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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The War Against Christians

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing Christian persecution

In much of the world, (certainly the more radical Islamic nations), the increase in Christian persecution is growing exponentially, which includes death, (see stats below).  However in the so called "free world" where religious worship is enshrined in most constitutions, the game plan by the enemy is marginalization of biblical Christianity by labelling it extremist, intolerant and hateful.  To the point where an elderly woman can't sing hymns on her bus ride, or the name of Jesus can't be included on a grave marker, (both stories receiving much feedback).

Where is this all heading?  To a day when those that name the name of Jesus as the one and only way to Almighty God, (and who will refuse to take the mark of Antichrist), will be rounded up and summarily terminated, (martyred), during the coming Tribulation.  These are known as the Tribulation Saints. A completely different group from those of us that make up the body of believers known as the Bride of Christ, (the Church), which will be taken up with Christ prior to the Tribulation.

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4 NIV

The War Against Christians
The persecution of Christians is “the most dramatic religion story of the early 21st century,” according to the latest book by religion reporter John Allen. In “The Global War on Christians: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution” (Crown Publishing), Allen gives a global overview of the varied threats faced by Christians. “Christians today indisputably are the most persecuted religious body on the planet, and too often their new martyrs suffer in silence,” he commented. Silence, he noted, because in large part the media do not report the persecution of Christians, in spite of the egregious nature of the offences being committed. He quoted one Protestant scholar, Todd Johnson, who has estimated that in the years from 2000 to 2010 there was an average of 100,000 Christians killed each year.

Cairo church attack toll rises to four: Health official
The death toll from a shooting attack targeting a wedding party at a Cairo Coptic Church has reached four, an Egyptian Health Ministry official told AFP on Monday. Ahmed al-Ansari, the head of ambulance services, said four people were killed and 17 others were wounded in the late Sunday attack, updating an earlier toll. Officials said an eight-year-old girl was among those killed. Late Sunday, a gunman riding on the back of a motorbike sprayed bullets at a group as it emerged from a wedding service at the Church of the Virgin in the working class neighbourhood of Al-Warrak. The assault is the first targeting Christians in Cairo since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3. 

Gov't in massive crush of religious freedom
But what would happen if “open and widespread expression of religious freedom – in government, schools, workplaces, the military, public places, and more – is eliminated, driven into the shadows of society?” “What if religion becomes an opinion only to be expressed privately in your home or quietly in your church, if at all? What if religious liberty becomes a poor, subservient tenant of an arbitrary and imperious government landlord?” the report asks. “If that occurs, then government can erase any of your rights as it sees fit, since government, not the ‘Creator’ cited by the Founders, will be regarded as the ultimate definer, giver or taker of all rights,” the report says. 

Family fights to include ‘Jesus’ on grave marker at city-owned cemetery
The family of a Colorado preacher’s wife is still fuming after the director of the city-owned cemetery refused to engrave her final resting place with the name ‘Jesus’ because it might offend people. The city eventually reversed course under public pressure. “We were in disbelief,” said Stacy Adams, the daughter-in-law of Linda Baker. “Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?”

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