Interfaith: Image of the Beast & the False Prophet

by John Greene
Bin Laden is gone. His replacement, a not so “charismatic” Ayman al-Zawahiri, has made clear that he wants to continue with the campaign of terror. “Pursue America, which killed the Imam of the Mujahideen, threw his body into the sea, and then captured his women and sons,” he said in a message released in mid-August 2011. He also warned that “the Muslim movement in general, and the jihad movement in particular, should wage the battle of intellectual argument just as much as the battle of weapons.” The bizarre Muslim combination of Beast and false prophet continues the fight for world supremacy. (paragraph added 09/01/2011)

crescent and starWhen it comes down to the image of the Beast and end times, the mind tends with run away with wild fantasies or speculations. (Revelation 13:15) From a Bible perspective, this is another resurrection of the counterfeit with the idea of causing the world to follow after false teaching and nationalism on a grand scale. The world often prefers the idea that no truth exists so that these flights of fancy can continue unabated. The Beast truly wants to do as it pleases, to rule as it sees fit. The Beast is here to use you for its ends. (Revelation 19:20) You are simply the human capital to be exploited. (“Religion & Rise in Opposition to Christians“; “Video: Arab ‘Leaders of Men” Plot Against “Christian Infidels’“; “Independence Day: My Concerns for America“)

Whether these last days involve a resurrection of the Roman Empire through Britain and the USA or the resurrection of the Persian Empire through a Muslim Caliphate, the result is the same: a great falling away from the truth of YHWH through the Beast and the false prophet. Still, the Bible tells the disciple what he or she needs to know. (“The False Shepherd and the True Shepherd“)

sumerian idolsThe problem is one of idolatry, buying the lie for truth. That is why you need to know what the Word of YHWH really is, the importance of doing what it says. Keep in mind that the image of the Beast isn’t necessarily in physical form, but representative of devotion and value, and always representing rebellion, what is often seen as a safe alternative to the Word of YHWH. (Hosea 3:4) An idol often represents a living being. But more often, idolatry is about sacrifice and honor, most often to a symbolic idea of the mind, which may be represented by an object. The idol may be symbolic of a religious or a national institution. It may be an act of “honor” or deification, such as offering a pinch of incense to a ruler. The Bible reminds the reader that there are only two kingdoms. (“Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“)

Satan seeks continually to rob and steal, most often through the seductions of idolatry and peer pressure. Anything in life that a person puts in front of YHWH, the Elohim of Hosts, is a rebellion to Him, and obeisance to Satan as he blinds the mind and numbs the heart. An unbeliever is anyone that falls away or is in the process of falling away from obedience to YHWH, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, without immediate repentance. The problem is that so many people easily delude themselves into believing they worship and love Elohim (‘God’) as they find other gods to put before Him in a world full of gods, from all kinds of human imaginings. That is how seductive idolatry and the pressure of the dark kingdom are. (“Disciple of Messiah: Wavering Between Two Opinions“; “The Importance of Practical Repentance“)

religious interfaithThere is a movement afoot as part of the interfaith movement to unite the all religions under one god. Some Christians and Jews are trying to do this with ‘God,’  especially in tagging Him with the name of the Muslim god or saying that they are the same. YHWH is Elohim that should stand alone! However, the religions of Babylon have had a mighty hand in corrupting spiritual matters and understanding across the board. As a result, there exist conflicting beliefs about ‘God’s name’ in present Aramaic text. The name Allah began to show up in Aramaic Bible texts after Muhammad evicted 360 pagan gods stored in the Kaa’ba before 650. There are more than 46 renditions of corruptions of YHWH’s name in Aramaic Bible versions after the rise of Islam. If you are going to use an Aramaic text as your foundation for Elohim’s name, you better find a very old version. (“Jewish Sanhedrin & Muslims Agree on Coming End Times“; “World War 3? End Time Insights About Gog and Magog“)

Perhaps Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah is the best measuring rod to settle this controversy.

“And about the ninth hour Yahshua cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is to say, ‘My El, my El, why hast thou forsaken me?’ Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, ‘This man calleth for Eliyah [Elijah].’” – Matthew 27:46-47, WoY (Luke 23:46)

Strong’s Concordance says that these are Greek words that are “transliterations” of Hebrew and Aramaic words. Transliteration is the attempt to make a word sound the same in another language. Messiah was quoting Psalm 22:1. Clearly, He did not use Allah or any variation of that name.

makkah“And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?” – Acts 19:35, NKJV

