If you have been on Facebook recently you may have seen some of the disturbing images of beheadings, or any number of atrocities being committed in the name of Islam. Images like this picture of people recently killed by the Shebab Islamists in Kenya.

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Most people who see this are, rightly, horrified by the images, and the brutality with which these atrocities are carried out.

What I find disturbing, however, is the similarities I see between Islam and Christianity.  (Not that true Christians would ever do anything like this) It is almost like someone designed Islam as a way of turning the world against Christianity.

For instance, did you ever notice that Muslims believe they are following a higher law than the law of the land in which they live? Believe it or not, this is also what the bible itself teaches! Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

The difference is that the bible tells us to love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us (Matt 5:44, Luke 6:27). “Christians” who act like Muslims, like those of the Crusades of the Middle Ages, or the Inquisition, are not following Jesus’ teachings, and I would argue that they are not true Christians.  Certainly they are not biblical Christians!

The bible also tells us to obey laws that are not in conflict with God’s laws;

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Romans 13:1-4

Very clearly Paul identifies “higher powers” as being human rulers; governors, and political leaders.

So, if the government tells you that you must have an abortion, this is contrary to the laws of the bible (Genesis 9:1), and should be disobeyed. Christians in China run into laws like this every day, although it hasn’t happened in North America just yet.

If the law tells you that you cannot have a Church meeting in your home, this is also a law which needs to be disobeyed. This kind of law has been used to shut down house churches in the United States, and I fear it is the beginning of Christian persecution by local authorities.

(Still, if you have so many people in your house that it is a safety concern, you probably should split the meeting into smaller groups, and meet at different times.)

Muslims teach that women should be covered from head to toe. Well, the bible also teaches that women should dress modestly, and should have their head covered when praying publicly. Again, while there is a surface similarity there is a great difference; Muslim women who expose their skin can be raped, because they live in a culture which condones and promotes rape. Christian women who do not dress modestly are left alone, although they might be prohibited from certain functions in Churches.

The bible tells women to be subject to their husbands, as does Islam, but this is because the man is the head of the house, in Christianity, and models the role of God, and the wife, the church. While the Church is nowhere near to equal with Jesus Christ, women are not treated as inferior in Christianity, but as equals, whereas Islam values a woman at half the value of a man.

Muslims practice the death penalty whenever there is only an allegation of adultery. The Old Testament law provides for the death penalty for adultery, as well, but requires two witnesses. Jesus, however, made it clear that the law was given to show us that we are sinners. His encounter with the woman caught in adultery is instructive. Though she was guilty, His response was to say “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7

You and I are sinners and thus have no business putting other sinners to death. No sinner does. Muslims are also sinners, and thus when they put people to death they are practising hypocrisy! God knows and, in His time, He will visit His wrath upon them! In the mean time He is giving them time to repent, as He does for all of us.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19

On the subject of alcohol and drinking, there are some Christians who demand their members abstain, as does Islam. The Christian church, however, would simply disassociate from members who disobey their bylaws, whereas, in Muslim countries drinking alcohol can result in jail sentences, or in a public whipping, as can the use of tobacco products!

The bible itself does not prohibit Christians from drinking, this is simply a rule that certain sects have added to Scripture, but the world sees the similarities, and does not distinguish between biblical commands and Church traditions.  “If some Christians say it, it must be Christian.”  This is why it is important that you only say what the bible actually says, and don’t make-up doctrines yourself!

Again, we could look to music, and see that many of the old-line Christian Churches do not want worldly music in their assemblies, and Muslims often persecute people who listen to music. http://pamelageller.com/2014/11/pakistan-muslim-teen-girl-shot-to-death-by-uncle-for-listening-to-music.html/

I would agree that a solemn assembly is not the place for worldly music, but music does have its place, even music set to drums and guitars. Once again, the world only sees the similarities between Christianity and Islam, and they look for the worst!

If you look you can see a lot more similarities between Christianity and Islam. I am sure it was intended this way.

Right now Islam is receiving unprecedented support by politicians in most western countries. This support is so blind that often abuse, sexual and otherwise, is excused and ignored.

This situation won’t last forever; Islam is about to set the world on fire.

I can’t say how long this will take, but I suspect it will happen within a couple of decades, or sooner. ISIS is already threatening Israel, and they have numerous supporters in the Muslim world, from Jordan, through Saudi Arabia, and into Egypt as well. And don’t forget that they have a lot of supporters in the Arab populations of Judea and Samaria, as well as the Palestinians of the Gaza strip.

