EXOD al creștinilor în Egipt după atacuri jihadiste repetate


Alţi creştini egipteni au fugit din Peninsula Sinai, după o serie de atacuri presupuse jihadiste în această regiune unde acţionează gruparea Stat Islamic (SI), relatează AFP şi Reuters. Potrivit unui responsabil al Bisericii Copte, multe familii creştine au sosit în oraşul Ismailya din apropierea canalului Suez (estul Egiptului, la 115 km nord-est de Cairo), unde 250 de coreligionari ai lor au găsit deja adăpost.

Presupuşi militanţi islamişti au împuşcat mortal cel puţin şase persoane în atacuri separate în ultima lună.

Foarte activă în Sinai, gruparea SI a publicat recent o înregistrare video în care promite să ia la ţintă membri ai comunităţii creştine.

Copţii, care reprezintă 10% din cei 92 de milioane de egipteni, au mai fost deja vizaţi în Sinai, o regiune cuprinsă de o insurecţie jihadistă, dar aceste atacuri au crescut după difuzarea înregistrării.

Miercuri, corpul ciuruit de gloanţe al unui creştin de şaizeci de ani şi cel al fiului său ars de viu au fost descoperite în spatele unei şcoli din Al-Arish.

VIDEO / Afla mai mult – http://www.stiripesurse.ro/exod-al-cre-tinilor-in-egipt-dupa-atacuri-jihadiste-repetate_1182092.html

VIDEO report – Egypt ‘Christians Expecting Death Any Time’

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See the story here – Christians in Egypt expect death at any time

Also, read –

VIDEO by VOM Canada

Warning some of the video in this report is graphic
An Egypt court has sentenced hundreds of members to death or life in prison for instigating violence after the ouster of Egyptian former president Mohammed Morsi. Coptic Christians suffered terribly in that time. CBN reporter takes us to the centre of the brutality where Christians are dying for their faith,

From Christian World News (CBN News)

Today is the alternate International Day of Prayer – Open Doors World Watch List: Pakistan, China, Egypt, Nigeria, India, Iran, Central Asia – Video for each country from Open Doors

Central Asia consists of 5 countries: Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Over 60 million people live in this region, but currently less than 10% profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Although the degree of persecution varies across the 5 nations, one factor remains consistent: Christians in Central Asia face constant pressure for their faith.

Find out more about persecution in Central Asia by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/countries

China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, has seen tremendous changes. These political, economic, and social changes have brought changes to the church, too. Sixty years ago, there were perhaps 750,000 evangelicals in China. Thirty years ago, there were an estimated three million. And today, conservative estimates of evangelicals in China range between 60 and 80 million. This growth, representing one of the largest revivals in the history of Christianity, came in the face of persecution…

Find out more about persecution in China by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/china

Egypt is one of the world’s greatest civilizations. The land of the Pharaohs. The birth Place of Moses. A place of refuge for Jesus as a child. Visited by the disciples Mark and Peter and the apostle Paul. One of the first nations to embrace Christianity. But 13 centuries ago Islam changed all that. Today, Islam is the official religion of Egypt. Christians are free to follow Jesus in this Muslim dominated society. However, this freedom has its limits…

Find out more about persecution in Egypt by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/egypt

The plight of Nigerians is often in the news. But the message is generally connected to the economy, oil and corruption. The sometimes-fierce battle between Christians and Muslims is rarely reported.

Find out more about persecution in Nigeria by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/nigeria

India possesses a population of almost 1.3 billion people, more than 80% of India’s peoples are followers of Hinduism, Only about 3% of India’s population claim to be Christians. These followers encounter growing persecution…

Find out more about persecution in India by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/india

Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is home to 75 million people, with 98 percent of the population adhering to Islam. At least 450,000 followers of Christ live in Iran. And while Christianity is an officially-recognized religion in Iran, in practice, many Christians face oppression from their neighbors. Christian believers in Iran continue to place their hope and trust in God. They ask for our prayers as they bravely share Christ with their families and neighbors. God is moving and the church is growing. Please continue to pray for God’s grace and endurance for the followers of Jesus in Iran.

