Modern Technology Which the Bible Predicted Would Be Invented


I am constantly bombarded with angry remarks from non-Christians like this one, “Why do you bother to read and follow the Bible? It’s just a moldy book that belongs in the trash!” Well, to set the record straight that moldy book have predicted the invention of several advance technology, that we almost cannot live without today, thousands of years in advance. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the video above, which offers several examples of fulfilled prophecies, take a look at the two final videos which close this post and please keep on reading. I must warn you though, that once you glean over all the material in this article you will never look at the Bible in the same way again:


1) The Anticipation of Mass Media and Telecommunications
2) Allusion to Public Transport
3) Prophesied Arrival of The Internet and Social Media
4) Even Microchips Were Predicted!
5) Prediction of Weapons of Mass Destruction


 


1) The Anticipation of Mass Media and Telecommunications

Modern Woman with a Smartphone and Tablet

The Book of Job, one of the oldest books of the Bible, which was written almost 4000 years ago gave us this very interesting verse:

Job 38:35
Canst thou SEND lightnings, that they may go, and SAY unto thee, Here we are?

This ancient scripture seems to suggest that electricity can be used to actually send messages – please remember this was written about 4000 years ago. The very first electrical message was successfully sent by Sir Francis Ronalds’ primitive electrostatic telegraph, which was perfected by Pavel Schilling, who made the electromagnetic telegraph in 1832. Mankind only discovered this property of electricity less than 200 years ago, while the Bible has alluded to this several millennia ago. Please note that this is just the tip of the iceberg!

Revelation 11:9, 10
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall SEE their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
And they that DWELL UPON THE EARTH shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall SEND GIFTS one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

The above prophecy from the Book of Revelation implies that somehow, the news that two servants of God who will die, will spread quickly to the entire world in the future! This is a rather bold claim penned by John, the disciple of Jesus Christ, who wrote this around the late 80’s or early 90’s A.D. Right now, news travel at the speed of light, but back in those days news traveled at the speed of horseback, yet this prophecy clearly hints that these two men will be seen by the entire world, LIVE, over the span of three and a half days! I am reminded of Osama bin Laden’s death. Remember that event? When most of the world celebrated, while some sympathetic to his cause mourned, as such, this is precisely the sort of event which will happen in Revelation 11:9, 10. If you know anything about me, I am a strong believer in the idea that history tends to repeat itself:

Ecclesiastes 1:9, 10
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Americans celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden

So, that distasteful behavior, in my opinion, by some Americans when they learned of Osama bin Laden’s death gives us unique insight as to how the prophesied events of Revelation 11:9, 10 will unravel; it is like a snapshot for those events. This prophecy clearly alludes to the invention of television and mass media. In fact, Bible critics always laughed at those verses before, until the invention of television. So, is this just a coincidence? Well, that is quite a coincidence, that the Bible indirectly predicted that television, mass media and telecommunications would be invented. The fact that the people exchanged gifts in Revelation 11:10, is incredibly telling as well! Why is that gift-giving detail significant? It seems to me that the Bible anticipated, well ahead of time, that the world would later celebrate holidays worldwide, which involved exchanging gifts – like Christmas! Please keep in mind that the Book of Revelation was written all the way back in the 1st century A.D. These prophecies are just so amazing!

Matthew 24:15-18
When ye therefore shall SEE the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

How can people in Judea, or on their housetops and in the fields will see what is occurring in the Holy place also know as the Holy of Holies in Matthew chapter 24? Most people would easily overlook that scripture, but the Holy of Holies in the Temple was not some sort of public place like a stadium – it was a small chamber, which was visited by the high priest alone, once a year! Jesus is prophesying that when the Third Temple will be rebuilt, this event will occur and everyone will see this event unfold simultaneously! The only way people will “see the abomination of desolation” would be via global media coverage – it is the only explanation which makes sense.

Still not convinced that the Bible prophesied mass media? Take a look at this:

Malachi 1:11
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same My name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in EVERY PLACE incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for My name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in ALL THE WORLD for a witness unto ALL NATIONS; and then shall the end come.

Malachi 1:11, is significant as it alludes to mass media – only mass media would make sense of such a bold claim – that God’s name would be great among the Gentiles (non-Jews). Christianity is the largest religion on the planet with almost a third of the Earth’s population professing faith in Jesus Christ and billions more having high regard for Jesus Christ as either a prophet or an enlightened Being. The above prophecy in Matthew 24:14, uttered by Jesus Himself, demands the invention of technology which would make it possible. I will admit that this prophecy is only partly fulfilled for now, as it is still in progress. If you are still not a Christian, this is good news for you, please heed Jesus words and get saved before the end comes, but I must warn you that China, one of the final frontiers of the Gospel, has the Gospel spreading like wildfire now – these prophecies are on the very brink of being fulfilled.

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2) Allusion to Public Transport


Yes, the Bible seems to strongly suggest that in the Last Days there will be public transportation systems in place. Take a look at the following passage in the Book of Daniel, which was written 605 to 536 B.C.:

cars boats

Daniel 12:4
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall RUN TO AND FRO, and knowledge shall be increased.

On the surface, an individual would mistakenly say that this passage simply says that people would “run to and fro” over short distances, but the English language simply does not convey the full meaning properly – the Hebrew word used here for “run to and fro” according to Strong’s Concordance H7751 is “shuwt,” this word specifically is used to refer to transport covering massive distances, whenever it is used in the Bible (for examples see Job 1:7; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Amos 8:12; Zechariah 4:10). So yes, the Bible implies that mass travel will be available. This is further confirmed when you consider this next scripture which was penned by Isaiah around 740 to 680 B.C.:

Isaiah 60:4, 8
LIFT UP THINE EYES round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
Who are these that FLY as a CLOUD, and as the DOVES to their windows?

Just to give a little background into this passage, Isaiah 60:4, 8 describes a vision which God showed the prophet Isaiah, so Isaiah is simply writing what he saw in the vision. Isaiah 60:4, 8 seems to allude to airplanes believe it or not. Isaiah 60:8, uses poetic language, however, it is conveying the literal action of flight. On one hand, that verse describes people as clouds, a very common symbol used by the Bible, which represents vast numbers of people moving quickly (for examples see Hebrews 12:1; Matthew 24:30; Jude 1:14). On the other hand, that same passage describes some coming “as doves to their windows,” people are also described as doves in the scriptures, but whenever used it refers to small quantities or a remnant of people (Matthew 10:16; Jeremiah 48:28). How can we be certain that these people are actually flying in planes? There are two major reasons for this interpretation – the Bible went out of its way to say that “these fly,” in Isaaiah 60:8, the word here is transliterated as “`uwph,” according to Strong’s Concordance H5774, it is a Hebrew word primarily used to describe flight through the sky. The second reason why this interpretation seems entirely valid is the use of the words “lift up thine eyes,” in Isaiah 60:4, the Hebrew word used there according to Strong’s Concordance H5375, is transliterated as “nasa'” which means “to rise” or “to lift up.” Quick question: If Isaiah was merely seeing people on land or travelling by sea, then why on Earth was God telling him to lift up his eyes? Simple common sense combined with all that I have shared seems to strongly support the idea that what the prophet Isaiah saw was quite possibly people flying inside aircrafts. Of course, there was no Hebrew word available at the time for airplanes, as those were only invented in 1903 by the Wright brothers, so the closest terms he had available to use were “doves” and “clouds.”

White Airplane

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3) Prophesied Arrival of The Internet and Social Media


This point goes hand in hand with my first point, so if you haven’t read my first point, then I will strongly recommend that you do so before you read this one here. The Bible prophesied that there will be a massive knowledge explosion in the Last Days as the following passage suggests:

Daniel 12:4
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE shall be INCREASED.

Knowledge has certainly risen by leaps and bounds with the invention of the internet, which makes multiple volumes of encyclopedias’ worth of knowledge accessible at one’s finger tips. The Bible has even prophesied social behaviors which is very prevalent in our time like widespread narcissism in the selfies movement, the pride, the sense of entitlement by children, all the mistrust, liars, obsession with materialism and many others:

adorable cat taking a selfie

2 Timothy 3:1-5
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own SELVES, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Second Timothy was written by the apostle Paul, all the way back in 63 A.D., and unless you have been living under a rock over the last decade, you cannot deny the blatant obsession with material possession as the passage says, “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” Do you remember the images flooding the internet and social media, of a certain celebrity’s naked backside? My goodness, I could almost end this point with that recent fact alone, as it embodies almost all that Paul warned about above! The narcissism surrounding the selfies movement is clearly described, “men shall be lovers of their own selves.” These prophecies are so amazing, it is almost as if Paul had time traveled to our time, then time traveled back to his own time and wrote this stuff – his details are spot-on! However, I am sure that some who will read this point, may still think, “This is all just a coincidence recorded in an irrelevant and very moldy book!” Well my “moldy” book seems to have perfectly anticipated the rise of these evils like pride, pornography, materialism, etc. – read the following scriptures and you will see what I mean:

child watching tv

Psalms 101:3
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Psalms 119:36, 37
Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in Thy way.

1 John 2:15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

If the Bible is so irrelevant, then why is it that it seems to already be prepared to respond to these unhealthy social behaviors which are plaguing our society today? So, do not allow anyone to let you think that the Bible is irrelevant to this post-modern era or that the Bible needs to be twisted in order to compromise with today’s world – the Bible has anticipated all of these behaviors and have even offered simple inexpensive solutions on how to remedy them, as well as, overcoming the addictions associated with them.

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4) Even Microchips Were Predicted!

The Bible seems to have foretold the rise of the RFID (Radio-frequency identification) chips. This technology can remotely transfer information via electromagnetic fields. Take a look at the following scripture:

RFID microchip next to a grain of rice

Revelation 13:16-18
And he (Antichrist) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

There are many who oppose this interpretation of this “mark” of the beast, and claim that it is merely some sort of tattoo on the skin or something else, however, an in-depth study of the original Greek language used here discredits this “tattoo” claim. Strong’s Concordance G5480 tells us that the word in the Greek used for “mark” is transliterated as “charagma” and while this Greek word bears the meaning of “a stamp, an imprinted mark,” it also can refer to a “thing carved, sculpture, or graven work.” Therefore this “mark” of the beast can be something which is carefully fabricated or manufactured and the word usage even implies a 3-dimensional aspect to this “mark,” hence the RFID microchip view is still entirely possible. However, when one takes the time to further investigate the root of the word “charagma,” you will make an amazing discovery! That word comes from the Greek word, “charax” which according to Strong’s Concordance G5482, means “a stake” or “a palisade” which is driven into the ground. These meanings are all incredibly significant, because the chip is embedded into the skin in the same manner as a stake is driven into the ground! With all that said, can you really doubt this interpretation?

What amazes me more about this prophecy is that there seems to be an invisible hand trying to desensitize the entire world into being eager to accept this prophesied mark of the beast, and most of the followers of the world religions are actually being encouraged to accept it when it finally arrives. In Hinduism, Hindus are encouraged to wear marks on their foreheads called “tilaka,” “kum-kum” or “bindi” and they accept this mark on their forehead to help awaken their third eye or align them spiritually for their religious services. Buddhist monks, called Bhikkhu, receive nine burns upon their foreheads created with lit incense, called Jieba scars, which are received at the point of their ordination as monks. Islam actually teaches its followers that just before the Last Day, a beast will rise up from the depths of the Earth, called Dabbat al-Arḍd, who will strike a mark onto the heads of all Muslims with a mark that says “He is destined for Paradise” (see Surah 27:82; Tafsir Ibn Kathir; Hadith like Sunan Ibn Majah). This beast of the Earth will be welcomed by Muslims, but will be shunned by informed Christians, because we were warned centuries before the rise of Islam that this beast from the Earth will be the false prophet of the Antichrist (see Revelation 13:11-14). Those who join the Bahá’í Faith are also desensitized to accept this kind of technology, because new members are actually required to attend an interview to join that religion and are even given an identification card after joining. Even Atheists, Secular Humanists, and Agnostics are being prepared and enticed to receive this prophesied mark of the beast. An RFID microchip, which might quite possibly be a prototype for this prophesied mark of the beast, has been accepted by an entire office which had all of its staff members chipped – just a few days ago. You can read this article here here by the BBC, “Office puts chips under staff’s skin” which exposes this story.

 


Research in the medical field is currently being done to use RFID chips and nanotechnology to release medicine or even treat diseases as the CBS news video above shows. Some Christian authors like L.A. Marzulli, theorize that these various prototypes to the final mark of the beast will eventually be able to alter the DNA, extend ones life and would effectively transform humans into non-humans. The basis for these theories by Bible teachers is grounded on what Jesus prophesies will happen in the Last Days in Matthew 24:37, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” One of the activities in the days of Noah was a corruption of the human gene pool (see Genesis chapter 6 and the Book of Enoch). In fact, Noah is described as being “a just man and perfect in his generations,” the word for “perfect” there is the Hebrew word “tamiym,” according to Strong’s Concordance H8549, which means “pure” or “unblemished” primarily in a physical or genetic sense.

With all that said, the entire world is being desensitized into accepting the future mark of the beast, and the driving force to seek this mark will be blasphemous. Why? Because members of all the other world religions, with the exception of the informed Christians, will rush to accept this mark as a method to get “spiritually promoted” as in the case of the Muslims and those of the Bahá’í Faith, to “evolve” in the case of the Humanists or become “more god-like” in the case of those who belong to Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. The Bible warns that this mark will be humanity’s final massive act of rebellion against the true God, in the form of blasphemy. Everyone will reject the true God and will worship the “strange god” of the Antichrist who bears “the name of blasphemy” upon his head (Revelation 13:1; Daniel 11:36-39). Whatever you do, do not accept this mark of the beast when it arrives. This mark will quite possibly be touted as an evolutionary upgrade by transhumanists or even the aliens, it will be used to buy and sell goods, but more importantly will be used as a sign of allegiance to a religious belief system. Those who do accept, will be damned forever, because Jesus came to save human beings; not human hybrids (Hebrews 2:5-18; Titus 2:11; 1 Timothy 2:3, 4):

Revelation 14:9-11
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

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5) Prediction of Weapons of Mass Destruction

This is a very fascinating point, so please keep reading. The Bible contains passages which seems to suggest that mankind would at some point in time wield weapons of mass destruction:

Jeremiah 50:9
For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.

Jeremiah 50:9 above seems to be describing “smart weapons,” like cruise missiles. The word for arrows here, “chets,” can also be used to describe “javelins” or “spears.” In addition to this, the arrows are described as “a mighty expert man” – please note this description is directed to these “arrows” and not the ones firing them – these so-called arrows have an intelligence of their own. The fact that “none shall return in vain” confirms that these weapons are carefully guided and cannot miss! Hence Jeremiah 50:9, written around 627 to 585 B.C., is quite possibly insinuating that mankind will eventually invent smart weaponry or precision-guided munition.

Zephaniah 1:14, 15
The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and DISTRESS, a day of WASTENESS and DESOLATION, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of CLOUDS and thick darkness,

Nuclear Explosion

Many Bible scholars agree that this passage in Zephaniah, written in 625 B.C., seems to be describing the scenes, sights and aftermath of an atomic bomb detonating or more specifically the aftermath of a nuclear war of apocalyptic proportions. Here we see emphasis placed on sorrow, “wasteness” or utter destruction, distress and desolation. We even see that the Bible for some odd reason felt the need to describe it as a “day of clouds,” a very peculiar detail, which eerily sounds similar to the massive mushroom clouds produced by atomic bombs. Is that passage just a coincidence? With only that scripture, I would understand if you might think so, but by the end of this point you will soon see that this is not a coincidence – take a look at this passage below:

Zechariah 14:12
And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their FLESH SHALL CONSUME AWAY while they stand upon their feet, and their EYES SHALL CONSUME AWAY in their holes, and their TONGUE SHALL CONSUME AWAY in their mouth.


Has anyone ever heard of a plague that strips the flesh off a person’s bones, and dissolves their eyeballs and tongues? No, there is no such disease, however, the late physicist Samuel T. Cohen knows a perfect candidate for the technology which is possibly being described there. And of course he would know…he invented it – it is called the Neutron Bomb! Yes, the neutron bomb is the one and only device that we are aware of that can accomplish the very same things in that passage, written by Zechariah around 520 to 518 B.C. The bomb when detonated, creates an explosion of subatomic particles called neutrons which act like tiny bullets bombarding and shredding apart the large organic molecules contained in all living matter, while these “bullets” tend to miss the smaller molecules found in our infrastructure. What is the end result? To put it simply, all the living organisms die, while all non-living things remain remarkably intact. In my opinion, the Bible uses the best word available in that ancient time for such a modern device, it likens it to a “plague,” and just as all plagues which only attacks people, but leaves infrastructure intact, this bomb accomplishes the very same effect! The living tissue literally gets shredded apart and dissolves away, precisely as the Bible describes. Please feel free to watch the following video where the inventor of this nuclear weapon explains its effects personally:


Now, do you still doubt that the Bible seems to have anticipated the invention of nuclear weaponry? Well, I saved what maybe the one of the best biblical evidence of this for last, however, there are more:

Revelation 6:13, 15
And the STARS of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, HID THEMSELVES in the DENS and in the rocks of the mountains;

Some Bible scholars believe that this reference to “stars of heaven” falling to the Earth in Revelation 6:13 may be a symbolic reference to nuclear bombs, because stars actually operate by nuclear reactions, and just like atomic bombs, they also release radioactive particles. When I first read these passages, I had always wondered why these men were hiding within the dens and underground from “stars” in Revelation 6:15? This scenario sounds precisely like what is referred to as “nuclear fallout” – they are quite possibly shielding and protecting themselves from the residual nuclear radiation in those dens. Are you still convinced that the Bible is just a useless moldy book? The Bible prophesies that in the Last Days billions of people will die and that the Earth will be destroyed by mankind’s actions, people laughed about such claims before, but after the invention of nuclear weapons all the skeptics are now silent. In light of all that I have said, I think we need to pay more attention to the claims of this so-called moldy book!:

Isaiah 24:1, 4-6
Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Zechariah 13:8, 9
And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Revelation 11:18
And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy name, small and great; and shouldest DESTROY them which DESTROY THE EARTH.

My question to you is this: Are you saved? Now is not the time to play games, you know what is unfolding in the news these days with ISIS, Iran is racing towards getting nuclear weapons and Russia is constantly threatening to kick start World War III. Why take the chance? Let’s weigh the options here rationally, if I am wrong in my beliefs then I have nothing to lose, however, if you are living without the covering of the Lord Jesus Christ and if you are wrong, then you will have everything to lose! Be wise – choose life – accept the sacrifice that Jesus has paid for your sins, repent of your sins and please get right with God before time runs out:

Matthew 16:24-26
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

For those who still refuse to believe and think that all that I have shared is just paranoia and believe that I am just another Christian crackpot, then I will share this final prophecy, which is actually God’s message for you. The Bible has predicted that people, who are unwilling to reject their own lusts, will mock and reject the fact that we are in the Last Days, that the Lord will return soon and are ignorant that the Lord is actually delaying His coming for their own sake. God loves you very much and is knocking at your door of your heart. Will you answer?:

2 Peter 3:3, 4, 7, 9
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.


~Planet Zion

 

Is The God of The Bible The True Creator of the Universe? The Truth Will Shock You!


In my last article, “Does God Exist? Did Science Just Discovered God?” I promised to provide reasons as to why I strongly believe that the God of the Bible is the Creator of the universe. If you had read my last article you would have known that the Creator God of the universe must be immaterial, timeless, spaceless, omnipotent and personal in order to create the universe which we observe. So, why do I believe that my God is the true God and not Shiva, Allah or Ahura Mazda? First of all, I must stress that any deity can claim to be the Creator God! In the various holy texts around the world – any one of these deities can say, “I am the Supreme Lord” or “I am the Lord of all the Worlds,” but are these claims true? The one and only way that we will know for sure is if they demonstrate those five characteristics of the true Creator God and many of them do within these texts, however, all the other deities seem to fail miserably in the area of demonstrating the attribute of timelessness. Interestingly enough, the God of the Bible actually tells us that He will prove that He is the true God by revealing events that will happen in the future before they do – this is called prophecy:

Isaiah 46:9, 10
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Isaiah 42:8, 9
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Isaiah 44:7, 8
And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

And this makes perfect sense, if this God is the true God, then wouldn’t it be logical that He would try to soothe our skepticism by demonstrating that He is indeed the true God via some sort of verification system? This is the system which verifies the true God – fulfilled Bible prophecy – proof beyond reasonable doubt. And this does not only prove that He is indeed God but it also proves His existence. Apart from the fact that God seems to endorse this verification method Himself, I agree that this is indeed the greatest and most logical proof to determine who is the true Creator God and whether or not the God of the Bible is this God, because it naturally weeds out any possible impostors – human or otherwise – because unlike the timeless Creator God, those beings are all bound by time and can never prophesy unless inspired by Him. I will share five fulfilled prophecies here in this article and I will share some more in future articles as God wills. Please read all of these proofs, because even these five prophecies are like ‘umbrella prophecies,’ as they contain several other smaller prophecies embedded within them. In any case, I am very confident that you will learn many new things which you had never known was in the Bible!:


1) Daniel Prophecies on the Empires of the Earth
A) The Babylonian Empire
B) The Medo-Persian Empire or the Achaemenid Empire
C) The Greek Empire
D) The Roman Empire: Past And Future
2) The Cyrus Prophecy and the Downfall of the Babylonian Empire
3) The Destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and Expulsion of the Jews From Israel
4) The Return of the Jews to Israel
5) The Division of the Land of Israel
Closing Thoughts


 


1) Daniel Prophecies on the Empires of the Earth

The prophet Daniel documents the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, who dreamed of a great image in Daniel chapter 2. Nebuchadnezzar had claimed that he had forgotten his own dream (Daniel 2:5), some Bible scholars believe that he never did, but rather presented this as a test for his servants. However, this test or hurdle never stopped Daniel from relaying the dream to him through the spirit of God:

Daniel 2:1, 2, 5, 25, 31-34
And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

Nebuchadnezzar Image

Daniel filled with wisdom and discernment proceeded to then interpret the dream as follows:

Daniel 2:36-42, 47
This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

I will just recap this dream with you, the dream featured an image which had a golden head which is identified by Daniel as the Babylonian empire, silver chest and arms representing a second world empire, belly and thighs of brass representing a third world empire, legs of iron for the fourth world empire and iron feet mingled with clay representing a revival of the fourth kingdom in another form. After explaining the dream to Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel had a dream himself in Daniel chapter 7, but this time instead of seeing an image with various metals (like the king), Daniel saw these same four world empires in the form of four beasts which also represent four kings or four kingdoms:

Daniel 7:2, 3, 17
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

This prophecy is shrouded with many symbols: the “four winds” in Daniel 7:2 represent wars, chaos and strife upon the entire Earth as Jeremiah 49:36, 37 and Jeremiah 4:13 below suggests, while the sea is a common symbol used to represent peoples and nations as Revelation 17:15 indicates. I will now proceed to analyze these four beasts and reveal the identities of these empires with biblical and extra-biblical proofs in four separate points starting with the first beast. But as you read through these Daniel prophecies please keep in mind that the Book of Daniel was written between 605 and 536 B.C.

Jeremiah 49:36, 37
And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:

Jeremiah 4:13
Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

Revelation 17:15
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

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A) The Babylonian Empire

Babylon-head of gold-lion with eagle wings

Daniel 7:4
The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

Daniel 2:32, 37, 38
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou (Nebuchadnezzar) art this head of gold.

This lion with the wings of an eagle, is Babylon – this mirrors Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great image which had the head of gold conveniently interpreted by Daniel to be Babylon (Daniel 2:38). Just as Nebuchadnezzar is described as a “king of kings” in Daniel 2:37, the lion is considered as the king of all beasts. Daniel chapter 2 contained a vision through the eyes of a man which saw these empires as glorious and great, while Daniel chapter 7 is a vision through the eyes of the holy God, who simply sees them as wild beasts. It must be noted that this beast becoming like a man reveals that it had lost its secular or godless nature which is confirmed in the person of Nebuchadnezzar who later seems to have became a servant of God in Daniel chapter 4 (Ezekiel 36:26). But prior to his possible conversion in chapter 4, Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel 3:1 was so filled with pride that he fashioned the very same image of his dream in Daniel 2 but completely with solid gold. He was humbled by God in Daniel 4:33, after the events of Daniel 3:1, and became insane and behaved beast-like, an episode which was possibly hinted to in the description of this first beast of Daniel 7:4, which had it wings plucked and had the feet and heart of a man. In addition to all of this, other prophets in the Bible has pointed to this first beast as Babylon with the same lion and eagle imagery. Another scripture, 2 Samuel 1:23, goes as far as to liken Saul, a king of Israel, and his son Jonathan to lions and eagles:

Lamassu

Jeremiah 50:17, 44
Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.
Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?

Jeremiah 4:7
The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.

2 Samuel 1:23
Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

Babylon can trace its history all the way back to 2334 B.C. under the leadership of Sargon of Akkad also known as Sargon the Great who is agreed by historians to have been a Semite and descendant of Ishmael (Chavalas, 2006; Kramer, 1963). However, it was only under Nebuchadnezzar II (the very same Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel) in 605 B.C. that Babylon seized the title of world empire after the Battle of Carchemish (Wiseman, 1956; Horn, 1967). As you may have recognized by these dates, Babylon had a very lengthy existence even prior to Nebuchadnezzar II and hence can be agreed to be as long-lasting and precious as gold.

The prevalence of winged lions adorned on the Ishtar Gate in Babylon city seems to confirm the view that the first beast is indeed Babylon. Likewise, the protective spirits called “Lamassu” (part man, part lion and part eagle) in Babylonian society, have been uncovered by Archaeology, were depicted as statues and carvings upon the walls of the Babylonian city and certainly lends credence to this interpretation. Some of the depictions of the Lamassu even occur as part man, part eagle and part ox instead of part lion, which seems to perfectly shadow the fact that Nebuchadnezzar ate grass and even described himself as an ox due to his insanity (see Daniel 4:32). It is possible that these specific renditions of the Lamassu may have originated from this same king but that is just my personal speculation. All of these small details collectively confirm that this first beast is indeed the Babylonian empire. On a side note, Jeremiah the prophet in Jeremiah 25:11-12, prophesied between 627 and 585 B.C. that the Babylonian captivity would last for 70 years. Seventy (70) years is actually the biblical lifespan for human beings (see Psalms 90:10)! This detail from Jeremiah, only confirms the human-like attributes which this first beast displays. Did Jeremiah’s prophesy of the 70 year captivity come to pass? Yes. It was in 609 B.C. during the Battle of Megiddo that the Babylonians defeated the last Assyrian king, Ashur-uballit II, which crippled the Assyrian empire and thus paved its way to become a powerful empire in the region later in 605 B.C. The Babylonians were then conquered in 539 B.C., hence the prophesied 70 years lifespan for the captivity of the Jews were fulfilled.

winged lions of the ishtar gate

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B) The Medo-Persian Empire or The Achaemenid Empire

Medo-Persia-chest and arms of silver-bear with 3 ribs

Daniel 7:5
And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

Daniel 2:32, 39
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

This beast is indeed reflecting the Medo-Persian empire also known as the Achaemenid Empire, not only because this empire was the historical one which eventually eclipsed the Babylonian empire, but by the very specific symbols given to it in this prophecy. This same beast is connected to the chest and arms of silver in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (make a mental note of those two arms)! The arms represent the alliance between the Medes and the Persians – united by the chest, which is Cyrus the Great, who was discussed in my first point in this article. It might surprise you to learn that Cyrus the Great was actually half Median and half Persian! Because his mother Mandane was a Median, while his father Cambyses I was Persian (Church, 2009). On a side note, the ribs within the bear’s mouth also seems to allude to the ‘chest’ of silver which houses the rib cage.

The Medo-Persian empire began after Cyrus the Great’s conquest of Babylon, however, this empire ended around 331 B.C. This second beast was like a bear, a symbol possibly hinting to its resilience and strength – as this world empire lived on much longer than the reign of the Babylonian empire. Furthermore, this beast was seen by Daniel as being lifted on one side, possibly hinting to the initial inequality found in the Medo-Persian empire. You are probably asking yourself the question: “What inequality I am referring to?” Well, the Median empire was more dominant and actually predated the Persian empire, it took Cyrus the Great, under the banner of the Persian empire, to finally conquer the Median empire and forge an alliance between the two (Stokes, 2009) – hence the inequality. One of the most interesting aspects of this prophecy is the detail about the three ribs. Ribs are commonly used in the Bible as a symbol of nations, for instance, Eve was created from Adam’s rib and became the mother of all nations and consider the twelve pairs of ribs in the human body like the 12 tribes of Israel and 12 tribes of Ishmael. So these three ribs are actually three great nations, which fell to this united empire: Lydia in 546 B.C., Babylon in 539 B.C., and Egypt in 525 B.C (Rawlinson, 1997; Littlebury, 1737). This ‘bear’ was then told to “Arise, devour much flesh,” and this is precisely what the Medo-Persian empire did, it spread as far as Greece and along the Indus Valley near Pakistan.

Medo-Persian Empire

Believe it or not this point does not end there with the ‘bear.’ Daniel was given another prophetic vision which is found within Daniel chapter 8 which confirms that the second empire to replace Babylon was in fact Medo-Persia:

Daniel 8:3, 4, 16, 20
Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.

Have you recognized the same symbols used in the description of the ‘bear’ elaborated here? We see the mention of a river in this vision which, in my opinion, echoes the method by which Cyrus the Great defeated the Babylonians (by diverting a river course to enter the city, discussed more in point 2). We see the ram with two horns, this clearly points to the Median and Persian alliance. We even see that one horn was higher than the other – please remember the ‘bear’ lifted up on one side – with the higher horn being the Persian empire led by Cyrus the Great which rose to power after the Median empire. We even see the directions which the empire would spread into in order to “devour much flesh” so that no “beasts might stand before him” to the west (Lydia, Ionia, Thrace, and Macedonia), to the north (the Caspians of the Caucasus Range, the Scythians east of the Caspian Sea and the Oxus Valley to the Aral Sea), and to the south (Babylon along with Egypt). According to the historian, Ammianus Marcellinus in chapter 1 of “The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus Book XIX,” the Persians considered the ram, with sharp and pointed horns, to be their guardian spirit and was adorned on the head of the Persian king who “led his whole army, wearing instead of a crown a golden figure of a ram’s head inlaid with jewels” (Marcellinus, 2009). I am reminded of the 2006 movie “300” where Xerxes, the Persian king, arose from a golden throne with two golden rams with sharp points “guarding” him on either side. But I digress, one cannot ignore the fact that the angel Gabriel actually appeared to Daniel and openly said that the ram was Medo-Persia in Daniel 8:20, so this ram is indeed the Medo-Persian or Achaemenid empire. Due to the fact that the ram features many of the symbols of the ‘bear,’ we can safely conclude that both the second beast of Daniel chapter 7 and the chest and arms of silver of Daniel chapter 2 were indeed prophesying the rise of the Medo-Persian empire.

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C) The Greek Empire

Greece-belly and thigh of brass - 4 headed leopard with 4 wings

Daniel 7:6
After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

Daniel 2:32, 37
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

The leopard is perhaps the best animal to summarize Alexander the Great’s rise to power – fast and furious. The wings on this beast seems to further emphasize the speed of this empire’s expansion which occurred over the span of only 10 years (Roisman and Worthington, 2010; Morkot, 1997)! The leopard motif seems to additionally emphasize a stealthy nature, which employs agility and guile both of which were fully manifested in Alexander’s strategies, because he actually never lost a single battle despite being outnumbered on many occasions (Roisman and Worthington, 2010). Wings and leopards are often used as symbols for rapid invasions in the Bible:

Habbakuk 1:8
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

Jeremiah 5:6
Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

Hosea 13:7
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:

Alexander the Great founded the empire in 331 B.C. after defeating Darius III, who was the final ruler of the Medo-Persian empire (Stoneman, 2004). Alexander the Great is often quoted by historians as weeping at the fact that he had no more lands to conquer, thus fulfilling Daniel 2:37 where he was prophesied to “rule over all the earth.” Please keep in mind that each beast in a sense “devours” its predecessor and grows larger and larger. But, why does this third beast has four heads and 4 wings? Well, Alexander the Great had four generals: Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleucus, and Ptolemy who spitted the empire in four parts, after Alexander’s untimely death at the age of 33, Greece, Turkey, Asia and Egypt respectively. This third beast is tied to the belly and thighs of brass seen in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great image. Why? We all must make a mental note of how Alexander the Great died, it is often said that he died due to heavy drinking, while other historians suggest that he may have been poisoned – in any case all of the main theories are squarely focused on Alexander the Great’s stomach. As such, I find it remarkable that the prophecy of Daniel 2 focuses on that very relevant area – the belly and thighs of brass.

