"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son."---John 3:16
But at the same time, friendship with the world is enmity with God [James 4:4
The world we live in, is soon to end. But before the world ends, the seven last plagues must punish this wicked generation that is unrepentant and will not turn away from their wicked ways. This world has already experienced great disasters and upheaval and it will keep mounting to make the inhabitants of this world realize that we are accountable to God for our behaviour. Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world, therefore God is distancing Himself from this evil planet earth that has been hijacked by Satan, sin, and his evil angels.
An uncompromising Bible preacher will never be rewarded by this wicked world. The world did not love Jesus 2,000 years ago and it does not love those who are faithful to His message today. "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26). "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also" (John 15:19-20).
"Friendship with the world is enmity with God."---James 4:4
"Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world."-1.John 2:15,16
This world will make a Sunday law that is in direct opposition to God's holy law of the Sabbath day [Saturday]. It will be in the form of a national and later into a international boycott described in the last book of the Bible: " And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon."---Revelation 13:11. Here we have another beast, meaning that there were others as well. Coming out of the earth means it sprang up from the ground up as we would say today. The lamblike appearance indicates Christian principles, but speaking like a dragon which is the symbol for the Devil, means it speaks deceptively. We think that it can only refer to the United States of America. As we have seen how the world was deceived by the Iraqi war when under the false pretence of weapons of mass destruction, the U.S went alone against all the urging of the United Nations. The inspectors did not find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
" And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth [the world] and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed."---Revelation 13:12
Protestant America had always taught that the Roman papacy was the very antichrist of the Bible. But when the Protest stopped, the reverse started to take place which is called apostasy. That is why three American Presidents went to the last Pope's funeral and that is why one of the three presidents urged the American public to accept the Pope. Imagine, the Protestants in America wanting the Antichrist to rule over them.
When Napoleon's army entered Rome in 1798 A.D., they took the Pope off his throne and he received his deadly wound which was to heal again. But who would have thought that Protestant America would be the power to do it ? America and the pope united behind close doors to bring down communism. But they have not as yet "caused" or forced the worship of the papacy unto all the world. That is still in the near future when America, the second beast power, will exercise the power of the first beast, namely the civil powers of the state.
"And he does great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth [world] in the sight of men."-- Revelation 13:13. This could mean two things, Pentecostal fire like cloven tongues, or literal fire yet to come as well. All this is done in the sight of men and not of God. This miracles are of a deceptive nature: "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."---Revelation 13:14
In the sight of the beast means within seeing distance. By this first beast is represented the Roman Church, an ecclesiastical body clothed with civil power, having authority to punish all dissenters. The image to the beast represents another religious body clothed with similar powers. The formation of the image is the work of that beast whose peaceful rise and mild profession render it so striking a symbol of the United States. Here is to be found the image to the Papacy. When the churches have united on such a points as they have in common, they will influence the state to enforce their decrees. Then the great tribulation will begin.
The New World Order (NWO) or Novus Ordo Speclorum is coming!
Mr. David Rockefeller, in a speech to the media, thanked the press for not revealing the real meaning behind the term the 'New World Order'.
From the content of the speech, and other information coming to hand, it is obvious that there is a "hidden agenda" to its introduction. Rockefeller, Rothschild, Bloomberg bloodlines became powerful and have always dominated banking, politics and the media with their immense wealth.
Banking also has always been associated with secret societies while secret intelligence used the secure and established networks of secret societies, Masons, Illuminati and the Bilderberg groups. To achieve world peace, anyone can see what tall order this would be. They are the financiers of wars. Yet they will achieve it according to bible prophecy for just a very short time and then destruction follows and they shall not escape.
Our Lord and King of Kings, Jesus Christ, is soon after their fall, to set up His New World Order (NWO) which will stand for ever and ever!!! True and faithful followers of Jesus are assured of victory over the Beast 666, its number, name and mark.---Revelation 15:2 We will not venture to speculate and try to sort out the many interpretations, but one thing is certain, the battle of Armageddon is a spiritual battle over God's spiritual Law of morals (Rev.12:17;Rom.7:14; Rev.14:12) and not over some territory here or there.
Protestant America is the first to reach across the Atlantic to the Papacy and using the United Nations to carry out their religious slavery.
