Over the past couple of years, the world has watched with alarm as ISIS and other radical Islamic gangs have loosed a reign of terror, oppression and fear across the Middle East and beyond.
As they have murdered, maimed, destroyed and brought chaos wherever they go, these demonically inspired thugs have declared their goal is nothing less than the reemergence of an iron-fisted Islamic caliphate [state] that will, if not stopped, rule the Middle East and influence the entire Muslim world with a religious extremism that has not been witnessed for centuries. As a former radical Muslim who once embraced such an ideological worldview, I can wholly confirm that this is, indeed, the dark vision that burns in the hearts of fanatical Muslim militants bent on creating a world dominated by Islam. And it is just as ominous and threatening as it sounds.
But there is some great news rising up to counter this threat, and it is this: The Middle East is on fire—ablaze with the all-consuming love of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. Yes, in the midst of the terror and tyranny, the God of the Bible is moving by the power of His Holy Spirit across the Middle East and through the Muslim world. Just as it did in my own heart over 35 years ago, the love of Jesus is ripping apart the veil of darkness that has confined generations of Muslim individuals and families in the bondage of sin, fear and oppression.
The revelation of God’s mercy and love is invading the hearts of untold millions of Muslims, one by one, in a miraculous and spontaneous way, and it’s happening despite the aggressive efforts of religious leaders and Muslim-controlled Middle East governments. It’s not happening through massive evangelistic campaigns sponsored by well-known preachers or through missions groups with million-dollar budgets. Instead, it’s the simple hunger for truth, for freedom—for something more than dead religion and rules that kill—that is causing Muslims across the Middle East and the world to reach beyond despair and hopelessness. And as they reach, God is there, reaching back to touch these precious people with the salvation, healing and hope that can only come through Jesus. (Click to Article)