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March 17, 2020

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Student Edition Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgements 13
Preface by Pastor Reza Safa. 15
Introduction. 17

THE BEGINNING 25
1. Understanding the Origin of Islam. 27
The World Islamic Population. 28
Countries with high Muslim Populations. 29
Regional Distribution of Muslims (map). 31
The Islamic Birth Rate. 32
Abortions Further Exasperate the Problem. 33
The Origin of Islam. 34
Muhammad’s First Revelation. 35
Problems with Muhammad’s Revelation. 36
The Source of God’s Word. 37
Satanic Verses—The Islamic Conundrum. 39
Muhammad’s Night Journey to the Seven Heavens. 41
The Hijra or Flight to Medina. 43
Dig Deeper. 44
Chapter Review. 44
References. 45
2. The Bible vs. the Qur’an. 49
Biblical Contrasts and Islamic Abrogation. 50
Abrogation—Strictly an Islamic Concept. 50
Muhammad’s Mecca vs. Medina Revelations. 52
Chronological Order of Surahs (insert). 52
Muhammad Revealed Only the Truth—But Jesus is the Truth. 53
The Qur’an in Light of the Bible. 55
Does an Original Copy of the Qur’an or Bible Exist? 55
Dig Deeper. 57
Muslims are Commanded in the Qur’an to Read the Bible. 57
Allah Revealed the Bible is Corrupt. 62
There is No Common Ground with the Bible and the Qur’an. 64
One God vs. The Triune God. 65
Biblical Testimonies to the Trinity. 66
The Triune God of Christians Explained. 68
Christians are not Polytheists. 69
The Coming of Jesus Christ Foretold. 70
The Death and Crucifixion of Christ. 71
Islam’s Version of Christ’s Crucifixion. 73
Witnesses to Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection. 75
Josephus, the Jewish Historian. 82
Muhammad’s Hatred for the Cross of Christ. 83
Dig Deeper. 85
Chapter Review. 85
References. 86
Addendum: Comparison of the Bible & Qur’an. 87
3. America’s First Introduction to Islam. 91
Map of the Ottoman Empire. 92
Map of the Barbary States. 93
Morocco’s Recognition of the United States. 93
The Real Reason Jefferson Owned a Qur’an. 93
The Islamic scriptural basis for jihad. 96
Jefferson’s Religious Freedom Statute. 96
John Quincy Adams’ Views on Islam. 98
Jefferson’s First War with the Barbary Pirates (1801-1805). 99
The frigate. 101
Article 11 of the 1796 peace treaty of Tripoli. 102
The Second Barbary War (June 17-19, 1815). 105
Dig Deeper. 106
Chapter Review. 106
References. 107
4. Israel and the Middle East. 111
Will There Ever be Peace in the Middle East? 111
Abram (Abraham) Seeks an Heir. 111
The Destiny of Ishmael and His Descendants. 112
God’s Plan and Covenant. 112
The Original Demarcation of the Land of Canaan. 113
Ishmael was not in God’s Plan for His People. 113
Muslims are not Descendants of Abraham. 114
God did not Recognize Ishmael as Abraham’s Son. 115
Allah says that Palestine is for the Jews. 117
Historical and Archeological Evidence that Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews. 119
The Origin of Palestine and the Palestinians. 123
Origins of the Name “Palestine.” 124
The Balfour Declaration of 1917. 125
Balfour Declaration. 126
The Two State Solution. 127
The Oslo Accord. 129
Hamas Covenant to Destroy Israel. 130
The UN Condemns Israel and Exonerates Hamas and Palestinians. 133
Dig Deeper. 135
Chapter Review. 136
References. 137
5. Deceptions of Islamic, Christian & Political Leaders. 141
Deceptions Among America’s Leaders. 141
True Islam. 148
Deception #1: Allah and Jehovah God are One. 149
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association vs. the Roman Catholic View. 150
Muslims Claim Allah is Jehovah God. 152
Did Allah Reveal Himself to Moses? 153
Biblical Reasons Allah is not the God of the Bible. 155
Deception #2: Islam is an Abrahamic Faith as is Judaism and Christianity. 159
Deception #3: Jews, Christians and Muslims Pray to the Same God. 160
The Roman Catholic Position. 161
What Does Jesus Say? 162
The Holy Spirit, Whom Muslims Deny, Directs the Prayers of Christ Followers. 164
Deception #4: Islam is a Religion of Peace. 165
The “Arab Spring” Reverberation. 169
Homegrown Terrorism. 173
Deception #5: Islam is a Religion of Tolerance. 177
“No Compulsion in Religion.” 177
Surrendering to Islam is not an Option. 178
Dig Deeper. 179
Deception #6: Islamic Terrorism & Terrorists Do Not Represent True Islam. 181
An Islamic Apologist. 182
Entrenchment of the Muslim Brotherhood. 183
In Defense of the Muslim Brotherhood. 185
Muslim Brotherhood Motto. 186
Deception #7: True Islam has been Hijacked and can be Reformed. 188
Deception #8: There are Moderate Muslims. 190
The Myth of the “Moderate Muslim.” 190
Questions Abound. 192
Can True Muslims Adapt to the West? 194
The Question Remains. 197
Dig Deeper. 198
Chapter Review. 198
References. 199