World leaders want it. They say it will bring: Economical and Financial benefits; Peace and Prosperity. It will involve the whole world.
“Its a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause...only the United States has both the moral standing and the means to back it up.” President George Bush, State of the Union Address, Los Angeles Times, 2/18/ 1991
The best way to honor the Pope John II, truly one of the great men, is to take his teaching seriously; is to listen to his words and teachings into action here in America. This is a challenge we must accept.” —President George W. Bush; March 21, 2001
“Pope John Paul II insists; Men have no reliable hope of creating a viable geopolitical system unless it is on the basis of Roman Catholic Christianity.”
--Malachi Martin (a Jesuit and Vatican insider), The keys of this blood p.492
Now we have the first Jesuit Pope in history. Pope Francis.
Will you be affected by the NWO?
“Our way of life as individuals and as citizens of the nations; our families and our jobs; our trade and commerce and money; our educational systems and our religions and our cultures; even the badges of our national identity, – all will have been powerfully and radically altered forever. No one can be exempted from its effects.” Malachi Martin (a Jesuit and Vatican insider), The keys of this blood, p. 15.
When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have “formed an image” (mirror-likeness) of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result. The ‘Dark-Ages’ (AD 538 till 1798) history of religious persecution will be repeated. Rev. 13:11-17
There will be a universal bond of union, a confederacy of Satan's forces. They will deceive “all nations” into supporting this antichristian drive for restoration to divine favour and temporal prosperity. The pope of Rome will be exalted to spiritual leadership of a global dictatorship. “Miracles” and “lying wonders” will give world-wide credibility to the resurgent papacy. Rev. 17:13,13:13,18:2,3, 2 Thes. 2:7-12
“The only hope for the western world lies in a united Europe under the control of the Pope.” — Charles Malik former president general assembly of the united nations. Ambassador to the U.S. from Lebanon
Sunday observance will be rigorously enforced on a world-wide scale as the "mark" of Rome's authority. Dissenters will suffer economic boycott – “cannot buy or sell” persecution or “death penalty” These steps will bring the nations into controversy with the Ruler of the Universe, for making void His Law. Rev. 13:15-17; 14:9,16:13,14 Jer. 25:31; Ps. 119:126; 1 Thes. 5:3
“Moreover, any endeavor that seeks to make Sunday a genuine ‘day of joy and rest from work’ should be encouraged.” Documents of Vatican II, p.11
“Christians will naturally strive to ensure that “civil legislation” respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.”—Pope John Paul II, “Dies Domino”, Section 67, July, 7, 1998.
God’s last message for this dying world (God's Three Angel messages) – commands them to “fear God, and give glory to Him, for the hour of his judgment is come and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” It point to man’s rejection of the Creator and His commandments as the real cause of human ills. Rev 14: 6-12
The world will be called back to loyalty to God. When he sees Jesus upon the cross of Calvary. Why all this suffering? The law of God's government in heaven and earth has been transgressed, and the penalty of sin is pronounced to be death.
But "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Oh what love, what matchless love! Christ, the Son of God, dying for guilty man! Only by coming into harmony with our Creator can we find that inner peace we naturally crave. Peace is not what our statesman think it is, absence of war, rather it is the presence of God within.
Our loyalty will be manifested by obedience to all God's commandments, especially the fourth–His of Seal of authority–the seventh-day Sabbath–(Saturday). The importance of the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that it keeps ever present the true reason why worship is due to God—because He is the Creator, and we are His creatures. Rev. 14:7,12; Mark. 2:27,28; Gen. 2:1-3; Ex .20:8-11, Ezekiel. 20:12,20.
All will be warned against, bowing to the New World Order by observance of Rome's rival rest-day – Sunday – the Mark of her authority. The prophet Daniel declared that the Roman Church, symbolized by the little horn, was to “think to change times and laws,” while Paul styled it the “man of sin”, who was to exalt himself above God. Only by changing God's law could the Papacy exalt itself above God; whoever should understandingly keep the law as thus changed would be giving supreme honor to that power by which the change was made. Rev. 4:9-11; Dan. 7:25; 2 Thess. 2:3,4
Those who reject God’s wonderful love and mercy; will receive His divine wrath, “the seven last plagues.” Man 's New World Order disintegrates. Now choose life, so that you may live. Rev. 16; Deu 30:19
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The World as we know it now, will soon be changed. I will create a new heaven and a new earth where dwelleth righteousness, saith the Lord. The question is, will the whole World be saved or only a few like it was in Noah's day, when the old deluvian World was destroyed by a flood? Only eight souls were saved! When the Americas were discovered by Columbus, the Portuguese, it was called the 'new World', while the rest termed the old World.
