Archive for 11/13/2013

The Religion Of Never-Ending Threats: Hezbollah Chief Warns Of ‘War’ If No Iran Nuke Deal Is Reached

11/13/2013 1 comment

So, if the infidel West uses military force to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, there will be war. If they fail to reach a deal that allows Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, there will be war. If every last Jew in Israel refuses to drop dead, there will be war. Of course, it doesn’t matter what happens anyway, because according to the “Religion of Peace” and its immutable teachings, there will be war for the cause of “Allah.” How is any of this any different from any other day? …

Ecclesiastes 1:9b, “… there is nothing new under the sun.”

Daniel 9:26b, “The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.”

Isaiah 24:6a, “Therefore the curse [“alah“] has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate …”

AFP – “Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned in a rare public appearance Wednesday that failure to strike a deal with ally Iran over its nuclear programme would spell ‘war in the region.’

Nasrallah, who normally appears via video link for fear of assassination by arch enemy Israel, spoke in Hezbollah’s southern Beirut stronghold to mark the Shiite Muslim Ashura holiday.

World powers failed to reach an agreement with Iran over the weekend to curb its controversial nuclear programme in exchange for some relief from crippling Western sanctions despite marathon high-profile talks in Geneva.

The West and Israel have long suspected Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability alongside its civilian programme, allegations fiercely denied by Tehran.

‘What is the alternative to a deal with Iran and the countries of the world,’ he asked. ‘The alternative is war in the region.’

And he pointed the finger at Israel, accusing it of being in league with Arab countries.

‘Israel does not want any accord that would avert war in the region. It is regrettable that some Arab countries take the Israeli side in its murderous choices.'” Read more.

Israel Warns Of War From Bad Iranian Nuke Deal – ” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a ‘bad deal’ with Iran on its nuclear programme could lead to war and his aides challenged U.S. assertions to have offered Tehran only ‘modest’ relief from sanctions… Negotiations between Iran and six U.N. powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – are scheduled to resume on Nov. 20 …” Read more.

Flashback: Chewing Quds

Tunisia: Muslim Man Converts To Christianity, ‘In The Days That Followed I Lost My Entire Family’

11/13/2013 4 comments

Matthew 16:24, 26-27,  “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me… For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?… For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”

Matthew 24:29,Immediately after the tribulation of those days … they will see the Son of Man comingwith power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect …”

Colossians 3:12, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering …”

Tunisians du Monde via Islam verses Europe (Translation) – “My wife filed for divorce the day she discovered the Bible that I hid under the mattress. The news of my conversion then spread like wildfire. The youngest of my daughters has suffered psychologically because in school she was a regular target of ridicule as the daughter of the ‘kuffar.’

In the days that followed, I lost my entire family including, very painfully, the affection of my mother who now swore by my other brother, a ‘professing Muslim’ but an alcoholic.

My divorce was finalized in less than three months and I was ordered to pay my ex-wife a monthly pension equivalent to 400% of my income at the time.

My family and my country had left me! I then proceeded to go into exile in France.

… [W]hen I was hospitalized in a clinic in Tunis to undergo a major surgery, I had the honor to receive the loving visit of the Bishop of Tunis. As I was a top Tunisian official, my minister-in-charge was immediately informed of the visit and the consequences quickly followed.

Around me, all the medical staff fell in turmoil and I suddenly become the pariah that had to be removed quickly. Three days later, I was asked to leave even though I was not fully recovered from my rather heavy operation. The weeks that followed confirmed my professional career was done.

In the end, I ended up resigning and sank into a deep depression… [But] Never [have I ever considered turning back]… My faith was stronger than these daily obstacles…” Read more.

Flashback: Tunisian Christians Continue In The Faith Of Jesus Amid Death Threats, ‘Do You Know That It Is Not Forbidden [In Islam] To Kill You?’ – “Some 1,500 devoted Tunisian Christian, most of them former Muslims, worship in church buildings or in house churches despite death threats and growing influence of Islamic extremists… Open Doors, which supports ‘persecuted Christians’ worldwide, mentioned a man identified only as Steve who was allegedly threatened by Islamists. ‘They said to me: ‘Do you know that it is not forbidden to kill you?’ But I didn’t really feel afraid,’ Steve was quoted as saying. ‘I could answer them: ‘Yes I know you can do that [you can kill me]‘. They responded that I was crazy saying that. I said to them: ‘Yes, I am crazy for Jesus’.’” Read more.

