The term “The Religion of Peace” is a political neologism, a newly coined term created for political purposes. It is not a historic phrase. Islam has never considered itself a peaceful religion. Historically it has acknowledged Islamic scriptures’ violent prescriptions for family discipline, capital punishment, and jihad, or armed conquest.
The “Religion of Peace” myth came into being only after the attacks of September 11, 2001. At that time, leaders of non-Muslim nations struggled, for reasons of political correctness, to avoid calling Islam a religion of terror. They also chose not to admit that their struggle was against Islam itself. American President George Bush had this to say less than one week after the 9/11 attack:
The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.
This imposed separation of Muslims into two camps, terrorist and “moderate,” has been the political norm since that day, despite that fact that it is obvious to most that it is not based on fact. Polls of Islamic nations support the view that the number of Muslims in favor of violent jihad is much larger than just an insignificant minority. These polls show anywhere from 30 – 60% of all Muslims admit they favor violent attacks on the west. The number who support these attacks and don’t admit it is even higher. Considering that Islam numbers its followers in the hundreds of millions, those favoring jihad is enormous. New Atheism writer Sam Harris made this comic summation of what many Westerners believe about Islam:
The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you.
What Do the Scriptures Say?
Now that we have determined that Islam is the polar opposite of the religion of peace myth, let’s explore what scripture has to say about it. In PULVERIZED we learned that Islam will be the Empire of the Beast and the Fourth Kingdom of Daniel. It will be the political/religious system that the Antichrist utilizes to dominate the world. In Daniel 7 and 8 there are several passages that prophesy what this empire will be like. Of extreme interest as those that associate the Antichrist with peace.
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many. (Dan. 8: 25 KJV, emphasis mine)
In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue. (Dan. 11:21 NASB, emphasis mine)
The Hebrew word translated “peace” and “tranquility” in these passages is the same word, shalvah. It carries the meaning of ease, lack of conflict and complacency. This last meaning is the danger in this type of “peace.” In these passages we see the results of complacency will be conquest and destruction! Proverbs directly speaks of this same complacency:
When your dread comes like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, … the waywardness of the naive will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.” (Prov. 1: 27, 32 NASB)
The word translated complacency is this same word shalvah. Again death and destruction is result of complacency. Does this sound familiar? Is complacency in regard to Islam the current policy of the USA and the other western nations?
If you look at the first two passages you will also see this “peace” and complacency is brought about about by intrigue and “craft”. Do Muslims have a history of deceitful dealings in regard to peace treaties? Of course they do. They even have given this practice of deceitful lying to gain an advantage over infidels a name, they call it taqiyya.
Muhammad demonstrated this tactic by signing a 10-year treaty with the Meccans that allowed him access to their city. During this period of “peace,” he secretly prepared his army for a takeover. Two years after signing the treaty he attacked, and the very people who had trusted him at his word were executed.
Yasir Arafat even publically announced his use of taqiyya. After signing the Oslo Accords in 1993, he addressed fellow Muslims and explained his actions by saying, “This agreement, I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our prophet Muhammad and Quraysh.” What did this mean? The Quraysh were the tribe Muhammad made the treaty with in Mecca! Arafat was publically claiming he had deceitfully signed the treaty with every intention to break the Oslo Accords when the time was right.
Finally, in Surah 3:54, the god of the Muslims, Allah, identifies himself as “Khayrul-Makereen” which translated means “Allah is the greatest of all deceivers.” Jesus refers to this demon-god as “the father of lies” (John 8:44). These two passages, one in Islamic scripture and one from the Word of God, clearly identify Allah as Satan himself. Is it any wonder those who worship Satan/Allah would lie?
Covenant With Sheol
The most famous peace covenant of all time is found in the book of Daniel. The Antichrist will negotiate a treaty with “the many,’ a treaty he will break three and a half years later.
The people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator. (Dan. 9: 26-27 ESV)
This is the covenant that ushers in the Tribulation. We have written about it in THE FIFTH SIGNPOST: THE COVENANT. The word translated “make” in this passage actually means to confirm or strengthen a treaty, so it appears that an existing treaty is in place but the Antichrist strengthens it. Those watching for a new treaty to usher in the Tribulation need to be watching for a “strengthened” treaty, not necessarily a new one.
The Antichrist obviously breaks the treaty by attacking Jerusalem (see MIDPOINT OF THE TRIBULATION: EARTH’S PERSPECTIVE), ending the Jew’s newly established sacrificial system, and setting up the Abomination of Desolation (See HANUKKAH AND THE FUTURE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION.)
God warns his people about signing this treaty with death.
Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem! Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death and with Sheol we have an agreement,
when the overwhelming whip passes through it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter.” therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation… Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it. As often as it passes through it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass through by day and by night; and it will be sheer terror to understand the message. (Isa. 28: 14-16, 18-19 ESV)
God is telling his people he has made a way of security for them thru Jesus, the firm foundation and precious cornerstone,. Yet the Jews will choose the agreement with Sheol (the grave.) Because the Jews will trust the Antichrist’s treaty instead of their Messiah, they will endure the Great Tribulation and in God’s Words it will be “sheer terror”.
The Religion of False Peace
Every time I hear the phrase “The Religion of Peace” I think about the lies and false peace that Islam promises and Jesus’ words that open the Olivet Discourse, his 95 verse sermon on how to prepare for the end times, “beware that no one leads you astray.” (Matt. 24:4)
How are we to deal with the “Religion of False Peace?” Jesus has given us the answer: overcome evil with good. Be sure to check out this very special post OUTREACH NOT OUTRAGE.