THE MESSENGER 205
6. Muhammad vs. Prophets of the Bible. 207
The Nature of a Prophet. 207
What and Who is a Prophet? 208
True Prophets Know the Voice of God. 210
Moses, an Ordinary Man. 210
Samuel, the Boy. 212
Isaiah, the Messianic Prophet. 212
Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet. 213
Ezekiel, Prophet of the Captivity. 213
John the Baptist. 214
Jesus, the Christ. 214
The Changeable Allah vs. Unchangeable God. 215
The Purpose of Prophecy. 215
The God Who Cannot Lie or Change His Mind. 216
Old Testament Prophesies About Jesus. 218
Seed of David. 218
Son of God. 218
The Mediator Between Man and God. 219
The Anointed One—The Messiah. 219
Born of a Virgin. 220
Born in Bethlehem. 221
A Man without Sin. 221
Betrayed by a Friend. 222
Crucified and Pierced for Our sake. 222
Jesus was Resurrected and Did Not Die. 222
Prophet of Justice and Good News. 223
Lord and Savior. 224
Source of the Holy Spirit. 225
Does the Bible Prophesy about Muhammad’s Coming? 226
Jesus’ Wisdom vs. Muhammad’s. 226
An Examination of Deuteronomy 18:15 and 18. 228
An Examination of John 14:16. 233
A Brief Re-cap of Jesus vs. Muhammad. 234
God’s Unchangeable Word. 235
True Prophets Know Their History. 237
The Qur’an Acknowledges God’s Covenant with the Jews. 238
How the Qur’an Contradicts the Bible. 238
Creation Took 8 Days. 238
One of Noah’s Sons Drowned. 239
Joseph’s Dream Interpretation: The Baker was Crucified. 239
Moses was Adopted by Pharaoh’s Wife. 240
Pharaoh Saved from Drowning by Allah. 240
Gideon’s Army Led by King Saul Against Goliath. 240
The Wolf and the Wisdom of Solomon. 240
Zacharias’s Penalty for Unbelief was Only Three Days. 241
Moses’ Sister Gave Birth to Jesus. 242
Dig Deeper. 243
Was Muhammad the Last Prophet? 243
The 25 Prophets of Islam. 244
Signs of a False Prophet. 244
Is Islam a Complete Fabrication? 251
Dig Deeper. 253
Chapter Review. 253
References. 254
7. Prince of Peace vs. Warrior Prophet. 257
What the Qur’an Says About Peace. 257
How Muhammad and the Qur’an View Peace. 257
God of Peace and the Prince of Peace. 259
The God of Peace. 261
The Sword of Christ. 262
Christ’s Guarantee of Peace. 264
Is Allah a Peacemaker? 265
The Religion of Peace? 266
The Cause of Ahlam Tamimi. 268
Peace—A Gift from God. 270
The Gospel of Peace. 272
False Prophets of Peace. 275
Peace Denied to the Wicked. 276
Parting Words. 277
Dig Deeper. 278
Chapter Review. 279
References. 280
Addendum 1: Islamic Attacks Worldwide Since September 11, 2001. 281
Addendum 2: List of Islamic Attacks on U.S. Embassies. 282
Addendum 3: Names for God in the Bible. 283
Addendum 4: Names for Jesus Christ in the Bible. 284
8. The Duplicity of Faith. 289
The Five Pillars of Islam. 293
A Christian’s Path to Salvation. 296
The Righteous Man. 297
Jesus the Light vs. Muhammad of Darkness. 297
God’s People are Called to Righteousness. 300
Jesus is the Example of Righteousness. 301
But None are Righteous. 304
Righteousness is by Faith. 304
How Evil Works. 306
Tactics/Strategies of the Evil One. 306
The Beatitudes. 309
Islam does not Teach the Ten Commandments. 311
At Enmity with Women. 315
Women as Chattel. 315
Wife Beating & Oppression of Women is Permissible by Allah. 317
Jesus’ and the Christian View of Women. 319
Christian Headship and Servant Leadership. 321
Temporary Marriage for Sexual Gratification. 322
Rape is Permissible in Islam. 322
Juvenile Sex and Sex Trafficking. 325
Women are Deficient and Hellbound. 327
Female Genital Mutilation. 329
U.S. Women and Girls Potentially at Risk for FGM/C 332
Multiple Wives. 333
Muhammad’s Multiple Wives. 335
Divorce. 337
Divorce Rate among Christians. 337
What the Old Testament says About Divorce. 338
What Jesus Taught About Divorce. 338
Divorce among Muslims. 339
Reasons for Muslim Divorce. 340
Honor Killings. 342
Types of Honor Violence. 343
Is Honor Violence a Threat to the West? 344
Adultery (Biblical vs. Qur’anic Mandates). 347
Murder. 350
Fatwa, Islam’s Murder for Hire. 353
Mass Murder by the Numbers. 353
Law of Retaliation (Qisas). 354
Unspeakable Acts. 357
Beheadings. 357
Stonings. 358
Burnings. 358
Taqiyya: Lying & Deceit. 359
Allah is the Best Deceiver. 359
Masters of Deceit and Lying. 362
Dig Deeper. 367
Chapter Review. 367
References. 368
Addendum: The Messenger Comparison (Chapters 6-8). 374

THE MESSAGE 379
9. God of Love vs. Allah. 381
What Allah Does Not Love. 382
One Lost Sheep. 383
God is Love. 386
God Loves You! 386
King David Knew God’s Love. 388
Muhammad did not know Allah’s Love. 389
God’s Love Covenant. 390
God’s Love is Irreversible. 390
The Sealed Covenant. 392
God’s Revolutionary Love. 395
God’s Love is Everlasting. 398
Those Who Hate Christians and Jews, Hate God. 399
Dig Deeper. 401
Chapter Review. 401
References. 402
10. A Personal vs. an Indifferent God. 405
God said: “This is My Son.” 407
The Challenge for Muslims. 407
A Common Man. 410
What God Said About Jesus. 410
In Jesus’ Own Words. 411
They Called Him Son of God. 415
Paul Preached about Jesus as the Son of God. 417
The Doubters and Scoffers. 419
The Purpose of God Revealing Himself in the Flesh. 420
The Final Summation. 422
Children of the Living God. 423
Allah has no Children. 425
God Created Mankind in His Image. 425
Allah is too High and Mighty to have Children. 427
Sonship Baffled Muhammad. 428
Children are NOT a Blessing to Allah. 431
Allah’s Followers Have No Purpose. 433
The God Who Is There. 434
Allah will not Hear Unless you Speak Arabic. 434
Jesus on Repetitive Prayer. 437
Changing from the Inside Out. 438
God Wants to Know You Personally. 438
Did Christ Abandon His Followers? 442
Dig Deeper. 444
Chapter Review. 444
References. 445
11. Preaching a Different Gospel. 449
The Nature of Sin is Obscured. 451
What the Bible says About Sin. 451
What Islam Teaches. 456
Allah Loves Sin—Not the Sinner. 458
Through Adam, Sin and Death Entered the World. 460
Jesus’ Sin Offering is Null & Void. 461
Christ Followers are Dead to Sin. 461
For the Muslim there is No Sin Offering. 463
There is no Holy Spirit. 465
Role of the Holy Spirit (partial listing). 466
Islam’s View of the Holy Spirit. 468
Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. 469 Light of the Gospel vs. Darkness of the Qur’an. 469 Allah has no Compassion. 472
No Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Islam. 474
Where the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ is, there is Freedom from Sin. 475
Sins Cannot be Remitted or Forgiven in Islam. 476
Muslims must Abstain from Sin. 477
Allah is not a Forgiver and a Redeemer of Souls. 478
There is No Peace after Death in Islam. 481
“The Trial of the Grave.” 481
The Rich Man and Lazarus. 482
Allah is a Jew Hater. 483
The Rise of Anti-Semitism. 484
God’s Grace Does Not Exist for the Muslim. 485
Muhammad Reversed of God’s Plan of Salvation. 489 Salvation Comes from Confession of Faith, Not by Works. 489
Oppression Replaces Freedom of Choice in Islam. 493
Heaven is a Perverted Place for Muslims. 495
In Islam, Everyone Goes to Hell First. 495
Houris (Virgins) and Rivers of Wine in Paradise. 495
Heaven for the Jihadist. 496
The Reward of Righteousness. 498
Dig Deeper. 499
Chapter Review. 499
References. 500
Addendum: 70/72 Major Sins of Islam. 502
The Message Comparison (Chapters 9-11). 505

