God The Holy Spirit Related to Christians.

The Holy Spirit carries out multiple ministries in the life of the believer.

  1. At the moment of conversion, the Holy Spirit enters the believer’s life and dwells with him forever. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we read: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Jesus said, in John 7:38-39: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive….)”

2.  The Holy Spirit seals the Christian. In Ephesians 1:12-14 we read these words:

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

A seal in ancient times had two purposes: to identify as to its owner, and also to make secure.  So, the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives shows that we belong to Jesus, and also is our guarantee that we are secure in Christ–that we’ll never be lost again.

  1. The Holy Spirit gives assurance. Romans 8:16 declares: “The Spirit itself [NIV, himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”  Romans 8:9 says that “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”  He is called the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, and here the Spirit of Christ.
  2. The Holy Spirit comforts Prior to his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, Jesus said, in John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
  3. The Holy Spirit teaches In John 14:26 Jesus said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.”
  4. The Holy Spirit guides In John 16:13 Jesus said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth….”  One of the primary ways that he teaches us and guides us is through the Scriptures, which he inspired men to write.   2 Peter 1:21 says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
  5. The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts to believers. In 1 Corinthians 12:1 Paul wrote, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”  He went on, then, to describe the various spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives–and then in verse 11 he said, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
  6. The Holy Spirit produces spiritual fruit in our lives. Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  Then in verse 25 we read: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
  7. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us as we pray. Romans 8:26-27:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself [NIV, himself] maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Jude 20 (CEV): “Dear friends, keep building on the foundation of your most holy faith, as the Holy Spirit helps you to pray.”

  1. The Holy Spirit works in the believer’s conscience. In Romans 9:1 Paul said, “…the Holy Spirit is a witness to my conscience.”  Among other things, that means that when we as Christians go astray, the Spirit convicts us by pricking our conscience.  
  2. The Holy Spirit gives us strength to resist temptation. 1 John 4:4 says, “…greater is he that in you [a reference to the Holy Spirit], that he that is in the world [a reference to Satan].”

Dr. Mike Minnix makes reference to an excerpt (“Charisma & Christian Life.” Oct 1991. Page 82) from Tim Stafford’s book, “Unhappy Secrets of the Christian Life.”  Stafford tells about the Thresher, a nuclear submarine that traveled under the Arctic ice to the North Pole. However, it went too deep and the water pressure became so great that the sub’s hull collapsed and imploded. At great depths like that, even thick steel bulkheads cannot withstand the tremendous pressure–but certain species of fish can. It would seem like these thin-skinned creatures would be crushed by the weight of the water. The reason they are not is simply because they have within themselves an equal and opposite pressure. When we face the pressure of the world and all its temptations, we don’t need to try to protect ourselves with thick steel walls. We just need to have an equal and opposite pressure inside us: the power of the Holy Spirit.

  1. The Holy Spirit empowers us for witnessing. Jesus said, in Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  Remember that we are to witness in two ways: (1) Certainly we are to verbalize our witness.  Psalm 107:2 declares, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so….” (2) But we are also to witness by our life.  Jesus said, in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the courage to speak, and the power to resist Satan so as to be victorious in daily living.
  2. Now, WHAT RESPONSE must we Christians make in order to allow the Holy Spirit to do these things in our lives?

The answer is seen in Ephesians 5:18: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”  When you were converted you received, that very moment, all of the Holy Spirit there is to have, in terms of quantity.  So, when the Bible exhorts us to be filled with the Spirit, he is speaking of fullness of control–and notice that this is a command, which is an appeal to the will.  The Lord is saying to believers, “It is up to you to submit yourselves to the full control of the indwelling Spirit of God.  If you will so yield to his full control, he will bless you, empower you, and use you.”

Major Ian Thomas, the British evangelist, used the illustration of a glove.  He said: “If your glove is lying on the table, you can command it to do things all day, and it’s helpless to obey.  It just lies there uselessly.  But when you fill the glove with your hand, that glove can do anything you can do.  It can grasp a hammer, steer a car, shake a hand, or hold a Bible.”

You can download the complete work of Paul Brown on Basic Truths about the Holy Spirit at http://www.pastorlife.com/members/UploadedSermons/Basic%20Truths%20About%20The%20Holy%20Spirit-1.pdf  

 

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Fundamentalism in the South 1900-1950.

Isn’t it strange that the PREs among fundamentalists were struggling to get a foothold in the SBC in 1955, and even fundamentalism found difficulty in being defined. In the recent Takeover and Warfare of the SBC, the Scofield believers of the fundamentalists destroyed careers and reputations of non-PREs, and are now with the leadership of the Dallas Theological Seminary and its graduates like Jeffress, Jeremiah, and Tim LeHaye with their own in political control, strive in turn to gain doctrinal control of the SBC with their non-Biblical words and false literalism centered around rapture, dispensationalism, and millennium. With all the noise they make all the way back to Scofield you would think that those 3 words were literally in the Bible. There is a sense in which all Baptists are fundamentalists as far as being conservative on the Bible, and the feudamentalists of the fundamentalists took advantage of that word. In STRANGERS IN ZION William Glass begins a process to study fundamentalism more objectively by a look at the history between 1900 and 1950.

“In Strangers in Zion: Fundamentalists in the South, 1900-1950 William R. Glass tells the story of the growth of Protestant fundamentalism in the American South and the subsequent conflicts between different branches of the movement. Glass argues that despite the generally conservative character of Southern society and religion, fundamentalists during 1900-1950 had difficulty making a home for themselves in the South, although they did gain a foothold through building a network of conferences, churches, and schools. These institutions, though, provoked the first sustained reaction by other Southern denominations against the fundamentalist presence in their midst. In these same years, a theologically liberal faction of ministers and administrators within mainstream southern denominations began to take a prominent role. The result was the introduction of fundamentalist controversy among Southern Protestants as fundamentalists fought to lessen liberal influence. These battles, particularly those among Southern Baptists and Southern Presbyterians, fostered the establishment of ongoing factions determined to resist and reverse the penetration of liberal theologies in their churches. In this way, Glass points to the origins of the current crisis among Baptists in the South as being much earlier than anyone else has suggested. “Strangers in Zion: Fundamentalists in the South, 1900-1950 succeeds in adding to our scholarly appreciation of the variety of fundamentalisms, in this case a richly developed portrait of a regional fundamentalism with much in common with others nationally but still distinctive. It is valuable in uncovering the roots of the contemporary Fundamentalist movement, in which—unlike earlier—the South has played the crucial role. This study will find a ready market among historians of American religion and those interested in understanding contemporary religious patterns.”—Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi

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ALLAH – the Moon God

This research is thanks to www.biblebelievers.org.au

The Archaeology of the Middle East

The religion of Islam has as its focus of worship a deity by the name of “Allah.” The Muslims claim that Allah in pre-Islamic times was the biblical God of the Patriarchs, prophets, and apostles. The issue is thus one of continuity. Was “Allah” the biblical God or a pagan god in Arabia during pre-Islamic times? The Muslim’s claim of continuity is essential to their attempt to convert Jews and Christians for if “Allah” is part of the flow of divine revelation in Scripture, then it is the next step in biblical religion. Thus we should all become Muslims. But, on the other hand, if Allah was a pre-Islamic pagan deity, then its core claim is refuted. Religious claims often fall before the results of hard sciences such as archeology. We can endlessly speculate about the past or go and dig it up and see what the evidence reveals. This is the only way to find out the truth concerning the origins of Allah. As we shall see, the hard evidence demonstrates that the god Allah was a pagan deity. In fact, he was the Moon-god who was married to the sun goddess and the stars were his daughters.

The reader must know that Islam, Judaism, and organized Christianity (so-called) all worship a trinity of gods

Archaeologists have uncovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East. From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most wide-spread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the Moon-god. In the first literate civilization, the Sumerians have left us thousands of clay tablets in which they described their religious beliefs. As demonstrated by Sjoberg and Hall, the ancient Sumerians worshipped a Moon-god who was called many different names. The most popular names were Nanna, Suen and Asimbabbar. His symbol was the crescent moon. Given the amount of artifacts concerning the worship of this Moon-god, it is clear that this was the dominant religion in Sumeria. The cult of the Moon-god was the most popular religion throughout ancient Mesopotamia. The Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Akkadians took the word Suen and transformed it into the word Sin as their favorite name for the Moon-God. As Prof. Potts pointed out, “Sin is a name essentially Sumerian in origin which had been borrowed by the Semites.” 

