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Jesus predicted Islam (emphases mine):

“All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.  They will put you out of the synagogue;

in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.  They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.

I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you.”  (from John 16: 1-4)

I was sent a link, as part of a comment to a previous post. In that link, passages from the Bible and the Koran are twisted together to make a case for the opinion that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad–that Muhammad was the one referred to as ‘The Counselor’ or ‘The Holy Spirit’.  One of the passages quoted from is John 14, another is from John 16.

I recently wrote posts on John 14, John 15, and John 16, giving correct interpretations.  In this post I will summarize the passages from those chapters that speak about The Counselor aka The Holy Spirit. Hopefully it will be apparent to you that these passages do not foretell the coming of Muhammad–or of any man.

Here are the passages in John 14, 15 and 16 that speak of  The Comforter/The Holy Spirit:

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.   And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  (John 14: 14-16)

“All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”   (John 14: 25-26)

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.  And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.”  (John 15: 26-27)

“. . . It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:  in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.   But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”  (John 16: 6-15)

According to the article (that puts forth the twisted assumption that Muhammad is The Holy Spirit that Jesus promised would come):

“This prophecy clearly lays down that:

1. The Comforter will come after the departure of Jesus.
2. When the Comforter comes, he will reprove the world of sin, truth and justice.
3. He will guide the world into all truth.
4. The book revealed to him will contain no human word.
5. He will foretell things to come.
6. He will glorify Jesus and clear him of all charges.

Now when we take this prophecy point by point, it is unmistakably proven that it applies to none else but the Holy Prophet Muhammad. He came after Jesus. The Comforter was supposed to reprove the followers of Jesus. Obviously, he could not be a Christian or a Jew .The prophecy must relate to one who would belong to another people but should respect Jesus and promote reverence for him. The Holy Prophet was neither Jew nor a Christian. He was an Ishmaelite. But he defended the honor of Jesus.”

Let me restate these points, with my own comments added:

1. The Comforter will come after the departure of Jesus.
2. When the Comforter comes, he will reprove the world of sin, truth and justice.

A subtle twisting of words, but what the Scripture says is that

“When he comes, he will convict* the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment”

*convict: expose; show one his fault; cause to feel shame

3. He will guide the world into all truth.
4. The book revealed to him will contain no human word.

No such thing is stated.  What IS said is that the Holy Spirit will not speak His own thoughts, but only what He hears from the Father, and what He has heard from Jesus–and He will teach the meaning of Jesus’ parables.

5. He will foretell things to come.
6. He will glorify Jesus and clear him of all charges.

Clear Him of all charges?  No mention of that here.  He will glorify Jesus by opening the eyes of His (Jesus’) followers to the meaning of His words.

All it takes is a little twist to give words a completely different meaning.  Words are necessary to convey thoughts, but if thoughts can be conveyed directly, words are secondary.

When a Christian reads Gods Word (the Bible), the Holy Spirit conveys its meaning to his heart.   When nonChristians read the Bible, all they have are the words–hence the many disputes over the meaning of words and passages, and the habit of  taking things out of context.

When someone uses Bible passages to convey a meaning different than God intended, the Holy Spirit alerts the believer, bringing to mind both God’s intended meaning and other relevant Scriptures.

Here are some other passages that speak about the Holy Spirit:

“I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.  After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

. . .  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.”  Acts 1: 1-9

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God‑fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?

Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome  (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs–we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine. ”

“Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.  These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!  No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

” ‘In the last days, God says,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your young men will see visions,

your old men will dream dreams.

Even on my servants, both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days,

and they will prophesy.

I will show wonders in the heaven above

and signs on the earth below,

blood and fire and billows of smoke.

The sun will be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

And everyone who calls

on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”   Acts 2: 1-21)

“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.  This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”  (Acts 2: 22-24)

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.  Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.  (Acts 2: 32-33)
“”Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.   The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.””  (Acts 2: 36-39)

Speaking of the passage in John 16 the article says:

“Now when we take this prophecy point by point, it is unmistakably proven that it applies to none else but the Holy Prophet Muhammad.”

How so?  And “unmistakably proven” by whom?  Here the author uses an authoritative tone and words to convince the reader that the matter has already been settled.  This conclusion has been drawn by taking one passage out of context, twisting its words and excluding other relevant Scriptures.

“He came after Jesus. The Comforter was supposed to reprove the followers of Jesus.”

Whoa!  Didn’t you just say

“2. When the Comforter comes, he will reprove the world of sin, truth and justice.”

