Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)
On Watch at the Door. No 206, October 27, 2015
IS THE ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS) IN THE BIBLE? THE RISE OF VIOLENCE
Recently I listened to Bill Randles speaking about the spread of ISIS. He believes that something as significant as ISIS should be in the Bible and that it is anticipated in Genesis.
We must go right back to the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve sinned, they covered themselves with fig leaves, a works religion. God removed their fig leaves, slew an animal, and covered them with garments of skin. This is a beautiful picture of what Jesus, the slain lamb, has done for us by His shed blood on the cross so that we could be covered with His righteousness. God taught Adam and Eve right from the start that it is only the shed blood of a perfect lamb that will cover our sins.
Cain and Abel were taught by their parents, Adam and Eve, the correct way to worship God and how to offer to God an acceptable sacrifice. Abel made the correct offering of portions from the first-born of his flock, a blood sacrifice. Cain, however, brought the incorrect offering of the fruits of the soil which God did not accept. Cain was very angry, but God did warn him that ‘sin was crouching at the door.’ However Cain was jealous of his brother and slew him. In 1 John 3:12, we are told why Cain murdered his brother: “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.” Cain attempted to come to God through his own efforts, a works religion, and not through a blood sacrifice.
There is much more we can learn from Genesis. Genesis is a book about choice. Time after time, God makes a choice that is the opposite of what the world would make. The world would choose the older son, not the younger. In Genesis 16, the elderly Sarai is impatient and doesn’t wait for the baby that God has promised to her and Abram, but instructs Abram to have a child by her Egyptian servant Hagar. Sarai mistreated Hagar, but an angel of the Lord consoled her and gave her a prophecy about her son Ishmael. “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” (16:11-12) Hagar is also told that her descendants would increase in number and be too numerous to count.
Abraham dearly loved Ishmael; nevertheless, God’s choice was Abraham’s younger son Isaac and it would be through his line that the messianic line would be established. But God blessed Ishmael too. (Gen 17)
Isaac’s wife Rebecca bore twins, Jacob and Esau, who jostled in her womb as they represented two nations, Jews and Arabs who are still jostling today. Once again, God chose the second born, Jacob, to be the one with the promise, although Isaac loved Esau and wanted to give him the blessing. The descendants of Ishmael and Esau intermarried and God placed them in one of the harshest places on earth. But He knew that in the last days in an advanced technological society desperate for oil they would be sitting on the cheapest and most easily accessible oil on earth.
In the thinking of the ancient world the first born is the chosen one. But God chose Abel over Cain, Isaac over Ishmael, Jacob over Esau. God chose the Jews over the Arabs and Jacob’s line led to the covenant promises and the birth of Jesus. This has nothing to do with salvation, but rather the people God would use to reveal His covenants, the law, the temple worship and promises and the human ancestry of Christ. The Jews brought us our Saviour and our Bible. God loves Muslims as much as He loves Jews and would like them all saved. But today the world is choosing the Palestinians, not the Jews, the ones chosen by God.
We are seeing the prophecy of Genesis 16 coming into full strength in our time. To this day, the Arab nations are continually at war. They fight Sunni against Shiite, radical Muslims against those who do not fully obey the Qur’an, against Jews and against infidels of any nation. They are like Cain and are trying to come to God by drawing their own blood along with the blood of others and not through the blood of Jesus.
The Qur’an contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to fight non-believers in order to bring about a world ruled by Islam. Some command that heads and fingers be chopped off infidels. Unlike biblical verses of violence they are open-ended and are not constrained by the historical context. Islam teaches that if Muslims carry out suicide bombings they will go straight to heaven and have their sins forgiven, not to mention the dozens of perpetual virgins awaiting them.
The media today is full of the news of radical Muslim violence which is rapidly spreading to every nation on the planet. Consider this news from Syria which appeared in our Waikato Times in October: “He said that although the Islamic State militants claimed they were there to create a better life for Muslims, they seemed mainly focussed on battles with other rebel groups and government forces.” It is only in Jesus that Arab will love Arab, and the Arabs Jews.
‘Cain’ is still making the wrong sacrifice today and trying to kill ‘Abel.’ Those who are under the grip of the devil and will not accept the shed blood of Jesus will often have no qualms about shedding the blood of others. We see this too with abortions, euthanasia, and the whole green movement and UN agenda which would like to see the world’s population decreased dramatically so plants and animals can survive – a sacrifice like Cain’s. Satanists often carry out blood rituals.
Catholics avoid the blood sacrifice by worshipping a bloodless wafer in which Jesus is supposed to be present. They also believe you can be saved in many other ways without the blood of Jesus, such as through Mary, the ‘Mediatrix.’
The only reason why God will forgive our sins is the bloody death of Jesus on the cross. There is no other way. Forgiveness cannot be earned. (Heb 9:22, Lev 17:11)
THE RISE OF ISLAM IN THE WEST
Australia: Now that Malcolm Turnbull has replaced Tony Abbott as Prime Minister, Israel is unlikely to get the same support that it previously enjoyed with Abbott.
Our neighbour Australia has been facing increasing violence from Islamic radicals. The following are some of the reports that appeared in October.
In Daily Mail Australia, Daniel Peters reports, “Australia’s highest security prison is ‘overrun by ISIS’ with gang members threatening ‘to behead officers and inmates’ who won’t convert to radical Islam.” The prison houses an extremist ISIS gang of at least 30 members in Goulburn jail in NSW which engages in warfare against any infidel that opposes their religious ideologies. Last month, a ‘Lebanese’ yard was reportedly made exclusively Muslim, with prison guards relocating all males who didn’t identify as Islamic.
On October 2nd, 15-year-old Farhad Jabar shot and killed an unarmed police worker outside the NSW Police Force headquarters in Parramatta while screaming “Allahu Akbar.” Jabar attended the Parramatta mosque where ‘he studied the Qur’an assiduously.’ The event was described as a politically motivated act of terrorism. A teenager, Hamza, who knew Jabar, is a member of a group police and security agencies believe are committed to violent jihad in Australia. He has chillingly admitted: “Everyone wants to die for Allah.” He says he supports be-headings in Syria and Iraq and believes strict Sharia law should be implemented across the world. Some journalists are receiving death threats if they go near the mosque where Jabar went to pray.
Sweden is close to collapse: Several articles from the Gatestone Institute have highlighted the problems with migrants in Sweden. If the wave of mostly Muslim migrants keeps coming, in 10-15 years Swedes will be a minority in their own country. The final consequence of Sweden’s immigration policy is that the economy will collapse. Just 20 years ago Sweden was considered one of the safest and most affluent countries in the world. In a recent two week period, more than 1,000 “unaccompanied refugee children” (usually means grown-up men!) have arrived from Germany and more than half of them have now vanished and are listed as missing. When the migrants started flooding in, volunteers that first showed up to assist have lost interest.
Sweden is now prioritising refugees and migrants above native Swedes who are now finding the welfare systems are failing them. There are no apartments, no jobs, and they feel they can’t go anywhere without a gun. Women and girls are raped. Angry, despondent and desperate Swedes have pleaded with the Social Democratic PM to stop filling the country with criminal migrants from the Third World or, they write, there is a serious risk of hatred running rampant in Sweden.
Canada: Justin Trudeau has replaced Israel’s staunchest supporter Stephen Harper as PM. Trudeau will most likely follow policies similar to those of Obama.
MARK BILTZ, THE BLOOD MOONS AND FALSE PROPHECY
No big disaster happened to Israel, the economic collapse is yet to happen, and although Mark Biltz failed to predict the return of Jesus last month he is still at it. He now says that there will be at least another seven years before the end might begin. He believes the Tribulation must begin at the start of a new Shemitah cycle. He observes, “Since it does not appear that the Tribulation started in 2015, praise God we know we are safe and have another seven years to get more work done for the kingdom.” Safe from what in the next seven years? No doubt this will lead to more books based on more false teachings and more Christians left unprepared for what could very well come in the near future.
THE REBELLION OF ESAU
Isaac blesses Esau: “You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.” (Gen 27:40) Some Bible versions indicate that it will be in later times that Esau would become restless and break the yoke that joined Jacob and Esau off of his neck.
The descendants of Esau, Ishmael and the sons of Keturah intermarried and today form the Arab Muslim world. At this present time, Arab Muslims are vigorously opposing the descendants of Jacob, claiming they have been denied their birth right and that the land of Israel belongs to them and that all Jews should be killed.
Danny Danon, Israel’s new envoy to the UN says, “When a Palestinian child opens the television he doesn’t see Barney or Donald Duck, he sees murderers portrayed as heroes. When he opens a textbook to do his homework, he doesn’t learn about math and science, he is being taught to hate.” Whenever Jews are killed, Muslims celebrate with fireworks and sweets. Jews mourn the loss of life.
Israel’s Energy Minister says that PA President Abbas’ incitement against Israel is on the same level as Adolf Hitler’s anti-Jewish propaganda. There are fiery Muslim preachers delighting in the fact that Jews are returning to Israel where it is more convenient to kill them. Muslims have been given instructions how to carry out stabbing attacks, but as the assailant often ends up being killed instead, Hamas has urged ramming attacks as ‘stabbings don’t kill enough Jews.’
Terrorism in Israel is on the rise. Only in Jesus will Jews and Arabs be reconciled.
New Zealand now has an ambassador, Carl Worker, whose job will be to counter the evolving terrorism threat to NZ by ISIS and other terror groups.
In the US, the Department of Justice is also creating a new position to monitor domestic terrorists. In the US, Homeland Security has already defined Christians, patriots, and pro-life people as terrorists.
- This could bring God’s judgement on New Zealand.
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