Monday, November 03, 2014

The Errors of the Claims of the Mass Muslim Visions of "Jesus"

Here are the classic claims of visions of "Jesus" to the Muslims  as reported recently at WND, and why they are not biblical. The quotes are in italics and I will respond below each on.

This one said:

“And just as suddenly I ceased to be a witness to my dream. I was in it, walking toward the man walking toward me. I knew him immediately. He was Jesus. Without knowing why, I fell to my knees. He stood over me and touched my face with his right hand.”

In Scripture, visions of Jesus caused the two apostles, Paul and John, to fall to the ground in holy fear, as He is thrice holy and King of kings.  A silent Jesus? No Gospel? No call to repentance? When Jesus walked this earth that's all He preached! This "Jesus" is not the one of Scripture.
In another testimony:
He said Jesus appeared to him and said: “Son, I am the way, the truth and the life. And if you would give your life to Me, and follow Me, I would save you from the hell that you have seen.
“This came as a surprise to me, for I did not know who this Jesus was. Of course, He is mentioned in the Quran and in the book Surah Mariam. He is stated as one of our prophets, but not as a savior who could save us from hell. So I started looking out for a Christian who could give me some advice about this Jesus I have seen.”
He said he had to reach out to an Egyptian Christian, because Christianity is “totally banned in Saudi Arabia and if a Christian is caught witnessing to a Muslim, [it is] almost sure that he would be beheaded.”
End quote.
This Jesus did not tell the Muslim that he is a sinner before the Holy One of Israel. He did not identify himself as Jesus Christ the risen Lord, God over all, Son of God. The fruit of this "Jesus" likely led him to an Egyptian Coptic, who are really just Romanists. The biblical Jesus would have sent His missionaries to preach the Gospel of Himself to him, called him to repent of his sin, and get into Scripture. The fruit of the true work of the HOLY Spirit would be a real sense of one's sin before the Holy One of Israel.
Here, this "Jesus" calls the Muslim "son", which is not according to Scripture. Further he doesn't say what truth, what way, what life--to where? from what? Jesus actually did in John's Gospel where that snippet is taken out of context. Scripture states that the name of Jesus is part of the gospel,:
Act 4:10  let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by him this man is standing before you well. 
Act 4:11  This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 
Act 4:12  And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must 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. 10  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 

Also, Jesus is not fire insurance. Scripture teaches that the biblical Jesus Christ saves us from the Father's wrath (Muslims deny the Father has a Son) because of our sins against Him:
Rom 5:9  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 
Nothing about repentance in this encounter.
In another claim:
An account of her experience includes: “She found herself in the open field. There was nothing much special in this scenery but she felt peace in her heart, the kind of peace that she has never felt before. It seemed like she has been in this field before and somehow, she knew what was going to happen next.
And then suddenly there appeared before her a bright light. She didn’t get startled when she saw the figure. It was a man wearing a white robe that seemed to shine. There was so much of joy and love that flooded in her heart when she saw the figure. She immediately knew that Jesus was appearing to her. Then she woke up.”
End quote.
First of all, Scripture warns about false teachers with false dreams about giving peace while being at war with God:

Jer. 23: 16 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The LORD says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’

All people outside of Christ are HOSTILE toward Jesus Christ:
Rom 3:9  What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 
Rom 3:10  as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; 
Rom 3:11  no one understands; no one seeks for God. 
Rom 3:12  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." 
Rom 3:17  and the way of peace they have not known." 
Rom 3:18  "There is no fear of God before their eyes." 
Rom 5:10  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 
Rom 8:7  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 
Only those IN Christ Jesus AFTER being regenerated and justified, are at peace with God, NOT before:
Rom 5:1  Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Also, this woman wasn't afraid. That's interesting given that all people who ever came into contact with the HOLY HOLY HOLY One of Israel, were full of fear, most notable:


Isa 6:1  In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 
Isa 6:2  Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 
Isa 6:3  And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" 
Isa 6:4  And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 
Isa 6:5  And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!" 


Act 9:3  Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 
Act 9:4  And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" 
Act 9:5  And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 
Act 9:6  But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." 
Act 9:7  The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 
Act 9:8  Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 
Act 9:9  And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 

Rev 1:14  The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 
Rev 1:15  his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 
Rev 1:16  In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 
Rev 1:17  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, 
Rev 1:18  and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 

The reaction to those who have been preached the Gospel is their own sense of unholiness, as Isaiah, Paul, and John show. No one can be at peace in his sin while standing before the HOLY HOLY HOLY One of Israel or the biblical Gospel:
When Peter went through Scripture and the recent events of Jesus's death and resurrection, proving He is God the Son, the promised Messiah who died and rose from the grave three days later, here's what happened:
Act 2:36  Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." 
Act 2:37  Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 
Act 2:38  And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 
Another claim:

Darg says the Sufi leader’s experience is typical.
He related the most beautiful encounter that he had experienced with the risen Lord Jesus, and how the Lord had embraced him in a way that the sheik had become a believer and follower of Jesus without realizing that he was a Christian,” Darg said.
Darg pointed out many Muslims “do not readily relate these supernatural experiences out of fear of reprisals.”

