Palm Sunday – Why Wave the Palms?

We handed them out as people left church that Palm Sunday– the branches, that is; long, narrow, palm branches. Its been several years now since that Sunday but my memory of it seems just as fresh today as it did that Sunday.

Kurds Flee Islamic State into Turkey

Kurds Flee Islamic State into Turkey

I had just finished preaching from John 12:12-19 NASB, a text familiar to most Christians. The text paints the picture of an expectant and exuberant crowd, most of them waving Palm Branches as Jesus enters Jerusalem seated upon a donkey; a glorious celebration, no doubt.  As my congregants left church that Sunday morning, I remember saying,  “Wave your branches high,” as if the higher they were held the more “real” Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was.  But my cry was to little avail.  As I reflect now, my congregants were more interested in waving good-by to one another than in waving palm branches. In hindsight, the palms seemed like an after-thought, almost like a party-favor for attending church that day.  But that was then, and now is now. Have you observed the plight of Christians as “dhimmis,” in the modern-day. Whether Copts in Egypt or Christians in Iran, Iraq, Syria or every place that ISIS has entered the fray? Palm branches were taken out of the the hands of Christians in the 7th century so many years ago. It is my prayer that a little history will make this Palm Sunday one you will never forget.

Before we look at dhimmis and what palm branches were taken out of the hands of Christians by Islam, let’s see what the Scripture has to say about when they were waved:

  • The people of Israel used palm branches to rejoice before the Lord in the Feast of Booths, to celebrate God’s deliverance and bounty in times of hardship. Leviticus 23:40
  • Solomon decorated the Temple with palm branches carved in conspicuous places all over the Temple. They were symbols of rejoicing in the presence of Yahweh. 1 Kings 6:32
  • Palm branches were used as ornaments to decorate the Millennial Temple in Ezekiel, presumably for the same reason as that of Solomon’s first Temple.  Ezekiel 40:16, 40:26, 41:18
  • Palm branches were waved by Jesus’s followers when He entered Jerusalem the week of His crucifixion.
    • John 12:13 (NASB) took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.”
  • Palm branches were in the hands of the great multitude rejoicing in heaven before the throne of the Lord.
    • Revelation 7:9 (NASB) After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;
  • Easton’s Bible Dictionary has this to say about palm branches:
    • The whole land of Palestine was called by the Greeks and Romans, “Phoenicia,” i.e., “the land of palms.” Tadmor in the desert was called by the Greeks and Romans, “Palmyra,” i.e., “the city of palms.” The finest specimens of this tree grew at Jericho (De 34:3) and Engedi and along the banks of the Jordan. Branches of the palm tree were carried at the feast of Tabernacles (Le 23:40).

Palm branches were symbols of joy to the people of the Lord, they were used to celebrate the acts of God on behalf of His people. For this reason, they frequently adorned His house or were used as symbols of His victorious actions. It is for this reason that the people waved palms as Jesus entered Jerusalem while they proclaimed Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.”

But what does this have to do with Islam and Bible prophecy? History. Its all about history.

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It is beginning – Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen overnight, 3/26/15

People gather at the site of an air strike at a residential area near Sanaa AirportAnother step has just been taken in the eschatological journey towards fulfillment of Revelation 17 and 18. According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia bombed Yemen last night:

(Reuters) – Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi’ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen’s president on Thursday, a gamble by the world’s top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington. Riyadh’s rival Iran denounced the assault on the Houthi militia group, which it backs, and made clear the kingdom’s deployment of a Sunni coalition against Shi’ite enemies would complicate efforts to end a conflict likely to inflame the sectarian animosities fuelling wars around the Middle East. …

Yemen’s crisis now risks spiraling into a major war with Iran backing the Houthis, and Sunni Muslim monarchies in the Gulf supporting Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his fellow Sunni loyalists in Yemen’s south.  Read more.

iranian.alliance.12.17.2014.croppedDo you ever forget who is on whose side? Here is a refresher for you:

  1. Saudi Arabia, i.e., the Royal family, is Sunni  Muslim, and supposedly an ally of America;
  2. Yemen has just been overrun by Iranian backed rebels, Al-Houthis, a sect of Shiism not existing outside of Yemen, and principally located in north Yemen. Regardless, Iran backs them and has assisted them in their ouster of Yemen’s President Hadi, a United States ally.
  3. Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the Yemen based branch of Al Qaeda, enemies of Saudi Arabia as well as Iran. AQAP is Sunni Salafi. AQAP and the Houthis are also enemies so any attack by Saudi Arabia on the Houthis is a help to AQAP.
  4. Islamic State (ISIS) are enemies with everyone, including Iran, the Houthis, and AQAP. ISIS is Sunni Salafi-jihadist but it is not an ally of AQAP. ISIS was at one time an al-Qaeda branch but broke away from Al Qaeda because its brand of Islam was not violent enough. This past week, Reuters reported that ISIS attacked interests in both Yemen and Tunisia making its reach more and more global.  This was the first attack by ISIS in Yemen and was of great surprise to many.

