could be worse than instructing SDA’s to
keep Sunday sacred, this is it! rwb
Hope you find the following info in this issue of the Triple "F" newsletter of interest, which is for the widest possible circulation among SDAs.
"THOUGHTS FOR THE HOUR - Food For the Flock... (FFF)"
"... be no
more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men..." - Ephesians 4;14;
Pastor Dwight Nelson says "Allah is GOD" and that "ALLAH IS THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE..."
In a sermon on Sabbath Dec. 11, 2010, Dr. (Pastor) Dwight Nelson of Pioneer Memorial SDA Church told the world on air, 3ABN and via the Internet that: "Allah is the name of the LIVING GOD; ALLAH IS THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE."
This sermon was titled "Star Still Rising Over Islam" and can be heard at:
SEE/listen for this
statement at 32:27-33:21 mins into his sermon.
Pastor Nelson further told his listeners, "Never, never, never, never, never embrace that" "Allah is the name for Lucifer" or that "Allah is a demonic god..." SEE/listen for this statement at 31:37 to 31:46 mins into his sermon.
In this last statement, Dr. Nelson seems to be telling his members, "Don't even both come to me after this sermon or write to me questioning or objecting to my statement that Allah is God and not Lucifer." But how could he expect to make such an unorthodox statement, that is so contrary to SDA doctrine, the SOP, and the teachings of the pioneers and not be challenged? How could he expect to make such a controversial proposition and not be called on it.
Dr. Nelson also said that "The Quran teaches the seeds of EVERY divine truth that you and I embrace." - SEE/listen for this statement at 31:29 to 31:48 mins into his sermon.
Dr. Nelson also refers to the Muslim god as "THE MIGHTY SPIRIT OF ALLAH..." - SEE/listen for this statement at 33:27 to 33:37 mins into his sermon.
These statements, especially the first and the last two, are all false, and cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. This is a blasphemous heresy and a slur on the character and name of the true God, JEHOVAH (Yaweh, Adonai, Elohim).
Any SDA scholar who says that "Allah is the name of the LIVING GOD" "ALLAH IS THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE" needs to have his head checked and his right to ministerial credentials questioned.
The following facts will clearly show that his assertion is false and that Allah is not the true God, but is in fact a pagan deity...
Dwight Nelson builds the platform for the launching of his theory that "Allah is the name of the LIVING GOD; ALLAH IS THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE" by first speculating (perhaps he is right, perhaps not) that "The three wise men" we came from the East at the birth of Jesus described in Matthew 2:1 where Ishmaelites and hence Arabs.
Perhaps this is correct. But other scholars also suggest that quite possibly the three wise men that came to Jesus were kings, and that their names were Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar (An introductory dictionary of theology and religious studies, page 803, by Orlando O. EspĂn, James B. Nickoloff - 2007).
Caspar is believed to have been the king of Tarsus (India), Melchior, king of Persia and Balthasar, king of Saba (Ethiopia). Still other say that the three wise men bearing gifts to the newborn Christ were Persians, perhaps Zoroastrian priests. However, whatever the true cultural or religious background of these three wise men, nothing significant turns on it.
But, to say that "Allah is the name of the LIVING GOD; ALLAH IS THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE" is a blasphemous heresy and a slur on the name of the true God.
This article will address two points: (1) Who is ALLAH? and (2) What did the SDA pioneers say about the teachings of Islam?
WHO IS ISLAM'S ALLAH?
As everyone knows, the crescent moon is the universal symbol of Islam. According to Professor Coon the names of the moon god in Arabia were Wadd, `Amm, Sin, Il Mukah, Hubal and Allah.
It is a fact of ancient history that Allah was the moon god of pre-islamic times. Allah was the supreme creator-god of the Arabs. Professor Coon states: "The god Il or Ilah was originally a phase of the Moon God, but early in Arabian history the name became a general term for god [i.e. ALLAH]."
