Deception in Giving – Is it Possible?

Can a person or even a nation give away everything without starving itself? Is it possible that Americans have forced themselves through a self-imposed deception to live with an undeserved and irrational guilt because of what a neighbor or neighboring nation may not have? Is it ever proper to help another man or nation? The answer is yes, if it’s your own free choice based on your judgment of the value of that person or nation and its particular struggle. However, the answer must be no, if he demands it as his right or as it’s your “duty” for the betterment of “all” that you owe him. This country wasn’t built and made prosperous by men and women who sought handouts. In its brilliant infancy and youth, America reflected to the rest of the world that greatness was possible to mankind if he chose to be productive and that genuine and lasting happiness in the world is possible.

America’s primary virtue has been sacrifice, and politics in America has demanded more sacrifices at every physical and natural disaster. We’ve sacrificed justice to the alter of mercy and happiness to the alter of duty. Likewise, we’ve convinced ourselves that we have nothing to fear from the world around us. Yet, our sacrificial alters have only kindled the fire of hatred in those whom we have sacrificed for.

The American taxpayer is currently giving as a free gift or ‘handout’, (20) F16 fighter jets to what is essentially the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who has historically and openly condemned our freedoms of expression and liberties…Even though we owe trillions in foreign debt and are cutting our own military. I wonder at times if we have lost our collective minds, our moral compass, and the social inheritance we are leaving our children. It seems that so few care or are even concerned what their elected officials are doing and promoting as their voice.

We must face the facts that much of the unstable world today is the by-product of America’s unwise sacrifices – yet we continue to feed and be bitten. The consequences of our false sacrifices outside of God’s purposes were simply unseen and not discernible to the spiritually naive. The truth in this post is that when America needs the sacrifice to be returned…It will not be found.

Handouts which are not fully funded must be stopped at all levels if the pursuit of happiness is to be offered as our legacy to future generations. Handouts at the local level, handouts at the corporate level, handouts at the political level as entitlements, handouts to nations who openly condemn us, and handouts to those who are not willing to be productive citizens. All nations must begin to balance their budgets and partake in “wise” loans which are essential for economic growth. These financial disciplines will require a tremendous sacrifice from an entire generation on a global level. This will be painful because of the fiscal mess humanity has put itself in due to greed and status. However, the legacy we have the opportunity pass on could be one of the hallmarks and bright spots in the history of humanity. Shouldn’t it be expected by the next generations anyway?

A New Dark Age? Part 2

Many, if not most Christians are familiar with the Islamic societal code or law known as ‘sharia.’ But do Christians and even unbelieving Americans truly know and understand what sharia or Islamic law really is? I truly doubt it, but yet many of the same people have or express an opinion over something they no little to nothing about. The Bible states that we are destroyed by our lack of knowledge. Those words could not ring more loudly and true than the current hour we are living.

Traditional Muslims who read and interpret the Quran and the other Mohammedan companion books, understand and believe that sharia law expresses the ultimate goals for societies according to Allah. In a nutshell, the Islamic law known as sharia is the will of the Muslim god, Allah and should be reflected in all societies of the world. Considering that Islam has a world view, maybe it’s time that you do as well. Far too many Christians are passively ignorant to what’s unfolding around them and they concoct a variety of hyper-spiritual excuses: “I’m not of this world’, ‘I belong to God’s government and rule’, I’m a pilgrim just passing through, and the list goes on and on. These statements are certainly true in a limited edition. But maybe, just maybe, if the Lord tarries, what type of world will your children and great grandchildren inherit because of our lack of vision, political ignorance, and spiritual apathy? We owe our children three vital inheritances; spiritual, environmental, and social.

A few questions need to be answered or considered before we base a factual opinion in regard to sharia law. Was sharia law invented by Muhammad and did he practice this social code? Is there a conflict within the life of Muhammad, the Quran, the writings within various hadith (the words of Muhammad not listed in the Quran) and the rhetoric of Islamic apologists?

Note: ‘Hadith’ is a saying or an act or tacit approval or disapproval ascribed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

With these questions in mind, no one should be deceived into believing that the harsh and excessive laws of sharia were concocted in the fevered imagination and ideologies of Islamist extremists who came long after Muhammad. The harshness and Dark Age flavor of sharia law came directly from the founder of Islam who inspired the Quran and the living of his life example as reflected in multiple hadith passages. The truth, is that Muhammad himself laid down or composed the excessive punishments and policies of sharia law and these prescriptions simply do not reflect the heart of a Creator or God who loves, preserves, and cares for his creation. I will prove this statement as this message progresses.

One of primary points that we must understand has to do with the aspects of spiritual and natural legitimacy. Is sharia law legitimate or compatible with the nature of man and God? It is interesting that many of the punishments within sharia law are not typically reflected outside of Islam or an Islamic court of law. Islamists and Islamic apologists would have the world body believe that legal procedures must be given due diligence before a sentence or should we say, ‘punishment’ is carried out. This may be true in talk-speak, but the issue that I have with this logic is that it does not negate the excessiveness of sharia based punishments and the lack of societal based ‘rule of law’ that exists in democratic institutions. As Aristotle wrote centuries ago, “…excess is never just.”

Some of the contrasts between democratic law and sharia law can be weighed by what the Bible presents to us as a source of moral and civil law. It is not surprising that contemporary Christians are predominantly spearheading the resistance to Islamist leadership and sharia interpretation of societal law. If the Holy Spirit dwells within us, he also bares witness with our spirit and provides understanding to the harsh and excessive nature of Islamic law as well as its antithesis to human nature. Mankind witnessed the excessive nature of religion under the guise of Christianity in the Middle and Dark Ages along with brutal tribal or agrarian religions which also displayed excessive force, abuse, and sacrifice to control populations. Frankly, this is the essence of the antichrist spirit. On the other hand, many of the freedoms, liberties, and wise or reasonable justice we experience in America is based from biblical precepts. The New Covenant of Jesus Christ when embraced and woven into social conduct provides mankind dignity, fairness, freedom of expression, creativity, and hope.

A good example of contrast would be the consumption of alcohol. It is not my purpose to argue whether a person should or should not drink alcoholic beverages in this article. The purpose of this example is to define the differences between democratic and Islamic based punishments (especially when understanding that drinking and drunkenness are completely different dynamics). I can state this example in sharp contrast due to the fact that Islamic law and its societal governments go hand in hand in countries where Islam reflects majority rule and void of the separation of church and state as I defined in part one of this article.

