We used to occasionally hear of Christian persecution taking place around the world, and it was disturbing but never on the scale we're seeing today. ISIS is brutally slaughtering not just hundreds, but tens of thousands of Christians, Jews and other dissenters who oppose its repressive version of Islam. Christians living in areas ISIS has taken over have been almost completely wiped out. It is not just run-of-the-mill wars, but global destruction on a ferocious level never seen before. The annihilation is on track to exceed the number of people killed during the battles of Alexander the Great, the Crusades and even the Holocaust.
One journalist who observed ISIS firsthand reported on the full extent of the evil,
"After weeks of negotiations, I managed to enter the city of Raqqa, which is the capital of the terrorist group in Syria, from where it launches daily attacks against President Assad's troops. It was a surreal and a chilling experience, as I saw a regime of absolute control, which imposed its strict sharia laws. This is not some disorganized bloodthirsty terrorist group or makeshift army. They are very organized. Islamic State fighters ruthlessly beheaded Assad's soldiers and spies on the front line. Their decapitated bodies were brought back to Raqqa and displayed in the town centre. The IS men gave me a horrific video of decapitated soldiers' bodies, which were left lying on the pavement in the centre of Raqqa. Some of the dismembered heads were placed on spikes." more >>
Evangelical Christian pastor Joel Osteen shared in an interview this week that "a whole group of probably about 50 Muslims" recently visited his nondenominational megachurch in Houston, Texas, and indicated that his inspirational messages on "how to live a great life" resonate with people "in Muslim countries."
"I have Muslims that attend our church and my books sell a lot in Muslim countries as well," Osteen said during an interview with Jeremy Hobson for the "Here and Now" radio program published online Monday.
Hobson had mentioned that he heard Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel express the opinion that Christianity and Judaism had not done "a good enough job keeping an open conversation with Muslims" in the U.S. He then asked Osteen if he has conversations with Muslims, which prompted the preacher to share that he "certainly" does. more >>
Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, has claimed that the reason God allows terrorists to attack the United States and tornadoes to destroy cities is because Americans don't pay God any attention until they are truly desperate and are seeking His mercy.
The 67-year-old Lotz, who has previously claimed that the rapture will happen during her lifetime and God's judgement will soon come upon America, recently spoke with Jan Markell on the "Understanding End Times" radio program where she compared Americans' apathy toward the Gospel to the times of Noah, when God unleashed his judgement by flooding the Earth.
"In the days of Noah, they were eating, drinking, getting married. There is nothing wrong with any of that. All of those are normal everyday activities. But in Noah's day they did it all apart from God," Lotz said. "There was no acknowledgment of God. God was irrelevant to them. … I think that is where we are today." more >>
California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie shared with the congregation of his Harvest Church on Sunday what Jesus taught about Israel in the end times, and said that the United States needs Israel more than Israel needs America.
Israel is a tiny little piece of land, and yet we hear so much about the country in news, Laurie said in his message, titled, "What Jesus taught about Israel in the end times."
"Israel is at the eye of the hurricane of the great events of the end times," he stated. more >>
Legendary Christian singer and actor Pat Boone is praising NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues" for "fighting every kind of moral depravity" on television today.
The best-selling author, whose career in music, television, and movies has spanned more than 60 years, is appearing as a guest on this week's installment of the show's companion web series, "Beyond A.D." In an interview with The Christian Post, Boone drew parallels between "A.D." and the biblically-based entertainment that was available at the start of his career.
"There was [ the 1956 film] 'The Ten Commandments' and there were great films, and they really had a great impact on people," said Boone. "It was a more moral and rich time — now the Gospel is being preached to people who don't want to hear it and there are all kinds of enemies. Right now, 'A.D.' is fighting every kind of cultural and moral depravity on TV and cable channels and on regular broadcast. You have to fight to be heard and fight for the ratings, [and] it's winning." more >>
In continuing with a warning she gave last week on her website that God will soon unleash his judgment upon America, Billy Graham's 66-year-old daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, further clarified on Wednesday that biblical signs are indicating that the rapture will occur during her lifetime.
Lotz, who turns 67 on Thursday, previously proclaimed by citing the book of Joel that God's judgement upon America is "going to be ugly." In a Wednesday Interview with CBN News, she explained that all the signs that the book of Joel points out as "birth pains" directly preceding the Day of the Lord have come to fruition.
"So the birth pains, the signs that Jesus gives, whether it is in the environmental world or national world, the wars, or the persecution of Christians, the persecution of Jews, when we see that ratcheting up and increasing in frequency and in intensity in the same generation that sees the Gospel being preached to the whole world and Israel reborn as a nation, that's the generation that is the last," Lotz stated. more >>