul are convinced that Allah knows best and his Caliph knows best. The worst of them are acting on impulse. The best of them are acting on faith.

Faith is irrational. Believers believe without understanding and act without thinking. The holy men of our religions acted on faith. So do the holy men of Islam. It’s what they have faith in that is the problem.

Charles Manson’s girls, Jim Jones’ followers and Mohammed’s companions all believed in much the same things. They saw the world as a fundamentally hostile place and they believed that only one man could change the world. And they believed that people had to die for that change to come about.

In a multicultural environment in which we believe that all religions are the same, we don’t like to think about what might have happened if Charles Manson had a million groupies instead of a few elderly women locked up in prison. Nor do we like to think about how we would handle Jim Jones if he were running California, instead of just being closely linked to the political infrastructure of the men like Governor Brown and Harvey Milk who did run it.

It’s easy to dismiss a small enough religion as a cult because its leader sleeps with young girls and its members are willing to kill for him. But when the cult grows big enough, we say it’s a religion of peace and hope that its followers believe the peaceful version of Islam that the infidels preach to them.

And they never do. Why should they?

Mohammed was quite clear about what he wanted. For all the abrogations, the Koran is reasonably clear on what it expects its followers to do. Mohammed’s history was that of a man who tried to convince the Arabs that he had seen an angel by telling them and failed, and who succeeded only when he killed enough of them, not to mention the Jews and any other infidels hanging around the place.

That is the history of Islam.

Germany was not a nation of monsters. It was a nation that behaved monstrously. The average German would not stick his neighbor in an oven in his basement or chain him up as a slave. He would however do these things in Poland because he was contextually contaminated by a monstrous ideology.

As an individual he was a nice man who loved his children, petted his dog and enjoyed street fairs. As a loyal member of a system run by the Nazi Party, he would do monstrous things. And then when the Nazi machine was switched off, he would go home to his wife and children without ever killing anyone else.

He was not a good man. Good men don’t do the things he did. But he wasn’t a budding serial killer. He was just doing what a death cult told him to do.

The problem isn’t “radicalization”. What Western governments call radicalization is the process by which the Muslim becomes aware of the dictates of his faith and their relevance to his life. It’s not the internet preachers with their fatwas. They are just the vectors for that awareness. The problem is Islam.

The current misguided thinking is that we can win a debate between a “good Islam” and a “bad Islam”. The good Islam will tell Muslims to refrain from joining ISIS, to work for social change, to embrace diversity and to champion democracy. But this “good Islam” is just a liberal’s conception of what religion should be. Its only real followers are liberal non-Muslims and it has little to do with what Islam really is.

Within the historical context of Islam and in the words of the Koran, our idea of the good Muslim is actually a very bad Muslim. And our idea of the bad Muslim is the best of all Muslims. When we argue that Islam is a religion of peace, we are pushing against the full weight of over a thousand years of history and religious ideas and counting on Muslims to be too ignorant of them to know any better.

Those who genuinely want to change Islam will not do it by lying to Muslims about their religion. Trying to convince the nice Jihadist next door that Mohammed would have rejected his expedition to rape and pillage non-Muslims in Syria is futile. The nice Jihadist may not be a scholar, but he knows his Koran.

If they want to change his mind, they will have to be honest about what Islam is.

Mohammed would have been as happy rampaging around Iraq and Syria as a pig rolling around in dung. ISIS is Islam. It’s the naked religion. There are no angels or djinns, no revelations, just piles of mutilated corpses and children playing with severed heads while other children are raped in prison cells.

It’s Mohammed, but it’s also Saddam Hussein, Bashar Assad and Gaddafi. Islam doesn’t end the cycle of tyranny and oppression. It is the reason that the cycle continues.

“Deradicalizing” the nice ISIS Jihadist by lying to him will fail in the long run. Telling him the truth and offering him a clear choice is the only way.

Americans were brutally honest about the evils of Nazism, but failed to equally condemn Communism. Germany hasn’t had another Fuhrer, but Russia is back to acting a lot like the Soviet Union. And while Nazism is confined to trailer parks, sympathy for the red devil is prevalent among Western elites. ISIS is exposing its own evil to the West in a way that neither the brownshirts nor the flyers of the red flag did. If we destroy ISIS without exposing the ideology behind it, then we will have won a Pyrrhic victory because we will still be fighting the nice Jihadist next door for the next thousand years.

