And yet, the "systematic elimination of Christianity" happening right now in Muslim regions of the world has "gone largely unnoticed by the international community," says Coptic Bishop Anba Angaelos.
According to a report by Open Doors, a non-denominational mission supporting persecuted Christians in over 60 countries:
"In the 21 worst nations for Christians, 100% of Christians experience persecution,including unimaginable torture, beheadings and atrocities resulting in the wholesale slaughter of our brothers and sisters in Christ."Horrific? Yes. Unexpected? No.
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John was instructed to write down the things that must come to pass in the Last Days.
After 19 chapters detailing end time events, John writes: "Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God" (Revelation 20:4).
Beheaded. And while the martyrs of Revelation take place during the Great Tribulation period, current events lend credence to the literal interpretation of Scripture.
The Bible warns us to expect increasing persecution as the Day draws near. The Middle East is already brimming over with it.
"A Christian holocaust is in our midst," says Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American spokesperson trying to raise awareness of Christian persecution. "A Christian genocide is being conducted by ISIS", and they "are absolutely killing every Christian they see.
"Slaughtered Christians..." (click and then scroll down to article)
Let's not assume the West will be exempt.
"Remember the word I said to you...If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you...because they do not know Him who sent Me" (John 15:21).
A wise man once said: "As I read the news, I can't help but wonder if we're in the last hours." --Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse
"Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because of your allegiance to Me" (Matthew 24:9).
- CBN: ABC News called out for labeling a law firm that defends religious liberty a "hate group".
- Jerusalem Post: Iran and Turkey fund recent round of terror related to Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
- Israel News: Hamas calls for "Day of Rage" in Jerusalem this Friday.