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Islam

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:
Islam is the second largest, and some claim, the fastest growing, religion in the world. It is not well understood in the United States, but the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center by militant Muslims have made people curious about its teachings. Many Muslims live in relative peace, but there is a strong, sizeable faction of radical militants that dominate the news and use terrorist tactics to advance it's agenda of world domination. Osama bin Laden and his organization, Al Qaeda, were responsible for the killing of more than three thousand innocent Americans. They have trained thousands of terrorists, and have now conducted terrorist attacks all over the world.

Christians need to affirm their love for Muslims (Christ died for all men), and stand against any persecution against them based on their religion or ethnicity. We should also seek to enter into dialog with them where possible, so that they might learn more about Jesus, whom they respect as a prophet, but do not accept as savior. At the same time, we should be entirely opposed to the wanton murder of innocent people by terrorists. And we should not give the false impression, so prevalent in our culture today, that our beliefs are equal. Jesus said He is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6).

Radical Islam has continued to grow. Their aim is to control the world. Intelligence experts warn that another great attack is likely in America. Few Muslim mosques stand effectively against violence. Instead, they tend to serve as places of recruitment for jihadists. Outdated immigration policies and weak border control allow the continued flow of trained terrorists into our country. Americans and their leaders need to wake up and find ways to stop this trend before it is too late for us.

The continued growth of Islam raises another prophetic possibility: that a new Islamic caliphate might emerge, affecting European countries where Muslim culture is becoming predominant. Such a coalition would resemble the old Roman Empire at it's greatest extent, and could be what was predicted in Daniel, chapter 2, where it depicts the final world empire, symbolized by iron [Rome] and clay [Islamic caliphate?]. See Revived Roman Empire.


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Islamic scholars: Gunmen, who shot Malala in the face, will have hell to pay for their sin

Oct. 14, 2012 - In Islam, the basis for being sent to hell is disbelief in the Qu'ran.
"As for those who disbelieve and reject our revelations, they will be dwellers of Hell, wherein they abide forever", Quran 2: 39.
A group of Islamic scholars have said that The Taliban gunmen, who shot 14 year old Malala Yousafzai in the face, have commited a violation against the Quran itself and will have hell to pay for their sin.

There is a reward being offered of $100,000 for the capture of Malala's "attackers."

Source: Examiner - UK
Malala Yousufzai: Pakistani Girl, Nearly Killed by Taliban, Rushed to UK for Treatment - ABC

Prophetic Significance of Islam


Ex-Muslim: Islam 'scares the ** out of me'

Oct. 2, 2012 - Nonie Darwish, founder of Arabs for Israel, tells her story of being raised in the fervent anti-Israeli hatred in Egypt.
“It is the total annihilation of Israel and the Jews,” she said. “This is what the center of the educational system in the whole Arab world is. We were taught Jerusalem is a Muslim city; Jews had nothing to do with it, and we have to liberate it."
When she came to the United States she learned the truth about Christians and Jews. She wants to see Arabs and Jews live in peace with each other.

Darwish is especially alarmed that the same untrue rhetoric that shaped her early thinking is now taking root in the United States.

Source: WND
Arabs for Israel



1700 B.C.: 'Alla' god of 'Violence and Revolution'

Sept. 17, 2012 -
A research article posted on the website of terrorist-turned-Christian Walid Shoebat contends the oldest known references to the Islamic deity Allah are not in Arabian records but in Babylonian artifacts.
Ted Shoebat (Walid's son) says that previously the oldest known reference to “Allah” was in northern and southern Arabia about the fifth century B.C. (according to Kenneth J. Thomas). However, he documents that a new discovers links the name to the Epic of Atrahasis, found on stone tablets which were discovered in Babylon. the artifact is dated from about 1700 B.C.
Source: WND

Anti-American Protests Over Film Expand to Nearly 20 Countries

Sept. 14, 2012 - Violent anti-American protests, which began in Libya on 9/11, and spread to Egypt the next day, have now affected nearly 20 countries. The really-point for the angry demonstrators is a video that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. Some protests are now also being leveled against German and British embassies.
Source: NY Times
Google Map of Muslim Protests
Anti-Islam film protests escalate - BBC
Today's coverage of protests on Prophecy Central's Terrorism section
Evangelicals Should Avoid 'Muslim-Baiting,' Says Professor - Christian Post
Video with clips from President Obama condemning anti-Islam film - BBC

