So the Pope made history last week by meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb—the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, in the United Arab Emirates. The stated purpose was to sign a ‘Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together’ to spread the culture of tolerance. The document “forcefully rejects any justification of violence undertaken in the name of God,” and affirms “respect for believers of different faiths, the condemnation of all discrimination, the need to protect all places of worship, and the right to religious liberty, as well as the recognition of the rights of women.”
The irony is that Sheikh Ahmed is on record as recently as June 2016 as having reiterated the Islamic belief that “Those learned in Islamic law [al-fuqaha] and the imams of the four schools of jurisprudence consider apostasy a crime and agree that the apostate must either renounce his apostasy or else be killed.” Sheikh Ahmed cited a hadith, or tradition, of Islam’s prophet Muhammad, saying, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him” (Sahih Al-Bukharivol. 9 no.57).”
Additional irony can be found in the Sheik’s refusal to condemn the evil, horrific actions of ISIS which include filming and broadcasting the burning of people alive in cages and decapitations of countless others with knives while alive, lest we forget so soon just because YouTube has scrubbed the videos from their archives.
Many a Christian has bought into the lie from the Father of Lies that Christians and Muslims worship the same god.
According to the Koran, they can not even coexist.
Islam is a false religion. Mohammed is a false prophet. And Allah is a false god.
Koran 5:54 Oh believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends…
Koran 47:4 When you meet the unbelievers (the people of the Book…the infidel) smite their necks (cut their heads off).
Then when you have made wide slaughter among them…
Koran 5:33 The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and his messenger… will be that they will be killed or crucified… or have their hands and feet from opposite sides cut off.
These are ‘Satanic Verses’ … this is Islam. Anyone who says otherwise is either deceived, a Muslim in name only, or a liar.
These are 3 of over 120 verses that command the true Muslim to kill the Christian and the Jew.
Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Go to the source…search the scriptures and find out for yourself if what you’re being told is the truth or not.
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
When one rejects the truth they will believe the lie, and as such, they will be condemned and perish.
The Koran specifically states in many passages that God has no son and is not incarnate in Christ.
They say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!” Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous! At it the skies are ready to burst, and the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin, That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious. For it is not [worthy of] the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.” (Sura 19:88-92)
“In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: ‘Who then hath the least power against Allah, if his will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all everyone that is on the earth?’” (Sura 5:17)
Needless to say, all of this does seem to point towards the coming One-World Religion under antichrist, the man of perdition.
How the so-called leader of over 1 billion Catholics throughout the world can claim to pray to the same god with the Muslim Sheikh who defends ISIS is unconscionable. Unless of course, they are praying to the same god, the true author of the Satanic Verses.
Russia has provided Syria with S-400 missiles in the wake of the Syrian Army mistakingly shooting down a Russian intelligence-gathering aircraft killing all 15 onboard in September 2018. Even though everyone acknowledges that it was Syria, Israel is being blamed. The S-400 missiles will extend Syria’s reach within Israel. This may be unacceptable to Israel who has made it clear that they will not tolerate Iran establishing a military presence in Syria.
The astronomical events referred to as the Revelation 12 Sign of Sept. 23, 2017 were a depiction of a woman, a conception, a full-term pregnancy, and the birth of a male child.
Allow me to highlight these points:
There are two ways of interpreting both the scripture in Revelation 12 and the associated story ascribed to the astronomical events of Sept. 23, 2017 commonly being referred to as ‘The Revelation 12 Sign’.
The first is obvious; the woman is the Virgin Mary who gave birth to the Messiah, Jesus/Yeshua.
However, an event which happened a little more than 2,000 years ago hardly qualifies as being prophetic, as prophecy deals with the future. John the Revelator was given a vision of things to come, not things which already happened.
The second interpretation requires a little more insight. The woman represents Israel and the male child is the Church. The most common and immediate objection to this interpretation is that the Church is always referred to in the ‘female’ form as ‘the Bride of Christ’. However, the Church is also referred to in the ‘male’ form in the following verse about the Rapture..
For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
You are all sons of light and sons of the day.
– Thess. 5:3-5
Is the Church not the ‘body of Christ’ where He is the Head and the Church is the body?
Is Christ not the ‘first fruits’ of the dead who are raised to life?
Does the head not precede the body during natural birth?
Was Christ not ‘born again’ when He rose from the dead having put off the perishable for the imperishable? Trading His fleshly body for His eternal body? He did not see decay…he was transformed.
A woman’s labor is like a short time of pain that will lead to joy that continues forevermore. A 7-year period of time is quickly approaching when Israel will be persecuted like never before.
This period of time is known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, or the Tribulation and will be a time of great pain and sorrow.
However, before this period begins, those who know that Jesus/Yeshua is the Messiah, both the dead and the living, will rise to meet Messiah in the clouds to be with Him forever. This is the Blessed Hope.
By no means is the mention of dates a suggestion that the Rapture or ‘catching away’ of Jesus/Yeshua’s Church will happen on any of those days.
