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 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

Ever Wondered Why Obama Calls ISIS by the name ISIL?



If you have been following the news on the Middle East as I have, I am sure that you have noticed that while the world calls the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), the President of the United States refers to them by the name ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Well, we can understand the Iraq part of the name ISIL, but what does the word Levant mean? The Levant  is actually a large region which includes Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and the island of Cyprus. As Lisa Haven correctly points out in the video above – take a look at the country, in the map below, that seems to be at the very center of the Levant, Israel, yes Israel seems to be surrounded by her enemies.

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Obama’s use of ISIL only hints to the world the immense severity of the problem! We are living in the Last Days! Israel is right now surrounded by enemies, exactly as Jesus prophesied:

Luke 19:43
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,


I believe that what we may be witnessing the very same battle or the prelude of the battle described in Revelation 12, and I will explain why, take a look at the following verses:

Revelation 12:15, 16
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Who is this serpent or dragon? Well Revelation 12:9 conveniently defines it as being none other than Satan himself. Who is this woman? While the book of Revelation maybe confusing, I believe that the Bible defines itself and it seems that this woman is Israel as Amos 5:2, Jeremiah 18:13 and Jeremiah 31:4 seem to suggest. What is the “flood” coming from his mouth? The Bible tells us that the flood refers to an invasion by the enemies of Israel (Isaiah 59:19; 2 Samuel 5:20; Isaiah 8:7, 8) and that water oftentimes represent people and nations according to the Bible (Revelation 17:15; 2 Samuel 22:17; Psalms 69:1-4). I personally believe that Allah is not the same as the God of the Bible, that Satan has presented himself as Allah in the Qur’an, and that his faithful servants are the Islamic terrorists surrounding Israel as a “flood” coming to drown her. But look at what Revelation 12:16 says, it tells us that Israel, the “woman” will be saved by the “earth” who opens up her mouth to swallow the “flood.” Will this 10 nation coalition protect Israel? Only time will tell, but the flood-earth imagery is quite telling as in the natural, a flood develops rapidly in a region and is later “swallowed up” by that same region, so it should be no surprise to us that the same Islamic terrorists will be swallowed up by the very nations they came from. Even if this interpretation is misplaced, I find it interesting that it seems to fit and if it does not fit then the present conflict may seem to just be a “rehearsal” by Satan, after all, history tends to repeats itself (Ecclesiastes 1:9). In any case, what we do know for a fact is that Israel will eventually be completely abandoned and God will personally save Israel and will ultimately be glorified through it all:

Isaiah 59:19, 20
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

As the Prophet Isaiah has revealed, it is in this dark moment for Israel that the Redeemer shall come. We all need to get ready because Jesus is returning very soon! Maybe sooner than we think.

~Planet Zion

Witnesses of Jehovah Film



The film above exposes all the falsehoods, false prophecies and dark secrets of the Jehovah’s Witness Religion. 
The Bible teaches us that in the last days there will be an increase of false prophets, false teachers and doctrines that will mislead many -not only a revival of God’s truth as the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe:

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.
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;

The Jehovah’s Witness religion’s history is riddled with unfulfilled prophecies, false date setting and deceptions that are not in line with God. The false prophecies in particular outlined by this film clearly prove that the prophets of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not speaking on God’s behalf. The Bible teaches that God never changes:

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?
Isaiah 55:11
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.

Yet the prophecies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses always changes. It is obvious that the false prophecies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are nothing more than the theories, philosophies and conjectures of men:

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.

Yes, the Bible tells us that there will be a rise in false prophets, but that is not all, the End Times will be characterized by a rise of “damnable heresies” and people will deny the Lord Jesus Christ:

1 John 2:22
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
2 Peter 2:1
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord (Jesus) that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

How can people deny Christ? Simply by attacking His nature – His divine nature. The Jehovah’s Witness’ bible, the New World Translation, has been changed in several verses with the intent of removing or diminishing the verses that support Jesus’ divinity:


1) Jesus is one with His Father
2) Jesus was not a created being
3) Salvation is reserved to God alone
4) Only God Can Judge and Forgive Sins
5) There can be only one Alpha and Omega!
6) Trinity is a valid doctrine in the Bible


 


1) Jesus is one with His Father

Isaiah 63:16
Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

Who is the “LORD,” this “father,” and this “redeemer?” This is obviously God, correct! Well if Jesus Christ was just archangel Michael then why does Isaiah describes him as being “the Mighty God” below?:

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.