Islam, if interpreted literally, commands that drinkers and gamblers should be whipped. The following events are recent Islamic judgments within the last decade: Iranian officials sentenced three men to flogging not only for illicit sex, but also for drinking alcohol. In Nigeria, a sharia court ordered that a drinker should be caned eighty strokes. In the Indonesian province of Aceh, fifteen men were whipped in front of a mosque for drinking and gambling. This form of justice was carried out publicly so all could see and fear. Eleven others are currently scheduled to undergo the same penalty for gambling. Where’s the media and news on this? The Quran prohibits alcohol and gambling in Sura 5:90-91 and does not literally prescribe the punishment of flogging. However, many hadith inspired by Muhammad (the founder of Islam) does.

Note:

Hadith are regarded by traditional Islamic schools of jurisprudence as important tools for understanding the Quran and in matters of jurisprudence. Hadith were evaluated and gathered into large collections during the 8th and 9th centuries. These works are referred to in matters of Islamic law to this day. The two largest denominations of Islam, Shia and Sunni, have different sets of hadith collections which reflect and interpret the life of Mohammad.

A poor ‘criminal’ was brought to Muhammad who became angry. The Prophet felt it hard (was angry) and ordered all those who were present in the house, to beat him as the drinker was dragged into Muhammad’s presence. (Bukhari, Punishments, nos. 6774—6775) The heart and soul of Islam is revealed in that we witness no offer of help for the drinker and possible alcoholic when he is dragged before Muhammad and his followers. Why does Muhammad refuse to offer rehabilitation? Why does he immediately defer to corporal punishment? This is the dual headed dragon and danger of promoting Islam and Islamist based beliefs. 1) The separation of religion and state does not exist in Islamist states creating “opinions of man” rather than the rule of law. 2) Religious “opinions” can be wide ranging and brutal due to the lack of the rule of law and man’s propensity to create a personality for God to achieve an agenda.

In researching this article, I have come across many Islam based web sites arguing that Islamic countries are pure, peace-loving, and a more complete religious expression for mankind. The same Islamic apologists point to the West and western societies as decadent and the prime exporter of evil. I cannot argue with the latter claim, but I will argue that Islamic countries a far from pure.

Is it pure or the expression of a pure heart that Islam allows husbands to hit their wives even if the husbands merely fear ‘highhandedness’ in their wives? How can we forget Rania al – Baz, who had been beaten by her husband and made her ordeal public in 2004 to raise awareness about violence suffered by women behind closed doors in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi television network aired a talk show that discussed this event. The show would go on to promote a Islamic scholar holding up sample rods that husbands may use or are acceptable to hit their wives with. Like the diameter and composite of the rod makes a difference!

The Quran states in 4:34: “If you fear highhandedness from your wives, remind them of the teaching of God, then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them. If they obey you, you have no right to act against them. God is most high and great.”

A widely recognized hadith states that Muslim women in the time of Muhammad were also suffering from domestic violence in the context of confusing Islamic marriage laws. Quote: “Rifa’a divorced his wife whereupon ‘AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. ‘Aisha said that the lady came, wearing a green veil and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating. It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s Apostle came, Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!” (Bukhari)

This particular hadith shows Muhammad hitting his girl and bride, Aisha, daughter of Abu Bakr: Muslim no. 2127. Quote: “He (Muhammad) struck me (Aisha) on the chest which caused me pain.” Did Jesus Christ reflect this behavior? There is evidence that Islamic societies have fewer incidents of fornication and adultery due to the strict laws and customs of sharia. The outworking of these supposed gains is the cost of women wearing veils over their faces and keeping separate from men in most social events. How about it western women? Are you up to making society a better place? Are Americans and those in non-Islamic countries willing to make this sacrifice or a means to this end result? In other words, these results which produce fewer incidents of ‘sexual crimes’ rather than sin, may have underlying negative effects in other areas of life such as the oppression of women in many forms and expressions. Generally, sharia restricts women’s social mobility and rights the more closely sharia is followed and adhered to. For example, in conservative Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive cars. In Iran, the law openly oppresses women‘s rights. In many Islamic countries, sharia expresses itself in that a woman’s testimony only counts for half that of men. Likewise, far more women than men are stoned to death for adultery. (reference Sura 4:34) Yet, the UN and world politic remains silent and in cowardly fear for the sake of a false sense of security and peace.

Another form of justice under sharia which Islam allows is that an injured plaintiff can exact legal revenge such as a physical eye for physical eye. This becomes a difficult conversation for many Christians as we witness some of the same interpretations in the Old Testament scriptures. The point is that we live today in a dispensation of grace through Jesus Christ and he fulfilled all law and justice through his words and example. Democratic and US constitutional law is founded upon Judeo-Christian values and expressions of rational justice which is underpinned by New Testament values. The problem with the growth of Islam is that the expression of an “eye for an eye” still has meaning and legal credence today for Muslims to exact upon another. Once again, the following examples are recent events within the last few years: In Saudi Arabia a man had two teeth extracted under the sharia law of retaliation. A court in Pakistan sentenced a man to be blinded by acid after he carried out a similar attack on his fiance. An Iranian court ordered a man’s eye to be removed for throwing acid on another man and blinding him in both eyes. Although this may seem fair and equitable to a Muslim and even others around world – these forms of justice are very dangerous. First, where do you draw the line since a set social rule of law is not recognized? Secondly, all aspects of repentance and rehabilitation have been severely damaged since the accused person has been permanently scarred. Thirdly, what if a person is wrongly accused? Are Americans really ready for this system of social justice? If not, then wise up and recognize that it spreading all around you in the forms of Interfaith movements, Chrislam, and other subtle forms of Islamic geographical growth. Islam is growing on many global fronts and dynamics.

The Quran states in 5:45, “And We ordained therein for them: Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth and wounds equal for equal. But if anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it shall be for him an expiation. And whosoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, such are the Zalimun (polytheists or wrong-doers). Quran 5:45 implies the execution of just judgment by Muslims and clearly implies in full context that Allah considers those people that do not execute the judgment that Allah desires are considered to be wrong-doers. In fairness, this passage allows for an indemnity or compensation instead of imposing the literal punishment of eye for an eye. Obviously one should not (including a Muslim) have a issue with this option. According to this hadith, the plaintiff also has the option to forgive, and this is legitimate, provided a judge oversees the process. But this is not the point that I am trying to make. The problem is the literal law of sharia retaliation in and of itself which is still active and exercised.

The Quran, hadith, and sharia based legal rulings demonstrate that this excessive “option” has been historically carried out as reflected in the very recent examples I previously listed. These examples just scrape the top of a very large iceberg of sharia based ideologies which are hidden from the naive sojourners view. Islamic or sharia law calls for all of mankind to revert and march backward to the Dark Age and tribal laws of wanton retaliation to support male dominated and religious based agendas. Islam and Islamist ideologies if continued unchecked by the world polity will set us on the path of a tribal revival and a Dark Age cultural shift which portraits a Darwinist survival of the fittest mindset because a condescending voice will eventually become extinct via persecution.

