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Middle East Facts & Fiction: Interview With a Biblical Scholar

November 29, 2012 at 5:00 am / by

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California State Director Lainie Sloane started her political activism as a Teen Age Republican (TAR) when she was 14 years old, helping her local college (Purdue University) Young Republicans in door-to-door… More
 
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My husband, J.P. Sloane, is a biblical scholar who has studied Islam in the Middle East.  I asked him if he would share some of his insights regarding a few of the claims made by the American media, Islamists and our government regarding the “religion of peace” and the historical context regarding Islam in the news.  Following is my interview with him.

LSThe President of Egypt, Muhammad Morsi, wants to create a “United Arab States.” Tell me how this would play out if it were to happen.

J.P:  It would essentially resurrect the old Ottoman Empire caliphate of which Egypt was originally a part.  A caliphate is an Islamic state that is based upon and gets its authority from Sharia law with a political and spiritual caliph as its leader.  A caliph is considered a successor to or a representative of Mohammed.

LS: Most of the media tells us that Jerusalem is the third holiest site of Islam.  Please elaborate.

J.P:  It is said that Jerusalem is where Mohammed left in a dream to be with noted Muslim prophets such as Moses and Jesus who attested to the fact, according to Mohammad, that he (Mohammed) was the “greatest prophet of Islam.”  We have all heard these claims before and not surprisingly, a 2004 Special Edition: World Religions of Time Magazine had a story about Jerusalem being the third holiest city in Islam.  If that is true, then surely we would be able to find some reference in the Koran to verify this.  What we do know is that in the Holy Bible, Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times.  However, in the Koran there is not even one mention of Jerusalem.

LS:  So how did this alleged anachronism get started?

J.P:  To begin with, Mohammed was born in 570 A.D. and died in 632 A.D.   It was only about five years after Mohammed’s death that Jerusalem fell into Muslim hands.   Modern revisionists tell us that Mohammed, the “greatest Islamic prophet of all time,” went to Heaven from what they forget or ignore was—at the time Muhammad lived—a Christian-controlled Temple Mount.  They base their claim upon the account given in the Koran, which is found in Surah 17, The Night Journey:

‘In the name of Allah the merciful, the compassionate

Glory be to Him who carried His servant by night from the Holy Mosque to the Further Mosque.  The precincts of which We have blessed that We might show him some of Our signs.  He is the All-hearing, All-seeing.’  (J.P.’s resource: The Koran, R.J. Arberry, translator)

This historical reconstruction by modern revisionists regarding Jerusalem as the third holiest site in Islam was the product of an alliance between the Arabs and Germany who found they had a common enemy, namely the Jews, as recorded in a conversation of Haj Amin al-Husseini with Adolph Hitler, November 28, 1941.  The British appointed al-Husseini in 1921 as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.  It was he who was the first to designate Jerusalem as the third holiest site in Islam in 1917.  (J.P.’s resource:  Israel My Glory, January/February, 2003, Vol. 61, Number 1)

LS:  So if there were no mosques in Jerusalem, where was the mosque that Muhammad did leave from?

J.P:  It seems that the question that we must ask ourselves is, since we are talking about Mohammed, where were the closest and furthest mosques during his lifetime?

The answer would have to include the mosque at Mecca, which is the holiest city in Islam, but the first mosque was built in Medina.  The closest and furthest mosques are these two.  There were no mosques in Jerusalem, or Israel for that matter, during the life of Mohammed.  It was not until about five years after his death that the ‘religion of peace’ conquered the Holy Land with the sword.  This myth of Jerusalem being the third holiest site of Islam was created in the twentieth century, 1300 years after the writing of the Koran, which, as we stated previously, is strangely silent on the name Jerusalem.

LS:  So how did the myth of a country called ‘Palestine’ and the Palestinian people come about?

J.P:  Before the Six Day War in 1967, all of the Arabs living in what is now referred to as the West Bank considered themselves Jordanians and all of the Arabs living in the Gaza considered themselves to be Egyptians.  Up until that time, the Palestinians were thought to be the Jews.  In fact, the Jerusalem Post used to be the Palestinian Post and The Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which was established in 1936, changed its name to The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1948 when Israel became officially a nation

After Israel’s monumental and swift defeat of the Arab nations of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, a very discouraged Yasser Arafat consulted with the North Vietnamese as to guidance on how he and his organization should proceed.  The Vietnamese told him he needed to create an entity of someone for whom the world could develop sympathy.  So Arafat created a new national entity called the Palestinians who then became a people alleged to have always been in the land the Bible calls Israel.  This was not too difficult a leap as Islam already made the erroneous claim that biblical personages from Adam to Moses and Moses to Jesus were, in fact, prophets of Islam.