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Nairobi;Putting our Own Eyes Out…The Bible and Islam pt 2

 This article is a reprint from Fall of 2013

Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee. And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel. And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days’ respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee.( I Samuel 11:1-4)

I have been thinking of this timeless scriptural story, in relation to the West’s current existential struggle against Islamic barbarism. Nahash, an early Ammonite King demanded a high price for “peace” with the besieged town of Jabesh Gilead. He would let them live, as long as they were willing to put their right eyes out, thus rendering the men helpless to defend themselves, in a day of the military use of archery and hand-held shields.

One of Nahash’s descendants, (if not physical, certainly moral and spiritual),Mohammed, devised a similar system, called Dhimmification. Muslims would “allow you to live” if you would be willing to be “humbled”, pay a severe tax, and live as a second class citizen for the rest of your life, constantly to be reminded in a degrading fashion, of the ‘superiority” of your Muslim masters. Don’t take my word for it,

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”(Koran 9:29)

Once again the world is treated to the spectacle of Islamist terrorists performing atrocities in a well-organized military assault on an upscale shopping mall, this time in Nairobi Kenya. All of the marks of Mohammed’s war on civilization were featured, in the cowardly attack. Ordinary people, shopping at the mall, mostly women, children, the elderly, couples, and whatever else you would expect to see on any given day at a mall, were gunned down or hacked to death, for the crime of not being Muslim.

Checkpoints were erected, so that the helpless people could be separated , Muslims were escorted out by the “Mujahadeen’, so that only Christians, Jews or idolaters remained at the mercy of the demon possessed killers.

The terrorists tweeted from the mall, that they were Muslim, and were killing in the name of Allah, as they slaughtered the innocent without mercy.

Enter David Cameron, Prime minister of Britain, insisting immediately that the terrorists couldn’t possibly be representing Islam;

‘These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion – they don’t. They do it in the name of terror, violence and extremism and their warped view of the world. They don’t represent Islam or Muslims in Britain or anywhere else in the world.’

He’s not the only one.

The Obama administration has worked diligently to see to it that any reference to Islam, linking it in any way to terror, be stripped from FBI training manuals, as this USA Today story reports,

After complaints from some Muslim and Arab-American groups, the FBI has pulled more than 700 documents and 300 presentations that stereotyped Islam or were factually inaccurate, a FBI spokesman said. The federal agency also intends in coming weeks to roll out plans on how it will vet training materials.

FBI Director Robert Mueller announced the agency had pulled the documents at a meeting two weeks ago with advocacy groups.

“The steps taken by the FBI … are certainly welcomed,” Abed Ayoub, the national director of the Arab American Anti-Discrimination League said Friday.

Ayoub and members of six other religious or ethnic groups met with Mueller in Washington, D.C., to discuss their concerns. They expressed opposition to training materials and presentations by experts for FBI agents that they considered anti-Muslim. Some of the materials say Islam promotes violence and extremism.

Get a load of that last sentence! Can you believe the willful blindness?

The US Military has undergone similar purges as well, as this report,History of the Muslim Brotherhood penetration Of The US Government , documents. One example is the public flagging and demotion of LTC Matthew Dooley, an instructor at the Army’s Defense College, who taught on the subject of Islam and Shariah,

When Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, publicly excoriated, then fired, US Army LTC Matthew Dooley, an instructor at National Defense University, in April 2012 over an earlier-approved course on Islam, and then ordered Dooley’s career-ending Negative Officer Evaluation Report, the lesson was meant to serve as a stark warning to anyone else in the DoD who might be tempted to become accurately educated about Islam.[55]

The men of Jabesh Gilead were given a week to consider whether or not they would surrender their right eyes for peace, but I wonder if our ‘ruling elite’ haven’t already surrendered their eyes.

It wasn’t long ago that Michelle Bachman was being pilloried and mocked for her insistence that perhaps Muslims such as Huma Abadeen the chief advisor to (then) secretary of state Hillary Clinton be investigated a bit closer, before giving a security clearance. You would have thought she was the modern Joe McCarthy.(BTW McCarthy proved to be correct about communist infiltration, just saying).

For another recent example, CAIR, the co-conspirator in the Holy Land foundation terror financing trial, has worked diligently to impede investigations into “homegrown” terrorist development in places such as Minneapolis. Perhaps if our government wouldn’t have willfully succumbed to political correctness, an investigation into Minneapolis’ Somali community would have uncovered the fact that three US Passport holders have become participants in the Nairobi atrocity.