In ancient Syria and Canna, the Moon-god Sin was usually represented by the moon in its crescent phase. At times the full moon was placed inside the crescent moon to emphasize all the phases of the moon. The sun-goddess was the wife of Sin and the stars were their daughters. For example, Istar was a daughter of Sin. Sacrifices to the Moon-god are described in the Pas Shamra texts. In the Ugaritic texts, the Moon-god was sometimes called Kusuh. In Persia, as well as in Egypt, the Moon-god is depicted on wall murals and on the heads of statues. He was the Judge of men and gods. The Old Testament constantly rebuked the worship of the Moon-god (Deuteronomy 4:19; 17:3; II Kings 21:3, 5; 23:5; Jeremiah 8:2; 19:13; Zephaniah 1:5, etc.) When Israel fell into idolatry, it was usually the cult of the Moon-god. As a matter of fact, everywhere in the ancient world, the symbol of the crescent moon can be found on seal impressions, steles, pottery, amulets, clay tablets, cylinders, weights, earrings, necklaces, wall murals, etc. In Tell-el-Obeid, a copper calf was found with a crescent moon on its forehead. An idol with the body of a bull and the head of man has a crescent moon inlaid on its forehead with shells. In Ur, the Stele of Ur-Nammu has the crescent symbol placed at the top of the register of gods because the Moon-god was the head of the gods. Even bread was baked in the form of a crescent as an act of devotion to the Moon-god. The Ur of the Chaldees was so devoted to the Moon-god that it was sometimes called Nannar in tablets from that time period.

A temple of the Moon-god has been excavated in Ur by Sir Leonard Woolley. He dug up many examples of moon worship in Ur and these are displayed in the British Museum to this day. Harran was likewise noted for its devotion to the Moon-god. In the 1950’s a major temple to the Moon-god was excavated at Hazer in Palestine. Two idols of the Moon god were found. Each was a stature of a man sitting upon a throne with a crescent moon carved on his chest. The accompanying inscriptions make it clear that these were idols of the Moon-god. Several smaller statues were also found which were identified by their inscriptions as the “daughters” of the Moon-god. What about Arabia? As pointed out by Prof. Coon, “Muslims are notoriously loath to preserve traditions of earlier paganism and like to garble what pre-Islamic history they permit to survive in anachronistic terms.” 

During the nineteenth century, Amaud, Halevy and Glaser went to Southern Arabia and dug up thousands of Sabean, Minaean, and Qatabanian inscriptions which were subsequently translated. In the 1940’s, the archeologists G. Caton Thompson and Carleton S. Coon made some amazing discoveries in Arabia. During the 1950’s, Wendell Phillips, W.F. Albright, Richard Bower and others excavated sites at Qataban, Timna, and Marib (the ancient capital of Sheba). Thousands of inscriptions from walls and rocks in Northern Arabia have also been collected. Reliefs and votive bowls used in worship of the “daughters of Allah” have also been discovered. The three daughters, al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat are sometimes depicted together with Allah the Moon-god represented by a crescent moon above them. The archeological evidence demonstrates that the dominant religion of Arabia was the cult of the Moon-god.

In Old Testament times, Nabonidus (555-539 BC), the last king of Babylon, built Tayma, Arabia as a center of Moon-god worship. Segall stated, “South Arabia’s stellar religion has always been dominated by the Moon-god in various variations.” Many scholars have also noticed that the Moon-god’s name “Sin” is a part of such Arabic words as “Sinai,” the “wilderness of Sin,” etc. When the popularity of the Moon-god waned elsewhere, the Arabs remained true to their conviction that the Moon-god was the greatest of all gods. While they worshipped 360 gods at the Kabah in Mecca, the Moon-god was the chief deity. Mecca was in fact built as a shrine for the Moon-god.

This is what made it the most sacred site of Arabian paganism. In 1944, G. Caton Thompson revealed in her book, The Tombs and Moon Temple of Hureidha, that she had uncovered a temple of the Moon-god in southern Arabia. The symbols of the crescent moon and no less than twenty-one inscriptions with the name Sin were found in this temple. An idol which may be the Moon-god himself was also discovered. This was later confirmed by other well-known archeologists.

The evidence reveals that the temple of the Moon-god was active even in the Christian era. Evidence gathered from both North and South Arabia demonstrate that Moon-god worship was clearly active even in Muhammad’s day and was still the dominant cult. According to numerous inscriptions, while the name of the Moon-god was Sin, his title was al-ilah, i.e. “the deity,” meaning that he was the chief or high god among the gods. As Coon pointed out, “The god Il or Ilah was originally a phase of the Moon God.” The Moon-god was called al- ilah, i.e. the god, which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times. The pagan Arabs even used Allah in the names they gave to their children. For example, both Muhammad’s father and uncle had Allah as part of their names.

The fact that they were given such names by their pagan parents proves that Allah was the title for the Moon-god even in Muhammad’s day. Prof. Coon goes on to say, “Similarly, under Mohammed’s tutelage, the relatively anonymous Ilah, became Al-Ilah, The God, or Allah, the Supreme Being.” 

This fact answers the questions, “Why is Allah never defined in the Qur’an? Why did Muhammad assume that the pagan Arabs already knew who Allah was?” Muhammad was raised in the religion of the Moon-god Allah. But he went one step further than his fellow pagan Arabs. While they believed that Allah, i.e. the Moon-god, was the greatest of all gods and the supreme deity in a pantheon of deities, Muhammad decided that Allah was not only the greatest god but the only god.

In effect he said, “Look, you already believe that the Moon-god Allah is the greatest of all gods. All I want you to do is to accept that the idea that he is the only god. I am not taking away the Allah you already worship. I am only taking away his wife and his daughters and all the other gods.” This is seen from the fact that the first point of the Muslim creed is not, “Allah is great” but “Allah is the greatest,” i.e., he is the greatest among the gods. Why would Muhammad say that Allah is the “greatest” except in a polytheistic context? The Arabic word is used to contrast the greater from the lesser. That this is true is seen from the fact that the pagan Arabs never accused Muhammad of preaching a different Allah than the one they already worshipped. This “Allah” was the Moon-god according to the archeological evidence. Muhammad thus attempted to have it both ways. To the pagans, he said that he still believed in the Moon-god Allah. To the Jews and the Christians, he said that Allah was their God too. But both the Jews and the Christians knew better and that is why they rejected his god Allah as a false god.

Al-Kindi, one of the early Christian apologists against Islam, pointed out that Islam and its god Allah did not come from the Bible but from the paganism of the Sabeans. They did not worship the God of the Bible but the Moon-god and his daughters al-Uzza, al-Lat and Manat. Dr. Newman concludes his study of the early Christian-Muslim debates by stating, “Islam proved itself to be. . . a separate and antagonistic religion which had sprung up from idolatry.” Islamic scholar Caesar Farah concluded “There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that Allah passed to the Muslims from the Christians and Jews.” The Arabs worshipped the Moon-god as a supreme deity. But this was not biblical monotheism. While the Moon-god was greater than all other gods and goddesses, this was still a polytheistic pantheon of deities. Now that we have the actual idols of the Moon-god, it is no longer possible to avoid the fact that Allah was a pagan god in pre-Islamic times. Is it any wonder then that the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon? That a crescent moon sits on top of their mosques and minarets? That a crescent moon is found on the flags of Islamic nations? That the Muslims fast during the month which begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon in the sky?

Origin of the Name Allah

The word “Allah” comes from the compound Arabic word, al-ilah. Al is the definite article “the” and ilah is an Arabic word for “god”, i.e. the god. We see immediately that (a) this is not a proper name but a generic name rather like the Hebrew El (which as we have seen was used of any deity; and (b) that Allah is not a foreign word (as it would have been if it had been borrowed from the Hebrew Bible) but a purely Arabic one. It would also be wrong to compare “Allah” with the Hebrew or Greek for God (El and Theos, respectively), because “Allah” is purely an Arabic term used exclusively in reference to an Arabic deity.

The Encyclopedia of Religion says: “‘Allah’ is a pre-Islamic name . . . corresponding to the Babylonian Bel (ed. James Hastings, Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1908, I:326).

I know that Muslims will find this hard to believe so I am now going to make many citations and present the archaeological evidence to prove conclusively that is true. Though this data will be painful for many of our readers, it is necessary to face the truth. Facts are facts, and unless you are willing to desert all logic, reason and common sense, and the evidence of your eyes, they must be faced.

“Allah is found . . . in Arabic inscriptions prior to Islam” (Encyclopedia Britannica, I:643)

“The Arabs, before the time of Mohammed, accepted and worshipped, after a fashion, a supreme god called allah”  (Encyclopedia of Islam, eds. Houtsma, Arnold, Basset, Hartman; Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1913, I:302)

“Allah was known to the pre-Islamic Arabs; he was one of the Meccan deities” (Encyclopedia of Islam, ed. Gibb, I:406)

Ilah . . . appears in pre-Islamic poetry . . . By frequency of usage, al-ilah was contracted to allah, frequently attested to in pre-Islamic poetry” (Encyclopedia of Islam, eds. Lewis, Menage, Pellat, Schacht; Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1971, III:1093)

“The name Allah goes back before Muhammed” (Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, “The Facts on File”, ed. Anthony Mercatante, New York, 1983, I:41)

The origin of this (Allah) goes back to pre-Muslim times. Allah is not a common name meaning “God” (or a “god”), and the Muslim must use another word or form if he wishes to indicate any other than his own peculiar deity” (Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, ed. James Hastings, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1908, I:326)

Scholar Henry Preserved Smith of Harvard University stated:

“Allah was already known by name to the Arabs” (The Bible and Islam: or, the Influence of the Old and New Testament on the Religion of Mohammed, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1897, p.102)

Dr. Kenneth Cragg, former editor of the prestigious scholarly journal Muslim World and an outstanding modern Western Islamic scholar, whose works were generally published by Oxford University, comments:

The name Allah is also evident in archaeological and literary remains of pre-Islamic Arabia” (The Call of the Minaret, New York: OUP, 1956, p. 31).

Dr. W. Montgomery Watt, who was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Edinburgh University and Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at College de France, Georgetown University, and the University of Toronto, has done extensive work on the pre-Islamic concept of Allah. He concludes:

“In recent years I have become increasingly convinced that for an adequate understanding of the career of Muhammad and the origins of Islam great importance must be attached to the existence in Mecca of belief in Allah as a “high god”. In a sense this is a form of paganism, but it is so different from paganism as commonly understood that it deserves separate treatment” (Mohammad’s Mecca, p.vii. See also his article, “Belief in a High God in pre-Islamic Mecca”, Journal of Scientific Semitic Studies, vol.16, 1971, pp.35-40)

Caesar Farah in his book on Islam concludes his discussion of the pre-Islamic meaning of Allah by saying:

“There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that Allah passed to the Muslims from the Christians and Jews” (Islam: Beliefs and Observations, New York: Barrons, 1987, p.28)

According to Middle East scholar E.M.Wherry, whose translation of the Koran is still used today, in pre-Islamic times Allah-worship, as well as the worship of Baal, were both astral religions in that they involved the worship of the sun, the moon, and the stars (A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran, Osnabrück: Otto Zeller Verlag, 1973, p. 36).

“In ancient Arabia, the sun-god was viewed as a female goddess and the moon as the male god. As has been pointed out by many scholars as Alfred Guilluame, the Moon god was called by various names, one of which was Allah (op.cit., Islam, p. 7)

“The name Allah was used as the personal name of the Moon god, in addition to the other titles that could be given to him.

“Allah, the Moon god, was married to the sun goddess. Together they produced three goddesses who were called ‘the daughters of Allah‘. These three goddesses were called Al-LatAl-Uzza, and Manat.

“The daughters of Allah, along with Allah and the sun goddess were viewed as “high” gods. That is, they were viewed as being at the top of the pantheon of Arabian deities” (Robert Morey, The Islamic Invasion, Eugene, Oregon, Harvest House Publishers, 1977, pp.50-51).

The Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend records:

“Along with Allah, however, they worshipped a host of lesser gods and “daughters of Allah” (op.cit., I:61).

It is a well known fact archaeologically speaking that the cresent moon was the symbol of worship of the Moon god both in Arabia and throughout the Middle East in pre-Islamic times. Archaeologists have excavated numerous statues and hieroglyphic inscriptions in which a crescent moon was seated on the top of the head of the deity to symbolise the worship of the moon-god. Interestingly, whilst the moon was generally worshipped as a female deity in the Ancient Near East, the Arabs viewed it as a male deity.

In Mesopotamia the Sumerian god Nanna, named Sin by the Akkadians, was worshipped in particular in Ur, where he was the chief god of the city, and also in the city of Harran in Syria, which had close religious links with Ur. The Ugaritic texts have shown that there a moon deity was worshipped under the name yrh. On the monuments the god is represented by the symbol of the crescent moon. At Hazor in Palestine a small Canaanite shrine of the late Bronze Age was discovered which contained a basalt stele depicting two hands lifted as if in prayer to a crescent moon, indicating that the shrine was dedicated to the Moon god.

The worship of stellar deities, instead of Yahweh, was always a temptation faced by the Israelites (Dt.4:19; Jer.7:18; Am.5:26; Ac.7:43). But Yahweh is at the zenith of the heavens (Job 22:12).

“The Quraysh tribe into which Mohammad was born was particularly devoted to Allah, the Moon god, and especially to Allah’s three daughters who were viewed as intercessors between the people and Allah.

“The worship of the three goddesses, Al-LatAl-Uzza, and Manat, played a significant rôle in the worship at the Kabah in Mecca. The first two daughters of Allah had names which were feminine forms of Allah.

“The literal Arabic name of Muhammad’s father was Abd-Allah. His uncle’s name was Obied-Allah. These names reveal the personal devotion that Muhammad’s pagan family had to the worship of Allah, the Moon god” (op.cit., Morey, p.51).

History proves conclusively that before Islam came into existence, the Sabbeans in Arabia worshipped the moon-god Allah who was married to the sun-goddess. We have also seen that it was a matter of common practice to use the name of the moon-god in personal names in Muhammad’s tribe. That Allah was a pagan deity in pre-Islamic times is incontestable. And so we must ask ourselves the question: why was Muhammad’s God named after a pagan deity in his own tribe?

It is an undeniable fact that an Allah idol was set up at the Kabah along with all the other idols of the time. The pagans prayed towards Mecca and the Kabah because that is where their gods were stationed. It made sense to them to face in the direction of their god and pray since that is where he was. Since the idol of their Moon god, Allah, was at Mecca, they prayed towards Mecca.

As we have seen, and as is acknowledged amongst all scholars of Middle Eastern religious history, the worship of the moon-god extended far beyond Allah-worship in Arabia. The entire fertile crescent was involved in moon-worship. The data falls neatly in place and we are able therefore to understand, in part, the early success Islam had amongst Arab groups that had traditionally worshipped Allak, the moon-god. We can also understand that the use of the crescent moon as the symbol of Islam, and which appears on dozens of flags of Islamic nations in Asia and Africa, and surmounts minerets and mosque roofs, is a throwback to the days when Allah was worshipped as the moon-god in Mecca.

Educated Muslims understand these facts only too well—better, in fact, than most Christians. Robert Morey recalls a conversation he once had:

“During one trip to Washington DC I got involved in a conversation with a Muslim tax driver from Iran. When I asked him, ‘Where did Islam obtain its symbol of the crescent moon?’ he responded that it was an ancient pagan symbol used throughout the Middle East and that adopting this symbol had helped Muslims to convert people throughout the Middle East. When I pointed out that the word Allah itself was used by the moon-god cult in pre-Islamic Arabia, he agreed that this was the case. I then pointed out that the religion and the Quran of Muhammad could be explained in terms of pre-Islamic culture, customs, and religious ideas. He agreed with this! He went on to explain that he was a university-educated Muslim who, at this point in his life, was attempting to understand Islam from a scholarly viewpoint. As a result, he had lost his faith in Islam. The significance of the pre-Islamic source of the name Allah cannot be overestimated” (op.cit., pp.52-53).

What is particularly interesting to me personally is seeing the parallels between the evolution of Islam and the Roman Catholic Church, both of which absorbed pagan ideas in order to make converts. Muhammad was not alone in his plagiarisation of other religions. Bogus “Christian” churches have done it too. Those naming the Name of Christ must accept responsibility for similar things. And it is for this reason that this author has renounced all counterfeit forms of Christianity and returned to the original teachings of the Bible and to the true God, Yahweh-Elohim. 

