Question # 161…(5-07-03)I've been reading on your web site and I am learning a lot. Thank you for that. I have a question though: You say, "The involvement of the United States in enforcing the partitioning of the Promised Land conveys serious implications for our beloved country. Zechariah 12:2-3 indicates that all nations that become preoccupied with enforcing a world solution upon a reborn Israel shall be cut to pieces." But when I read these passages I don't see this. Am I reading the right passage? It says, "I have decided that Jerusalem will become a bowl of wine that makes the neighboring nations drunk. And when Jerusalem is attacked, Judah will also be attacked. But I will turn Jerusalem into a heavy stone that crushes anyone who tries to lift it." If that's the right passage it seems like you have taken great liberties in translating it. I would more than welcome any feedback you have to say about this as I am a student of this and am trying to learn and understand. Thanks, Rick.
Answer………..Well, I don't know what version of a Bible that you have picked up, and I agree that your quoted scriptural reference is quite different from what I used, but I think the translators of your particular version are the ones that have taken great liberties with the Word of God! I always utilize the KJV version, and the scripture recorded therein is as follows: Zechariah 12:2-3 Behold, I (meaning God himself) will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling (meaning a political-diplomatic nightmare) unto all the people round about, (the entire Middle East and the world) when they shall be in the siege (contending for the land) both against Judah (Judah is the West Bank) and against Jerusalem. And in “that day” (Day of the Lord-Last Days running into the Tribulation) will I (God) make Jerusalem a burdensome stone (defying resolution-perplexing dilemma) for all people: all that burden (preoccupy) themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, (destroyed through Divine judgement) though “all the people of the earth” (United Nations perhaps?) be gathered together against it. (King James Version) I think the Word of God is pretty plain about the controversial topic of Jerusalem in the Last Days, don't you?
Question # 162….(05-10-03) Hello Darrell, I just wanted to say that you better wait till you are brought up before Allah the Almighty on the day of judgement. That day all false gods will perish including Jehovah in the burning flames of hell, and so will you. Allah the Most High will be the only mercy on that day, the light of the heavens and earth. When you are asked about what you have done in this world, what will be your reply? Or will you ask Jehovah for help? No, Jehovah won't help you. He will only reply to your pleas, “you chose to be disobedient and I can't do anything without Allah's Will. Now we will both have to face eternal torture in hell. Why were you so blind that you didn't see while you were at earth? Why did you set up rivals onto Allah, when the truth is clear?” Your Jehovah won't do anything for you, he won't even be able to save himself. The devil has put you in a daze. You're not able to see clearly. Allah will never be destroyed, he is Eternal, the Living, the One who doesn't know death. May the controller of hearts bring you and I back to the right path of Islam.
Answer……….Well, at least I can very much appreciate the fact that you and I are in complete and total agreement that Allah and Jehovah are not the same God. Many Christian ministers, Jewish rabbis, and other religious leaders proclaim that Allah and Jehovah are one and the same, and just carry different names in other languages. But the God of Abraham was not Ilah, but rather was Yahweh. Abraham was called by Yahweh from Ur of the Chaldees (Babylon) and told to renounce the pagan gods of his family which were the gods of Babylon. In fact Babylon was the seat of all false religion after the Flood of Noah and from Babylon idolatry spread throughout the rest of the ancient world. Allah is a manufactured reproduction of one of the ancient gods of Babel. (Ilah)
As a Christian, I must consider what Allah says about Jesus in the Quran and compare that to what Yahweh/Jehovah says about Jesus in the Bible. The comparison is a simple one.
Proclaim: He is Allah, the Single; Allah, the Self-Existing and Besought of all. He begets not, nor is He begotten; and there is none equal to Him in His attributes. (Surah 112:2-5) Islam attributes mercy and compassion to Allah, but has no provision for the certain salvation of the individual, no sacrifice for sin and of course no risen Lord to indwell and guide the believer through this life and the next. Allah is notoriously unpredictable and whimsical in his actions and the Koran sufficiently vague so as to give no assurance of salvation!
