By Mike Evans
Jesus warned that as the end of the age approached, "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name." (Matthew 24:9) Today that prophetic warning is being fulfilled.
As I stated in my book, The American Prophecies, the greatest century to date of Christian persecution was not the first century, but the twentieth. In the history of the world and of the nearly 69.6 million Christians martyred for their faith, over sixty-five percent of them were killed in the twentieth century. That is not even mentioning what happened to Jews in the Holocaust. It is estimated that the first ten years of the twenty-first century saw another million Christians murdered for their faith. Though this shows a significant decrease in martyrdom worldwide as compared to the twentieth century, it is still an alarming number. The truth of the matter is that while some of the most severe persecutors of Christians in recent history have eased their "cultural revolutions"—namely Communist governments—those who profess faith in Jesus Christ, still place their lives on the line virtually every day throughout the Islamic world.
Though I could present numerous examples of this, one that has most recently come to my attention is the predicament of Aasia Noreen (also called Aasiya Bibi, Asia, or other transliterations in the world press), a forty-five-year-old mother of five. In 2009, Aasia got into a disagreement with fellow field workers in her village of Ittan Wali in Pakistan near the Indian border. The other workers were trying to pressure her into renouncing Christianity and becoming a Muslim. Aasia's family was the only Christian household in the village. Aasia however, stood her ground, much to the chagrin of at least one of the other women who also held a grudge against her for a past land dispute. To end the bickering, the wife of a village elder demanded Aasia go to fetch them water from a well in the Nankana Sahib district, several miles away. Aasia complied, but when she returned, the disgruntled Muslim woman said it was sacrilegious to drink water collected by a non-Muslim. Aasia replied, "Are we not all humans?" The response brought another strong rebuke and another altercation arose.
Shortly after, the disgruntled women went to a local Muslim cleric and told him about the incident. The cleric filed a report with the police about it on June 19, 2009, and on that same day, the disgruntled woman confronted Aasia in front of her home accusing her of having defamed the name of Muhammad, saying she had denied that he was a prophet. Men working in the fields nearby overheard the altercation, left what they were doing, and forced their way into Aasia's house. There they began torturing Aasia and her children, demanding she admit to the blasphemy and repent. As things escalated, they tried to put a noose around Aasia's neck ready to hang her. However, the police soon arrived and took Aasia into custody, supposedly for her own protection. As more allegations were made, instead of being released, Aasia was charged with blasphemy under Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, a crime punishable by death. While awaiting trial, Aasia would have to remain in the horrible conditions of a Pakistani prison, separated from her family except for when they could visit.
Aasia spent more than a year incarcerated before her trial. Then finally in November 2010, the accusations were heard before a judge. While the family hoped they might finally put this matter behind them, instead of dismissing the charges because of a lack of evidence, the judge sentenced Aasia to death by hanging and fined her 100,000 rupees ($1,100). Because many convicted in lower courts of blasphemy are threatened or even killed in prison, Aasia was put into solitary confinement and all visiting rights were revoked.
The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) has said that up to eighty percent of such blasphemy charges are filed to settle old grievances, which seems to be the case with Aasia as well. In recent years, most such convictions get overturned in higher courts. It is believed that local courts are usually pressured into convictions by local clerics and Islamic groups. The word of such cases travels fast, and generally angry mobs surrounding the courthouse chant slogans and demand the death sentence as trials take place.
In Aasia's area, the local imam said he cried with joy when Aasia was sentenced to hang. He told reporters, "She'll be made to pay, one way or the other. . . If the law punishes someone for blasphemy, and that person is pardoned or released, then we will take the law into our own hands." Despite the fact that no one has ever been executed by the government under this law, many have been murdered after their release. Several Islamic groups have already taken to the streets of Pakistan to let the government know there will be anarchy if Aasia's sentence is not carried out. Since her sentencing, Aasia's family has had to go into hiding. At the end of that November, a hard-line Islamic imam promised to pay anyone who killed Aasia $6,000 if she were set free by the courts.
While the sentencing has brought international protests, Aasia still remains in prison as of this writing. Even Pakistani government officials have been among those who have spoken out against the sentencing and called for Aasia's pardoning and protection by the president of Pakistan. Doing so has placed anyone who speaks out into the crosshairs of Islamic fundamentalists as well.
