Hope To The End ...............Islam p.1
Sharing the INJIL with Islam
Biblical Perspectives on Islam
BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I
AM John 8:33-58
Moslems claim Abraham as their father.
What do the Holy Scriptures say about Abraham ?
Question: "Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead ? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?"
Jesus: "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and he saw it and was glad."
Question :"Thou art not yet 50 years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Jesus: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM
When was Jesus before Abraham in the Scriptures ?
"And MELCHIZEDEK KING OF SALEM brought forth bread and wine:
and He was the priest of the Most High God (El-Elyon).
And He (Melchizedek) blessed him (Abraham) and said:
"Blessed be Abram of the Most High God, possessor of Heaven and Earth:
And blessed be the Most High God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.
"And he (Abraham) gave Him (Jesus-Melchizedek) tithes of all " -- Genesis 14:17-20
WHO IS ARE THE "ALL" Spoken in the above verse ?
"And He (God) hath made of one blood ALL nations of men [all people] for to dwell on all the face of the earth,
and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation." Acts 17:26
ALL Are of One Blood
Jews share genetic link with Arabs ..... Chromosome 21 ( 225 genes )
Jews share genetic link with Arabs
The research, to be published soon in the journal Human Genetics, was disclosed in a recent conference in New York on human origins and disease. It was carried out by Prof. Ariella Oppenheim, a senior geneticist in the Hebrew University's hematology department. Dr. Marina Faerman, Dr. Dvora Filon of the Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem, HU doctoral student Almut Nebel, and Mark Thomas and others at the British university assisted. The work was also reported last week in the journal Science.
All nations, tribes and tongues owe worship, homage, praise and tithes to Jesus Christ.
OTHER SHEEP JOHN 10:16
Our Lord Jesus tells us in the Gospel ( Injil ) of John, Chapter 10, that He has
other sheep, who will hear His voice. Some Moslems are hearing the voice of the true Gospel (Injil) and are turning to the Lord Jesus (Isa) as their Shepherd. Already we see authors like Soloman Rushdie question tenets of Islam. We see Reformers in Iran question Islam.
Jesus came to set men free. "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" John 8:36
ISLAMIC HOPE...... al-MASIH (Jesus)...Salvation (al-Najat)
Our Lord is calling in His "other sheep".
GENUINE OR IMITATION.....the PERSON OR SYSTEM
In John Chapter 10:10, Our Lord speaks of two kinds of spiritualities...one that offers Life
---- a PERSON,
and one that offers death---a SYSTEM ( Proverbs 16: 25 ).
OUR GOOD SHEPHERD
Jesus reveals in this passage that He is the Good Shepherd offering a more abundant and full Life, while the Hireling-religious-system comes to steal, kill and destroy.
The door by which we enter into true spirituality is Jesus:
"I AM THE DOOR":
by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved."( John 10:9 ).
The Good Shepherd knows
his sheep by name. He is personal, very personal. The Good
Shepherd lays down His Life for His sheep. Our Lord did this at
Calvary and His mercy is new every morning; His compassion's fail
The sheep know the Voice of the Good Shepherd, and another they will not follow. John 10: 3-5
The Good Shepherd,
Jesus, sacrificed Himself upon the Cross to atone for our sins.
He did this willingly, and out of Pure Love. ( John 10:17,18 )
No other religious-system ever had a leader who died for them...not Buddha, not
Mohammed, not Confucius nor anyone. They could not atone for sin, for they
were not sinless. They were not like The Good Shepherd Jesus Who is sinless.
No religious leader ever rose from the dead, as did our Lord. He conquered Death
for His followers, and now those who believe on Him will never die. We simply
cross-over into our new Life with Him. ( John 11:25,26...& John 10: 27-30 )
The coming NEW WORLD leader will imitate a death-resurrection, but this is the adversary's counterfeit of Our Lord's genuine resurrection.
The Pergamum Church
The Pergamum Church was where Satan’s seat
resided. "Satan’s seat" is religiosity and routine...where externals become meaningless.
Islam, like any religious system, is filled with "works" that are not relevant to a personal relationship with God.
They only display a corrupted solidarity. So many religions of today depend
upon affiliation, identification and routine. Jesus was not
interested in corporate endorsement. He forthrightly asked Peter,
"but who do you say that I AM ?" Matthew 16:14.
God is ever seeking to have a personal relationship with man.
"The doctrine of
Balaam" referred to in the Pergamum Letter meant the
compromising and mixing of doctrines.
In Numbers Chapter 25, Israel mixed with the Moabites...winning by joining.
The"Book" of Koran mixes parts of the three major religions, as stated earlier.
