21. MUHAMMAD, ISLAM AND 'GABRIEL'?
(Islam is NOT 'the Religion of Gabriel')
There are contradictions between what the Angel Gabriel said to the Virgin Mary and what the angel of the Koran (2:97,98) said to Muhammad over six hundred years later. To the Virgin, Gabriel said the child to be born of her would be the Messiah, "the Son of God, (a King) whose Kingdom would have no end" (Luke 1:31-33) while 'the angel' who dictated the Koran to Muhammad said, 'the Messiah', is "no more than an apostle". (Koran 5:75; 19:88)
It is impossible that the Angel Gabriel, being God's faithful Archangel and messenger, would be capable of telling a lie or being deceived, so it is likewise impossible that the same angel appeared to both Mary and to Muhammad. If the Christ was indeed the Messiah, 'whose Kingdom shall have no end', then he is, without question, more than an apostle, (a King) and what 'the angel' said to Muhammad was, therefore, a lie! It is impossible for the Angel Gabriel to have lied, so it is therefore impossible for Gabriel to have been 'the angel' who dictated the lies in the Koran to Muhammad. So, who was this angel?
"Who is "the father of lies?" (John 8:37-44) Who is it who "can appear as an angel of light"? (2 Corinthians 11:14) Who is it who is capable of performing "all sorts of deceptive miracles and signs and lying wonders"? (2 Thessalonians 2:9) Who is it who "goes prowling about like a roaring lion, seeking all those he can devour?" (1 Peter 5:8)
Satan, the Devil, by feeding so much of what is true to Muhammad and intermingling his dictations with confusions and lies, does so, to enable those caught in them to 'justify' the doing of great evils in the name of Islam. As the Messiah Himself warned His disciples, "Indeed, the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy duty for God." (John 16:2) (Jihad, Fatwa) But, we must always remember: the Lord says, "You shall not kill!" (Deuteronomy 5:17) And, "You must love your neighbour (all men) as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18; Luke 10:27) (Remember, these are all Scriptures 'confirmed' by the Koran 2:88-101; 5:48; 10:37)
The Devil also knows God is a Trinity of Divine Persons, divisible in Persons but indivisible in nature and essence; together as One, constituting what is the One Eternal Divine Life and Being which is God, who says, "Let Us make man in Our own image." (Genesis 1:26) So, we see in the Koran 'the angel', the Deceiver, the Anti-Christ, the Anti-God, creating his confusions, acknowledging the truth that God is One while denying His plurality of Persons, dictating to Muhammad that, 'Unbelievers' are those who say, 'God is one of three'. (Koran 5:73; 4:171) (See Article 20)
How cleverly then, does 'the angel' teach that Christ, the Messiah is an 'Unbeliever', because it was Christ, the Messiah, Himself, (Koran 3:45) who revealed that the Godhead is indeed three: "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19) "And these three are One." (1 John 5:7; John 10:30) And Christ claims His own Divinity as the Son declaring, "The Father is in Me and I am in the Father." (John 10:30,38) "Whatever the Father does, the Son does too." (John 5:19) When asked by His Apostle Philip, "Lord, let us see the Father." Christ replied, "Have I been with you all this time, and still you do not know Me? To see Me is to see the Father, and henceforth you have seen Him !" (John 14:7)
It is Christ who is fulfilling the prophecies of Isaiah:
"A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) 'Emmanuel' means "God with us". (Matthew 1:23) And also: "God Himself will come and save you. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, (Isaiah 35:4-6; Matthew 9:27-31) and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (Mark 7:31-37) Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, (Acts 3:1-10; Matthew 4:23,24) and the tongue of the dumb shall be free." (Isaiah 35:4-6; 61:1,2; Matthew 9:32) In St Matthew's Gospel the Messiah says: "The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again and the poor have the Gospel preached to them." (Matthew 11:5)
In St. Luke's Gospel the Messiah acknowledges it is He who is fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies:
And He came back to Nazareth where He had been brought up, and went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath day as was His custom. He stood up to read and was given the scroll of the prophet Isaiah which He unrolled to the place where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He has anointed Me and sent Me to preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the contrite of heart, to preach deliverance to captives, and to give sight to the blind, to set the downtrodden free, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of reward." (Isaiah 61:1,2) .... And then He, ('Emmanuel', 'God-with-us', Matthew 1:23) said, "This day, this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21 and see The Father's Testimony, John 5:36-38, Article 30) But, 'the lying angel of the Koran' accuses Christ saying, "Unbelievers say God is the Messiah", (Koran 5:72) steadfastly declaring the Christ Messiah (1) to be, not God but, an 'Unbeliever'; in the face of Christ's own unequivocal declarations of His own Divinity. (See above & John 8:58) So too, must the Prophet Isaiah (2) also be an 'Unbeliever' as well as the Angel Gabriel (3) because it was Gabriel who declared to the Messiah's mother, the Virgin Mary, that she would be mother to the Son of God. (Luke 1:35) How clearly, in all of his contradictions, 'the lying angel of the Koran' exposes himself to be the one who is truly an "Unbeliever", the "enemy of Gabriel" and truly the "enemy of God," (Koran 2:97,98) as Satan, the Devil, surely is.
The above anomalies are sufficient to show that "the father of lies", (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:14) 'the deceiving, lying angel' of the Koran, has 'assumed' the name of the Holy Angel Gabriel in order to divide the nations, set brother against brother, Ishmael against Isaac, Muslim against Jew and Christian, to wreak his confusions, havoc, death and destruction upon all the world.
It is time for Muslims, and people of goodwill everywhere, to open their hearts to the truth of the Messiah (Apocalypse 19:13,16) and to the great mystery of the One Tri-une God Whom Christ has revealed to the world. Then, we shall all be enabled to come, as one together, hand in hand, as the true children of Abraham, to give unending thanks and praise to our One True God and Father of us all, forever. (See Article 23)