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Special Prophecy Update Number 157C
February 5, 2004
Islam, Born of a
Millions of men and women, boys and girls, hating one another with a fanatical religious hatred – when did it all begin? The first conflict between a teenager and a young child, who had the same father, but different mothers, was the initial manifestation and planted seed of it.
Genesis 21:8-10 – And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian (Ishmael), which she had born unto Abraham, mocking (Isaac).  Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
Abraham’s first son Ishmael was born of a bondwoman of his wife Sarah. Sarah, the freewoman, was the mother of the seed God promised Abraham, and that seed was Isaac.
GALATIANS 4:22 – For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
Ishmael is a picture of man trying to help God by his own scheme of helping God fulfill his promise by using his own plan, devised by the mind of the flesh, to make sure man gets what God promises. The birth of Isaac, from Sarah, was a miraculous act of God from a barren womb of a woman more than ninety years old, and it was based on the promise of God. Isaac was God’s son of promise, but Ishmael was man’s son of the flesh.
GALATIANS 4:23 – But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
There are two covenants, one representing mount Sinai, where Moses received the Law. It is a covenant given to man by God with this promise – If you can keep all of it, then you may come into my presence. It was given by God to man to prove that man cannot come up to God’s standard of righteousness, and must have faith in Christ, who was the seed promised to come through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and who kept God’s standard for us.
Galatians 3:24 –Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
James 2:10 – For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Galatians 3:21,22 – Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Galatians 2:21 – I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
The Islamic faith does not believe in inherited or original sin. They believe that the seed of promise was born of Hagar, and was Ishmael. Their blessings from Allah come from their father Abraham through Hagar, mother of Ishmael, their seed of promise. And, ironically, their religion is the model for a belief in salvation by works. They are all in bondage in sin under the web of the Devil, much as were those Jews who did not believe Christ was the Messiah in John 8:44-47.
John 8:44-47 – Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?  He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Hagar (Agar) represents a covenant of death with the flesh, which all who do not trust in Christ for salvation of their souls are under, both the descendants of Abraham and the Gentiles.
GALATIANS 4:24,25 – Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
But for all men and women on this earth, regardless of their genealogy, who have their faith for full salvation in the promised seed, Jesus Christ, they are set free from the bondage of sin by the only man who every kept every minute part of the Law for them, and are a part of the family of the heavenly Jerusalem.
GALATIANS 4:26 – But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
John 8:36 – If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Christ kept the Law for us and died for us, taking our sins in his own body on the cross – That is GRACE.
Galatians 3:16-18 – Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Colossians 1:13,14 – Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Hagar pictures the covenant of death in the Law, but the Seed of Isaac, Christ Jesus, fulfilled it for us at Golgatha.
Colossians 2:14,15 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
II Corinthians 3:7,8 – But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
Romans 8:15,16 – For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: