The Prophecy of the Millennium
Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours too. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them what no-one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their law: ‘They hated me without reason’ – – John 15:18-25
This is a mind-boggling and disturbing piece of news indeed! The above excerpt is taken from an article posted online by The Voice of the Martyrs. It is VOM in short. VOM is a Christian organization dedicated to helping persecuted Christians worldwide. The statistic alone points to the fact that what is now happening to the Christian faith worldwide is as real today as it was even when Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth.
Certainly, would it not bother you to ponder over what actually could have caused such an alarming misfortune to fall on Christians who were only merely doing their part to spread the good of news of Jesus, or are embracing a faith for saving others? If ever there are people who profess to embrace any religion, but yet would abuse and persecute others of a different faith so much so that it’s depriving them of their fundamental rights, it only goes to show that these perpetrators are the religious bigots only out to prove themselves as nothing but hypocrites – big time!
Even before Christianity came into existence, it had already been prophesied earlier by one of the great prophets like Isaiah. He prophesied the coming of a Messiah who was to become the Savior and Christ, not only to the children of Israel, but also all nations under heaven. Now, if anyone had studied the Bible, one would have undoubtedly learned that, that is not the only part that ironically caught the Jews off-guard and by surprise. It’s also the part where the Messiah was a man named, Jesus who turned out as a commoner working as a carpenter, yet claiming himself as the Son of God. That’s the part that was absolutely not what the Jews had expected or pleased with…so to speak.
As the kingdom of Israel was under the control of the Roman Empire at that time, there was a pressing need of the Jews to set themselves free. The Jews were like, crying out again for another “Moses” to deliver them from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. That’s why, this time around, they needed “someone” the same to free them from the intruders in their own homeland in Israel. When the child was born and announced to the people of Israel, the Jews thought the Messiah had never chosen a better time to come. Obviously, there were great expectations hanging over the boy’s head for his people, the children of Israel, to free them from the intruders who were the Romans.
Then, why Are Christians Hated?
Here is a question that is not something new and neither is it unwarranted. Come to think of it, there is a God-driven purpose. The only surprise is that, not all Christians are taking the words of Jesus seriously and therefore failed to see it coming. Jesus, even while he was alive and kicking, had told his disciples upfront, and be ready to face persecution and possibly get martyred if they keep following him willingly and faithfully.
On one hand, as much as Christians would like to believe nothing of such extremism is happening, somehow one way or another, it did, and it had brought us to a mutual understanding that it’s not the Christians who became the victims of hatred. It’s the Master. Yes, it’s because of Jesus that the Christians bore the brunt of hatred. Yet, however, no Christians should ever have believed in the first place that it’s gonna be smooth sailing and easy even after having been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
Be advised. Because end of the day, there is blood, sweat and tears to shed for every true Christians contemplating to enter the kingdom of God. The biggest question mark now lies in the heart of every Christians. Whether one is a true Christian or not, only time will tell if one can stand the test of one’s faith. It is all up to each individual Christians, how informed and ready they are, if the need to sacrifice themselves for the sake of Jesus arises, and how they intend to have their faith manifested in facing the impending ‘martyrdom’ in a satanic world as one finds his or her way home to God.
Although it’s a different world today, the only difference is that the modern-day Christians who are being relentlessly targeted for sacrifice to appease the Satan, are no longer just the Christian Jews as in the days of the apostles, but Christians of ethnic minorities found living in volatile regions where religious conflict is the order of the day.
To give a fair and unbiased view of the prophecy of Jesus himself, here is something very important that everyone has to understand about the prophecy. That is: one has to open one’s eyes and be aware of the religious conflicts happening now and why. It is not only happening between the Muslims and Christians as one would have thought. Although Christians can’t deny that it all started with the Jews themselves when the high priest, Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people as recorded in John 18:14. But that doesn’t mean one can put all the blame on the Jews, or even Christians as the world is now experiencing a changing landscape in embracing religion that is getting bizarre and twisted. And it’s all because of…
The Polemics Of Religion.
Today, anyone can easily access the internet for whatever news happening in the world. On the news front about religion, one can’t miss any news about religion wreaking havoc due to the fact that everyone thinks one’s religion is superior than the other. That’s why, there is so much hatred and killings happening now. Such evil is happening between the Hindus and Christians in India. It is happening between the Hindus and Muslims in Kashmir. There is even hatred happening between the Muslims themselves, as even Muslims are killing Muslims in Indonesia because of growing sectarian adhering to different doctrines in the religion.
And now, the latest controversy is the globally reported blasphemy case of a young Saudi Muslim by the name of Hamza Kashgari, who allegedly was accused of “insulting” Prophet Muhammad on the day of the prophet’s birthday. All he did was tweeting a short text of his little imagined thoughts about himself and the prophet. All that seemed harmless at first, but it became deadly later, when it went viral on the internet and got on the nerves of his own religious clerics who are calling for his death for committing so-called blasphemy and apostasy.