As a result of “Babylonian religions” whole societies have been fooled into the belief of imaginary deities. Whatever is sacrificed to these deities of the heart and mind is the same as worship and fellowship with devils. (1 Corinthians 10:19-20) Even Christians delude themselves with the idea of the need for symbols. Clearly using symbols for anything beyond a means of identification can easily become idolatry. That is the nature of the fallen human heart. This is also why religions of the world often seek to destroy the symbols and idols of other religions in a never-ending struggle for world dominance through political and religious power. Yet, our Heavenly Father has never told His people that they were responsible or accountable to Him to bring His Kingdom about through our power and authority. Instead, disciples of the Messiah have a commission of love. (Matthew 28:19-20) YHWH through through the resurrected and victorious Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah will do the judging. Once again, mankind has taken a weighty yoke that belongs to YHWH and placed it on ‘his own neck.’ This rebellion honors only Satan and his demonic hordes with an idea that man cannot possibly fulfill. (“Continuation of Global Empires Until the End“; “Rome: Foundation of a Global System of Greed“; “System of Mammon: The World Banking Hierarchy“)

And oh, how man deceives himself. For example, according to Islam, Jesus [Yahshua] returns to abolish Christianity: “break the cross, kill swine and abolish Jizyah (tax on non-Muslims). Allah will perish all religions except Islam.” Other religions have similar viewpoints. They expect to fully carry out tradition and destroy the traditions of others, or simply to rule over others as managers of ‘God’s Kingdom’ on earth. If we are listening to His Spirit, YHWH our Heavenly Father will carry out His plans very soon, destroying the false idols with the wicked, in a world now full of falsehood.

fear of the apocalypsePsalms mentions a war between the antichrist (antimessiah) of the nations and the Messiah. Many fear this kind of war today. (Psalm 83:9-12) In those days before Islam was a faith, the roots of Islam were firmly implanted in idolatry and its symbolism. In a sense, what Gideon did was a type of what the Messiah is coming to do very soon. The same is true in balancing right and wrong in your personal life. This points out what most fail to realize. (Jeremiah 50:31) The ‘antichrist’ that opposes Yahshua the Messiah has been around for a long time and isn’t simply a singular person, entity or organization. The antichrist, antimessiah spirit can touch every single person that doesn’t seek after Will of YHWH. Thinking otherwise is counter to scripture and any kind of good sense. (“The Fear of Armageddon“; “Government & the Law of Nations“; “Is a Blood Moon a Sign of the End?“)

sun moon worshipThe religions of the world are linked to Babylonian cults and belief systems. Bel or Sin, the moon god of Islam will be removed, and all symbols destroyed. (Jeremiah 50:2) Bel or Baal has always been associated with the crescent moon, and abominable practices. In Gideon’s war against Midian, Gideon removes the pagan ornaments after vanquishing the enemy. The root word for crescent is saharon (H7720), meaning crescent moon, synonymous with Satan in Isaiah 14:12-32. (Judges 8:21) Hilal or heylel (H1966) is the word that is translated as crescent moon or morning star. The nations through generations have worshipped a god that was symbolized by a crescent moon and that identified directly with Satan. It is still used on a national flag, the symbol of a nation. Not to be outdone, the Romans and the Greeks adopted the same Babylonian gods. (Gog was a war deity of the Greeks, which is useful to know in discerning Bible prophecy.)

But deny what you will, these symbols and understandings come straight out of false worship, as do many other religious symbols that religious mankind has refused to banish from use. In the third century, the Roman Catholic Church incorporated all religions into one universal church in order to unite the empire of the time. They haven’t done mankind a favor since. For the most part, this has not changed, nor has the use of symbolism, mythology and mysticism. (“The ‘Supranational’ Babylon“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“)

temple of baal in syriaWhat else do disciples of the Messiah need to know about Muslim roots? Originally, different Arab tribes used ‘Allah’ to refer to its personal high god. Allah was being worshiped at the Kaa’ba in Mecca by Arabs prior to the time of Mohammed. It was formerly the name of the chief god among the numerous idols (360) in the Kaa’ba in Mecca before Mohammed converted the masses into monotheists. Before Islam the Arabs recognized many gods and goddesses, as each tribe had their own deity. There were also nature deities. Allah was the god of the local Quraish tribe, which was Mohammed’s tribe before he invented Islam to lead his people out of polytheism. The Babylonians knew Allah as Baal. Historians have shown that the moon god called Hubal or Sin was the god to whom Arabs prayed at the Kaa’ba. Hubal was the chief god of the Kaa’ba among the other 360 deities. Hubal was a statue likeness of a man whose body was made of red precious stones whose arms were made of gold. They used the name Allah (literally ‘the god’) when they prayed. Pre-Islamic literature has proved the pagan origins of Islam. (“Christians & Religious Freedom in the Last Days“; “Petra and the Rock of Salvation“; “The Beast: The Shining One“)

Allah is not called Yahweh or Jehovah once in the Koran but neither is Yahweh called Allah in the Bible. Neither is the word Elohim, which is applied to the Elohim of Israel over 2,500 times in the Bible, used in the Koran. Neither is Allah called I AM.

