A nation whose single greatest influence was Christianity makes “first contact” with the lands of Islam…
In practice, America’s first contact with the lands of Islam came through their trading of slaves among other things while in the colonial stage. The Islamic warriors could not hold the interior of Africa largely due to the geography of the interior. Over time the interior of Africa became viewed as a virtually inexhaustible supply of slaves for the Islamic countries. The slave markets buzzed and routes were established going east (to Arabia, Persia etc.) and west (to the Americas) on a huge scale.
Britain’s massive naval presence in the Mediterranean (and elsewhere) protected America for the most part from becoming slaves… though white slaves were highly prized especially in the harems. Most of Islam’s white slaves were imported from the Islamic frontiers bordering Russia.
That all changed with the declaration of independence. America was no longer under the protection of the British flag. The Barbary States along the northern coast of Africa, Tripoli (AKA Libya) in particular began capturing and selling American ships back to the US on a massive scale. This tribute money from “unbelievers” to avoid enslavement eventually reached the unbelievable sum of 20% of the entire US budget.
It appears that 10 of the first 11 Americans seized died in slavery. It took a while for the Americans to take the threat seriously. (It sounds a lot like today…)
In 1787 alone eleven American vessels were plundered and 121 sailors were taken, hostage. They demanded one million dollars in ransom from the fledgling democracy. Continue reading
HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition, it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
The leader of the church in Jerusalem was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
7. James the Son of Zebedee
He was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present-day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot was stoned and then beheaded.
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament. (Jayar Landingin)
After Christ’s crucifixion, the disciples and other followers were disillusioned and discouraged, they were fearful and many were in hiding. The person they thought was the Messiah was dead. Their hope in Him as the savior of the world was crushed. They began to disperse and return to their former way of life.
But after the resurrection, they came together and began boldly proclaiming the Jesus was alive. There can only be one explanation for the change in the disciples. Jesus was alive and the disciples had seen Him (1 Cor. 15: 5 & 7) and ate and drank with Him(John 21:12-15) (Acts 10:41). They knew with certainty that Jesus had risen from the dead.
They faced a lifetime of hardship and persecution, and eventually died a martyr’s death. Could they have sustained such unwavering faith if they knew what they were preaching was a lie?
Men will die for what they believe to be true, though it may actually be false. They do not, however, die for what they know to be a lie. (Paul Little “Know Why You Believe”)
Abdul Alim Musa, Imam, Washington DC predicts that they will turn North America into an Islamic state by no later than 2050.
In the upcoming US elections, there is a minimum of ninety Muslims running for office.
Maybe we need to look at Britain and how they succumbed to the Muslim invasion:
The mayors of London, Birmington, Leeds, Blackburn, Sheffield, Oxford, Luton, Oldham, and Rochdale are all MUSLIM.
There are over 3000 mosques, over 130 Muslim sharia courts, over 50 Muslim sharia councils, Muslim only no-go areas across Europe. All this was accomplished by just 4 million Muslims out of the 66 million population.
78% of Muslim women don’t work and are on FREE benefits/housing. 63% of the Muslim men don’t work and are on FREE benefits/housing.
Muslim families consist of 6-8 children, with plans for them to go on FREE benefits/housing. All UK schools are now only serving Halal meat.
Islam has a very detailed program for infiltrating and conquest of non-Islamic countries.
Below are some of the things we see happening in America already.
- large migration wave to non-Muslim “host” country.
- High Muslim birth rate in the host country to increase the Muslim population.
- Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society.
- Attempts to portray Islam as peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a ‘race’).
- Development of Muslim political base in the non-Muslim host society. Getting elected to offices or positions that can affect law changes.
- Efforts to introduce blasphemy and hate laws in order to silence critics.
- Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture.
- Open and covert efforts to cause the economic collapse of the host society. Particularly, by overwhelming their welfare system.
- Threatened legal action for perceived discrimination.
Author and historian Serge Trifkovic states: “The refusal of the Western elite class to protect their nations from jihadist infiltration is the biggest betrayal in history.” Continue reading
In Matthew 24:34, Jesus told His disciples that this generation would not pass away before the end would come. Which generation was Jesus talking about?
In verse 32-33, Jesus is speaking about the rebirth of the fig tree. When a fig tree is used symbolically in scripture, it commonly refers to the nation of Israel. Jesus is referring to the rebirth of Israel that began with the forming of the nation of Israel in 1948. In the six-day in 1967, Israel gained control of Jerusalem.
When Jesus stated that “Truly, I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened,” He could only be speaking of two generations. One would be the disciple’s generation, and two, the generation that witnessed the rebirth of the fig tree (Israel). We know it wasn’t the disciple’s generation so it would seem, He is saying that the generation that is alive at the forming and maturing of Israel into a real nation will not pass away before He returns.
The rapture is the next prophetic event to take place. Every prophecy prior to the rapture has been fulfilled. The world stage is set for the tribulation to begin. the only thing holding it back is the Holy Spirit and the believers. Both will be removed at the rapture.
Jesus said that when we see the things taking place, that is happening in the world today, we would know that we are standing on the doorstep to the end. It has been seventy years, since the forming of Israel. The generation that witnessed the rebirth of the fig tree is nearing the end of their lives. The stage is set. The rapture is very near.
Are you ready? The tribulation will be a terrible thing to endure. Don’t be left behind!
Genesis 7:11-12 tells us that the windows of heaven were opened and it rained upon the earth for forty days and nights. Verse 19 states that “the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.”
So where did all that water come from? To begin with we know that the mountains before the flood were not nearly as large as the mountains are now. There is scientific evidence that our present mountain chains were formed at the end of the flood when the tectonic action was reshaping our planet. A simple proof of this lies in the fact that nearly 90% of the earth’s surface is made up of sedimentary bedrock, indicating that the earth was indeed covered with water at some time.
Proof that our present mountains were once at sea level is affirmed by the fact that fossils of sea creatures have been found on every mountain chain on earth. Continue reading
Are you making a difference in the lives of those around you? Each one of us has people in our lives that we can influence. People that we can make a positive difference in their lives. A difference that can have eternal consequences. It doesn’t matter who we are, we all have our sphere of influence. That sphere of influence may be only a few people or it may be thousands of individuals. What matters is that we make a positive influence in the lives that we touch.
Are you making a difference for Jesus? Are you using the gifts and abilities God has given you? This is what the parable of the talents is about. By using the gifts God has entrusted us with here on earth will determine what we will be entrusted with in Heaven. (Matthew 25:14-30) (Luke 19:12-27)
If we are living for God, he will put people in our lives that we can help. Everyone will someday spend eternity either in Heaven or Hell. We should be concerned that those we know and love spend eternity in Heaven with us. How sad that anyone should be lost because we were afraid to reach out to them or don’t want to make the effort.
If we can make a difference in just one life. If we introduce just one person to Jesus Christ and eternal life. That person may lead their family and others to Christ, and then those lead others. We have no idea where it could lead.
Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed. It is the same here on earth when we sow seeds of salvation.