Archive for 10/07/2012

A Critique Of The Preterist Interpretation Of Daniel 2 & 7

10/07/2012 2 comments

By Joel Richardson – “In the second chapter of the Book of the Prophet Daniel, we are introduced to King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a massive metallic statue:

“You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.” —Daniel 2:31-33

The statue, we are then told, represents a series of historical kingdoms or empires. Daniel informs the king that the first component of the statue, that of gold, represents the historical Babylonian Empire, which Nebuchadnezzar ruled over. Scholars and commentators are in general agreement that the next three empires represented by the respective metals of silver, bronze, and Iron are the Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman empires. Though this is the majority position, in my book, Mideast Beast, I demonstrate that the descriptions of the kingdom of Iron laid out within the text align perfectly with the historical Islamic Caliphate, and not with the Roman Empire. Though this view will likely be met with skepticism by those who have not yet considered the exegetical and historical arguments in support of this view, what is unarguable is that during the final days of the fourth kingdom of iron, a stone suddenly appears and strikes the feet of the statue, causing the entire statue to shatter:

As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. —Daniel 2:34

Commentators of all persuasions identify the stone as representing the Messianic Kingdom of God here on the earth. As the stone shatters the statue, the fragments are seen to blow away as dry chaff in the Autumn winds. The stone however, is seen to grow and spread, until Read more…

Afghan Cleric Offers $300k Bounty To Kill Anti-Islam Filmmaker, $100k To Kill French Cartoonist Who Insulted Mohammed

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By SADAF SHINWARI, Khaama Press – “An Afghan religious cleric announced $300,000 bounty to kill the producer of the American film which insulted prophet Muhammad.

This is the first time Afghan religious clerics jointly announce bounty in a bid to defend insulting the Islamic values.

Anti-Islam film sparked deadly protest across the Muslim countries and the producer of the film was widely criticized for desecrating the Islamic values.

A number of Afghan religious students, clerics and members of the civil society following a demonstration urged to arrest and try the producer of the Anti-Islam film.

Mir Farooq Hussainy a religious cleric in western Herat province of Afghanistan vowed to offer bounty for killing the producer of the Anti-Islam film.

He said the bounty will be collected from the local traders and investors of western Herat province.

Mr. Hussainy also said they are going to pay $100,000 for anyone who is going to kill the cartoonist that insulted prophet Muhammad.” Read more.

Former Pakistani Legislator Offers $200k For Death Of ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Film Maker – “A former Pakistani legislator has offered a $200,000 bounty for the killing of the maker of the anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, doubling the reward proposed by another prominent Pakistani last week… Last week, Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour offered $100,000 for the death of the controversial movie’s maker – an act that the Islamabad government distanced itself from. Bilour also appealed to al Qaeda and the Taliban to contribute to the pot.” Read more.

Egypt: Gunmen Open Fire On Christian Home Just Hours After President Mohammed Morsi Promises No More Attacks

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France24 – “AFP – Gunmen opened fire on the home of a Coptic Christian in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday, hours after a visit by President Mohamed Morsi to reassure Christian residents they would not be targeted again.

Gunmen ‘used automatic weapons when they opened fire on the house of a Coptic resident of Rafah hours after the president left,’ a security official told AFP.

There were no reports of casualties, he said.

Witnesses told AFP three gunmen in a car fired on the house of Magdi Niruz before fleeing the scene.

Morsi had visited the Sinai peninsula on Friday to meet with and reassure families who fled Rafah to El-Arish after receiving death threats.

This ‘will not happen again,’ Morsi told a group of local Bedouin tribal chiefs and other residents of El-Arish.

‘Your security is our security,’ he said.

‘What happened is an individual case which represents neither Egypt nor its children, Muslim or Christian. It’s crime for which the perpetrators must be held responsible,’ MENA quoted Morsi as saying.

According to residents and officials in Rafah, on the border with Gaza, Christian families fled to El-Arish about 30 kilometres (19 miles) away after having received death threats from Islamists.” Read more.

Flashback: Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi Says Christians Must Convert To Islam, Pay ‘Jizya’, Or Leave Egypt, ‘Conquest Is Coming’ – “According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will ‘achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,’ the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute… After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of Egypt was ‘carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641],’ he asked Morsi, ‘Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?’ Morsi, replied, ‘The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi,’ referring to himself, ‘and history will record it.’” Read more.

Arizona: Muslim Family Beats, Burns, Binds Teenage Daughter For Talking To A Man And Refusing Arranged Marriage

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By Mia Garcia, FOX 10 News – “PHOENIX -A woman claims she was beat by her family for talking to a man and on Friday, those family members were in court.

All three family members plead guilty. The 20-year-old victim had an outburst in court and interrupted the hearing.

She was crying and told the judge this was all her fault and she wants her mother back.

The judge repeatedly asked her to stop interrupting.

The alleged incidents happened when she was 19. Court records show she was burned on her face and chest with a hot spoon after refusing to participate in an arranged marriage with a 38-year-old man.