THE MISSION 509
12. A Sacrificial Life vs. Islamic Martyrdom. 511
The Islamic Mindset. 512
The Islamic Republic. 514
A Sacrificial Life. 515
The Sacrificial Life of Jesus. 516
The Only Mediator Between God and Man. 517
Persecution and Martyrdom. 518
The World of the Jihadist. 520
The Two Jihads. 520
164 Jihad Verses in the Qur’an. 520
Military Jihad is what Motivates Muslims. 522
The Alternate Christian Response. 524
First, Love the Brethren. 524
Second, Love the Unbeliever. 525
Third, Love Your Enemy. 527
Prophet of Change. 529
A Call to Charity and Servanthood. 532
Dig Deeper. 534
Chapter Review. 535
References. 535
Addendum: The Koran’s 164 Jihad Verses. 537
13. Proselytizing. 541
Proselytize Through Love & Service. 541
No Compulsion in Religion. 541
Who are the Sheep and Goats? 544
The “Great Commission.” 545
Don’t Read that Book. 549
Muhammad’s Method. 550
Dig Deeper. 554
Chapter Review. 554
References. 555
14. Treatment of Non-believers. 557
Christian Persecution. 558
The Hatred of the Jews and Unbelievers. 560
The Rise of 21st Century Anti-Semitism. 563
What the Qur’an and Islamic Law Teach. 564
Slavery (American vs. Islamic History). 565
A Brief History of Slavery in the West and Among Muslims. 565
Muslim Slavery in the 21st Century. 568
Sexual Slavery is Still Permitted in Islam. 570
Praising the Killer of an Infidel. 572
Islamic Rules of Retaliation and Reward. 572
Palestinian Terrorist Rewards. 573
Israel and the United States Take Action. 573
No One Leaves Islam. 574
Apostasy as a Criminal Offense. 575
Does Allah Play a Role in Apostasy? 576
The Good Samaritan. 578
There is Hope. 581
The 10/40 Window. 581
Conversions in Iran. 582
Dig Deeper. 584
Chapter Review. 584
References. 585
The Mission Comparison (Chapters 12-14). 590
Epilogue. 593
Addendum A: Islamic (Arabic) Words & Terms Defined. 594
Addendum B: Resources on Islam. 596
Addendum C: A Sinner’s Path to Salvation. 601
Index. 603
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Will There Ever be Peace in the Middle East?

February 6, 2020

I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people,
and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.
Zechariah 8:8
(circ. 520-518 B.C.)

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Author’s Note. With all the excitement attentive to President Trump’s “two state” solution for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, I am moved to re-post an article I wrote in 2002 for a now defunct website on why there will never be peace in the Middle East. Much of this post draws heavily upon that article and Chapter 3 of my book, Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity.

First, a look at the biblical history as it applies to the Israelites, Arabs and Muslims. The best place to start is with the Old Testament story of Abraham, since all three groups claim Abraham as their biological “father.”

Abram (Abraham) Seeks an Heir. We can gain some insight into this generation old conflict between Muslims and the Jews; between Israel and the Arab nations by picking up the story in Genesis 16 where Abraham and his wife Sarah were first known as Abram and Sarai. Abram was 86 years old and Sarai had never bore him any children, yet God had promised Abram that he would have a male descendent who would bring forth descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven (Genesis 15:3-5).

Frustrated and impatient with the lack of God’s immediate fulfillment of His promise, Abram decided (with Sarai’s encouragement) to take matters into his own hands.

He took unto himself Hagar, Sarai’s Egyptian pagan maidservant, and she bore him a son.

And the Angel of the Lord said to her [Hagar]:

“Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael [viz., God shall hear], because the Lord has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren” (Genesis 16:11-12, NKJV).

The Destiny of Ishmael and His Descendants. Several things should be noted at this point about Ishmael and his relationship to Abraham and Abraham’s God.

First, Abram chose to disbelieve God’s promised covenant with him and establish his own covenant by the flesh. Second, his partner in this fleshly covenant was the pagan, Hagar (meaning one who takes flight), the Egyptian. Third, it was God, not Abram, who chose the name of Ishmael for this son to be born outside of God’s chosen covenant with His people. Fourth, it was God who said at Ishmael’s conception, that he would “be a wild man;” and that “his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.” At the same time “he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

It is important to note that the Hebrew word used for “wild” in the above verse means for one to be like a “wild ass” with no boundaries. The Hebrew word used for “hand” means the “open hand of power.” And who were Ishmael’s brethren? He had a Hebrew father, Abram, and a pagan Arabic mother, Hagar. His brethren at the time of his birth were both Jews and Arabs.

God’s Plan and Covenant. An estimated 2,500 years before the proclaimed arrival of Muhammad, the God of the Bible promised the Land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants (c. 1918 B.C.). When Abram was 99 years old, he was still without a true heir by Sarai’s womb. God then spoke to Abram and made this covenant with him:

As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Genesis 17:4-8, NKJV; author’s emphasis)

Fourteen years after the birth of Ishmael, God fulfilled His intended covenant with Abram (now Abraham) with the birth of Isaac to Sarah who was no longer called Sarai. God’s promise and covenant with Abraham was three-fold: 1). God promised to multiply Abraham and his descendants greatly (Genesis 17:2); 2). God promised that through Abraham all the nations on earth would be blessed (Genesis 18:18, 22:18) and 3). God promised to give Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession (Genesis 17:8).

