Signs of the Times



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 100 million Christians around the globe are currently suffering for their faith. Thispersecution takes many forms: imprisonment, abuse, hostilities, and even death.

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Prophetic Significance of Persecution

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Religious Liberty Held Hostage

Dec. 13, 2011 - Chuck Colson complains that at the same time that the U.S. makes the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals andtransgendered people “a major element of its foreign policy,” the Senate has failed to reauthorize the work of the U.S. Commission on InternationalReligious Freedom. This governmental watchdog organization is a bi-partisan commission that monitors religious freedom and makes policyrecommendations.
Source: Crosswalk

Prophetic Significance of Persecution

Prayer For The Persecuted Church 2011: Christians to Pray For The Persecuted Sunday

Nov. 10, 2011 - This Sunday, Nov. 13th is the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for persecuted Christians.This year's theme, "One with Them" is sponsored by Open Doors USA, an organization dedicated to serving persecutedChristians worldwide.
More than 100 million Christians are persecuted globally and the group says the situation is only getting worse.
The best thing we can do for our persecuted brothers and sisters is to pray for them.
Source: Christian Post
One With Them

Phony Religious Freedom in China

Oct. 26, 2011 - Chuck Colson exposes the duplicity of the Chinese in regard to their treatment of Christianityin their country. They have sponsored an exhibit about the history of the spread of Christianity in China fromthe Tang Dynasty onward. However, at the same time, they are brutally repressing Christians today.
ChinaAid, an organization that exposes the persecution of Christians in China, says the exhibit is “a government propaganda ploy” intended to deflect attention from reports of growing religious persecution in China.
Examples of the ongoing persecution of Christians are also given in this article.
Source: Chuck Colson - Breakpoint

24 Killed as Egypt Church Protests Turn Violent

Oct. 10, 2011 - In Cairo, Coptic Christians protested the recent burning of a church. When the group marchedto Egypt's Radio and Television Building, plainclothes police attacked them. Then the protests spread to Tahrir Square,the focal point of the February revolution. An armored security van sped into the crowd, crushing some protesters todeath.
Protesters used firebombs, set army vehicles on fire and battled with security forces in Egypt's most violentclashes since the February uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's president.
At least 24 people have ben killed and more than 200 injured. Dozens of people have been arrested.

In recent weeks Muslim crowds have rioted at two churches in southern Egypt. Officials at one of these churchesagreed to a demand that a cross and bells be removed from the church building.

Source: Voice of America
Egypt’s Coptic church says repeated attacks on Christians go unpunished - Washington Post
Egypt clashes: Military calls for swift unrest probe - BBC
Egypt’s church declares a 3-day fast and prayers to mourn victims of clashes - Washington Post
- 93,000 Christians have left Egypt since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February. - Egyptian Gazette - Oct. 6
Egypt on Alert After Clashes Between Christians, Military - NewsMax
From May 13, 2011 - The Muslim Brotherhood's Salafi pact puts Egyptian Christians in great danger - Telegraph - UK
Editor's Note: Some of the media reports mention that Islamic Salafists are the extremists behind this riot. They apparently started the violence but the Christians became the military's target. Meanwhile, the media scarcely mentions the influence of the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, but that radical group is now doing their dirty work through the Salafists. Remember that our own administration tried to tell us that the Musllim Brotherhood wasn't so bad, and that they were a tiny minority during the Egyptian "Arab Spring" protests. Experts in Egyptian affairs now say that Muslim Brotherhood candidates would win if Egyptian elections were held today.

Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith
Sept. 29, 2011 - An Iranian house-church pastor, 32-year-old Yusuf Naderkhani, has been sentenced to death forrefusing to renounce his Christian faith. An appeals court has heard his case is likely to set aside the deathpenalty, but could still sentence him to a long term imprisonment.
Naderkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recanthis faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran's Gilan Provincial Court ruled.
Source: Fox
Update )ct. 12, 2011 - Execution Halted: Iran Supreme Court Orders Retrial for Christian Pastor on Death Row - Christian Post

Profiling Christians Who Have Suffered Under Chinese Communism
Sept. 29, 2011 - This review compares the possible impact of Liao Yiwu's latest book, God Is Red: The SecretStory of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China, to the awakening of conscience that AlexanderSolzhenitsyn's books produced. Yiwu does not claim to be a Christian, so he can not be accused of of trying topersuade anyone of anything religious.
Readers will surely come away inspired by the landmark account of Chinese Christians living under thevicious political campaigns of the Mao era. (No stranger himself to political persecution, Liao wasimprisoned during the government's post-Tiananmen Squarecrackdown.)
Source: Christianity Today

Religious Liberty Concerns Increase in Middle East
Sept. 20, 2011 - U.S. State Department has released its annual international religious freedom report, indicatingthat there are still eight countries in the world designated as a “country of particular concern” (CPC). They are:Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan.