Berta Segall writes that the "South Arabia's stellar religion has always been dominated by the Moon-god in various variations" (see, Berta Segall, The Iconography of Cosmic Kingship, the Art Bulletin, vol.xxxviii, 1956, p.77).
At Mecca, the moon-god Allah ("Ali-ilah) was the chief of the gods and the special deity of the Quraish, the prophet Muhammad's tribe. Muhammad transfer this childhood believe into the Qur'an (xxix, 61) where it refers to the belief of the Quraish people in Allah as the creator of the heavens and the earth.
In fact, both Muhammad's father and uncle had Allah as part of their names. And both their parents worshiped the moon god. Muhammad's father name was Abd-Allâh or `Abdullah' (meaning "Servant or worshiper of Allâh"). And at birth Muhammad was given the name: Abu al-Qasim Muhammad Ibn Abd Allah Ibn Abd al-Muttalib Ibn Hashim.
Professor Coon further says that "under Muhammad's tutelage, the relatively anonymous Ilah became Al-ilah, 'The God,' or Allah, the Supreme Being" (Carleton S.Coon, , Southern Arabia, (Washington, D.C. Smithsonian, 1944) p. 399).
This was the same god who, according to Muhammad, sent the angel Gabriel to him when he sat meditating in a cave outside Mecca. This god was the moon-god of his childhood, the god of his parents, only that he know declared Allah to be the ONLY God to be worship. But the moon-god is still the moon-god, even if he is now declared to be the only God. All pagan gods are demons (Leviticus 17:7; Deuteronomy 32:17). All pagan gods are 'minions' of Satan. Paul said, do you not know "that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils"? (I Cor. 10:20). Thus in worshiping Allah one is worshiping a demon, and therefore Satan.
Allah's connection to the sun goddess and to Lucifer (in the Quran)
It is also of significance that the pre-Islamic Arabs believed Allah's wife was the sun goddess and that they had three daughters Al-Lat, Al-Uzza and Manat.
Allah's daughter goddesses, Al-Lat, al-'Ozza and Manah are epithets of pagan gods (al-Lat being the feminine of Allah). These idols were considered by the pagan Meccans to be daughters of the great god Allah, and Al-' Uzza has been identified with Venus.
The Aus and Khazraj tribes of Medina were the most prominent worshipers of Manat, while the Quraish of Mecca paid much reverence to Allat and al-`Uzza. The Quraish were the tribe to which Muhammad belonged.
In those times, the goddesses al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat with shrines not too far from Mecca, were believed to be empowered to make intercessions to Allah, and were regarded by the Arabs as "three daughters of Allah," and worshiped at three shrines near Mecca, namely at at-Ta’if, Nakhla (on the road to at-Ta'if, and at another place on the road to Medina).
Among the Qur’an's (Koran) references to its 7 th-century pagan milieu are three goddesses, called daughters of Allah: AI-Lat, AI-‘Uzza, and Manat; these are also known from earlier inscriptions in northern Arabia. "Al-Lat ("the Goddess") may have had a role subordinate to that of El (Ilah), as "daughter" rather than consort, but at at-Ta'if and a number of other sites in northern Arabia she is mentioned as al-Lat..." (The New Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, Philip W.. Goetz, Margaret Sutton, p. 1057, 1979/ 1983).
Thousands of inscriptions from walls and rocks in northern Arabia have been collected and reliefs and votive bowls used in worship of the "daughters of Allah" have been discovered. These three daughters, Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Manat are sometimes depicted together with Allah the moon-god represented by a crescent moon above them (North Arabian archaeological finds concerning Al-Lat are discussed in: Isaac Rabinowitz, Aramaic Inscriptions of the Fifth Century, JNES, XV, 1956, pp.1-9; Another Aramaic Record of the North Arabian goddess Han'Llat, JNES, XVIII, 1959, pp.154-55; and in Edward Linski, The Goddess Atirat in Ancient Arabia, in Babylon and in Ugarit: Her Relation to the Moon-god and the Sun-goddess, Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica, 3:101-9.
