With the fall of old colonial systems the Muslim countries regained their independence. Since that time Islam has been growing in influence, power and aggressiveness. Today that growth is happening all around the world. In the West Islam is breaking new ground and its growth is exploding.
In Britain, the number of Muslim converts recently passed the 100,000 mark. Government authorities revealed that an increasing number of inmates at British prisons are converting to Islam.
In France, an estimated 70,000 French citizens have converted to Islam in recent years, adding to the 5 million Muslims already in France.
Conversions to Islam are also rife in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain. In Spain, at least 50,000 native Spaniards have converted to Islam in recent years.
In Ireland, Qatar recently donated €800,000 to build a mega-mosque in the city of Cork. Ireland's Muslim population has grown tenfold in 20 years, making Islam the fastest-growing religion in the country. According to the Irish Times, "The Muslim Brotherhood influence constitutes one of the strongest elements of Islam in Ireland."
In Spain, speculation is rife that the massive bullfighting ring in Barcelona known as La Monumental is about to be converted into a mega-mosque.
The Persian Gulf Emirate of Qatar says it plans to invest €50 million ($65 million) in French suburbs that are home to hundreds of thousands of disgruntled Muslim immigrants.
Qatar says its investment is intended to support small businesses in disadvantaged Muslim neighbour-hoods. But Qatar, like Saudi Arabia, subscribes to the ultra-conservative Wahhabi sect of Islam, and critics say the emirate's real objective is to peddle its religious ideology among Muslims in France and other parts of Europe.
The Qatari investments are being targeted in blighted French suburban slums known in France as banlieues, where up to one million or more mostly unemployed Muslim immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East eke out an impoverished existence.
Muslims are using intimidation tactics -- including harassment and even murder -- in an effort to silence free speech in Europe and to impose Islam on the continent.
“Sharia4Belgium” is a radical Muslim organization which denounces democracy and wants to turn Belgium into an Islamic state. The group has established an Islamic Sharia law court in Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium. The objective of the court is to create a parallel Islamic legal system in Belgium that will challenge the state's authority as the enforcer of civil law protections guaranteed by the Belgian constitution.
In France, teachers in schools with a high proportion of Muslim children are being threatened on an almost daily basis by Muslims who object to courses about the Holocaust, the Crusades or evolution, and who demand halal meals and "reject French culture and its values," according to a report published by the French government. Muslims are also trying to silence discussion of events related to Israel and the Palestinians, and American military actions in Muslim countries.
Also, in London, a Christian employee at Heathrow Airport recently was fired for exposing a campaign of systematic harassment by fundamentalist Muslims.
In Sweden, Muslim harassment of Jews has become so commonplace that the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has advised Jews against traveling there.
In the Swedish city of Malmo, Muslim anti-Semitism has become so bad that some 30 Jewish families have left for Stockholm, England or Israel -- and more are preparing to go.
The European Union has offered to host the next meeting of the so-called Istanbul Process, an aggressive effort by Muslim countries to make it an international crime to criticize Islam.
In Denmark, Jesper Langballe, a Danish politician and Member of Parliament, was found guilty of hate speech in December 2010 for saying that honour killings and sexual abuse take place in Muslim families.
Langballe was denied the opportunity to prove his assertions because under Danish law it is immaterial whether a statement is true or false. All that is needed for a conviction is for someone to feel offended.
It is now official US Government policy, that Islam has nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism, and that therefore any examination of the stated motives and goals of Islamic jihad terrorists constitutes “Islamophobia” and must be shunned, as well as punished.
The Arab countries which hold most of the world’s oil are now using their oil wealth to export Islam to the western nations.
The culture of the West is in decline, and the leaders are capitulating to Islam.
In that environment it would seem to be only a matter of time before Islam actually takes over the world and establishes a worldwide Islamic Caliphate.
The Bible has something to say about Islam and its’ future. According to scripture, Islam will soon suffer a tremendous rebuke from the Lord.
1.2 billion Muslims are now making an issue as to who the true God is. Who is the true God, Allah or Jehovah? I believe that Jehovah will soon reveal to the world that He is the true God.
There are two great “last days” wars in which Islam will be decimated.
I have written much lately about these two wars and so I will just summarize.
In the soon coming war, referred to in of Psalm 83, and Ezekiel 35-36, the Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria will be virtually wiped out. It will be evident to the world that this destruction will come from the hand of God. Jehovah will be saying to Islam and the world that He is God and not Allah.
In an even more dramatic fashion, the war that follows the above war will prove to all who have open hearts that Jehovah and not Allah is the true and living God.
We read about the outcome of this war in Ezekiel 39:2, “And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel.” Five out of every six in those Muslim armies that come against Israel in that war will die at the obvious hand of Jehovah. These are Muslim armies that come against Israel to destroy her and to advance the cause of Allah.
There are indications that the homelands of these enemies of Israel will be decimated by the hand of God in the same manner. We read in verse 6, “And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
Notice the purpose of God in this destruction of Israel’s enemies. “So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel” (verse 7). The promotion of Islam and Allah will be terminated by Jehovah in this war.
At that time the rapture will have taken place and God will be without a witness in the world. However, the Lord will give His own witness through the events of this war. “And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 38:21-23).
This will occur very early in the tribulation period. I believe that multitudes of Muslims will come to realize that Allah is not the true God, and that Jehovah is the true God. I suspect that millions of Muslims will come to Christ in the days that follow. They will be numbered among the tribulation saints and martyred for leaving the Islamic religion.
The Lord is going to glorify Himself through the things that transpire in the tribulation period. Sometimes we have the idea that God will just stand by as Satan and his antichrist takeover the world. We fail to realize that God will glorify Himself mightily during that time.
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (Revelation 7:9). We see here a very great number in heaven, a multitude of men and women who have been saved in the tribulation period. “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Verse 13-14).
It would seem that the tribulation period will be a time when perhaps more people will be saved that in all of the church age. Satan will be unleashed to do his worst, but God will triumph and glorify His name.
Whenever it seems that Satan is triumphing, be assured that God is at work and He will turn Satan’s efforts to His own glory. When the sky gets dark, remember, God is about to glorify His wonderful name and bless those who will believe Him and trust Him.