Islamic Jihad: Fulfillment of Prophecy?

There has been a good deal of speculation as to whether or not America is mentioned or even indirectly referenced in the Bible, specifically Revelation 12:14 where it is written that the wings of a great eagle are given to a woman to save her from the face of the serpent.

I believe it is somewhat of a stretch to infer America, i.e., the United States, as being the eagle referred to in the verse mentioned above. The Book of Revelation presents its own unique set of challenges for the reader because both figurative and literal language are interspersed throughout the book.

Unlike the sometimes confusing imagery presented in Revelation, there are other verses that appear in other books that really leave very little doubt as to their meaning and one I’m thinking of is John 16:1-2.

These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.

John 16:1-2 NASB

I’m sure some would argue that since Jesus was speaking to His apostles, He was making a prediction concerning them and I would agree with that argument. But if you read through the Gospels you will find that Jesus frequently spoke in prophetic terms. I believe that most honest scholars, pastors, educators and theologians would agree that the Bible wasn’t written specifically for a certain people during a certain time in history but for all people in all ages. Otherwise, why preach it today?

Besides, at the time Jesus spoke those words, the Church had not yet come into existence. The apostles were all Jewish but they would become the core of the newly formed Christian Church being hand-picked by Jesus Himself.

Nevertheless, the words in John 16:2, “…an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God” strikes a chord especially when you consider the worldwide persecution of Christians in many Muslim majority countries.

Let me rephrase what I just said, Christian are being systematically “cleansed” from many Muslim majority countries. As the saying goes, “This isn’t war it’s genocide.”

Some would argue that the Islamic Jihadis are just terrorists with a political or social agenda. If that’s true, then why does ISIS call it’s captured territory a Caliphate which by definition is an area ruled by an Islamic steward? Islam is still a religion, isn’t it? It should be no surprise then that many, if not all, Jihadis adopted “Allahu Akbar” as their battle cry. I’m aware that the term “Jihad” also carries the meaning of “struggle against self” for Muslims but that is not the meaning of the term I’m discussing here.

Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are all monotheistic religions; however, Muslims and Jews both believe that Christianity is a polytheistic religion. (The belief that Christianity is a polytheistic religion is a topic I’ll investigate in a future series.) This view of Christianity as a polytheistic religion is the root of all the animosity both religions have towards Christianity. Of course with the Jews it’s passive aggressive but for the Jihadis it’s an intense hatred that expresses itself in the extremely violent acts carried out all too frequently throughout the world.

While Muslims can accept Jesus as being a prophet, they reject Him as being God. Jews, on the other hand, reject Him as being both a prophet and God. Therefore, He has become a hindrance or an obstacle to both. The problem was and always will be with Jesus as prophesied:

Then He shall become a sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Isa. 8:14

The bottom line is that there is only one God. Christians and Jews know Him as Jehovah; Muslims know Him as Allah. The problem isn’t with God, it’s with our understanding of who He is and what He has said. So, which religion has it right? I would suggest that one very reliable way to decide is by asking yourself the question, “Whose prophesies have been fulfilled or are now being fulfilled?” I’ve just presented two very obvious ones to consider.

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In the Crosshairs: Election Retrospective

In agile software development, it’s expected that Scrum project teams conduct a sprint retrospective. The sprint retrospective is a meeting attended by all project team members to determine what was done right during the sprint and what was not done so well. The team attempts to ascertain what actions that could be taken on future sprints to increase the team’s effectiveness or velocity.

In the old days, we used to call this retrospective type of meeting a post-mortem or “an examination of the corpse to determine correct cause of death.” In our case here, the corpse is the 2016 U.S. election. Or more accurately, the corpse in this case is what was said in the “Crosshairs” series published on this blog during the primaries and presidential campaign season. In other words, this post is a self-retrospective.

In the Crosshairs: Trump & the GOP

Published: August 06, 2015

Many Republican career politicians deserted Trump like rats from a sinking ship. Enter former presidential candidate John McCain. I admit I voted the McCain / Palin ticket in 2008 only because of Sarah Palin, I never really liked John McCain, there was always something about him…

Career politicians are only looking out for themselves, especially when they’re up for reelection.

