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ANGELS IN OUR MIDST

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ANGELS IN OUR MIDST

Each of us has an angel, assigned to us from God, to minister to us. Do not fear what man does!

In the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible the word ‘angel’ occurs 203 times in 194 verses, while the word ‘angels’ occurs 94 times in 92 verses.

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In the Old Testament the Hebrew/Aramaic word is mal’ak in while in the New Testament it is aggelos, pronounced ä’n-ge-los in Greek. Both literally mean ‘messenger’. These messengers have physically appeared to man 104 times throughout the Holy Bible.

The Holy Bible also tells us that angels are a little more than messengers. They are ministering spirits who are sent to minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation.

“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” ~Hebrews 1:13-14, Authorized KJV

The word ‘ministering’ here comes from the Greek word leitourgikos, pronounced lā-tür-gē-ko’s. It literally refers to the performance of service by one whose duty it is to minister, and specifically to angels who are sent to obey God’s commands.

This is only an excerpt from a study I did more than 5 years ago. I haven’t revised it yet but I will soon. You may read the full study in pdf format at this link —> HERE, and you may also print it for later reference.

Each of us has an angel, assigned to us from God, to minister to us. Do not fear man!

ANGELS IN OUR MIDST

The most important RESOLUTION ever!!!

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What’s the most important resolution anyone can make? THIS APPLIES TO THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW CHRIST AND THOSE WHO DO.

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The most important RESOLUTION ever!

With December 25, 2011 slowly fading and January 1, 2012 fast approaching, many people will remove the lights, disassemble the tree, put away the decorations and look forward to the dropping of the ball in Times Square and the fireworks everywhere else.

Some will start thinking about their resolutions for the New Year. Some will resolve to give up smoking, others alcohol, and some to change diets and attitudes. Some people will make two and three resolutions yet some will make none.

Consider this, “what is the most important resolution anyone can make”?

The answer is to CHOOSE LIFE! Let me explain.

The most important CHOICE you can make in this life will determine where you’ll spend eternity. When you make that choice you’re not only prepared to live but to live abundantly as well.

Choosing true life means choosing to follow God’s son JESUS…

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DO ALL ROADS (religions) LEAD TO GOD?

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DO ALL ROADS (religions) LEAD TO GOD?

The following image shows 12 of the many religious systems of the world, with a dove at the center signifying peace. The dove has a branch in its beak and seems similar to the dove with an olive branch from the Biblical story of Noah.

12 World Religions

Let’s be clear, my use of this picture is only to give a visual image of the religions. Also, the list of religions isn’t exhaustive as it doesn’t include the denominations of some, nor does it include many other beliefs stemming from Spiritualism, Animism, Fetishism, Hedonism or Naturalism, which were conceptualized and labeled in the 19th century though they existed long before.

ALL of these religions have elements of cultural, ritual, or devotional observances leading to so many other questions aside from the main one.

  • Can humanity experience divinity without religion?
  • Would humanity’s experience of divinity be a relationship similar to human experiences?
  • Which is it, religion, relationship, or both?
  • Are they compatible and interchangeable?
  • What is relationship?
  • What is religion?
  • Does divinity exist?

The Divine or God, from a strict Biblical perspective, is a Living Spirit. Not all religions express belief in God as a Personal Spirit Being with intellectual and emotional faculties and a celestial (spirit) body.

Some believe God isn’t a being, but a composition of all things in the cosmos. Others say there are many gods in a pantheon. Some even believe in gods in the elements while others say there is no god, or that terrestrial man is god.

Religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the cosmos, especially when the cosmos is considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies. Religion usually involves devotional and ritual observances, and often contains a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

Religion is subjective to the human experience and the human yearning to fill an innate void, and can be based on erroneous information originating from unreliable, biased human sources.

Relationship is the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, and is the state of them being connected. It is objective and, when defined from a strict Biblical perspective, supersedes religion with a continuous active spiritual connection to the Creator God Himself.