The northern part of America became the Protestant land of freedom and a save haven for the poor and oppressed, fleeing from papal persecution and oppression. The South stayed shackled to Rome for a long time and remained so ignorant and poor so that communism found an easy entrance to free them from Rome.
But it proved the undoing of Protestant America. They now found a common enemy of the gospel and they started to work together to defeat a common enemy. American troops moved into some parts and the Cuban missile stand off between Russia and the USA came close to nuclear war. Now both the pope and the US claim to have defeated communism.
The Protestant world can best be described as a ship lost at sea drifting without a chart and compass!
The Bible admonishes: " Be ye not conformed to this World, but be ye transformed" .-Romans 12. "Friendship with the World id enmity with God".-James 4:4. This World is in enmity with God! "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be".-Romans 8:7
True blue fair dinkum dye Protestant Christians are said to have escaped the corruption that is in the World through lust and become partakers of the divine nature (2.Peter 4:1) by way of the new birth when they accept Jesus.
Blasphemy was committed when the Mother Church declared the whole of the Roman Empire holy. We are to be only Pilgrims of this World and our primary Citizenship is in Heaven. Read John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, better still, study your Bible.
Worldliness has crept into the Protestant Churches with fashion, materialism, pride and the standards have been lowered since the Protestant Reformation. I admire the Roman Catholicschools for administering discipline to children in a time when the western World seem to have gone crazy.
The World Council of Churches
But in the churches of Christianity, the quest for godliness (which is as high as God and heaven), piety and holiness is almost extinct. Take the World Council of Churches for instance when they held their last convention in Africa, where Kenya had inherited from the Missionaries the high moral biblical principles, and saw the Priests dancing in the streets as Homosexuals and the media reported it all over the world. The Kenyans were faced with a greatest perplexing problem. Should they cancel the sessions and expel the World Council of Churches and risk economic sanctions? They decided it was not worth the risk and gave in. As a result, the moral standards in that country is extremely lowered since they could not uphold their principles. The salt lost its flavor there.
The Protestant Salvation Army quit the World Council of Churches, because they were disgusted over their involvement, not only in dirty politics, but in smuggling Arms into south Africa to topple the Regime of the White government.
When communism was on the rise and seem to overtake the World, the uniting Churches of Australia were asked to declare themselves pink, that is, socialism, the sister of communism.
One denomination, and there may have been others, tried to tie it in with Bible prophecy and had full page advertisements in major newspapers, saying that Communism will rule the world.
Christians are to be in the World, but not of the World. The World is full of sin and rebellion against God. Our World is only a tiny speck in the Universe, the one and only lost sheep Jesus came to save. But the whole World stands condemned before the great moral standard of righteousness. Charles Darwin, the ex-oxford theology student and inventor of the evolutionary theory, started around the same time as Adventists remembered the creator God of the world and the memorial of its creator Jesus Christ, namely Christ's Sabbath day.-Exodus 20:8-11and Mark 2:28. Evolution says we are coming from animals or made ourselves and therefore have no moral obligation. With creation however, you'll be held accountable to God.
In the great Judgment day, the Ten Commandments are seen in Heaven to be the throne of God by which he runs the Universe (Rev.11:18,19;15:5;1.King 8:9; James 2:8-12) and all of us must give an account. (Hebr.8:1-5). Rome came to late after they crucified the God of Love, to change any of the Ten Commandments, because a testament cannot be changed after the Testator has died. But it takes a lot of fasting and prayer, concentration and perseverance to study the holy scriptures and see every church of Christendom in its true light.
Appetite for the word (logos) takes discipline, but come and see that the Lord tastes good. In the great day of judgment every soul that has lived on this earth, this world, will receive sentence in accordance as to whether his/her deeds have been good or evil in the light of the law of God.
