By; Nelson Walters
Author: Are We Ready for Jesus? How to Prepare for His Return. (May 2015)
Our modern culture promotes the idea that Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same God. This “progressive” concept claims that since all three religions share many common scripture characters in their Holy books (such as Abraham and Jesus) and since all three religions view their God-head as all-powerful, all knowing, and all-present; they must be the same. An unbelieving world sees no difference.
Christians know Allah is not YHWH (the name of our God, the Lord Almighty), but arguing the differences is sometimes difficult to articulate to skeptics and unbelievers. The fact that the name Allah means curse in Hebrew, however, clearly differentiates Allah from YHWH and identifies Allah for who he truly is.
Before we begin, I’d like to thank two Christian friends for bringing this fact to my attention. I’m not a Hebrew scholar and learning this fact was eye-opening. Please check out the websites of Midnight Watcher and Katie Griffith.
ALAH AND ALLAH
The Hebrew word “alah” means oath or curse. In Arabic “allah” means “god.” Both are pronounced the exact same way. Is this a coincidence or a divine clue? Let’s look at a few select verses where this word is found:
They (Israel) went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they have not known and whom He had not allotted to them. Therefore, the anger of the Lord burned against that land, to bring upon it every Alah (curse) which is written in this book; and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and in fury and in great wrath, and cast them into another land.’ (Deut. 29: 26-28 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine)
Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live. The Lord your God will inflict all these Alah (curses) on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. (Deut. 30: 6-7 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine)
These passages are incredible. God’s Word tells us He will inflict “Allah” upon Israel’s enemies. Islam (which means submission) is a harsh master over the Muslims. It is a religion without hope. (See the link for the effects of Sharia Law on its adherents.)
We also know from these verses that if Israel worships anyone but YHWH (Israel is currently rejecting Jesus), He will inflict “Allah” upon them and uproot them from their land! We know from MIDPOINT OF THE TRIBULATION: EARTH’S PERSPECTIVE that at the midpoint of the Tribulation, the Antichrist and his Islamic armies will conquer Jerusalem and send it’s people into captivity. “Allah” will be inflicted upon Israel and will uproot them.
Not only are the Muslims and Jews punished by Allah (the curse), but all the Earth shall be as well:
The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore, Alah (a curse) devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. (Isa. 24: 5-6 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine.)
Man’s sin will bring this curse upon them, and God will judge the Earth and burn it. This is a perfect picture of the return of Jesus. First the Antichrist and his Islamic forces shall devour the earth, then Jesus shall return and judge and burn the gentile nations with fire.
It is amazing that YHWH coded the name of the god of Islam into the Hebrew language thousands of years before Islam existed as a religion, and that in all these instances the curse is dependent on being unfaithful to YHWH.
It is fitting then that the first (law of primacy) mention of the word “alah” in scripture is found in Numbers 5 and is a test for the unfaithfulness of a wife. The suspected wife is to be given “bitter water” and if no ill effect occurs, she is found innocent. This is a perfect picture of the Church whose faithfulness to YHWH will be tested by the bitterness of Islam.
My entire ministry (Ready For Jesus Ministries) is dedicated to applying prophecy in every day life. The subtitle of my new book is “how to prepare for His (Jesus’) return.” Prophecy without application is meaningless.
In a culture where the media and even the Pope are claiming that Allah and YHWH are the same, we need to answer that lie with a response that is short and easily understood. This simple fact presented in this post might be the answer: that 2000 years before Islam was created, YHWH programmed the Hebrew language so that the name of Islam’s god would mean “curse.” No supreme being would ever allow his name to mean curse in any language; unless, of course, he wasn’t a supreme being. The Hebrew language pre-dated Islam by thousands of years. An all knowing being would be aware of the Hebrew word for curse, so obviously Allah is not all knowing.
Besides proving that Allah is not a supreme being, this simple fact proves YHWH is because he pre-knew that someday these prophetic passages would give the world a subtle hint that Islam was to be a curse upon the whole world.
Now, if you are going to respond to the lie that YHWH and Allah are the same, I recommend you arm yourself with more facts about Allah so you can intelligently respond. However, the simple truth that Allah means curse in Hebrew might be your first salvo. It is simple, it’s straightforward and speaks volumes about the issues at hand.