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God's Chosen People, Lesson 9, by Bro. John Marshall
We will now go to God’s Word. I will spend much time in Deuteronomy 28 because it is of great importance to the unfolding of Jewish history. Bear in mind that this is Moses that is giving the Lord’s instructions to the children of Israel. For ease of reading and understanding, I will use the New Living Translation of the Bible.
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all His commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:” Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NLT)
At one point, under the kings David and Solomon, Israel was preeminent. God is slow to anger, not willing that any should perish, but He is swift to show mercy to those that love Him. He would much rather that we would obey Him and live than sin and die. He does not take pleasure in the death of anyone. In the matter of obedience and disobedience, it is always best to obey willingly, out of a love for God and a desire to please Him, rather than to obey because it is an obligation, or because of fear of His great wrath.
The Mosaic covenant was made with a people who had already been redeemed by God’s gracious deliverance from Egypt. The covenant was given to Israel that they might enjoy fellowship with God, and be prepared to receive His blessings, one of which would be the exalting of Israel above all nations. Specific blessings are listed in the following verses.
“Your towns and fields will be blessed. Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.” (Deuteronomy 28:3-6 NLT)
Not only in Jerusalem, where the temple would be built, and there be blessed with the service, worship, and ordinances of God, but in all other cities of the land, where they shall dwell in security, within walls and fences, and be very populous. They would enjoy good health and have plenty of all sorts of provisions brought upon them, as well as prosper in all kinds of merchandise, manufactures, trades and livelihoods. Their beasts of burden, camels and donkeys, their herds of cows and oxen, their flocks of sheep and goats would multiply. A man’s wealth was indicated, to a large extent, by the size of his herds and flocks, and by the success of his endeavors. Their families would be greatly multiplied, so that, following the Abrahamic covenant, “your seed shall be as the stars in the sky.” Their gardens, orchards, and fields; grass for the cattle, and the wheat, barley, vines, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates would flourish. Their every daily need would be met there would always be sufficient bread, oil, wine, and grain on their plates, in their pantries, cellars, storehouses, and barns. They would be blessed in all their business ventures, and employments of life whether indoors or out-of-doors; in the administration of every office, whether public or private; and in all their journeys, going out or coming home; and particularly when they went out to war, and returned: all should be attended with success. Human happiness comes from obeying God’s commands. God, in His foreknowledge, could see ahead to Israel’s eventual rebellion, yet still, He set before them the option: obey and be blessed or disobey and be cursed. He was, in effect telling them what He already knew that the future held for them.
“The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land He is giving you. If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways, the Lord will establish you as His holy people as he swore He would do. Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you. The Lord will give you prosperity in the land He swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. The Lord will send rain at the proper time from His rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work that you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after gods and worship them.” (Deuteronomy 28:7-14 NLT)
In this section are singled out three separate areas of blessing. The first is as to the nation of Israel; the second refers to agriculture endeavors; the third has to do with Israel’s reputation.
Number one: Israel would have supernatural military success and financial prosperity that would cause them to be above all other nations. They would be lending, but never borrowing, and always be a leader and never a follower. Number two: Israel would experience abundant prosperity in her farming and family life. The Canaanites believed that the rain was sent by their fertility god, Baal, but the Hebrews were to know that the early rains, for planting and sowing, and the latter rains, for the final maturity of the crops, were sent out of the Lord’s bounty. Number three: By being God’s obedient and holy people, the Israelites would enjoy such an intimacy with God that they would become a testimony to all the peoples on earth who would fear and stand in awe of Israel. Israel would experience blessings in all three areas if she did not turn aside from any of the Lord’s commands or follow other gods.
Please permit me to digress again for one short observation: The Jews are a living miracle! Despite being scattered all over the face of the earth, and suffering unimaginable abominable atrocities and massacres, they have not only survived, but they are also flourishing! The Jews have contributed so much to make this world a better, safer, more enjoyable place in which to live, notably, in the fields of medicine, science, technology, agriculture, music, and entertainment. More importantly, through the Jews, God has given us His written Word, the Bible. But most important of all, through the Jews He has given us the hope of salvation, in the person of His Son, our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ!
The Jewish People made new homes in the foreign countries to which they were dispersed only to be later kicked out, blamed for the world’s problems, and nearly exterminated multiple times. Their temples and synagogues were burned, they were tortured and massacred, and their books and Holy Scriptures were destroyed. No matter what Israel does, whether good or bad, it is viewed by most of the world as a provocation that justifies the world’s hatred toward God’s covenant nation. The Jews’ tragic story culminated in one of the worst episodes in human history: The Holocaust, when six million men, women, and children were murdered by shooting, beatings, poisonous gas, torture, and starvation.
But amid persecution, remarkably, the Jews survived! Even while being dispersed all over the world, they maintained their cultural and religious distinctions. God has kept a watchful eye over this tiny nation: “Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:4) the Jews not only survived but they thrived after the Holocaust and continue to bring blessing to the world in many areas. John Adams, the second president of the United States said, “The Hebrews, the Jews, have contributed more to civilized man than any other nation. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern.”
Having strayed farther afield than I intended, I will again open the New Living Translation to examine the curses that should attend the disobedience of Israel. One might say that Deuteronomy 28:15-68 serves a dual purpose. Not only does it inform the people of Israel what curses would overtake them should they choose to disobey God and rebel against Him, but it is also a vivid picture of what, in fact, did befall these people. Israel did enjoy a period of peace, prosperity, and expansion. Under the kings David and Solomon, they were enormously blessed! After Solomon’s death, however, the nation was split. Ten of the twelve tribes severed themselves and became the northern kingdom, Israel, while the other two tribes became the southern kingdom, Judah.
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God's Chosen People, Lesson 8, Brother John Marshall
We will now move on to the promises God gave the Jewish People regarding the Holy Land He would give them to possess in perpetuity.
It is important for us to understand that God’s covenant with Abraham – that his ancestors would be as numerous as the sand of the sea, and that they would be a blessing unto all the peoples of the earth – was an unconditional covenant. The people did not have to do anything for this covenant to be effective: only God had to uphold the covenant. God chose this ethnic group simply because it was His will to so choose there were no conditions attached on the part of the people: God swore by Himself that it would be so.
On the other hand, His promise to give Israel a large chunk of real estate for a permanent possession was a conditional covenant: if you do this, I will do that: if you do not do this, I will make you sorry! The people initially agreed to accept His terms but, alas, they failed miserably to abide by the agreement. The land of Israel is God’s inheritance for the people He chose for His purposes, and it is Israel’s forever. Whether Israel lived in the land or out of the land, however, was dependent on the nation’s obedience. Israel’s possession and occupation of the land were dependent on one thing, and one thing only: obedience! Israel’s promise of land was an eternal promise, but her possession of that land rested on her obedience to the One who gave it to her. Whether Israel lived in the land or was dispersed out of the land for disobedience, it was hers nonetheless to possess.
Now let us turn to Scripture and examine this promise.
“And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan, they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land. And the Lord appeared unto Abram and said, ‘Unto thy seed will I give this land: and he builded an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.” (Genesis 12:5-7)
“And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, ‘Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.’” (Genesis 13:14-15)
“In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,’ Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.’” (Genesis 15:18)
“’And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you for an heritage: I am the Lord.’” (Exodus 6:8)
“And hast brought forth Thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched-out arm, and with great terror: and hast given them this land, which Thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Jeremiah 32:21-22)
So now we have established that Jehovah God did, in fact, promise to give Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, to His Chosen People, the seed of Abraham, the Jews. Again, there is no room for argument: it is an undeniable truth!
To possess the land, and live in it, and enjoy the benefits of that inhabitation, the people must abide by the commandments set forth by God. Deuteronomy 28: 1-14 sets forth, in detail, the blessings the people would enjoy by keeping the Lord’s commandments. Verses 15-68 describes the woes that would befall the people if they refused to abide by His commandments. Chapters 29 and 30 shed further light on this. (These blessings and curses are also revealed in Leviticus 26:1-13 [blessings] and 14-46 [curses]). For ease of reading and understanding, I will use the New Living Translation of the Bible as we study these blessings and curses listed in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy.
Having ascertained that the Jewish People are God’s Chosen People, and that the land of Israel is rightfully theirs forever, we will come to an examination of the dispersions of this people and the persecutions they have endured through many centuries of time. But first I would like to lay a little groundwork leading up to the causes of the Diaspora. God, in effect, allowed Israel to make her own decision to enter an era wherein they would be despised and persecuted by most of the nations and peoples of the world, and to suffer the cruelties and atrocities perpetrated upon her.
We read in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 28, just what Israel may expect from God through their obedience to His ordinances and commandments. On the other hand, and this list is long, we find what they can expect if they do not obey God’s directives, if they rebel against Him and forget all He has done and is doing for them, and choose to depend upon their own merits and strength, or, worst of all, if they choose to follow and worship other gods; idols of wood and stone, that neither see, nor hear, nor speak: the idols and gods worshipped by the nations they are to dispossess!
In His omnipotence, God knew that His children would become disobedient, yet He still displayed His patience with them, His desire to keep them under His love and care, and his reticence to discipline them. He set before them a choice: obey My commands and you will be blessed beyond hope and expectations or disobey and suffer the disastrous consequences of My wrath. Verses 1 through 14, about 20%, of Deuteronomy 28 lists the blessings they will enjoy because of their obedience. Verses 15 through 68, approximately 80% of the chapter, goes into detail concerning the curses that will befall them if they choose to disobey. The greater length of the curses section was likely meant to foreshadow Israel’s eventual failure under the covenant.
- ReadGrace GazetteNovember/December 2020
A Word Form the Pastor
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! What a month November has been! As you probably know, I endeavor to have these newsletters out the first week of each month. You do not need me to tell you that this letter is late! For my tardiness I apologize, and to make up for I am going to give you some really big announcements!
First, I want to let you know that our annual church auction is going on right now as we speak! This year it looks different as it is a virtual auction in place of an in-person auction. If you are interested in some good deals you may find it here: https://www.facebook.com/gbcofgso …local pick up only, we do not deliver, all bids final this Saturday, November 21, at 5 PM Eastern standard time. Please only bid in dollar increments.
Second major announcement, beginning Sunday, December 6th, we will be going back to three services a week! Sunday morning will remain at 10:15, sorry no Sunday School at this time. Sunday evening service starts at 6 PM and Wednesday prayer and Bible study starts at 7 PM. *Social distancing standards are still in place and please wear your mask until seated.
Third Announcement, we are planning a HUGE Christmas celebration meal following the morning service on December 20. We are planning on the church providing ham and turkey and are asking our guests to please bring side dishes and desserts to complement our meal. *As always we are taking extreme cleaning measures to ensure everything is sanitized for our services and we are thrilled and blessed to be able to serve God even in these days!
Final announcement, this newsletter will be the final newsletter for 2020 as I will be taking the month of December to prepare for the upcoming 2021 season. Don't worry, there will be a new edition of the Grace Gazette and the latest installment of "God's Chosen People" in January of next year. Until we meet again, may God bless you!
Todd Nance, Pastor
Grace Baptist Church
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A Word From the Pastor
Greetings in the name of the Lord! Summer is officially behind us and autumn is making itself known. Oh how I wish I could say that COVID-19 is behind us and we are moving forward as if it never happened, but alas, I cannot do so. However, I refuse to let this get me down! God has a perfect plan and purpose for this "season of testing" we are in.
Today, Friday October 2, 2020 our governor has stated that NC will be going into phase 3 of reopening. This is getting us much closer to "business as usual" but we're not quite there yet. You may have been wondering what this means for our church services, so let me explain my plans for the next few weeks.
- We are not going to increase either our services or number of attendees at this time. I want to play it safe by waiting and watching for any increase in cases or outbreaks as social distancing standards are decreased. If by the end of October things are staying steady, we will reassess the situation and make necessary changes.
- We are planning to head back to normal in the coming weeks by reintroducing some of our usual seasonal activities. I am praying that by Christmas we will at least be able to have our cantata if not our play. Please help me pray for this.
- We will continue to livestream all services. This is not something we are going to stop doing. This is a great method and means of outreach. You can help by watching and sharing the sermons on your social media.
This plan, like any plan, is not perfect, but a good plan you can act on today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. I trust you will continue to pray and support the ministry of Grace Baptist Church. If you are enjoying these newsletters, have questions or requests please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Have a blessed day!
Todd Nance, Pastor
Grace Baptist Church
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God's Chosen People, Lesson 4 - Bro. John Marshall
A note from the pastor: Before you begin reading this next installment of brother John's study on the People and nation of Israel, I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Marshall for his hard work and dedication to writing such a wonderful study of God's Chosen People. I hope this Bible study is a blessing to everyone who reads it! Starting...now!
If God keeps His promises, and He does, then there will always be at least a remnant of the Jewish People in this world. His covenants with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David are secure, eternal — unshakable, unchangeable, irrevocable. Jeremiah 31: 35-37 says it very well, "Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, which directeth the sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of hosts his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever. Thus saith the Lord; if heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord. "
Let us begin!
Our journey commences with the origin of the earth and humanity, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis l: l)
And God said, Let there be light. (v 3) the first day.
And God called the firmament Heaven. (v 8) the second day.
And God called the dry land Earth ... and the waters He called Seas... And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb-yielding seed, and the fruit tree... (V 10-11) the third day..
The sun, moon, and stars. (vv. 14-19) the fourth day.
Birds and fish. (vv. 20-23) the fifth day.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness . (vv. 24-31) the sixth day.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. (Genesis 1:28).
Note that man was created on the sixth day, the last day of creation, the last object of creation, after everything else was ready.
Now, let us fast forward approximately 1948 years, past Noah, and the great flood, to a location in Mesopotamia, called Ur of the Chaldea, where we are introduced to a man called Abram.
Beginning in Genesis 11:10, we find listed the generation following Noah's son, Shem, culminating with the first mention of Abram, in verse 26.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father 's house, unto a land that I shall shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt he a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12: l3)
When Abram was 99 years old, an age when he and his wife, Sarai, were well past the child-bearing age, the Lord appeared unto him and promised that he would be the father of a nation that would be as the sand of the seashore, and as the starry host of heaven. Abram believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness. The Lord made a covenant with Abram that he would be the father of many nations, and God also promised to give to Abram and his seed after him all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession (Genesis 17). Abram's son, Isaac, was the forefather of the Israelites, the Hebrews, the Jews, the seed that would be the object of the covenant. Abram's son, Ishmael, was the forefather of what today we call the Arabs.
Nowhere does the Bible tell us why God chose Abram: the implication is that God chooses whom He wishes, and He owes no accounting to anyone for His choices. He chose the Israelites, the Hebrews, the Jews, to be a "special" people unto Him; a "unique' people. Israel was to be an example to other peoples, a light to the nations, an example for all other nations and peoples to imitate. Israel was to be the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15: I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. This was the first prophecy of a coming Messiah, who was to come through the Jews. Abram, whose name was later changed by God to Abraham, was a Jew, the first Jew, although the term "Jew" did not come about until the tribe of Judah, one of the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel). The logical conclusion, then, considering Genesis 12:3, is: Bless the Jews, you will be blessed; curse the Jews, you will be cursed! And through the ages, this has proven to be true: the nations and peoples that have oppressed the Jewish People have come to grief, and the nations and peoples that have aided and supported the Jewish People have been blessed!
The promises God made to Abraham were quite specific and unambiguous: sealed by an unconditional and everlasting covenant. This covenant has not been abrogated or superseded by the New Covenant (the New Testament). Romans 9 - 11 teaches that even though Israel is in temporary unbelief, that unbelief will come to an end one day, and God will fulfill all those blessings to Israel and then through Israel will bless the entire world. This will result in the fulfillment of the Abrahamic promises. The implementation of the next phase of His plan will deal Israel's temporary unbelief, which will lead to their national conversion.
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God's Chosen People Lesson 3 by John Marshall
Although I firmly believe that the present-day return of Jews to Israel is a partial fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, it must be noted that most of these Jews are still in a “state of unbelief'” they have not yet recognized nor accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah. Thankfully, there are many organizations now operating in Israel, that are composed of followers of Yeshua (Jesus), and Jewish evangelization is today being carried on in the Holy Land. Some of the returning Jews are believers and are demonstrating through their lifestyle and interaction with their neighbors that Christians can and do love Israel and the Jewish People. Perhaps by this means the apostle Paul's statement in Romans 11:11 will come to pass: "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fail? God forbid hut rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.”
My hope and my prayer for Israel and the Jewish People is found in II Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The main points I will be addressing in this series of studies will be first, today, an introduction. Subsequent studies will include a (1) brief history of the Jewish People; (2) Biblical proof of the Jews as God's Chosen People and “Eretz Yisrael” as their Homeland; (3) instances of Jewish persecution and dispersion; (4) Replacement Theology and anti-Semitism; (5) the threat today to Israel, Christians, and the United States; (6) Biblical prophecies regarding the return and regathering of the Jewish People; and (7) the importance of the Jews in end-time prophecy. I will also point out some reasons why I strongly believe that we are now living in the opening stages of end-time prophecy. Time will not permit me to go into all the detail that these points encompass, so most of the studies will be of a brief nature.
(Pastor’s note – perhaps you are wondering why brother John Marshall would have such strong feelings toward the Jewish people? If you have read this far, please continue, because he is about to explain this very reason!)
I met a Jew one day! And my life has not been the same since. This Jew I met was not Jesus - I met Him way back in 1957, at the Port Mission, in Baltimore, MD!
I met Ivan Hoffman somewhere between 2006 and 2009 at, of all the strange places to meet a Jew, at Shining Light Baptist Church, right here in Greensboro, NC!
Ivan was a Jewish Christian. Some people might refer to him as a 'Messianic Jew", but Ivan preferred to call himself a "Completed Jew." I do not recall the exact circumstances about how we came to meet, but meet we did, and Ivan became my closest and dearest earthly friend, and knowing him changed my life completely. You see, Ivan was a sort of missionary to his people, the Jews, and he awakened in me something I never knew existed - a love for Israel and the Jewish people! Through Ivan, my attention was first directed to the task of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Jewish people. Unfortunately, Ivan departed this world in July of 2017, leaving a huge void in my life. (I say "unfortunately" referring to me, as he is in a much better place now, with his Lord!) Since Ivan's death, and due to my increasing age and physical disabilities, I am no longer able to get out and about to meet and establish the necessary relationships with the Jewish community, so I will leave Jewish Evangelism to younger, better educated, and more physically capable hands. My focus now lies in presenting Biblical reasons why people, especially Christians, ought to stand with Israel and the Jewish People. (Pastor’s note – I second brother John’s opinion of brother Ivan Hoffman. Ivan and his dear wife Susan came to Grace Baptist Church sometime around 2016 and Joined shortly thereafter. I had the privilege of, not only being Ivan’s pastor, but his friend as well.)
I am solidly behind Israel and Zionism! I am pro-Israel and pro-Zionism! However, I do not, for one second believe that Israel, or the Jewish people, or Zionism, is perfect or without flaw. Every nation, every people, every organization has its own peculiarities, its own "gray" areas, makes its own mistakes. None of these can be completely without error, nor can you or me. I AM NOT anti-Arab, nor am I anti-Muslim. I AM anti-terrorist! I AM anti-whomever or -whatever is trying to eradicate the Jewish people and the State of Israel. I am firmly opposed to anti-Semitism in whatever form it may appear, and from whatever source it may arise. That includes today's modern so-called "Christianity"; popular television preachers that stray from Biblical principles; Replacement Theology; the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement; seminaries that have left the traditional Biblical foundations; and Christian pulpits that have become platforms for diatribes against the Jewish People; and I am opposed to the radical Islamic "fundamentalists" that openly proclaim war against God's Chosen People. This does not necessarily mean any specific nation or religion (unless targeting Israel): it means any organization(s) or individual(s) within the nations surrounding Israel (and around the world) that are hell-bent on destroying God's Chosen People. The very fact that they are God's Chosen People, and that the Land of Israel is the land God promised to give them, means that any assault or plot against them is doomed to ultimate failure!
In the meantime, there have been, there are, and there will be, tragically, many innocent victims; much collateral damage; extensive destruction of property and devastation of the land in the Middle East.
Having said all that, I will take a moment to point out that The Islamic Threat Is Real! 9/11/2001: Terrorists fly planes into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and a location in Pennsylvania! "In the Qur'an, Allah commands his followers to perpetuate the religion by killing or subjugating all non-Muslims everywhere: 'Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem [of war] (surah 9:5). Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers [in fight], smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subjugated them, bind a bond firmly [on them] (surah 47:4). Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure (surah 61:4).' No Muslim who defines himself as a believer would ever doubt that the Qur'an is the exact written representation of the words of Allah" (quoted from "For the Love of Zion ", by Elwood McQuaid, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, c2007)
Yes, the Islamic threat is real, and growing more so every day. You read in your newspaper and watch on your television news programs, almost daily, that there has been another incident of slaughter in a synagogue, multiple rockets fired into Israel, terrorist suicide bombs set off in Israel, France, England, and elsewhere, taking the lives of innocent men, women, and children. We in America sit back in complacency and read and watch these things happening around us and think "That's terrible! Those poor people!" And we change channels, or move on to the sports page, and go about our daily routine as though everything is "normal," and that these acts of terrorism and hatred are half a world away, and do not affect us.
It is true that most of these atrocities are targeting the Jewish People, but it is equally true that, in many places, Christians are also being persecuted, murdered, tortured, driven from their homes, and discriminated against, as well. The hatred, animosity, terror, torture, and murder directed against the Jewish People is simply BECAUSE THEY ARE JEWS! The persecution against Christians is BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MUSLIMS! The Islamic belief is that anyone that is not Islamic is an "infidel,' and does not deserve to live, and must be annihilated. The Islamic objective is a world-wide caliphate, under Sharia law, with no Jews, no Christians,
no one that is not Islamic. Islam is supreme in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the whole of North Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. So, Israel, the home of slightly more than 6.7 million Jews, is surrounded by enemies, and the Islamic states, numbering over 248 million in the Middle East and North Africa, have also set their sights on Europe and America! (the total Islamic world population is more than 1.6 billion!)
I will not verbally assault any generalized group, individual, nation or religion. I will not point my finger and state, "This is wrong!" or "That is wrong!" or "Only this is right!" unless I have unshakable proof to back up my position. I will not criticize Arabs, in general, or Muslims, in general, or Atheists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, or Seventh-Day Adventists, or any other religion or nationality just because we disagree on some issues. It is not my place to criticize anyone else's beliefs or stands; judgment is in God's hands alone, and everyone must eventually answer to Him. I will, however, take a strong stand against the Islamic extremist groups that are attempting to subvert the entire world. I will, gently and prayerfully, try to proclaim and explain, to the best of my ability, my Christian beliefs. If your views are different than mine, so be it: you have the God-given right to disagree with me, and to believe in and espouse whatever creed or dogma you choose to accept - so long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others to do the same! Make no mistake, when the Jewish People and the Land of Israel and the Jewish religion have been decimated and exterminated, Europe and America are next in line!
BUT THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!
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