With four different groups at war with one another all within the confines of Yemen, no wonder the country is near collapse. This is particularly relevant with the overnight bombing of Yemen by Saudi Arabia. We now have two ancient enemies entering the same fray, Iran and Saudi Arabia, major players in end-times prophecy interpretations. In my book, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, I interpret Revelation 17 and 18 as being fulfilled by Iran attacking Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, the “mystical Babylon the Great,” and the birthplace of Islam, is destroyed in “one hour” (Revelation 18:17-19) after the formation of a ten-member coalition (Revelation 17:12) led by the prophesied Muhammad al-Mahdi of Shia Islam. If this interpretation is correct, the conflict in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and Iran will escalate. With each escalation it will bring more nations, countries and groups into the conflict, until the United States and Israel, Russia and Turkey, join opposing sides of the conflict to fulfill Ezekiel 38 and 39. Of course, Iran is with Russia and Turkey (Ezekiel 38:5-6) and America is with …. (perhaps, Daniel 12:7?).

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Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Will the Temple Need be Rebuilt before the Coming of Our Lord?

Underneath the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NASB) 3  Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

How does the “man of lawlessness” “take his seat” in a temple that no longer stands?1  “Obviously, it must be rebuilt,” you say?  Gonna be awhile, then.  The “coming of our Lord Jesus” will not occur until the “man of lawlessness” is revealed and the “apostasy comes first.” As most of you know, I interpret the “man of lawlessness” to be the spirit of antichrist that was made manifest through Islam’s messenger, Muhammad. The apostasy, of course, is the falling away of believers in the end-times for various reasons. One need only do a head-count on most Sunday mornings  to see that the day of apostasy is fast upon us. So what about the man-of-lawlessness “taking his seat” in the holy place?

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  1. It was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. []

Daniel 11:45 and the Islamic State

map_of_iraq(Reuters) – By Ahmed Rasheed, BAGHDAD, Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:36am EDT

Iraqi security forces and militias fought their way into Saddam Hussein’s home city of Tikrit on Wednesday, advancing from the north and south in their biggest counter-offensive so far against Islamic State militants. The provincial governor said the army and militia fighters captured part of the northern district of Qadisiya, while in the south of the Tigris river city a security officer said another force made a rapid push toward the center. … More than 20,000 troops and Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias known as Hashid Shaabi, supported by local Sunni Muslim tribes, launched the offensive for Tikrit 10 days ago, advancing from the east and along the Tigris river.

The Islamic State is a Sunni-Salafi Islamist organization which declared itself the “caliphate” of Islam on June 29, 2014. (Read more). The Islamic State overran Tikrit in June, 2014, in one of the deadliest battles of the ISIS surge into north Iraq. Tikrit is the birthplace of the late Saddam Hussein who likened himself to ancient King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:1) of Babylon, who besieged and destroyed Jerusalem in three separate sieges, 605, 597, 586 BC. Many of the senior members of Saddam’s Iraqi government were from Saddam’s own Tikriti tribe, the Al-Bu Nasir, and were members of his Iraqi Republican Guard, headquartered in Tikrit during Saddam’s presidency.

Iraqi forces (Sunni and Shia) are now launching a counter-attack to retake Tikrit from ISIS. The primary force in the counter-attack appears to be Iranian-backed, Hashid-Shaabi (literally, “Popular Mobilization“), comprised of local Shia militias from various areas in Iraq. Iranian Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani was seen in Iraq directing Shia militias in their fight against ISIS militants. ISIS is reported to be straining to hold on to areas it claimed easily in 2014, including Mosul, where loudspeakers warned residents fleeing Mosul they would be considered apostates if they fled. Perhaps evidence of ISIS loosing its grip on 2014 territories gained is the destruction  of ancient archaelogicalarcheological sites in areas previously taken. Reports include destruction of artifacts from the ancient city of Dur-Sharrukin near Mosul as well as the famed Nergal Gate entry to the ancient city of Nineveh and bulldozing the site of Nimrud (Genesis 10:8-10).