What they are doing is setting-up the Psalm 83 war. Now the psalm does not actually say what the result of the conflict will be, but the evidence is that this will be the time when Damascus will be reduced to a heap of ruins (Isaiah 17:1). Lebanon will Burn (Zechariah 11:1), and a major city of Egypt, probably Cairo, will be called “the city of destruction” (Isaiah 19:18). In addition to these cities, if this Psalm does indeed refer to ISIS, then we can expect all of their major cities to be destroyed! This war will end with a time of unprecedented peace for Israel, and for the Arabs who survive.

It is this peace to which Ezekiel 38:8 refers, which times the Psalm 83 war to a time during the Church-age, near the end of the age.

Several years after the Psalm 83 attack, the Shiites in Iran, plus the remnants of the Muslims who don’t join the psalm war, and Russia, will attack Israel in the “Gog and Magog” war of Ezekiel 38-39.

Because of the peace deal at the end of the previous war, Israel will be so unprepared for this event, that God will personally intervene on their behalf, to prevent their complete annihilation, with the celestial bombardment of Ezekiel 38:22. After this war, the same peace deal will be re-instated as the basis for the post Gog-Magog peace. The Antichrist will be the major broker of this peace; This will be one of the first signs of who the Beast is, but many will miss it!

After these two major, earth shaking wars, the world will be tired of religion, and when Christians say things that sound like what the Muslims say, they will find a great deal of animosity toward themselves! Christianity will be equated with Islam!

This is why Islam was created in the first place, in my estimation; as a counterfeit of the truth, and as a way for Satan to bring crushing persecution against the remaining Christians after the coming wars of Islam. Imagine, not starting these wars, and yet being blamed for them anyway! But such is the way of unsaved man!

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About dknezacek

An average, ordinary guy. Author, husband, father, pilot, aircraft builder, test pilot, machinist, artist, just ordinary stuff that lots of people do. Don't forget bible student. Dan's passion is bible study, especially including the End Times prophecies.
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  1. Edgars says:

    Daniel , do you know who might be “thy people” and “thy hidden ones” in Psalm 83v3 ?

    • dknezacek says:

      Wow! What an excellent question!

      I think it is a reference to the believers in Israel. As God says He will not show favour to Israel as long as they are disobedient to Him, I think this means that he will not protect them as a nation. We can see this in the history of pogroms over the last 2,000 years.

      These believers are hidden within the nation. These are the ones He is interested in protecting, especially as we come to the end of the age. In a few short years they will glorify Him as participants of the rapture. They need to be in Israel for that event. This is because they are the ones who will make Israel jealous (See Deut. 32:21)

      Dan

  2. STLloyd says:

    Islam definitely is clearly designed as the “anti-Christianity”, so clearly basing itself on taking the Word and changing and contorting it like some really poorly disguised plagiarism. One question, how do you figure the “several years” in your statement “Several years after the Psalm 83 attack, the Shiites in Iran, plus the remnants of the Muslims who don’t join the psalm war, and Russia, will attack Israel in the “Gog and Magog” war of Ezekiel 38-39?” It doesn’t seem to me that a timetable that long has to be assumed. Things keep developing at faster seed every day.

    • dknezacek says:

      Hi Sandee,

      My whole process started at a conference when Grant Jeffrey said “Satan always has his counterfeits”, in the context of the Gog/Magog war. I am not sure whether I was thinking the same thing as him, or if the Lord led me in a completely different direction. In hindsight it is almost like he dropped the ball at that point, since he then got sidetracked with the bible codes, and the Shroud of Turin.

      Anyway, I realized that the conditions found in the beginning of Ezekiel 38 do not exist today. Not in the least. I realized that something must occur first so Israel will have a time of peace and prosperity before the Gog and Magog war will occur.

      Years later, I realized that the Psalm 83 war fits with Ezekiel 38-39, literally like a puzzle piece. The nations that attack Israel in Psalm 83 are entirely absent from the attacking nations of Ezekiel’s war. Upon closer examination it actually appears that the Arabs are actually protesting the Gog/Magog war in the form of Sheba, Dedan, and Tarshish. These are usually Arab entities in the bible, and also in this passage. They are protesting because they have benefited from several years of peace with Israel. A time period is necessary for Israel, and the Arabs, to let down their guard. A time period is necessary for Israel to become prosperous, and to take down the wall of separation.

