12. The Day of the Lord's Wrath
How will the Day of Allah's Wrath come, and how will the punishment befall Israel, the state of abomination, oppression and enmity? The prophecies clearly describe for us these matters:
The attributes of the victorious army.
The collapse of the Zionist forces.
The fate of the strategic ally of the Zionist state.
In every context, the cause of their punishment and destruction is repeated:
Worshipping others beside Allah, rejection of His messengers, rebellion against His commands, shedding of innocent blood, oppression, enmity, plotting, cheating, treachery, indecency, maltreatment of the poor and widows. Etc.
The beginning or the new era will be with the announcement of jihad, and it is our hope that this intifadha will be that beginning. But if it is not, it is doubtlessly a preparation for it. Therefore, jihad must be announced and all other slogans cease.
The editors of the Arabic edition of the Bible placed this title 'The New Era and the Day of the Lord' as the chapter heading for Joel's description of this great day, which begins by the summoning the army of Allah to jihad. Rather, the theme of the entire book of Joel is the incitement of people, most of whom possess neither aircraft nor heavy weapons, most of whom possess no steel other than their agricultural implements. Since most of them are poor people, who have tasted the fire of capitalist monopoly, Jewish usury, despotism and the American boycott, they are weak physically, and therefore they have some fear. The enemy is a strong nuclear power backed naturally, by the assembled powers of the world. Since that is the fact, the proclamation comes to shake off weakness and to prepare with determination:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.
Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'
Assemble and come, all you nations,
And gather together all around.
Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord.”
Thus it is: jihad and trust in Allah, preparation to the best of our ability. It is futile for the enemies of Allah to compete with Him in weapons! *
As for Jeremiah, he encourages us to waste no time and destroy the nation of decadence and violence:
“Prepare war against her;
Arise, and let us go up at noon.
Woe to us, for the day goes away,
For the shadows of the evening are lengthening.
Arise, let us go by night,
And let us destroy her palaces.”
For thus has the Lord of hosts said:
“Cut down trees,
And build a mound against Jerusalem.
This is the city to be punished.
She is full of oppression in her midst.
As a fountain wells up with water,
So she wells up with her wickedness.
Violence and plundering are heard in her.
Before Me continually are grief and wounds.” (6:4-7)
“Behold, a people comes from the north country,
And a great nation will be raised from the farthest parts of the earth.
They will lay hold of bow and spear;
They are cruel and have no mercy;
Their voice roars like the sea;
And they ride horses,
As men of war set in array against you, O daughter of Zion.” (6:22,23)
Since the pressing question is still: “Where is the undefeated army? Where is the army of desolation that is called the army of defense?” Isaiah answers unambiguously and finally that the Lord called to him:
“Now go, write it before them on a tablet,
And note it on a scroll,
That it may be for time to come,
Forever and ever:
Because you despise this word,
And trust in oppression and perversity,
And rely on them,
Therefore, this iniquity shall be to you
Like a breach ready to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant.
And He shall break it like the breaking of the potter's vessel,
Which is broken to pieces;
He shall not spare.
So there shall not be found among its fragments
A shard to take fire from the hearth,
Or to take water from the cistern. One thousand shall flee from the threat of one,
At the threat of five you shall flee,
Till you are left as a pole on top of a mountain
And as a banner on a hill.” (30:8,12-17)
This is confirmed by Amos:
“The end has come upon My people Israel;
I will not pass by them anymore.
And the songs of the temple
Shall be wailing in that day,”
Says the Lord God-
“Many dead bodies everywhere,
They shall be thrown out in silence.”
As for the attributes of the mujahidin and their courage, Joel says:
“Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations.
A fire devours before them,
And behind them a flame burns;
The land is like a Garden of Eden before them,
And behind them a desolate wilderness;
Surely nothing shall escape them.
Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like swift steeds, so they run.
With a noise like chariots
Over mountains they leap,
Like a noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble,
Like a strong people set in battle array.
Before them the people writhe in pain;
All faces drained of color.
