Do I think the Muslims are going to behead me? No, I don’t. Could they? Certainly, but I’m not afraid of it. I’m sure that if the loony-tunes caught up with me and were going to chop my head off I would not enjoy the event, but I don’t fear it.
There is nothing to fear on earth if you are with Jesus Christ. Everything here is temporary and I would love to get out of here and be with Jesus, but I don’t have the right to choose when I will die, God will take me when He chooses.
This is the last chapter of this book so tomorrow we will begin with…
2 Peter 3
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:
“Spoken before by the holy prophets” – those of the Old Testament.
Muhammad was not a prophet.
“Us the apostles” – Peter and the other disciples and Paul were not prophets, but apostles. They were apostles because they received instructions and knowledge directly from Jesus Christ.
Moses and the others were prophets because their instruction and knowledge came from the Spirit of God; they never saw him – see (Ex 33:20).
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word, are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
“A thousand years as one day” – God does not view time as humans do. He stands above time, with the result that when time is seen in the light of eternity, n age appears no longer than one short day and a day seems no shorter than a long age.
Since time is purely relative with God, He waits patiently while human beings stew with impatience.
3:8-10 – Here is an analogy: you’re sick so you call your doctor’s office and the doctor/secretary sets an appointment. On that day and time you arrive to the office and may sit for hours before you see him/her.
When the time comes the doctor examines you and let us say it is found out that you need surgery. You then go back home and wait for the time the surgery is set for or in some cases you are sent directly to the hospital and again, wait. When it’s time the doctors remove the parasites and throw them in the trash.
Okay now, God created the world (set the appointment). God is a very astute doctor and He has examined his patients (the world population) with a glance and sees that we all need surgery and set the appointment.
That date of the appointment was when Jesus was born. God is a patient doctor and instead of just instantly removing the parasites He tries many different types of antibiotics to kill them so the person can live.
When Jesus returns He will gather up the people who no longer have parasites and take them to their new homes. Those that could not be healed will be thrown in the trash.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (Jn 14:2).
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
“His promise” – new heavens and a new earth are promised by Is 65:17, 66:22. This promise is confirmed by John in Rev 21:1.
“Wherein dwelleth righteousness” – The people that whose parasites were healed.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
“Seeing ye know these things before” – that false teachers are coming.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
“Grow in…knowledge” – Peter concludes by again stressing knowledge.
In other words, read the Bible and spend time talking to God, rather than listening to false teachers.
Muhammad and the Koran (Qur’an)
Muhammad (whose name means “highly praised”) was born in Mecca in 570 A.D. His father died shortly before his birth, and he lost his mother at the age of six.
The young orphan was then raised primarily by his uncle, for whom he worked as a shepherd. At age 9 (some sources say 12); he joined his uncle on a caravan to Syria.
As a young man, Muhammad worked as a camel driver between Syria and Arabia. Soon he established a career managing caravans on behalf of merchants.
Through his travel first with his uncle and later in his career, Muhammad came into contact with people of many nationalities and faiths, including Jews, Christians and pagans.
At age 25, Muhammad was employed by Khadija, a wealthy Meccan widow 15 years his senior. The two were married, and by all accounts enjoyed a loving and happy marriage.
Early records report that “God comforted him through her, for she made his burden light.” Although polygamy was common practice at the time, Muhammad took no other wife than Khadija until her death 24 years later.
Muhammad began making long retreats to a mountain cave outside town. There, he fasted and meditated.
In 610, at the age of 40, on one occasion, Muhammad was visited by an overpowering presence and instructed to recite words of such beauty and force that he and others gradually attributed them to God. He had returned to his wife telling her that he had gone mad or he had been visited by God.
I can certainly believe that because when I was in jail at the age of 46 God visited me in my cell and was there for three days. He told me many things, but I cannot remember them and I don’t even know if I understood Him at the time.
It was extremely bizarre and I thought I was going crazy or I was going to be the retarded “Jerry”once again.
Yet, Muhammad said:
The angel persisted, and the Prophet repeatedly resisted, until the angel finally overwhelmed Muhammad and commanded him:
Proclaim in the name of your Lord who created!
Created man from a clot of blood.
Proclaim: Your Lord is the Most Generous,
Who teaches by the pen;
Teaches man what he knew not (Qur’an 96:1-3).
If this were to be true then I would have to say that this “overpowering presence” or “angel” was not God, but a fallen angel or Satan himself.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14).
There is nothing more powerful, more exciting, and certainly more frightening then God Himself.
Today, God still comes and sees me, but now I know Him and I am not frightened as I had been six years ago and I understand that He is here.
I don’t know why He comes, but if you have not been visited by God, believe me, when He comes you will know it is Him.
I had just said I am no longer frightened, and I’m not in the sense of “scared,” but each time He time becomes I am filled with fear. It is exciting and wonderful when He comes, but He is so powerful that He is just too much. He is so much that I honestly ask Him to leave because I cannot handle it.
It really makes me wonder how Moses must have felt because God spoke to Moses.
Muhammad Takes his Message Public
After several similar experiences, Muhammad finally began to reveal the messages he was receiving to his tribe. These were gathered verse by verse and later would become the Karan, Islam’s sacred scripture.
