Michael J. Sullivan (Copyright 2014)
Part 1 Islam – Refuting and Healing “Holy Land” “End Time” “Holy War” Eschatology: http://fullpreterism.com/a-full-preterist-response-to-in-the-land-end-time-holy-war-eschatologies-part-1-islam/
Part 2 Judaism – Refuting and Healing “Holy Land” “End Time” “Holy War” Eschatology: http://fullpreterism.com/a-full-preterist-response-to-in-the-land-end-of-time-holy-war-eschatologies-part-2-judaism/
Part 3 “Christian” Dispensational Zionism – Refuting and Healing “Holy Land” “End Time” “Holy War” Eschatology: http://fullpreterism.com/a-full-preterist-response-to-holy-land-end-time-holy-war-eschatologies-part-3-christian-dispensational-zionism/
Introduction “The War of Ideas”
Everyone looking at the conflict in the Middle East (and U.S. policy affecting that area) realizes that while engaging militarily at times is necessary, the ultimate solution will have to come from another area. Therefore, many see the various conflicting religious theologies/eschatologies fueling these areas as being solved ultimately through a “war of ideas.” What they mean by this, is really a “war of theology/eschatology” that needs to change in order for peace to emerge.
The Problem Summarized
Unfortunately these three futurist eschatologies all share common errors that perpetuate conflict in the Middle East and the U.S. such as:
- God allegedly has predicted end time “signs” that are being fulfilled right before our eyes today such as natural disasters, wars, and an imminent arrival of an evil ruler or “Antichrist” “man of lawlessness” etc….
- God allegedly will cause its religious system to overcome others or inherit certain local “holy land” areas and ultimately the earth.
- There is an alleged future “end time” “great war” (ex. the battle of Gog and Magog) in which their religion wins over the other wicked ones.
- God allegedly will send Jesus or Messiah to save Israel (or condemn Israel ie. Islam), bring global peace, defeat the antichrist and infidels – and thus usher in paradise on earth.
But what if it can be proven that these Biblical “end time” “signs” and “holy war” scenarios have already been fulfilled? And what if the OT prophetic material concerning Israel being saved or gathered “in the land” have been fulfilled through the Church and “in Christ” under the New Covenant? Does the God of the Bible really support or recognize modern day Israel as His beloved people connected to a holy land? Is modern day Israel and the events of 1948 a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? Are Christians in the U.S. supposed to support modern day Israel because God will bless any Nation that blesses Israel? Or is modern day Israel just another unbelieving nation among many others that needs the gospel? And what if it can be proven according to Allah’s “revelations” that Muhammad was a false prophet, and thus the Quran is not a revelation from God? These are all very important questions when analyzing these three “end time” religious systems and trying to find an affective “war of ideas” that can bring as much peace as is possible among them. Therefore, let me answer some of these questions and give the reader my propositions from the outset:
- Jesus predicted that His coming, the end (of the old covenant) age, and all of the signs described in Matthew 24-25 would be fulfilled within His contemporary “this generation” and were fulfilled by that time (Matthew 24:34).
- While under the Old Covenant there was a literal “in the land” militaristic kingdom or theology, but it served as prophetic literal types and shadows of Jesus’ spiritual kingdom or being “in Christ” under the New Covenant.
- The time of the end” and “the great war,” battle of “Gog and Magog,” or “Armageddon” has already taken place.
- The events of 1948 have nothing to do with the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
- Modern day Judaism nor Islam have any religious right to “holy land” in the Middle East or the planet earth today.
Outline and Approach to the Solution
My approach in this article is twofold:
First, Summarize the erroneous overlapping eschatological material that each of these systems hold to and…
Secondly, demonstrate how these overlapping prophetic concepts have either been proven to be false and failed predictions or have already been fulfilled when the Old Covenant age (“the end of the age” “the end” time of the end”) vanished in AD 70 and the New was matured and established.
I should also note that since Islam claims Jesus never claimed to be God and rejects the Deity of Christ (as does modern day Judaism), this subject will be dealt with in “part 2” when addressing Judaism.
1. Islamic Eschatology
Introduction: There are two religious sources within Islam which teach the “time of the end” eschatology. The first is the Koran which is viewed as inspired and infallible allegedly describing God giving the prophet Mohammad revelation from the angel Gabriel and compiling the doctrine which resulted from those revelations. Not much eschatology is found in the Koran except affirmations of a future coming “hour” in which Allah will resurrect men and judge the world. The second source is the Hadith and is not considered as infallible as the Koran because it contains teachings and stories about Mohammad’s life that were not considered direct revelation from Allah. These teachings were compiled some 200 years after Mohammad’s death. As we will readily see, Mohammad and Islam borrows OT and NT Scriptures and joins them and their concepts with other “revelations” from angels or prophets giving them the “true” meaning (similar to Jehovah’s Wittnesses or the Mormons etc…).
“We are living in the final era of the last days” mentality:
Islamic Jihadist groups justify their wars and actions as simply fulfilling Allah’s teachings and that they are living in the final era which will usher in the Second Coming of Jesus and the appearance of Mahadi. There are three main or significant periods of time for the Muslim before the final judgment comes and there is much debate as to if some of them overlap. They are: 1. the time which followed the death of Muhammad, 2. the period in which his contemporaries passed extending to and ended a 1,000 years later. It is taught today that Muslims are now living toward the end of this second period and that the appearance of Mahdi will bring them into the third which is the “end of days” era.
General and Specific Signs:
Like the three time periods discussed above, there is much debate on where these signs belong within their eschatological timeline among Islamic adherents. So I will list many of them and place in bold those that may overlap or concepts that were borrowed from Jesus and the NT. General Signs:
Earthquakes and natural disturbances. There will be three landslides and smoke will appear darkening the planet.
The taking away of knowledge and increase of ignorance (of Allah’s teachings). Seeking false and unknowledgeable teachers.
The increase in sexual sins (having sex in the streets as donkeys do), drinking alcohol and high interest rates.
Increase in secular music.
Increase of wars including civil wars and Jews fighting Muslims.
Women’s population increases while man’s decreases (probably due to wars).
The Romans/Christians will become the majority.
A desire to die will increase due to the natural disturbances and the wickedness of man which will run rampant. Specific Signs:
Mahdi will appear which will be the first sign of the third eschatological period of the end of days.