Relationships are horizontal and vertical. Human relations are horizontal and can be summarized as follows:

  • Two people casually encounter each other.
  • They become socially interested in each other.
  • They gain an understanding of each other from interaction.
  • They become more personal and desire benefits from each other.
  • They become physically and mentally involved.
  • They become metaphysically involved.
  • They experience/comfort each other.

Human relations are affected by geography, language and culture as well as by birth-status, profession and economics. From a human perspective these all place a degree of mutual limitation on relationships.

A relationship with the Creator God is vertical and based on accurate intimate personal knowledge of Him, which comes directly/indirectly from Him.  This knowledge of God comes in such a way that it moves the soul (<–link) to continuously believe and exist in Him.

From a Biblical perspective religion is not the same as relationship.

In contrast, human/divine relationships have only a human element of limitation. There is no divine limitation thus there is the logical possibility of gradual human improvement through a connection with the divine.

Although humans are the highest form of terrestrial intelligence our limitations in our existence and relations are heightened by a void, which can be generally defined as a yearning for something greater than self that’s missing from self.

From a strictly Biblical perspective, this void is a result of the spiritual disconnection of mankind/humanity from God/Divinity. Many have tried to use human relations of varying forms, even religion, to fill this void; many have failed miserably or have had only fleeting temporary consolation.

If we view connecting to God as a “spirit to Spirit” relationship, as opposed to a cultural/religious ritual, then there is a logical sequence of things that occur as a result. This is an explanation of how the experience usually unfolds in humans. This presupposes that God is already interested in humanity, which He is.

  • Enlightenment (Mental)
  • Submission (Mental/Physical/Spiritual)
  • Empowerment (Spiritual)
  • Education and Work (Spiritual)

The Holy Bible gives us the scriptural basis for the above sequence. Though contextually it refers to another teaching, it lists 4 stages inherent in the experience of connecting to and existing in God.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. ~Hebrews 6:4-6 AuthorizedKJV

Enlightenment is simply encountering, understanding and showing interest in the knowledge of God without choosing to accept Him.

Submission (tasting) is choosing to accept a belief in Christ Jesus who is the Heavenly gift. The sealing of the Holy Spirit is instantaneous, subsequent to this choice, which is the starting point for intimacy with God.

Empowerment (partaking) is being endued with power from God to do His work on earth through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The sealing and the anointing are completely different experiences.

Education and work (taste) include(s) gaining profound understanding of the Word of God and revelation knowledge from God as well as gaining distinct powers to facilitate God’s work on earth.

These are Divine influences upon humans that cannot be derived from ritualistic religion but only originate from an intimate personal relationship with God Himself through Christ Jesus.

Ritual observances, culture and devotionals for moral conduct (religion) can carry one only so far. However, a continuous active spiritual connection to God based on accurate intimate personal knowledge (relationship) will connect humanity to divinity.

Religion comes with a lot of wrappings and trappings it seems, much like a battery pack for a temporary charge. Relationship is clear cut and goes directly to the source, much like something always-plugged-in.

If a person were to examine his/her religion and cultural/religious rituals, based on this writing, would he/she be able to say with absolute honesty, “I am connected to Almighty God and we have a relationship?”

DO ALL ROADS (religions) LEAD TO GOD?

BIBLICAL PROPHECY MUST BE FULFILLED

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BIBLICAL PROPHECY MUST BE FULFILLED

Many, many times I hear people say that we must pray for peace in the world. World peace has its time I tell you and it isn’t now. Biblical prophecy must be fulfilled first. Hear me out!

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Here is an undisputed fact: the Antichrist will come out because Biblical prophecy MUST be fulfilled. See the previous studies: Antichrist part 1Antichrist part 2Antichrist part 3Antichrist part 4Antichrist part 5Antichrist part 6Antichrist part 7Antichrist part 8Antichrist part 9, and Antichrist part 10. (<—Each one is a link to the study.)