So, in the end, the author has twisted the Scripture which says

“He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”

to

“The Comforter was supposed to reprove the followers of Jesus”.

Either from this misunderstanding, or out of thin air, the author draws the conclusion that

“Obviously, he could not be a Christian or a Jew .”

Not only is it not ‘obvious’, there is nothing to support this conclusion.  But all that is beside the point, because the Holy Spirit is not a human being!!

“The prophecy must relate to one who would belong to another people but should respect Jesus and promote reverence for him. The Holy Prophet was neither Jew nor a Christian. He was an Ishmaelite. But he defended the honor of Jesus.”

Jesus warned us about false prophets, saying that many would even say He was the messiah, yet would deceive many.  So, simply ‘defending the honor of Jesus’ does not qualify one as a true prophet of Jehovah.  Especially when one goes on to say:

“Here the Holy Quran specifically says that Jesus was saved from that accursed death designed for him by his enemies. However, they only suspected that they had succeeded in crucifying him. But Allah had not only saved him but admitted him to the circle of His favored ones.”

Yes, you read it right–Islam denies that Jesus actually died on the cross. Therefore Islam denies Jesus’ resurrection, and invalidates the Bible’s promise that His death served as a substitute and payment for our sins.  It also denies the truth of God’s Word, saying that Jesus’ death was a hoax.

None of this should come as a surprise to most people yet, undoubtedly, there are still some people who are mired in the lies told in defense of Islam–and who still believe that Christianity and Islam are compatible and that we serve the same God/god.

Muhammad was neither holy, nor a prophet of God.  The article goes on to say, about Muhammad:

“He led an ideal life, a perfect example to be followed throughout the future.”

By today’s standards, Muhammad was a pedophile, a wife beater, a liar, and a murderer, among other things.  If one is to pronounce him a ‘perfect example’ and say he led an ‘ideal life’, I have to ask: by whose standards was he judged?  How does he fare when judged by the standards of Jehovah?

Jesus lived a perfect life.  No sin was found in Him–ever.  He alone can be judged by the standards of Jehovah and pronounced ‘perfect’ and ‘without spot or blemish’.

Again, from the article:

“The prophecy had said: “He will guide you unto all truth”. Again Muhammad was the only prophet who claimed to have brought a universal and perfect law.”

And because he claims something, it is so?!   At any rate, Muhammad’s claim to have brought a universal and perfect law would have nothing to do with a Scripture verse foretelling that the Holy Spirit would guide believers “into all truth” (convey the true meaning of God’s Word to us as we study it).

Furthermore, God is the lawgiver–not Moses, not Muhammad.  Jesus lived according to all of God’s laws, thus fulfilling them.  He brought us a greater law–a law that fulfills all the others, if we live it: the law of love.

He who loves his brother does not steal from him, sleep with his wife, give false testimony about him, murder him, or covet what he has.  He who loves his wife does not beat her or break her heart by sleeping with another.  He who loves his children is not harsh with them, nor does he spoil them.  He who loves his parents respects and honors them.

He who loves God (Jehovah) will have no gods beside Him (nor make or worship idols).  He who loves God (Jehovah) will not use God’s (Jehovah’s) name in vain, nor use it in ways that would bring dishonor to Him.  He who loves God (Jehovah) will observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.

I defy any Muslim to convince me that Muhammad’s ‘perfect’ Sharia law is superior to Jesus’ law of love!

Sharia, as with any other man-made law, is a twisted web of regulations.  But, unlike western law, Sharia is enforced by draconian punishments such as amputations, hanging and beheading!

God (Jehovah) gave us His laws, not because they had the power to make us obedient, but in order that we would see that we are unable to fulfill them! His Holy Spirit works with His laws, to convince men of their sinfulness, and their inability to live a life of perfection–to lead them to repent and seek mercy from God, in order to save their souls.

Without the power of God’s Holy Spirit within us, none of us is able to keep the law.  We are all sinners and none of us is truly able to reflect the character and likeness of God by our own efforts.  Nevertheless, Jehovah is a God of mercy, and of free will.  Every single person is valuable to him.

Sharia is a system of regulations, based on fear of punishment, that seeks to dominate and control every human being on the face of the earth . . . a system that would cause a man to beat his wife into submission. . . or to murder his daughter to save his own honor . . . or to kill innocents for the ‘glory’ (and blood lust) of his god.  The god ‘Allah’ is the author of this cruel system of domination.