What is stealing according to Islam? I believe that we can steal a material object; we can steal ideas, hopes, dreams, love, and freedom. Does sharia differentiate? Islam commands that a male and female thief or one who steals must have a hand cut off. Again, sharia law is opposite from democratic rule of law in that there is no precedent or defined litmus. Where is a line drawn before your hand may be cut off for simply ‘stealing’ an others idea? Americans and those of western social thought must not lose sight of the fact that this type of justice and punishment is prescribed in the Quran – the eternal word of Allah. It does not exist only in the pitched imagination and doctrines of regimes like the Taliban, Al Qaeda, The Muslim Brotherhood, Fatah (which means ‘conquest’ in Arabic) and Hezbollah – It is the will of the Islamic god, Allah.

The Quran states in 5:38 – 39, “Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done, a deterrent from God. God is almighty and wise. But if anyone repents after his wrongdoing and makes amends, God will accept his repentance. God is most forgiving and merciful.”

At first glance, verse 39 seems to accept repentance before the accused or thief’s hand is cut off. But the hadith states emphatically that repentance is acceptable only after the justice has been administered. Muhammad himself says that even if his own daughter, Fatima, were to steal and then intercede that her hand should not be cut off, he would still have to cut it off (Bukhari, Punishments, no. 6788). With this said, the UN has recognized a Palestinian voice which equates to a state to be added to the world body to promote these doctrines. Americans are either in denial, spiritually ignorant, or lacking in historical understanding. The lack discernment and interest of comfortable Americans will soon provide a life that is not so ‘comfortable’ unless a multi-societal voice of objection is raised.

Islam, according to its written tenants, commands that ‘highway robbers’ should be crucified or mutilated. In 2003, Scotsman Sandy Mitchell faced crucifixion in Saudi Arabia. He was beaten and tortured until he confessed to a crime he did not commit which was supposedly a bomb plot masterminded by the British government. In 2002, Amnesty International reported that although Saudi Arabia ratified the Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment or punishment of people groups (Convention against Torture – October 1997) – Amputation is still prescribed under both Hudud (sharia based punishments) and Qisas (law of equal retaliation). Amnesty International has recently witnessed and recorded thirty three amputations and nine cross amputations where the alternate hand or foot is mutilated.

Note: In Islamic law or sharia, ‘Hudud’ usually refers to the class of punishments that are fixed for certain crimes that are considered to be “claims of God.” They include theft, fornication and adultery (zina), consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants (khamr), and apostasy.

The Quran states in 5:33-34, “Those who wage war against God and His Messenger and strive to spread corruption in the land should be punished by death, crucifixion, the amputation of an alternate hand and foot or banishment from the land; a disgrace for them in this world, and then a terrible punishment in the Hereafter. Unless they repent before you overpower them; in that case bear in mind that God is forgiving and merciful.” It may be difficult to accept in our western ‘look at the best in everything’ mindsets, but the hadith clearly states that Muhammad tortured defendants before he executed them. This is interesting and in stark contrast to Guantanamo Bay and its rational means of justice. Yet, the Muslim and media grandstanding for its dissolving continues to this day. President Obama elevated the closing of Guantanamo as part of his political platform; but at the time of this article, nothing has changed…I wonder why? While we can agree that Guantanamo is not the answer to the Islamic dilemma in regard terrorism – we must understand that if the tables were turned, there may not have been a westerner or a person who objected to Islam left alive. If he or she was, they most likely would have been mutilated according to Islamic law as a ‘necessary’ threat.

“Some people came to the Prophet and embraced Islam…they turned renegades (reverted from Islam) and killed the shepherd of the camels and took the camels away. The Prophet ordered that their hands and legs should be cut off and their eyes should be branded with heated pieces of iron, and that their cut hands and legs should not be cauterized, till they died. (Bukhari, Punishments, no. 6802) The next hadith reports that the ‘renegades’ died from bleeding to death because Muhammad refused to cauterize their amputated limbs. The hadith continues to state that the renegades were not given water and they died of thirst. I believe that the truth is that these men died from a loss of blood and dehydration. Did Jesus Christ ever resort to torture, mutilation, and like means to promote and reflect the will of God? Quite the opposite was reflected in the conduct and words of Jesus. We need to wake up and wake up now before it’s too late for many.

Islam and sharia commands that homosexuals must be executed without exception or explanation. A prime example is the Taliban, who once administered the political and religious laws in Afghanistan. The Islamist courts ordered a stone wall to be pushed over unto three men convicted of sodomy. Their lives were to be spared if they survived for 30 minutes and were still alive when the stones were removed. I wanted to bring this event into view and to continue driving the facts of what happens when a defined rule of law is replaced by religious interpretation of law. Relationship with God as reflected in Christianity, promotes the love and attributes of God as well as his desire for salvation and restoration. Religion, on the other hand, always has it’s roots firmly embedded in the soil of man’s agenda and dogmas, or to explain the unexplainable as seen in most agrarian societies. In Iran’s 1991 Constitution per Articles 108-113, Iran adopted the punishment of execution for sodomy and homosexuality. In 2005, a high ranking Kuwaiti cleric stated that homosexuals should be thrown off a mountain or stoned to death. Imagine if this was stated by an American pastor and what the social outcry would be not including the response from the western media which would be far expounded? Yet, its excessive punishment goes unhindered in the Middle East and parts of Africa while Americans in their grand political stupidity support a Palestinian state and Islam as a religion of peace which adheres to the same precepts.

In 2005, Saudi Arabia sentenced more than 100 men to prison or flogging for what the sharia courts deemed ‘gay conduct.’ The fact is that these homosexual men were very lucky. Had this been just a hundred years earlier, Islam without the aspects of media would have executed them, as the hadith directs. Ibn Abbas who was Muhammad’s cousin and the authoritative translator of hadith, states the following about early Islam and Muhammad’s punishment of homosexuals:

“If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done.’ This hadith passage goes on to state that homosexuals should be burned alive or have a wall pushed on them. Quote: Ibn Abbas and Abu Huraira reported God’s messenger as saying, ‘Accursed is he who does what Lot’s people did.’ In a version, on the authority of Ibn Abbas, it states that Ali, a family member of Muhammad, had two people burned and that Abu Bakr (Muhammad’s chief associate) had a wall thrown down on them. (The Mishkat, Volume 1, page 765 – Prescribed Punishments) Although the punishment of a wall being toppled on these homosexual men is extreme, the Taliban were merely following the origins of their religion without a social or democratic rule of law.

Islam and sharia is clear in that unmarried fornicators be whipped and adulterers to be stoned to death, The Quran states in 24:2, “The fornicatress and the fornicator, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment.”