This craven eye gouging in the name of the idol of political correctness, doesn’t bode well for the future of this once great nation. Islam has had a long history of subversion, infiltration and ultimately treachery. The Muslim Brothers which have infiltrated our State Department and who now serve as the President’s advisors, have successfully been able to leverage US military and intelligence to the service of the ideological allies of Al Queda, and in some cases Al Queda itself.

Please pray for our Nation! Only God can rescue us .

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The Current Conflict Is Spiritual…The Bible and Islam

Psalm 74

 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs. A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers. They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground. They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom. For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

There is an irony in the current geopolitical struggle against Islamic terrorism. 

Humanly speaking, the western nations, for the most part, led by secular humanists and even atheists, have the power to utterly wipe out the terrorists, the terror apparatus, the financiers, apologists, the breeding grounds for the underlying philosophy of terror, and even to punish the nations who support terror, overtly or otherwise. If Europe, England and America decided to, they could go “total war” on all of that, as we did Naziism and Shintoism in World War 2 and utterly destroy them all.  

When George W.Bush warned the world He would go after the terrorists and any who enabled them, Qaddafi believed him and voluntarily surrendered Libya’s weapons of mass destruction. We have the power, militarily, economically, intellectually to defeat Islamic terror.Too bad Bush didn’t have the will to follow through, he could have cleaned out the Saudi’s, Pakistan and a host of our other fake friends, for they all knew he had the power. they were shaking in their sandals!

But now they know that we do not have the will, for some reason.

On the other hand, Al Queda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Shabab, ISIS,ISIL, Boko Haram , Hezbullah, and the Shiite world, any one of them would utterly destroy the West without hesitation, anytime, anywhere, they have the will to do so. They merely lack the power.  Thank God!

What is the reason for the moral paralysis of the west? Why have these dangerous and retrograde forces only been allowed to increase, and to menace more and more of our western cities, causing us to spend billions on security, and allowing hordes of those who hate us into our lands,even putting them on the public dole?

Honest hardworking taxpayers in Britain, America and France must now support families of those who so hate everything about us, they refuse to so much as have any dealings with us. But they vote,and plot and scheme.What is this?

This series seeks to explore one aspect of it, but I believe the most important aspect… that is the Spiritual .

In short, a people who do not believe in anything cannot resist a people of belief, even if the belief is manifestly evil!

Shortly after September 11, 2001, I was startled to read a headline to the effect that the West had already lost the war! It was an article which cited another article, in a publication called “The Jewish Press” . The author was a man named Moishe Feiglin.

I quote,(But can’t cite the source), 

“Moishe Feiglin writes about his visit to the U.S.. Feiglin happened to be in New York the week of September 11. He was in a small grocery store when he heard President Bush announce on the radio that there would be a national day of prayer. “Go to Church, Synagogue or Mosque and pray,” the President said. Feiglin describes his reaction; “Did I hear right?” I ask the shopkeeper.”Did he say mosque?” She nodded. “At this very moment yu’ve lost the war, I say to the astonished shopkeeper. Feiglin explains,”They slaughter you in the name of Allah, and now the President calls upon you to pray to Him”.

I was struck by that quote* for the truth and clarity of it. I believe the Muslims are wrong about everything. Their religion is the worship of the Devil, disguised as “God”, they are utterly immoral and barbarous and even their criticisms of the west are hypocritical, (More on that point later). But they do get one thing right… This war is Spiritual.

Their beheadings are ritual murders, sacrifices to Satan, terror is a religious obligation, they empower miserable young men to committ atrocities by promising them a heaven which looks like a pornographic magazine.

In the meantime our feckless leaders deny the religious aspect of our struggle.

Our leaders in the West have never been at more of a distance from the people they supposedly serve, than right now. I know for a fact that in middle America there are still quite a few people who consider themselves Christians, work hard and are appalled at the cultural decline we are all witnessing. 

But our leaders are for the most part secularists. They have an elite arrogance, that they are constructing with other western leaders, “A Brave, new (godless) world…” devoid of any one dominant religion (Such as Christianity). They would suppress all public expressions of it, or acknowledgment in American history of its blessed effect,  other than a strictly enforced private version of your “personal faith tradition”.

I am convinced that our current cultural elite,  are the very “Kings of the Earth and their rulers”that the second Psalm warned us about, who have been on a long, steady march through our civilization-al institutions, stripping away every vestige of Judeo Christian influence from our world. They are cultural liberators, but they seek to liberate us from that which made the West great, Judeo/Christianity.

