THE BIBLE DOES NOT PREDICT THE COMING OF MUHAMMAD

Muslims surprisingly to me will state that the bible predicts the coming of Muhammad. I just witnessed to a Muslim, by starting to wish him a happy Good Friday. He then asked me why we Christians call it Good Friday, and then my witness began. The witness quickly went from the Gospel to him stating that the Muslim people also believe in Jesus but not as the Son of God.

After explaining to him the virgin birth and the Trinity his response was that Muhammad is mentioned in the bible. I asked him “where that was in the bible?” He replied that that is what Islam teaches and he didn’t know the verse. The following scripture is what he was referring to:

Deuteronomy 18:15-18
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, 16 according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’ 17 And the LORD said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. 18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him (NKJV).”

With proper exegesis on this scripture, the word “brethren” refers to the Jews. It makes no sense that God or Allah, as they say, would raise a leader coming from their enemy the Arabs!

Jesus fulfilled this prophecy without stain. He came from His Jewish brethren, Jesus also called Himself a Prophet: Luke 13: 33 33 “Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem” NASB. As well His own brethren called Him a Prophet: Matthew 21: 11, “And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”, Luke 7:16, “16 Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!” John 9:17, 17 So they said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “He is a prophet.”

I will post another blog on the difference of lineage between Muhammad and Jesus Christ at a later date.

Muhammad is not in the bible, plain as that. The Muslim people will say that they believe that Jesus was a Prophet, but only that. We must pray that the Holy Spirit comes upon the Islamic people and they turn to the one True God! This Easter Weekend please keep in mind and all the people that need our witness as Christians to save them from God’s Wrath! Happy Resurrection Day!

God Bless
Brian Mason

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Interesting Response To “Peaceful Muslims”?

There are many good points brought up in this video. Any Muslim comments?

http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/barbara-boland/unusual-answer-panelist-receives-standing-ovation-benghazi-coalition

Please pray for the Muslims to repent and ask THE SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST for forgiveness! We as Christians are to love our enemies and that I stress!

God Bless

Brian Mason

What Is The Swoon Theory? Is It Even Possible?

The theory is that Jesus didn’t die on the cross. He survived the beatings and crucifixion was put in a cool tomb, and that revived Him. He then pushed away from the stone at the entrance of the tomb that was watched by a Roman soldier with the promise of death from his superiors should anyone tamper with the tomb. Then made His presence to His disciples as the Risen Messiah. Let’s look into this “theory” and it’ an impossibility.

First Jesus suffered six trials, trials in which He was beaten severely; Matthew 26: 65-67 (NIV)

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,” they answered.
67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

Then Jesus suffered “scourging.” This was done with a whip that had bits of metal and glass embedded in it on several leather straps extending from it. He was tied down and hit over 30 times with it. When anyone was hit with these tools of torture, they would have the flesh opened and ripped off, sometimes exposing internal organs and bones. Not everyone escaped this punishment alive!

A crown of thorns was jammed into His head undoubtedly opening up His skin, and would cause excessive bleeding. Have you even nicked yourself shaving? Matthew 27: 27-31 (NIV)

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Now the crucifixion! I am assuming that most know the details of that barbaric punishment. This torture is almost unfathomable. His wrists were nailed to the cross, and His shoulders would have been dislocated when the piece was risen into place. His feet were nailed to a small foot shelf, and Jesus would have to push up on them just to breathe. Of course with all the bleeding He would soon become dehydrated. His chest cavity filled with body fluids. John 19: 28-30 (NIV)

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

That point was when Jesus’ heart ruptured causing the fluids to enter His chest cavity. A soldier then rammed a spear through His side and “water and blood” flowed out. John 19: 33-37

33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

Jesus’ body was then brought to the tomb and was in there for three days unattended by anyone including physicians.

Then there would be the moving of the large stone. With a Roman Guard sitting idly by knowing he would suffer the same punishment Jesus had if anyone should steal the body!

Last but not least, Jesus would have to be mobile up and walking in such a state of disfigurement and obvious wounds that would be impossible for any mortal to do so! Try walking with just a sprained ankle! Then He met his disciples in that state of appearance. No wonder they were not certain it was their Lord. God is praised our Savior has risen!

So much for the “swoon theory!”

God Bless

Brian Mason

Buddhists Extremists Taking Christians Hostage

This is so troubling to me, especially from such a self-professing “peaceful religion”. Just more hatred toward the Christians of the world. Please pray for the “oppressed” and the “oppressors”. I wonder why Jesus Christ is so offensive to Buddhism?

Pastor, two others held in pagoda in attempt to force them back to Buddhism.
DHAKA, Bangladesh, April 23 (World Watch Monitor) —Buddhist members of an armed rebel group and their sympathizers are holding three tribal Christians captive in a pagoda in southeastern Bangladesh after severely beating them in an attempt to force them to return to Buddhism, Christian sources said.

Held captive since April 16 are Pastor Shushil Jibon Talukder, 55; Bimol Kanti Chakma, 50; and Laksmi Bilas Chakma, 40, of Maddha Lemuchari Baptist Church in Lemuchari village, in Mohalchari sub-district of the mountainous Khagrachari district, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of Dhaka. They are to be kept in the pagoda for 15 to 20 days as punishment for having left the Buddhist religion, the sources said.

Local Buddhists are considered powerful as they have ties with the United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), an armed group in the hill districts.

After taking the Christians captive on April 16, the sources said, the next day the armed Buddhist extremists forced other Christians of Maddha Lemuchari Baptist Church to demolish their church building by their own hands. The extremists first seized all blankets, Bibles and song books from the church building.

The sources said two UPDF members went to Pastor Talukder’s house at 7 a.m. on April 16, telling him to go to a Buddhist community leader’s house in a nearby village. The Buddhist leader also ordered all members of the Baptist church to come to his house, and about 15 Christians did so.

After a brief dispute, the Buddhists chose the pastor and the two other Christians and began beating them, seriously injuring the pastor. They then took them to a nearby pagoda for Buddhist baptism, shaving their heads and dressing them in saffron robes as part of a conversion ritual.

The sources said Pastor Talukder was bludgeoned nearly to death.

“The pastor was beaten so seriously that he could not walk to the nearby pagoda,” said one source. “Buddhist people took him on a wooden stretcher, which is used for carrying a dead body for burial or cremation.”

Pastor Talukder was treated in the pagoda with intravenous, hypodermic injections that saved his life, the source said.

The Buddhist extremists were said to be forcing other Christians to undergo Buddhist baptism in the pagoda and to embrace Buddhism.

A source in Khagrachari district told Compass that local UPDF Buddhists had been mounting pressure on the Christians since their church began in the area in early 2007.

“They gave vent to their anger on Christians in a violent outburst by beating the pastor and two others after failing several attempts in the past to stop their evangelical activities,” the source said. “They took them into a pagoda to convert them forcibly to Buddhism.”

In June the Buddhists had threatened to harm Pastor Talukder if he did not give up his Christian faith. The pastor escaped and hid in different churches for two months. Later he came back in the area and began his pastoral and evangelical activities anew.

“They also made threats and gave ultimatums to three or four other churches in the locality to try to force them to come back to Buddhism,” the source said.

‘Social Deviation’
Regional Sub-district Chairman Sona Ratan Chakma told Compass that the “three renegade Buddhists” are being kept in the pagoda for religious indoctrination.

“They became Christian, and they were breaking the rules and customs of the Buddhist society, so elders of the society were angry with them,” Chakma said. “That is why they were sent to a pagoda for 15 to 20 days for their spiritual enlightenment, so that they can come back to their previous place [Buddhism].”

Chakma said the Christians have not been tortured but given punishment proportionate to the gravity of their “social deviation.”

“They were punished so that they can come to their senses,” he said.

Under Siege
The Rev. Leor P. Sarkar, general secretary of Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship, told Compass that the UPDF’s ultimatum was of grave concern.

“This armed group issued an ultimatum that by April 30 all Christians should come back to Buddhism, otherwise all of them will face the same consequences,” said Sarkar.

Christians are virtually in a state of siege by the UPDF, he said. None of them go to church buildings on the traditional worship days of Friday or Sunday, instead worshipping in their own houses.

Sarkar added that the tribal Christians do not have any political conflict with the UPDF.

“They simply persecute them for their faith in Christ,” he said. “Their only demand to us is to go back to Buddhism.”

The UPDF’s order to give up their faith is a matter of life and death, Sarkar said.

“A ripple of unknown fear gripped the entire Christian community there,” he said. “Everybody took fright from that menacing cruelty. The everyday life of Christians is hampered, beset with threats, hatred and ostracism. So it is a social catastrophe.”

The church leader urgently appealed to local government officials to come to the aid of the kidnapped Christians.

The UPDF is one of two main tribal organizations in the hill districts, the other being the United People’s Party of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti, or PCJSS). The PCJSS, formed in 1973, had fought for autonomy in the region for 25 years, leaving nearly 8,500 troops, rebels and civilians killed. After signing a peace accord in 1997 with the Bangladesh government, the PCJSS laid down arms.
But the UPDF, a political party founded in 1998 based in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, has strong and serious reservations against the Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord signed 1997. Claiming that the agreement failed to address fundamental demands of the indigenous Jumma people, the UPDF has pledged to fight for their full autonomy.