If there is one thing that has been abundantly clear in my study of comparative religions it is this: all the major religions have different concepts of deity. Yahweh, Allah, Vishnu and Buddha are absolutely not the same. In other words, all religions do not worship the same God, only under different names. That is why the use of the word “God” in describing deity is so inadequate and why we must return to the names of these deities to discover what they actually mean in terms of personality and attributes. Ignoring the essential differences which divide world religions is an insult to the uniqueness of world religions. Yahweh, the God of the Bible, is not Allah the god of the Koran, is not Vishnu the god of the Vedas, is not the god of the Buddhists, etc.. As we shall see in a later article, there are fundamental differences between Yahweh and Allah in terms of personal attributes, theology, morals, ethics, soteriology, eschatology, theocracy, and in almost every other respect. They represent two different spiritual worlds. And when we discover even more of the nature of Yahweh through the revelation of Yah’shua (Jesus) we see that the gap between the Bible and the Koran is even wider.

I shall conclude this article with more evidence concerning the true origin of the deity which has been incorporated into Islam as Allah.

Archaeology of the Moon-God

Muslims worship a deity called Allah and claim that the Allah in pre-Islamic times was the biblical God, Yahweh, of the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles.

Ahmed Deedat, well-known Muslim apologist, argues that Allah is a biblical name for God on the basis of “Allelujah” which he convolutes into “Allah-lujah” (What is His Name?, Durban, SA: IPCI, 1990, p.37). This only reveals that he does not understand Hebrew, for haleluyah is the contracted form of YahwehYAH, preceded by the verb “to praise” (literally, Praise Yah(weh)!). His other “biblical” arguments are equally absurd. he also claims that the word “Allah” was never corrupted by paganism. “Allah is a unique word for the only God . . . you cannot make a feminine of Allah”, says Deedat. But what he does not tell his readers is that one of Allah’s daughters was named “Al-Lat“, which is the feminine form of “Allah“!

The issue here is therefore seen to be one of CONTINUITY for the Muslim’s claim of continuity (from Judaism to Christianity to Islam) is essential in their attempt to convert Jews and Christians. If “Allah” is part of the flow of divine revelation in Scripture, then it is the next step in biblical religion. Thus we should all become Muslims. But, on the other hand, if Allah was a pre-Islamic pagan deity, then its core claim is refuted.

Religious claims often come to grief as a result of solid scientific, archaeological evidence. Sp, instead of endlessly speculating about the past, we can look to science to see what the evidence reveals. As we shall see, the hard evidence demonstrates that the god Allah was a pagan deity. In fact, he was the moon-god who was married to the sun-goddess and the stars were his daughters.

Archaeologists have uncovered temples to the moon-god throughout the Middle East. From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most widespread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the moon-god. It was even the religion of the patriarch Abraham before Yahweh revealed Himself and commanded him to leave his home in Ur of the Chaldees and migrate to Canaan.

Archaeologists have uncovered temples to the moon-god throughout the Middle East (see the artistic reconstruction above based on museum artifacts, wall paintings found in ruined cities, etc. in ancient Mesopotamia). From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most widespread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the moon-god. Note the boxed pre-Islamic Crescent-and-Star glyph of the Anatolian mural from Karum below.

The Sumerians, in the first literate civilization, left thousands of clay tablets describing their religious beliefs. As demonstrated by Sjöberg and Hall, the ancient Sumerians worshipped a moon-god who was called by many different names. The most popular names were Nanna, Suen, and Asimbabbar (Mark Hall, A Study of the Sumerian Moon-god, Sin, PhD., 1985, University of Pennsylvania). His symbol was the crescent moon. Given the amount of artifacts concerning the worship of this moon-god, it is clear that this was the dominant religion in Sumeria. The cult of the moon-god was the most popular religion throughout ancient Mesopotamia. The Assyrians, Babylonians, and Akkadians took the word Suen and transformed it into the word Sin as their favourite name for this deity (Austin Potts, The Hymns and Prayers to the Moon-god, Sin, PhD., 1971, Dropsie College, p.2). As Professor Potts pointed out, “Sin is a name essentially Sumerian in origin which had been borrowed by the Semites” (op.cit., p.4).

Karum2
This pre-Islamic crescent moon and star is from the same location.

Pre-Islamic and Islamic Crescent-and-Star Glyphs
Anatolian (left), Islamic (centre), Ancient Persian Moon-goddess (right).

In ancient Syria and Canna, the moon-god Sin was usually represented by the moon in its crescent phase. At times, the full moon was placed inside the crescent moon to emphasise all the phases of the moon. The sun-goddess was the wife of Sin and the stars were their daughters. For example, Ishtar was the daughter of Sin (Ibid., p.7).

Egyptian moonRas Shamra moonSacrifices to the moon-god are described in N. Syria’s Ras Shamra stele (right). In the Ugaritic texts, the moon-god was sometimes called Kusuh. In Persia (above right), as in Egypt (left), the moon-god is depicted on wall murals and on the heads of statutes. He was the judge of men and gods.

Throughout the ancient world the symbol of the crescent moon is found on seal impressions, steles, pottery, amulets, clay tablets, cylinders, weights, earrings, necklaces, wall murals, and so on. In Tell-el-Obeid, a copper calf was found with crescent moon on its forehead, the is the idol worshipped by the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Sin. While Moses was on top of the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments from Yahweh they sank into idolatrous worship of the moon-god, Sin! Such an idol has been found with the body of a calf and a man’s head whose forehead bears a crescent inlaid with shells. In Ur, the Ur-Nammu Stele has the crescent symbol placed at the top of the register of gods because the Moon god was the head of gods. Even bread was baked in the form of a crescent as an act of devotion to the moon-god (Ibid, pp.14-21).

Ur of the Chaldees was so devoted to the moon-god that it was sometimes called Nannar in tablets from that time period. A temple of the moon-god was excavated in Ur by Sir Leonard Woolley. He dug up many examples of moon-worship that are now displayed in the British Museum. Harran was likewise noted for its devotion to the moon-god. An example of the Babylonian moon-god is shown to the right. Note the presence of the crescent.

In the 1950’s a major temple to the moon-god was excavated at Hazor in Palestine. Two idols of the moon-god were found. Each was a statue of a man sitting upon a throne with a crescent moon carved into his chest (below left). The accompanying inscriptions make it clear that these were idols of the moon-god (below right). The worship tablet found at the same sight (left) shows arms outstretched towards the Moon-god here represented by the full moon within the crescent moon. Several smaller statues were also found which were identified by their inscriptions as the daughters of the moon-god. These are illustrated in the collection of photographs (below right).

Hazor2

What about Arabia? As pointed out by Professor Coon, “Muslims are notoriously loathe to preserve traditions of earlier paganism and like to garble what pre-Islamic history they permit to survive in anachronistic terms” (Carleton S. Coon, Southern Arabia, Washington DC, Smithsonian, 1944, p.398).

During the 19th century, Arnaud, Halevy, and Glaser went to southern Arabia and dug up thousands of Sabean, Minaean, and Qarabanian inscriptions which were subsequently translated. In the 1940’s, archaeologists G. Caton Thompson and Carleton S. Coon made some amazing discoveries in Arabia. During the 1950’s, Wendell Phillips, W.F.Albright, Richard Bower, and others excavated sites Qataban, Timna, and Marib (the ancient capital of Sheba).

Thousands of inscriptions from walls and rocks in northern Arabia have also been collected. Reliefs and votive bowls used in worship of the “daughters of Allah” have also been discovered. The three daughters, Al-LatAl-Uzza, and Manat are sometimes depicted together with Allah the moon-god represented by a crescent moon above them (North Arabian archaeological finds concerning Al-Lat are discussed in: Isaac Rabinowitz, Aramaic Inscriptions of the Fifth Century, JNES, XV, 1956, pp.1-9; Another Aramaic Record of the North Arabian goddess Han’Llat, JNES, XVIII, 1959, pp.154-55; Edward Linski, The Goddess Atirat in Ancient Arabia, in Babylon and in Ugarit: Her Relation to the Moon-god and the Sun-goddess, Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica, 3:101-9; H.J.Drivers, Iconography and Character of the Arab Goddess Allat, found in Études Preliminaries Aux Religions Orientales Dans L’Empire Roman, ed. Maarten J. Verseren, Leiden, Brill, 1978, pp.331-51).

