Sunday, August 24, 2014

Unraveling the lies of Islam

One cannot defeat an army unless they first try to understand what their enemy is fighting for. Islam believes they are the one true religion and that one day all must submit to their god, Allah. This of course is a direct contradiction to the truth, for it is written in the Bible that "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and under the earth," according to Phil. 2:10. It is also written in Romans 14:11, a reference to Jesus' own words: It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'"

They believe that they are chosen to fulfill a righteous cause. This is what makes them want to fight for Allah. One cannot hope to defeat an army unless it can be proven to them that the cause they believe they are fighting for is a lie, a deception. Once they understand that they have been lied to and taught a deception, it will weaken their convictions and their loyalties can then be divided. Jesus said that no one can plunder a strong man's house unless you first bind the strongman. Knowing and understanding your enemy, (the basis for satan's lies) and understanding how to identify the strongmen at work are key to overcoming an enemy. For more understanding on the Islamic agenda and their faith, this is a great website.

As I sought the Lord in prayer today, one of my questions was how we as a nation could overcome an enemy committed to our destruction such as Islamic terrorists. We certainly cannot view an army of destroyers on the same level as say, a personal  opponent on the job, a friend that betrays us or one that persecutes our good works for Christ. I questioned the Lord how we could overcome evil with good as the scriptures tell us to do in Romans 12:21, when this enemy is so determined to kill, steal and destroy. 

Knowing that this final battle is written in the final chapters of cannot be avoided. It will happen. In times of war there will always be casualties. There will be sadness and loss. There are those ministers of righteousness such as local authorities and military forces that are there to defend, protect and serve so that our families, our God-given rights and freedoms are protected. God's plan does not include an escapist mentality. His plan is to bring the new Jerusalem, the kingdom of God, on earth. That is our job! It is not to wish that He would wisk us up out of trouble and allow us to avoid the troubled times - NO! It is to actively participate in releasing the kingdom of heaven on earth. The world as we know it will end, because it is written into the scriptures, and a new heaven and a new earth will be superimposed upon what we know as our earth today. It is God's plan and it is good! Now, the outcome is already fixed and that is also good news! So, what we need to do is arise with a sense of victory already in the plan, and courage to do the Lord's work while there is still breath in us. Jesus is counting on us to hold firm to our convictions and remain true to our belief in Him. No matter what happens or what the enemy tries to convince you, stay grounded in the truth of God's word, for it will give your heart and emotions stability. 

But, the question remains: how do we, as a nation of people, overcome an enemy with goodness and love, when this terrorist army does not want our kindness? Neither do they desire our friendship or value any sense of compassion. I began to question the Lord as to how it was even possible to remain true to our Christian command to show grace in the face of a ruthless destroyer. Yet, I still believe that God must have a strategy because that is just the way He is. He always has a plan and He doesn't leave things to chance. He won't leave the fate of a nation in the hands of the military or government officials whose loyalties are compromised. It's up to all of us to pray in His answers and His will. I asked God to reveal His strategy, and as I did, one thing began to form in my mind. 

We will never convict anyone of our convictions, that is the work of the Holy Spirit. We can not argue our way into the minds of others in an effort to show them how wrong we think they are, or that their moral compass is off the charts. That too, is the work of the Holy Spirit. Yet, Jesus said that when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will convict the world of sin and reveal the truth that makes people free, John 8:32.

We have to go back to the beginning. The book of Genesis. The whole root of this war stems from jealousy. This ancient hatred that has been between the Jews and the Arabs comes down to ancestry. Isaac and Ishmael. The one who was chosen as the inheritor of the promise, and the one who was rejected. Abraham had pleaded with God to let the promise come through Ishamael, because at the time he could not bear to wait upon God any longer for the promise to be fulfilled. Abraham, or Abram, as he was called at the time, had gone to his slave woman Hagar and had a child with her. For many years, Ishamael was the only child he had, and he thought the promise would not come any other way. But God's original intent still held true. "Then God said, 'No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him." Gen. 37:19

Although the Bible clearly states that Isaac and his seed was chosen to inherit the promises of God, Muslims believe it was Ishmael. This is the first lie the enemy told them. They believe they are the rightful inheritors to the land and the promises that belonged to Abraham. Ishamael was said to be a 'wild man,' whose hand would always be at war and who lived among his brethren. 

"The angel of the LORD said to her (Hagar) further,

         “Behold, you are with child,

         And you will bear a son;

         And you shall call his name Ishmael,

         Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction.

“He will be a wild donkey of a man,

         His hand will be against everyone,

         And everyone’s hand will be against him;

         And he will live to the east of all his brothers.” Genesis 16:11,12

Ishmael's descendants are the Arab peoples who populate most of the Middle East today. When Abraham's wife, Sarah, gave birth to the child of promise, Isaac, Sarah noticed their slave woman Hagar, scoffing her and her child. She knew that the child that came through the slave could not share in the inheritance with her son because he was the child of the 'free woman.' So Sarah had Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away. This brought upon them both a sense of rejection and jealousy, and this is what the enemy has done to exploit the pain and shame of their descendants throughout history.

There is an ancient root of jealousy that produced hatred and war. That has remained as a generational curse in those Arab nations. The number of the anti-Christ spirit, by the way, I believe comes from the Koran. Don't quote me on this, as I am taking it from another Muslim's testimony, (but this particular Muslim that converted to Christianity said) that Allah never married nor had any sons. The spirit of the anti-Christ works to create sons in an illegitimate way through the will and flesh of man, just the way Ishmael came into the world. Ishmael represents what man can do in his own strength rather than waiting and trusting God to fulfill His promise His way. Not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit. (Zech. 4:6) Ishmael came into the world as a son of Abraham, but through his slave woman, Hagar. Ishamael's descendants are also born into spiritual slavery and that spirit makes them slave to an ungodly slave master through deception and the teachings of the Muslim religion. I read that there are 114 chapters in the Koran, or 6666 words in the Koran. The repetition of the number 666 in the Bible indicates the fullness of man. The number of perfection, 777, is that which comes by the Spirit of God. Thus the number of man, or that which brings about the anti-Christ spirit is attributed to the satanic number 666. 

The Koran refers to Jesus Christ as the breath of God, the Word of God, the life of God and the Spirit of God. The Koran also references a virgin birth, a supernatural birth without human involvement. How can that occur unless it is from God? This is a direct fulfillment of prophecy about the Messiah. Isaiah 7:14 says, "Therefore the Lord  Himself will give you a sign, behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Immanuel means "God is with us." The angel was the messenger announcing that the birth of the virgin's child would indeed be God with humanity! Luke 1:26,27,30,31 also declare: "Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary...Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus." The name Jesus means, 'God saves.' So it is through Jesus, whose name means "God is salvation," that we are saved. It is through His death to pay the penalty for our sins in our place, and through Him living within us, that God gives us salvation. The Meaning of "Christ". 

They also believe that Jesus returned to heaven after the cross and will one day come back again, and that His coming back will usher in the final judgment. Now, tell me. How can one go to heaven and remain there all this time, with the expectation that He will come again to usher in the final judgment, and not see that He returned to heaven because that is where He originally came from? When Jesus returns, after being there all this time, will He not reveal the very glory of God? Jesus was not just a man and not just a prophet or teacher; the scriptures declare the Jesus is God. This refutes the second lie that Islam is led to believe. IF Jesus was a regular man like any other 'prophet,' as Islam teaches, then how could he survive in heaven? How could a regular man obtain entrance into such a holy place UNLESS HE IS WITHOUT SIN AND ALSO GOD? How can one refer to the Spirit of God and not agree that one's Spirit is the essence of who they really are? John 4:24 in the Bible teaches that God is Spirit. His Spirit is also known as the Spirit of Truth. Any god that is worthy of being called 'god' must be able to prove he is all powerful, all knowing, and omnipotent. He must be unable to lie, Holy and without fault. 

