Sunday, June 30, 2013

Syrian Priest Francois Murad Beheaded by Muslims

The U.S. government is funding rebels who behead priests while shouting "Allahu Akbar," so that these rebels can take over a country with a large Christian minority. This is absolute madness.

Franciscan Priest Francois Murad
VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The Vatican is confirming the death by beheading of Franciscan Father, Francois Murad, who was martyred by Syrian jihadists on June 23.

Below is the news release from the Vatican, via news.va.

On Sunday, June 23 the Syrian priest François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria, in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had taken refuge. This is confirmed by a statement of the Custos of the Holy Land sent to Fides Agency. The circumstances of the death are not fully understood. According to local sources, the monastery where Fr. Murad was staying was attacked by militants linked to the jihadi group Jabhat al-Nusra.

Father François, 49, had taken the first steps in the religious life with the Franciscan Friars of the Custody of the Holy Land, and with them he continued to share close bonds of spiritual friendship. After being ordained a priest he had started the construction of a coenobitic monastery dedicated to St. Simon Stylites in the village of Gassanieh.After the start of the Civil War, the monastery of St. Simon had been bombed and Fr. Murad had moved to the convent of the Custody for safety reasons and to give support to the remaining few, along with another religious and nuns of the Rosary.

"Let us pray," writes the Custos of the Holy Land Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM, "so that this absurd and shameful war ends soon and that the people of Syria can go back to living a normal life." Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, titular of the Syrian Catholic archeparchy in Hassaké-Nisibis reports to Fides: "The whole story of Christians in the Middle East is marked and made fruitful by the blood of the martyrs of many persecutions. Lately, father Murad sent me some messages that clearly showed how conscious he was of living in a dangerous situation, and offered his life for peace in Syria and around the world."

This should make it clear to Christians around the world what jihadists are about. Make no mistake. Catholics and Christians around the globe are under dire threat, particularly from the spread of militant Islam. Until the threat is recognized and taken seriously, martyrdoms like this will continue.

We have a link to video provided via LiveLeak. We must warn you, the video is extremely graphic. We believe the first victim is Father Francois, and the second victim that is depicted is another person said to be a collaborator with the Assad regime.

The video CLEARLY depicts the beheadings of these victims. DO NOT follow the link unless you are over the age of 18, and are prepared to view content of this nature.

Catholic Online believes it is very important the world knows that Christians are being murdered for their faith, and that martyrdom isn't an ancient phenomenon. (Source)

Click here for video of the beheading. ***WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC***

Meanwhile, Great Britain is banning people who discuss Jihad:

How Isaiah 53 Proves That Muhammad Was A False Prophet -- Addendum


The following is the addendum to a series of articles by Sam Shamoun responding to Shabir Ally on Isaiah 53.  See parts 1 and 2

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In this final section we will be citing references from Jewish sources for the specific purpose of providing documentation that the Messianic interpretation of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is anchored in early Jewish tradition itself. This will be done to offset the impression that is given by the liberal critics and Jewish anti-missionary polemicists that taqiyyists like Ally and Williams are so keen to quote, namely, the view that Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is a prophecy of the Messiah is nothing more than a Christian innovation which the NT writers came up with in order to make sense out of the death of Jesus, whom they erroneously believed was the Messiah foretold by the OT prophets.


The Messiah’s Exaltation

The following references give us an idea of how some of the Jewish sources understood Isaiah 52:13:

d. Yalqut.

1. Who art thou, O great Mountain? (Zech. iv. 7.) This refers to the King Messiah. And why does he call him ‘the great mountain?’ because he is greater than the patriarchs, as it is said, ‘My servant shall be high, and lifted up, and lofty exceedingly’–he will be higher than Abraham, who says, ‘I raise high my hands unto the Lord’ (Gen. xiv. 22); lifted up above Moses, to whom it is said, ‘Lift it up into they bosom’ (Num. xi. 12); loftier than the ministering angels of whom it is written, ‘Their wheels were lofty and terrible’ (Ez. i. 18). And out of whom does he come forth? Out of David.