Greek Empire divided in four parts

 

Daniel had another vision in Daniel chapter 8 which seems to shed more light into the identification of this ‘four-headed winged leopard’ and it even goes as far as to identify two famous historical leaders of that empire. It starts with Daniel’s vision of a fight between a ‘ram’ and a ‘goat’ (the ram has already been identified in point 1B):

Daniel 8:2, 5-8, 16, 21, 22
And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.
And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.

And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.

Medo-Persia defeated by Greece by Alexander the Great

This ‘goat’ seems to indeed be the Greek empire for many reasons. Why? Daniel saw the vision near the Ulai river, which is in Iran (Persia), and this ‘goat’ is described as coming “from the west” this is geographically implying Greece. Furthermore, we see that the ‘goat’ is moving so fast that it “touched not the ground,” this detail eerily reflects the fast nature of the four-headed winged leopard in Daniel chapter 7 and confirms that this beast is in fact the Greek empire. This ‘goat’ has a single “notable horn” or great horn between its eyes. Who do you think this horn is? You guessed it! It is Alexander the Great. But how can we be sure? Well, the passage says that “the great horn was broken” and “four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven” – these four horns clearly mirror the four generals of Alexander the Great, who replaced him when he died. So, we can have confidence that this beast is Greece. But of course, if you had read the passage you would see that, we are directly told by Gabriel that this empire is Grecia, the biblical name for Greece – thus we are 100% sure this is Greece.

Still not convinced that the Bible prophesied about Alexander the Great? Well, I have a final interesting Bible passage to show you which also clearly prophesies Alexander the Great – even hinting about his untimely death, the fact that he had no successor and his kingdom being divided among his four generals. You can also follow this link here to read extra-biblical passages in the Talmud, Jewish traditions and historical accounts, which claim to document accounts of Alexander the Great:

Daniel 11:2-4
And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.

On a side note, Daniel chapter 11 goes even further to describe another historical figure, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the son of Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid empire. He was like a ‘little horn’ emerging out of one of the four horns of the ‘goat’:

Daniel 8:9-12
And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

These prophecies were indeed fulfilled to the letter! Antiochus IV Epiphanes historically invaded the south – Egypt – which was ruled by Ptolemy VI and invaded all of Egypt but the city of Alexandria during the infamous Sixth Syrian War (170–168 B.C.), he invaded the east – Persia – which was invaded by Mithridates I of Parthia and finally he invaded Israel, “the pleasant land” as Daniel (the exiled Jew) describes it, during the Maccabean Revolt (167 to 160 B.C.). Antiochus Epiphanes sacked Jerusalem and set up an altar to Zeus in the Temple, ceased the sacrifices unto God, desecrated the sanctuary by sacrificing swine and violated the Mosaic laws. Antiochus Epiphanes slaughtered the “host of heaven,” a symbolic term used to describe Israel in Genesis 22:17, where God describes Abraham’s seed as “the stars of heaven” and Joseph’s dream of his brothers as stars bowing down to him (Genesis 37:9, 10). The Bible prophesied Antiochus’ pride and that “he magnified himself,” historically, he had named himself “Epiphanes” which basically means “God Manifest” and he was the very first Seleucid king to do this openly. These atrocities to the Jewish people was such a pivotal event in Jewish history that its memory has been preserved in the celebration of Hanukkah, which celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple after that whole sordid affair with Antiochus Epiphanes. I must let you know that Antiochus Epiphanes is a very interesting character because in many ways he prophetically foreshadows the biblical Antichrist of the Book of Revelation and Daniel chapter 11 who will arrive in the future.

I will wrap up this point with an absolutely fascinating account by Josephus in the The Antiquities of the Jews Book 11 (Chapter 8, Section 3-5), where Alexander the Great actually learned about the prophecy of Daniel chapters 7, 8 and 11 concerning himself! Both the Jewish high priest at the time, Jaddua, and even Alexander the Great in this account claimed to have had dreams of each other several days before hand and without ever seeing each other before:

“About this time it was that Darius heard how Alexander had passed over the Hellespont, and had beaten his lieutenants in the battle at Granicum, and was proceeding further; whereupon he gathered together an army of horse and foot, and determined that he would meet the Macedonians before they should assault and conquer all Asia…But the event proved otherwise than they expected; for the king joined battle with the Macedonians, and was beaten, and lost a great part of his army. His mother also, and his wife and children, were taken captives, and he fled into Persia. So Alexander came into Syria, and took Damascus; and when he had obtained Sidon, he besieged Tyre, when he sent all epistle to the Jewish high priest, to send him some auxiliaries, and to supply his army with provisions; and that what presents he formerly sent to Darius, he would now send to him, and choose the friendship of the Macedonians, and that he should never repent of so doing. But the high priest answered the messengers, that he had given his oath to Darius not to bear arms against him; and he said that he would not transgress this while Darius was in the land of the living. Upon hearing this answer, Alexander was very angry; and though he determined not to leave Tyre, which was just ready to be taken, yet as soon as he had taken it, he threatened that he would make an expedition against the Jewish high priest, and through him teach all men to whom they must keep their oaths. So when he had, with a good deal of pains during the siege, taken Tyre, and had settled its affairs, he came to the city of Gaza, and besieged both the city and him that was governor of the garrison, whose name was Babemeses.”

“…Now Alexander, when he had taken Gaza, made haste to go up to Jerusalem; and Jaddua the high priest, when he heard that, was in an agony, and under terror, as not knowing how he should meet the Macedonians, since the king was displeased at his foregoing disobedience. He therefore ordained that the people should make supplications, and should join with him in offering sacrifice to God, whom he besought to protect that nation, and to deliver them from the perils that were coming upon them; whereupon God warned him in a dream, which came upon him after he had offered sacrifice, that he should take courage, and adorn the city, and open the gates; that the rest should appear in white garments, but that he and the priests should meet the king in the habits proper to their order, without the dread of any ill consequences, which the providence of God would prevent. Upon which, when he rose from his sleep, he greatly rejoiced, and declared to all the warning he had received from God. According to which dream he acted entirely, and so waited for the coming of the king.”

Alexander the Great meets Jaddua near Jerusalem

“And when he understood that he was not far from the city, he went out in procession, with the priests and the multitude of the citizens. The procession was venerable, and the manner of it different from that of other nations. It reached to a place called Sapha, which name, translated into Greek, signifies a prospect, for you have thence a prospect both of Jerusalem and of the temple. And when the Phoenicians and the Chaldeans that followed him thought they should have liberty to plunder the city, and torment the high priest to death, which the king’s displeasure fairly promised them, the very reverse of it happened; for Alexander, when he saw the multitude at a distance, in white garments, while the priests stood clothed with fine linen, and the high priest in purple and scarlet clothing, with his mitre on his head, having the golden plate whereon the name of God was engraved, he approached by himself, and adored that name, and first saluted the high priest. The Jews also did all together, with one voice, salute Alexander, and encompass him about; whereupon the kings of Syria and the rest were surprised at what Alexander had done, and supposed him disordered in his mind. However, Parmenio alone went up to him, and asked him how it came to pass that, when all others adored him, he should adore the high priest of the Jews? To whom he replied, ‘I did not adore him, but that God who hath honored him with his high priesthood; for I saw this very person in a dream, in this very habit, when I was at Dios in Macedonia, who, when I was considering with myself how I might obtain the dominion of Asia, exhorted me to make no delay, but boldly to pass over the sea thither, for that he would conduct my army, and would give me the dominion over the Persians; whence it is that, having seen no other in that habit, and now seeing this person in it, and remembering that vision, and the exhortation which I had in my dream, I believe that I bring this army under the Divine conduct, and shall therewith conquer Darius, and destroy the power of the Persians, and that all things will succeed according to what is in my own mind.’ And when he had said this to Parmenio, and had given the high priest his right hand, the priests ran along by him, and he came into the city. And when he went up into the temple, he offered sacrifice to God, according to the high priest’s direction, and magnificently treated both the high priest and the priests. And when the Book of Daniel was showed him wherein Daniel declared that one of the Greeks should destroy the empire of the Persians, he supposed that himself was the person intended. And as he was then glad, he dismissed the multitude for the present; but the next day he called them to him, and bid them ask what favors they pleased of him; whereupon the high priest desired that they might enjoy the laws of their forefathers, and might pay no tribute on the seventh year. He granted all they desired. And when they entreated him that he would permit the Jews in Babylon and Media to enjoy their own laws also, he willingly promised to do hereafter what they desired. And when he said to the multitude, that if any of them would enlist themselves in his army, on this condition, that they should continue under the laws of their forefathers, and live according to them, he was willing to take them with him, many were ready to accompany him in his wars.”

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D) The Roman Empire: Past And Future

Rome-legs and feet of iron and feet mixed with clay - terrible beast

Daniel 7:7, 8, 19-21, 23, 24
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

Daniel 2:33, 34, 40-42, 44
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

This fourth “dreadful and terrible” beast seems to parallel the iron legs and the iron in the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and this connection is very visible in this beast’s description with “great iron teeth” in Daniel 7:7 and “teeth were of iron” in Daniel 7:19. The fact that this beast has ten horns and the image had ten toes confirms that they are both describing the very same empire.

Furthermore, this final beast in Daniel 7, seems to be an amalgam or fusion of all the other beast before it. Why? Because it is ravenous as it “devoured” just as the second beast (the bear) which came before it (Daniel 7:7), it had nails of brass which points to the belly and thighs of brass of Nebuchadnezzar’s image which belonged to Greece, the third beast (the leopard), and this beast has a horn which bears human characteristics much like the first beast which had the feet and heart of a man. Perhaps the most telling detail, is that this beast has one horn which subdues three other horns or kings which is eerily similar to that of the second beast, the bear, which has three ribs in its mouth or had subdued three kings. The strongest proof in my opinion, that this final beast is an amalgam is the use of the word “diverse,” this account is written in the Aramaic language and the Aramaic word used here is transliterated as “shĕna'” according to Strong’s Concordance H8133. This word “shĕna'” primarily means “to be changed” or “to be altered,” as such, this beast was not “different” or “unique” but rather it was “changed.” This particular Aramaic word is the very same word used to describe how Nebuchadnezzar’s heart changed from a man into a beast, when he became insane in Daniel 4:16 for seven years. Now, the million dollar question is: “This beast changed from what?” Logically, it would seem that the three beasts “changed” into this final beast or were somehow assimilated into this fourth beast – this seems to be the only reasonable explanation for this vocabulary which Daniel used in this prophecy as the word implies that something which already existed had deteriorated or altered into another form. So, yes the argument that this final beast is some freaky chimera of the three beasts seems very likely. Many Bible scholars are entirely convinced that this seems to indeed be the case as John, a disciple of Jesus Christ, wrote about a beast in Revelation 13:1, 2 which seems to be this very same beast!:

Revelation 13:1, 2
And I (John) stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Revelation 12:3, 9
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Unlike Daniel, who openly told us that he only gave the main facts or “sum of the matters” in Daniel 7:1, John elaborated more on the appearance of this beast and confirms that it has the attributes of the previous beasts but listed in reverse order, “like unto a leopard,” “the feet of a bear” and “the mouth of a lion” as Revelation 13:2 says. So John is connecting this beast to the fourth beast that Daniel saw. Also just as Jesus, the Son of God, inherited the likeness of His Father God, in like manner, this beast (Antichrist system or fourth beast) inherits the likeness of Satan with the seven heads, ten crowns and those “dreadful and terrible” dragon-like attributes as Revelation 12:3, 9 suggests.

The Roman empire rose to power in 168 B.C. after the Battle of Pydna (Davis, 1999). This empire was never “devoured” unlike its predecessors but rather its western “leg” broke up in 476 B.C. However, the eastern “leg,” called the Byzantine Empire, which later became the Ottoman empire, lived on even into the 20th century. But the question is this: why is this beast Rome? It seems to strongly describe the Roman empire because it is described as incredibly powerful – no other historical empire seems to even remotely qualify. On a side note, Rome (the western foot) and birthplace of the Holy Roman Empire and even Saudi Arabia (the eastern foot) and birthplace of Islam both geographically resembles feet! Coincidence? Oh no, I don’t think so. The Bible suggests that the fourth beast will never be conquered but rather will be revived – as the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream suggests – feet of iron mixed with clay.

I am convinced that the iron specifically refers to Western Rome or Europe, but the clay may actually be referring to the Arabs of the Middle East. Why? Because the four metals of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream represents Gentile (non-Jewish) nations while for some odd reason, the feet is mixed with clay. I will present to you my personal theory on this matter. First of all, in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream this image was struck down by a stone:

Daniel 2:34, 35, 44
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

This ‘stone’ is agreed by most Bible scholars to be none other than Jesus Christ (Exodus 17:6; John 4:13-14; 1 Corinthians 10:4; Deuteronomy 32:4, 31; 2 Samuel 22:2-4, 32; Ephesians 2:20). A stone is earth, clay is also earth, therefore stones are in a sense related to clay. In like manner, it seems that this “clay” in this dream may be Semitic in nature and actually related to Jesus in some way. Jesus was born a Jew, Jews are the descendants of Abraham via his son Isaac while the Arabs are the descendants of Abraham via his other son Ishmael. In addition to this, the clay is weak and is grafted into the feet of the image as some sort of “Antichrist” or “another Christ” which is struck down by the true Christ. This is why I strongly believe that the clay may be representing the Semitic groups of the eastern “leg” of the Roman empire aka the Arab nations. If you are reading this article, then please watch out for Islam – the Islamic nations, who are all Arabic, are likely to be a part of this fourth beast empire. To make matters worse, the Allah of the Qur’an has also expressed a great liking or affinity to iron (among all the other metals on Earth) this Allah brags that he sent down iron to mankind for warfare – so I must stress that you must keep an eye on Islam (Surah 57:15).

This revived Roman Empire is prophesied to behead those who do not worship the “strange god” of the Antichrist, would change laws, times and seasons and would restrict the buying and selling of goods among other things (Daniel 11:39; Revelation 20:4; Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:16, 17). So this prophesied empire is clearly both political and religious in its nature. Interestingly enough, Jesus comes down as a ‘stone’ or rock in Daniel 2 and destroys both the Western Roman or European empire (backed by the Roman Catholic church) and Islamic empire – and I find that detail very telling as to what God truly thinks of both Islam and Roman Catholicism – please leave them if you belong to either. Chuck Missler in the video (examining Daniel chapter 2) embedded above indicates that the iron may potentially be extraterrestrial, exactly as the Allah of the Qur’an claims. Also pay close attention to Syria, because it has a very visible connected to this “iron” trait of this fourth beast or empire as Amos 1:3 suggests, and if such is the case, then we truly need to watch the ISIS situation very closely (by the way Damascus is the capital of Syria):

Amos 1:3
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

Does Amos 1:3 suggest that ISIS will be the iron teeth of the fourth beast? Only time will tell. But even now, the revived Roman empire – the iron toes mingled with clay – are trampling over the world as Daniel 7:7, “it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it.” Think of the British empire, who is no doubt one of these “toes,” which has devoured many nations like the U.S. through colonialism, for instance, but has been broken into pieces. In addition to this, the key feature of iron toes mingled with clay in Daniel 2:42, “…the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken,” is quite telling. It is telling because across the western leg of Europe efforts to tame its countries has all been futile – Napoleon failed, Hitler failed, Stalin failed, Mussolini failed and even the European Union is failing. The same can certainly be said of the eastern “leg” or the Middle East which is so divided with frequent rising and downfalls of its leaders, the chaos stirred up by the Islamic terrorists and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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2) The Cyrus Prophecy and the Downfall of the Babylonian Empire

Cyrus the Great picture

The Cyrus prophecy is by far one of the most amazing prophecies, and occurs with the backdrop of the nation of Israel being held captive by the Babylonians commonly called the Babylonian Captivity. In the Book of Isaiah, we have the prophet Isaiah prophesying that the Babylonian empire will fall and that the Israelites who were held captive would be freed. Before I go any further please keep in mind that this prophecy uttered by the prophet Isaiah and was written between 740 and 680 B.C. in the Book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 13:19
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isaiah 21:9
And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

Then, Isaiah specified the identity of the individuals who would bring about Babylon’s downfall as an alliance of the Medes and Persians:

Isaiah 13:17, 18
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.

Isaiah 21:1, 2, 11, 13, 14
The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.
A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.
The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

Genesis 16:11, 12
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
And he (Ishmael) will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

Isaiah 21:2 references to Elam, a tribe that lived towards the southern regions in modern day Iran and hence were all Persians. Dumah, Seir, Arabia, Dedanim, Tema (Taima) or Tayma are all references to some of the children of Ishmael, who were part of this same Medo-Persian empire, which were prophesied in Genesis 16:12 to be wild and would always attack their neighbors – in this case the Babylonians. The scriptures even seem to hint to us as to how the Medo-Persians would conquer Babylon (modern day Iraq) – they would divert the Euphrates river which flowed through Babylon:

Isaiah 44:27
That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:

Persian and Babylonian Empire

The prophet Isaiah continues with the prophecy by indicating that a powerful individual from the north (please see map above), who would rise up to crush the Babylonians, to save the Israelites, this individual would have favor in the eyes of God and would re-establish the nation of Israel:

Isaiah 41:25
I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.

Isaiah 45:13
I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.

After identifying who would conquer Babylon, Isaiah did the unthinkable – he actually named the leader of this empire which would trample over the Babylonian empire!:

Isaiah 45:1-6
Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

Isaiah 44:28
That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

Please take note that Isaiah penned those words at least 140 years (written around 740-680 B.C.) before Cyrus conquered Babylon! In addition to this, the Book of Isaiah was written at least 80 years before Cyrus’ birth! So, the God of the Bible prophesied Babylon’s fall, which empire would do it, how Babylon will fall and even the name of the leader of this empire who would bring about Babylon’s downfall in 539 B.C. The God of the Bible refers to Cyrus as His “anointed” and Cyrus was so impressed when this prophesy was read to him that he assisted the Jews to return to their land and to rebuild the temple (Ezra 1:1-4, 7, 8; 3:7; 4:3):

2 Chronicles 36:23
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

For the skeptics who doubt that all I have said is true, I will now share the extra-biblical sources, which confirm that these events did indeed occur. Cyrus II, also know as Cyrus the Great, was the son of Cambyses I according to Herodotus in “The Histories” (Godley, 1920). Prior to his rule over the Medo-Persian empire, he had conquered Babylon during the winter of 539 B.C (Kuhrt, 1982). The Babylonians were indeed finally conquered, with their precious city falling without a battle taking place as the Babylonian historical text, the Nabonidus Chronicle, suggests. According to the same Nabonidus Chronicle, Nabonidus was the last king of the Babylonians, and this source documents the rise of Cyrus and confirms that Cyrus was the king of Persia. This same source documents the battle of Opis which was possibly referenced in Isaiah 13:17, 18 and even details that Cyrus entered the city peacefully without a battle (Isaiah 45:1, 2). The infamous “Cyrus Cylinder,” which dates back to that period in the 6th century between 538-529 B.C., was discovered in the ruins of Babylon in 1879, and confirms the story of Cyrus defeating the Babylonian empire and even documents the freeing of all those enslaved by the Babylonians including the Jews (Price, 1902):

“I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, mighty king, king of Babylon, king of the land of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four quarters, son of Cambyses, great king, king of Anshan, grandson of Cyrus, great king, king of Anshan, descendant of Teispes, great king, king of Anshan, progeny of an unending royal line, whose rule Bel and Nabu cherish, whose kingship they desire for their hearts’ pleasures…When I, well-disposed, entered Babylon, I established the seat of government in the royal palace amidst jubilation and rejoicing…I did not allow any to terrorize the land of Sumer and Akkad. I kept in view the needs of Babylon and all its sanctuaries to promote their well-being. The citizens of Babylon…I lifted their unbecoming yoke. Their dilapidated dwellings I restored. I put an end to their misfortunes…I gathered together all their inhabitants and restored to them their dwellings.”

“His widespread troops-their number, like that of the water of a river, which could not be counted, strolled along, their weapons packed away. Without any battle, he made him enter his city Babylon, sparing Babylon any damage. He delivered into my hands Nabonidus, the king who did not worship him.”

Most Bible scholars agree that Cyrus had later learned about this prophesy in Isaiah, which concerned himself, directly from the prophet Daniel (Daniel 6:28; Daniel 9:1, 2), either way we know that Cyrus had learned of this prophecy based on Cyrus’ decree which is documented in 2 Chronicles 36:23 and Ezra 1:1-4. The historian, Josephus, confirms this story of Cyrus in “The Antiquities of the Jews” Book 11: Chapter 1, and confirms that Cyrus did in fact learned about this prophecy which the God of the Bible inspired the prophet Isaiah to write:

“In the first year of the reign of Cyrus, which was the seventieth from the day that our people were removed out of their own land into Babylon, God commiserated the captivity and calamity of these poor people, according as he had foretold to them by Jeremiah the prophet, before the destruction of the city, that after they had served Nebuchadnezzar and his posterity, and after they had undergone that servitude seventy years, he would restore them again to the land of their fathers, and they should build their temple, and enjoy their ancient prosperity. And these things God did afford them; for he stirred up the mind of Cyrus, and made him write this throughout all Asia: ‘Thus saith Cyrus the king: Since God Almighty hath appointed me to be king of the habitable earth, I believe that he is that God which the nation of the Israelites worship; for indeed he foretold my name by the prophets, and that I should build him a house at Jerusalem, in the country of Judea.’

This was known to Cyrus by his reading the book which Isaiah left behind him of his prophecies; for this prophet said that God had spoken thus to him in a secret vision: ‘My will is, that Cyrus, whom I have appointed to be king over many and great nations, send back my people to their own land, and build my temple.’ This was foretold by Isaiah one hundred and forty years before the temple was demolished. Accordingly, when Cyrus read this, and admired the Divine power, an earnest desire and ambition seized upon him to fulfill what was so written; so he called for the most eminent Jews that were in Babylon, and said to them, that he gave them leave to go back to their own country, and to rebuild their city Jerusalem, and the temple of God, for that he would be their assistant, and that he would write to the rulers and governors that were in the neighborhood of their country of Judea, that they should contribute to them gold and silver for the building of the temple, and besides that, beasts for their sacrifices.”

Herodotus in Volume 1 of “The Histories” also confirms the fulfillment of this biblical prophecy in Isaiah 44:27, which alludes that the river into Babylon would be drained and used to take over the city:

“On the top, along the edges of the wall, they constructed buildings of a single chamber facing one to another, leaving between them room for a four-horse chariot to turn. In the circuit of the wall are a hundred gates, all of brass, with bronze lintels and side-posts…The city is divided into two portions by the river, which runs through the midst of it. This river is the Euphrates, a broad, deep, swift stream, which rises in Armenia, and empties itself into the Erythraean Sea.”

Babylon city

“At the rivers end of these cross streets are low gates in the fence that skirts the stream, which are, like the great gates in the outer wall, all of brass, and open towards the water…Cyrus on his way to Babylon came to the banks of the Gyndes, a stream which, rising in the Matienian mountains, runs through the country of the Dardanians, and empties itself into the river Tigris. The Tigris, after receiving the Gyndes, flows on by the city of Opis, and discharges its waters into the Erythraean sea.”

“Accordingly he put off for a time his attack on Babylon, and, dividing his army into two parts, he marked out by ropes one hundred and eighty trenches on each side of the Gyndes, leading off from it in all directions, and making his army dig, some on one side of the river, some on the other, he accomplished his threat by the aid of a great a number of hands, but not without losing the whole summer season. Having defeated the river Gyndes by dispersing it through three hundred and sixty channels, Cyrus, with Spring approaching, marched forward against Babylon. The Babylonians, encamped without their walls, awaited his coming.”

“In his distress either someone made a suggestion to him, or he himself came up with a plan, which he proceeded to follow. He placed a portion of his army at the point where the river enters the city, and another body at the back of the place where it comes out, with orders to march into the town by the bed of the stream, as soon as the water became shallow enough: he and his army then withdrew, and went to the place where Nitocris dug the basin for the river, where he did exactly what he had done in the past: he turned the Euphrates by a canal into the basin, which was then a marsh, on which the river sank to such a low level that the natural bed of the stream became crossable.”

“Hereupon the Persians who had been left at Babylon by the riverside, entered the stream, which had now sunk so as to reach about midway up to a man’s thigh, and entered into the city.”

The prophet Isaiah’s prophecy only scratches the surface of fulfilled bible prophecy and I am sure that you may have recognized that Cyrus foreshadows Jesus Christ as the Messiah, another person anointed by God, who sets the captive free (Psalms 68:18; Ephesians 4:7, 8). In like manner, the historical Antiochus Epiphanes in point 1C foreshadows the future Antichrist.

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3) The Destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and Expulsion of the Jews From Israel

Destruction of Jerusalem
The destruction of Jerusalem, the temple and the scattering of the nation of Israel is a well-established event in history. But did you know that this pivotal event in the history of Israel was actually prophesied by God through His prophets?:

Leviticus 26:33
And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

Deuteronomy 29:23, 28
And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.

Micah 3:11, 12
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

Please note that the Book of Leviticus and the Book of Deuteronomy were both written all the way back in 1405 B.C., while this account in Micah was written around 700 B.C.! The future Roman emperor Titus, along with Tiberius Julius Alexander were the ones who besieged, conquered and destroyed Jerusalem and reduced the city and its temple to rubble in 70 A.D. (Levick, 1999; Cawthorne, 2005). The historian, Josephus, also wrote on the destruction of Jerusalem in chapter 1, section 1 of these works, “The Jewish War Book VII” and “The Jewish War Book VI” respectively:

“Now as soon as the army had no more people to slay, or to plunder, because there remained none to be the objects of their fury: (for they would not have spared any, had there remained any other work to be done:) Caesar gave orders that they should now demolish the entire city, and temple: but should leave as many of the towers standing as were of the greatest eminency, that is, Phasaelus, and Hippicus, and Mariamne: and so much of the wall as enclosed the city on the west side. This wall was spared, in order to afford a camp for such as were to lie in garrison: as were the towers also spared in order to demonstrate to posterity what kind of city it was, and how well fortified, which the Roman valor had subdued. But for all the rest of the wall, it was so thoroughly laid even with the ground, by those that dug it up to the foundation, that there was left nothing to make those that came thither believe it had ever been inhabited. This was the end which Jerusalem came to, by the madness of those that were for innovations. A city otherwise of great magnificence, and of mighty fame among all mankind.”

…And truly the very view itself of the country was a melancholy thing. For those places which were before adorned with trees, and pleasant gardens, were now become a desolate country every way; and its trees were all cut down. Nor could any foreigner that had formerly seen Judea, and the most beautiful suburbs of the city, and now saw it, as a desert; but lament and mourn sadly at so great a change. For the war had laid all the signs of beauty quite waste. Nor if any one that had known the place before, had come on a sudden to it now, would he have known it again: but though he were at the city it self, yet would he have inquired for it notwithstanding.”

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by Francesco Hayez

As many as 1,100,000 Jews were slaughtered and 97,000 were taken as prisoners by the Romans (Cawthorne, 2005)! But one of the most horrible acts documented during this siege were the reports of cannibalism, where mothers actually ate their own children to survive the siege which had cut off all access to food for many days. This detail is recorded by Josephus in chapter 3, section 4 of the “The Jewish War Book VI”:

“There was a certain woman that dwelt beyond Jordan; her name was Mary; her father was Eleazar; of the village Bethezub; which signifies the house of Hyssop. She was eminent for her family, and her wealth; and had fled away to Jerusalem with the rest of the multitude, and was with them besieged therein at this time…She then attempted a most unnatural thing: and snatching up her son, which was a child sucking at her breast, she said, ‘O thou miserable infant! for whom shall I preserve thee, in this war, this famine, and this sedition? As to the war with the Romans, if they preserve our lives, we must be slaves. This famine also will destroy us, even before that slavery comes upon us. Yet are these seditious rogues more terrible than both the other. Come on. Be thou my food: and be thou a fury to these seditious varlets, and a by-word to the world. Which is all that is now wanting to complete the calamities of us Jews.’ As soon as she had said this, she slew her son; and then roasted him; and eat the one half of him; and kept the other half by her concealed…Upon which the whole city was full of this horrid action immediately; and while every body laid this miserable case before their own eyes, they trembled, as if this unheard-of action had been done by themselves. So those that were thus distressed by the famine, were very desirous to die: and those already dead were esteemed happy; because they had not lived long enough either to hear, or to see such miseries.”

These grim details of cannibalism was actually prophesied in the Bible – that the desolation in Israel would be so great and the siege would be so long that some would actually resort to eating their own children:

Deuteronomy 28:49-53
The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:
And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:

These scriptures that I have quoted thus far are all Old Testament prophecies, but do you know that Jesus Christ actually prophesied this would happen? The truth will shock you, He has prophesied Jerusalem and the Temple’s destruction many times in the New Testament:

Luke 19:41-44
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Luke 21:20-22, 24
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Matthew 24:1, 2
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Even when Jesus was on His way to be crucified, He gave the women of Jerusalem this prophetic warning in Luke 23:27-29 that they and their children would suffer many atrocities within the next generation (about 40 years later). Keep in mind that Jesus prophesied this event somewhere between 30 to 33 A.D.:

Do not weep for me but for yourselves and your children

Luke 23:27-29
And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.

Matthew 23:37-39
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Please note that Jesus actually revealed that the destruction that would befall Jerusalem was directly linked to the fact that the Jews had rejected Him as the Messiah in Luke 19:41-42 and Matthew 23:37-39. This detail is very telling, if such was the punishment for rejecting Jesus as the Messiah then how much more will the punishment be if we reject Him as Lord and Savior? In my opinion, when we reject or accept Him as Lord and Savior, the words of Psalms chapter 2 becomes fulfilled:

Psalms 2:12
Kiss the Son (Messiah), lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

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4) The Return of the Jews to Israel

Youngsters in New Jersey two days after the declaration of the State of Israel

The Bible has prophesied the return of Israel to their own land, a prophecy which was finally fulfilled in 1948. The nation of Israel was literally born in one day, May 14th 1948. Please make a mental note that the Books of Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah were written between 740 to 680 B.C., 593 to 560 B.C. and 627 to 585 B.C. respectively:

Isaiah 66:11
Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

Ezekiel 38:8
After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

Isaiah 43:5, 6
Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

Jeremiah 23:3
And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

Israel was a wasteland before the Jews returned home, now it is one of the leading agricultural exporters in the Middle East exactly as the prophets Amos and Ezekiel, under the inspiration of God, suggested it would be. The prophet Amos had penned this prophecy in the Book of Amos around 755 B.C.:

Amos 9:14
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

Ezekiel 36:34, 35
And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden
; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

Israel once desolate now green

Look at the satellite images of Israel, they show green pastures while the majority of Israel’s hostile Arabic neighbors are like wastelands. Israel is actually one of the major exporters of fresh produce in the Middle East, has developed very advanced agricultural technologies and had its cultivated land area increase from 408,000 to 1.1 million acres from 1948 to around the year 2000 and is continually growing (Tucker and Roberts, 2008). The blossoming of Israel’s agricultural industry was so vast and rapid that the Arabs claim that the Jews bought the most fertile lands in the region – a claim which was debunked in the Peel Commission of 1937:

“The shortage of land is due less to purchase by Jews than to the increase in the Arab population. The Arab claims that the Jews have obtained too large a proportion of good land cannot be maintained. Much of the land now carrying orange groves was sand dunes or swamps and uncultivated when it was bought…there was at the time at least of the earlier sales little evidence that the owners* possessed either the resources or training needed to develop the land.” – Peel et al in “Report of the Palestine Royal Commission,” Part II: The Operation of the Mandate, Chapter IX: The Land, 1937. (*Arab owners who sold the land to the Jews)

Please keep in mind that almost 50% of Israel is actually covered by the Negev desert! This nation also produces 95% of its own food. With all that said, I think it is very safe to say that these are all examples of fulfilled Bible prophecies. I will now share with you the prophecies of the prophet Zephaniah, who wrote them in his book around 625 B.C.

Zephaniah 3:9, 10
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.


