Pastor Saeed Abedini Sends Troubling Letter Detailing Mistreatment in Prison

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American pastor Saeed Abedini has sent a troubling letter to his wife, Naghmeh, detailing the beatings and harsh treatment he has been experiencing in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran.

“My hair was shaven, under my eyes were swollen three times what they should have been, my face was swollen, and my beard had grown,” pastor Abedini wrote in a letter obtained by the American Center for Law and Justice, which has been campaigning for his release.

The troubling letter reveals that although Iranian authorities had promised him medical treatment, he has not received it, and in fact has been denied proper care because of his faith.

“The nurse would also come to take care of us and provide us with treatment, but she said in front of others ‘in our religion we are not suppose to touch you, you are unclean. Baha’i (religion) and Christians are unclean!’ She did not treat me and that night I could not sleep from the intense pain I had.”

The ACLJ said that the letter was written weeks ago, on margins of scraps of newspaper, and is only the third one he has been allowed to send to his family in Idaho in the nearly 180 days he has spent in prison so far.

The Iranian-born pastor was arrested in September 2012, and sentenced to eight years in prison in January for “endangering national security” in Iran. The law group insists, however, that the real reason behind the sentence was Abedini’s back and forth trips between America and Iran, where he helped underground Christian churches and was building an orphanage for children.

The U.S. citizen, however, shared that he is taking refuge in his faith.

“Love is as strong as death,” the pastor said. “The Joy of the Lord is my strength.”

Most recently, the ACLJ and Naghmeh Abedini spoke in front of Congress and shared not only of pastor Abedini’s plight, but also detailed the persecution many Christians in Muslim-dominated countries face.

The U.S. State Department was criticized by a number of congressmen for failing to send a single representative to attend the hearing.

Read Pastor Abedini’s full letter below:

Hello to my dear love and wife,

When I saw my family for the first time behind the glass walls, I could see my mom four meters away. As she approached me and saw my face, she broke down and could not get closer. She was crying. I understood what she felt because after weeks of being in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, I also got to see my face in the mirror of an elevator that was taking me to the prison hospital. I said hi to the person staring back at me because I did not recognize myself. My hair was shaven, under my eyes were swollen three times what they should have been, my face was swollen, and my beard had grown.

It was a few days ago when one of my family members, with weary eyes and after running around for 15 weeks in trying to get me out of prison, said that my dad says every single day that “this week I will get my son out of prison.” But this does not happen and he is not able to get me out of prison. In that instant I looked into the wrinkled and tired eyes of my dad. I could clearly see that he had ran around for months and he had no more strength left in him. It was very hard seeing my family in such a situation.

You, my wife, on the other side of the world, alone with the kids. Alone and worried. My family here in Iran, being interrogated, tired and under so much pressure.

With the loud voice of the prison guard, our visitation had ended and they put covers over our eyes and we returned to the dark room void of any natural sunlight.

I started praying for my family. My dear Naghmeh. You are the love of my life. I am always in love with you.

Dear Naghmeh, I have been stung so many times that I have become full of poison. This is an Iranian saying. A lot of people say that they have been stung by so many people that their whole being is full of poison like a poisonous snake. It means that we have been bitten by the snakes of this world so many times that, that all of the poison has collected in us and that we are like the poisonous snake. But if we sting anyone, we will die. This Iranian saying is full of spirit of revenge and unforgiveness and every time I would hear this in Iran, I would get very sick hearing it.

A few days ago they brought a young war veteran who was disabled in 80% of his body in my cell. He had been put in solitary confinement with his horrific condition. And this had made him very mad and he kept saying “why did they do this to me? I gave my whole life for their sake. See what they have done to me!!!” And when he would get very mad he would say “I will take my revenge!”

I spoke to this young man until 4 in the morning. I spent time with him and spoke to him to forgive. When we don’t forgive, we drink the poison ourselves and then wait for the other person to die. And we take the knife that has hurt us and we stab ourselves with it again! And this is the will of the evil one who wants to destroy us.

But when we forgive, we pour out the poison of the enemy and of the devil and we don’t let the poison stay in us and we don’t let the poison make us into poisonous snakes! So that we don’t become like the person we despised and who persecuted and tortured us.

Maybe you ask, what is the secret of being so happy in such a hard situation?

Forgiveness and a change of attitude. When we forgive, we become free and we become messengers of peace and reconciliation and goodness. And whoever stings us, we can take into our embrace and love them. And in this dark and evil time, we can live full of love and full of peace and full of joy and shine like the stars! Glory be to His Name.

I forgave the prison doctor who did not listen to me and did not give me the medication that I needed. I forgave the interrogator who beat me. Every day when I would see the interrogator and for the last time when I saw him, I forgave him. I smiled at him and with respect shook his hand and I said my goodbye. The minute I forgave them and loved them, that second I was filled with unspeakable joy. I saw in the eyes of the interrogator that he had come to respect me and as he was leaving, he could not look behind him. Love is as strong as death.

We have to get rid of the poison in our body because if we don’t, we will die. We have to get rid of both poisons; first the poison of the snake that bit us and also the poison in us that was created by that bite. We can get rid of the first poison by forgiveness and we can get rid of the second poison by humility, by dying to ourselves, and allowing the band-aid of love and goodness to replace the empty place of the wound. So that we are not a tool of darkness and revenge, but that we can be light and love and a vessel of forgiveness and we can be transformed in the process.

Surely you have someone in your family, city, work or environment that have become like poisonous snake who have bitten you and tried to make you poisonous. So, forgive them and use the antidote of love and be Victorious!