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(PSalm 2:2-3)

Some of them like Bush and the Clintons pretend to be Christian, when they need to muster the support of the heartland of America, but  lately, with Obama, all pretense is being dropped, such as when he made the devastating announcement to the Muslim world, that America doesn’t consider itself a Christian nation anymore.(This was a lie, but it greatly encouraged our enemies).

One other way that our “Kings and Rulers” have disheartened us and hollowed out our national will to survive s a nation, has been by persistently flooding us with unassimilable immigrants, such as Muslims (All Muslim immigration should have been shut off on 9, 12 ,20001, and in a sane nation it would have).  Thus the votes of the last traces of Christian America have been canceled out by people who have no stake in this country and no love for it! They want the goodies and the politicians keep power by making sure they get them,at taxpayer expense of course.

Picture a nation as a body. The human body carries all kinds of cells, good and bad, but as long as the immune system is strong, the body can survive. But should the immune system be overloaded and compromised, the body can sicken and even die.

When I consider the social revolution of the sixties and seventies, and all of the changes since then, I ask myself, how much trauma can the American body politic sustain? How much pornography? How much sexual anarchy such as homosexuality? How much racial animosity, carefully tended by the politicians and race pimps ala Jackson and Sharpton, can this body politic sustain? Millions of Americans were willing to die to stop tyranny and establish freedom and rule of law, but Who would join the military to lay down their lives to establish homosexual marriage or abortion? 

50 years of steady, Irresponsible accusation of race hatred, has caused us to  literally put into office a man who openly hates America and all she stands for. 

The body is sick, and Islam is an opportunistic disease. We pray that the sickness will not be unto death, but the cure is spiritual. False religion which is fervent and murderous can only be resisted by those who have a form of true religion. The heart of every “Culture” is the “Cultus”, the worship and concept of God which created the culture. The West didn’t spring out of a mythology, or a fairy tail. Western civilization is a direct outcome of Christianity.  

Our leaders are blind and unsure because for the most part they have long ago abandoned Judeo/Christian America. The second Psalm speaks of a “Vain imagination”. What could it be? I think part of it, is that they imagine we can have the benefits of the civil and productive and united society Christianity gave us, without the Christianity.

I recently heard Pat Buchannon in a speech about “The Death of the West”, in answer to a question to the effect that “Do we need a new Thomas Jefferson o George Washington to renew America”? His answer was, “No we need another Apostle Paul”, To which I would add ,”or a Jonathon Edwards or Geirge Whitefield or John Wesley”. May God give us revival, and even in Judgment, may the Lord remember mercy.

*(IF any one can help me find the article I would be grateful,I unfortuntely just copied the quote)

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The Climax of World History…Israel’s Future pt 15

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10 NASB)

One of the climactic scenes in the book of Genesis was when Joseph, as Pharoah’s regent, revealed himself to his brothers. They had thought that he, Joseph, was an Egyptian prince. When they realized that this was the brother they had betrayed years earlier, selling him to the gentiles as a slave, they broke down into stunned, guilty and awestruck tears.Joseph, however proved to be gracious to his brothers .

A climax in the Gospel of John, occurred after the resurrection, when the apostle Thomas wouldn’t believe in the resurrection because he hadn’t seen Jesus.

“Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”(John 20:25 NASB)

But there followed another occasion where Jesus did appear to the disciples and Thomas happened to be there with them,

” Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” “(John 20 NASB)

The force of the realization that Jesus was indeed alive, and the shame of his unbelief, brought Thomas to his knees in worshipful adoration,”My Lord and My God!”. What would make a strictly monotheistic Jew worship a companion and friend as God? Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead!

Certainly a turning point in the book of Acts, came when the fiercest antagonist of the christian church, Saul of Tarsus, encountered the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. He, Saul, a zealot of zealots had tried to destroy the nascent church, He had tortured and forced some believers to renounce Jesus. Saul,later said of himself in Acts 26:9 -

“So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.”

How dare the Christians claim that the Messiah of Israel had died a criminals death, crucified! Hung upon a tree! “Curseth is everyone who hangs upon a tree!”, Jesus was obviously a man accursed of God! How could they dare say he was the Messiah?

