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Jesus or Muhammad?

— Did they preach the same message?

Let us examine the words of these two men, Muhammad of Mecca (Arabia) and Jesus of Nazareth (Israel). We’ll contrast what each taught while they lived on Earth. Jesus lived between 1 BC and 30 AD, while Muhammad lived between 570 AD and 632 AD.

The Lord Jesus Christ, through the Apostle Peter, warned us that there will be false prophets, and false teachers, who will teach damnable heresies and will even deny that He is the Lord. (All bold are my emphases added. Square brackets [ ] indicate meanings of words. King James Version Easy-Reading Bible (KJVER) is used.)

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who secretly [craftily] shall bring in damnable [destructive] heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

quran72Is Islam essentially the same as Judaism? Does Islam have the same teachings as Christianity? Don’t all three religions believe in the same God and teach the same truths? In particular does the Quran contain the same message as the Bible?

Muslim scholars teach that the patriarch Abraham was really a Muslim and therefore Islam is really the same as or the true basis for Judaism, in fact, that all religion is really Islam but that Jews and Christians corrupted the Book. The writings of Moses and Jesus are called the Book. Hence Jews and Christians are called the people of the Book.

Q 3:67 Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah’s which is Islam, and he joined not gods with Allah.

Q 2:135 They say: “Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided to salvation.” Say thou: “Nay! I would rather the Religion of Abraham the True, and he joined not gods with Allah.”

So Muhammad’s message is that originally Abraham had the true religion, Islam, and that Allah says that no one should follow Jews or Christians. (Unless otherwise stated the Quran translation used here is by Abdullah Yusuf Ali.)

The Muslim scholars claim Islam preceded both Judaism and Christianity.  They teach that God really gave the Tawrat (the Torah, the first five book of the Old Testament) to Musa (Moses) who was a really Muslim. They also teach that Jesus was really a Muslim, a prophet, not God, but because Jews and Christians have corrupted the original writings of Moses (the Tawrat) and also the writings of Jesus, the Injil (the gospels to Muslims), God had to send Muhammad to get the pure religion sorted out.

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Bible prophecy Biblical doctrines Israel

Where is the biblical land of Israel?

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I recently returned from a visit to the modern-day land of Israel where I spoke to believers at some messianic congregations, as well as at a youth camp and a student camp. At one of those events someone handed me a few copies of Andrew Lessey’s small booklet “The Heart of Israel”. The following is drawn from that booklet.

Jeremiah 16:14,15 Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands where he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. (KJVER, emphases added)

During the 1990’s about 2 million Jews from Russia and other ex-soviet countries returned (made the Aliyah) to Israel. However, not only have Jews come from the north they have been returning from all countries around the world. The return started in the late 1800’s and has been ongoing ever since. The rise of the Third Reich under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany accelerated arrivals both pre and post World War II. God’s promise as indicated by verse 15 was to their fathers and that promise still stands.

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Belief in God God's sovereignty hermeneutics History

The seed of Abraham: the land of Israel?

(In the following all bold are my emphases added. Square brackets [ ] indicate meanings of words, and my explanations. Unless otherwise stated King James Version Easy-Reading Bible (KJVER) used.)

 Joel 3:1-2 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity [bring back the exiles, those who were in captivity] of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat and will plead with them there for My people and for My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted [divided up] My land.