Thousands of Gazans will become, Christian Palestinian Evangelical predicts
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN DECEMBER 30, 2023 21:00
Taysir “Tass” Abu Saada(photo credit: screenshot)
An ex-member of the Fatah terrorist organization, who embraced Christianity in the early 1990s, has asserted that a considerable number of Muslims in Gaza are likely to forsake Islam in the aftermath of the Israel-Hamas War, gravitating towards Christianity.
Speaking to Joel Rosenberg on the latest episode of the Rosenberg Report, which aired on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) over the weekend, Taysir “Tass” Abu Saada said that he predicts many Gazans will feel so hopeless, lost and lied to by Hamas after the war that they will abandon Islam and Hamas’s extremism for the teachings of the Bible.
“Hamas is an ideology that is spread among many people, not only in the Gaza Strip but all over the world,” Saada told Rosenberg. “However, God has a plan. And I believe the Arabs’ and the Jews’ plan is also part of that, and that is where my hope is.
“That is why I am back in the Holy Land, to move to the Gaza Strip and take part in rebuilding,” Saada continued. “I believe with all the destruction, with all that happened, with the hardship the Palestinians have gone through, they cannot sit back but will ask, ‘Why?’
“God is going to do a lot of work,” in Gaza, he said, “and I want to be a part of that.”
‘The harvest is going to be huge’
The Christian convert said that he already has a team on the ground ministering to Gazans during the war, and these individuals are telling him that “the harvest is going to be huge.”
Saada was born in Gaza in 1951, and moved with his family to Saudi Arabia and Qatar at a young age. According to a testimony he provided to jewishroots.net, in the 1970s, he became a follower of Yasser Arafat, eventually running away from his family to join the Fatah terrorist organization.
“After the Six Day War, I felt as if I was having a nervous breakdown, and my hatred just grew and grew,” he said in the testimony. “I did not understand how we could lose so many wars against Israel; we were bigger than Israel in numbers and size, we had more equipment – everything we had was more than they had, but still we lost the wars against them.
“I was thinking that once again, our leaders sold us to the Jews,” he continued. “That was when I decided to go and fight for our land, which I believed was ours.”
His parents would not allow him to leave school, so he ran away. It took several years for his parents to find him. When they did, he was forced to return to Qatar.
A series of violent incidents in the country landed him in legal trouble. Ultimately, Saada was sent to America. He slowly integrated, found an American wife, and eventually met a Christian who helped him convert.
That Christian told him that “if you want to experience the peace of mind that I have, you have to love the Jews,” Saada recalled in his testimony. “I completely froze and asked him how he could even think of such a thing – to love the Jews? He knew I hated them. For me, as for most Arabs, a good Jew was a dead Jew.”
But that night, he and his Christian mentor read the Bible. The next day, Saada felt an urge to pray. “The first people that came to my heart to pray for were the Jewish people,” he told jewishroots.net. “I was praying, ‘Oh, God, bless your people, Israel. God, gather them to the Promised Land.’”
Soon, he learned that his son had converted, too. Ultimately, his wife also found Christianity. Together, they started an Evangelical ministry for Muslims called Hope for Ishmael and a humanitarian organization called Seeds of Hope, which operates in the Middle East.
“What we are seeing today happening is really one of the signs of the end of times because it is not normal, the destruction that is taking place,” Saada said in his interview with Rosenberg. “The evil hand of Hamas is attacking Israelis in a radical, very evil way. Naturally, Israel had to respond and defend itself.”
This is very interesting article and is very correct as God’s Plan does involve both Jew and Arab and all Nations of those who believe in Christ.
Ishmael was the first son of Abraham the father of the Jewish people, but to another women and while God told Abraham to send the boy away so that there would be not conflict with his true promised seed, God also made a promise that Ishmael would become a great people with 13 princes decending from him.
15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.
Then in Genesis 21 we read that Hagar and Ishmael are Sent Away
8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”
11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”
14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.
15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob.
17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
And again we read of Ishmaels decendants being present with Israel when God establishing is Kingdom on Earth under the Rule of Jesus Christ and with Israel as the capital city.
Isaiah 60 which describes Gods Kingdom being set up on earth with Israel as the capital nation.
1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba (Saudi Arabia) shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD. 7 All the flocks of Kedar (son of Ishmael) shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth (son of Ishmael) shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. 8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
SHEBA A land in the southern, fertile mountainous southwestern part of Arabia, inhabited in antiquity by the Sabeans today this is the area of Saudi Arabia descendants of Ishmael
Kedar, Son of Ishmael (קֵדָר, qedar). The second son of Ishmael, and prince of a tribe of Ishmaelites (Gen 25:13; 1 Chr 1:29).in Assyr. records), are possibly to be identified with the later *Nabataeans (see JSS 18, 1973, pp.1–16).
WHAT ABOUT ISHMAEL AND THE ARABS?
Will God ignore Ishmael? We have referred to the promises made to Ishmael’s descendants: “I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful … I will make of him a great nation” (Genesis 17:20). Much of this has been fulfilled already: the Arabs have been prosperous and become a great multitude, contributing much to world culture. What hope is in store for them in the future?
The position of Arabs in relation to God’s purpose is the same as it is for any other people: if they will acknowledge the God of Israel and the Lord Jesus Christ they will share the joys and blessings of Christ’s kingdom, living alongside the descendants of Isaac and Jacob, helping to rebuild the economy of the area, benefiting from the blossoming of their deserts. Isaiah pictures Arabs and others bringing service and worship into Jerusalem:
“The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD … And they shall call you, The City of the LORD, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 60:6-14)
“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria … Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria – a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed is Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:23-25)
Harmony and peace will, at last, come to the whole family of Abraham. The Middle East will be gloriously transformed and become the centre of God’s kingdom upon earth.
But the promises extend more widely than to just the nations of the Middle East. God’s purpose is something personal and vital to every one of us, of whatever nationality, if we wish to be part of the divine plan for the future. Jesus is the Saviour of men and women from every race, language and creed on earth – if they truly believe in him. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). No-one will be excluded, who changes his life to be a follower of Jesus Christ. God’s plan is a worldwide plan of salvation: remember the promise that through Abraham “all families of the earth” will be blessed. That includes Gentiles and Jews. The Apostle Paul was a converted and baptized Jew and he wrote to baptized Gentiles:
“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ … And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:27-29)