2. I will tell of the institution (Ps. ii. 7). Already are the words [concerning my servant] told in the institution of the Pentateuch, of the book of the Prophets, and of Hagiographa: in the Pentateuch where are they told? ‘Israel is my firstborn’ (Ex. iv. 22); in the Prophets where? ‘Behold my servant will deal prudently,’ and near to it, ‘My servant whom I uphold’ (xlii. 1) in the Hagiographa, where? ‘The Lord said to my lord,’ and ‘The Lord said unto me’ (Ps. cx. 1, ii. 7). (Yalqut Shim‘oni, 2:571, as quoted in The “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah According to the Jewish Interpreters, translated by Samuel R. Driver and Adolf Neubauer, with an introduction by Edward B. Pusey [Hermon Press, New York: Reprinted in 1969], pp. 9-10; bold emphasis ours)

And:

“I will now proceed to my exposition. 13 Behold my servant shall have understanding. From the prophet’s saying ‘understanding,’ it may be seen that all the lofty predicates which he assigns to him have their source in this attribute; in virtue of his comprehensive intelligence he will attain an elevation above that even of the most perfect men in the world. He shall be high and exalted, and lofty exceedingly. According to the Midrash of our Rabbis; he will be higher than Abraham, who was first of all a ‘high father,’ and afterwards a father of a multitude. He will be more exalted than Moses, who was ‘exalted’ above the exalted ones of Levi (cf. Num. iii. 32), who was a prophet such that ‘none arose like him in Israel,’ (Deut. xxxiv. 10), who ‘saved’ Israel ‘with a great salvation’ (cf. I Chron. xi. 14) when they came out of Egypt, and the report of whom spread into all places until ‘the dukes of Edom were confounded’ before him, and ‘trembling seized the mighty men of Moab, and all the inhabitants of Canaan melted away’ (Ex. xv. 15). But this one will be exalted far above Moses: for when he gathers together our scattered ones from the four corners of the earth, he will be exalted in the eyes of all the kings in the whole world, and all of them will serve him, and will exalt him above them, as Daniel prophesies concerning him, ‘All nations, peoples, and tongues shall serve him’ (Dan. vii. 14, 27). He will be loftier than Solomon, whose dignity was so lofty that he is said to have ‘sat on the throne of the Lord’ (I Chron. xxix. 23), and our Rabbis say that he was king over both the upper and the nether world. But the King Messiah, in his ALL-COMPREHENDING INTELLIGENCE, will be loftier than Solomon. Exceedingly above the ministering angels, because that same comprehensive intelligence will approach [God] more nearly than theirs. For it is an exceedingly high privilege, that one whose nature is compound and material should attain to a grade of intelligence more nearly Divine than that which belongs to the incorporeal; and so it is said of him that ‘his strength is greater than that of the ministering angels,’ because these have no impediment in the exercise of their intellect, whereas that which is compound is continually impeded in consequence of material element in its nature. Accordingly, the grade of his intelligence being such as this, he is said to be ‘lofty exceedingly,’ and his strength to be ‘greater than the angels.’… And when this ‘servant of the Lord’ is born, he will continue to be marked by the possession of intelligence enabling him to acquire from God what it is impossible for any to acquire until he reaches that height wither none of the sons of men, EXCEPT HIM, have ever ascended: from that day he will be counted with his people Israel, and will share their subjugation and distress; ‘in all their affliction’ (Is. lxiii. 9) he will be exceedingly afflicted; and because of their being outcasts and scattered to the ends of the world, his grief will be such that the colour of his countenance will be changed from that of a man, and pangs and sicknesses will seize him (for great grief, as physicians know, by producing melancholy, subjects a man to many diseases); and all the chastisements which come upon him in consequence of his grief will be for our sakes, and not from any deficiency or sin on his part which might bring punishment in his train, BECAUSE HE IS PERFECT, IN THE COMPLETENESS OF PERFECTION, as Isaiah says (xi. 2f.). Truly all his pains and sicknesses will be for us…” (R. Mosheh Kohen Ibn Crispin (14th century AD), as cited by Driver & Neubauer, pp. 101-103; bold and capital emphasis ours)

We not only see how Isaiah 52-53 is cited along with texts such as Psalm 2:7, 110:1 and Daniel 7:13-14 in relation to the Messiah, but we even have one authority admitting that the exalted language used for the Messiah in Isaiah 52:13 goes above and beyond what can be said of an ordinary creature.