See also, H.J.Drivers' book, Iconography and Character of the Arab Goddess Allat, found in Études Preliminaries Aux Religions Orientales Dans L'Empire Roman, ed. Maarten J. Verseren, Leiden, Brill, 1978, pp.331-51).
Allah three daughters, Al Uzzah (Venus) was the most revered of all and worship with human sacrifice; Manah, the goddess of destiny, and Al Lat, the goddess of vegetable life. " (see, Meet the Arab, John Van Ess, 1943, p. 29) .
However, "Al-Ilat or Allat ("the Goddess"), was known to all pantheons. She is a daughter or a consort of ... al-Lah or Allah ("the God"), Lord of the Ka'bah in Mecca; he is also named in Thamudic texts." (The New Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 24, 2003).
[NOTE: this is the Thamudic texts of Arabia and the Sinai which were not connected with the Thamud (see, van den Branden, Les inscriptions ... The Proto-Sinaitic Inscriptions and their Decipherment (Wm. Foxwell Albright, 1966), p. 29; see also, M.C.A. MacDonald 2000: 44)]
Al-Lat (or Allat) is in fact the feminine form of Allah. INDEED, in pre-Islamic poetry sometimes pagan Allat becomes Allah, [see, Toponymy, monuments, historical geography and frontier studies, Vol. 21(2002), p. 297]. And the Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines states: "Al-Lat is ''the goddess,'' a name grammatically parallel to Allah, ''the god.'' [see, Patricia Monaghan, Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines, (2009), p. 58].
Did you get that? Al-Lat is the feminine of Allah!
Know, this is where it gets interesting, Muhammad at one point said in the Quran that the three goddesses (Allat, al-'Uzza, and Manah) were deities who acted as intercessors for Allah. Muhammad later withdrew that verse from the Sura (verse 53:19-23) by AMENDING the Quran to changed, saying that his thinking had been corrupted by Satan. The specific verse of the Quran that record this is Sura 53:21 which stated: "Have you then seen or thought upon Al-Lat and Al-Uzza, and thirdly Manah?"
Muhammad claimed that Allah annulled the verses that Satan had led him to put in the Quran, and substituted in their place Sura 53:21, 22, and 23. The correction in the Quran (Ishaq:166) is states thus: "Then Allah annulled what Satan had cast, and established his verses by telling him that he was like other prophets and... "
The original verses have come to be known historically in the West as the satanic verses of the 'three exalted females': Al-Uzza, al-Lat and Manah, the three daughters of Allah [see, Kate Bosse-Griffiths, John Gwyn Griffiths, Amarna studies and other selected papers, p. 215).
Thus we see that Muhammad initial encouraged his followers to use the three pagan goddesses Allat, al-'Uzza, and Manah as entities for their intercession with Allah.
THE CONCLUSION ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF ALLAH?
The god ALLAH was not revealed to Muhammad. The cult of the deity al-ilah (Allah) was known throughout northern Arabia [see, F.E. Peters, The Hajj: the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and the holy places, p. 27. Muhammad inherited his father's religion, the worship of Allah, but unlike his father he made Allah the only God to be worshiped. But Allah is still Allah: the moon god.
Dr. Newman concludes that "Islam proved itself to be ... a separate and antagonistic religion which had sprung up from idolatry" (N. A. Newman, The early Christian-Muslim dialogue: a collection of documents from Three Islamic Centuries, 632-900AD (1993), p.719).
Back to Dr. Dwight Nelson's sermon
So, why would Dr. Dwight Nelson say that Allah is the true God, the CREATOR, in his sermon, when all the available evidence says otherwise? Because he has an agenda. Dr. Nelson is not ignorant of the above facts. But he is allowing himself to be a mouth-piece for the G.C.'s "SDA-Muslim relations" propaganda. The gulf between Rome has been closed and now they seek to do the same with that other power from "the bottomless pit" (Rev. 9:1-19).