Last year the PCJSS demanded that the government ban the UPDF for their terrorist activities in the hill districts.

The Chittagong Hill Tracts region comprises three districts: Bandarban, Khagrachuri and Rangamati. The region is surrounded by the Indian states of Tripura on the north and Mizoram on the east, Myanmar on the south and east.
*http://www.worldwatchmonitor.org

God Bless

Brian Mason

Are These Contradictions in the Quran? (Open Forum)

I am not posting this as a polemic or accusation against Islam or the Ancient Quran however as a Christian Apologist I have only noted issues I have located within the Islam Holy Book that do not make much sense to me or some of my Christian Brothers and Sisters. So I add this to Beacon Apologetics as a discussion forum. I would like to hear from and get constructive information as to understand what I have read from the Islamic beliefs and writings. They are nagging topics that keep popping up and I would like to get clarity. God Bless!

The Earth according to the Quran:
Quran 27:61
Is not He (better than your gods) Who has made the earth as A FIXED ABODE, and has placed rivers in its midst, and has placed firm mountains therein, and has set a barrier between the two seas (of salt and sweet water). Is there any ilah (god) with Allah? Nay, but most of them know not.

So is this saying the Earth is not moving? “A Fixed Abode”?

What Holds Birds Up in the Air?
Do they not look at the birds, held poised in the midst of (the air and) the sky?
Nothing holds them up but (the power of) God.
Verily in this are signs for those who believe. Surah 16:79

What about aerodynamics?

Can Ants Talk?
Till, when they reached the Valley of the Ants, an ant said: O ants! Enter your dwellings lest Solomon and his armies crush you, unperceiving. And (Solomon) smiled, laughing at her speech, and said: My Lord, (Surah 27:18-19a)

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Adam was 90 feet tall?
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, “Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring.” So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you). The angels said, “As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi” (i.e. Peace and Allah’s Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam’s salutation the expression, ‘Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi,’ Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure).People have been decreasing in stature since Adam’s creation. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 543)

These are a few of my questions and other Christian Apologists I know would like answers to. I ask these questions in peace and understanding.

God Bless
Brian Mason

Muslims: By Your Own Book You Say The Bible Is Not Corrupt!

Muhammed was not even born until 570 ad and the Bible was already in existance. The Muslims state consistantly that the Bible was corrupted. Answer me this then…”Why does the Qur’an say that the Psalms, Gospels and the Torah were sent to us by God”?

The Psalms: Surah 4: 163   Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And we revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the book [of Psalms].  

The Gospel: Surah 5: 46   Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous.

The Torah: Surah 2: 87 And We did certainly give Moses the Torah and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit. But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed. ,

If all were given by God, how does that fit with Muslims saying the Bible is corrupted? The Qur’an says the word of God cannot be changed or altered!

Surah 6:115  And the word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can alter His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.

God Bless

Brian Mason

 
 

 

So When The Crosses Are Gone, Then What?

I recently listened to a sermon from Michael Youssef of “Leading the Way Ministries” and the subject was “When the Crosses Are Gone”, also the title of his new book. He explains in the book and his sermon that the Christian Cross is being purposely “removed” from the sight of the public all across America. There are many examples that he gives:

– The removal of the Ground Zero Cross in New York City that just “happened” to be two pieces of steel support beams that welded together from the intense heat.
– The Hundred Year Old Crosses in San Diego.
– A single Cross in the Mojave Desert that was erected in honor of the WW1 Veterans.

1 Corinthians 1: 18 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

There are many more examples of this “Cross Removal” in his book and his sermon that can be accessed from the Ministry Website. And some of the sources actually condone this action and call themselves Christian!

Dr. Youssef says, ” that removal of the Cross is the very destruction of the Western Civilization itself! Western Civilization was built upon the logic of the Cross”. He further states; “The Atheist and Anti Christian forces know the power of the Cross, and more than some of the Church goers themselves! To the enemy powers, the Cross is a dangerous symbol. To remove the Cross equals removing the True God from Society”.

I believe the Cross shows us our weakness, and we cannot save ourselves. We need the Savior Jesus Christ! The Cross shows us redemption, mercy and answers to our deep problems. The Cross is convicting as well as condemning! In 1917 Lenin took down 50,000 Crosses and replaced them with Red Stars!

