“The Gathering”

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by josephus777

Woe unto the scoffers and mockers who say; Is this really the time spoken of? Has not this been going on since the beginning? I say what Jesus said:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came , and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say , It will be fair weather: for the sky is red . 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring . O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

We must have our ears and our hearts in tune with what the Spirit of God is saying and doing. If we are slothful in our time spent with the Lord in prayer and meditation things can creep up on us unawares. We are at a time that we must be willing as “Christians” to go into the highways and hedgerows and compel the lost to repent and receive Jesus as Lord and saviour. The bible says in Pro.11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Other pieces of the puzzel the Lord gives us . Iran crisis, rioting in the streets in Greece, recent upsurge in earthquakes,eco disasters, the world turning against Israel and our own President ushering in a form of one world Goverment. I would venture to say that the “handwriting is on the wall”. But the Lord is not slack concerning His promises in that it is His will that none should perish. Saints if you have unsaved loved ones now is the time to do battle for their eternal souls. Today is the day of salvation for whomsoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Win them to Jesus and be considered wise in God’s eyes.

Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned ; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour : I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable , and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; 6 I will say to the north, Give up ; and to the south, Keep not back : bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. 8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears •

Rivka lhungdim, a member of the Bnei Menashe community paints Israeli flags on childrens faces for the Israeli Independence day celebrations

When Tzvi Khaute landed at Tel Aviv for the first time, he wanted to kiss the earth. Alas, the modern airport was all tarmac and stone, so he kissed the first soil he came across, in a flowerpot. Thousands of diaspora Jews from around the world make aliyah — the migration to Israel — every year, but for Tzvi and his fellow Tibeto-Burmese immigrants from the far northeast of India, the journey was particular freighted with symbolism. They believe they are descendants of one of the ten lost tribes of Israel, sent into exile by the Assyrians almost 800 years before the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem. About 1,700 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe — the Sons of Manasseh, one of the original 12 biblical tribes of Israel — have migrated to Israel, completing what they believe is an extraordinary, 2,700-year exile that took them from the Middle East seven centuries before the Christian era, through Afghanistan, China, Burma and India, before they heard that a new state of Israel had been created 62 years ago. “A hundred years ago, my forefathers thought the land of Israel was not on this earth, they thought it was something in heaven,” said Mr Khaute, a smiling 35-year-old wearing a kippa, or skullcap. In India, about 7,000 more are waiting for the green light to close the circle of almost three millennia. The Bnei Menashe, then known as the Shinlung or Kuki people, were discovered in their remote home in the India-Burma border state of Manipur by Christian missionaries at the end of the 19th century. They were surprised to find that the natives already seemed to know some of the biblical stories they taught, while local people believed they had rediscovered the religion told about in their traditions relating to a long-lost ancestor. Many converted to Christianity, but in recent decades have begun switching their faith to Judaism, a creed that was not yet fully formed when their ancestors left the Middle East. Mr Khaute recites a song in the Kuki language, which he said translated as &ld quo;Quick, quick into Zion” and he and his friends used to sing as children, at one of a number of festivals that they say point to their ancient Israelite heritage. They believe it relates to the biblical escape from Egypt. According to Bnei Menashe lore, the tribe escaped from Assyrian slavery and headed east, through Ancient Persia, Afghanistan and Tibet, to settle for a time in China, where they were once again persecuted and expelled in about AD100. From there, they trickled in smaller groups into South-East Asia, where they remained until this day. It was only when the state of Israel was created in 1948 that some of the Bnei Menashe began to believe they were descended from Ancient Israelite s and started dreaming of return. That process accelerated when one of their members had a vision instructing him to lead his people back to the land of their ancestors, whom he judged to be original Israelites. Some made aliyah individually, but it was not easy, as under rabbinical laws they were no longer Jewish, after generations of co-mingling with other nations. It was not until an Israeli non-governmental organisation was set up to help to repatriate them that they started to arrive in larger numbers, although there is still no government policy allowing full-scale migrations, as happened with the Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s. The group, now headed by Michael Freund, a US-Israeli journalist, lobbied one of Israel’s chief rabbis to send a fact-finding mission to India in 2004, and as a result a year later the Bnei Menashe were recognised officially as being descendants of Israel. Mr Freund said that the Bnei Menashe had many rituals and ceremonies that resembled those of Ancient Israel, though significantly none that reflected the holidays of Purim and Chanukkah, as they mark events in the Bible that occurred after the ten tribes were lost to the Assyrian invaders. Seminary schools were set up by Mr Freund’s group in India to teach Judaism and Hebrew to speed up the process, but that programme was halted when the Indian Government objected to what it saw as missionary activity. Now, the Bnei Menashe are trickling into Israel on tourist visas to convert and gain citizenship. “We decided the system was unmanageable at 100 people a year for a community of 7,000 people,” Mr Freund, who heads Shavei Israel, or Return to Israel, said. “We have begun lobbying for permission for the entire community to come here.” The project has run into criticism, with detractors condemning the fact that many, such as Mr Khaute, were sent to hardline Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Kiryat Arba, in Hebron. But Mr Freund said that without government support, the settlements were the only communities willing to accommodate the new arrivals. The Bnei Menashe are not the only unrecognised Jews Mr Freund’s group is in contact with. They also support the “lost Jews” of Poland, offspring of Jewish parents who gave their children to Catholic institutions in the Nazi invasion for safekeeping, and who subsequently never knew their heritage.