The second sign is the arrival of the False Messiah or Antichrist Dajjal who will appear having miraculous powers, blind in one eye, and he will deceive many but true believers in Allah will not be led astray. It is believed that he will be a Jew and muster up a mass army of 140,000 (70,000 being Jews). He rules most of the world for a period of 40 years
Jesus’ second coming is the third major sign marking the last days and when he comes he destroys the antichrist.
The fourth sign of the end time scene will be that the wall which imprisons the nations of Gog and Magog will break and they will surge forth. When the great battle of Gog and Magog occurs there will be two massive armies attacking Jesus and his followers followed by Jesus crying out to Allah whom will deliver them.
The fifth sign is that Medinah (an Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia) will be deserted because the righteous follow the Madi and the unrighteous will follow the antichrist.
The sixth sign is that a thin ruler with short legs from Ethiopia will attack Mecca and destroy the Kabah.
The seventh sign is the appearance of the Beast of the Earth, who will populate the entire world and judge the wicked.
The eighth sign is a peaceful breeze which kills Jesus and all the righteous.
The ninth sign will be the rising of the sun in the west.
The great battle of Gog and Magog occurs which consists of two massive armies attacking Jesus and his followers followed by Jesus crying out to Allah and Allah delivers them.
Jesus’ earthly reign also lasts 40 years during which time he establishes the one true religion of Islam in the hearts and minds of men. During his reign people turn their weapons of war into farm tools, and animals are domesticated. Jesus eventually marries and has children and then dies awaiting a literal resurrection with all men. A wind will blow from the south which will cause Jesus and believers to die peacefully.
Three eschatological trumpets are blown. The first causes all men to fear. The second causes everything to die. Allah creates the new heavens and earth during this time. Then the third and final trumpet causes the resurrection to take place. As one who is familiar with the Old and New Testaments can plainly see, Islam stole and pieced together its eschatology from the Christian Bible (particularly from places within Isaiah, Daniel, Matthew 24, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, and the book of Revelation).
Although Islam teaches that the Bible is a revelation from Allah, Muslims believe it allegedly got corrupted therefore Allah had to send the angel Gabriel to give revelations of divine truth to Muhammad concerning these and other issues. This begs the obvious question – If Allah divinely gave the OT and NT, and they got corrupted, why is anyone supposed to believe that Allah got it right with the Koran and has kept the Koran from being corrupted?!? Islam’s version of newspaper eschatology Unlike Jesus’ teachings on general and specific signs in the Olivet discourse and His coming to take place within His contemporary AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation” (cf. Matthew 24 / Luke 21), there is a lot of disorganization concerning these end time signs within Islamic eschatology. But either way, our point is to demonstrate that the current wars we are viewing in the Middle East among the various players (including ISIS) is driven by their hopes that these wars are a fulfillment to usher in the arrival of their end time eschatological characters and events.
Consider this current news article and how all sides of Islam feels their wars are fulfillments of an imminent eschatological hope:
“If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria’s devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi’ite fighters on the frontlines – who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies.
From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of the conflict say its path was set 1,400 years ago in the sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers.
Among those many thousands of sayings, or hadith, are accounts which refer to the confrontation of two huge Islamic armies in Syria, a great battle near Damascus, and intervention from the north and west of the country.
The power of those prophecies for many fighters on the ground means that the three-year-old conflict is more deeply rooted – and far tougher to resolve – than a simple power struggle between President Bashar al-Assad and his rebel foes.
Syria’s war has killed more than 140,000 people, driven millions from their homes and left many more dependent on aid. Diplomatic efforts, focused on the political rather than religious factors driving the conflict, have made no headway.
“If you think all these mujahideen came from across the world to fight Assad, you’re mistaken,” said a Sunni Muslim jihadi who uses the name Abu Omar and fights in one of the many anti-Assad Islamist brigades in Aleppo.
“They are all here as promised by the Prophet. This is the war he promised – it is the Grand Battle,” he told Reuters, using a word which can also be translated as slaughter.”
On the other side, many Shi’ites from Lebanon, Iraq and Iran are drawn to the war because they believe it paves the way for the return of Imam Mahdi – a descendent of the Prophet who vanished 1,000 years ago and who will re-emerge at a time of war to establish global Islamic rule before the end of the world.
According to Shi’ite tradition, an early sign of his return came with the 1979 Iranian revolution, which set up an Islamic state to provide fighters for an army led by the Mahdi to wage war in Syria after sweeping through the Middle East.
“This Islamic Revolution, based on the narratives that we have received from the prophet and imams, is the prelude to the appearance of the Mahdi,” Iranian cleric and parliamentarian Ruhollah Hosseinian said last year.
He cited comments by an eighth century Shi’ite imam who said another sign of the Mahdi’s return would be a battle involving warriors fighting under a yellow banner – the color associated with Lebanon’s pro-Assad Hezbollah militia.
“As Imam Sadeq has stated, when the (forces) with yellow flags fight anti-Shi’ites in Damascus and Iranian forces join them, this is a prelude and a sign of the coming of his holiness,” Hosseinian was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.
The historical texts have become a powerful recruitment tool, quoted across the region from religious festivals in Iraq’s Shi’ite shrine city of Kerbala to videos released by Sunni preachers in the Gulf, and beyond.
“We have here mujahideen from Russia, America, the Philippines, China, Germany, Belgium, Sudan, India and Yemen and other places,” said Sami, a Sunni rebel fighter in northern Syria. “They are here because this is what the Prophet said and promised, the Grand Battle is happening.”
Both sides emphasize the ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic state which will rule the world before total chaos.
Although some Sunni and Shi’ite clerics are privately skeptical of the religious justifications for the war, few in the region express such reservations in public for fear of being misinterpreted as doubters of the prophecies.
“Yes some of the signs are similar but these signs could apply at any time after the fall of the Islamic state (1,000 years ago),” one Sunni Muslim scholar in Lebanon said, asking that he not be identified. “There is no way to confirm we are living those times. We have to wait and see.”
For the faithful, the hadith chart the course of Syria’s conflict from its beginning in March 2011, when protests erupted over the alleged torture of students and schoolboys who wrote anti-Assad graffiti on a school wall in Deraa.
“There will be a strife in Sham (Syria) that begins with children playing, after which nothing can be fixed,” according to one hadith. “When it calms down from one side, it ignites from the other.”