      Don’t forget that Ezekiel says they will “dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,”. Today they live in gated communities, besides the wall of separation, and they are all concerned with security.

      They also have to have time to rebuild the Temple. I think they will rebuild it during this time.

      How long? My guess is around seven years.

      I came to the realization that Satan can’t control when these wars occur, but he can control how people react to them. He is quite capable of directing people to misinterpret these wars as if they were the Tribulation.

      I am certain this is what he is going to do.

      All he then has to do is to put people in roles that closely approximate some of the major roles of the book of Revelation. He has had practise with this, using Hitler in a similar role. Why not a European leader, along with the Pope? When they are destroyed, the world will believe they have been through Revelation 17-19, so what is next on the prophetic agenda? The millennial reign!

      This counterfeit Tribulation explains so much;

      When they are saying “peace and safety” (1 Thes. 5:3) it is because the world, and most professing Christians. believe the Tribulation is over. They will actually believe they have been through it, when in fact they have only been through Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39.

      Matthew 24:44
      Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

      I had always been taught that this meant that Jesus would return at a time when people were distracted and not thinking about Him. That is not the case.

      The phrase “in such an hour as ye think not” is actually saying that “ye”, the professing Christians, think Jesus will NOT Return! They think He will Not physically return, because they think He is already here, in the person of the Antichrist!

      When the Antichrist arises, after the Psalm 83, and the Gog/Magog wars, They will think “the Tribulation is over, and now is the time for the Millennial reign of Christ”, only they will chose the Antichrist as their Christ!

      Hope this explains my reasoning.

      Dan

  3. STLloyd says:

    Hmm. Okay, I see what you are saying.

    But then, there are already people who are deceived in believing in only a 3 and a half year tribulation (or Great Tribulation) who downplay the other three and a half years as that they will be mostly just the kinds of disasters the world has already seen, just maybe more of them. (And some who think we have already been in the tribulation for a few years even now!) How much harder does Satan really have to work, generating counterfeits and such? Confusion is already so rampant, and scriptural illiteracy so epidemic. But I guess Satan is smart enough to realize that it’s not the clueless he has to worry about, so yeah, I guess it’s plausible.

    Also, I’m sure you know about the Temple Institute and how much of the implements, garments, and even training of the priests, are already complete. As for the building itself, in today’s world, where entire high rise buildings can be completed in a matter of months, (and imploded in a matter of seconds), I don’t think it will necessarily take seven years for building up the temple, nor to tear down walls.

    I agree with you on the subtlety of “when ye expect not”. I think those conditions are in place now within the church as more the “norm” than the exception at present. I mean, not to be a wise-acre, but Da, if you think about it, even your expectation of another seven years before the real seven years (of Daniel’s seventieth week) sort of lays a foundation for that whole “not expecting Him yet” thing.

    As well, in regards to the rapture not being eminent until after the AC is revealed; one of the old-time preachers, I think Oliver Greene, pointed out that if you study the term “that day” when it is used throughout the New Testament (as used in that passage, that day shall not come…falling away first and that man of sin be revealed”…) the specific phrase “That Day” refers always specifically to the day of Wrath, and is not used in referring to the rapture. I checked that out and found it to be accurate. The phrases “coming of our Lord” and “gathering together in Him” refer to different events, (as you concur) and he is speaking to listeners who already have been taught this and yet they are worried because of the persecutions that were taking place, thinking that maybe they were actually, presently in the tribulation, and had missed the rapture. The deception that you speak of, therefore, isn’t actually even new to this era. There were those who thought it back then. Of course, all of the Age of Grace has been “the last days” as well, but obviously the end of that age does come eventually. All in God’s perfect timing.

  4. dknezacek says:

    HI Sandee,

    Thanks for writing. Please take the time to read through this; this is important.

    I don’t agree that we must take certain terms and insist they are always used the same way in Scripture. We have to take every phrase in its immediate context. I mean we have to view it in the grammatical form, and context, that it is used.

    The imagery of a woman in labour is often used for the End Times, but that does not mean it is always used in this context.

    I recently had a bible school graduate tell me that there are no prophetic passages in the psalms, when we were talking about Psalm 83. Well, Psalm 22 is certainly prophetic, so why can’t there be other prophetic psalms? God is not bound to the rules we try to impose on His Word.

    I have written about this in a couple of other posts, but please let me run through this again; it is very important.

    Zephaniah 2 tells us something which must happen BEFORE the Tribulation;

    1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you. 3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

    Not only is this a pre-Tribulation rapture passage, but verses 1 and 2 tell us that Israel will gather together BEFORE the Tribulation begins. This is a sign of imminent rapture. In other words there will be signs before the rapture.

    The idea of an imminent rapture from the founding of the Church until now is in error.

    Israel has begun gathering, but there are still millions of Jews living outside the nation of Israel. Not only Jews, but millions of Israelites have actually converted to Islam, and they too will return, but not until they abandon Mohammad’s religion. Not only are there many Jewish Muslims in Saudi Arabia, there are many tribes of Israel represented in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They too will return to Israel, and Zechariah’s prophecy, that there will not be enough room in Israel for them will come true. (Zech. 10:10)

    Here’s the thing, Ezekiel indicates that the last stragglers of Israel will return AFTER the Gog/Magog war ends! This means that Gog/Magog will occur during the closing days of the Church Age! It is NOT a part of the Tribulation!

    The last trumpet that Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 15:52 is also mentioned in Isaiah 27;

    12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

    Again, here we have the last remnants of Israel being gathered, and this coincides with a “Great Trumpet”. Israel has expanded their borders to cover all the territory the Lord has promissed them! This trumpet is the one Paul spoke about in 1 Corinthians 15. Revelation had not yet been written, and since Paul was not privy to the trumpet judgments, he had to be referring to another trumpet; this is the one!

    So the rapture will occur AFTER the Gog/Magog war. How many prophecy teachers are already teaching that this war is a part of the Tribulation? Lots, I know! They are teaching error!

    When we go throught the Gog/Magog war, how many Christians will abandon the pre-Trib rapture? How many Christians will think they are really in the Great Tribulation?

    You see, when Jesus said that there would be “wars and rumours of wars” he was not just referring to any war. Jesus was ALWAYS referring back to the Old Testament. The wars and rumours of wars are at least the Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 wars. There may be others, but these two are certainly a part of it.

    After mentioning these wars, and other signs, He said “the end is not yet”. What He meant is “the end – for you – is not yet”, in other words you have to go through these wars before your time here is done. The end of the world is still over a thousand years away, and the wars and rumours of wars are only preliminary signs of impending Tribulation. There is still seven years to go, even at this point.

    • STLloyd says:

      Thanks for going through it again for me, here. I am not one of those who expects all those end-times battles to take place during the tribulation, and in fact it seems to me that the Middle East is on the cusp of several of these events but I do think that they can and likely will happen rather abruptly and in quick succession.

      Regarding taking terms in context, that is what I did with the phrase “That day”. If I hadn’t looked at it in context, I couldn’t have confirmed the assertion Greene made. “That Day” is referring to the tribulation, not the rapture.

      I think a lot of the confusion about the tribulatiopn stems from people’s lack of understanding God’s progressive revelation of Himself to mankind. Not understanding that, folks don’t see the difference between Israel and the church.

      I also don’t buy that the rapture has been imminent throughout the whole church age, because Israel wasn’t even a nation a hundred years ago, so that one never did add up as far as I am concerned.

      We agree on the pre-trib rapture. By the way I do notice that the Isaiah 27 passage you refer to, also uses the “that day” designation.

      I think just from my own in-depth monitoring of several events that have taken place, and are currently falling into place, that we are nearer than seven years to the Ezekiel 38 war. Isaiah 17 is likely to happen this year, and with what just happened in Yemen, there is going to be a rapid acceleration of things because the real goal in what is happening there, is Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Holy sites, and the Saudi Oil fields, which is key to crippling the U.S.. It hasn’t been in the news yet, but since my son is in the Army, I know for a fact we are deploying troops to one of our numerous bases in that region of Africa, just outside Yemen. We are deploying more to Iraq all the time, and they aren’t even reporting that on the news either. Syria will be next in terms of America boots on the ground.

      Really my only point of disagreement with anything in your post was with your assertion that there is yet to be seven years of a counterfeit tribulation before the real one. As I said, there are people who are convinced we are in the tribulation now. A clear-cut seven year counterfeit tribulation is too obvious a ploy. It appears to me that for the purposes of fooling a majority of folks, Satan has to have more of a tailored approach, many deceits for many minds. The delusion that comes later, (from the Lord, not Satan) will be singular. Those that loved not the truth, will be given over to believe “a” lie. Not “many lies”.

