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

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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  1. 08/17/2015 at 4:14 PM

    Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev 21:9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came to me and said, “Come! I will show you the bride, the wife of the lamb.”
    Rev 21:10 He carried me away in the Spirit to a large, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.

    The New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ and it included all whose names are written in the book of life, not just the church. Rev_21:27 And there shall in no way enter into it anything that defiles, or any making an abomination or a lie; but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

    No where is scripture does it say the Church is the Bride of Christ.


  2. ICA
    08/17/2015 at 5:29 PM

    Hi Charles, true. That being said, nowhere in Scripture does it ever say that God is a Trinity, either. And nowhere do we ever hear Jesus say, “I am God.” Just because it isn’t there explicitly does not mean that it isn’t true (or true, for that matter). However, we know from the full counsel of Scripture that the Lord is One God, and His nature Triune. We know that Jesus is God in the flesh. And, likewise, we can also know from the full counsel of Scripture that the Church is the Bride. Allow me to explain.

    When Jesus says in Matthew 16:16-18 that He will “build” (oikodomeō) His Church (ekklesia, meaning “assembly” or “congregation”) upon the foundational tenet that Jesus is the Christ as spoken by Peter, the word “build” carries with it the meaning “to build up from the foundation.” Contrary to pop-theology being taught to many Christians, the Church did not begin at Pentecost. According to Scripture, it began in the Old Testament where the foundation of the Church had already been laid. This should be evident when Jesus explains to His disciples how to resolve conflicts in Matthew 18:15-17:

    “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church (ekklesia G1577); and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector….”

    Many Christians believe that Jesus was addressing a Jewish audience only in Matthew, yet here He is calling them the Church. Since the Church — as it is taught by traditional dispensationalism — was not yet formed until after Pentecost, what was Christ referring to? The answer is simple: it WAS the Church, because the dispensational teaching regarding its post-Pentecost nature of the Church is incomplete. Scripture itself even shows us that the Church existed in the Old Testament all along:

    Acts 7:36-38, “He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church (ekklesia G1577) in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us”

    Hebrews 3:16-4:2, “For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

    1 Corinthians 10:2-4, “And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

    In order for anyone in the Old Testament to be a part of the Church, however, they had to have faith. Old Testament saints believed in and put their trust in YHWH and His coming Messiah. And look at what God says about His congregation when they fell away:

    Jeremiah 3:14, “‘Return, faithless people,’ declares the LORD, ‘for I am your husband …'”

    The Church — “the bride, the wife of the lamb” (Revelation 21:9) — did not begin at Pentecost. It was increased at Pentecost. The foundations of the Church were laid in the Old Testament with the assembly of believers of Israel. These are they who put their faith in God’s promise of a coming Deliverer, in the hope of Messiah. And because of Messiah Jesus, everyone who believes today is added to that Church (Acts 2:46-47) and are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2). It is because of Israel’s Messiah that we as Gentiles who believe are adopted into this family of God, into His Bride. In other words, we should not view believing Jews today as being a part of the Church because they believe in Jesus, but rather it is we as Gentiles who are now a part of the Church because we believe in Yeshua.

    Isaiah 54:5, “For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.”

    One Body. One Bride. One God. One Husband. The LORD does not divorce one “wife” to marry another. He has His eye on only one “woman” and when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, she will be made ready.

    Hosea 2:14,16,19, “Therefore I am now going to allure her (Israel) … ‘In that day,’ declares the Lord, ‘you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master… [and] I will betroth you to me forever.’”

    Also see the article titled “The 144,000 and the Great Multitude – It’s Not What You May Think” to discover the meaning behind the 144,000. Hope this helps! God bless …


  3. Anonymous
    08/21/2015 at 11:31 AM

    Amen ICA!


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