This article is based on my understanding of the End Times based on over 20 years of study and writing. Please understand that my eschatology is highly speculative and fallible.
During the lesser tribulation, the Muslim extremists will conquer Europe. Then, in a second war, not long after, the great Catholic monarch defeats the extremists in Europe and in their own lands. He conquers the vast territory, formerly held by the Muslims. Both St. Bridget and Saint Francis de Paul predicted a Muslim invasion and occupation of Europe, freed by the great Catholic monarch.
Between these two wars, World War 3, in which Europe is conquered, and World War 4, in which Europe is freed by the great Catholic monarch, Christians in the occupied lands will be greatly persecuted. And persecution will eventually turn into a pogrom. During this suffering, many Christians will be helped by moderate peaceful Muslims, who believe in Islam, but do not hold extremist views. This is not so different from when Christians helped Jews during the Holocaust. It is persons from one religion, helping suffering persons from another religion. Christians will many times avoid capture, imprisonment, torture, and death, only due to help from Muslims who truly love God and neighbor, against the machinations of extremist Muslims, who are true to Islam or humanity.
Among non-Christians, those who love God and neighbor, and those who at least love their neighbor selflessly, can be in the state of grace and be saved. True love of neighbor implies a love of God that is at least implicit. And no one can love selflessly without the infused theological virtue of love, which is only present in those in a state of grace. Faith itself can be implicit, even though the fullness of faith is found only in the Catholic Church. So there are many Jews and Muslims and persons of other religions who are in the state of grace. As for non-believers, by loving their neighbor, they implicitly love God and therefore can be in the state of grace. All human persons in the state of grace are children of God by spiritual adoption, not only those who are formally baptized with water, but also those in a state of grace by implicit baptism of desire.
During the second part of the tribulation, when the Antichrist has his reign of nearly 7 years, only Christianity, Judaism, and Islam will have survived until that point in time. All the other religions will have passed away — though many persons will have strange spiritual beliefs that are mere superstition and idolatry. When the Antichrist outlaws all religions, except worship of himself, all the believers, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, will aid one another in opposing the Antichrist. And there will be many more Muslims than Christians and Jews combined.
So, knowing that Christians will depend innumerable times on the charity of Muslims during the End Times, it upsets me to see articles treating all Muslims like extremists, and speaking as if Christianity should oppose Islam and somehow “defeat” it. That will not happen. There will be many Muslims in the world continually, until the Return of Jesus.
Ronald L. Conte Jr.