One of the chances of forgiveness came when I was blindfolded and a guard was holding my hand guiding me. He asked “what are you here for? What is your crime?” I said “I am Christian Pastor.” All of the sudden he let go of my hand and said “so you are unclean! I will tell others not to defile themselves by touching you!” He would tell others not to get close to me. It really broke my heart. The nurse would also come to take care of us and provide us with treatment, but she said in front of others “in our religion we are not suppose to touch you, you are unclean. Baha’i (religion) and Christians are unclean!” She did not treat me and that night I could not sleep from the intense pain I had. According to the doctor’s instructions, they would not give me the pain medication that they would give other prisoners because I was unclean.

I could not fall sleep one night due to the pain when all of a sudden I could hear the sound of dirty sewer rats with their loud noises and screeches. It was around 4 in the morning. It sounded like laughter in a way.

Even though many would call me unclean and filthy and would not even want to pass by me and they had abandoned me and they were disgusted to touch me because they were afraid that they would also become unclean, but I knew that in the eyes of Jesus Christ, and in the eyes of my brothers and sisters, I am like the sewer rat, beautiful and loveable – not disgusting and unclean – and like the rats I can scream with joy within those prison walls and worship my Lord in joy and strength.

The Joy of the Lord is my strength. Amen.

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How The Apostles Died/ The Death of Jesus

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I’ve NEVER, EVER SEEN THIS ALL IN ONE PLACE BEFORE!

1.   Matthew

Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia.  Killed by a sword wound.

2. Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3.  Luke

Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.

 
4.  John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome.  However, he was miraculously delivered from death.  John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island  of  Patmos.  He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos.  The Apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey.  He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.

5.  Peter


He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition, it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6.  James


The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.  When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

7.  James the Great
Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry.  As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem.

The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution.  Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8.  Bartholomew

Also known as Nathaniel was a missionary to Asia.  He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey.  Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.


9.  Andrew
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece.  After being whipped severely by seven soldiers, they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony.  His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: “I have long desired and expected this happy hour.  The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.”  He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.

10.  Thomas

Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent.

11.  Jude

Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

 

12.  Matthias

The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.


St. Paul

Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in
A.D. 67.  Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire.  These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Perhaps this is a reminder to us.

That our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times for the sake of the faith.  And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake:  But he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 

Faith is not believing that God can;
it is knowing that God WILL!”
 

Jesus’ Death:

For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever
you are doing and take this opportunity!

Let’s see if Satan can stop this.

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS
At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death.  At the time Crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by Crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the Cross by His hands and feet.
Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly
portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that
extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew
that when the nails were being hammered into the
wrist that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe.

Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that
impaled His feet to the cross.  Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breathe.  Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.

Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering?  A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding.  He was simply pouring water from his wounds.  From common images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side…  But, do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body.  A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even larger nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear.  But before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten.  The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body.  The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The Crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.  Most men would not have survived this torture.  He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds.  The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters  (just less than a gallon) of blood.  Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest.. 

All these without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed). Jesus had
to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, So that you can have free access to God.  So that your sins could be “washed” away.  All of them, with no exception!  Don’t ignore this situation.

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!

He died for you! It is easy to pass jokes or foolish photos by e-mail, but when it comes to God, sometimes you feel ashamed to forward to others because you are worried of what they may think about you.  God has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced to save you.  Now think about this! May God bless your life!  60 seconds with God…

For the next 60 seconds, set aside what you’re doing and take this opportunity!  Let’s see if Satan can stop
This..  All you have to do is:
1.  Simply Pray for the person who sent this message to you.
2. Then, send this message to people.  The more the better.
3.  People will pray for you and you will make that many people pray to God
for other people.
4.  Take a moment to appreciate the power of God in your life, for doing what pleases Him.

If you are not ashamed to do this, please, follow Jesus’ instructions.


He said (Matthew 10:32 & 33): “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven; but whosoever denies Me before others, I also will deny before My Father in heaven.”

Yes, I love God. He is my source of life and my Savior. He keeps me alive day and night.  Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13.

This is the simple proof.  If you love God and you are a believer and trust in salvation through Christ Jesus, send this to all those you love.

God Bless You All and meet every need! 

Iran May Hang Imprisoned U.S. Pastor

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An American-Iranian pastor imprisoned in Tehran since September may face hanging because of his Christian faith. Saeed Abedini sent a letter to his family Jan. 10 detailing his torture and treatment by Iranian authorities.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The U.S. State Department expressed “serious concerns” about Abedini’s situation on Friday.

Jordan Sekulow, the executive director of the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) wrote to the The Jerusalem Post on Friday, “This is an extremely critical time for American Pastor Saeed and his family. We now know with certainty, from his own words, the brutality and life-threatening danger he faces in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.”

“In a powerful letter from him released to family members in Tehran, Pastor Saeed reveals that he is undergoing beatings and is being told that he ‘will hang’ for his Christian faith. That treatment combined with the recent news that Pastor Saeed’s case has been turned over to one of Iran’s ‘hanging judges’ makes his circumstances more dire than ever,” Sekulow said.

Abedini became an American citizen in 2010 after marrying his American wife, Naghmeh Abedini, according to FOX News.

The Iranian government does not recognize his American citizenship, though it had enabled him to travel freely between both countries until this past summer. That’s when he was pulled off a bus and placed under house arrest, according to his supporters. Abedini was then imprisoned and charged with several crimes that have not been made public, but it is widely believed that it is because of his Christian faith.

Jihadists and allies of the ruling mullahs target Christians living in Iran.

Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, an expert on Iran who has written extensively on the persecution of Christians in the Islamic Republic, told the Post on Saturday, that Abedini’s case was “an example of the insidious and perfidious policy of the Islamist dictatorship” in Tehran, adding that “the main goal of the rulers is to intimidate Christians and Iranians who are interested to leave Islam and change their religion.” […]

“The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and representatives of Islamic Jihad even play the role of pastors in churches in Isfahan to “guide” the Christians and teach them that Islam is better,” Wahdat-Hagh stated.