Every mouth will be stopped as the cross with its dying Victim shall be presented, and its real bearing shall be seen by every mind that has been blinded by sin and corrupted. Sinners will stand condemned before the cross, with its mysterious Victim bowing beneath the infinite burden of human transgression. How quickly will be swept away every subterfuge, every lying excuse! Human apostasy will appear in its heinous character. Men will see what their choice has been. They will then understand that they have chosen Barabbas instead of Christ, the Prince of Peace.
All will understand that they have erred from the truth by receiving the misinterpretations and bewitching lies of Satan instead of 'every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
The great men of this world will then understand that they have surrendered mind and heart to ensnaring philosophy which pleased the carnal heart. They turned from the source of all wisdom and worshipped intellect. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son" But sadly, they will trying to hide themselves from Christ when at the second advent ( Rev.6:15-17 and Psalms 2:1,2).
The World of Islam and World of peace, is it possible????????
FREEMAN CENTER BROADCAST - JANUARY 27, 2004
The war has started a long time ago between two civilizations - between the civilization based on the Bible and between the civilization based on the Koran. And this must be clear.
There is no fundamental Islam.
"Fundamentalism" is a word that came from the heart of the Christian religion. It means faith that goes by the word of the Bible. Fundamental Christianity, or going with the Bible, does not mean going around and killing people. There is no fundamental Islam. There is only Islam full stop. The question is how the Koran is interpreted.
All of a sudden we see that the greatest interpreters of Islam are politicians in the western world. They know better than all the speakers in the mosques, all those who deliver terrible sermons against anything that is either Christian or Jewish. These western politicians know that there is good Islam and bad Islam. They know even how to differentiate between the two, except that none of them know how to read a word of Arabic.
The Language of Islam
You see, so much is covered by politically correct language that, in fact, the truth has been lost. For example, when we speak about Islam in the west, we try to use our own language and terminology. We speak about Islam in terms of democracy and fundamentalism, in terms of parliamentary and all kinds of terms, which we take from our own dictionary. One of my professors and one of the greatest orientalists in the world says that doing this is like a cricket reporter describing a cricket game in baseball terms. We cannot use for one culture or civilization the language of another. For Islam, you've got to use the language of Islam.
Driving Principles of Islam
Let me explain the principles that are driving the religion of Islam. Of course, every Moslem has to acknowledge the fact that there is only one God.
But it's not enough to say that there is only one God. A Moslem has to acknowledge the fact that there is one God and Mohammed is his prophet. These are the fundamentals of the religion that without them, one cannot be a Moslem.
But beyond that, Islam is a civilization. It is a religion that gave first and foremost a wide and unique legal system that engulfs the individual, society and nations with rules of behaviour. If you are Moslem, you have to behave according to the rules of Islam which are set down in the Koran and which are very different than the teachings of the Bible.
Let me explain the difference.
The Bible is the creation of the spirit of a nation over a very, very long period, if we talk from the point of view of the scholar, and let me remain scholarly. But there is one thing that is important in the Bible. It leads to salvation. It leads to salvation in two ways.
In Judaism, it leads to national salvation - not just a nation that wants to have a state, but a! nation that wants to serve God. That's the idea behind the Hebrew text of the Bible.
The New Testament that took the Hebrew Bible moves us toward personal salvation. So we have got these two kinds of salvation, which, from time to time, meet each other.
But the key word is salvation. Personal salvation means that each individual is looked after by God, Himself, who leads a person through His word to salvation. This is the idea in the Bible, whether we are talking about the Old or the New Testament. All of the laws in the Bible, even to the minute's ones, are, in fact directed toward this fact of salvation.
Secondly, there is another point in the Bible, which is highly important. This is the idea that man was created in the image of God. Therefore, you don't just walk around and obliterate the image of God. Many people, of course, used Biblical rules and turned them upside down. History has seen a lot of massacres in the name of God and in the name of Jesus. Bu! t as religions, both Judaism and Christianity in their fundamentals speak about honouring the image of God and the hope of salvation. These are the two basic fundamentals.
The Essence of Islam
Now let's move to the essence of Islam. Islam was born with the idea that it should rule the world.