According to the Bible, Jacob had 12 sons who fathered the 12 tribes that formed the ancient Kingdom of Israel

• The Assyrians conquered the region in the 8th century BC and scattered ten of the tribes into exile beyond what Jewish texts refer to as the Sambation River. Since then the mystery surrounding their fate has sparked centuries of intrigue and controversy

• The two remaining tribes, Benjamin and Judah, became the modern-day Jewish people, according to Jewish historians. Exile marked the end of any reference to the lost tribes in biblical texts. Over the centuries, many groups from as far as China, Nigeria and even the Irish Republic have claimed to be descendants of these lost tribes

• The Torah prophesies that the ten tribes, named Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon and Zebulun, will “return” to their ancient heritage, often interpreted as a return to Israel

• Several claims of descendancy have arisen in Africa, including those of the Beta Israel group in Ethiopia and Igbo J ews in Nigeria. Another group, who call themselves Dimona’s Black Hebrews, a polygamous, vegan African-American sect, justify their claims by saying that their ancient Jewish tri be was forced into exile in West Africa after the 8th century, but then taken to the Americas as slaves centuries later. Many of these Black Hebrews moved to Israel from the United States in 1969

• There have even been claims that the entire British, Japanese and Chinese people are direct descendants of the lost tribes. Believers of the British settlement theory claim that the Assyrians forced tribe members to migrate west into Europe before establishing themselves in the British Isles as the Anglo-Saxons • The Makuya sect of Japan make similar claims of Jewish origin based on the parallels between ancient Japanese culture and biblical practice

• Genetic research from the National Institute of Immunohaematology in Mumbai this year claimed that the Pashtuns, the ethnic group at the heart of the Taleban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may have Jewish origins

• The credibilty of the claims of descent from the lost tribes has long been hotly contested. Doubters point to references in the Bible that the ten tribes were conquered because they were not adhering to Jewish customs, fuelling doubts that they would keep to Jewish rituals in exile

Isaiah 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed ; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek : and his rest shall be glorious. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left , from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Psalm 50:1 The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken , and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined . 3 Our God shall come , and shall not keep silence : a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice

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Behold a Black Horse

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2010 by josephus777

Rev 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say , Come and see . And I beheld , and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice
in the midst of the four beasts say , A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine

We as Christians have the awesome responsibility to pray.The Lord has been saying to me time and time again If my people that are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and Turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. Prayer does change things!!! That’s why I hate when Christians continually Prophecy doom. No we can not go around with our heads in the sand and say these problems don’t exist. But we must pray against them. The following are some facts that I have compiled not so you will cry out “the sky is falling” “the sky is falling” but so you will pray against them. When Jesus told His disciples no man knows the day or the hour I believe 1 reason was we have somewhat of a say by the way we pray. SO PRAY SAINTS, PRAY LIKE NEVER BEFORE. We must work the works of him that sent us, while it is day: the night cometh , when no man can work

When a large portion of the population is facing drastic cuts in income in the face of escalating food prices we have a catastrophic problem in the making. Today we have the simultaneous events of income deflation and food inflation; two high-speed express trains coming down the tracks at each other, a financial crisis colliding with staggering crop losses, which are cutting deeply into available food reserves. Prices of food are again beginning to soar just as millions are losing their jobs and the ability to afford groceries, though little of this is being observed or reported by the lame stream media. But soon even the blind will see. Can the Black Horse of the Apocalypse be on the ride? From corn to crude oil, prices for a wide range of commodities are on the rise across the globe. In recent months, global food prices have been growing at a rate that rivals some of the wildest months of 2008, when food riots erupted across the developing world. – January 9th Wall Street Journal The cold is again freezing oranges in Florida. Temperatures in Miami dropped to 36F; beating the record 37F set in 1938. Officials are saying that hundreds of millions of dollars of food perished. Vegetables were among the hardest hit. At least one major tomato grower, Ag-Mart Produce, has already declared that most of its Florida crop is “useless due to the freeze.” Other vegetable farms were expected to lose their entire crop, and wholesale prices have already increased. “Tomatoes were down around $14 for a 25-pound box; now they are up over $20,” said Gene McAvoy, an agriculture expert with the University of Florida, who predicted $100 million in vegetable losses. “Peppers — just after New Year’s they were $8 a box; now they’re up around $18.” White sugar climbed to the highest price in at least two decades in London on speculation that India, Pakistan and other importers will purchase more of the sweetener as a supply deficit looms. Excess rains in Brazil and a weak monsoon in India hurt sugar-cane output from the world’s two biggest growers. – January 20, 2010 The world faces “mass starvation” following North America’s next major crop failure. And it could even happen before year’s end. So says Chicago-based Don Coxe, who is one of the world’s leading experts on agricultural commodities, so much so that Canada’s renowned BMO Financial Group named the fund after him. A crop failure in North America will have particularly dire consequences for major overseas markets that are highly reliant on U.S. crop imports. Scientists in England are warning that a “perfect storm” of food shortages and water scarcity now threatens to unleash public unrest and conflict, the government’s chief scientist, Professor John Beddington, has warned. “People do not quite realise the scale of the issue,” said Professor Mike Bevan. “This is one of the most serious problems that science has ever faced.” In Britain the lives of hundreds of thousands of people will be threatened by food shortages. The repercussions of food shortages for any society are devastating. The world faces “mass starvation” following more major crop failures in the United States and other places around the globe. We are facing a problem that literally has never been faced in human history. Surging population and food demand, food inflation, diminishing world food stocks, drought, flooding, cold, diminished credit, infestations, soil erosion, industrial farming, factory farm pollution, aquifers/wells going dry, relocation of produce for energy production are all slamming into a global financial and economic crisis. And in some places like the United States they don’t have enough farmers. Then on top of everything else we have desertification, which is one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. New deserts are growing at a rate of 20,000 square miles (51,800 square kilometers) a year. Desertification leads to famine, mass starvation and human migration. The 2012 Food Crisis is going to be different. Early in 2009, the supply and demand in agricultural markets went badly out of balance. The world experienced a catastrophic fall in food production as a result of the financial crisis (low commodity prices and lack of credit) and adverse weather on a global scale. Normally food prices should have already shot higher months ago, leading to lower food consumption and bringing the global food supply/demand situation back into balance. This never happened because the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), instead of adjusting production estimates down to reflect decreased production, adjusted estimates upwards to match increasing demand from china. In this way, the USDA has brought supply and demand back into balance (on paper) and temporarily delayed a rise in food prices by ensuring a catastrophe in 2012.” According to the United States Department of Agriculture U.S. farmers produced the largest corn and soybean crops on record in 2009. And there are people who believe that anyone who believes government figures on anything concerning the economy or anything else is out to lunch. Very few people in the US have given any serious consideration to the question of food security. This essay should convince people that its time to start. For the most part, we’re not aware of the problem but if we look hard at the ‘hidden’ news we
see that the handwriting is on the wall for an unimaginable crisis that will come on us as early as next year. More than 2.1 million hectares of grain have been destroyed by drought in 2009 in Russia, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said. A total of 616,000 hectares have been destroyed in the region, or 70% of the total amount planted. “The world is blissfully unaware that the greatest economic, financial and political crisis ever is a few years away. It takes only the tiniest bit of research to realize something is going critically wrong in the agricultural market. All someone needs to do to know the world is headed for food crisis is to stop reading USDA’s crop reports predicting a record soybean and corn harvests and listen to what else the USDA is saying. Specifically, the USDA has declared half the counties in the Midwest to be primary disaster areas, including 274 counties in the last 30 days alone. These designations are based on the criteria of a minimum of 30 percent loss in the value of at least one crop in the county,”