Note: the excessive punishment of a hundred stripes is defined for unmarried persons guilty of ‘illegal’ sex before marriage. Married persons which commit illegal sex are to receive the punishment of being stoned to death. According to a documented and verified report in Iran – a teenage boy broke his Ramadan fast, so a judge sentenced him to be lashed with eighty five stripes. He died from the punishment. Though his sad case does not deal with fornication, I chose to cited it here because it reflects the fact that lashing can be fatal.

In 2004, Amnesty International reported that an Iranian woman charged with adultery faced death by stoning. In the next five days after her death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court, her unnamed co-defendant became immediately at risk of execution by hanging. Amnesty International members wrote urgent appeals to the Iranian authorities, calling for the execution to be stopped. Sorry to let you down my intoxicated western and comfortable church friends – She was buried up to her chest and stoned to death in accordance with the following hadith passage:

“And when he had given command over her and she was put in a hole up to her breast, he ordered the people to stone her. Khalid b. al-Walid came forward with a stone which he threw at her head, and when the blood spurted on his face he cursed her (Muslim no. 4206) The hadith continues that the ‘prophet’ prayed over her dead body and then buried her. The facts we must face is that does this damned prayer really matter? As the hadith rambles on – Muhammad told Khalid not to be too harsh…However, even one who lacks discernment can see that the prophet’s words drip with irony.
But does it really matter if Muhammad’s words drip with irony, interpretation, or context? Islam clearly orders death for Muslim and even death for non-Muslim critics of Muhammad, the Quran, and even sharia itself.

Most people who were breathing remember the fatwa which was decreed by Iran’s supreme spiritual leader to assassinate Salman Rushdie, a novelist, who wrote the book Satanic Verses, which included questions or doubts about the angel Gabriel’s role in inspiring the Quran. The fatwa happened in 1989 and Islamic fundamentalists have continued to renew the fatwa. Although Salman Rushdie has been no threat to anyone over the last 23 years, a renewed called for assassination has been decreed and sheds light on the lack of tolerance, freedom of expression or speech, and personal liberty Islam represents. This is ironic in that the Muslim Council of Victoria, Australia, recently brought a lawsuit against two pastors for holding a conference and posting articles critiquing Islam. Three Muslims attended the conference and felt offended. The two pastors have been convicted based on Australia’s vilification law. While on trial, one of the pastors wanted to read from the Quran on domestic violence but the lawyer representing the Council would not allow it as non-circumstantial. The hardest aspect for me to understand and believe is that the pastors had to appeal their conviction. Conviction of what? Likewise, British Muslims have been campaigning to pass a religious hate speech law in England’s parliament and seems that they have succeeded. Their ability to propagandize has not been curtailed and opponents of the law state that it obstructs free speech that may criticize Muhammad, the Quran, and Islam. How did Britain get to this point of political and social enslavement? The answer is simple. Political correctness which offends few will always enslave mankind over absolute correctness which offends many in world today.

The world’s political correctness has essentially authorized the following Islamic ideologies and social conditioning which exact punishment upon a population:

1) Reviling Allah or his messenger.
2) Being sarcastic or trivial about ‘Allah’s name, his command, his interdiction, his promise, or his threat.’
3) Denying any verse of the Quran or ‘anything which by scholarly consensus belongs to it, or to add a verse that does not belong to it’.
4) Holding that ‘any of Allah’s messengers or prophets are liars, or to deny their being sent’.
5) Reviling or doubting the religion of Islam.
6) Being sarcastic or condescending about any ruling of the sacred law.
7) Denying that Allah intended ‘the prophet’s message to be the religion followed by the entire world.’

Islamic political correctness will manifest as the silencing of critical investigation, reasonable questions, and debate for the truth. Sadly, the questions directed at the Dark Age ideologies that hang over Islam can never prevail in Islamic lands when the sword of Muhammad hangs over the scholars’ or the questioners head.

Ultimately, censorship which is interwoven in Islamic culture testifies to a lack of confidence in one’s position and message. We see the same in Communist, Totalitarian, and all other despotic or authoritarian regimes. If the message of Islam were truly superior, we can put our trust in the power of truth and history as a guiding force. As it stands, sharia with its prescribed punishments for questioning Muhammad, the Quran, and sharia testifies to their weakness since sharia threatens those who dare to differ. In other words, all regimes and institutions which have weak foundations, possess repressive measures to quickly silence dissent within. We can break it down even farther in asking how confident was Muhammad and even today’s Muslims in his message that it requires violence and force to protect it?

Violence and force have always been actively aggressive for regime preservation and Islam orders apostates to be killed. Once again, without social rule of law, what exactly is an apostate? Who defines this and the punishment rendered? In Iran an academic was condemned to death for criticizing clerical rule in Iran. The rulers assert that he was insulting Muhammad and Shiite laws. He was charged with apostasy. We must understand that this single example is not limited to Iran in its extreme form of Islam. The judgment of apostasy is recognized around the world and it would be far greater if the punishments weren’t so severe. People born into Islam simply keep their mouths shut and their individual feeling to themselves in the public arena.

Apostates in Muslim culture are those who leave Islam like the writer Salman Rushdie and those who become atheists or convert to another religion. If suspect, they are to be potentially killed according to the Quran, the hadith, and later legal rulings.

Sayyid Maududi, a respected Islamic scholar, in this booklet argues that Sura 9:11-12 refers to apostates and that they should be put to death. Again, and in fairness, Islamic literature does state that the accused should be given time to repent, but if they refuse, they must be killed. The point is not the ‘opportunity’ people have to repent before a potential death sentence. The point is that they are accused in the first place under sharia law.

The bottom line is that Muhammad is foundational to Islam, and he inseminated the genetic code or DNA for Islam which was birthed from the edge of his sword through warfare. In the ten years that he lived in Medina from his emigration and from Mecca in AD 622 to his death of a fever in AD 632, he either sent out or went out on seventy-four raids, expeditions, or full scale wars. They range from small assassination hit squads to kill anyone who insulted him, to the Tabuk Crusades in late AD 630 against the Byzantine Christians. He had heard a rumor that an army was mobilizing to invade Arabia, but the rumor was false, so his 30,000 jihadists returned home, but not before imposing a jizya tax on the northern Christians and Jews.

The following are cultural and legalized rules of jihad (struggle) found in the Quran, hadith, and historical documents which reflect the life of Islam’s founder.