They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like men of war;
Everyone marches in formation,
And they do not break ranks.
They do not push one another;
Everyone marches in his own column.
Though they lunge between the weapons,
They are not cut down.
They run to and fro in the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the houses,
They enter the windows like a thief.”
This is how Isaiah describes them:
“He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar,
And will whistle to them from the end of the earth;
Surely they will come with speed, swiftly.
No one will be weary or stumble among them,
No one will slumber or sleep;
Nor will the belt on their loins be broken;
Whose arrows are sharp,
And all their bows bent;
Their horses' hooves will seem like flint,
And their wheels like a whirlwind.
“Their roaring will be like a lion,
They will roar like young lions;
Yes, they will roar
And lay hold of prey;
They will carry it away safely,
And no one will deliver.
In that day they will roar against them
Like a roaring of the sea.
And if one looks to the land,
Behold, darkness and sorrow;
And the light is darkened by the clouds.”
As for the Zionist prisoners of war, the Bible describes their fate:
“And the Lord will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, 'You shall never see it again,' And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”
This is explained by Jeremiah:
“Behold, I will plead My case against you, because you say, 'I have not sinned.' Why do you gad about so much to change your way? Also you shall be ashamed in Egypt as you were ashamed in Assyria.” (2:35,36)
“Is Israel a servant? Is he a homeborn slave? Why is he plundered? The young lions roared at him, and growled; they made his land waste; his cities burned, without inhabitant. Also the people of Noph [Egypt] and Tahanhes have broken the crown of your head.” (2:14-16)
Without doubt, the mujahidin will be from all the Islamic lands, but the shame and disgrace in Egypt has its reason, it was from there that they were brought out by Allah in the beginning, when He saved them from slavery to Pharaoh, and now because of their apostasy –which the prophecies make plain again and again- they will be brought back there as slaves. But this time no one will want to buy them. Why? Because they are an abomination! They carry in their bodies the AIDS virus, and they carry in their hearts hatred and treachery. Nobody would want them, even as slaves!
On the other hand, as if at the signal of a trumpet, the Palestinian refugees return to their homes, and after the great battle is over the Muslims, especially those from Egypt and Iraq, are called to the Holy Land to visit its sanctuary and spend time in worship within its environs. Isaiah says:
“And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord will thresh, from the channel of the River [Euphrates] to the Brook of Egypt; and you will be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel. So it shall be in that day: the great trumpet will be blown; they will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyrian, and they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount of Jerusalem.” (27:12,13)
Iraq is mentioned because Allah has lifted the boycott which was exhausting and destroying them, and Egypt because they feel great shame because of Camp David.
As for the fate of the strategic ally, we previously indicated in our discussion of the prophecy of Daniel. There they and we agreed that the New Roman Empire is that ally. But because those who wrote about the prophecies before the establishment of the State of Israel interpreted the New Babylon as the old one, that is, that the prophecy had already been fulfilled, or that it is Rome the headquarters of the Catholic Church, and because those who have written since the establishment of the State of Abomination have ignored it and even claimed that the greatness and strength of America is by the grace of her support of Israel, the truth about the fate of this criminal ally has been lost.
Let us recall how the prophecies describe it and its fate:
Isaiah says to the State of Abomination:
“When you cry out, let your collection of (idols) 35 deliver you, but the wind will carry them all away, a breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain.” (57:13)
He also mentions them saying:
When the Lord stretches out His hand, both he who helps will fall, and he who is helped will fall down; they will perish together. (31:3)
Jeremiah describes the New Babylon:
“How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broking! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations! I have laid a snare for you; you have indeed been trapped, O Babylon, and you were not aware; you have been found and also caught, because you have contended against the Lord.” (50:23,24)
He also says about it:
“Repay her according to her work; according to all she has done, do to her; for she has been proud against the Lord…”
“Behold, I am against you, O most haughty one!” says the Lord God of hosts; “For you day has come, the time that I will punish you. The most proud shall stumble and fall, and no one will raise him up; I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it will devour all around him.” (50:29,31,32)
Among her attributes:
a) She is “a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore the nations are deranged.” (51:7)
b) She “dwells by many waters” and “abundant treasures.” (51:13)
c) She is a mixture of many peoples, for that reason at the beginning of the Day of Allah's Wrath they advise each other: “Forsake her, and let us go everyone to his own country; for her judgment reaches to heaven and is lifted up in the skies. (51:9)
Isaiah mentions that the punishment on the Day of Wrath will not be limited to the abomination alone:
“In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, leviathan the twisted serpent; and He will slay the dragon [or reptile] that is in the sea.” (27:1)
The commentators debate its interpretation, but if one considers the establishment of the Abomination of Desolation finds that there are three serpents who set it up:
The fleeing serpent which gave the Balfour declaration to the Jewish gangs and then fled (Britain).