Now, it all seems pretty clear that it is not only getting difficult for him as a Muslim to understand his own religion. What about non-Muslims? If, according to his own religious law, he had committed a “crime” that is punishable by death, would the call for his execution not put Islam in a bad light and therefore become contradictory? Would not such illogical sentence passed, make it even extremely difficult for non-Muslims to understand the religion, let alone embrace it? Even every thinking Muslims will question if there is any logic with such sharia law. How can Muslims, let alone non-Muslims, of the same religion punish a Muslim just for saying something that his own Muslim brethren didn’t like to hear and thereby got offended. This doesn’t make any sense at all. Does it? Is there no love and compassion in the Islam religion but only cruelty and violence?
People are universally afflicted and affected because of religion that gone awry. Hence, one can safely draw a conclusion that religion is not the answer to mankind’s curse – after all! In fact, the curse is causing even more untold chaos between people and religion across the globe as long as people do not bother about reversing the curse with the One and Only antidote that is Jesus. Neither will it bring peace of mind and harmony to the soul of everyone as long as the curse stays irreversible, all because people are stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the correct source of the antidote. All such inaction shall only be adding more fuel to the fire and there will be plenty of people getting burnt in the end! And that would definitely give Satan the excuse to jump around and rejoicing.
But make no mistake. This is not trying to single out any particular religion as the main culprit that is causing unrest in this world. It’s evident that Christians would inevitably be destined to suffer persecution and be martyred, because that’s what Jesus had said and foretold it would be the price Christians have to pay to get on higher ground. That is why, it happened to Jesus himself. That is why he rose from the dead. That is why, he became the Savior and Christ simply because he had conquered death. It will happen to his followers and that’s when one will know if one is a true Christian or not. Only then will they become sons of God and be qualified to enter the kingdom of God. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise for Christians to purify themselves through sufferings and persecution as a test of their faith, just as gold had to become purified through fire for its quality and value.
As it is, we know Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, but not without the downside rearing its ugly head. It is also at the same time seen as a threat to many others, especially Westerners, for its radical doctrines and theocratic practice that would not bring out the best in humans to serve and love one another to bring glory to the name of God.
If anyone is familiar with Christianity and is contemplating on getting acquainted with the Islam religion, one would readily agree that the Islam religion holds many similarities to Christianity and Judaism. Judaism is known as the religion of the orthodox Jews who are still observing the traditional practice of the Torah. The Jews, as well as the Muslims, are intrinsically believing they can do better without a mediator coming in between them and God which in this case is Jesus who claimed himself as the Son of God. But the Christians believe otherwise.
Instead, the Christians believe that Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life to get back to God. Because of this, Muslims and Christians are at odds with each other. With such indifference in the monotheism of religion, it will never end until the end of time. Even the call for “moderation” will not make any religious conflicts disappear because of the curse. That means, people must nip the problem in the bud. But, the problem is, it is something that is highly unlikely to happen!
Before one can talk about another religion, it’s important that one must get the facts right first. For a lot of people, maybe the only option is to study the religion concern to get the correct picture of what it is, and what it entails before one chooses to embrace it or not embrace it at all. But common sense can tell that Islam is a religion that is just the same as any others, or perhaps, in a way “better” than others that focus on idol-worshiping. Basically, it is also teaching its believers to do what’s right. But the fact is, everyone should know that, as a thinking adult, such basic ‘law’ as in doing what’s right had already been ingrained in the heart and conscience of everyone even from birth. Should it be really necessary then, to go one big round to embrace a religion just to know what was already written in the hearts and conscience of everyone?
Another most important thing in Islam is to acknowledge that none other than Allah is the one and only Almighty God. This, of course, would be supported and recognized by the Muslims. However, the conflict arises when Christians claimed that the one and only Almighty God they worship is the One that sent Jesus, and is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is the only part that everyone regardless of whether Muslims or Christians, should do some homework either by reading up the Koran or the Bible so that one can do some soul-searching before one can arrive at a logical conclusion as to “which” Almighty God one should believe, whether the Almighty One is ruthless and tolerate killings, or one that is loving and gracious that saves lives, because of the different version churned out by both side of the divide.
One interesting thing to take note of is that, the Koran had mentioned Jesus as merely a prophet only, but nothing about him ever performed any miracles, heal the sick and feed the hungry. Unlike the Bible, the Koran never acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God that God sent, as an atonement for the sins of the world. Instead, it only recognized the Prophet Muhammad as a great prophet whose teachings is that, if one would faithfully obey all the religious laws and rituals to do this and that, one would become “righteous” and “holy” in the sight of Allah, and shall be justified to go to a ‘paradise’ at the end of one’s life journey on earth.
