Question # 121 (10-14-02) Do you think Arafat would blow up the Dome of the Rock
Mosque in Jerusalem and shift the blame onto the Jews? Might someone else destroy it and blame Israel? If the Arabs try this it would bring the whole Muslim world against the Jews. It might bring Israel to her knees. What do you think?
Answer………. The scenario that you paint in your question is indeed a distinct and frightful possibility. As you may already be well aware of there is a great deal of concern about an expanding protruding embankment bulge within the southern portion of the ancient retaining wall adjacent to the Al Aqsa mosque. Israeli authorities are highly concerned that the wall may become unstable and collapse, causing a rupture in the Al Aqsa structure itself, and perhaps even causing its destruction. The Muslim Waqf authorities on the Temple Mount however seem unconcerned about the apparent substructure problem. The Islamic authorities of the Temple Mount complex are very suspicious of any Israeli concerns relative to the Temple Mount, and will therefore never comply with any Israeli suggestions to facilitate an engineering solution to any of these kinds of problems.
Structure problems notwithstanding, threats of terrorism on the Temple Mount are a very viable prospect. When Israel won sovereignty over the holy site in 1967, Jewish Rabbi Shlomo Goren advocated the destruction of the Dome of the Rock to make way for the construction of the third Jewish Temple. However, Israeli General Moshe Dayan commanded that all Jewish religious activities cease on the Temple Mount and that jurisdiction over the Mount be conceded to the Islamic Waqf. Many Jewish zealots today still think that was a good idea. And of course many Jews today still long for the construction of the Third Temple. Because of that Jewish religious fervor, the Muslim Waqf is only too keen to manipulate the geo-religious politics on the Temple Mount against Israel.
It is an absolute certainty that should anything ever happen to either
one of the existing Islamic Mosques on the Temple Mount, Israel
would be blamed. Israel has acquiesced to a Muslim Authority on the
sacred mount for 35 years now because she greatly fears just such a
backlash from the Islamic world. Should the status quo on the mount
become destabilized, the crafty, mastermind of evil and hate, Yasser
Arafat certainly is capable of utilizing the contentious anxieties
regarding the Temple Mount for his own evil purposes. Lest we forget,
Saddam Hussein would also be a prime candidate to try to inflame the
Muslim world against Israel by blowing up the Dome of the Rock. Also
there is the possibility that an earthquake could change the status quo.
But whatever eventually happens, there is one thing for sure, Israel will
someday soon be permitted by the Antichrist to reestablish a presence on
the Temple Mount, because he will desire to be worshipped as God!
Question # 122 (10-28-02) I have often heard that the Antichrist will be a homosexual.
Is that true? Would there be any scriptural basis for that argument? It seems that the homosexual movement seems to be very prominent these days, and I was just wondering if there was any correlation.
Answer…… The issue of homosexuality relative to the person of the Antichrist is usually appropriated through a misunderstanding about a verse in Daniel. (Daniel 11:36-37 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.)
Here the phrase about his disregard for “the desire of women” is often portrayed as meaning that the Antichrist will be void of the natural appeal of females. That interpretation however is misconstrued. The phrase, “the desire of women” as used in this text simply means he will not have respect, or regard for the aspiration of Jewish women. The “desire of Jewish women” was to become the mother of the Messiah, or to be the one who would give birth to the promised deliverer. It must be remembered that Israel was held captive by Babylon at this particular time, and had lost its precious heritage. The hope of Israel was for its promised Deliverer. The women of Israel aspired to be the vehicle through which Israel would be blessed again. Secondly, the application to the coming Antichrist is that he will regard no Gods, and will not give honor to any God, (especially not Christ) reserving God-hood for himself alone. This characteristic of the Antichrist will lead ultimately to the act that is known elsewhere in the Bible as the abomination of desolation. (Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14, Daniel 9:27, II Thessalonians 2:4, Isaiah 14:13, Revelation13:5)
Question # 123 (11-27-02) I was talking to someone about Jesus, and this person
informed me that the name of Jesus is not the correct name that was
given by God to be the name of his son. They even gave me a list of web-
sites to look at to verify that fact. What is your thought on this!
Answer…… The list of web-sites that you sent me does not even interest me. I will not
waste any of my time evaluating them, because they are in such grave
error that it is utter foolishness to consider. The hideous notion that the
name of Jesus was not the correct name given for God's precious son
reflects the fact that a very devious evil persists in defaming his
wonderful name. Lets just take the Bible for what it says about the name
of God's son!
Matthew 1:23-25 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
*Perhaps the reason that the foolishness of questioning the name of Jesus is so pervasive in some quarters is that the Devil is jealous/spiteful of the name of Jesus!
* Philipians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
* Revelation 19:12-13 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. (The Word was made flesh and dwelt among men) John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
Question # 124 (11-27-02) Is Israel/Palestine mentioned in the Koran? Is the city of
Jerusalem even mentioned in the Koran? Does Allah promote hatred
towards the Jewish people?
Answer…… The Jewish connection to Jerusalem is an ancient and powerful one. Judaism made Jerusalem a holy city over three thousand years ago.
