PART II – THE TIP OF THE SPEAR
[Pray for the Muslims here and overseas, trapped in darkness. Pray that our Father will call them into a relationship with Him and that they will become our brothers and sisters.] “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2Peter 3:9)
Islam is a jailer for those trapped in its clutches. It is a weapon against the kaffir – or unbeliever in Islam, the religion of Allah. I am friendly with a man from a south Asian country who has been used by God to bring many, many to Christ. [I am talking hundreds of thousands. He has founded thousands of churches. [I am purposely being vague.] His is a predominantly Muslim nation and because it is he has suffered much – at the hands of family and mobs and terrorists. He’s been beaten, wrongly jailed and left for dead on several occasions – all for the cause of Christ. And with each persecution the Church grows. But the persecution does not stop. His churches have been bombed and burned. His tormentors feel it a duty to stamp out the Christian Faith. There is no diversity in Muslim dominated lands. Yet we here in the West embrace diversity, even if the ‘diverse’ bring an ideology and a culture that is bent on tearing down our own. We see the pastors that are imprisoned in Iran and Turkey. Try being a Christian in Saudi Arabia. In Egypt, churches are bombed. Christians are being forced from large portions of the Middle East. And there’s historical precedent for it. Unlike Christianity, Islam spread its faith by the sword. It was just the method that was used. Dr Mudar Zahran is a Jordanian Palestinian – and now an immigrant to the UK. He remains a Muslim. And he makes a few points that are startling considering the source. “The political violence of the Bible was for that particular historical time and place.… The political violence of the Koran is eternal and universal.” He points to the history of Europe. It took Spain 650 years to regain their independence from the Moors. Battles were fought in Tours and twice over Vienna to finally vanquish the Islamic power. Constantinople did not fare so well, being conquered by the Ottomans in 1453, ending the Byzantine Empire and the city became Istanbul.
Pastor Michael Youssef is an Egyptian-born American clergyman out of Atlanta. He too, offers some interesting insights on the subject. Youssef believes that millions of Muslims hold to the view that they have a religious duty to dominate the world’s religious and political systems. [In Islam there is Dar al-Islam, (the Muslim sphere of influence) – and Dar al-Harb, (the lands of the infidels) or ‘field of war.’ The struggle, the jihad, must go on until all are Muslim or under Muslim rule.] In his latest book, Michael Youssef refers to Islamists as “Barbarians.” He is not writing for the shock value but being very specific. “The Islamists – Muslims who seek to restructure all governments and all of society in accordance with the laws of Islam – are cultural chauvinists who see Islam’s Sharia law as vastly superior to Western secular law. They believe a totalitarian Islamic culture would be infinitely superior to the free societies of Western civilization, which are based on Judeo-Christian values. They seek the destruction of Western civilization, and that makes them – by definition – barbarians.” Yousef too, sees the weaponization of immigration. “Nations such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar are major sponsors of the expansionist, fundamentalist Wahhabi-Salafi school of Islam. Using refugees as an invasion strategy suits their purposes. There is an Islamic tradition – going back to the time of Islam’s founder, Muhammad – known as hijrah, which literally means ‘migration. To this day, hijrah is one of the chief strategies for expanding Islam into other nations. Moving into a new land to spread Islam is viewed as an act of self-sacrifice that Allah will reward, according to the Quran. Many Muslim asylum-seekers in Europe and America just want to escape persecution and war. But there can be no doubt that much of the Muslim migration is an act of hijrah – sometimes called ‘jihad by migration.”[ii] But the Europe that resisted Muslim invasion and threw off the Islamic hordes is no more. Oh, there are pockets – in Hungary and Poland and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. But the spirit of Old Europe has been drained. Looking at the situation back in 2015, Dr Zahran warned that the refugees were not who they seemed to be. About 1.5 million refugees came to Germany that year, adding to an already robust Islamic presence there. They came, he said, for the generous welfare system; just as they came to other well-off European countries. He describes what is happening as the “soft Islamic conquest of the West.” [It is conquest through immigration. I call it the tip of the spear.] Zahar believes many millions more will be coming in the next several years. Many of those already