This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley
The Ottoman Empire existed from 1299 until 1922. It was in many respects the Islamic successor to the Eastern leg of the Roman Empire and like the Roman Empire it had its headquarters in Constantinople (Istanbul). At the peak of its power and influence, the Ottoman Empire extended from the Adriatic Sea in the west to the Caspian Sea in the east and from Austro-Hungary in the north to the southern tip of the Red Sea. It was at the center of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for 6 centuries. The Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War 1, having aligned itself with Germany. Its dissolution at the end of the war led to the formation of 40 new nations in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa, many of them on land once claimed by the Romans.
Suleiman The Magnificent
The Empire’s greatest days occurred under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent who reigned from 1520-1566. Only 25 years old when he came to power, Suleiman began his reign by performing many acts of kindness and mercy toward his people. He freed hundreds of slaves, showered his officers with gifts, and built a school for slaves. To the Ottomans he was known as The Lawgiver, having re-written the non-Shariah portions of the law. This was the law by which the Ottoman Empire was governed for all of the remaining years of its existence. Because of the humanitarian nature of his laws he was also called Suleiman the Just by his subjects.
Suleiman was a powerful conqueror for Islam. His armies pushed the boundaries of the Empire nearly to Vienna and his powerful navies controlled the Mediterranean. Because of the tribute he received Suleiman became one of the wealthiest men of all time. He never wore the same clothes twice, he ate from solid gold plates with jewel encrusted utensils and had a harem of over 300 women.
The Ottomans were tolerant toward the Jews and welcomed thousands of them into the Empire after King Ferdinand expelled them from Spain in 1492. Suleiman’s father had wrested control of what is now Israel from Egypt in 1517 and Suleiman fell in love with Jerusalem, ordering its walls rebuilt in 1535. It was the first successful rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls since the Romans destroyed the city in 70 AD and Suleiman’s walls can still be seen surrounding the Old City today.
According to Nehemiah, the Persian King Artaxerxes Longimonus issued a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem following the Babylonian destruction. He did this in the spring of the 20th year of his reign (Nehemiah 2:1). On our calendar it would have been March of 445BC. On the 483rd anniversary of this decree Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on what we know as the first Palm Sunday, fulfilling the prophecy from Daniel 9:25 of the Lord’s 1st Coming as Israel’s Messiah. Then in 68-70 AD the city was destroyed by the Romans. After centuries of being rebuilt and then torn down by various conquering groups, the walls around Jerusalem were finally rebuilt for good by Suleiman beginning in 1535 AD, and during his reign the city enjoyed an exceptional period of peace and religious tolerance.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Turkey is the surviving remnant of the Ottoman Empire. Following their defeat in WW1 the Empire was divided up by the victorious Western powers. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had been a high ranking Ottoman officer and led the effort to found the Republic of Turkey. He set about to make it a secular nation in the style of western democracies. While endorsing Islam, he limited it to the status of a religion instead of allowing it to be the political force it had been. He saw to the suspension of the Ottoman Caliphate and Sultanate, clearing the way for the newly formed National Parliament to assume ultimate power. Among the many changes he enforced were the institution of a new language and alphabet, the adoption of western style of dress and mandatory 2nd names for men, and the granting of full political rights to women.
Until recently, Turkey has been viewed as a western nation. With membership in NATO and more than a dozen military and commercial treaties with Israel, Turkey has been an important western ally in the Middle East. In fact, many students of prophecy have seen Turkey’s alignment with the west as a major obstacle to an early fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39. It appears from a study of the modern equivalents to the Biblical names mentioned there that Turkey has to be among the Islamic forces that will invade Israel in the future.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Lately there’s been a major shift in Turkish politics in what could be a dramatic step toward the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38. After stalling for years, the EU has put Turkey’s application for membership on the back burner and as of now a majority of EU ministers oppose Turkey’s admission to the Union.
Perhaps as a result of this Turkey has begun to look to the East, and current Prime Minister Erdogan is fast becoming a regional Muslim leader by criticizing Israel—particularly after the Gaza war. His clout is spreading from the streets of Gaza to Beirut, Damascus, and Cairo—the traditional strongholds of Arab nationalism.
PM Erdogan is by far the country’s most popular political leader enjoying wide support among the Turkish people, due in part to his frequent criticism of Israel. He’s become convinced that instead of relying on outside powers to bring peace to the Middle East the Ottoman Empire should be re-born to take the lead. He’s been quoted as saying, “Turkey’s goal is to live in peace with all countries and restore the might of the Ottoman Empire.”
In this regard, a recent article by historian Robert E. Kaplan entitled ,”The US Helps Reconstruct The Ottoman Empire” has been getting some attention. Dr. Kaplan’s specialty is modern Europe and he received his doctorate from Cornell University. His article was published by the Gatestone Institute, “an international organization dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report.”