Here is another undisputed fact: there will be no true peace on earth until Christ Jesus defeats the Antichrist and begins His own world rule. The Holy Bible tells us that after a brief 7-year rule, the Antichrist and his armies on earth will go out to do battle with Christ Jesus when Christ Jesus returns to earth, but will be defeated by Christ Jesus’ Word/sword.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. ~Revelation 19:19-20 AuthorizedKJV

After this, Christ Jesus will then imprison Satan in Hell and establish a Kingdom on earth for one thousand years.

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 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. ~Revelation 20:1-3 AuthorizedKJV

The souls who were not CAUGHT UP to be with Christ Jesus before the Antichrist came out, who were left behind but did not worship the beast or receive his mark, and who were beheaded for Jesus’ sake, will live and rule with Christ in His Kingdom for 1000 years.

And I saw thrones, and they 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 upon their foreheads, or 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 a thousand years. ~Revelation 20:4-6 AuthorizedKJV

Eyes are on the region of the Middle East at this time. Is the time of the Antichrist near? So many forces are attempting to intervene against ISIL, to fight ‘terrorism’, to curb extremism and to quell the chaos. But it must get chaotic in order for the Biblical prophecy of the Antichrist’s rise to power to occur. Is the Antichrist’s time near?

The Antichrist will be extremely wealthy and intelligent as well as cunning and crafty. He is supposed to be from the Middle East and is secretly anti-Israel. But he’ll make peace with the Israeli government. He is supposed to offer ‘peace’ but he cannot offer his ‘peace’ unless there is widespread chaos.

ISIL may or may not be a tool of the Antichrist, to establish a new kingdom, a new order, a new form of government, which will seek to force the people of the Middle East to unite against the people of God. We don’t know for sure at this time. What we do know for sure is that something like this must happen according to Biblical prophecy.

Syria–the only un-toppled regime in the region at this time–may also be conquered since the Antichrist will come out in Syria. This is no indication that the Antichrist is in Syria at this time. Some believe, without clear evidence, that he may be in Saudi Arabia biding his time. Others believe he may not have been born yet. What we do know for sure is based on Biblical prophecy: the Antichrist will come out after Christ Jesus takes believers out of the earth.

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DOES CHRIST/MESSIAH JESUS CALL MUSLIMS TO HIMSELF?

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DOES CHRIST/MESSIAH JESUS CALL MUSLIMS TO HIMSELF?

I believe the people of the WORLD are ALL CALLED by Christ/Messiah Jesus to Himself! Think about it for a moment. Let the thought sit in your mind and meditate upon it.

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In our two previous posts about Jesus in the Holy/Noble Quran, we briefly discussed the Quranic IMAGE and CHARACTER of Christ/Messiah Jesus and asked whether or not His image and character closely mirrored the Quranic image and character of Creator God. The questions in those two posts were for Muslims.

In this post we will discuss how the image of Christ/Messiah Jesus in the Holy/Noble Quran may be a CALL to Muslims to seek a Biblical understanding of WHO JESUS IS. To comprehend this, we have to grasp the connection/disconnection between Muslims, Hebrews and Christians.

Firstly, according to the Holy Bible, Abraham was the father of Ishmael and Isaac. Isaac was Esau and Jacob’s father. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel and promised that He would make a great nation of his children (Genesis 46). Israel had 12 sons (Genesis 49). God also promised Ishmael that he would have 12 princes (Genesis 17:20) and he did (Genesis 25:12-18).

Secondly, it is general knowledge, Muslim traditions teach that the Arab people are the descendants of Ishmael. It is also believed that some of the people of in the region of Jordan are descended from the Edomites who were the children of Esau. In any event, it is widely held that Arab Muslims are Ishmaelites (Sura Al-Baqarah 2:125).

Thirdly, the Muslims throughout the world who are not Arabs would, technically, be grafted Ishmaelites JUST AS gentile or non-Jewish Christians are, according to the Holy Bible (Romans 11:13-24), grafted Israelites. Based on this thought, both Ishmaelites and Israelites are children of Abraham and thus are important to Abraham’s GOD.

So, WHO IS GOD? It is self evident that God is ALL powerful (omnipotent), EVER present (omnipresent) and ALL knowing (omniscient). He can do anything He pleases, He is everywhere at all times and He knows everything about everything.

The Holy Bible teaches that God literally divided time in two when He sent Christ/Messiah Jesus to earth as a man. There was the time before Jesus; the time when He lived for thirty three years; and the time after Jesus. Understanding that Father God sent His Word Jesus to become a man on earth is NOT difficult to accept because of God’s LOVE for His creation.

From the start, mankind’s connection to God had become severed because of Adam’s CHOICE of disobedience, and God immediately set a plan in motion for man TO CHOOSE to be reconnected to Him. During the time before Jesus came to earth as a man ALL life was a ‘build-up’ to His arrival.

God’s plan for mankind’s re-connection began immediately after mankind’s ties to God were cut. God set the plan in motion with a prophecy that a seed of mankind would crush Satan (Genesis 3:15). Bible believers hold that Christ/Messiah Jesus is that seed.

The Holy Bible also teaches that when Jesus came and made the ultimate sacrifice, He changed the course of time as we know it. He provided the only opportunity for ALL mankind to be reconnected to God. This death and resurrection was the key to defeating Satan. There is no other belief system in the entire world, whose teacher died and was resurrected from the dead to provide mankind with a re-connection to God.

All the people of the world who existed before the Messiah came, who knew the prophecy about Him, believed it and were expecting His appearance, had their chance to meet Christ/Messiah Jesus when He died. These were people from the time of Abel who was killed by Cain, up to the point in time when Jesus died.

These people were held captive by Satan in Paradise (also called Abraham’s Bosom) under the earth (Luke 16:19-31). The Holy Bible teaches us that Christ/Messiah Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth (Matthew 12:40 and Ephesians 4:9), fought Satan, took the keys of death and Hell (Revelation 1:18), ascended on high and took those who were held captive by Satan with Him (Ephesians 4:8).

Christ/Messiah Jesus did not take on the image of Angels. He took on the image of the seed of Abraham when He was born as a man. A man (Adam) had broken the connection to God and only a man, a seed of our father Abraham, could restore the connection. The Word became like us, to understand our human sufferings so that He could bridge the gap between holy and unholy, divinity and humanity, and re-connect us to Heavenly Father God (Hebrews 2:14-18).

DOES CHRIST/MESSIAH JESUS CALL MUSLIMS TO HIMSELF?

DOES the QURAN say JESUS ‘GAVE LIFE’?

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DOES the QURAN say JESUS ‘GAVE LIFE’?

It is written in the Holy Bible that Jesus the Christ both created and made, and that He literally gave life to dead Lazarus. But what does the Quran say about Christ/Messiah Jesus and whether or not He can give life?

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What if, according to the Quran, Christ/Messiah Jesus can give life? Would this be evidence to Muslims that Christ/Messiah Jesus has the same generative, re-generative, life-giving power as God? What are the implications?

First, let’s look at some Suwar to see what the Holy/Noble Quran says about the one who creates versus the one who does not:

Sura An-Nahl 16:17

Arabic أَفَمَن يَخْلُقُ كَمَن لَّا يَخْلُقُ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ
Transliteration Afaman yakhluqu kaman la yakhluqu afala tathakkaroona
Literal
(Word by Word)
Then is He Who creates like one who (does) not create? Then will you not remember?

Sura An-Nahl 16:20

Arabic وَالَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ لَا يَخْلُقُونَ شَيْئًا وَهُمْ يُخْلَقُونَ
Transliteration Waallatheena yadAAoona min dooni Allahi la yakhluqoona shay-an wahum yukhlaqoona
Literal
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And those whom they invoke besides Allah not they create anything, but (are) themselves created.