The Messiah’s Sufferings

In these next references, the sufferings that are mentioned in Isaiah 53 are specifically said to be that of the Messiah who gladly bears them on behalf of Israel:

R. Hosha‘ya said: “In the future Jerusalem will be a lantern for the nations of the world, and they will walk in her light….”

In Thy light do we see light (Ps. 36:10). This is the light of the Messiah, as it is written, And God saw the light that it was good (Gen. 1:4). This teaches us that the Holy One, blessed be He, saw the generation of the Messiah and its deeds prior to the creation of the world. And He hid the light for the Messiah and his generation under His Throne of Glory.

Satan said before the Holy One, blessed be He: “Master of the World! The light which is hidden under Your Throne of Glory, for whom is it [destined]?” He said to him: “For him who will turn you back and disgrace you, and shame your face.” He said to him: “Master of the world! Show him to me!” He said to him: “Come and see him!” When Satan saw the Messiah, he trembled and fell upon his face and said: “Surely this is the Messiah who in the future will cast me and all the princes of the nations of the world into Gehenna….”

In that hour the nations became awestruck and said before him: “Master of the World! Who is he into whose hand we shall fall, what is his name and what is his nature?” The Holy One, blessed be He, said to them: “His name is Ephraim, My True Messiah. He will raise his stature and the stature of his generation, and will light up the eyes of Israel, and will save his people, and no nation and language shall be able to stand up against him…. All his enemies and adversaries will be affrighted and will flee from him… and even the rivers will cease to flow into the sea….”

[When He created the Messiah], the Holy One, blessed be He, began to tell him the conditions [of his future mission], and said to him: “Those who are hidden with you [your generation], their sins will in the future force you into an iron yoke, and they will render you like unto a calf whose eyes have grown dim, and they will choke your spirit with the yoke, and because of their sins your tongue will cleave to the roof of your mouth. Do you accept this?

The Messiah said before the Holy One, blessed be He, “Master of the World! Will that suffering last many years?” The Holy One, blessed be He, said to him: “By your life and the life of my head, it is a septenary of it that I decreed upon you. But if your soul is troubled, I shall banish them as from this moment.”

He said before Him: “Master of the Worlds! With gladness in my soul and with joy in my heart I accept it, so that not a single one of Israel should perish; and not only those who will be alive should be saved in my days, but even the dead who have died from the days of Adam the first man until now. And not only they, but even the stillborn should be saved in my days; and not only the stillborn, but even those to whose creation You gave thought but who were not created. This is what I want, this is what I accept!” (Pes. Rab. pp. 161a-b)

They said: In the septenary in which the Son of David comes they will bring iron beams and put them upon his neck until his body bends and he cries and weeps, and his voice rise up into the Heights, and he says before Him: “Master of the World! How much can my strength suffer? How much my spirit? How much my soul? And how much my limbs? Am I not but flesh and blood?...”

In that hour the Holy One, blessed be He, says to him: “Ephraim, My True Messiah, you have already accepted [this suffering] from the six days of creation. Now your suffering shall be like My suffering. For ever since the day on which wicked Nebuchadnezzar came up and destroyed My Temple and burnt My sanctuary, and I exiled My children among the nations of the world, by your life and the life of your head, I have not sat on My Throne. And if you do not believe me, see the dew that is upon My head….”

In that hour he says before Him: “Master of the World! Now my mind is at rest, for it is sufficient for the servant to be like his Master!” (Pes. Rab. pp. 162a) (Raphael Patai, The Messiah Texts: Jewish Legends of Three Thousand Years [Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI 1979], 12. The Suffering Messiah, pp. 111-113; bold emphasis ours)

The foregoing citation not only depicts the Messiah as voluntarily taking on the sins of his people in order to save them, it even portrays him as a preexistent figure who has been dwelling in God’s presence right under his glorious heavenly throne!

Noted Jewish Christian scholar Dr. Michael L. Brown cites some additional Jewish sources in support of the Messianic interpretation of Isaiah 53:

“Later Jewish tradition expanded on the suffering of the Messiah. This midrash, describing one of the houses in heavenly Paradise (a Jewish oncept), is typical:

… there sit Messiah ben David and Elijah and Messiah ben Ephraim. And there is a canopy of incense trees as in the Sanctuary which Moses made in the desert. And all its vessels and pillars are of silver, its covering is gold, its seat is purple. And in it is Messiah ben David who loves Jerusalem. Elijah of blessed memory takes hold of his head, places it in his lap and holds it, and says to him, ‘Endure the sufferings and the sentence of your Master who makes you suffer because of the sin of Israel.’ And thus it is written: He was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities (Isa. 53:5)–until the time when the end comes.