There are some interesting parallels between what is happening in the Middle East right now and Bible prophecy. A key passage is Daniel 11 which provides in part:

Daniel 11:43-45 (NASB) “But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels. … But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many. 45 “He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.

The nations from the East and North are significant in Bible prophecy. Biblically, Babylon (modern-day Iraq) is referred to as the nation “from the North” (Ezekiel 1:4, 9:1, 26:7). Persia (modern-day Iran) is referred to as the nation “from the East” (Isaiah 41:2, 46:11). Daniel 11:45 states that these two nations will “disturb him,”and this is exactly what is occuring right now. This “disturbance” will cause the antichrist-type of Daniel 11 to erupt in wrath and destroy and annihilate many.

If Daniel 11:44-45 is in the process of being fulfilled by ISIS, several events must still take place before the Islamic State “will come to its end.” First, the antichrist-type must “enter the Beautiful land.  (Daniel 11:41). The Beautiful land is Israel, but notice, he only “enters” the Beautiful land. The Beautiful land does not appear to fall to him as does Egypt (Daniel 11:42). Second, Egypt must fall and its “precious things” will be taken over by the antichrist-type. Daniel 11:42-43. Third, the antichrist-type must make Jerusalem his capital (Daniel 11:45); or, at least he will declare it to be so since Daniel 11:43 states he only “enters” the Beautiful land. Lastly, many countries will fall to his hand. Daniel 11:42, 11:44.

If we looked at other hints in the passage to determine its application, we have at least these:

1. He seeks to be “acknowledged” by others (Daniel 11:39) in the same way that the Islamic State seeks to be acknowledged by Muslims the world over as the caliphate and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its legitimate caliph;

2. The Islamic State is already ransacking the ancient treasures of Iraq just as it is prophesied to do of Egypt. If we interpret this as a characteristic of the Islamic State for it to occur in Iraq implies it will also apply in Egypt — in due time. Daniel 11:43.

3. Boko Haram has just proclaimed allegiance to the Islamic State, revoking its allegiance to al Qaeda. This is significant since Boko Haram’s influence extends to the western border of Egypt, i.e., Niger, and by proclaiming allegiance to ISIS, ISIS now extends its reach into North Africa. Given that the Daniel 11 prophecy extends itself to the fall of Egypt, Boko Haram’s African force should not be dismissed as meaningless since it now nearly surrounds Egypt. This is the case particularly when one considers that the Islamic State includes militant forces in the Sinai Peninsula which have continued to attack Egyptian forces after the fall of Muhammad Morsi. The impact of Boko Haram’s allegiance to ISUS is described by NBC news analyst as follows:

The transaction is important because Boko Haram controls an area where “ISIS has very little, if any, control,” Laith Alkhouri, director of Middle East and North African research and analysis at Flashpoint, told NBC News when the offer was made last weekend. “This gives ISIS the extra credibility and the additional territory to further its growth around the world.”

4. The final hint contained in the prophecy is the last sentence of the last verse — “… and no one will help him.” This statement is particularly relevant when one considers that the success of ISIS will depend on whether or not other Muslims join them in their jihad (either by personal efforts or financial efforts). According to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, financial donations to ISIS have fallen dramatically. Clapper states:

Donations to Islamic State jihadists have dramatically declined in the wake of brutal executions by the group that have shocked public opinion in the Middle East, the chief of US intelligence said Monday. “I think there is change afoot in the Mideast,” said James Clapper, director of national intelligence, referring to perceptions of the IS group in the region.

What this statement by Clapper implies is that in spite of the fact that ISIS has been so successful, its success is beginning to show cracks. These cracks could become more significant to the point that ISIS will ultimately lose its support around the world. This is what Daniel 11:45 prophesies.

As we seek to interpret Bible prophecy, our interpretations cannot be dogmatic; but that does not mean we cannot find the identifiers and hints in prophetic passages and make informed conclusions. If ISIS is in Daniel 11, then there is much to unfold in Bible prophecy, including the revealing of the Antichrist, the last false prophet. Daniel 11:45 states the antichrist-type prophesied therein will “come to his end.” When he does, another will fill his place; for there is only one “last false prophet,” and that one will be the Antichrist. Perhaps this will be Muhammad al-Mahdi, the one “who was, and is not, and is about to come up from the abyss and go to destruction.” (Revelation 17:8).