Hamas Covenant to Destroy Israel. Many wonder why Israel and the Palestinians or Israel and Hamas cannot just sit down together and “hammer” out a reasonable peace agreement that all concerned can feel good about and keep. A number of such agreements have been brokered over the years to no avail. Why?

The answer is quite simple: Hamas drafted a Covenant—supported by the majority of Palestinians—with an unending commitment to destroy Israel, no matter what it takes or how many innocent lives must be sacrificed. Although former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and other political leaders have often referred to Hamas as a “resistance movement,” the truth is, that Hamas and other Islamic terrorists are committed to unprovoked acts of aggression and violence toward Israel.

However, despite its clear violent nature and desire to exterminate Israel, in December, 2014, the General Court for the European Union ruled that Hamas should not be listed by the EU as a terrorist organization. Of course, Deputy Hamas Chief, Moussa Abu Marzouk, applauded the decision and stated, “The decision is a correction of a historical mistake the European Union had made. Hamas is a resistance movement and it has a natural right according to all international laws and standards to resist the occupation.”

The Hamas Covenant starts with a quote from surah 3:110-112:

You are the best nation that has been brought out for mankind. You command good and forbid evil and believe in Allah. If only the people of the Book [i.e., Jews and Christians] had believed, it would have been well for them. Some of them believe, but most of them are iniquitous. They will never be able to do you serious harm, they will only be an annoyance. If they fight you, they will turn their backs and flee, and will not be succored. Humiliation is their lot wherever they may be, except where they are saved from it by a bond with Allah or by a bond with men. They incurred upon themselves Allah’s wrath, and wretchedness is their lot, because they denied Allah’s signs and wrongfully killed the prophets, and because they disobeyed and transgressed.

Drafted on August 18, 1988, the Preamble to the Covenant of thirty-six articles offers this insight:

The covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) reveals its face, presents its identity, clarifies its stand, makes clear its aspiration, discusses its hopes, and calls out to help it and support it and to join its ranks, because our fight with the Jews is very extensive and very grave, and it requires all the sincere efforts. It is a step that must be followed by further steps; it is a brigade that must be reinforced by brigades upon brigades from the vast Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory is revealed.

The Preamble says it all, Hamas and other Islamic terrorist groups have no intention of pursuing peace with Israel. Once Israel is defeated they will turn their full attention toward other non-Islamic countries, principally the United States and Europe.

Article One of the Covenant makes it clear where Hamas draws its inspiration for violence and the annihilation of the Jews (and all non-Muslims).

The Islamic Resistance Movement: Islam is its way. It is from Islam that it derives its ideas, concepts, and perceptions concerning the universe, life, and man, and it refers to Islam’s judgment in all its actions. It is from Islam that it seeks direction so as to guide its steps.

The “Movement” as represented by Hamas in Palestine is part of a much larger Islamic terrorist group known as the Muslim Brotherhood which was founded in 1928 by Hasan Al-Banna. Although the “Brotherhood” is technically defunct, its ideals and precepts persist throughout the world in the largest Muslim terrorist network, including massive representation in the United States and other Western countries.

Article Two reveals the intensity of the beliefs of Islamic Resistance Movement (IRM) followers:

[IRM] is distinguished by its profound understanding and its conceptual precision and by the fact that it encompasses the totality of Islamic concepts in all aspects of life, in thought and in creed, in politics and in economics, in education and in social affairs, in judicial matters and in matters of government, in preaching and in teaching, in art and in communications, in secret and in the open, and in all other areas of life.

For followers of the Covenant there is no room for freedom of thought or democratic principles. Islam is all and governs all.

In Articles Three, Six and Seven there is a call upon all Muslims worldwide to raise the banner of jihad or holy war against all filthy, impure and evil unbelievers worldwide.

Article Nine makes it clear that Islam is to rule, not only in Israel but throughout the world.

The Islamic Resistance Movement has found itself in a period when Islam is absent from everyday life. Consequently, the balance has been disturbed, concepts have been confused, values have been altered, evil people have come into power, injustice and darkness have prevailed, the cowardly have become tigers, the homeland has been ravished, the people have been driven away and have been wandering in all the countries of the world. The rule of righteousness is absent, and the rule of falsehood prevails. Nothing is in its proper place. Thus, when Islam is absent, everything is transformed. These are the causes.

As for the goals, they are to fight falsehood, vanquish it and defeat it so that righteousness shall rule, the homeland shall return [to its rightful owner], and from the top of its mosques, the [Muslim] call for prayer will ring out announcing the rise of the rule of Islam, so that people and things shall all return to their proper place. From Allah we seek succor.

In Article Eleven all of Palestine (Canaan to the Jews) is declared to be an Islamic religious endowment. This is an interesting position, since the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, clearly states that Allah promised the holy land (i.e., Palestine), not to Muslims, but to the Jews.

And when Musa [Moses] said to his people: O my people! Remember the favor of Allah upon you when He raised prophets among you and made you kings and gave you what He had not given to any other among the nations. O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah has prescribed for you and turn not on your backs [that is, give it up] for then you will turn back losers (surah 5:20-21).

While God in the Bible and Allah in the Qur’an promise the Jews Palestine, Arabic Muslims continue to fight for its possession and domination. For the Muslim, the answer is simple: Moses was not a Jew but a Muslim.

Article Thirteen of the Covenant is particularly revealing. It states that ALL “peace” initiatives or solutions for Palestine are null and void before they are implemented because they “stand in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement” and that the only solution is for its members is to “wage jihad in order to raise the banner of Allah over the homeland.” In the last paragraph of this Article, it concludes with: There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except jihad. To read the full Covenant, the student is encouraged to visit the website of Reference #19.

It is, therefore, no surprise, that once again, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President and dedicated Hamas leader, rapidly rejected the Trump peace plan. No peace plan will ever be accepted unless it includes the banishment or annihilation of the Jews.

Is Islam a Complete Fabrication?

December 19, 2019

Is Islam a completely contrived “religion” developed over centuries by Arabic leaders seeking wealth and control over their neighbors?

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Is Muhammad a fictional figurehead/“prophet” conveniently conceived to promote this diabolical ideology?

Is the Qur’an a complete fabrication by many contributors, rather than a “revealed” message to one person?

Numerous academics and researchers who have studied Islam over many decades have found little proof to substantiate the claims of Islamic leaders or the validity of the Qur’an as a revealed script.

