At the end of each year I like to review what has occurred over the last twelve months, and how these events have impacted Bible prophecy. I do this as a refresher so I can see how end-time events are progressing.
In my first Nearing Midnight article of 2015, I warned about the rising tide of radical Islam in France and the anti-Semitism that has a direct connection to the growing population of Muslims in France. The 400,000 Jews in that nation are now outnumbered by Muslims by around 15 times.
Two weeks after we published that article, the attack against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo took place. European leaders expressed shock and outrage. There was a huge rally to honor the 17 victims of Islamic terror. “Today, Paris is the capital of the world,” said French President Francois Hollande. “Our entire country will rise up toward something better.”
France did not become a better place. Months later came a much larger attack. Eight Islamic terrorists stormed into popular bars and restaurants in the French capital and murdered 130 people. I expect more attacks in the future because most people refuse to deal with the obvious fact that there is something deeply wrong with the Muslim faith.
While Islam’s image in 2015 has been that of Teflon, the general view toward Jews would have to be classified as Velcro; every new accusation made against them sticks. The current mounting hatred against Israel seems like a replay of the anti-Semitism of the 1930s. One of the most shocking trends is the growing number of people who claim the Holocaust was a lie, and Hitler wasn’t such a bad guy after all. Continue……