In the article Dr. Kaplan shows that with the exception of Iraq, the ultimate outcome of each American military intervention in Europe and the Middle East since the mid 1990′s has been the replacement of a secular government with an Islamist regime in an area that was formerly part of the Ottoman Empire. Providing detailed documentation, Dr. Kaplan wrote the article more to raise awareness of what he sees as US strategy in the region rather than to draw any conclusions.
It turns out that there are three primary beneficiaries of a revived Ottoman empire. Turkey is an obvious one because Turkey is the surviving remnant of the original empire and is the logical choice to head up a revived version. Germany is another beneficiary. Germany had a close and beneficial relationship with the Ottomans in the years leading up to WW1 and is working behind the scenes with the US in the hope of regaining its influence in the Muslim world. And the US benefits because like Turkey the New Ottoman Empire would be primarily composed of the Sunni sect of Islam. Helping the Sunnis get control of the Middle East would further marginalize Shiite Iran, something the US sees as being strategically important.
If this is what’s really going on, it could help to explain Pres. Obama’s efforts to reconcile with the Islamic world, why he included Turkey in his first overseas tour upon taking office, and why he seemed to be so obviously on the side of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood in their efforts to unseat Hosni Mubarak’s secular government in Egypt. It would also help to explain Turkey’s decision to build a $100 million mosque/cultural center in Lanham, Maryland, about 30 minutes by car from the White House. It is expected to “be the largest and most striking example of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere” when it is finished in 2014.
The Man With No Name (Yet)
A Revived Ottoman Empire would send students of prophecy scurrying back into their Bibles to see if the re-birth of the Ottoman Empire could fulfill the prophecy of the so-called revived Roman Empire. There are already some who believe the 7th Kingdom of Rev. 17:10 is the Ottoman Empire, and they point out that Constantinople is also a city on seven hills. If so, its Islamic heritage would confirm the identity of the one world End Times religion as Islam. It would also support the idea that the end times Islamic leader called al-Mahdi could be the anti-Christ.
As details of Islamic eschatology become more widely known, prophecy students are discovering a striking similarity between Islamic prophecies of al Mahdi and Christian prophecies of the anti-Christ. I’ve made mention of these in several previous articles, how both come on the scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth, both come claiming a desire to restore peace, both have a seven year reign, both head a one world religion and one world government, both claim supernatural origins, and both reigns end in a battle between good and evil that brings Earth’s final judgment. Could they be one and the same? The legend surrounding al-Mahdi as being in occlusion (supernaturally hidden) since the 10th century could make him the 8th king who belongs to the seven, just like Rev. 17:11 says.
As you can see we might have an interesting circumstantial case here for a revived Ottoman Empire. It’s not something to build doctrine on just yet, but it certainly bears watching. One nice thing about our times is we won’t have long to wait before we find out how these prophecies are fulfilled. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 06-01-13
By Ken Connor
America’s obsession with political correctness is undermining our security and our Constitution. So argues newly-initiated American citizen Ayaan Hirsi Ali in an article suggesting that the United States do more to screen out “political Islamists” from its pool of aspiring citizens.
Famous for her controversial book, Infidel, Ms. Ali knows better than most the potent influence that political Islam wields. Raised in a Muslim home and living in several Muslim dominated countries, she experienced the outworking of Islamic thought in her own life and found its subjugation of women to be intolerable. When she and her friend, Dutch filmmaker Theodore van Gogh, produced a film detailing the exploitation of women under Islam, they experienced the backlash firsthand. Van Gogh was murdered by Muslim avengers for daring to criticize Islam, and Ali was forced into hiding to avoid the same fate.
The kind of radicalism on display in the murder of Van Gogh, the hacking to death of a British soldier last week in London, the Fort Hood massacre, the 9/11 terror attacks, the Boston bombing and similar terror attacks are the outworking of what Ali refers to as “political” Islam. Different from a purely spiritual interpretation of the Prophet’s teachings (which was, for a time, the more common expression of Islam in the Middle East), political Islam “prescribes a set of specific social, economic and legal practices in a way that is very different from the more general social teachings (such as calls to practice charity or strive for justice) found in the spiritual dimension of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and other world religions.”
For this reason, Ali concludes, political Islam is fundamentally incompatible with liberal democracy and the kind of pluralistic society that flows from it. America is a land that cherishes equality and freedom and provides a legally protected sphere for these things. So long as the rule of law is observed and no harm is done to their neighbor, Americans have a great deal of latitude in how they live their lives and what they believe. They are free to worship God or not. They are free to live lives of moral purity, or to engage in what some would call sin and licentiousness. Women can choose to remain in the home, or they can pursue a career. The list goes on and on.
Of course, everyone has their own ideas about what constitutes the “right way” to live. Many devote their time to speaking and writing publicly about which values best foster a free and just society. I happen to believe that the morals and ethics that emanate from the Judeo-Christian tradition serve liberty and justice better than those which are derived from other faith traditions. Heaven knows, however, there are many who disagree. The great thing about living in America is, we can disagree vehemently about these things without having to fear that our ideological detractors will kill us.