What about Muslims? Where does Jerusalem fit in Islam and Muslim history? And it is not the city to which they pray, (they turn their backs to it and face Mecca) nor is not once mentioned by name in prayers.
The name of Jerusalem, or names of reference to Jerusalem such as Zion
appear in the Jewish Bible 669 times while Zion appears 154 times, or 823
times total. The Christian Bible mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7
times. The city of Jerusalem is not mentioned even a single solitary time in
The Koran (30:1) refers to Palestine as "the closest land" (adna al-ard),
or land nearest to Islamic lands.
Does the Koran promote hatred of Israel? Judge for yourself!
In reading the Quran, there are very many references to Christians and Jews (People of the Book) and the calling is to fight against them and "Allah, ruin them" if they will not "surrender" to Allah and his messenger.
O ye who believe, what ails you that, when it is said to you: Go forth, all together, to fight in the cause of Allah; you are held down by your worldly interests? Allah is mighty, Wise. Go forth, light armed or heavy armed, and strive in the cause of Allah with your belongings and your persons. (Surah 9:38-42)
The appropriate penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and run about in the land creating disorder is that they be slain or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on alternate sides. except in the case of those who repent before you obtain power over them. (Surah 5:34-35).
Call to mind when Allah took a covenant from those who were given the Book: You shall make it known to the people and shall not conceal it; yet they threw it away behind their backs, and bartered it for a paltry price. Evil is that which they have taken in exchange for it, they shall suffer a grievous chastisement. (Surah 3:188-190)
Surely the true religion in the estimation of Allah is Islam, that is, complete submission to Him, and those who were given the Book (Jews/Christians) disagreed only, out of mutual envy, after knowledge had come to them. Whoso rejects the Signs of Allah should remember that Allah is Swift at reckoning. (Surah 3:20)
Far from being a religion of peace and understanding, Islam's foundation” is that of a religion of conquering and hostility for a particular people, the Jews. The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them.” “He who dies without having fought, or having felt it to be his duty, will die guilty of a kind of hypocrisy. ”There is no emigration after the Conquest, but only jihad, so when you are summoned to fight, go forth.”….Mohammed
Question # 125…..(11-28-02) I have heard that the Rapture could possibly occur on the
Jewish Feasts of Trumpets. What do you think?
Answer……….. Concerning the Rapture, the Bible teaches that the Rapture can happen
at any Moment. (Doctrine of Imminency) It also teaches that no man will ever be able to set a date for it with any degree of accuracy. (Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.)
Thus the reason that Jesus gave his disciples the many signs to watch for so they could at least recognize the “due season for his coming”. Anybody that sets a prescribed date, or says emphatically that the Rapture will come on any certain day is simply assuming that the Rapture has to come on the Feast of Trumpets. There are some unique parallels for Israel in that regard, but the fact of the matter is that the rapture is for the Church! And the truth is that the Rapture does not have to come on any Jewish festival and, therefore, it is a violation of Scripture to set any kind of a date, or to even present it as a possibility. The Rapture is not a datable event: it can happen at any moment, in any year between now and the culmination of the Tribulation. Thus the reason for Jesus using the analogy in comparing his coming and the projected rapture event to being similar, to one coming, “like a thief in the night”.
Question # 126 What is the the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and who leads it?
Answer……… The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade is a subsidiary PLO terror organization that emerged during the Al Aqsa Intifada. It is in essence a faction of Yasser Arafat's Fatah subordinate terror apparatus. The Al Aqsa Brigade recruits, trains, and finances suicide martyrs that are fiercely loyal to Arafat and the Palestinian Authority. The group acts with the help of senior officers of other elements of the Palestinian Authority's armed entities, the Tanzim and Force 17, all of which report directly to Yasser Arafat himself. The subordinate substructure of Fatah associated terror organizations allows Yasser Arafat to publicly present himself as being detached from, and unable to control terrorism within his domain. The truth of the matter is that he orchestrates all of these organizayions.
Question # 127 What is all the controversy between Israel and Hezbullah over the area called the Shebaa Farm region, and where is the area?
Answer……… The disputed land known as the Shaaba Farms (also spelled Shebaa, Shaba or Chaba or variants) lies along the border between Lebanon and Israel, at the northern edge of the Golan Heights, land that has been held by Israel since the end of the 1967 Six Day war. The Arabic name, "Shaaba Farms" is called "Har Dov," or Mount David by Israelis. The Shaaba Farms land is considered by Israel to be land captured from Syria. The internationally-recognized border between Lebanon and Israel is based on the boundary line between Palestine, Syria and Lebanon surveyed by Britain and France in 1923. This same border was established as the Armistice Demarcation Line (ADL) by the Israeli-Lebanese General Armistice Agreement signed on March 23, 1949 at the end of Israel's War of Independence. Until 1978, neither Lebanon nor Israel occupied any territory in violation of this demarcation line. Since Israel's withdrawal, the Hezbullah terrorist organization has distorted the dispute over the Shaaba Farm region with assertions that they have evidence supporting Lebanese claims to the land. This gives them a pretext in continuing attacks upon Israel for holding land Hezbollah still considers to be part of Lebanon, in spite of the fact that Israel has withdrawn from Southern Lebanon
Question # 128 Is it possible that Daniel 11:39, and Daniel 9:27 are relative to the same subject? Could these verses mean the creation of a Palestinian State? Is this a prophecy that has already been fulfilled or is it a part of prophecy that hasn't yet been fulfilled? Also, does the Old Testament passage in Joel chapter 3:2 refer to the creation of a Palestinian state?