First of all, Zephaniah 3:9 is very interesting because it prophesies that when the Jews return they would worship God in one language. The Hebrew language was dead for many centuries but was revived between the late 19th to early 20th century and became Israel’s official language. Recently, the largest wave of Ethiopian Jews, believed to be descendants of Queen of Sheba and Solomon, has finally returned to Israel – this is a progressing fulfillment of Zephaniah 3:10. I am sure that there are some reading this, who are still skeptical about this prophecy concerning the birth of the nation of Israel. If you are in that number, then I will soothe your skepticism, but can you answer this question?: Did you know that God actually prophesied when the Jews would return to the land of Israel? He really did and in order to unravel this proof, I will need to share a few scriptures with you:

Hosea 6:1, 2
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Psalms 90:4
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

2 Peter 3:8
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

In Hosea 6:2, we learn that after two days God will “revive” the Jews, but the other scriptures actually seems to hint to us that a thousand years is like a day in God’s sight (Psalms 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8)! So, God is telling us that after two thousand years, but before the three thousandth year, the nation of Israel would be reestablished! Hosea wrote this prophecy in 710 B.C., while the nation of Israel was reborn in 1948 about 2700 years later! Considering all the prophecies which were interwoven in this point, I think it is very difficult to conclude that this was all just an elaborate coincidence or deliberate accident – this is just another example of prophecy fulfilled! This is evidence of the hands of the timeless God of the Bible at work.

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5) The Division of the Land of Israel

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and the League of Nations with the British Mandate over Israel had all recognized that the Jews deserved the right to a Jewish state (Kassim, 1997). The most common misconception among people is the notion that the Jews stole the land from the Arabs, this is far from the truth, the Jewish National Fund actually bought most of it from the wealthy Arabic families via the Ottoman land Code of 1858 (Porath, 1977). In the 1920’s, 144 wealthy Arab families had owned and leased 3,130,000 dunams of the land to the Bedouins and Fellahin (Muslih, 1988). It was these same greedy wealthy Arab landlords who dispossessed the Bedouins and Fellahin in order to sell the land at high interest rates to buyers (Curtis, 1986). By 1948, over 80% of the land available for sale was already bought by the Jewish National Fund, the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association, and others with the rest of the land being wilderness and owner-less desert according to an official survey which was performed by the British government (Kark and Oren-Nordheim, 2001; Weitz, 1950; Curtis, 1986; British Mandate For Palestine, 1946). You may view this particular part of the report done in 1946 for free here (which covers the total land owned by large Jewish land owners) and this one here (which covers the total land owned by large and small Jewish land owners), both of which are conveniently hosted by an anti-Israel (pro-Palestine) website. You can also view this map which shows the land which was already bought by the Jews before 1945 here. Those in Israel who call themselves Palestinians are fully aware that the Jews have bought the land and thus have every legal right to it, the true reason for the hostility against the Jews is mainly motivated by Islam (even though the word “Palestine” never appears in the Qur’an). The truth is that there was never a nation called Palestine, the land was considered as a part of Syria, which for a long time was under the Ottoman Empire (Price, 2003).

UN with Israel in its crosshairs
But I digress, the United nations makes several proposals and many deliberations concerning Israel, one such example is the United Nations Resolution 181, proposed by the United Nations in November 29th 1947, which attempted to divide the land into three parts – a Jewish state, an Arabic state (which was rejected by the Palestinians) and Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem was designated as an international territory which is not under the exclusive control of the Jews. Thus, paving the way for the Antichrist to carry out the future “Abomination of Desolation” in Daniel 9:27. The international designation for Jerusalem can be viewed as a direct fulfillment of the words of Jesus Christ, that Jerusalem will remain under the control of the Gentiles until His return:

Luke 21:24
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

All British Territories With Dates from Annexation to Independence

 

Empire Timeline


With Great Britain ruling Israel since the early 1920’s and under the British Mandate for Palestine, it was at the heart of the deliberations which brought forth the UN Resolution 181 which is also known by the name “United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine” – please keep the word “partition” in mind while you read this point. Soon after the UN Resolution 181, the British empire began to crumble more rapidly than at any time before, with many of its colonies breaking up and becoming independent nations, like India within that very same year, Burma in 1948, Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka) gaining independence in 1948 and becoming a republic in 1972, Sudan in 1956, Malaysia in 1957, many of the West Indian colonies like both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in 1962, Australia becoming fully independent by 1986, and many others. Please take a look at the map above which shows the dates that these nations became colonies and when they became independent. Also the timeline chart above clearly shows that much of the dissolution of the British empire occurred after 1947 in accordance to the Zechariah 12:3 prophecy. Both of these charts have been acquired from this excellent website which analyzes the crumbling of the British empire here. Thus fulfilling the words of Zechariah 12:3, where those who “burden themselves” would be “cut in pieces.” Please keep in mind that this prophecy by Zechariah was written between 520 and 518 B.C.:

Zechariah 12:2-3
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

This prophecy has been fulfilled with the British empire but as long as nations offer propositions to divide Israel, God promises to “cut them in pieces.” Despite the case where the British empire was divided in a geopolitical manner, it is likely that this division, which God imposes, may extend into other areas like economic, social, spiritual, etc. This possibly explains why the hostile Arab nations, who hate Israel and wants to see her divided, are never united and are always in turmoil – this is perhaps God’s fulfillment of this prophecy on their own nations. In fact, those who find themselves divided have absolutely no excuse because God’s covenant with Abraham and the Jews states that He will bless all who bless the Jews and curse those who curse them:

Genesis 12:1-3
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 will shew thee:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be 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.

The prophet Zechariah also wrote, “I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about…in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people.” Is this true in our modern day? Yes! As of 2013, 44 resolutions and 73 reports have been made by the United Nations against Israel, which is actually the most resolutions and reports slammed against any country in the entire world! You can find the report here. So, yes Israel is indeed a “burdensome stone” for “all people,” and when I mean “all people” I literally mean that, because the United Nations represents virtually every sovereign nation on the planet. On the other hand, Jerusalem is a “cup of trembling” in the sense that those “round about” (Israel’s neighbors – the Arab nations) know that they would be penalized by the United Nations if they wage all out war against Israel for fear of retribution. This “cup of trembling” can even refer to Israel’s security and advanced military might, it is actually the number 1 military power in the Middle East, against all odds. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this article here and feel free to confirm this matter with your own research.

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Closing Thoughts

In light of all that I have shared with you, this fact is clear, it does not matter if you disagree with this God, or believe the Bible has many “so-called contradictions” (which are all easily resolved by using Google), or believe that it has many “scientific errors” (also quickly resolved by explanations found with Google), as long as this God proves that He is outside time then He is in fact the true God – the timeless God of the universe – beyond reasonable doubt:

2 Peter 1:20, 21
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Fulfilled Bible prophecy proves that the Creator God exists, that this Creator God is the God of the Bible and of course proves that the Bible is true. So, the so-called contradictions are really just merely misunderstandings which are often resolved by using a Strong’s Concordance, like this free one here. I already know that I am serving the true God and there is only one God, so all the others mean nothing to me. At this point I would imagine an informed Hindu or a Muslim saying, “Okay, there is only one God. What if the God of the Bible is the same as Shiva, Allah, etc? One God known by many names.” My response is simple, if this was ever the same God then your gods would have likewise made the effort to declare events before they occurred (Isaiah 46:9, 10; Isaiah 42:8, 9; Isaiah 44:7, 8). None of the other texts contain clearly fulfilled prophecies made by a being outside of time! They are just riddled with baseless claims. A small number of them claim to contain prophecies but none of these were ever fulfilled – there is a difference.

As a last-ditch attempt I would imagine a Hindu or Muslim saying, “My holy text has scientific proofs in it. Scientific facts prove that I serve the true Creator God.” First of all, every sacred text of the world religions claims to have scientific insights, even the Bible, however, such facts never prove that they were inspired by the same timeless Creator God that I serve. All the world religions agree that there are invisible spirit beings out there, who were created by this Creator God, and would have undoubtedly learned many scientific truths from Him (James 1:17). As such, it is entirely possible that some of these texts may have been inspired by some of these invisible spirit beings. Please research the supernatural phenomenon called “Automatic Writing” and look at the video testimony of this former Atheist, Peter Hockley, called, “Four Nights with the Devil.” He later left Atheism and joined the New Age and indulged in that particular practice. He was quickly tricked into believing that he was speaking with God but was actually speaking to a demon. I will embed that video testimony below along with two more which I am sure you will enjoy. But I digress, the Bible, which was indeed inspired by the Creator God, clearly tells us that the gods which the Gentiles (non-Jews) worship are demons and this includes the Allah of the Arabs, Shiva, Vishnu, etc. God had inspired Paul, a Jew who was converted by Jesus Christ Himself through a vision, to say these words on this matter:

1 Corinthian 10:19, 20
What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

The prophecies which I have shared are just a few of well over 2000 fulfilled prophecies in the Bible – some of which have infinitesimally small probabilities – virtually zero chance of being fulfilled – but were fulfilled precisely! Please if you are not a Christian then please accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Bible prophecies are being fulfilled on the news on a near daily basis, please accept Him before it is too late and He will forgive all of your sins and will invite you into that final glorious kingdom of God which was prophesied in Daniel 2.

~Planet Zion

 

 

 


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Does God Exist? Did Science Just Discovered God?


I have been asked this question quite a lot by Atheists, “Why should I possibly believe in God? In this scientific age, how can we believe in some invisible man in the sky?” In an interview with Reuters, the theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking says “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.” Are the Atheists right? Well, I do believe in God and the idea that science actually disproves God couldn’t be further from the truth. In this article, I will share with you some reasons from science, philosophy and the Bible which completely supports God’s existence:


The Scientific and Logical Arguments For God
Are The Descriptions of The God of The Bible Consistent With This First Cause or Creator of The Universe?
What About The Multiple Universe (Multiverse) Theory? It Proves There is No God
What If The Cause of The Universe Is The Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Closing Thoughts


 


The Scientific and Logical Arguments For God


Scientists have informed us that the universe began to exist – an idea which was absurd a few decades ago, when mainstream science held on to the view that the universe was eternal. There are several scientific reasons which insinuate that this universe had a beginning but to be brief I will share two major ones with you:

i) According to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, we know that they universe is loosing energy, think of this energy like the “gas” for your “car” – the universe is steadily loosing this “gas.” More specifically, the universe is wearing out – all useful energy to do work is being converted into entropy (decay or disorder). So our universe’s energy is decreasing while the entropy is increasing. And the Bible actually serves as a witness to this:

Psalms 102:25, 26
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

If it was possible for us to somehow record all the energy consumption of this universe over its history then we would recognize that in the past there was once a moment, when there was maximum energy available to do work. It also follows that at this exact moment the measure of entropy or decay was zero. This proves that the universe indeed had a beginning – the universe cannot be operating forever – the scientific evidence contradicts this.

ii) In 1905, Albert Einstein developed the Special Theory of Relativity as a result of measurements of length, velocity and time from moving observers and light. This data led him to develop the famous correlation that we know as E=mc^2. Ten years later, Einstein applied this theory to Newtonian physics and thus the theory of General Relativity was born. In fact, Einstein’s work pointed to the expansion of the universe and its beginning, however, his pantheistic beliefs made it difficult for him to come to terms with this conclusion – but the implications of his work did not go unnoticed. In the 1920’s a Russian mathematician named, Alexander Friedmann, took hold of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity and proposed that the universe was expanding. It was finally in 1929, that Edwin Hubble made a very fascinating discovery, he discovered that the universe indeed seems to be showing signs of expansion. He came to this conclusion after observing the red-shift from galaxies moving away from ours – think of this like an ambulance with its siren on driving past your car and you hear the distortion in the sound as it comes to you and the other unique distortion in the sound when it finally passes your car (this effect is called the Doppler Effect). Red-shift in the galaxies is like a “unique distortion” in electromagnetic radiation like light, which indicates that they are moving away from us. So, we know that the universe is expanding, which I must let you know is another fact found in the Bible:

Jeremiah 10:12
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

Job 9:8
Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

edwin-hubble-mount-wilson-observatory So the universe is expanding, you may think of it like a balloon, if we were able to record the edges of the universe and trace the expansion back through history we would reach a single region (just like when an inflated balloon is deflated). From these two scientific facts – the expansion of the universe and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – among many others, we have confirmation that the universe had a beginning.

iii) If those two proofs somehow failed to satisfy your skepticism about the universe having a beginning, then I will offer you a powerful philosophical proof. If the universe never had a beginning, then the universe is eternal – if it is eternal then there is neither an “ending of time” nor a “beginning of time.” Without a beginning or an ending of time, then there would be no such thing as the “present” that we experience today. What do I mean by this? I will try to illustrate this concept with an analogy, it goes like this – let us just imagine that the universe is an “athlete” running a race along a “circular track.” We are observing this athlete running around and around the track without end. This athlete has a problem, he is running around and around…and getting tired, he must stop – but the greater problem is this – there is no finish line, because the circular track is an infinite closed-loop. Likewise, the opposite is true, if there is no finish line then there is no starting line and this athlete would not know where to begin his race – every moment he sets off to run he must run backwards due to the fact that there is no starting point. As such this athlete must run backwards forever. Now, is it logical for an athlete to run both forward and backwards simultaneously? So, logically this universe must have a beginning and must have an end our “athlete,” the universe, is getting tired (2nd Law of Thermodynamics). In addition to this, for us to arrive to the present we must logically have a beginning. So, it is completely reasonable to conclude that the universe does in fact require a beginning and likewise an end.

Now, that I have established that the universe has a beginning, we can proceed to the interesting part. We know that the universe has three elements – space, time and matter – which all began simultaneously. Why do we need all thee elements to occur simultaneously? Well, if you only had matter, then WHERE will you house it? If you only had space and matter then WHEN would it begin? Also if you only had space, then WHAT will you fill it with? So yes, all three elements must emerge at once. With all that said, we know that the universe had a beginning, I have cited two reasons above, as such it must have a cause. Why does the universe need a cause? We know that a building is designed by an architect and a watch is made by a watchmaker. Likewise, if this universe was “wound” up like a clock and we observe it “winding” down, then it follows that there must be a “winder.” But let us look at the attributes of this first cause – this first cause:

a) Transcends Time/ Eternal/ Timeless
b) Transcends Space/ Spaceless
c) Transcends Matter/ Immaterial
d) Is Omnipotent
e) Has A Will

Why must it be timeless, spaceless, and immaterial? Because it created this universe and must be completely independent of those elements. Why must it be omnipotent? It must be so in order to have the ability to create the universe. Why must it have will or desire? This cause has a will for two reasons 1) The power to create (omnipotence) must be acted upon by will 2) An eternal cause creating a temporal universe, instead of an eternal universe, is a signature of will. The ability to will is an attribute which belongs only to persons and hence this cause must be personal. Well, who is this first cause? This first cause is God! Correct! Because only God is eternal, immaterial, spaceless, omnipotent, intelligent and personal. This argument that I have used here proving the existence of God is called the “Cosmological Argument.”

Common Objections To The Cosmological Argument:

1) What if this first cause was created by another cause? This question is reasonable as it opens up the possibility of asking if the other cause had a cause and on and on to infinity – producing what is called an infinite regression. However, this fallacy is self-refuting because it ponders on the possibility of this cause’s creation/source? If such is the case, then WHEN will it be created? After all, this cause is transcendent of time and the universe. The answer would be no, because it is eternal, such a question would have only applied to a cause that was bound by time, space and matter. But if the answer “no” still does not satisfy that answer, then Occam’s Razor will simply shave off any need for an infinite sequence of causes, because Occam’s Razor states that the conclusion with the fewest assumptions is oftentimes the correct one.

2) What if there was no cause for the beginning of the universe? This objection actually tries to suggest that something comes from nothing. But how can this be logical purely based on naturalistic processes? In the case of the universe, before it began there was no potentiality. But how can it logically become a reality without even having its potentiality, if no supernatural miracle occurred? If something comes from nothing, then this nothing is actually something. So rather, the argument is still something coming from something – an effect like the creation of the universe emerging from a cause.


3) What if the universe had no beginning? I would be shocked if anyone still believed this, despite, the fact that I have completely proved this idea is false – logically and scientifically. If you are still not convinced, then I will have no choice but to direct you to this other article here.

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Are The Descriptions of The God of The Bible Consistent With This First Cause or Creator of The Universe?

Well, this question can be easily answered – yes – I am sure you are thinking, “Well that was anticlimactic,” but the answer is really that simple – this God claims to be the Creator of Heaven and Earth:

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Colossians 1:16, 17
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Nehemiah 9:6
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

pillars of creation

Therefore, this God clearly demonstrates that He is eternal, immaterial, spaceless, omnipotent, intelligent and personal. We know that the God of the Bible is eternal:

2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Isaiah 46:9, 10
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Fulfilled Bible prophecy is solid proof that He is indeed eternal or outside of time. Furthermore, the attribute of timelessness also inherently implies the attribute of being changeless – God cannot change. Do I have biblical proof? Of course:

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

This proof actually disqualifies the Allah of the Qur’an as being the true God and discredits the notion that Allah is the same as my God, because Allah can change his mind! The doctrine of abrogation is a clear proof of this:

Surah 2:106
We (Allah) do not abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten except that We bring forth [one] better than it or similar to it. Do you not know that Allah is over all things competent?

How can God possibly change His mind on the wording of His scripture? Shouldn’t He get things perfect the very first time? In any case, I digress, God is immaterial because He tells us that He is a Spirit:

John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Now, is the God of the Bible spaceless? Some of these attributes are clearly hinted in the following scriptures:

Isaiah 66:1
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

John 1:1, 3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Some Christians make the error of saying that Heaven is God’s home but Isaiah 66:1, makes it clear that Heaven is not His home it is more like a house that He created Himself! There is a subtle difference between a house and a home – you can live without a house but you depend on a home. As such, God is indeed spaceless, and this is also confirmed by John 1:3, for God created “all things” by default He must have created space, so this indirectly proves that He is inherently spaceless.

God is omnipotent, I think that the clearest indication of this is the fact that God spoke the universe into existence. My God spoke it into existence, unlike the Hindu god Shiva who claims to need to dance for the universe to exist during his Tandava and also needs to dance upon the demon, Apasmara:

Genesis 1:3, 6, 9
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

let there be light

Psalms 33:6
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psalms 148:5
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

In fact, one of the original meanings of the word “universe” is believed to be, “single spoken sentence.” Now, concerning the question of God’s intelligence and personhood, the following scriptures provide obvious evidence for this:

Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Isaiah 45:5, 22
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

The personal pronouns like “me,” “I” and the telltale signs of will is riddled in those three verses like choosing to strengthen us, saving us, helping us – is obviously pointing to personhood. We have a will and are capable of love and emotions, as such, it should not be a surprise when we learn that the God of the Bible bears this same characteristic – He tells us that we are like this, because of Him in Genesis 1:27!

Finally, the universe is fine-tuned, a fact that no intelligent scientist will ever deny, even the Earth was positioned in a place where it is not too close and not too far from the sun – the “Goldilocks Zone.” These various proofs of fine-tuning are collectively called the Anthropic Principle and is proof that God is in fact personal because it strongly implies will, foreknowledge and intelligence. The Bible is riddled with some very curious passages where God is described as “measuring,” “weighing,” “balancing” all of these terms absolutely confirm that He was the One who did the fine-tuning of the universe:

Isaiah 40:12
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Proverbs 30:4
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?

Isaiah 45:18
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

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What About The Multiple Universe (Multiverse) Theory? It Proves There is No God

First of all, the parallel universe theory also known as multiverse theory is just that – it is a theory. A theory is merely a collection of ideas which aim to explain an event, so this multiverse theory merely tries to explain the origin of the universe. It is not a scientific fact, the theory was designed to provide an “escape-hatch” or “cop-out” for those who realize that the compound probability of the universe beginning and life emerging is extremely close to zero. In fact, just the compound probability of life emerging on Earth is virtually zero this other article explains right here. Furthermore, this theory exits science and enters into the realm of philosophy and pseudoscience, as it is impossible to empirically prove that there are many universes. We as human beings are bound by time, space and matter – we are bound by this universe and, as such, we can never observe any other universe (if such exist).

multiverse - each ball is a universe

However, this theory has not stopped some scientists from embracing it. One of the most common explanations for the multiverse is this analogy – they tell us that our universe, as well as many others, are being massively produced by some sort of “undiscovered law of physics” which they portray as a “gumball machine” churning out an infinite number of gumballs – each gumball being a potential universe. Why is this unfounded explanation necessary? Because the clear fine-tuning that we observe in our universe hints too much to God. This explanation attempts to deny God by producing several universes – some universes come out perfectly like ours and some do not even produce or sustain life. The video embedded above (at the end of the last section), “The Fine Tuning of the Universe,” explains this theory very well. Stephen Hawking believes in this theory, and that something can actually come from nothing:

“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” – Stephen Hawking in his interview with Reuters, “God did not create the universe, says Hawking.”

But his statement is false, gravity does not create matter, in fact none of the laws of physics ever create, rather they act on the things that are already created in the universe. C.S. Lewis, a brilliant writer and academic, describes the dilemma that individuals like Stephen Hawking and even Lawrence Krauss, another theoretical physicist, faces concerning the laws of physics:

“They produce no events: they state the pattern to which every event – if only it can be induced to happen – must conform, just as the rules of arithmetic state the pattern to which all transactions with money must conform – if only you can get hold of any money. Thus in one sense the laws of Nature cover the whole field of space and time; in another, what they leave out is precisely the whole real universe – the incessant torrent of actual events which makes up true history. That must come from somewhere else. To think the laws can produce it is like thinking that you can create real money by simply doing sums. For every law, in the last resort, says: If you have A, then you will get B.” But first catch your A: the laws won’t do it for you.” – C.S. Lewis in “Miracles” cited by John C. Lennox on p.42 of “God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?”



It should be no surprise that Richard Dawkins has completely swallowed this idea whole – that the universe can come from “nothing,” which is based on the union (or illegitimate child) of Quantum Mechanics and the theory of General Relativity, commonly publicized by Lawrence Krauss. Richard Dawkins still persists in repeating this mantra, despite, the fact that Lawrence Krauss is not actually talking about “nothing” – he actually refers to “something” called “quantum fluctuations.” However, Krauss deceptively calls it “nothing,” and abuses the scientific terms in this theory, in order to avoid the clear supernatural implications of a universe with a beginning. The truth is that the multiverse theory does not even eliminate God, this idea that a “law of physics” or some sort of “gumball machine” spitting out universes never truly denies God at all and I will show you why. Please take a look of the traits of this alleged “undiscovered law of physics.” This law:

a) Transcends Time/ Eternal/ Timeless
b) Transcends Space/ Spaceless
c) Transcends Matter/ Immaterial
d) Is Omnipotent

This “law of physics” may not have will, but it still fits the profile of the first cause of the universe. Some of you may already realize where I am going with this. This so-called “law of physics” in the multiverse theory is in a sense God or perhaps His thoughts (which are abstract/immaterial)! Albeit, it is superficially God because it bears all the attributes of the Creator God, it is fundamentally not my God – it is a man-made god – which the Bible calls an “idol” – this is just modern-day idolatry folks (Ecclesiastes 1:9, 10)! Are Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss actually theists but do not know it yet? I actually think so…But what can be said about the multiverse theory and the deceptive mantra that something can come from nothing? Maybe Richard Swinburne, a British philosopher and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University can sum this all up better than I can:

“Multiple universe theory represents the height of irrationality” – Richard Swinburne in “The Existence of God,” p. 165.

If you want my opinion, I was thinking more along the lines that the multiverse theory is, “a fairy-tale which Atheists believe in,” but Swinburne’s description will do just nicely.

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What If The Cause of The Universe Is The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

flying spaghetti monster

I am sure that a clever Atheist in a last-ditch attempt will say, “Okay, if there is a cause for the universe, then what would stop the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) from being this cause?” My response to this question is simple. If you believe that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe then by default you are saying that it has the attributes of being timeless, spaceless, immaterial, omnipotent and personal – you are no longer an Atheist, my friend, you are now a Theist. This is merely a colourful, humorous and idolatrous description of God. The same rule applies if the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” is replaced by a “gumball machine,” “computer,” “law of physics,” “fairy,” “invisible man in the sky,” “flying invisible skittles bag in the sky,” etc.


This is all just a childish mockery of God, but believe me God will not be mocked, He will have the final say…one day:

Galatians 6:7, 8
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

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Closing Thoughts

I have shown that the notion that science actually disproves God is just absurd. The fact that the universe has a beginning absolutely verifies the existence of God:

“The beginning seems to present insuperable difficulties unless we agree to look on it as frankly supernatural.” – Sir Arthur Eddington in “The Expanding Universe,” p. 178. (Keep note that Sir Arthur Eddington was one of the most influential astrophysicists in the 20th century)

“As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency – or, rather, Agency – must be involved. Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being? Was it God who stepped in and so providentially crafted the cosmos for our benefit?” – George S. Greenstein cited by Fred Heeren in “Show Me God: What the Message from Space Is Telling Us About God,” p. 233. (a professor of Astrophysics in the University of Amherst in the Massacheusetts in USA)

Romans 1:20-22, 25
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Now, that it has been established that the Creator God does exist, the question we need to answer is this: Who is this Creator God? I have touched on this already here, but in my next article I will make the case that the God of the Bible is in fact this Creator God, beyond all reasonable doubt! Please do not miss my next article – I am actually getting excited just thinking about it. Feel free to like, follow, and share this with all of your friends and family. God bless!

~Planet Zion

100% Proof That There Is Life After Death!



What happens to us when we die? For thousands of years, mankind has asked that question and now it seems that science is finally digging into the truth of what happens to us. In this article I will provide results from peer-reviewed scientific studies, verified testimonies and scriptures from the Bible which all seek to give an answer to that question:


1) AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) Study
A) Testimony of a 57 year old Social Worker
2) Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF)
B) Testimony of Ellen F.
3) Conclusion
C) Near-death Experiencers’ Video Testimonials


 


1) AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) Study


You may not be aware of this, but one of the largest scientific studies on the afterlife was just recently completed. Dr Sam Parnia, an assistant professor at the State University of New York was the one who led this research together with Dr Peter Fenwick, Professor Stephen Holgate, Professor Robert Peveler of the University of Southampton and several other experts. Prior to the start of this study, Dr. Parnia was convinced that afterlife experiences were just hallucinations, but he was quickly made a believer by some of the testimonies of the participants and the results of the study. This study was carried out over the span of four years from July 2008 to December 2012, and aimed to determine if those who have been labelled clinically dead via cardiac arrest (heart attacks) and were resuscitated had any afterlife experiences. About 2060 cardiac arrest events took place during this experiment at 15 different hospitals in the U.K., U.S. and Austria.
Dr. Sam Parnia

The study reports that out of the 2060 patients, 330 survived their cardiac arrest and were discharged while 140 survivors met the criteria for the study and were given consent to participate. The 140 survivors participated in stage 1 of the interviews which included general questions while 101 patients were fit to participate in stage 2 of the interviews which contained open-ended questions and required the completion of a 16-item Greyson NDE scale (Lange and Greyson, 2004). Visual awareness during out-of-body experiences were tested by placing pictures of images on a shelf, in such a way, that its image can only be viewed from an overhead vantage point – which is often claimed by those with afterlife experiences.

Of those who survived and had clear verifiable signs of awareness – 46% had no experiences consistent with near-death experiences. Near-death experiences included experiences with one or any combination of seven basic themes defined in this study as fear, animals/planets, bright light, violence/persecution, deja-vu, family, and recalling specific events after cardiac arrest. Approximately, 9% had experiences consistent with near-death experiences (NDE) that people claim to have. About 7% had no auditory or visual recollection of their resuscitation while 2% had very clear recollections of seeing and hearing events specific to their resuscitation.

As I have pointed out earlier, Dr. Parnia was a skeptic when he started this study but after his results he certainly wishes to look more into this phenomenon, “…the recalled experience surrounding death now merits further genuine investigation without prejudice.” This study was so interesting that, Dr. Jerry Nolan, the editor-in-chief of the journal called “Resuscitation,” which published this study had this to say,

“The researchers are to be congratulated on the completion of a fascinating study that will open the door to more extensive research into what happens when we die.”

You can view the study in PDF format here. I am sure that you may be asking the question, “Why were there so few near death experiences?” In response to this valid question Dr. Parnia states, “…a higher proportion of people may have vivid death experiences, but do not recall them due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory circuits.” So, he believes that it is brain damage or drugs which caused some of his patients to forget their experiences. In any case, no one can debate with these findings because it has been peer-reviewed or carefully scrutinized by other experts in this field for high accuracy and high precision.

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A) Testimony of a 57 year old Social Worker

One participant of the study was a 57 year old man, who is a social worker and lived in Southampton. He had clear conscious awareness that was verified beyond reasonable doubt using the visual awareness test and reported specific sounds, conversations and visuals prior to his resuscitation that were all confirmed. This is what Dr. Parnia had said about this man in an interview with The Telegraph,

“We know the brain can’t function when the heart has stopped beating. But in this case, conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes into the period when the heart wasn’t beating, even though the brain typically shuts down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. The man described everything that had happened in the room, but importantly, he heard two bleeps from a machine that makes a noise at three minute intervals. So we could time how long the experienced lasted for. He seemed very credible and everything that he said had happened to him had actually happened.”

This same man had a positive near death experience and it reads as follows,

“I have come back from the other side of life…God sent (me) back, it was not (my) time – (I) had many things to do…(I traveled) through a tunnel toward a very strong light, which didn’t dazzle or hurt (my) eyes…there were other people in the tunnel whom (I) did not recognize. When (I) emerged (I) described a very beautiful crystal city…there was a river that ran through the middle of the city (with) the most crystal clear waters. There were many people, without faces, who were washing in the waters…the people were very beautiful…there was the most beautiful singing…(and I was) moved to tears. (My) next recollection was looking up at a doctor doing chest compressions.”

river of life

The following contains various negative experiences from other patients that contained themes of fear and persecution after being clinically pronounced dead in the AWARE Study,

“I was terrified. I was told I was going to die and the quickest way was to say the last short word I could remember”
“Being dragged through deep water”
“This whole event seemed full of violence and I am not a violent man, it was out of character.”
“I had to go through a ceremony and…the ceremony was to get burned. There were 4 men with me, whichever lied would die…I saw men in coffins being buried upright.”

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2) Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF)


Dr. Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody Long JD (Juris Doctor) have been running the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) and their website can be found here. Dr. Jeffrey Long’s book, “Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences” written and compiled with the assistance of Jody Long, and Paul Perry documents 613 cases. Before we plunge deeper into his findings, I would like to make this point clear – that near-death experiences have no dependence on one’s preconceived ideas as Dr. Long suggests,

“Preexisting cultural beliefs do not significantly influence the content of NDEs. Near-death experiences from around the world appear to have similar content regardless of the culture of the country that the NDErs live in.”

Here is a list of twelve major near-death experience elements, that have been identified by Dr. Long. Each element is followed by a number indicating what percentage of the 613 people included in the Evidence of the Afterlife study experienced the element in question. According to Dr. Long, only 33.8 percent reported passing into of through a tunnel, and only 22.2 percent said they experienced a life review of their deeds on Earth:

1) Out-of-body experience (O.B.E.): Separation of consciousness from the physical body – 75.4 percent

2) Heightened senses – 74.4 percent

3) Intense and generally positive emotions or feelings – 76.2 percent

4) Passing into or through a tunnel – 33.8 percent

5) Encountering a mystical or brilliant light – 64.6 percent

6) Encountering other beings, either mystical beings or deceased relatives or friends – 57.3 percent

7) A sense of alteration of time and space – 60.5 percent

8) Life review – 22.2 percent

9) Encountering unworldly (“heavenly”) realms – 40.6 percent

10) Encountering or learning special knowledge – 56 percent (31.5 percent answered that they felt they understood everything “about the universe”; 31.3 percent felt they understood everything “about myself and others”)

11) Encountering a boundary or barrier – 31 percent

12) Return to the body, either voluntary or involuntary – 58.5 percent

doctors in surgery

In addition, to identifying twelve major near-death experience elements, Dr. Long has prepared nine proofs which support his view that these near-death experiences are true. These nine proofs are as follows:

1) Crystal-Clear Consciousness

The level of consciousness and alertness during near-death experiences is usually greater than the experience during their everyday life even though near-death experiences generally occur while unconscious or clinically dead. The elements in near-death experiences generally follow a consistent and logical order.

2) Realistic Out-of-Body Experiences

What near-death experiencers see and hear in the out of body state during their near-death experiences is generally realistic, and often verified later by the near-death experiencers or others as real.

