I recently encountered something rather amazing: in the Middle East, various Muslims have been reporting on direct encounters they have had with Jesus Christ. This is significant, as Muslims have been brought up from childhood having been taught that Jesus is just a prophet, and that the Bible is inaccurate. Many do not even have access to the Bible, but even if they do, they tend to not read it. And given the hostile foreign policy of the United States against the Middle East, and its biased support for Israel, they are not likely to listen to western missionaries. Given such a bias, they are extremely unlikely to have invented such a report. In some countries, they have been killed and persecuted for reporting such encounters. The first time I heard of this came from Iran - I can highly recommend the book Miracle of Miracles, by Mina Nevisa. Reading it, one is struck by the callous disregard for Christianity one often sees in the West, where materialism reigns, and religion is one of belief only, but not of life. It is about a woman who converted from Islam to Christianity, who had to flee from Iran, and the stubborn resistance concerning this from her own father - until her own father had a direct encounter with Jesus as well after many years of prayer by his daughter:
The booming voice sounded again. It said; "Do you know who I am? I am the Bread of Life."Thinking the presence was Allah, the amiable old man said, Allaho Akbar, which means God is Great. "No, you are mistaken" came the voice. "I am not Allah" it said. Immediately the old man knelt down, and then a radiant figure (Jesus) appeared in front of him.Muslims will typically reject such worship as it is regarded as the worship of a human being, or something created. What they do not understand is that while Jesus was born as a man like you and I, his soul was Divine - and upon the resurrection of his body he had transformed and expelled everything that he had inherited from his human mother, and made his body Divine. This is unfortunately not explained well by the Catholic Church nor its offshoot of Protestantism, but it is explained in detail in the revelations of Emanuel Swedenborg. One thing the Quran is correct on is that it rejects a trinity of three persons - for there is only one God here, Jehovah, who revealed himself in human form.
So are there others, beside Mina Nevisa's account? Yes there are - one significant account is that of a Muslim millionaire Nasir Siddiki who converted to Christianity after coming close to death from a very bad case of shingles which covered his neck and head. He comes from a well known Muslim familiy, which can trace its geneaology back to a friend of Mohammed. Here is a full length documentary of that from a show called, It's Supernatural, which covers paranormal events:
Upon knowing that the doctors had given up on him, he cried out in fear, "God, if you are real, do not let me die." Mohammed did not come. Allah did not come. But that night, at the end of his bed, a radiant figure appeared - and he knew it was Jesus. This figure then said two things:
"I am the God of the Christians, and I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."This is a significant statement, for the Quran replaces some stories concerning Isaac with Ishmael and makes Ishmael the firstborn, as Ishmael is the ancestor of the Arabs. So the statement took Nasir Saddiki by surprise. This is the same title that God used for himself when he was seen by Moses in the burning bush:
Jehovah in the Old Testament is the same as Jesus in the New Testament, as both are known as Lord. If it is easy for Jehovah to appear in a burning bush, how much easier would it be to become incarnate in human form?
The next morning, the doctors came in and were completely surprised, as he had gone through an astounding recovery - his condition had gone into remission instead of spreading to the rest of his body. Nassir then seeks to learn about Jesus through the Bible and accepts Christianity, but as he is introduced to Christianity through Protestants, adopts two false ideas which he repeats in the interview:
1. The "Son of God" is taken as existing from eternity, rather than as the Son born in time to the virgin Mary. It is on this point that the Quran is correct and the Nicene Creed is false - Jesus is the Son of God by virtue of being born to the virgin Mary. However he is not just a prophet, he is Jehovah in human form and pre-existed as Jehovah - the human form in which he became incarnate is the Son of God.Later he marries, and then his pregnant wife develops an illness, and is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but she is then healed later. His brother, an ardent Muslim, refuses to believe any of this despite the healings. However his brother later had a Near Death Experience, where he was declared dead by the doctors and brought to the morgue, from which he miraculously revived. Similar to the Near Death Experience of Howard Storm, his brother had seen himself descending into a dark pit in which their horrible creatures. He said not only is heaven is real, but so is hell. At the time he saw the cross, but saw himself dying on the cross. Like Howard Storm he then decided to become a Christian.