As for sin, the Koran does not say anything about what or who can have the divine power to wash away the sins of the world. If the Muslims believe Islam is a superior religion than others, it should not have failed to give the real answer to the cause of the problems of humanity. It should not have failed to make everyone aware by now that humanity is carrying a curse. And that curse is Sin, Death and the Devil. Who in the world can claim one can be exempted from the curse? So if anyone becomes confused and failed to understand how can one redeem oneself from the curse, why Islam?
It is also undeniable that the Muslims see the great significance of Abraham’s faith because of his obedience to God and for his courage in sacrificing the life of his son Isaac. Because of that, they too believe if “emulated” the faith of Abraham, they can enhance their faith in Allah if they only perform the “sacrificial ritual” of an animal on the day of a “holy celebration” that falls in the month of October or so.
So the Muslims in professing their faith in the Islam religion believe that, if they fulfill all the commandments laid down in their sacred book, the Koran, they will become righteous and holy. When and should this happens, of course, this would primarily qualify them to go to a ‘paradise’ in the after life. Sounds simple and easy to follow, isn’t it? But, if you are a rational person, would you not quickly question the rationale behind it? Yes, would you not ask how could it be possible that, as a human being, one can really 100% flawlessly be civic-minded, let alone be “religiously law-abiding?” What if one is found flawlessly breaking any of the “religious laws” now and then and committed sin against Allah? Can the person still qualify to go to the ‘paradise?’ If yes, how? By asking Allah for forgiveness? Or just by going on a haj pilgrimage will do? How can a Muslim tell Allah will listen to them? Would it by any chance loudly broadcasting their prayers through loud-speakers?
Although the Koran did mention about the virtue of forgiveness in the religion, however, it is pretty vague and does not give the right source and link by which any Muslims would know that their sins would be divinely forgiven. Anyone can forgive others, but can one completely wash away one’s own sins as clean as in getting whitewashed. Can you? Who can? Perhaps, there’s one possibility – the Prophet Muhammad. But then again, this would cause any rational people to further pose yet another important question. That is: Does the Prophet Muhammad have the divine power to forgive sins? After all, he was only a prophet, was he not? Or perhaps, could he even qualify to mediate with Allah on behalf of Muslims for forgiveness? And on what basis can their sins be forgiven or washed clean?
Unlike Jesus, the Prophet Muhammad died and there’s no sign of him being risen from the dead. If he had no power over death, how could he possibly have the divine power to forgive sin? Can any Muslims then, just bypass the Prophet Muhammad and directly ask Allah for forgiveness? My rational argument would be made much simple then. If it could be done, then what is the point of Allah sending the Prophet Muhammad as a messenger in the first place? For what purpose would that be if any Muslims can go directly to Allah? So why Islam?
It is no by mistakes to say that the Muslims strongly believe the Prophet Muhammad was a messenger sent by God. On this claim alone, let’s have a debate. As a mortal that existed in flesh and blood, he also died like everyone else, and that means having to face the penalty of sin which is death, but Muslims claimed that he “flew” to ‘paradise’ somehow. What had become of him now? Is there record of any testaments found in the Koran of anyone bearing witness of him “flying” away into the thin air? If so, who? And is there any record of him being glorified by Allah to sit on the throne next to him. If so, where is it found in the Koran? These are all simple questions that you don’t need to become a religious scholar to answer if there is none recorded in the sacred book to substantiate such claims.
If by reading the Koran, one yet cannot satisfactorily understand what his mission on earth was all about, let alone convinced of what had become of him after his death, then there is a great need to really consider first the direction one is heading before jumping to become a Muslim. So why Islam?
This is where everything starts to get heated up if a Christian starts debating about the religion before embracing it or not embracing it. If a Christian just gives a simple testimony that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion and that the Prophet Muhammad died a normal death, and because there’s no testimony in the Koran of him being resurrected, this is where things get ugly because the truth is out for everyone to see clearly and if indeed one ‘sees’ clearly, why Islam?
Because the testimony of Jesus’ death and resurrection point towards a rational and better argument to believe in Jesus than the Prophet Muhammad, as such, sharing of one’s faith in Jesus will turn into hatred because any radical Muslims would take it as an insult like the Jews did with Jesus. That is why Christians became hated for bearing witness of their faith in Jesus. That’s also why, in some countries Christians are even legislatively prohibited to share the good news of Jesus with Muslims all because some radical Muslims just can’t handle the truth. But if any Christian is a true believer of Jesus, getting martyred because of bearing witness of him is worthy of all devotion. It is the duty of all Christians to make sure that it’s better to suffer for the cause of Christ than the cause of Christ to suffer, because no prize on earth can compare to the one that comes from the heavenly Father above.
A true Christian shall NOT fear persecution and death if he or she believes in what Jesus said in John 11:25-26.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”