Contrast Allah with Jehovah, The One who grants us each free will, yet freely pardons those who turn from their wicked ways . . . Jehovah, the God who sent His own son to live a sinless life and die on our behalf–so that we can have peace, abundance, love, joy, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness and self control.  Jehovah, whose law is fair and just, and based in love.

No, Sharia law can’t hold a candle to that!  And that is why Allah must resort to deception, fear, intimidation and punishment.  Contrary to what Islam claims, NO ONE is born a Muslim.  Every child is born free, and each person has the right, and the obligation, to choose which God/god he will serve.

Islam, The Religion of Peace

What Is The Gospel?

Here’s The Deal . . .

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I was sent a link, as part of a comment to a previous post. In that link, passages from the Bible and the Koran are twisted together to make a case for the opinion that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad.  One of the passages quoted from is John 14, another is John 16.

(When Jesus spoke of ‘The Counselor’, He was referring to the Holy Spirit of God that He promised would indwell Christians.  He was not referring to Muhammad, or to any other human being.)

In previous posts, I explained the interpretations of John 14 and John 15. To continue with the teaching, here is John 16, in its entirety, along with its interpretation:

1 “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

5 “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

16 “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy

17 Some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”

19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

31 “You believe at last!”  Jesus answered. 32 “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In this chapter, Jesus is simultaneously teaching truths about five basic subjects.  The subjects are braided together, as a cord.  Let us tease the strands (subjects) apart by color coding them.  Passages speaking of the same thing are coded the same color.  The subjects will be explained at the end of the chapter.

Now that you have read the chapter as it was written (above), read one color-coded section at a time, and compare it with the explanation at the end of the chapter.

1 “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

5 “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

16 “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy

17 Some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”

19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

31 “You believe at last!”  Jesus answered. 32 “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Color code and subjects


Jesus speaks of His impending death and resurrection, and comforts His disciples.

Jesus explains that He and the Father and the Holy Spirit are one.

Jesus explains that:

  • after He goes to The Father, He will send the Counselor (The Holy Spirit)
  • The Holy Spirit will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment
  • The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth
  • The Holy Spirit will teach us the meaning of the parables that Jesus spoke
  • The Holy Spirit will tell us of things that are to come
  • Because the disciples love and believe Jesus, The Father loves them

Jesus warns the disciples that they will face persecution in this life, but eternal joy.  He encourages them to keep their faith in Him.

Jesus teaches the disciples what will be the nature of their/our relationship with God after Jesus’ resurrection:

  • They/we will pray directly to The Father, in Jesus’ name
  • The Father will answer their/our prayers, because He loves those who love and trust in Jesus
  • After His resurrection He will teach the disciples, in plain language, about The Father

If you go back, and reread the entire chapter as it was written, it should make more sense to you now.

Was Jesus A Prophet?

Answer To Islam #1: John 14

Answer to Islam #2: John 15

Answer To Islam #4

” 31.  More Christians have been murdered at the hands of Muslims in the last 100 years, than all previous persecutions upon Christians combined back to the first century.”

 

Quoted from: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

” 30. In nations where Muslims are a minority, they claim Islam is a peaceful religion that worships the same God as Christians. However, when these same Muslims gain a majority, military or political control, they slaughter the Christians.”

Quoted from: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

Christians:

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.””  Romans 8: 15

If you are a Christian, and you have to avoid learning the truth about things that are currently going on in our world because they scare you–I would argue that you have not been ‘made perfect’ in Christ’s love.  As God’s child, you should feel safe and secure when you draw near to Him.

It was never God’s intention for Christians to ‘bury their head in the sand’.  God reveals truth, however disturbing, to Christians, so that they can share it with the world!  How else will the world (who can’t ‘hear’ God) ever hear the truth?

You can’t depend on the media to be the world’s watchmen! Very few people, who are in spiritual darkness, are going to be willing to expose the unfruitful (destructive) works of darkness.  You can expect them to be slaves of darkness, through fear, because they have not been given the protection and power of God.  But you  have been given that Spirit of courage and power–and you  have an obligation!

Even if the media discovered, and were willing to report on, all that happens in the world–they do not share God’s unique perspective on the meaning of these events!

How can the world see their need for repentance, if Christians are too timid to warn them that what they are doing is wrong, and they are being judged by God?

And by ‘warn’, I don’t mean to try to scare–that doesn’t work anyway.   You’ll have to find a way to share your peace and faith that, even through perilous times, God will protect His children.  (If you don’t have that peace or assurance, it is time to draw close to God and find it.)

