Saturday, July 31, 2010

Philistine Temple Ruins Uncovered in Goliath's Hometown - Good News - Israel News - Israel National News

"Bar Ilan University archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of a Philistine temple in the ancient city of Gath, home of the Biblical Goliath, buried in one of the largest tels (ancient ruin mounds) in Israel."

Philistine Temple Ruins Uncovered in Goliath's Hometown - Good News - Israel News - Israel National News

The Bible continues to have archaelogical evidence validate its claims. You could say the science of archaeology validates the Bible's subject matter, and it has since the origination of archaeology. If the Bible is truthful about its historical details, which no discovery has ever refuted Biblical statements of historical facts, why should we assume that it is wrong concerning the rest of its subject matter?
"Taste and see that the LORD is good. How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." Ps. 34:8

Friday, July 30, 2010

Ayatollah claims Supreme Spiritual Powers as Allah's Voice!

Wow, I don't know if you know how tremendous this is, with the Middle East teetering on the edge of catastrophic war, but any student of Bible prophecy would think of Jesus' words, "When you see these things, look up, for your redemption draws nigh."

Joel Rosenberg comments on this and provides some links on his blog at:

Also of note,  a journalist thanks a former PLO sniper for his recent coming to salvation in Jesus Christ.
This also is noted on Joel's blog. 

To quote from Joel's blog:
It is not often a reporter publicly thanks a former terrorist for helping him to give his life completely to Jesus Christ. But it happened this week. That’s why I commend to you this week’s edition of “Stakelbeck on Terror.” CBN reporter Erick Stakelbeck profiles Tass Saada, a “former Palestinian Muslim sniper who used to work for terror master Yasser Arafat-but now works for Jesus.” Stakelbeck interviews Saada and explains how this one-time radical Muslim “put down his gun and learned to love his greatest enemy: Israel.” Then he publicly thanks Saada for his book, Once An Arafat Man, and shares how reading that book and interviewing Saada led Stakelbeck to a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.

This is also found on Rosenberg's link, pasted above.

Oh, and one more plug for J.R.  He's got a new 'geopolitical' thriller coming out, avaliable now for pre-sale, titled "The Twelth Imam."

Thursday, July 29, 2010

When the Watchmen Are Silenced

Will Obama do away with Freedom of Speech? He is Fundamentally transforming America.

Jan Markell wrote an article giving the details to this distrubing move the left (those against 'the conservatives,' 'the [political] right'), the Marxists, the Socialists are making. The article is here:
When the Watchmen Are Silenced

America, does anyone care what is being done to your country? Do you think you will continue to enjoy life unparalleled to the rest of the world, when the rights and freedoms that make your country great are being taken away?

The Bible predicts in Daniel 2 & 7, the final great empire before the return of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. This empire at first is under the control of 10 rulers. Then one will arise and take the power of three, and the world will wonder and adore him. This person, the 'smal horn' of Daniel 7:7-8, 20-22, is also known as the anti (or psuedo) Christ. President Obama is not the antichrist, but he is helping things fall right into place for the coming of the one who will claim Christ's place, and will capture the wonder of the world.

Things are going to get worse on earth, despite all the supplciations that re poured out for the "mother earth" goddess. One day soon all are going to bow their knee, either willingly or not, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. And if they haven't done it willingly, they're going to pay eternally with destruction in the lake of fire, along with that Master Deceiver, Lucifer, and the Masters of Wisdom.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Preterism: A Marxist Theological Tool

I was just encouraged and refreshed, reading a blog exposing the fallacies of Preterism, which I first became acquanited with by a member on here, who held the eschatological posiiton of Preterist.

Many observant onlookers have noticed the various degrees and doctrines of compromise running amuck in the Christian Church today. Joel Richardson, author of Islamic Antichrist, has a post on his blogsite titled, Preterism: The Marxist's Favorite Theological Tool.

To give you a taste, I'll post a couple of excerpts of this excellent little blog here:

But beyond “social justice”, there is another foundational theological element to this equation that must be exposed. But first, it is important to briefly review the primary hope, expectation and message of the Bible. From start to finish, the unified, cohesive message that every Biblical prophet and apostle proclaimed is the coming of the messianic kingdom of God on the earth. Whether Jewish or Christian, the pole star of hope for every believer has always been the Messianic Kingdom. This vision of heaven and earth fully redeemed together as one, has always been the ultimate hope of the people of God. This message is most often called “the Gospel”. Proclaiming this message, in word and deed, has always been the primary calling and mission of the Church.


When examining the various Messianic expectations that have been trumpeted by the prophets and apostles from ancient times, Preterism emasculates the Christian faith of nearly every essential future expectation. In its most extreme forms, Preterism holds that Jesus Christ has already returned, (spiritually), that the Antichrist has already come, that the resurrection of the dead has already taken place (again, spiritually), and that what we are seeing and experiencing now; that’s all there is folks.


This time around however, the Marxists are trying an entirely new tactic. They are attempting to infiltrate the Churches, and by altering a few key eschatological doctrines, they believe that they can reconcile Christianity with Marxism. Why the need to eradicate Christians when they can just as easily be converted and utilized as useful idiots for the Marxist cause? It’s far less bloody after all.

But in order for the Marxist conversion to take place, Christians must first abandon their traditional messianic hopes through the deconstructive vehicle of Preterism. In my latest DVD set, Understanding the Times, I discuss this issue in detail. Consider the implications:

Richardson goes on to write six implications that the Marxists achieve through this Satanic denial of God's word. To read the rest of the blog, click here: .

May the LORD help His people discern and stand in the Truth for such a time as this. Christian, carpe diem!

"Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate, and broad is the path that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and only a few find it."  -Jesus,  Mt. 7:13-14

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MEMRI: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Our Mission Is to Rescue the American People from Its "Non-Democratic Bullying Administration"

MEMRI: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Our Mission Is to Rescue the American People from Its "Non-Democratic Bullying Administration"

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Only Israel - by Yedida Freilich

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Did Allah create Christianity?

I came across an interesting article at  The thesis is that according to the teaching of the Quran, Allah started Christianity by deceiving people as to the false crucifixion of Jesus.  It also points out that Jesus, who is supposedly revered by Muslims as one of the greatest prophets, was completely incompetent, because, as the messenger of Allah, he could make no converts to Islam.

I've pasted part of the article Deceptive God, Incompetent Messiah by D. Wood.  His article is found here:

FACT #4: The Qur’an states that Allah deceived people into believing that Jesus had died on the cross. According to the Qur’an, Jesus was able to convert at least some Jews to Islam. But we know from history that Jesus’ early followers became convinced of his death and resurrection. Hence, the obvious reason that there were no Muslims after Jesus ascended into heaven is that all of Jesus’ followers came to believe that he died on the cross and rose from the dead. And where did they get this idea? According to Islam, the idea that Jesus died on the cross was started by Allah:

That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Messenger of Allah”—But they killed him not, Nor crucified him, But so it was made To appear to them, And those who differ Therein are full of doubts, With no (certain) knowledge, But only conjecture to follow, For of a surety They killed him not—Nay, Allah raised him up Unto Himself; and Allah Is Exalted in Power, Wise.[14]

Even if we allow that Allah’s only goal was to deceive the people who wanted to kill Jesus, it is clear that the disciples also fell for Allah’s deception. So who is responsible for the Christian belief that Jesus died on the cross? If Islam is correct, God started this idea when he decided to trick Jesus’ enemies into thinking that they had killed Jesus. This leads to even more problems. If the deception of the disciples was unintentional, then we must conclude that God didn’t realize that he was about to start the largest false religion in the world. If it was intentional, then God is in the business of starting false religions. Therefore, the God of Islam is either dreadfully ignorant or maliciously deceptive.

Muhammad’s position also means that Jesus was the greatest failure in the history of the prophets. He spent 33 years preaching (again, he began preaching Islamic theology at birth), yet shortly after his death, the children of Israel were divided into two broad camps. Those who believed his message became Christians, all of whom were guilty of the worst sin imaginable (shirk[15]), while those who rejected his message were guilty of rejecting one of God’s greatest messengers. Thus, whether people believed in Jesus or rejected him, everyone would ultimately be condemned and cast into the hellfire. It’s strange, then, that Muslims consider Jesus to be one of the greatest prophets ever. It seems that he should have been able to win at least one lasting convert to Islam. But he didn’t. Further, a true prophet of Islam should have warned his followers not to turn away from Islam by falling for God’s deception. But Jesus never got that message across. Indeed, millions of people from around the world now refuse to accept Islam because they believe that Jesus died on the cross for their sins, a teaching that goes back to a deceptive God and an incompetent Messiah.

Allah Spreads the False Religion He Accidentally Started

If we follow the teachings of Islam through to their logical conclusion, we see that God either intentionally or unintentionally started Christianity. But the Qur’an doesn’t stop there. Instead of correcting the mess he made, Allah took Christianity to the next level.

FACT #5: The Qur’an states that Allah helped spread Christianity. Once God had caused belief in Jesus death and resurrection, he then worked diligently to aid the Christians in spreading their false message:

O you who believe! be helpers (in the cause) of Allah, as [Jesus] son of Marium said to (his) disciples: Who are my helpers in the cause of Allah? The disciples said: We are helpers (in the cause) of Allah. So a party of the children of Israel believed and another party disbelieved; then We aided those who believed against their enemy, and they became uppermost.[16]

This verse is extremely important, for it means that Allah helped the followers of Jesus against the Jews who rejected Jesus, and that these followers “became uppermost.” So who were these followers of Jesus who became stronger than the Jews? The only people in history who fit such a description are orthodox Christians, who believe in Jesus’ death, resurrection, and divinity. In other words, Muslims can’t claim here that Jesus’ message was corrupted and that the true Gospel was wiped out, because that clearly isn’t the group that the Qur’an refers to in this passage. Even if there was a group of first century Muslim-Christians, this group never gained an upper hand over anyone. Indeed, they must have been snuffed out immediately. The only group of Jesus’ followers that ever became strong enough to overshadow the Jews was composed of Christians, once Christianity had spread throughout the Roman Empire. These Christians believed in the foundational doctrines that Christians hold even today. Yet, according to the Qur’an, Allah helped these people rise to power!

How, then, did Christianity spread and become the dominant world religion? It spread by the power of Allah! And who started the Christian message about Jesus’ death on the cross? God invented this message! Even non-Christian historians are convinced that Jesus’ death is one of history’s best-established facts.[17] Where did historians get this idea? They got it from God, who tricked so many people into believing in Jesus’ death that we now have tons of historical evidence for this event. Since there are roughly two billion Christians on earth at the present moment, it seems that Jesus and God are responsible for starting the only religion in the world that overshadows Islam.

If Islam Is True . . .

Needless to say, I think the Islamic view is extremely problematic. It requires us to believe that God deceived billions of people. God even led Jesus’ followers astray by tricking so many people into believing that Jesus died. This could have been avoided if God hadn’t been so intent on deceiving people. But this leads to more questions: Why would God want people to believe that Jesus was dead when he really wasn’t? Muslims can’t argue that God did it to protect Jesus from the Jews or Romans, since God was taking Jesus away safely anyway. So, why would God want to give Jesus’ enemies the satisfaction of seeing Jesus killed? Why not raise Jesus up without deceiving everyone about it? There seems to be no reason at all for God to deceive these people, especially since such a deception would soon lead to the formation of Christianity.

This is a difficult pill to swallow, yet Islam forces us to view the origin of Christianity in this way. If Islam is true, God deceives people who believe the prophets he sends. If Islam is true, God spreads false teachings until they become dominant in the world. If Islam is true, Jesus, the Messiah, was completely incompetent and should never have been sent by God, since Jesus’ life ended up leading more people astray than any other life in history. Because the Muslim view is at odds with any traditional understanding of God’s nature (including the Islamic understanding), Islam is an incoherent religious system, which should be rejected by all rational people. Islam has a poor and contemptible explanation for the origin of Christianity. If Islam is true, the existence of Christianity makes no sense at all.

If Christianity Is True . . .

Christianity, on the other hand, easily accounts for the rise of Islam. Indeed, if Christianity is true, the rise of Islam makes perfect sense. If it isn’t immediately clear why Christianity entails the rise of religions such as Islam, consider the following line of thought.

If Christianity is true, then the following statements are also true:

(1) People can only come to God through Jesus Christ.

(2) Satan is a real spirit being who wants to keep people from God.[18]

With these statements in mind, let’s see if we can figure out a little something about Satan. Now, if Satan wants to keep people from God, and if the way to God is through Jesus Christ, what would Satan’s highest priority be? His main goal wouldn’t be to get people to lead immoral lives (though he would prefer that we do, since this corrupts God’s created order); instead, his primary aim would be to incite people to reject Christ, for this rejection is what keeps them separated from God.

But how would Satan convince people to reject Christ? We should note here that there are plenty of people in the world who simply don’t care about God. Satan doesn’t have to worry about them, because they aren’t interested in salvation anyway. Since his goal is to keep as many people from God as possible, we would expect Satan to be more focused on people who are to some extent concerned with religious matters. There are two ways to keep such people from God. Satan would either have to convince them that all “religious talk” is nonsense (i.e. by spreading secularism, which we see around the world) or he would have to offer them a substitute for the truth (i.e. a religion that rejects what is necessary for salvation).

Thus, if Christianity is true, we would expect Satan to inspire religions that reject Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection, even though these religions may be similar to Christianity in other (non-essential) respects. Now that we have a clear picture of what we would predict if Christianity were true, let us see how Islam matches up with our prediction.

The message of Islam is something like this: “Believe in God. Do good deeds. If you do enough of them, you’ll get to heaven. Respect Jesus, for he was a mighty prophet, who delivered God’s message to the children of Israel. Also believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, that he performed many miracles, and that he was the Messiah. But whatever you do, don’t believe that he died on the cross for your sins. And don’t believe that he rose from the dead. In fact, the worst possible sin you can commit is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” Notice that Islam rejects Christianity’s essential requirements for salvation while accepting certain other doctrines. For instance, Muslims are commanded to believe in God, but even Satan and his demons believe in God. Muslims are commanded to do good deeds, but all religions teach this. Muslims are allowed to believe certain things about Jesus (such as his prophet status and virgin birth), but these beliefs do not save a person. Yet when we come to beliefs that are essential for salvation—the deity of Christ, his death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead—we find that Islam is violently opposed to these crucial doctrines.[19] Islam, then, looks exactly like the religion we predicted that Satan would form, for it denies what is necessary for people to come to God.

There is, of course, an easier way for us to see that Christianity predicts the rise of Islam. We can look at some of the prophecies in the Bible. For example, Jesus said that “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.”[20] Paul added that some people would follow “deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.”[21] (The phrase “deceitful spirit” is reminiscent of the Qur’anic claim that Allah deceived people about the death of Jesus.) The Bible warns over and over again that false teachers and false prophets would come in order to distort the Gospel. Apparently, few people in Muhammad’s time heeded this warning.

Final Thoughts

Throughout history, many people have claimed to be prophets. Indeed, there are many self-proclaimed prophets even today, and there will be more tomorrow. Suppose a prophet arises at some point in the future, one who claims to have a new revelation from God.[22] Both Muslims and Christians would reject him. But suppose this prophet says to Muslims, “Brothers, you have believed in the teachings of Muhammad, but I’m here to tell you that Islam was started by God to deceive people. The pagans in Arabia were doing awful things, such as killing their daughters and marrying hundreds of women. God decided to punish them by leading them astray and making all of you believe something that isn’t true. But I’m here to tell you the truth! I am God’s greatest prophet, sent to rescue you from evil!” Would Muslims believe him? Most certainly wouldn’t. But why would Muslims reject this new prophet? They would reject him because they would refuse to believe that God knowingly deceived millions of people. Yet this is exactly what Muslims believe when it comes to the death of Jesus. So if Muslims believe in a God who deceives people, even those who follow his prophets, how can Muslims be confident that they have been given the truth?