But Jehovah says:
John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Jehovah further says of Jesus:
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The One True God introduced himself to Moses
Exodus 3:13-15 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Psalms 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Question # 163….(05-9-03) I thought the reason of the Jews wanting the "holy land" (Jerusalem, etc) is that it is their ancient holy land, and they just wanted it for religious purposes? I thought that is why they consider it worth fighting tooth and nail for? But if they are mostly "unbelievers" as it says in your Q&A section, what's that about? Also, it says, "with the “peace roadmap” presently still under tight diplomatic wraps, (but available for review in FOJ Library) can you tell me where on your web site to find this?
Answer……….The Jews have an innate affinity for the land of Yisrael. God placed within the makeup of Jewry an inherent yearning for their ancient homeland, a land which God gave unto them. Israel lost that precious heritage because of its national disobedience and idolatry. In spite of overwhelming odds against it, Jewish people by and large have never assented to any assimilation into other cultures, tribes or religions. This fact is all the more miraculous considering the fact that the Jew has been a wanderer and a vagabond, a people without a country throughout the Diaspora. The Israeli remnant of 1948 just wanted a place to call home, and to be free of persecution. Judaism is intrinsically connected to the Promised Land. Fundamental Judaism requires a Temple, and not just merely individual Synagogues. The only logical place for a new Jewish Temple is the ancient site of the first two Jewish temples. Thus Jerusalem has always been the ultimate appeal to Jews, and for religious purposes wholly unaffiliated with Jesus Christ. Jehovah God has enabled and permitted an unbelieving remnant of Jews to reclaim a small portion of Yisrael. But during the future climactic time of Jacobs Trouble, God will breath the spirit of grace and supplications within the heart of Israel. At the present time however, Jews and the gathered remnant of Israel still do not recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah, and that reality will eventually lead Israel into signing a false covenant with the Antichrist.
*The Quartet sponsored “peace roadmap” is now documented in the Library section of Focus on Jerusalem Prophecy Ministry.
Question # 164…. (05-14-03) I am puzzled by your assertions that the occupied land is "the land is Israel, and not Palestine." The term "Palestine" is even used four times in the Bible. In Exodus 15:14 it is used in conjunction with the land of Canaan. In Isaiah 14:29, 31 it identifies the whole region, including both Judaea and Samaria. In Joel 3:4 it denotes the coastal areas along eastern Mediterranean Sea. The name, "Palestine" has been universally used and adapted by all people in referring to the Holy Land. Please explain your perspective. I find it strange that Israel is occupying land that is called Palestine, and won't release it back to the Palestinians.
Answer……….. The Hebrew word for Palestine as used in these scripture references is Pelensheth. This small region was also referred to as Philistia (the land of the Philistines) (Psalms 60:8; 87:4, 108:9). Historically speaking, it was never "synonymous with the land of Canaan" nor did not ever refer to "the whole region. It has only become “politically correct” to refer to the region as Palestine since the 1967 conquest of the land by Israel. To the contrary, in Biblical history, Philistia referred specifically to the land of the Pelishtee, or Philistines, in the same location than the Gaza Strip of today, and named after the Philistine city of Gaza. Other cities of Phistia were Ashdod, Gath (home of Goliath), Gerar and Ekron. They were not Semitic people, but invaded Canaan by sea from across the Mediterranean and occupied that particular area before the Israelites arrived. Thus the ancient Philistines were not even the "original inhabitants of the land," but displaced others peoples, just as they were eventually displaced by the descendants of Jacob. None of the Arabs living there today can rightfully claim any ethnic, linguistic or historical relationship to the Philistines, and thus refer to themselves Palestinians. Exodus 15:14,15 makes it clear that Palestina is not "synonymous with the land of Canaan." On the contrary, "the inhabitants of Palestina" are distinguished from "all the other inhabitants of Canaan." It is also clear that Isaiah 14:29, 31 does not refer to the land of Israel from the fact that the passage promises blessing to Israel and pronounces destruction upon Palestina. To "kill thy root, and slay thy remnant" (v. 30) foretells the end of Palestina, the Philistines and their descendants. This is a clear contrast to the description, "the Lord hath founded Zion (Israel) (v. 32), and the many promises of Israel's everlasting possession of that land. The "whole region" of the Promised Land is called "the land of Israel" 31 times in Scripture. Scores of other times "Israel" means both the people and the land. It is an insult to God and to His people to whom He gave this land to call Israel after her chief enemies, the Philistines! The land that God gave to his chosen people (previously known as Canaan's land) was known only as Israel until A.D. 135, when the Romans mockingly renamed it Palestine, in retrospect for the Philistines, simply to spite the Jews and erase the name of Israel from any historic connections to the land.