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THE NEW AMERICAN GOLDEN AGE, ECONOMIC BOOM AND BABYLON

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At the present moment all respected economic indicators project that America will soon experience economic chaos or collapse, food shortages, riots and social anarchy as the system collapses. This analysis is based on all existing economic indicators. However, what if some new technologies were to appear? What if seemingly out of nowhere organizational systems, technologies and new platforms for business arose and America began to experience an economic boom and a new Golden Age?

For many the mere reading of these words arouses a kind of slamming of the door in our human consciousness because of an inner belief system based on current evidence which strongly suggests the opposite is true. But this is precisely what I want to address. At the present moment America and much of the world is locked in a vortex of economic destruction that is partially engineered by an invisible and occult-based elite that have plans for a one world government, one world economic system and one world religion. Like economics or physics, all spiritual systems in the universe operate on laws.

A number of things have happened to produce the global economic crisis and the drive to a One World Socialist State. At present the control of these systems are in the hands of powerful and secret occult-based elite. These Satanic elites are accessing and utilizing powerful forces of spiritual darkness in order to increase the power of the occult pyramidal organizational and control grid. On the back of the U.S. dollar bill is an occult pyramid symbolizing the secret elite ruling at the very top of the pyramid just below the all-seeing eye of Lucifer, and below the rulers is the larger base of the pyramid which represents the masses, slaves or useless eaters who are under the rule of the secretive elite. It is an Egyptian / Pharaoh-based economic and political system where the Pharaoh, a superhuman ruler infused with occult powers, rules a system of spirituality, economics and culture. This occult system is also inspired by ancient Babylon and the Tower of Babel where the first one world government, one world economic system, and one world religion were formed under a god-man or superhuman ruler, born of Nephilim DNA, which was the product of interspecies breeding between fallen angels or the B’nai Elohim and human women, which produced the Nephilim. This was the superhuman race that developed highly advanced technology and built the massive antediluvian megalithic structures such as the Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and Incan and Mayan temples, all of which incorporated human sacrifice in ancient occult religions. These civilizations and ancient peoples like the Canaanites worshipped gods like Molech under many different names and sacrificed their children alive by placing their bodies on the glowing red hot metallic hands of Molech. These occult worship ceremonies were accompanied by the use of powerful psychedelic drugs, chanting and sexual orgies. This fulfilled spiritual law and opened portals in another dimension for forces and entities to come into the earth.

This occult worship allowed supernatural power from another dimension to enter the physical world and control the weather, crops, food supplies, economic prosperity, and technology and give these cultures power over their enemies. These occult-based systems which started at Babylon continued on through Atlantis, Sumerians, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Incans, the Mayans, and Tibet and then continued on through Europe with the Black Nobility, Rosicrucian’s, Knights Templar, Illuminati, numerous secret occult societies like the Nazi Vril and Thule Societies, and the Great Satanist Aleister Crowley. It should be noted that these secret societies took control over the global economic system through the Rothschild family, along with science and culture. After World War II, during Operation Paperclip, over 4,000 Nazi rocket and mind control scientists took control over laboratories, think tanks and secret military projects in the United States. These Nazi scientists were members of secret societies and practicing Satanists.

It should be noted that the Nazi scientists under occult leader Adolph Hitler built a booming economy and invented the most advanced military technology the world had ever seen, including flying saucer technologies whose design was channeled to them through the occult society “Vril maidens,” who were clairvoyants and received detailed blueprints, formulas and diagrams for the construction of these flying saucer-like machines. The point is that not only was Adolph Hitler financed by international bankers, who were part of the Illuminati, but the Nazi party was first and foremost an occult party and they received their economic, military and scientific plans from another dimension through their secret Satanic ceremonies. The current new world order that was predicted by the Biblical prophets is receiving its plans from a supernatural dimension. Sir Francis Bacon, a Rosicrucian, helped set the stage for America to be the “New Atlantis,” before America was founded and for it to become the head of a new world order. The words Novus Ordo Seclorum, or new world order written on the bottom of the occult pyramid on the back of the U.S. dollar reveal the secret destiny of the United States. The new world order is a counterfeit of the Kingdom of Heaven.

At the same time the Illuminati were attempting to shape the destiny of the United States, deeply intelligent and spiritual Christians were attempting to steer our nation along the plans of God. These men, like Jonathan Edwards, the father of the First Great Awakening, unleashed an indescribable wave of supernatural power that ignited the thirteen original colonies and helped form the Constitution and Bill of Rights with a distinctly Christian input that is still protecting our liberties today. Year later, a former member of the Illuminati, Charles Finney rejected the teachings of the Illuminati for the teachings of Jesus Christ and accessed what he called, “power from on high,” which released a mighty Second Great Awakening. Finney discovered that this “supernatural power from on high” could be systematically released on individuals, communities and the nation. In Finney’s writings he taught how an individual could actually carry the supernatural charge of this power and the energy released was so powerful that when Finney traveled to a town or a large factory people would begin to tremble from its force before Finney even arrived. Without Finney saying a word, people would weep and cry out for salvation. In addition, Finney observed that once that spiritual atmosphere came over a town or nation that economic and social prosperity could be generated. This was not an economic prosperity built on self-indulgence or the conspicuous consumption of material prosperity but an economic prosperity that would benefit the common good. For the most part the modern church has lost this truly Biblical definition of economic prosperity, either perverting it into a “health and wealth” gospel or distorting it into a socialist gospel.

