The following explanation of
basic Islam will help you to understand the foundations of the ongoing struggle
in the Middle East and why our prayers are so vital.
As Islam lies at the
foundation of the present deadly conflict in the Middle East, it is very
important to understand this religion in order to pray accurately. National
borders are NOT the basic issue. When Jordan and Egypt controlled the West Bank
and Gaza, nobody ever
mentioned the idea of asking these countries to establish a sovereign
Palestinian state there. What we are seeing is a religious and spiritual
conflict between the God of the Bible and Islam.
It is commonly taught that
Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the three monotheistic world religions, and
many times it is implied that all the adherents of these three religions pray to
the same God. President Clinton did much to promote this idea, elevating and
popularizing Islam in America. This is a very, very serious mistake that must be
First of all it must be
emphasized that Jews and Christians do pray to the same God. We share the same
Scriptures. The New Testament is built upon the Old Testament and there are
no contradictions between them. When the Church loses her relationship to the
Old Testament and the Jewish people, she becomes an easy target for deception.
warned about this in Rom 11:18, "Do not boast against the branches [the
unbelieving Jews]. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the
root, but the root supports you."
The term "Old Testament" is
misleading because it can give the false
impression that these Scriptures are old and no longer valid. Jesus Himself used
the Jewish expression "The Law, The Prophets, and The Writings or Psalms" for
(see Luke 24:44). Paul's statement about these Scriptures is very important,
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Tim 3:16) God never changes.
"I the LORD do not change." Mal 3:6. There is NO contradiction between the Old
and the New
Testaments. Both are absolute truth. There is ONE Bible and ONE revelation.
The same is NOT TRUE concerning Islam. They are not worshipping the same God as
Jews and Christians. Let's look at the clear facts. Mohammad grew up in Mecca in
belonging to the Quraysh tribe in charge of idol worship at the Kabah shrine,
containing the black stone and at least 360 idols. The word for god or idol in
Arabic is "ilah."
Allah was the name for the main idol worshiped in Mecca. The name was probably
originally derived from the two Arabic words "al" and "ilah", meaning "the god"
or "the idol."
Allah was also used as THE
PERSONAL NAME among the Arabs for the moon god.
Its symbol was the crescent moon found on many idols from pre-Islamic Arabia.
Every year there was a pilgrimage to Mecca to worship Allah at the black stone.
taught to turn towards Mecca several times a day. One month every year,
beginning and ending with the crescent moon, was dedicated to fasting.
Mohammad built upon all of
these already known forms of idol worship. The only thing that was new was that
Mohammad declared the pagan moon deity "Allah" to be the only true
god and forbade the worship of all the other idols in Mecca. The basic
confession within Islam is, "Allah is greater [greater than all the other
idols]. There is no god but
Allah and Mohammad is his prophet." Professor Augustus H. Strong makes an
accurate assessment in his "Systematic Theology" when he declares that Islam "is
monotheistic form." Mohammad simply took the chief deity within the pantheon in
Arabia, and made it the only god, keeping the pagan practices associated with
this idol worship. This is of course in complete contradiction to the basic
message about the one and true God found in the Bible, both in the Old and the
New Testament, where idol worship is strictly
forbidden. Abraham was chosen to leave cult worship surrounding the moon god in
Ur of the Chaldeans, to go to a different land, in order to give mankind the
revelation about the only true God as a loving Father and Savior.
To confuse the issue, Mohammad
declared that Allah is the god of the Jews and the Christians. Noah, Abraham,
Moses and Jesus were all prophets sent by Allah. Since Mohammad's beliefs did
not agree with the Scriptures, Mohammad declared that the Jews and the
Christians have perverted the Scriptures. Therefore Allah has rejected them and
cursed them and has sent Mohammad to replace the Bible with the Koran; and to
replace Judaism and Christianity with Islam. It is the duty of Islam to
subjugate and destroy the
infidels, the Christians and the Jews. Islam is Satan's most powerful and
successful plan to destroy true faith in the God of the Bible.
In Islam religion and politics
are joined together. Allah is not primarily interested in individuals. Love is a
completely foreign concept in Islam. Allah is destined to rule the world. That
is the basis of Islam. Everything else is related to this goal. The world is
divided into two parts, Dar-al-Salaam meaning "House of Peace" where Allah rules
and Dar-al-Harb, "House of War" where the people are not in submission to Allah
When Israel was established in
1948, it created a tremendous problem in the Middle East, not a political
problem but a religious problem. The Jews had invaded the "House of Peace"
turning it into a he "House of War." Hamas spokesman Ismail Abu Shanab said last
week in an interview, "The Israelis should understand that their existence is
the only provocation in the area." And Arafat once again confirmed, "Peace for
us means the destruction of Israel."
This is the only condition for peace in Islamic thinking.
When Israel won the first
military conflicts with the Arabs it was a tremendous defeat for Allah. Finally,
Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran explained that Israel is a judgment from Allah for
the backslidden condition of the Muslims.
THE DEFEAT OF ISRAEL,
THEREFORE, HAS BECOME THE PRIMARY SIGN OF ALLAH'S PLEASURE WITH THE FAITHFUL
MUSLIMS.. When Israel pulled out from Lebanon last year it was heralded as the
first Arab victory in more than fifty years of
conflict. It was a confirmation that Allah finally is pleased with the violent
path of the Iranian backed fanatical Muslim guerilla Hezb'Allah (meaning
We believe that God today is
setting up a confrontation with Islam. The war is already going on and
eventually it will evolve into a full-scale regional conflict. In talking about
His return and the end Yeshua commanded us to not fear but He also said that
wars must come. As much as we hate to admit it, the truth is THERE IS NO
PEACEFUL SOLUTION! Islam is asking for war and they will be defeated through
war. From its inception Islam has been a religion of war. The word Islam that
Mohammad took for his religion was used for a sublime virtue in Arabian culture
meaning, "defiance of death, heroism; to die in battle." War is the language
that Islam clearly understands. The following quote from ICEJ News Service
explains what we are talking about.
"The Holy Koran teaches us that scaring the enemy is an important step in
defeating him... Our prophet says, 'with terrorizing my enemy, I achieved a
victory that can be
achieved only with a one-month-march of an army.' Therefore any means that can
terrify the enemy is a legitimate means," "It is impossible to say when the full
Islam will come. It could be this month; it could be in a few years time. We do
know that Arafat is planning to make May 15 this year, the anniversary of the
the state of Israel observed by the Arab Muslims as Al-Nakba which means
"The Catastrophe", into a major day of violence and confrontation." End quote
As we fast and pray, God will
humiliate the religion of Islam in the coming conflict, just like He humiliated
the gods of Egypt during the Exodus 3500 years ago. God will not grant this
victory because Israel is God's chosen and He will defend His own, be true to
His covenant and fulfill His revealed Word. God will do it for the glory of His
"Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and
hills, to the ravines and valleys: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I
SPEAK IN MY
JEALOUS WRATH BECAUSE YOU HAVE SUFFERED THE SCORN OF THE
NATIONS. THEREFORE THIS IS WHAT THE SOVEREIGN LORD SAYS: I
SWEAR WITH UPLIFTED HAND THAT THE NATIONS AROUND YOU WILL
ALSO SUFFER SCORN. "'But you, O mountains of Israel [80% of these mountains are
in the West Bank and Gaza], will produce branches and fruit for my people
Israel, for they
will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you
will be plowed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even
the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I
the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become
numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper
more than before.
Then you will know that I am the LORD. I will cause people, my people Israel, to
walk upon you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you
will never again deprive them of their children." "Therefore say to the house of
Israel, 'This is what the
Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going
to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned
nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which
has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. THEN
THE NATIONS WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD, DECLARES THE SOVEREIGN LORD, WHEN I
SHOW MYSELF HOLY THROUGH YOU BEFORE THEIR EYES.'" (Ezek 36:6-12, 22-23)
Let us remember the God
sent His only son to die for the WHOLE world. This article should not cause us
to hate people, but instead to walk in truth ourselves so that we may bring
others to truth and freedom in Yeshua.
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