Thus Yasser Arafat also proclaimed himself to be a Palestinian and when he died, the French put his place of origin in what we have come to believe as a country called Palestine.  In actuality, Yasser Arafat was born in Egypt.  Thus, the myth of the Palestinian people was born.

LS:  But how can we prove today that there never was a country or a people with a nationality called Palestine and Palestinians?  After all, that area of the world has been called Palestine for thousands of years.

J.P:  The problem with the claim that there was an ancient people of the land called Palestine, who are still struggling against a historical Jewish occupation, is that no one can name one famous king of the so-called ancient Palestinian people, what their currency was called, or what celebrated products or industries for which they are known–such as France being known for its wine and fine foods, Switzerland for its cheese, Germany for its engineering and Greece for its democracy, etc.

LS:  Why is it that even some Christians believe the Palestinians were the early biblical Philistines?

J.P:  That’s true.  Many Christians and other Westerners do believe that today, thanks to a very effective public relations campaign by the Arab propagandists in the Holy Land and Middle East.  The contemporary Palestinians try to make the claim that they were the early Philistines and indeed Jesus was a Palestinian too.  What Christians and others have been reading is revisionist history.  The problem with all of this is that those calling themselves Palestinian nationals are, in truth, Arabs.  The Arabs are descended from Abraham’s first son with his wife’s slave, Hagar, whose son was named Ismael.  The Philistines were of European extract, closely associated with and possibly even were, the Phoenicians, whose likely origin was Greece.  The Philistines were a taller European people who faded from history hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.

LS:  Tell me about Emperor Hadrian’s role with what we know as Palestine.

J.P:  For myths to become facts there has to be an element of truth.  A people called Philistines did exist in the area we know as the Gaza Strip and the land, which we know as Israel, came to be known as Palestine.  However, the term Palestine was a second century invention of Emperor Hadrian whose other famous achievement was building the wall completely across the northern Roman province that we know today as Scotland.

In 135 AD, after the destruction of Masada, Hadrian was so fed up with the problems the Hebrews had caused Rome or for the past 100 years that he dispersed what was left of the Hebrews throughout the Roman Empire and renamed Judea, Samaria and the rest of what was known as Israel, Syria Palestinia as an insult to the Jews by commemorating their ancient and extinct enemies, the Philistines.

LS:  Was Jerusalem ever made a provincial capital under one of the Islamic conquests?  It would seem a natural thing to do because of Jerusalem’s historical significance.

J.P:  That is a good point; however, the truth is that throughout history, Jerusalem was never the capital of any Islamic province.

The Ottoman Empire, which was a caliphate spanning some 400 years, consisted of all of the modern Arab countries.  The provincial capital of Palestine, while not Jerusalem, was a city six miles to the north of Jerusalem named Ramallah.  Even today it is the capital of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.   If we break down the city’s name into two parts, ram is Arabic for mountain, so the name of the city means Mountain of Allah.

LS:  An interesting observation would be what you have told me regarding the Holy Land.  Not only was it not Islamic from the beginning with Adam (Islam being ‘a revelation’ of Mohammed in sixth century A.D.), but that the land actually has God’s signature written in the mountains which can be seen from space.

J.P:  Yes, isn’t that exciting?  There would be no way the Jewish people during biblical times could have seen how the valleys and canyons formed the Hebrew word for God, consisting of the four letters yod, hey, vav, hey, which is transliterated consonantally usually as YHVH.  When the Germans translated their Bible, they translated YHVH as Jehovah, which carried over into our English Bibles.  The Hebrew alphabet has no letter with a “j” sound.  The name that God signed near the ancient city of Bethel, House of God, is Yaweh, not Allah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look very closely just to the right of Bethel, which means House of God, and almost directly above Ramallah to see God’s signature in Hebrew!  I added a white insert overlay with the matching Hebrew letters as a clarification aid because not everyone knows the Hebrew alphabet.  The first four letters are directly above the same four letters chiseled into the Judean Mountains!  (J.P.’s resource: The Holy Land Satellite Atlas: Vol. 1, 1999, Page 81.) 

No wonder God’s signature is near Bethel.  According to the biblical account, altars were established at Bethel by both Abraham and Jacob.  He (Jacob) was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place!  This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven,’ (Genesis. 28:17, NIV) and as one can see looking down from outer space—it makes perfect sense.

LS:  Can there ever be peace in the Middle East?

J.P:  Sadly, from the Koran’s point of view, there can never be peace between Christians and Jews with Muslims.  The Koran clearly states at least ten times that it is wrong to befriend them.  The following are just two examples from the Koran:

‘O you who believe!  do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.’ (Koran 5:51).

‘You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide.’ (Koran 5:80) 

In other words, any Muslim who befriends a Christian or a Jew will go to Hell!

LS:  Several people, including President George W. Bush during his time in office, have referred to Islam as a religion of peace.