Notice the subtle deception here. This is a claim to Chrislam: a "Christian" Muslim, even though according to both the quran and the Bible, both religions are mutually exclusive. Only Westerners (and liars of Islam trying to seduce them into the political religion) will make a claim of being able to be both, but according to their history and teachings such is NOT the case.

Secondly the inclusivism that both Romanist Anglican CS Lewis and pro-Romanist Billy Graham both taught: that the Muslim religious leader was saved AS a Muslim and didn't even know it. This is nonense. The Gospel demands that people hear about their sins before the thrice Holy One of Israel, to repent, and to turn to the Jesus of Scripture alone, rejecting all false religions and works. Not one single soul in Scripture is ever saved without knowing he was saved by the biblical Jesus by the biblical way, and was commanded to follow Him in everything. Note the verses I've posted thus far about being saved only by the Gospel and the Lord of that Gospel.

In this claim:
The woman told him: “Would you put your life on the line for a proposition? We need something transformational, that’s what these dreams are.”
Dreams don't change hearts, the Holy Spirit does through the proclamation of the Gospel. Throughout Scripture true believers were indeed martyred for their "proposition"--that is, the TRUTH about Jesus Christ and salvation. Dreams don't save, biblical truth does because it is that truth that rests and centers on the Person and work of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Even Paul heard the Gospel preached from Scripture as the Scriptures were read in the synagogue, and also by the saints as he had them killed for precisely that reason, not the least of which was Stephen who preached the Gospel as Paul stood by. Even when Paul was sent to Macedonia by a dream another man had, it was not the dream that saved him, but his preaching the Gospel.
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. 

And then there's this claim:
Darg’s book has examples of Jesus appearing to multiple people at the same time.
This happened once as recorded in Scripture, when Jesus appeared to over 500 people at one time after His resurrection but prior to ascending up to the Father to sit down on His throne.
1Co 15:6  After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7  then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8  and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 
These were Christians that Jesus appeared to after His resurrection, to confirm His finished work and His Gospel as God the Son.

Mat 24:23  "Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. 
24  "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect

2Th 2:9  that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10  and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11  For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12  in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. 

Jesus is not appearing to anyone. He came once, ascended into Heaven, has given the final Word to John the Apostle (the book of Revelation), and will come a SECOND TIME as Judge and Executioner (the book of Revelation and the book of Isaiah and Daniel all state). 

Plus, we know that the pagan Roman Catholic Church has mass visions all the time, but not according to Scripture. Interestingly many of these Muslim "conversion" end up in the RCC.  

And while this Scripture was given to the Jews, the timeless truth behind it remains which is this: false prophets and false dreams and dreamers that are not biblical are not of God but are demonic and punished by God.

Deu 13:1  "If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2  and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, 'Let us go after other gods,' which you have not known, 'and let us serve them,'3  you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 
4  "You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. 5  "But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you. 

There is but one way of salvation and that is by the preaching of the biblical Gospel of the biblical risen Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other way in all of Scripture. It was for this very gospel, that of the risen Lord Jesus Christ, that true Christians were slaughtered, as summarized in the book of Hebrews, but seen in the book of Acts as well. 

Heb 11:35  Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 
Heb 11:36  and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 
Heb 11:37  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 
Heb 11:38  (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. 

Joh 7:7  The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works
are evil.

Joh 15:18  "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Joh 15:20  Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

2Ti 3:12  Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13  while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Are Muslims somehow God's exception to the rule of being promised trials, tribulations, and persecutions? Why them and not the Jews? No where in all of Scripture is such a massive appearance of Jesus Christ to Muslims ever spoken of. No, Scripture repeatedly says that the ONLY way of salvation is through the sending of preachers to preach the biblical Gospel that centers on the biblical risen Lord Jesus Christ, which of course gives the bad news of the absolute sin of every person before the thrice Holy triune God of Scripture, from which repentance is required. These are all missing in these "testimonies".  God's way is clear and the desire of sliding out of any persecution for His sake is bad fruit.

Rom 10:14  How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 
Rom 10:15  How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" 

1Pe 4:16  but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.

The biblical Jesus will point to Scripture:

Ps. 138:2b   You have exalted above all things Your name and Your word.

Joh 8:31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 

Luke 11: 28  But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."

Mat 5:18  For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 

Mat 4:4  But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Psa 119:13  With my lips I declare all the rules of  Your mouth.

Joh 17:8  For I have given them the words that You gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that You sent me.

Joh 17:14  I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Psa 19:8  the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 

As John MacArthur points out about Jesus Christ:

"And whether He is speaking to scholars, Pharisees and scribes, or to common people, He always assumes that they are to blame for their misunderstanding of any teaching in the Scripture. Again and again He says, "Have you not read? Have you never read? Have you never read the Scriptures?" He says to them, "You're wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. Your problem is, you don't search the Scriptures. They are they which speak of Me.""

The problem with these so-called visions of "Jesus" is not just what they say, a lot of the problem is what they do NOT say. Testing these claims against Scripture, we see that they fail, from the presumption of those promoting them (one of the authors presumes these are true because of her own experience), to the ignorance of God's way of saving people, to the fruit of such dreams.

For more go herehere and here.

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