Sudan: Muslim Man Converts To Christianity, Relatives Burn Down His House

11/13/2013 6 comments

For peaceful purposes …

Luke 21:16, “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.”

Christian Post – “In Sudan the atmosphere for Christians is becoming increasingly dangerous. Since the secession of South Sudan, the government in Khartoum has made it clear that the country is a Muslim state that will be governed by strict Islamic law (Sharia). The government of President Oman Hassan al-Bashir has made it clear that there is no room for Christians. However, contrary to the desire of the government and society at large, there are Christians in Sudan who are holding on to Christ at great cost.

Moses (not his real name), 31, was born to a successful Muslim businessman in Sudan. As a young man, he helped his father run the business. Sadly, the father died when he was 16 years old. Moses’ mother remarried after a short time. An uncle took in the young Moses. But he was not an honest man. He grabbed all of Moses’ father’s property. When Moses protested, the uncle sent him to a state-run school for ‘problematic’ young people. Moses faced disciplining and Islamic instruction. He endured regular beatings and hard labor. After some time Moses escaped. He found refuge for a few years in a separate town where he made ends meet by doing menial jobs. Then he returned to Khartoum to live with his brother. But that did not last. When Moses and his brother had a disagreement about their late father’s property, Moses moved out.

One day in 2011, Moses walked past a church and noticed the cross. He unexpectedly felt ‘something stirring in him.’ He entered the building on an impulse and was met by a church elder. They had a brief discussion about the Christian faith. This one conversation led to a number of follow-up meetings. After two years of discussion, Moses accepted Christ. The regular discussions turned into discipleship sessions.

Soon after this, Moses married a Muslim woman, Aida. She regularly joined Moses for church services at the local church and Moses sincerely hoped she would follow him to Christ. But it did not happen. At first, the couple did not tell any of their families about Moses’ Christian faith. They thought it best to keep it a secret. But in April, Aida told her mother. Aida’s mother was furious. She spread the word. When she told her sons, they immediately went to Moses’ house and burned it to the ground. Moses lost everything in the fire …” Read more.

Flashback: Christianity In Sudan

Terrifying: Kidnappings Of Christians Surge In Egypt

11/13/2013 2 comments

Romans 8:35-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [Shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Revelation 22:20b, “… Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

By Kristen Chick, CSM – “Hany Sedhom’s story begins the way dozens of others begin: it was dark, and he was driving home to a village on the outskirts of this sleepy city in late September.

Suddenly a car and motorcycle emerged out of the night, blocking the road. The men quickly got out and pointed automatic rifles at his head. Mr. Sedhom considered stepping on the gas and trying to escape, but he quickly abandoned the thought when the men fired at his car. They dragged him out of the vehicle, striking his head with a rifle butt and slashing his face with a knife before tying his hands, blindfolding him, and driving off into the desert with him.

Over the next 48 hours, Mr. Sedhom was beaten, taunted, and threatened with death. He was given no food, and only filthy water to drink.

He was finally released after his wife paid a ransom of 300,000 Egyptian pounds (about $43,500) – but not before his kidnappers threw him into a pit, pressed a gun to his head, and told him it was all over.

Sedhom’s terrifying ordeal has become familiar for Christians throughout southern Egypt. More than 100 people have been kidnapped for ransom in this marginalized region in the last two and a half years, nearly all of them Christians, according to activists and church officials. And there has been a sharp increase in kidnappings in the months since Aug. 14, when hundreds were killed as police broke up two sit-ins supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Although more than 80 people have been kidnapped in Minya Province alone, the rest of the country knows little about the burgeoning scourge of opportunistic violence. And victims, activists, and church officials say the police have largely ignored the problem, rarely taking steps to stop the kidnappers or bring them to justice.

A group of kidnap victims and a Coptic Orthodox Church official say they’ve waited long enough. In late October they planned a protest in front of the governor’s office, and decided to begin publicizing the problem. When local officials found out, they invited the group to meetings with the governor and security chief in Minya. Group members are wary of broken promises, but they say the official acknowledgement of the problem is an important first step.

‘If the police tried, this could be stopped,’ says Sedhom. ”If’ is the key word here.'” Read more.

Flashback: Heartbreaking Video Gives Viewers A Taste Of The Growing Plight Of Egypt’s Christians – “A procession of Christians bravely vows to stand firm in the faith of Christ, even unto death. An anguished church leader cries out to the Lord to deliver His people from their turmoil. A Christian mother languishes over the abduction of her daughter. This is but a mere drop in what has now become a sea of Christian persecution …” Read more.

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