Hadith on both sides mention Syria as a main battlefield, naming cities and towns where blood will be spilled.
Syria’s civil war grew out of the “Arab Spring” of pro-democracy revolts in the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 after Assad’s forces cracked down hard on peaceful protests.
But because Assad is a member of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shii’ism, and most of his opponents are Sunni Muslims, the fighting quickly took on a sectarian character, which has largely overwhelmed the political issues.
“These hadith are what the Mujahideen are guided by to come to Syria, we are fighting for this. With every passing day we know that we are living the days that the Prophet talked about,” said Mussab, a fighter from the Nusra Front, a Sunni hardline group linked to al Qaeda, speaking from Syria.
Murtada, a 27-year-old Lebanese Shi’ite who regularly goes to Syria to battle against the rebels, says he is not fighting for Assad, but for the Mahdi, also known as the Imam.
Abbas, a 24-year-old Iraqi Shi’ite fighter, said he knew he was living in the era of the Mahdi’s return when the United States and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003.
“That was the first sign and then everything else followed,” he told Reuters from Baghdad, where he said was resting before heading to Syria for a fourth time.
“I was waiting for the day when I will fight in Syria. Thank God he chose me to be one of the Imam’s soldiers.”
Abu Hsaasan, a 65 year old pensioner from south Lebanon, said he once thought the prophecies of the end of days would take centuries to come about.
“Things are moving fast. I never thought that I would be living the days of the Imam. Now, with every passing day I am more and more convinced that it is only a matter of few years before he appears.””
One would think they are listening to something that is passed off in the name of “Christianity Today” from the likes of Hal Lindsey, John Hagee, or Tim LaHaye and their non-Berean “spirit led” blind disciples. In fact Islam does have its version of TV “prophecy experts” such as Adnan Oktar, a prolific author and TV personality with millions of Muslim followers.
He claims the Mahdi and Jesus are currently living among us ready to emerge and fulfill Islamic end time prophecies:
“Yes. We believe that Hazrat Mahdi has come and is busy carrying on his activities,” “We believe that he appeared in Istanbul, as that is how it is related in the Judaic accounts. This is how it is related in the Islamic accounts as well.”
Oktar, is Sunni, but points out that even prominent Shiite leaders in Iran have said they expect the Mahdi to appear in Istanbul. “There is no other time for this,” “He should appear in a date between the years 1400 to 1500 according to Hijri calendar (the current Islamic year is 1435).”
“After World War II, a lifetime has passed as well and consequently we are exactly in the time the prophet Jesus mentioned in the Gospel,” “A lifetime has now passed (since the war), or is about to pass. This is one of the biggest proofs of the fact that Jesus Christ is now among us.”
ISIS – An Apocalyptic End Time Cult
It’s nice to see CNN get something right for a change when it comes to ISIS,
“… its (ISIS) ideology is that of an apocalyptic cult that believes that we are living in the end times and that ISIS’ actions are hastening the moment when this will happen. The name of the Dabiq magazine itself helps us understand ISIS’ worldview. The Syrian town of Dabiq is where the Prophet Mohammed is supposed to have predicted that the armies of Islam and “Rome” would meet for the final battle that will precede the end of time and the triumph of true Islam. In the recent issue of Dabiq it states: “As the world progresses towards al-Malhamah al-Kubrā, (‘the Great Battle’ to be held at Dabiq) the option to stand on the sidelines as a mere observer is being lost.” In other words, in its logic, you are either on the side of ISIS or you are on the side of the Crusaders and infidels. When American aid worker Peter Kassig was murdered by ISIS in November, “Jihadi John” — the masked British murderer who has appeared in so many ISIS videos — said of Kassig: “We bury the first crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the rest of your armies to arrive.” In other words, ISIS wants a Western ground force to invade Syria, as that will confirm the prophecy about Dabiq.”
Iran’s Imminent End Time Statements
Statements made by Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
“a gathering of Holocaust deniers in Tehran, Ahmadinejad said: “Thanks to people’s wishes and God’s will the trend for the existence of the Zionist regime is [headed] downwards and this is what God has promised and what all nations want. The Zionist regime will be wiped out soon the same way the Soviet Union was, and humanity will achieve freedom.”
“Our dear Imam (referring to Ayatollah Khomeini) said that the occupying regime (Israel) must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world.”
Ahmadinejad addressing the U.N. in 2012 said the world would “soon” see new “global management” by the Twelfth Imam (or the Mahdi) and his sidekick Jesus. One of the differences between Sunni and Shi’ite Islam is that the latter, who dominate Iran and form the majority in Iraq, believe that Allah shielded or hid Muhammad al-Mahadi as the Twelth Imam until the end of time. Shi’ites expect the Twelfth Imam, to be accepted by Jews and Christians as a messiah returning to save the world after it has descended into chaos. Shi’ite orthodoxy has it that humans are powerless to encourage the Twelfth Imam to return. However, in Iran another group called the Hojjatieh believe that they can instigate havoc prompting his return. Ahmadinejad claims that the Twelfth Imam’s reign will come without war, but the Shia “prophecy experts” say the opposite. Their belief is that Muslim political leaders are to initiate the destruction of the Jewish and Christian civilizations which will create an atmosphere of chaos speeding up the arrival of the Twelfth Imam. This seems to be the political policies driving Iran today and should cause us concern when they are seeking nuclear weapons.
Failed Islamic end time prophecies
Apparently Islam is willing to forget its rich history of alleged “inspired” and yet failed eschatological predictions (space forbids to address all of them, but here are a few):
1. Muhammad predicted the “Last Hour” would come within the lifetime and generation of his contemporaries:
“Anas reported: A young boy of Mughira b. Shu’ba happened to pass by (the Holy Prophet) and he was of my age. Thereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: If he lives long he would not grow very old till the Last Hour would come (to the old People of this generation).” (Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 7053).
2. Muhammad predicted that everyone would die on the earth within a hundred years (thus predicting the end time/last hour events of the judgment and resurrection):
“Once the Prophet led us in the ‘Isha’ prayer during the last days of his life and after finishing it (the prayer) (with Taslim) he said: “Do you realize (the importance of) this night? Nobody present on the surface of the earth tonight will be living after the completion of one hundred years from this night.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 1 Book 3, Number 116).