3) Heightened Senses

Normal or super-normal vision occurs in near-death experiences among those with significantly impaired vision or even legal blindness. Several near-death experiencers who were blind from birth have reported highly visual near-death experiences.

4) Consciousness During Anesthesia

Typical near-death experiences occur under general anesthesia at a time when conscious experience should be impossible.

5) Perfect Playback

Life reviews in near-death experiences include real events that took place in the near-death experiencers lives, even if the events had been forgotten.

6) Family Reunions

When near-death experiencers encounter beings they knew from their earthly life, they are virtually always deceased, and usually deceased relatives.

7) Children’s Experiences

The near-death experiences of children, including very young children, are strikingly similar to the near-death experiences of older children and adults.

8) Worldwide Consistency

Near-death experiences appear strikingly consistent around the world. Many near-death experiences from non-Western countries are very similar to typical Western near-death experiences.

9) Changed Lives

Changes in the lives of near-death experiencers after their experiences – the near-death experience aftereffects – are common. Aftereffects are often powerful, lasting, and the changes follow a consistent pattern. Aftereffects include: decreased fear of death, increased belief in the afterlife, a stronger sense of spirituality, a sense of God’s presence, an awareness of the meaning and purpose of life, a belief in the sacredness of life, a greater appreciation of life, a reduced interest in material gain or status, seek out helping or healing professions, 45 percent reported special gifts, people with very serious illnesses – both physical and mental – believe they were healed, increasingly loving and accepting of themselves, more self confidence, increased awareness of the needs of others and a willingness to reach out to them, may end negative and unloving relationships, and seek out positive and loving relationships, increasing capacities for love and compassion can result in stronger marriages and relationships, and increased intelligence (at least in children).

This is Dr. Long’s own words on these nine proofs, “By scientifically studying the more than 1,300 cases shared with NDERF, I believe that the nine lines of evidence presented in this book all converge on one central point: There is life after death.” According to Dr. Long, “you can’t fake the effects of a near-death experience,” and this certainly seems to be the case as 73.1 percent reported that their lives had changed significantly as the result of their near-death experience.

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B) Testimony of Ellen F.


This is a very interesting testimony of a 17 year old young woman just this year on March 2nd, which was submitted online by the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), who had a hellish near-death experience after overdosing on drugs,

“I was at work at a grocery store, and my brother and his friend came to visit me. They had a drug called spice(k2)[synthetic cannabis] that you smoke. I have a weak body and the drug was very strong. I overdosed and passed out in the back of my brothers car. They then left and were gone for at least 10-15 minutes. I remember seeing my body from above and having no physical feeling at all. I was then sucked downward into an unending tunnel or a vortex. It was very dark and there were red and orange flames everywhere. I was aware that I was dying and was frantic but could not escape and come back or wake up. There was the strongest emotional and spiritual feeling of being oppressed in every possible way. It is almost unexplainable how much emotional pain I felt. It was almost as if every negative feeling I had ever felt in my life were being forced on me at once. Flashes of my past and terrible choices and mistakes I had made flew by me. I also saw faces of my family members and they were all crying. I knew I was going to hell, and it was a million times worse than I had ever imagined. There was no physical pain but I was being tortured emotionally for everything wrong I had ever done in life. In the spiritual world this seemed to go on for many years, yet I was somehow aware that it was only minutes on earth. I remember being sorry for all the things I had done and having complete regret. I then was pulled out of the tunnel and hovered in light. I heard who I believe was God telling me I was being saved and given a second chance at life. I immediately felt peace and could feel my body again. A few minutes later my brother came back and shook me until I woke up.”

door to hell

Ellen claimed of having heightened senses, she was reminded of her sins during her experience, and time had lost all meaning as she puts it, “It seemed to be a whole different kind of time…I understood that the spiritual world does not have the same concept of passing time like earth does.” Ellen had some remarkable changes to her life – she quickly became a Christian, attended Christian boarding school, and has found deliverance from her drug, alcohol and smoking addictions. You can read the rest of her story here.

Dr. Long reports that about 10% of the near-death experiences, which he has documented, has been of a hellish nature. As such, the misconception that there is total and complete acceptance on the other side is quite false.

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Conclusion


What conclusion can we draw from these various testimonies and results? Well, beginning with the testimonies, namely that of Case A, the 57 year old social worker, his testimony is absolutely consistent with the description of Heaven given to us in the Bible. We actually see what may be a possible tunnel experience that seems to be tucked away within Micah 7:7-9:

Micah 7:7-9
Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.
I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

We know that God is light, the Bible is full of scriptures connecting God and light exactly as Micah 7:7-9 does (Psalms 44:3; Ezekiel 1:27, 28; Ezekiel 8:2; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ezekiel 43:2; Ezekiel 10:4; Habakkuk 3:4; Revelation 22:5):

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

1 John 1:5
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Revelation 21:23
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

holy city of new jerusalem

There is an amazing city that the Bible says is in Heaven right now, the Bible promises to us that this city will come down upon Earth one day, it is called New Jerusalem and “…the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass” (Revelation 21:2, 18, 21) – it is crystal clear exactly as the social worker reported. We even have confirmation of the river that the social worker describes, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelation 22:1):

Psalms 46:4
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

We know that God promises to sprinkle us with water and make us clean in Ezekiel 36:25, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you,” it is possible that when this social worker saw people bathing in the river, this was quite possibly God fulfilling this promise to them in a literal way. Concerning the social workers claim of seeing faceless people, this is certainly no shock to informed Christians who know their Bible. The Bible actually prophesies that those who are dead in Christ and those alive right now are waiting for new bodies that will be incorruptible and amazing (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 52; 1 John 3:2) and that we will not tire in them and they will be perfect (Isaiah 40:31). But until that Day comes, the scriptures seem to tell us that the faithful servants of Christ who are dead right now have some sort of temporary spirit body referred to in 2 Corinthians 5:1 as a “house” built by God Himself – this temporary spirit body may very well be what the social worker saw:

2 Corinthians 5:1-3
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

Finally, there is beautiful music in Heaven, which was heard by this social worker, and this music is actually worship and praises directed to God (Psalms 22:3; Psalms 150:1-6; Psalms 21:13; Revelation 14:3; Revelation 15:3). Now, with respect to the hellish near-death experiences – they are also very consistent with the Bible’s claims of Hell. We see fear, anguish and fires of Hell in the Gospels:

Matthew 13:42
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

deep dark bottomless pit

Descriptions of people falling into a tunnel as in Case B, with Ellen who had died from drug overdose, is consistent as we know that Hell is beneath the Earth’s surface and its oceans (Job 11:8; Proverbs 9:18; Ezekiel 31:16). We know that Hell is a place of absolute darkness (Matthew 25:30; Jude 1:6, 11-13; Matthew 8:11, 12). We know that it is a place of torments as indicated by Lazarus in the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…(Luke 16:23).” We know that the torments will be diverse and that some will be tormented more than others as in the case of the Parable of the Unfaithful Servant (Luke 12:35-48), where he is beaten with many stripes – which gives the implication that there is also few stripes. It seems that those who knew God and His Son, far better than others yet still reject Him, will be punished even more (Matthew 23:14, 15; 2 Peter 2:21, 22). The Bible completely supports the idea of heightened perceptions or senses in Heaven or Hell, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (1 Corinthians 13:12).” Many near-death experiencers claim that after they died and met God, that they were often reminded of memories they had on Earth, as in the case with Ellen, she reported being reminded of her sins or having a life review. With respect to the Bible it says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).” This may be a part of the judging period and God Himself in some way or the other reminds us of our deeds (Hebrews 10:30, 31; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12):

1 Corinthians 3:8, 11-15
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Romans 14:12
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Matthew 12:36
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Many near-death experiencers also experience a “different time” where time has no significance, this possibly refers to the time scale of “eternity” described in the Bible. The spirit realm seems to be governed by its own time scale that seems to go faster relative to time on Earth – this is confirmed when we read passages where it says, “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday… (Psalms 90:4)” and “…one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Am I saying that one day in the spiritual realm is literally one thousand years in the eyes of God? Not necessarily. These verses clearly convey the principle of the insignificance of time in the spiritual realm and in the eyes of God, who is the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15).

With all that said, it seems that the near-death experiences are confirming all that the Bible says concerning Heaven and Hell. The results of the studies and near-death experiences confirm the existence of the soul, a part of us that seems to survive death:

Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

2 Peter 1:13, 14
Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

1 Corinthians 2:11
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Please note that all the evidence on the afterlife seems to point strictly to the Christian worldview – not reincarnation and all the possible responses to the question of what happens to us when we die – but only the Christian worldview. After all, the near-death experiencers are being “returned” or resurrected into their own bodies and not reincarnated into new ones. In addition to this, the near-death experiencers encounter a God who is very personal (Isaiah 41:10), intelligent (Psalms 139:1-4) and overflowing with love and compassion (1 John 4:8; John 3:16) – these facts are likewise very problematic for eastern religions as their definition of God is an impersonal being or “force” that is incapable of displaying human emotions and characteristics. Of course, we know that the impersonal view of God is now false, in light of the testimonies and results but mainly by the fact that the Bible explains that if God created man in His own image and likeness then He would also be expected to express human emotions like love (Genesis 1:26, 27) and would likewise be a personal Being (Isaiah 45:22). We know from the Bible that those who have a distorted view of the nature of God and who reject Jesus Christ are denied eternal life, so please if you believe the eastern worldview’s interpretation of God – that we are all gods, that He is an impersonal God and that Jesus was merely an enlightened human being – then I must warn you that Jesus Himself confessed that eternal life is granted only to those who have a sound biblical view of the true God and His Son Jesus Christ:

John 17:3
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

John 8:24
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 3:36
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

God is the Creator of our souls and bodies (Zechariah 12:1; Psalms 139:13; Jeremiah 1:5), as such we are all held accountable to Him for our actions in this life. And I hope and pray that you accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour if you are not Christian. Jesus died for our sins so that our very souls can escape the penalty for our sins, which is death and Hell, and live with Him forever. I can’t imagine that anyone would want to pass up an opportunity like that. Your eternal destination hangs in the balance. In light of all that you may have learned here, do you really want to gamble away your soul?:

Mark 8:36-38
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.


~Planet Zion


 


Near-death Experiencers’ Video Testimonials:

 

 

 

 


References:

Lange, R., and B. Greyson. May 2004. “A Rasch scaling validation of a ‘core’ near-death experience.” British Journal of Psychology Volume 95, Issue 2, pages 161–177.

Sam Parnia, Ken Spearpoint, Gabriele de Vos, Peter Fenwick, Diana Goldberg, Jie Yang, Jiawen Zhu, Katie Baker, Hayley Killingback, Paula McLean, Melanie Wood, A. Maziar Zafari, Neal Dickert, Roland Beisteiner, Fritz Sterz, Michael Berger, Celia Warlo. 2014. “AWARE—AWAreness during REsuscitation—A prospective study.” Resuscitation.

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Does The Qur’an Admit That Jesus Is God? The Truth Will Shock You!



I wrote this article out of love and for the sake of Muslims, who believe that Jesus Christ – the one called Isa Ibn Maryam in the Qur’an – was just a mere prophet. Many Muslims are completely unaware that their Qur’an actually suggests – quite often – that the Messiah is God! If you are a Muslim and reading this, then I must warn you that this article will completely change your view of Jesus Christ. If you happen to be a Christian reading this, I would imagine that this would be useful for those who are budding Christian apologists or just curious to learn about the Jesus of the Qur’an. In this post, I will offer 20 proofs from the Qur’an which confirm Jesus’ divinity:


1) Only Allah Is Equal to His Word
2) Only Allah Is Equal to His Spirit
3) Only Allah Can Create
4) Only Allah Is Omniscient
5) Only Allah Is Judge and Ruler
6) Only Allah Is Healer
7) Only Allah Has Power Over Life and Death
8) Only Allah Speaks In Parables
9) Only Allah Can Escape From Our Vision
10) Only Allah Should be Worshiped? The Qur’an Does Not Say That!
11) Only Allah Can Send Messengers And Give Them Power
12) Only Allah’s Throne is Upon the Water
13) Only Allah Is Our Provider
14) Only Allah is Unique
15) Only Allah is Eternal
16) Hints of Jesus’ Preexistence
17) Only Allah is the Most Gracious and Most Merciful
18) Only Allah Commands Authority
19) Only Allah Has Glory
20) Only Allah’s Servants Will Prevail? Which Servants?


 


1) Only Allah Is Equal to His Word

The Qur’an tells us that Allah is both eternal and infinite:

Surah 112:1, 2
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;

Surah 57:3
He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Immanent: and He has full knowledge of all things.

In this same Qur’an we have a very fascinating description for the Messiah:

Surah 4:171
…Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers…

Surah 3:39
While he was standing in prayer in the chamber, the angels called unto him: “Allah doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word from Allah, and (be besides) noble, chaste, and a prophet,- of the (goodly) company of the righteous.”

Surah 3:45
Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah;

The Messiah is described above as the ‘Word of God,’ a title which is completely unique to any man or prophet of Allah. The implication of this is that if Jesus was indeed the Word of God, then He would be eternal! Why? Because the Qur’an teaches that the Word of Allah is forever and can never change!:

Surah 6:115
The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfilment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all.

Surah 10:64
For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity.

Surah 18:27
And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the Book of thy Lord: none can change His Words, and none wilt thou find as a refuge other than Him.

So, as you may see in the above Surahs, because Allah’s words can never change the conclusion which can be drawn from this is that the Word of Allah, Isa, can never change – the Messiah is everlasting! In addition to this we are informed in the Qur’an that the Word of Allah is infinite as the following Surah suggests:

Surah 18:109
Say: “If the ocean were ink (wherewith to write out) the words of my Lord, sooner would the ocean be exhausted than would the words of my Lord, even if we added another ocean like it, for its aid.”

Surah 18:109 has been explained in the commentary book of Ali Ibn Ibrahim Qomi, and in the commentary book of Al-Burhan, narrated from Abi-Basir, from Imam Sadiq who said:

“I inform you that the Word of Allah has neither an end, nor has it finite, nor does it cause to eternity.” – Ali Ibn Ibrahim Qomi in Tafsir Al-Qummi, vol. 2, p.46, and Tafsir al-Burhan, vol. 2, p. 496

So from the mouths of those very respected Islamic Scholars we learn a most interesting fact about the Word of God. We learn that the Word of God is also infinite, which of course confirms the fact that it is indeed unchanging and eternal! I think it is abundantly clear here, that if the Messiah is being described as the Word of God, then He is both eternal and infinite both of which are exclusive attributes of Allah in the Qur’an. And if there is any doubt or rebuttal to this conclusion then please read these Bible verses below:

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

John 1:1, 2, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.The same was in the beginning with God.

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2) Only Allah Is Equal to His Spirit

In the below Surah we learn that Allah pours out his spirit on his own believers:

Surah 58:22
Thou wilt not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, loving those who resist Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred. For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself (roohin minhu). And He will admit them to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, to dwell therein (for ever). Allah will be well pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allah. Truly it is the Party of Allah that will achieve Felicity.

This spirit is none other than Allah himself, because this same spirit displays omnipresence as it resides within all the servants of Allah at the same time according to the Qur’an. Omnipresence is an attribute which is exclusive to Allah, according to the Qur’an, as suggested by the Surah below and in many others (Surah 6:59; Surah 50:16):

Surah 58:7
Seest thou not that Allah doth know (all) that is in the heavens and on earth? There is not a secret consultation between three, but He makes the fourth among them, – Nor between five but He makes the sixth,- nor between fewer nor more, but He is in their midst, wheresoever they be: In the end will He tell them the truth of their conduct, on the Day of Judgment. For Allah has full knowledge of all things.

And if any Muslim is in doubt of this interpretation then please understand that this is not my interpretation but it is the interpretation of the Islamic scholars when they examine Surah 58:22:

“…Here we learn that all good and righteous men are strengthened by God with the holy spirit. If anything, the phrase used here is stronger, ‘a spirit from Himself.’ Whenever any one offers his heart in faith and purity to God, God accepts it, engraves that faith on the seeker’s heart, and further fortifies him with the Divine Spirit, which we can no more define adequately than we can define in human language the nature of God.” – Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an, p. 1518, fn. 5365.

Now if Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian Islamic scholar, and many other scholars agree that this strengthening spirit is Allah, then why is it that Qur’an teaches that this same spirit is the Messiah?:

Surah 4:171
…Christ Jesus the son of Mary was a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary and a spirit proceeding from Him (roohin minhu): so believe in Allah and His messengers…

From the above Surah, we learn that the Messiah is “a spirit proceeding from” Allah! The Messiah is a spirit! Not only a spirit but is the very same spirit that resides within all the believers of Allah mentioned in Surah 58:22. At this point, the informed Muslim may say that the Messiah was only a messenger made in the likeness of Adam and that God breathed in life into Adam and created Adam:

Surah 38:71, 72
[So mention] when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I am going to create a human being from clay.
So when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My [created] soul, then fall down to him in prostration.”

But look at the vast difference between these two Surahs! In Surah 38:72, we see that Allah, “breathed into him of My [created] soul,” note well Adam was created through Allah’s breath but in Surah 4:171, we see that the Messiah was not even created but rather proceeded from Allah – there is a difference here. The Messiah must be equal to Allah! Why? I will explain, if God is holy, then His Spirit is holy and since the Messiah is the Spirit of God, then the Messiah is holy which is confirmed in Surah 19:19. And if both the Messiah and Allah are holy therefore they are one! Is it possible for a spirit to be divided? No, then we must conclude that the Messiah is one with Allah in the Qur’an. Please keep this point in mind as it completely explains why the Messiah can create and the reason why He displays all the attributes discussed in the rest of this article.

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3) Only Allah Can Create

The Qur’an makes it clear in a number of Surahs (Chapters) that only Allah has the power to create (Surah 16:20; Surah 16:17):

Surah 6:102
That is Allah , your Lord; there is no deity except Him, the Creator of all things, so worship Him. And He is Disposer of all things.

Surah 15:86
Indeed, your Lord – He is the Knowing Creator.

Surah 22:73
O people, an example is presented, so listen to it. Indeed, those you invoke besides Allah will never create [as much as] a fly, even if they gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly should steal away from them a [tiny] thing, they could not recover it from him. Weak are the pursuer and pursued.

Time and time again in the Qur’an, Allah claims that he is the true God and that only he has the power to create. In fact one of the 99 names of Allah is “Al-Khaliq” which means “The Creator.” Yet, the Qur’an tells us that the Messiah, Jesus, also has the power to create:

Surah 3:49
And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.

Surah 5:110
[The Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with My permission; and you healed the blind and the leper with My permission; and when you brought forth the dead with My permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from [killing] you when you came to them with clear proofs and those who disbelieved among them said, “This is not but obvious magic.”

Some Muslims may say that the Qur’an teaches that the Messiah creates like Allah by the Arabic phrase “biidhnillah” translated here as “by permission of Allah,” sometimes as “by Allah’s leave.” Please do not get caught up by those phrases, which all share the meaning of the word “permission.” “Permission” means “the action of officially allowing someone to do a particular thing; consent or authorization.” For instance, I can give you permission to share this article, but that does not mean that you do not have the power to share it – you can do so even without my permission. Understand? Here we clearly see that the Qur’an actually implies that Jesus had already possessed the power to actually create life on His own, but merely was allowed to do so by Allah. Muslims, when they refute this idea completely mistake the meaning of the words “leave” or “permission” for another word “empowerment” which actually means exactly what they try to say “to give power to (someone).” But “biidhnillah” does not mean empowerment at all and as I have shown, it actually implies that Jesus possessed the ability to create to begin with.

Another troubling implication that arises from both Surah 3:49 and Surah 5:110, is that Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, possessed no ability to create, not even to heal others:

Surah 27:80
Indeed, you will not make the dead hear, nor will you make the deaf hear the call when they have turned their backs retreating.

Yet, Muhammad is declared to be the greatest of all prophets and was the “seal of the prophets (Surah 33:40).” Even though Jesus is described as merely creating a bird out of clay, size does not matter, this shows a principle – that if He was capable of doing this, then He was more than capable of creating man out of the ground exactly as Allah claimed to do:

Surah 38:71, 72
[So mention] when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I am going to create a human being from clay.
So when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My [created] soul, then fall down to him in prostration.”

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4) Only Allah Is Omniscient

The Qur’an consistently informs the reader that only Allah is all-knowing or omniscient, as the following Surahs suggest:

Surah 27:65
Say, “None in the heavens and earth knows the unseen except Allah, and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected.”

Surah 6:59
And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

We learn from Surah 27:65, that Allah is all-knowing, an attribute which is reflected in his name “Al-Basir” and “As-Sami” which means “The Seer of All” and “The Hearer of All” respectively. With respect to the second Surah above we learn that he claims to be both all-knowing and has the ability to see the future which is specifically implied by the phrase “it is written in a clear record,” which implies that these facts were written before they even occur, hence Allah knows the future. Now, Muhammad discouraged anyone who dare claimed that he had the power to know what was hidden:

Surah 6:50
Say, [O Muhammad], “I do not tell you that I have the depositories [containing the provision] of Allah or that I know the unseen, nor do I tell you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me.” Say, “Is the blind equivalent to the seeing? Then will you not give thought?

Even Muhammad recognized that if anyone hinted that they had the attribute of omniscience, then they would be claiming to be God:

It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin Yasar, from Qutailah, a woman from Juhainah, that a Jew came to the Prophet and said: “You are setting up rivals (to Allah) and associating others (with Him). You say: ‘Whatever Allah wills and you will,’ and you say: ‘By the Ka’bah.'” So the Prophet commanded them, if they wanted to swear an oath, to say: “By the Lord of the Ka’bah;” and to say: “Whatever Allah wills, then what you will. – Sunan an-Nasa’i 3773, Book 35, Hadith 13, English Translation Vol. 4, Book 35, Hadith 3804.

As such, it should surprise you that the Qur’an actually tells us that the Messiah is all-knowing:

Surah 3:49
And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.

Not only does Jesus, speak in the first person throughout the verse as one with authority but He even says that He “…informs you of what you eat…” embedded within that statement is the implication that Jesus knows the past, present and future. He also says that He knows, “…what you store in your houses,” which proves that He is all-knowing. Both of which are clear attributes of omniscience.

At this point a Muslim would object by saying that “Allah told Jesus what people ate and what they had in there homes.” But wait a second! In the Qur’an Jesus did not even say that Allah told Him this nor did Allah gave Him the permission at all! I have explained in my last point that permission does not necessarily mean that Jesus could not do such things with His own power. It is clear that the Messiah claims that He is all-knowing, the fact that Jesus speaks in the first person and the absence of the phrase “by permission of Allah” attached to this statement, strongly prove that Jesus had the attribute of omniscience and hence was God. The Bible actually has passages where Jesus demonstrated this power to strangers, foreseeing a fish which had a coin and even knowing what others were thinking:

John 4:17-19
The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

John 17:27
Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Luke 5:20-22
And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?

In fact, only the power of omniscience can make anyone remotely eligible to be a fair and perfect judge for every man and woman that ever existed, which brings me to my next point.

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5) Only Allah Is Judge and Ruler

The Qur’an teaches that Allah is our Judge:

Surah 6:57
Say, “Indeed, I am on clear evidence from my Lord, and you have denied it. I do not have that for which you are impatient. The decision is only for Allah . He relates the truth, and He is the best of deciders.

Surah 7:87
And if there should be a group among you who has believed in that with which I have been sent and a group that has not believed, then be patient until Allah judges between us. And He is the best of judges.

Surah 6:114
[Say], “Then is it other than Allah I should seek as judge while it is He who has revealed to you the Book explained in detail?” And those to whom We [previously] gave the Scripture know that it is sent down from your Lord in truth, so never be among the doubters.

In fact some of the 99 names of Allah are directly connected to this role of Allah: “Al-‘Adl” which means “The Just,” “Al-Hakam” which means “The Judge,” “Al-Fattah” which means “The Just Ruler,” and “Ad-Dayyan” which means “The Requiter.” Based on all of these assertions it is clear that Allah is the only judge and ruler of mankind, according to the Qur’an. As I have mentioned in my last point only an omniscient being is capable to serve true justice to all mankind, which is an attribute that the Qur’an says belongs to Allah. Now, it should shock the Muslim to learn that Jesus also shares this role as a Just Ruler and Judge in both the Qur’an and the Hadith:

Surah 4:159
And there is none from the People of the Scripture but that he will surely believe in Jesus before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection he will be against them a witness.

“By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus,) the Son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler)…” – Excerpt of Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 55, No. 657; Fateh-ul Bari, Vol. 7, P. 302

The most startling thing to take from the verified Hadith above is that it describes Jesus as a Just Ruler which is actually one of the 99 names of Allah, “Al-Fattah.” No doubt an informed Muslim would say, “Jesus will be Judge because Allah will permit Him to.” If such is the case then shouldn’t the judge of all mankind also bear the attribute of omniscience? Oops! Jesus also has that attribute, if you had read my last point on omniscience. You must also note that He claims in the Qur’an that He is all-knowing without the permission of Allah so the ultimate conclusion is that He is also Judge without permission. Keep note in the above Hadith that Muhammad even said that his soul was in the hands of Jesus Christ! Shouldn’t our souls be in the hands of God? Surah 39:42 says that only Allah has our souls, but Muhammad says that Jesus also does too?

What makes this point even more curious is that both Allah and Jesus are described as returning on the clouds on the Last Day:

Surah 2:210
Do they await but that Allah should come to them in covers of clouds and the angels [as well] and the matter is [then] decided? And to Allah [all] matters are returned.

Acts 1:9-11
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Mark 14:62
And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man (Messiah) sitting on the right hand of power (God), and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Daniel 7:13, 14
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Jude 1:14, 15
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Do I really need to say more? All of these are not contradictions – Jesus and God must be one and the same person (John 10:30-33)!

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6) Only Allah Is Healer

The Qur’an consistently tells us that only Allah is the healer:

Surah 26:80
And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.

Surah 6:17
And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him. And if He touches you with good – then He is over all things competent.

Even Muhammad recognized that healing, in particular, is completely reserved for Allah alone as this verified Hadith indicates:

Whenever Allah’s Messenger Muhammad paid a visit to a patient, or a patient was brought to him, he used to invoke Allah, saying, “Take away the disease, O the Lord of the people! Cure him as You are the One Who cures. There is no cure but Yours, a cure that leaves no disease.” – Sahih al-Bukhari 5675, Book 75, Hadith 36, English reference Vol. 7, Book 70, Hadith 579.

However, we learn from the Qur’an that Jesus had the power to heal:

Surah 3:49
…And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah…

The term “…by permission of Allah” does not mean that Jesus was incapable of healing, for instance, I can give you permission to read this article, but that does not give you the ability to read it anyway. Also, I can give you permission to jump in front of an oncoming bus (please don’t), and you can but would you do it? So, the very fact that anyone has the permission to do anything, actually assumes that they already have the power to do it. As such, it is entirely possible that the Qur’an implies that Jesus, the Word of God, had the power to heal – a God-like attribute that even Muhammad, the seal of the prophets, did not have:

Surah 27:80
Indeed, you will not make the dead hear, nor will you make the deaf hear the call when they have turned their backs retreating.

One of the names of Allah is “As-Salam” which means “The Source of Peace” and is one of the first names invoked by Muslims for healing and peace in all areas of life. It should not surprise you that Jesus was prophesied to be The “Prince of Peace” and by extension was also Healer:

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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7) Only Allah Has Power Over Life and Death

The Qur’an teaches that only Allah has the power to give life and death; the only one with the power to raise others from the dead:

Surah 15:23
And indeed, it is We who give life and cause death, and We are the Inheritor.

Surah 36:12
Indeed, it is We who bring the dead to life and record what they have put forth and what they left behind, and all things We have enumerated in a clear register.

Surah 50:43
Indeed, it is We who give life and cause death, and to Us is the destination

Some of the names of Allah actually addresses this attribute “Al-Muhyi,” “Al-Mumit” and “Al-Baith” which means “The Giver of Life,” “The Taker of Life” and “The Resurrector” respectively. But in this same Qur’an we learn that Jesus, the Word of God, rose others from the dead:

Surah 3:49
“…And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah…”

Once again a Muslim may get caught up in the idea that Jesus did this through God – which is not what “by permission of Allah” means – as I have demonstrated before the word “permission” does not imply that one is incapable of doing an act at all. In fact what may surprise you is that Ibn Kathir, on the most respected Islamic Scholars in history, within his book “Beginning and End,” told us an interesting story which actually proves that Jesus had the power to raise the dead:

It is told that Christ saw a woman crying over her daughter, who had died long ago. He asked her, “What makes you cry, woman?” She said, “My daughter died and I have no more children.” Christ asked her, “Would you like Me to raise her from the dead?” She said, “Yes, O Spirit of God!” So, Christ stood by the grave and called the girl three times. On the third time, the little girl came out and talked with her mother. Then the girl asked Christ to let her return. He told her, “Go back!” The grave closed and she was dead. – Beginning and End by Ibn Kathir, part 2, page 84, quoted in “Into the Den of Infidels,” Chapter 8, pp. 105-115.

So, from the above account we see a clear demonstration of Jesus’ power over both life and death. A fact echoed in the Bible by the very words of Jesus Christ:

John 10:17, 18
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

John 6:40, 44
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I (Jesus) will raise him up at the last day.
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Revelation 1:18
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

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8) Only Allah Speaks In Parables

The Qur’an asserts strongly that only Allah talks in parables:

Surah 24:35
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.

Surah 14:25
It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord. And Allah presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded.

If you are an informed Muslim, you would also be aware that one of the 99 names of Allah is “Al-Batin” which means “The Hidden One,” an attribute which is quite relevant to this point and point 9. It should not surprise you that Jesus Christ spoke quite often in parables or examples to deliver profound spiritual truths. By some estimates Jesus gave between 33 to 60 unique parables in the Bible! Many of them can be studied at your own leisure here. In fact the Bible prophesied in the Book of Psalms, that the Messiah would indeed speak in parables and this was fulfilled in Matthew 13:34, 35:

Psalms 78:1, 2
Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Matthew 13:34, 35
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Within the very respected commentary on the Qur’an, “Al-Kashshaaf,” The authors tells us that Allah used parables to draw others onto himself, a fact which is alluded to in Surah 39:27 and the God of the Bible also hints this in Proverbs 25:2. By extension, if Jesus also used them to draw others to Himself, then isn’t Jesus claiming to be God?

A wise Muslim would probably object to this point saying, “Allah gave the parables to Jesus who then gave them to mankind.” I do not think so, Psalms 78:1 above easily refutes that claim – the Messiah clearly speaks with an authority like God, in part by the use of the phrases “words of MY mouth” and “MY law” – in fact the Law or Torah only belongs to Allah according to the Qur’an (Surah 4:136), yet this very same prophecy has the Messiah claiming that the Torah belongs to Himself. So, it is not far-fetched to conclude that the Messiah might be God after all.

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9) Only Allah Can Escape From Our Vision

The Qur’an says this about Allah:

Surah 6:103
Vision perceives Him not, but He perceives [all] vision; and He is the Subtle, the Acquainted.

We learn that Jesus actually displayed this attribute of Allah, from Ibn Kathir and Al-Qurtubi, who told a story where Jesus was on a mountain and the Romans tried to arrest Him. He actually went right through them and they could not see Him, but He saw them all (“Sects and Denominations” by Al-Shahrastani, page 27). It should not shock the Muslim to realize that there are passages in the Bible where Jesus actually evades others by this gift:

John 7:28-30
Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.

John 8:58, 59
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

John 10:38, 39
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

Luke 24:31
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

Jesus practiced this gift quite frequently and it must be noted that not once we learn that God was the One who removed Jesus, it seems that Jesus did this under His own power as suggested by John 8:59, “Jesus hid himself.” Now as Jesus displays this gift in the Bible and the Islamic scholars have stories of Him doing so, then it is reasonable to conclude that Jesus is God. This is indeed reasonable as all the above scriptures with the exception of Luke 24:31, describes incidents where Jesus claimed to be God, and the Jews knew this, and tried to kill Him for blasphemy; not treason:

John 10:33
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

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10) Only Allah Should be Worshiped? The Qur’an Does Not Say That!

The Qur’an makes this startling statement:

Surah 9:31
They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah , and the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him.