One who spoke out for Aasia was Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. Because of this, Taseer was assassinated by one of his bodyguards on January 4, 2011—shot down in cold blood in broad daylight. Several clerics and imams in Pakistan had called for Taseer's execution after his defense of Aasia. Different religious leaders offered a total of 50 million rupees ($579,300) for the assassination of Aasia and any who spoke out on her behalf. The call apparently worked. The bodyguard made no attempt at escape after gunning down Taseer, turning himself in to the police and telling them he had killed Taseer "because of the governor's opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy laws."
Roughly two months later, the Pakistani minister for religious minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti who had also called for Aasia's pardoning and opposed the blasphemy laws, was gunned down in the streets. Radical Islamists will stop at nothing to spread their hatred—a hatred that is aimed particularly at Israel.
Dr. Michael D. Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the nonfiction book Jimmy Carter: the Liberal Left and World Chaos, in which he compares the Obama and Carter presidencies; and the fiction book, GameChanger. Evans’ books are available at www.Timeworthybooks.com.
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Persia: The Final Jihad
Persia. The very word evokes images of kings and princes and tales of Arabian nights, of Scheherazade, the teller of 1001 stories of cunning and derring-do.
However, Persia was not solely acclaimed for the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, but for algebra, Backgammon, a postal service, military conscription, and advances in human rights.
Living in the FOG (Favor of God)
Until God gave me this revelation, I had no idea that Scriptures I had circled even as a child would have special significance in the years to come.
After having seen Jesus face-to-face at the age of eleven, I knew I wanted to hear His voice again. That is what sparked this amazing search. I learned through this revelation how to hear the voice of God again and again-through His Word.
As a young girl, Sarah Batsheva was infatuated with the handsome teenage boy who lived down the street. That teenage boy was Adolf Eichmann. It all seemed innocent and nice until Sarah's grandmother died, and then nothing was ever the same again.
Living Fear Free
Discover the secret of "replacing fear with joy" and learn how "you can enter into His rest by accepting the reality of the Atonement".
This uplifting book will remind you that "You are a soldier in the army of God…called, anointed, filled, blessed, and equipped and…more than a conqueror in Him". You will be inspired to "take courage as you go in His name" and filled with hope as you remember that "the best is yet to come!"
What is the real reason for the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between the Jewish and Muslim populations?
The Candidate was written in order to expose the lie of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and to reveal the extent to which this lie has led to the ongoing hatred of the Jewish people and the state of Israel by her racist enemies.
It was written in fiction form in order to reach beyond an audience of scholars, academics and political pundits to the common man. Most are unaware of the extent to which even their own opinions about modern Israel and the Jewish people have been subtly influenced by the anti-Semitic slurs which ultimately flow from this hate literature.
The Final Generation
Are the Prophetic Pieces Nearly in Place?
A diabolical counterfeit of God's ultimate plan of salvation seems to be spreading across the Middle East—and is playing out just as foretold in the Bible. While Western Christians seem to be growing more complacent and concerned with their personal comfort and success, a prophetic storm is gathering in the Middle East. Radical Islamists are preparing for the final battle, believing it will usher in a new age of Islamist supremacy.
Do you find these events as chilling as I do?
The Samson Option
Darkness blankets the eastern seaboard. From Maine to Georgia, the power grid is in shambles, destroyed by the pulse of a high-altitude nuclear detonation. Cities and towns of every size are on the verge of chaos. Only the military continues to function, frantically searching the seas for the two container ships bearing nuclear missiles poised for a second strike that will destory what remains of America. The President is convinced the attacks are the work of Al-Qa’ida operatives aided by elements within the Pakistani government. David Hoag knows the truth about who is really behind the attacks, but powerful forces in high places are bent on unleashing America's military might and Israel is poised for a response of its own. Can Hoag reach the President in the time to avert a worldwide disaster? Or, is the beginning of the end?
Events in the Middle East are rapidly moving toward total chaos. Eyes worldwide are directed toward every country except the one that is most important—Israel. It has been called the "world's canary in the coal mine." You know the story of how miners carried canaries into coal mines to detect poisonous methane gas. It was one of the first early warning systems.
Each of the countries that surround Israel—Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt—is in upheaval to some degree. The only matter on which all can agree is their hatred for Israel and the Jewish people.
