COMMENTARY: Jesus and the Jihad of the Cross
I have written this for Muslims who have had a vision or dream of Jesus, Son of God
As the angel proclaimed unto Cornelius, a centurion, who received a similar vision: “Your prayers and your acts of charity have risen up as a memorial before God”. Cornelius, and his household, are the only people in the Bible (including Jesus) who were baptized by the Holy Spirit before being baptized by water.
Like Cornelius, you have been baptized by the Holy Spirit. You have been blessed with this vision because of your faithfulness to Islam, not in spite of it. I am a Christian, but I say not “Come back to Jesus” like some, for Jesus was waiting for you. When Jesus says “I AM the Light, the Life and the Way’ it is proper for Him to speak in this manner, for He is truly the Son of God, but when you and I apply the same phrase, it must be I AM: the Light, the Life and the Way, for we are but pilgrims on the Way. Jesus is the great I AM that I AM who spoke to Moses from the burning bush and, now, He has come to you in your righteousness to validate your experience of The One. Ponder this gift in wonder.
Sura 74:30 “And above it is nineteen” establishes the divine nature of the Qur’an. I did not know this until this year, as I recall in “The Qur’an is a parable”. As you know, Dr. Rashad Khalifa examined the Qur’an with a computer using 19 as a common denominator and established to my satisfaction that the patterns he revealed originated from God. However, even Dr. Khalifa didn’t realize the implications of this revelation, which he believed, like those who produce YouTube videos on the subject, that 19 proclaims the moral and intellectual superiority of the Qur’an. Instead, what it establishes is that 19 is above the Qur’an, which is to say, that the context of the Qur’an is Sura 74:30, in and of itself and without reference to angels set to frightened anyone of hellfire or any other application.
Before the Qur’an was, 19 is. Number is the language of Heaven and Sura 54:30 renders Arabic superfluous for discerning the meaning of the Qur’an. As poetry and the comfort of its familiar phrases in the practice of its obligations, Arabic will always be of great value, but as the source of illumination into the mind of God, it has served its purpose. At the time that Mohammad began to receive the revelations, there were no Christian Bibles or the Torah written in Arabic and it was important for the Children of Ishmael to have access to the Bible stories be available in a familiar tongue. This is the meaning of Sura 12:2 “Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand”. But, with the discovery of the especial nature of 19. Arabic is no longer necessary for understanding, as the Qur’an is fully exposed in the manner in which Jesus revealed the meaning of His parables to His disciples. As beautiful Arabic poetry, the Qur’an is more like “Song of Myself” than Principia Mathematica. As a scientific journal, it is a recipe for frying ice.
In fact, Sura Yusuf makes this point precisely, especially with the addition of the numbering system, which was not available to Mohammad but added long after his death, God rest his soul. Sura Yusuf is the only story from the Torah told in its entirety because, like Jesus, Yusuf is a blameless man which is the reason for his rise to power in Egypt surpassed only by the Pharaoh, himself. This sura was presented to Mohammad at a critical moment in his career, when he was beginning to make the transformation from a prophet to the potentate he became to establish the House of Islam. As I understand it, he received this recitation after he as stoned in Ta’if and about the time of his Night Ride, when Moses taught him not only how to negotiate with God to limit the number of prayers to 5, but the necessity of negotiation, especially because he would form an accommodation with The Satan (as described in the Book of Jog) during his preparations for the Hijri. This accommodation with The Satan extends from the stoning in Ta’if in the Year of Sorrows to the conversion of Ta’if in 631. Yathrib was renamed Medina to signify this accommodation.
This is all revealed by 19
And 19 also reveals that Sura Yusuf was recited in anticipation of Mohammad in order to lead Muslims into the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew’s version of the Nativity was composed to echo the journey of Joseph into Egypt. The general academic consensus is that Matthew was written to reassure Israel at the time of Jesus that the Gospel of Jesus was not an abrogation of the Torah, but the fulfillment of the Law of Moses. As history has demonstrated, the Jews have been content to dismiss Jesus as Messiah and to continue to live in expectation of his arrival.
But the essence of Jesus’s ministry is summarized on the 6 mountains of Matthew which are identical to the sanctuary Mohammad sought and where Gabriel found him. For Muslims who have been blessed with a vision or dream of Jesus, Matthew will take you to those high places where Jesus defines the Jihad of the Cross and the Holy Spirit will lead you to the Living God.
Just for the record, the reason why the story of Joseph is told in Sura 12 is because it is in Genesis 12 that God tells Abraham, that, through him, He will bless all the families of the world. Joseph is the first person to enter history in the Bible. And, of course, Sura 19: 1 - 33, Maryam, is the Pearl of Great Price in the Qur’an: all other suras fall prostrate to it, for it validates the virgin birth of Jesus and Luke’s version of the Nativity. Luke was my mother’s favorite Gospel, for she was a nurse and Luke is written for women. And 19 reveals the connection of Psalm 19 to Israel to the spiritual cradle that shaped the Jihad of the Cross as Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with Man. And, of course, John 19 describes the moment of the Jihad of the Cross in collision with history.