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Announcing – Islamic Apocalyptic Conference, Boston, May 3-4, 2015

On May 3-4, 2015, the History Department of Boston University will sponsor Praeparatio Califatae: Islamic Apocalyptic Beliefs about the Millennial Era to ComeTopics will include both Sunni (ISIS) and Shia (Iran) eschatology, as well as Mahdist movements both violent and peaceful–and the various methods each adopts to bring about the (Islamic) eschaton. Dr. Timothy R. Furnish will be one of the guest panelists. Dr. Furnish is a renowned expert on Islamic eschatology, including the Islamic “Messiah,” Muhammad al-Mahdi.

Details on the conference are still being fleshed out by Dr. Richard Landes, BU professor, and expert on apocalyptic, both medieval and modern, and head of the former Center for Millennial Studies at BU.  Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming conference which I am certain will be well attended and well worth the investment of time and resources.

Blessings.

Jack

 

Will ISIS Succeed in its Jihad? Considering Graeme Wood’s article alongside Daniel 11

ISISA subscriber to my blog recommended the informative article by Graeme Wood and published in The Atlantic on ISIS. The article entitled “What is the Islamic State?” is lengthy but well worth the read. The article includes many key points concerning the significance of “caliphate” to both past and future actions of the Islamic State, a Sunni Salafi Jihadist group.1 It also stands as an informed and thought-provoking response to the question of whether the Islamic State is Muslim. An important guidance of the article is that to ignore the religious, apocalyptic, goals of ISIS would be a tragic mistake for U.S. policy makers. In fact, the article responds to President Obama’s recent claims that to associate ISIS with Islam is a lie because religions do not kill, maim, and enslave people. Read more. Of interest to me, however, were several of Wood’s criteria about the Islamic State that are also found in Bible prophecy. The key passage is Daniel 11:36 – 45 which has Islamic “identifers” within the verses. However, only the Islamic State criteria mentioned by Wood and also found in Daniel 11:36-45 will be discussed. In my view, they tell us what the future holds for the Islamic State.

The Graeme Wood article is based on interviews with supporters and officials of ISIS, including Anjem Choudary, a frequent antagonist on cable TV networks. Choudary, a lawyer and British extremist, has publicly voiced support of ISIS and has even made public his desire to join the Islamic State, but for the confiscation of his passport by U.K. authorities.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "Caliph Ibrahim"

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
“Caliph Ibrahim”

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  1. Which considers violence as the only means of advancing Islam in the world. []

What happens when America tells a lie to win a war?

President Obama on eve of 9/11 addressing nation on ISIS

President Obama on eve of 9/11 addressing nation on ISIS

Time.com Washington Bureau Chief, Michael Scherer, recently reported (2/19/2015) on the public debate between conservatives and President Obama regarding the best terminology to use for the Islamic State. According to the President, ISIS is desperate for “legitimacy,” and if they are deemed “Islamic,” such a representation will further ISIS recruitment efforts and will negatively impact U.S. interests:

Those who identify the black-clad extremists with their religious roots, the commander-in-chief argued repeatedly, are peddling a “lie” that will drive recruitment by the nation’s enemies and ultimately hurt U.S. interests. These terrorists are desperate for legitimacy. And all of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorists’ narrative,” … [Obama] accused others in the public sphere Thursday of aiding the terrorist cause by highlighting the connection between Islamic teachings and Islamic State’s tactics, which include rape, beheadings, crucifixions and slavery. “That narrative sometimes extends far beyond terrorist organizations,” he continued. “That narrative becomes the foundation upon which terrorists build their ideology and by which they try to justify their violence, and that hurts all of us. Read more.

President Obama’s point is well-taken. If our leaders can refute the notion that ISIS (or al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, Boko-Haram, etc) is Islamic, there is less chance that ISIS will be able to recruit other Muslims to its efforts; and, there are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world — even a small percentage of that number matters.

To add legitimacy to his argument, Obama states a truth: “It is a lie… We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” That is an interesting statement. Why does the perversion of Islam have anything to do with America being at war?

The President made this same point in a speech on last year’s anniversary of 9/11:

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. … ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. Read more.

kurds.fleeA similar statement was made by counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan in a 2010 speech before the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” and said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”  In this same line of thought, State Department official Marie Harf recently stated on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” “We need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether –” I cannot imagine that the reason why Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri successfully formed al-Qaeda from the hills of Afghanistan was because Muslims needed a jobs program. It is almost as if the more our leadership opens their mouths about Islamists the more foolish America looks.