Worship and praise is very important to Allah, one of his names is “Al-Hamid” which means “The Praised One,” yet the above Surah says that both Allah and Jesus should be worshiped as Lord. Ibn Qutaybah, a Persian Islamic scholar, recognized that this was a very problematic verse for Islam because it puts worshiping both Allah and Jesus as a commandment. In order to evade the problem Ibn Qutaybah tried to make “the Messiah, the son of Mary” the ‘second object’ to the verb “taken” instead of being connected to the word Allah. What he failed to realize is that by doing this he was corrupting what the Qur’an clearly said!

There are stories documented by very reliable Islamic scholars which told that John, the Baptist known by the name Yahya, while in his mother’s womb was said to have bowed down and worshiped Jesus (Isa) while He was in Mary’s womb. The well respected Islamic scholar, Al-Qurtubi, tells us a story where Elizabeth (al-Yashbi), the wife of Zachariah (Zakariya) visited Mary while they were both pregnant:

“The sister visited Mary and said, ‘O Mary, do you perceive that I am with child?’ Mary answered, ‘Do you see that I am also with child?’ Her sister went on, ‘I feel the child in my womb bowing down to the child in your womb.’

Al-Qurtubi goes on to tell us that:

“It is reported that she felt the fetus in her womb bow down with its head turned toward Mary’s womb.” – Mahmoud M. Ayoub, The Qur’an and Its Interpreters, Volume II, The House of ‘Imran [State University of New York Press, Albany 1992], pp. 108.

Also Al-Tabari, the renowned Persian Scholar, had this to say:

“She [Mary] came to her sister who was then pregnant and to whom the birth of the Baptist had been announced. When the two met, the Baptist’s mother felt that her child was bowing within her in recognition of Jesus…” – History of Al-Tabari: The Ancient Kingdoms, translated by Moshe Perlmann, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1987, Volume IV, pp. 114.

The same account is also described here by Al-Tabari:

“…Her sister, the wife of Zechariah, came to visit her at night. When Mary opened the door for her, the sister clung to her. The wife of Zechariah said, ‘Oh Mary, do you know I am with child?’ Mary replied, ‘Do you know, that I too am with child?’ Zechariah’s wife then said, ‘I felt that the child in me was bowing to the child in you,’ as it is written, ‘confirming the Word of God.'” – Ibid., pp. 119.

This account is no doubt the account that we find in the Bible in Luke 1:41-47. And the Bible is riddled with instances like these where Jesus is worshiped by others:

Matthew 2:11
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 14:33
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

Matthew 28:9
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

John 20:28
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

In all those instances and in many others Jesus received worship without stopping those from doing so, despite the fact that other servants of God never accepted worship in the Bible (Acts 10:25–26; Revelation 19:9–10). All of this is only possible if Jesus was indeed one with God, exactly as He told us:

John 10:30
I and my Father are one.

At this point a Muslim would correctly say that the Qur’an does not directly teach that the Messiah would be worshiped. First of all, the Qur’an teaches that the Messiah was basically a second Adam as Surah 3:59 suggests, if such is the case then wouldn’t the Messiah be worshiped by the angels exactly like Adam was in the case of the Surah below:

Surah 38:71, 72
[So mention] when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I am going to create a human being from clay.
So when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My [created] soul, then fall down to him in prostration.”

According to the Qur’an, the angels must be bowing before Jesus, because both Jesus and the Angels are in Heaven (Surah 4:158; Surah 4:172; Surah 53:26). This theory is confirmed in the Bible:

Hebrews 1:6
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten (Messiah) into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

If this Adam and Messiah comparison still holds, then it is indeed quite possible that He is being worshiped by the angels right now.

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11) Only Allah Can Send Messengers And Give Them Power

The Qur’an tells us:

Surah 36:13, 14
And present to them an example: the people of the city, when the messengers came to it –
When We sent to them two but they denied them, so We strengthened them with a third, and they said, “Indeed, we are messengers to you.”

Ibn Kathir and many interpreters agree that this city was Antioch, and the men were all disciples of Christ. But the strange part is that Allah claims that He sent them. In the Bible we have an example where Jesus actually did the same where Jesus sent the disciples by twos and gave them authority to perform miracles:

Mark 6:7, 12, 13
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

The key thing to take from the above verses is that it was Jesus who “gave them power” not God. A Muslim would say that it was Allah who granted the power all along, but no, the Old Testament prophets prophesied that the Messiah would give men gifts, and these verses in Mark Chapter 6 was a fulfillment of this messianic prophecy:

Psalms 68:18, 19
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Ephesians 4:7, 8
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

It is clear that the Messiah is being described above as being God granting these gifts. A Muslim might object with, “Allah gave the gifts, through the Messiah.” If such was the case then Jesus would have failed this prophecy in the Psalms and would not have been the Messiah at all!

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12) Only Allah’s Throne is Upon the Water

Surah 11:7
And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days – and His Throne had been upon water – that He might test you as to which of you is best in deed. But if you say, “Indeed, you are resurrected after death,” those who disbelieve will surely say, “This is not but obvious magic.”

Al-Qurtubi and El-Hadathi actually admitted that this verse also applied to Jesus, who was recorded to have walked on water in the Gospels:

Matthew 14:25-31
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

We learn from the account that Jesus actually tested His disciples, namely Peter, by walking on the water in the same way as Allah in the above Surah. We also learn from this account that it was Jesus, and not God who empowered Peter to walk on water, when Peter said, “…Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee…” and then Jesus said, “Come…” which actually confirms that it was the Messiah who gave the gifts which we discussed in point 11.

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13) Only Allah Is Our Provider

The Qur’an says,

Surah 51:58
Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength.

Surah 29:60
And how many a creature carries not its [own] provision. Allah provides for it and for you. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing.

Surah 65:3
And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.

Surah 2:245
Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.

In fact one of the 99 names of Allah is “Al-Razzaq,” which means “The Provider,” so this is very much an attribute which is claimed to be completely reserved to Allah alone. However, we find this precise attribute within Jesus Christ in the Qur’an. In addition to this, Ibn Kathir stated that Jesus had the power to give sustenance to whomever He wished. This is clearly seen in the Gospel accounts of Him multiplying food from the food offered to Him in a remarkably similar manner to Allah in Surah 2:245 above (with Allah receiving a loan to multiply it), a miracle which He performed twice!:

Mark 6:38, 41, 42, 44
He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
And they did all eat, and were filled.
And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

Mark 8:5-7, 9
And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

The Bible scholars believe that Jesus was imitating God, where God provided manna for the Children of Israel in the wilderness (John 6:31; Exodus 16:4, 14-36). To take this point a bit further Jesus actually declared that He was the Bread of heaven sent by God to give life to the Earth:

John 6:33, 35, 51
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

At this point a Muslim will debate that Jesus is still not the Provider, that rather it is God who provide through Jesus Christ. I am not certain of this because it is prophesied that the Messiah will be Provider and if Jesus failed in this respect then He could not have been the Messiah. This is the messianic prophecy below:

Psalms 68:19
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

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14) Only Allah is Unique

The Qur’an tells us that Allah is without equal:

Surah 42:11
[He is] Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you from yourselves, mates, and among the cattle, mates; He multiplies you thereby. There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing.

One of the 99 names of Allah is “Al-Quddus” which means “The Pure One” a name which testifies of his matchless and unique nature in the Qur’an. With respect to Jesus Christ (Isa), every informed Muslim agrees that He is likewise unique like Allah. He entered this world through a virgin birth:

Surah 3:47
She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” [The angel] said, “Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.

Surah 19:20, 21
She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?”
He (Angel of Allah) said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.’ ”

Jesus is also said to be holy and sinless in the Qur’an:

Surah 19:19
He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy.

Jesus was the only man according to the Qur’an, who ascended body and soul into Heaven:

Surah 3:55
[Mention] when Allah said, “O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ.

Surah 4:158
Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise.

His physical body is still miraculously alive in Heaven, a fact that most Muslims agree with, and I will elaborate more on Jesus’ existence in Heaven in the next point. I have already covered in point 5, Jesus will return as a Judge for all mankind:

“By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus,) the Son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler)…” – Excerpt of Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 55, No. 657; Fateh-ul Bari, Vol. 7, P. 302.

Finally, of all mankind only Jesus is described as the Word of God or the Spirit of God within the Qur’an, two titles that I have already discussed in points 1 and 2 respectively. No other prophet – not even Muhammad – was blessed with those titles:

Surah 3:45
[And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ].

Surah 4:171
… Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him

All of these amazing facts were surprisingly not bestowed upon Muhammad, the Final Prophet of Islam. And all of the other points contained in this article examines several traits that made Jesus Christ quite unique from other men. Nowhere does the Qur’an explain the purpose of Jesus being sinless or “distinguished” as Surah 3:45 puts it, or why He bears so many other remarkable characteristics that no other prophet possessed. I truly think that no Muslim can possibly deny that Jesus is indeed “Al-Quddus” – “The Pure One.”

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15) Only Allah is Eternal

We learn from the Qur’an that only Allah is eternal and lives forever:

Surah 112:1, 2
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;

Surah 57:3
He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Immanent: and He has full knowledge of all things.

Some of Allah’s names reflect this nature – “Al-Hayy” and “Al-Qayyum” which means “The Ever Living One” and “The Self-Existing One” respectively. Yet we understand from the Qur’an that Allah lifted the Messiah unto himself, that the Messiah is still up in Heaven right now and that the Messiah will return on the Day of Judgement:

Surah 4:158
Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-

“By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus,) the Son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler)…” – Excerpt of Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 55, No. 657; Fateh-ul Bari, Vol. 7, P. 302

Surah 43:61
And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way.

Well, the most amazing thing is that the Messiah is somehow alive in Heaven right now! I have discussed towards the end of point 10 that Jesus is possibly being worshiped in Heaven by the angels as well. The Messiah has been alive for about 2000 years now, so why is Jesus still alive? Once again, this is not my interpretation but it is that of the vast majority of Muslims including Ibn Atiyyah, a respected Spanish Islamic Scholar, in his tafsir “Al Muharrar Al Wajiz”:

“All Muslim agree to have faith upon the content of hadith mutawatir (from plenty of valid chain of narrations) that Prophet Isa is still alive in heaven. He will descend at end of time, kill the hogs, break the cross, kill Dajjal, impose justice, and the religion of Muhammad will win over it’s enemies with his lead, and he also perform hajj…” – Al-Muharrar Al-Wajiz, 3:143.

Jesus is clearly demonstrating the attribute of being eternal, an attribute reserved to only Allah in the Qur’an! At this point an educated Muslim will say, “Jesus will come down on Earth and will die.” And I will admit that the Qur’an and Hadith do tell us this:

Surah 19:33
“So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”!

Surah 4:159
And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before his (Jesus) death; and on the Day of Judgment he will be a witness against them;-

“The Prophet said: There is no prophet between me and him, that is, Jesus… He will destroy the Antichrist and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him.” – Al-Tirmidhi and Al-Mawahib

Yes, Jesus dies in Islam, but as I have explained in point 2 above, Jesus is a spirit which proceeded from Allah according to Surah 4:171, and as such Jesus never truly dies. If the Messiah dies then we have a contradiction in the Qur’an! In addition to this, the Messiah is called the Word of God in the Qur’an, and as I have shown in my very first point in this article, the Word of God can not change but lasts forever. As such I am confident when I tell you that the Qur’an teaches that the Messiah is eternal. If you still wish to believe that the Word of God can cease to be, then think again:

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Isaiah 55:10, 11
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

An even greater implication that can be made is this – if Jesus is with Allah, as Surah 4:158 puts it, “…raised him up unto Himself,” then Jesus is in the presence of Allah! How can a man be in the presence of Allah and still live? The Qur’an and the Bible is clear that no man can see the fullness of God (Surah 6:102-103; Surah 42:51) and live (Exodus 33:20; John 6:46; 1 Timothy 6:15, 16), let alone dwell in Allah’s presence. So, no Muslim has the right to say that the Christians are wrong in saying that Jesus is one with God, as even the Qur’an implies that the Messiah was a spirit from Allah, wrapped in human flesh. If the Messiah is eternal, then can I prove His preexistence? Yes I can, which brings me to my next point.

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16) Hints of Jesus’ Preexistence

As I have discussed in points 1 and 2, the Qur’an tells us that the Messiah is ‘the Word of Allah’:

Surah 4:171
…Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers…

Allah send down his Word, so it is reasonable to say that the Word of God was once with God in Heaven based on the above scripture, which provides us a hint of preexistence of Jesus Christ. In addition to this we know from the Qur’an that Jesus was described as ‘the Spirit of God,’ as the same Surah says, that He is “a spirit proceeding from” Allah:

Surah 4:171
…Christ Jesus the son of Mary was a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary and a spirit proceeding from Him (roohin minhu): so believe in Allah and His messengers…

This proof demonstrates a stronger sign of preexistence as the Messiah is described as a Spirit from Allah unlike the case of Adam who was a created soul. This idea that Jesus was a preexistent spirit is not a foreign interpretation or belief in Islam at all. In fact Ibn Kathir, gives the following report traced back by a single isnad to the Companion Ubaiy:

“The spirit of Jesus is one of the group of spirits with whom [God] took a pact in the time of Adam [cf. 33:7 and 7:172]. It is he, that is to say the spirit of Jesus, who presented himself to her in the form of a perfect human being. So she conceived the one who addressed her and he became incarnate in her [entering her through her mouth]. Despite its pedigree, Ibn Kathir dismisses this interpretation as reprehensible and supposes it to have been derived from the People of the Scripture.” – Tafsir ibn Kathir, pp. 161.

Yet, many of the early Muslims held onto the belief that Surah 4:171 implied that the Messiah had a preexistence. Not only preexistence, but as hinted by the phrase in the above quote, “…she conceived the one who addressed her…” some Islamic scholars has gone a step further to suggest that the Angel that delivered the message to Mary was probably not even Gabriel as many believe but was Jesus disguised as Gabriel:

“A majority of scholars hold the view that … (Spirit) refers to Sayyidna Jibra’il but some say that it refers to Sayyidna ‘Isa himself. Allah Ta’ala had placed before Sayyidah Maryam the likeness of the son to be born to her. But the former version is more appropriate and is confirmed by the statement that follows.” – Mufti Shafi Uthmani, Maariful Quran, Q. 19:16-21, Volume 6, p. 34.

There is an interesting comment made by a Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds by the name, Neal Robinson, who was commenting on the contents of Surah 19:16-21. I will let him speak to you with his own words:

“Alternatively it might be thought (on the basis of Surah 4:171) that the Spirit who presented himself to Mary was none other than the Messiah to whom she subsequently gave birth. At first this seems improbable because of the way in which the Spirit refers to himself as a messenger. There is, however, an apocryphal writing which furnishes a precedent for identifying the agent of the annunciation with the Word who became flesh. This is the so-called Epistula Apostolorum which purports to be a letter addressed to the worldwide Church by the 11 disciples recording a conversation which they had with Christ after the resurrection. In the course of the conversation he told them:

‘At that time I appeared in the form of the archangel Gabriel to [the virgin] Mary and spoke with her, and her heart received [me]; she believed and laughed and I, the Word, went into her and became flesh; and I myself was servant for myself, and in the form of the image of an angel.'” – Robinson, “Christ In Islam and Christianity,” State University of New York Press, Albany 1991, Chapter 15. The Virginal Conception, p. 157.

All these proofs collectively lend credence that the Messiah had a preexistence in the Qur’an, of course, it is not the mainstream belief in Islam and will never be – as Islam adamantly will refuse and deny any evidence that ascribes God-like attributes to the Messiah. If Islam ever did, the religion would have more in common with Christianity and would possibly lose relevance.

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17) Only Allah is the Most Gracious and Most Merciful

The Qur’an tells us that only Allah displays these traits:

Surah 2:163
And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

Surah 19:93
There is no one in the heavens and earth but that he comes to the Most Merciful as a servant.

Within the books, “Sects and Denominations” and “Proofs of Prophethood,” Al-Shahrastani and Azraki both discussed that the Messiah mirrored these traits while on Earth by healing the sick, curing the blind and lepers and spreading the gospel. In fact these scholars are correct with respect to this comparison because, the Bible prophesied that the Messiah will be gracious and merciful to others, this was prophesied in the following scriptures several centuries before the Messiah arrived:

Isaiah 61:1, 2
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

In fact Jesus once read this very same passage from the Book of Isaiah in the Gospel of Luke and declared that He fulfilled it:

Luke 4:18-21
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

It must be noted that Jesus did not quote all of Isaiah 61:2 in Luke 4:19, as He ignored the part which said, “…and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;” – that part of the prophecy will be fulfilled when He returns, a fact that Muslims and Christians agree will happen as I discussed in point 5. I would like to propose to the reader that it is through Jesus’ human nature and ability to relate with us, that makes Him the perfect candidate to serve mercy and grace as the Witness, Judge and Just Ruler on the Last Day.

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18) Only Allah Commands Authority

The Qur’an states very clearly that Allah commands all authority:

Surah 16:40
Indeed, Our word to a thing when We intend it is but that We say to it, “Be,” and it is.

Surah 2:117
Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.

Even Christians would agree that it is only God who can call things into existence. If such is the case then why does Jesus demonstrate this attribute? The very first miracle by Jesus documented in the Gospel was the one in which Jesus transformed water into wine:

John 2:5-7, 9, 10
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

Ibn Kathir, suggested that Jesus displayed this attribute of commanding authority when He performed this miracle (Beginning and End by Ibn Kathir, part 1, page 85). I would like to go even further into this, Jesus was indeed imitating God, because it was in six days that God created the Universe, here we see six stone pots filled with water. In addition to this the wine created from water was “good wine,” which implies that the wine was miraculously aged by Jesus Christ – we live on a young planet that has the features of old age – so Jesus mirrored even this minor aspect through this miracle. I explored more into the spiritual principles and lessons of that miracle here.

Even if a Muslim was to reject the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine in the Bible, they are still confronted with several miracles in the Qur’an which Jesus performed, including the first miracle of Jesus in the Qur’an, where He – while still a baby – was able to speak and defend His mother from the accusation of adultery and testified to others that He was a prophet (Surah 19:28-34):

Surah 3:46
He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous.

Surah 3:49
And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.

As I have explained numerous times in earlier points that “permission of Allah” does not mean that Jesus was empowered by Allah to perform these miracles. For instance, let us say that I had a son who wanted permission to borrow my car, does that mean that he can’t drive? No! The fact that my son asks for permission to drive my car proves that he has the ability to drive a car. With this same logic it is clear that Jesus, in like manner, did in fact had these abilities already. And those who still wish to be technical should carefully observe that in the Qur’an, Jesus never said that He got permission from Allah to speak while He was a baby or to inform others about what they ate and stored in their homes. In addition to all of this, the Messiah is returning as a Judge on the Last Day, according to the Qur’an and the verified Hadiths. So it is abundantly clear that Jesus does in fact demonstrate great authority.

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19) Only Allah Has Glory

The Qur’an tells us that Allah has all glory:

Surah 57:1
Whatever is in the heavens and earth exalts Allah, and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

We are also aware from the Old Testament, that Almighty God would not share His glory with anyone:

Isaiah 48:11
For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

In spite of this, we learn from the Bible that Jesus shares glory with God and not only that but shared it before the creation of the world!:

John 17:5
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

In addition to all of this we know that God is light:

1 John 1:5
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Yet, we learn from the scriptures that Jesus claimed to be the light:

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Revelation 21:22, 23
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Jesus) are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

To make matters even more complicated Jesus, while with a few of His disciples, actually transformed before their eyes or was transfigured into a being of radiant light accompanied by the Prophet Elijah and Moses:

Matthew 1:1-6
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

2 Peter 1:16, 17
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ is one of the most amazing and most telling events in the life of Jesus here on Earth (Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36). This event clearly gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ divinity – or at least dismisses the idea that He was merely just a man – and at least proves that the Qur’an is correct when it described Jesus as the Spirit of God and the very Word of God. He is the Word and the Bible even tells us, almost prophetically, that God’s Word would indeed be a light to mankind:

Psalms 119:105, 130
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Proverbs 6:23
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

John 1:1, 4, 5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

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20) Only Allah’s Servants Will Prevail? Which Servants?

This is a very interesting proof so please follow this one closely:

Surah 3:55
[Mention] when Allah said, “O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you (Jesus) superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ.

Before I give you my understanding of this verse, I will give you the statements made by Ibn Kathir, who commented on this very same Surah above:

“This is what happened. When Allah raised ‘Isa to heaven, his followers divided into sects and groups. Some of them believed in what Allah sent ‘Isa as, a servant of Allah, His Messenger, and the son of His female-servant. However, some of them went to the extreme over ‘Isa, believing that he was the son of Allah. Some of them said that ‘Isa was Allah Himself, while others said that he was one of a Trinity. Allah mentioned these false creeds in the Qur’an and refuted them. The Christians remained like this until the third century CE, when a Greek king called, Constantine, became a Christian for the purpose of destroying Christianity. Constantine was either a philosopher, or he was just plain ignorant. Constantine changed the religion of ‘Isa by adding to it and deleting from it. He established the rituals of Christianity and the so-called Great Trust which is in fact the Great Treachery. He also allowed them to eat the meat of swine, changed the direction of the prayer that ‘Isa established to the east, built churches for ‘Isa, and added ten days to the fast as compensation for a sin that he committed, as claimed. So the religion of ‘Isa became the religion of Constantine, who built more than twelve thousand churches, temples and monasteries for the Christians as well as the city that bears his name, Constantinople (Istanbul). Throughout this time, the Christians had the upper hand and dominated the Jews. Allah aided them against them the Jews because they used to be closer to the truth than the Jews, even though both groups were and still are disbelievers, may Allah’s curse descend on them.” – Tafsir Ibn Kathir (Abridged), Volume 2, Parts 3, 4 and 5 (Surat Al-Baqarah, Verse 253, to Surat An-Nisa, Verse 147), abridged by a group of scholars under the supervision of Shaykh Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri, Darussalam Publishers and Distributors Riyadh, Houston, New York, Lahore; First Edition: March 2000, p. 171.

Before I explore the interpretation of Surah 3:55, I need to clarify certain claims reported by Ibn Kathir which he admits to be “…as claimed.” The Qur’an teaches that God has no son, but then defines sonship as Allah taking a wife and bearing a son:

Surah 6:101
[He is] Originator of the heavens and the earth. How could He have a son when He does not have a companion and He created all things? And He is, of all things, Knowing.

Nowhere does the Bible suggest that God had Jesus in this way as Surah 6:101 suggests and Christians would agree with Allah, that claim is indeed false. Jesus is the Son of God in the sense that He reflects God in every way, much like an earthly son resembles his earthly father (John 1:1-3, 14; Psalms 2) – Jesus is eternal and no Christian believes that Jesus was literally created by God through sexual reproduction – as the Bible easily refutes that. The Qur’an teaches a false trinity which is made up of Allah, Jesus and Mary (Surah 5:116), Christians would also agree that claim is false, we also do not believe that there are three gods (Surah 4:171) – all of those are very common misconceptions of Muslims. We believe in one God existing in three persons, and as such, we do not believe that God is the Messiah, it is more biblically correct to say that Messiah is one with God and that the true Trinity is Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father, with them all being one God (1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19). Allah is somewhat silent in the Qur’an concerning the true Trinity and never disproved the belief in the true Trinity. According to the Bible, Jesus had made certain things lawful (Mark 7:15-23; Acts 10:9-15), prayer was never directed towards Mecca (as Mecca appears nowhere in the Bible), and churches were built for God’s kingdom (Ephesians 2:19-21; 1 Corinthians 3:9-16) – none of these claims were made by Constantine, as Ibn Kathir said, but were from the Bible.

I agree with Ibn Kathir in that Christians are indeed blessed and in a sense “superior” as the Qur’an puts it, but Christians are not disbelievers in God – we actually agree with Allah that those statements in the Qur’an are indeed false, which I explained in the last paragraph. But I digress, Surah 3:55 is actually directed to the Christians, as we see that Allah is describing that it is those who follow Jesus will be made great until the Day of Judgement. This interpretation is confirmed by the following Surah:

Surah 61:14
O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah , as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples, “Who are my supporters for Allah?” The disciples said, “We are supporters of Allah.” And a faction of the Children of Israel believed and a faction disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant.

Before you disagree with my interpretation of the above Surahs, please take a look at another renowned commentary, Al-Qurtubi, which comments on Surah 61:14:

“It was said that this verse was revealed about the apostles of Jesus, may peace and blessing be upon him. Ibn Ishaq stated that of the apostles and disciples that Jesus sent (to preach) they were Peter and Paul who went to Rome; Andrew and Matthew who went to the land of the cannibals; Thomas who went to Babel in the eastern lands; Philip who went to Africa; John went to Dac-sos which is the tribe to whom the sleepers of the cave belonged; Jacob went to Jerusalem; Bartholomew went to the lands of Arabia, specifically Al-Hijaz; Simon who went to the Barbarians; Judas and Barthas who went to Alexandria and its surrounding regions.

Allah supported them (the apostles) with evidence so that they prevailed (thahirin) meaning they became the party with the upper hand. Just as it is said, “An object appeared on the wall” meaning it is clearly visible (alu-wat) on the wall. Allah, who is glorified and exalted, knows the truth better and to Him is the return and retreat.” – Translated into English by Dimitrius.

So, nowhere does the Qur’an point out that it is the Muslims who would prevail, no, it is the Christians who follow Jesus Christ that will prevail. I must call to your attention that Paul, an apostle who is often ridiculed as the founder of Christianity instead of Jesus by the Muslims, is also included in this list in Al-Qurtubi as one who prevailed. Some Muslims try to debate that these Surahs say that Islam would prevail, but no it does not. These Surahs do not say that from the time of Muhammad the followers of God would prevail – but rather they say that it is from the time of Jesus that Christ followers would specifically be the ones to prevail. Any attempt by Muslims to squeeze Islam into those Surahs, only corrupts that clear message from the Qur’an. Where is the role of Muhammad in all of this? His role is silent in those Surahs despite being the Seal of the Prophets. Where is the relevance of Islam? These Surahs alone should open the eyes of Muslims, even now Christianity is still prevailing with growing numbers of Muslims becoming Christians, in fact the video below is the story of an Islamic scholar who left Islam after studying both the Bible and Qur’an, this scholar was also visited by Jesus personally! All of these are promised by Jesus to continue until the Last Day:

Matthew 28:19, 20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Jeremiah 33:2, 3
Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name;
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

John 14:21, 23
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

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~Planet Zion

“Do Whatever He Tells You”


In Cana of Galilee, about 2000 years ago, there was a wedding, which is documented in John chapter 2. At this wedding, Mary, the mother of Jesus was there and the Bible tells us that Jesus and His disciples were invited. Mary, who was probably helping out, noticed that the wine had ran out. As we all know she turned to Jesus and told Him this. Jesus responded, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.” At this point, I almost imagine Mary smiling at Jesus, confident that He will not forget the fifth commandment. She then turned to the servants at the wedding and said, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” Such powerful words that every Christian should live by. But are we? Some of us have opted to pick and choose what to believe, while others in Christendom have completely abandoned His commands, this article highlights some of the areas where we often fail to obey our Lord:

 

1) Keeping the Sabbath

This is the very purpose for the video above, which calls us all to remember the Sabbath. There are absolutely no biblical reasons against keeping the Sabbath, rather there are several which teaches against it. Jesus by His very words says:

Matthew 5:17-19
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill it.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

We do not have nine commandments; we have ten! The very fact that God wrote these commandments on stone testify that they were meant to be kept throughout time. If we understand that we should obey the sixth commandment and not commit murder, and are horrified when some individuals slaughter others on the news, then how can we possibly be justified in abandoning the fourth commandment and even making Sunday the new Sabbath day. Some Christians believe that Jesus’ death had abolished the law but no, what Paul referred to as “the law,” was rather the mosaic laws for sacrifices and burnt offerings and this is made clear in the following passages:

Hebrews 10:6-9
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

sacrifice and burnt offerings to God
First of all, we learn that God never found pleasure in sacrifices and burnt offerings and I think that His displeasure was actually reflected when He spoke from the burning flames, which refused to consume the bush (Exodus 3:3) – which some Bible scholars believe was a thorny desert bush exactly like the thorns God cursed the ground with, due to original sin (Genesis 3:18). The bush was a symbol for sin, while the fire was God’s wrath – which was not being quenched (Ezekiel 38:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8). Of course we also see that Paul defines the “law” not as the ten commandments but rather the laws on sacrifice and offerings for sins. Paul goes on to say in Hebrews 10:9, that Jesus “taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.” Well, what was the first? The first was what Paul described as “…Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings…” What was the second that Jesus established? The second was an “offering for sin.” So, Jesus did not come to abolish the Law to give us Grace, as the Grace teachers on television like to tell us, – humanity always had Grace, after all it is by God’s grace that Jesus died for our sins – Jesus came to end the need for us to uphold the laws of sacrifice and burnt offerings for sin. These sacrificial laws, which were written on perishable paper,  were what Paul had been referring to as “the law” in his epistles; not the ten commandments, written on stone, which was why Paul was able to confidently say, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14).”

How important was keeping God’s commandments to Jesus? Here is what He thinks:

John 14:21
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

If we truly love Christ then we would obey Him. I am sure that neither I nor this video may stir some of consciences of those who might read this, so I will end this point with one last statement – I do not want my prayers to be an abomination:

Proverbs 28:9
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

 

2) Lack of Fasting

Fasting should be a very important part of the Christian’s walk with Jesus Christ. It may be a surprise to you that soon after Jesus gave us the “Our Father” prayer and taught us how to pray in Matthew 6, He immediately began to discus the best fasting practices that we should keep:

Matthew 6:16-18
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Note well that Jesus did not say “if you fast,” He said, “when you fast” as if He actually expects us all to fast, and I think it was no accident that He spoke on fasting after the prayer that He gave us, this shows how important fasting should be to our prayer lives. According to the verses above, when we fast, we should not look sad or starved to make it clear  to others that we are fasting. Those who do so, are actually looking for the admiration of other men while they fast, and as such, they “have their reward.” I am sure that you are well aware that some Christian denominations and even some of those of the Islamic and Hindu faiths actually have time periods dedicated to fasting. Is the fasting done by these people acceptable to God? The Christians who fast at fixed times all declare to the world that they are entering their fasting period, so they have already received their reward as Jesus says. The other world religions fast in vain, as they do so to demons – even the Muslims, the scriptures make it clear:

1 Corinthians 10:20
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

Moses praying
Now, what is the true purpose of fasting? It is all about preparing oneself to be humble before God, and I think the psalmist makes this clear:

Psalms 35:13
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

So why is it important to humble ourselves before God? Again the scriptures makes it clear that God only hears the cries of the humble:

Psalms 10:17
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

2 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.

So, I hope that you understand now, that fasting is not some magic spell to force God to answer us, but rather it helps to humble ourselves so that we can be prepared to approach God in prayer. Some Christians like to say that they would fast only if God tells them to, but D. L. Moody, a famous evangelist, wonderfully explained, “If you say, ‘I will fast when God lays it on my heart,’ you never will. You are too cold and indifferent to take the yoke upon you.” With that in mind, I will ask the question: Are you hungry for God? Before you answer that question, I will close with this quote from John Piper, a Christian theologian, “The absence of fasting is the measure of our contentment with the absence of Christ.”

 

3) Loving Traditions Rather Than God’s Commandments

Christendom is so divided today and I believe that it is our obsession with traditions which deserves some of the blame. Jesus, our Master and Teacher, makes it clear that He hates tradition:

Mark 7:7-9
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Many of us have become complacent where the commandments of God is concerned, we have reached a place where it is perfectly fine to bow down to idols and graven images when the Bible makes it clear, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images (Isaiah 42:8).” Also what is unknown to many is that Jesus actually condemns the use of repetitive prayers and contemplative prayers –  both practices are becoming more and more popular:

Matthew 6:7, 8
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

The more surprising thing about Matthew 6:7 is that Jesus made that remark immediately before He gave us the famous “Our Father Prayer” in Matthew 6:9-15.  I am absolutely convinced that our Lord knew that in the future, some of His children would abuse this prayer among others and thus He saw it fit to give us this warning. I am sure that some undoubtedly will object to this interpretation claiming, “My prayer to God is not vain repetitions!” Before I answer that, do you know that many of the false religions around the world use prayer beads and also pray repetitive prayers? This is absolutely true! Muslims use prayer beads called the masbaha, tasbih or sibha. Hindus also use prayer beads called the japa mala. Buddhist tend to use either the juzu, shu zhu or seik badi and even the Baha’i faith uses prayer beads. All of them say repetitive prayers or words to each bead of their prayer beads. Many of these practices were established before the founding of Christianity! As such one is forced to conclude that the use of prayer beads and reciting repetitive prayers are actually very pagan practices and God commands us to never follow the ways of the heathen:

Deuteronomy 12:30, 31
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

prayer beads are pagan
If you are involved in this particular tradition and refuse to give it up, I would like to at least warn you, even more of how serious this matter is in God’s eyes, “For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy…(Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:16).” Being holy means being separate and set apart, as such, the similarity between the repetitive prayers and use of prayer beads  in some Christian denominations to the traditions of the world should raise red flags. These red flags should provoke us to have faith in God rather than faith in our Faith.

As you may see now, there is absolutely no biblical supports for many of the traditions which we hold onto; rather the Bible seems to go against these traditions. Furthermore, the Bible actually makes it clear that it has all that we need for salvation:

Isaiah 8:20, 22
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.

Proverbs 30:5,6
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.


2 Timothy 3:16, 17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.


Acts 20:20
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Traditions are irrelevant and I think this is clearly evident in the life of Jesus Christ. Remember what Jesus said while He was tempted by Satan, during His fast in the wilderness? Each and every time that Satan tempted Him, He declared, “It is written!” and then would proceed to quote verses from the scriptures! Note well, Jesus never leaned on tradition to fight off Satan, nor did He use some formulated ritual; His hope was in the scriptures, to defend Himself against the temptations. I think that the Bible consistently shows that Jesus agrees with the Sola scriptura doctrine! If we truly call ourselves Christ followers, then we too would follow in His footsteps and lean only on the holy scriptures, and not add words to them in the form of tradition:

John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Deuteronomy 12:32
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

 

What is the Ultimate Lesson Behind Jesus’ First Miracle at the Wedding of Cana?


Charles Spurgeon, one of the most influential preachers of recent memory, when asked about the fundamental lesson behind this miracle answered in this way,

“…whenever we get a command from Christ it is always wisdom to carry it out zealously. He said, ‘Fill the waterpots with water,’ and they filled them up to the brim. You know there is a way of filling a waterpot, and there is another way of filling it. It is full, and you cannot heap it up; but still you can fill it up till it begins almost to run over: the liquid trembles as if it must surely fall in a crystal cascade. It is a filling fullness. In fulfilling Christ’s commands, my dear brethren and sisters, let us go to their widest extent: let us fill them up to the brim. If it is ‘Believe,’ oh, believe Him with all your might; trust Him with your whole heart. If it is ‘Preach the gospel,’ preach it in season and out of season; and preach the gospel—the whole of it. Fill it up to the brim…If you are to repent, ask to have a hearty and a deep repentance—full to the brim. If you are to believe, ask to have an intense, absolute, childlike dependence, that your faith may be full to the brim. If you are bidden pray, pray mightily: fill the vessel of prayer up to the brim. If you are to search the Scriptures for blessing, search them from end to end: fill the Bible-reading vessel up to the brim. Christ’s commands are never meant to be done in a half-hearted manner. Let us throw our whole soul into whatever He commands us, even though, as yet, we cannot see the reason why He has set us the task. Christ’s commands should be fulfilled with enthusiasm, and carried out to the extreme, if extreme be possible.”

I could not have said it any better than Charles just did! Let us go out and obey whatever God tells us to the uttermost! And await that glorious day  when He tells us, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

~Planet Zion

Archaeological Evidence Which Proves the Bible is True


The video above is a presentation by Dr. Don Patton, a geologist and archaeologist who shares with us a few amazing historical and archaeological evidence that proves the Bible is true. In the past, I have had so many atheists and non-believers tell me that the Bible is a book of fairy-tales, if you ever heard someone making this ignorant claim, then this video and article will help to put that claim to rest. The goal of this post in particular is to expand more on what Dr. Don Patton says and provide updates on a few of the discoveries that he discusses. In the future, I will release more details and updates on the other archaeological proofs mentioned in this video as well as the other discoveries in Israel in separate posts.


1) Joshua’s Altar on Mt. Ebal
2) Gilgal site at Jericho found
3) Fallen Walls of Jericho and Rahab’s House
4) The Prophet Balaam Inscription
5) Shiloh Plateau, the Ancient Site of the Tabernacle


 


1) Joshua’s Altar on Mt. Ebal

dr adam zertalProfessor Adam Zertal, chairman of Archaeology Department of the University of Haifa,  found this altar on April 6, 1980 on Mt. Ebal while doing an archaeological survey of the area. He was once an atheist, when asked about his find he replied, “We discovered this place, all covered with stones, in April 1980. At that time I never dreamt that we were dealing with the altar, because I was taught in Tel Aviv University – the center of anti-Biblical tendencies, where I learned that Biblical theories are untrue, and that Biblical accounts were written later, and the like. I didn’t even know of the story of the Joshua’s altar. But we surveyed every meter of the site, and in the course of nine years of excavation, we discovered a very old structure with no parallels to anything we had seen before. It was 9 by 7 meters, and 4 meters high, with two stone ramps, and a kind of veranda, known as the ‘sovev,’ around.” This altar is described to us in the following scriptures:

Joshua 8:30, 31
Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal,
As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.

Deuteronomy 27:4, 5
Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister.
And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.

Exodus 20:25, 26
And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

Adam quickly changed his beliefs and became a Christian a few years after he fully realized what he had found. Adam says that there is actually two altars on the same site, the one visible dates back around 1250 B.C. based on the pottery found, which puts it at the time of Deborah of Judges 4, during the period of the Judges. Beneath this altar, Adam found a circular altar made from unhewn stone about 6.5 feet across. This circular altar has been dated to be about 1405 B.C. which puts it just about 40 years after the time of the Exodus, which took place around 1446 BC. This circular altar has been found with the remains of kosher animals and thus eliminates any idea of it being a pagan altar. The date of 1405 B.C. was determined by the discovery of an Egyptian scarab of Tuthmose III (the scarab shown to the left in the picture below), dated to around the time of the Exodus. The scarab to the right below is actually quite rare, only five known parallels exist- one from Egypt, three from Israel and one from Cyprus. These two Egyptian scarabs found at the site are quite telling as they indirectly confirm the Exodus story exactly as the Bible says, because Mt. Ebal was one of the first settlements of the Israelites once they left Egypt,  finally crossed the river Jordan and came into the promised land.

egyptian scarabs found at mt ebal

Naturally, some skeptics have opposed the idea of this being the altar of Joshua with claims that this was a watchtower, this is simply not true, the site is lower down Mt. Ebal and was actually built into the mountain, watchtowers were often built at the very top of hills for a more advantageous view. Another big problem with this watchtower view is that the structure is simply too short to be a watchtower and the stones at the site are not sufficient to build a tall watchtower according to Hebrew standards. The structure is also built with unhewn or rough tones untouched by building tools, which is the exact specification outlined by Deuteronomy 27:4, 5 and Exodus 20:25, 26 for the building of altars.  The only reasonable explanation is that this is in fact a Hebrew altar and the many remains of kosher animals found at this site confirms this. Dr. Lawrence Stager, Professor of the Archaeology of Israel at Harvard University had this to say concerning the discovery, “If a sacrificial altar stood on Mt. Ebal, its impact on our research is revolutionary. All of us have to go back to kindergarten.” This may have to be the case as Adam Zertal made clear in his quote that he had only stumbled upon this altar because he was taught all his life that it was nonexistent.

In Adam’s book, “A Nation is Born: The Mt. Ebal Altar and the Beginnings of the Nation of Israel,” he goes into greater detail on the excavation of this altar and explains that the archaeological community hasn’t even debated his find with books but has opted to remain silent because of the serious implications of this amazing discovery. As Adam puts it, “If there was an altar on Mt. Ebal, the most ancient and the first Jewish or Israelite altar here. The meaning is that all the story of Deuteronomy and parts of the story in Joshua are scientifically true!” Another implication is that if this old part of the Bible is true then all the later events documented in the Bible must also be true as Adam puts it, “If this corroborates exactly what is written in that very old part of the Bible. It means that probably other parts are historically correct. The impact is tremendous.”

joshua's altar

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2) Gilgal site at Jericho found

Between 1996 to 2008, Professor Adam Zertal had been surveying regions in Samaria, specifically at the Jordan valley, in search of potential Israelite camps sites (each one called Gilgal in the Bible), which the Israelites would have used after crossing the Jordan river into the promised land. Adam has found several sites which all seem to bear the likeness of the sole of a right foot, which was perhaps intentionally done by the Israelites in response to the words of God in Joshua 1:3, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” In the picture below you can see the “heel” of the sole of the “foot” at the left. This “heel” has been found to fit the dimensions of the tabernacle, the portable temple, used by the Israelites before establishing the more permanent tabernacle at Shiloh.

Gilgal site shaped as a foot

Joshua 4:19
And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.

This particular Gilgal site near Jericho was the same site where the Israelite males born after the Exodus were circumcised, the first Passover in the Promised Land was celebrated there, and for six years it served as a base of operations during the time of conquest. This Gilgal site was discovered within a large enclosure by Professor Zertal and his team. Adam Zertal had this to say concerning all the discoveries that he made in the Manasseh area, “The nearly 1000 new sights explored create a new archaeological reality, which connects the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua and Judges to the territory where they have happened.”

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3) Fallen Walls of Jericho and Rahab’s House

Jericho DI, DII, FThe site of Jericho, known today by the locals as Tell es-Sultan has been excavated numerous times. The first documented excavation was done by Charles Warren, a British engineer, who mistook the site as only being a defense structure in 1868, which is not completely wrong as the Bible does inform us that Jericho was well fortified (Joshua 2:5, 7). After other excavations at the site, it was only in 1930 that John Garstang, a British archaeologist,  discovered the walls and openly proposed that the site was the biblical Jericho that was conquered by the Israelites after arriving into the promised land:

Joshua 6:3-5
And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.
And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

the city of jericho

John Garstang dated the walls to around 1400 B.C. which sets it precisely around the time that Israel entered the promised land. Kathleen Kenyon, one of the world’s most famous archaeologist, excavated this site between 1952  and 1958, only to conclude that the site was far too ancient to have been conquered by the Israelites in spite of the presence of pottery which links the site to the period of 1400 B.C. Carbon dating, which was done on the ashes and charcoals found at the site, has determined that the age of the site is around 1410 B.C. which confirms that this must be the city of Jericho recorded in the Bible. Apart from this there are many other pieces of evidence which confirms this as being biblical Jericho – the walls was described by the Bible as falling upon itself which is what archaeologists have determined (Joshua 6:5), the Bible was correct that people dwelled within the walls of the city which was confirmed by the excavations done (Joshua 2:15) and the city has many burnt remains indicating that it was burned exactly as the Bible says (Joshua 6:24).  In fact, Kathleen Kenyon, was amazed at the degree of fire destruction at Jericho by saying, “The destruction was complete. Walls and floors were blackened or reddened by fire, and every room was filled with fallen bricks, timbers, and household utensils; in most rooms the fallen debris was heavily burnt, but the collapse of the walls of the eastern rooms seems to have taken place before they were affected by the fire.”

Archaeologists have also found charred remains of grain within clay vessels at this site which was strange because  grain was precious at that period of time and also served as a currency, and if the city was invaded by invaders then all the grain should have been looted. Well, the Bible explains to us that all the contents of the city was dedicated to God and that even the grain remained untouched by the conquering Israelites (Joshua 6:17-19). Also the abundance of grain found suggests that the city was seized soon after the harvest time exactly as the Bible suggests (Joshua 2:6). In fact, there is a portion of the northern wall which for some odd reason still stands today and many strongly suspect that this wall may have very well been the home of Rahab, the woman who was saved during the fall of Jericho (Joshua 6:17, 25).

portion of the wall jericho standing

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4) The Prophet Balaam Inscription

A Dutch expedition, led by Professor Henk J. Franken of the University of Leiden, at Tell Deir ‘Alla, Jordan on March 17th 1967, discovered a wall with two different sets of inscriptions which makes mention of Balaam, a non-Israelite prophet who was hired by Israel’s enemies to curse Israel. The inscription has been dated to have been made around the late 9th century to 8th century B.C. Three times in the first four lines of the first inscription, translated by J. Hoftijzer and G. van der Kooij in their book, “Aramaic Texts from Deir ‘Alla,” Balaam is referred to specifically as “Balaam son of Beor” exactly as Numbers 22:5 does and is described as “A divine seer” just as the Bible profiles him to be. Within the inscription, Balaam prophesies destruction upon his own people and as such this inscription is the very first extra-biblical example of a prophet in the Old Testament doing so. You may read excerpts of the translation of the Balaam inscription here. The following verses of the Bible tells us a bit about Balaam:

Numbers 22:2, 5, 28
And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

balaam inscription

After the encounter with the angel, Balaam was coerced by God to bless Israel instead of cursing them (Numbers 22 to 24; Deuteronomy 23:5; Micah 6:5, Joshua 24:9, 10). However, after this blessing he still rejected God on account of his greed and the wealth that the Canaanite kings  gave him and actually seduced the men of Israel to commit sins against God to force God to punish Israel (Numbers 31:16; Numbers 25:1-3, 9; Psalms 106:28, 29; Revelation 2:14). Balaam was then later killed by Moses and the Israelites by the order of God according to Numbers 31:8. Although, Balaam had served foreign gods he made a prophesy that his own nation would be destroyed which was exactly what had happened. His prophesy was recorded in the following verses below:

Numbers 24:17-19
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.
Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.

Whether this “Star out of Jacob” was a reference to Joshua or to the coming Messiah, Jesus, who was a type of Joshua, this is not entirely clear, but the verses above are still quite intriguing. The present day country of Jordan, was once the nation called Moab in the days of Balaam, which backs up the biblical account of Balak, who was a king in Moab. The inscription also seems to suggest that Tell Deir ‘Alla maybe the site which the Bible refers to as Pethor (Numbers 22:5), the home of Balaam. While the story which was documented in the inscription is not in the Bible it serves as strong evidence to verify the existence of Balaam. This also opens wide the possibility that Balak, Moses, Joshua and all the other characters within these books of the Bible were real individuals.

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5) Shiloh Plateau, the Ancient Site of the Tabernacle

Israel FinkelsteinKhirbet Seilun, was found to indeed be the place that the Bible refers to as Shiloh, which was once the capital of Israel for 369 years. The Talmud, a rabbinical text, informs us that during those years a more permanent structure was built to house the Ark of the Covenant at Shiloh (Zevahim 119).  This is the place where Eli served as priest, Hannah prayed, Samuel served and where Eli finally died. Soundings were first made to survey the area of Tel Shiloh in 1922 by Aage Schmidt. A Danish team led by H. Kjær and overseen by William F. Albright excavated the area from 1926 to 1932. A probe was then done by Sven Holm-Nielson and Marie-Louise Buhl in 1963. The biblical references to Shiloh and its purpose is recorded below in the following scriptures:

Joshua 18:1
And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them.

Deuteronomy 12:4-7
Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.
But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there (Shiloh), even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.

Excavations, which were led by Professor Israel Finkelstein at Shiloh between 1981 to 1984, uncovered a heap of pottery that were dated to be around 1050 or 1000 B.C. which sets it to the time of the Judges of the Book of the Judges. Professor Finkelstein also located what may be the very gates of Shiloh which Eli, the priest, died in 1 Samuel 4:18. Excavations on 2006 and 2007, done just south of Shiloh has uncovered elaborate mosaic floors as well as several Greek inscriptions, one explicitly referring to another site near the foot of Tel Shiloh as the “village of Shiloh.” The Mishna, which contains oral Jewish traditions, shares this concerning the tabernacle “And in Shiloh there was no roof but a building of stone below and cloth above, and it was a resting place (Zevachim 14).” The picture below shows the specific location that Zeev Yeivin and Rabbi Yoel Bin-Nund (found on 1981 and 1982), proposed to have been the home of the tabernacle. It just so happens that these rocks outline an area which fit the dimensions of the tabernacle perfectly.

permanent tabernacle at shiloh found


The tabernacle was built out of wood and fabrics, exactly as God had specified in Exodus 26, and would not have survived the test of time, as such the site does not feature those materials. In spite of this supposed “lack” of evidence for the tabernacle specifically, Israel HaYom, an Israeli newspaper, has reported that holes had been found carved into the rock at intervals along the perimeter of the tabernacle, which may have been the places where the wooden beams which supported the tabernacle stood, exactly as God had outlined. Near the holes towards the North of Tel Shiloh, some structures were unearthed which confirms that this site was indeed used during the period of Joshua’s leadership all the way to the time of King David. One of the structures contained ceramic vessels as well as three large taboon clay ovens. In light of all these finds, Hananya Hizmi, staff officer for archaeology in the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria, responded with this statement to the skeptics, “This is not something that was common in private residences and therefore we do not believe these structures served as family dwellings.” One of the latest finds at Tel Shiloh has been a Jewish-styled stone altar built near the foot of Tel Shiloh. The altar was found amid the stones of a wall dated to somewhere between 1200 B.C. to 600 A.D. Avital Faleh, administrator of the Tel Shiloh site, has theorized that the Byzantines had moved the altar which originally sat on Tel Shiloh to the southern side of Shiloh. This altar was found accidentally during a dig conducted by an archaeological staff officer of the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria. The altar proves that religious ceremonies took place at Tel Shiloh and serves to confirm that this site was indeed the biblical site of the tabernacle.

stone altar at Tel Shiloh


“Shiloh yields some, but not all, of its secrets,” Israel Finkelstein writes, such words cannot be more true as even more evidence was dug up at the site. A broken clay pitcher was found in a bed of ashes, suggesting that a great sudden destruction may have fallen upon the site. Tazpit News Agency reports that, “The ashes found attest to a devastating fire that occurred at the site. The dating of the clay pitcher, 1050 B.C., correlates with the dating of the events depicted in Book of Samuel.” Israel Finkelstein has suggested that, “After defeating the Israelites, the Philistines apparently took advantage of their victory to press on up to the hills and burn Shiloh to the ground,” which may have happened around the time of the same events recorded in 1 Samuel 4. While the Bible does not clearly detail the destruction of Shiloh it has alluded to its destruction in a few passages (Jeremiah 7:12-14; Jeremiah 26:6, 9; Psalms 78:60).

broken pottery and ashes at Shiloh

Jeremiah 7:12, 14
But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.

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I would like to close this post with a few quotes from some of the most respected archaeologists in the world, the late William F. Albright, once said, “There can be no doubt that archaeology has confirmed the substantial historicity of Old Testament tradition (J. A. Thompson, The Bible and Archaeology [Grand Rapids, MI; Eerdmans, 1975], p. 5).” Nelson Glueck, after a lifetime of making several archaeological discoveries, confidently had this to say, “As a matter of fact, however, it maybe clearly stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a single biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible.” It must be noted that both Gleuck and Albright were both non-Christians, yet they were forced to shamefully admit to the Bible’s historical accuracy. “After years of research, however, I believe it is impossible to explore Israel’s origins without the Bible. …Again and again we have seen the historical value of the Bible” – Professor Adam Zertal, Chairman for the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, a former atheist, once gave that statement. I absolutely agree, archaeology has done nothing but to become an unlikely ally to prove the Bible. Ironically, it seems that the Bible has anticipated this assistance from archaeology, and I will show you how. In Joshua 24:27, Joshua actually stated that the very rocks of the promised land will become a witness for us all and that certainly seems to be the case now in these Last Days:

Joshua 24:27
And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.


~Planet Zion

Learn The Bible In 24 Hours With Dr. Chuck Missler


This series is an excellent Bible study for those who wish to grasp the overall message of the Bible quickly. In these 24 videos Dr. Chuck Missler delivers sound teaching on each book of the Bible, he explains deep and insightful historical and cultural themes within the Bible’s passages and highlights the core messages behind each book within the Bible. Dr. Chuck Missler is a world renown Bible teacher and best selling author and founder of the Koinonia House ministry. Each video is just about an hour plus or minus a few minutes and it is an absolute must see for both the Christian and the non-Christian. This man of God is clearly spirit-filled and just brings the entire word of God to life, especially the smaller books and verses which are often overlooked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Believe me you will have no regrets viewing this series, so feel free to bookmark this playlist to your browser and follow the series in your own time. My hope is that all the truth seekers out there, who would like to at least understand the basic message of the Bible and get a glimpse of pure biblical Christianity would watch through these videos. I promise you that you will never be the same, I certainly wasn’t after viewing this series. I invite you to read the Bible alongside this course, and allow the Holy Spirit to explain all that you may not understand. This series is for everyone, so please share this with all you know. If you are in the position to support Dr. Chuck Missler or would like to order a hard copy of this series and the other insightful studies that he has done, you may contact his ministry at:

http://khouse.org/

~Planet Zion

Gods of The New Age



The documentary above was produced by Jeremiah Films. It explores the world of the Hindu spiritual leaders, called gurus, who claim to be gods. It chronicles the lives of these so-called god-men and their followers here in the West. This film examines the real roots of the New Age, which is eastern mysticism, and shows the movement exactly as it truly is, Hinduism, which is repackaged in a convenient, user-friendly way to be received openly by westerners. The film also exposes startling dark secrets, hypocrisy and evil teachings that these men feed their followers.

The late guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the same man who is shown in the picture above on the golden throne, is just one of many gurus who claim to be a god, he once said, “My power is immeasurable; My truth inexplicable, unfathomable,” he obviously ascribed God-like attributes to himself like omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. What does the Bible have to say concerning these comments? What about the other teachings from gurus like Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who claim that we are all gods? This post hopes to explore what the Bible has to say about such statements:



1) There is only one God
2) There is only one Lord
3) God is separate from His creation
4) Are we all gods?
5) We are not to worship idols and images, nor  participate in visualization techniques
6) The wisdom of man means nothing to God
7) There is nothing good in mankind
8) God condemns saying Mantras and Repetitive Prayers
9) God condemns Eastern Meditation and Prana
10) Yoga is not biblical and is dangerous!
11) We are not to explore magical powers like reiki, kundalini power, tantra and siddhis
12) All roads do not lead to God
13) We are to help those suffering, the poor and the sick
14) God does not endorse Vegetarianism or Veganism
15) Reincarnation is not biblical
16) False science is being used to support New Age and Hinduism
17) The Power of Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction
18) Is Astral Projection Biblical?
19) Personal Spiritual Experience Vs. Written Spiritual Message from the Bible
20) What does the Bible have say about spirit guides and ascended masters?


 


1) There is only one God

The Bible makes no mention of there being a host of gods in Heaven or Earth, but clearly teaches that there is only one God, who is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth:

Deuteronomy 4:35, 39
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

Deuteronomy 32:39
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

1 Kings 8:60
That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.

The God of the Bible is one God, however, the Bible does hints that God is a collection of three unique beings in one. This concept is known as the Trinity, one God existing in the three persons, who the Bible identifies as being the Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit:

1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

In Hinduism there is a Trimurti, which is three distinct beings who independently act as gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, though they may be similar to the biblical Trinity, the most fundamental difference is that the persons of the Trimurti and the other Hindu gods had their own beginnings. The God of the Bible, the Trinity, has no beginning:

Colossians 1:16, 17
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

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2) There is only one Lord

The Bible makes it clear that there is one Lord; not many! As such the claim made by these gurus, that they are our Lords, has no merit through the lens of the scriptures:

1 Corinthians 8:5, 6
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

The Bible teaches that Jesus is the only way to God. The gurus claim to be wise leaders while the Bible places Jesus in a league of His own as being “Counsellor,” “The mighty God” and “The Prince of Peace”:

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child (Jesus Christ) is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Jesus Christ is our Guide, He is the Truth, not Sri Sathya Sai Baba, not  Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh or any other man who claims to be God. Matthew 6:24 tells us that, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” This “mammon” refers to wealth, prosperity, all that the god of this world has to offer and the definition can be extended to mean all the things that the gods of this world and the gurus have to offer. As humans we need to make the choice will we serve God or men? We can’t attempt to serve both, the Bible makes it clear that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). If you presently follow a guru or religious leader of any kind, you must choose to obey God instead of that person:

Acts 5:29
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

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3) God is separate from His creation

While the Bible does suggests that God is omnipresent as in the following verse:

Psalms 139:7-8
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

The Bible clearly distinguishes Him as being separate from His creation. This view is contrary to what Hindus believe, which is pantheism, they believe that God is one with His creation and the creation itself is the manifestation of God, on the other hand, the New Age teaches that God indwells all of His creation which is termed panentheism. Both Hinduism and the New Age religion describes God as an impersonal being, similar to “the force” from Star Wars, while the Bible takes the stance of Him being a distinct personal being. The Bible clarifies this distinction in a number of ways, first and foremost God is described as the Creator of the Universe:

Genesis 1:1, 2
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The above verse alone shows the clear distinction between God and the creation (Heaven and Earth) and right away discredits the view of pantheism. With respect to panentheism, this may be tricky as the Bible does suggest that God can indwell His creation, but I will show you that He does not indwell ALL of His creation:

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Above we learn that God is described as dwelling in two places, so He does have a measure of locality in spite of His omnipresence. He dwells in Heaven and with the repentant and humble person who believes in Him. Of course, this verse implies that God does not indwell those who do not repent of their sins and/or are filled with pride, so in a sense this rejects the panentheistic view. If this verse is not sufficient you may consider what Jesus Himself has to say about the matter:

John 14:23
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

From the lips of Jesus Christ Himself, we learn that God selectively chooses who He indwells and more importantly indwells those who obey His commands, recorded in the Bible. The Bible also suggests that the Earth was not designed for God but for men and the rest of the physical living creation. The Bible says:

Isaiah 45:18
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

God’s Word also describes God as preserving the Creation as suggested by Psalms 36:6, “Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast” and in many other scriptures (Acts 17:28; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3). Jesus also infers that God is still active in His work by saying:

John 5:17
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

If God is omnipotent then why would He need to preserve Himself if the pantheistic view is to believed? To make matters worse the Bible describes Him as controlling the Universe (Ephesians 1:11; Job 37:3,4, 6, 10-13; Ps. 135:7; 104:14; Matt. 5:45; 6:26,30). All these points certainly shows that the God of the Bible is separate from His creation,  and selectively indwells the creation.

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4) Are We all gods?

The short answer is that the Bible does not tell us that we are all gods. I imagine that right now the informed Christians, New Agers or Hindus would immediately object and say, “You’re wrong, yes it does! Jesus says it in John 10:34!” Well let’s see what Jesus says:

John 10:34
Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Yes, He says “ye are gods” but before we jump to the conclusion that Jesus said we are gods, we must understand the context which He makes this statement. His remark was directed to the Pharisees, the Jewish religious leadership of His day. They confronted Jesus with the intent to stone Him after He declared that He was God, Jesus used “gods” to describe the Pharisees, they ought to be servants of God giving justice, and doing good deeds just as our Heavenly Father does. The “gods” is merely a title used to show that they are representatives of God on Earth to lead His people; to be just judges and magistrates in a sense. In fact this interpretation of Jesus words is valid, as what He said in John 10:34 was a quote from the “law” in Psalms 82:6:

Psalms 82:6
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

In order to grasp the true meaning of that Psalm we need to understand the context and that is only understood by reading the verses just before Psalms 82:6:

Psalms 82:1-5
God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

Above we see that God is acting as a Head Judge and that He has appointed servants to become judges and leaders in authority over the rest of mankind. Note well what the so-called gods are to be doing – they are to defend, serve justice, deliver the poor, and save people from the hands of the wicked. By these roles we now understand that these are not “gods,” in the sense that Hinduism and the gurus teach, but rather these are servants of God who are to submit themselves as servants for mankind. Nowhere does this Psalm adds attributes like omniscience, omnipresence or omnipotence to these so-called “gods,” therefore it is clear that these “gods” are only judges and leaders appointed by God, and this interpretation is the reasonable way to interpret this verse and what Jesus meant. Ironically, John 10:34 can be viewed as one of many proofs that Jesus is God, as He says “I said, Ye are gods?” when in the Psalms we see that it was God Almighty who made that statement. In any case, the Bible does not describe us as being divine; we are not gods, but there is actually someone who has made this statement in the Bible and wants us to believe that we are divine gods:


Genesis 3:5
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Yes, the serpent, Satan, in the Garden of Eden said this lie above in Genesis 3:5 and mankind has suffered greatly because Eve was deceived by this lie. Note well that this lie came from the snake, the well-respected, venerated symbol of wisdom and enlightenment in Hinduism and even in Islam. The Hinduism and New Age belief that we are all gods is an echo of the very same lie from the serpent in the Garden of Eden, as I made clear in point 1, there is only one God there was none before Him and most certainly no other gods to come after Him:

Isaiah 43:10
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

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5) We are not to worship idols and images, nor participate in visualization techniques

The Bible warns us to stay away from idols and images of any kind, and any form, be it crafted metal, stone, or even those fabricated by the mind for visualization techniques:

1 John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Exodus 20:4
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Leviticus 19:4
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

Images steal focus away from the True God, such worship is meaningless even if directed to Him by those who call themselves Christians. God is a spirit and physical images can never accurately represent a non-physical being so making images of any kind is ultimately useless. God’s rule against idol worship even includes Christian idols like crosses, religious pictures and statues of Jesus Christ, all these idols do not please God. God appeared to the Israelites, during the desert wanderings after leaving Egypt, in the form of a pillar of fire at night and a cloud during the day and He discloses why He chose such forms in the verses below:

Deuteronomy 4:16-18
Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:

This is the depths of God’s distaste for idol and visualized worship, that He would go through the lengths of appearing in loose unfixed forms as fire and a cloud, for the express purpose of denying the onlookers the ability to create a fixed physical image or likeness to represent Himself. The Bible tells us that God is a Spirit and those  that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), so idol worship of any kind is vain to Him and His word says that He will not share His glory with any graven images:

Isaiah 42:8
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

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6) The Wisdom of Man means nothing to God

The Bible is exhaustive when it comes to this topic as it is one of the greatest flaws of mankind, man’s wisdom and desire for wisdom mingled with pride has been responsible for some of the greatest sins committed, like the fall of mankind at the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), and the sordid behavior of men recorded throughout the book of Judges where “every man did that which was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).” God’s knowledge and wisdom is far above any wisdom and knowledge that man can ever attain:

Isaiah 55:8, 9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The wisdom of man is foolishness to God, and the same can be said about the wisdom of these gurus. We must never allow any of man’s philosophies get in our way from knowing Jesus Christ:

1 Corinthians 1:25
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

God is all-knowing and His wisdom is limitless, why then should we lean on the understanding of men and those who claim to be gods who still bleed and die as common men. To accept His wisdom we must abandon our ways, repent of our sins and obey Him:

James 3:17
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Proverbs 3:5-7
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

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7) There is nothing good in mankind

The idea that we are gods has been a great hindrance for people to acknowledge their own imperfection. Humans are not inherently good, it does not take long for young toddlers to display selfishness and reluctance to share their toys with a sibling or friend their age. The Bible in my opinion is the only holy book which best explains where this inherent evil comes from. It explains that we have inherited this evil nature after the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).  The Bible has defined this shortcoming as “sin,” this “sin” is any action or the absence of action that makes us miss the goal of perfection. The Bible expands on this idea by stating:

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Psalms 39:5
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

In spite of these inherent flaws in mankind, many still hold on to the idea that mankind is inherently good and we have untapped potential in each of us. This is the thinking of New Agers and Hindus, that we are gods, gods are perfect, therefore we are perfect. Self Realization or Self Actualization, is dangerous as it ignores the inherent evils of mankind, if humanity was perfect there would be no crime, no sickness, no suffering, therefore it is absurd to claim that we are gods. Even the so-called gurus are accused of over-indulgence and sinful desires, the above film shows that gurus live in excess – owning jets, helicopters and several rolls-royces. In fact, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and many of his followers were arrested for running prostitution rings, drug smuggling, and even murder! You can learn more on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s crimes in this article. This is certainly not the actions of a perfect god who is all-knowing and flawless, these gurus are nothing more than corrupt men, just as the rest of us. The Human Potential Movement is nothing more than a post-modern repackaged version of the idea of self actualization and is cleverly modernized with psychobabble.

How do we fix our flaws? We must first recognize that we are indeed sinners, we must repent of every one of our sins and turn to God, who is the only One who can transform us from  the inside out:

Ezekiel 36:25-27
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

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8) God condemns saying Mantras and Repetitive Prayers

Jesus, who claimed to be God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14), warns us to stay away from repetitive prayers:

Matthew 6:7
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much of speaking.

He uses the term “vain repetitions,” here the word “vain” roughly means “meaningless” as I said in my last point “man is altogether vanity” (Psalms 39:5) and so too is his attempts to please God through devised means. God is Spirit and must be worshiped in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24), God cannot be called by us like some kind of butler by chanting the names of Hindu gods, or even using His own name as some members of the Emergent Church tend to do. The Roman Catholics pray the Rosary, a collection of prayers that is repeated several times, but God condemns such worship in Matthew 6:7. While Jesus does encourage us to continuously plead our desires to God, as He expressed in the Parable of the Persistent Widow found in Luke 18:1-8, we are not to use formulated rote prayers to seek answers from God. This is the same stance of Paul, who actually encouraged Timothy to stay away from vain repetition:

1 Timothy 6:20
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

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9) God condemns Eastern Meditation and Prana

Eastern meditation invites practitioners to clear and empty their mind of all desires and thoughts, this is diametrically opposed to the definition of meditation as dictated by the Bible; we are to fill our thoughts with the scriptures, the Word of God:

Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Psalms 1:1-2
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalms 119:97
O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.

Chi and Prana are the energies of the universe which is allegedly absorbed within one’s body during meditation. I explained in point 3 that God is separate from His creation and He only indwells those who serve Him in truth so the energies that these practitioners claim to absorb can never be from God, I will talk more on the true source of these “energies” in point 20. God is the only source of life and gives life to those who seek Him:

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 4:14
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Revelation 21:6, 22:1
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

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10) Yoga is not biblical and is dangerous!

The word “yoga” means “unity,” “to yoke” or “to join” and it was designed to join oneself with the Universal Spirit, the Cosmic Consciousness or Brahman. One can never strip the spiritual aspects of yoga from the physical exercises of yoga; they are one and the same. I explain more on what the Bible’s stance is on the topic of practicing yoga here. The short answer concerning God’s opinion of yoga and other man-made attempts at pleasing Him or other gods is revealed by the following scripture:

Deuteronomy 12:30-32
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Top exorcist in the world, Father Gabriele Amorth, a roman catholic exorcist, from his own personal experiences admits that yoga in particular by its very nature acts as an open door for demonic possession. In fact Father Gabriele Amorth once said, “Practicing yoga brings evil as does reading Harry Potter. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil.” This is pretty much the same view expressed by those who were practitioners and former yoga teachers like Laurette Willis. Laurette Willis, who teaches a Christianized yoga despite what Deuteronomy 12:30-32 says, admits the fundamental differences between yoga and Biblical Christianity, “Yoga wants to get students to the point of complete numbness in their minds. God, on the other hand, wants you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind through his Word.” When asked concerning hatha yoga, the less spiritual but more physical yoga found in gyms, she says, “…there are commonly used words and poses antithetical to God’s Word. For example, the word ‘namaste,’ often said at the close of yoga classes, means, ‘I bow to the god within you.’ The sound ‘om,’ chanted in many yoga classes, is meant to bring students into a trance so they can join with the universal mind. And the ‘salute to the sun’ posture, used at the beginning of most classes, pays homage to the Hindu sun god.” Unfortunately, Laurette Willis supports her practice and teaching of “Christian Yoga” which you may understand by now is a complete oxymoron in God’s eyes. In fact, the most telling part of yoga is that it is even found in Islam, some of the prayers and religious gestures of Islam are analogous to known yoga poses. I wrote an article that shows how Allah is not the God of the Bible and this similarity is interesting, as it indicates that Allah is actually the same as the god that yoga hopes to unite its practitioners with, the Hindu god, Brahman. And no, I do not think I am stretching this comparison at all (pun intended).

Yoga in Islam

 

Allah and Brahma followers

Other than the spiritual dangers of yoga, there are many mental problems that may arise from its practice. I may not agree with psychology but even a broken clock is right twice a day, one of its founders, Carl Jung makes this remark in his book “Introduction to The Tibetan book of the Dead,” concerning yoga, “One often hears and reads about the dangers of Yoga, particularly of the ill-reputed Kundalini Yoga. The deliberately induced psychotic state, which in certain unstable individuals might easily lead to a real psychosis, is a danger that needs to be taken very seriously indeed. These things really are dangerous and ought not to be meddled with in our typically Western way. It is a meddling with Fate, which strikes at the very roots of human existence and can let loose a flood of sufferings of which no sane person ever dreamed. These sufferings correspond to the hellish torments of the chönyid state…” This film which opens my post explores more into the mental impacts of yoga as well as its spiritual effects.

Finally, one must consider the physical dangers of yoga. It is surprising that studies have shown a greater likelihood of having strokes, spinal issues and other health risks when one practices yoga. You may learn some of the startling physical risks that one may be taking by practicing yoga in a New York Times article here. Yoga is dangerous spiritually, physically and mentally and provides no worthwhile long term benefits to its practitioners.

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11) We are not to explore magical powers like reiki, kundalini power, tantra and siddhis

The God of the Bible forbids any search for magic powers of any kind and discourages those who pursue such things:

Deuteronomy 18:10-12
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

This includes activities that may seem “good” like reiki which allegedly channels energy for healing or white magic from Wicca used to benefit mankind. All these things are seen as an abomination to God. The so-called “good” that magic can bring into the world is still evil, just repackaged in a user-friendly guiltless manner to deceive others into a false security. This is surprisingly the same thinking of the founder of Satanism, Anton LaVey, who had this to say concerning the division of magic into white and black magic, “White magic is supposedly utilized only for good or unselfish purposes, and black magic, we are told, is used only for selfish or “evil” reasons. Satanism draws no such dividing line. Magic is magic, be it used to help or hinder. The Satanist, being the magician, should have the ability to decide what is just, and then apply the powers of magic to attain his goals. Nature, in her ineffable wisdom, wastes nothing. Seemingly useless but parasitic or destructive persons should be used like clay pigeons: for target practice.”

Leviticus 20:6, 7
And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

The Bible shows that there is no middle ground when it comes to practicing magic. This is a deception, fabricated by Satan, who presents two so-called opposing sides or dichotomy, white and black magic and convinces the followers of black magic that they are serving him while those of white magic are serving God. They are both evil, and Anton LaVey was well aware of this fact – that the satanists, Wiccans, the New Agers and false religions all serve the same god. This false dichotomy is not an absurd idea Vladimir Lenin believed that, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves” and if this revolutionist learned this tactic in a few years, the evil spirits who had thousands of years of experience most certainly do and has already implemented this fake dichotomy skillfully to deceive both sides. Jesus tells us that a man cannot serve two masters, you either hate one and love the other (Matthew 6:24), the God of the Bible despises any exploration into magic or magick therefore by elimination the answer is clear, that even those followers of “good” magic are not serving the God who created the Universe but are serving the god of this world, Satan, the Devil.

2 Corinthians 4:3, 4
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

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12) All roads do not lead to God

The Bible is very clear that there is only one path to God. Jesus once said:

Matthew 7:13
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

This “wide” gate or road is the path that all the other world’s religions take and Jesus describes this “wide” path as the path to destruction. Jesus was never narrow-minded, He never taught that all roads lead to God but that there was two paths – one leading to God and another to destruction. With Himself being this “narrow” gate to life:

John 10:9
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

I explore more into this highly debated topic in another article, but the simple answer is that the Bible suggests that all roads do not lead to God.

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13) We are to help those suffering, the poor and the sick

In Hinduism, it is almost a sin to help the sick and the poor. According to the teachings of Hinduism, the person suffering in that way is allegedly paying for the accumulation of bad Karma from the bad deeds done in their past lives. On the other hand, Jesus teaches His followers to help the poor and sick:

Matthew 5:42
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Luke 3:10, 11
And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

John 13:34, 35
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

While some members of the New Age religion believe in helping the poor and sick, they do so in defiance of the laws of Karma and Reincarnation. Karma and Reincarnation are evil doctrines and I’ll show why. If a man was to beat his wife in this life, then he would be reincarnated as a woman who gets beaten by her husband in the next life, in turn her husband is reincarnated in his next life as a woman that is also beaten by her husband and so on and so on. So, the idea of helping the sick and destitute is completely incompatible with the fundamentalist view of Karma and Reincarnation as any assistance to the unfortunate merely prolongs their suffering. Karma and Reincarnation does not solve the problems in this world but merely perpetuates evil! Mahatma Gandhi once described reincarnation as “… a hopeless cycle of imprisonment,” and due to Reincarnation and Karma Hindus refuse to help their own which explains why India is in such financial  turmoil as it is now. The Bible makes it clear that you will recognize the nature of men or even religions by their fruit (Matthew 7:16-20) – a good tree can never give bad fruit and a bad tree cannot give good fruit, Hinduism and her offshoot religion, the New Age are not good trees because true and pure religions encourage others to help the sick and poor and live holy lives:

James 1:26, 27
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

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14) God does not endorse Vegetarianism or Veganism

In Hinduism there is the law of Ahimsa, which is the religious duty that restricts Hindus from harming living creatures, apart from this law Hindus become vegans and vegetarians for spiritual and health reasons and also in fear of accumulating bad Karma from killing and eating animals. God after creating the world declared that He has provided fruits, vegetables, herbs and seeds for the benefit of all animals and mankind:

Genesis 1:29, 30
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

But after the flood of Noah, which destroyed everyone except 8 people and a few animals, God declared a new law where He has allowed us to eat animals as well as continue to plants:

Genesis 9:3
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

It is perfectly fine for us all to eat meat, in fact, Jesus Christ Himself was recorded in the Bible to eat meat and actually asked for meat in Luke 24:41-43, “And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.” Jesus miraculously fed massive crowds of people with only 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread by multiplying them. Wouldn’t Jesus be a hypocrite if He was a vegetarian but multiplied fish and fed others?:

Matthew 14:17-21
And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
He said, Bring them hither to me.
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Another clearer account that Jesus was not a vegetarian was the fact that He actually caught fish Himself, cooked, served and ate them with some of His disciples:

John 21:9, 10, 13
As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

So, it is clear that Jesus had no problems with killing animals and eating their meat at all, the same can be said about His disciples and followers. The Bible has no problem with those who choose to eat vegetables and fruit alone for health reasons like Daniel in Daniel 1:12 but there is absolutely no spiritual reasons outlined by the Bible that restricts Christ followers from eating meat. Christians are free to eat meat or abstain from it completely if they wish, the Bible actually tells us not to judge each other based on our choices to eat meat or not:

Romans 14:1-3
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

It is interesting to note that the Bible does predict that the time will come in the Last Days, where men will force each other into complete abstinence of meat despite the fact that God has given us permission to eat meat freely:

1 Timothy 4:1-4
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

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15) Reincarnation is not biblical

The Bible by design seems to anticipate the idea of reincarnation and time and time again expressed ideas that are absolutely diametrically opposed to reincarnation. The following verses clearly shows that we all have one life to live on Earth and are not reborn into other bodies:

Job 14:10-12
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

Hebrew 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.

Some bible scholars suggest that the message of Hebrews 9:27 is symbolized in Ecclesiastes 11:3, “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.” So even within the Book of Ecclesiastes we see the imagery of soul and spirit leaving the body at the point of death and just as a “tree” can land towards the “north” or towards the “south” and remain in either one of those two places, the same can be said for the spirit going to reside in either Heaven or Hell.

The life of Jesus Christ seems to have been well orchestrated by the Holy Spirit to poke holes through the concept of reincarnation. Jesus was pre-existent and came into this world as God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14); He was never Buddha or Vishnu that was reincarnated into the body of Jesus, the Bible makes that clear. The most telling part is that when He died He was never reincarnated into another body but was resurrected (Matthew 28:5-7). Jesus by His incarnation on Earth did even more to expose more problems with Reincarnation and Karma, because He was a good man who even the Hindus would suggest had only “good Karma,” if such was the case then why was this good man murdered? The very circumstances of His horrific and bloody death divorces the reliability of the doctrines of Karma and Reincarnation. The fact that several people were resurrected in the Bible as shown in 1 Kings 17:17-24, 2 Kings 4:35, 2 Kings 13:21, Luke 7:13-15, Matthew 9:25, John 11:43-44, Matthew 27:52-53,  and many other places throughout the Bible, discredits reincarnation because if it was to be believed then those people who died would have been reborn into other bodies and resurrection should have been impossible. So it is clear that one cannot believe in both Reincarnation and the Resurrection at the same time; they are completely incompatible.

Nevertheless, some New Agers adamantly believe that the Bible actually supports reincarnation, this is simple not true! They usually turn to the verses where the Bible and even Jesus describes John the Baptist as another Prophet Elijah:

Luke 1:17
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Matthew 17:11-13
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

However, they completely ignore the fact that John the Baptist was never Elijah but did share Elijah’s role as one who prepared others for God’s coming. The truth is that Elijah is in Heaven with God right now; Elijah is actually one of three men including Enoch (Hebrews 11:5) and Jesus who are presently in heaven (Jesus died, resurrected and returned to Heaven in bodily form in Acts 1:9):

2 Kings 2:11
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Even if one does not believe that Elijah never died and ascended to Heaven, he does appears in bodily form with Jesus at the transfiguration. Above all, it must be noted that at the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, he is recognized as Elijah and was never once referred to as John the Baptist even though John the Baptist had died a few chapters earlier:

Matthew 17:1-3
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias (Elijah) talking with him.

Elijah has never died but the Bible seems to suggest that he will finally taste death, according to Revelation 11, as one of the two witnesses who will be killed before Jesus’ Second Coming. Another fact to consider is that John the Baptist personally never said that he was the Prophet Elias or Elijah but told his followers and the Jews that he was the servant of God crying in the wilderness, the same one foretold by the prophet Esaias or Isaiah in Isaiah 40:3:

John 1:19-23
And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

In light of all I discussed so far, we must all see reincarnation for what it truly is – an echo of the very same lie spewed from the mouth of the serpent to Eve, in the garden of Eden in Genesis 3:4, “Ye shall not surely die.”

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16) False science is being used to support New Age and Hinduism

Science has been abused and twisted by those who wish to use it to support their eastern mysticism-world view. The truth of the matter is that science can never answer spiritual questions. Science, according to the Oxford dictionary, is defined as “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Science studies “structure” and “behaviour” of phenomena in the physical world. So, do not be deceived by those who say that science has verified the existence of the third eye, the pineal gland that some label as the third eye, has only been proven as a gland that secrets hormones, nothing more. The same rule of thumb applies for the so-called “scientific studies” behind psychic powers, kundalini, prana, chakras and the chakra network.

Science uses physical metrics like length, width, height and weight to quantify phenomena, record them and monitor them in experiments for predictability. Once phenomena can be replicated in experiments then it moves from the realm of theory into fact, this is simply not the case for these metaphysical body parts that New Agers and Hindus claim humans possess. Any science that says that these claims are true is simply a pseudo-science because science can only be used to verify physical and quantifiable phenomena that have the element of predictability. The Bible has documented many accounts of physical phenomena which have been verified by science as scientific facts, I have prepared an article containing 20 of the hundreds of these scientific facts embedded within the Bible. The Bible actually predicts an explosion of knowledge in the End Times:

Daniel 12:4
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

We must recognize that this knowledge may not necessarily be entirely “good,” please remember the fruit of the “knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9 and Genesis 3:5). So, it is entirely possible that some of the knowledge in the End Times may be lies and flat out evil, I hate bringing this example up, but even pornography is information and knowledge, but we would of course agree that the Bible condemns that sort of knowledge. False scientific knowledge is absolutely nothing new, even Paul warns Timothy concerning false sciences, which to Christians goes hand in hand with the prophecies of Jesus and Paul concerning the last days which will be a time of rampant deception:

1 Timothy 6:20
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Matthew 24:4
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

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17) The Power of Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction

The Power of Positive Thinking popularized in the book with the same name by Norman Vincent Peale and the Law of Attraction revealed in “The Secret” written by Rhonda Byrne and made viral by Oprah are just revived pagan ideas. It is nothing more than panentheism, the belief that God is an impersonal force that indwells His creation, which I discussed back in point 3, we are not gods and do not have such abilities which I explained in point 4. The New Age ideas on the Law of Attraction reduces God to an impersonal force which is not the opinion of the Bible, the positive thinking movement which has now flooded Christianity and is popularized by famous pastors is nothing but a repackaged form of Hindu and Pagan practices.

Christians in an attempt to support the positive thinking movement often take several Bible verses out of context like Proverbs 23:7, “What a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” which is a complete misinterpretation of that verse. The first problem with that verse is that they often ignore the rest of that verse and the next thing to note is that this verse is not a complete sentence; the sentence actually starts at verse 6 and ends at verse 7. The final problem with that verse is that its meaning  is only made clear when one understands the verses immediately before Proverbs 23:7:

Proverbs 23:1-7
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

After reading all the verses before Proverbs 23:7 and taking Proverbs 23:6, 7 as one sentence, we understand that this verse does not tell us that our thoughts can create our reality it is talking about the fact that the heart of man is wicked and his actions may be contrary to what his heart believes, in other words the verse’s true interpretation would be the same as Jeremiah 17:9:

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Another verse that has been twisted to support the idea of positive thinking is the following verse in Philippians 4:8:

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

However, the Bible explains that it is God who gives us joy, peace and fulfillment not our thoughts. In fact verse 6 and 13, immediately before and after Philippians 4:8 directs us to God; that He is our Strength:

Philippians 4:6, 13
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

The Power of Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction is witchcraft! I have no doubt that some readers may object to this claim, but it truly is, in fact those familiar with the occult and satanism will recognize it as such. Aleister Crowley, world renown occultist and founder of Thelema, once said, “Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will,” he makes it clear that sorcery can only be performed through applying one’s will or thoughts. This sounds familiar to the law of attraction now doesn’t it?  These practices allegedly helps those who apply them to gain success, live a happy life and even get rich, all of which are carnal and earthly desires. I would dare go far as to call such people who practice them, Satanists, Anton LaVey, the founder of the Satanic Church would certainly consider them as his followers, “Satanism is not a white light religion; it is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal – all of which are ruled by Satan, the personification of the Left Hand Path,” and in this other quote, “The Satanist realizes that man, and the action and reaction of the universe, is responsible for everything, and doesn’t mislead himself into thinking that someone cares.”

I hope you learned now that the Law of Attraction and the Power of Positive Thinking are actually forms of witchcraft and sorcery, presently masked behind the veil of quantum physics and New Age lingo. It is a denial of God’s sovereignty whether done intentionally or unintentionally; eliminating God from one’s life and raising oneself as a god because these practices force others to look within themselves for the answers instead of turning to God. It is idolatry and an act of rebellion and the Bible makes it clear that rebellion at its core is seen by God as the same as witchcraft, this is exactly what God said through the Prophet Samuel to Saul:

1 Samuel 15:23
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

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18) Is Astral Projection Biblical?

The short answer to this question seems to be yes, there are evidence for such things occurring in the Bible. Within the Book of Ecclesiastes when discussing metaphorically the state of the dead in Ecclesiastes chapter 12, verse 6 of that chapter says, “Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern” the term “silver cord be loosed” actually hints to out of body experiences or astral projection. The prophet Ezekiel in Chapter 8 of his book was taken out of his body by God to learn that the Jewish Leaders were performing idolatry behind closed doors:

Ezekiel 8:1, 3, 10, 12
And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.
And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.

In another instance Ezekiel was taken out of his body to a valley filled with bones:

Ezekiel 37:1, 2
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

The disciple John had this out of body experience in the book of Revelation. Even the apostle Paul points out to an incident which most bible scholars agree was an out of body incident concerning Paul himself:

2 Corinthians 12:1-4
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

The occurrence that New Agers may label as astral projection and what the rest of the world refers to as near death experiences and outer body experiences have indeed happened to the writers of the Bible, however, these instances were under the direct control of God. New Age religion, Hinduism and Buddhism believes that anyone can leave their bodies, if such is the case then God would have simply instructed his prophets to step out of their own bodies by themselves. Wouldn’t He? It is clear from all the above cases that outside spiritual help is required to perform astral projection. Anyone who claims to willfully or unintentionally astral project are being snatched out of their bodies not by God but through the power of demonic spirits. If you have these experiences and have the time to spare please watch the testimony of a man who practiced voodoo, astral projected himself and witnessed friends and family members doing it themselves, in this video below this man explains that the source of this power is without a doubt demonic:

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19) Personal Spiritual Experience Vs. Written Spiritual Message from the Bible

This is one of greatest reasons why some involved in the New Age or Hinduism reject the Bible, they lift up their own personal experiences on a higher level than any other message given to them including the warnings of the Bible. The problem with this thinking is that one opens himself or herself up to the possibility of being deceived. There is something called absolute truth, which is a fixed and never-changing fact, for instance the mathematical statement that 2 + 2 = 4.  When people allow personal experiences to govern their truths, they open themselves to believe in relativism, which is truth that is only correct for a certain culture, people or period of time, it is like the equivalent of believing that 2 + 2 = 5. There is absolute truth and the Bible makes the claim as being the only spiritual text to direct us in absolute truth, I go into this in greater detail in my article that answers the question: Are there many ways to God? The Bible even predicts that a time would come when people will abandon absolute truth and willingly accept their own version of “truth” that they prefer:

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

This same Bible warns us that these same people and many others will fall prey to great deceptions:

Matthew 24:24
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Matthew 24:11
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

So, we are not to lean only on our own understanding as it is an invitation to be tricked into believing a lie. Sir John Eccles who received his Nobel Prize for research on the brain, described the brain as “A machine that a ghost can operate” so it is entirely possible that spiritual experiences that one may have can easily be planted by the demonic spirits of this world during meditation, yoga and even astral projection. God’s word must be our primary source of truth, Jesus once prayed in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Sadly, one of the greatest misconceptions is that when one becomes a Christian, he or she becomes a brainless sheep, this is simply not true, we are encouraged to test our spiritual experiences and all the information given to us and see if they line up with what God revealed through the Bible. We are called to be like the Bereans who took in every piece of information openly but tested them with the Bible:

1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Acts 17:11
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

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20) What does the Bible have say about spirit guides and ascended masters?

The Bible warns against seeking them out, these beings were called familiars in the Bible and would instruct, warn, and guide those who seek their counsel, in other words, they served the exact same role as the spirit guides and ascended masters of today:

Leviticus 20:6, 7
And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 19:31
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

2 Chronicles 33:6
And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

The Bible is riddled with this activity which was common among those who rejected the true Living God. If God was not pleased with those practices back then, then He most certainly is not pleased with those who seek these spirit guides and ascended masters now, after all the Bible says there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). God does not give His laws just for the sake of burdening us with rules, they were always designed for our own benefit and protection (1 John 5:3). These familiars, ghosts, spirit guides and ascended masters are all demonic spirits and the Bible warns us that they will lead many souls to Hell:

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Matthew 24:4, 5
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

The Bible tells us that these evil spirits even have the power to transform themselves into angels of light and ministers of righteousness for the express purpose of deceiving others:

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

It is clear that we truly must never go solely on our own personal experience which I discussed in point 19, because these spirits can use any means that they possess to deceive us, these are ancient beings that have gained a lot of practice in leading souls to Hell. This is the case in the video below, entitles, “What Is Really Going On?” You may watch the entire video or just skip ahead to 1 hour and 52 minutes of it to the end of it to discover the true nature of these ascended masters and spirit guides:


The Bible teaches us to observe the fruits of these spiritual experiences, religions and teachings of men:

Matthew 7:15-18
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

When one applies the simple standards outlined in Matthew 7:15-18 we understand that Hinduism is not a true religion and has led India into financial instability, Islam with its violent teachings has taught followers to know nothing but hatred and antisemitism and the New Age, as this film that opens this post shows, leads its followers to danger, spiritual bankruptcy and self-destruction. True Biblical Christianity produces genuine fruit that brings complete satisfaction, peace, joy and unites the Christ follower with the true Living God. Please if you belong to these religions and desire to learn how to follow the true Living God, you may do so here.

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~Planet Zion

Is Allah the Same As The God of the Bible?



The above video seeks to answer the questions as to who Allah is and is Allah the same as the God of the Bible? We have all heard the Former President of the United States of America, George Bush, soon after the tragic events of 911 having this to say, “Well, first of all, I believe in an almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That’s what I believe.” Is it true that Christianity and Islam worship the same God? Well for starters it would seem that the Qur’an believes that they are the same:


Surah 29:46
And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.”

What are the similarities and differences that these deities share? In this post I will attempt to answer these major questions and many more across 20 points that you may navigate through:


1) Differences in the Name for God
2) The God of the Bible has a Son
3) God is a God of Peace not Violence
4) Allah Encourages his followers to fight and kill!
5) God does not change His mind or contradict Himself
6) Allah is anti-Semitic
7) Allah demands good works to enter Heaven
8) God grants His followers assurance of Heaven
9) Heaven in the Qur’an is a place of Carnal Pleasures
10) The Heavenly Father’s words are in line with History
11) God is a God of Liberty and Freedom of Choice
12) God is not a liar and He cannot deceive others
13) God is not the Author of Confusion
14) Allah is prejudiced to people with disabilities
15) God knows us
16) We can know God
17) God loves us
18) Allah is one and not three in one.
19) Allah has poor methods to authenticate himself
20) God swears by Himself; Allah swears by his creation
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1) Differences in the Name for God

According to Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, the name of the true God is Allah, this name however does not line up with the Bible. The Bible teaches the name of God is given as “יְהֹוָה” in the original Hebrew which is pronounced as Yĕhovah and roughly equates to the English names of Jehovah or Yahweh. Yĕhovah means the “Self Existent One” which coincides with the name “I Am” which in the Hebrew is “Hayah.” In the scripture below God Himself gives us His name:

Exodus 6:2-3
And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה) was I not known to them.

The Hebrew word for “God” is “El,” “Elohim” or “Eloah” which is similar to the Arabic word “Illah” but it is just a generic title that simply means “God” and can refer to the true God or idols and pagan gods. The only Hebrew word that resembles Allah is the Hebrew word “Alah” which interestingly enough means “to curse,” “to lament,” “to swear,” “to arise” or “to ascend.” Quick question which person do we know in the Bible who best fits that name? Alah sounds more like a name fitting for Lucifer don’t you think?

Isaiah 14:12-14
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

I understand that Christians in Arabic speaking countries will use the word “Allah” as a title to refer to God, but for the rest of us we must understand the difference which they already do. God does not wish that we make the error of identifying Him as the Allah of Islam or by any other name:

Isaiah 42:8
I am the LORD (יְהֹוָה): that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

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2) The God of the Bible has a Son

The Bible, time and time again, indicates that God actually has a Son as evident in Psalms 2, John 3:16-17, Isaiah 9:6-7 and many other verses:

Proverbs 30:4
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?

Daniel 3:25
He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Psalms 2:12
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

John 5:23, 26
That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;


John 3:16, 17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The same can not be said of Allah, because Allah according to the Qur’an has no son (Surah 4:171; Surah 72:3; Surah 112:2-3). In fact being born into this world is far beneath Allah:

Surah 112:2, 3
Allah, the Eternal Refuge.
He neither begets nor is born,

This of course eliminates Allah right away as being the God of the Bible or being Jesus Christ because Jesus in the Bible is described as being God in the flesh, just as His name “Emmanuel” suggests “God with us” (Matthew 1:23):

John 1:1-3, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

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3) God is a God of Peace not Violence

One of the clearest differences between Allah and the God of the Bible is their stance on peace and violence. While the Old Testament has cases of violence and bloodshed they were always performed as a response to pride and sin. God reveals to us His stance on the shedding of innocent blood here in the below verse:

Deuteronomy 27:25
Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Exodus 23:7
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

There are Muslims who make the bold claim that they are closer followers of Jesus Christ than Christians. Not so fast! Jesus taught us a great deal of love and forgiveness for our enemies and to even go as far as to pray for them:

Matthew 5:43-44
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matthew 6:15
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Now, keep the above verse in mind when you read the following verse of Chapter or Surah 4:148 below. Allah encourages others to retaliate if they have been wronged:

Surah 4:148
Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing.

So in light of both the Bible and Qur’an’s opinion on the matter, it is unreasonable to even suggest that Allah is the same God of the Bible.

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4) Allah Encourages his followers to fight and kill!

Bush in the opening quote of this post was either ignorant or was just giving America the “politically correct” answer for the sake of the thousands of Muslims in America. Allah time and time again promotes the use of every possible form of violence to advance the goals of Islam (Surah 8:39; Surah 9:123).

Surah 4:74
So let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. And he who fights in the cause of Allah and is killed or achieves victory – We will bestow upon him a great reward.

Surah 8:65
O Prophet, urge the believers to battle. If there are among you twenty [who are] steadfast, they will overcome two hundred. And if there are among you one hundred [who are] steadfast, they will overcome a thousand of those who have disbelieved because they are a people who do not understand.

Surah 9:111
Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah ? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.

I think those above Chapters or Surahs are quite disturbing. It is alarming that Allah will demand the lives of his believers to defend his name and defend Islam. I have serious problems with this, first of all I can’t help but be reminded of the scene in Judges 6 where Gideon destroyed the altar of Baal and chopped down the grove of Baal, soon after doing that the Baal worshipers seek to kill Gideon in revenge. Please take note of what Joash, his father says:

Judges 6:30, 31
Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.

Like Joash, I present the same questions to Muslims: If Allah is truly all powerful why do you need to shed blood on his behalf and even die for him? The Lord Jesus, actually reveals the answer to this problem:

John 18:36
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Jesus by His own words reveal that if His kingdom and servants were of this world then Christians would be fighting and shedding blood, by this same statement shouldn’t His own words prove that Islam is not of God, but in fact of this world? If you are Muslim I encourage you to pause and focus on what Jesus or the one you call Isa said there in John 18:36. The implications of that statement brings deep doubt as to the authenticity of the Qur’an and the reliability of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.Then combine the last statement with this prophecy that Jesus Himself tells us, where He says that the days will come when Jews in synagogues, and I will also add Christians in churches, will be killed by people who think they are doing God’s will:

John 16:2, 3
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

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5) God does not change His mind or contradict Himself

This is perhaps one of the most annoying points, because in my past I have actually had Muslims try to explain to me that God can change His mind. This is absolutely far from the truth (2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 13:8; Matthew 24:35), apart from what the Bible says simple common sense would tell us that an all knowing God would get things correct the first time:

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Malachi 3:6
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

An alarming thing to note about the Qur’an is that it is riddled with contradictions! Allah would declare one thing and a few verses later would declare something that is absolutely opposite to the previous revelation. Muslims have a word for this called “Naskh” or Abrogation. Abrogation is Allah’s quick fix solution to his own contradictions and dictates that all later revelations replace any previous contradictory revelations:

Surah 2:106
We do not abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten except that We bring forth [one] better than it or similar to it. Do you not know that Allah is over all things competent?

Surah 16:101
And when We substitute a verse in place of a verse – and Allah is most knowing of what He sends down – they say, “You, [O Muhammad], are but an inventor [of lies].” But most of them do not know.

Allah is not the same as my God, my God is all knowing and gets His words correct the first time, every time. The scariest thing about this doctrine is that all the later revealed violent passages of the Qur’an, according to the Law of Abrogation, are to replaced all of the earlier revealed peaceful passages of the Qur’an. I am sure you may be thinking what I am thinking, it seems that the Islamic Radical Extremists are not radical at all but are the fundamentalists who are obeying the Qur’an and Muhammad more closely than the peaceful Muslims around the world! I think the entire world should be thankful that the majority of the 1.6 billion Muslims on the planet are lukewarm and do not take their own Qur’an seriously.

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6) Allah is anti-Semitic

Jehovah calls Himself the “God of Israel” 203 times in the Bible! There are actually verses in the Qur’an that speaks of the Jews and Israel as a people and nation loved by Allah (Surah 2: 122; Surah 44:30-32):

Surah 2:47
O Children of Israel, remember My favor that I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds.

Surah 45:16
And We did certainly give the Children of Israel the Scripture and judgement and prophethood, and We provided them with good things and preferred them over the worlds.

Remember the Law of Abrogation that I highlighted in point 5, where earlier revelations are replaced by later revelations, well take a look at these later revelations where Allah encourages violence to Jews (Surah 2:216):

Surah 9:29
Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.

From the Hadith: Bukhari 52:177
“The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

Do you see the problem here? I hope so, this all explains why the Jews and Israel are so hated by the Islamic world. Abrogation dictates that Muslims are to be antisemitic and ignore the earlier peaceful verses on Israel and the Jews. On the other hand, the God of the Bible loves the Jews and Israel and will always love them. God even informs us that He will bless those who bless the Jews and will curse those who curse the Jews (Genesis 12:3):

Deuteronomy 7:6
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

Jeremiah 31:3, 4
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.