And every Monday and Thursday, and every Sabbath and holiday, the Fathers of the World [i.e. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob] and Moses and Aaron, David and Solomon, and the prophets, and the pious come to visit him, and weep with him. And they gave him thanks and say to him: ‘Endure the sentence of your Master, for the end is near to come, and the chains which are on your neck will be broken, and you will go into freedom.’7 
 
“And note that the midrash cites Isaiah 53:5–the text most commonly used by followers of Yeshua to point to his sufferings on our behalf–to explain why the Messiah suffers. It s because of the sin of Israel!...

“The Zohar, the most sacred book of Jewish mysticism, also applies Isaiah 53:5 to the Messiah’s sufferings:

In the hour in which they [i.e., the souls of the righteous sufferers] tell the Messiah about the sufferings of Israel in exile, and [about] the sinful among them who seek not the knowledge of their Master, the Messiah lifts up his voice and weeps over those sinful among them. This is what is written, He was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities (Isa. 53:5)8” (Brown, The Real Kosher Jesus: Revealing the Mysteries of the Hidden Messiah [Published by Frontline, 2012], 10. The Secret of the Suffering Messiah, pp. 140-141; bold emphasis ours)

7. Midrash Konen, from Bet HaMidrash, 2:29-30, as translated by Patai, The Messiah Texts, 114.

8. Zohar 2:212a, as translated by Patai, The Messiah Texts, 116. For Isaiah 53 cited by the Zohar in the context of the atoning power of the righteous, see chapter 11. (Ibid., p. 240)

And:
“The Schottenstein Talmud, an extensive Orthodox commentary being published by the Artscroll-Mesorah, offers this explanation of the passage:

They [namely, those sitting with Messiah] were afflicted with tzaraas–a disease whose symptoms include discolored patches on the skin (see Leviticus ch. 13). The Messiah himself is likewise afflicted, as stated in Isaiah (53:4):… Indeed, it was our diseases that he bore and our pains that he endured, whereas we considered him plagued (i.e. suffering tzaraas [see 98b, note 39]), smitten by God, and afflicted. This verse teaches that the diseases that the people ought to have suffered because of their sins are borne by the Messiah.10” (Ibid, pp. 142-143; bold emphasis ours)

10. The Schottenstein Talmud Sanhedrin 3a (Folios 84b-99a) (Brooklyn: Artscroll Mesorah, 1995), 98a5, with reference to the leading Rabbinic commentaries. The actual text in the Schottenstein Talmud includes the Hebrew of Isaiah 53:4, represented here by my ellipsis. Nothing has been deleted from the text. (Ibid., p. 240)

Finally:

“There is also an extraordinary comment about the atoning power of the death of Messiah ben Joseph made by Moshe Alshekh, the influential sixteenth-century rabbi, in his commentary to Zechariah 12:10:

I will yet do a third thing, and that is, that ‘they shall look unto me,’ for they shall lift up their eyes unto me in perfect repentance, when they see him whom they pierced, that is, Messiah, the son of Joseph; for our Rabbis, of blessed memory, have said that he will take upon himself all the guilt of Israel, and shall then be slain in the war to make atonement in such manner that it shall be accounted as if Israel had pierced him, for on account of their sin he has died; and, therefore, in order that it may be reckoned to them as a perfect atonement, they will repent and look to the blessed One, saying that there is none beside him to forgive those that mourn on account of him who died for their sins: this is the meaning ‘They shall look upon me.’21

“What extraordinary words–and they are the words of a greatly respected, traditional rabbi.

