Signs of the Times

Persecution

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:

The Bible shows that there have always been persecutions, especially of those who try to live godly lives. TheJewish people were persecuted for their faith. The Early Church was also persecuted and a great number of believerswere killed because of their belief in Jesus Christ. Even in more recent times persecution has been common. Mostof the early colonists in the United States came here to escape persecution from their European neighbors!

Wars are usually persecution taken to its next dreadful level. Jesus said that persecution will increase, especiallyduring the Tribulation in the future.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.- Matthew 24:9

Most of the terrifying events of the Tribulation are building up during this present time, which Jesus called"The beginning of birth pains." Ethnic wars, terrorism and anti-Christian philosophies contribute to an ever-growingtoll of suffering and death.

Experts say that that 200 million Christians around the globe are currently suffering for their faith. (This is one tenth ofthe total population of Christians in the world.) This persecution takes many forms: imprisonment, abuse, hostilities, and even death.

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Prophetic Significance of Persecution

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'Militant Islam' Greatest Threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, Says Think Tank

Dec. 27, 2012 -
A British think tank has released a lengthy report claiming that militant Islam is the greatest existential threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, bringing Christian communities in the region "close to extinction."
The name of the report, written by Rupert Shortt, Religion Editor for The Times Literary Supplement, is "Christianophobia." It focuses onthe persecution of Christians in Burma, China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
Source: Christian Post
Is Christianity dying in the Middle East? - Washington Times
Chriatianophobia - Rupert Shortt - Civitas

Prophetic Significance of Persecution


Increasing Violence Brings Renewed Urgency to Day of Prayer for the Persecuted

Oct. 22, 2012 - There has been some good news recently, such as the release of Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from prison on Sept. 8,but the overwhelming trend is toward greater persecution of Christians all over the world, and especially in the Middle East and other Islamiccountries.
On the eve of the annual event, it’s challenging to grasp the persecution hounding many Christians worldwide. Indeed, Open Doors USA — a California-based advocacy group — publishes an annual list of 50 countries with the worst records on persecution.
Source: Religion Today
Why are Christians Fleeing Egypt? - Religion Today
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted (IDOP)
World Watch List - Open Doors
Christian Arabs Targeted throughout the Middle East -Family Security Matters
Christians persecuted throughout the world - Telegraph- UK



Observe International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted on Nov. 4th or 11th!

Religious Freedom Being Stifled Around the Globe, Says Study

Oct. 10 - The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life has issued a new reportshowing that the percentage of the world's population that is affected by restrictions on religion increased to 75 percent. That'sup from 70 percent the previous year. In addition, the percentage of countries that have repressive laws concerning the of practices offaith has increased from 31 percent to 37 percent.

Even in the United States there has been an increase of restrictions on the practice of some people's faith. Thus the United states was movedfrom a low category of restriction to a moderate category for the first time.

Source: Christian Post
Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion - Pew Forum
Sidebar: Situation in the United States - Pew Forum

From Africa to Asia, Offended Muslims Vent Anger on Churches

Sept. 28, 2012 - The current wave of Islamic protests against an anti-Islamic video is inflaming persecution of Christians andtheir churches in many Muslim countries.
Source:Religion Today

Persecution of Christians on rise – in U.S.

Sept. 18, 2012 - Two organizations report a dramatic upsurge in persecution against Christians in the U.S.Texas-based Liberty Institute and Washington-based Family Research Council agree that the problem has been brewing for decades,but is getting dramatically worse now.
Christian civil rights organization ACLJ senior counsel David French says. “It’s clear that – particularly on college and university campuses – we have seen a significant rise in attempts to silence Christian organizations by the misapplication of nondiscrimination laws.”
Source: WND

Egypt's Christians face mass slaughter by Islamists

Sept. 14, 2012 - Two Egyptian immigrants from Southern California were involved in the production of the “Innocence of Muslims”video that has inflamed anger throughout the Middle East. They are apparently Coptic Christians.
The Egyptian military official said today that Islamic groups are threatening to slaughter “the whole Christian Coptic community” in thecity of Naja Hamadi, located about 60 miles from Cairo. Naja Hamadi contains a large Coptic community.
Source: WND

Iranian Pastor Nadarkhani Acquitted, Freed

Sept. 9, 2012 - After holding him for more than 1,000 days in jail, and threatening him with a death sentence, Iranianpastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported Saturday (Sept. 8) that Nadarkhani, in jail since 2009, was acquitted of apostasy --that is, converting from Islam to Christianity -- but found guilty of evangelizing Muslims... Nadarkhani said he never was a Muslim.
He had already served enough time in prison to pay for the conviction on evangelizing Muslims, so he was released.
Source: Religion Today

Pakistan frees Christian girl accused of blasphemy

Sept. 8, 2012 - A young mentally challenged girl in Pakistan was released from Prison in Pakistan. She was chargedwith blasphemy because she had supposedly burned pages of the Quran.
A Muslim cleric from her neighborhood was arrested last week for planting evidence to incriminate the girl, an about-face in a case that has drawn strong international condemnation.
Source: Fox

Billboard calls Jesus 'Useless Savior'

Aug. 19, 2012 - New billboards say:
CHRISTIANITY: Sadistic God; Useless Savior; 30,000+ Versions of "Truth" Promotes Hate, Calls it "Love"

The American Atheists group is planning a billboard campaign in the host cities of the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions. One billboardmessage attacks Christianity, and another attacks Mormonism. David Silverman, president of the group said that they focus on the presidentialelections because,

“Allowing our judgment to be clouded by sheer silliness is unacceptable. We want to show thepeople of our country the foolishness of mixing religion with politics.”

Source: WND
Atheists claim Ground Zero cross sickens them - WND

Pastor Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Teaching That Parents Should Spank Their Children

May 31, 2012 - A Wisconsin County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi sentenced a minister, Philip Caminiti, to 2 years in prison forteaching that parents should spank their children when they misbehave.
Please note that Caminiti was not accused of spanking anyone or of physically hurting anyone. He was put in prison simply for his speech.
Source: End of the American Dream

Hundreds of Christians slaughtered in Nigeria

May 2, 2012 - In Northern Nigeria a few weeks ago the Muslim jihadist group Boko Haram said that it would “launch a number of attackstargeting Christians.” They said their goal was “eradicating Christians.”
Now the Barnabas Fund is reporting that some 300 Christians were killed in one diocese alone, and 27 people died in attacks on three church services as recently as Sunday.
Source: WND
Christians 'Most Persecuted' Religious Group in the World, Says Expert - Christian Post

Egyptian Copts Fear Increased Persecution Amid Pope Shenouda III's Death

Mar. 20, 2012 - At a pre-funeral ceremony in Cairo Sunday Coptic Christians mourned the death of their Pope Shenouda III, whomthey had called their "protector."

The Coptic Orthodox Church was founded in Egypt, and has about eight million adherents, or nine percent of the Egyptian population.They have already been experiencing an increase in persecution since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring uprising.They claim that they have been treated as second-class citizens and fear that emerging Islamic political leaders will impose strict Sharia law.

Source: Christian Post

Top Saudi Religious Official Calls for 'Destruction of All Churches'

Mar. 16, 2012 -
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia...reportedly declared this week that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches" in the region, implying that no other religionbesides Islam will be tolerated on the Arabian Peninsula.
Source: Christian Post
Syrian Christians fear for survival of faith - Jewish World Review
Nigeria attacks: 'Boko Haram bombed my church' - BBC
Turning a Blind Eye to the War on Christians in the Islamic World - Crosswalk
Christians Fear Persecution in a Post-Assad Syria - Crosswalk
Crackdown in Iran Hits Official Churches - Christian Post

Obama mandate on birth control coverage stirs controversy

Feb. 10, 2012 - A rule from President Obama's administration will require religious groups to offer birth control coverageto their employees.
House Speaker John Boehner called it "an unambiguous attack on religious freedom" in a rare House floor speech decrying the mandate, a part of President Obama's health care law that has picked up Roman Catholic and conservative opposition in the past three weeks.
Boehner added that if the President does not reverse this attack on religious freedom then the Congress must do so.
Source: USA Today

Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

Feb. 8, ,2012 - Persecution is increasing steadily from one end of the Muslim world to the other.
Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.
Some examples:
Nigeria - Since the beginning of 2011 Boko Haram has killed more than 500 people and burned down or destroyed more than 350 churches.
Sudan - Intense persecution of Christians and Animists has caused between 53,000 and 75,000 to be displaced from their residences.
Egypt - Since the Arab Spring more than 200,000 Coptic Christians have fled from their homes because of fear of attacks.
Iraq - More than 900 Iraqi Christians (most of them Assyrians) have been killed by terrorist violence in Baghdad alone, and 70 churches have been burned.
Source: - Ayann Hirsi Ali - Newsweek

Persecution Roundup: Bombing in Sudan, Violence in India, Injustice in Saudi Arabia

Feb. 5, 2012 - Persecution against Christians is a growing problem. This summary article gives a brief picture of the problemin a dozen countries.
Source: Christian Post
US Military Archbishop Blames War for Woes of Iraqi Christians - Christian Post

Samaritan's Purse Bible College Allegedly Bombed by Sudanese Air Force

Feb. 3, 2012 -
A Bible college in Sudan functioning under Franklin Graham's missionary ministry, Samaritan's Purse, was bombed Wednesday and the ministry alleges the attack was launched by the Sudanese air force.
Source: Christian Post

Muslim Brotherhood Picks Egypt's House Speaker; Attacks on Christians Inevitable?

Jan. 18, ,2012 - The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is expecting to take more than 40 percent of the498 elected seats in the Egyptian assembly's lower house, and other Islamists will take another 20 percent. The legislativebody has nominated Mohamed Saad al-Katatni, Secretary-General of the FJP party, as speaker of the house.

Attacks against Christians have increased greatly since the overthrow of President Mubarak, and observers fear that the new control by theMuslim Brotherhood will cause an increase in this violence.

A number of world leaders, including President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI, have expressed serious concern about the dramatic upsurge in attacks against that nation‘s largest religious minority, the Coptic Orthodox Christian community.

Source: Christian Post

2012: The Year of Persecution?

Jan. 7, 2012 - Even before the 9/11 attacks, Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington wrote the book, The Clash of Civilizationsand the Remaking of World Order.

He said there would be a "clash of civilizations" between three great cultures (the Western, Asian,and Islamic). He predicted amassive conflict between the West and Islam caused by Islamic militarism.

Since then the Christian population has held steady, but is shrinking in Europe while it is growing in Africa and other developing areas.Wherever it is seen as a threat to Islam, persecution is growing.

In Iran and Pakistan, Christians are being put on death row for “apostasy” (translation: quitting Islam) or blasphemy... Two-thirds of Iraq’spre-war Christians have fled. In Egypt and Syria, Muslim zeal threatens ancient Christian groups.
While Christian persecution is physical in such places, it is rearing its head hear as well. The late Christopher Hitchens exemplified hatefulanti-Christian rhetoric by athiests, and some politicians and media outlets are turning against traditional Christian values.
Source: James Emery White - Crosswalk
Muslims global leaders in persecuting Christians - WND
North Korea Ranked Worst Persecutor of Christians for Tenth Straight Year - Crosswalk

Nigeria Christians hit by fresh Islamist attacks

Jan. 7, 2011 - The Islamist Boko Haram group killed at least 17 Christians meeting in Mubi in a town hall. One faction ofBoko Haram has warned all southerners, who are mostly Christians and animists, to leave the predominately Muslim northern part of Nigeria.
More than 500 people have been killed by the group over the past year. On Christmas Day, it carried out a string of church bombings which killed 37 people at one church outside the capital, Abuja, alone.
Source: BBC

In new, Islamic Middle East, Christianity quickly becoming a thing of the past

Jan. 5,2012 - Commentator Giulio Meotti says that history is moving toward a "Christians-free Middle East."
“Christianity in Iraq could be eradicated in our lifetime, partially as a result of the US troop withdrawal,” declared Leonard Leo, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Other startling facts mentioned in this article:
In Egypt, 100,000 Christians already left the country after Hosni Mubarak’s fall earlier this year.
In Syria, the major Christian leaders are supporting Bashar Assad’s regime and will suffer the consequences when he falls.
Christians who were once popular in Lebanon are now being assassinated and their communities are being bombed.
Christians in the Palestinian areas are being driven out. Every year some 1,000 Palestinian Christians are leaving Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.
Source: Giulio Meotti - YNet\
Islamic-Majority Countries Top Persecution Watch List - Crosswalk

Christian Persecution Increased Most in Sudan, Nigeria in 2011

Jan. 5, 2011 -
Sudan and northern Nigeria saw steeper increases in persecution against Christians than 48 other nations where Christians suffered abuse last year, according to an annual ranking by Christian support organization Open Doors.
Source: Crosswalk


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Links About Persecution

NEWS AND FACTS
Persecutionof Christians - Wikipedia
Christian Persecution Information- Worthy Network
Religious Freedom - Christian Post
Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World - Newsweek
ORGANIZATIONS
Amnesty International
Bible League
Christian Freedom International
Christian Anti-Defamation Commission
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Christians In Crisis
Compas Direct
Hudson Institute's Center For Religious Freedom
Human Rights Watch
International Christian Concern
International Day of Prayer For The Persecuted Church
Open Doors International - Brother Andrew
Persecution Project
World Watch List 2010
The Rutherford Institute
The Thomas More Law Center
Voice Of The Martyrs
World Evangelical Alliance




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