Sura Al-Furqan 25:3

Arabic وَاتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِهِ آلِهَةً لَّا يَخْلُقُونَ شَيْئًا وَهُمْ يُخْلَقُونَ وَلَا يَمْلِكُونَ لِأَنفُسِهِمْ ضَرًّا وَلَا نَفْعًا وَلَا يَمْلِكُونَ مَوْتًا وَلَا حَيَاةً وَلَا نُشُورًا
Transliteration Waittakhathoo min doonihi alihatan la yakhluqoona shay-an wahum yukhlaqoona walayamlikoona li-anfusihim darran wala nafAAan wala yamlikoona mawtan wala hayatan walanushooran
Literal
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Yet they have taken besides Him gods not they create anything, while they are created, and not they possess for themselves any harm and not any benefit, and not they control death and not life and not resurrection.

In the above-listed suwar, the Quran sets a criteria that separates and distinguishes the Creator from the created. In summary, these suwar state that:

  • The ‘objects’ which others call upon besides God have not created anything.
  • These ‘objects’ cannot control death, life or resurrection.
  • These ‘objects’ of worship are dead.

The word ‘objects’ seems to refer to false gods, angels, and/or people and the statements logically imply the following:

  • God is the Creator.
  • God is the Source of Life.
  • God is ever-Living.

So, what does the Quran say about God and His creative power?

Sura Al-An’am 6:2

Arabic هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن طِينٍ ثُمَّ قَضَىٰ أَجَلًا وَأَجَلٌ مُّسَمًّى عِندَهُ ثُمَّ أَنتُمْ تَمْتَرُونَ
Transliteration Huwa allathee khalaqakum min teenin thumma qada ajalan waajalun musamman AAindahu thumma antum tamtaroona
Literal
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He (is) the One Who created you from clay then He decreed a term – and a term specified with Him, yet you doubt.

Sura Sad 38:71

Arabic إِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ إِنِّي خَالِقٌ بَشَرًا مِّن طِينٍ
Transliteration Ith qala rabbuka lilmala-ikati innee khaliqun basharan min teenin
Literal
(Word by Word)
When said your Lord to the Angels, “Indeed, going to create a human being from clay.

Sura Sad 38:72

Arabic فَإِذَا سَوَّيْتُهُ وَنَفَخْتُ فِيهِ مِن رُّوحِي فَقَعُوا لَهُ سَاجِدِينَ
Transliteration Fa-itha sawwaytuhu wanafakhtu feehi min roohee faqaAAoo lahu sajideena
Literal
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So when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My spirit, then fall down to him prostrating.”

Now, let’s look at what the Quran says specifically regarding Christ/Messiah Jesus‘ creative power and His power to give life. Let us also give a mental comparison to both Almighty God and Christ/Messiah Jesus to see if their ‘actions’ are similar.

Sura Al-‘Imran 3:49

Arabic وَرَسُولًا إِلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنِّي قَدْ جِئْتُكُم بِآيَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ أَنِّي أَخْلُقُ لَكُم مِّنَ الطِّينِ كَهَيْئَةِ الطَّيْرِ فَأَنفُخُ فِيهِ فَيَكُونُ طَيْرًا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَأُبْرِئُ الْأَكْمَهَ وَالْأَبْرَصَ وَأُحْيِي الْمَوْتَىٰ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَأُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا تَأْكُلُونَ وَمَا تَدَّخِرُونَ فِي بُيُوتِكُمْ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَةً لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ zoom
Transliteration Warasoolan ila banee isra-eela annee qad ji/tukum bi-ayatin min rabbikum annee akhluqu lakum mina altteeni kahay-ati alttayri faanfukhu feehi fayakoonu tayran bi-ithni Allahi waobri-o al-akmaha waal-abrasa waohyee almawta bi-ithni Allahi waonabbi-okum bima ta/kuloona wama taddakhiroona fee buyootikum inna fee thalika laayatan lakum in kuntum mu/mineena zoom
Literal
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And (make him) a Messenger to (the) Children (of) Israel, “Indeed, I [surely] [I] (have) come (to) you with a sign from your Lord that I [I] design for you from [the] clay like the form (of) the bird, then I breath into it and it becomes a bird by (the) permission (of) Allah. And I cure the blind, and the leper, and I give life (to) the dead by (the) permission (of) Allah. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed, in that (is) surely a sign for you, if you are believers. zoom

