The persecution of Christians has intensified in at least four countries worldwide, increasing the number of nations where believers endure harsh suffering from six to 10 in just two years, according to the Christian persecution watchdog organization Aid to the Church in Need U.K.
The organization has released a report titled “Persecuted and Forgotten? A report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2013-2015″ that reveals the rapid growth of Christian persecution in nations such as China, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia within the last two years.
“Over [the] last 48 months the situation [for Christians] has become worse in countries including, China and Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria. These are countries that show a massive deterioration of the position for Christians and indeed other minorities,” said Pontifex, who discussed the document with Vatican radio last week.
“In fact, the number of countries which seem to be extreme in terms of persecution of Christians rose from six to 10 within this time frame of the last two years.
“What this report seeks to set out is the extent to which Christians have been forced from their homelands as a result of what we are describing as religiously motivated ethnic cleansing of Christians,” he added.
Pontifex further explained that he’s concerned Christianity could be completely eradicated from countries such as Iraq, where the population of believers has dropped to around 200,000 from over 1 million in 2002.
“I use that word eradication advisedly because Christians have [by] no means sought to leave Iraq out of wish to do so. They feel they’ve been driven out by the attacks in Mosul and the Nineveh plains where Christians have been driven out by IS who’ve given them a ‘choice,’ — either convert or die,” he emphasized.
Pontifex said the driving away of Christians in Iraq and even Nigeria by radical groups could limit the reach of the faith and the persecution might lead to a day in which people will no longer be able to say that Christianity is a global religion.
Christians have been tormented by Boko Haram in Nigeria, but radical Islam is not the only culprit for the growth of Christian persecution throughout the world.
The Chinese government has also restricted Christians from worshiping freely, according to the report.
The persecution of Christians in Syria, Pakistan and Sudan has also worsened in the last two years, according to the report.
Similarly, India has seen an increase in Christian persecution since 2013, as Hindu extremist groups have sprung up with an agenda to push them to the lower tier of society.
If I need to, I will send the angels to guide you. I will still have a people. I will still protect that which is MINE. YES, some of you will willingly give your lives for ME, but I will only give you your life back. Some will awaken in Heaven knowing this blood only raised up more Stephens. For remember Shaul held the coat of Stephen when Stephen was stoned and Shaul became Paul. This martyr Stephen saw ME as Heaven opened up and MY GLORY radiated his face, so think not the same kind of martyrs raising up that have already given their lives did not also see the same.
Some of MY Apostles, Prophets and Children will be killed and yet live again and the devil can’t stop it nor can mankind. I will show forth more miracles in these end times than all the Bible put together. Will you be ready? Will you be on the side that denies ME or confesses ME as Lord and Savior?
Yes, I will have martyrs for just as surely as Stephens blood spilled into the ground there stood a man named Saul, who I changed his name to Paul. As Stephen’s blood splattered on him, as he held his coat, the anointing on Stephen came upon Saul who became Paul. So what am I saying when I say this? A martyr’s blood is never wasted. It only raises up more Stephens, more Saul’s who became Paul’s. To MY beloved trusted ones filled with MY anointing who look to ME each day and pray, 2003 will hold blessings for you as I burn the dross away. For the trials of your faith MY Children are more precious than any gold. Learn to praise ME MY Children, no matter what your life holds.
The blood of the martyred soaks the ground in North Korea, parts of Africa and red China, because they had the spirit of Stephen (Acts 7) as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. And it was evident to all to hear and see, they refused to stop praising ME. MY Holy ones have been betrayed time and again and it cost them their lives or imprisonment time and time again and so it is now. So it will become worse (Matt 24:21-22) as your freedom of religion is replaced with the one world Government and religion will be mandatory (Rev 17:4-6, 15).