Back to Ali and her point about political Islam. The young brothers who plotted the Boston marathon attack are perfect examples of why a person who embraces their brand of political Islam ought not to be embraced by America. These immigrant brothers had completed, or were on the track to complete, the naturalization process. In the meantime, they benefited from the best America had to offer, but because of their adherence to political Islam they spurned Lady Liberty’s gift of freedom in favor of the violence and hatred of jihad.
This growing phenomenon is no trivial matter, and it’s time for the American government and its people to wake up and to take meaningful action to protect our country from political Islam and its devotees. Ali explains why:
“It is reasonable to ask yourself: How many more young men like Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are already living a double life in America, ready to take up arms for the cause of political Islam? And how many more will be naturalized this year? None? That seems pretty unlikely.In a 2011 Pew survey, 1% of American Muslims said that suicide bombings were “often justified”—a tiny proportion, to be sure. The overwhelming majority of American Muslims want to lead peaceful lives. But 7% of those surveyed said that suicide bombers were “sometimes justified,” and 5% said they were “rarely justified.” Taking Pew’s conservative estimate that Muslims now constitute 0.6% of the adult population of the U.S., this means that more than 180,000 American Muslims regard suicide bombings as being justified in some way.Still more worrisome, a 2007 survey by Pew revealed that Muslim Americans under the age of 30 are twice as likely as older Muslims to believe that suicide bombings in defense of Islam can be justified. The same survey revealed that 7% of American Muslims between the ages of 18 and 29 had a “favorable” view of al Qaeda.To repeat: The proportion may be small, but the number of Americans committed to political Islam and willing to contemplate violence to advance it is surely not trivial. And rising immigration from the Muslim world is likely to increase the proportion of Americans sympathetic to political Islam.”
Ms. Ali, an American citizen for less than half a year, understands what so many Americans increasingly fail to appreciate: The conferral of American citizenship on those who are not born here is not a right, it is an ENORMOUS privilege. Screening would-be citizens for beliefs that are antithetical to the American Constitution and democratic way of life is not immoral, or racist, or xenophobic; it is the responsible thing to do. As Americans, our foremost obligation is to the Constitution and the citizens it protects, not to radicals who feign allegiance even as they plan to undermine this country and all it represents.
Hirsi Ali’s article is sure to provoke angst and consternation among liberals who embrace notions of moral and religious relativism, but for those who want to keep Americans safe from the Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s of the world, we would do well to give her ideas thoughtful consideration. That is, of course, if our government isn’t too busy investigating the nefarious motives of the Tea Party and branding anyone who dares cast a critical eye at the Obama Administration as a potential enemy of the state.
CJS Forum: Trevor Thomas suggests that a decaying culture with a waning appreciation for the value of human life is what allowed Kermit Gosnell to do what he did: What Gave Us Gosnell?
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The history of Islam in Europe and how it effects us to this day. This is a history based on numbers and facts that you may not see anywhere else and explains why we may be afraid to see Islam for what it is based on its own doctrine and practice.
You know that really beautiful verse from the Quran that you always hear about on TV, about how if someone kills another person unjustly, it's like he killed all mankind?
Well, we didn't get the whole context of the verse in the soundbite.
Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.
Got this peice from middle east forum , read this and then you will see that nobody wants them. The Palestine have a right to hate Israel , but why do they not complain about their own Arab nations expelled them??????????? This is history and there is no decent Arab counties they hate their own .
Kuwait Expels Thousands of Palestinians…
E-mail from a veteran friend on Monday, October 22, 2012
A few years ago, Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khomenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.
In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:
Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan, discovered by a Jew, Dr.
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.
Obama rewrites history. And we have another rewriter of history, Rep. Ellison, in Congress. If they can’t get this right…hmmm…
Here you go if you want to hear American History according to Islam
Isaiah 66:7-8: Before going into labor, she gave birth; before her pains came, she delivered a male child. Who ever heard of such at thing? Who has ever seen such things? Is a country born in one day? Is a nation brought forth all at once? For as soon as Tziyon went into labor, she brought forth her children. – Stern’s Complete Jewish Bible
Isaiah prophecied that Israel would become a nation again and that it would happen in one day!
Bible passage: Isaiah 66:7-8
Prophet: Isaiah Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
David Wood — once arrested in Dearborn, MI and tried for SWC (speaking while Christian) — joins Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer for a conference on the conflict between Sharia law & the U.S. Constitution, the honor killing of Muslim girls and the religious inspiration for that grisly practice.
They say what goes around comes around, or to paraphrase the Good Book, you reap what you sow. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in recent global data on abortion. For years, feminists have maintained that women will not be truly free or equal unless they are free to abort their unborn children. They have sought to elevate abortion to sacramental status. It has been the defining issue of the feminist movement for decades.
Ironically, this ideology of “liberation” and the reckless disregard for innocent life that it engenders hurts females more than any other group. Turns out that in many corners of the world, women face a much more fundamental form of discrimination than anything imagined by their western counterparts. We’re all familiar with the horrors of honor killings, acid attacks, and genital mutilation that occur with appalling regularity in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. What’s less well-known is that some of these same cultures are taking advantage of technological advances like gender-determination ultrasound in order to engage in aggressive search and destroy missions against unborn females.
So prevalent is this trend that the delicate balance required to maintain healthy populations is becoming badly skewed. According to an article in The New Atlantis:
“The practice has become so ruthlessly routine in many contemporary societies that it has impacted their very population structures, warping the balance between male and female births and consequently skewing the sex ratios for the rising generation toward a biologically unnatural excess of males. This still-growing international predilection for sex-selective abortion is by now evident in the demographic contours of dozens of countries around the globe – and it is sufficiently severe that it has come to alter the overall sex ratio at birth of the entire planet, resulting in millions upon millions of new ‘missing baby girls’ each year. In terms of its sheer toll in human numbers, sex-selective abortion has assumed a scale tantamount to a global war against baby girls.”
When feminists talk about abortion, they do so in terms of women’s rights. Legalized abortion empowers women, they assert, because it puts them in control over their bodies; it gives them the choice whether or not to bear a child who has been conceived. What these proponents of “liberty” fail to consider, however, is that in many cases women are “choosing” abortion at the behest of someone else. Cultural pressures, fear of retaliation, and other factors are driving them to end the lives of their unborn children because daughters are deemed undesirable. Thus, abortion is being used as an instrument of oppression against females, not as a tool of liberation.
No doubt abortion advocates would argue that it is not abortion that is at fault here, but backward cultures that are misusing the tools of liberty in order to further their misogynistic agendas. Third world abortion might be an abusive, repugnant phenomenon, but that says nothing about its use in the western world. Such logic is nothing short of delusional. When it comes to questions of life and death, there is little gray area. You are either an advocate of life, a supporter of inherent human dignity, or you aren’t. You can’t justify the killing of the unborn the name “choice” and then complain when others exercise that choice in ways you find objectionable.
So this leaves the feminists of the west in somewhat of a pickle. What will they make of these new demographic trends? Will they stick to their guns and defend the use of abortion even as a tool of gender-based infanticide? Will they attempt to somehow construct a “morality of abortion” in which only certain motivations for the procedure are deemed justifiable? Will they evade the issue altogether?
For the sake of millions of unborn women around the world, here’s hoping this trend puts some pressure the pro-abortion movement to reconsider the implications of their inhuman and inhumane conception of human “rights.”
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Here is a worthy article to read: Jihad by Aggrievement; Submission by Apology by Diana West. She hits the nail on the proverbial head as usual. But, there were a couple of comments that I want to share with you:
Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 2012-03-07 14:05
These raging delusional mobs burn our flags and images of our leaders with impunity in our own streets. They walk around our towns and cities with placards calling for the downfall of our governments, death to Jews and the return of Khyber. Our authorities do nothing to stop them despite the laws about racial hatred, incitement to murder and treason. There is no comment from our women’s libbers about the plight of their women, shackled, draped head to foot in cloth, circumcised, forced into marriages and murdered for adultery when they have been raped – not a word from the Friedans, Greers and Saradons of this world – schtum, completely silent, nothing from their lips either when an American woman journalist is gang raped by rampaging mobs in a square in Egypt. No apology from our leaders or our military that they fail to protect us. Indeed they are complicit in these crimes as their cowardly apologies for the burning of a few books provide the perpetrators of evil with a sense of security in their depravity, a knowledge that they can and are able to carry out dastardly deeds on our freedoms and our beings, using the laws of our democracies to do so whilst we support them with our taxes in social housing and free health care. Yet without aforethought our leaders bow and scrape to their leaders and abide the hideous laws they subscribe to, laws that breach every tenet of our Ten Commandments, of our freedom and our democracy. In Western terms a President or Prime Minister is bound to safeguard the citizens they are elected to serve. Nobody in the West is safeguarding our lives, not leaders in Europe or the Americas are ensuring our liberty and protecting our children’s future to live in peace and security as free citizens of free Western democracies. They embrace short term appeasement rather than long term security; they fear the repercussions of violent threats and as a result place at risk the long term survival of Western Civilization and the Judeo-Christian ethic of freedom, liberty, respect and love of life. We as free Western citizens must stand up and be counted; we need to shout from the roof tops that we will not abide this 1930′s style appeasement of our annihilation. We have to stop being complicit in our own destruction. Americans have the opportunity to get rid of the current White House incumbent who is selling those he should be protecting down the river as he bows and kowtows to tyrants. Europeans must pressure governments for the breakup of the EU and a return to the self-governing nation states that made Europe great. It’s a do or die situation and let’s do and not die.
Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 2012-03-07 17:42
Ever notice how anyone who calmly, rationally points out the substantial difference between Christianity and Islam is branded a racist, a hater, and an Islamophobe? A phobia is an irrational fear. I think it quite rational to fear people who want to kill me because of my faith, and destroy the Constitution and judicial system of the US.
Look, just look, with clear eyes at the unrest in the world. Subtract all the unrest where Muslims are involved, and see how many conflicts remain. One comes to mind, the Irish/Catholic conflict in Ireland, which is local, and although violent, localized in scope. Read the Qur’an and the Bible side by side. The difference is clear. The great commission of Islam is convert, conquer, or kill until all the world is Islamic.
Read what converts from Islam like Wafa Sultan, and Walid Shoebat have to say about their former faith.
As much as liberal forces attempt to erase the Judeo-Christian roots of Western Civilization they cannot. It is so ingrained into the psyche of its peoples that we cannot really wrap our minds around a belief system based on hatred.
You don’t have to be a hater to see that the Muslim agenda is the utter annihilation of Western Civilization. You do not have to be a hater to stand up and say, “No, you will not destroy my faith, my laws, my country, no matter what you call me.” We need not succumb to the epithets hurled at us to get us to acquiesce to the erosion of our civilization. They may stay here in the US, if they wish, but why should we allow them to build their mosques here when Christians may not build or even repair their churches, nor Jews their synagogues. I do not advocate aggression against Muslims, but I do believe we are engaged in a religious war. I take Gandhi’s approach of peaceful, non-violent resistance.
Look with unbiased eyes at the history of the last 40 years or so. How much violence has been committed by Muslims? Way, way more than that committed by adherents to any other faith.
When was the last time a group of Baptists commandeered a commercial flight, or a cruise ship, or took hostages. When? For a faith that has been hijacked by a few radicals, they sure seem to inflict a lot of damage.
If the US drilled its own oil, and fed its own people, the Muslim nations of the world would not have the time, nor the money to perpetrate violence on anyone. We are the problem because we enable them. Lets us feed our own, and supply our own, and let them do the same. Then the prosperous Muslims in the West will be busy sending money to feed and clothe their own people, instead of receiving subsidies to build mosques here. The entire Muslim world could be brought to its knees if we stopped buying their oil and selling them food. Let them scream all the insults they want, they would have their hands full with their own problems. The reason Muslims agitate and use our freedoms against us is because we are enabling them to do so. I’m not saying raise a gun, or a hand to them, just stop buying oil and selling them food and see how quickly things change.
I just figured that alot of time and thought went into these commentors’ comments that they were worth more than to be lost in the thread of Diane West’s article. Like her assessesment of appeasement, these commentors hit the nail on the head, too.
It’s been known for some time that Syria has one of the world’s most advanced chemical weapons programs, even though such things are illegal, and is probably in possession of the bulk of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs that the MSM (main stream media) delights in telling you never existed. Recent satellite imagery suggests significant efforts to update Syria’s known chemical weapons facilities. They’ve also mobilized reserves, set up alternate communication centers, and moved all official historical and legal documents out of Damascus. They did this because they believe that Israel will respond to a chemical attack by destroying Damascus with nuclear weaponry. They’ve recalled all their citizens living in Lebanon. They’ve purchased Russian arms and defensive systems costing hundreds of millions of dollars in an effort to protect Damascus.
An Oracle Concerning Damascus
“See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. (Isaiah 17:1-2)
Because of the language of these verses, many scholars believe that this prophecy was only partially fulfilled when the Assyrians defeated the Arameans and overran their capital, Damascus, in 732 BC. To this day Damascus is thought to be the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city with a 5000-year history and a population close to 2 million, yet Isaiah 17:1 indicates that it will one day cease to exist.
The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the LORD Almighty. “In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away. It will be as when a reaper gathers the standing grain and harvests the grain with his arm – as when a man gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim. (Isaiah 17:3-5)
This segment speaks of the defeat of Damascus in 732BC and the destruction of Samaria 10 years later (722 BC). Damascus continued to exist as part of the Assyrian Empire and is still here today, but the ruins of Samaria are just now being excavated out of the sandy soil of Israel. The systematic relocation of the ruling classes to the far reaches of the Assyrian Empire is also in view here, symbolized by the fat of Jacob’s body wasting away. This was standard Assyrian policy to reduce the likelihood of subsequent rebellion among their conquered peoples. Jacob and Ephraim are alternate names for the Northern Kingdom, and Samaria was its capital.
Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs,” declares the LORD, the God of Israel. (Isaiah 17:6)
In that day men will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense altars their fingers have made. In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation. (Isaiah 17:7-9)
This is another passage that’s problematic for those who try to consign the whole passage to history. There is simply no reason to believe that the Assyrians turned to God following their conquest of Aram and Israel. And far from abandoning their cities because of the Israelites, it was the Israelites who were defeated and dispersed. The yet future Jewish attack on Damascus causing the destruction and abandonment of Syrian cities, and the eventual return of the survivors to their God is a much more likely fulfillment. And it could happen soon.
You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines, though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain. (Isaiah 17:10-11)
Oh, the raging of many nations – they rage like the raging sea! Oh, the uproar of the peoples – they roar like the roaring of great waters! Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes them they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale. In the evening, sudden terror! Before the morning, they are gone! This is the portion of those who loot us (Israel), the lot of those who plunder us. (Isaiah 17:12-14)
Israel is not blind to these mounting threats, but until lately seems to have been ignoring them. That’s about to stop. Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has told the world he will not apologize for defending his country and will continue to do so even if it results in more confrontations. We can easily envision a scenario that escalates into the final fulfillment of Isaiah 17, the destruction of Damascus. Once again there will be sudden terror in the evening, and before morning they will be gone. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.
In the four days of protests since the discovery of burnt Qurans at Bagram air base 25 people, including two US soldiers, have died.
I’m so very glad that My God doesn’t insist that His children destroy the lives of those who hate Him. Instead, we are to pray for them. My God, the only true God and Father of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is not insecure about His diety. He knows who He is and how it will all turn out in the end, i.e., that every knee will bow before Him, both of those who hate Him and those who worship Him. He is Lord of lords, King of kings and God above all gods.
I’m also glad that He does not require men to blow themselves up or die by the sword for Him in order to enter His kingdom because His Son died in our stead in order that we may be saved from God’s wrath that is upon every unrepentant sinner. I’m glad that He drew me to Him by His love and not by a sword to my throat.
…in a Muslim world.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
Read the Articles here.
So, are the UN member states doing enough to protect women, children, Jews, Christians, Hindus and homosexuals from human rights violations from a certain religious/political/military group? Especially now that the Arab Spring has become an Arab rude Awakening of dictatorships in the middle east and north Africa, will we see the UN work feverishly to stop the human rights violations that are on a scale never seen before?
I greatly doubt it…
See the real CAIR and their effort to muzzle free speech in America. Click on the above subtitle for the article.
When an individual such as CAIR’s spokesman suggests that a blog site should be condemned, people should not get too alarmed. Intolerance of American institutions, including a desire to destroy a statue of Mohammed in the Supreme Court building, has been grist to CAIR’s mill since it was founded.
When MSNBC and other media outlets that use Associated Press for their news input can publish unfounded suggestions that one blogsite may have influenced a campaign of firebombing, without making any criticism at all, this is truly irresponsible.
Ahmed Deedat and Josh McDowell debate their beliefs concerning the truth of Jesus’ crucifixion. (2 hours)
They cannot keep oaths to anyone other than a fellow Muslim:
Bukhari:V7B67N427 “The Prophet said, ‘If I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath.’”
Qur’an 9:3 “Allah and His Messenger dissolve obligations.”
Qur’an 66:2 “Allah has already sanctioned for you the dissolution of your vows.”
Bukhari:V4B52N268 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘War is deceit.’”
Qur’an 4:142 “Surely the hypocrites strive to deceive Allah. He shall retaliate by deceiving them.”
Bukhari:V4B52N220 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with terror.’”
Qur’an:8:12 “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.”
Qur’an:8:57 “If you gain mastery over them in battle, inflict such a defeat as would terrorize them, so that they would learn a lesson and be warned.”
Ishaq:326 “If you come upon them, deal so forcibly as to terrify those who would follow, that they may be warned. Make a severe example of them by terrorizing Allah’s enemies.”
Qur’an:8:67 “It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until he has made a great slaughter in the land.”
I wasn’t going to go “there.” I wasn’t going to point out the hypocrisy of the Christian bashers but Doug Giles got me riled enough to do it. So here is my post on the double standards of Christian bashers who have been as loud as roaring lions when it comes to Christians’ beliefs and behaviors but quiet as church mice when it comes to Muslims’ beliefs and behaviors. Why does the ‘tude of tolerance apply toward everyone but Christians? Its not just the white European males’ religion anymore, by the way.
Here’s a white European male’s take on the bashing of another white European male’s faith, freely expressed on the football field and freely spoken of by a blogger back in August:
I wonder if the Tebow critics would be as mouthy about his faith if Tim’s name was Achmed and the god he praised after a TD was Allah. I doubt it. Why do I hesitate? Well, it’s principally because Christophobic toads are afraid to turn the verbal guns they use to berate Christians on Muslims, that’s why. Plus, they’d probably go to jail or get fired for “hate speech,” but good Lord, you can certainly rag on Christians, now can’t ‘cha?
Yes, my children, Christians are fair game because the brethren won’t retaliate with an underwear bomb when you rip on them, and ridiculing them won’t get one censored. The harpy head lice know it and thus proceed with their daft quips about Tim’s faith displays. Macho, macho men.
On the other hand, in this evil-is-good and good-is-evil highway to hell culture, Tim Tebow, a model citizen, points toward heaven or bows a Rodin-style knee to Yahweh, and boom … he’s the bad guy. Well, if that’s the way it is in this culture of corruption then I’m supporting the rebel, Tim Tebow. He’s a rebel with a cause. The others are ridiculous without a clue.
Oh, by the way, I thought bullying was banned in this nicey-nice milieu that the progressives have created. Did I miss a class where it is cool to mock the crap out of anyone who wears their faith in Jesus Christ on their sleeve? I must have because these jealous wannabes are going medieval on the Broncos’ QB.
There’s more that Giles points out in his article while using witty fecetiousness to make his think-about-it points. Read it here.
My, but the vitriole against Tebow’s faith is still spewing by the unregenerate to this day. Christ Jesus truly does offend the mind to reveal the heart. Let’s answer the question that the CBS’ Sports blogger posed in his blog post:
Well, not that this question is going to shake up anyone’s faith in God or that its answer will turn on the I-need-Jesus light bulb in the unregenerate mockers heart or mind, but here’s the scoop-Tim Tebow would be the best back-up that Kyle Orton ever had and! would probably make Kyle Orton look like a much better player. Its about God, not Tim Tebow. God gives us the desires of our heart and Tebow is paying it forward for that in his appreciation to God. which is why he shares his faith and would do so even if he were an office worker. Yes, he’d give a knee-bend praise to God for every successful contract he wrote up if he worked in an office. Yes, he would share his faith at the watercooler, too, even if he were not a success but an ordinary joe. Yes, his sharing would offend everyone who wishes Christians would go hide under a bushel basket. Okay, at least they would prefer these Christians to keep it to themselves.
Let’s put a final word on this well publicized instance of Christian bashing. To be fair, the blogger claims he has no problem with anyone’s faith, which begs to be asked, why write the article then? He says he has been in church himself. He brings up the thing about Tebow that bothers him-that Tebow doesn’t allow for being less than perfect. I don’t know why Tebow’s confidence in God’s purpose for his life means he doesn’t allow for this imperfection since being a Christian means that we are far from perfect in God’s sight apart from Christ Jesus. You’d think this blogger would know that. He has been in church before, as he pointed out.
I’m sure I’m not the only Christian who has been told to shut up, that a person’s relationship to God is personal. Ofcourse, that’s a wrong interpretation when its meant in a private kind of hush-hush, don’t-share-your-faith-with-me way. When one says they have a personal relationship with Christ it means as in a relationship, one on one, like one has with their Father or spouse. God is no longer a distant, impersonal entity. And just as we would not hide the love we have for our earthly father or keep quiet the wonderfulness of our spouse before others, so we boast in Christ Jesus. All the more since salvation from God’s wrath is found in none other than Christ Jesus.
As I was wanting to say in this post, if Christians were Muslims then there would be no flak. We would be defended by the unregenerate. We would have patient listening ears as we share our faith. We would receive smiles from the hearers when they decline the offer to become a Muslim. Though our islamic faith calls for the death of Jews, Christians, homosexuals and all infidels who do not revert and bow to our god, people would go about calling us a misunderstood people group. Yes! We would hear the pacivists’ multicultural chant that we are of a peaceful, tolerant religion!
We would be able to impose our sharia law on society and people would defend that as our right to freely express our religion. We would be able to shout for all to hear to the Jews that we will buy a bigger oven for them to die in while the unregenerates say not a word, standing by our right to free speech. In fact, they would just look the other way and forget about being pc and even say that we have a good reason to feel that way towards those evil Jews. Yes, with our unconstitutional sharia we would be able to mutilate our daughters genitalia, keep them from becoming educated and let old geezers marry them when they are 9 years old. Slap a hajib or burka on them and tell them they cannot drive. Sure, the unregenerate would look at us strange but would let us go on our merry way. No women’s lib group would tell us that wives in our faith are sex slaves to their husbands. Because, after all, we are Muslims and our religion (ideology, actually, but don’t tell the infidels that, not that it would matter) requires such practices. How intolerant to say anything against the human rights violations of women and children in islam who are no better than mere donkeys or possessions!
No, I cannot say I would want to be tolerated by the unregenerate if it means becoming a Muslim and bowing to the islamic paper moon god. That’s eternally damning in my book, and that viewpoint will just have to offend the unregenerates who call evil good and good evil. I’d rather be looked at as intolerant even as my Muslim neighbor wants my head off my shoulders for not bowing to his Allah.
After nearly 200,000 Americans petitioned the U.S. government to intervene on behalf of an Iranian pastor facing death for his faith, State Secretary Hillary Clinton has finally called for his release.
“Today, we call on every government to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally, including Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani,” Clinton said Saturday.
Nadarkhani, 34, was sentenced to die in 2009 for leaving the Islamic faith despite his claims that he was never a Muslim.
About 50 minutes long.
From Political Islam:
My name is Bosch and I’m a recovering Muslim.
…So while I understand that most Muslims are not at war with us, they’ve proven in their silence and inaction against jihad that they’re not on our side either, and there’s nothing we can say or do to change that. We just have to finally accept it and stop expecting them to come around, while doing our best to kill those who are trying to kill us.
Another problem with Muslims who aren’t very Muslim is that they lead some among us to conclude that they must be practicing a more enlightened form of Islam. They’re not. They’re “practicing” life in non-Muslim countries, where they are free to live as they choose. But their “Islam” is not the Islam. There’s no separate ideology apart from Islam that’s being practiced by these Muslims in name only, there’s no such thing as “Western Islam”. (italics mine for emphasis)
Non-observant Muslims are not our problem, but neither are they the solution to our problem. Our problem is Islam and its most consistent practitioners. There is nothing in Islam that stays the hand of Muslims who want to kill non-Muslims. If an individual Muslim is personally peaceful, it’s not because of Islam, it’s because of his individual choice, which is why I often say that your average Muslim is morally superior to Mohammad, to their own religion. The very rare Muslim who helps us against Jihad is acting against his religion, but that doesn’t stop some among us from thinking that his existence somehow means that he represents more than himself.
…In addition to these politically active moderates, when you see well-assimilated Muslims in the West, you’re not seeing Islam in action, you’re seeing individuals living up to the old adage, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. They’re essentially post-Islamic Muslims who have rejected Islamic values and have embraced Western ones. But since the process of their assimilation was implicit – as it happened naturally by their exposure to Western, i.e., pro-life, values – both Muslims and non-Muslims alike prefer to generously give Islam some credit for it. But a good Muslim, by our standards is a bad Muslim by Islamic standards. Objectively good human beings, who identify themselves as Muslim, give Islam a good face, one far better then it deserves. This only gives us a false impression about what it is we’re facing, with just another excuse not to face it.And this leads to our acceptance into our culture of stealth jihadists who have figured out how to say what we want to hear, while they scheme behind the scenes to further Islamize the West. (bold mine for emphasis)
In the name of distinguishing the enemy from Muslims who mean us no harm, far too many Western commentators have avoided using the name “Islam” for the enemy’s ideology, and instead have decided to create their very own terms for the threat we’re facing, terms that are alien to the enemy. Terms such as:
We didn’t use terms such as “Radical Nazism”, “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism” in the past. “Militant Islam”, Political Islam”, etc., are redundant terms. Our pretending otherwise has proven disastrous. Thousands of American lives, both civilian and military, have been sacrificed because of policies predicated on the myth that “Islam means peace.” We didn’t try to reform Shinto or Nazism during World War II; the major changes in those cultures took place only after we thoroughly de-militarized them. (bold mine for emphasis)
And it’s no accident that Western analysts of Islam who are most informed about Islam are also most critical of it, while those least informed are least critical. But then there are those who, in their study of Islam, have become so enamored with their subject that, instead of sticking to what Islam is, they often write about what it isn’t, what they hope it might be. They seem preoccupied with doing their part to save Islam from those who have allegedly corrupted it. (italics mine for emphasis)
…Our altruistic concern for the future and well being of the Muslim world has come at the expense of American lives and treasure. We’ve placed the well being of “The Muslim World” above our own self-defense. We’ve placed today’s Big Lie, “Islam means peace”, above the truth we need to act on. We’ve placed the lives of Muslim civilians above the lives of our soldiers, placing them in absolutely unnecessary danger in order to protect innocent (or even guilty) civilians. Our Rules of Engagement might as well be renamed the Golden Rules of Engagement, as our soldiers have been forced to treat the enemy the way we’d like to be treated. And the enemy takes full advantage of that, as they do of all of the policies our morally vain politicians have concocted. We need to shift the focus onto our own well-being at the enemy’s expense for a change.
We’ve tried everything since 9/11 except real war. War is the answer to Jihad.
So who cares about Islam? Muslims, Jihadists, Islamophiles, Leftists who naturally side with anti-American ideologies, guilt-ridden fellow travelers who think America is usually in the wrong, and religionists who believe any religion is better than none. But since Leftists and Islamophiles usually know very little about Islam, who truly cares about Islam? Those who are at war with us. (bold mine for emphasis)
Read more here.
Bosch Fawstin is an Eisner Award nominated cartoonist currently working on a graphic novel, The Infidel, of which the first chapter is now available as a digital comic. Bosch’s first graphic novel is Table for One. He is also the author of ProPiganda: Drawing the Line Against Jihad, a companion to The Infidel, and the 1st print appearance of Pigman.
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