By Nathan Jones
The previous article in this series analyzed the first part of Geert Wilders speech to the Hudson Institute in New York on September 25, 2008. In his article, Mr. Wilders' warns that his native Netherlands and Europe overall is being taken over by Islamic immigration. As a call of alarm, he created a short documentary called Fitna, using just the Koran, news stories and Islam's own practices to make people aware of what living under Islam would be like.
Mr. Wilders' speech is full of references that Bible prophecy students can recognize. The second part of his speech will be analyzed here. For the full speech text, visit the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy website.
"Our many problems with Islam cannot be explained by poverty, repression or the European colonial past, as the Left claims. Nor does it have anything to do with Palestinians or American troops in Iraq. The problem is Islam itself.
Allow me to give you a brief Islam 101. The first thing you need to know about Islam is the importance of the book of the Quran. The Quran is Allah's personal word, revealed by an angel to Mohammed, the prophet. This is where the trouble starts. Every word in the Quran is Allah's word and therefore not open to discussion or interpretation. It is valid for every Muslim and for all times. Therefore, there is no such a thing as moderate Islam. Sure, there are a lot of moderate Muslims. But a moderate Islam is non-existent.
The Quran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder, and terrorism. The Quran calls for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, to terrorize non-Muslims and to fulfil their duty to wage war: violent jihad. Jihad is a duty for every Muslim, Islam is to rule the world — by the sword. The Quran is clearly anti-Semitic, describing Jews as monkeys and pigs.
The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behaviour is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages — at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. He advised on matters of slavery, but never advised to liberate slaves. Islam has no other morality than the advancement of Islam. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad. There is no gray area or other side.
Quran as Allah's own word and Mohammed as the perfect man are the two most important facets of Islam. Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means 'submission'. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.
This is what you need to know about Islam, in order to understand what is going on in Europe. For millions of Muslims the Quran and the life of Mohammed are not 14 centuries old, but are an everyday reality, an ideal, that guide every aspect of their lives. Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran."
The generations since World War II in the Western world haven't had to deal with a totalitarian ideology like Islam, and so doesn't understand its mentality. Whether people "get it" because they understand Islam and its bloody history, or not because of their multicultural all-embracing ideology and/or ignorance of Islam's agenda, much of the Western free world still lives in great fear of Islamic takeover.
The resulting reaction to the threat of takeover follows two responses. The first recognizes the threat and speaks out against it, like Geert Wilders has. The other appeases Islam in an attempt to convince its members to give up their militant ideology and become equal members in the family of nations, like most of the liberal Western leadership has resorted to.
History proves the latter's response cannot possibly succeed, though. Islam uses the open-arms-embracing multiculturalism to get its foot in the door and then implements its strategy for takeover. The latter's embracing mentality always results in its own conquest due to the sheer forcefulness of the totalitarian mindset.
Since the free world seems frighteningly liberal and appeasing to Islam, and since appeasement always is followed by conquest, Islam certainly seems poised to conquer the world. But, is that what Bible prophecy says will happen?
Psalm 83 prophesies that Israel will conquer their surrounding hostile Islamic neighbors. And, Ezekiel 38 & 39 prophesies that Russia and the remaining Middle East nations will ally and mount a titanic offensive against Israel. At a population ratio of 662 to 1, Israel should have no chance. But, God will personally intervene so the nations will know that He is the LORD (Ezek. 39:7). The slaughter of the Russian/Islamic army will be so complete that it will take Israel 7 months to bury the dead (Ezek. 39:12), and the equipment and fuel left will supply Israel during the 7 years of the Tribulation (Ezek. 39:9).
Islam cannot then press forward with world conquest as its strength based in the Middle East will be lost due to those crushing defeats occuring before the Tribulation begins. Islam will have experienced a defeat so overwhelming and so humiliating that the eyes of millions of Muslims will be opened to the fact that Allah is a false god. At that point their hearts will be opened to the true God — a God of loving kindness who came to this earth and died for the sins of mankind. With Islam disillusioned and Christianity raptured, only Judaism will stand as the major opponent to the Antichrist and his own personal religion during the Tribulation.