False prophecy files: the Islamisation of Europe

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Not long after the 9/11, prophecies about the Islamisation of Europe began to circulate in the Charismatic Church. Recently, they have gained more momentum because of the immigration crisis. 

For example, Walid Shoebat writes that Muslim invasion of Europe was predicted by medieval saints, and it is now happening.  Jihad Watch predicts the collapse of Europe due to the Muslim migrants.  In my article Fact-Checking the Rape of Europe I deal with David Hathaway’s prophecy that makes the claim that the EU is the prostitute of Revelation 17, riding on the Beast of Islam–which will eventually rape it.

Apparently, these prophecies are supported by demographic trends. Two years ago, Pew Research Center forecast that by 2050, the world Muslim population will nearly match Christians by 2050.  Now they forecast that Islam will overcome Christianity to become the most popular religion in the world by 2070, with migration seeing a surge in Europe and America's Muslim population. 

I have always had a problem with these prophecies, perhaps because they always seem to focus on what the devil will be doing, but they never seem to bring any awareness of what God is doing. But aren't prophets meant to be 'friends of God'? Aren't they the ones who are supposed to know what God is doing? 

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Now, it seems that although there has been an influx of Muslim migrants to Europe, large numbers of them have become rather disillusioned of their faith, and they are now converting to Christianity in large numbers. 

In Finland, the national broadcaster reports that large number of asylum-seekers are getting baptised. These people are from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Iran. This is not due to trying to influence the decision on their refugee status, as it really has no impact on it, and many of the converts are scared because of their families. But many also return to their homeland as Christians after a negative decision. I hear similar reports from other parts in Finland.

The Guardian reports that ‘A growing number of Muslim refugees in Europe are converting to Christianity, according to churches, which have conducted mass baptisms in some places.’

At Trinity Church in the Berlin suburb of Steglitz, the congregation has grown from 150 two years ago to almost 700, swollen by Muslim converts, according to Pastor Gottfried Martens. Earlier in 2016, churches in Berlin and Hamburg reportedly held mass conversions for asylum seekers at municipal swimming pools.

The Independent reports of large number of conversions in Germany. Express also reports on the same topic. Christian Post writes that baptism more than double in Austria despite Muslim threats. A local paper reports of conversions in Oldham. 

There are many similar reports in the media, and undoubtedly, some of the same stories get repeated in the different articles. Nevertheless, this is a real phenomenon.

What is fascinating that many of these churches are traditional churches, which have been rather empty for a long time.  Undoubtedly, there are some Muslims in this group who think that converting would help them to gain asylum, but that would be a small percentage, mainly as converting can be dangerous, even in Europe. 

It seems to me that most of these ‘prophecies’ are simply based on population growth projections, fears caused by Islamic terrorism and watching the news. But they don’t factor in what God is planning to do–for a more positive take on what God might be doing in Europe, please read my prophecy on 30 years of reformation in Europe

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Marko Joensuu has worked for over sixteen years in the publishing and media ministries of Kensington Temple. He is an author, publisher and screenwriter.
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