I have come to the conclusion that the Mahdi who the Islamic world longs for and the Antichrist is one and the same. This means that the Muslim vision of uniting the world under Islam will in fact be realized for a brief period during the Tribulation before Jesus returns (the real Jesus, not the false prophet who will insists that people follow the Mahdi). As amazing as this sounds, I think it helps explain the universal reluctance by European and American leaders to acknowledge we are in a war with Islam.
Bill Bennett was interviewing a conservative analyst this morning who said he thought the reason the British government resisted naming radical Islam as the root cause of the terrorism we are dealing with is that it would admit we are in a religious war. This would make combating an enemy that is out to kill us very messy since it is hard to know who your enemy really is. The analyst went on to say that a religious enemy has principles that their followers can rally around. Even though these principles are detestable, they do give them a strength that the Western world does not have.
I think this pretty much hits the nail on the head for why Islam will prevail in the culture war. Our pluralistic society has apparently irrevocably abandoned the Christian principles that have brought us so many blessings. Western Civilization appears to be totally committed to post-modern Secularism which embraces moral relativism... what is right for one person may not be right for another. Post-modern Secularists have a problem embracing the concept of universal truth. This is actually an age-old problem of those who reject God; as Pilate said before he condemned Jesus to crucifixion, "What is truth?" (John 18:38, NKJ).
A society with the only principle that there are no principles is at a distinct disadvantage against those with principles, even evil principles. And ultimately a secular society is on the same side as Islam relative to the true God as revealed in Scripture since Jesus said, "He who is not with Me is against Me" (Matthew 12:30, NKJ). Jesus also said that, "every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand" (Matthew 12:25, NKJ). This tells me that our pluralistic secular culture and Islam will eventually have to come together in some sort of compromise.
As Europe and America have had secular societies with principles inspired by the Christian religion, there will need to be a secular society with principles inspired by the Islamic religion (Sharia Law). I think that Turkey is currently at work in forming such a coalition. Eventually the Cultural Christian Secularists and Cultural Islamic Secularists will work together enough to rule the world.
I'm convinced that the only way our nation can prevail against Islamic terrorism is to turn to God. He is the true source of our security. As Psalm 127:11 says, "unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain" (NKJ). This is something I've been praying for since God can intervene and protect us in this country until the Rapture. Psalm 34:17 says, "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles" (NKJ). Fortunately, "to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness" (Romans 4:5, NKJ).