Isaiah 43:1
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

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7) Allah demands good works to enter Heaven

Allah makes it clear that the way to Heaven or Paradise according to the Qur’an is paved by good works and more importantly doing more good deeds than bad deeds:

Surah 3:57
But as for those who believed and did righteous deeds, He will give them in full their rewards, and Allah does not like the wrongdoers.

Surah 2:223
Your wives are a place of sowing of seed for you, so come to your place of cultivation however you wish and put forth [righteousness] for yourselves. And fear Allah and know that you will meet Him. And give good tidings to the believers.

It shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that the five pillars of Islam: Shahadah (declaring Allah is God and Muhammad his prophet), Salat (praying five times a day), Zakat (giving 2.5% of one’s savings to the poor), Sawm (fasting and self-control) and the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca at least one in one’s lifetime) are all attempts of Muslims “to work” their way into Heaven. The God of the Bible teaches us that His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 33:8, 9), the righteousness of mankind is as filthy rags to God no matter how hard we try (Isaiah 64:6) and that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Below is an example where God warns us that even if we try to be righteous on our own, and should sin, He actually ignores the previous good works and punishes the sin with death and Hell:

Ezekiel 33:13
When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

For this very reason even individuals like Job and Eli of the Bible considered how could man possibly reconcile with God in Job 9:1-3 and in 1 Samuel 2:25 respectively. Even God discusses the dilemma of there not being an intercessor between Himself and mankind:

Isaiah 63:5
And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

Isaiah 44:6
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

I will suggest to you that the Messiah Jesus is this “arm” that brings salvation in Isaiah 63:5. Jesus is also this “redeemer” of Isaiah 44:6, which is an amazing verse that proves that God is more than one being (plural yet united as one) and that the Messiah is also one with God which is confirmed by the intimate use of the word “arm” as if to imply that the Messiah is a part of God or somehow one with Him as Jesus reveals in John 10:28-30. It is because of sin that Jesus came to the Earth to save mankind (1 John 3:8) and to serve as our Mediator between us and God (Revelation 5:9; 1 John 2:2; John 14:6; Isaiah 44:6; Hosea 13:4; 1 Timothy 2:5):

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

With respect to salvation, God promises that if we repent of our sins (1 John 1:9; 2 Chronicles 7:14), have faith and belief in Jesus Christ then one is granted access to Heaven (John 3:16; Romans 8:1; Romans 10:9, 10; John 5:24; John 3:18). The Bible makes it clear that the Christian is saved through faith and not works lest any man should boast. Boasting is prideful and God actually hates pride  (Proverbs 8:13), in addition to this, eternal life is a gift of God that He offers to all as He is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34):

Ephesians 2:8, 9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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8)  God grants His followers assurance of Heaven

For the Muslim, there is no assurance of Heaven, even Muhammad admitted that he was not even sure if he would go to Paradise. This is hinted here below in Surah 46;9:

Surah 46:9
Say, “I am not something original among the messengers, nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I only follow that which is revealed to me, and I am not but a clear warner.”

The saddest part of Islam is that Muslims are only guaranteed acceptance into Heaven by dying for defending Allah. So every suicide bomber according to the Qur’an is supposed to be in Paradise right now!

Surah 9:111
Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah ? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.

The God of the Bible assures us that He will grant us eternal life once we repent of our sins and believe in His Son. He promises us that none of us will perish as long as we trust in Jesus (John 3:16, 17):

John 10:28-30
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
I and my Father are one.

It is God’s will that absolutely no human being perishes:

1 Timothy 2:3, 4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

On the other hand, Allah has declared in the Qur’an that some men are actually predestined for destruction and that he will not even try to save them in anyway:

Surah 11:119
Except whom your Lord has given mercy, and for that He created them. But the word of your Lord is to be fulfilled that, “I will surely fill Hell with jinn and men all together.”

Surah 32:13
And if we had willed, We could have given every soul its guidance, but the word from Me will come into effect [that] “I will surely fill Hell with jinn and people all together.

I hope it is becoming clearer to you, who are reading this, that Allah is not the same God that Christians worship. To me Allah sounds more like Satan, who also seeks to destroy and drag as many souls that he can to Hell (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8; Isaiah 14:16, 17).

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9) Heaven in the Qur’an is a place of Carnal Pleasures

According to the Qur’an and Muhammad’s words and sayings recorded in the Hadith, Heaven for the Muslim will be a place of endless pleasure, sex and even rivers of alcohol (Surah 37:40-48; Surah 2:25; Surah 52:19-23).

Surah 55:56-57
In them are women limiting [their] glances, untouched before them by man or jinni
So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? –

Surah 56:35-37
Indeed, We have produced the women of Paradise in a [new] creation (houris)
And made them virgins,
Devoted [to their husbands] and of equal age,

Ali reported that the Muhammad said, ‘There is in Paradise a market wherein there will be no buying or selling, but will consist of men and women. When a man desires a beauty, he will have intercourse with them’(Al Hadis, Vol. 4, p. 172, No. 34).” Note well there is men and women available for sale in Paradise according to Muhammad!  There are even more passages of this nature: “Everyone that God admits into paradise will be married to 72 wives; two of them are houris and seventy of his inheritance of the [female] dwellers of hell. All of them will have libidinous sex organs and he will have an ever-erect penis (Sunan Ibn Majah, Zuhd (Book of Abstinence) 39).” Muhammad also described his view with the following words, “The smallest reward for the people of paradise is an abode where there are 80,000 servants and 72 wives, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine, and ruby, as wide as the distance from Al-Jabiyyah [a Damascus suburb] to Sana’a (Surah Al-Rahman 55, 72, as interpreted by Ibn Kathir, who died in 1373 CE).”

Is this true? Will Heaven really be nothing more than a glorified whore house? The Bible never once agrees with the Qur’an concerning sex and carnal pleasures in Heaven! No wonder the suicide bombers are often young men who are obviously seduced by Allah into believing that they will have 72 virgins in Heaven and heightened sexual performance. Jesus tells us that in Heaven, we will not marry or have sex or have any of those carnal pleasures there:

Luke 20:34-36
And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

Paul tells us that there will be no indulgences in worldly sins and fleshly pleasures in Heaven; we are promised fellowship with our God and Creator:

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

I strongly believe that this point separates the Bible as truly being the incorruptible and inspired Word of God and reveals that the Qur’an is in fact a book designed by man and for men as it uses such corrupt passages to lure men into Islam. Not to mention that the women in Paradise, according to the Qur’an, are treated like objects. The Qur’an teaches men to serve Allah in order to receive what Allah has to give them in Paradise, while the true God of the Bible wishes for us to love Him for who He is. My God does not need to bribe me or play Santa Claus in order to make me love Him, I love Him for who He is, He loves me so much even though I lived in sin and that He would come to Earth and die for my sins that I might live with Him is beyond words.

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10) The Heavenly Father’s words are in line with History

According to Surah 18:83-98, Alexander the Great was called Dhul-Qarnayn, “the Two Horned One,” and that he was a Muslim who traveled until he found the sun literally setting in a muddy spring:

Surah 18:83, 84, 86, 91,
And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about Dhul-Qarnayn. Say, “I will recite to you about him a report.”
Indeed We established him upon the earth, and We gave him to everything a way.
Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it setting in a spring of dark mud, and he found near it a people. Allah said, “O Dhul-Qarnayn, either you punish [them] or else adopt among them [a way of] goodness.”
Thus. And We (Allah) had encompassed [all] that he had in knowledge.

Apart from the obvious scientific error in saying that the sun literally sets in a muddy pool of water, the Qur’an makes further suggestions that Alexander the Great died at a ripe old age, when History tells us that he died young at the age of 33. Alexander was certainly no Muslim,  he was Greek and worshiped several gods, there are rumors that he actually believed that he was even a god – a son of Zeus. The historical inconsistencies of the Qur’an do not stop there!

According to Surah 4:157 the unbelieving Jews boasted by saying, “We killed the Messiah Jesus the son of Mary, the apostle of Allah.” The only problem with this is that the unbelieving Jews never admitted that Jesus was Messiah and would not have killed Him if they had believed that He was their long-awaited Messianic Deliverer. The unbelieving Jews had Jesus killed because they believed He was a false Messiah:

Luke 19:21, 22
Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

Allah confuses Mary the mother of Jesus, with Miriam, the brother of Moses who was from the tribe of Levi (Surah 3:35, 36; 66:12; 19:27-28) while the Bible clearly shows the difference in Numbers 26:59 and that Jesus was of the tribe of Judah and not the tribe of Levi according to Hebrews 7:14. There are so many other instances of historical errors in the Quran like Saul being confused with Gideon (Surah 2:241), Surah 3:42,45 teaches that several angels announced Christ birth to Mary while Luke 1:26 indicates it was only one, the Qur’an says that the flood of Noah occurred in Moses’ day (Surah 7:136, 7:59), Surah 37:100-112 teaches that Abraham sacrificed Ishmael and not Isaac as in Genesis 22:1-2, and on and on and on the Qur’an gets history wrong. The Qur’an teaches that Jesus never died on the cross while there is overwhelming evidence from famous historians of the time of Jesus like Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, and others who all confirm that Jesus did die on a cross and even recorded the unnatural darkening of the sky, from midday to three o’clock in the evening, when He died as recorded in Matthew 27:45-45, Mark 15:33-34 and Luke 23:44-48. To learn more on this see my video on historical proof that Jesus exists and was crucified here.

The late William F. Albright, one of the world’s foremost archaeologists, said, “There can be no doubt that archaeology has confirmed the substantial historicity of Old Testament tradition (J. A. Thompson, The Bible and Archaeology [Grand Rapids, MI; Eerdmans, 1975], p. 5).” Nelson Glueck, world renowned archaeologist, concurs: “As a matter of fact, however, it maybe clearly stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a single biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible.” It must be noted that both Gleuck and Albright were both non-Christian yet they were forced to shamefully admit to the Bible’s historical accuracy. You may learn how Archaeology has proven that the Bible is true here.

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11) God is a God of Liberty and Freedom of Choice

God gives us free will to chose our own paths, Adam and Eve were made with free will and used their wills to disobey God. God never created robots to worship Him, He desires fellowship and a relationship with all His creation unlike the far and distant Allah who seeks to forcibly seize souls for Islam by using violence:

Surah 8:67
It is not for a prophet to have captives [of war] until he inflicts a massacre [upon Allah ‘s enemies] in the land. Some Muslims desire the commodities of this world, but Allah desires [for you] the Hereafter. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.

Surah 9:5
And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

The true living God is a God who gives us the free will to choose Him or not:

Joshua 24:15
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

The Bible also tells us that the freedom that God delivers is beyond any liberty or peace that this world can ever offer to us, which includes freedom from the lure of sin, freedom from addictions and fear:

John 8:32, 36
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

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12) God is not a liar and He cannot deceive others

The Bible makes it clear that God can never lie or deceive others:

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

The same cannot be said of Allah, one of the 99 names or titles of Allah is “Khayrul-Makireen” which means “The Greatest of ALL Deceivers.” The Arabic word “makr” means “deceiver” or “schemer” and Allah seems to actually take pride in this title by using it himself in several verses of the Qur’an (Surah 3:54; Surah 7:99; Surah 8:30; Surah 10:21; Surah 13:42; Surah 27:50 ). Guess what! The deceit does not stop there, there is a story in the Qur’an where Allah have actually deceived Muhammad into believing that he was going to fight a few people in a raid but in actuality Muhammad was to face a large opposition:

Surah 8:43
[Remember, O Muhammad], when Allah showed them to you in your dream as few; and if He had shown them to you as many, you [believers] would have lost courage and would have disputed in the matter [of whether to fight], but Allah saved [you from that]. Indeed, He is Knowing of that within the breasts.

Allah has even deceived spirits called Jinn into working for him (Surah 34:13-14). Allah according to the Qur’an has deceived the Jews and the Christians into thinking that Jesus died on the cross:

Surah 4:157
And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.

I have serious problems with all of this and I am sure that many of you reading this would as well, because this all raises the question as to where does Allah’s deceptions end? What if the Qur’an was an elaborate deception of Allah? What if Allah is deceiving 1.6 billion Muslims right now and leading them all straight to Hell? I believe Allah actually answers my questions here in Surah 4:142:

Surah 4:142
Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive Allah , but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little,

Many Muslims will rise up to oppose this translation of the word “makr” but most Islamic Scholars do agree that this is the true meaning. For example, Dr. Mahmoud M. Ayoub in his book, “The Quran and Its Interpreters, Vol. II The House of Imran,” brings up the question of  “how the word makr (scheming or plotting), which implies deceitfulness or dishonesty, could be attributed to God (Ibid. [1992 State University of New York Press, Albany], p. 165).” After listing several Muslim sources he quotes ar-Razi as arguing that “scheming (makr) is actually an act of deception aiming at causing evil (Ibid., p. 166).”

Apart from deception Allah also allows people into sin for the express purpose of destroying them as in Surah 17:16. Allah has actually fixed the amount of adultery that an unfaithful man or woman may commit and actually forces them to meet the limit according to the Hadith, Sahih Muslim 6421 and 6422. Allah may lead people to truth or willfully lead them to deception as in Surah 6:39 and many other places (Surah 7:178-179, 186; Surah 11:118-119):

Surah 14:4
And We did not send any messenger except [speaking] in the language of his people to state clearly for them, and Allah sends astray [thereby] whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

Once again Allah reminds me of the “Father of Lies” in the Bible, the one that the Bible refers to by the name Satan. God is a God of truth (Psalms 119:160; John 17:17; Ephesians 1:13-14;  Psalms 86:11) and can never lie or deceive us as Numbers 23:19 says, but Satan can:

John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

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13) God is not the Author of Confusion

The Bible teaches that the God of the Bible is not the creator of confusion:

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

A) I will now explore some more inconsistencies of the Qur’an. Firstly, Allah says that the Qur’an is in pure Arabic (Surah 12:2; Surah 13:37)

Surah 16:103
And We certainly know that they say, “It is only a human being who teaches the Prophet.” The tongue of the one they refer to is foreign, and this Qur’an is [in] a clear Arabic language.

Allah claims that he has dictated the Qur’an in pure Arabic, this is actually not the case because there are several foreign words within the Qur’an. I will list them out here:

 

  • Abariq, Surah 56:18, Persian
  • Adam, Surah  2:34, Akkadian
  • Araik, Surah 18:31, Persian
  • Firdaus, Surah 18:107, Pahlavi
  • Fir’awn, Surah 73:15, Syriac
  • Habr, Surah 9:31, Hebrew (Haver)
  • Istabraq, Surah 18:31, Persian (Istabar)
  • Sakina, Surah 2:248, Hebrew
  • Sijjil (baked clay), Surah 105:4, Persian
  • Taghut (idols), Surah 2:257, Syriac (Teghutha)
  • Zakat, Surah 2:110, Syriac (Zkhutha)
  • Zanjabil (ginger), Surah 76:17, Pahlavi


B) Secondly, the Qur’an has many grammatical errors. A few examples are include the following passages:

 

  •  Surah 7:56 – “The mercy of Allah is near”

Arabic – “inna rahmata Allahi qaribun min al-mohseneen.”

The word qaribun is the predicate of rahmata Allahi, and as such should match in gender. Since rahmata is feminine the word qaribun (which is masculine ) should be qaribah, its feminine form.

 

  • Surah 7:160 – “We divided them in twelve tribes”

Arabic – “wa qata’nahom ‘ethnata ‘ashrata asbatan.”

In Arabic, any noun which is counted by a number above ten should be singular, as is the case in Surah 7:142; Surah 2:60; Surah 5:12; Surah 9:36; Surah 12:4. As such the Arabic asbatan should be sebtan.

 

  • Surah 5:69 – “Surely they that believe, and those of Jewry, and the Sabians, and the Christians, whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, and works righteousness- no fear shall be on them, neither shall they sorrow.”

Arabic- “Innal-laziina ‘aamanuu wal-laziina haaduu was-Saabi’uuna wan-Nasaara man’amaana bilaahi wal-Yawmil Aakhiri wa ‘amila saali-hanfalaa khaw-fun ‘alay-him wa laa hum yah-zanuun.”

According to scholars, the Arabic Saabi’uuna has been wrongly declined. Compare the same grammatical structure found in the following Surahs:

Surah 2:62- “Innal-laziina ‘aamanuu wal-laziina haaduu wan-Nasaara was-Saabi’iina…” and Surah 22:17- “Innal-laziina ‘aamanuu wal-laziina haaduu was-Saabi’iina wan-Nasaara…”

In the last two Surahs the term was declined correctly, Saabi’iina, as opposed to Saabi’uuna. This is due to the word inna found in the beginning of the sentence causing a form of declension called “nasb” (as in the cases of accusative or subjunctive) with the“yeh” being the “sign of nasb”. But the word Saabi’uuna is given the case of ‘uu, a sign of “rafa” ( as in cases of nominative and indicative ). Accordingly, the verse in 5:69 is wrong.

 

  • Surah 91:5 – “By the heaven and that which built it.”

Arabic- “was-samaaa-i wa maa ba-naahaa.”

The word ma is impersonal in Arabic. Yet, the subject of the verse is Allah, heaven’s Creator. As such the word man, meaning “him who“, should have been used instead of the impersonal ma.


C) Lastly, the Qur’an is confusing in that it is not consistent with the most fundamental themes in the Bible. Nowhere does the city of Jerusalem and the names of God: Elohim, Jehovah or Yahweh appear in the Qur’an. Likewise, nowhere does the city of Mecca and the name of Allah exists within the Bible. Another thing that most Christians do not know is that the Qur’an even though it was dictated to one man, was never arranged in logical and chronological order. See this link here for more details as to its true chronological order. I am amazed that Allah can still take pride in the Qur’an, because even Muslims admit that the topics discussed from Surah to Surah are incoherent and never flows logically into each other. Allah’s reasons for the confusion in the Qur’an is in itself confusing:

Surah 25:32
And those who disbelieve say, “Why was the Qur’an not revealed to him all at once?” Thus [it is] that We may strengthen thereby your heart. And We have spaced it distinctly.

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14) Allah is prejudiced to people with disabilities

The Qur’an makes the claim that some people who are born deaf and blind are stricken with these disabilities by Allah as a punishment to them:

Surah 47:23
Those [who do so] are the ones that Allah has cursed, so He deafened them and blinded their vision.

Surah 2: 17, 18
Their example is that of one who kindled a fire, but when it illuminated what was around him, Allah took away their light and left them in darkness [so] they could not see.
Deaf, dumb and blind – so they will not return [to the right path].

Yes, so Allah deliberately have stricken these people with disabilities so that they will be deliberately misled. Allah in the Qur’an is very cruel and claims to even allow a wicked person to actually live longer and continue in evil so that this person will reap greater punishment in Hell:

Surah 3:178
And let not those who disbelieve ever think that [because] We extend their time [of enjoyment] it is better for them. We only extend it for them so that they may increase in sin, and for them is a humiliating punishment.

By considering the message of Surah 3:178 above, did Muhammad live to enjoy old age of 62, (which was considered a long life in that era,) for the purpose of spreading this false religion? Was he allowed to live that long to reap more punishment in hell? I have a video that indicates just that here! Also I have another video and article of a Christian man who had a vision of hell here. Once again the Bible indicates that there is in fact a being who also blinds others from seeing the truth and mislead others and he is the “god of this world,” another title Allah often uses in the Qur’an, that person is Satan:

2 Corinthians 4:3, 4
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

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15) God knows Us

The Bible teaches us that God is all knowing. It is nice to know that He is all knowing but it is amazing to realize that He knows each of us personally even from our mother’s womb:

Isaiah 44:24
Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Isaiah 49:1
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

God knows us through and through, He even knows  the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). Yes, it is great to know that God loves us but He actually wants to fellowship with us, this is where the God of the Bible differs from Allah:

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

John 14:23
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Compare this to the very words of Allah who claims to know us, but only wants us to worship him but the Surah below makes no mention of Allah wishing to fellowship with us:

Surah 51:56
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.

“Worship” is not the same as “fellowship,” worship is a one way relationship; fellowship is both ways. In fact this implies that Allah is distant from his creation, almost to the point where he does not even need to know us. This point is confirmed by his own words in Surah 35:15:

Surah 35:15
O mankind, you are those in need of Allah , while Allah is the Free of need, the Praiseworthy.

If you are Muslim and reading this I will let you know that we can know God in fact He longs for us to know Him, which brings me to my next point.

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16) We can know God

The God of the Bible is not distant, He is near us and while we are to worship Him, He desires far more than that, He desires us to know Him:

Jeremiah 24:7
And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Jeremiah 31:34
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Deuteronomy 6:5
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

God desires for us to know Him, but the Bible teaches us that sin has gotten in the way of us knowing Him:

Isaiah 59:2
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

For this very reason God saw it fit to actually come down to us wrapped in flesh (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 9:6; John 14:7), to deliver us from our sins (1 John 2:2; Titus 2:14) and to open the way for us to know Him fully:

John 1:1-3, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 10:14
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

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17) God loves us

The Qur’an teaches that Allah loves people but nowhere does it say that Allah is love. The God of the Bible tells us in His word that He is love:

1 John 4:16
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Unfortunately Allah does not indicate in anywhere in the Qur’an that he loves his creation, however, he does say in the Qur’an that he is merciful but mercy is not love. For example, a judge can have mercy on a prisoner by shortening his sentence, that does not mean that the judge loves the prisoner, to make matters worse, such a judge is not practicing perfect justice but is rather a “corrupt judge” by allowing crimes to go unpunished. Interestingly enough, Allah embodies this “corrupt judge” analogy in a way, in Surah 5:18, where he admits that he punishes who he wishes but still he never once describes that he loves his servants:

Surah 5:18
But the Jews and the Christians say, “We are the children of Allah and His beloved.” Say, “Then why does He punish you for your sins?” Rather, you are human beings from among those He has created. He forgives whom He wills, and He punishes whom He wills. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, and to Him is the [final] destination.

Allah actually goes a step further by indicating that he hates wrongdoers (Surah 3:140; Surah 4:107; Surah 40:10). Allah is cruel and willfully leads people to self destruction and sin (Surah 5:49; Surah 4:31). Allah hates those who do not love him (Surah 2:98; Surah 3:32). This cannot be said of the God of the Bible, He loves those who actually hate Him:

Ezekiel 33:11
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Matthew 5:43-45
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Jesus reveals to us the true depths of love itself. He indicated to us through His own words that the demonstration of true love is sacrificing one’s life for another:

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

And this is exactly what God did for us, Jesus Christ died for us that we would not perish and live with Him forever (John 3:16). Not once does the Qur’an tells us of Allah making any sacrifice for us, let alone actually dying on our behalf. Allah teaches in Surah 4:158, that Jesus never died in order to deny God’s sacrifice and demonstration of His love for us. Allah goes on to even say that there is no one to draw men to himself; no mediator; no intercessor:

Surah 6:51
And warn by the Qur’an those who fear that they will be gathered before their Lord – for them besides Him will be no protector and no intercessor – that they might become righteous.

But this is not true, the God of the Bible teaches that He is the God, that He has a Redeemer that will be used to save mankind and also that He is one with this same Redeemer or Savior as the verse below clearly teaches:

Isaiah 44:6
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

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18) Allah is one and not three in one.

“Elohim,” the Hebrew word for “God” is a plural noun, there are verses in Genesis where the pronoun is in the first person plural as in Genesis 1:26:

Genesis 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Allah, on the other hand, describes himself as being one single deity (Surah 4:171) :

Surah 112:1-4
Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One,
Allah , the Eternal Refuge.
He neither begets nor is born,
Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”

This is very perplexing as the Qur’an actually describes Allah several times as a being that claims to exist as plural by his repeated use of first person plural pronouns (Surah 15:85; Surah 4:74; Surah 2:106; Surah 16:101; Surah 45:16; Surah 32:18; Surah 56:35; Surah 18:84, 91; Surah 14:4; Surah 3:178 and many more):

Surah 15:9
Indeed, it is We (Allah) who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.

Muslims have a serious problem here, as Allah clearly contradicts himself. This problem is exacerbated even more because Surah 112, that mentions Allah as one being, was revealed fairly early to Muhammad and because of the Law of Abrogation all the later verses that suggest that Allah is plural must therefore replace the idea of Allah being one deity. The Bible does say quite a number of times that God is plural yet united. I will show an example of this in the verse below:

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:


In the Hebrew language there are two popular words for “one” a person may use either “echad” which means “oneness in the sense of unity of a group of individuals” and “yachid” in the sense of “one as in solitary oneness or numerical one.” In the above verse, the Hebrew word for “one” used is “echad” which means compound unity; collective sense; plurality in unity, like a cluster of grapes, all implying that God is a number of beings that are in perfect unity. The Bible goes on to actually identify the beings that all make up this one God in the New Testament:


1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

The above verses actually indicates to us that God has plurality but yet united as one, in the similar way that the courts here on Earth has a Tribunal comprised of three judges who pass judgment as if they are one judge. In fact this is idea is a very consistent theme throughout the Bible. God informs us that at the mouth of two or three witnesses a matter will be established and that a threefold cord is not easily broken:

Deuteronomy 19:15
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

Ecclesiastes 4:12
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Psalms Chapter 2 in the Bible is an entire chapter that records a conversation that the Trinity has with each other and I strongly encourage you to read it here. All these Old Testament verses actually further confirms that the Trinity doctrine in Christianity is valid, and that God Himself actually does exist as three persons, yet being one! The Bible further confirms that God is plural yet one in the verse I have mentioned in my last point:

Isaiah 44:6
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Above we see two beings “Lord the King of Israel” who I believe is God the Father and the “redeemer the LORD of hosts” who may be God the Son (Jesus), right here we have two beings that are still one which satisfies the requirements that God established in Deuteronomy 19:15. A Muslim may object to Isaiah 44:6, asking the question: Well where is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity? I admit this is a valid objection because in parts of the New testament Jesus says that He and His Father are one (John 10:30), yet seems to ignore the Holy Spirit. I have this very simple answer to this, the Bible actually tells us that the Holy Spirit will not always speak about Himself and the Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16):

John 16:13
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

In spite of the overwhelming evidence that the Creator of this Universe is actually three beings in perfect harmony and existing as one, the Qur’an actually further contradicts itself by declaring such beliefs are evil, blasphemous and wicked even though the Qur’an actually supports this idea to an extent!:

Surah 5:73
They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the third of three.” And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment.

The Qur’an even goes further to deny that Jesus is one with God and is God as the Bible claims Him to be (Surah 4:172; Surah 5:73; Surah 9:30). This is the true heresy and blasphemy in the eyes of God:

1 John 2:22, 23
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

Jesus is the Son of God, a human can only give birth to another human, a cat can only give birth to another cat, therefore God can only give birth to God. At this point Muslims will deny the Bible by saying: Well the Bible is a lie! Because the Qur’an tells us that it was corrupted. To this I present this statement from Allah himself, Allah surprisingly tells Christians and Jews to search the Bible and compare it to what is mentioned in the Qur’an. Allah actually says in Surah 5:47 that whoever does not judge what is said in the Bible they are being disobedient, so even Muslims are commanded to actually read the Bible along  with the Jews and Christians and compare the Bible with the Qur’an:

Surah 5:47
And let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient.

Now, a Muslim must think to himself or herself: If the Bible was corrupted then why would Allah actually direct people to a corrupt book? The simple answer to this is that the Bible was never corrupted. The Bible that Surah 5:47 mentioned is the same Bible that we have today. So if you are Muslim I implore you to please consider what the Bible has to say about the nature of God. Jesus Himself claimed to be God many times (John 8:58, 59; John 10:30-33), in fact He died because He claimed to be God. Jesus says that if you do not believe that He is God and Savior then you will die in your sins and be damned to Hell forever:

John 8:24
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.


It may sound crazy to us humans to imagine anyone existing as three separate living beings acting as one, but God is Almighty, nothing is impossible for Him, so why do we put Him in a box? After all, the Bible says that we are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), we are three part beings ourselves- body, spirit and soul (consciousness). The universe and all creation actually has a three part nature as it has space, time and matter. So it is very likely that God exists as a three part being but unlike us His three parts actually have separate unique and personal identities.

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19) Allah has poor methods to authenticate himself

Allah by his own words says that because he causes misfortune, the world would recognize him as being god:

Surah 6:65
Say, “He is the [one] Able to send upon you affliction from above you or from beneath your feet or to confuse you [so you become] sects and make you taste the violence of one another.” Look how We diversify the signs that they might understand.

I think the above is a poor proof for Allah to identify himself as being God. In Surah 9:70, Allah goes on to say that a few tribes around Muhammad had proofs for Allah’s sovereignty, we are not even informed of what those proofs are by Muhammad. My point is that these are very hollow claims; claims that are not strong enough to convince anyone that Allah is the same as the God of the Bible. My God has no problem in validating Himself in any way. The God of the Bible tells us this:

Isaiah 46:9-10
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

So from the verse above we learn that God will use fulfilled prophecy to verify that He is God and that the Hebrew and Christian scriptures are indeed from Him. There are over 300 fulfilled prophecies concerning Jesus, the Messiah, in the Bible. I will now proceed to mention all 365 prophecies here now! Lol, just joking, I’ll just mention one here to be brief:

Psalms 22:16
For dogs encompassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

The amazing thing about this prophecy is that it was written several centuries before the very invention of the punishment of crucifixion, with the dogs being the gentiles (non-Jews) as referred in Matthew 15:26-27 and the assembly of the wicked being the Jews and Pharisees (Number 14:5). In addition to this, several Bible prophecies were fulfilled just in the last century like the return of the Jews to Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6). The United Nations makes several proposals and many deliberations concerning Jerusalem and Israel, one such example is the United Nations Resolution 181 which involved dividing the lands of Israel:

Zechariah 12:2-3
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

With Great Britain ruling Israel since 1922, it was at the heart of the UN Resolution 181 made in 1947. Soon after the UN Resolution 181, the British empire began to crumble or “cut in pieces” with many of its colonies breaking up and becoming independent nations, like India and many of the Caribbean islands like Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, etc. To this day Jerusalem and Israel are “a cup of trembling” and a “burdensome stone” for the nations because most of the deliberations of the UN are focused on bringing peace to Israel. Another proof that the God of the Bible uses to verify Himself is my favorite which is the scientific facts mentioned in the Bible. I wrote an article discussing 20 of the hundreds of scientific insights that have been revealed in the Bible here. The fact that Allah also rejects historical facts certainly does not make matters better for him as I show in point 10.

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20) God swears by Himself; Allah swears by his creation

My final point here actually goes hand in hand with my last point. It may be one of the most telling proofs for those who are Muslim and are really looking for the truth. The Bible indicates that God swears by Himself. This is logical as there is no one or anything that is greater than God that is worth swearing by, so He swears by Himself (Jeremiah 22:5).

Hebrews 6:13, 16
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

Isaiah 45:23
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

However, in the Qur’an, Allah actually swears by a number of created objects. Allah swears by the Qur’an (Surah 36:2; Surah 38:1), Allah swears by the stars and constellations (Surah 86:1; Surah 74:32-34; Surah 53:1), Allah swears by the pen (Surah 90:1), and Allah swears by creation as in Surah 92:1, 2:

Surah 36:2, 3
By the wise Qur’an.
Indeed you, [O Muhammad], are from among the messengers,

Surah 92:1, 2
By the night when it covers
And [by] the day when it appears

I am alarmed by this for a good reason, and I hope you understand where I am going with this. When God swears by Himself, the promise that He makes is implied to last forever as He is eternal and everlasting. However, when Allah swears by created objects he swears on objects that are destined to grow old, decay, die or be destroyed. The Bible actually tells us this fact about the creation:

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

So, the implication here, that a Muslim has to consider, is that Allah’s words are truly meaningless, no one can truly place their hope or trust in Allah. Who will wish to serve a god that does not fulfill his promises?

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Sadly, there is a growing movement called “Chrislam” where Christians and Muslims blend the two religions into one. This is certainly not a new concept as the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church actually says in paragraph 841, “The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. ‘The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.'” The Roman Catholic church is wrong here and by its own confession say that Roman Catholics worship Allah! As all the points that I have highlighted here abundantly shows that Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God. The God of the Bible seems to be the true God and that Allah may actually be Satan in disguise, which is supported by this prophecy in the Bible made a few centuries before the Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad. If you are a Muslim and are reading this I would like to invite you to please learn how to accept the true living God here:

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

~Planet Zion