ISLAM

ISLAM: The Religion of “Peace” Bent on Conquest

Revelation 6:1-2

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

Islam is the religion articulated by the Qur’an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of the single incomparable Allah and by the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s demonstrations and real-life examples (called the Sunnah, collected through narration of his companions in collections of Hadith). Muhammad, it is claimed was the last of the great prophets which included Adam, Noah, Moses, Jesus and some others. The basic belief of Islam is expressed in the shahadah, the Muslim confession of faith, “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.”

Mecca at the time Muhammad was born was inhabited by the tribe of Quraysh (Koreish) to which Muhammad’s clan of Hasim belonged. The city was a mercantile center with shrines to many gods, chief of whom was llah. The Ka’bah sanctuary in the city square supposedly guaranteed the safety of those who came to trade. The pre-Islamic deities of Arabia which were most venerated were astral deities, especially the triad of the moon god, the sun goddess, and the god associated with the planet Venus. The moon god was the chief and was protector of the cities. These deities were given various names however the moon god was evidently originally the Babylonian moon god Sin. To end division among his people in Mecca, Muhammad elevated the moon god A llah to the chief and only god.

Among the visitors and residents of Mecca in the time of the prophet were Jews as well as Christians. Muhammad’s thinking was further heavily influenced by these followers of Abraham, as well as by special revelations which were supposedly communicated to him by the angel Gabriel. The God of Abraham was not llah, however, but Yahweh. Abraham was called by Yahweh from Ur of the Chaldees (Babylon) and told to renounce the pagan gods of his family which were the gods of Babylon. In fact Babylon was the seat of all false religion after the Flood of Noah and from Babylon idolatry spread throughout the rest of the ancient world. Muhammad assigned to the moon god of Mecca some of the attributes of the god of Abraham however the pagan and occultic roots of pre-Islamic religion were not discarded.

Muhammad was persecuted for his teachings in Mecca and fled to Medina in 622 AD. His teachings were soon accepted and the community-state of Islam emerged. From the date of Muhammad’s flight, called the hijrah, Muslims begin their calendar—AH (Anno Hegirae) 287 is the same as AD (Anno Domini) 900.

During the early period Islam acquired its characteristic ethos as a religion uniting itself in both the spiritual and temporal aspects of life and seeking to regulate not only the individual’s relationship to God but human relationships in a social setting as well. Thus, there is not only an Islamic religious institution (private) but also an Islamic code/law governing society (public).

This dual religious and social character of Islam expressed itself as a religious community commissioned by God to bring its own value system to the world through jihad (holy war or holy struggle).

Islam is the predominant religion in much of Africa, the Middle East and major parts of Asia. With a population of 1.57 billion Muslims, Islam is the second-largest religion in the world and arguably the fastest growing religion in the world.

Revelation 6:1-2

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

Daniel 12:4

But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

As recorded in the book of Revelation, Jesus the Lamb of God is seen by the Apostle John opening the first of the seven seals which sealed up the words spoken to Daniel concerning the time of the end or the last days of this evil age.

Acts 2:16-17

No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:” ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

The last days began at Pentecost and continue until the return of Christ. The seals that are opened reveal what was written concerning the period of time from the birth of the church until the rapture of the church at the 7th trumpet and the return of Christ with his bride to rule and reign over the nations.

The opening of the first seal reveals a rider on a white horse, holding a bow, given a crown and bent on conquest. Christ was given all power and authority at the resurrection. This rider on a white horse was given a crown (stephanos) which is a sign of authority. He did not already possess authority. It was not a king’s crown (diadem) that he received. Although the rider has the appearance of Christ and as a man of peace (no arrow in his bow), he is bent on conquest. This seal parallels the 1st prophecy of the Olivet Discourse that false christs would soon arise after the ascension of Jesus into the heavens. Satan comes as an angel of light. The Antichrist seems to be a man of peace but in actuality is determined to rule the world.

The word Islam has multiple meanings. In Arabic, Islam contains the same three consonants the word salaam, which directly translates as peace. Other meanings of Islam include submission, or the total surrender of oneself to Allah. When the two root words are put together, the word ‘Islam’ gives the meaning ‘Peace acquired by submission to the will of Allah’. Remember that the dual religious and social character of Islam expresses itself as a religious community commissioned by Allah to bring its own value system to the world through jihad (holy war or holy struggle). Therefore this religion of peace is bent on conquest.

Psalm 83:1-8

O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.

With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you- the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre.

Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot.

One thousand years before the birth of Christ, Psalm 83 prophesied that there would be a plot by the enemies of Israel in the last days to totally annihilate God’s chosen people. The following is a list of the ancient names of Israel’s enemies and their present geographical locations:

Edom (the descendants of Esau): South Jordan

Ishmael (Abraham’s son sired through Sarah’s Egyptian handmaiden Hagar): Saudi Arabia.

Moab (Lot’s son through incest): Central Jordan

Hagarites: Egypt

Gebal: North Lebanon where the Hezbollah are active

Ammon (Lot’s son through incest): North Jordan.

