EyeWitness Report... The Crucifixion

  What is an eyewitness?

  The dictionary tells us that an eyewitness is "a person who has personally seen something happen and so can give a first-hand description of it."


  Today we know that Jesus died on a hill called Golgotha because people were there to see it happen. People were there who were eyewitnesses to the death of the Son of God. Some were believers and followers of Jesus but some of His enemies, critics, skeptics, and non-believers were present, too. 

  Who exactly were the eyewitnesses to Jesus' crucifixion?

   The chief priests, scribes and elders, as found in Matthew 27:41  

   A centurion and Roman soldiers, as found in Matthew 27:54 


   Crowds of bystanders, as found in Matthew 27:37, Luke 23:48 and John 19:20


   Simon of Cyrene, as found in Mark 15:21 

   Two criminals who were crucified with Jesus, as found in Luke 23:33 


   Many women including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph and wife of Clopas, Salome the mother of the sons of Zebedee, as found in Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40, John 19:26 


   Jesus’ mother, Mary, as found in John 19:26 


   The “disciple Jesus loved,” as found in John 19:26 


   Acquaintances of Jesus, as found in Luke 23:49


   Joseph of Arimathea, as found in Matthew 27:57 


   And Nicodemus, as found in John 19:39


  All of these people saw the Roman soldiers nail a flogged, severely beaten and bleeding Jesus to a cross.

  All of these people were on the hill where Jesus' cross was raised.

  Many, if not all of them, saw how the soldiers and bystanders mocked Jesus as He hung there, suffering and in terrible agony.

  Many heard Him speak His very last words.

  Many saw Him draw His last breath.

  Many saw Him die.

  Some saw a soldier pierce Jesus' side with a lance, and the blood and water that came gushing out of the open wound, proof that Jesus was truly dead.

  Not long after that, not a few were involved in taking Jesus' dead body down from the cross, lifting that cruel crown of thorns off of His head, and extracting the nails which had been driven mercilessly into His hands and feet.

  Some then wrapped Him up in a burial shroud, and carried His corpse into the waiting tomb and onto the cold slab where they laid Him.

  Quite a few soldiers rolled a heavy stone back down to seal the tomb and guarded it day and night to ensure that no one could come in to steal Jesus' body.

  All four Gospels contain the crucifixion story, with at least one of them written by a direct eyewitness.

  All four Gospels tell how Jesus died from the eyewitness accounts of those who were there 2,000 years ago, people who were there to see the Son of God become the one Perfect Sacrifice which would restore man to His creator: to be the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world.

  But all four Gospels also tell of how Jesus rose again from the dead after three days, just as He had promised. And how He walked and talked with them for 40 days after that, eating with them and teaching them His Word that they might teach it to others. 

  Ten days after Jesus returned to heaven from whence He came, the power of Jesus' death and resurrection, the very power of God, the Holy Spirit, filled Jesus' followers to overflowing and turned former cowards into fearless evangelists. It was these eyewitnesses who would "turn the world around" (Acts 17:6) with the message of love and forgiveness that is the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

  Then along came a man who claimed that none of this ever happened. A man who told his followers that Jesus was never crucified.  A man who claimed that God had sent him with another message and that they should follow him instead of Jesus. That man's name was Muhammad.

  But was Muhammad an eyewitness?


  No.


  Was he at the cross when Jesus was crucified?


  No.


  Was he anywhere near the cross?


  No.


  Was he anywhere near Jerusalem?


  No.


  Was he anywhere near Israel at the time?


  No.


  Why not?


  Because Muhammad hadn't even been born yet.


  
Muhammad wasn't born till over 500 years after Jesus' crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension!

  And when he was finally born, it was in a place that was more than 1,200 kilometers away from Jerusalem. Muhammad never even came near Jerusalem all the years of his life.


  So why should we believe what Muhammad said about Jesus or the cross when he was never an eyewitness to any of the events in the Bible?


  Why should anyone believe the claims made by someone who never even met Jesus, or any of His apostles or disciples, or His disciples' disciples, or even His disciples' disciples' disciples? Claims made by someone who had only the words he said had been brought to him by an angel?