there are military-aged men and veterans of the Syrian conflict. And there are already many terrorists among them. “I can authoritatively confirm – I have photos, I have images, I have pictures, I have names of terrorists who actually are already in Europe posting their photos in Europe on Facebook.” He watches the Old Europeans surrender their culture. They seem to be doing it almost willingly. There are no-go zones and areas with Sharia law and German schoolgirls being told to dress according to Sharia standards and “migrants turning their free housing into a garbage dump.” What’s most dangerous is that they live in communities that have no intention of assimilating into what remains of European culture. Dr Zahran has offered a solution. “We need to send those people [the Muslim migrants] home. I’m not talking only about those yet to come; I’m talking about those who are already there [in Europe] — they can always be sent home.… I am completely against making this situation permanent.”[i]
Dr Peter Hammond explains how this works. When the Muslim population is under 2% there is general peace. After that the pressure to goes up in stages. “As the Muslim population reaches 2% to 5%, they begin to recruit from ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, within prisons and street gangs….From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food” and increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature such food on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply…When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions.” He went on to reference the car burnings in Paris. “Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.” From there it ramps up in stages to chronic terror, persecution and the weaponization of Sharia law.[iii]
But immigration leading to a gradual accretion of power is not the only tool in the box. Many elements within Islam believe that military conquest will lead to the ascendance of Islam to the pinnacle of power. Ensconced in Islamic beliefs is that their messiah, the Mahdi will arise out of a time of chaos. His mission will be to first to unite the Muslim world and then to unite the world with the sword. He will lead victorious armies that will conquer Jerusalem, while ruling the entire globe and hunting down and killing Jews and Christians. This will be followed by a Messianic reign under the Mahdi, who will triumph in a struggle with evil in the form of Yajuj and Majuj. This is the Islamic version of the Gog / Magog struggles described in Ezekiel 38 & 39. Many Muslims believe that we are now living in the time leading up to the end of the age. Their traditions tell them that this will be a period of struggle with West and with Israel. Violent Jihad is the natural outworking of this philosophy.[iv]
Then there is Mohammed’s prophecy of the conquest of Rome. In the Hadith, Islam’s second holiest scripture, a prophecy of Mohammed is found that Islam would first conquer Constantinople and then Rome. This is taken quite seriously by Islamists. Back in 2003, Osama Bin Laden declared: “Servants of the Cross, expect defeat, the Muslims will conquer Rome as they conquered Constantinople.” Imams from the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia confirm their belief that Muslim control of Rome is inevitable. One Sudanese Sheikh summarized the belief. “The prophet spoke of the conquest of Rome. Islam will spread and Rome will be conquered.”[v] This is an article of faith in Islamic circles. The head of the Saudi Defense Academy said: “We will control the land of the Vatican; we will control Rome and introduce Islam in it.” Commentator Aymon de Albatrus puts this in perspective. “And they may very well do that, a small A bomb in a suitcase would not be too difficult for an Islamic suicide terrorist to take to Rome so to claim his 72 perpetual virgins. Incidentally the Saudi from the 70’s have gifted trillion of petro-dollars to built mosques all over the world, the biggest in Europe is in Rome, next to the Vatican, holding over 30,000 people. Mosques are none other that military outposts (foothold) in the enemy’s land of infidels, that is, us.[vi]
The conquest of the West however may not require much in the way of military action. The West – and Europe in particular – is cooperating in its own demise. And that’s where we’ll go next time.
[i] Selwyn Duke, Muslim Refugee Warns: This Is the “Islamic Conquest of the West,” The New American, October 16, 2015
[ii] Paul Strand, The West Can’t Really Believe Islamists Mean to Conquer the World, CBN, May 15, 2017
[iii] Mark Ellis, How Islam progressively takes over countries, God Reports, September 23, 2015
[iv] Jihad, Apocalypse, and Anti-Semitism, An Interview with Richard Landes, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 1, 2004
[v] Islam Wants to Convert Rome, Arutz Sheva, March 10, 2015
[vi] Aymon de Albatrus, Will Islam conquer Europe?, viewed June 4, 2018