Aug 1, 2014

End of Christianity 'Very Near' in Iraq, Anglican Bishop Warns - Mystery Babylon, ISIS and prophecy

Mystery Babylon continues to drink the blood of the saints, but awaits her soon coming demise...(Revelation 17:5-6, 16)...I do believe that wickedness has been unleashed in the plain of Shinar as prophesied (Zechariah 5:5-11), and that ISIS is a clue, as it's one of the best known names of the goddess Mystery Babylon and her false system of worship.  Christians should be preparing for the great persecution to come (Revelation 7:14)...

By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter

Mosul, Christian (Photo: Reuters)
Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in outskirts of Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region in June 2014.
The end of Christianity in Iraq could be "very near" according to Canon Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, as Islamic militants continue their attacks of Christians and the central government.
"Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing," White said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 over the weekend. "We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off.

"Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near."

ISIS militants had warned Christians in the northern state of Iraq that they need to convert to Islam, pay a tax or be put to death, forcing thousands of them to flee the region. The militants have also been painting the letter "N" for Nasrani, the Arabic word for Christian, in Christian homes in Mosul.
The Islamic extremists have declared an "Islamic state" in the territory of Iraq and Syria, and have vowed to take control of Baghdad.

ISIS killed 31 people in the capital during a suicide bombing last week, which wounded another 58.
White, who was in London at the time of the interview, urged the international community to offer urgent help to the persecuted minority.

"The Christians are in grave danger. There are literally Christians living in the desert and on the street. They have nowhere to go," the vicar said.

He continued: "We do not want Britain to forget us. We – and I'm saying 'we' talking like an Iraqi Christian – have always been with the British because they have already been with us.
"Individual churches, individual Christians in Britain, have been a bigger help than anybody around the world."

Watchdog groups like International Christian Concern have said that up to a million Christians lived in Iraq prior to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 against the government of dictator Saddam Hussein, but that number has dropped to less than half.

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