Friday, June 12, 2009
WHAT IF . . . ?
The following is Part 2 of an ongoing series of posts by Valeria, warrior-woman and TEAM STORMBRINGER spiritual advisor.
The rise of fundamentalist Islam and Jihad-inspired terrorist activities have stirred fear in the hearts of many. To be sure, it is real and prevalent, but grass root stories, little snippets here and there in the news, are proposing something that many find astonishing.
The word is that in spite of harsh persecution, little evangelism or access to Bibles and information, Muslims are converting to Christianity. Amazingly, it is often that these conversions are due to dreams, visions and healings. Because of Scripture and Koranic accounts of God reaching out to people in dreams and visions, many Muslims view dreams and visions as credible links between the seen and unseen world.
It’s hard to find statistical evidence. Because most of this is taking place in countries where the penalty for conversion is death, people are converting and worshiping in secret. Besides personal testimonies published on the internet (on websites and YouTube) or books written once converts have left their country, reports are coming from Muslim clerics and Imams, people who are a part of the infrastructure of Islam.
In 1993 Saudi Sheikh Salman Al-Odeh said Muslims were converting to Christianity in Africa in great numbers. In December of 2001 Saudi cleric Sheikh Ahmad Al Qataani stated in a live interview on Aljazeera satellite television that Muslims were converting to Christianity at the rate of 667 per hour or 16,000 per day. In April 2004, Iranian Shi’ite cleric Hasan Mohmaadi said there are 50 young boys and girls converting to Christianity every hour.
Among the countries where this is happening are Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan.
Interesting times indeed.
“It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” - Joel 2:28-29 (NKJV)