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The Silent Implosion

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.          Henry David Thoreau

Mohammed–Seed of Abraham?

Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name . . . ” Almost everyone has heard or read the well-known “Christmas” verse initiating the Christmas story in Luke. Only this verse is not from Luke and has nothing to do with Christ’s incarnation. This verse is from Genesis 16: 12. This verse highlights another facet of the covenant God made with Abraham with some interesting parallels and contrasts between the two cognate verses from Luke and Genesis respectively.

The first is just below:

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent . . . And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end ” (Luke 1: 26-33; emphasis mine).

Note that the angel, Gabriel was the herald God chose to proclaim this news to Mary. The key prophecies about Jesus are thus:

  1. “He will be great
  2. He will be called the Son of the Most High
  3. He will be given the throne of David
  4. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever
  5. His kingdom will never end”[1]

Now read carefully this verse from Genesis and note the contrasts; and the similarities.

. . . The angel of the LORD said to her . . . “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, . . . [and] He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers . . . I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.” (Gen. 16″: 10-12; emphasis mine).

In this case Christ (the angel of the LORD) delivered this message Himself. That is an important distinction between the two passages which I will address in just a minute. First let’s take note of the prophecies in the Ishmael verses.


  1. He will be a wild donkey of a man.
  2. He will fight against everybody.
  3. Everyone will fight against him.
  4. He will live “to the east of His brothers.

While Hagar, the mother of Ishmael, was not of God’s chosen people, the Hebrews or Jews, you can see the parallels and contrasts. Additionally, Hagar was with a child borne out of sin. Ishmael was born out of faith-lessness and rebellion against God. Mary was with child conceived out of the Holy Spirit, born out of faith; believing God’s promises. Both were born of Abraham’s lineage as prophesied.

The name Ishmael means, “God sees and God hears.” God sees and hears the plight of all his creatures. God promised that Abraham’s seed, both conceived in belief and unbelief, faith and faithlessness, would be multiplied like the stars in the heavens (Genesis 13: 16).

Interestingly God chose two different “heralds” that delivered the news to Hagar and Mary. While Gabriel was sent as the messenger to Mary, the Angel of the Lord[2] personally delivered the prophecy to Hagar. Why would the preincarnate Christ visit Hagar while sending Gabriel to proclaim God’s message to Mary?

Dr. Thomas Howe, who is Professor of Old Testament Studies and a Greek and Hebrew (languages) scholar and Director of the PhD program at Southern Evangelical Seminary posits:

[The] reason God appears to Hagar as the Angel of the Lord is because of the parallels with the fall. As God appeared to Adam and Eve in the garden both to curse and to give hope, so God appears to Hagar both to curse—concerning her son . . . and to give hope [see Gen. quote above]—“I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.”

Gabriel appears to Mary because Gabriel seems to be God’s special messenger of God’s kingdom. The name “Gabriel” means “mighty warrior of God,” or “God is a mighty warrior.” Mary will give birth to Messiah who will go to war against evil and will prevail, and by this He will establish God’s kingdom (emphasis mine).

From the seeds of Ishmael come a people of contention, the Arab race. A race not only hostile to the Jews,[3] but venomous and violent to the whole world. All of this is the natural outgrowth of The Garden Curse. This is the beginning of the ancient antagonism between Abraham’s seed of sin through Hagar and his seed of righteousness through Sarah; Arab against Jew and Christian.

But the seeds of Jesus’ are grace, mercy, charity, benevolence, and blessing. The seeds of Jesus are an eternal nation, made up of those who come to Christ in faith and righteousness; Jew, Gentile, and even those of Ishmael’s line, become descendants in Abraham’s lineage of belief by faith. It must be remembered that God proclaimed a blessing and a curse on Abraham’s heirs. God said, “And I will bless those who bless you.” That is the blessing for those that come by faith. God also posited a curse, “And the one who curses you I will curse. This curse is against Ishmael’s lineage that follows in Ishmael’s footsteps.

Treachery from the past

Weeks of heinous, yet heart wrenching images followed the fiery collapsing of the Twin Towers; the funeral pyre of thousands. If that were not bad enough, the Pentagon conflagration further rocked this country to its foundation. Both resultant from the first-ever attack on our countries native soil. Thus, Al Qaeda succeeded in burning that villainous date, September 11, 2001, forever into our collective brain. However, there is another date few of us are aware of. A date lost in the cavernous past, but inexorably linked to September 11, 2001.

The Heir

From Ishmael, Abraham’s heir by his unbelief; came Islam’s initiator, Mohammed. His so-called “revelations from Allah” did not come all at once. In fact, Mohamed was initially inclined to believe the revelations were from Satan; he should have stuck with that first impression.

Revelations notwithstanding, Robert Spencer, the Director of Jihad Watch[4] at the David Horowitz Freedom Center who has authored several books on the Islam writes:

Muhammad’s claim to be a prophet . . . was his apparent dependence on Jewish, Christian, and other sources. Many observers throughout history have noted the numerous and obvious similarities between Islam and Judaism, including the “pure” monotheism, the line of prophets, the proliferation of laws, the facing toward the holy city for prayer, and more.[5]

Beginning with the Nakhla[6] raid, Islam has grown in strength, violence, and magnitude through the centuries. Mohammedans waged a 1,000-year war on Christendom, finally advancing as far as Vienna before being beaten back by the Poles and Germans at the Battle of Vienna. What was the date of that break through battle? September 11, 1683.

