Persecuting and Brutally Murdering Christians
Pastor Paul Ciniraj Mohamed
Kottayam (India), SVM News, 14 December, 2006: An anti christian, claimed as a leader of an Islamic militant group threatened me by telephone with naughty words and gave me warning to count down the days of myself and my whole family. He was very angry and was shouting like anything.
"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil 1:21). My wife also have some courage. But all my three children, particularly the youngest son of 12 years old having so much fear in his mind. During the night time he sees bad dreams and waking up in a sudden with loudly crying. We try to give him hope, we pray for him by sealing the precious blood of Jesus and ask him to repeat 'the Blood of Jesus is our Victory". He does it, but still some fear ruling over him. He doesn't allow my other children to sleep in seperate rooms. He wants all of the five members together in a room. When he cry, my daughter also start crying. I request the children of God to continue praying for us, especially my children Besly (18), Hepzy (17) and Lesly (12). The intercession of the children of God is our Fort.
Dr. Shameema Badru, one of the strong believer in Jesus from Islam seriously injured. Gunmen entered the home of Dr. Shameema and shot her at pointblank range. She got four bullets, which damaged vital organs like the kidney, liver and caused other major internal injuries. She is now fighting for her life in the hospital. Dr. Shameema is a mother of four, lost her husband Abdul Majeed Dar, who was the President of the dar Foundation was shot on November 28, 2003 at Srinagar by unidentified militants.
Aashir and Tahira are the missionaries in J&K. Pray for them and their new born baby Noorul Masih.
Pray for the family of Martyr Bashir Ahamed Tantray, who was killed two weeks in Jammu & Kashmir because of spreading the Gospel. Pray for his wife, daughters Shabnam (18) and Shakeena (14) and sons Ajas (16) and Adil (11).
Still there is no news about Pastor Habel of the At Anycost Jesus Mission. He is kidnapped on 17th of November. His wife Yemima and two little children Axa (3) and Victor (2) are suffering. Also there is no news about the missing daughters of the murdered missionary couple Dr. Mehaboobs named Sherin (11) and Shelvin (7). Pray for them. Shalom and Sharon, the older children of the martyrs Dr. Mehaboobs were brutally murdered on 1st of September.
Many of the first Christians, who are called Apostles and Disciples were persecuted and brutally murdered. Lord Jesus' name sake they gladly suffered it until their death. For us Christians, we don't mind to suffer persecution and death on His behalf. If we suffer, we will not be ashamed; but glorify God. Suffering persecution is a gift. And we are sure that we will be having an eternal happiness with our Lord in heaven.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God was slain and redeemed us by His precious blood. He came down from above as God's only begotten Son by the power of the Holy Spirit to reunite all the human beings unto the Merciful God through the sacrificial death of the Cross on the Calvary. He did it as a ransom for many.Those who are beeing persecuted and killed for Him, for the word of God and for the testimony is crying out to the Lord with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Then a white robe will be given to each of them and say to rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brothren, who would be killed as they were, was completed (Rev. 6:9-11). Certainly, those who have washed the robes and made it white in the blood of the Lamb will live with Jesus as His Bride in eternity forever. For Jesus Christ is our ever living and ever loving Bridegroom.
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.
"For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also suffer for His sake" (Phil 1:29).
"If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf" (1 Peter 4:14-16).
Martyrdom of the Apostles of Jesus Christ
1. When Peter was sentenced to be crucified at Rome, he was crucified with his body upside down at his request.
2. Andrew was nailed to a trace at Edessa. He hung on the tree for two days in pain. On the third day he died still preaching Jesus.
3. Jacob (son of Zebedee) was killed by the sword of Herod in Jerusalem.
4. John was put into boiling oil at Jerusalem. But as he was not harmed he was exiled to Patmose Island. Later he died at Ephesus.
5. Philip was hanged from a pillar at Hiropolis.
6. Bartholomew was burnt to death by the Armenian king.
7. Mathew was killed in a toen in Ethiopia.
8. Thomas was speared to death at Mylapur near Chennai in India.
9. Jacob (small Jacob, son of Alphaeus) was pushed down from the top of a temple and then beaten to death by a club.
10. Jude (Thaddaeus) was put to death by an arrow at the town of Oruch.
11.Simon, the Zealot was crucified in Persia.
12. Mathias was beheaded after stoning him down.
13. Paul was beheaded by Ceaser Nero in Rome.
14. Stephen was stoned to death at Jerusalem.
15. Mark was dragged along the main street of Alexandria in Egypt and died.
16. Luke was hanged on a big olive tree in Greece.
17. Barnabas was stoned to death at Salemis.
Pastor Paul Ciniraj,
Salem Voice Ministries