Dan Juster

Director
Tikkun Ministries International
 
 
"[Groups such as ISIL] live by, worship and operate under a spirit and culture of death."






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The answer to jihadist Islam is not bombs or armies, though these may be partly effective for protecting our citizens in the short-term. The answer is the Gospel presented in its fullest power."
 
 
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By Daniel Juster

President Obama has launched a war against the Islamic State (in the Levant), ISIL. The world has recently been riveted by the absolute cruelty, including torture, murder by beheading of men, women and children, and forced conversions to their version of Islam. Though attacks are taking place in Iraq and Syria, the threat is felt by Jordan, Israel, Lebanon and other Middle-Eastern countries.

Obama has also let it be known that ISIL is not Islam, but something totally aberrant, which he refuses to call Islam. Yet ISIL claims to be Islam and to be based upon the Islamic texts and examples of Mohammed and his early followers. Their territorial advances have shocked the world. Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and Shiites have been slaughtered and have fled from the historic towns where they had been rooted for centuries. Similar cruelty has been shown by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabab in Somalia, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

A New Evangelical Weakness in Response

A Christian theologian wrote to me objecting to my characterization of Hamas as a terrorist group that is of the same essential nature as ISIL. Its crimes have not gained the attention of the world since they do not generally do public beheadings and are more sophisticated in propagandizing for world opinion. Yet Hamas hands are deeply stained with Israeli blood from decades of terrorist attacks on Israel. Hamas hands are also stained with Palestinian blood having tortured and executed its Palestinian rivals in Fatah as well as countless internal opponents. Hamas focuses on the liberation of Palestine, meaning the destruction of Israel. But as a Muslim Brotherhood group, they (like ISIL) envision a world-wide Muslim-dominated future where all are submitted to Sharia law (civil and religious law based on the Koran and the other historic Muslim texts). Any group that murders civilians is terrorist and deserves to be categorized with all who do likewise. Referring to them as 'militants' is simply a lie. There are no excuses. Even some of the groups that operated in pre-independence Israel, such as Irgun, fall into that category. A small number of Evangelicals are waffling on this, due in part to an anti-Israel bias.

Tolerant, Peaceful and Loving Islam?

President George W. Bush encouraged us to believe that Islam is a peaceful, tolerant, and loving religion. Surely Mohammed must have taught something like the Sermon on the Mount and the love of one's enemies, right? Not so!

Jihadist insurgentd in Iraq
(wikiphoto by Menendi)
Actually, there is no such thing as a peaceful, tolerant and loving Islam when it comes to describing those who dominate the Muslim world and control Muslim states. There may be peaceful, loving and tolerant Muslims and even some organizations that would like to reform Islam into being peaceful, loving and tolerant, but they do not dominate any Muslim society. Language is so abused today that it is difficult for the man on the street to have a clear understanding of what is going on. Political correctness and relativism make it very hard for Western leaders to understand, name and confront evil. What would count as true Islam to a U. S. President does not hold sway in any Muslim country in the world! The Islamic world can be divided into three categories: extremist, mega extremist, and ultra extremist. How can I make such a strong claim!? What is our measure of evaluation? Well, for us, it is the teaching of the Bible, and especially the teaching of Yeshua. However, to have a more universally accepted measure let us use the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the U.N. at its founding. One of its primary authors was a great and godly man, Dr. Charles Malik, a philosopher and educator from Lebanon and the former President of the U.N. General Assembly. The declaration proclaims the rights of every person to dignity, freedom of association, and freedom of religion, including the right to share one's faith and to change one's belief system. Anything that rejects these standards is extremism!

  1. Extremist Muslim states practice apartheid toward women and minorities. In almost none are women free to be fully educated, to pursue careers or to choose their life direction. Minorities do not have full rights. None are allowed to change their religion from Islam. It is forbidden to criticize Mohammed. In Saudi Arabia, even the Philippine workers are not allowed to gather for worship! Only now are some women being allowed to drive. Yet, Saudi Arabia is a U. S. ally and supposedly moderate! How do we look at the new extremism in Turkey? Christians have suffered persecution and martyrdom there. Even in Indonesia, which is by some accounts one of the least extreme Muslim states, there is not full freedom.

  2. Mega Extremist: Mega extremism includes all that is part of extremism plus. In mega extremism the methods used to control the population are beyond grotesque. Torture, mass executions and oppression are common. Even Muslim lives have no real value. Other Muslims may be freely killed in terrorist attacks against infidels and will be rewarded by Allah. Think of Iran as a Mega extremist state. Also, note that Iran supports the exporting of terrorists, mostly against Israel, but also to gain leverage in other nations.