Jesus Christ was a Capitalist!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 23, 2010 by josephus777

Whoa Before you get all super spiritual… It is because of the current policies that are coming out of the White House & their capitulation to the end of days that I felt compelled to write this post. First let me say that the Lord is concerned about the welfare of all of His creation. And yes social health care does sound like a good idea.But is good God? Does it line up with scripture?

First let us examine Gods way of doing things starting with the old testament.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful , and multiply , and replenish the earth, andsubdue it : and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Notice carefully the thread God weaves; multiplication. Whenever The Lord wants to get our attention He will weave a certain precept from Gen. to Rev. In the garden of Eden a utopia and should I say the only utopia God intended for man until we reach heaven God provided entirely for Adam and Eve. All they had to do was be obedient and have dominion.God Himself provided for them everything they needed. Then came the act of disobedience and this is what God said to them Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said , Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee,saying,Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,(hard work) till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken : for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return . Once Adam disobeyed God He was doomed to a life of hard work. Not hand outs. A trick of the devil is to appeal to man’s inate desire to have things handed to him without working for them. Please perserver and read on my intention is not to preach but relate what is happening in the world as it relates to the end of days and satans plan. The scriptures say my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Witout hammering you with scripture after scripture everyone knows the story of Noah he was an industrious hard working man God spoke to Adam and told him that He was about to destroy the earth And that Noah was to build an arc to preserve both man and beast. Noah did it out of a love for the Lord and an act of obedience he helped His fellow man. Long before there was a Government agency to do so. After the flood receded Noah was thankful and Here is the exchange that took place 20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease .

Another key principle was introduced seed time and harvest. The Apostle Paul reiterated in Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived ; God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth , that shall he also reap . 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing : for in due season we shall reap , if we faint not.

Here again same principle you reap what you sow. Seed time and harvest. But intertwined is another key element; well doing, charity. In our prosperity let us not forget to include those that are less fortunate then us. Jesus said in Matt. 14:7 For ye have the poor with you always,and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. Know that from the beginning that was a choice!

The Spirit of the Lord gently urges you to do well He never forces you to do something. Better wake up Mr Obama and see what spirit is leading you!

Everything that is coming out of Washington is pointing to a one world order,a one world Government.

