The prophetic scriptures give us two very improbable scenarios. They give us two scenarios that seem to be an absolute impossibility in this present hour.
The first scenario painted in the prophetic scriptures for the Last Days of the Last Days is a worldwide Peace Agreement.
The second scenario given in the prophetic scriptures for the Last Days, is a Worldwide Church that claims allegience to Christ, such as is now represented in what we term all of christendom. This scenario describes a great apostasy that will sweep over all of christendom. That Apostate Church is referred to in Revelation seventeen as the Harlot or Whore. It receives the term Harlot or Whore because of its unfaithfulness to its Head, Jesus Christ, its denial of Christ.
Today nothing would seem so improbable as the denial of Christ by all of Christendom.
Today in one single news item, we are presented with a scenario in which both of these improbabilities are presented as a possibility.
The following news Item from "The Times" appeared under the caption, "The Future Of Mankind Depends On Us Making Peace, Muslims Tell Pope" The story goes on to say, the survival of the world is at stake if Muslims and Christians do not make peace with each other, leaders of the Muslim World told the Pope and other Christian Leaders.
This statement places the survival of the world in the hands of the church. It is a peace proposal with a threat, the world will not survive unless the church meets the conditions being imposed by Islam.
The subjects of the proposal are, on one side, 138 leading scholars from every branch of Islam, these scholars signed this open letter.
The open letter, was addressed to the Pope, the Orthodox Patriarchs, the Archbishop of Cantebury, Dr. Rowan Williams, and leaders of "Christian Churches everywhere" - it is expected to be followed by a Joint Conference.
There are two conditions that the church must meet to obtain peace for the world.
First, the Muslim scholars stated: "As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them - (First Condition) so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes.
This is an obvious reference to Israel and the Palestinians, whom they allege that Israel has made war with and driven them out of their homes in Israel, and will not allow them to return to Israel. That is the first condition for World Peace and the Church is being charged with the responsibility of solving this problem.
These Islamic Leaders are trying to manipulate all of Christendom to take up the cause of the Palestinians against Israel and America, All in the name of the survival of the world.
That first condition will have the effect of causing the church to do what the Book of Revelation says the church will do. It will unite the church and government in a quest to bring peace to the world. Rev. 17:3
The second condition for world peace, we see,as the letter continues, "The Muslims plead with Christian Leaders to come together with us on the common essentials of our two religions."
This is an appeal to Monotheism, if Christianity will agree that there is only one God, unity and peace is possible.
The Bishop of Rochester, Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, an expert on Islam, criticized the letter, saying the appeal was based on the Muslim belief in the oneness of God. He added one partner cannot dictate the terms,in which a dialogue must be conducted.
The letter is indirectly calling for the rejection of the Deity of Christ. We see on the horizon a scenario in which the church would hold to Christ as a Great Teacher, a Great Prophet, and a Great Man, but not Divine. That would be the Great Apostasy in the Last Days , the church denying the Lord she had professed to follow.
The result of these two concessions by Christendom would bring the cessation of all hostilities and effect a great Peace Agreement that would sweep the world with a euphoria of peace,(l Thess. 5:3, Dan. 9:27) resulting in worldwide disarmament.
The Antichrist (The Mahdi in Muslim Eyes) would appear on the scene to fascilitate the whole scenario.
Some indication of the churches' willingness to respond to this Muslim initiative is seen in the response of the Archbishop of Cantebury, Dr. Rowan Williams, he said: "the letters understanding of the Unity of God provides an opportunity for Christians and Muslims to explore together their distinctive understandings of the ways in which these mold---our lives" These are code words for "let's talk about this proposition."
The whole last days' scenario of a World Church in union with a World Government to bring about a World Peace, is fast taking shape.
There is one thing that must take place prior to this Peace Treaty, the church must be raptured. 2 Thess. 2:3. It seems like the Trumpet is soon to sound, ARE YOU READY?
I do not believe Christianity and Islam will enter into a union, but into an arrangement for peace, Islam wil be disallusioned with this arrangement and will be destroyed in the battle of Ezek. 38&39. I believe this wiil take place early in the tribulation period, and Islam will be no more.