Mustard Seed Faith Moved A Mountain and Saved One Hundred Thousand People

Prayer Warriors part 5, A Psalm of David, Psalm 31

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How the prayer of one man moved a mountain and saved 100,000 people from death or forced conversion to Islam mandated by the Khalif of Baudas, in 1225 AD, Abu’l Abbas Ahmed VII. en-Nassir lidini ‘blah (1180-1225 AD) 

The Travels of Marco Polo, the unabridged version.

After the recent terrorist attacks, the muslim expansionist incidents in Paris and San Bernardino California, great fear as gripped hearts and minds of many concerning muslim expansionism. And, in America and other western nations a lack of concern by our sitting POTUS and their leaders concerning such has added to growing societal instability. While governments try to deal with the Syrian war, Islamic and Christian refugee crisis, nations states are trying to mandate political correctness in relation to accepting refugees. Not wanting to appear bigoted nations have un-wittingly opened their doors allowing the Islamic expansionism that Marco Polo wrote about in 1298 during his travels. Polo penned one such incident during the reign of the Khalif of Baudas, in 1225, Abu’l Abbas Ahmed VII. en-Nassir lidini ‘blah and how the church properly dealt with the Islamic tyranny.

To the body of Christ, The Lord did not give us a Spirit of fear; He did give us a Spirit of Love, Power and Peace of Mind.

This historical account of what The Lord did should build ones faith and cause one’s heart to leap for joy. This testimony of “Mustard Seed Faith Moved A Mountain and Saved One Hundred Thousand People” from forced conversion and death will bless you. It should inspire the modern church, right now, to pray the prayers of faith believing that The Lord will intervene if we ask Him to. The God Head is the same yesterday, today and forever; They are unchanging, loving, merciful and all powerful. We who are in Christ have The Holy Spirit, the gospel truth that will set all mankind free. The church must stop all forms of political correctness and preach the gospel truth that sets humanity free.

Our Divine Lord and Savior Jesus Christ never forced salvation or conversion on anyone. We are free moral agents and the gospel gives mankind a choice to receive or reject the gospel truth. What we must understand and remember, it is The Holy Spirit that works in the hearts and minds of people convicting them to truth and experiencing God’s love and forgiveness. We in the body of Christ have been given the honor to testify of the blessings we have received and how we received them by asking Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior. Thus, mankind can live the life they choose.

Unfortunately at this time, some believe the Christians of Northern Iraq to be the current ancestors of the One Hundred Thousand people The Lord saved from the tyranny of the Kalif, and are the Christian people group ISIS recently decimated. Forced subjugation into a political law based system is what Islam does and is all about. Furthermore, the muslim expansionist theory, mandated by Muhammed when he penned his law based system called Sharia, is the Islamic ideology of 99% of the refugees coming to the West. We must pray as Paul directed us to in II Corinthians 10:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4) for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5) We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ

With that said we must continue to pray and preach the gospel as mandated by the great commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for He is the only doorway to eternity and The God of all creation. Jesus is the way, the truth and life eternal.

How the Calif of Baudas Took Counsel to Slay All the Christians in His Land

Marco Polo: I will tell you then this great marvel that occurred between Baudas and Mausul. It was in the year of Christ[1] … that there was a Calif at Baudas who bore a great hatred to Christians, and was taken up day and night with the thought how he might either bring those that were in his kingdom over to his own faith, or might procure them all to be slain. And he used daily to take counsel about this with the devotees and priests of his faith,[2] for they all bore the Christians like malice. And, indeed, it is a fact, that the whole body of Saracens throughout the world are always most malignantly disposed towards the whole body of Christians.

Now it happened that the Calif, with those shrewd priests of his, got hold of that passage in our Gospel which says, that if a Christian had faith as a grain of mustard seed, and should bid a mountain be removed, it would be removed. And such indeed is the truth. But when they had got hold of this text they were delighted, for it seemed to them the very thing whereby either to force all the Christians to change their faith, or to bring destruction upon them all. The Calif therefore called together all the Christians in his territories, who were extremely numerous. And when they had come before him, he showed them the Gospel, and made them read the text which I have mentioned. And when they had read it he asked them if that was the truth? The Christians answered that it assuredly was so. “Well,” said the Calif, “since you say that it is the truth, I will give you a choice. Among such a number of you there must needs surely be this small amount of faith; so you must either move that mountain there,”–and he pointed to a mountain in the neighbourhood–“or you shall die an ill death; unless you choose to eschew death by all becoming Saracens and adopting our Holy Law. To this end I give you a respite of ten days; if the thing be not done by that time, ye shall die or become Saracens.” And when he had said this he dismissed them, to consider what was to be done in this strait wherein they were.

How the Christians Were In Great Dismay Because of What the Calif Had Said

The Christians on hearing what the Calif had said were in great dismay, but they lifted all their hopes to God, their Creator, that He would help them in this their strait. All the wisest of the Christians took counsel together, and among them were a number of bishops and priests, but they had no resource except to turn to Him from whom all good things do come, beseeching Him to protect them from the cruel hands of the Calif.

So they were all gathered together in prayer, both men and women, for eight days and eight nights. And whilst they were thus engaged in prayer it was revealed in a vision by a Holy Angel of Heaven to a certain Bishop who was a very good Christian, that he should desire a certain Christian Cobler,[1] who had but one eye, to pray to God; and that God in His goodness would grant such prayer because of the Cobler’s holy life.

Now I must tell you what manner of man this Cobler was. He was one who led a life of great uprightness and chastity, and who fasted and kept from all sin, and went daily to church to hear Mass, and gave daily a portion of his gains to God. And the way how he came to have but one eye was this. It happened one day that a certain woman came to him to have a pair of shoes made, and she showed him her foot that he might take her measure. Now she had a very beautiful foot and leg; and the Cobler in taking her measure was conscious of sinful thoughts. And he had often heard it said in the Holy Evangel, that if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee, rather than sin. So, as soon as the woman had departed, he took the awl that he used in stitching, and drove it into his eye and destroyed it. And this is the way he came to lose his eye. So you can judge what a holy, just, and righteous man he was.

How the One-Eyed Cobler Was Desired to Pray for the Christians

Now when this vision had visited the Bishop several times, he related the whole matter to the Christians, and they agreed with one consent to call the Cobler before them. And when he had come they told him it was their wish that he should pray, and that God had promised to accomplish the matter by his means. On hearing their request he made many excuses, declaring that he was not at all so good a man as they represented. But they persisted in their request with so much sweetness, that at last he said he would not tarry, but do what they desired.

How the Prayer of the One-Eyed Cobler Caused the Mountain to Move

And when the appointed day was come, all the Christians got up early, men and women, small and great, more than 100,000 persons, and went to church, and heard the Holy Mass. And after Mass had been sung, they all went forth together in a great procession to the plain in front of the mountain, carrying the precious cross before them, loudly singing and greatly weeping as they went. And when they arrived at the spot, there they found the Caliph with all his Saracen host armed to slay them if they would not change their faith; for the Saracens believed not in the least that God would grant such favour to the Christians. These latter stood indeed in great fear and doubt, but nevertheless they rested their hope on their God Jesus Christ.

So the Cobler received the Bishop’s benison, and then threw himself on his knees before the Holy Cross, and stretched out his hands towards Heaven, and made this prayer: “Blessed LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, I pray Thee by Thy goodness that Thou wilt grant this grace unto Thy people, insomuch that they perish not, nor Thy faith be cast down, nor abused nor flouted. Not that I am in the least worthy to prefer such request unto Thee; but for Thy great power and mercy I beseech Thee to hear this prayer from me Thy servant full of sin.”

And when he had ended this his prayer to God the Sovereign Father and Giver of all grace, and whilst the Calif and all the Saracens, and other people there, were looking on, the mountain rose out of its place and moved to the spot which the Calif had pointed out! And when the Calif and all his Saracens beheld, they stood amazed at the wonderful miracle that God had wrought for the Christians, insomuch that a great number of the Saracens became Christians. And even the Calif caused himself to be baptised in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, Amen, and became a Christian, but in secret. Howbeit, when he died they found a little cross hung round his neck; and therefore the Saracens would not bury him with the other Califs, but put him in a place apart. The Christians exulted greatly at this most holy miracle, and returned to their homes full of joy, giving thanks to their Creator for that which He had done.[1]

And now you have heard in what wise took place this great miracle. And marvel not that the Saracens hate the Christians; for the accursed law that Mahommet gave them commands them to do all the mischief in their power to all other descriptions of people, and especially to Christians; to strip such of their goods, and do them all manner of evil, because they belong not to their law. See then what an evil law and what naughty commandments they have! But in such fashion the Saracens act, throughout the world.

Now I have told you something of Baudas. I could easily indeed have told you first of the affairs and the customs of the people there. But it would be too long a business, looking to the great and strange things that I have got to tell you, as you will find detailed in this Book. “All the Nestorian and Jacobite Christians from that time forward have maintained a solemn celebration of the day on which the miracle occurred, keeping a fast also on the eve thereof.”

A Psalm of Complaint and of Praise. Pray this prayer believing that The Lord will hear and respond to your praise, your cries for His help, your supplications.

A Psalm of David.

Psalm 31 (nasv)

I. Praise Him

In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;

Let me never be ashamed;

In Your righteousness deliver me.

Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;

Be to me a rock of strength,

A stronghold to save me.

For You are my rock and my fortress;

For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.

You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,

For You are my strength.

Into Your hand I commit my spirit;

You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.

II. Bring Supplication: Let Him know what is in your heart. Confess He is your helper concerning all things 

I hate those who regard vain idols,

But I trust in the Lord.

I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,

Because You have seen my affliction;

You have known the troubles of my soul,

And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy;

You have set my feet in a large place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;

My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.

10  For my life is spent with sorrow

And my years with sighing;

My strength has failed because of my iniquity,

And my body has wasted away.

11  Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproach,

Especially to my neighbors,

And an object of dread to my acquaintances;

Those who see me in the street flee from me.

12  I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind;

I am like a broken vessel.

13  For I have heard the slander of many,

Terror is on every side;

While they took counsel together against me,

They schemed to take away my life.

III. Praise HIM and confess He is the answer and the blessing for every situation you are facing

14  But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,

I say, “You are my God.”

15  My times are in Your hand;

Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.

16  Make Your face to shine upon Your servant;

Save me in Your lovingkindness.

17  Let me not be put to shame, O Lord, for I call upon You;

Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol.

18  Let the lying lips be mute,

Which speak arrogantly against the righteous

With pride and contempt.

19  How great is Your goodness,

Which You have stored up for those who fear You,

Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,

Before the sons of men!

20  You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man;

You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.

21  Blessed be the Lord,

For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.

22  As for me, I said in my alarm,

“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;

Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications, when I cried to You.

IV. Proclaim Him, give testimony of His blessings, tell others what The Lord has done for you

23  O love the Lord, all you His godly ones!

The Lord preserves the faithful

And fully recompenses the proud doer.

24  Be strong and let your heart take courage,

All you who hope in the Lord.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You, and, Cause His Face to Shine Upon You. Amen

Footnotes

  1.  We may remember that at a date only three years before Marco related this story (viz. in 1295), the cottage of Loreto is asserted to have changed its locality for the third and last time by moving to the site which it now occupies.Some of the old Latin copies place the scene at Tauris. And I observe that a missionary of the 16th century does the same. The mountain, he says, is between Tauris and Nakhshiwan, and is called Manhuc. (GravinaChristianita nell’ Armenia, etc., Roma, 1605, p. 91.)The moving of a mountain is one of the miracles ascribed to Gregory Thaumaturgus. Such stories are rife among the Mahomedans themselves. “I know,” says Khanikoff, “at least half a score of mountains which the Musulmans allege to have come from the vicinity of Mecca.”Ramusio’s text adds here: “All the Nestorian and Jacobite Christians from that time forward have maintained a solemn celebration of the day on which the miracle occurred, keeping a fast also on the eve thereof.”F. Goering, a writer who contributes three articles on Marco Polo to the Neue Zuericher-Zeitung, 5th, 6th, 8th April, 1878, says: “I heard related in Egypt a report which Marco Polo had transmitted to Baghdad. I will give it here in connection with another which I also came across in Egypt.“‘Many years ago there reigned in Babylon, on the Nile, a haughty Khalif who vexed the Christians with taxes and corvees. He was confirmed in his hate of the Christians by the Khakam Chacham Bashi or Chief Rabbi of the Jews, who one day said to him: “The Christians allege in their books that it shall not hurt them to drink or eat any deadly thing. So I have prepared a potion that one of them shall taste at my hand: if he does not die on the spot then call me no more Chacham Bashi!” The Khalif immediately sent for His Holiness the Patriarch of Babylon, and ordered him to drink up the potion. The Patriarch just blew a little over the cup and then emptied it at a draught, and took no harm. His Holiness then on his side demanded that the Chacham Bashi should quaff a cup to the health of the Khalif, which he (the Patriarch) should first taste, and this the Khalif found only fair and right. But hardly had the Chacham Bashi put the cup to his lips than he fell down and expired.’ Still the Musulmans and Jews thirsted for Christian blood. It happened at that time that a mass of the hill Mokattani became loose and threatened to come down upon Babylon. This was laid to the door of the Christians, and they were ordered to stop it. The Patriarch in great distress has a vision that tells him summon the saintly cobbler (of whom the same story is told as here)–the cobbler bids the rock to stand still and it does so to this day. ‘These two stories may still be heard in Cairo’–from whom is not said. The hill that threatened to fall on the Egyptian Babylon is called in Turkish Dur Dagh, ‘Stay, or halt-hill.’ (L.c. April, 1878″)–MS. Note, H. Y.

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