An interesting email appeared in my in box the other day. It set me to exploring in a slightly different direction things that looks to constitute a major quandary in trying to understand certain prophecies, juxtaposed against realities of these strange times.
The emailer–Dan—put his queries this way: “I do have one question that I have asked many, but to date no answer. I am still wondering how under the New World Order, led by the revived Roman Empire, [is the rising of the Islamic threat to Israel and the rest of the world going to be squelched]? Is this part of the “Covenant” that the Beast will confirm after the Rapture, or does a PS 83-type war need to take place first?”
–A couple of very good, and most relevant question, to be sure…
We have only to think about how Islam has made inroads into Western Europe–and, in fact, into this nation–to understand the seeming insurmountable problem the world faces with that religion, as implicit within Dan’s email queries. Only twelve short years ago, America was viciously attacked by the same religious zeal that over the years since has set our hourly news headlines ablaze. More than 3,000 people, the majority of them U.S. citizens, were forced to jump or be burned alive in the towering infernos, or die where they were on the hijacked planes and in the Pentagon, when nineteen Muslims carried out the orders of Osama bin Laden on America’s most tragic day in history.
Yet Islam is like a protected species adopted by the leftist do-gooders of the eco-freak sorts who think humankind should–except for them, I suppose–be eliminated, so that Mother Earth can return to her pristine condition. It is the same perverted, intolerant mindset that says it is the right thing to do to marginalize Christianity because Christians are intolerant, while embracing a religion whose “holy” book demands that all who will not bow the knee to Allah are legitimate targets for elimination by the most heinous methodologies available.
The Obama administration and its slavish mainstream media–both news and entertainment—have done all they can to try to convince us that Islam is a “religion of peace.” We have seen the president and his underlings go to extreme absurdities to blame anyone and everyone except Islamist terrorists for their dastardly deeds. We remember vividly the Benghazi murder of the American ambassador and some genuine American heroes, and the totally disproved claim by the White House and State Department that it was an anti-Mohammed YouTube video that caused a spontaneous riot, thus incited the good people of the area to commit the murders. That episode serves as prime example.
An insanity of sort pervades the minds of those who continue to insist that Islam asserts no threat to civilization, and that if we just embrace that religion, whose adherents refuse to assimilate, and who rather create enclaves within our own republic ruled by sharia law, they will love and accept us as fellow Americans and live at peace with the world. The truth is that the best thing one can say about that belief system is that at least you have a choice: bow the knee to Allah or die.
So, to get back to my emailer’s question. “How under the New World Order, led by the revived Roman Empire, [is the rising of the Islamic threat to Israel and the rest of the world going to be squelched]? Is this part of the “Covenant” that the Beast will confirm after the Rapture, or does a PS 83-type war need to take place first?”
The title of this commentary is “Why Islam Might Buckle.” Therefore, one can—correctly–presume that I infer that this unyielding religious system that harbors at its spiritually black center the murderous terrorism with which we are all too familiar will succumb to outside forces, or by implosion. It appears at this particular moment in history that such a thing as Islam buckling to any sort of pressure short of being defeated in war is nearly an impossibility. It is on the march across the Middle East, and around the world. The very civilization it wants to behead if their victims don’t bow the knee seems blind to the dangers of the scimitar-wielding juggernaut.
Will it be a Psalms 83 war that will cause Islam to buckle–to cease to be a threat? My own thoughts include the belief that Psalms 83 is an imprecatory prayer, not a prophesied war. It is a plea by the chosen people for the Lord to vanquish their immediately surrounding enemies (enemies within the Mideast region). It is a plea that I believe will be answered by God when He destroys all but one-sixth of the Gog-Magog forces who attack, according to Ezekiel, chapters 38-39.
I know all of the arguments presented by the growing numbers who believe Psalms 83 will be an actual war. If I’m wrong, I will profusely apologize for not seeing it coming. I have considered all of the thinking by those such as my good friend Bill Salus–who is an absolutely brilliant thinker and writer, in my estimation. However, I must listen to the inner voice speaking to my own spirit. I simply can’t see Psalms 83 as a war, but as a prayer that will soon be answered when God decimates Russia, Iran, and “many people with thee” (Ezekiel 38:6).
That said, I do believe that the Gog-Magog war will effectively eliminate Islam as any future threat–will take it off the table of war-making.
But, there is one other thought I would like to interject that could, in my thinking, cause Islam to buckle, as my article’s title would have it. God will send “strong delusion,” He says as recorded in 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2. This will happen post-Rapture. The Holy Spirit will withdraw as restrainer of evil. The minds of mankind–of all races and belief systems–will be open to unimaginable influences from Satan and his minions during that most horrible of times in history.
It is my belief that Islamists will be “deluded,” if you want to term it as such. That is, even the minds of Satan’s own religious deception will be profoundly affected by the delusion of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, thus will be easily persuaded to go along with Antichrist and allow the rebuilding of the Jewish temple atop Mount Moriah.
Certainly, anything that could change the mindset of the imams of Islam would necessitate supernatural action of the most profound sort. God’s prophetic Word says that just such profound, supernatural action is forthcoming!
One thing sure… Islam will one day buckle.
Terry, I believe your explanation of P83, is “spot-on”. And “Thank-You!, Dan for your insightful question. Have wondered about P83, for many years.
What is your interpretation of:
Revelation 20:7-8 “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”
This verse seems to define “Gog and Magog” as “the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth” – whose number is as the sand of the sea.
This seems, in my mind, to define “Gog and Magog” as all nations, Gentile, of the world other than Israel as opposed to only Russia, which I’ve traditionally read as being Gog and Magog.
Thanks in advance for your kind and wise opinion.
Like much of prophetic description given in God’s Word, this portion is a bit nebulous in terms of indicating a specific geographical area.
Gog is thought to be a demonic spirit that pervades a region such as when it influences the leader of the Magog forces of Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39. The leader is thus called “Gog,”the demonically influenced chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (probably the area of present day Russia,) who has an evil thought.
It seems that Gog and Magog, in the case of this final attack Satan makes after his release from his 1000 year imprisonment, is used symbolically as influencing the whole of fallen humanity to follow the devil to their destruction.
Thanks again Terry for such a prompt and well reasoned reply!
Terry, great article! I agree with your assessment of Ps 83 not being a war and I also agree that the strong delusion of 2 Thess 2 will cause the religions of the world to merge into one. Clearly Islam as we now know it will have to change but I do expect the merged one-world religion of the Tribulation to incorporate a lot of the characteristics of today’s Islam because they are/will be inspired by the same Enemy of God.
It is interesting to note the parallels between what Muslims expect for the end-times and Revelation. It is strikingly similar with the Muslims expecting a religious leader calling himself Jesus causing the apostate Christians to worship the Islamic Messiah who will unite the world under his religion. Of course the Muslims don’t think that these two characters will be the False Prophet and Antichrist of Revelation but this helps us see how such a strong delusion might unite the world under one religion.
Terry ~ Has Every Bible Prophecy been fulfilled now before the Rapture?
Or is there more prophecies to be fulfilled ?
There is no prophecy that must be fulfilled before the Rapture occurs. It can happen at any moment.
The totalitarian spirit of Islam reveals clearly Satan’s personality,
as communism also does.
Both are ideologies, that is systems of ideas.
They are non-physical but nevertheless manifestations of a personality,
that is an ideology is a person, human or superhuman.
As a person thinks in his heart so is he. As Proverbs xxiii : 7 teaches.
The extreme atheism of communism
the extreme religiousness of Islam
are both personality manifestations of Satan, since both hate JESUS.
An examination of their ideas show no place for compassion.
In the course of their deluding mankind, they can ebb and flow,
and at times even mercilessly fight each other.
But it’s only a case of Satan not letting
his right hand know what his left hand is doing,
so as to perfect the delusion crafted by a single mind.
Ordinary unbelievers, no disciples of either bloodthirsty faith,
turn to despair and conclude that there is No GOD,
and that this life is all that there is,
and there is no good or evil since everything is relative.
As expressed in
the poem “The City Of Dreadful Night” by James Thomson,
“Good tidings of great joy for you, for all : There is no God …”
and “Mind At The End Of Its Tether” the last work by H.G. Wells,
the lifelong free thinker who ended in despair over the failure of
Yet these apostles of nihilism are lauded by the GOD-hating intellectuals who prefer to be ruled by Nimrod rather than by THE SON OF GOD.
And we can hardly say they are ignoramuses.
And this plays perfectly into Satan’s hands in grooming his grotesque
messiah, the anti-CHRIST.
Who will do away with both ideologies.
Replacing them with his own totalitarianism.