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GOD’s War on Terror : Book Review

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Almost daily we are seeing a rising instability in the Middle East, from the toppling of the Mubarack government in Egypt and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, to the uprisings in Tunisia and Libya, the attempts to overthrow the government of Yemen and unrest in Iran. Virtually every country in the Middle East, with the notable exception of Israel, is in turmoil. So it is very timely to review this book by Walid Shoebat, himself an ex-terrorist born in Bethlehem. Growing up in a devout Muslim family in Bethlehem but with a Christian mother, and then moving to America where he undertook intensive studies of the Bible to test his understanding of Islam. This book is a remarkable achievement and shakes conventional Biblical eschatology to its core. At a time when we see the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stand up in the United Nations and call for the destruction of Israel, and the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, aligning the military might of Turkey with Syria and Iran, we know there are troubling times ahead for not just the Middle East, but the whole world. 

In this article, we shall consider some of the main arguments put forward by Walid Shoebat and gain an appreciation of why his interpretation of the Bible as an “eastern book” is probably the correct one.

Interview with Walid Shoebat on the Middle East

Listen as Walid talks about the troubles in Egypt and why they will get worse. He mentions that Egypt is the key to ME stability and that the Muslim Brotherhood will deny the USA passage through the Suez canal, thus changing the dynamics of the military capability. Walid also discusses the rise of Iran and the threat posed to Egypt and points to Bible prophecy where Saudi Arabia will be completely destroyed by Islam.

Islamic eschatology also confirms the destruction of Mecca and Medina.

 Let us now consider some of the contentious issues raised in the book, and ones that challenge conventional theology. We shall consider what the mark of the beast could be and also why Islam is the workings of the anti-Christ.

Shoebat on the Mark of the Beast

One of the most fascination theories Walid puts forward is an entirely new interpretation on the famous mark of the beast in Revelation chapter 13. Most scholars use the science of Gematria to determine who this man could be. By applying numbers to the letters of the name, they derive the number 666, and hence declare who the anti Christ is. The problem with this theory is that everyone from Nero to the Pope and even Mohammed can be shown to produce the number 666. But Walid Shoebat uses an eastern approach and shows how the number is actually a badge of honour and resembles closely the Bismillah and the crossed swords. He proposes that the Apostle John actually was shown the Islamic badge of honour and recorded it the only way he could in the Greek language, using the symbols Chi, Xi and Stigma. From the figures below you can see how closely they compare.

 

Watch here as Shoebat explains his theory.

Who are the Troops of the Antichrist?

The famous prophecy from the Seventy Weeks about who will be the troops of the Antichrist who is to come, is misinterpreted by taking a western perspective.

“and the troops of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary” [Daniel 9:26]

Conventional thinking says ‘the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem and tore down the temple, so the troops of the Anti-Christ are Roman’. (It is accepted that the prince is the Anti-Christ here).

Who did destroy the Temple?

The Roman Legion under General Titus that destroyed the temple was X Fretensis and was a legion based in Antioch in southern Turkey. These troops were Arabs, Syrians and Turks who are today almost 100 percent Muslim. The cohorts that comprised Legion X Fretensis were:
a) Thracum: from Syria (Syrians)
b) IV Cohort Thracia: Bulgaria and Turkey (Turks)
c) Syria Ulpia Petraeorum: from Petra in Edom (Nabatean Arabs)
d) IV Cohort Arabia: Arabs

So the troops of the Anti-Christ are Muslim and NOT Roman.

What are the seven mountains of Revelation?

These are taken by many scholars to be the seven hills of Rome. This is wrong on two counts. Mountains are identified with heads, so must be nations (not hills), and Rome has 8 hills if you count the Vatican! The Bible identifies Mountains as Empires or Nations by calling Babylon a mountain.

“Behold, I [am] against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee”. [Jeremiah 51:25]

So Mountains are nations, NOT hills!

A beast is defined as a nation or empire that is influenced by Satan and the seven heads or mountains of Revelation 17 are then Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and Islamic (Ottoman).

So the seventh Satanic beast empire was the Islamic Caliphate ending with the Ottoman Empire in 1922 when Ataturk abolished the Caliphate and turned Turkey into a secular democracy whose economy is now the strongest in the Muslim world.

The coming of the Mahdi

Walid goes on to show how the Islamic Mahdi who is to appear soon to re-establish the Caliphate is none other than the Anti-Christ of the Bible. From Psalm 83, Joel 3, Isaiah 13-25, Jeremiah 25, Ezekiel 28-32 & 38 and to Daniel 9:27 and 11:36-45, the nations who fight with the Anti-Christ are Islamic countries today, being Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan and Libya.

These concepts are well illustrated in this short video.

CONCLUSION

Walid Shoebat was born in Bethlehem Israel and as a young man, he became a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel, and was imprisoned in Jerusalem's central prison for enticement of violence. After entering the U.S, he worked as a counsellor for the Arab Student Organization in Chicago and continued his anti-Israel activities. Later he was active with the Muslim Brotherhood during 1980-1981 in Chicago.

In 1993, Walid did some critical thinking, studied the Bible in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam and after intense study, Walid realized that everything he had been taught about Jew hatred was a lie. Walid converted to Christianity and was convinced he needed to fight evil, he became an advocate for his former enemy.

Driven by a deep passion to shed his former life he set out to tirelessly to combat terrorism and Islamic Fundamentalism worldwide speaking at churches and synagogues, civic groups, government leaders and media.

Walid has written several books including For God or For Tyranny, God’s War on Terror, Why We Want to Kill You and Why I Left Jihad.

In God’s War on Terror, Walid Shoebat draws on his understanding of Islam and Quranic text and prophecy, his experience with the Muslim Brotherhood and his in-depth study of the Bible to produce an exceptional book which gives a new insight into the Middle East and future events. A must read!


REFERENCES

Walid Shoebat God’s War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible.

Q Society of Australia

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