Persecution of Believers

"Later, Jesus sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and asked, "When will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time to signal your return and the end of the world?"  Jesus told them, "Don't let anyone mislead you... ... you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will hated all over the world because of your loyalty to me."
Matthew 24:9

Pastors jailed, killed in Indonesia  Churches destroyed in Nigeria ... 


"Over 2,000 years of Christian history, about 70 million faithful have given their lives for the faith, and of these, 45.5 million -- fully 65% -- were in the last century, according to The New Persecuted (his new book). Italian journalist Antonio Socci presented his work today during a conference on Anti-Christian Persecution in the 20th Century..."

State-sponsored executions
in North Korea
 Hindu extremists attack in India


On-line encyclopedia, "Wikipedia" reports these facts..

In Sudan, it is estimated that over 1.5 million Christians havebeen killed by the Janjaweed, the Arab Muslim militia, and even suspected Islamists in northern Sudan since 1984.  A representative of the local government in Orissa (India) estimated that more than 500 people died as a consequence of the anti-Christian pogrom launched by Hindu fundamentalists (since 2008). In 2009, Christians must worship in registered, regulated churches. According to the Jubilee Campaign, an interdenominational group, about 300 Christians caught attending unregistered churches were in jail in 2004.


State-sponsored executions India

The Christian ministry organization, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) defines a "restricted nation" as one in which...

"...government policy or practice prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles or other Christian literature. Also included are countries where government-sanctioned circumstances or anti-Christian laws lead to Christians being harassed, imprisoned, killed or deprived of possessions or liberties because of their witness."

VOM reports that in 2009. there are 52 restricted nations on the world map!


When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"  Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
Revelations 6:9-11


Dear reader, I would need many pages more to document the dramatic world-wide increase of Christian martyrs just in the last 25 years... I hope you can see that Jesus' prophecy of what would happen in the last days  is being fulfilled right before the blinded eyes of an uncaring world.       

  The real question is...  "Do you have eyes to see?"   


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