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Christians Should Not Support The War On Terror

Posted by Job on April 1, 2011

On September 11th, Muslim men hi-jacked several airplanes and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and one of them crashed in rural Pennsylvania due to a passenger uprising that prevented it from hitting its target. This was only the second attack by Muslims on the World Trade Center, and followed a pattern of escalating violence by Muslims against our interests, such as bombing our embassies in Africa and an attack on the U.S.S. Cole.

Since these events, America has conducted military action against three Muslim nations –  Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – while supporting military actions of other nations against some other Muslim nations, namely Ethiopia against Somalia. Further, America would have also attacked Iran by now were Iran not so strong militarily and economically, and may yet attack Iran also down the line if forced to.

So, we are in a war against Islam, correct? A thousand times no. No less than George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and a number of other people in positions of power have made it clear: this is not a war against Islam! Instead, it is a war against terrorism, or a war on terror. In other words, this is not a religious war – for the United States and its principle allies are secular – but an ideological war. So, the United States, and indeed a international community which now must necessarily include the United Nations thanks to their recent resolution authorizing military force in Libya, is committed to waging ideological warfare.

Make no mistake: the problem with Saddam Hussein, Usama bin Laden, Muammar Qadaffi, the Republic of Iran etc. is not that they are Muslims. If you want further evidence of that, witness Peter King’s hearings. Despite the claims of the liberals in the media otherwise, the target was not Muslims as a religion, or as a people or culture who are given over to this barbaric cult born of a demon who abused and entered into M0hammed. (Please note: Christians are to love our neighbors and our enemies, so the teachings of the sermon on the mount of Jesus Christ most certainly applies to our interactions with Muslims.) Instead, it was “radical” Muslims, meaning those who are “anti-American”, or “anti-western” or “anti-democracy.” (Please note: opposing Israel is just fine.)

One may wonder why Great Britain, our most reliable ally in going to warfare in the Middle East, cares about a bunch of anti-American Muslims. Or why the United Nations, which is weakening Iran with sanctions, did the same to Iraq, and now authorized military action against Libya, cares about being “anti-western.”  The answer: these things, especially being “anti-democracy”, are merely euphemisms, stand-ins, for opposing the new world order. That is why Abu Mazen, or Mahmoud Abbas, despite being a Muslim terrorist with the blood of innocent Jews on his hands and longtime member of the terrorist P.L.O., is not the target of a war on terror. This Abbas is the leader of a U.N. funded and supported Palestinian Authority, and oft states his desire to create a democracy in Palestine that will be pro-western and pro-United Nations, and a model for other Arab and Muslim regimes. That is why Abbas gets a blank check (both literally and figuratively) from the international community, and Qaddafi gets bombs. (And keep in mind: the international community, including the Bush administration, courted Qaddafi for years, including endorsing his plans to work to centralize the governments and militaries of Africa, before turning on him when he refused to step down in favor of a democratic government.)

So, if being a “terrorist” is not a function of A) your religion, B) your nationality, C) your culture, D) your own membership in a known terrorist organization that affiliates with other terror organizations and regimes and E) your own personal terrorist acts (again, all of which would indict Abbas) but is instead being one who opposes the prevailing worldly ideology, where does that leave Christians who adhere to a legitimate New Testament faith? Precisely.

Rather than going to war against Muslims, the goal is to get Muslims to join the U.N., to join NATO, to join the EU, to participate in these globalist concerns. Muslim Turkey, which persecutes Christians to the outrage of absolutely no one of influence, is very influential in the U.N., a member of NATO and will ultimately join the EU. Right now, a carrot or stick approach is being taken with the Muslim world. Join the emerging world order, and you get a carrot. Refuse, and you get a stick, and replaced with leaders who will take the carrot. Again, this is not a function of the Muslim faith, culture or proclivity to violent jihad. Instead, it is a function of the support for the coming global consensus.

As it is with Muslims, so will it soon be with Christians. Germany, who persecuted legitimate Christians during the reign of Hitler, is now jailing Christians who object to their wicked public education system. One family took their case to the EU on religious freedom grounds, and the EU sided with the German government. At least one African nation is now taking similar actions against Christian parents who homeschool, claiming that it violates the United Nation’s “rights of the child” treaty. Many other examples abound.

Make no mistake: one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. The day will come when being willing to publicly stand for the freedom from sin that comes from being a bondslave to Jesus Christ will cause you to be labeled a terrorist. This will not be merely because of the stands that Christianity takes against abortion, homosexuality and other moral/family issues. As the movie “The Time Changer” succinctly stated, Satan is not against good morals and values, but he is against Jesus Christ and His church, those who keep His commandments and bear His testimony.

Merely being a Christian will be a crime, whether you are a conservative culture warrior who pickets abortion clinics and hands out tracts at “gay pride” events, or a Christian who is relatively liberal on all points that do not transgress the Bible. And when that day comes, the terrorist will be the Christian, and the war will be against the Christian. These days will climax during the time of the great tribulation, when the anti-Christ will be given power to make war against the saints, and to overcome (most of) them. Many Christians will endure great tribulation, including a martyr’s death. Will you stand in those days?

So, Christian, knowing what the “war on terror” will ultimately lead to, how counterproductive is it, how worldly and revealing the lack of a mind renewed from it, would it be to support this abomination NOW? The answer is yours.

If you are not a Christian, make no mistake: being an enemy of the world and its wickedness is part of friendship with Jesus Christ. The good news is that this world and its wickedness will be destroyed and Jesus Christ and His saints will reign forever! You can be a part of this reign by repenting of your worldliness, your sins and:

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Is The Rider On The White Horse Of Revelation 6:2 Christ Or Anti-Christ?

Posted by Job on March 9, 2011

Revelation 6:1-2 reads “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

The predominant view in modern western fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity is that the rider of the white horse is the anti-Christ. This was my view until very recently, when I read the John Bunyan allegory “Holy War“, which altered, or should I say enhanced, my view of Jesus Christ (more on that later), just as did reading “Pilgrim’s Progress Part 1” changed my view of Christian living and Part II changed my view of the pastorate and of the church.

Allow me to say that this article provides a good reason why the rider on the white horse cannot be the anti-Christ, which is that the four horsemen are released this eschatological figure is not released until the fifth trumpet. The trumpets do not occur until the seventh seal, and the white horse is released by the first seal. So, the white horse comes at or near the beginning of the events of Revelation (presuming a linear timeline with a literal interpretation) while the anti-Christ comes well into those events. Some interpretations deal with this by claiming that the reference in Revelation 6:2 is the anti-Christ’s laying the groundwork, placing everything in order, for his full unveiling to the earth that is described later.

Well, further arguments against the rider being the anti-Christ are given in this article. It deals with how those who propose that the rider is the anti-Christ deal with the fact that white is always used to represent Godly virtue by making the statement that the anti-Christ comes in this manner to deceive people into thinking that he is Jesus Christ. However, this interpretation requires starting with the idea that the rider on the white horse is the anti-Christ, and then making everything else fit, something often called thesis-driven analysis and also called eisegesis. If your starting point was neutral concerning the identity of this character, then his being on a white horse would immediately disqualify your  associating him with the anti-Christ. But if your starting point was his being the anti-Christ, that is when you have to contrive an explanation for the horse being white, one that seems to violate all rules and standards for hermeneutics used for other passages. The question is: “Why is this done?”