3. Muhammad predicted the great war, the coming of the Antichrist and thus the end of the world would take place after the conquests of Jerusalem (636 AD) and Constantinople (1453 AD):
“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The flourishing state of Jerusalem will be when Yathrib is in ruins, the ruined state of Yathrib will be when the great war comes, the outbreak of the great war will be at the conquest of Constantinople and the conquest of Constantinople when the Dajjal (Antichrist) comes forth. He (the Prophet) struck his thigh or his shoulder with his hand and said: This is as true as you are here or as you are sitting (meaning Mu’adh ibn Jabal).” (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 37, Number 4281).
Other but more complex views would be Muhammad’s belief that the world was roughly 6,500 years old during his lifetime and that all of the prophecies would be fulfilled when the earth reached her 7,000th year (Btw, many Jewish and even Christians have tried this approach as well in predicting the end of the world – always ending in failure as well). Obviously, the “last hour” (a world-wide literal resurrection and judgment of the dead and literal transformation of the planet earth, etc…) did not happen 500 years from Muhammad’s death.
Since Islam teaches that Allah inspired the OT, then according to Allah, the “prophet” Muhammad was a false prophet and should have been stoned to death (Deut. 18:20-22).
Futurist Christian apologetics (Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Reformed) do not have a sufficient answer to Islamic apologists (who regurgitate skeptics of the Bible) whom fire back on two fronts: 1. trying to claim Muhammad wasn’t saying what he was saying and then 2. claim that the NT Jesus was a false prophet by predicting that the end of the age/world would occur in the lifetime and generation of his contemporary audience (ex. Matthew 16:27-28; Matthew 24:1-34; Revelation 3:11 etc…). This is alleged “proof” that the Christian NT has been corrupted as the angel Gabriel told Muhammad. It is only the Christian Full Preterist who has a Biblical and sufficient “defense” against the skeptic which is simply, “Yes Jesus did predict that “the end of [the old covenant not the planet or Christian] age,” and His second coming would take place within that first century generation and He was faithful and true to that prediction/promise – unlike the “prophet” Muhammad’s failed predictions!” I will elaborate on this more towards the end of this article.
Islam’s Jihad “Holy War”/“Surrender” Theology
Before leaving the theological/eschatological views and implications of Islam perhaps we should briefly address some alleged differences that have been propagated in the news as of late. We are being told that Radical Islam is the minority view and that Moderate Islam is the majority with the majority being a peaceful religion. Or we have a lot of Moderate Muslims on TV telling us that the Islam of I.S.I.S and other Radicals doesn’t truly represent the teachings of Muhammad or Islam and they are in the process of “reforming” them. I propose a different and common sense approach and that is – we evaluate a religious system based upon the beliefs, teachings and examples of its founder. In fact Islam refers to Muhammad as “the ideal man” and their holy books describe “the way of the prophet (Muhammad).”
13 Doctrines of Radical Islam and ISIS:
- You can rape, marry and divorce pre-pubescent girls: Qur’an 65:4
- You can enslave for sex and work: Qur’an 4:3; 4:24; 5:89; 33:50; 58:3; 70:30
- You can beat sex slaves, work slaves, and wives: Qur’an 4:34
- You will need 4 Muslim male witnesses to prove a rape; Qur’an 24:4
- Kill Jews and Christians if they do not convert or pay Jizya tax: Qur’an 9:29
- Crucify and amputate non-Muslims: Qur’an 8:12; 47:4
- You will kill non-Muslims to receive 72 virgins in heaven: Qur’an 9:111
- You will kill anyone who leaves Islam: Qur’an 2:217; 4:89
- You will behead non-Muslims: Qur’an 8:12; 47:4
- You will kill and be killed for Al’llah; (verse of the sword): Qur’an 9:5
- You will terrorize non-Muslims: Qur’an 8:12; 8:60
- Steal from non-Muslims: Qur’an chapter 8 (booty/spoils of war)
- Lie to strengthen Islam: Qur’an 3:26; 3:54; 9:3; 16:106; 40:28
Clearly Radical Islam is just following the teachings and examples of Muhammad and the “revelations” of Allah in the Quran. According to the teachings of Islam, after 12 years of preaching Muhammad didn’t have many followers until he began revealing these extreme views! Once Arab’s saw a way to justify stealing, raping and killing in order to get things they didn’t have to work for, it became a rather popular “religion.”
Some may speak of an “inner jihad” or submission of the heart, but that does not take away the other very clear political and military definitions of jihad as set forth in the Quran and exemplified or fleshed out in the life of Muhammad himself (battles or conquests of Badr, Uhud, Medina, and of Mecca, etc…).
It is important to emphasize the unity on what jihad means among various Muslim groups or sects:
“One of the common elements to all Islamic schools of thought is jihad, understood as the obligation of the Ummah to conquer and subdue the world in the name of Allah and rule it under Sharia law. The four Sunni Madhhabs (schools of fiqh [Islamic religious jurisprudence]) — Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali — all agree that there is a collective obligation on Muslims to make war on the rest of the world. Furthermore, even the schools of thought outside Sunni orthodoxy, including Sufism and the Jafari (Shia) school, agree on the necessity of jihad. When it comes to matters of jihad, the different schools disagree on such questions as whether infidels must first be asked to convert to Islam before hostilities may begin (Osama bin Laden asked America to convert before Al-Qaeda’s attacks); how plunder should be distributed among victorious jihadists; whether a long-term Fabian strategy against dar al-harb is preferable to an all-out frontal attack; etc.”
Even as I have been writing this article the alleged “peaceful” group “CAIR” has finally been exposed by the U.A.E. and classified by them as a “terrorist” front group alongside I.S.I.S., Al-Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc…, for supporting these groups secretly and sometimes openly. Again, when one understands Islam’s doctrine of practicing deceit to its enemies, we can readily understand how this group can portray themselves as a “peaceful” organization condemning a minor amount of terrorism while at the same time supporting them!
One Internet group has summarized The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) with these 10 points and ushered them a good challenge with an additional 10 points:
“10 Facts about CAIR:
- CAIR was created by the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic supremacist organization that pioneered 20th century Islamic terrorism and sanctions violence against civilians.
- CAIR only has about 5,000 members, despite a membership fee of just $10.
- CAIR represents the opinions of only 12% of Muslim-Americans according to Gallup.
- CAIR receives financial support from foreign powers who have also provided direct support to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and Hamas.
- CAIR has solicited money from sponsors of terror and received financial support from convicted terrorists.
- CAIR founders have praised terrorists to Muslim audiences and said that suicide bombers are acting on behalf of Islam.
- CAIR has raised funds for terrorists under the guise of helping 9/11 victims.
- CAIR board members have called for the overthrow of the United States and the imposition of Islamic law. CAIR has suggested applying Sharia punishment (ie. the death penalty) to users who criticize Islam on the Internet.
- At least 15 high-level CAIR staff members have been under federal investigation for ties to Islamic terror.
- CAIR has discouraged Muslim-Americans from cooperating with law enforcement and has spent more time and money advocating on behalf of convicted terrorists than for their victims.
The CAIR Challenge:
We have a standing offer to CAIR that we will take down our entire website if this self-proclaimed “civil rights” group will simply answer the following questions having to do with the most basic of human rights: discrimination, profiling, religious freedom, gender equality and terrorism.
- Do you want to see Islamic law eventually in America? If not, then why not?
- What is your position on religious profiling? Do you denounce Saudi Arabia for profiling non-Muslims and preventing them from traveling to Mecca?
- Why do you refuse to condemn the killing of Americans in uniform? *
- Do you believe that it is wrong for Muslims to force members of another religion to pay money to Islam in the form of a jizya tax?
- Are non-Muslims who reject Muhammad and resist Islamic rule considered to be “innocent persons” in Islam?
- Do you believe women should have the same rights as men? Should Muslim women be free to marry whomever they choose and wear what they want?
- Hamas has deliberately murdered hundreds of Israeli civilians, including children, and left hundreds more with physical disability, mental impairment (from brain damage) and crippling physical pain. They have also killed Americans. Do you condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization?
- Do you believe in equal rights for all religions? Should religious minorities be as free to promote their faith in Muslim countries as CAIR and other Muslims do here in the West?
- Do you believe that the punishment for adultery should be death? If not, then why not?
- Why have you refused to condemn the Islamic Republic of Sudan for the deaths of over 200,000 Africans in the name of racial cleansing and Jihad? Would you be just as apathetic if this were a non-Muslim government killing Muslims instead?”
Can Islam be “Reformed”?
A somewhat prominent guest on FOX News Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) believes that Islam can be “reformed” to “separate Mosque from State” and coexist in democratic societies. But anyone that knows anything about Islam knows that his view here goes against the foundations of its theology. In fact Jasser would be considered a “hypocrite” under Sharia and put to death for trying to undermine such a foundational pillar of its theology. Perhaps this is why Jasser has no following among Muslims and doesn’t represent any Islamic tradition!
In a FrontPage symposium with Robert Spencer (who destroyed Jasser in a debate) Spencer said, “Interpretations of Islam such as Dr. Jasser’s are personal, idiosyncratic, and non-traditional – a fact that is all too often glossed over by his enthusiastic and well-heeled non-Muslim backers, who would prefer to pretend that he represents the dominant mainstream.” I guess this is why FOX News has Jasser on even though he has no following! I suppose we all want to believe that Islam can be reformed from a non-violent religion which doesn’t want Sharia law to be the law of the land in the U.S. or in any country, but this is just a myth and we know what mainstream Islam believes based upon its official doctrine in the Quran and elsewhere. But when one sees Jasser on FOX News, the uninformed would think he does have a following and that he represents at the very least some form of Islam – when in fact he doesn’t. In my opinion FOX does a disservice to us by giving the impression that Jasser has a following or can “reform” Islam.
Jasser in the debate tried to give some historical precedence of what he is doing (trying to reform Islam separating “Mosque and State”) throughout history. Spencer’s counter was that the historical times Jasser referenced were actually times where in fact Jews and Christians were suppressed and persecuted by Muslims or were during periods Islam wasn’t the military force it had been (thus not being able to impose Sharia the way Muslims wanted to). The other example Jasser gave, was that of Muslim Alija Izetbegović who had been imprisoned and claimed that he felt like he was practicing more of Islam in private than he ever had. Here, Jasser was trying to imply that Sharia law could be individual and private and not imposed upon a particular secular government. But Spencer’s counter was in my opinion the best portion of the debate in saying that he wished Izethbegovic had in fact stayed in prison (as Jasser referenced) and practiced his private Islam, because when he got out, he sought to try and establish an Islamic state in the Balkans imposing his beliefs upon others. In fact Izethbegovic’s writing and influence did nothing but promote the suppression and persecutions of Christians that we see in Muhamad himself as the supreme example and within Islam in general. It is a farce to propose that one can internalize and privatize Sharia Law, when in fact by definition Sharia Law is corporate and national dictating taxes for citizens, morality for society, corporate punishments etc…
Here are just a few examples of what Jasser is saying which demonstrates he doesn’t understand the teachings of Islam or that he has no shot at “reforming” it into something it never was to begin with:
Zuhdi Jasser: “Nowhere in the Quran does God tell Muslims how to establish and run their governments,”
The Truth: Just a couple examples – in the Quran 2:82; 9:29; and 5:38 are details on how to conduct court witnesses and Muslims are told how to deal (thus civil and corporate law) with thieves by amputating limbs etc…
Zuhdi Jasser: “Nowhere in the Quran does God tell Muslims that they must repeat and thus emulate the Prophet Muhammad’s role and actions as a military or governmental leader…”
The Truth: In the Quran 33:21 “Verily there is for you a good example (read iswa or uswa) in the Messenger of God, to emulate in combat and in holding one’s ground [therein], for whoever (li-man substitutes for lakum, ‘for you’) hopes for [the encounter with] God, fears Him, and the Last Day, and remembers God often, in contrast to those who do not.”
Zuhdi Jasser: “Nowhere in the Quran does God tell Muslims that they must impose their beliefs, practices and rituals upon others…”
The Truth: In the Quran 2:193 it reads, “Fight them till there is no sedition, no idolatry, and the religion, all worship, is for God, alone and none are worshipped apart from Him;…” And in the famous passage in Quran 9:29 it clearly reads, (MUHSIN KHAN translation): “Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Zuhdi Jasser: “And most certainly, (4) nowhere in the Quran does God tell myopic automatons to instigate murderous, terrorist actions against civilians and other noncombatants who, by definition, are incapable of causing them harm.”