The Prophet Isaiah points that the Messiah is God. This idea is only reinforced when one compares Isaiah 9:6 with what Jesus Himself says:

Matthew 23:9
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is you Father, which is in heaven.

Jesus said call no man your father, yet Isaiah 9:6 clearly describes Jesus as “The Everlasting Father?” How can this be? The only explanation is that Jesus had to be one with our Heavenly Father. In fact Jesus Himself declared this quite often and angered the spiritual leaders of His day:

John 10:30-33
I and my Father are one.
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
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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2) Jesus was not a created being
The punishment for sin is described as eternal separation from God, death and destruction:

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If the penalty for sin is eternal separation and death as the Bible says, then how can Jesus be with His Father now in heaven if He paid this price? The simple answer is this: To pay the price of an infinite penalty such as the sins of the entire world (for past, present and future sinners), it will require the death of an infinite being; God Himself. A created being, like the other Jesus Christ of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, can never pay such a penalty. This simple logic shatters any idea of Jesus being a mere created and finite being:

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.

Micah 5:2
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

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3) Salvation is reserved to God alone
The Bible consistently describes God as being our Savior and Redeemer:

Isaiah 47:4
As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
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.

In fact God Himself goes on to say this:

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.

Now let us examine the following scriptures carefully:

Isaiah 59:16
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore HIS ARM brought SALVATION unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
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 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.

The three scriptures above maintain the theme that God’s “arm” or “hand” literally brings salvation. In the scriptures it also implies a distinction between the “hand” from God yet it still remains one with God. I will go as far to say that this “hand” or “arm” is the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one who is the Savior. Jesus actually describes Himself as being “one” with His Father in the same sense:

John 17:21
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Jesus is indeed one with God the Father. Just as a cat can only give birth to another cat, the same is true for God His Son, Jesus Christ, is nothing less than God.

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4) Only God Can Judge and Forgive Sins
Only God has the authority to forgive sins no one else. Not even a created being has this power:

Micah 7:18-19
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retains not his anger for ever, because he delights in mercy.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Isaiah 33:22
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
Jeremiah 17:10
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Yet for some odd reason Jesus in the New Testament can forgive sins and the Bible goes as far to say that Jesus will judge all of mankind one day:

Luke 5:20-21
And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
And the scribes and Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Matthew 16:27
For the Son of man (Jesus) shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

I have a question. If Jesus is just only a man or a mighty angel, how can he judge all mankind from past, present and future of their works? He must be all knowing to be able to judge fairly. Only God is all knowing, therefore Jesus must be God!

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5) There can be only one Alpha and Omega!
The New World Translation has been changed quite a lot to eliminate Jesus deity, but as a former Jehovah’s Witness myself, I personally stumbled upon this point in that Bible translation and from then I began questioning the Jehovah’s Witnesses teachings. Jesus, near the opening of the Book of Revelation describes Himself as:

Revelation 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord (Jesus), which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

But then God Almighty; Our Heavenly Father who sits on the throne says near the end of the Book of Revelation says:

Revelation 21:6-7
And he (the Father) 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.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

There can’t be two individuals claiming to be the “Alpha and Omega” that is a title which is restricted to only one being: God Almighty. This fact is further supported by the words of Prophet Isaiah in the scripture below which describes God as more than one being (plural) yet united as one “Alpha and Omega” or “First and Last”:

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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6) Trinity is a valid doctrine in the Bible
God Almighty Himself tells us that for any judgement to be made there must be at least two or three witnesses:

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.

This is no different for God, our Judge and Ruler. The Bible says that He exists in three beings yet act as one God much like a tribunal of three judges:

1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Matthew 28:19
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Many of you reading this may wonder: If Jesus is God well why did He never openly say that He is God? Well He did openly say that He is God several times in a way that was relevant to the context of His time on Earth. In fact, this was the very reason why He was crucified by the Pharisees, because He claimed to be God quite often in the scriptures. Jesus claimed to be God, by claiming to be the voice of the burning bush in Exodus 3:14, the Pharisees, who knew the scriptures well, tried to kill Him because they realized that He was blaspheming by claiming to be God:

John 8:58-59
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.
Then took they (Pharisees) 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.
Exodus 3:14
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

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If you have any more questions concerning the New World Translation versus King James Bible debate on the divinity of Jesus Christ, you may learn more here. I hope that many eyes even those  who are not Jehovah’s witnesses or Christians will be opened to the reality that the Bible claims that Jesus is God. If this blessed you, please share this with every Jehovah’s Witness you know. May the Lord continue to strengthen you and reveal Himself to you through the scriptures. After all, Jesus said:

John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
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 14:1
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.


