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God Will Not Let Islam Win - By Kit R. Olsen - http://www.raptureready.com/soap2/olsen10.html
(This article is an updated and revised version of "When God Deals with Islamic Dominance" which we posted on RR last year.)
Considering what happened in Paris this past week it is easy for anyone to think that Islam will not be defeated anytime soon. The media throughout the world are so good at minimizing anything to do with Islam. And Islamic sleeper cells-ready to foist terror-are planted all throughout the world.
Our current US administration is either mentally incompetent and/or traitorous, endangering the lives of all Americans and others around the world by coddling this merciless torturous barbaric enemy. A believer's perspective should always be that we live in the trenches of a spiritual battlefield and evil is manifested through wicked people. Our hope is not in governments, our hope is in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Take heart; Scripture tells us that God will not let Islam win their campaign of terror. On an encouraging note it is important to keep in mind one of the most written about prophesied wars in the Bible-the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39, is on the near horizon. We know that Israel will be the target and that is when God will deal with Islamic dominance. In the Bible, the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 (Gog-Magog war) is given the most detailed description of any prophesied war.
An important point to keep in mind is this: In Genesis 15 the Lord tells us that the cup of iniquity of the Amorites was not yet fulfilled but when it was, God dealt with them. It is the same for Islam. God is still allowing them to wreak havoc (for now). But He has some intense plans for blasphemous Islam.
The day is soon coming when God will no longer tolerate Islam's fanatacism, and He will pour out His judgment upon the followers of Allah-at the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39, when hordes of Islamic troops will march against Israel, led by Russia. The great miracle in the Old Testament is the Exodus but it will pale in comparison to what happens as a result of the Gog-Magog war (Jeremiah 16:14).
When God saves Israel, and Allah is nowhere to be found during this epic battle, surviving devotees of Islam throughout the world will no longer be so willing to fight for Allah's sake. It will shake their radical psychopathic fanatical mantras to the core.
The Lord Himself will supernaturally intervene in this war and the majority of the aggressors will be obliterated. These warriors will turn against each other. God will shake the earth with tremendous power and the invaders will wish they had never even had a bad thought about Israel. Scripture tells us this war will spread.
The "coastlands" referred to in the following Scripture are also destined to experience the wrath of God for participating in the offense against Israel, indicating that the Muslim population will significantly decrease. The coastlands are maritime regions in the Middle East with heavy Muslim populations.
These are homelands to those who will assist Russia against Israel with their fleets and troops. The "coastlands" extend to what would actually encompass global Islam, reaching all around the world, including Indonesia. One of the results of this war will be the removal of a significant portion of Islamic dominance. God will thwart Islam's aggression.
"And I [God] will send fire on Magog [Russia] and those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the LORD. So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel" (Ezekiel 39:6-7, emphasis added).
Islam will be greatly marginalized and Russia will be destroyed. It will take seven years to clean up the damage and seven-months to bury the dead (Ezekiel 39:9, 12). Halfway through the Tribulation the Jews will have fled Israel and will no longer be able to bury the dead. In order to fulfill the prophecy of Ezekiel 39:9, 12) this battle could very well happen at least three and one half years before the Tribulation begins.
No one but God Himself will help rescue Israel when she is attacked. Without God's intervention, Israel will have no chance to survive this invasion. God will preserve His chosen nation. He will not be doing this for Israel's sake, but for His own sake, to make a powerful statement that He is in control, and that He is Almighty God and can no longer be ignored. God will actually bring these nations against Israel, who has rejected Him-for His glory.
This will be a major wake-up call to the entire world, and primarily for Israel, that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lives forever and is King. Everyone should realize that without Him, they are condemned. Followers of Allah will be left scrambling trying to figure out how they can possibly continue claiming that Allah is God. Allah will be nowhere to be found when these heavily numbered, primarily Muslim forces march against Israel.