Your obligation is not to twist arms or persuade men to accept truth.  Your obligation is merely to lay it before them and let them decide. Will they listen?  Most won’t.  But still, you are obligated!

” . . . From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  Luke 12: 48

As Americans, we have been ‘given much’!  As Christians, we have been given everything!!

When Jesus commissioned Christians to go to all the world and make disciples, He wasn’t saying to go and compel them to become disciples.  Entry into God’s kingdom is always by free will!!   He meant that we should continue to mentor those who want to become disciples.

In fact I believe that many today, who profess to be Christians, made that decision while under duress.  I would argue that God is still patiently waiting for them to make their decision from a pure heart, that feels no compulsion from fear or from men.  (In our justice system, confessions made under duress do not have legal standing.)

It is the work of the Holy Spirit to draw men to God, and that drawing by the Spirit reveals the nature of God–much as ‘courtship’ should reveal the nature of one’s suitor.

It is no wonder that many who say they are Christians do not live as Christians, or reflect the character of God.  If they were drawn to God by men, using fear to motivate them, then their understanding of God’s nature is warped.   Therefore I believe that they do not truly know God (nor trust Him).

 

If you are a Christian, you should not be burying your head in the sand about things that are happening today.  How will you follow Jesus’ admonition to “let no man deceive you” if you spend your days in willful ignorance?

It is the fear of what you hear that you must battle–not the truth itself!  Jesus did not teach us to run from things that scare us, but rather to be bold and confront the forces of darkness.  Courage is not a feeling, it is a choice–a choice to act in spite of fear.

So, what is the point of my sharing all these things, for the last 15 months?  Is it to incite fear?  No!

What is the point of my telling you these things if you are not going to be here when they happen? Because you ARE going to be here for an awful lot of difficult events that will unfold in the coming months!

Knowing the truth will hopefully accomplish three things:

  1. It will cause you to repent and draw near to God
  2. It will cause you to seek God, as to what course of action you should take, on behalf of yourself and your family
  3. It will cause you to warn, and intercede for, those you love

If you refuse to listen to the warnings that God is giving to His watchmen, because the truth scares you, you will go on being numb, ignorant, and complacent–and disaster will overtake you like a flood!!  This is not God’s will for His people!

Now that America has shoved God aside, and most Christians have gone along with it, God has withdrawn His protection that covered America.

Yes, America was founded on Christian principles–but Christianity is not a ‘state religion’.  It is the right of America to ‘show God the door’ (at their own peril), but God is looking to Christians to stand firm in the practice of their faith.

Instead, Christians have gone along with the new rules, setting aside their conscience, and putting more importance upon being ‘politically correct’ and obeying men, rather than God.  We should have ‘drawn a line in the sand’ a LONG time ago!

Repentance begins with the people of God. Intercession for a nation begins with the people of God.  God’s favor rests upon the actions of His people within the nation. When God was ‘shown the door’, He looked back over His shoulder on His way out.  Christians stood still and shrugged.  Then God shook His head and shut the door behind Him.

God is not coming back to America.  Now, anyone who still wants to live under His blessing will have to (spiritually) come out of America.  You will now have to choose whether to continue living your comfortable life (without the presence of God) or whether you will pursue God, though it may cost you everything.

Fear is not something to try to escape.  It IS appropriate to fear God, and to fear His judgment.  When God judges a nation, it touches everyone.

Because God has departed, many things are converging on America.  I can see why people want to deny this: it is too hard to believe how many things are coming at once, and the impending disasters are too huge to comprehend

    Our paradigm (understanding of how life ‘is’), as Americans, has been built on a 200 year history of living under the protection and blessing of God.  Most of us have no comprehension of how it is to live in any other way.  As Americans, we have been blessed with peace, safety, abundance, knowledge, justice and opportunity.

    Aside from a few brief periods, we have laid our heads on our pillows at night without fear of an enemy’s attack.  Aside from a few economic downturns, most Americans have had food.  The justice system, until recent years, has worked for most of us.

    We forget, that this is not the case everywhere in the world.  It is not because Americans are ‘special’ that we have had these blessings–it is because, for the most part, we were obedient to God’s laws and sought to uphold those laws!  Although it was by no means perfect, we made America a place where a holy God was content to dwell.

    “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him”  Nahum 1: 7

    But, our system was meant to govern a people that were moral.  We became complacent and discontent and, over time, we allowed those who were immoral to lead us in their ways.