2. Protestants separate their faith from works, whereas there is no faith that is not adjoined to works. That one should live by good works, and will be judged by that, is described in the Bible but this is ignored by Protestant theology. True love is borne out in how one lives.
In the heavenly realm, in the judgment everyone will be judged according to what they know. His brother saw the healing, and had yet denied the testimony until he had his own near death experience.
Here is another direct encounter, this time by an Iranian Muslim Afshin Javid who had joined the ranks of Hezbollah. He did not have any near death experience, but instead encountered Jesus as a radiant being of light while doing his Muslim prayers. He studied the Quran extensively and was teaching his fellow comrades at the time:
While meditating on the Quran, he felt a spirit enter the room and was immediately full of fear, and commanded it to leave in the name of Allah. Nothing availed, and the presence became so strong he felt as if he was losing his breath. He was so in fear, he cried out, "God, help me!" Immediately he heard a voice:
"Bring the name of Jesus."He responded, "Jesus if you are true, show me yourself." At the time he had no idea why he said that, but in that moment everything returned to normal. But as he said it, that was not the time of his conversion, that was the time of his confusion - why would Jesus help a Muslim? He felt that Mohammed was the last prophet and that Islam was the perfect revelation. After two weeks of doubt, he decided to fast and pray. Apparently in the Quran it states that the paths to God are many, and no matter what path one takes they will all lead to the same mountain top. He prayed and asked God, "What is it you want me to do? Which way do you want me to follow?" After two weeks of no answer, he decided to give up and go his own way, and doubted God even existed. At that point, he felt God's presence in the room - his presence was holiness itself, and he felt the weight of his own sin and sinful nature upon him. Again he backs up in fear - for the greatest sin a Muslim can commit is to doubt God's existence. He repeatedly said, "God forgive me, God forgive me." At that point he felt a hand on his shoulder, and then heard a voice:
"I forgive you."
He then felt the weight of his sins lifted away. But again he was confused, as he was taught one has no way of knowing one is forgiven until the day of judgment. He then asks the presence, "Who are you?" The voice then said:
"I am the way, the truth and the life."When he heard this response he felt it was important, but at the time he had no idea what that meant. He still does not know who it is. He finally asks, "What is your name?" The voice responds:
"Jesus Christ, the living God."
At that moment, he felt every bone in his body broke and he fell on his face and just wept. For many years, he had tried so hard to please God, but he realized he had done nothing that was pleasing to God. And yet he was forgiven. He felt for so many years he had been deceived - he had participated in jihad and had killed in the name of Allah. And in that moment he knew what he had done was wrong. He then realized, that is not the way of God, the way of God if forgiveness. The way of God is love. He was weeping at his feet for two hours, and when he looked up, he saw many faces of different people, of different generations and nationalities, and he saw the different sins they had each committed. He then cried out, "God, I live among all these people, all of them are sinners." He then said,
"How easy did I forgive you?"
He responded, "Very easy - as easy as drinking water" - which is apparently a saying in Farsi. Then after that he corrects himself and says "No, no, no, even easier than drinking water." Jesus then responded:
"As easy as I have forgiven you, I can forgive them. Who is going to tell them?"
And that is how this Muslim Hezbollah fighter became a Christian. He next prayed for a Bible - he was in prison at the time - and the following day a cell mate came and gave him one and said, "This is what you asked for."
It is as simple as that. To be forgiven, all one has to do is simply ask Jesus. And you will be forgiven. But one has to ask for it first.
In many cases, Jesus does not visibly manifest before one's eyes, but appears in dreams and visions to Muslims who seek to know him:
I personally know a Muslim who saw Jesus in the center of heaven, and was in a heavenly Sun providing light to all of heaven. These angelic beings in white robes were walking about in a heavenly garden. She asked who was it at the center of the sun and they replied that was God, and they were waiting for Jesus to come. I then told her that in the waking visions of Swedenborg he also saw Jesus at the center of heaven as the Sun, providing light to all of heaven. I suspect there are more Muslims who have had these encounters or visions, but do not come forward due to the pressure from their family and culture. To which Jesus says: