Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should of-fend one of these little ones.”
— Luke 17:1–2
Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
— Matthew 18:10
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
— Matthew 18:6
Years back, Bob Dylan wrote that The Times They Were A’ Changin’, and no truer words could be spoken today. The question is, at least for the Church, are we awake enough to notice or have we slept through and are no more than the proverbial “frog in the kettle” that is now boiling over?
Friends, if you haven’t noticed, we are in a war with a religion that is now the fastest-growing religion in our world today, out-pacing Christianity by a 4 to 1 margin and, in less than twenty years (if the trends continue), will be the world’s largest religion! Did you know that statistically today one in five of the people you meet are Muslim?
So, you ask, “What’s the big deal?” Did you know that if it were possible to craft a religion that was 100% opposite of Christianity there would be none more perfect than Islam? Western man is under the delusion that with time, effort, patience and reason, he can resolve differences and work together to find a middle ground that will lead to peace. That strategy has failed and will continue to fail because it is impossible to find a middle ground with a movement that is so diametrically opposed to the tenets and values of our Judeo-Christian values and beliefs.
Before getting to my chief subject, let me divert for a second to encourage you to do your own study in regards to Islamic eschatology. Just keep in mind the “opposite” factor.
After a recent diet of Ergun Caner and Joel Richardson, I have been slapped across the face and had freezing water thrown at me. I have opened my eyes and have just begun to see my adversary clearly. All followers of Islam today are waiting with fervent anticipation the coming of the Mahdi and, yes, following his appearance will be the return of Jesus Christ.
But when you “peel the onion,” so to speak, you realize that the Islamic Jesus is not our Jesus—in fact, the Mahdi and Islamic Jesus look exactly like the two figures whom we encounter in the book of Revelation who go by the titles “AntiChrist” and “False Prophet.”
I urge you to do your homework; this is all happening before our very eyes! We need to remove the sleep from our eyes and WAKE UP to what is going on—this is not an event that will happen in the future, it is happening now! (For a good beginning, check out Joel Richardson’s book, AntiChrist – Islam’s Awaited Messiah and Er-gun Caner’s work, Unmasking Islam.)
One of the clearest contrasts between Islam and Judeo-Christianity is that one is a religion of life and the other death. For the Christian we have the admonition …
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the LORD your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him. For He is your life, and He will prolong your life in the land the LORD swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
— Deuteronomy 30:19–20
For the Muslim …
4:74 Let those of you who are willing to trade the life of this world for the life to come, fight [q-t-l] in God’s way. To anyone who fights [q-t-l] in God’s way, whether killed [q-t-l] or victorious, We shall give a great reward. (Haleem)
[A] martyr’s privileges are guaranteed by Allah. Forgiveness with the first gush of his blood, he will be shown his seat in paradise; he will be decorated with the jewels of belief; married off to the beautiful ones; protected from the test in the grave; assured security in the day of judgment; crowned with the crown of dignity, a ruby of which is better than this whole world and its entire content, wedded to seventy-two of the pure Houris (beautiful women of Paradise) and his intercession on the behalf of seventy of his relatives will be accepted.
I know it may be a trivial side issue, but have you noticed the trend of the “skull” that has invaded our culture and fashion? I noticed it a few years back, but it didn’t really hit me until I saw skulls with smiley faces on them and it really put me over the edge when I saw them prominently displayed on baby clothes. Our culture is being subtly manipulated into this atmosphere of death, which is a total Muslim preoccupation!
As sick as that is, really take the time to let it sink in. We need to be aware of the tactics of our enemy when it comes to shaping and manipulation. It has been said that if you repeat a lie long enough, it will eventually become truth to the listener. And we all know that if you want to overthrow a gov-ernment, the work begins not amongst the elderly but amongst the youth—and the younger the better!
No one practices this truth better that both the Hamas and Hezbollah. As the folio manager of the Israel sector, I have video downloads show-ing an Islamic version of Mickey Mouse spreading the honor of dying in Jihad, as well as a Hamas kindergarten graduation that has five-year-old boys coming out in camouflage fatigues with toy machine-guns and the Hamas green headbands with the words “In the Name of Allah” inscribed across their fore-heads. And at the end of the graduation, they proclaim their allegiance to Allah while offering themselves as suicide jihadists to kill the Jews. Palestinian children today are fed nothing but lies and their textbooks are filled with anti-Semitic propaganda, the latest being a history book depicting a world without Israel.
Examples: Palestinian children are taught, through both formal and informal education, to see a world in which the state of “Palestine” exists and replaces all of Israel. A children’s quiz which was broadcast this week on Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority television shows how thoroughly Palestinian children have absorbed this message.
Children on the TV program routinely identified every Israeli city and landmark as part of the State of “Palestine.” Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat are described as Palestinian ports, the Sea of Galilee is said to be a Palestinian lake, and the area of the Palestinian state is said to be 27,000 square kilometers.
In fact, the total area of Gaza and the West Bank totals 6,200 square kilometers, so the only way to come up with the larger measurement is to include undisputed Israeli territory in the calculation.
The “State of Palestine” is said to border Lebanon and the Red Sea; in fact, these are Israel’s borders.
In an unsettling reminder of the 2007 Hamas children’s TV program that used a Mickey Mouse character to preach hatred and world Islamic domination, the child host of this week’s PATV (Fatah) program is sitting in front of a photo of Mickey Mouse.
“I am learning how to fight the Jews and kill Jewish children,” said 11-year-old Muhammad, one of dozens of children who have undergone terrorist training in the last few days in Gaza.
“I would rather die fighting the occupation than die at home from a missile, which is what happened to hundreds of Palestinian children,” said Muhammad.
The training of child killers is part of a larger step-up in military training that various terrorist groups in Gaza claim to be a response to the threat of a wide-scale Israeli operation in the area.
Again, I have to stress that this is happening today! The question is, “What can we do about it?” The time has come for the followers of Jesus to return to authenticity and the purity of the Word of God. We need to equip ourselves for this war and use the weapons given us to fight the enemy. In the book of Ephesians we are told to put on the whole armor of God. Have you done this?
RISE UP, O MAN OF GOD! The battle is now before us…it is now time to activate our weapons and put them to use. It is time to make ourselves available for the fight—just remember to enter this war equipped!
And although we may not be able to destroy the Hamas Summer Camps in Gaza or the preschools supported and funded by the Hezbollah, we can take comfort in knowing the power and effectiveness of our weaponry:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
— 2 Corinthians 10:3–6
In conclusion, I’ve often wondered and grieved over the fate of children who have been brainwashed. I imagine the tears of God when these brainwashed jihadists appear before the Throne and I am reminded of the above passages. Can you imagine the size of the millstone that awaits the Islamic caliphs and ayatollahs?
Please remember to PRAY for this battle every day; for it is no longer on our horizon … we are in it