Anyway, McCain dropped his support of Trump after the release of the infamous hot-mic tapes like a rat deserting a sinking ship, only the ship wasn’t sinking.

The so-called “fired up crazies” spoke and Trump won the presidency.

In the Crosshairs: Paris Attacks

Published: November 14, 2015

Our current president still refuses to acknowledge that the ISIL inspired Jihadis are Islamic, even though every name they use or ones that are given to them has the word “Islamic” in it.

So what’s the issue here? Will it give them more credibility if we in the West agree with them that they are Islamic? The “JV Team” seems to have no problem with credibility since they now have a presence in 18 countries around the world.

So, no matter what name you choose to give them, ISIL, radical Islamic terrorist, or Jihadis, you have to ask yourself, “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

In the Crosshairs: Guns & Immigration

Published: December 01, 2015

I’ve heard Bill O’Reilly say, on more than one occasion in his Talking Points Memo on Fox News Channel, that America would never elect a socialist as president. Well, I think Bill O’Reilly is wrong since Bernie Sanders almost clinched the Democratic nomination were it not for the Clinton machine opposing him.

Maybe you don’t think there is a Marxist revolution going on in America, if not, then you haven’t been paying attention to the “Not My President” movement which surely advocates a globalist agenda with Marxist overtones.

So, if our Western democracy had worn a condom while fornicating with Marxian socialism we probably wouldn’t be in this situation today.

In the Crosshairs: “Yesterday Once More”

Published: December 05, 2015

This “Crosshairs” post was my tribute to Karen Carpenter and the good old ‘60s.

Check it out. I think I hit the nail right on the head with this one.

In the Crosshairs: Generals and Politicians

Published: December 25, 2015

So, in the fight against ISIS or the global Jihad, “What would Patton do?” Well, he’d win and that’s all he would have to say.

Yes, Donald Trump admires Generals Patton and MacArthur and so do I. History has proven Patton and MacArthur right and proven the politicians and some presidents wrong. As Trump might say, The generals “knew what the hell was going on.”

Coincidentally, Trump made many references to Patton and MacArthur during his campaign. Could he have been reading this blog?

In the Crosshairs: National Review’s Manifesto against Donald Trump

Published: January 30, 2016

The so-called conservatives at the National Review made idiots of themselves when they maligned Donald Trump in such a way that even the radical Left and Saul Alinsky would be proud.

The 2016 U.S. elections are over and Donald Trump is now the president elect. Remember during the primaries when Ted Cruz declared on many occasions that Donald Trump would not be the Republican Party’s nominee. Well, not only did Trump get the nomination, he won the election! What does that say about Cruz’s prophetic abilities or his credentials as an evangelical?

In the Crosshairs: Providence and the U.S. Election

Published: March 06, 2016

Although no one is really saying it, God spoke and Trump won the election. Obviously, God spoke through the voters. Notice that He didn’t speak through the elites, media pundits, experts, commentators, news reporters, pollsters, globalist, or progressives.

Most of the time when God speaks, no one really listens, but this time the whole world got the message.

In the Crosshairs: Looking Back to See Ahead

Published: August 28, 2016

The good news is that Trump won the election, the bad news is that all the loud mouth celebrities who said they would leave the U.S. if Trump won are still here.

So was I wrong to say that “America has been destroyed,” and “Donald Trump is running for president of a country that doesn’t exist anymore and that pretty much assures that Hillary Clinton will win the election?” I would have to say yes and no.

Yes, I was wrong in that Hillary Clinton didn’t win the election, but no, I wasn’t wrong to say America has been destroyed. Take a look around, see all the “Not my President” rioters and protestors. Obama met with Trump and was cordial but the President made no attempt to try to quell the violence his supporters are inflicting on our cities and institutions. I believe America as we knew it is gone—God just gave us a short reprieve. Maybe “for the sake of the elect?”

In the Crosshairs: The Last Election

Published: November 05, 2016

By the time I published this post, I was convinced that nothing could stop Hillary Clinton from becoming President of the United States. I was wrong…thankfully wrong. God intervened and pronounced His judgement.