Ancient Babylon was economically prosperous and before the Flood of Noah a secret hybrid race of fallen angels breeding with human women was designed by Satan to circumvent God’s plans and create a race of Satanic supermen who would rule the world. The breeding of this race of god-men or supermen was an essential theme of all occult-based religions throughout history. In modern times, it was revived by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1920’s with their Science of Eugenics. Adolph Hitler hoped to use this Science of Eugenics to scientifically breed a new master race of supermen or god-men. In our time the genetic breeding of Nephilim with animal and human DNA in laboratories is an attempt to create a new race of god-men or supermen. This science is called Transhumanism and it is an attempt to scientifically evolve the human race into gods, and many fear what is called the “Singularity,” the time when these Transhumanist gods, robots and Androids begin to rule us.

However, despite the optimism of the elite who hope to purchase new bodies and immortality through Transhumanism, the vast majority of Americans are facing the reality of a dark economic future. But, the reality of a dark economic future is not a fixed reality! It is one possible economic scenario among many, because the future is not fixed. There is great debate among theological circles as to precisely what is going to happen in the future. The study of Bible prophecy is called Eschatology. In addition to writing 22 books on the subject of prophecy, I have the privilege of being a Professor of Eschatology at a major university. Many times people E Mail me, assuming that I am not familiar with the wide spectrum of beliefs within Eschatology. Let me assure the reader, not only am I familiar with this spectrum of beliefs, but I have taught on them extensively and I am well aware of how these beliefs impact our world, our foreign policy, and the future.

But I want to begin at ground zero for understanding prophecy and how it affects the possibility of a new American Golden Age and an economic boom. Many people do not believe that is possible based on their understanding of prosperity. They assume that we must face a global economic collapse and massive social upheaval in the near future. In addition, many of these arguments revolve around hopes for a rapture and the timing of the rapture along with the Great Tribulation Period.

Although all of these issues are important and I teach on them, I personally do not like arguing about them. I have many well-known friends who have completely different views on this time table and I do not break friendships over these issues. The important question is what do we do now before the return of the Lord, whenever that is? The answer is given to us by Jesus Christ Himself, when He said, “Occupy until I come.” The Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ devote an enormous amount of time to economics. The primary principle is found in Deuteronomy 8:18.18

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He. “And you shall remember that the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

The key principle that America must re-learn is that it is God alone who gives the power to get wealth! Poverty, economic crisis, illegal immigration, food shortages, weather problem and every other adverse situation that negatively impacts the economy is at its root a spiritual curse. When you read Deuteronomy Chapter 28, God outlines the blessings and the curses on a very specific economic level. In order to access the very tangible economic blessing on America, the following law must be obeyed.

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God…”

America has never obeyed this law perfectly; no nation has. But, there was a time, not long ago when America made an attempt, however superficial to obey this commandment. The Personal Living God of the Universe honored this and this is the reason that economic prosperity, freedom, and peace made America unique in human history. America was the only nation in history where a prosperous middle class arose, consisting of millions of people. The category of the middle class had been basically unheard of in human history. America’s technological innovations, Constitutional freedoms, and material and economic blessings flow from the principle above. America was not prosperous because of its geographic position on planet Earth or its natural resources. Plenty of nations enjoy the same natural resources and geographic positioning. Collectively, on whatever level a significant number of Americans managed to adhere to the principle that God gives the power to get wealth.

Although, the seeds of America’s destruction were planted by the Illuminati in 1776 and then incrementally in 1913 and the following years with the League of Nations and the Illuminati’s Federal Reserve, it has been in the last sixty years that the collective consciousness of America has turned against the Personal Living God of the Universe. Starting at that exact time period we have enacted numerous laws that have thrown God and His laws out of our nation; we have mocked God and have become immoral; and fundamentally we have rejected the truth that it is God who is our Source! From that time period until now we have seen America devolve into chaos and moral anarchy and we are now approaching economic collapse. The only reason the Illuminati and other forces have been allowed to gain entrance into our nation and move their Satanic agenda forward through “Order out of Chaos” is that we, through our rejection of the fundamental economic operating principle of the universe, have collectively opened portals in the invisible realm for hordes of demonic forces to invade.

There is only one solution and one way out! We must undo what we have done. This was demonstrated by the father of the First Great Awakening Jonathan Edwards and the father of the Second Great Awakening Charles Finney. By turning to God as their Source and operating from the truth that “It is God who gives the power to get wealth,” they opened very real portals in the invisible realm for the supernatural power of God to set our nation on fire. The powers of darkness were driven back and there was an explosion of economic prosperity.

Between now and the return of Jesus Christ, there is nothing in the Bible that suggests that we cannot experience the New American Golden Age, even it is temporal. Author Dave Hunt, who was a guest on my national radio show, first planted the seed of this idea in my mind. Dave Hunt made reference to that fact that the Bible says:

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” -Matthew 24:37-39

The above passage suggests that this will be a time of economic prosperity. Although I don’t know if Hunt would take this as far as expecting an economic boom for America, as I am suggesting, but the verse certainly points to prosperity. I am not guaranteeing that America will absolutely experience a New Golden Age and economic boom. But I am suggesting that it is a viable possibility if certain conditions are met. When Jesus Christ said, “Nothing is impossible with God,” that is precisely what he meant. Jesus also specifically outlined in detail the laws of the Kingdom that have to me met in order for there to be a release of supernatural power and the miraculous in this world. This is specifically what I am talking about. How is that those in occult-based religions and even Satanism understand more about the relationship between power and economic prosperity and the methodology of accessing the supernatural than Christians and just everyday people do? The answer is that corporately they have studied, understood and experienced the supernatural realm.

Throughout history and in the Biblical accounts there are numerous records of God suspending so-called natural law or so-called reality and transforming it by the supernatural power of the miraculous. In actuality the Bible is far more than a religious book. It is a supernatural book that deals with multiple dimensions, existence out of time and space, genetics, DNA, neurological science, Transhumanism, economics, military science, medicine, nutrition, quantum physics, and the supernatural. Unfortunately, modern Christianity in the last 100 years has promoted a reductionist philosophy for understanding the Bible. Purely on a cultural and arbitrary basis, the Bible which has supernatural authorship has been reduced to an almost absurd set of irrelevant teachings. The result has been ridicule and rejection by the mass culture and rightly so. Why would anybody in their right mind and who has any intelligence accept a religious cartoon-like culture that is devoid of real supernatural power, intelligence and creativity?