Sura Al-Ma’idah 5:110

Arabic إِذْ قَالَ اللَّهُ يَا عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ اذْكُرْ نِعْمَتِي عَلَيْكَ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَتِكَ إِذْ أَيَّدتُّكَ بِرُوحِ الْقُدُسِ تُكَلِّمُ النَّاسَ فِي الْمَهْدِ وَكَهْلًا وَإِذْ عَلَّمْتُكَ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَالتَّوْرَاةَ وَالْإِنجِيلَ وَإِذْ تَخْلُقُ مِنَ الطِّينِ كَهَيْئَةِ الطَّيْرِ بِإِذْنِي فَتَنفُخُ فِيهَا فَتَكُونُ طَيْرًا بِإِذْنِي وَتُبْرِئُ الْأَكْمَهَ وَالْأَبْرَصَ بِإِذْنِي وَإِذْ تُخْرِجُ الْمَوْتَىٰ بِإِذْنِي وَإِذْ كَفَفْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ عَنكَ إِذْ جِئْتَهُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ فَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْهُمْ إِنْ هَٰذَا إِلَّا سِحْرٌ مُّبِينٌ zoom
Transliteration Ith qala Allahu ya AAeesa ibna maryama othkur niAAmatee AAalayka waAAala walidatika ithayyadtuka biroohi alqudusi tukallimu alnnasa fee almahdi wakahlan wa-ith AAallamtuka alkitaba waalhikmata waalttawrata waal-injeela wa-ith takhluqu mina altteeni kahay-ati alttayri bi-ithnee fatanfukhu feeha fatakoonu tayran bi-ithnee watubri-o al-akmaha waal-abrasa bi-ithnee wa-ith tukhriju almawta bi-ithnee wa-ith kafaftu banee isra-eela AAanka ith ji/tahum bialbayyinati faqala allatheena kafaroo minhum in hatha illa sihrun mubeenun zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
When Allah said, “O Isa, son (of) Maryam! Remember My Favor upon you and upon your mother when I strengthened you with the Holy Spirit, you spoke (to) the people in the cradle and (in) maturity. And when I taught you the Book and the wisdom and the Taurat and the Injeel; and when you make from the clay like the shape (of) the bird by My permission then you breath into it and it becomes a bird by My permission, and you heal the born blind and the leper by My permission, and when you bring forth the dead by My permission. And when I restrained (the) Children (of) Israel from you when you came to them with the clear proofs then said those who disbelieved among them “This is not but clear magic.” zoom

In these suwar, the Quran says God strengthened Jesus with the Holy Spirit and taught Him the scriptures. It also says that as a sign from God, Jesus molded clay into the shape of a bird, breathed into the clay bird with God’s permission and it received life. It further says that by God’s permission, Jesus cured the blind, cured the sick and raised the dead.

Ask yourself now, did the Quran really say Jesus breathed life into a clay-bird in the same way that God breathed life into a clay man? Is there a connection between God breathing his Spirit into man, Jesus being strengthened with the Holy Spirit and breathing life into clay birds, and Jesus healing the sick and resurrecting the dead?

DOES the QURAN say JESUS ‘GAVE LIFE’?

DOES the QURAN say “JESUS IS ‘THE WORD'”?

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DOES the QURAN say “JESUS IS ‘THE WORD'”?

The question is an important one for Christians and Muslims alike for obvious reasons. In this study we will use 31 of the most popular and widely accepted English translations of the Arabic Quran.

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We’ll also look at Sura Aal-‘Imran (3), Ayah 45. It gives us the story of the angels making an announcement to Mary, Jesus’ mother concerning Jesus.

Arabic إِذْ قَالَتِ الْمَلَائِكَةُ يَا مَرْيَمُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُبَشِّرُكِ بِكَلِمَةٍ مِّنْهُ اسْمُهُ الْمَسِيحُ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ وَجِيهًا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ وَمِنَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ zoom
Transliteration Ith qalati almala-ikatu ya maryamu inna Allaha yubashshiruki bikalimatin minhu ismuhu almaseehu AAeesa ibnu maryama wajeehan fee alddunya waal-akhirati wamina almuqarrabeena zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
When said the Angels, “O Maryam! Indeed, Allah gives you glad tidings of a word from Him, his name (is) the Messiah, Isa, son (of) Maryam, honored in the world and (in) the Hereafter, and of those brought near (to Allah).

The literal English translation is interesting because of the following words: word and Messiah Isa. Is it saying here that Allah gave Mary some glad tidings (good news) about “a word” whose name is “the Messiah Jesus“?

Isa is the Arabic name for the Greek name Iésous and the English name Jesus. By itself, in the Quran, the name Isa does not connote deity; However, when it is combined with the word Messiah, does it? Is Isa the Messiah? What is Messiah?

The following words are used interchangeably in English translations of the Quran to describe Jesus: CHRIST, MESSIAH, MASIH and AL-MASEEH (See translations below.). The words CHRIST and MESSIAH are also used in the Holy Bible to describe Him.

Our English word Messiah comes from the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ mâshîyach, pronounced maw-shee’-akhמָשִׁיחַ mâshîyach is translated as Messiah 2 times and as anointed 37 times in the Holy Bible. Our English word Christ comes from the Greek word Χριστός Christós, pronounced khris-tos’. Χριστός Christós means anointed and is translated as Christ 569 times in the Holy Bible. 

In the Holy Bible, Jesus is called both ‘Messiah’ (Daniel 9:25 referring to Jesus’ coming) and ‘Word’ (John 1:1-5 referring to the Word as ‘Him’ with verse 14 saying the Word became a man).

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” (Daniel)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John)

The word Word in the book of St. John comes from the Greek λόγος lógos, pronounced log’-os. Here, λόγος lógos, as used with the article, refers to the essential Word of God, Jesus the Christ; the personal wisdom and power in union with God; His minister in creation and government of the universe; the cause of all the world’s life, both physical and ethical, which for the procurement of man’s salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the Messiah.

Below are the 31 generally and widely accepted English translations of the meaning of this verse. They either use CHRIST, MESSIAH, MASIH or AL-MASEEH to describe Jesus. And most of them introduce Him in this general way: God sends glad tidings of a word whose name is Messiah/Christ Jesus.