PASSOVER 2018 Sunday, April 1st
ASCENSION 2018 Thursday, May 10th
PENTECOST 2018 Sunday, May 20th
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL 2018 Saturday, May 12th
ISRAEL’S 70th ANNIVERSARY 2018 Monday, May 14th
US EMBASSY MOVING TO JERUSALEM 2018 Monday, May 14th
However, to those who are ‘awake’ and who are paying attention, it certainly does seem likely that something significant will happen soon that is tied to the events on these dates. The convergence of Signs has only intensified these last six months as global events seem to be following Biblical prophecies of the End Times as if a script were being acted out. For instance, the countries which are foretold to invade Israel in Ezekiel 38 never before have formed a coalition, yet this has happened and already been reaffirmed in the last couple of months. Russia, Turkey, and Iran are now formally united against Israel. Never before has Damascus, Syria been on the verge of being totally destroyed, to the point of being uninhabitable. Today, most of the city is destroyed, but not yet completely destroyed. The stockpiles of chemical weapons in and around the city could very easily be the cause of the city’s upcoming desolation. It’s not hard to imagine how either the chemical weapons themselves, or nuclear retaliation for their use against innocent civilians in neighboring Israel could be the cause of the city’s pending destruction.
All the while, whether they are aware of how they are fulfilling prophecy or not, the leaders of the world are calling for ‘Peace and Safety’ or ‘Peace and Security’.
Whether one puts any stock into the validity of the astronomical event of Sept. 23, 2017 or not, global events which were prophesied about 2,000 or more years ago are accelerating right now like never before.
That being said, give thought to this… In Isaiah 66, the woman (Israel) is said to give birth to her ‘children’ BEFORE she was in labor, before her pain came. This event is emphasized as being highly unusual by the asking of the question, “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?” So the question must be asked, “What if it is true that the Church is the male child?” The male child who is born BEFORE the upcoming painful, sorrowful time for Israel.
What if the use of Greek word ‘harpazo’ in Revelation 12:5 is acutely intentional and does in fact mean ‘rapture of the church’ in this context? This interpretation can’t be ruled out. It is possible. And if it is possible then our time may be very short.
Be faithful witnesses and look up, for our redemption, our Blessed Hope, draws near!
Personally, I am more inclined to believe that the Rapture would coincide with the Feast of Trumpets in the Fall. This ‘moed’ or ‘appointed time’ is historically known as ‘the hidden day’ or ‘the day which no man knows the hour’ as it was dependent on the sighting of the new Moon. But God is Sovereign and will come when He will come, which could be at anytime…especially in light of world events.
Share the Gospel. Share the Good News that despite our sin and having broken God’s Law, God himself paid the price for us, having humbled Himself to leave His throne in heaven to be born as a sinless human, being God in the flesh with a mission to pay the penalty for sin which required death, but in death our place. And having died on the cross, He rose from the dead three days later having conquered death…so that those who believe and who confess their sin and their need for Jesus/Yeshua’s gift might inherit His free gift of everlasting life in His presence.
Pray out loud or silently, “Jesus/Yeshua forgive me, for I have sinned against you by breaking your law. Please come into my life, save me. I believe you died for my sake because you love me. I believe you rose from the dead and that you’re coming back soon.
Global events which are aligned with Biblical prophecy are occurring so quickly lately that it’s been said that its as if Biblical prophecies about the End Times or Last Days are now a script for the headlines. Hopefully, you already know that the world actually doesn’t actually ‘end’ anytime soon. However, what is about to happen on this planet is not something I would wish on my worst enemy.
Here is a very small sample of some of the latest headlines from MAJOR news outlets, not fringe or questionable sources of news, but major outlets like Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Guardian and the New York Times…
Recent Global Highlights
- Turkish newspaper says Erdogan calling on other Muslim countries to form joint Muslim army to go against Israel from every direction. : Memri.org
- US Embassy move to Jerusalem accelerated. : Israel Today
- Iran threatens to ‘flatten’ Israel and kill Netanyahu : Newsweek
- Assad uses more chemical weapons against people in Syria : The Atlantic
- Putin/Russia threatening the United States should we take military action against Iran or N. Korea. : The Guardian
- Knesset passes bill declaring Israel as the ‘the national home of the Jewish people’ with ‘Hebrew’ as the official language, protecting the country from the risk of future democractic changes. : March 13, 2018
- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likens Iranian Supreme Leader to Hitler. : New York Times
The greatest likelihood right now is that there is about to be a short, but major conflict in the Middle East. The primary actors are Russia, various factions within Syria, Iran, Israel and the United States. A very large portion of Damascus is already a ‘ruinous heap’, but the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 is not yet complete and seems to be the next specific prophecy to be fulfilled, like watching a wobbling glass on a table, the suspense and anxiety is building in knowing that it’s going to break.
Latest interesting theory: In the the near future Putin (Gog/Magog) may strategically invade Israel (Ezekiel 38) not just to plunder it’s natural gas reserves, but also to appease the rapidly growing Muslim population with Russia itself.
- Moscow has the largest Muslim population in Europe
- Muslims are the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse demographic group in Moscow.
- 2.5 million Muslims in Moscow, over 15% of the current population, projected to be 30% in less than 20 years.
If you’re still reading this and have not yet put your trust in Jesus/Yeshua as your savior then NOW is the time. Don’t be a ‘mocker’ or ‘scoffer’. Trust that God loves you and wants to save you from what is about to happen. Acknowledge that you’ve broken God’s law which makes you a sinner. Accept the free gift of forgiveness that God is offering you…it’s yours for the taking. Believe that Jesus/Yeshua is God. Call on His name… He will hear you. Ask Him to show you that He is real by coming into your life.