The Heavenly Father of the Bible identifies himself as the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The name of Jacob is later changed to the name Israel, as the father of the 12 tribes of Israel. The Elohim of the Bible calls Jerusalem the city of David. Bible prophecy indicates the Messiah would descend from his lineage. Further, the Elohim of the Bible does not mention Mecca or Medina, but only Jerusalem. Jerusalem is mentioned 800 times. Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran, which Muslims claim as there own.

worship on temple mountThe Elohim in the Bible is often called by the world, the ‘God of the Jews,’ which is incompatible with the teaching of Mohammad. The people of Israel are His chosen people in that age, but they are not Allah’s chosen. They are distinct and separate. According to the initiated in Islam, Allah commands the Muslim to not take the Jews or Christians as friends. (Sura 5:51) Mohammed said, “The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them.” (Mishkat Al Masabih Sh.M. Ashraf pp.147, 721, 810-11, 1130).

The name Allah and its feminine form Allat were well known in pre-Islamic Arabia, even found in inscriptions in North Africa. The Assyrians worshipped the goddess form of Allah and called her Mylitta. In a round robin of names, practices and idolatrous gods, these gods are perversions of culture and society. Yahshua [Jesus] referred to Satan as Beelzebub or Lord of the Flies, whom He will bruise in the head, completing the prophecy from Genesis 3:15. He is Satan, the prince of demons.

inside KaabaThe symbol of the temple of Aphrodite referred to in Acts 19:35 is likely the same black stone of the Islamic Kaa’ba, part of an asteroid from the heavens. Allegedly, inside the Kaa’ba is an idol of Aphrodite or Artemis, which you never see. Nevertheless, the black stone of the Kaa’ba gets Muslim glory. This black stone of Mecca is considered the redeemer of Muslims, the right hand of Allah (Yameen Allah), although it is clearly a representation of Satan. Muslims believe the black stone is the visible right hand of the invisible Allah. Walking around the stone seven times is a cleansing ritual that Muslims believe cleanse them of sin. Like the Jews, they reject the provision of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah.

“Allah will raise up the black stone on the Day of Judgment, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue which it talks with, and it will give witness in favor of everyone who touched it in truth.”
“Many years ago, the black stone was whiter than milk; it was only later that it became black as it absorbed the sins of those who touched it.”

The origins of this mythology sprang from the reverence of the morning star or crescent moon and Aphrodite or Allat, Alilat, which the Muslims renamed Akbar. The Quraish loved to venerate Allat, often naming their children after their goddess. For example, the name Sanballat in Nehemiah 2:19 is derived from Sin the moon god and Allat or Aphrodite, the feminine of Allah and one of his three daughters. Nothing has changed. These same people, with evolved forms of the same gods act out the same behaviors toward one another and others. YHWH wants disciples of Messiah to dig deeper in their learning and knowledge of false religion so that they can stay away from its tentacles. Satan wants to be worshipped, despite the fact that he was cast out of heaven to the vicinity of the earth. (Revelation 8:12, 9:1) Satan wants to be seen as the bearer of light. (Isaiah 14) Allah is depicted in the same way, as an angel of light.

Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of his light is as a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, and the glass is as it were a brightly shining star” – Qur’an 24:35-36 (similar language is found in Revelation 8:10)

The nation of Islam seeks to rise as the next world Empire, lusting after the high stature of mankind just as counterfeit Christianity does. (Ezekiel 31:3)

religious lightPeople from many nations have made Satan great. Multitudes have lifted him on high. They come from all over the world. They walk about in pilgrimage (hajj) at the Kaa’ba, with the idea of cleansing and the forgiveness of sins. (Jeremiah 51:44) Many more have no claim to Islam, but claim a false Christianity. Judgment is near and millions will no longer seek out the false worship rooted in Persia, Babylon, Assyria and Sumeria of the past. Today, as in times past, two houses exist. One venerates the dark kingdom of Satan, and the other YHWH, the Elohim of Hosts. The solution for the trouble of mankind is coming soon, with the advent of YHWH’s Kingdom. (“The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)

In short, there can be no interfaith or agreement with corruption among true disciples of the Messiah. The god of the Muslims and the Elohim of Israel do not have the same origins. The Muslims would have you happily adopt a hudna, a covenant or agreement, which they would happily break as it benefited them. This is exactly how they have operated through history. The rest of mankind hasn’t been much better overall. Once more, trusting in the ways of man doesn’t compare to the way of YHWH, the Elohim of Hosts. (“Choosing to Serve YHWH, Not Man“; “End Time Delusion: Seeking A United Nations of Religion“)

reviewed 09/01/2011, Bible Vision International
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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
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