The Truth: In the Quran 4:89 it reads, “They long, they wish, that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, so then you, and they, would be equal, in unbelief; therefore do not take friends from among them, associating with them, even if they should [outwardly] manifest belief, until they emigrate in the way of God, a proper emigration that would confirm their belief; then, if they turn away, and remain upon their ways, take them, as captives, and slay them wherever you find them; and do not take any of them as a patron, to associate with, or as a helper, to assist you against your enemy.”
Again, Jasser’s undermining premise that he and other Muslims can “separate mosque and state” goes against basic Islam 101 and what is contained and taught in it’s “holy” books and revelations concerning Sharia Law:
“Unlike many religions, Islam includes a mandatory and highly specific legal and political plan for society called Sharia, which translates approximately as “way” or “path.” The precepts of Sharia are derived from the commandments of the Quran and the Sunnah (the teachings and precedents of Muhammad as found in the reliable hadiths and the Sira). Together, the Quran and the Sunnah establish the dictates of Sharia, which is the blueprint for the good Islamic society. Because Sharia originates with the Quran and the Sunnah, it is not optional. Sharia is the legal code ordained by Allah for all mankind. To violate Sharia or not to accept its authority is to commit rebellion against Allah, which Allah’s faithful are required to combat.
There is no separation between the religious and the political in Islam; rather Islam and Sharia constitute a comprehensive means of ordering society at every level. While it is in theory possible for an Islamic society to have different outward forms — an elective system of government, a hereditary monarchy, etc. — whatever the outward structure of the government, Sharia is the prescribed content. It is this fact that puts Sharia into conflict with forms of government based on anything other than the Quran and the Sunnah.
The precepts of Sharia may be divided into two parts:
- Acts of worship (al-ibadat), which includes:Ritual Purification (Wudu), Prayers (Salah)
Fasts (Sawm and Ramadan), Charity (Zakat), Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj).
- Human interaction (al-muamalat), which includes: Financial transactions, Endowments, Laws of inheritance, Marriage, divorce, and child care, Food and drink (including ritual slaughtering and hunting), Penal punishments, War and peace, Judicial matters (including witnesses and forms of evidence)
As one may see, there are few aspects of life that Sharia does not specifically govern. Everything from washing one’s hands to child-rearing to taxation to military policy fall under its dictates. Because Sharia is derivate of the Quran and the Sunnah, it affords some room for interpretation. But upon examination of the Islamic sources (see above), it is apparent that any meaningful application of Sharia is going to look very different from anything resembling a free or open society in the Western sense. The stoning of adulterers, execution of apostates and blasphemers, repression of other religions, and a mandatory hostility toward non-Islamic nations punctuated by regular warfare will be the norm. It seems fair then to classify Islam and its Sharia code as a form of totalitarianism.”
- 51% of Muslims in the U.S. back some form of Sharia.
- 77% of Muslims in S. Asia support Sharia.
- 74% of Muslims in S.E. Asia support Sharia.
- 64% of Muslims in various areas of Africa support Sharia.
- 99% of Afghanistan’s want Sharia law (we have allowed 11,000 to have green cards from Afghanistan – in 2009-2013).
- 91% in Iraq want Sharia law (we have allowed 83,000 Iraqis [same time period] to have green cards).
- 84% in Pakistan want Sharia law (we have allowed 83,000 Pakistanis to have green cards [within the same time period]).
- (updated) – If this all wasn’t scary enough, it was just reported that our government totally lost track of at least 9000 Muslims that came over here on a temporary VISA, and some were very questionable!
Again, to implement Sharia law means waging war against unbelievers (non-Muslims).
When a sect within a particular religion seeks “reform” it requires going back to the teachings and life examples of its main prophet(s) to establish such. When one compares Islam’s Muhammad with Christianity’s Jesus there is no comparison!
From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry to the end He described His kingdom in nothing but spiritual terms: living water, bread from heaven, a spiritual way, a spiritual life (“eternal life”) etc… Jesus clearly rejected the common Jewish literal/geo-political and militaristic views of the kingdom (cf. John 6).
Jesus taught that His “kingdom is not of this world” and that when it would come (at His return in His AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation”) it would not be discerned by our physical eyes, because the realm of fulfillment would be “within” (Luke 17:20-21; Luke 21:27-32; John 18:36). The Father and Son made their home/abode “in” the Church when the heavenly Temple/New Jerusalem descended from heaven and clothed the Church while on and upon the earth (John 14:2-3, 23; 2 Cor. 4:18–5:1-10–6:16; Rev. 21:2ff.). The believer today has been raised from the dead and “the hope of glory” which is “Christ in you” is now a “hope realized” in the New Covenant age (Cols. 1:27; Prov. 13:12). Unlike Islam’s Muhammad, which on more than one occasion was found to be a false prophet predicting the end of the world, Jesus predicted the end of the world of the old covenant age connected to the destruction of the Temple in His “this generation” (Matthew 24:1-34). In AD 70, Christ and the NT inspired authors were found faithful and true witnesses with the old covenant kingdom passing and the new being realized “within in.”
Zuhdi Jasser says he is seeking ways to pass on the faith of his fathers to his children and “reform” it – but unfortunately he is “reforming it” beyond recognition of what it actually teaches. I humbly suggest that he find a “Faithful and True” prophet (Jesus Christ) and simply follow His straightforward teachings on a personal, intimate, internal relationship within His kingdom, that can and does harmonize with Western democratic principles? Just a thought.
I would be willing to have a symposium with Zuhdi Jasser and Robert Spencer and discuss and debate these topics:
- Did in fact Muhammad teach that the last hour and end of the world would take place within the lifetime of some of his living audience? “Anas reported: A young boy of Mughira b. Shu’ba happened to pass by (the Holy Prophet) and he was of my age. Thereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: If he lives long he would not grow very old till the Last Hour would come (to the old People of this generation).” (Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 7053). Did in fact Muhammad predict did everyone would die on planet earth within a hundred years (thus predicting the end time/last hour events of the judgment and resurrection): “Once the Prophet led us in the ‘Isha’ prayer during the last days of his life and after finishing it (the prayer) (with Taslim) he said: “Do you realize (the importance of) this night? Nobody present on the surface of the earth tonight will be living after the completion of one hundred years from this night.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 1 Book 3, Number 116).
