Abraham’s Polygamy: Root of Mideast Conflict


“Now Sara, Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abraham, Behold: now, the Lord hath restrained me form bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid: it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian… and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar. And she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes, And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong by upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom: and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee. But Abraham said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. And the angel of he Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael: because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man: his hand will be against every man…” – (Gen.16:1-6,11,12).


“Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac” – (Gen.21:2,3,9,10).


   Polygamy is defined as (marriage in which a spouse, especially husbands, have more than one mate at one time). Lately we have polygamy in the news daily because of the Mormon polygamy sect in El Dorado, TX. It has also come out because of the Mormon Romney running for president and Obama, the child of a polygamist running for president also. Obama’s father was a black Muslim from Kenya and his mother was a white woman from Kansas. His mother was only 18 years old and one of four ‘wives’ of Barack Hussein Obama Sr. He was a polygamist with at least three wives at one time. He sired eight children from four woman. Muslims practice polygamy and the word ‘harem’ is an Arabian word.


   I’m told that there are 60 thousand Mormon polygamists in Utah alone and many Moslems that are practicing it in the U.S. as well. It’s against the law but is rarely enforced. Polygamy is becoming more and more normal and accepted in America and other Christian nations as we turn our black on Christ and His Word. There are many polygamists in Africa, the Mideast, and in India and there is a movement underway in the U.S. to legalize multiple wives here. There is a prevailing mind set today that is preparing the way for the legal, moral and social toleration and even approval of polygamy. Because our nation accepted sodomy and same sex marriage, polygamy is accepted as well.


   The unrest, conflict and hatred in the Mideast that is having global effects and leading to Armageddon, can be traced back to Abraham’s polygamy and the resulting rivalry of his two wives, Sarah and Hagar and the casting out of Hagar and Ishmael. Abraham and Sarah were monogamous apart from this low point in their faith when Hagar became a second wife in order to produce God’s promised son to Abraham. Surely this instance of Abraham’s polygamy should be a dire warning to all Jewish descendants and to the true church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints which is the born again saints of today. Surely we can see the sin of Abraham in becoming one flesh with Hagar and committing adultery. Surely we can see today in the tinderbox of the Mideast and all the killing, the catastrophic consequences of going against God’s Word, that a man should have only one wife till death do they part. Ishmael became the Arab nations and Isaac became the Jews.


   The ideal marriage was when God married Adam and Eve in the first marriage in the Garden of Eden – this is the prototype that we Christians are to follow; we are not to follow the wicked world. “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof: and the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was the taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” – (Gen.3:21-24). Two shall become one flesh, not more than two. If polygamy is right as some religions say, why, then, did not God create Eve, Sharon, Deborah, etc. for Adam?


   The Lord Jesus quoted these same verses in answer to the Pharisee’s question about divorcing a wife for any cause. Jesus said it was because of their hard hearts that they divorced their wives and he said – “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” – (Mt.19:6). It is written – “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” – (I Cor.7:2). Polygamy is nothing but fornication; it’s the lust of the flesh. And our multiple marriage and divorces today like Hollywood is nothing but ‘polygamy on the installment plan’. Man is tempted to have his own ‘harem’ of women.


   And don’t say that God approved of God’s marriage to Hagar. God did not approve of this at all. This was Sarah’s idea, and Abraham listened to her and it was the worse decision he ever made. God named the child ‘Ishmael,’ the wild man of the Mideast. When Abraham sired Ishmael, that put the Arabians side by side with the Jews and begins a ‘holy war’ that has lasted for thousands of years and is coming to the flashpoint in our generation. (Mohammed is supposed to have been the 70th descendent of Ishmael). Ishmael was a ‘child by proxy.’ Hagar was a wife but not counted as a social equal in the fuller sense; she was still a servant, perhaps a slave. She was still subject to Sarah’s beck and call. She was a concubine, not a true wife. Most probably after the conception of Ishmael, Abraham never ‘knew’ Hagar again. Nevertheless the eternal triangle of Abraham Sarah and Hagar, the other woman, began an entanglement so snarled and twisted that thousands of years haven’t unraveled it.


   The first polygamist in the Bible was Lamech, the great-great-great grandson of the murderer Cain – (Gen.4:23,24). Lamech was from the wicked line of Cain and he was also a murderer and he introduced a ‘new morality’ under cover of which men could accumulate several wives and so have sex with several women. And so polygamy was introduced on planet earth by this wicked man and Satan is using it to attack and destroy the Christian family.


   Polygamy is nowhere in the N.T. Any leader in the church was forbidden to be a polygamist – “… the husband of one wife…” – (I Tim.3:2). He was to be an example to his flock. And the Lord Jesus is the husband of His bride the church – Jesus will not have multiple brides – amen – (Eph.5:22,23 – Rev.19:7-9). No true Christian is a polygamist, because Christ is within him, he is one flesh with Christ, the great mystery – “…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” – (Col.1:27). Again – “The marriage of the lamb is come, and his wife (singular) hath made herself ready” – (Rev.19:7).


   Take heed to this watchman’s warning and learn from King Solomon, who with all his wisdom, was deceived into this very sin of polygamy. Because he was so rich and powerful, he could have his pick of the most beautiful women, not only in Israel but in other nations also. Satan used polygamy to turn away his heart from following the Lord and he became an idolator. Solomon was the greatest polygamist in the Bible, maybe the greatest ever. “And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart…. Turned away his heart after other gods…” – (I King.11:3,4). God had warned the kings of Israel in (Du.17:17) “Neither shall he multiply wives to himself that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.” Coveting things and money and women leads to idolatry – “... and covetousness, which is idolatry” – (Col.3:5). America’s spiritual fornication of idolatry and the physical fornication of the flesh, is leading up to the soon worship of the Beast. We are being seduced by Satan and his beguiling, enticing ways. Through polygamy of false religions we are turning our hearts away from the true God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and being turned to false gods. We are turning away from Christian marriage to the marriage of heathens. We are turning from Christ to Antichrist.


   In light of the increase of changing beliefs towards polygamy in America that God has brought to our attention, especially with presidential candidate Barack Obama, we need to watch him closely. Not only does he bear his polygamist father’s Muslim name from Kenya, his second temporary father from Indonesia was a Muslim also. Obama spent several years living with him and his mother there and becoming part of the Muslim culture. His name was changed there to Barry Soeturo. Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population. Obama’s very make-up fits him in perfectly as the U.S. President-Antichrist who will broker a short peace covenant between the Muslims and the Jews in the Mideast – between Ishmael’s and Isaac’s descendents. The Muslims will trust him because of his Muslim name and background. This peace covenant will be shattered at Armageddon when the true Prince of Peace comes back in power and glory to set up His righteous kingdom of God on earth – the Lord Jesus Christ. And He’s coming back with His one true bride, not brides.


   In (Gal.4) it tells us that Ishmael, born of the bondmaid, stands for all that are only born of the flesh, born in bondage of sin and that we who are born of the free woman Sarah, are the born again children of God, born of the promise by faith. We have believed the promise of the miracle birth promised by Jesus – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” – (Isaac )- (Jn.3:6,7).


   “Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the Son of the bond woman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free” – (Gal.4:28:31). Unbelievers who are not born again, both Jews and Gentiles, are the cast off Ishmaels, they are born only of the flesh as Ishmael was – “Ye must be born again” through Jesus Christ to be children of God. If you’re born again of the Spirit, then are you the children of Abraham’s seed Isaac who shall inherit the blessing, then are you the children of God. Just because you’re a Jew doesn’t make you a child of God.; neither does being a Gentile Arab make you cast off from God. We all become born again children of God through faith in Jesus Christ – “Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed” – (Rom.9:7,8). You need a miracle birth.


Repent of your sins by faith believe on the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins and you will become a new born again creature in Christ. Be born again – be an Isaac with a miracle birth, become the bride of Christ.


Pastor Mike Storti

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