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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.

Islam & Christianity

February 17, 2010

A Revealing Contrast

Foreword

Americans are bombarded daily with conflicting commentary on the relativity of Islam to Christianity and the debate between Islam as a peaceful religion to one of terror and bloodshed. If we are to take these issues before us and deal with them responsibly, we must not only be informed of what is being presented to the world, but we must also be well-informed on the truth behind this fast-growing religion. To stick our heads in the sand and just take everything at face value may come at great cost, not only in our earthly future, but when we stand before the throne of Christ. As responsible Christians, we have the privilege and responsibility to stay engaged in what is taking place around us and seeing that God’s Kingdom continues to move forward.
There is an abundance of information grabbing for our attention in the world on the topic of Islam, as well as numerous different slants and opinions. To be valid in the life of a Christian, God’s Word must be held up as the comparison, the element that, if you will, “tips the scale” towards what is true. Without this mirror, one is left defenseless in discerning what they read and hear through the media, and much less effective when trying to pray for and explain the truth of the gospel to a Muslim. With the fast-moving world we live in today, none of us are exempt from the issue at hand. We hear it on the news, read it in the paper or as we are sharing car pools and PTA meetings with Muslims in our own community. To take the Great Commission seriously, we must know what we believe, what the world believes and how to share truth with them, when the opportunity arises.
Many within the Islamic faith do not totally know what they believe; they take everything at face value, but find their hearts empty and searching. My visits to the Middle East have brought me in contact with Christians who were former Muslims and who have shared how empty they felt, and knew that their faith was not meeting their needs. It was only after they were introduced to the truth of the gospel message that they were able to see what they were longing for. These living examples give even more relevance that we must be students of not only God’s Word, but also understand what the Muslim faith professes, that we may present the truth of God’s Word to them, holding it in contrast to their holy book, the Koran. It is up to God to do the rest; our part is to be informed and ready to share when the opportunity arises.
Dr. Gauss has presented an effective resource in Islam and Christianity for the average reader. Here you will find many of the issues addressed that are forefront in the minds of Muslims, comparing clearly the lives and ministry of Christ with that of Muhammad. God’s Word is clearly compared with the Koran and gives you a hands-on resource to use in your witness, as well as in your prayer life for the Muslim world.
As Christians, we understand that the root we must recognize is not social, political or economic, but it is spiritual. May this book assist you in standing with God in bringing many locked in darkness into His marvelous light.

Dr. Tom White, Director
The Voice of the Martyrs

Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2009.

Available through your local bookstore or online bookstores worldwide.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Hamas Covenant to Destroy Israel

January 12, 2009

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? (more…)