Why The Descendants Of Abraham Fight Over Jerusalem

It all started with God calling Abraham to leave his home and start a family.  God promised him that he would have many descendants, many nations would descend from him, God’s covenants to Abraham would apply to his descendants and He would give the land of Canaan to him and his future generations.

Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, had two sons who were Isaac and Ishmael.  Genesis 16:11 & 12 – “The angel of the LORD also said to her: ‘You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”  Later Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarai.  Abraham and Sarai made a serious mistake by allowing Sarai’s maidservant, Hagar, to become the mother of Abraham’s first child.  A serious problem developed between Sarai and Hagar.  Ishmael, at age 13, and his mother ran from the problem.  As the Bible predicted, the descendants of Ishmael have been bitter enemies of Abraham, Isaac’s and Jacob’s families ever since

In my recent blog “The decision you make today can negatively affect your future”, I wrote about Esau and Jacob using the Scripture Genesis 23:30 – 40 – “He (Esau) said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)  Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”  “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”  But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.  Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.  So Esau despised his birthright.”

Ishmael was Abraham’s first born and Esau was Isaac’s first born son.  Jewish tradition gave to both sons birthrights.  That meant they received twice the material inheritance of their siblings.  They received head of the family rights on the father’s death.  They had the right to settle all family disputes.

God promised to Abraham that his descendants would have a covenant promise to the land that Israel now occupies.  Many of Esau and Ishmael descendants now make up many Arab nations and are believers in Islam.  Many of the heirs of Abraham and Sarai believe that the land of Canaan belongs to them.  Esau, who gave up his birthright and Ishmael, the first born son’s descendants feel they have as much right to the land as Isaac and Jacob.  The only problem, if you follow Scripture, is God chose Isaac and Jacob over Esau and Ishmael according to the Judeo-Christian Bible.  However, the Qur’an, the Muslim Bible, sees it differently. Thus, the great conflict that has gone on for generations.

Another problem exists; the nation of Israel worships the Judeo-Christian God and the Muslims worship Allah.  Judeo-Christians believe there are two different Gods.  The Radical Muslim Brotherhood believes that their Allah, who allowed them to rule the world once, wants them to rule the world again.  This includes America.  The Radical Muslim Brotherhood’s publication features: “Our mission: world domination.”  And “Islam is the answer and jihad is the way”.  They believe it is an obligation of every Muslim to wage Islamic jihad onto every non-Muslim.

Let me repeat what I have previously written.  Most Muslims are not Radicals.  They are not interested in waging war against Israel and America.  They do not promote their sons and daughters being suicide bombers to kill Christians and Jews. They live peaceful, respectable and productive lives.

We are sitting on the front line watching prophecy unfolding.  Only a fool would believe there is no God.  How could so many different men write hundreds of years ago about events that are happening almost every day?  Revelation tells us in the end-times there will be plagues, earthquakes and starvation.  There will be one man who will rule the world and there will be one religion headed by the false prophet. All of this is happening to prove that we have a God and He predicted all of this centuries ago.  He is giving everyone a last chance to seek salvation and He is preparing the world for the return of Christ.  We believe every person will be given a chance to be saved. No one will have an excuse to not accept Christ as they see prophecy occurring as it is in Northern Africa, gigantic earthquakes, the possibility of a food shortage and volcanoes erupting. We are witnessing those inside America wanting to destroy our nation and become part of a one-world government.  Yet, as in the time of Moses, many will accept Satan and the antichrist as their saviors and reject God and deny Christ as His Son.

Scripture tells us that once a person denies Christ they will be destroyed just as the Egyptian Army was when they chased the Jews out of Egypt.  He will destroy them just as He destroyed the people during Noah’s time.

As Christians should we be fearful?  We should be just the opposite.  The decision we made to accept Christ as our Savior is now being proved, without a doubt, that we made the right choice.  We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit and I believe God will eradicate any fear for those who really trust and obey Him. We are safely seated in the grandstand watching the battle take place before our very eyes.  We don’t have to worry because we know what team wins.  When the battle is over we can all run down and celebrate with Christ and His angels.  Isn’t it exhilarating and exciting to be on the winning team?  Guess what?  The trophy is that we are all given a crown and we get to live with the winning team forever and ever!  World—bring it on, Christ has made us ready!  Amen

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