And just when you thought it was safe to turn on the news and not hear a barrage of negative rants against Donald Trump that the corrupt mainstream media are working overtime to marginalize and ridicule his cabinet picks, wife and other family members during his transition to the White House. No doubt, the 2020 presidential campaign has already begun.

Yes, the Left was hoping this would be the last election. They had a candidate who they believed couldn’t lose. Who will they find to run against Trump for the 2020 election? Time alone will tell.

P.S. This concludes my series on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I trust my insights and analyses were entertaining and hopefully even original at times. I tried to make analogies that were outside of the mainstream, maybe even outside traditional conservative circles. Nevertheless, I tried to make points that I felt others missed or neglected to some degree, particularly with reference to divine providence. All this with a healthy dose of sarcasm thrown in. As always, I welcome your comments.

©2013-2024 Gerard Sczepura. All rights reserved.

In the Crosshairs: Paris Attacks

Last night all over the news were headlines of another horrific terrorist attack, this time in Paris.

It was not long ago that we made our first trip to Europe. Even though we planned to meet my wife’s Korean cousin and her husband in The Netherlands, I insisted that we also made a quick trip to Paris—on our own if necessary. Looking back, I’m glad we went when we did, when things seemed normal.

We stayed in the 7th Arr. (arrondissement) district in Paris and took the same Thalys train from Amsterdam that was attacked and subsequently thwarted by, who else, Americans.

On CNN last night they showed President Obama speaking where he condemning the attacks in the strongest language he’s ever used up to this point when he said the attacks were “outrageous.” I hope the French are feeling reassured. Our President gave his remarks in his usual self-righteous demeanor as If to say, “if only Charlie Hebdo didn’t publish that cartoon mocking the Prophet, everything would have been okay.” Do you think Donald Trump’s demeanor would be casual and nonchalant if he were president?

I was on the ground in New York during the attacks on the World Trade Center and there is one thing I can assure you of and that is that you are one your own, baby! Yes, help will arrive, but it may be minutes later at best—too late for most people. According to one account, the terrorists (protestors) were firing for 10 minutes in the concert hall. I wonder if as many people would have been killed (slaughtered) if someone in the crowd were armed.

On CNN, one survivor of the attacks described it as a “bloodbath.”

Maybe the French and the other tolerant, progressive Europeans will come to realize why Americans will never give up their guns. Aren’t there laws in France prohibiting people from purchasing AK47 assault rifles and then using them to attack and kill innocent civilians? Maybe they need more laws prohibiting law abiding citizens from owning and carrying weapons.

I’m sure I will be criticized for politicizing such a tragedy, but isn’t this sort of thing already being politicized when leaders of some of the most powerful nations in the world refuse accept or acknowledge the real nature of the threat which is an ideology derived from a religious belief system?

Let’s have a review for those who can’t see what’s right in front of them or for those who “can’t find their ass with both hands,” IS, ISIS, ISIL are acronyms for Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant respectively. The common denominator in all three is “Islamic.” If they identify themselves as Islamic, shouldn’t we?

I’m waiting for all the educated idiots, politicians, and media analysts to start playing the blame game. You know how it goes. HRC will try to tell you it was global warming that drove them (terrorists) to commit such acts of desperation. It was George W. Bush. No…wait, maybe it was income inequality or the minimum wage. Better yet, why not just blame the whole thing on capitalism. But seriously, I’m sure it was really caused by an excess of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions in the atmosphere that drove them crazy. Yea, that’s what it was.

My only hope is that France, as well as the U.S., will wake up and take this threat seriously.

Vive la France! Vive la liberté!

©2013-2024 Gerard Sczepura. All rights reserved.

The End Times: Apostasy, Antichrist, and Politics

Apostasy

In a previous post I identified three things concerning Jesus’ return that are indisputable: visible and unmistakable; unexpected; and normalcy, as in the days of Noah and Lot.1 And now we have a fourth thing, apostasy in the Church.

