You could ask almost anyone, what were you doing on the eleventh of September 2001 and they would know. It seems that the whole world was watching as Muslim fanatics attacked, what they term, as the evils of the West, in the guise of New York’s World Trade Centers. Could something that has changed the world so much and the people and powers behind it not be mentioned in the Bible? The forces that were unleashed upon Western Civilization, at the beginning of the Twenty First Century, have their origin in Middle East of the Seventh Century and have a prime place in Bible prophecy.
Islam is the fastest growing religious system in the world today – out of every six people on the planet today, one of those is a Muslim. From the remotest islands of the Philippines to worlds financial centers of London and New York Militant Islam is alive. It has entered a new “Golden Age” and is now converting large numbers on all continents. With its rise comes one of the most significant events in world history.
Winston Churchill made the following observation, at the age 25, in 1899:
“How dreadful are the cures which (Islam) lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog…It has already spread throughout Central Africa raising fearless warriors at every step…were it not that Christianity is sheltered…the civilization of modern Europe might fall.”
These words tell of the serious problem that the British and American peoples find themselves in today.
The Bible contains within its pages, prophecy – almost one third of its entirety is devoted to future events. Despite this fact very little has been written concerning Islam with this in mind. It is this, the place of Islam in world events, as foretold in Bible prophecy, that has primed Pastor Alan Campbell produce this vital study. This book will be of great interest to both Christians and non-Christians alike.
The Bible tells us to, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come…”Matthew 24:42. and again in Mark 13:37, the Lord directs, “I say unto all, Watch.” The Word of God tells us to look for the Lord’s return and it gives us a formula, if you like for this. It sets out future events that we might know that it is the Word of the Living God and challenges us to look at history and current events in light of his Words. This is in order, that we might realize that He has a plan for mankind and His creation. His challenge is:
“Remember the former things of old: I am God and there is none else: I am God and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Isaiah 46:9-10.
So look and wait! The Lord has given us this command and know, “there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh know…what shall be in the latter days.” (Daniel 2:28.). It is time to study the Word of God has to say, “shall be in the latter days” – yes, today!
Today, we stand on the edge of the greatest event of all time: the Lords return. Forces, both evil and good are now being mustered – like pieces on a chess-board. The modern mind has learned to pour scorn on such thinking but because it is no longer fashionable to believe such things, does not make it any less true. Bible teacher, Dr. F.J. Huegel said this about our modern disbelief in evil and its plan:
“There is nothing our age so needs as a re-valuation of evil. The force of terrific circumstances which threatens to wreck civilization and which are causing men’s hearts to fail them for fear…demand a fresh investigation of the springs of evil. If in other days it mattered little whether the Biblical definition of evil was taken seriously or not – today I must know, as for never before, the foundation of human welfare are being threatened. The conflict has become so fierce, so maddening, so desperate that – well, one would just like to know who or what it is we are fighting…Is the primary source of evil a super-natural being who hates God and who is bent turning man against Him so he may capture for himself the devotion of men…”
There is a real force of evil at work in the world today. It has a plan and an objective – it is this: its plan of turning mankind from the worship of the God of the Bible to the worship of a false god, this is what we will shine a spotlight on.
Forty years ago, it would have been seen as foolish to predict the reemergence of Islam as a force to be reckoned with, however, the Bible tells us that it will try and resurrect itself – this is what is occurring today
Hilaire Belloc, British historian, writing in, The Great Heresies – 1938, said this on the imprudent belief that Islam was a spent force:
“…it has always seemed to me possible, and even probable, that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between the Christian culture and has been for more than a thousand years its opponents.”
“The suggestion that Islam may re-arise sounds fantastic – but this is only because men are always powerfully affected by the immediate past:- one might say that they are blinded by it…”
“But not so very long ago, less than a hundred years before the Declaration of Independence…Vienna was almost taken and only saved by the…army under the command of the King of Poland…on a date that ought to be among the most famous in history.”
September 11th, 1683.
