Leap Of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Islamism (Pages 333-334)
In the modern age traditional Islamic law, whose functions included constraining arbitrary power, failed to update itself and was gradually rendered ineffective via modernization. As Noah Feldman illustrated brilliantly, this process produced not the liberal democracy of the West but various secular (and sometimes fiercely secularist) autocrats—such as the Ataturk of Turkey, Reza Shah of Iran, or the Nasser of Egypt.
Islamism, the totalitarian ideology that aspires for an Islamic state, was more of a reaction to this modern crisis rather than a direct continuation of the Islamic tradition. It was also based on an export of the worst ideas of the West. “One of the founders of the Islamist ideology had openly acknowledged that this Islamic state would “bear a kind of resemblance to the Facist and Communist states,” in the way it would dominate the whole society” (Studentpulse.com).
Islamism is a term that refers to a group of usually extremist political ideologies based on the Muslim religion, claiming that Islam must be the basis of political life as well as a religion. It is the creation of Sunni Muslim ideologues or religious leaders. Islamists believe that Islamic law (Sharia) must be the basis for all statutory laws and that Muslims must return to the original teachings and the early models of Islam. They believe that the western military, economic, political, social, or cultural influence in the Muslim world is un-Islamic. Radical Islamists seek to restore and expand the Muslim Caliphate.
Islamism is the product of a developing movement in the Muslim world. Its ideas are therefore not monolithic, and their evolution is represented in several different branches.
Islamism is nominally fundamentalist in the sense that it claims to aspire to return to a literal and “true” interpretation of the Quran and to a society based on the principles of early Islam.
“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years (for God one day could be a thousand years…God’s time)…and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and Judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him (Christ) a thousand years…”
Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: The Beast and the “Mark” (Pages 337-340)
For centuries people have been trying to figure out how every person could receive a mark on his or her hand or forehead. This has been extremely confusing for ministers and scholars. The world is so large and spread out that it would take so many years to actually brand the entire world. But the Bible clearly says, “He causes all to receive a mark.”
With the invention of computers, many scholars and students began to teach that the “mark” was somehow linked to some form of a computer, since information was linked globally through computer systems.
With the new construction of a new supercomputer capable of placing information about everyone on earth into its large database systems, we can begin to understand how this works. This supercomputer was so large that it was nicknamed The Beast.
Secondly, the “beast is given to the burning flames” at the return of Christ, which alludes to hell. There is no reason for Christ to send a computer and its hardware into hell. However, let us consider for a minute about where the idea behind the computer originated…when and how?
Do not allow technology to use you an experiment like in a science project. People that are unaware can easily be deceived. Do you see how it works? In a sense you are giving authority to the beast by allowing technology to control you. Get back to the Word.
Another aspect of this great mystery involves the bar code system printed on product labels and boxes that could, allegedly, in the future be printed on the skin with invisible ink. I think we need to focus more upon the computer system. No doubt.
Now, pay attention. The most recent theory involves a new type of computer chip, smaller than a grain of rice, which could be imbedded and implanted just under the skin. For example, these devices are presently implanted in pets to help track them if they are lost from their owners. An example that I read about took place in Brooksville, Florida, where a man was welding parts for Russian satellites. He was able to communicate with the space shuttle from his home using advanced computers and special equipment. He mentioned that they were testing a small chip that would one day be implanted just under the hairline of a person’s forehead and under the outer skin of the right hand. The chip operated with a special battery that is charged continually by the heat of the human body. The man believed that one day this chip would replace all identity cards.
I just want to reiterate this point: a chip smaller than a grain of rice…interesting stuff…(Credit Cards)….
When we consider the number of his name we should know that despite numerous attempts to identify the mark of the beast with names, computers, monetary systems, and the like, its precise nature is unknown, remaining to be disclosed as the end draws near…
Keep in mind this number will be a way to confuse the Word of God and what has been written out in the book of Revelation. The beast wants to turn God’s world upside down and confuse everyone…. Keep that in mind.
Another extremely important point to be made is that the future mark of the beast will be a reverse sanction. No man can buy or sell without the mark, name, or the number of the beast. The ultimate option of not receiving the mark is death by beheading (Revelation 20:4). Thus, if the antichrist is supported by or descended from an Islamic background, Islam will have its own form of retaliation by controlling ten nations and the economic power.
I know that this is confusing for a lot of people, but let us consider the power that computers and cable have upon us today. It is like a control center that can be operated, with the correct amount of training and knowledge, from anywhere in the world. It is crazy to think that this is what the beast does. It believes that it controls the world. It believes that it is in charge of everything and that it is God. This is the power of technology and computers that has distracted the minds of the masses across the world.
To further confirm the beast, know that it has been a big player in the technological world since the origin of the first computer. It began infiltrating lives at a very early stage and had the power to begin to influence the minds of the entire world in many different ways. The news is one of the most powerful ways to manipulate the general public. Be aware of this. Reading is much more beneficial. I say we put an end to the reign of the beast and its control through media, press, and technology. Get Back To The Word of God…
Also, know that this system of the beast has been a major factor in most all of the critical decisions that have affected the entire world… It has most importantly effected the president and has accomplished this through not only computer technology but also radical Islam (allowed for confusion and distortion of the facts). A change is imminent. We cannot allow this to happen. We must get right with God so that we can do what we need in order to manage the situation and make the proper adjustments.
Use the Internet efficiently and have your voice heard. All I want is reliable information. I get tired of seeing all the bad news.
I want to know what is going on in the rest of the world, but I like to hear good news.
Keep all this info in mind. Connect the dots. Pay attention to the details.