Michael Sullivan: Yes I affirm that Muhammad taught this and therefore was a false prophet and thus Islam a false religion.
Robert Spencer: I assume would agree with me here.
Zuhdi Jasser: Would deny that Muhammad taught this and remains a valid prophet.
- Did in fact Jesus (and the NT) teach that the “last hour” and Christ’s return would take place within the lifetime of some of his living audience? “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16:27-28). “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:34-36). “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:17-18). Concerning the last “hour” of God’s judgment and Christ coming like a thief in the book of Revelation it is said that these events would be fulfilled “shortly, soon,” “at hand,” “quickly,” “about to,” to a first century Christian audience (Revelation 1:1, 19YLT, 3:3, 11; 14:7; 22:6-7, 10-12, 22).
Michael Sullivan: Yes, I affirm that Jesus taught that the “last hour” and His Second Coming would take place to close the old covenant age or the “world” and “heaven and earth” of the old covenant system in by AD 70. Therefore, I affirm Jesus is a “Faithful and True” witnesses and the NT is the inspired Word of God.
Robert Spencer: Would deny that Jesus taught that the “last hour” would be fulfilled in the first century.
Zuhdi Jasser: Would no doubt affirm that Jesus taught this and proves Allah’s revelation on Jesus was corrupted by the Christians and therefore the Bible cannot be reliable.
Islam’s “Holy Land” Theology
As already discussed Islam believes that the planet belongs to Allah and that they are to wage war with all countries that will not submit to Allah and his law. This logically leads to their belief that any land previously or once conquered in the name of Allah will ALWAYS remain Islamic holy land. So one can readily see that this religious system will never recognize Israel as a country today or her appeals throughout history that it belongs to them – is moot.
One must also remember that inherent in Islamic theology is its exhortation to willfully deceive Allah’s enemies or unbelievers (and specifically Jews and Christians). This makes it very difficult to listen to “peaceful” “moderate” Muslims trying to separate themselves from “radicals” or take seriously any peace talks or political treaties coming from ANY of them.
Even the alleged “moderate” “reformer” Zuhdi Jasser made a slip of the tongue in the last 5 minutes of an interview challenging his “reformed” views referring to Israel as “occupied territory.” So no matter how you slice it, even Jasser who is trying to practically form his own Islamism, subscribes to some form of religious and divine rights to “holy land” throwing more oil on an existing fire – not bringing a “peaceful” solution in any way shape or form.
Concluding Islam’s Eschatology
In a nut-shell this is what we have found wrong with Islamic eschatology:
First, Islam has simply borrowed most of its views of an “in the land” “end time” “holy war” prophetic scenario from the OT and NT, and then tried to marry it to “Allah” and alleged new “revelations” from “Muhammad” in which they are the good guys and the Christians and Jews (and their religions) are the bad guys. This in and of itself is the foundational problem – Arabs tried to steal bits and pieces from the Jews OT and Christians NT, to unite them into having one religion that was superior to that of the Jews and Christians.
Secondly, like the “Christian” Dispensational Zionist movement, virtually all the Islamic sects in the Middle East today believe their wars are “signs” of the truly imminent Second Coming (their version of it at least) and their unique end time players. I.S.I.S. is actually trying to force the countries of the world into a war with them, because they are wanting to usher in their “end time” “holy war” “prophecies.” This makes Islam extremely dangerous.
Thirdly, as I will demonstrate more in parts 2-3 of this series, Muhammad and Islam have made false predictions of the “last hour” and Jesus’ Second Coming – claiming that Jesus was supposed to return within some of the lifetimes of Muhammad’s contemporary audience. This is a “false prophecy” in two respects: 1. Jesus promised that He would return in some of the life times and contemporary generation He spoke to in order to end the “last hour” of the old covenant age/world and DID in AD 70 (Matt. 10:22-23; Matt. 16:27-28; Matt. 24:34-36). Since Jesus already fulfilled these prophecies, Islam is a non-starter in claiming they are future and 2. it is a false prophecy in that obviously Jesus didn’t return in some of the lifetimes of Muhammad’s audience (according to its own expectations of what the Second Coming is supposed to be).
Fourthly, in spite of what the media would like to try and tell us, Islam simply CANNOT BE “REFORMED” into a non-violent religion. The more one want’s to “reform” it and get back to the main teachings and examples of Muhammad the more violent and extreme this religion gets. We have also seen that the Islam in the Middle East is the REAL and CONSISTENT Islam – not what some here in the U.S. are trying to pawn off as Islam.
Fifthly, our political leaders such as President Obama are simply clueless on how to HONESTLY deal with Islam’s theology/eschatology. It is beyond scary for a U.S. President to constantly be defending Islam as a “peaceful religion” and then attack anyone who speaks out against Islam – giving accurate statistics and giving a proper treatment of this horrific “religion.” Obama and his administration trying to blame global warming for the origins of I.S.I.S or them not having job opportunities — as some of the root causes and problems is not only not factual but are extremely embarrassing (as representing our country) to make! Such policies and comments coming from Obama on Islam have caused many to wonder if he is secretly a Muslim. No matter what one thinks of his motives on Islam, the FACTS communicate that his policies are making our Country a less safe to live.
And lastly, I will close by contrasting Christianity’s Jesus with Islam’s Muhammad:
- Jesus was born of a virgin (having divine origins). Muhammad born naturally – but conceded that Jesus was born miraculously of a virgin.
- Jesus claimed to be and proved to be God (see above and below). Muhammad a mere man.
- Jesus proved to be God and divine by being tested of Satan (without sin), driving out demons, and ultimately defeating Satan through the cross and His Second Coming in AD 70. Muhammad thought on several occasions that he was demon possessed.
- Jesus taught that his words were those of the Fathers and those that would accept them would receive eternal life (male and female).
Muhammad had to retract the “satanic verses” from his teachings, and eternal life is only for men and not women in Islam.
- There are no contradictions within Jesus’ teachings.
There are plenty of contradictions within Muhammad’s teachings and again some of them being attributed to Satan.
- Jesus performed miracles proving He was a prophet. According to the Quran, Muhammad performed no miracles. Realizing this was a problem when trying to sell Muhammad’s teachings and Islam to Christians, they later began attributing miracles to Muhammad hundreds of years later in Hadiths etc…
- Jesus was the Great High Priest (and Lamb of God) being a mediator between God and man restoring God presence with man.