Records also state that victim was tied to a bed with a rope secured with a padlock until Feb. 8, when she was released to go to school.

The mother, 50-year-old Yusra Farhan, plead guilty to unlawful imprisonment. The father, 45-year-old Mohammed Altameemi, plead guilty to disorderly conduct and her 18-year-old sister, Tabarak Altameemi, plead guilty to misdemeanor assault.” Read more.

David Wood On ‘Eastwooding Muhammad’

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What does Islam teach? David Wood asks Islam’s self-proclaimed prophet …

Description: “Muhammad was the most intolerant religious leader in history. Yet his followers demand that we give him a level of respect that Islam has never given to anyone else. In this video, I not only Eastwood Muhammad, but Wayne’s World him as well. Free Speech Forever.”

Tanzania: Christians Increasingly Worried As Islamism Spreads At Alarming Rate, Seeks To Impose Sharia Law Upon All

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By John Newton and Eva-Maria Kolmann, ICN – “Islamisation is increasing at an alarming rate in Tanzania, according to a bishop from the country. Bishop Bernadin Mfumbusa of Kondoa warned that religious freedom and other civil liberties were under threat from intolerant radical Muslim influences sweeping in from countries neighbouring the east African nation.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, the bishop said: ‘We see more and more itinerant preachers from Saudi Arabia and Sudan entering this country – and Muslims are increasingly making political demands.’

These demands include extending Islamic Shari‘a law and making everyone subject to it – Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Bishop Mfumbusa said: ‘In recent times there has been a constant demand to introduce Shari‘a into other parts of Tanzania which do not have a majority of Muslims.’

Shari‘a law is already in force in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago with an almost completely Muslim population, but it does not apply to other parts of the country. The bishop said there were calls for Shari‘a, which currently applies in areas of civil law such as marriage and inheritance, to be extended to cover criminal law.

‘They claim that otherwise Muslims would be able to avoid the law by claiming not to be Muslim. To prevent this they say Shari‘a law must be made applicable to everyone,’ the Bishop said.

But, despite these demands to extend Islamic law, no more than 31 per cent of Tanzania’s 45 million inhabitants are Muslim according to Church sources. Christians make up more than half the population – including more than 12 million Catholics.

Bishop Mfumbusa described how the influence of radical Islam can be seen on the country’s streets. He said: ‘In many parts of the country more veiled women than in the past can be seen, among them small girls.'” Read more.

Flashback: Tanzania: Muslim Extremists Strike at Christians in Zanzibar, Destroy Churches – “Far from the world media’s gaze in remote islands off the eastern coast of Africa, church buildings are razed and Christians are ostracized and imprisoned for their faith – leaving one with a skin disease… ‘The Muslims are burning our church buildings quite frequently here in Zanzibar, but the government is not speaking against this kind of destruction of our church premises,’ Bishop Obedi said.” Read more.

Obama Administration Appoints Pro-Terror Islamist To Represent United States At Human Rights Conference

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Washington Free Beacon – “Jewish leaders expressed outrage Friday over the State Department’s praise for, and defense of, a controversial Muslim leader who has defended terrorist groups and suggested that Israel may have been responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Salam al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), was picked to represent the United States government at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) annual 10-day human rights conference, the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings (HDIM).

Al-Marayati’s well-known anti-Israel bona fides prompted Jewish leaders and others to express outrage over the Obama administration’s selection.

‘It is regrettable that someone with such distorted, conspiratorial views—even with a lackluster apology—is delegated by our government to represent our country abroad,’ the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement to the Free Beacon.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, argued that the State Department is showing inconsistency by touting an individual who has defended the militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas, both of which are designated by the U.S. as terrorist organizations.

‘One would assume that individuals selected to represent the United States at an international human rights conclave would share our government’s longstanding policy that Hamas and Hezbollah are dangerous terrorist organizations,’ Cooper told the Free Beacon. ‘But Mr. Salam al-Marayati and his organization are long-time advocates that these deadly terror groups be removed from the U.S. terrorist list.’

‘With terrorism continuing to roil the Middle East,’ Cooper added, ‘the question is why the U.S. State Department would say he is ‘highly credible’?’

Josh Block, a former Clinton administration official who now serves as CEO of The Israel Project, said the State Department’s defense of al-Marayati lacks credibility.

‘That statement, defending a person who is clearly a terrorist sympathizer and deeply hostile to Israel, calls into question the credibility of the person who gave it, and it raises a very serious question: What exactly is the U.S. government saying here?’ Block asked.” Read more.

Flashback: Mrs. Clinton And Mr. Obama, It’s Time To Wake Up And Smell The Global Jihad – “Madam secretary, it is time for you and your boss to wake up and smell the global jihad. There are people in this world—and not a small number of them—who share the vision bin Laden had and have the will and means to act. No amount of apologizing for America, embracing our adversaries or mistreating our allies will change that… While the groups are diverse and at times antagonistic toward each other, their hatred of America unites them, and they work toward a generally common goal.” Read more.

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