Answer……… Yes, I believe these verses are congruent to the same prophetic setting. (Daniel 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.) Each of these scripture references deal with the future Antichrist. I do indeed think that they pertain to the creation of a Palestinian State. The Prince that “shall come” in Daniel 9:26 refers to the individual that will seemingly orchestrate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian land dispute. The “dividing of the land for gain,” indicates that the pleasant land shall be partitioned between Israel, and her neighboring Arab complainants. Joel 3:2 portrays the historical overview of the Jewish Diaspora, and the later (Last Days) gathering during which the Promised Land shall undergo an enforced “partitioning”. The scripture references regarding all three of these passages of prophecy are unfulfilled, but they are being played out upon the world stage presently. The confirmation of the Covenant, initiated by the Antichrist will very likely occur soon, and with he successful establishment of a two-state solution, coupled with a solution to the Temple Mount controversy in Jerusalem will bring us to the doorstep of the Time of Jacobs Trouble.
Question # 129 What does Daniel verse 9:26 mean? I don't understand what it means when it says and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolation's are determined. The end is with a flood, what could this mean? Is this supposedly a tsunami that
Will destroy Palestine in the end times?
Answer……… The flood of the end-time is a prophetic analogy to portray the encompassing world power of the Antichrist upon the whole world and especially Israel in the Last Days.
(Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.) Daniel's prophecies in these verses relate to the first and second comings of Jesus Christ. The Messiah was indeed cut-off after the three-score and two weeks, and not for himself, but for the Gentile world. (crucifixion) The people of the Prince that came and destroyed the Holy city were the Romans under Titus. The “end with a flood” leaps forward in time to the “time of the end” when Jesus shall return to the world. The flood spoken of here by Daniel is not a reference to a watery deluge. The word flood is used as an analogy to depict the fashion in which the armies of the world spread over, overflow, and pass through the land of Israel. This particular reference is to the armies of the Antichrist. The Hebrew word “Sheteph” in this instance simply refers to an “overflowing army,” being likened unto the overflowing waters of a flood. (Examples: Isaiah 8:7, Jeremiah 46:6-8, Daniel 11:10-11, 26, Amos 8:8, and Amos 9:5) One scripture in Daniel looks ahead to the overflowing flood that is the armies of the Antichrist. Daniel 11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
This analogy fits perfectly with prophetic language in describing the encompassing of the city of Jerusalem by the armies of Antichrist prior to Jesus second coming. Numerous passages of prophetic scripture refer to God's gathering all nations together around Israel for the great Day of the Lord, and the battle in the Valley of Jezreel and Jehoshaphat, and to Armageddon! (Zechariah 14:2, Joel 3:2, Haggai 2:7, Revelation 16:15) It is known as the Valley of Decision.
Until that climactic day when Jesus returns to destroy the flood of armies arrayed against Israel, desolations shall continue for Israel, and for Jerusalem and its Temple Mount.
Question # 130 (12-30-02) What does Daniel 11:39 mean? Is this prophecy that has already been fulfilled or is it prophecy that hasn't been fulfilled? And what does this mean" And he shall divide the land for gain"? Also what is the complete meaning of Joel 3:2, do you believe these are end time prophecies? Thank you and God Bless!
Answer……… The prophecy of Daniel 11:39 has a dual application. Many times in the study of eschatology, we come across prophetic paradigms. A prophetic paradigm is a historical event which may symbolize or project a parallel event that is still yet in the future. We often hear the phrase, “history repeats itself”, and that phrase has a lot of truth in it simply because mankind has the same nature (sinful) that he has always had throughout history, and makes the same mistakes over and over. (Daniel 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.) This passage in Daniel is referring first to the Assyrian Seleucid King Antiochus Epiphanes (175BC to 163BC) who desecrated the Jewish Temple and ultimately to the Last Days Antichrist who will commit the Abomination of Desolation. (II Thessalonians 2:4) The reference to “dividing the land for gain” refers to the partitioning of the land of Palestine that is being processed even today. (Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.) The partitioning of the Promised Land (glorious/pleasant land) is an ongoing Satanic scheme (UN Resolution 181) to dispossess the descendants of Jacob from their heritage! The coming Antichrist will seduce Israel into a Final Status covenant regarding the Promised Land. Most importantly, this covenant will involve a Final Agreement between Israel and the Antichrist over the Temple Mount. These prophecies are definitely end-time prophecies, and furthermore they are materializing today right before our eyes. Thank you for your question and God bless you too. Keep Focusing on Jerusalem!
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