    Through the generations, our focus turned from God to our community–then from our community to ourselves.  We became a godless people who sought to satisfy our own appetites and lusts.  The ‘me generation’ then gave birth to a generation who seek to exalt themselves as gods and goddesses.

    In their attempts to infuse this generation of children with a positive self esteem, they raised a generation of prideful, arrogant fools.  They not only indulge all of their appetites and lusts, but see themselves as invincible and infallible.  A deep sense of entitlement is pervasive.  In their attempts to be gods, they war with one another.  This generation will be America’s leaders tomorrow!

    Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the multinational corporate elite and wealthy political families have taken their ‘robber baron’ mentality and exploited people around the globe. These elite comprise the majority of our government, which operates now, not for the good of the American people, but for their own profit.

    “You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away.”  Nahum 3: 16

    Simultaneously, and fueled by the injustices committed by these emissaries of ‘Christian’ America, radical Islam has spread as an opponent to the American version of capitalism and Christianity.

    And, last but not least,  our government has been seized by rebels, who seek to overturn the elite.  But their war is not just with the elite–they are also against middle and upper class Americans, whom they feel have been complicit in the schemes of the elite and have profited from having an unfair advantage, based on centuries of exploiting others.

    In their attempt to ‘even the playing field’ they are bringing America under international authority vs. treaties, taking control of private corporations, and nullifying our Constitutional rights.  They are creating a government that will rule by fear and force.

     

    America has many enemies.  They have been circling, like vultures, awaiting their opportunity.  That day is at  hand.

    “The shields of his soldiers are red; the warriors are clad in scarlet. The metal on the chariots flashes on the day they are made ready; the horsemen rush to and fro.  The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.”  Nahum 2: 3-4

    “The river gates are thrown open and the palace collapses.”  Nahum 2: 6

    “Nineveh is like a pool, and its water is draining away. “Stop! Stop!” they cry, but no one turns back. Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold! The supply is endless, the wealth from all its treasures! She is pillaged, plundered, stripped! Hearts melt, knees give way, bodies tremble, every face grows pale.” Nahum 2: 8-10

    What we took for granted, when we laid our heads on our pillows each night, was that God was there to watch over us while we slept.

    FOR THIS REASON God is calling His watchmen to spread the word that He is no longer watching over America!

    “I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame.I will pelt you with filth, I will treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle.”  Nahum 3: 5-6

    But, this is only one aspect of the ‘perfect storm’ that is converging on America!

    God’s is a fourfold judgment:

    1. famine–drought, flooding, problems with food distribution, poverty
    2. sword–attacks on our troops overseas, increased violence in homes and communities, terrorist attacks, war on our own soil
    3. pestilence–pandemics (manmade and natural), food borne illness, water borne illness, STDs, plagues on agricultural crops and animals
    4. wild beasts  (one watchman believes this refers to demonic entities)

    And, as Revelation spells out, there will be ‘natural’ disasters as well:  tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, fierce storms, changes in the sun . . .

    How can we comprehend what we have never known?  Most of us have a paradigm of peace, safety and abundance (this is why we experience ‘culture shock’ when we go to other places that aren’t under God’s protection).  And how can we conceive of all these things happening simultaneously?

    Nevertheless, the wise one heeds the watchmen.  The wise man sees, and prepares.  But there is no way we can prepare for all of these things! So, what is the point of knowing–especially if it just frightens us?  And doesn’t God protect His people anyhow?

    Your knowing what is coming is a matter of life and death!! I can say, with near certainty, that you love people who are not children of God!!  Will their blood be upon your hands?

    You need to see how much is coming, and how there is no way we can save ourselves–so that you can see how IMPERATIVE it is that we Christians repent, intercede and warn!! God is listening for His people to repent and intercede.  Perhaps then He will turn back His wrath!

    Will many listen?  No.  Americans, including Christians, are so  skeptical, that it is nearly impossible to penetrate their hearts with the truth.

    “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.” II Peter 3: 3

    Most Americans are so independent and self-sufficient that they proudly assume they can handle, by themselves, whatever comes along.  Others blindly put their unfailing trust in their leaders to take care of them.  Many believe that life will always revolve around them, that nothing bad can befall them, and that this is their entitlement.

    And others, most ‘Christians‘ sadly, believe they are righteous and not deserving of any judgment, and  that God will whisk them away just as things really get difficult in America.  Never mind that their Christian brethren, all over the world, have been persecuted and martyred for their faith, for two thousand years!!  Their paradigm simply does not allow for that possibility in America.  Persecution will close on them like a trap! Those that they have bent over backwards not to offend will be hunting them in the streets!

