As we read about Christians being persecuted in Muslim countries, a weird anomaly keeps popping up — American televangelist Marilyn Hickey.
Aged 86, last November during a eight-day tour she preached the gospel in Karachi, Pakistan before crowds totaling nearly one million people. She did it freely with no resistance from the government or threats from Muslim extremists.
According to reports she is known as the ‘mom of Pakistan” and for some reason has even been accepted by imams in the Muslim Pakistani community. The terrorists basically ignore her because she is an old woman.
Officially known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with 201 million people it is the sixth most populated country in the world.
It was formed in 1947 as a home for Muslims living in India and nearly 95% of the country is Muslim. In its revised 1973 constitution, the country declared Islam its state religion and all laws must be in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah. At this point, the country has not implemented Sharia law, however polls indicate a majority of citizens would support such a move.
This wasn’t the first time Marilyn has preached the gospel in Pakistan, since 1995 she has held seven meetings in that country. In evangelistic rallies held in 2012 she ministered to about 400,000.
According to an article on Charisma News, in 1995 Marilyn felt God calling her to preach the Gospel to Muslims resulting in her holding rallies in Lahore, Pakistan. On the first day, 4,000 people attended and by the fourth night the crowd numbered 20,000.
People were being saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and healed. One of those saved was a man named Anwar Fazai who would go on to become a pastor and start Isaac TV, a popular Christian station in Pakistan.
When Marilyn wanted to return to Pakistan in 2016, she approached Fazai who helped her rent a 50 acre field which they covered with carpets. It was barely large enough to hold the crowds who attended the meetings as people traveled from across Pakistan to attend.
Marilyn estimated a third of the crowd were Muslim.
One of the most interesting Old Testament prophecies involved God moving among the gentiles as God restored the Tabernacle of David, a tent King David set up for a few years in Jerusalem housing the Ark of the Covenant.
This took place during a brief period as Israel transitioned from the Tabernacle of Moses to the Temple.
However, strange prophecies began to emerge saying that the Tabernacle of David (not the Tabernacle of Moses or the Temple) would be restored. Part of this restoration would involve a remnant of the gentiles coming into the Kingdom of God.
“In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David,
And wall up its breaches;
I will also raise up its ruins
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom
And all the nations who are called by My name,”
Declares the Lord who does this. (Amos 9:11-12 NASV)
An unusual incident took place as David was transporting the Ark of the Covenant from Moses’ Tabernacle to the tent set up in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:6-15). When one of David’s men was killed after touching the Ark, they dropped it off at a farmer’s home and headed back to Jerusalem.
The farmer was Obed-edom the Gittite — a gentile. When David heard that God was blessing this gentile farmer because of the Ark, David realized that God was not angry about moving the Ark but by how David did it and finished transporting it to Jerusalem.
Meanwhile this blessing on Obed-edom was a foretaste of what was to come for the gentiles. When the Holy Spirit fell upon the gentiles in the early church, its leaders met in Jerusalem to discuss what to do with them. Did the gentiles need to become Jews first before becoming Christians or could they come in as equal partners in the Gospel without being circumcised?
In the end they decided that gentiles did not need to be circumcised and James quoted from Amos to show that this promise of the gentiles was being fulfilled in the Church (Acts 15:13-22).
The prophecy also specifically points to a remnant of Edom coming into the Kingdom of God. Since many of the people living in the Middle East today would be descendants of this ancient nation, it means God was also promising to move among the Muslims in the end times.
A CBS team followed Marilyn Hickey on her November trip to Pakistan and broadcast the show on August 7 where it described her as an “unofficial ambassador” to Muslim countries. CBS even interviewed a major imam who called Marilyn “mom” and described the importance of her ministry in that country.
CBS pointed out that Marilyn does not use the word “convert” when she preaches because that would offend the Muslims but rather talks about believing in Jesus and being transformed.