  Putting it simply, we don't. Because it is irrational and illogical to believe the words of a man whose claims have never been substantiated over the documented and verified testimony of actual eyewitnesses and contemporaries of the Lord Jesus Christ.


  We don't believe Muhammad because we who are followers of the Lord Jesus know Him. We are His sheep, and we know His voice. And we know that our Jesus did not fail to do the one thing the Messiah came to this earth to do:




"... He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds." 
Isaiah 53:5

Jesus is LORD!


  With thanks to http://bibleq.net/answer/2467/ for the list of crucifixion witnesses.



  See also:

  Jesus Teaches About His Coming Death and Resurrection

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-teaches-about-his-coming-death.html 

  Two Old Testament Prophets Who Witnessed to the Coming Crucifixion and Death of Jesus?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/two-ot-prophets-who-witnessed-to-coming.html

  Who Was Judas' Double?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/06/who-was-judas-body-double.html

  Come, Follow Me

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/come-follow-me.html

  


Allah Made the Israelites Kings? A Quranic Error

  In the Quran's Sura 5:20, Allah says some very strange things:
  "And (remember) when Musa (Moses) said to his people: "O my people! Remember the Favour of Allah to you, when He made Prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the 'Alamin (mankind and jinns, in the past)." Hilali-Khan
  First, he is speaking to the Israelites who YHWH had led out of slavery and captivity in Egypt through Moses in 1446 BC. Israel never existed as a nation until the Lord used Moses to bring them out of Egypt and into Canaan to fulfill His promise to Abraham. The line of national prophets only began with Moses, so how could Allah say to them, "Remember... when He made Prophets among you?" There had never been any prophets among them until Moses. So that is Quranic error Number One in this ayah.

  The second problem is this: we know that Allah is talking about a past event because he had told them to remember when he "made them kings." No one can be asked to remember an event that has not happened yet.

  Remember that Moses died in 1406 BC.

  And that Saul was anointed the first king of Israel by the prophet Samuel in 1043 BC.

  David took the throne as Israel's second king at Saul's death in 1010 BC.

  Solomon was made Israel's third king at the death of David in 970 BC.

  So Israel did not have any kings at all until 1043 BC.

  Even assuming that Allah had told Moses that he had "made them kings" just before Moses' death in 1406 BC, it would be another 363 years before Israel actually had their first king. So why does Muhammad say that Allah had already made kings out of the Israelites, even though they had yet to conquer any land at all? What were they kings of, exactly?

  Even worse, Allah (or Muhammad) said that the Israelites had been made kings in the past when, in truth, they had just spent 215 years in Egypt, with a large chunk of that time in slavery to the Egyptians. How could they have been kings while being slaves to the Egyptians? Clearly, Muhammad got the story wrong once again.

  Here are a few more Quran translations which show that the ayah does say that Allah gave them prophets and made them kings:

Pickthall

5:20 And (remember) when Moses said unto his people: O my people! Remember Allah's favour unto you, how He placed among you prophets, and He made you kings, and gave you that (which) He gave not to any (other) of (His) creatures.

Shakir

5:20 And when Musa said to his people: O my people! remember the favor of Allah upon you when He raised prophets among you and made you kings and gave you what He had not given to any other among the nations.

Sherali

5:20 And remember when Moses said to his people, `O my people, call to mind ALLAH's favour upon you when HE raised Prophets among you and made you kings, and gave you what HE gave not to any other among the peoples;

Yusuf ali

5:20 Remember Moses said to his people: "O my people! Call in remembrance the favour of God unto you, when He produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the peoples.

  Could there have been an error in the translation from Arabic to English? The answer is no. The Arabic word for "king" here is مُلُوكًا. Here is the reference provided by Quran Corpus that shows us that there has been no error in the translation work done by Messrs. Hilali-Khan, Pickthall, Shakir, Sherali, and Yusuf Ali:

(5:20:15) mulūkan "kings"   اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ جَعَلَ فِيكُمْ أَنْبِيَاءَ وَجَعَلَكُمْ مُلُوكً


  This reference can be found here:

  But there is one more problem. The statement is, "Allah has made you kings." Not "Allah gave you kings," but "made you kings." This means that all of Israel had been made kings. 