In a letter the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, he reminded them that they shouldn’t be deceived into believing that the day of the Lord had come unless the apostasy has come first. (2 Thess. 2:3 NASB) So what is apostasy and how are we to identify it? Well, according to the online dictionaries: merriam-webster.com and dictionary.com, apostasy is defined as abandonment and departure respectively. To abandon something is to let go of it and you can’t let go of something unless you first had possession of it. Unbelievers, people who were never saved, cannot be apostate since they can’t let go of something they never had; only saved people can become apostate.

A common misconception is that apostates are Christians who have lost their salvation. However, I don’t subscribe to that theory; I believe apostates are Christians who have left their first love, (Rev. 2:3) that is, they have abandoned or compromised many or most of the fundamental doctrines of the faith. They hold on to the “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so…”2 refrain from the well-known children’s song, but they put aside other biblical doctrines or strong teachings that conflict with the popular culture that we find ourselves in the 21st century. Everyone is familiar with the current social issues that are in conflict with biblical teaching: women in ministry; divorce; same-sex marriage; and abortion but not everyone would consider belief in evolution; man-made climate change; and economic inequality as qualifications for apostasy, but they are. And yes, a person’s political and religious beliefs are both interrelated and inseparable.

Antichrist

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. (1 John 2:18)

Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22)

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;
and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. (1 John 4:2-3)

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

Antichrist is anyone who doesn’t believe that Jesus is the Christ. Contrary to Hollywood’s misappropriation of the term, antichrist is not a specific person.3 The character Damien in The Omen is portrayed as the antichrist, but in reality, he is really the beast who the Bible introduces in Revelation chapter 13. Antichrist and beast are sometimes used interchangeably; I guess because “antichrist” has more of a ring to it than “beast.”

Christians can be apostate but they cannot be antichrist. But according to Jesus, it’s possible for false Christians (antichrists) to become assimilated in the Church such that they become almost indistinguishable from the true believers; nevertheless, God is able to differentiate the wheat from the tares. (Matt. 13:29-30)

Politics

The theology of liberation or liberation theology is one such example of blending politics and religion. In liberation theology, Scripture is reinterpreted with a bias towards the poor. This brand of theology advocates its followers to engage in the struggle to liberate the poor from their male-dominated, rich, white capitalist oppressors.4 You know the old saying, “If it looks like Marxism and smells like Marxism, it’s Marxism.” So, the question becomes, can a person still be a believing Christian while embracing socialism and Marxism? Well, according to William Montgomery Brown, the answer would unequivocally be “No!”

The Rt. Rev. William Montgomery Brown, D.D. was a bishop in the Episcopal Church who published a very interesting and enlightening booklet in 1920 called Communism and Christianism Analyzed and Contrasted from the Marxian and Darwinian Points of View. In his booklet Rev. Brown describes the relationship between supernatural Christianity and science (Darwinism); Christianity and socialism; and Christianity and communism (Marxism). I present here some excerpts from Rev. Brown’s booklet. I have numbered them for later reference:

[1] No man can be consistently both a Socialist and a Christian.5

[2] It is, therefore, a profound truth that Socialism is the natural enemy of religion.6

[3] The Creation idea is unsupported by evidence, and is in conflict with every scientific law.7

[4] Religion, which is the ideal half, and politics, which is the practical half, of the same reality, human socialism, are like all else in the universe, constantly changing, and necessarily so, because life and progress are dependent upon change.8

[5] Yes, strange, even blasphemous, as the representation may seem, it is nevertheless true, the machine is the only name given under heaven whereby the world can be saved.9

[6] Darwinism and Marxism constitute one gospel, the only true, comprehensive and sufficient gospel which the world has ever had or can have, and there is no hope for the future of mankind except in it.10

[7] Christianity has held the world back from civilization instead of advancing it towards civilization.11

While Rev. Brown was never a real Christian, he definitely was a bonafide, dyed-in-the-wool communist. Note how in excerpt [5] and [6] he professes to worship the creation (the machine) instead of the creator (God) whereby the machine becomes the savior of the world not Jesus. In fact, Rev. Brown never actually believed that Jesus was a real person let alone the son of God. He vigorously denounced the supernatural or spiritual aspect of Christianity. (It’s Interesting to note that Rev. William Montgomery Brown remained a professing Christian even after he was convicted of heresy in 1925—the only person to be convicted since the Middle Ages.)12

In excerpt [4] he declares that religion and politics are really two sides of the same coin. That is to say religion being the theoretical side and politics being the practical side. In his mind, he attributes capitalism (the scourge of the working class) as being created and sustained by Christianity. Capitalism being the devil and Darwinism/Socialism/Marxism being the triune god that saves the world.

