Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: What Are True Revelations? (Pages 329-332)
Having done much research concerning the book of Revelation and the revelations of Islam, we should know that there is a very significant difference. The revelations of Islam are completely different, and they deny the book of Revelation concerning the identity of Jesus Christ. We need to be aware of these facts.
During his lifetime the followers of Muhammad claimed him to be a prophet. Muhammad brought forth a series of what believers called revelations. After the death of Muhammad, his sayings were collected in a place called the Quran. The Quran is considered to be the sacred revelations of Islam, just as the Bible is considered God’s sacred revelation to Jews and Christians. The Quran contains 114 surahs, or chapters, starting with the longest surah and ending with the shortest. The surahs were the alleged revelations given to Muhammad over a twenty-two-year period. The Quran was completed in 632 AD (Numerology-Key to Understanding-Revelation 13:18). Muhammad was believed to be illiterate; therefore, the revelations were written down by his followers as they heard him recite it. The words were written on leaves, pieces of parchment, and even dried bones. The Quran was compiled after Muhammad’s death and written in the Arabic language.
While Muslims claim to accept the Torah, Psalms, and the four Gospels, they also claim the Bible has been tahrif, meaning, “corrupted” or “altered.” Muslims believe that since Jesus did not write the Bible Himself, it is not accurate. (The Testimony of Jesus is Verification of the Holy Bible and It’s Contents…It provides full understanding of the God of the Old Testament and Jesus…)
In attempting to sort through this issue, we should consider the time frame during which the Bible was written. Over how many years was the Bible written? When was the Quran written? How many authors were responsible for the writings in the Quran? How many authors were responsible for the writings in the Bible?
Do people understand that the entire Old Testament is about Jesus Christ and who he will be? Do people understand that the law in the Old Testament is what Jesus came to fulfill? The Law of Moses is critical to understanding Christ. Keep it simple, the Ten Commandments. Why would someone change the law that was ordained by God? Is there not enough evidence in the Old Testament as to what would happen by rejecting God and His law?
God was and always is very clear.
He is never one to lead you astray. God is love.
Always demonstrate this love.
Proverbs 3:11-13 (nasb) says, “My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord, or loathe His reproof, for whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights. How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”
Many stories in the Quran are very different from the stories in the Bible. For example, the Bible teaches that Abraham dwelt by the trees of Mamre and built an altar there to the Lord (Genesis 13:18). The Quran teaches that Abraham said, “O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Your Sacred House [Ka’ba]; in order, O our Lord, that they may establish regular Prayer…” (Surah 14:37). When asking a Muslim about the contradiction that Mamre is in Hebron and the Ka’ba is in Arabia, a Muslim said, “The Quran is infallible. The Jews and Christians changed the Bible to make it fit for them” (Unleashing the Beast by Perry Stone).
This is why witnessing to Muslims by simply quoting Scripture seldom wins them to Christ. It is love and the presence of the Holy Spirit that can impact their hearts. The name of the Son of God is Key…Hidden and coded…just like a thief in the night…
The world needs to be aware of how Islam will and has fulfilled many of the Bible’s predictions of an eighth kingdom that seeks to destroy Israel and the Jews unless one understands certain Islamic beliefs and traditions. Israel and the most Holy Sites in history have been infliltrated and overtaken by Islam.
“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”
1 Peter 2:21-25 (nasb)
The Revelation means to “take the cover off,” or apokalupsis, from the preposition apo, from kalupto, to cover. It is the uncovering, especially of the glory of Christ and of what the future holds.
This is the same John that wrote the Gospel of John and the three Epistles of John.
The truth here is to be known that these four books are critical to understanding Jesus and who He is. By putting our focus into these books, we can grasp the truth of the Bible and the Revelation of Jesus Christ. (A Total of 5 Books…)
One warning that needs to be addressed is to beware of those who make public announcements that they are the savior. To be clear, I can see where this is a definite warning sign. Jesus has full authority, but He does not walk around saying, “Bow down and worship me, because I am the Savior.” You learn about Jesus and
His identity from the Bible. Stick to the Word of truth and you cannot go wrong. That is your key. His Testimony is your light to discover the Kingdom of Heaven…
The Revelation of the Bible versus the revelations from the Quran is so critical to understanding the dynamics of the situation. These two differences will clear up and verify Biblical Prophecy. The Bible has forewarned us of false prophets, as well as wolves in sheep’s clothing. It did well before the Quran was written.
The book of Revelation was written when the church was undergoing persecution and difficulty. The two most important such periods were during the reigns of Nero in A.D. 37-68 and Domitian in A.D. 51-96. The letters to the churches of Asia Minor are very important. Pay attention to those letters.
To end on a positive note, let’s review Matthew 11:29-30 (nasb). Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and You shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”
Gentleness isn’t weakness. It’s strength under control. This is so powerful. I love and cherish these words…This is Jesus when he can just be himself and have no guards (Angels) up…