1) Women and children can be enslaved. They can either be sold, or the Muslims may ‘marry’ the women, since their marriages are automatically annulled upon their capture. The Qur’an permits a Muslim man to marry more than one woman at a time (up to a maximum of four)
2) Jihadists may have sex with slave women. Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, performed this with his consent.
3) Women and children must not be killed during war, unless this happens in a nighttime raid when visibility was low.
4) Old men and monks can be killed if deemed necessary (what is “necessary” without a defined rule of law?)
5) A captured enemy of war could be killed, enslaved, ransomed for money or an exchange, freely released, or beaten. Muhammad himself found it ‘necessary’ to torture a citizen of the city of Khaybar in order to extract information about where the wealth of the city was hidden.
6) Enemy men who converted to Islam can keep their property and small children. This law is so subtle but yet excessive that it amounts to forced conversion. Only the strongest of the strong could resist this coercion and remain a non-Muslim.
7) Civilian property may be confiscated.
8) Civilian homes may be destroyed.
9) Those considered pagans had to convert or die. This ‘choice’ does not allow for the freedom of religion or conscience.
10) People of the Book (Jews and Christians) have three options per Sura 9:29: Fight and die; convert and pay a forced ‘charity’ or zakat tax; or keep their Biblical faith and pay a jizya or poll tax.

Thus, jihad is aggressive, coercive, and excessive, and Allah never revealed to Muhammad to stop these practices. Nor should we be deceived to believe these practices are being stopped today under the ‘religion of peace’ banner

The outworking of Sharia not only oppresses the citizens of Islamic countries, it oppresses the world in creating an environment of intolerance and male centered religious opinions as law to meet various agendas. Islam must reform, but the legal hierarchy in Islamic nations will not even listen to this argument because the judges and Islamic legal scholars understand the ultimate cost. Many passages in the Quran and the hadith must be rejected and this will not happen because the built in mechanisms of force would be removed causing a great exodus of human capital. After all, the Quran came down directly from Allah through Gabriel according to traditional Islamic theology. So how can Islam reform? It can start by rewriting classical interpretations of sharia law and various hadith. However, that would again mean leaving behind the Quran and Muhammad’s example. How can the legal hierarchy in Islamic nations do this? The answer is that they can’t and they won’t! Otherwise, the entire institutional structure would collapse. Only the love of God through Jesus Christ can penetrate the heart of those bound in the grip of Islam. Islam is here to stay and as I pointed out in part one – Islam will play a roll in the antichrist agenda and system.

I’ll conclude this article by stating that western societies have undergone the pains of religious transformation through dark periods such as the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason. The laws of Dark Age and warped interpretations of Christianity has been rejected and injected with societal reason that makes sense and promotes individual as well as societal freedoms. Likewise, the New Testament tempers excessive punishments and provides liberty to its adherents. The US Constitution and the western rule of law is founded on New Testament virtues and values. These documents and laws were in fact penned by Christians which should draw our attention. The New Testament is not only revolutionary in how God reveals Himself, it powerfully promotes peace, individual freedom, and tender love which the Quran oddly lacks. Christianity, whose founder is Christ is a stark contrast to Muhammad both in how they historically lived their lives and who they present as “God.” Which will you serve?

To be continued.

THE DAM VISION

Yesterday, 12-13-2012, I received an unusual type of vision in which my eyes remained open – I saw a dam in the distance that I knew was erected at the founding of America which has held back the historical and failed ideologies of authoritarianism, socialism, communism, along with religious based despotic leadership within social government. The aspects and the ownership of self-government and political institutions are critical to the quality of life that we experience today. Many in “Christian” circles want to avoid the great responsibility of self-government and focus on “heavenly” utopias that may be well-intentioned, but serve little practical value to the lives of others, neighborhoods, and societies. As the old and true saying so rightly states: “Folks of little to no societal or earthly value” simply coasting through life with delusional mindsets. The truth is that responsible democracy (self-government) requires work and patriotism on the part of its people and is not desired by the majority of the world today (e.g. China, The Middle East, and Russia) Even in our own hemisphere, more and more countries are becoming socialist in culture rather than self-governing. The masses are becoming comfortable and content in being told what to do rather than thinking for themselves in exchange for a hand-out.

We can thump our spiritual chests and live in the clouds but our eternal justification is not only justified in Christ, but also by the life we live in the natural realm. If you don’t believe that government and political institutions are of tremendous importance – try getting just a 10 mile stretch of pot-holes on a highway filled or repaired after a cold winter without them. Who do we blame for our flat tires, broken wheels, and cracked axles? Who do we blame when our heat, electric, and water are not running smoothly? Who do we blame when natural disasters hit? The evolution of institutions is what has provided us the quality of life we enjoy today. All of these benefits stem from the maturing of democratic, capital or market based government which stimulates growth and incentive.

As I drew closer, cracks began appearing in the once strong dam that reflected the words LIBERTY, STRENGTH, COURAGE, and HAPPINESS painted in bold letters across the top. A large crack or fissure started traversing the center of the word “LIBERTY” which symbolized the polarization of individual freedom on one side and those embracing the ease of state dependency on the other. A small crack in the word “COURAGE” suddenly blew through the letters C, O, and U, revealing the word “RAGE” which I sensed would be the national emotion and persona for many as the days ahead unfold.

The inoculation of state dependency and unsustainable debt is methodically eroding the structure of the spiritual dam that I am seeing in this unique vision as I am not prone to these types of experiences and dreams. The spirit of antichrist and those under its influence have prepared and executed well over the last century right under the nose of a non-discerning church which has failed to embrace prophecy and supernatural discernment. The church has feared man and sold much of its soul and birthright for a bowl of stew consisting of comfort, ease, and seasoned with prideful denial.

Wall Street and Special Interest groups have lured both Christian and the political right into its bosom because the left has simply opposed it. All along, we will soon realize that the “love of money”, greed, and a lack of wise regulation was all a part of the methodical plan. I then saw a giant sledge-hammer with the words “The Interest of the Special” spelled on the hammer-head and the words “In the Grip of Deception” written down the handle as it crashed into the side of Dam over the word “STRENGTH”.

A sea of faces appeared on the horizon – a great population with a blank expression as if they had been dummied down through a politicized and substandard educational system. I saw comic bubbles appear above the heads of this great mass of people with the words “SOLD OUT TO MODERN CULTURE” Only a few bubbles which were widely and randomly dispersed reflected the words “SOLD OUT TO CHRIST.” The words “SOLD OUT TO MODERN CULTURE” in the cartoon bubbles soon blurred or dissolved and new words came into view such as various television shows, sport teams, music, and daily dramas that affected or were the greatest priorities within their lives. I instantly understood that the educational system built upon elitist and liberal ideologies was the mother that birthed the rejection of Christ in multiple societal levels and polluted our culture. What was once unacceptable had now become acceptable and vice-verse. Simply put, America and the prophetic church would rather watch and solve a good drama on the boob tube than become a watchman of the events in Washington and the rest of world which generates the decisions that affect our lives.