Because of the awe-inspiring miracles performed by the Lord during the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39, Israel and the Jews as a whole will experience a huge resurgence in their quest for God-for their Messiah. The entire world will have a chance to see God in action, as the true Protector of Israel and many will come to salvation around that time. Scripture indicates the astonishing battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 will take place before the prophesied Tribulation opening-up tremendous opportunities to share the Word of God.
In a 1972 book, Timothy LaHaye states:
If the magnifying and sanctifying of the Lord, as indicated in Ezekiel 38:16, 23 and 39:7, 13, 22 does indeed mean a short period of time when men call upon the Lord as a result of his miraculous preservation of Israel, then we should work diligently to prepare for it. Since we can expect the period to be brief, we should begin now to train ourselves and find positions of service where we can reach a maximum number of people with the gospel. (The Beginning of the End, p. 84)
In a popular book, Charting the End Times, p. 92, authors Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice reinforce what I have been saying for many years.
This is what they have to say:
One of the major issues that any view of Gog and Magog must address is that seven months are required to bury the dead from the battle (Ezekiel 39:12-14) and seven years are needed to burn the weapons. In the second half of the Tribulation the Jews are fleeing and being persecuted, so they cannot be burying the dead at that time. Also, any other view places at least some of the burning of weapons beyond the seven-year Tribulation and into the Millennium, or even into the eternal state (which does not make sense).
Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum also supports the view that the Gog-Magog invasion will take place prior to the Tribulation, Footsteps of the Messiah, page 121, (The Pre-Tribulation View).
After this battle a segment of Israel will be saved (converted) and the nation of Israel will turn back to Jehovah God after having rejected Him for over 2,000 years. The Holy Spirit will be poured out on them bringing about a short revival in Israel fulfilling the prophecies of Joel 2:28b-29, double referenced in (Acts 2:17-18), when the Jews will prophesy, dream dreams and see visions. In verse 29 Joel wrote: "And also upon the servants and upon handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit."
Joel is speaking about the Millennium in verses 21-28a, and then halfway through verse 28 he switches to the time prior to the Rapture and the Tribulation. The Joel 2:28b-29 prophecies are directed to the nation of Israel-to the Jews. It should be noted, earlier in verse 23; Joel's prophecies are specifically to the nation of Israel, to the "children of Zion."
Later, in verses 28-29, Joel is still making reference to the "children of Zion." These prophecies are about God pouring out His Spirit upon Jews. In the New Testament Peter takes an application of these passages in Acts 2:17-18. As mentioned earlier, nations throughout the entire world will witness and realize the miraculous intervention by God Himself (Ezekiel 38:23; 39:7, 21).
Furthermore, in Joel 2:30-32, Joel distinctly presents a case for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. He describes when this outpouring of the Spirit upon the Jews will happen: Prior to the Rapture and the Tribulation. All believers, including the new converts will "escape" the Tribulation by way of the Rapture before the Tribulation begins.
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be delivered for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape as Jehovah hath said, and among the remnant those whom Jehovah doth call."
It is also very likely that Mecca, the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock will to be severely damaged or destroyed by the tremendous earthquake cited in Ezekiel 38:19. It will not be possible for a one-world government, a one-world church and a one-world economic system to take hold unless the influence of Islam is tremendously reduced or removed. If not we will have an Ayatollah type one-world government, economic system and world church. The globalists would not be able to control Islam, so they must be seriously marginalized in order to implement their plans for a one world order.
It is apparent to me that it would be nearly impossible for the prophesied one-world government, a world economic system, and a world church to be established while Islam is standing in the front wings of world dominance. From studying Scripture, it is my point of view that an ecumenical, apostate one-world church is much more likely than an Islamic religious take-over.
Although at the moment, it certainly does appear that Islam, because of its enormous population, wealth and aggressive terror attacks could rule the entire world. But as we see from Scripture, there is a point when God will no longer sit quietly on the sidelines and allow His holy Name to be desecrated.