Amalek: North Sinai located in Egypt.

Philistia: Gaza, the location of the PLO and Hamas

Tyre: South Lebanon where the Hezbollah reside

Assur: Syria which is also a major base of the Hezbollah

This 10 nation confederacy comprises five countries – Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Each of these countries is a Muslim stronghold.

Ezekiel 38:1-6, 18

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you..

This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD.

This war lead by Gog of the land of Magog is prophesied by Ezekiel and is listed in chapters 38 and 39 of the book that bears his name.

The descendants of Magog, Meshech and Tubal are located in Asia Minor.

Magog: Western Turkey

Meshech: Central Turkey

Tubal: Eastern Turkey

The Lord says here that he will bring these peoples of Asia Minor down to Israel with all their armies from the following nations:

Persia: Iran

Put: Libya

Cush: Northern Sudan

Gomer: East central Turkey

Beth Togarmah: The southeastern part of Turkey near the Syrian border

These armies from Asia Minor, northern Africa and Iran who will invade Israel are also from nations whose majority populations are Muslim or whose governments are in the hands of Muslims.

Northern Sudan (Cush) is comprised of Arab Muslims who have declared Jihad against the inhabitants of southern Sudan who are African Christians or animists. Forced conversions are just one aspect of the Khartoum government’s self-declared jihad. Villagers in several areas of the northeast Upper Nile region say that when women are captured by government forces they are asked: “Are you Christian or Muslim?”

Women who answer “Muslim” are set free, but typically soldiers gang-rape those who answer “Christian” then cut off their breasts and leave them to die as an example for others.

It is clear that all the nations that surround Israel are Muslims who are bent on her conquest although, since 1993 and the Oslo Accords, Israel and her neighbors are supposedly pursuing peace. But with the take over of Egypt by the “Muslim Brotherhood,” the original peace agreement signed between Israel and Egypt at Camp David is no longer recognized by the political leadership of Egypt.

“Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” 1 John 2:22-23

The religious book of Islam is referred to in English as “Qur’an” or commonly referred to as “Koran”. The Koran is divided into 114 suras, which are opened by indications on their origin. The origin is either Mecca or Medina.

Sura 19:20,34: Jesus praised his birth and then said, “I am the servant of Allah.” And Allah teaches, “It is not for God to take a son unto Him.” According to the Qu’ran, God does not have a son.

The only time the trinity is mentioned in the Qur’an is to bring disbelief or mock the nature of the one God.

Sura 5:72-73, 5:75 “They do blaspheme who say: “God is Christ the son of Mary.” They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a trinity: for there is no God except one God Allah. If they do not desist from their word of blasphemy, verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. Christ the son of Mary was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him.”

Sura 4:169 “Believe in God and his apostles and say not three…”

Any Muslim who believes Christ is God has committed the unforgivable sin that will send him to hell. Sura 43:59 states “Jesus was no more than a mortal whom Allah favored and made an example to the Israelites. They are unbelievers who say God is Messiah, Mary’s son.”

Islam denies the Trinity, calls Jesus a mere mortal and by denying Jesus as the son of God and the Christ embodies the spirit of antichrist.

Nonie Darwish is the daughter of a “martyred” terrorist who was raised in the jihadi culture of the Middle East. The following quotes were excerpted from her book the “Joys of Muslim Women”:

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child; consummating the marriage by 9.

The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she cannot obtain a divorce.

To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses. Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

The Sharia Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the West World (America) Muslim men are starting to demand Sharia Law so the wife cannot obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Sharia law.

Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Sharia law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two. She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.

Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel. He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza .When he died he was considered a “Shahid,” a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.

But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.

In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping Sharia law – what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose Sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.

Peace and prosperity for one’s children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.

While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Sharia teaches two systems of ethics – one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Sharia encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others.

While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Sharia advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism.

It’s hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.

While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.

Islam has a stronghold on the Middle East, North Africa and Indonesia. It is making inroads into Europe as well but what about its influence in the United States?

The Fort Hood shooting was a mass shooting that took place on November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood—the most populous United States military base in the world, located just outside Killeen, Texas—killing 13 people and wounding 30 others. The accused perpetrator is Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major, psychiatrist, and American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent.

The question, can a devout Muslim be an American and a loyal citizen was raised after this atrocity? This reply is from a man who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years:

Theologically, no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia.

Religiously, no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam (Koran, 2:256)

Scripturally, no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Koran.

Geographically, no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially, no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically, no. Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, the great Satan.

Domestically, no. Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Koran 4:34).

Intellectually, no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically, no. Because Islam, Muhammad and the Koran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually, no. Because when we declare “one nation under God,” the Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as heavenly father, nor is he ever called Love in the Koran’s 99 excellent names.”

Therefore after much study and deliberation … perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both “good” Muslims and good Americans.

In spite of the expanding influence of Islam and its evil practices, our faith, our hope and our security is not in our country but in our God.

Revelation 19

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.

Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

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