The archaeological evidence demonstrates that the dominant religion in Arabia was the cult of the moon-god. The Old Testament consistently rebuked the worship of the moon-god (Deuteronomy 4:19; 17:3; II KIngs 21:3,5; 23:5; Jeremiah 8:2; 19:13; Zephaniah 1:5). When Israel fell into idolatry, it was usually to the cult of the moon-god. In Old Testament times, Nabonidus (555-539 BC), the last King of Babylon, built Tayma, Arabia, as a centre of moon-god worship. Segall stated: “South Arabia’s stellar religion has always been dominated by the Moon-god in various variations” (Berta Segall, The Iconography of Cosmic Kingship, the Art Bulletin, vol.xxxviii, 1956, p. 77). Many scholars have also noticed that the moon-god’s name, Sin, is a part of such Arabic words as “Sinai”, the “wilderness of Sin”, and so forth.

When the popularity of the moon-god waned elsewhere, the Arabs remained true to their conviction that the moon-god was the greatest of all gods. While they worshipped 360 gods at the Kabah in Mecca, the moon-god was the chief deity. Mecca was in fact built as a shrine for the moon-god. This is what made it the most sacred site of Arabian paganism.

Arabian Moon godWilliam BranhamIn 1944, G. Caton Thompson revealed in her book, The Tombs and Moon Temple of Hureidah, that she had uncovered a temple of the moon-god in southern Arabia. The symbols of the crescent moon and no less than 21 inscriptions with the name Sin were found in this temple (see above left). An idol which is probably the moon-god himself was also discovered (see above right). This was later confirmed by other well-known archaeologists (See Richard Le Baron Bower Jr. and Frank P. Albright, Archaeological Discoveries in South Arabia, Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 1958, p.78ff; Ray Cleveland, An Ancient South Arabian Necropolis, Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 1965; Nelson Gleuck, Deities and Dolphins, New York, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1965).

The find reveals that the temple of the moon-god was active in the Christian era. Evidence gathered from both North and South Arabia demonstrate that moon-god worship was clearly active even in Muhammad’s day and was still the dominant cult.

According to numerous inscriptions, while the name of the moon-god was Sin, his title was al-ilah, “the deity,” meaning that he was the chief or high god among the gods. As Coon pointed out, “The God Il or Ilahwas originally a phase of the Moon-God” (Coon, Southern Arabia, p.399).

The moon-god was called al-ilahthe god, which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times. The pagan Arabs even used Allah in the names they gave to their children. For example, both Muhammad’s father and uncle has Allah as part of their names. The fact that they were given such names by their parents proves that Allah was the title for the moon-god even in Muhammad’s day. Professor Coon says, “Similarly, under Muhammad’s tutelage, the relatively anonymous Ilah, became Al-Ilah, The God, of Allahthe Supreme Being” (Ibid.).

This fact answers the questions: “Why is Allah never defined in the Quran?” and “Why did Muhammad assume that the pagan Arabs already knew who Allah was?” 

Muhammad was raised in the religion of the moon-god Allah. But he went one step further than his fellow pagan Arabs. While they believed that Allah the moon-god was the greatest of all godsand the supreme deity in the pantheon of deities, Muhammad decided that Allah was not only the greatest god but the only God.

In effect he said, “Look, you already believe that the moon-god Allah is the greatest of all gods. All I want you to do is accept the idea that he is the only god. I am not taking away the Allahyou already worship. I am only taking away his wife and his daughters and all the other gods.” 

This is seen from the fact that the first point of the Muslim creed is not “Allah is great” but “Allah is the greatest“—he is the greatest among the gods. Why would Muhammad say that Allah is the greatest except in a polytheistic (many gods) context? The Arabic word is used to contrast the greater from the lesser.

That this is true is seen from the fact that the pagan Arabs never accused Muhammad of preaching a different Allah than the one they already worshipped. Thus “Allah” was the moon-god according to the archaeological evidence.

Muhammad thus attempted to have it both ways. To the pagans, he said that he still believed in the moon-god Allah. To the Jews and the Christians he said that Allah was their God, too. But both the Jews and the Christians, who worshipped Yahweh, knew better and they rejected his god Allah as a false god.

Al-Kindi, one of the early Christian apologists against Islam, pointed out that Islam and its god Allah did not come from the Bible but from the paganism of the Sabeans. They did not worship the God of the Bible but the moon-god and his daughters al-Uzzaal-Lat, and Manat (Three Early Christian-Muslim Debates, ed. by N.A.Newman, Hatfield, PA, IBRI, 1994, pp.357, 413, 426).

Dr. Newman concludes his study of the early Christian-Muslim debates by stating, “Islam proved itself to be . . . a separate and antagonistic religion which had sprung up from idolatry” (Ibid., p.719). Islamic scholar Caesar Farah concluded, “There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that Allah passed to the Muslims from the Christians and the Jews” (Caesar Farah, Islam: Beliefs and Observances, New York, Barrons, 1987, p.28).

The Arabs worshipped the moon-god as a supreme deity. But that was not biblical monotheism. While the moon-god was greater than all the other gods and goddesses, this was still a polytheistic pantheon of deities. Now that we have the actual idols of the moon-god, it is no longer possible to avoid the fact that Allah was a pagan god in pre-Islamic times.

Is it any wonder that the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon? That a crescent moon sits on top of their mosques and minarets? That a crescent is found on the flags of Islamic nations? That the Muslims fast during the month which begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon in the sky?

Conclusion

The pagan Arabs worshipped the Moon-god Allah by praying toward Mecca several times a day; making a pilgrimage to Mecca; running around the temple of the Moon-god called the Kabah; kissing the black stone; killing an animal in sacrifice to the Moon-god; throwing stones at the devil; fasting for the month which begins and ends with the crescent moon; giving alms to the poor, etc.

There are four interesting parallels with Islam here: (a) Akhenaton made the male sun-god the one and only god of Egypt, while (b) Muhammad made the male moon-god the one and only god of the Arabs. Neither god remotely resembled the God of the Bible, both being pagan deities borrowed from polytheistic religions. And there is a third parallel: (c) Though technically monotheistic, in practice Akhenaton remained a god himself. Though never calling himself a “god”, Muhammad certainly accrued many of the attributes of godly power as we shall see in subsequent articles. Finally, (d) Akhenaton used as a symbol for his god the Ankh Cross consisting of a solar disk atop a Tau cross, whilst Muhammad retained for Islam the pagan crescent moon symbol of the moon-god Allah.

Is this all a fanciful, far-fetched conclusion? Is all the vast array of scholarly information available on Allah simply a conspiracy by evil Westerners to discredit Islam? Or might what you have read be the truth? Are you honest enough to continue researching the origins of Islam further? And most importantly, are you honest enough to admit that you might be wrong and that the truth about God lies elsewhere?

My purpose in this article has been simply to examine Islam’s roots and to see if the “official version” is believable. May Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and all the biblical prophets, whose compound redemptive Name is Lord Jesus Christ, bless and you guide you in the way of truth. Amen.

The Muslim’s claim that Allah is the God of the Bible and that Islam arose from the religion of the prophets and apostles is refuted by solid, overwhelming archeological evidence. Islam is nothing more than a revival of the ancient Moon-god cult. It has taken the symbols, the rites, the ceremonies, and even the name of its god from the ancient pagan religion of the Moon-god. As such, it is sheer idolatry and must be rejected by all those who follow the Torah and Gospel.

The religion of ancient Israel was based on revelation; the Old Testament says that God appeared in diverse places and spoke to the Patriarchs; there they raised altars of undressed stones, called Beth-el—or House of God. Man’s sensual imagination soon led him “to collect his gods in the dust and fashion them as he pleased,” imagining that God resided in these Stones. Thus it became Beth-aven or House of Vanity. Beth-el abounded in Chaldea, Asia, Egypt, Africa, Greece, in remote parts of Europe, among the Druids, Gauls, and Celto-Scythians, and in North and South America.

In the Hebrew language, stones fallen from the sky are called Bethel (Heb. “House of God”). After dreaming of a ladder reaching to heaven, Jacob called his stone pillow a Bethel-stone (Genesis 28:10-22).

