“In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.’“ (Isa 19:21-25)
This is a message that many people, including Christians, are not fully aware of. One day the Islamic world will make a major turn, and thus find themselves spiritually aligned with the nation of Israel. This alignment will not be simply geopolitical. It will be an alignment that brings glory to God Himself.
The upheaval now making its way through the Islamic world, is only the tip of the iceberg. Other elements that must come into play. The Bible speaks of the shaking of the nations. All this is necessary to the second coming of Jesus Christ. The Lord said that when we began to see the dismay among the nations we are to lift up our heads, because our redemption is drawing near. (Cf. Luke 21:25-28)
Since we know certain things are necessary, we need not be caught off guard. We are told beforehand of the things that will take place at the closing of this age. Many are little aware of how exact the story of redemption history is laid out by the Old Testament prophets.
Isaiah – The 5th Gospel
The book of Isaiah is often referred to as the 5th gospel. The primary reason is because in Isaiah’s writings we see awesome prophetic insights into God’s plan of redemption. These predictions are absolutely astonishing. More Jewish people have been brought to Jesus Christ by way of Isaiah 53, than any other Old Testament book. There is no mistaking who Isaiah was talking about.
Isaiah lived 700 years before Christ, and yet he gives exact prophecies in connection with both the first and the second coming of the Lord Jesus. Isaiah spoke of things in eternity passed. He spoke of the times that he lived in, and he set forth how God’s redemption plan would work its way through in the far distant future. His fulfilled prophecies are too far many to try to list in this entry.
Of course Isaiah was not the only prophet of this regard. God gave all His servants of old the prophetic foundation for His plan of redemption. This is why the apostles were instructed to do their work from what had already been written by the prophets. Every prophecy was to have its fulfillment.
The very foundation of the Christian church is based upon what had been revealed to the prophets. The apostles were to take these ancient writings by way of instruction in laying the foundation for the new covenant people of Christ. Paul said we were never to exceed what had been written by the prophets.
“… for through Him [Jesus Christ] we both [Jew and Gentile] have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” (Eph 2:18-22)
I won’t pretend to know how all this plays out. Some things are very clear while other things have to be seen in their time. One thing we do know is that God’s work of redemption began in Jerusalem. It will end in Jerusalem.
The Dome of the Rock (the Golden Dome) is built on the site of the first and the second temple in Jerusalem. It remains the holiest place in Judaism. Yet Israel has no access to the Temple Mount other than to the Western Wall. (Often referred to as the Wailing Wall.)
In the Golden Dome there is written in Arabic, ‘God has no son.’ The world of Islam has labored under a false gospel about Jesus Christ ever since Muhammad began his religion of the sword.
Muhammad perverted the gospel in saying that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God, that His death on the cross had nothing to do with salvation, that Jesus was simply one of the great Messengers (prophets), that Jesus would return, would die, and would be buried.
The greatest need in Islam today is for the Muslim people to hear the true gospel of Jesus. And that is exactly what is happening on a measure that is nothing less than astonishing. Not only are Muslims being exposed to the true testimony of Jesus, but the Lord is appearing to them in dreams and visions.
Jesus is speaking into the very heart of Islam. The turmoil we are seeing in the Muslim world will be played out with the greatest movement of salvation that the world has ever seen.
Islam is Preconditioned …
The world of Islam has been preconditioned for the gospel. While the truth of Jesus Christ has been distorted in the Quran, yet Jesus is highly regarded in the Muslim faith. He is seen both as Messiah and as one of the five great Messengers of God. Of course their idea of Messiah is not that of God Himself revealed in human form.
However, it is in this high regard that the gospel will make powerful inroads into their world. Keep in mind what the apostle said about the gospel of Jesus Christ — “It is the power of God unto salvation.”
The most powerful force on this planet today is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has the power to penetrate into the darkest of human hearts. Just as the Bamboo Curtain has fallen, and the Iron Curtain has fallen, even so the Islamic Curtain will also fall.
Islam is the last vestige in the gospel’s final approach to Jerusalem. Oh yes, there is much more to take place, but everything is moving at a rapid pace. Jesus said that He was going to shorten the days for the sake of God’s people. Perhaps it is time to begin looking up.
As for Jerusalem, here is what the prophet Zechariah said —
Would you like to hear what is happening in the world of Islam? Multiplied millions are coming to receive Jesus Christ as their own Lord and Savior, including imans and former terrorists.
By the way, no one can minister to a Muslim on the level of that a Muslim who has found Jesus. And God is raising up these testifiers by the multiplied numbers.
Please take time for this video, where a Muslim was asked, ‘Who is Jesus?’ (It is lengthy but well worth taking time with.)
In Christ always,