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Why is it that this conflict between the Muslims and Israel and America can’t be resolved?

As some bible students know the Hebrew, Christian, and Muslim religions originate from the same time, place, and 'father' whose name was Abraham. Abraham is the father of Isaac and traditional founder of the ancient Hebrew nation. Abraham is also acknowledged by Muslims to be the ancestor and Father of the Arab peoples through Abraham’s first born son Ishmael.

This is a fact but the main question is which son; Ishmael or Isaac received the birthright? And thus the problem that has existed for thousands of years, and is today becoming the nucleus for what could become World war III.

It is believed by Muslims that the scriptures in the Hebrew bible was later changed as we read according to the Hebrew text, when Abraham was promised, and received, a son from Sarah, his legal wife.

We read in Gen. 17:18-19 that Abraham presented Ishmael to God but he was rejected by God. “And Abraham said to God, "Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!" Then God said: "No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.”

The same story is recorded in the Qur'an and records that the oldest child of Abraham (Ishmael) was the one to be sacrificed on the mountain to test Abraham's obedience to Allah. Ch. 37 Vs. 100-114 page 445. However as stated above in the Hebrew writings, God did not include Ishmael in this covenant.

So what we have thousands of years later is the same conflict of two brothers claiming the birthright of their father Abraham and when we understand this fact we may see why many prophecies relate to this conflict.

What is the other reason that this conflict between the Muslims and Israel and America can’t be resolved?

Not only do we find old connections and prophecies that relate to a variety of faiths, including Islam, but there are prophecies that seem to point to a great Christian Church that has gone into Apostasy. Who could this Church that calls itself Christian be?

The answer might be found in the Catechism book of the Catholic Church as we can find a friendly relationship between the Muslims and the Great Church called the Universal Church. On page 242 under content 841 titled The Church’s Relationship with the Muslims in the Catholic Catechism it reads: “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”

Because God Himself stated that the children of Ishmael would never live in peace. The scriptures describe the descendants of Ishmael as a warring people and as a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man's hand against him.

See Gen 16:11-12. "And the Angel of the LORD said to her: "Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the LORD has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man's hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."

Is it possible that the radical Muslim extremists will be the end-time antichrist prophesied in Scripture? What is the scriptural warning and identifying sign of the antichrist that could point to radical Muslims? The New Testament Christian bible states in I John 2:22-23: “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

The failure to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God may not be enough to label any extremist religion as "Antichrist", as described for end-time fulfillment. It may however just be only ONE of the identifiers of the antichrist. The actions of the Anti-Christ will define them for the most part in the future. Remember the antichrist will have other traits such as thinking they are doing a service to their God by murdering those that reject their religion as recorded in in the Christian bible. John 16:2-3. "They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me."

Also we have heard the extremist announce many times that their god will reward them for their sacrifice if they murder the infidels. Another point is that the Anti-Christ will take over the Holy City Jerusalem and the man of perdition will set in defiance of God and claim by virtue of a right that he is in fact God as we find recorded in II Thes. 2. They also will be in power and control of the wealth and Armies of the World at the time of the end. It is those in power that will fight Jesus at His return because they do not believe Jesus is the Son of God but will believe that the coming Messiah is evil.

You might want to read A sign of the Anti-Christ?

Timothy M. Youngblood