Find out more about persecution in Iran by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/iran

Central Asia consists of 5 countries: Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Over 60 million people live in this region, but currently less than 10% profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Although the degree of persecution varies across the 5 nations, one factor remains consistent: Christians in Central Asia face constant pressure for their faith.

Find out more about persecution in Central Asia by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/countries

VIDEO by Open Doors UK & Ireland

8 Videos in succession

Trinity Symposia Livestream November 13 – The Un(der)told Story: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Jihad Against the Coptic Church

Open to the public. Livestream here.

November 13
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Respondent: Maher Matiewh

Hinkson Hall

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015
Get driving directions here:

(Photo credit Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Facebook Page)

Our political emissaries and Western media generally have presented the recent unrest in Egypt as a military coup that threatens to undo democracy. This narrative, however, stands on a false presentation of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In this lecture, foreign policy expert and long time Egyptian resident Raymond Stock will offer the untold story: The Muslim Brotherhood is a fanatical group born in Egypt in 1928, which is dedicated to subjugating all Christians, killing all Jews and conquering the earth for Islam. Radical Islamists have been “cleansing” Christians from most of the Middle East for the past decade, and this has intensified, in scale and force, in Egypt since the July removal of President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader. The group and its Salafi allies are waging jihad against the Copts, the world’s oldest Christian community. Learn more about how this has happened and how Christians can respond.

Egypt: Christians Still Threatened by Islamic Insurgency

An Islamic-led insurgency threatens one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. Even though it’s been several months after Egypt’s president has been ousted out of office, militant Muslims are still blaming neighbouring Christians for the uprising. Now believers are facing almost daily attacks against them, like the one that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl by the name of Jessi. Length 5:45 From Christian World News.


Consequences of sin – Joseph’s story

Read also:

  1. Jacob – (1) father of Israel (and of Joseph) (Chart of the 12 tribes of Israel)
  2. The Story of Jacob (2) the Father of Israel) Genesis 25-33 (D A Carson on Jacob)

God forgives sin.  Besides the danger of becoming enslaved to our sin (Romans 6:16) and finding ourselves  separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), there are also some personal and physical consequences that we will suffer for our sinful actions even though God has forgiven our sin. (Photo on right wikipedia)

You can read the Bible’s story of Joseph in the book of Genesis in chapters 37-50.

Some of the consequences of the sin Joseph’s brothers committed when they sold him into slavery:

  • Their sin was constantly before them-the brother they were so jealous of and wanted to forget about was in their mind daily as their father Jacob’s unceasing grief did not abate. They also feared, lest anything should happen to the youngest son Benjamin, whom Jacob now loved and favored.
  • Uncertainty- They always wondered whether God was punishing them for what they had done to Joseph.
  • Physical hardship- They had to make the approx 250 mile trek to Egypt on foot  (that Joseph made as a slave) 6 times  (3 trips) with little provisions.  See Map 2)

Joseph was the 11th son born to Jacob (also called Israel) and Rachel(who died in childbirth when Benjamin, the 12th, and youngest son was born.Gen 37:2 states that Joseph brings a bad report to his father about his brothers, then we read how Jacob favors Joseph by making him a coat of many colors, and thirdly Joseph has special dreams (Genesis 39:5-11). All 3 factors lead to conflict in the family and the unbridled jealousy of his brothers leads to plans for murder.

„The final episode (Genesis 37:31-35) shows the desperate brothers concocting yet another scheme  to be rid of Joseph. Their plan to dispose of Joseph ended in a fiasco, now their plan to erase his memory from the family, by faking his death, fails miserably. In a powerfully ironic twist, although Jacob is deceived by the sight of Joseph’s special coat stained with goat’s blood, his unceasing grieving means that the brothers can never forget Joseph and his exalted position in the family”. (Biblica P. 125)

Although the brothers planned to kill Joseph, in the end, due to the influence of his older brothers Reuben and Judah, they decide instead to sell him to passing Ishmaelite/Midianite traders.

If being sold into slavery by your own brothers isn’t bad enough, look at the long road Joseph had to walk on foot in order to get to Egypt. (I have seen the distance between Dothan, Israel and Heliopolis or Cairo Egypt to be estimated at about 240 to 280 miles depending on the old (spice) routes taken by caravans back then.

So, imagine being threatened by death from the hands of your own brothers, then being sold into slavery and then walking on foot through desert land, more than 250 miles to Egypt, and all this at the tender age of 17.

Map scanned from Biblica – The Bible Atlas. For a more detailed report on Joseph’s life click here.

And it doesn’t end there. Joseph is purchased by a wealthy man called Potiphar who was captain of the guards for Pharaoh. There Joseph prospered and found favor with Potiphar until Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him continuously. Joseph refused  the temptation on the grounds that it would be a sin against God. Potiphar’s wife framed Joseph with her household and Joseph was imprisoned. He spent 2 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Even in prison Joseph found favor with the warden and he interpreted Pharaoh’s baker and cupbearer’s dreams accurately. When the Pharaoh had a troubling dream, the cup bearer remembered Joseph’s correct interpretation of his dream and recommended Joseph to Pharaoh.  Joseph prophetically interpreted Pharaoh’s dream from God and 13 years after Joseph was sold into captivity by his brothers(and at the age of 30), Pharaoh makes Joseph Prime Minister, gives him his signet ring which made him second in command after Pharaoh and Joseph starts to gather the harvests in storehouses for 7 years as he prepares for the 7 lean years of famine to come (from Pharaoh’s dream).

Joseph then married Pharaoh’s priest’s daughter Asenath and had 2 sons-Manasseh and Ephraim. During the famine Joseph becomes the savior of the world with his surplus of stored grain. The famine reaches his father Jacob in Canaan, and Jacob is forced to send his sons to Egypt to buy food.

The brothers have 3 encounters with Joseph (read Genesis 42-45) before Joseph reveals to his brothers his true identity(Genesis 45:1-3).

The troubled and divided family is finally reunited in Egypt (Goshen in the northeastern Nile delta). With the family of Jacob/Israel safely in Egypt, the stage is set for the story of Israel in the book of Exodus.

Joseph’s brothers made 3 (round) trips, traveling the approx. 250 miles trek that Joseph was forced to take when they sold him into slavery. (Map scanned from Biblica – The Bible Atlas)

Israel In Ancient Egypt

Using the latest archaelogical evidence from the stables of Rameses ll to little-known ancient Egyptian texts, Egyptologist and Bible Archaeologist show that Israel did infact exist and had a presence in ancient Egypt. This is the 2003 documenary „Who Was Moses?” VIDEO by spamagee590

With the Brotherhood in Egypt: from coup to crackdown (10 min video inside the protest)

The Muslim Brotherhood supporters: Egypt is not secular, it’s Islamic. One older protester holds a white burial shroud in his hands, the symbolism pronouncing death to democracy.

Channel 4 News (A UK TV News team) films during the 6 week camp out of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the army’s crackdown (at about the 7th minute – footage here is from a protestor)

VIDEO by Channel 4 News

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Persecution sweeping across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) while the Western media largely ignores it

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Update, from Nigeria Sept. 29 reports:

Islamic militants kill a pastor, his son & a village leader in Dorawa:

On Thursday, September 26th, police said suspected Islamic militants killed a pastor, his son and a village head and torched their Christian church in Dorawa, about 60 miles from Damaturu. They said the gunmen used explosives to set fire to the church and five homes.

Farmers and government officials are fleeing threats of imminent attacks from Boko Haram in the area of the Gwoza Hills, a mountainous area with caves that shelter the militants despite repeated aerial bombardments by the military.

A local government official said there had been a series of attacks in recent weeks and threats of more. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his life, said Gwoza town was deserted when he visited it briefly under heavy security escort on Thursday. He said militants had chased medical officers from the town’s government hospital, which had been treating some victims of attacks. He added that militants had burned down three public schools in the area. The official said the Gwoza local government has set up offices in Maiduguri, the state capital to the north.

More than 30,000 people have fled the terrorist attacks to neighbouring Cameroon and Chad and the uprising combined with the military emergency has forced farmers from their fields and vendors from their markets. (source http://www.theguardian.com)(Photo credit above http://www.bbc.co.uk

As many as 50 students were killed in an Agricultural college:

This time it is believed that most of the college students were Muslim, and the perpetrators opened fire on the students as they were sleeping. The attack happened Sunday, September 29 at 1 a.m.  The students were killed by suspected Islamist gunmen in their dormitory in Yobe state, north-eastern Nigeria. The school’s other 1,000 students fled the college, about 25 miles (40km) north of Damaturu town, where there have been similar attacks on schools as part of a continuing Islamist uprising.