Mosque construction in the U.S. up 74 percent in past decade

Sept. 8, 2012 -
The number of mosques in the United States has grown by 74 percent in the past 11 years, up from 1,209 in 2001 to a substantial 2,106 in 2011. The statistics was compiled and released by Faith Communities Today.
Source: Catholic Online

Israel Today Magazine: An Interesting Source of News about Israel, Christianity and Islam

Here are some examples of their news articles:
Muslims, Christians clash over Garden Tomb
From Islam to Christianity...
Archeology again appears to back up biblical account

Obama's New Islamic World Order

July 25, 2012 - From the beginning of his presidency Barack Obama has encouraged and assisted the transformation of the Islamic world. He visited Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
When the Islamist Al-Nahda Party took power in Tunisia, replacing a formerly moderate and pro-American government, Obama phoned to congratulate Hamadi Jebali and expressed his support for Tunisia's "inclusive transition."
Even before that time, Jebali had been telling his people, "We are the Sixth Caliphate." He said that the liberation of Jerusalem would begin from Tunisia.

In Syria, Obama is backing the Muslim Brotherhood. This will mean the fall of the last major non-Islamist regional power.

Source: Daniel Greenfield - Assyrian International News Agency

Egyptian Christian Blogger: Living in the Charged Atmosphere of Ramadan

July 24, 2012 - A Christian blogger in Cairo describes the devotion and sacrifice of Muslims during their 40 days of fasting. They do not eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset. this is especially difficult in the heat of Cairo and most of the Middle East. In the evenings they feast each day, consuming more rich food and water than normal. Their spiritual activities are more intense during this time as well. The blogger wrote:
My heart is really broken for the millions of Muslims here in Egypt and around the world, who are seeking peace with God this month, trying so hard to do good works in an effort to somehow earn His favor and forgiveness.
He asked Christians to pray for Muslims world-wide during this time.
Source: Religion Today

Moscow trying to cope with Islam

July 23, 2012 - Russian President Vladimir Putin is making concessions to Chechnya and other Islamic republics under Russia's control. Chechnya has been the scene of two uprisings against Russia in the past in an effort to establish an independent Islamic state.
Separately, Salafists, who are the more radical form of Sunnis backed by Saudi Arabia, have sought to establish a Caucasus Emirate and separate the republics which are predominantly Islamic from the main part of the country of Russia.
Russia is trying to improve its image in the Muslim world by being more tolerant of Islamization in the region. As a start, they are going to allow public broadcasting on television and on the Internet of Islamic teaching and prayer.

Russian republics that are predominantly Islamic include Chechneya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachevo-Cherkessia and North Ossetia. At present Muslims comprise some 14 percent of the entire Russian population, but they could become a majority in Russia by 2050.

Source: F. Michael Maloof - WND

Muslims in Turkey Demand Historic Cathedral Be Turned Into Mosque

June 8, 2012 -
Thousands of Muslims in Turkey, preparing to celebrate the Ottoman conquest of the country 500 years ago, are demanding that authorities allow them to convert the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque.
Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, which was built in 537 by Emperor Justinian, was the world's most renowned Christian church and the center of Orthodox Chrisianity for more than 900 years [when the city was called Constantinople]. After conquest by the Ottomans it became a mosque in the mid-15th century. In 1934, following WWI, it was turned into a museum and a law was passed that makes it illegal for any religious group to hold services on its grounds.
Source: Christian Post

Jerusalem to become Egypt’s capital under Mursi’s rule, says Muslim cleric

June 7, 2012 - Prominent Muslim cleric Safwat Hagazy told a crowd in Egypt that if Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi became president he will bring about a United States of the Arabs, and "The capital of the [Muslim] Caliphate will be Jerusalem with God’s will,”
“Our capital shall not be Cairo, Mecca or Medina. It shall be Jerusalem with God’s will. Our chants shall be: ‘millions of martyrs will march towards Jerusalem’.”
Source: Al Arabiya

Saudis lead charge to offset Iran's influence

May 28, 2012 - Iran seeks to extend its influence among the Arab GCC countries, which are Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Saudi government is proposing that those same countries form a political and economic union to strengthen Saudi influence in the area.
The union concept is to be patterned after the European Union in which the GCC will seek “common approaches to defense, security, political and economic long-term interests,” according to a GCC communique.
It was thought that recent GCC meeting might begin the process toward such a union, but no union was announced after their gathering.