But God promises in this Pergamum letter, that he who overcomes the confusion in the mixing up of diverse doctrines, and believes in the truth that Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father ( John 14:6 ) would eat of the Hidden Manna.
This special bread is the Judeo-Christian Scriptures ( the Holy Bible, all 66 books) whereby we understand the Incarnation of Jesus, His life, His death and His resurrection.
The Hidden Manna also pertains to the understanding of Biblical prophecy and the rightful expectation of the Coming One, Jesus Christ. He ALONE is the "Expected One " , the Coming One ( Rev.19).
All these mysteries will be made clear by the reading of the Holy Scriptures, the Hidden
Manna....even the mystery of the Trinity.
"for the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world....I AM the Bread of Life...."him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out."
The "Nicolaitans" referred to in the Pergamum letter is any form of intimidating religious hierarchy with impersonal dictates. Such are Church Boards, Ayatollahs, Popes, Imams and anyone else who comes between you and the Holy Spirit (Ruh Al-Quds). Even Eastern gurus, with their convoluted mysticism and "will-worship" are "Nicolaitans".
"Which things indeed have a show of wisdom in will-worship, and (artificial) humility, and neglecting of the body" Colossians 2:23
Today, the Moslems venerate the Black Stone of the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi
Arabia. But there is One who offers a White Stone ( of His
righteousness, rather than our self-righteousness through ritual
and "works" and traditions.
"To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna,
and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written
which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." Revelation 2:17
Could this be the 100th Name of God? Will this be the time when Islam acknowledges that "Before Abraham was, I AM"? Spoken by Jesus , John 8:58
All of us need the
Righteousness of Christ, for all of us fall back upon our deeds,
and feel we "merit" the kingdom by our works. But all our works are
as "filthy rags,
( Isaiah 64:6 )
because our motives are wrong ( self-glorification, pride, prestige, etc. )
"There is None righteous, no, not one:
There is None that understandeth,
There is None that seeketh after God.........
There is None that doeth good, no, not one." Psalm 14: 2, 3 & Psalm 53:1-3
All our righteousness is as
"filthy rags" Isaiah 64:6.
Our sin nature needs to be
covered over with Jesus "garment of salvation" Isaiah 61:10. He alone atoned for
our sins by dying on the cross, for "without the shedding of blood" there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22
The righteous offering of His blood-sacrifice of Himself on Calvary covered over our sins, to secure our Salvation.
Nothing in Common http://www.islamreview.com
Not until we let go of our self-sufficiency, and confess our utter dependence upon God for forgiveness of our sins can we have a personal relationship with God our Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, aided daily by the Holy Spirit (Ruh Al-Quds and Ruh Al-Haqq, the Spirit of Truth). Only then are we redeemed. We are to have our robes white, and washed in the Blood of the Lamb (Rev.7:14).
We are to exchange the Black Stone for the White Stone.
" BEHOLD ,THE CAMELS ARE COMING "
In Genesis Chapter 24, we have the beautiful allegory of
choosing a Bride (the Church) for Isaac (representing Jesus). The
servant in the narrative represents the
Holy Spirit who selects the Bride by a spiritual sign.
When the servant (representing the Holy Ghost) reaches the well (representing the WORD), he prays that a sign be given to him by God. The sign chosen, was that whichever maiden offered him a drink---plus water for the camels---would be the Chosen Bride. Rebecca makes that gesture of kindness. When the camels (camel- nations) drank the (Living) Water, the engagement was Blest. The Bride-Church is to witness to Moslems and share the Living Water of the Gospel.
"And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at eventide:
and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and,
Behold, The Camels Were Coming." Genesis 24:62,63
The servant points out Isaac to
Rebecca as "my Master", or Lord. No longer is Abraham
the master or lord. This confirms the transition from Islam to
the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This takes place at
"eventide"...the closing days of the Church Age.
Of all the allegories (story within a story) contained in the "Book", this has to be the most beautiful, and worthy of our respect and attention. It's hour has come.
Genesis 24 discloses how the two Gentile Branches--the Japhetic and the Hamitic--become blest by the nation of Israel. It was not done through massive programs of evangelism, but by a simple act of kindness by a "homemaker"
(those who rock the cradle and thus rule the world).
Her kindness was blest by the Spirit of God, the "RUH AL-QUDS"...the Holy Spirit.
Today, the Church too is to offer the Water of TRUTH
"Whosoever drinketh of the Water that I (Jesus) shall give him, shall never thirst;
But the Water (Word of God blest by the Holy Spirit) that I shall give him shall be in him a Well of Water
(RUH AL-QUDS) springing up into Everlasting Life." John 4:14
THE REAL ZAMZAM WELL of water
There is another meaningful revelation in Genesis Chapter 21, which pertains to the Arab people. In this narrative, Abraham gives his expelled Egyptian maid, Hagar, a container of water, in order for her and her son to make their journey across the wilderness. Yet the bottle becomes empty out in the desert. Hagar cries out to God, and He hears the voice of the lad "And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water" Gen. 21:14-20
The Moslems claim to have found
this well and call it "Zamzam".