When Muhammad founded the religion of Islam in the seventh century, he escalated Ishmael’s curse, both on the Arab nation and the world (His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him”). The resultant “holy” book of Islam, the Qur’an and its attendant Hadith are full of venomous threats of torturous death to the infidels. In a general sense the threats are against any non-Muslim. But the Qur’an specifically speaks against the Jew and the Christian (the people of the Book). Yes, there are explicit Suras that spell out the fate of Christians and Jews.

Sura 8:6-Prepare for them whatever force and cavalry ye are able of gathering, to strike terror, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies.

Sura 4:56-Those who have disbelieved our signs, we shall roast them in fire, whenever their skins are cooked to a Muslims Goal insertturn, we shall substitute new skins for them that they may feel the punishment: verily Allah is sublime and wise.

Sura 47:4-Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks, and when ye have caused a bloodbath among them bind a bond firmly on them.

Sura 4:89-They but wish that ye should reject faith as they do, and thus be on the same footing as they, so take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah, but if they turn renegades, seize them and kill them wherever ye find them and take no helpers from their ranks.

Sura 8:49-Fight them until there is no dissension and religion is entirely Allah’s.

Abdurahman M. Alamoudi; the influential founder of the American Muslim Council has, for example, repeatedly told Muslim audiences that the goal of Muslims in America is to turn the U.S. into an Islamic state, even if it takes “a hundred years. . . . if we are outside this country, we can say, “Oh, Allah, destroy America,”. . . Alamoudi, who has advised the Pentagon on Islam and stocked it with Muslim chaplains. “But once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it” (emphasis mine).[1]

Then there is this . . .

Omar M. Ahmad, the chairman of the nation’s leading Muslim-rights group-Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR has asserted the following to a Muslim audience:

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America” (emphasis mine).[2]

But it gets worse . . .

Then there is Hillary Rodham Clinton who, as I write, is one of the candidates battling in the Democratic Presidential primaries and could be our next President.

Clinton during her Senate campaign in 2000, Clint took a thousand dollars from Alamoudi of the American Muslim Council and fifty thousand from members of the American Muslim Alliance, headed by . . . Agha Saeed. But she was forced to return the donations when news got out that both leaders voiced support for Palestinian terrorists. Clinton apparently thought she could launder Alamoudi’s blood money by renaming his group “American Museum Council” in her donor report to the Federal Commission, thereby disguising Alamoudi as a curator rather than a terrorist- supporter.

No one was fooled. [At a] Muslim holiday receptions at the White House, . . . argued in support of Hamas,[an] . . . officially designated a terrorist group. . . .

Saeed was quoted backing Palestinian suicide attacks on Israel. Yet Hillary attended a five-hundred-dollar-a-ticket fundraiser sponsored by his group . . . Clinton, who has shown a pattern of deception over her career, claims listing Alamoudi’s employer as a “museum” was a typographical error (emphasis mine).[4]

The 9/11 Commission Report is a very revealing source; Sperry has taken the time to examine it and additionally posits small updates to the benefit of his readers:

[The report] names al-Qaida operatives who were sitting on the bench on 9/11, held in reserve for a larger, more deadly operation. They include:

Ali abd al Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi: . . . “was held in reserve by bin Laden for a later [post 9/11], even larger operation, . . . recently given amnesty by the Saudi government. Saud al-Rashid; . . . trained for suicide mission[s]. Saudi authorities released him . . . in 2002. . . . photos of him were found with those of three other hijackers, . . . other[s] identified him as a candidate hijacker,” according to the report. Abderraouf Jdey: Also known as Faruq al-Tunisi is a trained pilot who was slated for the “second wave” of suicide attacks after 9/11. He has a Canadian passport and is still at large. . . . Then there is Adam Gadahn, . . . who grew up in California before converting to Islam and shipping off to Afghanistan to train for suicide missions. . . . suspected of conspiring to blow up gas stations and underground fuel facilities in the Washington area. . . . Gadahn is still at large.[5]


[1] John Martin, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament (Colorado Springs: Chariot Victor Publishing, 1983), 205.

[2] Allen Ross, “Genesis,” The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament, (Colorado Springs: Chariot Victor Publishing, 1985), 57. According to ‘The Angel of the Lord’ may refer to the theophany of the preincarnate Christ.”

[3] Allen Ross, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament (Colorado Springs: Chariot Victor Publishing, 1985), 56, 57.

[4] The website for Jihad Watch is The blog is

[5] Robert Spencer, The Truth About Muhammad (Washington DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2006), 47.

[6] Ibid., 98. The Quraysh were Muhammad’s kinsman, it was to them Muhammad began to preach (610AD); but the Quraysh did not believe him. By 622 the friction between Muhammad and his kinsman reached breaking point and Muhammad began raiding Quraysh caravans. “The raids were not solely designed to exact revenge from those . . . who rejected the Prophet . . . they served a key economic purpose, to keep Muslim movement solvent” (TTAM, 98).

[1] Ibid., xi.               Infiltration

[2] Ibid.                     xi. Infiltration

[3] Ibid., 268.            Infiltration

[4] Ibid., 269.            Infiltration

[5] Ibid., 59-60.         Infiltration

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