North-east Nigeria is under a military state of emergency to battle the Islamist uprising by Boko Haram militants who have killed more than 1,700 people since 2010 in their quest for an Islamic state. Boko Haram means „western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language.

And that may have been the motive for the killings.

27 killed in separate attacks:

Twenty-seven people died in separate attacks on Wednesday and Thursday night in two villages of Borno state near the north-east border with Cameroon, according to the local council chairman, Modu-Gana Bukar Sheriiff.

Persecution sweeping across

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

http://www.mnnonline.org and Open Doors USA reporting:

English: Middle East and North Africa

Photo credit wikipedia (MENA)

Nigeria (MNN) ― Believers in northeast Nigeria are reeling after Islamic militants killed their pastor and his son, and set fire to their church building and five homes. The Associated Press reports Islamic militants attacked the church in Yobe state just before dawn yesterday; the incident went unnoticed by nearly all major media outlets.

Dr. David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors USA, points to the attack as the latest in a rising tide of persecution sweeping the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

„We’ve had situations in the last three weeks in Iraq, in Syria, inPakistan, and now last night in northern Nigeria, where people are targeting believers,” says Curry. „My greatest concern is that there won’t be any pressure to follow-up on this attack.

„Attack after attack on Christians seems to go by the wayside.”

Thousands have fallen in Nigeria alone at the hands of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. Their name means „Western education is sinful,” and their four-year-old terror campaign seeks to rid northeast Nigeria of all who follow Christ.

„The threat of terrorism in a few states in the northeastern part of our country has proven to be a challenge to national stability,” Jonathan told UN leaders earlier this week. „We will spare no effort in addressing this menace.”

Terror goes by a different name in the nearby Central African Republic: Seleka. This band of Islamic terrorists rose to national power in March following the ouster of former President Francois Bozize.

Their primary target soon became the Church.

„The various atrocities that preceded, accompanied, and followed Seleka’s rise to power have been specifically aimed at the Christian population,” states a letter from the CAR Evangelical Alliance to Seleka Islamist leader and CAR President Michel Djotodia.

„Churches and Christian institutions have been desecrated and plundered, priests and pastors have been assaulted, and nuns raped.”

In CAR, 50% of the population is Christian and 15% are Muslim. Despite outnumbering the followers of Islam, Christian communities in CAR claim their Muslim neighbors are joining Seleka’s violent campaigns.

„It’s not like Christianity is a minority religion, but ever since the coup in March, the Muslims have increased their persecution of Christians,” said Open Doors spokesman Jerry Dykstra.

To the north, a similar situation unfolds as violence against Christians in Egypt reaches historic levels. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were quick to blame Coptic Christians for the July removal of MB proponent and former President Mohamed Morsi from office.

It was a summer of rage for many believers as they endured beatings, their homes and businesses were looted and destroyed, and churches were set aflame. In August, one church was forced to close its doors for the first time in 1,600 years.

And yet, most believers and secular media alike remain unaware of the deadly trend.

„Open Doors has been trying to raise this awareness among Western believers and the media in general,” says Curry. „We believe it’s worthwhile asking the question: ‘Are these attacks coordinated?’ Certainly they seem to be intentional and directed at believers.

„Over the last decades…the population of Christians in the Middle East has gone from 20% to 4%. Why is that? It is because there is a concerted effort to force Christians to convert. There is a concerted effort to persecute Christians, to drive them from their home.”

Islamists tell Egyptian Christians ‘Convert, go broke, or die’

Photo credit http://www.nytimes.com

South of Cairo, Fear and Tension After Violence Toward Christians: Two months after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian government is struggling to contain his supporters in some parts of the country.

Also read this story in the New York times Sept. 16,2013 –  In Islamist Bastions of Egypt, the Army Treads Carefully, and Christians Do, Too

Egypt (MNN) ― Egypt is still upside-down and sideways.

Nearly a month after a state of emergency was declared, the interim government extended the order by two months.