In John 8:32 - Jesus said, " and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." 33They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free '?"…

Jesus is eternal, meaning , He has always existed. "And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:17)

God is all powerful: "And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power". 1 Corinthians 6:14

God is Creator: " It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens." Jer. 10:12

God is omnipotent in power: "The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress." Job 37:23

"By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; their starry host by the breath of His mouth." Ps. 33:6

This is what the Lord says - your redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord,  the maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who formed the world by myself." Isaiah.44:24

God is omnipotent in salvation: "To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present  you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy, to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord before all  ages, now and forevermore! Amen." Jude 24,25

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12

"All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." Acts 10:43


I mean no disrespect but ANYONE believing in any god must ask the right questions, otherwise how can they truly know whether or not their faith is in the right thing? In regards to Allah, and his prophet Mohammed, "How can Allah and Mohammed claim to be free from sin when they involve the use of fear, torture, rape, murder and many other sins?" "Is this not the work of satan and darkness?" "Can Allah or Mohammed claim to be selfless and compassionate or offer any proof that they gave their life for their followers?" "Or is their religion based on works?" Jesus offers acceptance in Christ through His own blood, while other religions must earn favor with their gods and are left wondering if they have 'done enough' to please their god. In the end the question remains, "Does the god you profess POSSESS THE POWER TO SAVE YOU? If it does not, then why place your faith and pledge your loyalties to a god that cannot save you, or fulfill any of his promises?  

Islam demands their followers pay the penalty of death, inflict pain and suffering upon others, and take away all free will of others. No one is allowed to think for themselves or have a difference of opinion unless they are willing to suffer at the hands of terrorists carrying out the will of their 'god'. Islam makes slaves, not free men. Can any father force his child to love him, or does love and trust have to be earned?Yahweh is not a slave master. He allows every person to choose for themselves whom they will serve and who they call Father of their faith. Look at what Islam produces: women in chains, men who are afraid to think for themselves, children as innocent victims in a war of insanity and deception. See for yourself what is taught in the Bible: 

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he will be my son; but the fearful and the unbelieving and the abominable and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters and all liars, shall have their part in the lake of fire that burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Revelation 21:7,8

"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment." Matthew 5:21 

 Here we see that to overcome does not mean by force, as that is never taught anywhere in the scriptures. It is to overcome by practicing righteousness that Jesus taught. Jesus taught that the greatest commandment was to love God with all our heart, mind and strength and LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES. (Matthew 22:36-40).The law of Islam is a direct violation of the commandments of God. This is another lie. This law of love is what the entire Bible is based upon. The law of love is how each person will be judged at the final judgment. It will not be about how many souls we converted. Not only do the teachings of the Muslim faith and Islam lie to their followers about the rewards they think they will receive, but the reality is that they will burn in the lake of fire for the abominations and murders that they commit in the name of Allah. The lake of fire was created as a punishment for satan and all the devils, all the unbelieving, and those that do not practice righteousness - BUT, it does not have to be anyone's fate. God forgives our sin when we confess it to Him and ask Him for His mercy and forgiveness, and gratitude for having received His great grace is what prompts us to love Him and serve Him. The truth that Jesus Christ IS GOD is there even in the teachings of the Koran, but to the Muslims, it has been obscured by the lies of the enemy. The truth has been twisted. The truth has been obscured by bitterness, jealousy, hatred, and vengeance - but most of all, by deception. The enemy has formulated a lie and used fear of retribution (fear of rejection, once again) to hold them hostage. The lie is based in rejection, just as Satan convinces anyone he lies to. He has told them that God is not their Father, that He has rejected them, and that they are not chosen. Though the Bible references the Old Testament scriptures to make a spiritual point, what was once true in ancient times is not necessarily true today. Abraham was a son of God through faith, and today, any of his children have the possibility of receiving the same promises that were given to Isaac and his seed - simply by receiving Yahweh as their God. It is that which comes by faith in Abraham's God, YHWH, or Yahweh. He is the Father of all those that accept the offer of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. God desires sons and daughters so much that He gave the life of His own son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind all throughout the ages. Through the sinless life of Christ, His death and resurrection, he made a way for all people of every race, culture and nationality to be grafted into God's family tree. The only thing they must do to receive this free gift is to believe the truth and desire to live in it.

