Category Archives: Islam

Re: God’s Plans for Iran

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Iran has been in the news lately with Iran’s president declaring last week that the ‘Holocaust’ never happened and Israel would soon cease to exist.

Lately President Obama has been trying to force Iran into giving up on their nuclear weapons program but only using stern sounding words in the process—then there was Israel’s Netanyahu standing firm like a rock before the UN yesterday against Ahmadinejad and Iran.

Oh yes, last month there was the specter of Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei proclaiming that it was time for Muslims to prepare for the coming of the ‘Mahdi’ –a figure which seems to have a lot in common with the Biblical ‘Anti-Christ’. In Muslim theology the Mahdi appears at the end of history along with (a false) Jesus who is his tag-a-long prophet and the two of them rule the whole world and bring in an era of peace and prosperity under one world religion (Islam) —sounds a lot like the Biblical end time scenario to me.

Lately Bible prophecy teachers on the internet have been pointing out that Iran should be carefully watched since it (Persia) is one of the nations featured in Ezekiel 38-39, the Gog and Magog attack on Israel. Russia and Libya (Put) are also part of that scenario along with probably a bunch of Muslim ‘istan’ countries from the North.    

Meanwhile God has his own plans for the Iranian people. There has been an underground revival going on there for some time now. No one knows for sure how many have actually become Christians but the estimates are running between 250,000 to more than half a million. It is mostly happening through dreams, visions, and visitations by angels and Jesus.

Here’s an interview by CBN’s Chris Mitchell of a former Shiite Muslim-  Reza Safa- who is broadcasting the Gospel into Iran through TV programming. He talks about the current on-going hidden revival in Iran:

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Ramadan: A Great Time to Pray for Muslims

In the last several years I have read many accounts of Jesus and angels appearing to many Muslims in dreams and visions especially during the month of Ramadan. This as a great time to pray for Muslims and for their salvation.

Open Doors USA has even put together a special prayer calendar to pray for a different Muslim nation each day. <<Here’s a link to their Ramadan Prayer calendar>>

Also a video interview of Carl Moeller of Open Doors from CBN:

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Barack Obama a Fulfillment of Muslim Prophecy?

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Now the fun begins! Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejab has been talking about an apocalyptic Shia/Islamic scenario for several years now–predicting that ‘the Hidden Imam‘ would soon return as the end-time Mahdi that establishes Islamic rule over the entire world.

Following the election of Barack Obama, some Shities actually believe that Obama could be a possible fulfillment of an end-time Islamic prophecy.

I found the link to this at SmartChristian.com and in an article by Daniel Pipes. Here is a quote from the original article

by Amir Taheri:

According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet’s cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the Mahdi, the Ultimate Saviour, a "tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West." Commanding "the strongest army on earth," the new ruler in the West will carry "a clear sign" from the third imam, whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali. The tradition concludes: "Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us."

In a curious coincidence Obama’s first and second names–Barack Hussein–mean "the blessing of Hussein" in Arabic and Persian. His family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means "he is with us," the magic formula in Majlisi’s tradition.

Mystical reasons aside, the Khomeinist establishment sees Obama’s rise as another sign of the West’s decline and the triumph of Islam. Obama’s promise to seek unconditional talks with the Islamic Republic is cited as a sign that the U.S. is ready to admit defeat. 

Response: This is crazy from a Christian perspective, but it is also scary in its implications. There are indications that Iranian leaders are exploring the possibility and may well plan accordingly. 

If there is a perception that the USA is in decline under Obama’s administration and that he is an actual sign that Islam is about to rise up and dominate, the Iranian leaders might miscalculate and bring about an actual confrontation with Israel, the United States, and the West.

Pres. Ahmadinejab has already threatened Israel’s existence on a number of occasions. The Iranians last week tested some new missiles that could reach Israel and parts of Europe. If and when they actually go nuclear–then this scenario could end up having some serious consequences indeed.

It is doubtful that the Israelis would wait to act until a nuclear missile was actually in the air headed their way. Look for a strike well before the Iranians have that capability. One can only guess what the aftermath would bring–it would not be pretty and it could be apocalyptic.   *Top      (Cross-posted at Apologetica)

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Prayers for Secret Muslim Believers

image **This was released today from Open Doors Secret Believers Ministry after I posted the previous article:

Prayers for Secret Believers


For congregations to pray

Sovereign Lord,

We pray for believers across the Muslim world who have chosen to follow Christ, often at
great personal cost.

Strengthen those who lead congregations, that they may be faithful to the call of God to
build the church in the Muslim world. Give courage to those who face intimidation,
discrimination, imprisonment or torture for their faith in you. And bring peace to the Muslim
world, so that your church may grow and flourish freely.

We also pray for Muslims all over the world who are seeking the truth about God. Bring
alongside them someone who will share the love of Jesus so that they can know God for
themselves.

We ask this that your church may advance, to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

For persecuted Christians to pray

Father God,

Convince us again of your love for us and give us grace to forgive our oppressors, to love
them and not become bitter. Help us to put on the full armour of God so that we can take
our stand for you, and enable us to remain in the communities and families that you have
placed us in.

We ask for your protection and pray that you would thwart the plans of those who would
wish to bring us harm. Grant us "safe" fellowship with other believers, and give us
discernment to know who and when to trust.

Finally we ask that you would reveal yourself to the people living around us and put your
love into their hearts.

We ask this in the name of Christ.

Amen

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The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

Coptic Altar- Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem -via Wikipedia

I keep track of what is happening to Christians in the Middle east, it is really heartbreaking. I’ve been a supporter of Israel and still am, but let’s face it Palestinian Christians receive persecution from both the Jews and the Muslims. I have no answers for what’s happening except to pray.

Seven years ago, the Lord gave me a burden for the Muslims and for revival in the Middle East and I have been praying ever since. Everyday I search the net for stories about Christians in Muslim countries and unfortunately the reports are nearly always bad–except there is the beginning of a hidden revival going on among the Christian community in a number of places.

As near as we can tell, 200,000 Iranians have come to Christ in the last 5 years or so. Nearly every week I read from Compass Direct News or on the VOM Persecution blog of Iranians being arrested, killed, or their children being taken. In response to the revival, the Iranian Parliament just passed a law that would place an automatic death sentence on all who convert to Christianity.

There is also a revival going on in Algeria as near as we can tell, 50,000-70,000 have come to Christ in that country and persecution has increased to the point that they have made it illegal for Christians to gather together in private homes for prayer–it is only legal in an official church. Like the Chinese revival, the real expansion is going on in house churches and not in the recognized churches. 

Egypt is another story. The Coptic Christian community comprises about 10% of the Egyptian population but persecution is increasing because the Muslims are becoming more radical, but also because more and more folks are coming to Christ regardless–usually in miraculous ways. It is illegal there for Muslims to convert to Christianity, but ok the other way around. If a father converts to Islam, all his children and grandchildren are considered to be Muslims whether they want to be or not!

Presently, churches are illegal in Saudi Arabia and it is also against the law to hold bible studies or worship services in the home, but that is the only place that the 1.5 million Christians in the country can meet together. If caught, Christians are thrown in jail after receiving lashes for their faith (just like the book of Acts). There is hope that soon some churches may be allowed in the country.

I could go on for ever about this subject—here are the two articles that got me going today:

Persecution Blog- "Christians Are Being Persecuted in Most Arab Countries"

Christianity Today-"Listening and Learning in the Middle East"

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