Let's look, then, at the difference between these three religions. Judaism speaks about national salvation - namely that at the end of the story, when the world becomes a better place,
The idea, then, is not that the whole world would become a Moslem world at this time, but that the whole world would be subdued under the rule of Islam.
When the Islamic empire was established in 634 AD, within seven years - 640 - the core of the empire was created. The rules that were taken from the Koran and from the tradition that was ascribed to the prophet Mohammed, were translated into a real legal system. Jews and Christians could live under Islam provided they paid poll tax and accepted Islamic superiority. Of course, they had to be humiliated. And Jews and Christians living under Islam are humiliated to this very day.
Mohammed Held That All the Biblical Prophets Were Moslems
Mohammed did accept the existence of all the Biblical prophets before him. However he also said that all these prophets were Moslems. Abraham was a Moslem. In fact, Adam himself was the first Moslem. Isaac and Jacob and David and Solomon and Moses and Jesus were all Moslems, and all of them had writings similar to the Koran. Therefore, world history is Islamic history because all the heroes of history were Moslems.
Furthermore, Moslems accept the fact that each of these prophets brought with him some kind of a revelation. Moses, brought the Taurat, which is the Torah, and Jesus brought the Ingeel, which is the Evangelion or Gospel - namely the New Testament.
The Bible vs. the Koran
Why then is the Bible not similar to the Koran?
Mohammed explains that the Jews and Christians forged their books. Had they not been changed and forged, they would have been identical to the Koran. But because Christians and Jews do have some truth, Islam concedes that they cannot be completely destroyed by war [for now]. The discovery of the Umran scrolls proof otherwise. Jews and Christians did not cook their books.
Nevertheless, the laws a very clear - Jews and Christians have no rights whatsoever to independent existence. They can live under Islamic rule provided they keep to the rules that Islam promulgates for them.
Islamic Rule and Jihad
What ! happens if Jews and Christians don't want to live under the rules of Islam? Then Islam has to fight them and this fighting is called Jihad. Jihad means war against those people who don't want to accept the Islamic superior rule. That's jihad. They may be Jews; they may be Christians; they may be Polytheists. But since we don't have too many Polytheists left, at least not in the Middle East - their war is against the Jews and Christians.
A few days ago, I received a pamphlet that was distributed in the world by bin Laden. He calls for jihad against
The Koran sees the world as divided into two - one part! which has come under Islamic rule and one part which is supposed to come under Islamic rule in the future. There is a division of the world which is very clear. Every single person who starts studying Islam knows it. The world is described as Dar al-Islam (the house of Islam) - that's the place where Islam rules - and the other part which is called Dar al-Harb - the house of war. Not the "house of non-Muslims," but the "house of war." It is this house of war which as to be, at the end of time, conquered. The world will continue to be in the house of war until it comes under Islamic rule.
This is the norm. Why? Because Allah says it's so in the Koran. God has sent Mohammed with the true religion in order that the truth will overcome all other religions.
Within the Islamic vision of this world, there are rules that govern the lives of the Moslems themselves, and these rules are very strict. In fundamentals, there are no differences between ! schools of law.
However, there are four streams of factions within Islam with differences between them concerning the minutiae of the laws. All over the Islamic world, countries have favored one or another of these schools of laws.
The strictest school of law is called Hanbali, mainly coming out of
There are various perspectives in Islam with different interpretations over the centuries. There were good people that were very enlightened in Islam that tried to understand things differently. They even brought traditions from the mouth of the prophet that women and children should not be killed in war.
These more liberal streams do exist, but there is one thing that is very important for us to remember. The Hanbali school of law is extremely strict, and today this is the school that is behind most of the terrorist powers. Even if we talk about the existence of other schools of Islamic law, when we're talking about fighting against the Jews, or fighting against the Christian world led by
Islam and Territory
This civilization created one very important, fundamental rule about territory. Any territory that comes under Islamic rule cannot be de-Islamized. Even if at one time or another, the [non-Moslem] enemy takes over the territory that was under Islamic rule, it is considered to be perpetually Islamic.
This is why whenever you hear about the Arab/Israeli conflict, you hear - territory, territory, territory. There are other aspects to the conflict, but territory is highly important.