  In the previous phrase, Allah said he had made prophets among them, meaning that some had been made prophets, but not all of them. But Allah doesn't use "among you" in this phrase. He only says, "I made you kings." Had he chosen to use the word "gave" instead, as in "I gave you kings," then Islam would not have a problem. But he did  not, so we are left with what he did say, which is the erroneous claim that he made all Israelites kings.


  This, too, never happened. The reason being that no nation would survive very long if every citizen was king. But it seems that never occurred to Allah.

  How could Allah and Muhammad have made all these historical and logical errors... and in a single verse?

  Here's hoping and praying that Muslims will start asking the questions that need to be asked about their Quran. Jews and Christians have been doing it with their Bible for millennia. It's not just time for Muslims to do the same with their text, it's way overdue!

Jesus is Lord!



  Got the idea for this post as I was reading the article linked to below:

  Israel, the Quran and the Promised Land, by Sam Shamoun & Jochen Katz

  http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Contra/israel_land_egypt.html

  More information here:

  Prophets and Kings in Israel before the time of Moses? by Jochen Katz




A Glimpse of the Trinity in the Old Testament


  Critics of Biblical Christianity who are confounded by the teaching of the Trinity are always quick to claim that the Complex Unity of God is a new doctrine that would have been unknown to Moses and the Old Testament prophets and scribes. Evidence is now readily available to anyone who is willing to do the research that this is true neither for the text of the Bible itself nor for the pre-Christian Jewish sources. 

  In this blog post, we take a look at a few evidences of the Triune Godhead in the Old Testament. Once again the Word of God will show that "the New Testament reveals what the Old Testament had concealed."

Zechariah 2

 8 For the Lord of Hosts says this: “He has sent Me for His glory against the nations who are plundering you, for anyone who touches you touches the pupil of His eye. 


 9 I will move against them with My power, and they will become plunder for their own servants. Then you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent Me.


10 “Daughter Zion, shout for joy and be glad, for I am coming to dwell among you”—this is the Lord’s declaration."


  In the passage above, God, the Lord of Hosts is speaking, yet He says He is being sent in v. 9. In verse 10, God also says that He, the Lord, will dwell among the Israelites. That we get from the prophet Zechariah. 

  It was the prophet Isaiah who saw The Lord seated on His throne in heaven (see Isaiah 6:1, 8 and John 12:41) more than 700 years before the Logos would take on a human body. And so it makes sense that it would be Isaiah who recorded these verses in which the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob once again displays His complex unity:

  “This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, this is My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations." Isaiah 42:1

  "Approach Me and listen to this. From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time anything existed, I was there.” And now the Lord God has sent Me and His Spirit.Isaiah 48:16

  "He said, “They are indeed My people, children who will not be disloyal,” and He became their Savior. In all their suffering, He suffered, and the Angel of His Presence saved them. He redeemed them because of His love and compassion; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past. But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit.Isaiah 63:8-10

  In Isaiah 42:1, the Father speaks of the Son and the Spirit as separate Persons.

  In Isaiah 48:16, God is speaking (note the reference to eternal existence), and yet again He says He and the Spirit are being sent.

  In Isaiah 63:8, God says He is the Savior of His people. In the New Testament, the Messiah and Savior is One Whose name is Yeshua, which means "YHWH saves." In the rest of the passage, mention is again made of "the Angel of His Presence," and the Holy Spirit, both distinct Persons Who are themselves divine, and yet still One God. Father, Son and Spirit always, always act as One, always in perfect unity.

  In Isaiah 60-61, YHWH says from heaven:

22 "The least will become a thousand,
      the smallest a mighty nation.
      I am Yahweh;
      I will accomplish it quickly in its time.

 1  The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me,
     because the Lord has anointed Me
     to bring good news to the poor.
     He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
     to proclaim liberty to the captives
     and freedom to the prisoners;

 2  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor..."

  Then, more than 700 years later, the Messiah has come down to earth, and He says in the New Testament Gospel of Luke:

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
      because He has anointed Me
      to preach good news to the poor.
      He has sent Me
      to proclaim freedom to the captives
      and recovery of sight to the blind,
      to set free the oppressed,

19  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."