And 19 reveals the apostasy of the Jihad of the Sword with the absence of the bismillah at Sura 9, so it will not be profaned by the Sword Verse of Sura 9:5 or the deification of Mohammad in Sura 9:128 – 129. In the final analysis, Mohammad was an honorable man, which is why he had him self buried in Medina, so he would not profane Mecca. Ta’if was converted in 631, and in the system of numerology I employ, 631 reduces immediately to 91, which is, of course, the obverse of 19 and it indicates that Mohammad’s task was complete and he was able to terminate his accommodation with the Satan and, thereafter, he proclaimed that God had opened his aorta and he died. But he suffered not the hellfires, for Jesus had paid the blood money for his sins on the Cross.
There are many other things that 19 reveals about the Qur’an, none of which have to do with the swollen vanities of those who claim its preeminence of scientific truth. As is commonly known, Allah is the name of the stone god of the Moon in the Kaaba when Mohammad was growing up. In the numerology of 19, the moon is associated with 2 and human imagination, while 1 is associated with the sun and the mind of God. In the epistemology of Jesus, human imagination reflects the Truth in the same way the moon reflects the light of the sun. Number is an element of Truth that is part of the structure of the human imagination. 19 means God is Truth and the presence of number in the human imagination isdependent of the mind of God is an element of the human condition and the nature of free will,
Now, during his potentate period, Mohammad made a number of compromises in the intellectual structures of Islam in order to engage the passions of the Children of Ismael, The Jihad of the Sword is one of those compromises, as is Sharia Law (which superceded the Constitution of Medina once it has served his political design). The problem with these compromises is that they persist and that they tend to anchor Islam in the bondage of ignorance and superstition of Jahilliyah.
In Corinthians, Paul reflects When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. The Jihad of the Sword is one of the ways of childhood, but the Aristotelian nature of Islamic scholarship and hubris blinds the House of Islam to the limitations imposed by its traditions and accepted way of thinking.
For example, the Hijri calendar is a mechanism Mohammad put into place to perpetuate the influence of his moon god, Allah. As a result, Ramadan circulates completely through the Zodic every 30 years, which means that the day of each of the 360 stone gods is celebrated three years in a row. If the Hirji calendar was based on the solar year, Ramadan would occur at the same time each year, in the same way Christmas and Passover occur at the same time each year. Now, this would mean that, in any given 19 year period, 7 solar years would contain 13 new moons. Like Christmas, Ramadan has pagan roots, but, like Christmas, Ramadan has been sanctified by its faithful celebration over the centuries. The advantage of adopting a solar year will be to wring out the lingering unconscious alignments with the stone gods of the Kaaba.
Finally, there is the issue of what a blessing America is for the diversity of religious practice and how important the revelation of 19 in the understanding of the Qur’an is to the political health of the world. The national flag of America, Old Glory, reflects the progressive nature of the scriptures. The field of blue with the stars is a visual reference to Genesis 15:5, when God tells Abraham that his descendents will number like the stars in the heavens and Abraham believed God. And the stripes of the blood sacrifice of patriots and the stripes of the ideals of Life, Liberty, Fraternity, Equality, Equity and the Pursuit of Happiness are a visual reference to Jacob’s Ladder in Genesis 28:12 which represent the due process of our secular Constitution and the scientific method that put man on the moon. In contrast, Sharia Law is a legacy of the stone gods of the Kaaba.
Mohammad’s theory of constitutional government is similar to Newt Gingrich’s axiom that politics is the continuation of war, which has resulted in the current political impotence of Conservative obstructionism.
Unlike Mohammad’s Constitution of Medina, the US Constitution is not an intermediate phase in an agenda of ultimate domination, but a permanent structure of processes for resolving conflict, encouraging participation, examining options, synthesizing solutions, leveraging consensus and enriching diversity. The US Constitution reflects the superior status of the secular rule of law in the affairs of man and proposes that war is the continuation of politics and not a substitute for constructive engagement. In the final analysis, the US Constitution is an exercise in the Jihad of the Cross.
Let me say this again: if you have had a vision or dream of Jesus, Son of God, you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. When Mohammad was negotiating the Treaty of Hudaibiya, a great tranquility fell upon the pilgrims who traveled with Mohammad and that was the Holy Spirit. The Treaty of Hudaibiya was a result of the Jihad of the Cross and it led to the completion of Mohammad’s task. And that led to your encounter with Jesus, Son of God.
And, in the global community of Islam, Malala Yousafzai is on the Way of the Jihad of the Cross. As I say, you don’t need to come back to Jesus: He has already come to you. And He is encouraging you to join Malala in her Jihad, The Jihad of the Sword tried to bury her in the sands of ignorance and superstition like was done with girl babies before Mohammad, but the Mercy of the Prophet (PBUH) interceded and preserved her Life and placed her foot on the Way towards the Light of Truth revealed by the miracle of 19.
And that’s the truth.