Question # 165….(05-20-03) Why is it that America will allow the Muslims and the Islamic Fundamentalists to stage a protest and, "Draw the Line in The Sand," in our nations capitol? We (Americans-Christians) wouldn't be allowed to do it in the Muslim countries. If things aren't ran to their satisfaction, why don't our government extend an invitation for them to go back home to their Muslim countries. Instead our government will listen and try to appease these people. This situation is really sad.
Answer………….What is really sad is that America has abandoned its Christian heritage, and flung its domestic door wide-open to accept all other “gods of this world,” and expunged the one true God from its public memory, the very God that blessed this country and made it the “lone beacon of hope” to the downtrodden, the enslaved, and the lost around the world. America has been on a downward spiral (spiritually speaking) in its culture for over 40 years. That is the reason that American Christians have found themselves on the losing end of the so-called “culture war” in America. A nation that forgets God, (Jehovah) will find itself being forgotten by God, and therefore find itself subjected more and more to the wiles of the Devil. America's “hedge of protection” has been eroding for decades, and today we even find that our, “hedge of security” has been assailed by the forces of darkness.
Of course, the opportunity for Muslims, or any other religious affiliation to assemble and worship (or march politically) in this country is a liberty that is bestowed upon them, as legal citizens of the US, because of the spirit of Christianity, the very spirit that fathered our nation. It is the spirit of Christ that births freedom and provides liberty. It is by the pure love of God (Jehovah) that any people have an opportunity to express the option of pursuing their interests. (as documented in America's Declaration of Independence) (II Corinthians 2:3 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.) By contrast, the God of Islam is a destroyer of freedom and liberty! In any Islamic country, it is forbidden to oppose Allah, and especially to express any affinity for Jehovah, the true God. Is this surprising? No, not really, afterall, Satan is characterized as one who destroys the good seed of the Gospel, and who keeps men blinded from the truth! (Luke 8:5-12 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.)
It is the Christian spirit of liberty that permits all governmental, religious, social, cultural ideas to be exchanged and debated in our society. Christianity, the Bible, and the God of Jacob, and the father of Jesus Christ has absolutely nothing to fear from worldly religious competition! However Allah, and all the many other gods of this world greatly fear the possibility of people around the world coming to the understanding knowledge of a gracious salvation of our Heavenly Father. The Gospel of Christianity always wins in an open and free debate. Jehovah forces his love on nobody, but only offers himself freely. Allah on the other hand, and all the other gods of this world use coercion and intimidation or threats to increase their standing in the world. Satan is still in the business of trying to take away the good seed! It is up to Christians (and our nation) to repent of our sins, and to restore ourselves to taking that good seed everywhere, and by the way, I think it is high time to begin really sowing that good seed here in America, before it is too late! The parable of the “seed and tares sown in the field of this world” recorded in Matthew chapter 13 informs Christians to be mindful of the tares growing amongst the good seed. This is one reason that Christians need to perpetuate the principles of the Bible in America, and to fight for our Christian republic, but always remember that God will gather his own one of these days, and the tares will be left behind!
Question # 166…..(05-23-03) Do you think the inevitable peace agreement in 2005 to create the Caananite State in Israel will be THE covenant of Daniel. 9:27?
