Friday, September 27, 2013

Evaluating Muslim Dreams and Visions of Jesus/Isa Part 2


More dreams of Isa, not Jesus, being hailed as the Jesus of Scripture, supernaturally coming to myriads of Muslims and some Hindus in this WND report. Interestingly the Jews are always left out of these visions. As always, this "Jesus" (Isa is NOT Jesus at all, but a ficticious Muslim myth of a Muslim man), never lays the weight of sin upon the person having the vision, doesn't announce Himself, doesn't display His absolute holiness, doesn't call them to repent of their sins. As usual, they have a vision that makes them feel at peace while at war with God; their Isa doesn't proclaim to be God the Son, born of a Jewish virgin named Mary who died and was resurrected according to the Scriptures. Their Isa leads them to Roman Catholicism, which is also filled with false visions and dreams of "Mary" and "Jesus" (neither are the biblical Jesus or Mary for the same reasons--and with Mary she's dead).

An Evaluation of Muslim Dreams & Visions of Isa (Jesus) Part 2 by Dennis McBride

McBride goes through the various passages in the NT regarding visions and dreams, since defenders of a gospel-less Jesus-vision is claimed to be saving tens of thousands of Muslims.


The visions Peter and Cornelius experienced are often cited as patterns for Isa preparing unbelieving Muslims to receive the gospel from Christian evangelists. But Peter and Cornelius aren’t a pattern even for New Testament evangelism, much less modern-day evangelism. Theirs was a unique situation in which the Lord drew them together supernaturally for a specific purpose that has no parallel today or in any other period of church history.
Further, there is no correlation between Cornelius’ experience and Muslim unbelievers whom Isa is reportedly preparing to receive the gospel. Cornelius was not an unbeliever, but “a devout man, and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people, and prayed to God continually” (Acts 10:1-2). He did not see Jesus, but an angel (Acts 10:3730-31) and was then directed by the Holy Spirit to send for Peter (Acts 10:20). Cornelius’ vision was clearly revelatory and intended to be included in the canon of Scripture (as were Peter’s).
But beyond those dissimilarities is the unique role their visions played in redemptive and revelatory history. Peter’s visions were intended to teach him that God was including gentiles in His covenant promises. Peter represented Jewish believers to whom the gospel was entrusted, and through whom it was first proclaimed following Christ’s Ascension. He also represented apostolic authority. Cornelius represented gentiles, who were previously outside the covenant (cf. Eph. 2:11-12) but who were now to be included.
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We know in Scripture there is but one way to be saved:
Rom 10:9  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
Rom 10:10  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 
Rom 10:11  For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." 
Rom 10:12  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 
Rom 10:13  For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 
Rom 10:14  How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 
Rom 10:15  And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good 
2Co 4:2  But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. 3  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 4  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5  For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 
1Co 15:1  Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2  and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. 3  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5  and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 

It's important to note that Isa is NOT in any way, shape, matter, or form, the risen Lord Jesus Christ of Scripture. Isa is a Muslim prophet, not God the Son who was born of a Jewish virgin, Mary. True biblical Christians who were saved out of Islam do not use "Allah" nor "Isa" to refer to God or Jesus. The distinction must be made and is desired to be made between the false gods of Islam and the true triune God of Scripture. It's also of interest that Muslims refuse to share "Allah" with Yahweh. They don't want Christians using their god's name.
His name matters.
Php 2:9  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 
Exo 3:13  Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" 14  God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" 15  God also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 
Psa 79:9  Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake

Isa 54:5  For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. 

"Muslims claim that the name Allah can be found in the Bible. This is no different than what the Jehovah's Witnesses do for the name Jehovah. Allah is not called Yahweh once in the Koran but neither is Yahweh called Allah in the Bible. So they can't be the same God. Neither is the word Elohim which is applied to Yahweh over 2,500 times in the Bible used in the Koran. Neither is he called I Am, which He said to Moses would be His name forever."

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