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A Family at War

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

Watching the daily updates of the news covering the Israel-Gaza war, it can only be a blind man who cannot see that a spirit within Islam has been released. What we are seeing is no longer a localised people’s conflict, and neither is it the response to a terrorist attack. It is a response to a conflict that was written thousands of years ago concerning two sons belonging to a man called Abraham. What possessed Abraham was an ideal that came to Him by God. It was the promise that Abraham would be the father of nations but only one son would carry this promise in his seed. However, a conflict would arise, and the other son would contest his birthright and this contest would replicate in the next generation between the sons of Isaac, who were Esau and Jacob.

Isaac was the son of Sarai and Ishmael the son of Hagar. Both Esau and Jacob came from the womb of Rebecca. In the first relationship, Ishmael, who came from the natural way, was blessed by God because He promised to bless Abraham’s seed. However, the father of the Arab nations will contend with man.

Genesis 16 11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery.

12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”

The Aramaic version gives us a different translation:

Gen 6 11 And the Angel of LORD JEHOVAH said to her, “Behold, you are pregnant and are to give birth to a son, and you shall call his name Ishmayl, because LORD JEHOVAH heard in your servitude.

12 And he shall be a savage of the children of men; his hand is against everyone and the hand of everyone against him, and he shall dwell upon the borders of all his brothers.”

Why would the Lord pronounce this? (read more)

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