This action gives security forces greater powers of arrest. In mid-August, authorities and protestors clashed violently over the ouster of President, Mohamed Morsi. That led to a backlash of violence that claimed nearly 1,000 lives in the days that followed, with Christians targeted as the scapegoat. Open Doors CEO David Curry says, „Some of these extremist groups think that Christianity itself, the very existence of it, is problematic, so they’re trying to snuff it out. So there’s a confluence of events which is making it very, very dangerous to be a follower of Jesus in Egypt.”

Ever since, a night-time curfew has also been in effect in much of the country. With that in place, how did Islamists managed the takeover of a Christian village in the south? Police can’t be everywhere and can’t protect everyone, Curry says. The lack of protection is especially dangerous for the residents in Dalga, which was taken over by hardliners a couple of weeks ago. „There are about 20,000 believers that have an enclave there (in Dalga), and they gather together and they go to church. They want to worship in freedom.”

What’s more, since the siege began, word has leaked out that the Muslim Brotherhood has demanded that the Christians recant, pay a „jizya,” or suffer the consequences. Curry explains, „They’re literally being taxed until and unless they convert to Islam. So there’s a tax levied. If you don’t pay the tax, you’re going to be attacked, you’re going to be punished, and your property is going to be attacked.”

The „jizya” is a kind of tax that Islamic law requires religious minorities to pay Muslims. The amounts demanded are ruinous. „We’re talking about real money in terms of the Egyptian lifestyle. It may be that a person is made to choose between holding on to their faith and being martyred for their faith.”

Already, Muslims in southern Egypt have killed two Christian men for failing to pay it. The Voice of the Martyrs reports that a Muslim man demanded a Christian in a village in Assiut pay him nearly $1,500. They’ve also forced at least 140 Coptic Christians to pay 200 Egyptian pounds daily (US $30). When you consider that roughly 40% of Egyptians live on less than $2 USD a day, there aren’t many who can remain in their hometown safely. Forty Coptic Christian families have left as a result of the tax.

Still, Curry says there have been reports of people coming to Christ. He explains, „The Christian faith is vibrant, and it’s going to find its fruition because people are seeking answers, and they’re not looking for political answers.” Additionally, the followers of Christ have something that piques curiosity in times like these. „When people are introduced to Jesus, there’s peace. There’s life there. That’s what we want for them. Certainly, there are still great things happening even in the midst of this difficulty and in this persecution.”

What God says to Egypt

Read news about the persecution of Christians this week and the burning of churches (some reports say 27, some as high as 45 churches burned down) here – Egyptian Christians under attack

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Egypt! Egypt!
A Meditation for Today by John Piper
on Isaiah 19:24–25

(Listen to the poem read by Piper here – http://www.desiringgod.org

O Egypt, Egypt, do you not
Recall, dear friend — have you forgot —
That twice you were the savior of
My only Son — though not from love?

You fed him in the famine. Then
You took him for a slave. And when
I rescued him, I made you know
My name, my power, and how much woe
Will fall on those who mock my Son.

And when he came again, the One
That Herod would destroy, he fled
Once more to his dear friend who fed
Him once before. And there you hid
And suckled him like Moses, ’mid
The rushes and the riches of
The regal court — though not from love.
Two years you gave him shield and bread
Until his enemies were dead
And it was safe for him to make
His way back home, and for your sake
To die.

O Egypt, Egypt, will
You now destroy his house, and kill
His people, cut his seamless word
To pieces, lest the truth be heard —
The sweetest news that he, or I,
Could ever speak?
And so I cry

Aloud again: O Egypt, Hear
This tender word. It is as near
To you as hope. Did not your own
Isaiah tenderly make known
My heart? O Listen, Egypt! “In
That day, in spite of all your sin,
Together, you and Israel,
And vast Assyria, will dwell
As one — the kingdom of my Son —
And in that day, with joy, I’ll stun
The world, and call you mine. And you
Will be my people. Yes, the true
And happy bride of Christ, with all
Your meek and broken foes who call
On his great name. And in the end,
You’ll know why I have called you friend.”

Egyptian Christians under attack

Photo credit Coptic Pope Tawadros II via EgyptianStreets.com Coptic Christians praying in a burned down church.

  1. USA Today has a map of some of the locations where Christian churches were burned here- http://www.usatoday.com
  2. And a list of burned out churches of Egypt has been compiled here- http://nilerevolt.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/1198/ and will be updated as warranted.

