Dome of the Rock shrine

Dome of the Rock shrine

The Muslim shrine called ‘The Dome of the Rock’ has an inscription, in Arabic. This inscription reveals the spirit behind Islam:

“O you People of the Book, overstep not bounds in your religion, and of God speak only the truth.  The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only an apostle of God, and his Word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from him.  Believe therefore in God and his apostles, and say not Three.  It will be better for you.  God is only one God.  Far be it from his glory that he should have a son.”

It is important to understand the Islamic definition of terms here:

  • ‘People of the Book’:  Jews and Christians (people who believe in the Bible)
  • God:  Allah  (Satan, according to the Bible)
  • God’s apostles:  Muhammad, and Muslim ‘holy warriors’
  • Three:  the Holy Trinity–Father, Son and Holy Spirit

The message of the inscription is to Jews and Christians–and to Muslims who might consider turning to God.  It is a warning.  Translated:

“O you Jews and Christians, overstep not bounds in your religion, and submit to our view of whom we call God  [Allah].  The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is lesser than Allah, and his Word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from him.  Believe therefore in Allah and Muhammad, and don’t speak of a Trinity.  It will be better for you.  Allah is only one.  Far be it from his glory that he should have a son.”

 

The inscription defines who the Islamic god claims to be [God] and who he is not [the Father of Jesus the Messiah, a triune being].  Could it be any plainer that Allah is  not who the Jews, the Christians, and the Bible refer to as God?

Here is a verse worth noting, referring to The Antichrist, that will come to pass in the days ahead:

“With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.”   Daniel 11:32

 

I understand that some churches are now allowing Muslim congregations to share their facilities, and worship Allah in their sanctuaries.  I would assume there are only a few, but I don’t know.

If this is your church, you can pass along this two part warning to your pastor.  (He has shown a serious lack of discernment, and perhaps does not even know God himself–if he will not repent and turn, you need to find another church!):

1. Know your God!  Know His Word!  Before you imply your approval of Islam to all those God has entrusted to your care–learn what Islam is!  Know who Allah is!  By allowing the worship of Allah in your church, you are not just making friends of idolaters, you are encouraging and enabling the practice!!  The children of your flock WILL be led astray!  I also believe that  you will invite God’s judgment upon you and your church–because you are breaking the first and second commandments:

You shall have no other gods besides me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

You may have made this decision innocently and  naively . . . you may not have taken the time to look into Islam . . . but now you have been warned–and scolded–because as a pastor, it is your responsibility to take the time to learn what you are promoting to your flock!   The God of the Bible is not the ‘God’ (Allah) of Islam!  By claiming that Christians and Muslims serve the same God, you are misusing the name of the Lord your God.  You are bringing reproach upon Him, for the things that are done on behalf of Allah and you are misrepresenting the character of the Lord your God!

2. This type of generous gesture is the kind of  ‘submission’ that Islam expects.  They are not surprised.  They are not touched.  Your generosity is not interpreted the way it was intended.  Don’t think that your kindness will win you friendship and understanding from Muslims.  It will only increase arrogance and contempt for your weakness (and present a ‘stumbling block’ for those Muslims that may be searching for the true God!).  If you were in obedience to God, and knew Him, you would not make place for idol worship to take place in your own church!!  How Satan revels in your ignorance!   Repent! Ask God’s forgiveness and stop what you are doing!!

 

How fitting to end with this (Islam moving into Christian churches), since the Dome of the Rock itself, sits upon the site of the ancient temple–a place where it should not be!!

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