Three American author/researchers—Cheri Berens, Dr. Patricia Crone and Robert Spencer—have serious doubts about the validity of the claims of Islam and Muhammad. There are dozens more archeologists, researchers and academics over the decades who could not verify the multitude of claims by Muslims on the history and validity of Islam as a “revealed” religion to a prophet called Muhammad.

Without writing a “book,” what does Islam provide to support the veracity of the many Muslim claims about their religion and prophet?

Here is what we can surmise based on non-Muslim archeological and historical evidence:
• There is no verifiable written history about Muhammad outside of Islamic sources.
• An original Qur’an does not exist. In fact, in the early history of Islam, after Muhammad’s death (according to Islamic leaders), many different versions of the Qur’an existed, each favoring the conquest agenda of one Arabic Muslim tribe/faction or another.
• The Qur’an is a disjointed piece of literature that gives credence to the suspicion that it was created over many centuries by many Muslim contributors.
• The lack of any chronology to the chapters of the Qur’an or consistent thematic elements provide further evidence that the Qur’an is a potpourri of additions over a long period.
• The concept of abrogation, which is unique to Islam, and where Allah reveals a change in mind, offers the convenient opportunity for early followers of Islam to make changes to the developing ideology that suited past Islamic leader objectives.
• The many contrived retelling of biblical stories that contradict the original Bible accounts provide evidence that whoever created the Qur’an did not receive revelation insight, but, instead, pieced together oral fabrications.
• Although Muslims claim that Jerusalem belongs to them, the word “Jerusalem” or any reference to it does not occur in the Qur’an.
• Centuries of archeological evidence from Jerusalem and the Holy Land have produced thousands of artifacts that prove the occupation of the region by Jews for many millennia. By contrast, despite the hundreds of archeological excavations in Jerusalem and throughout the Holy Land region, no Islamic artifacts have been discovered that pre-date the seventh century.
• The Qur’an is largely a distorted collection of Jewish, Christian and pagan practices and beliefs in Arabia and its environs during the seventh and eighth centuries.
• No archeological evidence has been discovered to prove that Mecca or Medina existed during the time Muhammad was supposed to have lived.
• Of the 25 prophets claimed by Islam, 20 are from the Bible, one is Muhammad, one is Jesus, and the other three are claimed to be Arabic prophets who lived 2,000 years before Islam was birthed.
• In the Qur’an, Muhammad is only mentioned four times by name. However, Moses is cited 502 times, Abraham 245 times and Jesus 25 times.
• For a prophet of Muhammad’s supposed notoriety, there was no foretelling of his arrival among the Jews or Christians, or any other belief system before his time.
• None of Muhammad’s supposed associates are mentioned in the Qur’an.
• None of Muhammad’s 13-14 wives are mentioned in the Qur’an.
• The Qur’an is totally credited to Muhammad, even though Muslim sources say he was illiterate and there is no non-Muslim verification that he ever existed.
• Islamic sources admit that the Qur’an was an oral tradition for decades, maybe longer, before attempts were made to write it down.
• Many researchers, including Berens, have verified that the first Qur’ans were written in Aramaic (the language of Christ), not Arabic as Muslims claim.
• According to Berens, the Qur’an of today is written in a form of Arabic that is not a spoken language or in use in everyday conversation by the Arabs of the world.
• The extreme violence and retribution portrayed throughout the Qur’an are more indicative of a military manual of conquest than a spiritual guide for lost souls.
• The strong anti-Semitic and anti-Christian rhetoric in the Qur’an illustrates the main objective of Islamic caliphs after Muhammad’s “death” was the conquest and subjugation of Jewish and Christian populations in the Middle East and Europe in the 7th-12th centuries.

There are many more indicators that Islam is a contrivance of ancient Islamic caliphs to gain control over their non-Muslim neighbors, principally Christians and Jews, but also various pagan populations. The false and barbaric doctrines of Islam continue to lead billions of people astray in order to bring about world domination.

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The Fulfillment of Ezekiel 38?

October 3, 2015

James F. Gauss, author of

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Revelation 18 and the fate of America

We the People: Birth of a Nation

And a dozen other books.

Surely the Lord God does nothing,

unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

Amos 3:7

Is it possible that we are witnessing the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Ezekiel in Ezekiel 38?  In Ezekiel 38, God tells the prophet Ezekiel of a coming war in which overwhelming forces of evil from the north will come against Israel at a time when she is living in peace and the Jews from all nations have returned to Israel.  Are the precursors to that great event now starting to take shape in the Middle East?  Has President Obama unknowingly or purposely set the stage for the fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel 38?

In case you have not been paying attention, there are some interesting developments in the Middle East that have taken place over the last 2-3 years.  Before looking at this prophecy, let me catch you up on current events in the Middle East and elsewhere in case you have missed them.

ISIS.  First, let’s look at the rapid development of ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).  First, President Obama and his administration prefer to refer to this Islamic terrorist group as ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).  That in itself is interesting and significant since only a true Muslim would understand the significance of such a reference.  The “Levant” refers to the Middle Eastern area that includes Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.  Other countries that are sometimes included in the Levant are Egypt, Cyprus and Turkey.  ISIS or ISIL has made it clear that they are establishing a new caliphate (Islamic area of control) to include the Levant.  They are well on their way to doing so.

Obama insists that there is a 60+ country coalition that is fighting against ISIS, yet ISIS has grown stronger and taken over more territory in the Middle East and Northern Africa and spread its tentacles of terror into Europe and America. While the roots of ISIS have been in Syria for over a decade, the group did not rise to some prominence until after President Obama withdrew  all military combat units out of Iraq at the end of 2011.  However, ISIS was not unknown to U.S. military intelligence who strongly advised Obama that the group could quickly become an Islamic terrorist threat and advised the President to take military action against them.  Obama did not listen to his military advisors and refused to take any action.

It has recently been disclosed by over 50 military intelligence personnel that the Obama administration, prior to the 2012 presidential election, modified their intelligence reports that warned of the threat of ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups in the Middle East, so that it looked like the threat of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East had been defeated.

In April, 2013 ISIS burst onto the scene taking territories in Syria and northwest Iraq.  Obama’s military advisors once again recommended that he wipe out this fledgling terrorist group.  Obama refused to take their advice and did nothing.  Two years later (April, 2015), ISIS had grown to 31,000 fighters (some on the ground estimate up to 200,000) and are in at least 8 Middle Eastern and North African countries.