20 He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

21 He began by saying to them, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.” Luke 4

  "Immanu El," God is with us. The Lord God made good on His promise to dwell among His people. An unbiased reading of these and many more passages from the Old Testament show how God came to earth to physically walk among men while remaining in heaven and in total control of the universe. How was this possible? 

  The Bible tells us that this was possible because the One True God is complex in His divine nature: Father, Son and Spirit working flawlessly together to accomplish Their goals as one. Saving, redeeming, restoring but in all things and at all times, loving

  In the words of L.T. Jeyachandran,  

  "Love is the epitome of all virtue and the highest expression of holiness. And God should not have to depend upon His creation to actualize His capacity to love, for that would make creation as important as the Creator because the Creator would be incomplete without His creation. 

  But the Bible introduces love as an interpersonal quality requiring a subject-object relationship that is available in the Trinity because of the Father-Son relationship through the Holy Spirit. The trinitarian God is complete in His love relationship without reference to His creation. The Father loves the Son before the creation of the world (John 17:24). The infinite personal medium through whom this love is communicated is the Holy Spirit, and He is the one who pours the love of God in our hearts as well (Romans 5:5)." 

Jesus is Lord!

   See also:

  The Lord Our God is One!

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-lord-our-god-is-one.html

  The Jewish Concept of the Complex Unity of God

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-jewish-concept-of-complex-unity-of.html



Did Isaac Really Marry A 3 Year Old Toddler?

  One can find some really outrageous claims being made on the Internet. This is just one of them. 

  Nowadays this one is made mostly by some Muslim apologists who are obviously embarrassed that their prophet Muhammad married a 6 year old and consummated the marriage when she was only 9. In a desperate effort to justify their prophet's behavior, they turn to a somewhat twisted version of the story of Isaac and Rebekah in which it is claimed that the two were married when he was 40 and she was at the tender age of 3.  

  How do they come up with these ages, you ask?

  Well, they force a reading of Genesis 22 and 23 where the events described therein happened within the same time frame. Abraham offers a fully mature Isaac to the Lord in Genesis 22:1-19, Abraham's brother Nahor's progeny are listed in Genesis 22:20-24, and Sarah dies at 127 years old (Genesis 23:1-2).

  We know from Genesis 17 that Sarah was 90 when she gave birth to Isaac, making him 37 at her death. Genesis 25:20 tells us Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah, so this spurious claim is based on deducting his age at marriage from the alleged 3 years since Rebekah's birth, which they insist happened at about the same time as Sarah's death.

  But what does Scripture itself tell us about our bride-to-be Rebekah? Was she, in fact, forced to be a bride when it would have been more appropriate for her to be just a flower girl had this been a 21st century  marriage? As with most anything one reads, we can apply simple common sense to determine the facts.
  Our Scripture text is from Genesis 24, and describes how Abraham sent a trusted servant to find a wife for Isaac from among Nahor's line in Aram-naharaim, rather than from the Canaanites, whose behavior had greatly displeased YHWH and who He would later punish. Abraham said,

 3 "... I will have you swear by the Lord, God of heaven and God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I live, 


 4 but will go to my land and my family to take a wife for my son Isaac.”


  Abraham's instruction was clear. The servant was to find Isaac a wife, not a child for whom Isaac would have to wait many years before she would be ready to marry. We see from the servant's response that he understood who he was to search for (italics mine):


 5 The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is unwilling to follow me to this land? Should I have your son go back to the land you came from?”
  To which Abraham responds:

 8 "... If the woman is unwilling to follow you, then you are free from this oath to me, but don’t let my son go back there.”

  A woman. Not a child. So off went the servant on his mission. The journey was going to be a long one. From Hebron to his destination was a distance of 468 miles, or more than 750 kilometers.  
10 The servant took 10 of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of his master’s goods in hand. Then he set out for Nahor’s town Aram-naharaim.
11 He made the camels kneel beside a well of water outside the town at evening. This was the time when the women went out to draw water.
12 “Lord, God of my master Abraham,” he prayed, “give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
13 I am standing here at the spring where the daughters of the men of the town are coming out to draw water.
14 Let the girl to whom I say, ‘Please lower your water jug so that I may drink,’ and who responds, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels also’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. By this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”
15 Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah—daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor—coming with a jug on her shoulder.
16 Now the girl was very beautiful, a young woman who had not known a man intimately. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up.

  Once again the text is clear. Rebekah is a young woman, not a toddler. Remember that your typical three year olds cannot carry heavy jugs of water on their shoulders. Their bodies are just too small and weak for this type of labor.


  Note as well the phrase "a young woman who had not known a man intimately." Again, this is not a phrase one uses to describe a three year old.
17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me have a little water from your jug.”
18 She replied, “Drink, my lord.” She quickly lowered her jug to her hand and gave him a drink.
19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I’ll also draw water for your camels until they have had enough to drink.” 
20 She quickly emptied her jug into the trough and hurried to the well again to draw water. She drew water for all his camels
21 while the man silently watched her to see whether or not the Lord had made his journey a success.

22 After the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing half a shekel, and for her wrists two bracelets weighing 10 shekels of gold.
23 “Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”

24 She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.”
25 She also said to him, “We have plenty of straw and feed and a place to spend the night.”
26 Then the man bowed down, worshiped the Lord,

27 and said, “Praise the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not withheld His kindness and faithfulness from my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”



  So, from the actual text of the Bible, we see that Rebekah could not have been 3 years old because:
- drawing water from a well is far too heavy a job to give to a 3 year old
- carrying even a single water jug to water the camels with would be too much for a 3 year old because each gallon of water weighs 10 pounds. Today, an average 3 year old weighs between 25.5 to 38.5 pounds
- Rebekah didn't only draw water for the servant, but she also drew water for all of his camels
  Why would that be impossible for a 3 year old to do? Because  Wikipedia tells us that:
  "a 600 kg (1,300 lb) camel can drink 200 L (53 US gal) of water in three minutes."
  That means that the 3 year old would have had to draw 530 pounds of water per camel.
  Genesis 24:10 tells us that the servant brought ten camels, meaning she would have had to draw a total of 5,300 pounds of water.
  Even if she were a 3 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger, there is no way she could have done this.

  The Bible is also clear that a marriage always required the consent of the woman, another sign that the bride would have to be at or above the age of consent. She would have to be old enough and mature enough to agree to marry the man. This requires the bride to be of sufficient age both psychologically and physiologically before she can marry.
  This "3 year old Rebekah" fable has got to be one of the most ridiculous of the Islamic apologist claims ever, all because Muslims are trying very hard to justify Muhammad's marriage to a 6 year old.

  Thank God we Christians have no such problems with our Prophet, Priest and King, Jesus!








Is Hamas In The Bible?

  The Islamic terrorist group Hamas gets its name from the Arabic word "حماس"‎ which means "enthusiasm." In fact, Hamas is an acronym for  حركة المقاومة الاسلامية, transliterated as Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah, which means "Islamic Resistance Movement."


  Hamas has never been shy about its intentions:



  Or about the means by which they intend to achieve them, whether fair or foul:


  As we pointed out in a previous post, Muslim apologists are fond of highlighting the closeness between Arabic and the much older Hebrew language, coming as they both do from Semitic roots. But this is one occasion that Muslims may not be too thrilled at the similarities. 

  This because the Hebrew language also has the word "hamas," or חָמָס, in its vocabulary. But that is where the similarities end. Hamas in Hebrew does not mean "enthusiasm" at all. It means violence.


  You can see the Strong's Concordance entry for "hamas" here, as well as hear the word pronounced:

  
  http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H2555&t=KJV

  When author, speaker and Messianic believer in Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) Rabbi Jonathan Cahn was interviewed on a television show in the midst of the Hamas attacks on Israel, he pointed out a strange coincidence. He noted what happens when you insert Hamas' name into the Bible verses which contain that same Hebrew word. To wit [text in brackets mine]:


  Psalm 11:5 

  "The Lord examines the righteous and the wicked. He hates the lover of [Hamas]."


  Psalm 25:19


  "Consider my enemies; they are numerous, and they hate me [with Hamas]."


  In light of the Israeli discovery of Hamas' extensive network of terror tunnels through which they intended to launch murderous attacks on hundreds of Israeli civilians...



  Psalm 74:20 seems to take on new meaning:

  "Consider the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of [Hamas]."

   Can you just hear King David speaking the words of 2 Samuel 22:3?

  "... my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior, You save me from [Hamas]."


