Islamic Aggression: Repeat of History or Prophetic Destiny?
In 632, at the time of Mohammed's death, orthodox Christianity was the overwhelming majority religion in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, North Africa, Corsica, Sicily, Sardinia, Italy, France and Spain. Historian Paul Crawford writes in the next 100 years, Islam had conquered all these countries except Italy, the islands and Northern France. He writes, "The Christian communities of Arabia were entirely destroyed in or shortly after 633, when Jews and Christians alike were expelled from the peninsula. Two-thirds of the formerly Roman Christian world was now ruled by Muslims." Is the current 12 year Western Crusade aiding a repeat of history and what does it mean prophetically?
In the Spring 2011 edition of the Intercollegiate Review, Crawford tackles the "Four Myths about the Crusades." He says that the Crusades were not unprovoked, as is taught by history revisionists. Crawford documents that the surviving central secular authority in the Christian world, the Byzantine Empire, along with the popes counter attacked Islam to regain their land and to protect "victimized Christians." These battles, according to Crawford, continued from 633 through 1095 when the First Crusade began under Pope Urban II and Byzantine leaders. The Crusades, Crawford concludes, were the result of Islamic aggression that forced out Christianity and threatened nations and governments.
Fast forward to present day. Aside from the days following the establishment of Israel as a nation in May 1948, the Six Day war in 1967, and the 1972 Yom Kippur War, Islamic aggression experienced an accelerated rebirth with Yassir Arafat and the Islamic/Arab/Russian support of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. It has fully blossomed into an all out assault on Western nations and Israel through Muslim Brotherhood supported terrorism--al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and more. At the same time, terrorist leaders, dressed as diplomats, have played the "peace, peace, Islam is a religion of peace" card.
US forays into Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, and now Egypt and Libya have done little to defeat terrorism, but rather established Islamist reign through the credibility of democracy. Christians that study Biblical eschatology know the example of Ezekiel 38:2-6, where every nation mentioned coming against Israel in the end time battle is currently Islamic. 2 John 7 says, "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." Islamic aggression is prophecy on the march. American leadership is accelerating the cadence. Unless We the People act to halt America's involvement, the outcome for our particular nation is bleak.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!Bill Wilson