The Christian civilization has not only been seen as a religious opponent, but as a dam stopping Islam from achieving its final goal for which it was created.
Islam was created to be the army of God, the army of Allah. Every single Moslem is a soldier in this army. Every single Moslem that dies in fighting for the spread of Islam is a shaheed (martyr) no matter how he dies, because - and this is very important - this is an eternal word between the two civilizations. It's not a war that stops. This was is there because it was created by Allah. Islam must be the ruler. This is a war that will not end.
Islam and Peace
Peace in Islam can exist only within the Islamic world; peace can only be between Moslem and Moslem.
With the non-Moslem world or non-Moslem opponents, there can be only one solution - a cease fire until Moslems can gain more power. It is an eternal war until the end of days. Peace can only come if the Islamic side wins.
The two civilizations can only have periods of cease-fires. And this idea of cease-fire is based on a very important historical precedent, which, incidentally, Yasser Arafat referred to when he spoke in
Let me remind you that the document speaks of peace - you wouldn't believe that you are reading! You would think that you were reading some science fiction piece. I mean when you read it, you can't believe that this was signed by Israelis who are actually acquainted with Islamic policies and civilization.
A few weeks after the
Whatever the prophet is supposed have done becomes a precedent. What Arafat was saying was, "Remember the story of Hodaybiya." The prophet had made an agreement there with the tribe of Kuraish for 10 years. But then he trained 10,000 soldiers and within two years marched on their city of
Thus, in Islamic jurisdiction, it became a legal precedent which states that you are only allowed to make peace for a maximum of 10 years.
Secondly, at the first instance that you are able, you must renew the jihad [thus breaking the "peace" agreement].
Cease-fire as a Tactical Choice
What makes Islam accept cease-fire? Only one thing - when the enemy is too strong. It ! is a tactical choice.
Sometimes, he may have to agree to a cease-fire in the most humiliating conditions. It's allowed because Mohammed accepted a cease-fire under humiliating conditions. That's what Arafat said to them in
When western policy makers hear these things, they answer, "What are you talking about? You are in the Middle Ages. You don't understand the mechanisms of politics."
Which mechanisms of politics? There are no mechanisms of politics where power is. And I want to tell you one thing - we haven't seen the end of it, because the minute a radical Moslem power has atomic, chemical or biological weapons, they will use it. I have no doubt about that.
Now, since we face war and we know that we cannot get more than an impermanent cease-fire, one has to ask himself what is the major component of an Israeli/Arab cease-fire. It is that the Islamic side is weak and your side is strong. The relations between
Wherever You Have Islam, You Will Have War
The reason that we have what we have in
What are the poor people in the
Furthermore, there is another fact that must be remembered. The Islamic world has not only the attitude of open war, but there's also war by infiltration.
One of the things which the western world is not paying enough attention to is the tremendous growth of Islamic power in the western world. What happened in
End of Days
It is highly important to understand how a civilization sees the end of days. In Christianity and in Judaism, we know exactly what is the vision of the end of days.
In Judaism, it is going to be as in Isaiah - peace between nations, not just one nation, but between all nations. People will not have any more need for weapons and nature will be changed - a beautiful end of days and the
Christianity goes as far as Revelation to see a day that Satan himself is obliterated. There are no more powers of evil. That's the vision.
I'm speaking now as a historian. I try to understand how Islam sees the end of days. In the end of days, Islam sees a world that is totally Moslem, completely Moslem under the rule of Islam. Complete and final victory.
Christians will not exist, because according to many Islamic traditions, the Moslems who are in hell will have to be replaced by somebody and they'll be replaced by the Christians.
The Jews will no longer exist, because before the coming of the end of days, there is going to be a war against the Jews where all Jews should be killed. I'm quoting now from the heart of Islamic tradition, from the books that are read by every child in school. They Jews will all be killed. They'll be running away and they'll be hiding behind trees and rocks, and on that day Allah will give mouths to the rocks and trees and they will say, "Oh Moslem come here, there is a Jew behind me, kill him." Without this, the end of days cannot come. This is a fundamental of Islam.
Is There a Possibility to End This Dance of War?
The question which we in
The answer is, "No. Not in the foreseeable future." What we can do is reach a situation where for a few years we may have relative quiet.