  3. Ultra Extremist: In this block we see Al Qaeda, ISIL, and other terrorist groups. Their horrors go even beyond those listed above! They live by, worship and operate under a spirit and culture of death.

Honest students of Islam have documented clearly that Islam has its origin as a violent, beheading and oppressive religion and has continued in this vein throughout most of its history. Refer to Dr. Andrew Bostom (in his definitive The Legacy of Jihad) and Dr. Mark Durie, the Anglican scholar of Islam who resides in Australia. The West has lost confidence in its own biblically rooted values. It fosters immorality and may not have the backbone to face what we are up against. The West is under judgment!

However, the primary issue is not sociological or political but spiritual. Islam is of the spirit of Anti-Christ. John clearly tells us that those who deny that Yeshua was the incarnation of God (has come in the flesh) are of the spirit of Anti-Christ (I John 4:3). This is a foundational confession of Islam, written on their Mosques: "God has no son." This was Mohammed's response to Christianity. Did he have an adequate presentation of the Gospel? We do not know. Joel Richardson and Wallid Shobat have made a strong case that the final Anti-Christ system will be Islamic and that the Anti-Christ will be a Muslim. The jury is still out on this, but they have a significant point.

The answer to jihadist Islam is not bombs or armies, though these may be partly effective for protecting our citizens in the short-term. The answer is the Gospel presented in its fullest power. Things may look dark, but God is arranging a confrontation, connected to Israel and to the Church. This confrontation, I believe, will lead to a great disillusionment with Islam and the outpouring of a spirit for evangelism that we can hardly imagine. In spite of how the situation looks now, I believe we will see a massive turning of many Muslims to Yeshua. The levels of prayer needed for this are unlike anything the world has yet seen. Muslims need Messiah to deliver them from the bondage of Islam and into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

By Daniel Juster
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Comments:
08:43 30Oct14 Camilla Quistgaard -
I will always stand for Israel.

09:15 30Oct14 James Rucker -
The final paragraph is powerful and one lacking in most sermons today. The church is going out in the greatest revival this world has ever seen. Thank you.

  -- Dr Juster replies: I agree - this is the context of the rapture and the second coming.

09:47 30Oct14 Bob Boynton -
There is a "crack" in the wall of Islam and it is about to fall. That which will cause it to fall is Yeshua.

12:42 30Oct14 Andrew Rowe -
Thank you Dan for proclaiming the key issue with Islam: that Islam is an antichrist spirit denying Yeshua as The Son of God. If you are Muslim (radical jihadist or average everyday) you believe what is written on ISIL's black flags, "there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger". The truth is that there is indeed a God and His name is Yeshua/Jesus! Blasphemy to Muslims whether radical, extreme, normal, or any other human "designation". Conversely, to say that there is no God but Allah and that God did not have a Son as is stated in the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount: that is antichrist --- against Christ/instead of Christ. This Islam will not just go away somewhere, shrivel up and die. This is not like communism in the former USSR. Believers will have to face the Islamic antichrist spirit more and more as these last days unfold, eventually to the point of likely laying down our lives (and our heads). Regardless, we as believers in Yeshua/Jesus must stand firm and proclaim the truth in Yeshua. We are called to overcome in Him. We are also called to pray for Muslims, share the Gospel -- to love them even as we are called to love anyone on this earth. We are especially called to pray for Jerusalem and Jews(Hebrews/Israelites of old) not only because of the great love that our Lord has always had for His people, His land and His holy city, but also because Israel is the one focus of burning Islamic hatred (satanic hatred). We can be greatly encouraged that Islam, any other antichrist spirits, and the Antichrist himself will not stand when Jesus returns because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

12:46 30Oct14 Elsje Stroh -
As I read about the brutal killings in Iraque and saw some visual material, I was filled with horror. I agree that those Islamic forces are operating under the control of the spirit of death. Whilst interceding, it came to me that there are indeed those in Isalam who are open to the Gospel and I am encouraged by the testimonies of Muslims who profess their faith in Yeshua on the social media. I marvel at the ways in which Yeshua reveals Himself to them; almost arresting them through His Holy Spirit, by interrupting their fanatic pursuit for Allah and introduce Himself to them as their only Saviour. I feel the burden to pray for those in Islam who are seeking Truth. YHVH knows the hearts of all people and knows who are ready to receive the Gospel of peace. I pray for the outreach and for an abundant harvest of workers amongst Muslims, who would be able to go and minister to Muslims, because they know where they came from. Nothing is impossible for our GREAT ALMIGHTY GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Father of our dear Lord YESHUA.

