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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 believers were 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, especially during 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 estimate that that between 100 and 200 million Christians around the globe are currently suffering for their faith, especially in communistic and Islamic countries. This persecution takes many forms: imprisonment, abuse, hostilities, and even death.

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Prophetic Significance of Persecution

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Finnaly! U.N. concedes Christians are persecuted

Nov. 13, 2017 - In the past the United Nations has ignored the fact that Christians are actually the most persecuted people in the world. For example:
The Syrian city of Aleppo was home to the largest Christian community in the Middle East in 2011. But the Christian population there is down more than 75 percent in just six years, the report notes, from 150,000 to about 35,000.
The good news is that two U.N. officials have told the American Center for Law and Justice that they will request aid for the persecuted Christians.
Source: WND

Prophetic Significance of Persecution

At least 26 killed at Baptist church near San Antonio in deadliest shooting in Texas history

Nov. 5, 2017 -
At least 26 people died Sunday after a gunman opened fire at a Baptist church in a small town southeast of San Antonio. Devin Kelley, 26, began shooting from outside Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church before he entered the building.
Source: KSAT
Texas church shooting: Who is gunman Devin Patrick Kelley? - He was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and his child. Kelley received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force - Fox
A Short History of Mass Shootings at Houses of Worship - NBC
Texas church shooting: God, evil and a senseless act - Fox
Devin Patrick Kelly: An Anti-Christian, Athiest "Outcast" - Washington Times
Man Who Exchanged Fire With Texas Shooter -"I think my God, my Lord protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done," - NPR
Full Coverage - Google

Christians Called to Take Action on International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

Nov. 5, 2017 - Today is the "International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church."
Christianity is the most persecuted religion on the planet with a Christian dying for their faith every six minutes, and churches across the United States have been urged to "remember those in bonds"
Source: Christian Post
Every Six Minutes a Christian Dies for Their Faith Making Christianity the Most Persecuted Religion in the World - Standard Newswire
International Days of Prayers for the Persecuted Church

Christians face worse persecution than at any time in history, new report claims

Oct. 13, 2017 - A report from the group called "Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)." shows that in 13 countries persecution against Christians is increasing.
"The outlook has worsened in all of them with the one exception being Saudi Arabia 'where the situation was already so bad it could scarcely get any worse."

North Korea, Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria are some of the worst offenders.

Source: ChristianToday

President Trump reverses Obama's anti-Christian refugee policy

July 19, 2017 - President Donald Trump has said that Christians have “been horribly treated” by former President Obama, who allowed more Muslim than Christian refugees to come to the U.S. Since Trump's inauguration the numbers have been reversed.
According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data, during the period from January 21, 2017 ... through June 30, “9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees.
Source: FrontPage

Attack in Egypt: Gunmen reportedly open fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt, killing at least 23

May 26, 2017 - Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians near Cairo Friday. They killed 23 and injured 25.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But Egypt’s Coptic Christians have become the preferred target of the Islamic State group. In February, an Islamic State affiliate released a video saying that Egyptian Christians were their "favorite prey."
Source: Fox
Children among the 24 dead in Cairo assault on Christians - Times of Israel

Palm Sunday attacks: ISIS says it carried out bombings at churches in Egypt that killed at least 37

Apr. 9, 2017 - ISIS has claimed responsibility for bombing attacks at two Egyptian Coptic Christian churches.
The first blast happened at St. George church [near Cairo], where at least 26 people were killed and 71 others wounded... A second explosion was later reported at St. Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria.
Source: Fox

Egypt's Christians Flee Sinai Amid Islamic State Killing Spree

Feb. 25, 2017 - Officials in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia say that some 100 families affiliated with the Evangelical Church are packing their belongings and fleeing from the area.

Seven Christians have been killed in Arish between Jan. 30 and Thursday. Islamic State, which is waging an insurgency there, claimed responsibility for the killings, five of which were shootings. One man was beheaded and another set on fire.

Source: MewsMax

Boko Haram Has Murdered 100,000, Displaced 2 Million In War To Wipe Out Christianity In Nigeria

Feb 20. 2017 - Since 2009 the Islamic militant group Boko Haram has killed approximately 100,000 people--both Christians and Muslims.

Moreover, the jihadist group has displaced over two million people in Nigeria in its ongoing mission to eradicate Christianity in the region.

Source: ChristianToday

Bill's objective: Restore freedom, reduce persecution

Jan. 24, 2017 - If Congress passes HR 2802--The The First Amendment Defense Act--the federal government will no longer be allowed to force a person to act against his religious belief or moral conviction that:

(1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."

President Trump has said he would sign the bill if it passes.

Source: OneNewsNow

Christian legal warriors get new leader

Jan. 11, 2017 -The Alliance Defending Freedom was was founded two decades ago to help Christians keep their rights. The organization has thrived, and now has 3,100 allied attorneys and more than 300 allied organizations. They have won 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, and have a record of winning eighty percent of the cases it takes on.

Now ... Michael P. Farris, the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, will become ADF’s second president.

Source: WND

Report: 90,000 Christians Killed for Their Faith in 2016

Jan 1, 2017

During the year 2016, some 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith around the world, according to a new study from the Turin-based Center for Studies on New Religions.
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Communism is still responsible for some persecution of Christians, but “Islamic ultra-fundamentalism” is now the main source of persecution. During the yearit is estimated that between 500 and 600 million Christians were in some way persecuted.

Source: Breitbart
Jihadists at root of worldwide spike in persecution - OneNewsNow
2017 World Watch List reveals troubling trends - Mission Network News
World Watch List
‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian - Christianity Today
Report: Over 200 Million Christians Face Persecution Worldwide - NewswMax
900,000 Christians were 'martyred' over last decade, says Christian research - Independent UK

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Legalize Jesus
Morning Star News
Religious Freedom - Christian Post
World Watch Monitor
Worthy Network
Persecution of Christians - Wikipedia
Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World - Newsweek
Amnesty International
Bible League
Christian Freedom International
Christians In Crisis
Compas Direct
Defend Christians
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
The Rutherford Institute
The Thomas More Law Center

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