The twisted serpent which swallowed up the Holy Land, which is the State of Israel.
The dragon or the great reptile of the sea, which is America, since it is her fleets whose aircraft and weapons are used to terrorize Muslims.
This is further reinforced by the description of the Beast (chapter eight) and that it is given its power and kingdom by sea serpent.
The Protestant commentators –to which the fundamentalists belong- interpret Babylon as the Catholic Church in the latter days (that is, for several centuries preceding the coming of Christ), and they interpret the previously cited description of the New Babylon as the city of Rome, and predict its destruction.
In fact, these prophecies do not describe a city errant in its religious doctrines, but an empire astray in its arrogance, defiance against its Creator, and reliance on its strength and hegemony. For this reason, it is easy for us to prove the error of Bates in his commentary on the book of Revelation by citing the attributes of the New Babylon as he sums them up from Revelation:
a) The great harlot sitting on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk by the wine of her fornication. (17:1,2)
b) The waters on which the harlot sits are the peoples, tribes, nations and tongues. (p245)
c) After its destruction the merchants of the world will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet…ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, 'Alas, alas…in one hour she is made desolate.'” (18:11-19)
It is the nation of luxurious living, international business, and gigantic corporations. What does Rome have to do with this?
Then Revelations says:
“For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.” (18:23,24)
Then, as Revelations says, all the people and the hosts of heaven will praise Allah saying:
“Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” (19:1,2)
So it isn't Rome but America, and its punishments according to the prophecies, are either divine ones such as winds and storms:
“ How Babylon has become desolate among the nations! The sea has come up over Babylon; she is covered with the multitude of its waves. Her cities are a desolation, a dry land and a wilderness…” (Jeremiah 51:41-43)
(In Daniel and Matthew there will be earthquakes and plagues in the earth, and doubtlessly, Babylon will get the largest share of them), or human ones which will be sent by Allah:
“O you who dwell by many waters, abundant in treasures, your end has come, the measure of your covetousness. The Lord of Hosts has sworn by Himself: 'Surely I will fill you with men, as with locusts, and they shall lift up a shout against you.' He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom.” (Jeremiah 51:13-15)
What is the war cry that the army of Allah will sing after the total destruction of the abomination of desolation, and the great damage inflicted on America? It is a wonderful war cry told by Isaiah:
Put on your strength, O Zion (Palestine, in other words);
Put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city!
For the uncircumcised and the unclean
Shall no longer come to you.
Shake yourself from the dust, arise;
Sit down, O Jerusalem!
Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion!” (51:1,2)
Allah will bless His faithful servants who rejoice in His victory saying:
“For then I will restore to the peoples (the gentiles or ummiyun) a pure language (not the impure language of Israel) that they may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord (shakem literally shoulder, that is they worship shoulder to shoulder).” (Zephaniah 3:9)
Everybody, especially the Jews and Christians, knows that there is no religion other than Islam where the worshippers stand shoulder to shoulder like the bricks of a wall. They are also have the cleanest language since they do not curse Allah by saying that He has a son, or that He is ignorant, forgetful, or regretful –Highly Exalted is Allah above the sayings of the idolaters.
35 The word 'idols' here is an interpolation of the English translators and is not found in the Hebrew text.