(Updated on 7-29-2014)
The rise of Islam over the last few decades coupled with the Muslim Brotherhood's takeover in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and other Muslim countries should alert us that our world is changing and not for the better. And as we have seen with ISIS and their blitzkrieg across Syria and Iraq, the brutality, violence, rape, torture, and destruction of Muslims, who follow the demonic teachings of the Koran and the example of Muhammad, is only getting worse. The Lord Jesus gave us some signs of the end of the age, "Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:" (Luke 21:8-10).
The Greek word here for "commotions" is akatastasia and is defined as instability, disorder, confusion, and tumult. Therefore, seeing this unprecedented instability and upheaval in these Islamic nations in the so-called Arab Spring and the attempt by ISIS to form the Islamic Caliphate from Iraq, we can safely say that the Lord's prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes. And these Muslim revolutions have not brought more peace and freedom in the Middle East. Instead, violence against their OWN people and the Christians and Jews that live in these Muslim countries. Their hatred toward Israel and their determination to drive ALL the Jews in Israel into the sea has increased under the influence of this Islamic "revival."
Furthermore, the civil war in Syria, Hamas firing rockets into Israel from Gaza, Hezbollah threatening Israel from southern Lebanon, and Iran feverishly working to build several nuclear weapons in order to "wipe Israel off the map" and Israel's vow to keep that from happening, only ensures that a major war between Israel and her Muslim enemies is on the horizon. In fact, I believe that this present war in Gaza was prophesied in the book of Amos as we see Israel destroying Hamas' terror tunnels, command centers, weapons caches, and even their power grid. The prophet Amos said, "Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom: But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof: And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD" (Amos 1:6-8). And this is also what may bring on the Psalm 83/Ezekiel 38-39 war where the Arab nations unite to destroy Israel.
If you that that is a far-fetched idea, the so-called "moderate" Muslim president of a Malaysian rights group called for all Muslim countries to unite and attack Israel:
1. “Perkasa wants all Muslim countries to attack Israel,” Kashmir Watch, Jul 26, 2014. Perkasa wants all Muslim countries to attack Israel
2. KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim countries all over the world must combine forces and attack the “crazy Zionists” in Israel, said Datuk Ibrahim Ali.
3. The president of Malay rights group Perkasa said every time there was an attack on Palestine, all Muslims worldwide did was pray, criticise and hold demonstrations.
4. “Those who can do something are leaders of Muslim nations, like all the kings, Presidents and Prime Ministers.
5. “The numbers are huge. Assemble all the strength and together with OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation), attack the cruel Israeli Zionists,” he said in a statement.
6. He added Muslims should also send protest notes to the United States, which is the “mastermind” behind Israeli Zionists.
7. He added that Allah was testing the leaders of Muslim countries and not just the suffering Palestinians.
8. “Put together all your armies and weapons from Muslim countries and just attack the crazy Zionists and pray to Allah.”
As crazy as all this sounds, this is what God foretold would happen in the last days just prior to His second coming. This is what the Lord Jesus, the prophet Ezekiel, and the prophet Asaph in Psalms foretold would happen in the last days:
"A Song or Psalm of Asaph. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:" (Psalm 83:1-9).
"And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled" (Luke 21:20-22).
"Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (Russia): And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters (Turkey), and all his bands: and many people with thee (Lebanon & Syria). Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:" (Ezekiel 38: 3-10).