Repriestly Reports: Attacks Against Middle Eastern Christians

posted by admin @ 20:39 PM
January 19, 2011

Responding to Jael’s blog on the persecution of Christians who have lived for generations in countries with majority Muslim populations, please allow me, Sandra Repriestly, to add specifics and comments.  As you remember, I lead an association of women journalists.  For years, underground sources have sent us reports about these attacks against Christian believers in the Middle East.

 For instance, we know that many Iraqi Christians stealthily sent their children to Turkey last year, hoping to shield them from the murderous attacks on Christians in Iraq.  In that country on October 31, 53 Christians were killed during worship services.  An al-Qaeda group took responsibility.  Other reports tell of Christian-owned businesses burned to the ground.  Moreover, Christians were warned that if they don’t convert to Islamic faith, they will be killed.  One night in December, within 30 minutes, 14 bombs were placed near Christian homes in Baghdad.  Older believers relate the present persecution to the time some 50 years ago when Jews were forced to flee Iraq.  Other believers strongly claim that the misery from Iraqi persecutors started when the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.

 Similar attacks against Christians are taking place in Egypt.  On December 31, 21 Christians were killed and 79 others injured while attending Services at the Saints Coptic Church in Alexandria.  Although other Christians suffered attacks in Egypt in the past few years, this was undoubtedly the most vicious.  Unlike those in Iraq, Egyptian Christians, who make up 10 percent of the population in that country, often react to such attacks.  Sometimes they march in protest.  But last November when police stopped construction of a new church, hundreds of Christians rioted in Cairo.  Just last week a gunman attacked Christians on a train headed for Cairo, killing a 71-year old Christian man and wounding five other believers.  We were also shocked to learn that an al-Qaeda website advertises an instruction manual on building bombs with the intent of “destroying the cross.” 
 Christians in Indonesia endure similar attacks.  In December, shots were fired into the Muria Christian Church in Surakarta, Central Java. Muria is part of the U.S. based-Mennonite World Conference.  And terrorist threw Molotov cocktails at the Jesus The King Catholic Church also in Surakarta.  As in other Muslim countries, Christians make up nine percent of the Indonesian population.

 These reports forebode increasing oppression of Christians and Jews.  And be forewarned––such attacks will go beyond the Middle East.  Among His Bible prophecies, The LORD Jesus warned: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24: 21-22).  And in Revelation 22: 20, He said, “Surely I come quickly.  Amen.”  Yes, quickly!

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