If Islamic world dominance is not removed, then the Antichrist will be Muslim, the world church will be Muslim and the one-world government will be a caliphate. But that is not what is described in Scripture.
There are two legs on the image of Daniel in chapter two. The two legs represent the two divisions of the Roman Empire, which were divided into those two legs in 400 AD upon the death of Theodosius; the western capital in Rome and the eastern capital in Constantinople. The western leg with its capital in Rome was broken and not restored until 800 AD when the pope crowned Charlemagne king of the holy Roman Empire. That empire then was overrun by the Huns and that type of government went up into Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm.
The eastern leg stayed intact until 1453 and then it was overrun by the Muslims -- so we have a choice then, of either taking the Antichrist, the world government and one-world religion out of that eastern division/Isalm, or the western division. I choose the western division because of typology. Antiochus Epiphanes, a Greco-Syrian is given in Daniel as a type of Antichrist, and he was a European. The Antichrist will be from the western or European side and therefore not a Muslim.
Moreover, the Antichrist is seen riding, from the west to the east as he makes his capital in ancient Babylon. And the one who rides that beast today is the Vatican or the western side of the old Roman Empire (the Roman Catholic Church from the western leg). And the world church is not Islamic because it comes from Nimrod with the worship of little baby Tammuz in Semiramis' arms (Nimrod's Babylon/The Roman Catholic Church).
The Israelites worshipped the Babylonian god Tammuz whom the Canaanites addressed as Adonai (my lord). The summer festival of Tammuz celebrated the death of nature and revival in the spring. Tammuz was associated with the Babylonian deity Ishtar (Astarte), (who was later called Adonis by the Greeks).
He was also associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess, who was worshipped by the Romans. Notice God's attitude toward those who engaged in the worship of Tammuz: "Therefore will I also deal in wrath; mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them( Ezekiel 8:18). God said He would not hear anyone who carried out the idolatrous worship of Tammuz.
The church in Rome at one time was once a sound church. The apostle Paul wrote one of the greatest letters he ever wrote to that church and in it he mentioned their faithfulness. The Roman church had many followers. Then the Roman Empire outlawed Christianity, and that church was forced to go underground. It was a true and faithful church, much persecuted by the Roman government.
Then Constantine came into power as the Roman ruler and was nominally converted to Christianity at the beginning of the fourth century. Christianity until that time was outlawed, but Constantine declared Christ Jesus to be the only true God, and Christianity became the official religion. He declared that the heathen temples had to be destroyed. By that time, temples had been built all over the known world to the "Queen of Heaven," the virgin-mother goddess pictured with the little boy Tammuz in her arms.
Then Christianity became the only legal religion. Constantine said Tammuz and the Queen of Heaven could not be worshipped. What were these priests in the temple of Ishtar-Innini going to do? Did they destroy their idols and turn to Christianity? No, they did not. They removed the names of Ishtar and Tammuz off these idols, and etched in new names: Jesus and Mary!
And the practice of idolatry forbidden by Scripture-Mary worship-continues today in the Roman Catholic Church. The roots of the end-time world church will be a survival from the background of Babylonian mysticism headed by the False Prophet prophesied in Revelation 16:13.
The situation with Russian, Ukraine, Syria and the ongoing growing terrorist attacks by Muslim terrorists is another step toward Ezekiel's prophesied war-when Islam will be marginalized, changing the dynamics of the entire world on multiple levels, opening the way for a one-world-government, a one-world religion and one-world economic system to take hold.
When will this invasion take place?
This invasion takes place when Israel is back in the land, re-gathered as a nation as she is today. This war takes place "upon the mountains of Israel" (Ezekiel 38:8). It will take place when God Himself says it is time-when God in His sovereignty brings down the invaders.
"I [God Himself] will put hooks in your jaws and bring you down" (Ezekiel 38:4a).
May the Lord have mercy on the innocent victims of the demonically driven Islamic terrorists who so ruthlessly stalk their prey. God's judgment upon radical Islam cannot come too soon.