Suddenly, two darkly opaque figures moved across the top of the dam and hung a banner which draped over the words LIBERTY, STRENGTH, COURAGE, and HAPPINESS, with the words “FOOLISH and BLIND.” My spirit reconciled the state of America and the church for both had splintered and polarized before my eyes. I then felt and turned into a cold and driving wind from the north and saw a mighty oak crying out to be shaved by the two figures into individual toothpicks which snapped in half upon being released into the strong wind.

The mighty tree was soon completely reduced to broken splinters (they looked like long toothpicks) in their individuality. The wind ceased blowing from the north and began blowing in a circular pattern like a whirlwind. The splinters were then lifted up into the air in a chaotic funnel of debris. As the wind instantly stopped, the splinters fell to the ground and spelled the words of myriad denominations, religious branches, and the figure of a dislocated or broken body. I understood that the church was content to rapture itself in ease, escapism, and comfort. I likewise understood that the church had become fractured; neglected and even abused its mandate and made a mockery of its calling via con-men televangelists, false prophets, adulterers, deceivers, and money beggars.”

I turned 180 degrees and saw the shape of a large mega church with a cross on its pinnacle. The doors on the east side swung open as I saw television cameras running and preachers proclaiming words of a false gospel which tickled the ears. A warning from the Lord to turn back to him suddenly appeared on a giant video screen in the sanctuary, but the preachers kept proclaiming and were willing to sell their soul and their followers under the snare of the false gospel. I then saw on my left side, a great following coming to hear their message of success and earthly power, and as the great mass moved closer, I saw the words “DECEIVED” written across their foreheads.

I turned back around to look the dam which now began to bulge under the weight of what looked like enormous money bags like the type transported in armored trucks stacked several hundred feet high. I turned back around to look at the mega church but it had been replaced by a landscape similar to Mt. Rushmore with the faces of 3 new presidents which I recognized and one that I did not. A body part of each face was missing or abnormal and I soon realized that President Obama’s eyes were closed and only the lids were reflected in the giant stone carving.

My heart began to beat faster and prophetic understanding swept over me. I knew that the president represented not only his personal policies and belief, but also the beliefs of a population and government that was growing evermore dependent. I knew that the current U.S. government could not see the end results of their current and fatal policies and that the weight of debt and unrestrained spending was going too eventually break the dam of resistance to all that America was founded upon.

Our children will inherit what we leave them. As Christians, we would like to solely focus on spiritual and monetary inheritances. This is certainly vital and important. However, the world of everyday life moves our emotions from love to hate and everything in between. I cannot fathom the choices (societal inheritances) we are making today and how our children will reconcile these choices if the Lord tarries.

A NEW DARK AGE?

The Dark Ages swept upon numerous civil societies which had been previously enlightened, creative, productive, and individually free in regard to expression. I do not desire to over-simplify the causal effects of the Dark Ages, but religious dogmatism, deception, and fear based apparatuses were a prime initiator. Many of the underlying characteristics of that time in history are present today in the form of Islam and Islamist ideologies.

It is interesting to witness the number of western media and political entities which are supporting a Palestinian state at Israel’s expense and demise. Free media and genuine political democracy are by-products of advancements in social behavior and have taken thousands of years to develop. However, it seems that these social advancements are the very mechanisms that are promoting Islam which is diametrically opposed to its core values and institutions. Why would free democracies and the UN desire another Islamic state on the world stage since it opposes individual liberties? You never hear of a political governing body promoting or attempting to build a nation founded on Islamic principles, but yet the world seems content on committing social suicide.

Much of the naive and media conditioned world body have bitten hook, line, and sinker that Islamic based terror attacks around the world are directly linked to the Israeli-Arab conflict. Middle East scholars and terrorism “experts” are stating that the West’s support for Israel is the main motivation behind the attacks of Al-Qaeda and other fundamentally Islamic religious groups. This rhetoric has manifested as a smoke screen to hide and blind the true ideology and beliefs of Islam at its core. If not, then why hasn’t a moderate, liberal, or dissenting voice been raised within Muslim communities to address the horrendous violence and behavior of terrorism, human shields, and child indoctrination? Or, the equal rights of women?

Again, political experts and academic elites have foolishly bought into the argument that the terror attacks against the US and Western targets are the result of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Thus, much of the focus has centered around Israel as the easiest way to address a perceived instability manufactured by religious (Islamist) ideologues. The west has been blinded by tunnel vision in regard to Israel while great travesties and deep darkness is spreading like wildfire in the peripheries. (e.g. Indonesia, North Africa, Europe, and even regions in America)

Al-Qaeda and bin Laden (before his death) justified religious and organizational attacks on Americans by citing continued US support for Israel as the main reason. However, it was revealed that Al-Qaeda had also planned and has carried out terror attacks in Europe. What excuse would radical Islam have for the attacks on innocent European civilians? I will state that it is not only radical Islam, but mainline Islam as well since their voice has been silent in objecting to the human slaughter. If Americans deserve to be murdered because of the US support of Israel, why are countries such as France, Britain and Germany which have, generally speaking, been very supportive of the Palestinians now on the black list of radical Islamic groups? Has Europe grown cowardly in fear? Or, has its tunnel vision become more pronounced in falling into the Israeli scapegoat and deception while its social fabrics are methodically being weakened?

The UN support and recognition of a Palestinian state and political voice is only the first step of a far greater deception and end result. Prophetic understanding must be clearly defined by the church for the world has been blinded to the much bigger picture. I recently published a two part article tilted “The Faces of Democracy.” In that article, I stated the importance of understanding democracy and the value of political institutions to humanity. It’s imperative that Christians become an active part of political and institutional solutions at the social level. It’s important that Christians become engaged in the core institutions which sustain democracy and have a moral voice as well as a vote. The US Constitution was created by Christians and centered on Christian virtues and can only be sustained by those who hold to its values. The eroding of these values is simply a manifestation of constitutional and governmental stewardship by unbelievers or non-Christians who do not adhere to the same values. In the US, a populace is growing out of ignorance and spiritual stupidity to boldly promote social or political agendas but aren’t willing to reflect it in their own lives or conscious. Americans will always be in conflict with its soul if it continues on the path of justice over past sins instead of what is spiritually moral and godly. The acceptance of abortion is a prime example of the new American thought process. Any political candidate at any level should not be elected to office if they cannot clearly define that life begins where there is blood and a heartbeat. If they are uncertain or undecided about this, they will likewise be undecided in many other aspects of decision making. Many who call themselves “Christians” will blatantly ignore what is godly in lieu of justice and even cultural similitude (race).