The majority of the citizens of most GCC countries subscribe to the Sunni branch of Islam, but in Bahrain, the majority of the population is Shi’ite. However their monarchy is Sunni and it has resorted to violence against the demonstrators in their country.

Source: Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin - WND

MSNBC: Don't expose Muslim atrocities

May 23, 2012 - A recent episode of the new “Melissa Harris-Perry” show illustrates the apparent policy of MSNBC that even if Muslims see wife-beating, genital mutilation and childhood sexual abuse, they should just keep it to themselves, because saying something gives ammunition to the “Islamophobes.” When Mona Eltahawy was interviewed about her Foreign Policy magazine cover story about abuse of women by men in the Muslim world.
The MSNBC host brought in Harvard professor Leila Ahmed, who questioned whether Eltahawy should have written the article at all. Not because it was false, but because it made Muslims look bad.
Source: WND

The Fastest Growing Religion In America Is Islam

May 5, 2012 - A census compiled by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies reveals that...
From the year 2000 to the year 2010, the census found that the number of Muslims living inside the United States increased from 1 million to 2.6 million - a stunning increase of 66.7 percent.
During the same time Mormons grew 45.5%, while Evangelicals grew an anemic 1.7% and mainline Protestants declined 12.8%
Source: Worldview Weekend

Glimmers of Christ's Light in Darkness of Saudi Arabia

April 27, 2012 - Carl Moeller tells the story of a young Saudi Arabian who accepted Christ while in a Western university. When he returned to his country, he shared his belief with loved ones, but was thrown into jail for his actions.

His cellmate in jail said to him, "You're the man I'm supposed to talk to."

He told the cellmate, "I don't think so. I've been just thrown in jail for my belief in Jesus."

The man pleaded with him, saying, "In my dreams a man was shown to me. It was your face. You have something to tell me.

So the Christian man shared the Gospel with his cellmate!

Source: Crosswalk

Amnesty International finds anti-Muslim bias in Europe

April 24, 2012 - Amnesty International criticizes European laws that ban the use of Muslim women's veils. It says that Muslims also are excluded from jobs and education in many situations.
"Muslim women are being denied jobs and girls prevented from attending regular classes just because they wear traditional forms of dress, such as the headscarf. Men can be dismissed for wearing beards associated with Islam," the group's discrimination specialist Marco Perolini said.
Source: BBC

The Problem 'Son': Debate Continues Over Translating 'Son of God' for Muslims

Apr. 3, 2012 -
Wycliffe USA, faced with the possibility of losing support from the 3-million-member Assemblies of God, pulled one controversial Bible translation from circulation in February and halted publication of several others.
Source: Christianity Today

Missions Leader on Thousands of New Church Plants in Muslim Areas

Mar. 27, 2012 - Jerry Trousdale director of International Ministries for CityTeam International, reports that a new disciple- making strategy has enabled them to take the Gospel to 45 different "unreached" Muslim-majority groups in Africa in just a few years.
Over 6,000 new churches were planted among Muslims in 18 different countries in Africa over the last seven years. And hundreds of former sheikhs and imams have become followers of Jesus Christ over that period.
Trousdale is the author of the new book Miraculous Movements.
Source: Christian Post
Entire Mosques Coming to Christ in North Africa, Says Former Church Planter - Christian Post
Tens of Thousands of Muslims Coming to Christ, Says Iranian Ministry Leader - Christian Post

Top Saudi Religious Official Calls for 'Destruction of All Churches'

Mar. 16, 2012 -
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia... reportedly declared this week that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches" in the region, implying that no other religion besides Islam will be tolerated on the Arabian Peninsula.
Source: Christian Post
Syrian Christians fear for survival of faith - Jewish World Review
Nigeria attacks: 'Boko Haram bombed my church' - BBC

'Iran must attack Israel by 2014'

Feb. 9, 2012 - A document that represents the bellief of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now circulating on the Internet.