Experts are also watching deteriorating religious freedom in Pakistan, Vietnam, and some Middle Eastern countrieslike Egypt, where persecution of Christians has increased since the "Arab Spring" revolts.

Source: Crosswalk

Muslims, Christians Clash, Cairo Church Torched

May 10, 2011 - A new clash between Muslims and Coptic Christians has left 12 people dead and achurch in Cairo burned.
The latest bloodshed reportedly began when a rumor spread that a Christian woman who married a Muslim was beingheld in the Virgin Mary Church. Local religious leaders have not confirmed that report.
Muslims attacked Coptic Christians in the Saint Mary's Church after a rumor was spread that a Christian woman whomarried a Muslim was being held in the church. Egypt's military rulers have done little to stop the attacks.Persecuted Copts are beginning to react in self defense.
Source: CBN

Why Beijing's Largest House Church Refuses to Stop Meeting Outdoors

Apr. 26, 2011 - In spite of harassment, detentions and arrests, the brave members of an unregistered house church with about 1000 memberscontinues to meet in the open in hopes of achieving freedom of worship.
Source: Christianity Today

Egypt's Christians Flee amid Islamic Threat

Apr. 18, 2011 - At least 20 Christians have been killed in Egypt since Mubarak was deposed. Hundreds ofChristians are seeking legal help to flee from the country now. Radical Muslims are gaining power in the new regime.
"They are insisting on leaving Egypt because the risks of staying here are too great," Naguib Gabriel, a Coptic human rights lawyer, told Egypt Daily News. "Many Christians are afraid of the future because of the fanatics in the mosques," he said.
Source: CBN

Thousands of Christians Displaced in Ethiopia After Muslim Extremists Torch Churches, Homes

Mar. 25, 2011 - Approximately 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes have been burned by Muslim extremistsin Western Ethiopia. It is believed that the Kawarja sect is responsible for the attacks.
At least one Christian has been killed, many more have been injured and anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 havebeen displaced in the attacks that began March 2 after a Christian in the community of Asendabo was accusedof desecrating the Koran.
Source: Fox

Franklin Graham: World’s Christians in Grave Danger

Mar. 18, 2011 - The Muslim Brotherhood is fomenting much of the rebellion and the deteriorating social orderin the Middle East, and here in our country, the Obama administration has enabled their cause. Franklin Graham,son of beloved evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, and founder of The Samaritan’s Purse international charity, complains,
“The Muslim Brotherhood is very strong and active here in our country... We have these peopleadvising our military and State Department. We’ve brought in Muslims to tell us how to make policy toward Muslimcountries.
Graham predicts that persecution of Christians in the Middle East will increase dramatically as the MuslimBrotherhood continues to gain strength in countries llike Egypt, Tunisia, and Lebanon.
Source: NewsMax

Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Most Prominent Christian, Assassinated

Mar. 2, 2011 - Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Minister for Minorities Affairs, was assassinated outside his mother's home in IslamabadWednesday morning. He was the only Christian serving in the Pakistani government, and was well known for campaigningagains the nation's strict blasphemy law and lobbying for the rights of religious minorities. Members of the Talibanand al-Qaeda have claimed responsibility for the murder.

Bahatti had predicted his death in a recent interview with Johan Candelin, from First Step Forum. They made avideo to be released in the event of his death.

Candelin, who worked with Bhatti for about seven yearsand interviewed him several times, said that Bhatti had very much come to terms with the prospect of his own murder:"He said that 'I have not married because I know that I will be killed, and I am willing to be a martyr for Christ.'
Source: Christianity Today

Global Islamic upheaval takes toll on Christians

Feb. 22, 2011 - Most Christians are clueless about the extent of Christian persecution in the world. Thisarticle recommends resources to help you and your friends be aware of the upsurge of anti-Christian fervor thatexists today.
Source: WorldNetDaily

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Links About Persecution

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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