When a nation or individual enters into supernatural communication with the Personal Living God of the Universe, all things become possible. Neurological, economic and so-called scientific barriers are removed and one views the eternal horizon of infinity. Those who operate on the laws of the Kingdom can supersede current economic forecasting and economic factors. Coming from another dimension as if it were out of the blue there can appear new technologies, economies, and new organizational and financial systems that can open the doors to a New American Golden Age where the economy grows faster than the speed of light. This system is supernatural, but it is rooted in the promise of God to give a person or nation the power to get wealth. In addition, in accordance with the blessings outlined in Deuteronomy 28, an economic boom can materialize, if the spiritual laws are met, such as repentance and the turning away from evil.

When Jesus Christ taught the laws of the kingdom, He emphasized the need for believing, faith and asking God to do the impossible. These were not “Greeting Card” sentiments; they were the mathematical formulae for calling resources in from another dimension. I believe that as we think about the various scenarios that could play out in the next several years, a New Golden Age for America must be seriously considered. The only thing that would prevent it is either the will of God or our activating laws of the Kingdom which would shut it down. Conversely, if we activate the laws of the Kingdom which release this into our physical world, there are no limits to what is possible.

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Nigeria Kills 13 Boko Haram Militants as Massacre of Christians Continues

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The Nigerian armed forces have fought back against the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, killing 13 suspected combatants in an attack on their stronghold in the town of Maiduguri on Tuesday.

The news was confirmed by the Joint Task Force Operation Restore Order, who said that they lost one soldier in the gunfight, CNN reported. Military spokesman Sagir Musa said that that Boko Haram have been carrying out “incessant callous, brutal, barbaric and impious killings,” and Human Rights Watch estimate that the Islamic group, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege,” have killed more than 2,800 people in the last several years, including at least 34 since Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, raids on two separate churches resulted in the deaths of 12 worshippers, including a pastor. Another 15 Christians were massacred six days later on Sunday at another church in Northern Nigeria.

“We had warned that Boko Haram would continue its tradition of killing Nigerian Christians on Christmas day. Last week marked the third straight year that the terror group has murdered Nigerian Christians in the church on a Christmas day,” a statement by the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans noted, calling for more action on behalf of authorities.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said that despite these setbacks, Nigeria has been battling the terrorists, and a number of those who carried out the attacks have been apprehended “as a result of the diligence and steadfastness of law enforcement agents and security operatives across the country.” Jonathan made the remarks at a New Year’s service at Saint Anglican Church in Abuja, but did not reveal how many in total were in custody, AllAfrica reported.

Boko Haram have been bombing and burning churches and attacking Christians across the Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria for years, specifically targeting Christians in their mission to eradicate them from the country.

“The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state,” the militants stated in no uncertain terms back in June.

Despite the slaughter of Christians and innocent people in Nigeria, the U.S. government has been reluctant to designate Boko Haram a terrorist organization, even though it has said some of its leaders are terrorists.

Nigerians have created a petition to the U.S. government asking for this to change.

“Our government in Washington DC, especially the White House and the State Department are fully aware of what is going on. But both President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have simply tolerated this impunity by their inaction,” the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans said about the petition.

“Already, American citizens have been affected, and the United Nations building in Abuja has been attacked by these terrorists. The U.S. Congress has affirmed that Boko Haram is a threat to the U.S., especially with the group’s suspected links to al-Qaeda.”

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Beyond the war on Christmas

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Is there a War on Christmas? Not if its observance is measured by shopping and decorations, which grow gaudier and more expensive with each passing year. But there is a war on Christ in full swing. And since Christmas is about His birthday, naturally the secularizing community has turned its full force on the holiday.

Case in point: NBC’s Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman. During a Tuesday “Today” discussion of the tasks that make the Christmas season so busy, Snyderman let viewers in on what really irks her about the holiday. “I don’t like the religion part. I think religion is what mucks the whole thing up … I think that’s what makes the holidays so stressful.”

So yes, there is indeed a real “war on Christmas,” or, more accurately, it’s the winter campaign in the year-round war on Christianity.

This year’s Christmas installment of religion-purging featured the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers complaining  about a school production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The play is about a Peanuts character disillusioned by the commercialization of the Christmas season, who explained to his classmates the reason for the celebration of Christmas – the birth of Christ. The play’s “religious content” irked the society, as did the fact that the school organized a voluntary field trip to the play at a church. The pastor of the church planning to host the play eventually decided to cancel the production, citing a desire for peace.

Western Piedmont Community College tried to tell its students not to use the word Christmas – to promote a Christmas tree sale. (Public outcry forced the college to reverse its decision.)

The Department of Education cancelled an annual Christmas concert for a charity helping people in Africa – because the Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of Church and State threatened to sue because the concert was held at a church.

The war on public expression of Christianity during Christmas is merely the spearhead of a larger war on publicly expressed faith in America. Secularists in the media such as Anthony Faiola of the Washington Post blast those who defend public expression of Christianity as a “small fringe” on the “far right.”

A North Carolina elementary school prevented a first grade girl from reading a poem she wrote about her grandparents during a school assembly. The reason? The poem included the line: “He prayed to God for peace. He prayed to God for strength.” The sacrosanct principle of “separation of church and state” clearly dictates that public school students must be protected from listening to first grade Bible-thumpers discuss their ancestors’ deluded customs.