Open Doors USA reports via Mission News Network:

Egypt – Chaos continues in Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood calls for more protests. Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra shares this from an Egyptian believer: „He said, ‘These are the hardest days we’ve ever witnessed. A peaceful Egypt is now soaked in violence.'” Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are taking out most of their anger on one group: „Christians are being turned into the scapegoat. Many of the Muslim Brotherhood protestors are blaming Christians for the ouster of Morsi,” explains Dykstra. Their rage continues to claim lives. At last report, the death toll rose above 500, and over 3000 people are injured. In times like these, there’s only one thing we can do: pray . „Supplies can be replaced, and churches can be rebuilt. I think what we really have to focus on is the heart and soul of the people in Egypt. We need to pray for peace and the name of Jesus Christ to go out.”

The Christian Post reports:

The death toll in Egypt following clashes on Wednesday between Pro-Mohamed Morsi Islamic protesters and government military forces has climbed to 525, officials say, but the real number is suspected to continue to rise in the coming hours and days as the situation becomes clearer.

Christians make up about 8 million of Egypt’s population of 80 million and have been victims of Muslim attacks for years. Some Christians were worried when Islamists took over Egypt’s government in 2012 and relieved when the military ousted them from power last month. (source)

and Christianity Today:

at least 27 churches have been attacked and two Christians killed in retaliation, reports Morning Star News (MSN). Houses, monasteries, orphanages, schools and businesses belonging to Copts were attacked in nine provinces „causing panic, losses and destruction for no reason and no crimes they committed except being Christians,” the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic activist group, told USA Today.

while Egyptian Street reports:

Violence in Egypt has taken a dark turn for sectarianism as more than 45 churches and Coptic institutions were torched or stormed across the country.

In cities across Egypt, from Sohag and Minya to Cairo and Assiut, Islamists took to the streets attacking churches. In one case in Minya, a Coptic man and his wife were detained before being killed by armed individuals.

In one incident, Islamists torched parts of one of Egypt’s oldest churches that was reportedly built in the 4th Century.

In a frantic email to Egyptian Streets, a Coptic student in Minya said, “They are burning everything we own, and there is no security in sight. Is this Islam? Is this what the Muslim Brotherhood want? To burn Egypt to the grounds!”

Muslim Brotherhood Continue to Kill Christians and Children in Egypt

Photo via www.guardian.co.uk

via the ChristianPost

On July 7th, masked men shot dead a Coptic priest and other attacks on the minority group were reported in Egypt after the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who is from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood that now appears to be seeking revenge from Christians for allegedly supporting the „coup.”

The priest, identified as Mina Aboud Sharween, was shot dead in the coastal city of El Arish in North Sinai Governate on Saturday. Gunmen, believed to be from the Brotherhood, came on a motorcycle and killed the 39-year-old priest, according to the local news site Egypt Independent.

On Friday, a Coptic Christian, identified as Magdy Iskandar Farid, was injured and houses and shops belonging to Christians were burned near the al-Dabe’iy area in southern Luxor Governorate. The attack followed rumors that Copts had killed a Muslim man, according to AINA news agency, which also reported that hundreds of Coptic Christians have fled the area. 

The Tagammu Party in Egypt has strongly condemned renewed attacks on Christians in several cities and provinces of the country following President Morsi’s ousting. The party has highlighted that the Muslim Brotherhood has made attempts, in vain, to seize power by carrying out violence against peaceful demonstrators, as well as brutally killing and intimidating Christians. „The Brotherhood is madly trying in vain to seize rule of the country though people do not want the rule of its guidance office,” the party said in a statement on Monday.

„In the face of angry demonstrations against them, and instead of listening to the voice of reason, the Brotherhood used automatic rifles and swords against unarmed demonstrators and killed children and threw them from the top of buildings. Egypt has never seen this brutality and it has nothing to do with religion, nationality or morality.”

„The brutal crimes have extended to kill Christians, our partners in the homeland, for no reason but to scare them. There was the criminal murder of a priest while he was standing in front of a church in Arish, a Christian engineer was kidnapped in Arish while he was leaving his house, five Christians were killed in Luxor and the homes of Copts were burned. In Delga village, Minya, Copts were terrorized and a Catholic church was torched over incitement of a Brotherhood pharmacist. Intimidation of Copts is occurring in several places,” the statement added.