  God did save Israelis from Hamas, as we hear in one 
miracle story after another from the war front. And He will continue to do it. 

  Rabbi Cahn also noted how the Suffering Servant Jesus, prophesied of in Isaiah 52:13 to Isaiah 53, is the polar opposite of "hamas" in Isaiah 53:9,


  "They made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no [Hamas] and had not spoken deceitfully."


   And finally we hear from two of the prophets. Ezekiel seems to be promising relief for Israel in Ezekiel 7:11,


  "[Hamas] has grown into a rod of wickedness.

   None of them will remain:
   none of their multitude,
   none of their wealth,
   and none of the eminent among them."

  And Isaiah 60:18 appears to do the same,

  "[Hamas] will never again be heard of in your land;

   devastation and destruction
   will be gone from your borders.
   But you will name your walls salvation
   and your gates, praise."

  This is all in the realm of speculation, of course, and may simply be a curious coincidence. R
egardless of what happens next, we couldn't have ended on a higher note than that because the prophet Isaiah names the Jewish Messiah for us in the last part of that verse:

  "But you will name your walls salvation [Yeshua]
   and your gates, praise."

  While the vast majority of Israelis still do not know Jesus as their Messiah today, the Day is fast approaching when He will open their eyes and they will all see Him for Who He truly is. 

  The Day is coming soon when He will come riding on the clouds to defend His people and defeat His -- and their -- enemies. 

  In the meantime, God's promise remains true:


Proverbs 18:10 


  Watch the entire interview with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn here:


  Rabbi Cahn discusses his previous book, "The Harbinger" here:





The Napkin Religion

  This picture expresses quite clearly the problem that Muslims have in terms of the basis of their beliefs. Muslims generally employ what is called Circular Reasoning to make their argument for Islam.

  They say, "I believe in Islam because the Quran is the word of God."

  But why do they believe it is the word of God?

  Because Muhammad told them so in the Quran.

  But how do they know that Muhammad is right?

  Because the Quran tells them so.

  Now wait a minute.

  The information about Muhammad and his teachings comes from the Quran...

  which comes from Muhammad. 

  It would be like the accused who's standing trial confirming his own alibi while also acting as the judge.   

  Do you see the problem now?

  The guy who made the claims also wrote the book that confirmed his own claims. And then he traps them in fear inside his religion by demanding that they never question his "revelations" because "Allah" will punish them if they do.

  The verification of a truth cannot come from the same man who made the claim. That is called the fallacy of Circular Logic.

  The Bible, on the other hand, has multiple sources through which Jews and Christians can confirm that it is the Word of God. God never threatens Jews or Christians or tells them not to search for confirmation of His Word. Instead He challenges them to check His track record through the millennia and examine His claims to prove Him true. 

  And He is. 

  Time and time again, YHWH has proven His Word to be exactly right.

  To examine the basis for Christian beliefs as compared to Islam's, click on the link below:




Whose Land Is It Anyway? Part 7

  While Muslim apologists tend to make a big deal of the many similarities between Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic as Semitic languages, this is one time they may regret it. 

  As promised in the previous installment of this series, we will show in this post that whenever Arabs speak the name of their god's hated enemies, they are in fact belying their claim that "Palestine" belongs to those people.

  Let us hear what some of them have to say about the Jews and why they believe this in this short video:



  Throughout the video clip, there was one word which you heard repeatedly, and that was the Arabic word for Jew: 

  "Yahud" or "Yahood." 

  This Arabic word was borrowed from the Hebrew which was self-descriptive of the Israelis:

  "Yehudi." 


  The Jews live in Yehuda (Judea) and they are called Yehudi.

  The Hebrew name for "Jew" comes from the name of their homeland, Judea. Pronounced "Jew-dee-yah" in English, this is the very same land that was later renamed "Palestine" by the occupying Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135AD. 

  The land of Judea is known in Hebrew as "Yehuda," and this is where Jews get their name. They live in Yehuda, and they are called Yehudi, and Arabs call them "Yahud." 

  Let's say it again for emphasis: 

  the Jews are named after their homeland of Judea. 

  It is their Land. 

