As the days of Noah
“And just as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it also be in the days of the Son of Man”- Luke 17:26
“Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence (hamas). And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.” “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of men was great upon the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” – Genesis 6:11-12, 5 (Noah)
A short time ago few ever heard the word Hamas. Today that name is part of the daily vocabulary of populations across the Earth. The Biblical Hebrew word hamas- being the reason for the flood in the days of Noah- has as its meaning not only violence, but corruption, deceit, lawlessness and lies. In Isaiah chapter 53:9 the servant of God is described, “neither was any deceit (hamas) in his mouth.” The term is related to another Islamic term, jihad, which is “holy war” in Arabic. Here in Israel we are facing the ongoing and relentless hatred of the Arab Islamic world, and recently fought a war of missiles sent from Hamas in Gaza, the ancient homeland of the Philistines, from which the term Palestine is derived. Since vacating that area some years ago in an experiment of “Land for Peace,” the Palestinians under the rule of their elected Hamas leadership have chosen instead of using that now Jew-free territory to create a viable economy and a peaceful life, to smuggle in and launch thousands of rockets into Israeli civilian towns and cities. One can only wonder what armaments would be in use had there not been some control over their ports. This is a situation that no country would tolerate.
The modern Hamas movement has declared in its charter as its sole raison d’etre the destruction of Israel. Unfortunately, they are in accord with others of their Islamic faith to the north of Israel’s border in Lebanon, Hezbollah (the Party of Allah), who are now well-armed with many thousands of missiles. Iran, the powerful center of the Islamic revolution, is the supplier of these deadly weapons, and has for years officially declared its intention of wiping Israel from the map. At the same time Syria is in the upheaval of a civil war in which more than 500,000 Syrians have thus far been killed and maimed by their own people. From Afghanistan to Iraq to Yemen to Sudan, the Islamic world is filled with violence and fear. And all these events seem to comply with prophecies found in the Bible, including Ishmael “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” (Gen. 16:12).
The Islamic world is not a happy one. The constant fomenting of its unhappiness from North Africa across the Arabian peninsula of the Middle East to the Persian Gulf arises from the very worldview of Islam itself. But as is so often the case, unhappiness seeks to find blame in another rather than itself for its unfortunate predicament. In the Islamic world the favorite and perennial scapegoat is very tiny Israel, for which they find justification in their holy books, especially the Islamic hadit, or commentary of the Quran. And that blame is also aimed at the entire western world, where we also see its violence spreading.
At the same time Islam states as its purpose the spreading of their religion and its worldview to the western world, and thus share its perennial unhappiness with others. Their efforts are succeeding brilliantly in Europe and the USA by the use of Jihad in all its subtle forms, the most effective being the Cultural Jihad. The other form is fear of the Violent Jihad.
Islam is the very antithesis of the Judeo-Christian message, which is based on the foundation stone of one commandment in the Bible, Old and New Testaments, which is one word in the original Hebrew: v’ahavta (“you shall love”). Love is not at all the central message of the Quran, but its motivating force is the diametrical opposite: fear.
As Judeo-Christianity cools to a dying ember in the confused and naïve western world, extinguished by both corruptions in the churches and the ongoing efforts of the radical Left to erase the Biblical worldview from its populations, that vacuum created will quickly be filled with its antithesis. One might just take a look at the historical modus operandi of the unhappy Communist takeovers, of the unhappy Nazi takeover, as well as the Islamic takeovers, which is to erase the existence of Judeo-Christianity as a worldview. In all cases, it was to exterminate the Jews carrying their old ideas of the one God, as well as to destroy the church and its message of love.
It is only to be hoped that intelligent people will consider these facts, and will take intelligent action to prevent such an outcome and downfall of the West in our time, a time which seems much like the predicted days of Noah.
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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.