But for Islam, the establishment of the state of
And (this is the worse)
I believe that Western civilization should hold together and support each other. Whether this will happen or not, I don't know.
The Roots of Terrorism
Most Americans, including the newly re-elected President Bush, seem to ignore that terrorism cannot be defeated only by military might. The reason is that Moslem terrorists are inspired by the teachings of the Koran to sacrifice their life as martyrs to fight the infidels, especially the Americans. Capturing and killing a few terrorists is different parts of the world, will hardly solve the problem of terrorism. The reason is that among the 1.3 billion Moslems there are constantly new recruits willing to sacrifice their life in fighting the infidels. After all. dying in fighting the infidels, is the surest way to reach immediately Paradise.
Islam is a violent religion because the Koran teaches holy warfare (Jihad) to force people to submit to its religious/political system. A most compelling proof of the violent nature of Islam is provided by the example of Muhammad's immediate successors, known as Caliphs. They followed his intense fanaticism in waging relentless wars of conquests against Christians, Jews, and pagans. In a relatively short time they carved an enormous empire for themselves. At the height of their power, the Muslims' territories stretched from northern Africa and southern Europe in the West to the borders of modern India and China in the East. Their battle cry was: "Before you is paradise, and behind you are death and hell."
A religion that resorts to violence to force its teachings upon others, can hardly be called a "religion," because a true religion presupposes reverence for God and respect for fellow-beings. It would be more appropriate to label violent religions as "terrorist organizations."
The designation of "terrorist organization" applies not only to Islam, but also to Christian churches that became violent during certain periods of history. For example, during the Middle Ages the Catholic Church became a formidable "terrorist organization" that organized crusades to exterminate Muslims, Jews, and so-called "heretics." Catholic church leaders terrorized innocent people in Western Europe, especially through the inquisition. The latter was a travelling court that went from town to town seeking out for "heretics" to interrogate, torture, and have executed by civil courts if they did not abandon their beliefs.
Recently the Pope apologized for the past terrorist activities of his Catholic church and has repudiated the use of violence to advance Catholicism. But, to my knowledge, no Muslim Imam has dared to condemn and reject the teaching of the Koran on the use of sword to destroy the infidels. The result is that devout Muslims who take the teachings of the Koran seriously, as inculcated in their conscience by their religious leaders, as willing to die as martyrs to commit senseless acts of terrorism.
The point is that unless religious and political leaders of all nations and persuasions come together to address the roots of terrorism by condemning as evil and immoral the teachings of the Koran on the use of violence, and unless Muslim religious leaders are willing to repudiate such teachings (like the Pope did for the Catholic church), terrorism is here to stay. In fact, I have reasons to believe that contrary to President Bush's promise to win the war on terrorism, terroristic activities against the American people and their institutions, will intensify in the coming years. Lately books and articles have been published by knowledgeable people indicating that the worst acts of terrorism are still to come.
Americans are the special target of Muslim terrorists, because they perceive the United States to be the strongest Christian country in the world. Thus, it poses the greatest threat to the Moslem's religious and political ideologies. Western European countries pose less of a threat to the Moslem's agenda, because the Christian faith in Western Europe has largely disappeared.
Adventists who look at current events from a prophetic perspectives, can hardly share President Bush's optimism to restore security and prosperity to America and the rest of the world during the next four years. The signs of the End given by Jesus and clarified by New Testament writers, call for an intensification of warfare, natural disasters, moral perversion, and economic crises as we draw nearer to the End.
As Adventists we know that no president can restore security and prosperity to United States or to the rest of the world, because we are fast moving toward the final showdown, called in the Bible "the Great Tribulation" (Matt 24:21; Rev 7:14). Thus, our attitude should be realistic. On the one hand we must support all the initiatives designed to "hold back the winds of strife" (Rev 7:1), so that the Gospel may reach sincere people in every corner of the earth. But on the other hand we must never loose sight of the fact that we are drawing close to the end when "lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold" (Matt 24:12). The solution to the problems that afflict mankind today, is not the election of a new American President, but the coming of Christ to establish a new world of peace and righteousness. We cannot vote for Christ's coming, but we can hasten the day by preparing ourselves and others for that climactic event (2 Peter 3:12).