The North Carolina school wasn’t the only school to join Orwell’s angels. Louisiana State University posted pictures of football fans on its website — and photo-shopped the fans’ painted crosses out of the photos. When an outcry was raised, LSU spokesman Herb Vincent explained the school’s reasoning: “We don’t want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out. Only one of the students, who didn’t appreciate it, actually contacted us about it. So next time, we’ll just choose a different photo.” Painted crosses barely visible in the original picture apparently constitute a “religious statement.”

While LSU was forced to apologize for its censorship, more powerful entities are embracing the same tactics.

Government has taken an active role in purging publicly expressed Christianity. The White House asked Georgetown University  to cover up a monogram of the name of Jesus during a May 2012 visit. (President Obama heads a party which nearly purged God from its platform.) More far-reaching is the Obama administration’s insistence that religious-affiliated institutions pay for contraception and sterilization, effectively forcing these institutions to violate their beliefs or be punished.

Secularist groups seek to purge any trappings of Christianity from public practice. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is pushing Obama not to use the Bible during his second inauguration. The American Humanist Association is pressuring new members of Congress not to join the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

At times, the secular campaign against public religion takes ridiculous turns. The FFRF sought to remove a statue of Jesus on public property in Montana. But the suit faced dismissal because, as the Christian Post reported, the FFRF “had not found an individual or group that maintained they were harmed by the statue’s presence.” (The FFRF eventually found an atheist who lived 15 minutes away from the statue to object to its presence, allowing the lawsuit to proceed.)

Perhaps these groups should read the section of the First Amendment concerning religion more closely. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The position of secularists appears to be that any religious symbol displayed or language spoken somehow constitutes an “establishment of religion.” The mere public mention of religion is apparently capable of scorching the sensitive ears of those who deny his existence.

But such a position certainly inhibits the free exercise of faith – assuming, of course, that faith is something more than an archaic ritual to be practiced every weekend and shelved on all other occasions. (Not that the words of the Constitution matter to the secular left.) But if any public mention of God is forbidden, documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address should be purged from the public record as well.

There is a “war on Christmas:” a war on any symbol that might make Christmas more than a confectionary slop of feel-goodness to be cast aside on December 26. And this war lasts the other 11 months of the year

The Blogginghounds once again see a war being waged on Christians. Get ready for persecution in the USA.
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Iranian Pastor Shares Joy Despite Imprisonment in Letter to Christians

Jailed Iranian pastor Behnam Irani, who was last month denied hospitalization despite his critical condition, wrote a letter from his prison cell days before Christmas, ministering to Christians in his country and thanking God for letting him share “very little of” Jesussuffering on the cross.

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“Despite the pressure and difficulties in prison, I am pleased to share, what is like a fountain, my Christian joy with you in the new Christmas days to come,” wrote Irani, who is currently serving a six-year sentence, according to the letter translated by Minnesota-based Present Truth Ministries, which has missionaries and pastors working in various Middle Eastern countries.

“My brothers and sisters, I love you all. Christ has given you to me on Calvary. Even if I were sentenced to many years behind bars for the salvation of one of you, there would never be any complaint,” said the pastor in his 40s in the letter, seemingly written to the people he has ministered to and Christian workers in Iran.

Before his arrest in 2011 for “acting against the interests of national security. Irani was leading the Church of Iran in the city of Karaj in Alborz Province. He has been tortured in prison and was denied hospitalization for a bleeding ulcer. He had been found several times unconscious in his prison cell when visited, raising fears for his well-being.

But Irani is still thinking of the well-being of his people. “You are so precious that God himself braved the death on the cross. Do I or other servants not have to bear imprisonment for you?” Irani added. “I wish you can love each other as much as I love you, at least. Sooner or later our earthly settlement will end, and we will leave the world with all its attractions. Please do not let any earthly attraction prevent you from sweet Christian relations.”

Irani also sought to warn and encourage Christian workers, asking them to fix their eyes on spiritual things and not on worldly problems and temptations. “There were times when I was being tempted and paying more attention to my future during my ministry as a servant of Christ,” he wrote, adding that verses from the Bible serving as “a red light stopped me, even though I was sometimes fined for passing this

Many a times, he added, Christians, especially servants, act like the Samaritan woman (John 4). The water jar she was carrying represented her worldly needs and desires, but she left it after she realized who Jesus is and what He can offer. Irani said Christian workers should not be concerned too much about financial support and other difficulties.

“In these days which are truly evil, I encourage you to be alert. Do not fear for the recent economic crisis covering the larger part of the world and especially Iran,” he wrote in the wake of reports that many Christians from Iran are fleeing persecution and famine. “You servants will find new excuses for reducing the quality and hours of your ministry; and drowning more deeply in worldly affairs you will come to a point when it is too late.”

To his “brothers and sisters, and servants who are scattered all over the church of Iran,” he stated, “Tears are shed for you. I wipe them not to be noticed. They originate from the pain of my love to you. How well I now understand when Paul the Apostle said to the church, ‘I raised you with tears.'”

The issue of some fleeing or migrating to other countries must not cause division in the church, Irani warned. “Perhaps one day we who are currently residing in Iran will immigrate away and they [those who have fled or migrated] return to Iran instead. What is expected is that we don’t forsake God’s kingdom wherever we are in this planet. Believers ought to cooperate fully with servants and aid them in pressure and difficulties. Bear their possible mistakes with the Christian love and don’t express them verbally. Respect the anointing God has given them, and know that any disrespect to their ministry and anointing is regarded as disrespect to the Holy Spirit.”

Irani became a Christian in 1992, and became a pastor 10 years later. His wife and two children have said they are afraid that unless the beatings stop and he is offered proper medical care, he might die in the prison soon.

But suffering has not robbed Irani of the joy Jesus gives. “Once again, I congratulate all the saints at Christmas and the coming new year,” he said, concluding the letter.

