Monday, February 26, 2007


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

“As to when there will be peace with Israel? Never, according to the schoolbooks,” per Jerusalem Post’s Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook.
Instead of teaching Muslim children that one day there could be peace between Muslims and Jews, the school texts instruct just the opposite.

“Anyone who hopes for peace should be horrified by the content of the latest set of Palestinian schoolbooks. In many respects, these new books for Grade 12, written by Fatah-appointed Palestinian educators, are the worst of the textbooks produced by the Palestinian Authority since 2000.”

Interestingly, this is in keeping with most evangelical understanding of biblical prophecy, that is, that there is no man-made peace in the Middle East. The biblical students conclude that peace will come to the Middle East only when the Prince of Peace, Christ, returns in His Second Advent. Then He will establish a global holy reign, ruling both politics and religion from the Holy City, Jerusalem.
Until then, war will escalate in the Middle East, primarily between the ancestors of Ishmael and Isaac.

Ishmael started the line of Arabs. Isaac started the line of Hebrews. Ishmael was the illegitimate child of Abraham and servant girl, Hagar. Isaac was “the child of promise” born to Abraham and Sarah after they had passed child bearing age.
Now these Palestinian Authority texts foster increased tension between present-day “Ishmael” and “Isaac,” just as the two men fought one another as recorded in the Book of Genesis.

“These newest books deny Israel’s right to exist, anticipate its destruction and define the conflict with Israel as religious, not merely territorial.
“Israel’s right to exist is denied and Israel’s founding is called a theft: ‘Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities, their villages, their lands and their houses, and established the State of Israel’ (Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, grade 12, p. 104). Israel is called: ‘the Zionist entity,’ and ‘Zionist Enemy.’ Israel’s existence since 1948 is an ‘occupation’ (ibid pp. 104, 122).”

Is there then, according to the Muslim texts, any hope for the future? Yes. It is the hope that Muslims will extinguish the Jews from the planet. Other than that, all will be war. Israel will be destroyed. Palestinians will find their eventual freedom due to the disappearance of the Jews.

Biblical prophecy states nothing of the sort. Instead, New Testament prophecy, especially in the apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans, holds that there will be a genuine spiritual revival among the Jews when they recognize Jesus as the true Messiah. Paul prays for his own people that even in the first century that revival will start.

Today we witness Jews for Jesus, messianic Jews, and evangelistic agencies given over to convince Jews via the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah / Christ.

The Muslim texts “anticipate this future destruction of Israel by painting a picture for the Palestinian child of a world in which Israel already does not exist. The place of Israel is marked as ‘Palestine’ on all maps, and ‘Palestine’ is defined as a dawla - the Arabic word for state,’ not a geographical region.
“This ‘state’ is said to have water access to both the Mediterranean and the Red seas, a situation possible only in a world without Israel. (Physical Geography and Human Geography, grade 12, p. 105) Likewise, the size of ‘Palestine,’ the ‘state,’ is said to be more than 10,000 sq. km., a situation possible only if Israel does not exist, since the West Bank and Gaza Strip together total only 6,220 sq. km.
“Because Israel has no right to exist, and must be fought and destroyed for Islam, violence and terror against Israel since its founding are justified and glorified as muqawama, resistance.”

Such texts go hand-in-hand with television programming for Muslim children in which Jews are called “pigs” and “descendants of monkeys.” Muslim boys and girls are taught from birth that the Jews are anathema, must be eliminated, and are enemies to Allah. Therefore, generation upon generation, Muslims are instructed that the chief plague on the planet is embodied in the Jews.

“It is clear that the newest PA schoolbooks are a tragic recipe for incessant war. Israel is presented as an illegitimate enemy to be hated, fought and destroyed. Even the most well meaning student is left with no justification or religious option to accept Israel as a neighbor to live beside in peace.”

Copyright © 2006 by J. Grant Swank, Jr.

ALLAH: “Fight, slay Unbelievers wherever ye find them.Seize them, beleaguer them, lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.”
Qur’an, Sura 9:5

CHRIST: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


  1. Anonymous1:37 PM

    Dear Sir,

    The following issue can destroy ISLAM or ISRAEL; study it thoroughly to see if there is any truth to it.

    READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES FROM THE BIBLE AS IT HAS IMPLICATIONS ON THE WAR AGAINST TERROR/ISLAM and the claim of Israel that god gave them the land. If the child is an infant than the Judeo-Christian version becomes null and void and we are wasting our time and resources i.e. we could save trillions of dollars and create a more peaceful world rather than fighting against Islam the religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them all).

    The COVENANT with Abraham and his DESCENDANTS is central to JUDAISM/CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM.

    Please note this is not a competition between faiths but an attempt to decipher fact from fiction.