The truth going forward is that Europeans will be targeted for the same reason that Americans are targeted, regardless of their appeasing UN vote or support for a Palestinian state. The west will continually be open targets for being “infidels” and the enemies of Islam because of the Christian or democratic based values they represent. We must understand that Islamist regimes will embrace, support, and utilize democracy such as the “Arab Spring”. But this is a smokescreen and is a spring board or path to power. (We have already experienced this in many Middle Eastern countries.) The end-game is not democracy, but rather a theocracy reflecting Sharia Law. All non-Islamic countries are targeted because of their failure to transform into Islamic countries and beliefs. Those who think that solving the Israeli-Arab conflict and “cutting off a head” will undermine and appease radical Islam and its allies are greatly deceived. Iran and most fundamentalist organizations are even waging a war against other Arabs and Muslims who are involved, directly and indirectly, in the Middle East peace process. This is a powerful antichrist agenda and presence that is growing in power and influence due to the church’s weakened posture (religious dingbats, con-men, entertainers, and money-changers in the media), political will, and failure to intercede.

Al-Qaeda was established in 1989 in Afghanistan, and not in the West Bank and Gaza Strip or any other Arab country. Al-Qaeda was one of the by-products of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It had nothing to do with the creation of the Jewish state in Palestine in 1948. Al-Qaeda was established with one goal in mind: to defeat all non-believers, including the US and its Western allies via any means including calculated population growth strategies to outnumber the indigenous. This sounds crazy, but it is openly proclaimed and documented. The goal of fundamental Islam is to kill Europeans not because of settlement construction in the West Bank, or blockades at the Gaza Strip; they want to kill Europeans because Europeans are not Muslims and have different values. The Europeans need to understand that their support for Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular will not help them avoid “punishment” by radical Muslims. Again, I use term “radical” loosely. I personally have many Arab and Muslim friends who are very dear to me. But until a genuine voice arises to condemn many of its Dark Age ideologies, I must assume that silence is approval.

The policies of appeasing Muslim terror groups through land, finance, and even opportunity will not reflect a solution. Nothing but a dismantling of its core dogmas, dark age ideologies, and how it interacts with the rest of the world body will reflect a lasting solution. On the same hand, each concession by the US and its allies to Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah will be interpreted as a sign of weakness that will subsequently lead to more wanton violence to achieve its primary and ideological goals.

The only connection between the Muslim terrorists and the Middle East conflict is their dream of destroying Israel as one part of the puzzle. Destroying Israel is simply frosting on the cake and removes the last bastion of genuine democracy and individual freedom in that region. The multitude of Islamist based organizations around the world want to destroy Israel not because they love the Palestinians, but because they regard Jews as “infidels.” They want to destroy Israel because they believe that all of Palestine is Muslim owned land that belongs only to Muslims. Historical evidence of Israel’s right to the land and Jerusalem holds as much water to an Islamist as American Indians reclaiming the North American frontier. The value of historical evidence is a foregone conclusion and of no benefit to religious ideologues who create their own justifications and vain imaginations. We must come to grips that western/democratic political systems are incompatible with Middle Eastern politics which has strongly woven religious (Islamic) elements into their social institutions. The social results of not incorporating the clear separation of church and state has been clearly defined in history. We need not go as far back as the Dark Ages. In America, we saw the results in witch burnings and religious based justification for slavery. The results of religion mixed with social politics has always led to abuse of individual freedom and expression. If humanity desires to step back into the Dark Ages as a place of livelihood, then continue supporting fundamental Islam as a governing body and the continued eroding of Israel as a nation.

Renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have only increased the terror groups’ appetite to carry out their schemes and grow more organizations around the world under the guise of charities. The only way to deal with the terror threats is maintaining a strong and supported military (self defense) while stepping up strong and vocal resistance against Islamic ideologies that infringe upon societal and individual liberty. The crux of this message is two fold. First, Islam mixed with social politics is a recipe for societal regression and its expansion should be resisted at all cost. Secondly, for Americans to push “God” back into the public arena is likewise very dangerous in this hour as the church’s window of opportunity has closed. We can dictate and even vote to have “God” back into schools, government, and the public arena. However, which and who’s “god” are we now speaking about in our culturally diverse society? It seems that Christians can’t even agree on this. Once a “god” is promoted in a contemporary society – we must understand that we have now accepted and entered into a theocratic system created by the institutions of man. It’s easy to plant a theocracy, but once it takes root it is extremely difficult to remove it. On the other hand, it’s very easy to change the “god” or the interpretation of that “god’s mind” once it has taken root and in the hands of man. Be careful what you wish for! You may voice and push for “god” in the public school system for a particular year and come to realize a few years down the road that the public sector’s view of “god” has changed and not who or what you envisioned. At this point, it’s too late; the theocratic ideology has already been established. This is the goal and manifestation of Islam as well as the spirit of antichrist. I realize that this is a hard pill for some Christians and conservatives to swallow. But as I stated earlier, windows of opportunity have been lost and the dangers of man promoting agendas through a “god” is far too great a risk in this season of history. God works through our lives expressed in truth and love and weaves within the fabric of everyday life. It doesn’t need to be institutionalized to impact humanity. Actually, the institutionalization of religion has historically produced the greatest tragedies.

“Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.” “The Believers fight in Allah’s cause; they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.” (ref Qur’an 8:12, Qur’an 9:5, Qur’an 9:112)

The question is not whether terrorism is now a world-wide reality, but why is terrorism happening at all? And, is it possible to thwart the activities of the Islamic extremists? To understand how to deal with an enemy, one must first seek to understand the issues which warrant certain behaviors. What is their motivation? Do they have a goal or end result? Who are these people? Why are they willing to go to such desperate lengths? Why are their own lives apparently so easily expendable? Why do they target innocent civilians who have no direct conflict with them, and have no understanding of their agenda? Why attack office buildings, ships, buses and airplanes carrying innocent and unarmed civilians? Why is deception necessary to disguise themselves as normal citizens and college students? Why hide in the everyday crowd, then attempt to perpetrate as much carnage and damage as possible? How do you fight an enemy you cannot identify until it is too late?

The world must wake from its slumber and come to grips with why are all these attacks and atrocities committed by followers of Islam? This is not a coincidence, as many in the media, academic, and liberal circles would have us believe. I am writing this article to ask questions and bring attention to the Islamic religious orientation, goals, and spiritual significance.

In our multicultural democratic society we embrace diversity. Diversity is a large culture shift that is also prevalent in most large American businesses. On the surface this is a seemingly embraceable societal virtue on many levels. However, the Islamic terrorists are taking advantage of our propensity to be accepting, and are wielding US ideological “freedom for all” against us. Islamists are cloaked within their own religious people, most of whom, on the surface at least, appear to be peaceful. They also know it is unacceptable for the rest of the western democratic population to single out one religion for vilification. While we are busy bending over backward to make certain religious freedoms available to all, those of a religious orientation that desires to destroy all other religions, operate from within that freedom and safety to wage war against western and democratic based institutions which they view as heretical. And of course, “heretics” are put to death under Sharia Law.

We also must take note that it doesn’t matter whether others of their own Islamic faith are marginalized, attacked, and even murdered, so long as the goal of Islamic conversion is ultimately reached. Muslim against Muslim is perfectly acceptable, and apparently even necessary to many fundamentalist organizations. Look no farther than the US grand investment in Iraq where militants are attacking other Muslims, simply because they align themselves with those who promote peace and democracy. This is not merely a conflict between one group of Muslims and another, or even simply between Muslim and those of other faiths, although that is used as an excuse. Rather it is a martyrdom ideology, where life is expendable, and the loss of ones life is desirable in pursuit of the end result.

We view this as extreme, but in Islamic belief systems, it is the ultimate jihad to be shaheed (martyred) or to cause other Muslims to be shaheed in the name of Allah. The terrorists are not only fighting against the West and democracy. They are not simply fighting against Jews and Christians. Rather, these are necessary conflicts in their view, to further their Islamic world-wide cause. Islamists are for and speak of “peace“, but only on their terms, which means when Islam rules the world there will be peace. Until that day, jihad and shaheed must continue and be executed in the name of Allah.

Terrorists are not necessarily insane. In their minds, through social conditioning, they are the military “troops” for Islam and part of it success. Adherents that refuse the “terrorist” or “jihadist” label are on a different level in the jihad or struggle, but nonetheless are just as dangerous, because they soften up the unsuspecting masses by being peaceful law-abiding citizens who simply wish to live and let live. These people may reflect a peaceful citizenry, but yet they also are misunderstood in relation to the greater Islamic picture. They have no desire to blow themselves or others to pieces. However, this perceived peace is still a form of jihad, because it allows Islamic ideology to infiltrate local and national level societies. Once Islam becomes an accepted part of a particular society, more extreme jihad forces are able to begin operating under the cover of its accepted populace. This stratagem is exponentially growing in Europe, Africa, and America. This is a “holy war” and Islamists are wielding a sword of “peace” as the weapon of choice and its wounds will become more deep and severe as humanity embraces it blade.

The lip service of “peace” and a “peaceful religion” is being used to kill innocent civilians everyday. We are witnessing the manifestation before our eyes as “peaceful Islam” is waging jihad against all that is democratic, of other religious persuasions, and social groups that do not adhere to Islam’s tenants. There will soon arise a world ruler who will also use and promote peace to destroy and subjugate many nations. This ruler will come forth and possess religious, political, and social deceptions built upon preying on the increased fears and insecurity of a world population. He will rise to power because of an ideology, a religious/political system which is aligned against the Jews, Christians, and all who are considered infidels (non-adherents). The Prince of Peace is ethnically a Jew, and Muslims know He is to come. Therefore, they have motivation to annihilate the Jews to prevent his arrival. They are on a jihad to prevent Messiah from ruling the world. They desire instead to ensure that Islam rules the world.

It is my opinion that all knowledgeable Muslims believe in the multilevel and various forms of jihad. They are well aware that the ultimate goal of Islam, in obedience to Allah, is world conversion to achieve the Quranic view of peace. On the other hand, most Muslims are not willing to be part of the militant terrorism nor to be a shaheed. I also believe that the majority of Muslims are embarrassed by suicide bombers, and terrorist atrocities and would rather bring in world wide Islamic rule through peaceful means, such as through infiltration and winning converts. However, we must understand that the line between being a peaceful Muslim citizen, and becoming a terrorist or a shaheed in the cause, is merely ideological. Some are willing to pick up the gauntlet because of their personalities, and their religious fervor. The problem is that it is impossible to accurately pick out from among them who desires to become a terrorist or who is a potential shaheed because of the lack of dissent. So, how do we educate, resist, and even fight an ideology of hate, destruction and death? The truth is that it is impossible when such an enemy hides among the population and attacks the innocent and unsuspecting. We can set up security cameras, send out security forces, check bags, ask questions, use electronics, but this enemy wears the best and most effective camouflage — he or she looks normal.

Our only real defense is two-fold. First, we need a revival in all aspects of prophetic expression. The church and the world body needs accurate Prophetic Discernment in regard to geographical (socio-political) and spiritual shifting. We need Prophetic Journalism that is precise, relevant, and digestible to the saved and unsaved. Much of today‘s prophetic offerings are laced with Christianese jargon and vague abstracts that provide little to no addressing of urgent needs at hand. We also need a restoration of Prophetic Evangelism that educates and loves rather than condemns. Secondly, we need to pay close attention to Islamic rhetoric. We mustn’t dismiss the sermons by Imam’s around the world and right in our backyards as being the hyper inflated rants of misguided religious crackpots. These are influencing people who are motivating and inoculating the suicide bombers, and recruiting mostly idealistic youth to carry out their atrocities, offering promises of the virgins in a utopian Islamic Paradise. They will vehemently deny they are being inflammatory and that they are only delivering sermons in line with their religious views. This is true and exactly why their words are so dangerous.

Who is the Man of Sin or Perdition? SIN was the name of an ancient Middle Eastern pagan moon god. In ancient Syria and Canaan, the Moon-god “Sin” was represented by the moon in its crescent phase. At times the full moon was placed inside the crescent moon to emphasize all the phases of the moon. The sun-goddess was the wife of Sin and the stars were their daughters. Muhammad chose from a pantheon of the ancient Middle Eastern gods, gave it a face lift, and presto — gave the world the apparently monotheistic religion called Islam. The Arabic name for this moon god was, and still is, Allah! The soon to be revealed ruler will be the Man of Sin as proclaimed by Apostle Paul. Will the spirit behind antichrist be Islamic or a Muslim? This seems plausible since this deceiving and despotic dictator will rule from Jerusalem where a mosque is the capstone today. He will arise under the apparent quest for peace, but in the process, according to the prophet Daniel, will destroy many. Islam is on the move toward world conversion whether you believe or agree with it or not. Islamic terrorists and ideologues are well on the way to taking over all of the Middle East, especially in Gaza, which, if all goes according to their plan, is to become a haven for several powerful Islamist organizations. If the UN mandate just passed as recognition of a Palestinian state grows and if the final outcome warrants an Israeli withdrawal, it will not be long before the next phase is implemented and they go after Jerusalem and Judea, resulting in two more world wars: Gog and Magog and Armageddon. They will have a short, but devastating time in power, then the true Prince of Peace will appear in power and glory. Amen.