Matthew 10: 38 38 And anyone who does not pick up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

The cross is so offensive to the public eye it must be removed from sight! Why is this? It is because the Cross says we are sinful.

We have to as Christians and believers, get off our collective butts and put a stop to this insanity! We need the Savior! The Cross is meant to make us all uncomfortable! It shows our human weaknesses and desires! The Latin word for Cross is “Crux”. You remove the Cross (Crux), you remove Christ and surrender to Evil forces. Just look at the Nations that have no more Cross and have crumbled into cultural suicide!

Are we going to replace the Cross with Mosques and Minarets? Instead of walking in the shadow of the Cross are we going to waking up to Islamic wailing before dawn? It is happening right before our eyes at this very moment! Look at how Islam has been allowed to take over some American towns and taking root in the cities? We also must be on the lookout for this abomination called Chrislam. Don’t let that lull you to sleep either. We must look at the track history of the result of allowing Islam into our culture. It is not favorable! Please Christians, I pray you heed this atrocity that is happening! Let’s stay awake and fight these forces set out to destroy Christianity and Western Civilization.

1 Peter 2: 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

God Bless,

Brian Mason

Why Jesus is “The Only Way” and not Buddha or Muhammad.

Red Alert! Jesus claimed, and you can read it for yourself, that he is the only way to God!

John 14: 6, Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. How clearer could it have been stated? And to take it a step further he said that “whoever rejects him, rejects the one that sent him” Luke 10:16 “The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”

Some may go and make the accusation that “all religions have the same kind of message, however they would sincerely need to re-evaluate that statement. Muhammad the founder of Islam and Siddharta the founder of Buddhism are both dead and still in their graves. But Jesus the Messiah is risen! Very crucial indeed! Jesus’ disciples claimed him to be God.

John 1: 1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Jesus himself claimed to be God, read John 10: 30-34, 30 I and the Father are one.”
31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’?

Can you name any other founder of a major religion that has made that claim? Jesus was coined at one time as “Either a Lunatic, Liar or Lord” However Jesus put that statement to rest by saying his resurrection would be proof of him being Messiah in the scripture;

Matthew 12: 38-42, 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; 40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Jesus is more than a preference, HE IS THE ONLY WAY!

Amen!

Brian Mason

Was the New Testament of the Bible Corrupted?

If one were to listen to Muslims, Catholics, off-shoots of Christianity and different cults such as Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses, you might come to the conclusion that the New Testament was corrupted in some way? This view has become a comfort to the accusers, as the New Testament will develop friction with their beliefs. In most cases, I believe it is that other apostate religion followers just have not done enough homework and are significantly steeped into the beliefs handed down from generation to generation of misinformation and outright lies about it.

Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God. Mormons believe that God is an alien from the planet Kolab, and of course, Cults such as The Jehovah’s Witnesses seem to have their doctrines completely in opposition to the words of Jesus. I have even heard such remarks that we all worship the same God, he’s just interpreted differently! What nonsense! It is plainly written in the Bible that there is only ONE GOD in the Universe. See Mark 12: 29 NASB 29 Jesus answered “The Foremost is ‘Hear O Israel! OUR LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD’;

Has the New Testament been corrupted? Let’s look deeper into this question from the perspective that we can only refer to, and that is history. Since the New Testament is a book from ancient times, we must remember as to the process of copying the text. It was copied by hand and then copied by hand again and so-forth. AHA! You say! There must have been errors as we were dealing with human hands and not photocopiers? Well yes, there were errors, but they were minuscule and did not interfere with any central Christian doctrines. And unfortunately, we do not have original manuscripts to compare with. AHA again! No originals you say? Read on.

Looking back at other manuscripts from history outside of the New Testament we see some that are worth mentioning. The ancient manuscripts from the Roman Historian “Tacitus” were written around 95A.D. and the first known copies surfaced approximately in the year 1100 A.D. Most Historians do not doubt the authenticity of the transcript or the writings in it, and there are only 20 copies, and some are only in partial form.

Now if you were to compare these copies with the first of the New Testament texts which date from 90-95 A.D., and over 5000 Greek New Testament manuscripts! This is not counting other copies such as Syriac, Latin and other tongues we have more than 23,000 New Testament copies! Now that is staggering! Top that off with the early Church Fathers making notations and other books with quotations from these New Testament texts it is hard to state that the New Testament Books have been corrupted. To me, it is clear that since the New Testament has been accepted by the early Church Fathers around the Second Century with textural comparisons showing no significant doctrinal changes since that time, I feel comfortable in saying the New Testament was NOT corrupted! It should be comforting.