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Report: Christians Are Being Used As A “Form Of Currency” By ISIS As Mass Kidnappings Continue

08/14/2015 3 comments

Psalm 7:9, “… let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous …”

In Islamic teaching, Muslim believers are to be the slaves of Allah while non-believers are to be the slaves of Muslims. The Bible calls the Church the “Ekklesia” of God and refers to the Church as being the “Bride of Christ.” Satan’s counterfeit of the Church is called the “Ummah” of Allah, which, on the other hand, the Bible refers to as the “Whore of Babylon.”  According to Revelation 18:13, the “Whore of Babylon” merchandises the “bodies and souls of men.” Some translations render this verse to refer to slavery. But it’s not just the bodies and souls of Allah’s slaves that are being “merchandised” every day for Allah’s cause. It’s anyone else they can get their hands on …

Qur’an Sura 61:10-12, “O ye who believe [slaves of Allah]! Shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous Penalty [Hellfire]? – That ye believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that ye strive (your utmost) in the Cause of Allah, with your property and your persons [fight and die in Jihad] … He will forgive you your sins, and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, and to beautiful mansions in Gardens of Eternity.”

By Mary Chastain, Breitbart – “Christians in the Middle East still live in fear as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) remains unchallenged in Iraq and Syria. Christian organizations are attempting to help Christians, but for many, it is too late.

‘Christians have become a form [of] currency in this tragedy,’ explained John Newton, spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need, to the Christian Post. ‘I know of one priest who was kidnapped for two months… they asked for a ransom of $120,000, which the family managed to raise and deliver… But hours later, the priest was killed and his body cut up, with pieces of him sent in a box to the family.’

Newton said it is hard for his charity and the others to keep track of the kidnapped priests. Militants kidnapped archbishops throughout 2013 as they tried to rescue two other kidnapped priests.

‘No one knows who took the archbishops, nor what their fate was, but the two priests they were trying to free have since been executed,’ said Newton.

ISIS kidnapped at least eight clergymen in the past year. They captured Father Tony Boutros in July. Militants kidnapped Father Jacques Mourad at the Mar Elyan Monastery, 62 miles from Palmyra, in May.

In July, Pope Francis pleaded with ISIS to release Father Paolo Dall’Oglio. Militants kidnapped him in Syria on July 29, 2013.

‘In a few days, we will mark the second anniversary since, in Syria, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio was kidnapped,’ the pope said. ‘I make a heartfelt and urgent appeal for the freedom of this esteemed religious man.’

Father Douglas Bazi described his experience to the BBC for their ‘Kill the Christians’ documentary. Terrorists ‘struck his back, broke one of his legs, shot him, punched his teeth out, and deprived him of water for four days until a ransom was paid.’ However, it did not keep him down, and he remained in Iraq. He opened the Mar Elias Centre in north Iraq where he now ‘cares for around 135 Christian families.’

‘We are Christian, so we are used to having our luggage always prepared. We always have to run away, escape from place to place,’ he said.

Mosul, Iraq, housed one of the largest Christian communities in the world. But due to ISIS, Iraq’s second largest city is without Christians for the first time in 2,000 years. ISIS told Christians to convert to Islam, pay a protection tax, or die. Witnesses described how the terrorists slaughtered the males in front of everyone while they kidnapped the females for sex slavery. Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican Church in Iraq, told BBC Radio 4 that Christianity is coming to an end in the Middle Eastern country.

‘Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing,’ he said, adding:

We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off. The Christians are in grave danger. There are literally Christians living in the desert and on the street. They have nowhere to go. Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near.

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Kenya: Muslim Cleric Converts To Christianity After Dream, “I Saw Jesus Very Clearly Telling Me To Follow Him”

08/14/2015 2 comments

Hat tip to Jihad Watch for the link. “Jesus appeared saying ‘It’s Me, follow Me. When you follow me you will pay a price, there will be persecution in your life.'” If the Lord can change Saul, He can change anybody. Notice how the teachings this former Muslim cleric says he received as a child parallel a recent article I wrote explaining how the prophetic texts of Revelation foretold Islamic teachings. Click the link below to watch the video interview …

Psalm 70:4, “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified!’”

By Lauren Gunias, WorldWatch Monitor – “U.S. President Barack Obama visited Kenya and Ethiopia 24-28 July, partly to discuss regional security. In Kenya especially, Christians have been targeted by the violent al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab.

In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on 28 July, making an American president’s first speech to the African Union, Obama said ‘Many of these groups claim the banner of religion, but hundreds of millions of African Muslims know that Islam means peace.’

For millions of Muslims, that may be true. For one Muslim cleric, it was not. This is his story.

Tofik grew up in Islamic schools and became an imam in his East African village. Several deeply personal revelations brought him to Christianity, at the risk of his life. In the Horn of Africa as in some other Islamic societies, a former Muslim who becomes Christian is at great risk. World Watch Monitor therefore is not using Tofik’s actual name, and in the following videos, his face is obscured…

Tofik trained to become an imam for 24 years at an Islamic madrasa school in Africa.

‘In school I only learned about Islam,’ he said. ‘Parts of our teaching were about destroying Christianity. So we did what we learned, by attacking Christians once we finished our training.’

He said he was taught that Christians are bad people, and that he and the other students were encouraged to steal from and kill non-Muslims.

‘We beat them, attacked the church and burnt their Bibles’

‘Our teachers would tell us every time there was a new church in town and we were told to go and attack the people and destroy the church. So that’s what we did,’ Tofik said…

Tofik was one of 14 students selected by the local mosque to be trained in Saudi Arabia for further Islamic studies…

Why did he become Christian? ‘There was an incident in 2002 where I had a vision from the Lord early in the morning around 3 a.m.,’ he said. ‘In the vision I saw Jesus very clearly telling me to follow him.’

‘My wife asked me what happened in my dream, because I woke up very startled, and when I explained it to her she was scared and said, ‘We are going to be infidels, so we need to pray.’’

He told her which Quranic verses Jesus told him to read in his dream, and said they all specifically instruct the reader to follow and believe in Jesus.

Going back to sleep, Tofik said he immediately he had another vision of Jesus.

‘Jesus appeared saying ‘It’s Me, follow Me. When you follow me you will pay a price, there will be persecution in your life, but in the end you will be victorious. I am with you.’'” Read more.

Luke 21:16-17, “And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.”

Recommended: How Revelation’s Predictive Biblical Prophecy Foresaw Islamic Teachings – “Given the context of Revelation and all that takes place against the people of God, the ‘waters’ turning ‘bitter’ [of Revelation 8] is likely referring to the ‘peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues’ that are turned ‘angry, indignant, antagonistic, hostile’ by the ‘star’ and their subsequent treatment of God’s people… Could this ‘star’ falling from heaven to earth be a reference to a deceptive, demonic force? Of particular interest is the fact that the name of the ‘star’ figuratively means ‘calamity.’ Pick up virtually any thesaurus and ‘calamity’ is synonymous with ‘affliction’ and ‘distress.’ Coincidentally, or perhaps it’s no coincidence at all, one of the 99 names of Allah, Islam’s ‘all-powerful’ deity, is Ad-Darr which means ‘The Afflicter’ or ‘The Distressor’ … Satan must now set up for himself a people who are conformed to his own image in order to achieve the goal of destroying the elect of God [per Revelation 12:17]. And the key to achieving that goal? Islam.” Read more.

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