“The Pagans imitated the Beth-el of Jacob and consecrated them with oil and blood, making them gods, calling them Betyles (betylus, baetyl, betyles). In classical antiquity a stone, either natural or artificially shaped, venerated as of divine origin, or as a symbol of divinity. There were a number of these sacred stones in Greece, the most famous being on the omphalos at Delphi. Likewise there were the so-called animated or oracular stones. “Strabo, Pliny, Helancius (Hellanicus) or Beth-al-Jupiter, Cybele, Venus, Mithras). The greater part of the natural Betyles were the black meteorites or fire-balls fallen from the heavens and regarded by the Sabeists as heavenly divinities. These meteorites were the Cabiri, and the Pelasgi—whose most noted worshippers were wandering or dispersed men” (The Trail of the Serpent, by Inquire Within, Boswell Publishing Co., Limited, London (1936) p. 10).

Meteorites-cults are common in Greco-Roman civilizations. According to the religious historian Mircea Eliade, the Temple of Artemis (Diana) at Ephesus contained a squat statue of the mother-goddess, carved from a meteorite that fell from Jupiter (Acts 19:26-35). The Palladium of Troy and the conic black stone or (Baetyl) of Elagabal in Emesa, Syria, are believed to be of meteoric origin. Likewise, the Phrygian mother goddess Cybele worshipped in Pessinus (later Rome) was a stone; doubtless a meteorite. A further example is the meteorite of Pessinunt in Phrygia, which was worshipped as “the needle of Cybele,” brought to Rome in a powerful procession after the Punic war on advice from the Delphic oracle; there the meteorite was worshipped as a fertility goddess for further 500 years.

Hadschar al Aswad“The most famous of all of the stone fetishes of Arabia was, of course, the black stone in the sanctuary of Mecca. The Kabah was, and still is, a rectangular stone structure. Built into its Eastern corner is the black stone which had been an object of worship for many centuries before Mohammed appropriated the Kabah for his new religion, and made the pilgrimage to this holy place one of the pillars of Islam” (Mohammed: The man and his faith, Tor Andrae, 1936, Translated by Theophil Menzel, 1960, p. 13-30; Britannica, Arabian Religions, p. 1059, 1979). The “Hadschar al Aswad” in the Kabah is the most well known example of meteorite worship in newer times. Despite the prohibition of portraying God and adoration of objects, pilgrims to Mecca kiss this “Hadschar al Aswad” (black stone) which, according to the prophet is “Yamin Allah” (the right hand of God), supposedly a divine meteorite or Bethel-stone predating creation that fell at the feet of Adam and Eve. It is presently embedded in the southeastern corner of the Kabah. Muslims touch and kiss the black stone during Hajj. moongod.htm

Further informationthoroughly study the links in this file and also in The Cult of the Moon God  The True Origin of ‘Allah’: The Archaeological Record Speaks The Vatican and Islam  A History of Islam its Origins, its Rise and its Decline

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Prophesy and Prophets on Eschatology, Summary

“Of the World” Christians and
Preachers, False Prophets, the
Falling Away and the END.
If it sounds like the world or hides behind the
ways of the world in order to reach the
world, it probably is “of the world” based on I
John 2:15-17

“Love not the world, neither the things
that are in the world. If any man love the
world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of
the world.  And the world passeth away,
and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the
will of God abideth for ever.”

If a prophet, one speaking in the name of
God, could not fool some, he would never
make it as a false prophet; but if he can
deceive many it is both near the end of the
Falling Away and he is a very good false
prophet.  “Of the world” prophets, Christians
and Christian speakers have never changed
since this above in I John 2:15-17 was
written: in order to appeal to the world and in
order to be popular in that appealing
message, the message appeals toward
worldly ways of lust of the flesh or lust of the
eyes, or the most subtle lust drawing away
from God the Father, the pride of life, which
is what the world wants to hear and to follow
any way.
While a saying afloat in the world is “You can
fool some of the people, all of the time; and
fool are of the people some of the time; but
you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
Well, that needs to be modified in light of the
great ENd predictions by Jesus of Matthew
24, in particular 24:11-14.

“And many false prophets shall rise, and
shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the
love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the
same shall be saved.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end
come.”

False prophets use the same buzz words of
the Bible, but not necessarily the “pattern of
sound words” of the Bible, but they take a
little from the world in order to be tasteful
and politically correct.  They do not want you
to believe that any thing is wrong with the
world in which you live, that anything needs
to change, and that the same oh same oh is
going to last another 100 years or more; or
consistently with the subtle ways of Satan
they jump to the other extreme in their
appeals to flesh, eyes, and pride—they give
you hope that everything of this world not of
the Father you want, that you feel, that you
see, and you envision can be yours right
now or in a couple of years.  The pass out
world pastries like candy, and it is eaten up.
False prophets, looking like just any other
prophet or man of God, know you like
worldly optimism of two cars and a boat in
every garage and either an oil well or a gold
mine in your back yard, and knowing that it is
not likely for the millions that while there
every word, have convinced themselves that
there is more value in just the false
optimisms in listeners hearts than the reality
of obtaining, also realizing that they will not
be in your home and life when the deceptive
realities hit you,  And for the 1 % that the
world averages catch up with in the old
classical “gospel of wealth and corollary of
success”, what then, “For what does it profit
a man that he gain the whole world and lose
his own soul, or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul.”
How then do we modify the saying about
“some of the people and all of the people”.
Well, the world reality is that according to
Jesus in Matthew 24 this is a drastically
changing world, the outcome is not good for
most of the people, the way of destruction is
the broad super highway, and the narrow
way is not the way of comfort and leisure all
the time.  You will never hear these words of
Matthew 24:11-14 because being wiser than
the children of light, they know the popular
crowds that follow them will never listen as
that is not what the people want to hear.  Not
only are the forbidden loves for this world
not heard from their lips but also the warning
words of Jesus like:
(1) You are living in a time and environment
that many false Prophets exist.  They are
here and now and right in your backyard if
you live close to the church and tune into TV;
and you have chosen one of them as the
best preacher in the world.
(2) Even as the difference between the
“many” and the “few” is the same as the
majority and minority, many of you and your
friends and fellow listeners and church
members are DECEIVED!  Nobody likes to
think that they have been fooled or deceived,
and that they can not recognize a real
prophet from a false prophet.
(3) Do you doubt that these times today are
times of an increase in sin and lawlessness,
then look around you and listen to the news,
not only in the world but also in this country.
(4) Do you think it strange like Jesus taught
that the love for Christ, God, and the Bible
will be indirectly proportional to this increase
in sin and lawlessness; that is, as sin
abounds, the love of many Christians
decreases.  You know that is one of the
reason you can not see and hear right, that
sin of your environment has cluttered your
vision and darkened your light.
(5) Now, and this is part of the modification
of “all of the people and some of the people”
–there is during this falling away, a few that
will endure to the END and be saved.
(6) The END will come when the gospel is
preached to every nation, and do you not
also see that this has happened and nearly
so happened?

“Of the World” Christians and
Preachers, False Prophets, the
Falling Away and the END.
If it sounds like the world or hides behind the
ways of the world in order to reach the
world, it probably is “of the world” based on I
John 2:15-17

“Love not the world, neither the things
that are in the world. If any man love the
world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of
the world.  And the world passeth away,
and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the
will of God abideth for ever.”

If a prophet, one speaking in the name of
God, could not fool some, he would never
make it as a false prophet; but if he can
deceive many it is both near the end of the
Falling Away and he is a very good false
prophet.  “Of the world” prophets, Christians
and Christian speakers have never changed
since this above in I John 2:15-17 was
written: in order to appeal to the world and in
order to be popular in that appealing
message, the message appeals toward
worldly ways of lust of the flesh or lust of the
eyes, or the most subtle lust drawing away
from God the Father, the pride of life, which
is what the world wants to hear and to follow
any way.
While a saying afloat in the world is “You can
fool some of the people, all of the time; and
fool are of the people some of the time; but
you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
Well, that needs to be modified in light of the
great ENd predictions by Jesus of Matthew
24, in particular 24:11-14.

“And many false prophets shall rise, and
shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the
love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the
same shall be saved.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end
come.”