However, the real well is the RUH AL-QUDS...the Holy Spirit.
We are told in Galatians Chapters 4 and 5 that Hagar represents legalism. The law----
like the container of water given to her by Abraham----will only go so far.
Islamic law, Sharia law, is punitive, rather than reformative.
It became empty out in the desert of life.
God's law (the Torah) leads to the Spirit and the regenerated heart. Ezekiel 36:26
Yet the law in itself (without the Spirit) will not get you to journeys end. Only the eternal flow of the Holy Spirit, springing up like a well-within, will bring you all the way home. The law of the Spirit is Life. Romans 8.
"Whosoever shall drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4: 14. Jesus spoke these words in the Arab town of Nablus (Samaria).
"In the last day, that Great Day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,
'If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.
He that believeth on Me as the Scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
But this spake He of the Spirit (the RUH-Al-QUDS) which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified."
Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said,
'Of a truth this is The PROPHET". John 7:37-40
In Genesis 21, Hagar represents the religious system. When the religion called out, God did not respond. It was only when the lad
(representing the individual heart-cry,) called out, that God responded and promised a blessing.
God is shown in this passage as Someone who interacts personally in ones life. He is a Deliverer...this goes beyond the single-concept in Islam of God as an Absolute. The God of Abraham was first and foremost a God Who relates personably. His Son Jesus Christ desires a personal relationship with His followers. Jesus did not come to establish a religion. Jesus came to establish a WAY to the Father through His atoning death.
"I am the WAY, the Truth and the Life". John 14:6
A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM
Photo: The Ka'ba and the Black Stone http://witcombe.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/mecca.html
Arabs originally worshipped at the Ka'ba (stone shrine) in Mecca. Mohammed began a religion of a one god (false god of the moon, Allah), not including the three Persons in God. The Trinity http://hopetotheend.com/trinity.html
Islam began as a System all its' own, with much legalism and ritual.
It was globalist from the start, taking in the Laws of Judaism, and the Christian Gospel, the "Injil", in order to accommodate the two major religions of the day.
The Moslem faith did remarkably well, for by the 8th Century, Islam spread throughout Europe and as far East as India.
Is your Church teaching Moslems that there is only one way to God through Jesus Christ,
is your Church teaching seminars that dilute our Gospel and Bible and teach that all faiths are alike?
If so, find a living Church of TRUTH.
Please se MULTIFAITHISM http://hopetotheend.com/multifaithism.html
TODAY IS BROKEN, AND TOMORROW CANT FIX IT
Modern times prove how corrupt governments have become, how pragmatic religions have become, and how greedy businesses have become. In short, the love of many has grown cold 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5. This is because the love of money has grown many people cold. There is a basic lack of integrity and honesty in every level of society, including relationships in the home and work-place. We desperately need Righteousness.
We need the King of Righteousness...Melchizedek
THE SIGN OF JONAH
And these be the days of Jonah, who finally went where he hesitated to go.
Jonah the prophet did not want to go to the Ninevites ( today's Iraq and Moslem-world). The Ninevites were his enemies, just like many of the Muslim nations make Christians and Jews their enemies through Sharia Law.
According to Sharia Law, all Jews and Christians are "infidels", and therefore are to be killed.
"Prophet of Doom" http://www.prophetofdoom.net/
It is hard to witness to Moslems today in their countries. The demons of cruel hatred and death are working their evil through all the MANY factions of militant Islam.
We MUST pray for the persecuted daily.
Yet Our Lord tells us that the only sign given in the Last Days of His coming would be the sign of Jonah.
That sign is our witnessing to those resistant to the Gospel message. It may mean persecution and even death, but God bids us "Go!"
BOOK OF JONAH at http://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/Jon/Jon001.html#top
We too must share the Gospel with the Moslems before Our Lord comes.
OUR GRAND COMMISSION Matthew 28:19,20
The Internet is a good way to share the Gospel with those who are living under persecution.
Romans 10:15 " How beautiful are the FEET of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things !"
The Internet calls the range of coverage by satellite over an area "FOOTPRINTS". Fellow co-laborers, our FOOTPRINTS of the Gospel message go to the ends of the earth.
Christian internet websites leaving their FOOTPRINTS over the globe.
How beautiful are the Feet, indeed, fellow co-messengers!
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