Revelation 9:7: “And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.”
Many Bible expositors including the great Martin Luther, the learned Joseph Mede, the illustrious Sir Isaac Newton have understood the fifth and sixth trumpet in Rev. 9 as the rising and progress of Islam and Mohamadism, or the "smoke" "locusts" from "the bottomless pit". (see SDA author, Le Roy Edwin Froom, The prophetic Faith of our Fathers, Vol.II, p. 273-275).
The Bible uses the locust as a symbol of the Arab tribes. This symbolism is found in Judges 6:5; 7:12, where speaking of the Midianite and Amalakite Arabs the Bible says:
“For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers/locusts for multitude; [for] both they and their camels were without number...And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers/locusts for multitude; and their camels [were] without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.”
The Arabian tribes of the east are described as grasshoppers/locusts because of their numbers. As someone has said, "The Arabs were many small tribes, but when coming together they were exceeding in number, just as locusts come in swarms."
Consider the following
quote from Forster, “In the Bedoween Romance of Antar the locust is introduced as the national emblem of the Ishmaelites.” [Mohammedanism
Unveiled, Vol. 1 (London: James Duncan and John Cochrane; 1829), p. 217].
Does the Quran have "the seeds of EVERY divine truth that you and I embrace"?
Dr. Nelson states: "The Quran teaches the seeds of EVERY divine truth that you and I embrace." - listen again for this statement at 31:29 to 31:48 mins into his sermon.
Is this true? What does Islam teach about the Sanctuary? The Investigative Judgment? The Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ? Righteousness by faith along (in Jesus Christ)? The state of the dead? The Sabbath? The second coming of Christ? The origin of sin? The mark of the beast? The three Angel's messages? The role of the papacy in the history of God's people? The role of the Spirit of Prophecy? I could go on, but I am sure you get the point! But then, perhaps for Dr. Nelson, these ate no longer fundamental SDA beliefs.
What did the SDA pioneers have to say about the teachings of Islam?
Here is what the pioneers regarded the teachings of Islam. James White, husband of Ellen G. White wrote of Islam:
"Like the noxious and even deadly vapor which the winds, particularly from the southwest, diffuse in Arabia, Mahometanism spread from thence its pestilential influence—and arose as suddenly and spread as widely as smoke arising out of the pit, the smoke of a great furnace. Such is a suitable symbol of the religion of Mahomet, of itself, or as compared with the pure light of the gospel of Jesus. It was not, like the latter, a light from heaven' but a smoke out of the bottomless pit."
- See, James White, "THE SEVEN TRUMPETS OF REVELATION VIII & IX", 3rd edn., 1875.
And William Miller, after quoting Rev. 9, verses 1, said:
"... Mahomet promulgated a religion which evidently came from the bottomless pit; for it fostered all the wicked passions of the human heart, such as war, murder, slavery, and lust."
William Miller next quotes Rev. 9:2 and then comments as follows: "This, then, is the true sentiment of this passage. And by reason of the Mahometan errors which would be believed or followed by a great multitude, the gospel... would be in a great measure hid or lost to the world."
- See, William Miller, "Evidence from Scripture and History of the Second Coming of Christ," .
There! So much for Dr. Dwight Nelson's view that: the Quoram contain "the seeds of EVERY divine truth that you and I [SDAs] embrace."
Reader, we are certainly living in the very last days! Dr. Nelson is sure proof of this fact!
Now, I know that there are many SDAs who hang on every word of Dr. Dwight Nelson. But, whatever Dr. Nelson says that may be otherswise Biblically correct, one thing we know for sure is this: "If you want to know the truth about Islam, DON'T go to Dwight Nelson."
PHIL MOORE | CRYING ALOUD!
Semper vigilans ("Always watchful")
"Behold... I will send forth a famine into the land: not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord. Then shall they wander from sea to sea... from the north to the east In search of the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it."! - Amos 8:11-12.