Muhammad served no such role – except to deny that Jesus ever died on the cross and rose from the dead.
- Jesus is a risen and eternal King ruling from heaven – and His kingdom continues to grow. His kingdom was not of this world and His servants have never had to fight with a sword to produce converts. The “sword of the Spirit” (the Word of God), and the effectual call of the Holy Spirit produce repentance and faith – followers of Christ. Muhammad attempted to be some kind of a king (after the way of others through violence). If he ever even did exist, he is dead and long gone. His religion is spread through violence and coercion.
- Jesus lived a sinless life. Muhammad again thought he was demon possessed on several occasions, lived a life of stealing, raping, and killing – leaving this as an example for his followers to emulate.
- Jesus rose from the dead proving He was God (up to 500 witnessing to this event). He and the Father have made their home within believers. Muhammad if he even existed is long dead and gone.
- Jesus came to serve – demonstrating true humility and leadership. He was God and had nothing to prove by “lording it over” others as was and continues to be the “way of the Gentiles.” Muhammad came to be served and subject Jews and Christians to its violence – “the way of the Gentiles.”
- Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets and did. We have prophetic material thousands of years predicting his birth, what He would do in his life and ministry, death, resurrection, ascension, and coming upon the clouds as the eternal Ancient of Days. Muhammad’s (if he even existed) gave NEW “revelations” which served to give the Arab’s a religion/political/military movement to unite them. No miraculous predictions of Muhammad’s life. Muhammad even conceded that Jesus was the Messiah of the Jews – thus fulfilling their prophecies concerning Him.
- Jesus is worshiped – because He proved to be God. Muhammad proved to be a thief, liar, pervert (having sex with a 9 year old girl), killer, and founder of a false religion.
- There is historical evidence that Jesus existed and performed miracles (even from non-Christian sources) – during the life of Christ and shortly after. One might be surprised to learn that there is no real historical evidence that Muhammad even existed (see Robert Spencer’s books and Reformed theologian Robert Morey on this point) – during his life or shortly after. Because of this many historians and theologians believe he was created to unite the Arabs giving them a political/military/religious cause. Instead of converting to Christianity, they created their own.
- Jesus said blessed are the peace makers for they shall receive peace. Islam teaches that those that perform Jihad and kill the infidels.
- Jesus taught that the greatest commandment was to love God and your neighbor as yourself. Islam teaches the greatest commandment is to love Allah and wage Jihad.
- Jesus condemned anyone trying to protect him with a sword. Muhammad demanded and needed bodyguards in his presence.
- Christ was crucified for His church. Islam promoted crucifying others.
- Christ put in the hearts of the early Church to sell their possessions and give to the poor. Muhammad’s followers lived off of stealing from others.
- Christ makes His people cheerful givers to encourage ministry to the poor and for the preaching of the gospel. Islamic mosques need to tax or force non-Muslims to pay for the spread of their religion.
- OT or Old Covenant war prescribed to inherit “in the land” promises pointed typologically to NT or New Covenant promises to be fulfilled spiritually and peacefully “In Christ” (the ultimate fulfillment). Chronology from Quran is from peace to violence (with later writings being most important and taken precedence over earlier ones).
- Apostates in Christianity are simply said to be professors of Christ (not true Christians) going out from us, for if they were of us they would have continued with us. Apostates in Islam are to be killed. Professing believers in Christ that become Muslim are not killed by other Christians. Muslims that leave the empty and hateful religion of Islam for Christianity be-headed by Muslims.
- Christ commands Christians to love their enemies. Islam teaches that one is not to be-friend non-Muslims but rather to enslave them, tax them, and ultimately kill them if they do not convert to Islam.
- Christ commands the husbands in His Church to love their wives as Christ loves the Church. Christ gives eternal life to women. Quran teaches men that they can beat their wives and that women cannot inherit eternal life – only men can.
- Christ and Christianity needs no suicide bombings from its followers or from the children of its followers to survive and thrive. Islam commends and encourages suicide bombings from its followers and its children in order to thrive and survive.
- Jesus predicted and promised that His Second Coming / Parousia would take place within some of the lifetimes of those He spoke to and in their AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation” to bring an end to the old covenant age and establish the new covenant age. In AD 70 He did just that (see my/our book, “House Divided Bridging the Gap in Reformed Eschatology…”) – coming upon the clouds of heaven “as the Ancient of Days” to be “worshiped” (cf. Dan. 7:13-14 (OG) LXX/NIV/Matt. 26:62-64/Rev. 1:7, 13-18). Muhammad taught that the “last hour” would take place within a hundred years of those he spoke to, and demonstrated once again that he was a false prophet.
Part 2 of this series will focus on the eschatology of modern day Judaism and its claims to an “end time,” “holy land,” “holy war.” We will also cross-examine their claims that Christians have made up a “Second Coming” and that Messiah was never thought to be divine and bring about the forgiveness of sins. Stay tuned! Go to part 2 on Judaism here: http://fullpreterism.com/a-full-preterist-response-to-in-the-land-end-of-time-holy-war-eschatologies-part-2-judaism/
Part 1 Islam – Refuting “Holy Land” “End Time” “Holy War” Eschatology: http://fullpreterism.com/a-full-preterist-response-to-in-the-land-end-time-holy-war-eschatologies-part-1-islam/
Part 2 Judaism – Refuting “Holy Land” “End Time” “Holy War” Eschatology: http://fullpreterism.com/a-full-preterist-response-to-in-the-land-end-of-time-holy-war-eschatologies-part-2-judaism/
Part 3 “Christian” Dispensational Zionism – Refuting “Holy Land” “End Time” “Holy War” Eschatology: http://fullpreterism.com/a-full-preterist-response-to-holy-land-end-time-holy-war-eschatologies-part-3-christian-dispensational-zionism/
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 Gregory M. Davis, Islam 101, http://www.jihadwatch.org/islam-101
 Christopher Logan, Logan’s Warning Challenges the WND Interview of Zuhdi Jasser, Monday, 25 February 2013, http://www.rightsidenews.com/2013022632059/editorial/us-opinion-and-editorial/logans-warning-challenges-the-wnd-interview-of-zuhdi-jasser.html
 Logan, Ibid.
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 Pamela Geller, Jasser’s Jihad, http://pamelageller.com/2009/05/jassers-jihad.html/