Sorrowfully, the Liberal Left in America has drawn a line in the sand and stepped over to the other side—away from our long-time ally, Israel. President Barack Obama's one-world view has placed him squarely alongside the United Nations. He has cast his lot with those who would see Israel stripped, bleeding, and impotent to defend herself. No longer the Good Samaritan, he has befriended those who pass by on the other side and ignore the threat Israel faces.
IT’S A LIE THAT WOULD NOT DIE;
believed to be true by Adolf Hitler, Henry Ford, and the late Osama bin Laden. It was introduced by the Russian secret police in an attempt to bolster the reign of Tsar Nicholas II. It erroneously exposed his enemies as co-conspirators with the Jews in a plot to take over the world. This fabricated document was embraced by a religious fanatic, Sergei Nilus, and published in 1905 in Russia. He published three separate versions of the book, and the last in 1917 indicated that Theodor Herzl was the writer of the mythical conspiracy theory. The book birthed the pogroms in Russia, and was used by Hitler as an excuse to exterminate six million Jews in Europe. Many Muslim leaders worldwide keep it within reach as the most revered book, after the Quran. Every terrorist organization uses this plagiarized copy to support the vile acts it commits.
When a father forsakes his God-given responsibilities, Can a son find the strength to forgive?
… David took a deep breath and forced himself to think. God’s grace, he told himself, reaches to the depths of sin.
When a son is wounded beyond belief, Can he unleash the healing power of love on his entire family?
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison while hoping it will make your enemy sick, David thought to himself.
When a heaven-sent messenger draws near and empowers healing… Can a man of God believe what he sees?
As he sat there on the step the light through the window grew brighter again, filling the room and surrounding him with its glow.
You’ll love this moving story of grace and forgiveness beyond measure.
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. - Genesis 12:3
President Obama plans to succeed in dividing Jerusalem by 2012, blackmailing Israel over the Iran crisis to achieve his objective. "Never miss the opportunity of a crisis."
The president apparently feels that Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria are a fair trade in order to keep Iran (Persia) from going atomic. The Obama administration seems to be treating Israel as a property to be bartered — or perhaps more accurately — to be betrayed for the sake of expediency. The Arab world wants its 22nd Islamic state with its capital in Jerusalem for one simple reason: Muslims believe Israel is Arab land occupied by foreigners.
If America touches prophecy - Jerusalem - God's curse will fall upon America and upon President Obama as decreed in Genesie 12:3. The ancient prophet Zachariah cried out, "I will make Jerusalem a cup that will send all the surrounding people reeling … an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."
An Islamic radical drives a Suburban loaded with explosives into the early morning drop-off line at a school in Denver.
In Chicago, another fanatical Muslim drives a gasoline truck into the Chicago Board of Trade building. Death and destruction rain down.
Terrorists crash small, explosive-laden airplanes into the airport in Atlanta, destroying two jumbo jets and the main terminal. All flights are grounded.
A nuclear bomb is exploded high above Washington, D.C. The entire East Coast power grid collapses. Everything is at a standstill.
This electrifying new fiction novel from Mike Evans traces the events from inception to execution — from the hopelessness of a world gone mad to a renewed hope.
Atomic Iran: Countdown to Armageddon
The Story Behind this Provocative Book
The Countdown to Armageddon Has Begun!
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Israel must be “wiped off the map.” Such a radical statement might seem like bravado and bluster, but the Iranian connection to rocket attacks on Israel make it crystal clear that the Islamic Republic has every intention of following through with its threats of total destruction. Most troubling of all, Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons with reckless determination as part of its mission to annihilate Israel, which Ahmadinejad calls a “stain of disgrace.”
With Iran’s history of contempt for the United Nations, the United States, Great Britain, and of course, Israel, such an apocalyptic event could happen at any moment. You need to take a stand!
Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos
The presidential election was a public sounding board for the much-touted failures of the Republican Party. He ran against a disgraced president in the aftermath of an unpopular war on a theme of "change." He kept his word, and change began. Barack Obama? No, Jimmy Carter!
Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos: An Obama/Carter Plan That Will Not Work, is a 550-page hardback revealing how Barack Obama and the Liberal Left are poised to repeat Carter's changes and mistakes!
Mistakes like providing checks of $150 million to the Ayatollah Khomeini to overthrow the Shah of Iran. This change lit the fuse of terrorism that exploded against the world when Khomeini declared April Fools Day 1980 "the first day of the government of God." Radical Islam was born. As if that weren't enough, Carter provided $500 million to the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom Fighters, who became the Taliban and Al-Qaeda