Actually, public statements on the disconnect between Islam and ever-present terror activities began with President George W. Bush shortly after 9/11. President Bush is quoted in the Time.com article to have stated:

“These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith, and it’s important for my fellow Americans to understand that,” Bush said, as the rubble in lower Manhattan still smoldered. “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”

The problem for the Administration, of course, is that from time to time the truth comes out. In a press conference last year, Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and Chuck Hagel, then-Secretary of Defense, made this statement:

“It is possible to contain them,” Dempsey said, in a Pentagon press conference alongside the defence secretary, Chuck Hagel. “They can be contained, but not in perpetuity. This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated.”

“Apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision” — does that sound like a terror organization or a religious one? Since when do terrorists have an end-of-days, apocalyptic vision?

It is inconceivable that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. Islam at its very root is violent. Peace in Islam only occurs after dominion and subjection of its subjects has occurred, and to the particular branch within Islam that those in power adhere to.

The Middle East is almost entirely Muslim today and 1,400 years ago it was the heart-beat of Christianity. What happened to the Christians? Historian Philip Jenkins in his book, the Lost History of Christianity puts it this way:

Given that the destruction of Christianity has not been much studied, we can make certain general observations, stressing above all the role of states. Though churches may lose political influence under Christian states or in predominantly Christian societies, though they might be secularized, they do not vanish. … In most of these cases, churches collapsed or vanished because they were unable to cope with the pressures placed upon them by hostile regimes, mainly Muslim. While religions might sicken and fade, they do not die of their own accord: they must be killed.1

If Islam is a religion of peace why isn’t there peace in Syria? Or Iraq? Or Yemen? Or Libya? Or Africa? Or Egypt? Or Bahrain? Or Iran? Or any country where Sharia law is practiced? Why isn’t there peace between Sunnis and Shias throughout the Muslim world? Methodists and Baptists may disagree on key elements of Scripture but when was the last time you saw them beheading one another in the name of Jesus Christ?

Former Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi

Former Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi

Is it possible that America’s leaders are using their own version of “al-taqiyya“? Taqiyya is the Islamic doctrine that supports lying when to do so advances Islam and its objectives. One source quotes a Bukhari Hadith as follows:

“Allah’s Apostle said, “Who is willing to kill Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?” Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, “O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?” The Prophet said, “Yes,” Muhammad bin Maslama said, “Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab). “The Prophet said, “You may say it.” Hadith 5.59.369 (Read more)

Joseph Goebbels is reported to have said “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, eventually it becomes the truth.” It appears that America’s leaders have resorted to deception to win a war. They have opted for a lie rather than the truth. The more they tell it, the more we are supposed to believe it. Yet, I do not think their strategy is working. ISIS has reared its ugly head all the while our leaders have been telling us that Islamists are terrorists whose motivation has nothing to do with Islam. If the world believed our leaders, ISIS would never have risen up; nor al-Qaeda or al-Shabaab or Boko Harram. If the world believed our leaders, why is there a dramatic rise in anti-Islam movements all over the non-Muslim world? The world does not believe American leaders. The world has come to understand the deception so easily seen in our leaders. In fact, the more we cry non-Muslim, the more the world is interpreting Muslim.

It has been almost fourteen years since 9/11 occurred. It was the Fall of 2001 when I first started down the road to understand why someone would kill 3,000 innocents all the while giving glory to god in the chilling words, “Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar” (god is great, god is great). Death in the name of Allah will never give evidence that Islam is a religion of peace, in fact, precisely the contrary. Muslims may be a peaceful group by and large; but Allah is not a god of peace. He is darkness, evil, and death, and ISIS is the clearest example in the modern-day that his messenger, Muhammad, is anything but a messenger of peace. It was Jesus, not Muhammad, who said:

Matthew 7:17-20 (NASB) “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits.

If fruit reveals the tree then the tree is a tree of evil. In my research on my book, I came across the most revealing statement of the “tree” I have read to date:

Special Dispatch No. 2845 … Egyptian Cleric Wagdi Ghneim on HAMAS’ Al-Aqsa TV: “We Pray to Allah That We Be Terrorists, If Terror Means Jihad.”

“We are a nation that excels in the production of the art of death … I will die anyway, so I should be creative to make sure my death is for the sake of Allah.” Later, he said: “Brothers, we pray to Allah that we be terrorists, if terror means Jihad for the sake of Allah.”

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

 

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  1. As cited in Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, footnote 134 []