It goes back to one’s view of Jesus Christ. The rider of the white horse is given a bow and he went forth to conquer, and conquer he did! Modern, humanistic, enlightenment thinking does not permit viewing Jesus Christ as the Conqueror. That is, at least not until the last day when Jesus Christ comes to judge the nations for their wickedness. That is the one time that the modern church with its man-centered mindset allows Jesus Christ, who as God is the Creator, Owner and Sustainer of the Universe, to be viewed as a conquering ruler. (And for those who believe in the rapture, this happens when the church is already off the scene, and is spared having to deal with Jesus Christ in this role.) In the modern mindset, Jesus Christ can be viewed as the sacrificial lamb, advisor, “co-pilot”, best friend, psychiatrist/psychologist, enabler, helper, moneychanger (prosperity doctrine), mystic/shaman, errand boy, and even romantic lover, but NOT as a conquerer. This stark, authoritarian, militaristic view runs counter to the modernistic Jeffersonian view that exalts such ideas as civil rights, human rights, democracy etc. above all, and needs a Jesus Christ that will bow and be conformed to it. Thus, Jesus Christ as conquerer cannot exist in the mind of the modernist/postmodernist Christian except for a single day when He is forced to execute that role with respect to the wicked. With the exception of that day, Jesus Christ remains in a construct that the modern mind finds acceptable. And according to that construct, where conquest to set up authoritarian rule is undemocratic is evil, this HAS to be the anti-Christ!

It cannot be Jesus Christ according to this mindset, because this mindset makes Jesus Christ a democrat. This Jesus Christ does not conquer. No, this Jesus Christ is standing outside the human heart like a lovesick teenage loverboy knocking on the door waiting, longing, begging for His sweetheart to come in. And it is only when the person that Jesus Christ’s target makes the free will decision to open the door to his or her heart and invite Jesus Christ in that salvation occurs.

For this to happen any other way, uninvited, unasked, and without consent, is tyranny. For Jesus Christ is not a sovereign king who rules by way of His undisputed dominion over the creation that is the work of His own hands for Him to do as He pleases. No, that is tyranny. Such rule is illegitimate, based on the threat of force rather than the consent of the governed! A true, enlightened philosopher king governs not by power or divine right, but by mutual consent! So, the one who stands at the door and knocks and will not come in without the consent of the “pilot” (for Jesus Christ is merely the co-pilot, not the actual pilot who is running the show and is the true master of eternal destiny, which is man’s free will) is Jesus Christ, the genuine article. The conquerer who does not ask permission, who does not gladly (though under submission) come when asked and does not meekly leave when rejected? Now that has to be the anti-Christ! So says the modern Christian mindset.

Thankfully, John Bunyan did not live in modern Enlightenment times! Therefore, Bunyan presents a different Jesus Christ, one that is actually present on the pages of the Bible before all the modern humanist filters and constructs are placed on it. Bunyan’s rather rough allegory presents a kingdom ruled by Shaddai (God the Father), whose most prominent and prized possession is the city Mansoul, which was built by the King Himself. While the modern mindset reared on democracy would revile the idea that a city is the possession of any king, A) this was in fact the custom of monarchs in times past – the kingdom and all in it were their possessions, and in the east the subjects of the “lord-kings” were considered slaves to the lord-king, and remember the Bible is an oriental book, not a western book and B) the Bible was fully written in the mindset of this custom. Mansoul rebelled against King Shaddai due to the provocation and trickery of Diabolus (Satan) and made Satan its king instead, under the false pretense that they could exchange status as slaves under King Shaddai’s rule to free men under his rule. Of course, Diabolus immediately made the residents of Mansoul his slaves, but so thoroughly corrupted and tricked them that they mistook the slavery of Diabolus and sin for liberation. Their delusion was so strong that when King Shaddai sent His captains (difficult to tell in the allegory, my guess is that they are angels) to liberate Mansoul from Diabolus, they resisted with all their might. The story was explicit: when Mansoul was given a multitude of opportunities to make a free will choice for King Shaddai, they rejected King Shaddai each time due to the depths of their depravity.

So, King Shaddai sent His Son, Prince Emmanuel, to recapture Mansoul. In this allegory, Emmanuel did not conquer Mansoul by standing at the door knocking and being invited in. Quite the contrary, He came with an army of soldiers and overcame the recalcitrant Mansoul, who resisted Him with all the force that it could muster – as it was still dedicated and devoted to Diabolus and its own sinful passions – with mighty force. Make no mistake, in this allegory, “and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” Mansoul! After the conquering of Mansoul was done, Prince Emmanuel had the entire town confess that He took the town for Himself as His prize by force; that when the town had the chance – indeed several chances – to yield itself up to the government of the Prince and His Father by choice, they refused each time. So, Mansoul chose the rule of Diabolus, and Prince Emmanuel gained the rule of Mansoul only by overtaking Diabolus, binding him, driving him out, and “spoiling the goods of the strongman” by declaring and setting up His own rule and domain – and through it re-establishing the same of King Shaddai – by force. Mansoul had no say in the matter, because Mansoul, by decree, election and will of God the Father its Owner and Creator – had declared it to be so. Mansoul did not choose Prince Emmanuel, but Emmanuel chose Mansoul (John 15:16).

Now, Jesus Christ as He is commonly depicted in most modern gospel music is not the rider on the white horse. But Jesus Christ as depicted in Holy War and in the Bible may well be. If nothing else, it is something to consider. Another thing to consider: why would the anti-Christ have to go about conquering the world to begin with? According to the words of Jesus Christ, Satan is already the prince of this world (John 14:30)! 2 Corinthians 4:4 declares Satan to be the god of this world, Ephesians 2:2 declares him to be the prince of the powers of the air. So, the anti-Christ does not need to conquer the world. All he needs is to have Satan’s authority transferred to him. Revelation 13:2 says exactly that: “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Further, Revelation 17 says that the rulers of the earth GIVE their power to the beast, NOT that he conquers them and takes it from them by force.

This may seem like idle speculation, or an excessive emphasis on “last things” when other issues concerning orthodoxy and orthopraxy are more pressing: “minoring in the majors.” However, one’s view of last things often casts a shadow on one’s belief. Many theological liberals and “moderates” de-emphasize predictive prophecy because of an anti-supernatural bias. Others use apocalyptic texts to promote the political and social causes that are near and dear to them. And many Christians are attracted to the rapture doctrines because of their desire not to suffer persecution and rejection by the world as Christ suffered the same.

In a similar fashion, the idea that the anti-Christ is the conquerer on the white horse reveals the mindset of a great many Christian theologians, preachers, and laymen concerning the doctrine of original sin. So many Christians SAY that they believe in original sin, or even total depravity, but by adhering to such interpretations as this, it really does imply otherwise. If original sin is true, if total depravity is true, then why is it that Jesus Christ comes only by willing invitation, and the anti-Christ only by force? Is that not backwards? If the anti-Christ, the beast is “the man of sin”, then the fallen, wicked world, if it is not his already, will freely, gladly accept him as one of their own, a kindred spirit! Again, why would a sinful world oppose and resist a man of sin? Why would they not accept him and instead need to be conquered by him? Only if there is some inherent virtue, inherent goodness in him that would cause him to resist the evil rather than accept it.

The idea that the anti-Christ would have to conquer is based on the notion that man is basically good; that the nations are basically good. And is that not what so many seem to adhere to because of their political, cultural and social beliefs? That the nations – especially the pro-western capitalist democracies – are good, and only the exceptions – the anti-democratic, anti-western, authoritarian regimes – are bad.