  Just as Americans come from America, Italians come from Italy, Brazilians come from Brazil, Filipinos come from the Philippines, etc. the Jews come from Judea. And while the Jews have millennia worth of history to prove it, all the Palestinians can look back to is 1967, the year they first made their spurious claim.

  The Old Testament itself recorded this appellation for Jewry in Scripture texts more than 2,600 years ago. You can find the name in the Books of Ezra, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, and Esther. 

  But to make things even worse for pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian forces, the 1,200-1,400 year old Quran also testifies to the historicity and the accuracy of the name, as we can see in this sampling of ayat from the Islamic texts:
And the Jews [Yahood]  say the Christians follow nothing (true), and the Christians say the Jews follow nothing (true); yet both are readers of the Scripture. Even thus speak those who know not. Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they differ. Sura 2:113 
And the Jews [Yahood]  will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, till thou follow their creed. Say: Lo! the guidance of Allah (Himself) is Guidance [Hooda]. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge which hath come unto thee, then wouldst thou have from Allah no protecting friend nor helper. Sura 2:120
The Jews [Yahood] and Christians say: We are sons of Allah and His loved ones. Say: Why then doth He chastise you for your sins? Nay, ye are but mortals of His creating. He forgiveth whom He will, and chastiseth whom He will. Allah's is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and unto Him is the journeying. Sura 5:18        
  With these verses, Muhammad himself testifies to his followers of the ties between the origins of the name of the people they are persecuting and their ancient homeland. Each time Muhammad called them Yahood, or Jews, he affirmed their connection to the Land. 
   
  Today's Jews have already been proven -- historically as well as  genetically -- to be the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The mere fact that they have been miraculously brought back into their Land by the hand of God after almost 2,000 years in exile should be enough to give pause to any student of Bible prophecy. Add to that the fact that they have survived repeated Arab attacks against all odds is another indicator that they are living under divine protection, a "heavenly Iron Dome," so to speak.

  One must consider as well the roots of the inexplicable hatred that so many in the world today hold for the Jews. In multiplied millions, this is a rage which has been fueled even further by the anti-Semitic teachings of Muhammad, Hitler, and others. Get close enough to it and you will get a whiff of the sulfurous odor of its ultimate source.

  About 3,000 years ago, the psalmist Asaph penned some words which we may actually see fulfilled in our lifetimes:

Psalm 83     

 1 God, do not keep silent.
    Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle.

 2 See how Your enemies make an uproar;
    those who hate You have acted arrogantly.

 3 They devise clever schemes against Your people;
    they conspire against Your treasured ones.

 4 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation
    so that Israel’s name will no longer be remembered.”

 5 For they have conspired with one mind;
    they form an alliance against You—

 6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, 
    Moab and the Hagrites,

 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek,
    Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.

 8 Even Assyria has joined them;
    they lend support to the sons of Lot. Selah

  Whether Asaph knew he was writing prophecy or not is beside the point. One cannot just shrug off the facts: this was written more than two and a half thousand years before Islam was invented, and yet the descendants of the very same tribes he mentions are today screaming those very same words, 

  "Let us wipe Israel out as a nation."   

  As a human being, is it your choice to join them or to stand against them?

  A warning before you make your decision: it is never wise to go to war against YHWH. 

  All who attempt to do so will be facing Someone Who they just cannot defeat...

  because He has already won the war.



Jesus is Lord!

  
  See also:

  Full MEMRITV Video of Muslim AntiSemitism Compilation


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu6Ond1ESq8


  Yahud: The Arabic Word For Jews

  http://www.israellycool.com/2014/02/17/yahud-the-arabic-word-for-jew/


  Josh McDowell: Existence of The Jewish People Today is Objective Evidence That The Bible is True. Why?

  http://www.josh.org/resources/study-research/answers-to-skeptics-questions/existence-of-the-jewish-people-today-is-objective-evidence-that-the-bible-is-true/

   Whose Land Is It Anyway? Part 1

  Whose Land Is It Anyway? Part 2

  Whose Land Is It Anyway? Part 3

  Whose Land Is It Anyway? Part 4

  Whose Land Is It Anyway? Part 5

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/08/whose-land-is-it-anyway-part-5.html

  Whose Land Is It Anyway? Part 6

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/08/whose-land-is-it-anyway-part-6.html




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