“Saturday People, Sunday People”: A Look at the Islamic Agenda

Image result for saturday people sunday peopleLela Gilbert went to Israel for a visit…and stayed for 6 years.  Her fascination with the land and with the Judeo-Christian-Islamic conflict led to her recently released book, Saturday People, Sunday People.

The premise is one I wrote about in 2015 (When Saturday is Gone, One will find Sunday), and it goes like this: the Islamic agenda is to wipe out Jews (“Saturday people”) first, then Christians (“Sunday people”).  Indeed, we are seeing that agenda push forward as radicals take aim at destroying both Judaism and Christianity in efforts to spread Islam.

Lela Gilbert sat down for an interview with CBN in Jerusalem, and you can find that interesting 6-minute interview at Islamist Assault: ‘Saturday Kill Jews, Sunday Kill Christians.’

Take a few minutes to watch, then pray for persecuted Jews and Christians throughout the Middle East.

Faith Brings Salvation!

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What glorious truths are found in Romans 9-11!  It’s like a treasure hunt, and the golden nuggets are invaluable!  I hope you are enjoying this week’s study as we examine the Jewish roots of our Christian faith.  We’re headed into Romans 10 today, but if you missed the previous two posts, I recommend you back up and catch them so that you get the fullness of today’s lesson.

Paul opens Chapter 10 driving home the idea that righteousness and salvation are attained by faith alone, not by works.  Then, he cuts straight to the chase in verses 9-10:

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

That’s as plain and simple as it gets!  In fact, if you are following this study (or you simply stumbled upon this post) and you have tried to gain God’s acceptance through anything but simple faith, it is not a coincident that you are here!  He is speaking to you this very moment!  Our Lord longs for relationship with you and you can do nothing to earn it.  Salvation truly is simple: confess and believe!  (Click here for more guidance about how to be saved.)

Salvation is the same for everyone…Jews or Gentiles.  Paul goes on to explain that in verses 12-13 of Romans:

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

However, verses 14-21 allude to the difficulty of the Jewish people in understanding and trusting in faith alone.  To call upon God, they must believe.  To believe, they must they must hear.  To hear, there must be a preacher. Preachers must be sent.

Well, throughout history, God sent “preachers.”  They were called prophets in the Old Testament!  Men such as Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah and others foretold of Christ the Messiah who would come to the Jews.  The preachers came…and the Jewish people heard.  Yet, they did not simply believe by faith.  Instead, they tried to keep the law of Moses.

Verse 15 talks about the beautiful feet of those who bring good news (the Gospel).  The Gospel is all about faith and nothing more.  I want beautiful feet, how about you?  I want to share the good news with others (including Jews).  May we all yearn for beautiful feet!

Allow me to divert for a moment.  Sadly, there are very large Christian organizations (such as Christians United for Israel [John Hagee, who denies Jesus as Messiah] and International Fellowship of Christians and Jews [Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein]) who wholeheartedly love Israel and care for the Jewish people, but WILL NOT “preach the Gospel” to them.  (I’m not suggesting obnoxious “in your face” evangelism that is unnecessarily offensive, but about intentionally taking the opportunities God gives to share the love of Christ both in word and deed.)  How sad that the very key thing Paul teaches about regarding Jewish-Christian relations is not innocently overlooked, but intentionally set aside.  (You can find out about Jewish-related ministries and their sometimes veiled objectives here.)

Romans 10:19 compels us to be a nation (people group) willing to show the love of Messiah, in order to make the Jewish people jealous.  Let’s practice what God’s Word commands!

We’re headed for Romans 11 tomorrow, and it gets REALLY good at that point!  So, here’s your homework: go read that chapter, then join us here again tomorrow as we launch into that chapter!

UPDATE: Friends, I just watched a video that corresponds so closely with our study this week about Christian-Jewish relations.  Tune into an interview with Eitan Shishkoff, an American-born “hippie Jew,” who now lives and ministers in Israel.  He has incredible insight into Jewish-Christian relations.  Catch the interview at the 1:19:50 mark here:

Christ Revealed – Episode 9

(Christ Revealed is a 9-part documentary, with a single episode released each day.  This was Day 9, and I believe the video is available only until 6:00pm Pacific time today.)

What Does it Take to Bring About One World Religion?

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Thanks for taking a seat at the virtual study table!  I’m glad you’re here.  We have just entered week 4 of Why Israel Matters, and we’re talking about “Beyond the Horizon”…what happens next, once believers are taken out of this world via the rapture.  We have established the fact that Revelation 17-18 describe “Mystery Babylon,” represented by evil religious and governmental systems led by the false prophet and the Antichrist.

So, once Christians have departed, what will it take to bring about One World Religion?  Three things:

  1. A deceived population searching for a “feel good” message. (ie – “Don’t offend me!  Be tolerant!”)
  2. A charismatic leader with a strategy.
  3. A unifying cause that will draw people together.

Some look at the “three great religions” (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and wonder if one will emerge as the One World Religion.  Not likely! Islam is not exactly a “feel good” message, Judaism is not looking to recruit, and the world will be almost void of Christianity at the beginning of the tribulation.

But there IS a “universal religion” with a charismatic leader and a strategy: the Roman Catholic Church.  “Catholic” actually means “universal,” and it is a religion capable of filling the false religion part of “Mystery Babylon.”  (Stick with me and I’ll give you examples.)

What is the strategy?

  • Strategy #1: Draw everyone in by promoting “tolerance” and “relativism.”  (What’s right for you might not be right for me.)  Galatians 1:8-9 says that anyone who preaches a different Gospel (false teaching) is to be accursed.
  • Strategy #2: Unite all religions and belief systems in an “interfaith movement.”

Pope John Paul – 12/6/2000 Vatican website:
“All the just of the earth, including those who do not know Christ and his Church, who, under the influence of grace, seek God with a sincere heart, are thus called to build the kingdom of God.”

Pope Frances – 5/22/2013 Vatican radio:
“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics.  Everyone!…Even the atheists.  Everyone!”

There are attempts to unite all churches and all belief systems.  Faith in Jesus is not necessary.  Likewise, churches (even evangelical ones!) are dropping “doctrine” in favor of “feel good” messages and worldly ideas.  (Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco has even turned its sanctuary into a yoga studio to “bring good energy!”)  Many are “buying into” the interfaith movement.

  • Strategy #3: Deny the authority of Scripture and adopt Darwinian evolution.

Pope Frances – 10/28/2014 Pontifical Academy of Sciences
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand and able to do everything.  But that is not so. God is not a divine being or a magician, but the creator who brought everything to life.  Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

  • Strategy #4: Accept radical Islam and welcome them into this One World Religion.

Pope Frances – 1/15/15 Washington Post, responding to condemnation of the Paris Hedbo terrorist attack:
“You cannot insult the faith of others…when someone comes and says bad things about my mother, I would smack him also!”

Terrorist acts are a bit more than a “smack!”  Rather than condemn the deaths of 12 innocent people, the pope legitimized the actions of terrorists.

  • Strategy #5: Lead efforts to develop One World Government by keeping “unifying causes” in the news!  And, what are some of those unifying causes?
    • LGBT agenda.  March 10, 2014 Washington Post headline: “Pope says Catholic church should not Dismiss Gay Marriage.”  Meanwhile, gay parishioners are flocking to the Vatican.
    • Climate change.  NASA and other governmental entities have enlisted the pope’s endorsement of the climate change “message.”
    • Other liberal agendas……

One World Religion is the precursor to One World Government, and we see the stage being set even now.  In fact, in the early-1990’s, Pope John Paul II said:

“By the end of this decade we will live under the first One World Government that has ever existed in the society of nations…a government with absolute authority to decide the basic issues of human survival.  One world government is inevitable.”

Praise God his prediction has not yet been fully realized.  However, we see the signs.  “Mystery Babylon” is definitely emerging, and that’s what we’ll discuss in more depth tomorrow, so stick with us!  See you then!