Do we think it fair that we now will increase the burdens on our Drs. mandate to them what treatments are approved and limit there remuneration to what the Govt. deems appropriate. Is it fair that a man or woman work hard to get through medical school only to be forced to treat 30 million more people with no increase in Drs. Why wasn’t tort reform included in this health care package. Our Dr’s are forced to pay exuberant premiums for insurance because the lobbyists in Washington are all lawyers benefiting from frivolous lawsuits. The answer to these questions is it is not because Mr Barrack HUSSEIN Obama is concerned with the welfare of “We the people” It’s about the spirit of control and manipulation.

If you believe that our leaders in Washington have become our enemies you are only partially right. Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We are on a collision course with the powers of hell and if we do not stand for that which is good the Lord is not obliged to fight our battles for us.

Mr Obama Jesus Christ is not, was not, or ever will be a socialist. His teachings are to the contrary. Matt.25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried , they all slumbered and slept . 6 And at midnight there was a cry made , Behold , the bridegroom cometh ; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose , and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out . 9 But the wise answered , saying , Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell , and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy , the bridegroom came ; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut . 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying , Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said , Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh . 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country , who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods . 15 And unto one he gave five talents , to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey . 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh , and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying , Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said , Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said , Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown , and gathering where thou hast not strawed : 25 And I was afraid , and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed : 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given , and he shall have abundance : but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath . 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Sounds like capitalism to me!!!!!

Born-again ‘Son of Hamas’ warns of Islam’s dangers

Posted in Islam with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by josephus777

In these troubling times one thing is for certain the Lord it is His will that none should perish but all should find repentance and redemption at the foot of the cross of Jesus. Following his conversion from Islam The secular press and the lame stream media aided by the spirit of anti christ are trying to cast doubt on Yousef’s story told in his book “Son of Hamas” But I’m here to tell you that the devil is a liar For it is written:  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish , but that all should come to repentance.

He will have mercy on whomever He chooses. If you haven’t read the book it is an intriguing story to say the least. The following story is from

http://www.wnd.com/

From his prominent West Bank Muslim family to the Israeli intelligence service he served for a decade – and even to some professing Christians – people who know Mosab Hassan Yousef are finding it difficult to explain his radical transformation.

The son and heir apparent of a founder of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, Yousef broke the heart of his pious, close-knit family and put their lives and his own in danger with his announcement two years ago that he had become a follower of Jesus Christ. Today, the threats have only intensified since he shifted his mission from saving lives by battling terrorism to saving Muslim souls by exposing Islam as “the biggest lie in human history.”

In a telephone conference call Thursday with WND and several Christian publications, Yousef explained that, along with Hamas, secular media and members of some mainline Christian denominations are trying to discredit the story he tells in the new book “Son of Hamas,” which is No. 10 on the New York Times best-seller list this week.

It’s a story many find hard to believe, he acknowledged.

But the “secret is very simple,” said the 32-year-old Yousef. “When the love of our Lord is in a man’s heart, this man acts totally different.”

“They don’t want to admit that,” he said of his detractors. “If they admit that what changed my life was Jesus Christ, this will open lots of questions, and they don’t want to go there.”

From the world of radical Islam to the world of the radically transformed.

He’s now settled in Southern California after working alongside his father, Sheik Hassan Yousef, in the West Bank city of al-Ghaniya near Ramallah while secretly embracing Christian faith and serving as one of the top spies for Israel’s internal security arm, Shin Bet.

Hamas has dismissed his claims as Zionist propaganda, but one of his Shin Bet handlers has confirmed his account to the Israeli daily Haaretz. Yousef was recruited by Shin Bet in 1996 at the age of 18 while at a detention facility of the Russian Compound in Jerusalem. He was arrested after buying a gun. His first arrest was at age 10, during the First Intifada, or “uprising,” for throwing rocks at Israeli settlers.

Earlier this month, his father issued a statement from Israeli prison that he and his family “have completely disowned the man who was our oldest son and who is called Mosab.”

Shortly after publicly declaring his Christian faith in August 2008, the al-Qaida-affiliated Global Islamic Media Front released a statement declaring him an infidel headed for Hell and citing Islam’s prophet Muhammad: “Whoever alters his religion, kill him.”

Last month, his chief Shin Bet handler, “Captain Loai,” told Haaretz of his great admiration for Yousef, who disrupted dozens of suicide bombings and assassination attempts by Hamas, saving hundreds of lives.

“So many people owe him their lives and don’t even know it,” Loai said. “People who did a lot less were awarded the Israel Security Prize.”

Yousef says he was the one who revealed that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terrorist group was comprised of members of Yasser Arafat’s presidential guard, Force 17.

He helped bring in the likes of Hamas commander Ibrahim Hamid and Marwan Barghouti, regarded as a leader of the First and Second Intifadas. Yousef convinced Shin Bet, however, to spare the life of his father, who Laoi said would otherwise have been “dead 10 times over.” The sheik has been in an Israel prison since his arrest in September 2005.

Yousef told the London Telegraph in August 2008 his family was “definitely suffering because of what I’ve done.”

“They are not a regular family, they are a very famous family, and Muslims around the world praise my family, praise my father. So when I came with a step like this, it was impossible to think about, it was crazy.”

Damascus Gate

Yousef’s journey to Christian faith literally passed through the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, a Middle Ages reconstruction of the first-century gate through which the Apostle Paul traveled on his way to violently quash the fledgling Jewish sect he considered heretical.

At that historic spot in 1999, Yousef and two friends met a British Christian who was visiting Jerusalem with a small evangelistic group. The man, a cab driver in the U.K. who was in the city for only a few days, invited him to a Bible study at the YMCA near the King David Hotel in West Jerusalem.

Damascus Gate, Jerusalem

“I took the Bible, I studied it,” Yousef told reporters Thursday. “It took me six years to study Christianity, to study Islam all over (again) and study even other religions.”

In his book, he recalls reading, from the beginning, the dual Arabic and English New Testament he received from the group in Jerusalem and coming upon Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.”

“I thought, Wow, this guy Jesus is impressive! Everything he says is beautiful. I couldn’t put the book down. It was a very simple message, but somehow it had the power to heal my soul and give me hope.”

When he came to Jesus’ command to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” he was “thunderstruck.”

“Never before had I heard anything like this. But I knew it was the message I had been searching for all my life.”

He recounts a crucial moment in his “spiritual odyssey” when his best friend directed him to a program on the Arabic Christian satellite station Al-Hayat.

He watched as an old Coptic priest named Zakaria Botros “systematically” performed an “autopsy on the Quran, opening it up and exposing every bone, muscle, sinew, and organ, and then putting them under the microscope of truth and showing the entire book to be cancerous.”

Yousef said he cannot point to a day or hour when he became a Christian, because it was a “six-year process.”

“But I knew that I was, and I knew I needed to be baptized.”

Yousef’s Shin Bet handlers told him they had no problem with his Christian faith as long as he didn’t reveal it to anyone else and didn’t get baptized. Yousef believed they were more afraid of losing him as a spy than of any trouble a declaration of conversion might bring him.

But in 2005, not long after he watched the Coptic priest cut away “all the dead pieces of Allah that still linked me to Islam and blinded me to the truth that Jesus was the Son of God,” he literally took the plunge, wading into the Mediterranean from a Tel Aviv beach in an unconventional “secret” baptismal ceremony performed by a Christian visiting from San Diego.

Now a resident of the San Diego area, where he attends Barabbas Road Church, he has lost touch with the British cab driver.

“I met him two times only. I don’t know where he is, but I pray for him all the time,” he said Thursday.

‘Biggest lie in human history’

With 10 years of fighting terrorism behind him, Yousef sees himself now on a new, but no less provocative mission – to free Muslims from the “god of Islam.”

He emphasizes Muslims are not his enemies.

“My heart is broken for them,” he told reporters Thursday. “This is what I want them to understand. I am not here to fight Muslims. I am fighting their god, and I believe that the biggest enemy that Muslims are facing is their god and their prophet.”

Muhammad, Yousef said, began 1,400 years ago with a lie he “wrapped with layers of facts, truth and charity work and good things.”

“So he made a perfect lie,” he said. “I believe Islam is the biggest lie in human history. This is how I believe. Muslims are victims of this lie.”

Now, he said, is the “time for them to wake up from this lie, to be brave enough to face it.”

He acknowledged his words are extremely offensive to many.

“But somebody has to say the truth and tell them this with lots of love,” he said.

Yousef said when he searched for the root of the problems his fellows Palestinians face, he came to the conclusion it was “the god of Islam.”

But he contends the primary obstacle to persuading Muslims to abandon Islam is not convincing them that “Muhammad is a liar.”

“The problem that they face is they don’t have the courage to face the consequences if they recognize that,” he said.

‘Something much better than this life’

Yousef said Thursday he doesn’t expect the threats on his life that began the day he declared his faith in Jesus Christ to go away. While he says he “doesn’t look like somebody who wants to die,” he’s “not going to hide.”

“As a believer in Christ, I believe in his promises, and I believe that he is preparing something much better than this life,” he said.

“If the cost will be my blood or my life to spread the message, let it be. I don’t wish to die, but probably this is the best way to deliver the message,” said Yousef. “I will keep doing what I have to do, what’s right to do, and if the result will be to get killed for this cause … everybody is going to die as some point.”

Asked his opinion Thursday of the Bush and Obama administrations’ policy of pronouncing Islam “a religion of peace” and insisting the U.S. is not in a war with Islam, Yousef said, “With all respect to Mr. President, there is a huge misunderstanding.”

“I encourage them to read the Quran, chapter 9, verses 5 and 29, which put a death sentence on everybody who doesn’t believe in Islam,” he said.

“This is not new,” he added. “This is not an idea of a radical Muslim, this is the ideology of the god of Islam himself. So, we cannot change what’s in the Quran, and no Muslim has the authority to change that.”

He understands that diplomats and governments have limitations, but he believes the threat will remain unless the primary motive of Islamic jihadists is addressed.

Yousef said his calling is to challenge the problem at its core.

“What governments are doing, they are dealing with some terrorists, radicals here and there, but they are ignoring, for sure, the reality of Islam,” he said.

After a decade of “fighting terrorism,” he said it became clear “we were fighting a ghost.”

“At the end of the day, their motive is still there,” he said. “The best way to stop them is to fight their ideology. If we don’t fight their motive, if we don’t fight their ideology, if we don’t challenge their ideology, suicide bombers and extremists will keep coming.”

He said the task may not be the duty of government.

“We ask the government to give us space to work,” he said. “If they don’t want to go through this war, this is the duty of every free man in this world. Not only Christianity, every free man.”

In his interview with Haaretz last month, he said many believe terrorists are motivated by the Israeli “occupation.” But “all that is just the backdrop,” he insisted.

“It is not the root of the problem. The occupation is like the rain that falls on the soil in which the seed has been planted, but it is not the seed itself,” he said.

“The root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not lie in security or politics: It is a war between two gods, two religions,” Yousef contended.

The Quran, he explained, teaches the land of Palestine is a sacred endowment, a “Waqf,” that must not be given up.

Israel’s problem, he said, is not “with Hamas or with any other organization, nor with the interpretation Hamas reads into the Quran. It is with the god of the Quran.”

Even a “moderate Muslim” who reads the Quran, Yousef argued, “must read that the Jews are the sons of apes and that the infidels must be killed.”

“The Palestinians must stop blaming Israel, or the West, for all their problems,” he said. “If they want true freedom, they must free themselves from their god.”
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