Holiday message: Atheists dub Jesus a ‘myth’ on Times Square billboard

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Just as midtown Manhattan comes alive with Christmas cheer, festive window displays and Salvation Army bell ringers trying to channel holiday generosity to the needy, an atheist group has a message for the masses teeming into Times Square: Jesus is a myth.

With a picture of Santa Claus above another image of Jesus Christ, the sign, sponsored by New Jersey-based American Atheists, urges passersby to “Keep the Merry!” and “Dump the Myth!” Attacks on Christianity from the group have become routine, and in the bustling heart of America’s busiest city, most folks don’t even waste a shrug on the sign. But some took notice, and did not approve.

“It’s a damn shame. It’s an insult,” said Anthony White, 41, a of Jersey City, N.J. said. “Why did they have to put that up?”

David Silverman, president of American Atheists, had an answer, though not one likely to please the faithful.

“Most Christians are really atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion,” Silverman told FoxNews.com. “They need not be Christian to enjoy the holiday season.”

Silverman said a private donor paid more than $25,000 to have the billboard posted above a nightclub in the crossroads of the world for one month, ending Jan. 10, 2013.

“We chose Times Square because it is a place where people go to shop and be festive, which has nothing to do with religion,” Silverman said.

Lamar Outdoor, the advertising giant that leased the space to Silverman’s group, said it wasn’t the company’s place to censor the message.

“We felt as long as it’s not misleading that it’s their First Amendment right,” Lamar spokesman Hal Kilshaw said. “We think it’s their right to have their message heard,” he said, adding that they have not received any complaints over the Times Square billboard yet.

The ad is the latest in holiday-themed billboards put up by the group every year. In 2011, American Atheists posted a variety of ads as part of a “Myth” campaign in three states with images of Santa, Jesus, Greek god Poseidon, and the Devil with the phrase, “37 million Americans know MYTHS when they see one.”

The Catholic League has battled it out with Silverman’s group in the past, even posting opposing signs on each end of the Lincoln Tunnel in 2010. But Catholic League spokesman Bill Donohue said Silverman went too far this year.

“This year it’s different,” he said. “This is vile. When you depict Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, this is exploitative. We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists. But they can’t seem to say, ‘We simply disagree with you.’ They have to insult us.”

The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Evangelism

The following is an excerpt from Mitch Glaser’s recent presentation entitled, “Heroes of the Holocaust: Poland, the Warsaw Ghetto and Yeshua,” given at a gathering of leaders in Jewish missions.

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The Holocaust was the most significant challenge to the survival of the Jewish people since the Babylonian Captivity. Over the centuries, many threats reshaped the Jewish community, including the Crusades, expulsions, pogroms and the ongoing conflicts related to the modern state of Israel. Yet no other modern trauma brought upon the Jewish people is comparable to the reduction of the Jewish population and destruction of Jewish life engendered by the Holocaust.

The impact of this tragedy on the general Jewish population was massive, as was its impact on Jewish followers of Jesus. Jewish believers living in Europe prior to the Holocaust numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Most were either killed or moved to other parts of the globe. Even after almost seventy years, we still live in the shadow of the Holocaust, and the experiences of our spiritual forefathers during the Holocaust continue to shape Jewish missions.

We stand on the shoulders of these heroes of the Holocaust, particularly the Jewish believers of the Warsaw Ghetto, although their achievements and witness remain largely unknown. Their story — as much or as little as we know — must be told.

The Nazi Invasion and the Construction of the Warsaw Ghetto

The Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 and anti-Jewish regulations were soon implemented, leading to the construction of the Warsaw Ghetto. The Nazis also built ghettos in other Polish and Lithuanian cities with large Jewish populations, such as Lodz and Vilna.

The Nazis established the Warsaw Ghetto in November 1940. They placed nearly 500,000 Jewish people within the Ghetto and imprisoned them with a wall. In 1941, about 45,000 Jewish residents died due to overcrowding, forced labor, poor sanitation, scarce food, and disease. In 1942, the Nazis deported most of the Ghetto’s population to Treblinka, one of six death camps, leaving only 60,000 residents. The following year, in April 1943, the Germans attempted to raze the Ghetto and deport the remaining population to Treblinka, initiating an uprising, led by Mordecai Anielewicz. The bitter fighting lasted twenty-eight days, ending with the Ghetto’s destruction.1

An Overview of Pre-War Jewish Missions in Poland

Martin Parsons, a missionary to the Jewish people with The Church’s Ministry among Jewish People (established in 1809) gives a sketch of Jewish missions in Warsaw in a statement prior to the Nazi invasion:

The American Board of Missions to the Jews [Chosen People Ministries today] has a center in Warsaw on the east of the river. They have room for some inquirers, in addition to general evangelistic work. The Mildmay Mission (Messianic Testimony today) has a hall in the Jewish quarter in Warsaw and their work mainly touches poorer Jews. The American European Fellowship is in Warsaw and works particularly among children. They have a villa at Radoso, which is used in the summer for children’s work. The Bethel Mission in Lodz has an evangelistic center and a colony. In addition, in Poland there is one Pentecostal evangelist, one member of the Open Brethren, one member of the Closed Brethren and a few private evangelists living by faith. The four missions in Warsaw work together in close cooperation.2

Parsons’ organization, CMJ, built Emmanuel Hall in 1927, a showcase for Messianic believers in Warsaw. Three Jewish believers provided significant leadership in Poland: H. C. Carpenter, Paul Levertoff, and J. I. Landsmann. Martin Parsons took the helm in 1927 and led the work until the Nazi invasion. Many effective missionaries served with CMJ, such as Bazyli Jocz, father of Messianic scholar Jakób Jocz.

Jewish Believers in the Warsaw Ghetto

When the Nazis invaded Poland, conditions among the Jews were already terrible, but the Final Solution arrived in Poland like a raging storm from hell. Jews and missionaries to the Jews were rounded up and taken to concentration camps, or else killed outright. Chaos was everywhere, and the work of the missions ground to a complete halt from which it would never recover.

