“And he [Ishmael] will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Genesis 16:12
Ishmael – along with Abraham’s subsequent children by concubine – became a father of the Arab peoples (Genesis 25:1-18) while Isaac – through Jacob – became a father of the Jewish people (Isaiah 51:2). God promised to make of both great nations, but Isaac (not Ishmael) was the son God had promised and was the one with whom He would make His covenant (Genesis 17:15-21). And here we have the crux of the issue.
It is an affront to many that God has a “chosen people.” How dare one assert that there are some God chooses and others He does not? Such flies in the face of the all-inclusive image of God presented by society, yet it is true nonetheless.
The problem at the heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict is that one son was accepted and the other rejected.
The Islamic holiday, Qurbani Id (or Id Al-Adha), is known as the “Sacrifice Festival.” Muslims celebrate this “great feast of sacrifice” on the tenth day of the last month of the Muslim year. According to their doctrinal scheme, this day celebrates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son by Hagar, Ishmael, and not Isaac as the Holy Bible records.
This issue is fundamental in understanding the Middle East Conflict and in rightfully examining the story of Abraham. The question is really this: Which book (Bible or Koran) is the revelation of God? Both volumes claim inspiration, but obviously both cannot be inspired. The difference of “Isaac versus Ishmael” is just one of hundreds of discrepancies between the Bible and the Koran. And many of these differences concern crucial themes (the nature of God, the identity of Christ, and God’s plan of salvation).The fanatical cry of the Islamic Jihadists today is, “Ala hu Akbar,” which is not a reference to the greatness of god, but is a direct challenge to the God of Scripture, claiming that the god of Islam (Ilyah or Allah) is greater than Jehovah. The Jihadists believe that by annihilating the descendants of Jacob, (and Christians) that they are hastening the day of the Allah, and the return of the Mahdi.
Note* Abraham was born ten generations, or about 427 years after the Great Flood of Noah. Terah, Abraham’s Father, was the ninth generation descendant of Shem, one of Noah’s three sons that rode with him on the ark (Abraham, according to Genesis five lived approximately 2083 after Adam’s sojourn in the Garden of Eden).
While the Bible confirms the blessing of Abraham through his son Isaac, and Jacob, the Bible also offers a promise to the descendents of Ishmael. Jehovah has promised to bless Ishmael’s descendants and make them a great nation too. Ironically, true to the nature of Allah, the Koran offers no such promises to the descendants of Isaac and Jacob. To the contrary, Allah requires that the seed of Abraham descended from Isaac and Jacob be killed.
|The Lord God promised Abraham a Son at Bethel, in Canaan. His seed was to become the inheritor of the Promised Land, from the Nile to the Euphrates. Yet, many years later, Abraham was still fatherless.||
|Abraham and Sarah conspired together to produce a seed without God’s direction. Out of this conspiracy, Ishmael, the father of the Arabian nations was born, but Ishmael was not God’s designed inheritor of the Promised Land.|
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It is clearly evident from scripture and history that God’s call of Abraham to leave the land of the Chaldeans, (Mesopotamia) or the “Land of Nimrod” was a providential plan to leave the Euphrates Valley Peoples to their select pagan gods, foremost among them being Marduk, the god of war (god of the sword, or, god of the moon–Sin-Nimrod) and use Abram to establish a nation founded solely on the teachings of Jehovah God.
- It is also clear from history that the god of the moon and the god of the sword became the basis (later in history) for the foundation of the religion of Islam, as both the moon, and the sword are the epic symbols of the Islamic faith.
- Allah is the name that has been derived from the ancient Babylonian moon-god Il-yah, or Sin, and the teachings of this infamous god are diametrically opposed to the teachings of the God that called Abraham to the Promised Land.
- Hence the supernatural struggle between the God of the moon and the God of Jacob (Israel) has (as prophesied) in the Final Days come down to a struggle over the “specified land” that God gave to Abraham and his descendants. Allah requires Jihad to expel Jacob’s descendants from the land promised to Abraham, so that he (Allah) can claim supremacy over the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… read more
And when you look up into the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars–all the forces of heaven–don’t be seduced into worshiping them. The LORD your God gave them to all the peoples of the earth.- Deuteronomy 4:19
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