    Genesis 21:14 Contemporary English version se below link;&version=46;

    Early the next morning Abraham gave Hagar an animal skin full of water and some bread. Then he put the boy on her shoulder and sent them away.

    GENESIS 16:16
    And Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ish’mael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ish’mael to Abram.
    GENESIS 21:5
    Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

    At Genesis 22 Abraham had only 2 sons others came later. The Quran mentions that it was Ishmael that was sacrificed hence the reference in genesis 22:2 your only son can only mean someone has substituted Ishmael names for Isaac!!

    NOT ROMAN NUMERALS (I, II, III,IV,V,VI,VII,VIII,IX,X) NB no concept of zero in roman numerals.

    100 years old – 86 years old = 14 ADD 3 YEARS FOR ISSAC’S WEANING


    Carefully read several times the above passage and then tell me the mental picture you get between the mother child interactions what is the age of the child. If the mental picture is that of a 17 year old child being carried on the shoulder of his mother, being physically placed in the bush, crying like a baby, mother having to give him water to drink, than the Islamic viewpoint is null and void. Why is there no verbal communications between mother and (17 YEAR OLD) child?

    GENESIS: 21:14 - 21
    So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the (17 YEAR OLD) child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the (17 YEAR OLD) child under one of the bushes. Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Let me not look upon the death of the (17 YEAR OLD) child.” And as she sat over against him, the (17 YEAR OLD) child lifted up his voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the (17 YEAR OLD) lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the (17 YEAR OLD) lad where he is. Arise, lift up the (17 YEAR OLD) lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the (17 YEAR OLD) lad a drink. And God was with the (17 YEAR OLD) lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

    The age of Ishmael at this stage is crucial to the Abrahamic faiths. If he is 17 than the JUDEO/CHRISTIAN point of view about the Abrahamic covenant is correct. This has devastating theological consequences of unimaginable proportions.

    This makes the conflict between Ishmael and Isaac and there descendants a work of fiction. I would strongly suggest it is clear cut case of racial discrimination and nothing to do with god almighty. The scribes have deliberately tried to make Isaac the only son and legitimate heir to the throne of Abraham??

    Please can you rationally explain this anomaly?

    I have asked many persons including my nephews and nieces - unbiased minds with no religious backgrounds but with reasonable command of the English language about this passage and they all agree that the child in the passage is an infant.

    For background info on the future religion of mankind see the following websites:
    (MUHAMMAD IN THE BIBLE),,31200-galloway_060806,00.html

    HOLY QURAN CHAPTER 37 verses 101 - 122

    101. So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.

    102. Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!"

    103. So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah., and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),

    104. We called out to him "O Abraham!

    105. "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" - thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

    106. For this was obviously a trial-

    107. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:

    108. And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:

    109. "Peace and salutation to Abraham!"

    110. Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

    111. For he was one of our believing Servants.

    112. And We gave him the good news of Isaac - a prophet,- one of the Righteous.

    113. We blessed him and Isaac: but of their progeny are (some) that do right, and (some) that obviously do wrong, to their own souls.

    114. Again (of old) We bestowed Our favour on Moses and Aaron,

    115. And We delivered them and their people from (their) Great Calamity;

    116. And We helped them, so they overcame (their troubles);

    117. And We gave them the Book which helps to make things clear;

    118. And We guided them to the Straight Way.

    119. And We left (this blessing) for them among generations (to come) in later times:

    120. "Peace and salutation to Moses and Aaron!"

    121. Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

    122. For they were two of our believing Servants.


    Therefore the claim that god gave the land to Israel is destroyed without the need of any WMD’s.


    Volume 4, Book 55, Number 583:
    Narrated Ibn Abbas:
    The first lady to use a girdle was the mother of Ishmael. She used a girdle so that she might hide her tracks from Sarah. Abraham brought her and her son Ishmael while she was suckling him, to a place near the Ka'ba under a tree on the spot of Zam-zam, at the highest place in the mosque. During those days there was nobody in Mecca, nor was there any water So he made them sit over there and placed near them a leather bag containing some dates, and a small water-skin containing some water, and set out homeward. Ishmael's mother followed him saying, "O Abraham! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley where there is no person whose company we may enjoy, nor is there anything (to enjoy)?" She repeated that to him many times, but he did not look back at her Then she asked him, "Has Allah ordered you to do so?" He said, "Yes." She said, "Then He will not neglect us," and returned while Abraham proceeded onwards, and on reaching the Thaniya where they could not see him, he faced the Ka'ba, and raising both hands, invoked Allah saying the following prayers:
    'O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Your Sacred House (Kaba at Mecca) in order, O our Lord, that they may offer prayer perfectly. So fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits, so that they may give thanks.' (14.37) Ishmael's mother went on suckling Ishmael and drinking from the water (she had).
    When the water in the water-skin had all been used up, she became thirsty and her child also became thirsty. She started looking at him (i.e. Ishmael) tossing in agony; She left him, for she could not endure looking at him, and found that the mountain of Safa was the nearest mountain to her on that land. She stood on it and started looking at the valley keenly so that she might see somebody, but she could not see anybody. Then she descended from Safa and when she reached the valley, she tucked up her robe and ran in the valley like a person in distress and trouble, till she crossed the valley and reached the Marwa mountain where she stood and started looking, expecting to see somebody, but she could not see anybody. She repeated that (running between Safa and Marwa) seven times."
    The Prophet said, "This is the source of the tradition of the walking of people between them (i.e. Safa and Marwa). When she reached the Marwa (for the last time) she heard a voice and she asked herself to be quiet and listened attentively. She heard the voice again and said, 'O, (whoever you may be)! You have made me hear your voice; have you got something to help me?" And behold! She saw an angel at the place of Zam-zam, digging the earth with his heel (or his wing), till water flowed from that place. She started to make something like a basin around it, using her hand in this way, and started filling her water-skin with water with her hands, and the water was flowing out after she had scooped some of it."
    The Prophet added, "May Allah bestow Mercy on Ishmael's mother! Had she let the Zam-zam (flow without trying to control it) (or had she not scooped from that water) (to fill her water-skin), Zam-zam would have been a stream flowing on the surface of the earth." The Prophet further added, "Then she drank (water) and suckled her child. The angel said to her, 'Don't be afraid of being neglected, for this is the House of Allah which will be built by this boy and his father, and Allah never neglects His people.' The House (i.e. Kaba) at that time was on a high place resembling a hillock, and when torrents came, they flowed to its right and left. She lived in that way till some people from the tribe of Jurhum or a family from Jurhum passed by her and her child, as they (i.e. the Jurhum people) were coming through the way of Kada'. They landed in the lower part of Mecca where they saw a bird that had the habit of flying around water and not leaving it. They said, 'This bird must be flying around water, though we know that there is no water in this valley.' They sent one or two messengers who discovered the source of water, and returned to inform them of the water. So, they all came (towards the water)." The Prophet added, "Ishmael's mother was sitting near the water. They asked her, 'Do you allow us to stay with you?" She replied, 'Yes, but you will have no right to possess the water.' They agreed to that." The Prophet further said, "Ishmael's mother was pleased with the whole situation as she used to love to enjoy the company of the people. So, they settled there, and later on they sent for their families who came and settled with them so that some families became permanent residents there. The child (i.e. Ishmael) grew up and learnt Arabic from them and (his virtues) caused them to love and admire him as he grew up, and when he reached the age of puberty they made him marry a woman from amongst them.

  2. Thanks for your very well texted post. Now let's live in a world where Muslims stop calling people (Jews) Sons of pigs and monkeys, no homicide bombers, planes into buildings, slavery of black people in sudan, murdering of people in the name of Allah in ...

    India and the Sudan and Algeria and Afghanistan and New York and Pakistan and Israel and Russia and Chechnya and the Philippines and Indonesia and Nigeria and England and Thailand and Spain and Egypt and Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia and Ingushetia and Dagestan and Turkey and Kabardino-Balkaria and Morocco and Yemen and Lebanon and France and Uzbekistan and Gaza and Tunisia and Kosovo and Bosnia and Mauritania and Kenya and Eritrea and Syria and Somalia and California and Argentina and Kuwait and Virginia and Ethiopia and Iran and Jordan and United Arab Emirates and Louisiana and Texas and Tanzania and Germany and Australia and Pennsylvania and Belgium and Denmark and East Timor and Qatar and Maryland and Tajikistan and the Netherlands and Scotland and Chad and Canada and China .

    And please don't bring up America's support for Israel. Before America was even founded, Muslims (in the name of Allah) have been pillaging raping, waging jihad.

    Notice how closely Islam's inception is associated with war. From 623 to 777, a span of 154 years, there are 83 military conflicts involving the Muslims.

    570 - Birth of Muhammad in Mecca into the tribe of Quraish.
    577 - Muhammad's mother dies
    580 - Death of Abdul Muttalib, Muhammad's grandfather.
    583 - First journey to Syria with a trading Caravan
    595 - Muhammad marries Khadijah a rich widow several years older than him.
    595 - Second journey to Syra
    598 - His son, Qasim, is born
    600 - His daughter, Zainab, is born
    603 - His daughter, Um-e-Kalthum, is born
    604 - His daughter, Ruqayya, is born
    605 - Placement of Black Stone in Ka'aba.
    605 - His daughter, Fatima, is born
    610 - Mohammed, in a cave on Mt. Hira, hears the angel Gabriel tell him that Allah is the only true God.
    613 - Muhammad's first public preaching of Islam at Mt. Hira. Gets few converts.
    615 - Muslims persecuted by the Quraish.
    619 - Marries Sau'da and Aisha
    620 - Institution of five daily prayers
    622 - Muhammad immigrates from Mecca to Medina, which was then called Yathrib, gets more converts.
    623 - Battle of Waddan
    623 - Battle of Safwan
    623 - Battle of Dul-'Ashir
    624 - Muhammad and converts begin raids on caravans to fund the movement.
    624 - Zakat becomes mandatory
    624 - Battle of Badr
    624 - Battle of Bani Salim
    624 - Battle of Eid-ul-Fitr and Zakat-ul-Fitr
    624 - Battle of Bani Qainuqa'
    624 - Battle of Sawiq
    624 - Battle of Ghatfan
    624 - Battle of Bahran
    625 - Battle of Uhud. 70 Muslims are killed.
    625 - Battle of Humra-ul-Asad
    625 - Battle of Banu Nudair
    625 - Battle of Dhatur-Riqa
    626 - Battle of Badru-Ukhra
    626 - Battle of Dumatul-Jandal
    626 - Battle of Banu Mustalaq Nikah
    627 - Battle of the Trench
    627 - Battle of Ahzab
    627 - Battle of Bani Quraiza
    627 - Battle of Bani Lahyan
    627 - Battle of Ghaiba
    627 - Battle of Khaibar
    628 - Muhammad signs treaty with Quraish.
    630 - Muhammad conquers Mecca.
    630 - Battle of Hunsin.
    630 - Battle of Tabuk
    632 - Muhammad dies.
    632 - Abu-Bakr, Muhammad's father-in-law, along with Umar, begin a military move toenforce Islam in Arabia.
    633 - Battle at Oman
    633 - Battle at Hadramaut.
    633 - Battle of Kazima
    633 - Battle of Walaja
    633 - Battle of Ulleis
    633 - Battle of Anbar
    634 - Battle of Basra,
    634 - Battle of Damascus
    634 - Battle of Ajnadin.
    634 - Death of Hadrat Abu Bakr. Hadrat Umar Farooq becomes the Caliph.
    634 - Battle of Namaraq
    634 - Battle of Saqatia.
    635 - Battle of Bridge.
    635 - Battle of Buwaib.
    635 - Conquest of Damascus.
    635 - Battle of Fahl.
    636 - Battle of Yermuk.
    636 - Battle of Qadsiyia.
    636 - Conquest of Madain.
    637 - Battle of Jalula.
    638 - Battle of Yarmouk.
    638 - The Muslims defeat the Romans and enter Jerusalem.
    638 - Conquest of Jazirah.
    639 - Conquest of Khuizistan and movement into Egypt.
    641 - Battle of Nihawand
    642 - Battle of Rayy in Persia
    643 - Conquest of Azarbaijan
    644 - Conquest of Fars
    644 - Conquest of Kharan.
    644 - Umar is murdered. Othman becomes the Caliph.
    647 - Conquest of the island of Cypress
    644 - Uman dies and is succeeded by Caliph Uthman.
    648 - Campaign against the Byzantines.
    651 - Naval battle against the Byzantines.
    654 - Islam spreads into North Africa
    656 - Uthman is murdered. Ali become Caliph.
    658 - Battle of Nahrawan.
    659 - Conquest of Egypt
    661 - Ali is murdered.
    662 - Egypt falls to Islam rule.
    666 - Sicily is attacked by Muslims
    677 - Siege of Constantinople
    687 - Battle of Kufa
    691 - Battle of Deir ul Jaliq
    700 - Sufism takes root as a sect of Islam
    700 - Military campaigns in North Africa
    702 - Battle of Deir ul Jamira
    711 - Muslims invade Gibraltar
    711 - Conquest of Spain
    713 - Conquest of Multan
    716 - Invasion of Constantinople
    732 - Battle of Tours in France.
    740 - Battle of the Nobles.
    741 - Battle of Bagdoura in North Africa
    744 - Battle of Ain al Jurr.
    746 - Battle of Rupar Thutha
    748 - Battle of Rayy.
    749 - Battle of lsfahan
    749 - Battle of Nihawand
    750 - Battle of Zab
    772 - Battle of Janbi in North Africa
    777 - Battle of Saragossa in Spain

    Miller, William M., A Christian's Response to Islam, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, Phillipsburg, New Jersey, 1976.
    Geisler, Norman, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Books, 1999.
    Glasse, Cyril, The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam, Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. San Francisco, 1989.
    Morey, Robert, The Islamic Invasion, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene Oregon, 1992.

    In all these dates and figures you will see 3 important words.

    Conquest , Battle, Invasion.

    Best of wishes to you and yours always. You are always welcome to post here.

    Jeff Davis