Muslims boast about their reverence for God and their respect for the prophets. Yet, upon closer examination, we see that Islam accuses God of one of the greatest religious deceptions ever. This should cause us to pause and think for a moment. Why would a religion that prides itself on its view of God proclaim that God starts false religions? Why would people who claim to respect Jesus suggest that he was a tremendous failure? It appears that Islam is so incredibly desperate to destroy Christianity, that it doesn’t mind destroying itself. In other words, Islam can only explain away Jesus’ death and resurrection by making God out to be a deceiver, which destroys the Islamic conception of God. This desperation only makes sense if Christianity is true, and if Islam was designed by Satan to keep people from being saved.

Muslims can object to this all they want. They can continue to proclaim their devotion to God and their respect for his prophets. But there’s something strange about the way they explain Christianity. There’s something very odd about a God who leads the world astray. If Islam is true, God and Jesus are failures. But if Christianity is true, God and Jesus were victorious at the cross, for the door to salvation was opened to all, in spite of those who tried to keep the door shut.

Jesus warned his followers that false prophets would come. He also commanded us not to believe them. One of the ways we can spot false prophets is by carefully discerning when their teachings lead to unacceptable beliefs about God. God is Truth, and he is Love. Islam, when carefully examined, would have us believe otherwise.

The author has developed his argument further and produced a video on this topic, posted here.


1 See Qur’an, 24:25. Unless otherwise noted, Qur’an quotations are taken from The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an, Abdullah Yusuf Ali, tr. (Beltsville: Amana Publications, 1989).

2 Qur’an 19:23-26, 30-33, M. H. Shakir, tr. (Elmhurst: Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an Inc., 2002).

3 Qur’an 42:13.

4 Qur’an 43:59, 63-64.

5 Qur’an 3:52.

6 Qur’an 5:111.

7 Qur’an 57:26.

8 1 Corinthians 15:3-5. All Bible quotations are from the New American Standard Bible.

9 See 1 Clement 42:3.

10 See Polycarp, To the Philippians 1:2, 2:1-2, 9:2, 12:2.

11 See Josephus, Antiquities 18.64, and Tacitus, Annals 15.44.

12 Lucian of Samosata, The Death of Peregrine, 11-13.

13 Talmud, Sanhedrin 43a.

14 Qur’an 4:157-158. According to Muslim tradition, Allah made Judas Iscariot look like Jesus, so that Judas was crucified in Jesus’ place.

15 To associate partners with God is to commit the sin of shirk.

16 Qur’an 61:14, M. H. Shakir Translation.

17 For instance, John Dominic Crossan, of the notoriously anti-Christian “Jesus Seminar,” says “That [Jesus] was crucified is as sure as anything historical can ever be” (Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography [San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1991] p. 145).

18 This spirit being is not to be confused with the popular image of a harmless red figure with a pointy tail and a pitchfork!

19 One may wonder why I have not included belief in God among the doctrines necessary for salvation. I’m certainly not denying the necessity of belief in God. However, I do draw a distinction between a necessary doctrine and a necessary and sufficient doctrine. Belief in God is necessary for salvation, but it is not sufficient to produce it. In contrast, the Christian doctrines of confession of the lordship of Christ and belief in his resurrection from the dead are necessary and sufficient. That is, these doctrines are sufficient to guarantee the salvation of the Christian. Yet it is these doctrines that Islam most vehemently opposes.

20 Matthew 24:11.

21 1 Timothy 4:1.

22 Even Islam has had its share of self-proclaimed new prophets. Most notably, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad announced his prophethood towards the end of the 19th Century. He also claimed to be the second coming of Jesus. Millions of people have followed him. However, the vast majority of Muslims consider these “Ahmadiyyas” to be a heretical sect. The Ahmadiyyas, though they profess to be Muslims, aren’t even allowed to take the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Ahmadiyya movement is significant in that Ahmadiyyas say that true Islam was corrupted, just as Muslims claim that Christianity was corrupted. Hence, Ahmadiyyas claim that God sent another prophet to restore the true message of God. Muslims reject this, because they don’t believe that Islam has been corrupted. They conclude that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad must have been a false prophet. But this is the same reason Christians reject Muhammad. We don’t believe that Christianity has been corrupted, so Muhammad must have been a false prophet.