Daily Devotional for Saturday August 17, 2013
Egypt and the Coming Showdown with Islam
(Exodus 15:6; Deuteronomy 32:41; Psalms 68:11; 1 Peter 5:8)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, as a Born Again Christian, I can't find it in myself to love someone like Barack Obama, who is destroying everything that God has given this great country. This also pertains to the Clinton's and many on the left along with the Muslims who want to kill us. Please give me advice to correct this problem.
ANSWER: We are commanded to pray for those in authority. We pray daily here at Liveprayer for the salvation of Pres. Obama and all those in leadership. Only in the strength of the Holy Spirit are we able to pray for those who stand against us. Jesus gave us the perfect example as He prayed for those who crucified Him from the very cross he was to die on! Never forget, He died for the souls of ALL men. I will help guide you with this. As anti-God as much of the political policies are, it is ultimately the church/Christians who are responsible for the spiritual state of our nation, like it was the priests in the OT responsible for the rebellion to God that brought out His wrath and punishment many times.
Back in 2006, LONG before Hannity, Beck, or anyone else in the media talked about this, I warned those in the Liveprayer family about the coming showdown between the US and Islam. Years before that, I proffered that God may use Islam in judging the US as He did Babylon when He judged the children of Israel. Unlike Hannnity, Beck, and others who have used this issue over the last couple of years to fear monger and gin-up their followers to make money, I was telling people years before of this threat to the nation in the context of God's judgment for our sin and rebellion.
Today, Egypt is in total confusion as are most of the countries in the Middle East. In this confusion, Christians in Egypt have paid a huge price. As Islam has gained power, virtually every Christian church has been destroyed, Christians have had to flee Egypt to save their lives, and last week a 10-year-old girl coming home from a Bible study was shot in the head and killed!
*On September 11th, the 12 year anniversary of the worst attack on US soil, Muslims are planning a "Million Muslim March" in Washington DC. I told you, told you, told you for years their ultimate goal in this nation like it is in EVERY nation....is DOMINATION!!!
I also stated that just like speaking out against the sin of homosexuality, it would soon be illegal to speak out against the false religion of Islam. Back in 2007, I took on CAIR, the terror-associated Muslim advocacy group who seeks to silence anyone in the media who dares to tell the truth about the false relgion of Islam. After 5 yrs of broadcasting the Liveprayer TV program "live" for an hour every Mon-Fri in Tampa, the 12 media market in the nation, CAIR intimidated CBS to cancel my program. Actually, CBS told me I could stay on the air if I would simply stop talking about Islam. I told them to take a long walk on a short pier!
Now the day is upon us that the Muslim advocacy groups wants to prosecute anyone who insults Islam and be charged with "hate speech." Really? So if I simply tell the truth about this false relgion of hate, violence, and death, I am now guilty of hate speech? God ahead and prosecute me, since I will NEVER be intimidated into silence about a false relgion and lie of satan leading nearly 2 billion souls to hell!
As a matter of fact, ousted Egyptian President and member of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi, has said Egypt will charge and prosecute anyone who insults Islam. Knowing Morsi would be in NY to speak at the United Nations last year, I sent him a personal letter stating that I will not be silenced from telling the truth about the false religion of Islam or telling the truth about their polygamist, pedophile, murdering "prophet Mohammed." I stated that if he wanted to charge me with insulting Islam, do it! I told him that I will be happy to fly to Cairo and stand trial.
Listen my friend, we are in the last days. Satan is rising up. Satan is like the schoolyard bully. What do you do to a bully? You don't back down and you smack him in the mouth! Don't forget, Jesus said don't worry about who can kill your body, worry about who can kill your soul. I have no fear of Islam. Paul didn't fear the false religions of his day. He stood up to their lies and shared with them the Gospel. I will do no less!
WITH THE ESCALATING UNREST IN THE MIDDLE EAST, I am getting inundated with emails asking if this is some fulfillment of Bible prophecy. ALL of the events we see each day are leading us to the last chapters of human history. The current tensions going on in the Middle East will at some point escalate and you will have the entire Arab world at war with Israel. This Devotional today is a look into the last days that we are living in and the real showdown that is looming between Islam and Christianity!!!