11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap of the olive root, 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.  19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted.  But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!" - Romans 11:11-24

That which was once wild, is grafted into the tree by FAITH. Because the roots are holy, so are the branches. The roots of the tree are in Christ Jesus. That is what makes the entire family tree holy. That is for every person, every race, every culture. If, by faith, you come to the truth and confess Jesus Christ is Lord, and want to be a part of God's family, then He will receive you. He has made a provision for Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, any any other religion to change their minds about what they believe and allow that change of heart to lead them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Remember, the Koran makes reference to Jesus Christ by name as the Spirit of God and the Word of God, both of which agree with scripture in the Bible. So, for any Muslim to disagree with this truth and reject it, it means that they have traded in the truth for a lie and have become self deceived. Allah is NOT God. There can only be one true God. The other is a lie - formulated by the strength of the man that wrote the Koran. Mohammed may have had a visitation from an angel, but it was not an angel from heaven. Whatever  messenger he encountered was from hell, darkness and so twisted his message to deceive Mohammed.This is how the enemy has led Muslims straight to hell, not paradise, as they have been led to believe. 

"He who does not love does not know God, for God is love" (I John 4:8).

Any 'god' that forces people  to serve him or be placed under penalty of death is not a god that is confident people will chose him of their own free will. "Allah" is afraid for his followers to know the truth, that they have been lied to. He is afraid to allow them to freely choose whether or not they actually want to serve him, because he knows that many do not. This alone proves that Allah is not all powerful. Jesus Christ gives every man, woman or child the freedom to chose whom they will serve. He does not use fear, intimidation, death or torture to gain followers. He shows them love, kindness, mercy and forgiveness in hopes that people will realize He alone has offered his life for theirs, as atonement for their sins. How selfless! Can that be said of Allah or Muhammed, or any other god, for that matter? Has Allah or Muhammed ever raised anyone from the dead? Healed them? Set them free? The answer is NO. How then, can Allah make a claim to be God? He cannot. In order for Allah to be God, he must prove he has the power to atone for sin, forgive, heal, save and deliver. No man can atone for his own sin. If man could earn god's approval and acceptance on his own merit then he would not need a god at all. Allah is not holy, powerful or pure at heart. He has no power to forgive sin. Allah has made a false claim to be a god. But, Jesus has proven His love, His power, and the reality of His kingdom from which He came. Not only is it written down in the Bible for our proof, but there are multitudes of eyewitness testimonies throughout history of people who have experienced the reality of Christ's power. They have seen His kingdom. They have visited hell, and they know the truth. They know the truth, and it has set them free. These are Jesus' witnesses.

Has any Muslim at any time ever gone to paradise and returned to testify of it? They cannot, because it is all a deception. It does not exist, except in the fabricated lies of satan himself. On the other hand, there are many people of many races, religions and beliefs that have had personal encounters with the living God, Jesus Christ. they have visited heaven and come back to testify that it is real. There are too many eyewitness accounts that agree in their experiences that prove Jesus Christ is God and heaven is real. Let the lies be unraveled and the truth set the captives free. JESUS IS LORD.

The way we can do good and overcome evil  is to pray that our Father release His angels to deliver truth to those that are terribly deceived. We can pray that the ancient roots of jealousy and rejection are cut off. We can pray for Muslims to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and for Holy Spirit to convict them of the truth so that they can repent for believing the lies. I am not saying there won't still be pain from this war, but one thing I do know is that God uses every bit of what the enemy means for harm and can turn it around to use it for His good. Pray that God unravels the loyalties to Allah and the cause of Islam by revealing that Allah has no power to deliver on his promises. The whole religion is based on deception from satan himself and it's a lie that has been repeated generation after generation. Pray that Muslims will renounce the sins of their ancestors and ask the blood of Jesus to cover the sins of jealousy, anger, war, and bloodshed. Pray that Holy Spirit will reveal that any Muslim can receive forgiveness of sins and go to heaven - not paradise - when they accept the truth. Pray that the enemy is demoralized and loses  all his strength to deceive those that serve false gods. Believe in the power of prayer to turn the tables on the enemy and set the captives free!