The current phase in militant Islam had its origin in 1979, with the success of the Islamic revolution in Iran. Ayatollah Khomeini’s supporters’ defeat of the western backed Shah, infused Islam’s new warriors with a belief that the time was right to start preparing the way for a worldwide revolution. The view of the black clad and bearded figure Khomeini, with a detached look thundering out bellicose statements was the first warning of this new age. Khomeini warned the world of the terror to come:
“We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry ‘Allah Akbar’ resounds over the whole world. There will be struggle. There will be Jihad…Islam is the religion of militant individuals…Islam will be victorious in all the countries of the world and Islam and the teachings of the Quran will prevail all over the world …This is the duty that all Muslims must fulfill”
The Ayatollah embarked upon a campaign of reinvigorating militant Islam in the Middle East after a time of extended secularization, which began after the First World War.
After the Defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, Muslim states rejected fundamental Islam and embraced socialist doctrine. Saleh Habibi made the following observations on the falling away:
“They pronounced the word ‘Allah’ every now and then. But that was done out of habit and signified nothing. Prayers were still preformed by most people, but that too was little more than a ritualistic act. Islam was considered decadent and dying and the future was shaped in the West. People had been won over by the idea of having a good life in this world, regardless of the questions that would be asked in the next.”
Iran’s revolution was the beginning of the ended for the westernizes in the Middle East. Johaiman Bin Muhammad at Mecca cried these words concerning the end of pro-western regimes:
“The hour promised by our Prophet – blessed be his soul – when Islam shall triumph over impiety has arrived. I and my brothers have dispatched by the will of the Almighty to put an end to the rule of corrupted, depraved and eternally doomed princelings who have brought shame to Arabia and its Muslim people.”
Others were to join with Khomeini in this new cycle of religious intolerance which started to sweep the world. Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud warned those who might stand in the way of the Islam expansionism in this manner:
“We shall never call for or accept a negotiated peace. We shall only accept war – Jihad – the holy war, We have resolved to drench the lands of Palestine and Arabia with the blood of the infidels or to accept Martyrdom for the glory of Allah.”
Mohammad Abed al-Selam, in his book, Al-Fareda Al-Gaaba, The Missing Commitments, which has become the Jihadist’s handbook, promotes the view that Jihad is the only Islam can fulfill its destiny. A destiny, which is: world domination. He says this, “The Islamic invasion is coming to Rome,” and goes on to tell the reader that in the past Allah used fire, floods and other methods to deal with the infidels. Since the foundation of Islam, however, Allah has ordered the Muslim to take the law into their own hands. It is their duty kill and torture those who are seen as the enemies of Allah.
The founder and Supreme Guide of The Muslim Brotherhood, Shaikh Hassan al-Banna, made the following comment:
“It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”
Islam is in its very nature is uncompromising. The Islamic fundamentalist, Hussein Mussavi said:
“We are not fighting so that the enemy recognizes us and offers us something. We are fighting to wipe out the enemy. We will not take the path of shame.”
Ayatollah Fazl-Allah Mahalati, one of the formulators of the Islamic international terrorist movement, penned these words:
“A believer who sees Islam trampled underfoot and who dose nothing to stop it will end up in the seventh layer of hell. But he who takes up a gun, a dagger, a kitchen knife or even a pebble with which to harm and kill the enemies of the Faith has his place assured in Heaven. An Islamic state is a state of war until the whole world sees and accepts the light of the True Faith.”
There are a number of recurring themes in a lot of the statements from the leaders of Islamic terror: that of world wide domination and all-out war against the unbeliever. Again the words of Shaikh Hassan al-Banna, tell us a lot, “The dagger, poison, the revolver these are the weapons of Islam against its enemies.”
The teaching of Islamic fundamentalism, is quite clear, they are engaged in a holy war and it is the duty of every Muslim to participate in it. One of the saints of Islamic fundamentalism, Sayyed Muhammad Qutb, wrote, “For every one of the believers must fight this war.”
Islamic judge, Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali poured scorn on those who would propagate the view that Islam is a religion of peace that is so prevalent in western political thought. These are his comments:
“Those who are against killing have no place in Islam, Our Prophet killed with his own blessed hands. Our Imam Ali killed more than seven hundred on a single day.”
If further evidence was needed of the violent nature of Islam and its true intentions, the words of Shaikh Morteza Motahari, tell us all we need to know, “Islam is not Christianity. Islam is the religion of agitation, revolution, blood.”
The warning is clear and the intentions of militant Islam are there for all to see. The following statement from Dr. Israr Ahmed, Amir of the Tanzeem, is the bell toll of warning:
“The process of the revival of Islam in different parts of the world is real. A final showdown between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim
world…, will take place soon…prepare yourselves for the coming conflict.”