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:

  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:


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