Isn’t it curious how most of the theories about where the anti-Christ will come is from the “bad” nations? First it was from the “bad” communist regimes. Then it was from the “bad” secular humanist socialist United Nations or European Union. Now speculation centers on the “bad” Islamic regimes. The idea that the anti-Christ could come from – gasp! – America, the shining city on a hill, the nation founded on Christianity and is a beacon of freedom and goodness? Well, MAYBE, but only if he is not really one of us like Obama!

Again, it is based on the idea that there is some inherent virtue in man, and some inherent virtue in what man builds. It is based on a rejection of original sin, a rejection of total depravity. Even the very idea that Satan takes over the earth and installs the anti-Christ only when the church departs after the rapture is based on the notion that Satan is not the god of this world at present! Ironically, people who adhere to this belief are de facto amillennalists believing that rather than being the god of this world in this present age, Satan is currently bound by the church’s presence.

So many Christians who profess to be evangelical or fundamentalist and profess a belief in original sin based on the actions of Adam only apply that doctrine to soteriology. They only apply mankind’s fallen nature to the individual human soul! But when it comes time to apply it to a larger scale, they shrink back! Why? Because of their love of this present world and the things in it! To those people, James 4:4’s “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” applies to liking MTV and the New York Times editorial page and not the entire fallen worldly system! The parts of the world they like, they consider it good, moral, even Christian. It is only the part that they are alienated from, usually because of political or cultural considerations, that they consider to be “worldly.”

But go back to the text and view it in context. Yes, Revelation concerns the last days. But the letter to the Hebrews – and elsewhere in the New Testament – declares that the last days began after the work of Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of God’s plan and the high point of the history of creation. So, the last days – the time period that Revelation concerns itself with – is not merely the last seven years, the “great tribulation.” Instead, it concerns itself with the entire endtimes, which is now, and has been since Pentecost. That is why the letters to the churches are the first part of the Revelation. They are not introductory material to set the stage for the eschatology. Instead, they are part and parcel of the eschatology!

In that context, note that the white horse and its rider come first. It is the first seal! So, after the heavenly visions in Revelation 4-5, the white horse and its rider are the first thing that we encounter when the events shift back earthward in Revelation 6. So, why not strongly associate the white horse and rider with Jesus Christ speaking to and walking amongst the churches in Revelation 2-3? Were the material in Revelation to be arranged topically (i.e. with the things happening in heaven all together and the things happening on earth all together), that is exactly how it would appear … Revelation 6:1-2 would immediately follow the challenge to the Laodicean church!

So then, why not consider the possibility that the rider on the white horse given the bow and the crown and goes about conquering (and as this article states he does not obtain or use these things illegitimately in a manner that is against God’s will … such ideas are missing from the text) is going about to foreign lands conquering souls of sinners for God the Father? Did not Jesus Christ say in the Olivet discourse (i.e. Matthew 24:14) that the end will not come until His gospel is preached in all the world for a witness to all nations? Well, in Revelation 6, though it is certainly the last days, the end is not yet come! So, me must consider that the rider on the white horse is none other than Prince Emmanuel enlarging the domain of King Shaddai through the conquest of souls in every tribe and nation that are hardened with the total depravity of original sin.

Granted, this article does state that the rider is the Holy Spirit, not Jesus Christ. I disagree, but for my purposes the distinction is not a great one, as Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit in His Name to complete His Work through the church which is Jesus Christ’s Body, and the Holy Spirit is the One who performs regeneration. Instead, the main point is to consider the strong possibility that man-centered, humanistic thinking is the reason why the rider on the white horse was ever called the anti-Christ to begin with, especially when one has to be very inconsistent in one’s interpretation of Revelation and the Bible in general to arrive at that viewpoint.

Of course, the main point is that Jesus Christ is returning to judge the world and all its people for their wickedness. The only way to escape this judgment that is certainly to come at a time in the future that has been predetermined by God the Father is to be saved through Jesus Christ. If you have not been, I urge and entreat you that you would be so; that you too would be a conquest of Jesus Christ as was I.

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Iran Arrests 32 Christians In Crackdown

Posted by Job on August 13, 2009

BosNewsLife – Christian News Agency » Blog Archive » NEWS ALERT: Iran Detains 32 Christians

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God Called Her Worthy: Iranian Christian Women Maryam Rustampoor And Marzieh Amirizadeh Refuse To Deny Faith Before Court

Posted by Job on August 13, 2009

Please pray for these women that God’s will be done and that He will be glorified.

Iranian Women Converts Tell Court, ‘We Will Not Deny Our Faith’ | Christianpost.com
In a show of unshakable faith in Jesus Christ, two Iranian women accused of being Christians appeared in Tehran court Sunday, they confessed that they “love Jesus,” and will “not recant their faith”; they said they have “no regrets”.

Maryam Rustampoor, 27 and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, were first arrested on 5 March for leaving Islam. They were confined in a solitary confinement in an infamous Evin prison, deprived of medical attention, often blindfolded for interrogations for several hours during their 5-month ordeal in the prison.

Elam Ministries, a ministry that specializes in serving the growing church in Iran reported Monday that Maryam and Marzieh when they appeared before the court on Sunday 9 August that “though great pressure was put on them, both women declared that they would not deny their faith.”

The chief interrogator had recommended a verdict of ‘apostasy’. However, when they arrived, no verdict was actually given, the report said.

“Instead, the court session focussed on the deputy prosecutor, Mr Haddad, questioning Maryam and Marzieh about their faith and telling them that they had to recant in both verbal and written form,” it stated.

“It clear that in the eyes of the court, Maryam and Marzieh’s only crime is that they have converted to Christianity.”

The apostasy in Iran under Sharia Law is death.

Mr. Haddad, asked the two women if they were Christians. “We love Jesus,” they replied. He repeated his question and they said, “Yes, we are Christians.”

Mr. Haddad then said, “You were Muslims and now you have become Christians.”

“We were born in Muslim families, but we were not Muslims,” was their reply.

Mr. Haddad’s questioning continued and he asked them if they regretted becoming Christians, to which they replied, “We have no regrets.”

Then he stated emphatically, “You should renounce your faith verbally and in written form.” They stood firm and replied, “We will not deny our faith.”

During one tense moment in the questioning, Maryam and Marzieh made reference to their belief that God had convicted them through the Holy Spirit. Mr. Haddad told them, “It is impossible for God to speak with humans.”

Marzieh asked him in return, “Are you questioning whether God is Almighty?”

Mr. Haddad then replied, “You are not worthy for God to speak to you.”

Marzieh said, “It is God, and not you, who determines if I am worthy.”

Mr. Haddad told the women to return to prison and think about the options they were given and come back to him when they are ready (to comply). Maryam and Marzieh said, “We have already done our thinking.”

At the end of the session, Mr. Haddad told them that a judge will give them his verdict, though it is not clear who will be the judge in their case now. He also allowed Maryam and Marzieh to have a lawyer represent them in the case for the first time since their arrest, the report said.

While the trial was going on Voice of the Martyrs asked Christians to pray for the courageous duo.

Both women are back in Evin prison on the same day. Elim Ministries reported that during their five-month ordeal, both have been unwell and have lost much weight.

“Marzieh is in pain due to an on-going problem with her spine, as well as an infected tooth and intense headaches.She desperately needs medical attention. Two months ago the prison officials told her the prison had proper medical equipment and that they will attend to her, but so far no proper treatment has been given.”

“Despite the concentrated effort of officials to pressure them into recanting their faith, Maryam and Marzieh love Jesus and they are determined to stand firm to the very end no matter whatever happens.”

“They have demonstrated their love for Jesus and would offer their lives for Him if they were called to do so,” the report said. After today’s court session they said, “If we come out of prison we want to do so with honor.”

“Maryam and Marzieh’s case is a clear and harsh violation of human rights and religious liberty by Iran’s authorities. They deserve the support of all those who respect human rights and to be released without charges so they can pursue a life of freedom..

International Christian Concern (ICC) in a statement from Washington D.C yesterday has asked Iranian officials to free the Christian duo.

“We ask Iranian officials to free Maryam and Marzieh. Iran must respect their right to follow the religion of their choice. In this century, it’s unconscionable for any country to force its citizens to adhere to any particular religion,” said Jonathan Racho, ICC’s Regional Manager for African and Middle.

ICC statement yesterday also request Christians to pray for the health of these persecuted Christians that God will continue to give them strength and courage.

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Is God More Disgusted With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, TD Jakes, Or Paula White?

Posted by Job on March 27, 2008

By Pastor Bill Keller. To sign up for his devotional click on link below.

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Romans 10:14

Who was God more disgusted with last September, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejads, or well known minister TD Jakes? One of the things I have
tried to do these past 9 yrs is challenge those who know the Lord to become
more bold in sharing their faith with their family, with their neighbors, at
school or work, at the gym, as well as the people God allows to cross your
path on a daily basis. I remind you often that sharing our faith is not an
option, it is a commandment. It is not something we do when we feel like it,
it is something we are instructed in the Bible to do out of love for people
who are lost and will die and go to hell without a personal relationship
with Jesus Christ.

That is why nothing infuriates me more than what happened last September as
one of the most visible men of God in the nation goes on a popular
nationally syndicated TV program and if you didn’t know who he was, would
have never guessed in a million years he was a preacher! It was like Paula
White going on the Trya Banks program and calling herself a “life coach,”
never once mentioning she is a preacher, or talking about the Bible or
saying the name of Jesus!

This past September you had that evil little man from Iran, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad spewing his delusional philosophy of life at Columbia
University, and a few hours later you had “Bishop” TD Jakes appearing on the
Dr. Phil program to counsel people. At the end of the day there is no doubt
in my mind God was more disgusted with Jakes, a man who claims to serve God,
than He was with Ahmadinejad, a man who has clearly chosen to serve satan!

There is nothing to really to say about Ahmadinejad. He is a thoroughly evil
man who follows that false religion of hate and death, Islam. As the
President of Iran, he has openly called for the total annihilation of
Israel, has made numerous threats against the United States, is shipping
arms to Iraqi insurgents helping to kill US troops who are serving there, is
harboring Osama Bin Laden’s son and other al-Qaeda leaders, and is pursuing
the development of nuclear weapons.

He preyed upon the weakness of this nation to come to our shores and spit in
our faces by his very presence. He no doubt has accomplished his chief goal
which was to appear credible on the world stage, while filling his coffers
with propaganda to take back to Iran and continue his terrorist activities.
Please remember in a few years that this man was here, on our soil, and
instead of arresting him like the common criminal he is, we treated him like
a head of state.

As disgusted as I was with Ahmadinejad making a mockery of our nation, I was
even more disgusted with the “Bishop” TD Jakes making a mockery of our Lord!
I was excited to hear he was going to be on with Oprah’s “creation” Dr. Phil
to give people counsel. I was excited that finally a bold man of God would
go on this nationally syndicated secular program with a chief merchant of
worldly advice and give people real counsel from the Word of God while
telling them Jesus is their only hope for this life and all eternity.

Finally, a powerful spokesman for Christ to tell the nation God’s Word is
the only Truth and Jesus is the only way to be saved. By the end of the hour
it took all the will power I could muster to not take a baseball bat and
smash my television into a million pieces.

I will give you an exact quote from my email to the “Bishop” TD Jakes. “That
was the most gutless and spineless performance by a supposed Gospel minister
I have ever witnessed. You should be ashamed to call yourself a minister of
the Gospel and God will hold you accountable for the souls who will burn in
hell because you were more worried about selling books than saving souls!”

I have warned you for years about Oprah’s puppet Dr. Phil. He clams to be a
Christian, and only God can judge his heart regarding his salvation. But I
have every right and responsibility to judge his WORDS and ACTIONS in
accordance with the Bible. They are the words and actions of a man who is
lost in his few minutes of fame and the money he is making. His counsel is
not from the Bible but from the world. Instead of giving people real hope,
he simply exploits their troubled lives for ratings.

I have warned you often about this merchant of false hope. Here is one of my
Devotionals from last year on why this man is so dangerous,
http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=2447 .

That is why I was so excited to see TD Jakes going on his program. As it
turned out, he was not there to give Biblical counsel or to tell the lost
how they can be saved, he was there to sell his new book! Just like that
cotton-candy preacher Joel Osteen who was on Larry King a few years ago and
refused all 6 of King’s attempts to get him to simply say that Jesus was the
ONLY way to be saved because he was not there to save souls, but to sell
books.

I learned later in the day Dr. Phil actually wrote the forward of Jakes’ new
book. So with the opportunity to tell millions of viewers who were no doubt
lost and hurting, looking for answers and hope, instead of the Gospel they
got a sales pitch to go to their local bookstore and buy his book!

In my disgust, I called a few people who are very connected to the Christian
TV world and I find out guess who TD Jakes’ guest will be on several of his
upcoming shows? You got it, Dr. Phil! Why? Dr. Phil also has a new book
coming out so he is trying to capitalize on his claim of being a Christian
to tap into the Christian market. So in essence what you had Monday and what
you will get when Dr. Phil appears on Jakes program, is a SCAM that has gone
on in the church for ages.

It is the pulpit exchange scam. Preacher Bob is invited to Preacher Joe’s
church to speak. He comes, preaches, and they take a big love offering for
him. A few months later, Preacher Bob invites Preacher Joe to come to his
church to speak. He comes, preaches, and they take a big love offering for
him.

Since I have blown the cover off of that long standing scam, here is another
one for you. Ever sit back amazed as you watch Christian TV and hear how God
told some minister to give the TV network $100,000, and they pull out a big
check? Did you know in the future they will receive special airings or runs
of their TV program on that network worth about, you got it, $100,000!

Ever sit back amazed as you saw one minister give another minister a jet
plane! WOW! What generosity you think! If only I had faith like that you
think! Little do you know there was already some sort of business deal
between the two for the jet plane.

This is how these high visibility preachers con people into having the
“faith” to send them tons of money. It is all part of the manipulating
process that enables these ministries to own tens of millions of dollars of
real estate, fly around in private jets, and live like the rulers of small
nations! OF COURSE THEY STILL COME BACK AND BEG YOU TO GIVE THEM MORE!!!

I love you and care about you so much. This is why I left and vowed to never
return to the Christian TV world 10 yrs ago. This is why non-Christians
NEVER watch Christian TV and have zero trust or respect for preachers. They
smell these scams from a mile away. The Bible actually says the children of
the world are more street smart than the children of light.

I have to be honest. It almost makes me want to get out of the ministry all
together at times. I have to spend more time than you will ever know in
dealing with people in the marketplace, letting them know that “I am not one
of those guys” so they will at least listen to my message.

I have had numerous people over the years “counsel” me how Liveprayer could
be a $50 million a year ministry overnight, instead of struggling to raise
the $1 million we do each year to operate. All I have to do is what everyone
else does. Leave secular TV and go to Christian TV. Forget reaching the lost
in the world on the internet and focus on reaching people who already are
Christians while using the website to sell products.

Quit wasting all of our time and resources to reach the lost and refocus our
efforts on how to cash in on the Gospel. They tell me I have spent 9 years
of laboring to build up Liveprayer, now it is time to take it easy and reap
tens of millions of dollars a year from what we have built. I quietly tell
these people to please leave before I get in the flesh and literally throw
them out of my office!

I HAVE TOO MUCH FEAR (AWE) OF GOD TO TURN LIVEPRAYER INTO MY PERSONAL
FIEFDOM. I DON’T LOOK FORWARD TO THE LAST WEEK OF EVERY MONTH WHEN I HAVE TO
PLEAD WITH PEOPLE TO HELP ME SIMPLY COVER OUR BASIC OPERATIONAL NEEDS, BUT
IT KEEPS ME HUMBLE AND NEVER LETS ME FORGET VERY LONG WHOSE MINISTRY THIS IS
AND THAT I WILL ONLY BE HERE AS LONG AS I REMAIN FAITHFUL TO MY CALLING. GOD
HAS ME ON A 30 DAY LEASH EACH MONTH SO I NEVER FORGET, EVEN FOR A DAY, WHY I
AM HERE AND WHAT HE HAS CALLED ME TO DO!!!

I had one person send me an email that said, “PASTOR KELLER, WITH ALL DUE
RESPECT, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE, TD JAKES BEING ON DR. PHIL
SHOW AND BILL KELLER BEING ON HOWARD STERN SHOW.” My answer, “The difference
is he was on there for one reason, to sell books. He never once mentioned
the name Jesus, quoted any scripture, or told people how to be saved. He was
on there to make money and for no other reason. I go on with Stern and got
nothing, except tons of grief. I have no agenda other than the opportunity
to share Christ and Biblical Truth with Stern’s listeners.

After my recent appearances on many of the top secular programs on the cable
news networks and many national radio programs, I can already tell you that
while they like my boldness to state my case about the issue I am on to
discuss, they have already figured out I am there to declare the Bible is
the only Truth and faith in Jesus is the ONLY way to be saved. I am already
being blackballed from some of these programs because they don’t want their
program being used as a pulpit by some evangelist.

My friend, I invest money each month into a professional PR firm and seize
those media opportunities for one reason and one reason only, TO HAVE A
SECULAR FORUM TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS! I HAVE NO OTHER MESSAGE BUT THE
GOSPEL! YOU HAVE NO OTHER MESSAGE FOR YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, THOSE YOU MEET
ALONG YOUR JOURNEY BUT THE GOSPEL!

My word of admonition to you today is to pray NOT to be like TD Jakes, Joel
Osteen, Paula White, or any of these other “Christian stars” who get the
opportunity to talk to a secular audience and use that opportunity to build
their kingdom and not God’s. Trust me, they WILL answer to God one day, just
like I will and you will!

Make the most of your opportunities to share the Truth of the Bible with
those you meet each day and what Jesus has done in your life. People are
dying and going to hell every second. People you know! If they choose to
reject the hope of Christ, that is their choice. Our job is not to force
anyone to believe, we can’t do that. Our job is to share with them the Good
News and pray for them!

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can
they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear
without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

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John McCain Accepts The Endorsement Of Heretic John Hagee!

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

First Huckabee, then McCain, who was on record in 1999 as stating that he did not want to overturn Roe v. Wade. McCain also has a long record of opposing many of the things on Hagee’s political and religious agendas. This just proves that the guy who denies the Messiahship of Jesus Christ, claims that Jesus Christ was killed by Rome for His political beliefs,prophesied that the United States would attack Iran in 2007 (and is still demanding that we attack Iran!) and preaches dual covenant theology is simply in it for the power and money.

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Iran Will Have Nuclear Weapon Within Months!

Posted by Job on February 25, 2008

While a set of European-run simulations could indicate that Iran will
be ready to build an atomic bomb sooner than anyone predicted, uranium
enrichment is only one of three benchmarks the rogue nation will have
to reach before it is ready to launch a nuclear attack against Tel
Aviv, former National Security Council head Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora
Eiland told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday.
On Friday, Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper reported on a computer
simulation run at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)
in Ispra, Italy, through which scientists modeled the uranium
enrichment capabilities of centrifuges operating at Iran’s Natanz
nuclear facility.
The results of those tests were not reassuring – showing that even if
the centrifuges were operating at a mere 25 percent efficiency, Iran
would possess enough enriched uranium to create an atomic device by the
end of 2010.
But if the efficiency were 100% – and even if Iran has not (as it is
believed to have) made improvements on the Pakistani-style centrifuges
it operates – a sufficient quantity of enriched uranium to build a
nuclear device could be ready by the end of 2008.
But Eiland emphasized that enriched uranium was only one of three
developments necessary for Iran to develop nuclear weapons. After the
uranium was ready, he said, the material must be weaponized before it
could be deployed. And after weaponization, Iran must have appropriate
means of deployment.
Until 2003, both the US and Israel agree, Iran had a plant that dealt
with weaponization, but it has since disappeared. As a result, the US
intelligence assessment is that weaponization is not taking place – but
Israel, said Eiland, believes that the absence of proof does not
necessarily mean that no weaponization is underway at a clandestine
location.
And, warned Eiland, even if no weaponization were currently under way
using existing knowledge, it would only take Iran six to 12 months to
weaponize the necessary amount of uranium once it was obtained.
Eiland said that as far as he knew – without taking into consideration
the European simulation – Iran did not have a sufficient quantity of
highly enriched uranium for weaponization.
The US National Intelligence Estimate report released in December 2007
claimed that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons development program
and estimated that Iran would not develop a nuclear weapon before 2010.
Even the US report, however, did not deny that Iran was continuing to
enrich uranium – a process that can be adapted for either civilian or
military purposes.
http://www.jpost.com /servlet/Satellite?cid=1203605158048&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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Iran test-launches satellite missile Jerusalem Post

Posted by Job on February 5, 2008


Iran test-launches satellite missile | Jerusalem Post

Iran tested a missile capable of carrying satellites into space,
Iranian state television said Monday, as part of a program to launch a
research satellite in the near future. The rocket was launched from a
new Iranian space center, inaugurated by Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad.

The report claimed that the satellite itself would be launched by 2009. It is reported to be called Omid which means “Hope”, and is said to be a low-altitude satellite.

A successful satellite launch would mark a dramatic improvement
in Teheran’s missile capability. Ahmadinejad was present at the launch
site, and gave the order for the launch himself.

“Our presence in space is a necessity”, said Ahmadinejad at the
ceremony. “Any country that respects itself should control the most
advanced technology…we are grateful to God for witnessing the first
and determined step toward an Iranian satellite.”

The Iranian news agency IRNA said the satellite was intended
for research, but did not detail any technical specifications, raising
suspicions that it might also be capable of being used for intelligence
and other strategic purposes.

The report came on the heels of a successful Israeli satellite
launch in January. The Israeli TecSar satellite, launched from India,
began transferring its first footage to the control center in Yehud
over the weekend.

