Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Satan on end-time wild rampage: a few recent examples

 Christiannews reports on a recent video briefing by Andrew White, chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad.  In it, Canon White recounted the story of four Iraqi children who were accosted by ISIS killers.  They were offered "freedom" if only they would agree to convert to Islam -  by repeating after the soldiers some words of allegiance to Mohammad.
        The children, all under 15 years of age, however refused bluntly.  Rather, they declared:  We love Jesus. We have always loved Jesus. We have always followed Jesus. Jesus has always been with us.'”
           Canon White continues the account:
"The Muslims then again demanded the children to say that they will follow Mohammad.
“They said, ‘Say the words!’ [The children] said, ‘No, we can’t.”
The men then decapitated the children.
“They chopped all their heads off,” White said, visibly moved and holding back tears.
 See the video of White's account here:
          A similar incident played out in northern Nigeria as reported by Gatestone Institute For refusing to denounce Christ and become a Moslem, Boko Haram militants tied John Yakuba to a tree and started hacking his hands with a knife.
"Can you become a Muslim now?" the militants asked.
"You can kill my body, but not my soul," Yakuba cried out.
The men continued to cut his feet and back with a machete and knife to torture him.
"We will show you," they said.
Yakuba's head was slashed, and an axe was driven into his knee, reaching the bone.
     He lost consciousness and was left tied to the tree for three days before someone found him, after which he was taken to the hospital in a coma. Miraculously, he survived it all!  Read more details at www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4927/raping-beheading-faithful
Unfortunately, there was a different outcome for a hapless man in the middle east also as reported by Gatestone. The man succumbed to the harassment of the Islamic State [IS] militants and renounced the Christian faith.  Nevertheless the demon-infested jihadists still went ahead to cut off his head – right on camera. (Graphic video can be viewed here).
More well reported all around the world was the pathetic story of South African pastor, Werner Groenewald and his two children who were murdered by the Talibans in Afghanistan.  The Islam-inspired killers described Werner's operation as a “secret Christian outpost.”  A colleague recalled Werner's last statement at a meeting:  ‘We only die once, so it might as well be for Jesus.’”
      These incidents remind of the story of Rev George Orji in Maiduguri in the early days of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. As he chose the blade of the Islamic scythe rather than renounce his faith, he whispered to a colleague: “Tell my people that I died well”
        ISIS, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al Shabab,etc Satan certainly is not about running short of killer-robots.  All these should serve as reminder to the rest of us in more comfortable climes that countless of our brothers and sisters elsewhere are constantly paying the supreme price for their faith somewhere. Most likely even right now.
Might each of us ask ourselves, "How have I served the Lord today?"

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