  -- Dr Juster replies: There is a great book, "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus", which shows the way.

21:20 30Oct14 WH -
In the the seventies, there was a group of people who regularely prayed for the Moslems. At that time you never heard of any Muslim conversions. But today the Lord appears to them in dreams and visions and they are already by the thousands turning to the Lord. Just as there are many Jewish people coming to know their Messiah. When they come to know the Lord, they are twice as fervent as their western counterparts. And so it is with the Hindus and Buddhists. The contrast is so great, of coming out of bondage, of never knowing if you are accepted by your god, to come into the glorious light and assurance of Yeshua's love and acceptance for eternity. That is some exchange. I regularely pray that the Lord will reveal Himself to Israel to Muslims, Hindus and Buddists worldwide. But it also is a fact that there are many whose hearts are hardened and who will not respond to the Gospel. So the bombs and armies are also necessary to hold these savage demonic armies in check.

  -- Dr Juster replies: Let's pray for a greater and greater harvest!

22:20 30Oct14 Tony Rolt -
Thank you for a well written article about Islam. People need to know the truth about Islam. More importantly Muslims and the world need to know the true Savior and Messiah of Israel. We the church need to pray and get ready for the harvest to come. Jesus loves all people, including Muslems. He has not forgotten them.

  -- Dr Juster replies: I appreciate your point - I agree with you.

09:02 31Oct14 Keith Miller -
Thank you for a well written article. You mentioned President Obama at the top of your article, possibly declaring war on ISIL. But one has to understand that in his book, "The Audacity of Hope" Barak Obama admits he is a Sunni Muslim. If we are cognizant of this fact, all his foreign policies make sense: undermining Israel, funding the Palestinians, treading lightly with Hamas, slurring Prime Minister Netanyahu, etc. Could it be possible that the ISIS army, draped in their black flag, is the black horse mentioned in Revelation 6:5?

  -- Dr Juster replies: ISIS could be as you say, but certainly radical Islam is a major factor. As for President Obama, it is so strange. He professes to be a baptized convert to Christianity but also a sunni muslim by birth (which should be enough to get him killed since converting is a capital offense). Yet, he seems so sympathetic to Islam. His name, certainly is not a Christian name or an African tribal name, it is an Islamic name!

09:51 31Oct14 Adam -
I am taking a graduate class on Islam right now which requires me to read and think through the Quran and much of the Hadith literature. What you have said in this article essentially sums up everything I have learned about the theological and ideological foundations of Islam. Great article. Keep them coming.

05:00 02Nov14 Philip Latham -
This is the most honest, most powerful, most sobering account of Islam that I have ever read. Its truth cannot be denied (except by politicians!)

  -- Dr Juster replies: Great to hear this from someone studying so diligently.

09:35 09Nov14 Sheldon W. -
It is well time for Christians to start to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit! Let us heal the sick and raise the dead! Hundreds of us are already doing this, but we need millions to get on board.

02:37 10Nov14 Ruth -
When I first heard someone say Islam is the 4th kingdom - it clicked with me as scary- but true. The violence of Islam matches descriptions of the 4th kingdom. Consider: Seeing the 4th kingdom freaked out both Daniel and John, both lived during violent times. Nor does John say that it is Rome since he was living during the Roman era. Rome adopted Greek culture. All their Gods are Greek gods. Anyone educated in the US begins western History with GREECE. Our government, philosphies and art preferences shows Greek "heritage". Sadly, Galileo was forced to recant his thesis about the sun and earth because he contradicted Aristotle, not scripture.

13:25 11Nov14 Ruth Bee L Macdonald -
I absolutely agree with you. We are not fighting flesh and blood and we need the spiritual weapons of prayer, fasting and praise. Have you any pointers for us on how to pray as we can't pray against the will of the Father.

  -- Dr Juster replies: The battle in Israel is over destruction by Islam and for the salvation of the nations. So our prayer is always to lift the veil and to pour out his Spirit. The furtherance of the Gospel itself is key.

16:07 30Dec14 Ena Gray -
Thank you for this clarification - it has been my own conclusion simply from a little reading of the history but I find that conclusion constantly denied and/challenged. It helps to have it confirmed.


Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster's article in French: Extremisme Islamique Et L'Anti-Christ
Eitan Shiskoff: Shofar Blowing Marks Twenty Years
Leon Mazin: Maria, My Mother
Avi: Humanitarian Aid Report
Tents of Mercy: Love is All You Need
Revive Israel: All Authority
Paul Wilbur: First Friday