Israel, Islam, Christians and the great deception – Letter to a Christian friend
Please don’t allow your pride to stand in the way of listening to the words of a brother in Christ who loves you, who is warning you of great danger, and who is asking you for help.
You say: “Your attempts at scholarship, though commendable, do not impress us or convince us who are true Christians.”
I’m not attempting anything besides explaining to you the gospel, which is to love God and to love one’s neighbor as oneself.
You say: “Only the power of God and Christ’s manifestations to us convince us of anything that departs from what we believe the Holy Spirit has revealed to us.”
I say this is totally subjective. The Scriptures are objective, and are the standard by which we are to test all subjective revelations of the Holy Spirit.
You say: “In fact, we know the Scriptures as well as or better than you do.”
From my perspective, this is obviously not true. If you did, you would agree with my understanding of Scripture, which commands us to love our neighbor. Muslims are not excluded from this command. In fact, even if we consider the Muslim to be our enemy, as you do, we are still commanded to love them. This is what the Scriptures say, regardless of what the government says, you say, or what you believe the Holy Spirit has told you to the contrary.
You say: “Our warfare is supposed to be a spiritual warfare against Satan, fallen angels, and spiritual wickedness.”
I agree, but engaging in physical warfare against our Muslim neighbors is not the way to fight Satan, fallen angels, and spiritual wickedness.
You say: “You misunderstand the Bible’s statements about the importance of Jews to God and humanity in the totality of time–past, present, and future.”
I understand the Bible’s statements about the importance of Jews to God and humanity in the totality of time – past, present, and future. I’m afraid you don’t understand the Bible properly regarding this. I have studied and written extensively on this subject. Have you?
See: Goats, not Scapegoats – Jesus on Jews (and Gentiles) who reject him as Messiah (Savior) – http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/goats-not-scapegoats-jesus-on-jews-and-gentiles-who-reject-him-as-messiah-savior/
See: The Old Covenant and the New Covenant – http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-old-covenant-and-the-new-covenant/
You say: “You don’t seem to believe what the Bible says about Ishmael–that his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand shall be against him.”
You’re neglecting the first lesson of a proper, Christian interpretation of the Bible, which is that the New Testament illuminates the Old Testament, and we interpret the OT in light of the NT. You’re putting the OT before the NT by invoking what God said about Ishmael. According to the NT, Arabs – and everyone else – are our neighbors, and we’re commanded to love them, not to kill them.
The Arab and Muslim peoples have done no harm to this nation. The harms they have been blamed for, such as 9/11, are government-media propagandistic lies.
I do not and I will not disobey the teachings of Christ and the Bible by fearing, hating, and waging war against my Muslim neighbors, because I don’t believe the government-media propagandistic lies. You, however, believe these lies, and you’ve allowed these lies to lead you away from the teachings of Christ and the Bible, which command us to love our Muslim neighbors, even if we consider them our enemies, which they’re not, but which you have been told (and believe) they are.
You say: “The Bible also tells us that all who deny that Jesus has come in the flesh, is the only begotten Son of God, is the antichrist or of the antichrist spirit. Surely, then, Muslims are of the antichrist spirit and we Christians should be in spiritual warfare with them and all of the antichrist spirit.”
The Jews deny Jesus has come in the flesh. The Jews deny Jesus is the only begotten son of God. The Jews are of the spirit of antichrist. The Jews were of the spirit of antichrist 700 years before Mohammed was born.
When John wrote about the “spirit of antichrist” he wasn’t writing about Muslims, he was writing about Jews.
Spiritual warfare against antichrist Muslims is not physical warfare. We should not endorse the killing of Muslims.
Would you endorse engaging in spiritual warfare against Jews, since they are of the antichrist spirit? Or are Jews the one, special exception?
Would you endorse the loving of Muslims, since they are our neighbors? Or are Muslims the one, special exception?
A study of Judaism reveals the Jews disbelief in Jesus as Messiah, the Christ of the living God:
JEW FAQ tells us – “Jews do not believe that Jesus was the mashiach. Assuming that he existed, and assuming that the Christian scriptures are accurate in describing him (both matters that are debatable), he simply did not fulfill the mission of the mashiach as it is described in the biblical passages cited above. Jesus did not do any of the things that the scriptures said the messiah would do.” See: http://www.jewfaq.org/mashiach.htm
Who were Paul’s enemies? Muslims or Jews?
Did Paul hate his enemies?
Didn’t Paul say that, were it possible, he desired that he could be lost in order for his brothers after the flesh – the Jews, who were his physical and spiritual enemies – to be saved?
“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.” ~ Romans 9:1-5
Of these same brethren after the flesh: the Jews, who were Paul’s enemies, Paul warned the church at Thessalonica, telling them:
“For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.” ~ 1 Thess. 2:14-16
Jews – of Paul’s time, as well as ours – “please not God, and are contrary to all men.”
Jews, Paul said: “killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us.”
Of Babylon, John said: “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” ~ Revelation 18:24
To the Jewish Pharisees, Jesus said: “Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.” ~ Matthew 23:34-36
The Muslims are not guilty of killing the prophets, the Lord Jesus, and of all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, but the Jews are guilty of this.
The Babylon of Revelation, according to Scripture, isn’t the Catholic Church, nor is it Islam: it’s Jerusalem, Israel, and the Jews.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” Matthew 23:37-38
“Desolate” = “Abandoned by God.”
(The Greek word: “aphiémi”, “desolate” or “abandoned”, is found in the original Greek text of Matthew 23:38. The lexical entry for the word is: aphíēmi; which is a form of the word: aphietai used in Matthew 23:38)
Lexical entry for aphemi: http://strongsnumbers.com/greek/863.htm
Jesus prophesied the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, which occurred in 70 AD when Jerusalem was overthrown by the Roman armies.
The Bible tells us, according to Jesus, armies would destroy Jerusalem and its temple, and that this destruction (by the Roman armies) and desolation (=abandonment by God) of Jerusalem is “the abomination of desolation” Daniel wrote about. Jesus also said the readers of Daniel should understand this:
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” ~ Matthew 24:15-21
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” ~ Luke 21:20-24
Compare the two passages above, according to Jesus: “the abomination of desolation” = “Jerusalem compassed by armies”
The Jews being “led away captive into all nations” is the curse of God, which Moses told Israel would come upon them for failing to keep the God’s Law and the covenant he made with them:
“But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 28:15
“And the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the LORD will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life” ~ Deuteronomy 28:64-66
I’ve written an article concerning this: see: http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/moses-and-jesus-prophesy-israels-disobedience-and-destruction/
The spirit of antichrist has you tricked you into believing antichrist Israel and Jews are your friends when they’re actually your enemies. And tricked you into making war against your fellow Gentiles, who never had the Law, the prophets, the covenants, or the Messiah, until the Jews rejected all of these, at which time God abandoned them and gave the kingdom to the Gentiles, until such a time as the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled, which still lies in the future.
A mosque sits on top of where the Jewish temple once stood, and the Jews (along with many Christians) mistakenly believe this mosque should be removed by Israel and the Jews allowed to rebuild their temple there.
The truth of the matter is everything Jesus foretold came to pass exactly as he said it would, in 70 AD: “And they [Jews] shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles [e.g. Romans, Muslims], until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” and remains true to this day.
Modern-day Christ-denying Jews are attempting to take back Jerusalem and the land of Israel contrary to God’s decree of judgement against them, which came from the lips of Jesus, and at the hands of the Roman armies.
You support the Jews return to the land of Israel, even through the Bible tells us God has cursed them for disobedience and has thrown them out of the land, scattering them into all nations.
You support the Jews and the US waging war against your fellow Gentiles: Arabs and Muslims.
You don’t believe what Jesus said about the destruction of the Jewish temple has come to pass.
You don’t believe God’s judgement came against the Jews when their temple was destroyed.
You don’t believe these things because you don’t understand what Daniel and Jesus said concerning the abomination of desolation, which was the destruction and desolation (=abandonment by God) of the Jew’s temple in Jerusalem, which occurred in 70 AD.
You don’t believe we are commanded to love the Muslims, our Gentile neighbors.
You believe we should make war on Muslims because they are our and Israel’s enemies, and because the Old Testament says “Ishmael’s hand will be against every man and every man’s hand shall be against him” even though, as I’ve already pointed out, Paul, in the New Testament, says: “for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men.”
The Jews, according to Paul, “are contrary to all men.”
The Jews, according to Paul, “killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets.”
The Jews, according to Paul, “please not God.”
The Jews, according to John, are liars who deny Jesus is the Christ: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
“Jews do not believe that Jesus was the mashiach. Assuming that he existed, and assuming that the Christian scriptures are accurate in describing him (both matters that are debatable), he simply did not fulfill the mission of the mashiach as it is described in the biblical passages cited above. Jesus did not do any of the things that the scriptures said the messiah would do.” See: http://www.jewfaq.org/mashiach.htm
Jesus told the Jews: “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).
Satan is leading the peoples of Israel and the US right into the pit of hell, which includes millions of good peoples who believe they are following Jesus and the Bible when in fact they are following Satan, because they misunderstand the Bible.
“Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many that be that go in there at.”
That’s a fact, and it’s something I deal with every single day: the satanic deception of millions of good church peoples who are perishing due to the lack of a proper knowledge and understanding of the Bible, which breaks my heart.
I’ve written extensively regarding all of this on my blog.
I’ve also written there everything I’ve discovered so far concerning the current political situation and the very real trouble we are in.
The government reads my blog, because they know I know what I’m talking about.
You should do the same: http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/