But when he saw the risen Jesus- a lot of things clicked… for example, the passage in Isaiah,

…we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.(Isaiah 53:4-5)

That helpless and defeated man, hanging between heaven and earth, derelict of all friends, lovers, and even abandoned by God himself…That man wearing the very crown of the curse,(thorns)…He really was cursed of God, cursed indeed! But not for himself…but for us sinners! When Saul saw this, when he recognised who Jesus really is and what he had done against him, it slew him, morally and spiritually.

The climax of my own life; I was raised in the Catholic church, and used to wonder at the crucifix. What is this all about? Should I feel sorry for Him? Should I feel guilty about the cross? Is it an example to me of suffering? I know that this is an act of Love, but what is it supposed to mean to me and what could I do about it?

When I was 19 years old, I read the Bible for the first time. By reading the sermon on the mount I was gripped by the horrible conviction that I had broken the law of God and was liable for eternal punishment(Hell). Jesus teaches us that righteousness is not just a matter of external observance but of the heart.

For example, it is not enough that I have never killed anyone, or committed a specific act of adultery. The Law of God is spiritual, therefore the hatred I have in my heart makes me a murderer already in the sight of the Holy God. The lust I have in my heart is already a breaking of the seventh commandment.

I began to pray every night that I wouldn’t die and go to hell, ‘please Lord ,I don’t want to go to hell!’, I’d cry! I didn’t know what else to do about it, I knew I had broken God’s law and was liable to judgment. I had conviction of sin, but no faith to be saved.

My freshman year in University, I began to attend a non catholic church, an Assembly of God church. This was something I had never done before, I really didn’t know that there was a whole world of evangelicalism until then. The sermons and worship touched me and afterwards I ran up to the altar call to try to shake the feeling of guilt and dread that had gripped me. I prayed the sinners prayer and arose exactly as I was before (I still had no faith, only conviction). I must have answered 30 altar calls, but to no avail.

One evening I sat reading in my rented home, deeply in despair. I was attending the church, but knew I wasn’t saved, I had broken the law of God , and didn’t know what to do about it! I was so distracted that I didn’t comprehend passage of the Bible I was reading, I just read and reread the same passage in despondency. Then I did ‘hear’ in my heart the Holy Spirit say to me-“Look down at what you are reading and understand it!’-

The passage I was distractedly reading was 2 Corinthians 5:21-God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.- Instantly I was made to see that Jesus had died for my sins, and made himself my substitute in judgement, and faith to be saved came into my heart.

I looked upon the crucified one, whom I had pierced, I could see that he had died for my sins , and I did indeed mourn for Him…as I received the salvation he bought for me.

You can take what happened to Joseph and his brothers, to Thomas, and to Saul of Tarsus and to me and millions of others down through time, as the foretaste of the climax of human history, the recognition by Israel of her long despised and rejected Messiah ,Jesus.

All of the pressures being brought to bear on Israel, will lead to that end. Her rejection by the world community, the unrelenting hatred of the Arab/Muslim world, the fact that the Arabs have been put in a position of power by the placement of easy ,pure crude oil,the rise of antisemitism in Europe and elsewhere, all are calculated by Satan to destroy Israel, but they are being used by God to get her to the point of desperation in which she will call out to God for salvation.

Zechariah says that in the midst of this final end times seige, Israel will be given the spirit of grace and supplication, an anointing of Godly sorrow for sin and unbelief. They will have to experience a real day of Atonement, a deep soul-searching, and at tat point,

“They will look upon Me whom they have pierced…”

When did you pierce the LORD, Israel?

They will mourn for Him as for an only son and they shall weep over him bitterly as one that weepeth for an only Son…”

The weeping will be both national and corporate, as well as individual. The mourning will involve every person, “In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem…every family by itself and their wives by themselves”, at the recognition of the enormity of the national sin against the heavenly antitype of Joseph.

That this is the One Isaiah and David predicted ,despised and rejected, and pierced for our sins,will be manifest to all of the nation. This risen Christ, who arrested the Pharisee , will arrest the Pharisee nation, in their national crisis.

And a fountain shall open to them for cleansing of sin, which shall also quench the spirit of false prophesy and usher in the long anticipated Day of the Lord. It is the same fountain the church has testified to in song-

There is a fountain filled with blood,drawn from Emmanuel’s veins and sinners plunged beneath the flood, lose all their guilty stains.

This is the climax of world history, the salvation of Israel, the vindication of the Messiah, the fulfillment of all promises. The resurrection of the world from the dead, look for it my friends, pray for it ! Prepare for it!

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