      People are already abandoning the “pre-trib” rapture position like rats from a sinking ship. What’s more, there is a level acrimony in those who teach the “position” that the church must endure the tribulation, that is so venomous that it seems obvious that that old serpent is behind it. And those whom I have heard from that believe in only a partial rapture (of only those who have earned it), well, don’t lets get started on that. Suffice it to say that the level of confusion is, itself, a sign of the times.

      I wasn’t trying to bait (nor debate) you. I actually have read a lot of your stuff, including the book, it’s just been a while, since my blog is more focused on end-time relevant news and the gradual demise of America, I can’t keep up with all the blogs I’d like to read. I appreciate it when you drop in and add your two cents over at mine.

      • dknezacek says:

        Sandee,

        Sorry, I didn’t address the “that day” comment;

        I think that the use of “that day” in verse 3 of 2 Thes. 2 is referring back to both previous verses. This is the normal, plain sense, grammatical way one would look at the way this passage is structured. So is it referring to the Tribulation? Yes. Is it referring to “our gathering together unto Him”? Yes. It is referring to both events because these events occur at the same time.

        Thanks again for writing,

        Dan

  5. dknezacek says:

    HI Sandee,

    Thanks for reading my book!

    I agree with you that we are certainly close to the End Times events, and what is going on with ISIS and Iran is directly related to biblical prophecy. Specifically, the divide between the Sunnis and Shiites explains why there are two End Times wars between Israel and Muslims. The Shiites will not join ISIS when they attack Israel, but will wait until they are sure Israel has gotten rid of their nuclear weapons. (They will laugh at ISIS’ stupidity for attacking Israel when they knew Israel had the bomb!)

    Isaiah 17? I think the destruction of Damascus is a direct result of the Psalm 83 war, as is Isaiah 19’s destruction of Egypt. The cedars of Lebanon burning in Zechariah 11 also appears to be a part of that war.

    Speaking of rules of Scripture interpretation…

    Zephaniah 2 allows us to create a rule about Scripture interpretation; Since chapter 2:1-2 indicates that Israel must be fully gathered before the Tribulation, then any prophecy that speaks of Israel being gathered must occur before the Tribulation. Thus Ezekiel 37:19, chapters 38-39, Isaiah 11:11, 27:12-13, and any other prophecies concerning the return of Israel to the land, must be timed BEFORE the Tribulation; i.e. during the Church Age!

    As many prophecy scholars have noted, the first 3 1/2 years of Daniels 70th week are relatively peaceful, we will not expect many wars to occur during that time; they must occur before the week begins. The Antichrist’s covenant will appear to work for a time. Armageddon occurs after this time.

    What else can we say about this covenant? It is a response to the war that Israel has just been through, Gog/Magog.

    A lot of prophecy scholars talk about a time between the rapture and the Tribulation as being an indefinite time where things will ramp up to the Tribulation. They put these wars in that time frame. I see no indication of this time in Scripture. It doesn’t exist. The world will go from the Church Age back to the Age of Israel instantaneously, at the rapture!

    So these wars must occur while the Church is still here on the earth.

    Lastly, consider Hosea 5:15-6:2. This passage tells us that Jesus will return for Israel “in the third day”. Peter tells us that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years, in the context of the End Times, so we can be sure that Jesus will not return until after the second thousand years is over.

    It is still possible that the rapture could occur some 7 years before this time, but it is not likely to occur before then.

    So when was the cross? We don’t know for sure, but the best estimates are somewhere between 28-33 AD. If God went by 360 day years, we are already beyond that time, but I think He goes by 365 day years. This is why He told Adam to count the seasons by the sun and stars, and not the phases of the moon.

    So, taking the earliest date, 28 AD, as the basis point for our two days, then seven years before the second day is 2021 AD, only six years from now. But the crucifixion may have been as late as 33 AD, so in that case the Tribulation could not start until 2026.

    Does the Tribulation occur entirely during the last seven years of the second day, or does it straddle the two days? This is something I am not entirely sure, but I am sure it is related to these two days, and definitely ends in the third.

    There is still plenty of time for a pseudo-Tribulation. And you will notice that I have not said a day not an hour.

    Why would God allow Satan to do this? I think it is because He is setting a trap for false Christians!

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