Today, there are roughly 6.6 billion people in the world. Out of the world's population, apx. 2 billion claim to be Christians (no doubt the number of people who are actually "born again" and know Christ as their personal Savior by faith is less) and apx. 1.6 billion claim to be Muslims. Over the past decade, the number of Christians in the world has been declining while the false religion of Islam is the fastest growing. Many estimate that by 2020 there will be as many Muslims in the world as Christians.
I have always laughed at people who deny Christ and the Truth of His Word when they call Christianity "intolerant." They obviously have no idea what the Christian faith is all about since it is the most tolerant faith there is. God's plan of salvation is not exclusionary, it is IN-CLUSIONARY! The Bible says that WHOSOEVER shall believe. That simply means the love of Christ, His free gift of everlasting life is available to EVERYONE! It becomes the personal choice of each person to accept or reject Christ in their heart and life.
The fact is, it is the cults and false religions of the world that are intolerant, the worst of all being Islam. They literally teach that those who don't follow their false god "allah" and teachings are "infidels" and should be put to death. That, my friend, is about as intolerant as you can get. A great example of their intolerance has been in the headlines as they reacted violently regarding a ridiculous video that had been online since July!
It is perfectly OK to lampoon the Lord, create "art" for public display where a figure of Christ is covered by human excrement, and mock those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ and follow the Truth of His Word, however, because a video insulting Mohammed or a cartoon appeared in a Danish newspaper showing Mohammed with a bomb on his head, Muslims worldwide are offended and outraged. In different parts of the world, Muslims have turned to violence and people have actually died in these protests!
The fact is, Mohammed was a murdering pedophile and polygamist who dreamed up his false god "allah" and the false religion of Islam out of a heart that rejected the one true God of the Bible. His fantasy book the Koran is largely poor plagiarism of the Old Testament. Yet because someone had the audacity to accurately portray him in a cartoon as the terrorist he was, those who follow this false prophet are upset to the point they responded with acts of destruction and murder.
Make no mistake about it, Islam is a false religion that teaches and encourages violence and death. This is what makes the United States support of Palestine so foolish. We took a position in opposition to God's Word by helping to give away part of the land He gave to the children of Israel, to people whose stated goal is to see Israel wiped off the earth and every Jewish person killed. This is exactly what Islam is all about. It is about the death of anyone who rejects their false religion! This just in. That means those of us in the United States too!!!
Just like in the Old Testament, there were people groups who rejected the God of Israel and His commands, and sought to utterly destroy every descendant of Abraham. Their clear and stated goal was to wipe out every Jewish person. Whether you fully comprehend it or not, the goal of Islam is to wipe off the face of the earth everyone who does not follow their false religion. Don't be fooled by the moderates who will tell you that Islam is about peace and that Muslims want to be in unity with other faiths, especially Christianity.
That may be the desire of a few who understand the financial benefits of peace and unity, but that is NOT what Islam is all about. Many want to lull you into believing that it is only a small percentage of Muslims who ascribe to terrorism and the death of those who reject their false beliefs. That is not true. The snapshots we get at times from what is happening right now in the Middle East, incidents like the recent riots in France, the violence over this cartoon of Mohammed, 9/11, the bombings in London and other targets recently in Europe, Asia, and Africa, are what Islam is really all about. Please, don't be fooled.
I love you and care about you so much. My heart breaks for the apx. 1.6 billion people on this planet who have believed the lie of Islam and will die in their sins and be lost for all eternity unless they turn to the Truth of the Gospel. In the meantime, know that there are those out there who have the stated goal of seeing us wiped off the very face of the earth simply because we are Christians. As the days of this world wind down, the persecution of the church and those who follow Christ is only going to get worse. That is why now is the time for those who profess Christ as their Savior, need to get serious about their faith and start to find ways to allow God to use your life to make a difference.
Just in your normal day-to-day life God gives you many opportunities to take a stand for Him. This is how you can make a difference. Share His love with those you meet, always be prepared to give people the reason for your hope, and live a Godly life which will always be your loudest witness for the Lord. The Bible says they will know us by our love for one another. That love extends past this brief journey to a person's eternal destination which is why we have to boldly and without shame tell others about how they can know Christ and His free gift of everlasting life.
There is coming soon a final showdown between Islam and Christianity. It has already been building over these past 1400 years since Mohammed dreamed up this false religion. As the two dominant religions on the planet, they will continue to collide as the final days of human history unfold. The good news is that we already know how it ends. That is why those who know Christ as their Savior must stand strong in proclaiming His Truth, since in the end, it is God's Truth alone that will be standing.
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,