~Planet Zion

The Mark of The Beast and In The Name of Allah with Chuck Missler



In the video above, Dr. Chuck Missler, a well respected Bible teacher, explains the idea that the title Bis’m Allah or Bismillah on the Shahadatan (band on Muslims foreheads) may actually be the Mark of the Beast as described in Revelation 13. This theory is not new, in fact, quite a number of Bible scholars have risen up like Walid Shoebat and Joel Richardson, who insist that the Islamic religion may have a strong role to play in the End Times. Especially, with the prophecies of the Mahdi or 12th Imam. The Bible says that the Antichrist will behead anyone who refuses to take his mark as hinted to below:


Revelation 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw souls of them that were beheaded for witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

mark of the beast bismillah
It’s interesting to note that that the signature punishment for infidels (non-Muslims) according to Islamic Sharia law is beheading, which is based on the following Surah (or Chapter) of the Koran:


Surah 47:4
So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah – never will He waste their deeds.


Sharia law also denies citizenship to anyone who is non-Muslim and establishes limits on the buying and selling of goods. These all seem to be consistent with the description of the End Time scenario as outlined by the Book of Revelation in the Bible (Revelation 13:16, 17).

Personally, I think Islam may indeed have a role but it may only be just one possible avenue for the Antichrist to rise from. In Revelation 12:3, there is a description of Satan with 7 heads and crowns on each head, symbols which makes him eerily similar to the Hindu depiction of Shesha, the king of the nagas (snake deities):


Revelation 12:3
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.


A picture of Shesha and the second person of the Trimurti (Hinduism’s equivalent to the Trinity), Vishnu, is shown in the picture below:

Vishunu ISCON

Shesha, who is often depicted as a seven headed serpent with seven crowns, is famous in Hinduism for his role in an event called the “Churning of the Ocean” where the participants try to make themselves immortal. The very same idea that Satan presented in the garden of Eden: “Ye shall not surely die” and “Ye shall be as gods”. Another thing to note is that Vishnu, who is in every way another Christ (Antichrist), is often shown sitting relaxed on Shesha, as one who has received authority – in Revelation we know that the Antichrist will be given power from the dragon (Revelation 13:1-8).

My point is that Satan has been preparing himself, planting himself and several Antichrist figures in the false religions as suggested by 1st John 4:3:


1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.


The Bible teaches that the only time the world will know the true Antichrist will be when God removes the “He (Holy Spirit) who restrains” as described in 2nd Thessalonians 2:6-7. I think it is reasonable to say that the restrainer is indeed the Holy Spirit, as the scriptures describes the Antichrist as the ‘man of iniquity’ or ‘man of sin’ (2 Thessalonians 2:3), only the Holy Spirit has power over sin (Galatians 5:17–18), in fact, 2 Thessalonians 3:2, 3 confirms that it is indeed God who does the restraining:


2 Thessalonians 2:6-7
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he (Antichrist) will be revealed.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he (Holy Spirit) who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.


2 Thessalonians 3:2, 3
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.


In the same picture chosen above for “Bismillah” we see the image of a “serpent” which Chuck Missler highlights in the video. In the same image we see what also appears to be a “pole” or “post.” You may ask, “What is my point for highlighting this to you?” Well Islam teaches that Jesus Christ never died. Jesus Himself says:
Brass Serpent on Cross


John 3:14
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.

Jesus of course refers to the brass serpent raised on a pole by Moses in Numbers 21:9. I find it amazing that the “serpent” of this rendition of Bismillah is off the “pole” almost as if to mock it. Accident? Coincidence? I am not sure, but I will tell you that anyone who studies linguistics will know that languages in their basic and original forms were represented by images. It could therefore be considered that “Bismillah” at it heart truly denies the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, just as Islam claims that Jesus did not died on the cross (Surah 4:156-158). Please share, like, comment and follow this blog. God Bless!

~Planet Zion