J.P:  The only difference between a radical, jihadist Muslim and a peaceful Muslim is that the radical Muslim reads the Koran and believes it.

The world would have us believe that all Israel needs to do in order to achieve harmony with its Arab/Islamic neighbors is to just ‘give up a little more of their occupied land’ for peace.

 

 

 

 

 
In fact, Israel has been giving up land for peace.  Can you see Israel on the map?  You really have to look hard to see it.  How much land does Israel have to give up for there to be peace with its neighbors?  The answer:  All of it!
‘O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.  See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.  With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.  “Come, they say, ‘let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”‘ (Psalm 83:1-4)

LS:  Does the Bible have anything to say about this?

J.P:  The Bible addresses this very problem when talking about the End Times.  It teaches that the whole world will come against Jerusalem. (Zechariah 12:3)

LS:  What is it about Jerusalem that would cause the whole world to come against it?

J.P:  That is the great mystery that many confused people who do not know the Bible are asking.  Jerusalem is not on a major trade route and has no access to any waterway, the only two means of efficiently conducting trade, which was before the railroad and airplanes.   Jerusalem sits isolated on top of a mountain.  There is no silver or gold to be had, yet the Bible insists the whole world will come against Jerusalem.  That is exactly what is happening today.  Since there is no monetary gain to be had, it must be spiritual and in a world that is rapidly becoming agnostic, the warnings of Scripture fall on deaf ears.   Factually, the United States is the only country that has had Israel’s back—up until now.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Lainie Sloane

California State Director Lainie Sloane started her political activism as a Teen Age Republican (TAR) when she was 14 years old, helping her local college (Purdue University) Young Republicans in door-to-door campaigns, telephone banks and stuffing envelopes. By the time she graduated from high school, local GOP leaders knew her as the “go-to person.” In addition to serving on various local and state campaign committees and managing GOP Campaign Headquarters for two presidential elections, she was appointed by a city judge to serve as interim City Clerk and was awarded an Honorary Indiana Secretary of State by Indiana’s Secretary of State, at that time Ed Simcox, for her extraordinary leadership skills and dedication to the Republican Party in her home state of Indiana. National, local and state GOP leaders endorsed Lainie, including Betty Rendel, former President of the National Federation of Republican Women, for the position of Chair of the Indiana Second Congressional District Young Republicans, which included the Northwest Counties of Indiana, a Democrat stronghold. This position qualified her to sit on the Indiana Young Republicans State Central Committee. After she married Los Angeles native, entertainer J.P. Sloane, they moved to Southern California where she worked in management at Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Animation and assisted in the start-up and development of a retro record label for Dick Clark Productions. Lainie is a member of and served on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles based Christian Entertainers’ Fellowship. She resides in California with her husband, host of a soon to be released biblically-based Internet television broadcast, "What in the World?" discussing Christian apologetics and prophesy. Currently Lainie is a Business Consultant to the music publishing industry and was recently appointed to the State Leadership Committee for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly for Governor-2014.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/smsasser Sonya Sasser

    Thanks so much to you and your husband, Lainie….This is incredibly informative!!

    • Lainie

      You’re welcome, Sonya, and thank you!!

  • John Smithson

    Thanks for this post, I study the Bible for yrs now, Ive read the koran a couple of times. I find this post the most honest, To many posts distort the truth even from Christians & Jews & the muslums cant tell the truth if their lives depended on it & it does. Thanks again & God Bless

    • Lainie

      Thank you, and God bless you too, John.

  • Debra

    Nuke all arabs and get it overwith

  • http://www.facebook.com/annmariemurrell Ann-Marie Murrell

    Great work Lainie & JP!!

    • Lainie

      Thank you, Ann-Marie!

  • dHb

    Organized religion of every type is superstitious nonsense intended to control and enslave mankind. God gave us reason, not religion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.martin3 Jack Martin

    Excellant article Lainie, give JP my best on it. For some who don’t understand Gen. 16:11-12 have always said it best for why Islam is as it is. It reads The angel of the Lord also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son.You shall name him Ishmael,
    for the Lord has heard of your misery.12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him,and he will live in hostility toward[b] all his brothers.” That pretty much describes Islams relationship with the rest of the world.

    • Lainie

      Thanks for bringing that up, Pastor Jack! That Scripture definitely describes the relationship. I’ll pass along your comment to J.P.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gene-Freidus/100001127505457 Gene Freidus

    What is le

  • reggiec

    There is a concept in Islam that was instituted by their prophet Mohammed. It is called abrogation. This is the concept that any so called message from Allah given to Mohammed that disagreed with any earlier so called messages from Allah abrogates the earlier message. In other words the second cancels out the first. Now since Allah is “all knowing and perfect” according to their religion, Mohammed must have got the first message wrong and had to be corrected. If that is true then did he fail to correct any more messages from Allah? If he messed up the first time, what is to say his corrections are accurate? He could have screwed up yet again. I am just asking some logical questions.
    Muslims have a need to rewrite history and then accept it as fact.
    Now that, in the eyes of Muslims, I have probably insulted their prophet; if they want to come after me, they should be aware that I don’t believe in unloaded weapons or rubber bullets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004755723229 J.p. Sloane

      Allah can change his mind (Shura 16: 101) , however, The God of the Bible NEVER changes (Malachi 3: 6).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gene-Freidus/100001127505457 Gene Freidus

    What has been left out is that ALL the Jews never left Israel.The Romans allowed some to remain in Bettar.In fact,when Mark Twain visited Palestine in the middle of the 19th century (before the initiation of the modern Zionist movement)the majority of the population of Jerusalem were Jews.The “Jewish” section of Jerusalem was East Jerusalem.This remained the case until 1948 when the UN voted Israel into existence and Syria,Egypt,Iraq,Lebanon and Jordon attacked the Jews living in the 1/5 of Palestine that had been held by the UK after WW I,when Turkey,which sided with Germany ,lost the war.The other 4/5 of Palestine,as held by the Turks, had been partitioned by Britain in the 1920′s as Transjordon.In order to mask the reality of Jordon’s origins as the first Palestinian state, it was renamed Jordon from Transjordon (meaning simply across the Jordon river from the remainder of Palestine being held by the Brits-at the same time,Britain prohibited the emigration of ANY Jews thereafter into the remainder of “Palestine”-including the period of the 1930s,when the UK prohibited Jews from Europe,including Germany,from seeking refuge there:all this because the Brits didnot want to threaten their access to oil).Having been forced out of East Jerusalem, the Jews built up the portion of Jerusalem it held, until 1967.Once again, Israel was attacked by Egypt,Syria,Lebanon and Jordon.The Israelis specifically asked the Jordanians not to enter the war.:they refused,and the land they lost-the West Bank, and the land lost by Egypt,Gaza, was then taken by Israel Neither Jordon nor Egypt had legal possession of either parcel of land.Their possession had been recognized solely by Saudi Arabia in 1948.The Israelis unilaterally gave up Gaza in 2005,hoping it would prompt peace talks-so much for false hopes.

  • Pamela Hughes

    Awesome! Satellite picture blows my mind! Love this
    I must share.

    • Lainie

      Me too, Pamela!

    • Pamela Hughes

      Yod Heh Vav Heh written near Bethel where Jacob wrestled with God and he was renamed, Israel. Whoa!

      • Lainie

        Gives one chills!

  • mizpeaches

    Lainie, thank you and JP for a great article. It would be great if JP did a regular article maybe once a month or once a week to inform us all on the religious aspects of this “religion of peace”.

    • Lainie

      Thanks, Pat! Great idea!

  • http://www.classy-cleaning.com/ Shannon J. Carpenter

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous…and ditto to J.P…he is a true Biblical Scholar!

    • Lainie

      Thank you, Shannon! Love your comments :-).

  • sha49tn

    When people ignore history, they come up with the ignorance that is shown by the media. There is not now, nor has there EVER been a Palestinian race. Israel was called Palestine by the Romans, when they conquered Israel. So technically Jews are ‘Palestinians’. The Romans called it that as an insult to the Jews, because it was a version of ‘Philistine’ and, we ALL know the stories of ancient Israel & the Philistines. Muslims are ALL descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s illegitimate son, & later on Esau married one of Ishmael’s descendants.

  • sha49tn

    Oh, by the way, Lainie, an excellent article!

    • Lainie

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Karl Priest

    Very interesting and informative. Thanks.

    • Lainie

      Thanks, Karl!

  • http://www.facebook.com/patti.b.terrell Patti Barnett Terrell

    Gret work. This is something that I want to read over and again. Lots of info.

    • Lainie

      Thanks, Patti!

  • Susan

    Really appreciate this scholarship. Have never heard of the YHVH etched in the mountaintops before. Gives me chills! Thank you for this solid perspective. Would love to read more from you both! :>)

    • Lainie

      Thank you, Susan!

  • jewels50

    I believe the answer is in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17. The anti-christ will come to the earth first to deceive the whole world in believing he is the true Jesus Christ. v3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come ( the return of the true Jesus Christ) except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,(the false christ) the son of perdition. This is why we need to keep our eyes and ears on Israel, because the anti-christ will be in Jerusalem claiming to be God. v4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he is God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Acts 1:11-12 Jesus Christ will return on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Matthew 13:35 Jesus talks about the secret of the foundation of the world, and the secret is satan planted the child the evil seed, who is Cain. Genesis 3:15. Matthew v38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one. The Kenites are the tares and the descendants of Cain. v39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil. Amen! In Jesus Christ name.

 
 
 
 

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