“The Zohar also painted a vivid picture of the Messiah’s sufferings on behalf of Israel. In a passage that just cited Isaiah 53:5, the Zohar relates:

The Messiah enters [the Hall of the Sons of Illness] and summons all the diseases and all the pains and all the sufferings of Israel that they should come upon him, and all of them come upon him. And would he not thus bring ease to Israel and take their sufferings upon himself, no man could endure the sufferings Israel has to undergo because they neglected the Torah.22

“Had not the Messiah taken our place, suffering our behalf, we would have perished long ago.” (Ibid, 11. The Secret of the Atoning Power of the Death of the Righteous, pp. 157-158; bold emphasis ours)

21. As cited in David Baron, The Visions and Prophecies of Zechariah (repr., Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 1972), 442, but with my own minor modifications and with my emphasis.

22. See Patai, The Messiah Texts, 116.

Brown also provides a summary of some of the various Jewish sources which have interpreted Isaiah 52:13-53:12 in relation to the Messiah:

  1. Targum Jonathan interprets Isaiah 53 with reference to the Messiah, but with a fairly radical reworking of the text, emphasizing the Messiah's victory rather than his suffering, and with some application of the text to the nation of Israel as a whole.4

  1. The Talmud refers Isaiah 53:4 to the Messiah in Sanhedrin 98b; as rendered in the Soncino translation, "His name is 'the leper scholar,' as it is written, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him a leper, smitten of God, and afflicted."5

  1. Ruth Rabbah interprets 53:5 with reference to the Messiah.6

  1. Midrash Tanchuma applies both 52:13, speaking of the Servant's exaltation, and 53:3, "a man of pains and known to sickness," to the Messiah.7

  1. Yalkut Shimoni (a thirteenth [century AD] compilation of earlier midrashic writings) applies 52:13 to the Messiah, stating that the Messiah, called the great mountain according to the Yalkut's interpretation of Zechariah 4:7, is "greater than the patriarchs … higher than Abraham … lifted up above Moses … and loftier than the ministering angels" (2:571; see also 2:621). Isaiah 53:5 is applied to the sufferings of "King Messiah" (2:620).8

  1. Rambam (Maimonides) refers Isaiah 53:2 (along with the "Branch" prophecy in Zech. 6:12) to the Messiah in his Letter to Yemen (Iggeret Teman).9

  1. Ramban (Nachmanides), while stating that the text in reality referred to Israel, followed the messianic interpretation of the text found in the Midrash, beginning with the Messiah's highly exalted state based on 52:13.10

  1. Noteworthy also is the oft-quoted comment of Rabbi Moshe Alshech, writing in the sixteenth century, that "[o]ur rabbis with one voice accept and affirm the opinion that the prophet is speaking of the Messiah, and we shall ourselves also adhere to the same view."11

  1. The messianic interpretation of our passage is also found in the Zohar as well as in some later midrashich works, including Leqah Tov, which applies 52:13 to the Messiah.12… (2. Jewish Interpretations of Isaiah 53, pp. 62-64)

4. Cf. the discussion in Samson H. Levey, The Messiah: An Aramaic Interpretation (Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1974); see further Pinkos Churgin, Targum Jonathan to the Prophets, repr. with Leivey Smolar and Moses Aberbach, Studies in Targum Jonathan to the Prophets (New York: Ktav, 1983); More recently see Bruce D. Chilton, The Aramaic Bible: The Isaiah Targum: Introduction, Translation, Apparatus and Notes (Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier, 1999). For the text in Aramaic and English, see S. R. Driver and Ad. Neubauer, eds. and trans., The Fifty-Third Chapter of Isaiah according to the Jewish Interpreters (repr. New York, Ktav, 1969), 1:4-5; 2:5-6 (hereafter cited as Driver-Neubauer).

5. Driver-Neubauer, 1:6; 2:7.

6. Ibid., 1:7; 2:9; Alschech's comments seem to apply in particular to Isaiah 52:13-15.

7. Ibid., 1:9; 2:11.

8. This is the midrash to Psalm 2:6, dealing with the Hebrew word nasakti, interpreted here to mean, "I have woven him," with reference to Judges 6:14, "i.e., I have drawn him out of the chastisements. R. Huna, on the authority of R. Aha, says, 'The chastisements are divided into three parts: one for David and the fathers, one for our own generation, and one for the King Messiah; and this is that which is written, "He was wounded for our transgressions etc.".'"

9. See Douglas Pyle, comp., What the Rabbonim Say about Moshiach (n.p.: Douglas H. Pyle, 2008), 57-58, citing Abraham S. Halkin, Moses Maimonides' Epistle to Yemen, ed. from MSS, Eng. trans. Boaz Cohen (New York: American Academy for Jewish Research, 1952), 8. For a free online edition of Pyle's useful compilation, see www.moshiachontheweb.com.

10. See Driver-Neubauer, 1:75-82; 2:78-85.

11. Ibid., 1:231-42; 2:258-74.

12. Ibid., 1:10-16; 2:12-16. (Ibid.)

These citations should sufficiently put to rest the rather desperate anti-Christian polemic of trying to rob Isaiah 52:13-53:12 of any Messianic significance whatsoever. The fact is that this remarkable prophecy can only be pointing to the Lord Jesus, since he alone perfectly matches the description of the Servant of Yahweh who voluntarily offers his own life as a vicarious sacrifice for the salvation of his people. In the words of the Lord Jesus himself and the inspired Christian Greek Scriptures:

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”” John 6:50-51

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” John 10:10-11, 14-18

The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death—his death on the cross. For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11 Good News Translation (GNT)

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6

“When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.’” Revelation 5:8-10

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude WHICH NO ONE COULD COUNT, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;  and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, AND TO THE LAMB.’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.’ Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?’ I said to him, ‘My lord, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.’” Revelation 7:9-17

Amen, come Lord Jesus! We praise and glorify you for offering your life as a ransom in order to save wretched sinners like us! May the Holy Spirit of God enable us to love you forever since you are worthy of all adoration and honor, O Risen Lord of Glory and beloved Son of God!

Unless noted otherwise, all Scriptural quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

Falsely Accused of Qur'an Burning, Rimsha Masih Flees Pakistan

And Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller were just banned from the U.K. for claiming that Islam is incompatible with Western values.

Pakistan—Immigration minister Jason Kenney tells CTV News he personally intervened to help a young Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, who has fled Pakistan with her parents and settled in Canada due to concerns for her safety.

Rimsha Masih and her family left Pakistan in March, after she had been locked up in maximum security prison for several weeks last August.

The girl, believed to be between the ages of 11 and 14, was accused of burning Islam’s holy book. Her case drew international attention to Pakistan’s severe blasphemy laws.

She was later acquitted, after a local Muslim cleric was thought to have framed her.

“This was an extraordinary example of brutal persecution,” Kenney told CTV News. “Rimsha was accused of blasphemy which was completely trumped up by people in her local village.”

Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, a Muslim cleric who lobbied for Masih’s release from prison, said it was troubling she had to flee her homeland.

"I am sad that this innocent girl had to leave Pakistan. She had been acquitted by the court, and despite that it was not possible for her to live freely," he said.

The case has received international attention because of the girl’s young age, and there are questions surrounding her mental abilities.

Due to safety concerns, the Masih family’s exact whereabouts in Canada are being kept secret.

In recent months entire villages have been burned in a series of attacks on minority Christians. (Source)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Police Arrest EDL Leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll . . . for Being Assaulted on a Charity Walk

Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll hosted a charity walk for a young cancer victim. Police warned them to avoid areas with mosques. When an EDL-opponent attacked them, police arrested Tommy and Kevin. Fortunately, cameras were rolling.

Notice that people feel quite comfortable assaulting EDL members in the presence of police, knowing that police will target the EDL when trouble arises.

Be advised: If you oppose Sharia, you are no longer safe walking the streets of London, even to raise funds for a dying girl. (Of course, American critics of Sharia don't have to worry about walking the streets of London, since the British government has started banning us.)


On a side note, I know exactly how it feels to be thrown in jail by police officers desperate to please Islamists:

American Peace Activist Andrew Pochter Killed in Egypt

Egypt is rapidly becoming a no-go zone. And the United States helped make it happen.

Andrew Driscoll Pochter
ABC News—An American college student was killed in Alexandria, Egypt, during violent clashes between government supporters and opponents, family members and U.S. officials confirmed Saturday.

Andrew Driscoll Pochter, a 21-year-old student from Chevy Chase, Md., was watching a protest as a bystander Friday when he was stabbed by a protester, his family said in a statement.

"He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding," Pochter's family said in the statement. "Andrew was a wonderful young man looking for new experiences in the world and finding ways to share his talents while he learned."

