We have begun to look at the life of Abraham and the important aspects related to or next dispensation, the Dispensation of promise.
The king of Ur of the Chaldees, King Ur-Nammu was a very well known worshipper of the moon God, who was called by one of his names Allah.
Ur of the Chaldees was the great center of moon-god worship and other forms of idolatry.
The reason why Allah is known to the Muslims and Islam is because Allah was around hundreds of years before Muhammad and the Arabs.
Beat your wife;
Mohammed is a sinner;
Only white faces will be saved;
The reason that Muhammad never had to explain who Allah was in the Koran is that his readers had already heard about Allah long before Muhammad was ever born.
The word "Allah" comes from the compound Arabic word, al-ilah - al is the definite article "the" and ilah is an Arabic word for "god" which means "the god."
E.M. Wherry, - whose translation of the Koran is still used today, -- in pre-Islamic times Allah-worship, as well as the worship of Ba-al, were both astral religions in that they involved the worship of the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Archaeologists have dug up numerous statues and ancient inscriptions in which a crescent moon was seated on top of the head of the deity to symbolize the worship of the moon god.
While the moon was generally worshiped as a female deity in the Ancient Near East, the Arabs viewed it as a male deity.
In Arabia, the sun god was viewed as a female goddess and the moon as the male god.
The use of the crescent moon as the symbol for Islam which is placed on the flags of many Islamic nations and on the top of mosques is a throwback to the days when Allah was worshiped as the moon god in Mecca.
There is no difference between the worship of the moon god in Abraham's day the worship of Allah in our day, they are one and the same.
The worship of the moon-god actually extended far beyond the Allah-worship in Arabia.
The use of the crescent moon as the symbol for Islam which is placed on the flags of Islamic nations then is a throwback to the days when Allah was worshiped as the moon god in Mecca.
The Qu'ran's concept of deity evolved out of the pre-Islamic pagan religion of moon-god or Allah-worship.
Idols is the noun 'eliyl; = good for nothing, vain, of no value, demons or false gods.
Surah18:110, Allah told Muhammad Say: "I am but a man like yourselves"
Surah 40:55, Patiently, then, persevere: for the Promise of Allah is true: and ask forgiveness for your sins,
Surah 48:1-2, Verily We have granted thee [O Muhammad] manifest Victory: That Allah may forgive thee thy faults of the past and those to follow; fulfill His favor to thee; and guide thee on the Straight Way;
Not only was Muhammad commanded to repent of his sins and to seek forgiveness, but he was also reminded of his past sins that Allah had already forgiven and of future sins which would need future forgiveness!
HEB 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
2CO 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Middle East scholars have demonstrated beyond all doubt that every ritual and belief in Islam can be traced back to pre-Islamic Arabian culture.
While living in Haran, at the age of 75 Abraham received a call from God to go to a strange, unknown land that God would show him.
The king decided that since this was his home town and a great city that it should have the greatest temple in history to the moon-god and it turned out to be exactly that, the largest and the greatest moon-god temple in all of history at that time was found in the Ur of the Chaldees.
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Abraham had settled down in Haran but he should have said to his relatives like Lot, "I'm going left, you go right."
JOS 24:15 "And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
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When he finally does cross the river he will be called a haa-`ibriy meaning a crosser of the river = translated Hebrew - one who crosses the river.
Abraham made a mistake and went to Haran which means the dried up place, and he stayed in that dried-up place until God intervened.
PSA 63:1 (A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.) O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly; My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
SOS 1:6 "Do not stare at me because I am burnt, For the sun has burned me. My mother's sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.
Abraham was getting doctrine in Ur of the Chaldees but because of his family and relatives, Abraham did not grow spiritually and never reached spiritual maturity until he was totally separated from all his relatives.
Abraham had to be separated from his father. He also had to be separated from his nephew Lot.
He was leaving a place where he was well known and apparently a place where he was even appreciated.
Doctrine was available to him in Ur of the Chaldea up to a point and when it ceased to be available was when God had to uproot Abraham and get him out of there.
It ceased to be available when Abraham's family and relatives and friends and social life and perhaps even his celebrityship - when these things got in the way of his advance toward spiritual maturity.
There is a known military expression = has really come from the word of God, not the military and that is the principle of "knowing your enemy."
2Co 2:11 Let no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
1Jo 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;
EPH 6:12 Our struggle is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ishshah, the woman in the garden who ate of the fruit didn't realize that her enemy was the serpent, an agent that Satan was using, for he was the serpent according to Rev 12:9.
GEN 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.
1Ti 2:14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression.
PHI 3:1 On the one hand, to be writing the same doctrines to you is not troublesome to me, while on the other hand, it is a safeguard and a basis of security for you.
Ever since God promised that He would send the Messiah into the world, in Gen 3:15, when He said And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed [Satan's seed is represented by the Adamic nature, Joh 8:44]
and her seed; a reference to the Lord at the point of his incarnation or the virgin birth He (the seed of the woman) shall bruise you on the head literally crush the head of Satan (i.e., operation footstool) And you [Satan] shall bruise him on the heel, a reference to the cross.
Ever since this promise was given to mankind, Satan tried to destroy TLJC and now is trying to destroy one of His royal families.
His first royal title is "Son of God." The members of His royal family are God the Father and God the Holy Spirit with whom He has eternal and infinite coexistence, Satan tried to destroy that Royal title and that Royal family in Eze 28:15, Isa 14:12-14.
The virgin birth introduced the humanity of Christ into the world, at which point Jesus Christ became Jewish royalty.
Therefore, His second royal title is "Son of David," and His royal family is the dynasty or the house of David.
The Davidic Covenant says that the seed of the woman, the humanity of Christ, will descend from the tribe of Judah through the family of David, 2Sa 7:8‑17; Psa 89:20‑37, and that He would rule upon the throne of Jerusalem.
Then By virtue of His strategic victory on the cross, our Lord received His third royal title: "King of kings, Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star." Rev 19:12-16.
God the Father interrupted the dispensation of Israel and inserted the Church-age for the calling out (formation, election) of a royal family to accompany our Lord's third royal title.
1CO 11:19 "For there must also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you."
LUK 17:1 And He said to His disciples, "It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come!
ACT 20:30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them."
GAL 5:19-20, Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, and things like these,
of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
TIT 3:10-11, Reject a factious [divisive] man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self‑condemned.
Satan has only one royal title and one royal family to try and destroy, our Lord's second royal title, "Son of David," and His royal family, the dynasty of David, true Israel.