„If the army did not take action, how many children would die? How many Christians would fall? How many churches would be demolished? How many children would be massacred?” the party questioned. „The Brotherhood criminals are fighting their last battle and the people’s hate of them is increasing.

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/

Brazen attacks on Christians in Egypt now include rapes of women in broad daylight

via MissionNewsNetwork photo via foxnews

Egypt (MNN) ― The sounds of firing guns and the accompanying shouts and screams have become commonplace background noise for a ministry leader and his wife supported by Christian Aid Mission.

„We just dream of peace and a stable situation, but each day is worse than the day before,” reports the leader. „People die each day in our blood-covered streets. We try to distract our children from the noise of gunshots that constantly ring out.”

Though they, along with their missionary coworkers, have been spared from harm thus far, they live and work with the idea that every day could be their last.

„They want to get rid of us Christians in any way possible. Maybe tomorrow they will burn our home, or kidnap, or attack us.”

Throughout the horror that has unfolded since the election of the Muslim Brotherhood and the new Islamist-backed constitution in December 2012, the ministry leader has provided glimpses into his world, turned completely upside-down.

Brittany Tedesco, Africa Director of Christian Aid, your link to indigenous missions, says attacks against Christians are unprecedented. „They’re very brazen. We’re talking women being raped in broad daylight, men being attacked, or the homes of Christians being ransacked. And really, they have no recourse.”

Tedesco says even the police, who work for the Muslim Brotherhood, are part of the persecution effort against believers. Often it is the victim of an attack who is arrested.

As part of the Islamic regime’s radical control of Egypt, nearly all independent media outlets have been shut down, and concerted efforts are being made to essentially dispose of the judiciary system.

As their country darkens, tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians have fled the nation. Yet the ministry leader and his co-workers are determined to remain, taking every opportunity to share Christ with the hurting and confused masses.

PRAY for the Christians of Egypt!

Islam Expert Warns Christians May Completely Disappear From Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt

The Christian Post reports:

The mass exodus of millions of Christians from one part of the Islamic world to another as the result of persecution by Muslims has reached epidemic proportions, says a Middle East and Islam expert. In fact, Christians may completely disappear from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt, warns the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Photo to the right from Christian Post: Syrians run from an explosion at the Al Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria March 8, 2013.

„This matter of Muslim persecution of Christians is a humanitarian crisis at this point,” said Raymond Ibrahim in a recent interview with Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch. Ibrahim is the author of the recently released book, Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.

„We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being,” he wrote. „The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: ‘The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.’ In our lifetime alone ‘Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.'”

Ibrahim said that current reports from Islamic regions support this warning.

„Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators,” he pointed out. „The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg.”

Ibrahim pointed out that 10 years ago, at least one million Christians lived in Iraq.

„Today fewer than 400,000 remain – the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading,” he wrote.

The same pattern has developed in Syria, Ibrahim said. „Entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as the opposition targets Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings, all in compliance with mosque calls telling the populace that it’s a ‘sacred duty’ to drive Christians away.”

Some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled Egypt, their native country, soon after the „Arab Spring,” he further lamented. Reports of attacks and evictions by al-Qaida linked Muslims perpetrated on Christians and especially the Coptic Orthodox Church appear commonplace.

Christians are not only fleeing countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Egypt, but also „black” African and „white” European nations with Muslim majorities, according to Ibrahim.

As many as 200,000 Christians fled Mali after an Islamic coup last year. According to reports, Ibrahim said, „the church in Mali faces being eradicated,” especially in the north „where rebels want to establish an independent Islamist state and drive Christians out … there have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was beheaded, Ibrahim wrote.

He gave several other examples of the humanitarian crisis and said that none of the reports come as a surprise to those „following the plight of Christians under Islamic persecution.”
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/islam-expert-warns-christians-may-completely-disappear-from-iraq-afghanistan-egypt-95556/#MmSMKt18wedspc2p.99

Ancient manuscripts – From Papyrus To Print: A Journey through the History of the Bible

photo via wikipedia

Did you know that papyrus is actually a plant which is made into writing material? New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has their own Bible and archaeology museum, and in the video we are shown several examples of the centuries old artifacts that the Seminary has collected.