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Iran Loves Barack HUSSEIN Obama

Posted by Job on February 2, 2008

Fars News Agency :: Obama Willing to Talk with Iran

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Abrahamic Faith: Assassination Of Benazir Bhutto A Sad Loss Or New Beginning For Pakistan?

Posted by Job on January 15, 2008

My
friends have asked me of an assessment on the recent situation in
Pakistan with the saddened news of the slaying of Benazir Bhutto the
candidate for the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the forthcoming
elections. Normally, I don’t like to share my opinions of internal Pakistani politics but this time round I have decided to speak.

By
the way for those who perhaps may not be aware that my friend Jay Smith
an American apologist and scholar in Islam did visit Benazir in her
flat in London not so long ago to discuss the historicity of Yahushua
(Jesus) of the Bible versus the Qur’anic Isa (Arabic name used for
Yahushua) so I would say she had a clear cut message of the gospel
delivered to her house but sadly died as an unsaved Muslim as far as I
know. She was brought up in the echelons of Catholic
Convent schools the domain of the rich in Pakistan such as Jesus and
Mary convent and later to be educated in Harvard and Oxford.

First
of all we need to go back to the hay days of her father Zulfikar Ali
Bhutto who had ministers tortured and removed from the administration
that he did not like. Our Master Yahushua (Jesus) of
Nazareth said ‘do unto others as you would do to yourself’, it would
seem that Bhutto did not heed to that advise well later to be
imprisoned by General Zia ul-Haq who had him tortured and hanged.

Most
people are not aware that Benazir Bhutto was removed from Government
before by then President Lugari for corruption charges during 1996. Her husband Asif Ali Zardari is popularly known in Pakistani circles as Mr Ten Percent. In other words he allegedly owns what is claimed to be ten percent of Pakistan. He had all sorts of scandals and proven corruption charges levelled against him and have also served eight years jail term. Both
Benazir and her husband received hundreds of millions of dollars worth
of commissions on Pakistani Government contracts and creamed off what
they could to the West buying properties in England, France, and having
a large holding in Swiss bank accounts to the tune of 1.5 billion
dollars.
(My note: Sounds like the George Bush family to me. No wonder the National Review loved Bhutto, claiming that she is “pro – life.” Political conservatism is obviously anti – Christ.) Of course the people robbed were the Pakistanis
by these modern day thugs but who would care for the poor Pakistani
people after all they are nobody’s and soon people would forget their
struggles in life.

I
would not bemoan the death of Benazir Bhutto because she made many
promises to women about repealing the Hadood and Zina ordinances
(unfair rape/adultery charges against women)
. The Hadood
ordinance specified that a woman raped must produce four male witnesses
as per the Qur’anic law before a conviction can be brought. Can anyone see that happening? The
Zina ordinance specified that if an adult male had sexual relations
with a woman both being unmarried would either be stoned to death or
receives one hundred lashes.

Benazir used soft words but did not deliver on any of her promises in the past and neither would now. I
remember when she was last in power that young teenage girls were being
abducted by assailants in cars raped and then left for dead. The people were fed up of her government until she was ousted. It
was in this climate that the Pakistanis were willing to try anything to
stop the tide of violence and bloodshed and so they welcomed Nawaz
Sharif with an open arm. It was common knowledge that in
his steel factory his brother melted a whole Pakistani train for metal
and also anyone who would not be a yes sir to these guys would be
thrown in the smelting works never to be seen again. We heard many such horror stories that the news would dare not report.

It
was during Benazir’s last government that the Taliban rose to power
largely funded by her government thanks to the US Clinton
Administration and governed and orchestrated by the ISS secret service
of Pakistan and blessed by the whore of Babylon to fight the soviet
union but the Frankenstein Monster turned on the US that help create
them.
Benazir has been full of broken promises. One
may feel the sad loss of a mother to her children but to the nation of
Pakistan it is no big loss, the people of Pakistan will overcome this
and move forward. The crying you see on TV is largely her supporters and not the whole nation. The
Christians in Pakistan did favour her but to be honest I have seen more
good done by Gen. Musharraf in Pakistan than any previous government. In my opinion Pakistan needs a steady secular dictator lined up with the West and that is the only way to run that nation. Look
what happened to Iran when a secular dictator was removed and then hard
Islamic governments came in and today people worry about Iran and a new
nuclear threat.
(Same thing Ron Paul says. Oh well.) I am afraid Western beaurocrats would
never understand why Muslim nations thrive on dictatorships and droop
with democratic leaders.
(Anyone still support the Iraq War?)

Who could have plotted to kill her?

Now I have to put my prophecy hat on. The
assassination of Bhutto came together like a Bollywood plot straight
out of a film play and had to be acted out by the one who was the
closest to her body after her death bemoaning her death and citing
revenge for her.
No, it was not Gen. Musharraf, we can at
least accord some respect to the secular dictator to control a country
like Pakistan who is a Muhajir (Muslim families who emigrated from
India in 1947) and it is believed that this is why the Benazir clan and
the elite circles in Pakistan hate Musharraf because they accord third
class status to Muhajirs.

When
Yahushua was crucified the one that betrayed him Judas Iscariot was one
also close to him yet was the son of the adversary and likewise many
fingers are pointing at Al-Qaeda but they only want to take glory for
someone else’s action. Since they did not enact the plan it is easy to take credit for what you have not done but someone else did. It
was not Imran Khan either as he is only a small player in politics in
Pakistan and the only thing he was capable of doing recently was
gathering supporters to incite violence in Pakistan for the alleged
shredding of Qur’an and flushing into toilets which brought about the
burning and looting of Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets and other Western
concerns to vent his frustration at his lack of success. Where
is Imran Khan and his holy sentiment when the Bible pages are torn by
Palestinians and used to clean excrement in Israel we would never know?

Behind
this plot is no other but the whore of Babylon, and that is not the US
Washington or New York City but Saudi Arabia and guess who came out of
the whore of Babylon by her consent and blessings to stand for election
and that my friends is the potential murderer.
You still did not guess his name? How about Nawaz Sharif. Surprised, none of the world has caught on to that yet. The
one who benefits the most out of all this political turmoil is non
other than him who belongs to the Muslim League Party, the man that was
brought into power last time by Gen. Zial Ul-Haq.
This man my friends is a firm advocate for Sharia in Pakistan. It may have happened had he stayed in power long enough last time around but it was not yet time.

Did you even remotely think of the possibility probably not?

So where does this take up scripturally?

Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the set-apart ones, and with the blood of the witnesses of ?????. And having seen her, I marvelled – greatly marvelled!

Where are we heading?

Gunfight at the OK corral, that is right. Pakistan
is being prepared for a take over like the Taliban style government and
Nawaz Sharif is the man for it with people in the government in that
favour and Saudi Arabia right behind it all.
Oh and by the way he is the sort of person who will bring Sharia in through the backdoor. Whether
this is the right time for Pakistan to go radical or not only time will
tell but so far prophecy has proven conclusive that Pakistan is heading
prophetically to line up with the major Muslim nations of the world to
help attack Israel and it does not need to go as a Sharia nation to do
this
.

Remember
the Anti-Messiah nation hates the desire of women so Benazir was one
such woman whose only desire was for self and that was certainly not
acceptable by Saudi Arabia
. Even the little that Benazir
could have done was a threat to the Saudi Muslim society and for all
Muslim women in the world would cause anarchy and that could not be
allowed to happen by the whore of Babylon.

Dan 11:37
and have no regard for the mighty ones of his fathers nor for the
desire of women, nor have regard for any mighty one, but exalt himself
above them all.

