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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Iraq's Christians 'Systematically Targeted for Extinction'

Prophecy Sign:  Christian persecution

The Middle-East is being systematically cleansed of Christianity by radical Islam.  Long ago the Jewish populations where wiped out or chased out in these regions, now it's Christians.  There are still some pockets of Christianity still alive and growing, (Iran being one of them), but other countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria are seeing once vibrant Christian communities that have existed for centuries, simply disappear.

However, it's not just the Muslim world that is clamping down on Christianity, but even in Hindu majority regions of India and communist regions of Asia, (North Korea).  For the rest of the world, simply professing a biblical Christianity will result in hate turned against you.

Being a faithful witness to Christ will ensure persecution, being a faithful witness to Christ during the coming Tribulation will mean death.

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor's crown. Revelation 2:10 NIV

Iraq's Christians 'Systematically Targeted for Extinction'
Congressman Frank Wolf, R-Va., told Congress Tuesday Iraqi Christians are facing a "genocide" and horrific crimes against humanity. Wolf said the so-called Islamic State "is systematically targeting Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq for extinction." Hundreds of Christians have been fleeing from MosulIraq's second biggest city. Last week the Islamist group gave Christians three choices: convert to Islam, pay the jizyah tax required of non-Muslims or face execution. Meanwhile, IS insurgents stole nearly everything from the Christians they threatened to kill.

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ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'
Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako. Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called "Daash" completely burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese and its contents in Mosul. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Website released photos of the church in flames Saturday. The torching of the church comes on the heels of the destruction of a number of other Christian monuments in Iraq in recent months including the tomb of biblical prophet Jonah, which was dug up by ISIL militants in the east of Mosul. Many Christians still in Mosul also hurried to leave the city before Saturday when an ISIS ultimatum that Christians convert to Islam, pay a tax or leave came into effect.

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Christianity Outlawed in Central Indian Villages
Several villages in central India have outlawed the open practice of Christianity—a move of questionable legality yet one that worries church leaders who say it already has encouraged anti-Christian violence. "The situation is becoming worse. The anti-Christian propaganda is becoming stronger," Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, told World Watch Monitor on Tuesday. Chhattisgarh is one of India's 29 states, in the heart of the country. Pannalal said the village of Belar, in Chhattisgarh's southeast district of Bastar, convened a Gram Sabha, or village assembly, on July 6 and passed a resolution banning all non-Hindu religious activities.

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