Answer………..No, I really don't think that the Quartet sponsored peace roadmap that is slated to lead to a new State of Palestine on the West Bank by 2005 will actually be the confirmation of the covenant completed by the ultimate Antichrist. The reason that I don't think so is simply because the “peace roadmap-two-state solution” does not address the real problem of peace and security in the Middle East. We have however moved closer to that scenario by removing Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but the real dilemma lies in Damascus and with Hezbollah-Hamas-Islamic Jihad. The Covenant of Daniel 9:27 must be accomplished in compliance with I Thessalonians 5:3, whereby the world power of the Antichrist has developed a venue in the Middle East for manufacturing a mechanism for peace-with-security for Israel and Arab nations alike. The Covenant of Daniel 9 will be a resolution that will seem to have resolved the ages old conflict between the descendants of Jacob and Esau/ Ishmael, by dividing the land, (Daniel 11:39) and establishing a religious understanding for the Temple Mount between all of Abraham's seed.
Question # 167…. (5-27-03)What do you know about the new Palestinian Prime Minister, and why is he referred to by 2 names?
Answer………….Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, was born in the city of Safed in
1935. Safed is located just north of the Sea of Galilee. Today it is a northern Israeli town. Abbas left Safed as a result of the lost 1948 war on Israel. He took refuge in Syria in 1948 and worked as an elementary school teacher there for some time. He later gained a BA in law from Damascus University and a Ph.D. from the Oriental College in Moscow in History. He became a founding member of Fatah (a terrorist group founded and backed by Syria-1968) and a member of the Palestine National Council and the PLO Executive Committee. The militant Fatah organization, headed by Arafat eventually controlled the PLO, and Abbas began his career as Arafat's second in command. Aafat and Abbas together basically invented modern terrorism, thus politically necessitating the need for Abbas's alias as a terrorist. (Abu Mazen) Yasser Arafat acted as the militant Jihadist for the PLO while Abbas acted as the political schemer and organizer. Abbas has headed the PLO Department for National and International Relations since 1980 and was elected by the PLO Executive Committee to as chairman of the portfolio on the Occupied Territories in May 1988. He led the PLO's contacts with Israel, contacts that resulted in the announcement of a "principles of peace" based upon a two-state-solution in January 1977. He also coordinated the PLO negotiation process during the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991. His long contacts with Israeli political leftists has won him a reputation as a PLO dove. Abbas headed the Palestinian negotiating team to the secret Oslo talks, and it was Abbas who signed the 1993 peace accord with Israel on September 13, 1993, on behalf of PLO. Abbas has been the head of the PLO Negotiating Affairs Department since 1994 and signed the interim agreement in September 1995 on behalf of PLO. He returned to the West Bank territories in September 1995 after 48 years in exile and took residences in Gaza and Ramallah. Abbas authored an account on the Oslo negotiations entitled Through Secret Channels: The Road to Oslo (1995). Together with his Israeli counterpart Yossi Beilin, Abbas drafted a controversial “Framework for the Conclusion of a Final Status Agreement Between Israel and the PLO” (better known as Abu Mazen-Beilin Plan) in October 1995. Abbas has also made numerous radical statements, for example, claiming that the Nazis killed "only a few hundred thousand Jews," not six million. He insists that the Holocaust was exaggerated by political Zionists in order to gain world sympathy for a Jewish State.
Question # 168….(06-02-03) Do you think Israel will give up the Golan Heights to Syria or
Palestine in the peace pact? And if they do why would this action be a strong precursor to the rise of the Antichrist?
Answer………..As it is presently designed, the peace roadmap does not include a Syrian track for a settlement to the Middle East Conflict. The roadmap is primarily designed to establish a State called Palestine in the West Bank for the Palestinians. It is hoped that the roadmap's successful implementation will negate the thorny issue of occupation and refugees in the Palestinian sector, thus putting tremendous pressure on Syria to cooperate with the Peace Process as a whole. Heretofore, Syria (Hezbollah) has been unwilling to accept Israel's existence as a viable State within the Middle East. Syria has used Lebanon and the Shabaa Farms region as a pretext to continue its guerrilla/terror warfare against Israel. I do not see any situation whereby Israel will ever give the Golan Heights to a Palestinian State. At present, the PA doesn't even require the Golan Heights to be included within a State of Palestine. Also, I cannot foresee Israel withdrawing from the Golan Heights and relinquishing that area to Syria unless something is done to eliminate or dismantle the terrorist operations centered in Damascus. That scenario would require some unique and dramatic geo-political or military event, and should it transpire it would definitely pave the way for the Antichrist to emerge. I have always associated the great Russian invasion on the mountains of Israel to be closely connected to the Golan Heights controversy. (Ezekiel 38:8-9 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.)