The document, written by strategy specialist Alireza Forghani, outlined the reasons why, "In the name of Allah, Iran must attack Israel by 2014."
The document calls Israel "cancerous tumor for the Middle East." It says that even though Israel has not yet struck Iran, its occupation of Palestinian lands already justifies an attack. It called for the destruction of Israel before the opportunity to do so will be lost, and claimed that it would be a "defensive jihad" - or the protecting of Islam against aggressors "who want to gain domination over the Muslims and kill them."

Source: Jerusalem Post

Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

Feb. 8, ,2012 - Persecution is increasing steadily from one end of the Muslim world to the other.
Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.
Some examples:
Nigeria - Since the beginning of 2011 Boko Haram has killed more than 500 people and burned down or destroyed more than 350 churches.
Sudan - Intense persecution of Christians and Animists has caused between 53,000 and 75,000 to be displaced from their residences.
Egypt - Since the Arab Spring more than 200,000 Coptic Christians have fled from their homes because of fear of attacks.
Iraq - More than 900 Iraqi Christians (most of them Assyrians) have been killed by terrorist violence in Baghdad alone, and 70 churches have been burned.
Source: - Ayann Hirsi Ali - Newsweek

New Bible yanks 'Father,' Jesus as 'Son of God'

Jan. 30, 2012 - New "Muslim-friendly" Bibles are being produced by a variety of missionary organizations. They try to avoid the major differences between Christianity and Islam. They change references to God as “Father,” to Jesus as the “Son” or “the Son of God.” An Arabic version of the Gospel of Matthew produced and promoted by Frontiers and SIL changes Matthew 28:19
from:
“baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”
to:
“cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit.”
One opponent of the idea is the leader a church in Bangladesh. He says thie gives fuel to the often-heard Muslim claim that Christians are liars who change their Bibles to deceive Muslims.

Thousands of Christians have signed a petition to encourage Bible translators to stop this practice.

Source: Joel Richardson - WND
Petition to keep ""Father" & "Son" in the Bible

US, Western Nations 'Enabling' Islamism, Ex-Muslim Says

Jan. 27, 2012 - According to Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of the Barnabas Fund, the United States and other nations have helped to spread Islamism in countries like Libya and Egypt. About Libya he said, western powers supported the NTC, "a coalition of groups that included al-Qaida."
"We have removed one dictator and replaced that dictator with a political ideology rooted in a religion that wants our destruction."
Dr. Sookhedo, who is an ex Muslim, distinguishes between Islam and Islamism. Islam, as a religion, has every right to exist in western nations, but Islamism, as a political movement, should be resisted.
Source: Christian Post

Gingrich is right on Sharia

Jan. 19, 2012 - When asked if he would support a Muslim for president, Newt Gingrich said it would depend on the candidate's beliefs about Sharia law.
Speaker Gingrich responding by saying it depends on whether the candidate was “a modern person who happens to worship Allah.” Or “a person who belonged to any kind of belief in Shariah, any kind of effort to impose that on the rest of us.”
He added that a candidate who believes in Shariah would be a “mortal threat.” He repeated his earlier call for federal legislation against practicing Shariah in U.S. courts.
Source: NewsMax

Criminalizing Religious Criticism: UN Resolution Threatens Freedom of Speech

Jan. 14, 2012 - A UN resolution (Resolution 16/18) would seem like a good thing - “Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping, and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based upon religion or belief.” But according to Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice this could be devastating to minority religions in some Islamic countries.
"Just the building of churches ... having a cross outside your door can be inciting violence,"
Source: Crosswalk

2012: The Year of Persecution?

Jan. 7, 2012 - Even before the 9/11 attacks, Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington wrote the book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.

He said there would be a "clash of civilizations" between three great cultures (the Western, Asian,and Islamic). He predicted a massive conflict between the West and Islam caused by Islamic militarism.

Since then the Christian population has held steady, but is shrinking in Europe while it is growing in Africa and other developing areas. Wherever it is seen as a threat to Islam, persecution is growing.

In Iran and Pakistan, Christians are being put on death row for “apostasy” (translation: quitting Islam) or blasphemy... Two-thirds of Iraq’s pre-war Christians have fled. In Egypt and Syria, Muslim zeal threatens ancient Christian groups.
While Christian persecution is physical in such places, it is rearing its head hear as well. The late Christopher Hitchens exemplified hateful anti-Christian rhetoric by athiests, and some politicians and media outlets are turning against traditional Christian values.
Source: James Emery White - Crosswalk
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