Pochter had been working in Egypt as an intern at American educational non-profit AMIDEAST, according to Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was a rising juror.

Pochter's family said he was spending the summer in Egypt teaching English to 7- and 8-year-old children and was working on improving his Arabic.

At Kenyon College, Pochter had served as a student leader of the campus Jewish organization, Hillel, according to student newspaper The Kenyon Collegian.

His family said he had planned to study in Jordan in the spring. (Continue Reading.)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sharia Comes to Great Britain

Whenever there is a public disagreement, it's always good to observe which side is calling for open discussion, and which side is trying to shut it down. This is a good initial indicator of where the evidence lies.

Muhammad in the Bible? Osama Abdallah vs. Anthony Rogers

According to the Qur'an (7:157), the Bible contains clear prophecies about Muhammad. This claim allows us to test Muhammad, by examining the Bible to see whether the Qur'an is correct. Muslims have had fourteen centuries to come up with their best examples of Biblical prophecies about Muhammad. Let's see how these examples stand up to scrutiny.

Ongoing Litigation Exposes CAIR’s Massive Web of Fraud and Deceit

Meanwhile, the media continues to call CAIR a "human rights organization."

AFLC—This past Wednesday, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed another important document in a four-year court battle that has brought to light the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR or CAIR National) elaborate ties to terrorism; its abuse of tax codes and corporate law; and most shockingly, its deliberate deception to the federal government regarding both its use of shell-corporations and its dubious funding sources.

AFLC’s brief, which was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, was the final brief in support of the Center for Security Policy’s (CSP) and several of its employees’ motion asking the court to grant summary judgment in their favor in a case in which the CSP defendants were sued by CAIR National for working on a documentary designed to expose CAIR National’s Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas ties and other illegal activities.

David Yerushalmi, Co-Founder and Senior Counsel of AFLC, commented: “While the IRS has been busy harassing conservatives, pro-Israel Jewish organizations, and Catholic charities, they have essentially turned a blind eye to CAIR, which has been running a money laundering scheme over several years by, among other things, siphoning money from abroad and hiding it within their various entities.” (Continue Reading.)

British Police Threatened to Arrest Grooming Victim for Reporting Rapes

In the United States, the ideal is for different cultures to enter a "melting pot" (cultures from around the world melting together into one American culture). The result of this process, in theory at least, is a country with mostly shared values. In Europe, the goal is to keep cultures separate, and to treat them all as equally valid. The result, however, is not only a multi-cultural society, but a multi-ethical society. That is, different cultures view different things as right and wrong, but no one is supposed to be more correct than anyone else.

So what happens when Islamic culture says, "We believe it's good to rape little white girls," while traditional British culture says this is wrong? In the name of tolerance and multiculturalism, the British must threaten those who report the rapes.

Daily Mail—During her primary school years, Katie was considered academically gifted and dreamed of becoming a forensic scientist.

At home, her loving parents read her bedtime stories and would at times remind her to feed her giant African land snail.

But when she turned 12 her life changed forever. Sitting on some steps with a friend in Oxford, Katie was approached by two Pakistani brothers who befriended her with alcohol and cigarettes.

She was flattered by the attention they paid her, completely unaware she was being groomed for sexual exploitation until it was too late.

For almost three years she was violently and sexually abused by a gang and then sold for sex on hundreds of different occasions to a network of child abusers across Britain.

Shockingly, during her ordeal she told police and social services she was being abused, but nothing was done to help her.

As some of her abusers started long jail sentences yesterday, Katie spoke for the first time about her three-year nightmare.

She told the Daily Mail: ‘By all accounts I was a bit of a geek at school,’ she said.

‘Then six months later I become somebody who went missing all the time, coming back days later, filthy and dirty.

'The sudden change is scary to think about, even now.’

Katie still struggles to comprehend how a girl with upstanding parents – her father is a civil engineer – could fall prey to such abuse.

‘At the start they made out like they wanted to be your friend.

Then the intensity crept up. They would put you off everybody. They would say your family was your enemy, your friends were your enemies.

‘By this point I thought my teenage friends wouldn’t like me any more. They would say if you go back to school no one is going to like you because you’re a slag.’

After several months, the Pakistani men began to ask her for sex, pretending to want a loving relationship with her.