Map of the Middle East

Map of the Middle East

Despite receiving multiple warnings from his military advisors for over two and a half years, Obama did not authorize airstrikes against ISIS until August, 2014.  Along with a handful of coalition allies only about 5-10 sorties (bombing runs) per day have been carried out, thus making the bombing effort largely ineffective in destroying ISIS.  Instead, ISIS has become more brutal in its attacks on women, children, Christians, peaceful Muslims and anyone else they deem to be infidels or those that refuse to follow their brand of barbaric Islam.

Because Obama withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq and much of Afghanistan against all military advice, ISIS not only mushroomed into a formidable military, but has been recruiting thousands of fighters and ISIS supporters from nations outside the Middle East.  In addition, ISIS has been successful in getting their terrorist agents into almost every European nation and into all 50 U.S. states. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has recently confirmed that it has active investigations into ISIS cells in all 50 states.

To make the situation even worse, Obama has decided to import 255,000 virtually unvetted Middle Eastern Muslim refugees over the next 3 years—70,000 in 2015; 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2017.   The FBI has already declared that it will be impossible to determine who among these 255,000 “refugees” are terrorists that are seeking to do America harm.  In the last year alone the Obama administration and his (not the people’s) DHS (Department of Homeland Security) deliberately permitted 1519 known Muslims or Muslim sympathizers who had a history of supporting Islamic terrorists abroad to enter the United States.  Why?—because these poor terrorists committed their acts of support “under duress” according to the DHS.  It is interesting that known Islamic terrorist sympathizers and supporters are given a pass because they were believed to have committed their acts under duress, but in American schools there is a “zero tolerance” policy for a second grader who accidently brought a pair of scissors to school.  After all, he might slice and dice the teacher and his classmates.

Iran.  It has long been known by intelligent sources that Iran has been the main sponsor and perpetrator of Islamic terrorism in the world and the chief supplier of military equipment and ordnance that killed and maimed the majority of American GIs in Iraq. As soon as Obama pulled U.S. forces out of Iraq, Iran quickly filled the void.

To reward this seasonal purveyor of Islamic terror who regularly vows to annihilate Israel and chants “death to America” like it’s some nursery rhyme, Obama, along with the demented leaders of Germany, France, Russia and China, decided it was in the world’s best interest to strike a deal with Iran that will assure their continued “secret” development of nuclear weapons.  Although the “deal” has never been fully disclosed to the American public or Congress, those parts which have been leaked have been called an atrocity and complete surrender to the world’s most evil power.  Virtually every U.S. military leader has referred to the deal as a disaster of gigantic proportions that will greatly diminish Israel’s survival and possibly that of the United States and Europe.

No sooner was the ink dry on the deal, Iran insisted on other demands that would further strengthen the deal for Iran, while weakening it for the free world.  After the deal was completed a representative of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) went to Iran to collect samples from Iran’s notorious Parchin military nuclear site to be analyzed for Iran’s compliance with the deal.  The IAEA was not able to secure its own samples for analysis, but instead was given samples taken by Iranian personnel.  Representatives of the IAEA proclaimed their site visit was a success.  Really!

Such a disastrous agreement that greatly risks the safety and security of Israel, America and the entire world was led largely by Islamic-addled minds of the Obama administration.  If allowed to persist, it will undoubtedly result in a nuclear arms race in the Middle East or force Israel to carry out a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to preserve its existence.

Russia.  Fresh from his uncontested incursion into Ukraine (where no European country or the U.S. lifted a hand in joint defense), President Vladimir Putin decided to venture into Syria under the guise of helping brutal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad fight against ISIS.  Again, this was made possible due to Obama’s refusal to effectively engage this Islamic terrorist group, now formidable army.  Putin is all too happy to fill the void left by Obama and establish a strong presence in the Middle East.  Putin has very effectively done so by making quick alliances with Syria, Iraq and Iran.  On September 30, about two weeks after Putin moved military personnel, equipment, planes, tanks, etc. into northwest Syria, Russia carried out its first airstrikes—not against ISIS (U.S. military intelligence surmised), but against Syrian rebels that are fighting against the corrupt al-Assad regime.  On the very same day, Putin strongly advised the U.S. to get its military planes out of Syrian air space and stop their sorties against ISIS.

No great surprise to this writer, but the day after Russia’s first airstrikes, Iran sent thousands of foot soldiers into Syria to join up with the Islamic terrorist group, Hezbollah.  To any intelligent observer, this could get out-of-hand very quickly.

Muslim migration to Europe.  A direct result of Obama’s failed foreign and military strategy in the Middle East, the collapse of the Iraqi government and military and the general chaos created throughout the Middle East, hundreds of thousands of people (Muslims, Christians and other religious and ethnic groups) have been brutally raped, beaten, dismembered, barbarically murdered or driven from their homes by ISIS and associated Muslim terrorists who just happen to follow the “true” teachings of the Qur’an and their false prophet, Mohammad.  Those natives that remain, mostly Muslims from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Africa and elsewhere, along with thousands of Mid-Eastern Christians are desperately fleeing to southern Europe.  This mass migration, unprecedented in modern history, is fearfully expected to reach 35 million.  If so, it will destroy the social, political, economic and religious fabric of Europe.

Europe as a whole is ill equipped to handle this mass migration of mostly hostile immigrants.  Although they are fleeing Islamic terror the majority still cling to their rigid Islamic beliefs of Islamic law and Islamic domination.  At the end of 2013, Europe was already home to 43.5 million Muslims or 6% of the European population.  It has been suggested by Muslim culture observers and researchers, that when the Muslim population approaches 5% of the native population, chaos ensues, disrupting the normal fabric of life for those whose homeland has been “invaded” by Muslims.  Historically, as well as currently, the majority of Muslims are aggressive, demanding and belligerent when it comes to asserting their way of life.  For more than a decade many countries in Europe have been confronting the Islamic belligerency and even Islamic jihad with little success.  Imagine if 35 million more Muslims flood European culture.  Europe will never be the same.

Among the current migration to Europe are an estimated 70% young men, not families or women and children.  This is of great concern, especially when a survey of those arriving disclosed that over 14% supported ISIS’ objectives.  Therefore, it is deemed possible by European authorities that this Muslim migration may include thousands of ISIS or other Islamic terrorists.

Jewish migration to Israel.  Depending on what survey or data one chooses to observe there is or is not a rise in anti-Semitism in European countries.  While anti-Jew sentiment persists in Europe, in many countries it is unchanged, but in others it is growing.  For instance, in a 2013 poll by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, it was discovered that in France, 70% of Jews surveyed said they felt threatened and 35% said they had experienced anti-Semitism.  This could explain why, in the past year or two, over 20,000 Jews fled France for life in Israel.

By May of this year, the migration of Jews to Israel was up 40% over the previous year.  In February, 2015, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told European Jews to return to Israel.  A year ago, at a Rosh Hashana celebration in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden told a Jewish group that Israel was the only safe place for American Jews.  Hundreds of American Jews appear to be taking his advice and moving to Israel.

Since 1948 when the Jewish state of Israel was re-established and through 2013, 140,488 Jews migrated to Israel from Canada and the USA.  In 2014, 3,700 Jews left Canada and the United States for Israel, the most since 1983.  In 2014, Israel saw a 32% increase in new settlers coming from all over the world.

There is a good reason for American Jews to consider such a move.  In the good ole USA, during the 2014-2015 college year saw a reported 520 anti-Jewish events on America’s university campuses, an increase of 38% over the previous school year.  While Christians and political conservatives are often banned from America’s campuses, Muslim and anti-Jew speakers are ushered in.  In addition, there is a growing anti-Israel sentiment among some evangelical Christian churches in the U.S.

The nation of Israel.  In early 2014, it was estimated that the world Jewish population was 14.2 million.  At the beginning of 2015, Israel’s population was at 8.4 million, of which 6.3 million or 75% are Jews.  The majority of the remainder, 20.7% are Arabs.  This means that Israel is currently home to over 44% of the world’s Jews living in an area half the size of Switzerland.  Of course this tiny nation is not surrounded by allies, but rather by those who would love to see it obliterated.  Among its Middle East neighbors there are an estimated 317 million Muslims.  If the Muslim nation of Pakistan is included with another 167 million Muslims, that means Israel is outnumbered 58:1.  Perhaps this explains why Israel has the 4th most powerful military in the world, right behind the United States, Russia and China.

The actors in Ezekiel 38.  To understand what is prophesied to transpire in Ezekiel 38, we must first identify the participants.

Gog (vs. 2).  It seems that most biblical scholars concur that Gog refers to a future leader of Russia or the leader of a combined military force that comes against Israel and God.

Magog (vs. 2).  Magog is considered to be the nation of Russia.

Rosh, Meshech & Tubal (vss. 2, 3).  These three countries or regions are believed to be Russia’s satellite countries.  Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in December, 1991, the Russian empire included 14 Socialist Republics.  Together with Russia, they made up what was called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or the Soviet Union.

Persia (vs. 5).  Persia is the old world and biblical name for Iran.

Ethiopía or Cush (vs. 5).  Different versions of the Bible refer to this North African region as Ethiopia or Cush.  Some biblical scholars believe that this may or may not refer to today’s Ethiopia but may possibly be Northern Sudan, which is occupied by radical Muslims.

Put (vs. 5).  Put is Libya in Northern Africa and is 97% Muslim.

Gomer (vs. 6).  Gomer is believed to be present-day Germany and Eastern Europe.

Beth-togarmah (vs. 6).  The common consensus is that this region is current-day Turkey.

Sheba & Dedan (vs. 13).  Most likely refers to the Arabian Peninsula countries.

Tarshish (vs. 13).  There is some uncertainty about this region, but most scholars believe that it is likely Spain.

The Ezekiel 38 Prophesy, Verse by Verse.  Now that we know the current events unfolding in the Middle East and the countries or regions referred to in Ezekiel 38, let’s examine each verse to see how it fits current and possibly future events in the Middle East and Israel.

NOTE:  The events prophesied in Ezekiel 38 may occur before or after the “rapture”.  Biblical scholars differ in their opinion.  However, the battle depicted here is not the battle of Armageddon that occurs after the Great Tribulation.  In any case scenario, we must be ready.

Verse (A paraphrased interpretation):

  1. The word of God comes to Ezekiel. So, we know that what follows is from the mouth of God Almighty through the prophet Ezekiel.

02-03. God makes it clear that the prophecy is against Magog, Rosh, Meshech & Tubal, that is against Russia and her satellite countries. Currently, Russia’s former satellite countries are independent nations.  They are  Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia (now Belarus), Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgiziya (now Kyrgyzstan), Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia (now Moldova), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.  Russia’s current president, Vladimir Putin, appears to have every intention of re-establishing the Russian empire.  In the early spring of 2014, Russian troops invaded the Crimea region of the Ukraine.  Europe, the United States and the rest of the world, although protesting meekly, did nothing.  Emboldened by this lack of confrontation, Putin’s forces continue to occupy the Crimea and are threatening the rest of Ukraine.  To be noted, Russia still has military bases in 8 of its former 14 satellite regions.

  1. God will motivate Russia and its satellites to gather their armies. According to Global Firepower (www.globalfirepower.com), the 2015 military manpower strength of Russia was 766,055 active duty soldiers and another 2,485,000 in reserve, for a total of 3,251,055 troops. However, if we add in the fourteen former satellite countries, the overall potential manpower strength of active plus reserves would be 6,353,462 soldiers.  Israel currently has an estimated 790,000 active and reserve military personnel.
  2. Persia (Iran and possibly Iraq), along with Ethiopia (or Northern Sudan or Republic of Sudan) and Turkey will join Russia. The one thing that Iran, Iraq, Republic of Sudan and Turkey have in common is that they are almost entirely radical Muslim countries that would like to see Israel annihilated. These four countries would add another nearly four million soldiers to Russia’s coalition army.
  3. Germany, Eastern Europe and Turkey will also join Russia against Israel. Why Germany, you might ask? Anti-Semitism is growing in Germany once again. So much so that it led the Israeli ambassador to Germany to proclaim last year that it was like 1938 all over again under the Nazis.  A large part of this growing anti-Semitism in Germany as well as in other European countries can be traced to the growing Muslim populations in those countries.  It is not farfetched to see that as Germany’s Muslim population grows that just as during the Hitler era, Germans may once again blame Israel and the Jews for their plight.
  4. Be prepared . . . prepare yourself . . . be on guard . . . In this verse it is almost like God takes a deep breath and says, get ready for what is coming. I’m warning you in advance.
  5. In the last days God will summon Russia and her allies to come against Israel who is living in peace and where Jews from all over the world have returned. Jews from all over the world have been moving to Israel for decades, but there seems to be a greater urgency for the worldwide Jewish population to do so today. As mentioned previously, Israel is now home to over 44% of the world’s population and that number is growing every month and every year. As anti-Semitism grows in the world, more and more Jews will seek the relative safety of Israel.  It has been said by biblical scholars, that when the Jews start leaving the United States for Israel, it’s time to pay attention.
  6. This combined army will be overwhelming. Just taking the total armies referred to in verses 4 and 5, Israel would be outnumbered by 13:1.
  7. God will put an evil plan into the minds of the leaders of this massive army. Why would God do such a thing? The last verse of this chapter states, so that the God of the Jews, the God of all creation will be magnified and sanctified and so that the whole world will know that He is the Lord God Almighty.
  8. They will attack what they believe is a defenseless Israel. Remember Israel’s Six Day War in June, 1967? Israel remembers it as the Miracle of the Six Day War.  That is because Israel had 275,000 troops at the time while its attackers (Egypt, Syria, Iraq & Jordan) had 456,000.  The Muslim alliance believed they had a sure victory and would push the Israelis into the Mediterranean Sea.  Israel’s rabbi leaders were so concerned about the potential for horrendous casualties that they designated every public park as a potential cemetery.  In 6 days of one-sided fighting the Israeli forces totally overcame the enemy forces with minimal casualties (776 lost), compared to an estimated 18,000 lost by their aggressors.  Israel tripled the size of their nation with re-captured land of their ancestors, including the capital city of Jerusalem.

God’s providence was apparent throughout the brief war.  Although Israel was out-flanked on all three land borders to the north, west and south and greatly outnumbered and outgunned, within hours her air force had obliterated the Egyptian air force before it got one plane off the ground.  As Arab ground forces were routinely dispatched by superior Israeli forces, Egyptian soldiers ran out of their shoes as they hastily retreated across the Sinai desert.  With God’s intervention, Israel quickly secured their destiny despite Russia pouring in $2 billion in military aid in support of the Arab effort to destroy Israel.

  1. The enemy army intent was to plunder Israel. As in the Six Day War of 1967, the intent of this massive army will be to plunder and destroy Israel.
  2. The Arabian nations will be supportive of the Russian allied army. In addition to Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, the Arab League nations include all the nations of the Arabian Peninsula, the nations of the North African tier and surprisingly the war torn nation of Somalia. While most of these nations are currently at peace with Israel, it would not take much for them to align themselves with Russia and its allies should a sure victory over Israel look imminent.
  3. Again, this will happen when Israel is living in peace in the Last Days. Although Israel has faced many challenges and attacks in its brief 67-year rebirth, for the Jew it is the only place on earth where the Jewish people can truly feel free from Jew hatred, discrimination and persecution.
  4. Russia will summon a massive army from the north to invade Israel. Looking at the map of the Middle East, Syria is essentially north of Israel, as is the majority of Eastern Europe, including Turkey. Even Russia could be considered to be north of Israel since the western part of the gigantic nation is directly north of Israel.
  5. This will happen in the Last Days so that everyone will know Almighty God. God’s purpose is always to point the nations to Him so that they will know that He is the One and Only true God. It is not Allah, Hindi or any other god created by man.
  6. This was prophesied long ago. This prophecy of Ezekiel 38 is believed to have occurred around 587 B.C. or about 2600 years ago. It is believed that it has not ever been fulfilled.
  7. On the day Russia and her forces attack Israel, God’s fury will come against them. Just like Israel’s experiences in ancient times when God fought for her; just like the more recent 1967 victory; God will once again defend His people and demonstrate His anger toward those that hate Israel.
  8. God’s power will be so evident that there will be a great earthquake in Israel. Enough said. In Jewish history an earthquake often accompanied God’s presence.
  9. On that day there will be a great shaking throughout the whole earth. Once again, God’s purpose is so that the entire earth—all nations and peoples—will take notice and know that there is no other god but Jehovah God of the Jews.
  10. There will be great confusion and fighting among the enemies of Israel. Often, in biblical history, one of God’s tactics against Israel’s attackers is to cause great confusion among them so that they attack each other (see the story of Gideon in Judges 7 as an example).
  11. There will be disease and natural disasters that will come upon the enemy. As in the days of Moses when God sent plagues, etc. upon the Egyptians, so it will be so during this battle.
  12. God will be magnified, sanctified and everyone throughout the world will know that the God of the Jews is the Lord God Almighty. This battle and its results will demonstrate to the world that God is alive and the defender of Israel. Once again, despite overwhelming odds in favor of Israel’s enemies, God will bring her the undisputed victory.

Chap. 39:1-4. God will utterly destroy the forces of Russia and her allies.  God’s victory is total.

Recap.  So, could we be witnessing the development of the beginning of this prophecy?  A lot has to transpire.  It may take years, or it could happen very quickly.  Especially if the rest of the world sits back and does nothing to intervene.

First.  Jews have been returning to Israel by the thousands for several decades.  However, the Jewish migration to Israel increased by 32% last year and is continuing to escalate.  Israel is now home to at least 44% of the world’s Jewish population.

Second.  President Obama has left a huge void in the Middle East in which Israel’s enemies are all too willing to fill.

Third.  President Obama, along with his prime negotiator, John Kerry, and the negotiators from Germany, France, Russia and China have assured Iran that they are free to pursue their nuclear weapon ambitions, thus greatly emboldening Iran and its desire to destroy Israel and usher in the End Times (that is, their version of it).

Fourth.  Russia, under Vladimir Putin’s leadership appear to have every intention on reestablishing their dominance over their former satellite countries as well as in the Middle East.

Fifth.  Putin has seen that America and Europe’s resolve to oppose him is weak and empty threats.  It appears he is free to do as he pleases.

Sixth.  The great migration of Muslims to Europe will dramatically alter Europe’s socio-economic, religious and political fabric, making it impossible for Jew to stay in Europe.

Seventh.  The military alliance between Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq spoken of in this prophecy has already occurred.

Eighth.  The armies of the north are starting to gather.  Virtually all support for Israel is being withdrawn.   Over the last several years the UN has issued more resolutions condemning Israel than all the other 192 member nations combined.  Most of the condemning resolutions were initiated by Arab nations.  In contrast, the UN has only issued eight resolutions against Iran since 2006, the leading sponsor of global terrorism.

NOTE.  If you have not seen Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful speech before the U.N. on October 1, you can watch it here.  Also note that, not only did the Iran delegation not attend, President Obama called out America’s ambassador so that she was not present for the speech.