In the video below, „From Papyrus to Print: A Journey through the History of the Bible” they explore how the Bible was written on papyrus and parchment, copied, preserved and ultimately printed in the language of common people. Ancient archaeological artifacts supplement the experience by offering a glimpse into daily life in biblical times.

Length 6 minutes

If you would like to learn more about how papyrus was made and used visit – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papyrus

Libya: Missionaries Arrested for Spreading the Gospel

Four foreign Christian workers in Libya have been arrested on suspicion of spreading Christianity and giving out Christian literature in Benghazi. A police spokesman said one of the suspects is a Swedish-American and the others are from South Africa, Egypt, and South Korea. Gary Lane of CBN News and Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs talk about the situation in Libya and the spread of militant Islam in Africa.

From Christian World News of CBN via Voice of the Martyrs.

Egypt – Bible Prophecy interpreted by Walter Kaiser

In light of the events going on in Egypt, I have decided to reblog this post which was originally posted on Feb 16, 2011. It pertains to the prophecy for Egypt in Isaiah 19, especially verses 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, and 24 which pertain to the future, as they are couched by the phrase „in that day”.

Here’s the post:

A very interesting article from Koinonia (biblical-theological conversations for the community of Christ HOSTED BY ZONDERVAN AND FRIENDS).

Posted: 15 Feb 2011

Kaiserw Recently I was asked by a friend who leads a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) class to offer my thoughts on the recent activities in Egypt, and to comment specifically on Isaiah 19, which the class was studying. Here’s what I told the class. What do you think?

Yes, I believe the Isaiah 19 passage is most relevant. Verses 16 to 25 place the coming events “in that day” six times (vss 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, and 24).  Since the prophecies to the foreign nations are bounded by chapter on the first advent of Christ (Isa 7-12) and the second advent of Christ (24-27), chapters 13-23 fall between those two end pieces in position and apparently in time as well.  That is why I also stress the eschatological phrase “In that day.”

After the Civil Disaster of 19:2-4, the economic disaster of 19: 5-10 (as a result of the Aswan Project in 1970), and the Intellectual Disaster im 19:11-15, a bridge passage of vss 16-17 has the Egyptians afraid of Judah for the first time in her history, which cannot be other than the events of the six day war in 1967.

However, the text turns to the distant future of “In that day” in vss 18-24 and gives five new works of God’s salvation and deliverance for Egypt: (1) Revival will break out in Egypt’s five cities, one being “City of the Sun,” otherwise known as Heliopolis (18), (2) a monument will be erected like our statute of Liberty to remember the great Egyptian Spiritual Revival (19) at the country’s border, (3) the nation of Egypt will be oppressed and apparently given a cruel leader, but God will replace him with a “savior,” much as he did in the book of Judges (21), (4) God will once again strike Egypt with a plague of some sort, but he will heal them as well and the Egyptians will turn to the Lord (22), (5) there will be a highway between Egypt and Iraq (Assyria) so that Iraqis, Egyptians and Israelis will worship together in that day (23) and (6) words of blessing formerly used exclusively of Israel are now used of Egypt, “My People,” and Iraq, “My Handiwork,” and Israel “My Inheritance.”

Tremendous!! So, I expect a cruel leader to come out of this revolt some time, but God will replace him with a “Deliverer” for the Egyptians.  In the meantime, Revival will break out all over Egypt with five cities experiencing unusual blessing of God – so much so that a tourist’s memorial is set up to remind all who come to that country in days to come of the great work of God in their midst.  None of this has as yet taken place, but what a day it will be when it occurs.

Note, just as the factions fought each other in West Pakistan vs East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) with the outcome that since 1970 15 believers are now at least 500,000 !!    Will this happen in Tunesia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon?  What other nations in the Arab nations will join them?   These are days in which God is moving is sure and definite ways….

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dr. Kaiser has written over 40 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; The Messiah in the Old Testament; and The Promise-Plan of God; and coauthored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Dr. Kaiser and his wife, Marge, currently reside at Kerith Farm in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Dr. Kaiser’s website is www.walterckaiserjr.com.

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