False prophets use the same buzz words of
the Bible, but not necessarily the “pattern of
sound words” of the Bible, but they take a
little from the world in order to be tasteful
and politically correct.  They do not want you
to believe that any thing is wrong with the
world in which you live, that anything needs
to change, and that the same oh same oh is
going to last another 100 years or more; or
consistently with the subtle ways of Satan
they jump to the other extreme in their
appeals to flesh, eyes, and pride—they give
you hope that everything of this world not of
the Father you want, that you feel, that you
see, and you envision can be yours right
now or in a couple of years.  The pass out
world pastries like candy, and it is eaten up.
False prophets, looking like just any other
prophet or man of God, know you like
worldly optimism of two cars and a boat in
every garage and either an oil well or a gold
mine in your back yard, and knowing that it is
not likely for the millions that while there
every word, have convinced themselves that
there is more value in just the false
optimisms in listeners hearts than the reality
of obtaining, also realizing that they will not
be in your home and life when the deceptive
realities hit you,  And for the 1 % that the
world averages catch up with in the old
classical “gospel of wealth and corollary of
success”, what then, “For what does it profit
a man that he gain the whole world and lose
his own soul, or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul.”
How then do we modify the saying about
“some of the people and all of the people”.
Well, the world reality is that according to
Jesus in Matthew 24 this is a drastically
changing world, the outcome is not good for
most of the people, the way of destruction is
the broad super highway, and the narrow
way is not the way of comfort and leisure all
the time.  You will never hear these words of
Matthew 24:11-14 because being wiser than
the children of light, they know the popular
crowds that follow them will never listen as
that is not what the people want to hear.  Not
only are the forbidden loves for this world
not heard from their lips but also the warning
words of Jesus like:
(1) You are living in a time and environment
that many false Prophets exist.  They are
here and now and right in your backyard if
you live close to the church and tune into TV;
and you have chosen one of them as the
best preacher in the world.
(2) Even as the difference between the
“many” and the “few” is the same as the
majority and minority, many of you and your
friends and fellow listeners and church
members are DECEIVED!  Nobody likes to
think that they have been fooled or deceived,
and that they can not recognize a real
prophet from a false prophet.
(3) Do you doubt that these times today are
times of an increase in sin and lawlessness,
then look around you and listen to the news,
not only in the world but also in this country.
(4) Do you think it strange like Jesus taught
that the love for Christ, God, and the Bible
will be indirectly proportional to this increase
in sin and lawlessness; that is, as sin
abounds, the love of many Christians
decreases.  You know that is one of the
reason you can not see and hear right, that
sin of your environment has cluttered your
vision and darkened your light.
(5) Now, and this is part of the modification
of “all of the people and some of the people”
–there is during this falling away, a few that
will endure to the END and be saved.
(6) The END will come when the gospel is
preached to every nation, and do you not
also see that this has happened and nearly
so happened?

Christ, Paul, and the Falling Away
and
What Is Sound Doctrine?

Introduction to Chapter 1:  Paul as Chief Editor of the Bible

Chapter 1: Paul Wraps up the Bible

This chapter title will come as a surprise to you, no doubt; as you have thought little of the ministry of the Apostle Paul to provide the finishing continuity to the Bible of 66 books.  A brief explanation is in order now, and there is a real sense in which this whole volume of THE LEARN CHRIST FROM THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS COMMENTARY will more exhaustively deal with that theme. The primary focus in this volume is about how the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is a story about the Lord Jesus Christ, and how to learn that Christ of the Bible; but supporting that most obvious and dominant theme is the way the Resurrected Christ, personally and through the Spirit of Christ, continued to work through the Apostle Paul as well as the other Apostles to wrap up the Bible. If we look back over the last approximately two thousand years since Jesus of Nazareth walked on this earth in Palestine, what has been the most influence in the spread of Christianity to all the nations of the world, it has been the Bible as used by the Spirit of Christ.   (Holy Spirit is being used synonymously with the Spirit of Christ:  that is Bible.)  Now given the Bible has been the most pervasive Christian influence in two thousand years, don’t you think that the God of whom the Apostle James writes as knowing all His works from the beginning of time, not only planned it this way, but also had a plan in the completion of the 66 books as well as the preservation and spread of the Bible. The Apostle Paul, under the direct leadership of the risen Christ and then through the Spirit during the so-called seven silent years (only silent because the Spirit like God the Father does speak in a still small voice), was the key human instrument to complete the Bible.

What needs to be dealt with briefly now is what Paul had to do with the completion of the Old Testament, and how Paul could wrap up the Bible since the Apostle John later wrote the last five books of the New Testament, and also after Paul John Mark wrote a Gospel and Dr. Luke wrote a Gospel and the book of Acts.  As far as the Old Testament part, it was Paul’s assignment from the Risen Christ during their time together in Saudi Arabia immediately after the conversion of Paul to go back and re- read the Old Testament which Paul had studied so extensively in the past, but this time to read it in the light of the removed veil that was done away with, as Paul writes in Hebrews, in Christ. Paul during those seven years at Tarsus read through all the Old Testament manuscripts, remembered the interpretations from Christ, and recorded on a manuscript all the parts of the Old Testament that were most important to be quoted in the New Bible of the Old and New Testaments, along with the explanations, interpretations, and applications received from Christ and the Spirit of Christ.

Now about the writing ministry of the Apostle John and the Apostle Paul. Paul said in Galatians that he met with Peter and James, and I think he also wrote a manuscript or two to record the story of the life of Jesus which later he left with John Mark to write Mark and Dr. Luke to write the Gospel of Luke.  That means that Paul had three or four sources to know the complete story of the life of Christ before the Apostle John wrote his gospel, Jesus Himself in Arabia, the Apostle Peter, and the  Apostle James, and the Holy Spirit was always present with Paul assisting in the writing of scriptures. After all, “holy men of God (apostles and prophets, “wrote as they were moved by the Spirit of God”.

NOTE:  And don’t forget as you will read about often in this volume, Paul under the leadership of the Spirit and with all that aforementioned background himself wrote 14 New Testament books of the 27, the majority author from the human side of the New Testament. Furthermore, if you removed from the New Testament all the Old Testament quotes (I will refer to over 100 of those quotes in this volume), there would be no New Testament. Most of those the Apostle Paul personally or through Luke and John Mark put there!

It is more detailed than this, but this will serve as an introduction. The rest of the volume will elaborate.

When you hear of the ministry of the Apostle Paul, what do you normally think? Most often we hear and speak of the missionary journeys of Paul. We read of the marvelous conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus in order that Paul might preach the gospel to the Gentiles.  The premise of this chapter and the book is that the primary ministry of Paul was to serve as chief editor of the New Testament.    Certainly  as we  in  contemporary times  look  back  on what  has  happened  in  the approximately two thousand years since Paul, Jesus, and the other Apostles of Christ, the most pervasive influence of Paul has been from his fourteen letters that became fourteen books of the New Testament. In other words thousands more people had read and become Christians from the reading of his letters than became Christians because of his missionary journeys.

You can almost miss this aspect of the ministry of Christ in the reading of his letters. The one single place that it is obvious is in the reading of Colossians 1:25.

“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God…”  (Colossians 1:25 KJV)

Notice that: Paul is made a minister in order to fulfill or complete the word of God! That tells me that God had in mind a certain number of books for the Bible and in particular for the New Testament (27), and that the responsibility of the ministry of Paul was to make sure that this number was completed. This Paul did by personally writing 14 out of 27 of those books, and then pass on to John Mark and Dr. Luke manuscripts for the writing of three more books of the New Testament; so that Paul becomes personally responsible for 17 out of 27 of the New Testament books. I would say that is a significant aspect of Paul’s ministry when you consider to how many countries the Bible has gone over the last two thousand years, into how many homes, and from how many pulpits and Sunday school classes the Bible is taught every Sunday.

To belabor this chief editor aspect of the New Testament now as related to John Mark and Dr. Luke is somewhat jumping ahead, but I think it is necessary to immediately establish an internal evidence aspect to this claim. Two scriptural facts can quickly lay this foundation.

  1. Paul after becoming a prisoner requested that Timothy bring his books and parchments from Troas.

“The cloak that I left a Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.” (II Timothy 4:13)

2. Paul w rote that John Mark was profitable to him for the “ministry”, and recall that the most important aspect of the ministry of Paul was in the writing and editing of New Testament book

“Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.” (II Timothy 4:11)

NOTE:  If you object to the Apostle Paul as presented as the Chief Editor of the Bible, saying he only wrote 14 books of the New Testament only and edited 3 more; and that this was not work on the Old Testament.  Yet Paul next to Jesus Himself was very, very often {just look at Hebrews and Romans, the large number of OT quoted} a systematic quoter of the Old Testament, providing in turn the proper interpretation and implementation of what the law and the Prophets had written.

