Mailbag Page 18
A Question Concerning the Muslim
Who is a Jew? Can a Jew cease to be a Jew? Will Jews have a King?
|Bible Bell has not studied the Muslim faith, so we are
not qualified to comment on this question.
Accordingly, we will merely quote-without-comment from the Koran, the main book setting forth the Muslim beliefs...
Quotations from Chapter 9 of the Koran
[9.5] So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
[9.29] Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.
[9.30] And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!
Quotations from Al-Jalalein Commentary on 9.29 of the Koran
"Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in
the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth,
(which is Islam that abolishes all other religions) of the people of the Book, (meaning the Jews and the Christians)
until they pay the Jizya (the tax imposed upon them) with willing submission and feel themselves subdued. (with humiliation and submission to the government of Islam.) 9:29 ."
|Please bear in mind -- Bible Bell has quoted the above verses without their full context.
To read the full context, you can find the translated text of the Koran at the following website...
|On 7/20/03, a reader named Kal sent the following comments
On your site, you have quoted some verses from the Quran regarding holy war and Allah ordering Muslims to kill non-Muslims and so forth.
I am not a Muslim (never been) but I think doing so is the equivalent of someone quoting Exodus and Joshua to claim that the Bible orders us to eliminate entire ethnic groups and slaughter even women and children.
Just like the Bible, the Quran was ordering a specific group of people, in a specific era that does not necessarily apply to our time.
I know that you admitted on the same page that you have not included the full context, but that is not enough. Not only have you left out the textual context, but also the historical context. The Quran itself is not a record of full history (like the Bible) where it's easy to figure out that some things are specific to their time. The Quran includes many isolated verses that even in their textual context sound general in purpose. That's why Muslims have interpretations of the Quran, and so-called holy traditions to support the meaning and purpose of specific verses and passages.
I think it would be misleading and unethical to not point that out. And I am not claiming that you've done that on purpose.
|Galilee writes -
My ancestors came from Portugal. Recently, my cousin informed me about a Sephardic Jewish name that applies to my family.
I asked God to let me know if I was a Jew or not.
A few days later I was praying and I heard a voice come from the center of my body, just below my heart area.
He said, "You are of the Jewish Kingdom." I felt blown away when I heard that, because it audibly came from inside me.
I am soon to be 48 years old. I know God is gathering us. I grew up Christian.
My question, will the Jews have a King in the New Jerusalem?
Definition of "Sephardic Jew"
Se·phar·di n., pl. Se·phar·dim (-d¹m). A descendant of the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal during the Middle Ages until persecution culminating in expulsion in 1492 forced them to leave. --Se·phar“dic (-d¹k) adj. American Heritage Dictionary
Your message raises three interesting questions...
My brief answers to these questions are as follows...
#1 Who is a Jew?
The term "Jew" has two meanings...
#2 Does a Jew cease to be a Jew if he or she believes on Yeshua as Messiah?
Racially, NOTHING a Jew can do will cause that person to cease being a Jew.
Now, the follow-up question is this --
If a racially Jewish person believes in Yeshua as Messiah, has that person rejected the Jewish faith?
The answer is NO, because...
#3 Will the Jews have a King in the New Jerusalem?
The Bible tells us that, following His second coming, Messiah will be King of the entire earth...
|(God's promise to King
David...) When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your
fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He
shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 2 Sam 7.12-13
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isa 9.6-7
|At that yet-future time, King David will be resurrected by God to reign,
under Messiah, over all Israel.
So the answer is Yes - the Jews will have a King. Messiah will be King of kings, ruling over all the world, and David will reign in Israel.
|(God said...) But they (Israel) shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. Jer 30.9|
|I hope this information answers your questions.
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