Missions to the Jews died in Poland along with approximately 3,000,000 Jewish people. The largest of the open and active fields of labor among the Jewish people for the Gospel was destroyed; the war marked the end of a people and the end of an era.

In his monumental book, Christians in the Warsaw Ghetto, Peter F. Dembowski calculates that there were 5,000 to 6,000 Jewish believers living in the Ghetto at its height.3

Rachmiel Fryland speaks of his own interaction with the remaining believers in the Ghetto:

In late 1944, by hiding in cemeteries, deserted churches, and the homes of fearful friends, I was one of the few surviving Jews in Warsaw outside the ghetto. In that enclosure were 5,000 Jews, the last of Warsaw’s original 500,000. By God’s enabling, I secretly slipped into the ghetto and was able to speak comfort to a few of the Jewish believers still alive. Other Jewish brethren heard the message and believed in Messiah Jesus.4

Frydland was one of the most well-known Messianic Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. His first-hand testimony provided information about the life of the Jewish believers in Warsaw before and, to some degree, during the war.

One of the most significant Jewish believing voices was that of Dr. Ludwick Hirszfeld, author of the book The Story of a Life. Dembowski says, “Herzfeld (sic) is the most knowledgeable informant about the Ghetto and many aspects of the daily life of the Ghetto dwellers.”5

Dr. Hirszfeld’s autobiography, written soon after his escape from the Ghetto, gives a detailed description of his life and that of others, as well as providing testimony of his faith. He was a well-respected scientist who had served as a medical doctor in the Polish army in Yugoslavia. There, he began his lifetime work of developing methodology to identify blood types, which scientists still use today. Hirszfeld became a believer in his twenties, and the vitality of his faith comes through in both his writings and actions.

According to the records of various Jewish missions and churches, there were many conversions preceding the Holocaust. These continued all the way until the destruction of the Ghetto. Warsaw, a hotbed of Messianic activity, was home to more than a dozen Jewish missions.

The believers who came to faith through the Jewish mission agencies and Evangelical churches before and during the Ghetto counted the cost. These true believers found comfort in their dire straits through the Messiah.

While we do not have many records of their voices, one day we will hear their stories of martyrdom and suffering. In the eternal kingdom, their voices will be lifted with ours in praise and worship to the One who suffered on our behalf and was raised in triumph, conquering death, evil and every enemy of God and His chosen people. The grace of our Messiah and Lord will wipe away the horror of the Ghetto.

Sources:

1 The Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust: http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/timeline/ghettos.htm

2 IMCCAJ Vienna Conference 1937

3 Peter Dembowski, Christians in the Warsaw Ghetto: An Epitaph for the Unremembered, (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005) 68.

4 http://www.messianicassociation.org/bio-frydland.htm

5 Dembowski, 114.

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Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani: ‘I’m Alive Because of God’s Will and Your Prayers’

At a recent national conference in London, newly freed Iranian pastor expressed immense gratitude to his many supporters who prayed for his release during his three-year imprisonment, saying that he is alive today because of “what your prayers did for me.”

 

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“It is the opportunity for me to share about what the Lord did for me and to thank you because you supported me by your prayers, you supported my family in a very difficult time,” Nadarkhani, 35, told those in attendance at the persecution watchdog group Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s National Conference in London in early November.

“My prayer is I ask the Lord to bless you for what you did for me as a small member of the Body of Christ. Today my presence here is the will of God and the result of what your prayers did for me,” Nadarkhani added, according to a press release issued by CSW, which has maintained an active role in Nadarkhani’s release from prison.

Nadarkhani, a house pastor in Rasht, Iran, was released from prison on Sept. 8 after three years imprisonment for charges of apostasy and attempting to evangelize Muslims.

Although he initially faced the death penalty for his charges, Nadarkhani eventually had his apostasy charge removed, and was therefore freed.

Shortly after being released from jail, Nadarkhani issued a “Thank You Letter” to his supporters, saying:

“I want to express my gratitude to all of those who have supported me, openly or in complete secrecy. You are all very dear to my heart. May the Lord bless you and give you His perfect and sovereign Grace.”

Observers contend that Nadarkhani’s release depended highly on the amount of international pressure Iran received regarding his case.

Countries around the world, including Germany, the United States, and Brazil, openly condemned Iran’s imprisonment of the Christian minister due to his faith, arguing that the country was disregarding international human rights laws.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide said Nadarkhani’s speech at the organization’s national convention was an inspiring, faith-filled testimony of perseverance and love.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Pastor Nadarkhani to our conference and to hear his testimony of faith and perseverance, and of his love for God, for his family and for his nation,” CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said in a press release.

“His quiet courage, integrity and lack of recrimination cannot fail to have inspired anyone who heard him to deepen their own commitment to their faith,” Thomas added.

Nadarkhani reportedly spoke at four religious services at a local church in the small town of Brompton, near Medway, England, before returning to his wife and two sons in his hometown of Rasht.

Although Nadarkhani was successful in fighting the Iranian government’s practice of religious persecution, his lawyer, human rights defender Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, has been detained.

Dadkhah, one of the few human rights lawyers in Iran, was arrested in Oct. 2012 and sentenced to nine years in prison for allegedly acting against national security and spreading propaganda.

The American Center for Law and Justice, another pro-human rights organization that has closely monitored Nadarkhani’s case, urges all Christians to continue their fight for religious freedom in Iran.

“As the world awakened to the realities of religious persecution in Iran when the masses fought for Pastor Youcef’s freedom, we must now shift our attention to defend those who defend the persecuted,” Tiffany Barrans, International Legal Director for the ACLJ, previously told The Christian Post.

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