Warning of the coup
Jeremiah 41:11,12 -
But when Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done, Then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon.
After the destruction of Jerusalem in 588BC Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon took the most elite of the Jewish captives of the kinds of Daniel to Babylon, and those who were weak, old, unskilled or unfit he left behind. He put Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, (who saved Jeremiah from death) and grandson of Shaphan (King Josiah's secretary) as in-charge over them. When Jeremiah was given a choice he chose to stay back with Gedaliah in Judea.
When the Jews who were in other lands like Shechem, Shiloh, and Samaria came to know that Nebuchadnezzar had put Gedaliah in charge as Governor of Judea they came to Judea with their offerings and badges of mourning for the destruction of the Lord's house and the holy city; also Jews who had been driven to Moab, Ammon, and Edom, but now with reassured confidence began to gather in Judea. The Jews who gathered included the captains of armies like Ishmael son of Nethaniah (who was of blood royal), Johanan and Jonathan, Seraiah, the sons of Ephai, Jezaniah, and their men.
Johanan had warned Gedaliah that Baalis (called from the idol Baal) king of Ammon had sent Ishmael to assassinate him and his retinue. Johanan even offered Gedaliah, to kill Ishmael but this offer Gedaliah refused. So Ishmael, in violation of the sacred rights of hospitality and took advantage of the opportunity, while eating Gedaliah's "bread" at Mizpah, smote him two months after his appointment at a royal party recorded as "Jewish irreconcilables". Ishmael with his ten men also killed all the Jews and even the Chaldeans present at this royal party. It is written all the bodies of all the people Ishmael killed he dumped them in a pit made to collect drinking water for the people of Mizpah. Later when Johanah came to know of this, he came to Mizpah with his men and confronted Ishmael. Then Ishmael with his few people managed to flee to the Ammonites who were Israelites traditional enemies. Later Johanan fearing a backlash from the Babylonians since many Chaldeans has also died fled to Egypt taking with him the remnant Jews, among who was Jeremiah.
This message is given to us today for we too are given a warning of a coup like Gedaliah was. If we do not do something about it then we too will one day face the consequences of our careless attitude, our ignorance and laziness.
The religion followed by Muslims is called Islam for they believe that Ishmael the son of Abraham and his servant woman is the rightful heir to the promises of Abraham. In other words they are the children of Ishmael like we Christians are by faith the children of Abraham through Isaac through Jacob / Israel.
I was collecting data for a presentation tomorrow on Islam on its growth and spread around the world. From these figures and having background knowledge of the religion, we come to understand the strategy they are using successfully i.e. in Britain alone there are almost 6000 who converted to Islam annually and most among them are women. Knowing Islam, women are the worst victims of this religion (which is more of a political system since the 1st Islamic year of their calendar is the year they came into power) yet we see they manage to deceive them sufficiently to get them to accept Islam. These people are kept away from the real face of Islam, the main picture but are shown a trailer which looks like a fairy-tale.
They are told Islam is a religion of peace but are not told this peace according to them will only come when the whole world accepts Islam, and to achieve this peace they have to restore to violence.
They do not realize according to Islam almost all woman will not be eligible to go to paradise since they would not be able to fulfil one of the necessary 5 pillars of Islam which is keeping the Ramadan. Due to menstruation they cannot keep the 40 days fast therefore will go to hell. In fact in their religious books Mohammad states he saw hell full of women. He also says women have half the brains of a man.
As Muslim men have all the rights, in fact an obligation to beat the women for the silliest of reasons and it also defines the method of beating. Mohammad who is projected as one who loved his wives dearly; himself would beat his wives black and green. One of his wife's skin is stated to have patches of green due to the beatings. This wife Aisha (whom he married when she was 6 years old and who he is stated to, ‘as loved the most') went to the level to state that the worst punishment for a woman was to be a Muslim woman.
You will find not only womanizers but also paedophiles also joining Islam for it allows polygamy including child marriage. Officially one man can marry 4 women and can also have relationship with others on contract basses. They have terms like ‘thighing' (as suggested by Mohammad) for relationship between a man and a young infant.
It is high time we Christians wake up to this evil called Islam. Even though we Christians are greater in numbers today and if we continue to sleep it would not be far we will be completely overtaken and would live in our own countries as second grade citizens having restricted rights and paying tax (Zakat) to them so as to be allowed to follow our own belief.
The Lord does not call us to take up arms against them or to restore to any violence. Violence against Islam is like a wind against a bush fire, it only helps it to spread. We are called to use weapons like truth, love and kindness. We are called to educate people on the real face of Islam and for that we ourselves need to learn for the right people (after being firm rooted in our own faith so that we do not get deceived). We are called to reach out of Muslims families and help them so that they see Christ in us and learn to love Christ.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, when You declared the enemy as given unto your people, You declared the victory. All they needed to do is get into the battle field. Lord, we are people who walk in Spirit and not in the flesh. Help us to use spiritual weapons like truth, love and kindness, against this fire called Islam which is out to burn and destroy your people...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Jeremiah 40 & 41
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