 

Apostles and Prophets_the Bible, Jesus Christ and You

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. ” (Ephesians 2: 1 9- 22 NJKV)

Table of  Contents:  Apostles and Prophets, the Bible.

chapter 1: Paul Wraps up the Bible page 3
1-1 Other Scriptures to Support Colossians 1:25. page 3
1-2 Where Paul Got His Doctrine. page 5
1-3 The Apostle Peter acknowledged Paul as a Scripture Writing Apostle
1-4 Word of God (Scriptures) from the Apostle Paul. page 7
1-5 The Apostle Paul, a champion of inspiration of scriptures as on all other Doctrines. page 8
1-6 Sufferings and the Ministry of Paul. Page 9
1-7 Apostle with Children, I Timothy and II Corinthians. Page 12
chapter 2: The Bible is Christ page 15
2-1 The Living God of the Living page 16
2-2 Righteousness of God and Man. page 19
2-3 The Composite Witness of the Bible page 21
2-4 God, Man, and the Son of Man. page 25
2-5 The Resurrection of Jesus. page 29
2-6 Wisdom from God. page 32
2-7 The Gospel. page 33
2-8 Listening More Important than Sacrifice. page 34
2-9 What Happened to the Jews as the Chosen People of God. page 35
2-10 The Salvation of God. page 37
2-11 The New King of Israel. page 38
2-12 The Living God wants others to Live. page 40
chapter 3: The Old Testament According to the New Testament page 42
3-1 Stephen’s Outline of Old Testament History in Acts 7. page 43
3-2 Amos the Prophet. page 45
3-3 Wrap-up of History of Stephen. page 46
3-4 David to Christ. page 47
3-5 The 16 Writing Prophets. page 49
3-6 The Prophet Isaiah. page 50
3-7 A Short Message from Amos, Joel, and the Great Maker of History
3-8 A Harmony of History. page 58
3-9 Prophets, Apostles, and the Spirit of Christ. page 58
3-10 Acts, the Old Testament according to the New Testament, and the
Gospels And the Prophets. page 60
chapter 4 Matthew and Jesus. page 63
4-1 Who is Jesus to His Contemporaries? page 63
4-2 Who is Jesus According to Subsequent History? page 66
4-3 The Sources, the Bible and the books of the Bible. page 68
4-4: Christ, Marriage, and the Church. page 71
4-5: Jesus and the Builder’s of History. page 71
4-6: Understanding from Peter’s First Sermon. page 74
4-7: Choose Jesus or the Temple. page 75
4-8: Judas betrayed Jesus in order to save his own temple. page 77
4-9: The Cornerstone is Alive! page 79
4-10 How are the Living Stones today? page 80
4-11 Jesus Proclaimed in the Old Testament and Established with His teachings in the New Testament by the Apostle Matthew page 81
4-12 Matthew and Psalms. page 83
4-13 Matthew and the Prophets. page 84
chapter 5: John Mark and the Apostle James page 89
5-1: Mark. page 89
5-2: James on Mark. page 91
5-3: The Old Testament in James. page 95
5-4: “The Living God of the Living” from Genesis 1:26 thru Exodus 16:18 p 99
5-5: Mark’s Appendix. page 103
5-6: The First Seven. Page 104
5-7: The Second Seven. page 107
5-8: The Third Seven. page 109
5-9: Fourth Seven. page 110
5-10: Fifth Seven. page 112
5-11: Sixth Seven. page 112
5-12: Seventh Seven. page 112
chapter 6: The Gospel Explained and Reinforced: Paul in Hebrews and Roman, and Luke.
6-1: Hebrew s and Psalms. page 115
6-2: Romans and Isaiah. page 122
6-3: Jesus is the Foundation Stone. page 124
6-4: The Gospel Reinforced, Luke. page 127
6-5: Luke and the Apostle Peter’s Epistles. page 128
6-6: The Old Testament in Peter’s Epistles and Luke. page 130
6-7: Another Composite. page 131
6-8: Gospel Reinforced. page 132
chapter 7: Prophets and Apostles page 135
7-1: The Apostles Peter and James on the Prophets. page 135
7-2: A Rapid Survey of the Prophets according to Peter and James. page 137
7-3: Applications. page 144
7-4: The Minor Prophets from Joel to Malachi. page 148
7-5 The Prophet Joel. page 149
7-6: The Prophet Amos. page 150
7-7: The Gospel on Jonah. page 152
7-8: The Prophet Obadiah. page 153
7-9: The Prophet Hosea. page 154
7-10: The Prophet Micah. page 155
7-11: The Prophet Nahum. page 157
7-12: The Prophet Habakkuk. page 158
7-13: The Prophet Zephaniah. page 158
7-14: The Prophet Hagaii. page 160
7-15: The Prophet Zechariah. page 162
7-16: The Prophet Malachi. page 163
chapter 8: All the Prophets of the Old Testament page 165
8-1: The Prophet Messiah and The LORD Thy God. page 165
8-2: The Progressive Flow of the Gospel. page 172
8-3: The Gospel to the Jews is that Jesus is their King! page 177
8-4: Major Inserts from the Majors on the Gospel. page 178
chapter 9: Solid Foothold in the Prophets and Christian Faith. page 184
9-1: The Prophet Joel and the Apostle Peter. page 185
9-2: Axes to Grind. page 186
9-3: Christian Faith. page 188
9-4: The Prophet Obadiah. page 196
9-5: The Historical Context of Bad Blood between Jacob and Esau. page 200
9-6: In the Total Context of the Bible. page 203
9-7: The Fair Judgments of God. page 204
9-8: We Preach Christ. page 204
9-9: Shew us the Father: We Preach Christ. page 207
chapter 10: Prophetic Messages on History page 211
10-1: Major Prophets of the Chaldean Period, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah. page 211
10-2: The Prophets on Jerusalem, Zephaniah, Ezekiel, and Habakkuk. and Jeremiah. page 218
10-3: An Outline of Ezekiel. page 222
10-4: Why Me on the National Level, Habakkuk? page 224
10-5: The Temple: Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. page 225
10-6: The Prophet Haggai. page 228
10-7: Zechariah. page 232
10-8: The Prophet Malachi. page 232
chapter 11: LAST DAYS and Eschatology in the Prophets page 234
11-1: Beginning of the Last Days. page 235
11-2: The Great and Notable Day of the Lord. page 236
11-3: Battle of Jehoshaphat and Jewish Conversion. page 237
11-4: All Israel Saved, Romans 11. page 238
11-5: Jesus on Eschatology, Matthew 24. page 239
11-6: Great Tribulation. page 241
11-7: Out of Respect for B.H. Carroll. page 242
11-8: Apostle Peter on Eschatology. page 244
11-9: Eschatology and Fear. page 245
11-10: Eschatology in the Pre-Prophet Prophets. page 246
11-11: Eschatology in the Prophets of the Assyrian Period. page 248
11-12: Eschatology in the Prophets of the Chaldean Period. page 252
11-13: Eschatology of the Persian Period. page 256
11-14: The Composite Witness of the New Pentateuch. page 259
chapter 12: Eschatology in the book of Revelation page 261
12-1: Last Things (Eschatology) in the book of Revelation. page 261
12-2: Cycles of Historical Events. page 264
12-3: Eschatology in the Prophets. page 265
12-4: Bottom Line of the book of Revelation. page 270
12-5: The Seven Last Plagues. page 271
12-6: Two Cautions. page 272
12-7: A Candle Still Burns in the City until the Fall of the U.S. page 274
12-8: Composite Witness of the Five of the New Pentateuch. page 274
chapter 13: The Prophet Messiah. page 250

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Turning Away from the Truth Finalizes the Falling Away, Bible Reports for Believing, Bible Studies in Jeremiah_Prophesy

The Comfort and Edification of God’s Discrimination Between the “Good Figs” and the “Bad Figs” once you get over the shock that God early in Old Testament history and dealings start separating His own people into good and bad people.

Early in the history of the Bible in God’s dealings with His own people, in fact in God’s dealings with all people, it became no longer a matter of codemning all of God’s own people or blessing all of God’s own people; but God’s choices became far more selective and individual. {This could have been the case far before Jeremiah and we just did not detect it.}

1. The good figs of Jeremiah 24:5-7.

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