One
thing is certain that behind Pakistan’s politics is not the US but
powerful Muslim nations of the world and Saudi Arabia has had a hand in
since the days of the creation of the Islamic Nuclear Bomb when planes
full of money used to land in Pakistan to make this happen during
Benazir’s father’s government.

Rav Simon

Yahushua Radio
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he
www.abrahamic-faith.com Truth unleashed are you ready?

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Mike Huckabee Is Insane And Dangerous

Posted by Job on January 10, 2008

On the Fox News debate tonight, the moderator directed a question to Mike Huckabee on what his response would be in the case of another incident like the Iranian gunboat confrontation. Huckabee, totally unprepared for the very simple question, gives a rambling incomprehensible initial response, but closes with “I will make it clear to them that the gates of hell will be unleashed upon them” in his preacher conviction voice. And, to my shock, the South Carolina crowd began to vigorously applaud! Now Ronald Reagan’s claiming that America was New Jerusalem with his “shining city on the hill” rhetoric (appeals to the Mormon belief that New Jerusalem and the garden of Eden’s location in Missouri or thereabouts perhaps?) was bad enough, but doesn’t a preacher invoking apocalyptic rhetoric towards an Iranian confrontation concern anybody but me?

What was far worse was that the cheering audience members seemed to have NO IDEA how so utterly wrong this was on so many levels, starting with theological ones. Now I found out that Hillary Clinton is insane for the first time yesterday. I already knew this about the cross dresser shoot unarmed black men dead in the streets and then accuse them of being drug dealers late term abortion supporting Rudy Giuliani and the Star Trek Deep Space Nine shape shifting chameleon Mitt Romney. And then there is, you know, Ron Paul. I was going to vote for Ron Paul. Did you know that? Anyway. But I did not know this about Hillary until yesterday or Huckabee hound until today. So what is the deal with all of the psychotic people running for president this year? Has it always been this way?

But the scary part is not Huckabee himself. There are going to be crazy people until Jesus Christ comes back. It is the gleeful response of the South Carolina debate attendees. That means that just in that very room there were hundreds of people willing and gleeful to follow this crazy man into the apocalypse. I could not help thinking that these are the very people that will one day follow the beast, commonly called the anti – Christ.

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Two brothers honor their father’s martyrdom in award-winning movie A Cry From Iran

Posted by Job on January 9, 2008

Original link.

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (ANS) — Two brothers, a murdered father and an untold story of pain and forgiveness are the inspirations behind a six times award-winning documentary on the secret death of a prominent evangelical pastor in Iran, Haik Hovsepian.

The movie is the untold story of Iranian Christian martyrs, and Christian converts, who became the victims of their beliefs and paid the ultimate price – their lives.

The Hovsepian Brothers with one of their awards for A Cry From Iran.
Two brothers from Iran, Joseph and Andre Hovsepian, who made the documentary A Cry From Iran about the life and work of their father, recently joined international journalist Dan Wooding as guests on his for Front Page radio program on KWAVE in Los Angeles.

Their documentary is the story of Bishop Haik Hovsepian, who was the superintendent of the Assemblies of God and, later in his ministry, the representative of protestant churches in Iran.

Joseph Hovsepian explained: “Living with him for twenty years of course I’ve had a lot of good memories from him, but thirteen years ago in 1994 because of his faith and all he did for Christians and defending them, he one day disappeared and then we found him stabbed to death because of his faith.”

Joseph continued: “After going through all the tragedy and comfort and different stages of forgiving (and) having a background in film industry, the idea of making this documentary started two years after the actual martyrdom. In 1996 we started gathering several documents and all the clips that I had shot when my dad was alive — and at the time we didn’t think that those clips could become so vital and important and the world would see them — but praise the Lord with the support of the Holy Spirit and family and churches we came a long way, and two years ago with partnership with Open Doors we could officially start producing this documentary fulltime working with my brother on the board, and as a result a Cry from Iran has been born.”

DVD cover for the documentary video A Cry From Iran.
On the question of who killed Haik Hovsepian, Joseph replied: “That’s a good question. We hope that the audience, after watching the documentary, can judge and know the answer for themselves. We haven’t pointed our fingers at any special person or group or government but, as we know, that our main enemy is the devil that works through people and not people themselves. But of course it’s been very, very hard, very sad at times. During the editing process our goal was focus, was to see beyond our pain and memories, and see what this film can do for the people in the west who appreciate their freedom and to the people in Iran to see that the martyrs names still go on.”

Andre Hovsepian said he was only ten years old when his father was martyred so he didn’t have as much memory as Joseph and the rest of the family did.

“But I do definitely have a lot of memories still and a lot of pictures of him in my head because I was ten years old and I lived with him for ten years, but definitely besides memory what I heard about — his life from other members of the church, from other family members — really impacted me so much. And of course after making this documentary spending sometimes twelve, thirteen, fourteen hours a day, at times I think I saw more footage from him and clips and pictures than I’d seen in my ten years.”

Wooding wanted to know what did Andre learn new about his father from making the movie? “When you started working on this movie A Cry From Iran you must have been amazed that you found out all sort of new things about him,” said Wooding.

“Yes, I did actually, and one thing that stood out I would say (was) the amount of passion and the vision that he had, because everything I believe starts from one person’s vision and then does something to its community or results and is fruitful, and in the process of making this documentary I saw that vision that my dad had and at the end of course resulted in growing the zeal of Christians in Iran.”

Joseph Hovsepian said the documentary is narrated by a well known award winning voice-over who did the Verizon Wireless commercial a few years ago.

He pointed out that when some people think of documentaries they think of boring talk and a program full of talks, whereas a lot of audiences have already said A Cry From Iran is a docu-drama.

“We’re very glad that this film has not only won awards in the Christian awards but also has gone beyond that and even in the scope of human rights issues and freedom of religion, freedom of choice, has brought a lot of interest in (the situation in Iran), and we’re very excited about that.”

Joseph said they carried out a of reenactments, shooting about two-hundred hours footage of his father, so in the last years of his life they had enough coverage. But the first part of his life and in covering the radical parts of country of Iran they had to reestablish (through reenactment), and the brothers had to travel to five countries and also five states in America.

“We have shot over thirty-five interviews and thirty-five hours of reenactment and the result has been fifty-five minutes of packed documentary, plus a lot of behind the scenes (footage).”

“Take us back to the period when there was all this trouble for your father. What led up to it?” Wooding asked.

Joseph responded that sadly the situation hasn’t changed that much from that day to the present.

“But going back to 1993, the church at the time had big clashes with government officials and the church had to be closed down and my dad as superintendent of the churches in Iran was the front person in the battle and would always get involved in the situation. But it came to its climax in 1993 when Mehdi Dibaj, who was a Muslim convert and a Christian brother had served ten years in prison and he was to be executed for his faith. The only punishment for his conversion was basically dying for it and paying the price, and my dad stood against that execution order and brought it to the attention of the government officials in Iran and then took a bigger step to the Christian world outside, to the United Nations, and even involving the congress of the US. So as a result of his activities and campaign he was released and this was a big victory for the church of Iran, but soon after he had to pay a bigger price — and that was his own life.”

Wooding asked Andre to “take us the next step: what exactly happened to your dad?”

Andre said: “Basically what happened was that after several threats that we got in different ways, finally one day my dad was on his way to the airport to pick up a friend from church and he disappeared for eleven days. We had no news of him — I mean you could only imagine how hard it was for us — and of course I have to mention here that the whole church was very supportive internationally, worldwide. We received many, many support from different believers around the world and that of course helped us a lot to cope with the situation. But after eleven days, unfortunately, we received the call in which they said we need your eldest son (who was Joseph) to come and identify some pictures.

“That was from the morgue officials. Then, I won’t get into details, but of course later on we found out that that he was killed and actually he was buried in a Muslim graveyard in which they only bury Muslim people.”

Wooding asked Joseph, as the eldest brother, what that was like.

“As Andre said as hard as it was and even is right now to talk about it, we have captured all these moments in the documentary and when it gets to this part, the movie kind of slows down. You feel what a martyr’s family goes through when such things happen. But for me, I think it was very shocking because it was the climax and very challenging point of my faith for the situation because I had trusted that God would protect his children in any situation, and this was something where we thought always and believed in, but maybe I hadn’t seen the other side of the picture. Especially having such a faithful father whose ministry was very fruitful for God it was the last thing that passed my mind that in the morgue I would see the twenty-six times stabbed face of my dad and chest of my dad covered in blood. So I went in with the knowledge that he won’t be there and in fact when we went through all the pictures of the albums he was not there but until the last minute before we left they said there’s one more picture and we have already buried this man as an unidentified person, and that was my father.”

Joseph continued: “I think at the time soon I got into this stage of kind of challenging God, and I was alone with the two police officers — which were not too comforting either — so I didn’t cry at that time that much and then I walked home to my uncle’s house because I didn’t know how to share the news with my mother and my brother Andre (at the time was ten years old), and he was the first thing in my mind that in Iran at the time people there are not that many divorces so not having a father is also a very big deal there. And he came to my mind, and I just didn’t know how to digest the situation and I think it kind of hit me a few hours after.”

So did Andre can do you remember what he said?

“Yes, I remember exactly,” said Andre. “Actually, it’s very interesting if you saw the movie End of the Spear I saw myself in that movie when the guy comes home and his son is upstairs and he just listens — he puts his ear on the ground — and listens from another room. That was exactly me in 1994 because I was in my room doing homework and then I heard Joseph coming in and I just ran to him and I saw his eyes, and that was enough for us to know what has happened. And then, of course, we hugged each other — it was very emotional, very emotional — but at the same time overall I have to say that I really do believe that if God let something happen for a reason He also takes care of you too. He’s not a coward God; He’s a very caring God in fact, and that’s why He protected us.”

Joseph said it was probably God’s plan that during those eleven days they were very calm and believed that their father would be alive, maybe somewhere in interrogation, but were expecting him to be coming back.

“After that shock, I think we all went through several stages of (what) my mother calls the University of God, which you never in fact graduate from, you always keep learning. But I think the first stage was the hatred that we had towards the enemies, and it took us a good couple of months to start even thinking about (what had happened).”

Did the brothers want to get revenge somewhere?

“Yes,” said Joseph, “I remember even in the very first days my mind was working that ‘ok I have to pay them back, they have killed an innocent person.’ But as my brother said, the support of the church and all the prayers that were coming from outside in the west and organizations including Open Doors that we are working now with (really helped). I think God really touched us and things went very smoothly and as a result it was a process of forgiveness; it was a process of not only forgiving and interceding and finally praising and being thankful.”

The Hovsepian brothers said that one thing that always is alive and never dies is the peaceful spirit of God that works even when your tears are shedding. Something magical happens through the power of prayer.

Wooding asked Andre tell some of the lessons people can learn if they watch their movie A Cry From Iran?

Andre replied: “One of them, as you already mentioned, I think it stands out is the appreciation of life no matter what situation you’re in, no matter if you have financial problems or someone in your family has a disease or anything like that, after watching this movie the first impact that I think that it leaves on you is that ‘wow I have to appreciate my life. I have to appreciate this freedom that I have’ and of course I have to make a note that Christians in the west are persecuted too in other ways, which maybe is a whole different topic. But at least it’s not physical — they don’t take your life.

“Other feedback that we’ve gotten from people has been just simply the awareness, because a lot of people watch the news and they think that’s all we need to know and that’s all that’s happening on this earth, in this universe. But after watching this movie, people are really more aware of what is happening in these third world countries.”

Wooding wanted to know: “Are there other Christians and Christian leaders in Iran who are suffering like your dad did?”

“Sadly, yes,” said Joseph. “And I should say that even in the past two months there were other house group leaders and Christians that were officially executed, and still there are groups that are always taken for interrogation and some have paid a price — whether they lose their job or their kids can’t go to school. But the fact is that what has changed during the past several years after the series of Iranian martyrs are how the Christians handle their faith and how they respond to the persecution. They pray for their enemies, they trust in the Lord more than ever, and my dad being an Armenian was not from a Muslim background, but defending Muslim background believers already left a great impact on them and they all say that if Armenians could give their lives to reach us through the message of the Gospel how much more we are ready to pay that. So they have become much more stronger than ever before.”

How difficult is it for a Muslim in Iran to give their lives to Christ?

“Well it is very difficult actually,” said Andre.” Because of security reasons I think primarily, because once you do give your life to Jesus you’re not only making a decision for yourself but also in a way you are somewhat endangering your family members. So I mean it’s a whole different world out there than here. So I think as far as that goes it’s the security comes in to line, but God leads them to do the right thing.”

For both DVD information and screening information you can go to the official website which is www.acryfromiran.com.

Radio stations interested in airing the full interview with Dan Wooding and the Hovsepian Brothers may e-mail him at Danjuma1@aol.com  for the MP3 file. (This is for media contacts only, please).

ASSIST News would like to thank Robin Frost for transcribing this interview.

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Ancient Christian Cemetery Discovered Near Islamic Monument in Iran

Posted by Job on December 4, 2007

http://www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=598043

Ilkhanid-era Christian cemetery discovered near Islamic site of Soltanieh Dome
TEHRAN, Dec. 3 (MNA) — A Christian cemetery dating back to the Mongol era has recently been discovered near the Soltanieh Dome, an Islamic monument registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

A single gravestone bearing ancient Armenian script led a team of experts from the Soltanieh Dome Cultural Heritage Center to the discovery of the burial ground, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday. The artifact was unearthed by the team about two years ago during a demarcation operation for the dome site. “We were assisted in the deciphering of the script by a number of Christian historians. After examining the relic, they informed us that the artifact dates back to the Mongol era and that it was highly likely that a cemetery dating back to that time would be located in the vicinity,” the center executive manager Mohammadreza Qorbanzadeh said.

A translation of the inscription reads as follows: “Jesus, the only son of the father, when it is time to return, the sleeping soul of the late…” Other parts of the inscription are illegible due to erosion. “The cemetery, which is located near the Abbasabad region of the Soltanieh Dome and the ancient city of Soltanieh will add to our knowledge of the history of these sites,” Qorbanzadeh said.

The Mongol ruler Hulegu Khan (c. 1217-1265), who founded the Ilkhanid dynasty in Iran, selected the north central region of Iran for his center of government. Hulegu’s mother showed an inclination towards the Christian religion and as a result many Christian residents of Tabriz emigrated to Soltanieh (location of present day Zanjan), being an area over which he ruled.

In addition, Marco Giovanni Brambilla, an Italian professor at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University, during his studies on the city of Soltanieh, had previously surmised the existence of a Christian Mongol era cemetery in the region.

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