In excerpt [1] and [2] the battle lines are drawn; Christianity is declared the enemy of socialism. After reading Rev. Brown’s booklet, it should come as no surprise to the reader why the political Left is so hostile to Christianity. The Left believes that Christianity is hindering their entire agenda, namely wealth redistribution, income equality, social justice, and whatever else that goes along with it.

Since all public school curriculum has been coordinated along left-wing ideology, there’s no tolerance for creationism or intelligent design as inferred from excerpt [3].

Has Christianity really held the world back from civilization as stated in excerpt [7]? Certainly Rev. Brown thinks so, but so does President Obama based on his “pattern” of anti-Christian remarks such as his infamous comment made during an Easter breakfast held at the White House:

On Easter I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.13

Or how about this comment:

In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.14

And this one:

Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. And in our home country, slavery, and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.15

So, based on his own words, Obama really is acknowledging that ISIS is carrying out terrible deeds in the name of religion; otherwise, why would he draw a comparison with the Crusades and the Inquisition which everyone identifies with the Roman Catholic Church. Furthermore, like Obama said, the ISIS threat is not unique; history records wars against militant Islam for almost four hundred years during the 7th, 8th, 15th, and 16th centuries.16 Even though the “Mohammedan Arabs with fire and scimitar had crushed and subjugated the entire Persian Empire and over half of Christendom,”17 it was the Crusaders who were the oppressors.

Nevertheless, the one thing President Obama can’t do is label ISIS for what it really is, an organization that wants to convert the world to its brand of Islam through terror and intimidation.

So then according to the Left’s rewriting of history, it really was the Christians who held back civilization. And “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

©2013-2024 Gerard Sczepura. All rights reserved.


  1. Gerard Sczepura, “The End Times: Arguments Against a Pre-Trib Rapture,” Theological Ruminations (blog), May 4, 2015, http://gerardsczepura.com/?p=627

  2. Anna B. Warner, Jesus Loves Me, 1860, http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Jesus_Loves_Me/

  3. Gerard Sczepura, “The End Times: Hollywood’s Take,” Theological Ruminations (blog), March 7, 2015, http://gerardsczepura.com/?p=599

  4. “Christian Revolution in Latin America: The Changing Face of Liberation Theology,” Ron Rhodes, accessed June 21, 2015, http://home.earthlink.net/~ronrhodes/Liberation.html

  5. Brown 1855-1937, William Montgomery (2010-02-16). Communism and Christianism Analyzed and Contrasted from the Marxian and Darwinian Points of View (p. 10). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition. 

  6. Ibid., 12. 

  7. Ibid., 17. 

  8. Ibid., 44-45. 

  9. Ibid., 53. 

  10. Ibid., 54. 

  11. Ibid., 60-61. 

  12. “Bishop Brown,” Galion Historical Society, accessed June 22, 2015, http://www.galionhistory.com/about-bishop-brown/

  13. “Obama’s anti-Christian ‘pattern’ disconcerting to some,” Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow.com, April 8, 2015, http://onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2015/04/08/obamas-anti-christian-pattern-disconcerting-to-some

  14. “What Obama just said about Muslims and their influence on America is beyond disturbing,” Joshua Riddle, Young Conservatives, July 28, 2014, http://www.youngcons.com/what-obama-just-said-about-muslims-and-america-is-beyond-disturbing/

  15. “People are freaking out after Obama compared ISIS to the Crusades,” Colin Campbell, Business Insider, February 6, 2015, http://www.businessinsider.com/people-are-freaking-out-after-obama-compared-isis-to-the-crusades-2015-2#ixzz3divxEH1V

  16. “On the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades,” Dr. Miguel Faria, Hacienda Publishing, September 12, 2011, http://www.haciendapub.com/randomnotes/spanish-inquisition-and-crusades

  17. Ibid.