But soon they were threatening violence if Katie refused to do what she was told.

‘It’s something I felt I had to do,’ she said. ‘Although I knew what sex was, there’s a difference between having sex as an adult and as a child. This was people taking advantage of a child.’

As her ordeal intensified, Katie was taken to rooms in guest houses and flats in the backstreets of east Oxford. ‘I was taken to parties,’ she recalled.

‘By party I mean everybody coming and having sex with me. If I said I didn’t want it, it would just happen anyway.’

On some occasions there were up to ten men were in the room, waiting to have sex with her.

Katie said: ‘They just thought they could do what they wanted with me, no matter how disgusting. It got to the point where I just went along with things.

'Mentally I shut down and just did it.’

Aged 14, and by now in a care home, she alerted her carer to the abuse but was ignored.

A month after her 15th birthday, she told police that one of her abusers, Akhtar Dogar, was forcing her to have sex with him and other men.

But instead of following up these allegations, she said officers threatened to arrest her for wasting police time.

‘My behaviour and appearance should have been sending alarm bells,’ she said.

Although Katie is now in a long-term relationship, memories of her past still haunt her.

She was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder at the age of 15 and suffers from severe bouts of depression and OCD. (Source)

For more on Islamic rape gangs, watch this video:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Oxford Rape Gang Threatened to Cut Off Girl's Face and Behead Her Baby

The Muslim rapists in these cases come from cultures where rape victims usually wouldn't dare report their victimization, for fear of bringing shame to themselves and their families (not to mention being jailed or stoned to death). Hence, the rapists are convinced that there is no risk in gang-raping young white girls, for the young girls will keep the secret forever.

Welcome to the West, where these girls are starting to come forward.

United Kingdom—Members of a sadistic paedophile ring convicted of grooming vulnerable underage girls for sexual exploitation threatened to decapitate the baby of one of their young victims, a court heard today.

The Old Bailey in central London was also told that one of the Oxford-based sex ring’s victims has considered suicide while another suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the abuse.

Statements from some of the victims' parents were read out in court ahead of the sentencing of the gang, in which they described how the seven defendants had ruined their daughters' lives.

The court heard the extent of the girls' psychological damage, with one admitting she is prone to depression and self-harming, while another suffers nightmares, panic attacks and flashbacks.

A statement from the mother of that girl said her daughter developed chronic insomnia and also suffered a minor stroke, believed to have been brought on by the stress of what happened.

She said the family had to leave their home, leading to her daughter receiving a call in which she was threatened with having her face cut off, and relatives having their throat slit and being decapitated. (Continue Reading.)

For more on Islamic rape gangs, watch this video:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Two Down, Two To Go


The following is the press release for the debates that took place recently in Michigan:

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The Center for Religious Debate and Ministry to Muslims recently issued challenges to several Muslim organizations and individuals to debate topics of central relevance to the truth claims of Christianity and Islam. The only Muslim to answer the call was Osama Abdallah of Answering-Christianity.com, who agreed to participate in four debates over the course of two days (Saturday, June 15th – Sunday, June 16th). Although it is widely agreed that Osama did not prevail in any of these debates, he was commended for having greater confidence in the defensibility of Islam over against Christianity than many other Muslims, particularly those Muslim groups like the Muslim Debate Initiative who were challenged but declined the invitation.

The first debate that took place was with Sam Shamoun, appropriately dubbed the man Muslims fear most, who is the primary writer for Answering-Islam.org, and addressed the question: “Is Muhammad a True Prophet?” The second debate featured Dr. Edward Dalcour, the founder and president of The Department of Christian Defense, on the topic: “Is Jesus the God-Man?” The third debate was with Anthony Rogers, also from Answering-Islam.org as well as AnsweringMuslims.com, on the topic “Is Muhammad in the Bible.” The fourth and final debate was with Louis Lionheart of Truthdefenders.com, who defended the proposition that the Bible we have today is the Word of God.

Apart from several intemperate outbursts from Osama Abdallah that disrupted the flow at points, the debates proved to be very enlightening for those who were in attendance and invigorated the confidence of many Christians, some of whom travelled from far away countries to attend the events.

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Here is the first debate between Sam Shamoun and Osama Abdallah. The other debates will be added here as they become available.




The second debate, the one I did with Osama, can be found here: