On the afternoon of March 5, 2003, Mahmoud Humdan
Kwasma stepped on to bus #37 in Haifa, Israel, and detonated explosives
strapped to his body. Fifteen Israelis, including Abigail Litle, a
believer in Yeshua haMashiach (the Lord Jesus Christ) were killed. What
would Jesus say to the suicide bomber?
Jesus might say, “There was a certain suicide
bomber who was clothed with an explosive belt and full of hatred. But
there was also a thirteen-year-old girl named Abigail, full of life and
love for people, both Israelis and Arabs. Desiring to see peace between
these people, she joined the Children Teaching Children program at the
Jewish-Arab Center for Peace at Givat Haviva (Matt. 5:9). Moreover, she had the answer to peace in the Middle East. The
real Road Map to Peace was narrow because it only went through Me, the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6, 7; Matt. 7:13,14; Rom. 5:1). For I have said, ‘I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6)
and ‘For 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).
“So it was that the young girl died in a horrific
explosion, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The
suicide bomber also died when he blew himself up. And being in torments
in Hades (Hell)
L (II Pet. 3:9), he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Abigail ‘safe in the arms of Jesus.’
Then he cried and said, ‘Father Ibrahim, the one who is buried in my
hometown of Hebron, have mercy on me. This is not Paradise and there
were not 70 virgins waiting for me when I got here! Send Abigail that
she may dip the tip of her finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am
tormented in this flame.’”
“But Abraham said, ‘Mahmoud, remember that in your lifetime you rejected my Seed, the Lord Jesus (Gal. 3:16).
On the other hand, when I believed that God would send a Redeemer, it
was accounted to me for righteousness; so also Abigail, when she
trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior, God declared her righteous
as well’” (Gen. 15:6; Gal. 3:6-9; Phil. 3:3-9; Rom. 4:1-5).
“Abraham went on to say, ‘And besides all this,
between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want
to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’”
“Then Mahmoud said, ‘I beg you therefore, father,
that you would send Abigail to my father’s house that she may testify
to my mother, lest she also come to this place of torment. [My father
and two brothers are in jail]. My mother is telling everybody, “Do not
treat those who have died for the path of Allah as dead, but rather as
living with Allah and being fed by his hand.” That is not so, she has
been deceived, for I am thirsty, in torment, and alone!’”
“Abraham said to him, ‘They have Musa and the
prophets; let them hear them.’ And Mahmoud said, ‘No, father Ibrahim;
but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent (change their
minds).’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.
In fact, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, in love, died on
Calvary’s Cross to pay for all your sins and bodily rose from the dead,
yet you were not persuaded, and did not put your trust in Him’.”
Any similarities to the account in Luke 16:19-31 is purely intentional.