    If God’s people in America don’t repent and intercede then we are consigning America to the fate that God has planned.  At the very least, they should be warned–so that perhaps someone might repent and turn to God!

     

    America’s judgment has begun in earnest, in two places:  Michigan and California.

    Michigan is the seat of Islam in  America.  God’s first command is that we have no other gods before Him.  (Exodus 20:3Allah is not God.  When we take care not to offend Allah, or his followers, we are putting another god before our God.

    Islam brings desolation everywhere it goes.  Part of this is because of the demonic entities associated with Islam–the other part is because it invites God’s judgment upon us.

    California has consistently been at the forefront, introducing all manner of sexual perversion to America, and legislating for its acceptance.  Through its seductive spokesperson (Hollywood) it has spread the deviancy worldwide.

    We have not yet felt the full impact of God’s judgment.  But through Michigan and California, He has warned us and given us a taste of what’s to come.  Through Hurricane Katrina, He has shown us that the unimaginable CAN happen–and without warning!

    Is God Judging Indonesia and Pakistan?

    ” 29.  Muslims who refer to Allah as a “loving father” will be put to death. Allah is a distant, cold, rigid, unknown god, never a loving father as in Judaism and Christianity.”

     

    Quoted from:  http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

    I was sent a link, as part of a comment to a previous post. In that link, passages from the Bible and the Koran are twisted together to make a case for the opinion that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad.  One of the passages quoted from is John 14.

    (When Jesus spoke of ‘The Counselor’, He was referring to the Holy Spirit of God that He promised would indwell Christians.  He was not referring to Muhammad, or to any other human being.)

    In a previous post, I explain the interpretation of John 14. To continue with the teaching, here is John 15, in its entirety, along with its interpretation:

    The Vine and the Branches

    1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

    5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

    9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

    The World Hates the Disciples

    18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

    26 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

    In this chapter, Jesus is simultaneously teaching truths about six basic subjects.  The subjects are braided together, as a cord.  Let us tease the strands (subjects) apart by color coding them.  Passages speaking of the same thing are coded the same color.  The subjects will be explained at the end of the chapter.

    Now that you have read the chapter as it was written (above), read one color-coded section at a time, and compare it with the explanation at the end of the chapter.

    The Vine and the Branches

    1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean [pruned] because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

    5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

    9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

    The World Hates the Disciples

    18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

    26When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

    Color code and subjects


    Jesus:

    • Explains that we can do nothing (spiritually) on our own, but that we must allow Him to work through us
    • Teaches that through being united with Him, we will bear spiritual fruit
    • Reveals that we were chosen, to be fruitful
    • Tells us that The Father prunes us
    • Explains that it pleases The Father when we are fruitful, and The Father will give us what we ask for, in order that we may be even more fruitful
    • Teaches that our fruitfulness brings glory to God

    Jesus explains that:

    • If we obey Him, He will love us
    • Because He obeyed the Father, The Father loves Him
    • If we continue to obey Him, He will remain in us

    Jesus explains that:

    • To love Him is to obey Him
    • His command is that we love each other, even going so far as to lay down our life for each other

    Jesus shows that :

    • The world  hated Him without reason
    • The world, by extension, hates The Father–because Jesus and The Father are one
    • The world will treat His followers as it treated Him–because Jesus and His followers are one

    Jesus explains that:

    • He loves The Father and does exactly what The Father has commanded Him.  Therefore, when people hate Jesus, they hate The Father.
    • If we love Jesus, we will obey Him.  Then those who seek Him will accept our teaching
    • When Jesus sends The Counselor/The Spirit of Truth from The Father, The Counselor will testify of Him (Jesus)
    • The disciples were witnesses and must tell others what they witnessed when they were with Jesus
    • We must testify about what we know of Jesus, from His presence being with us

    God, the Father:

    • will cut off Christians that don’t bear fruit
    • will cast them into the fire
    • will judge those who reject Jesus
    • will judge those who reject the witnesses’ testimony about Jesus

    If you go back, and reread the entire chapter as it was written, it should make more sense to you now.

    Was Jesus A Prophet?

    Answer To Islam #1: John 14

    Answer To Islam #3: John 16

    Answer To Islam #4

    Caution

    Be careful of seeking truth.  Once you find it, you are responsible for what you do with it.  You can never go back.