Question # 169….(06-05-03) Is it possible somehow that the area the antichrist is coming from is doubtful, and that our peaceful President Bush could be the guarantor of the Covenant spoken of in Daniel 9:27? President Bush is supposed to be a Christian, and yet he seems so willing to risk Israel's chances for safety, with the approval of a Palestinian State.
Answer…………Yes, it is certainly possible that the Antichrist could emerge within the American sphere of world geo-political intrigue. However, I don't think that President Bush is the antichrist, although he is presently employing a foreign policy that is highly conducive to the events of Daniel 9:27, and will eventually pave the way for that future event. President Bush is probably a sincere, but prophetically ignorant Christian. I believe that President Bush is succumbing to terribly wrong advice, and to the pressures of political office. The President relies greatly upon the State Department and his Cabinet for foreign policy advice. Furthermore, he is continually fed the worldly religious perspective that Islam is basically a religion of peace that has simply been victimized by the actions of a few non-representative fanatics. But President Bush's worst failure comes in his not understanding the true nature of the Muslim-Israeli Crisis, and that may in fact be the fault of the Christian ministers who have instructed him since his salvation experience. Our President has obviously not been taught correct Bible prophecy, especially concerning its most important geo-political theme, God's unconditional covenants with Israel. To his credit, President Bush recognized the obvious, namely that Yasser Arafat could not be trusted and that he was a terrorist. That is something that no other American leader would conclude. Still President Bush is constantly being wooed and tempted by extraordinary geo-political forces. A case in point is Saudi King Abdullah. At a point in time when the world (EU-UN) was heavily criticizing President Bush for his so-called “hands off” approach to the Middle East Conflict, the Saudi Kingdom was assigned to apply pressure on Bush to resume a “hands-on” position in the Peace Process. Abdullah, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, forcefully challenged the president over his handling of the Israel-Palestinian conflict in a visit to Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tex., in April, 2002. In a scene that one senior Bush adviser later likened to “a near-death experience,” Abdullah arrived at Crawford, Texas with a book showing pictures of Palestinian suffering and a 10-minute videotape of images of children shot and crushed by Israelis that had appeared on Arab television. The adviser said Abdullah spoke eloquently about what these images meant, and then laid it on the line for Bush: “Mr. President, “Are you going to do something about this or not”? Abdullah's visit amounted to economically blackmailing America's President, and forcing the US President back into the leadership role (peace process) of the Israel-Palestinian time-bomb. (we have all heard the US media talking about the poor-economy) The Saudi Kingdom (oil) has great influence over American politics. It is my opinion that President Bush, although a Christian simply does not possess a keen knowledge of Bible Prophecy, and therefore is basically relying on his own personal-working knowledge of “basic Christian ideals” in trying to bring peace to the Mid-east. President Bush is like a whole lot of Christians today. They simply do not understand Bible Prophecy, and rarely ever encounter its significance in their churches, or from their pastors. Our President, as the presidents before him each have demonstrated (through their ignorance) a prime example of why Bible Prophecy is so important in these Last Days.
Question # 170….(06-13-03) I see that you believe in the pre-tribulational rapture scenario. I am a Christian and I have researched all the various theories on this subject, but I still remain skeptical that the Rapture is a pre-trib event. Is there not just one simple scripture that you can suggest that would clearly point out that Christians should expect to be spared from the Great Tribulation?
Answer………. YES! After going into great prophetic detail to describe the terrible time of the Tribulation, and to convey many signs pertaining to the nearness of its occurrence, Jesus himself concluded his discourse with the following statement. Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to “escape all these things” that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Oh, I know that there are many theologians that like to teach that there is no pre-tribulational rapture, and that we pre-trib Bible thumping fanatics are all escape dreamers. But, I will continue to watch, and will be ready for the “day of Escape” because I have become “worthy to escape” by being washed in the blood of the Bridegroom.
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