In the next decade, Muhammad and his followers were first belittled and ridiculed, then persecuted and physically attacked for departing from traditional Mecca’s tribal ways. Muhammad’s message was resolutely monotheistic.
For several years, the Quraysh, Mecca’s dominant tribe, levied a ban on trade with Muhammad’s people, subjecting them to near famine conditions. Toward the end of the decade, Muhammad’s wife and uncle both died. Finally, the leaders of Mecca attempted to assassinate Muhammad.
Muhammad and the Muslims Emigrate to Medina
In 622, Muhammad and his few hundred followers left Mecca and traveled to Yathrib, the oasis town where his father was buried. The leaders there were suffering through a vicious civil war, and they had invited this man well known for his wisdom to act as their mediator.
Yathrib soon became known as Medina, the City of the Prophet. Muhammad remained here for the next six years, building the first Muslim community and gradually gathering more and more people to his side.
Remember, Muhammad was born in 570 A.D. and according to the Jewish calendar; Moses was born around 1393 B.C.
What God told Moses to write is practically the opposite of what Muhammad says the angel told him to write. The Karan is filled of violence and murder.
God doesn’t change so there is no way that He told Muhammad to write the garbage that he wrote.
“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Mal 3:6).
God is the same God He has always been, and we can see that in the personality of Jesus Christ.
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Col 1:15).
If it had been God that had visited Muhammad, he was obviously visited by the devil too and he chose to walk with Satan instead of with God.
Muhammad managed to recruit his old employer, Khadija’s, he then became confident that he had been chosen as the messenger of God and began to proclaim as he thought he was commanded.
Muhammad’s message to his countrymen was to convert from pagan polytheism, immorality and materialism, repent from evil and worship Allah, the only true god. He was always careful to clarify his role in God’s work – he was only a prophet.
He was not an angel, he did not know the mind of God, and he did not work miracles. He simply preached what he had received.
To make a long story short, Muhammad managed to convince enough people that he was God’s prophet and build a strong enough army to conquer Mecca and make a name for himself.
The Military Period
The Mickens did not take Muhammad’s new success lightly. Early skirmishes led to three major battles in the next three years.
* The Battle of Bard, March, 624 – the Muslims won.
* The Battle of Ehud, March, 625 – the Muslims lost.
* The Battle of the Trench and the Siege of Medina, April, 627 – the Muslims outlasted.
In March, 628, a treaty was signed between the two sides, which recognized the Muslims as a new force in Arabia and gave them freedom to move unmolested throughout Arabia. Meccan allies breached the treaty a year later.
The Conquest of Mecca
By now, the balance of power had shifted radically away from once-powerful Mecca, toward Muhammad and the Muslims.
In January, 630, they marched on Mecca and were joined by tribe after tribe along the way. They entered Mecca without bloodshed and the Mickens, seeing the tide had turned, joined them.
Muhammad’s Final Years
Muhammad returned to live in Medina. In the next three years, he consolidated most of the Arabian Peninsula under Islam.
In March, 632, he returned to Mecca one last time to perform a pilgrimage, and tens of thousands of Muslims joined him.
After the pilgrimage, he returned to Medina. Three months later on June 8, 632 he died there, after a brief illness.
He is buried in the mosque in Medina. Within a hundred years Muhammad’s teaching and way of life had spread from the remote corners of Arabia as far east as Indo-China and as far west as Morocco, France and Spain.
First off we must remember that Allah was the Moon God of ancient times. Also, Muhammad could not have been a prophet, unless Jesus Christ is a liar:
“The law and the prophets were until John [the Baptists}: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it” (Lk 16:16).
Spread of Islam
By 634, Islam had taken over the entire Arabian peninsula. Within 100 years of Muhammad’s death, it had reached the Atlantic in one direction and borders of China in the other.
This success was due in large part to the military and political abilities of Muhammad’s successors, the caliphs.
The Koran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.
Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
Most of today’s Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book’s call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence.
Therefore, most Muslims are not true Muslims; they just worship the wrong god. Either way, they too will go to hell:
“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matt 12:30).
“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” (Jn 3:16).
God condemns no one at this time, as the Islamic Bible does. God is longsuffering:
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9).
Our God, the only True God, is biding His time, waiting and waiting with the hope that all will repent.
This, aside from the fact that we can see all that God has created, proves that Allah, the moon god, is nothing more than one of man’s ridiculous ideas of a god, just like Baal of the Old Testament.
A Few Verses of the Koran:
Koran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fatah [disbelief] is worse than killing…
Koran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”
Koran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time.
From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.
Koran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”
God says the same thing; He will destroy the non-believers, i.e., the evil and wicked. Yet, He says that He will do it, not people.
“To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for he day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is one, and there is none shut up, or left.
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy” (Deut 32:35-36, 39, 42).
“…avenge not yoursleves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Rom 12:19).
We don’t have the right to judge others, and certainly not murder them, because we do not own people, God owns us, He created us.
Koran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”
Koran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
I fit in the above category because yes, I do wage war against Allah and any other false god, including the Pope.
Koran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.
…the Book of 1 John.