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad Lo! The angels said: “O Mary! Behold, God sends thee the glad tiding, through a word from Him, [of a son] who shall become known as the Christ Jesus, son of Mary, of great honour in this world and in the life to come, and [shall be] of those who are drawn near unto God. zoom
M. M. Pickthall (And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah). zoom
Shakir When the angels said: O Marium, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him (of one) whose name is the ‘. Messiah, Isa son of Marium, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter and of those who are made near (to Allah). zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah; zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God; zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar Mention when the angels said: O Mary! Truly, God gives thee (f) good tidings of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah—Jesus son of Mary—well-esteemed in the present and the world to come and among the ones who are brought near. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan When the angels said, O Mary, your Lord gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, honoured in this world and in the next and one of those who are granted nearness to God. zoom
T.B.Irving Thus the angels said: “Mary, God announces word to you about someone whose name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, [who is] well regarded in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those drawn near [to God]. zoom
[Al-Muntakhab] The angels said to Maryam: “O Maryam here we relate to you a divine edict. Allah intimates to you the announcement of a happy event, the arrival of a male child, the product of a word from Him, designated the Messiah ‘Isa, the son of Maryam, who shall be distinguished here and Hereafter and of those nearest to Allah”; zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) And the Angels said: “O Mary, God gives good news of a word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary. Honourable in this world and in the Hereafter, and from among those who are made close.” zoom
Abdel Haleem The angels said, ‘Mary, God gives you news of a Word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, who will be held in honour in this world and the next, who will be one of those brought near to God. zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi Recall what time the angels said: Maryam! verily Allah announceth unto thee a word from Him: his name Shall be the Masih, Isa, son of Maryam, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter and one of those brought nigh. zoom
Ahmed Ali When the angels said: “O Mary, God gives you news of a thing from Him, for rejoicing, (news of one) whose name will be Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in this world and the next, and one among the honoured, zoom
Aisha Bewley When the angels said, ´Maryam, Allah gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, ´Isa, son of Maryam, of high esteem in this world and the Next World, and one of those brought near. zoom
Ali Ünal And (remember) when the angels said: “Mary, God gives you the glad tidings of a Word from Him, to be called the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary; highly honored in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those near-stationed to God. zoom
Ali Quli Qara’i When the angels said, ‘O Mary, Allah gives you the good news of a Word from Him whose name is Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, distinguished in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near [to Allah]. zoom
Hamid S. Aziz When the angel said, “O Mary! Verily, Allah gives you the glad tidings of a Word from Him; his name shall be the Messiah Jesus, the son of Mary, honoured in this world and the Hereafter and of those whose place is nigh to Allah. zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali As the Angels said, “O Maryam, (Mary) surely Allah gives you good tidings of a Word from Him whose name is the Masih Isa (Literally: pens) son of Maryam, esteemed in the present (life) (Literally: the lowly “life”, i.e., the life of this world) and the Hereafter, and one of the near -stationed (i.e., stationed near to’ Allah). zoom
Muhammad Sarwar “Behold,” the angels told Mary, “God has given you the glad news of the coming birth of a son whom He calls His Word, whose name will be Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, who will be a man of honor in this life and the life to come, and who will be one of the ones nearest to God. zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Remember the time) when the angels said: .O Maryam, Allah gives you the good news of a Word from Him whose name is MasiH ‘Isa , the son of Maryam (the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary) a man of status in this world and in the Hereafter, and one of those who are near (to Allah). zoom
Shabbir Ahmed Angels said, “O’ Mary! Allah gives you the good news through a word from Him. His name would be Christ Jesus, son of Mary, held in honor in this world and among the ones close to Me in the Hereafter.” zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed (Remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allah gives you good news of a Word from Him: Son of Maryam (Mary), his name will be Messiah, Isa (Christ, Jesus), held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest (to Allah); zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) [And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ]. zoom
Farook Malik When the angels said “O Mary! Allah gives you the good news with a Word from Him that you will be given a son: his name will be Messiah, Jesus (Jesus Christ) the son of Mary. He will be noble in this world and the Hereafter; and he will be from those who are very close to Allah. zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey And (remember) when the angels said, “Oh Mary, Allah gives you the good news of ´the word´ from Him. His name shall be Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, held in high honor in this world and the hereafter; and he will be one of those nearest (to Allah).” zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri When the angels said: ‘O Maryam (Mary), surely, Allah gives you glad tidings of a (particular) Word from Him named the Messiah, ‘Isa, the son of Maryam (Jesus, the son of Mary), who would be eminent and exalted, (both) in this world and in the Hereafter, and would be of those who are exceptionally intimate servants of Allah blessed with His nearness. zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar (Now ponder over another incident) When the angels said: “O Maryam! Allah gives you the glad news of a Statement proceeding from Him, his name (would be) Al-Maseeh, Iesa, son of Maryam, (becoming) highly honoured in this world and the Hereafter and out of those who are in nearness (to Allah). zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) The Angels said, ‘O Mary, God gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, well-esteemed in this world and the next, and one of the nearest. zoom
Bilal Muhammad (2013 Edition) Behold, the angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in the present and the hereafter, and of the company of those nearest to God. zoom
Maududi And when the angels said: ´O Mary! Allah gives you the glad tidings of a command from Him: his name shall be Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary. He shall be highly honoured in this world and in the Next, and shall be one of those near stationed to Allah. zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) And the angels said: “O Mary, God gives you glad tidings of a word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary. Honorable in this world and in the Hereafter, and from among those who are made close.”

What do YOU think? DOES the QURAN say “JESUS IS ‘THE WORD'”?

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