In the not-so-distant future, when the extremist Muslims invade and conquer Europe in World War 3, Christians will be sorely oppressed. Muslims will have every advantage in the occupied nations during and especially after the war. And all the positions of power and influence, in politics and economics, will go to Muslims. But some faithful Muslims, in that situation, will surreptitiously help Christians, keeping them from worse suffering, helping them avoid harsh punishments for violating unjust laws, and the like. There will be many cases during and after the war, when Christians will be helped by moderate peaceful Muslims, who love God and neighbor, even while extremist Muslims are committing atrocities.
So we Christians should not consider all Muslims to be the same. We should remember that God’s grace never fails to bear fruit. And so certainly there are many Muslims who are in a state of grace, and who are therefore children of God by true spiritual adoption.
Now after the first part of the tribulation, there will be a time of peace and holiness and rebuilding (2040’s AD). But after about 25 years (per Mary’s words at La Salette), the world will begin to slip back into grave sins. Little by little the world will become ever more sinful, and at the same time, the world will reject Christianity, to an ever-increasing extent. After a few hundred years, the world will have gradually arrived at a near total rejection of Christ and the Church: “And you will be hated by all nations for the sake of my name.” [Mt 24:9].
At that time, there will be only three religions in the world: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. But over the course of time, Christianity will have become the smallest of the three. For the Catholic Christian Church will retain the true faith, through Her three pillars of truth: Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium. But the sinful world does not tolerate truth.
Then Judaism will be the second largest religion of the three, though only a small percentage of the world’s population will be Jewish. For Judaism is a true religion established by God, and the Jews will retain the truths of Sacred Scripture, to some extent. Not having a Magisterium, they will be more prone to adapt their beliefs to those of sinful secular society. And therefore, their religion will be less hated by the sinful world.
But Islam will become the religion with the most followers worldwide, in that future time. For Islam does not have the Tradition, Scripture, and Magisterium of Catholic Christianity, to use to resist the false teachings of the world. So the Muslim religion will, unfortunately, become largely adapted to that future culture and society. And as a result, it will be the least hated of the three great monotheistic religions.
Thus, Islam will become the most popular religion by far throughout the world. Judaism will be only a distant second, and Christianity will be a still more distant third. So when Christians are persecuted and oppressed in the distant future, at times faithful Muslims will come to their aid (being less oppressed and having more influence than Christians).
Even so, the sinful world, especially in the distant future, will hate all true religion and will treat all believers with contempt and denigration. Therefore, the vast majority of the population will not adhere to any religion — until the Antichrist arrives to gather all unrepentant sinners into his false religion. So when, finally, the Antichrist takes control of nearly the whole world, all faithful Muslims, Jews, and Christians will recognize him as evil and will oppose him.
And at that time, all faithful believers in the one true God will have to help one another, lest they all be destroyed by their common enemy. And since there will be many more Muslims than Jews and Christians put together, we will need much help from our Muslim brothers and sisters.
So, faithful Muslims will play an important role, in the future, in helping Christians and the Church survive the tribulation. Therefore, we ought to consider this benefit, and not speak as if all Muslims were lost or as if all were violent extremists. Those Muslims who are, in fact, violent extremists do not love God or neighbor, and so they are not true Muslims or true believers. But every Muslim who loves God and neighbor is a true child of God, worthy of our respect and admiration.
At Medjugorje, the Blessed Virgin Mary was asked the obnoxious question: “Who is the holiest person in Medjugorje?” She replied by naming a person who is among the holiest in the town, a Muslim woman. She chose to name that holy person, rather than some of the holy Catholics in the town in order to teach a lesson. God’s grace bears fruit in ways and in persons that we fallen sinners do not expect.
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