 

Arab Christian Pastor Thankful to be an Israeli

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We were blessed with so many fantastic speakers at the ICEJ/ACLI Conference earlier this week, and I want to share about one of the most interesting speakers of the event, Pastor Saleem Shalash.  Pastor Shalash is an Arab Christian living in Nazareth (Jesus’ boyhood hometown), shepherding Home of Jesus the King congregation.

His gratitude for salvation is clearly obvious, as is his love for Israel.  Only 1% of Christians in the Middle East live in freedom, and the vast majority of those are in Israel.  He humbly recognized that he has more rights than Jewish Israelis, including lack of mandatory service in the IDF (as a Christian Arab), though having the same right to subsidized medical care.

Additionally, he confirmed what is known by mamy: the Arab-Palestinian cause is very lucrative.  Monetary and humanitarian aid given to the Palestinians could be used to build dozens (if not hundreds) of schools, hospitals, government facilities and much more, yet those resources flow right into the pockets of Palestinian leaders.  Founding leader Yasser Arafat, current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas leader Khaled Mashal are all worth over $1 billion…while the Palestinian people suffer.

Saleem fully recognizes the stark contrast between his fellow countrymen and himself, calling it “the difference between heaven and hell.”  Whereas Arabs and Palestinians, in general (particularly in the Gaza Strip and West Bank), live in turmoil, he enjoys peace and relative prosperity in Israel.

Regarding his homeland (Israel), he stated unequivocally that it is the prerogative of the Israeli government to determine its capital.   With great excitement and energy, Pastor Shalash exclaimed that the move of the US Embassy was not just history, but HIS story…God fulfilling His covenant with Abraham to use Israel to save the world. (See Israel: God’s Vehicle to Redeem the World and Israel: God’s Vehicle of Eternal Salvation)  Indeed, He is!

In closing, Pastor Shalash used a familiar Bible account to illustrate God’s work in Israel today.  In Luke 5:1-7, Jesus was standing on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and found two boats on shore and fishermen (Peter, James and John among them) cleaning their nets.  Jesus got into Simon Peter’s boat, cast out a short distance and began teaching the crowds on shore who had followed Him there.

When He finished, He instructed Peter to put out into deep water and cast the nets.  Peter was a master fisherman and had just spent a very unproductive night fishing, had gotten the nets cleaned up for the next day, and was perhaps a bit indignant at being given fishing lessons!  You see, it was the wrong location.  Fishing in the deep was not what they did!  They knew the fish stayed in more shallow parts of the lake.

Not only was it the wrong location, but it was also the wrong timing.  Fish don’t bite in the daytime!  On top of that, it was the wrong tools.  Their nets were not made to fish in deep water.  Wrong location, wrong timing, wrong tools.

Yet, they obeyed and the nets were so full of fish they needed help hauling them all in!

Comparatively, many would say Jerusalem is the wrong location in Israel for embassies!  After all, not a single nation’s embassy has been in Jerusalem since the 1980’s.  Some would say the timing is wrong.  Though the US Embassy was the first to move (on May 14, 2018), there is outcry that it will result in extensive regional conflict, which some nations and people groups have vowed.  Still others argue that moving embassies is the wrong tool.  Do something different…just don’t move embassies to Jerusalem!

You see the parallels.  However, God chooses foolish things of the world to confound the wise!  (1 Corinthians 1:27)  His thoughts are also higher than ours.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
~Isaiah 55:8

We were truly blessed by the boldness and contagious joy of Pastor Saleem Shalash, but we were even more grateful for the evidence that God is indeed calling all people to Himself.  Pastor Shalash sees the Light and is a Lightbearer to his fellow countrymen.  The love of Jesus to all mankind is shining brightly into the Arab community in Nazareth Israel and beyond as Saleem takes his message of Christ’s love and redemption around the world.

Praise God His love isn’t reserved only for a small group of people, but for the entire world!

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
~John 3:16