Remember those in prison and being mistreated, as if you were in prison with them and undergoing their torture yourselves. –Hebrews 13:3 CJB
Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran for 250 days as of this writing, according to the American Center of Law and Justice. Abedini has been beaten, denied medical attention and placed in solitary confinement. (He came out of solitary supernaturally joyful.)
Monday Tuesday, Abedini’s wife Naghmeh will address the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of her husband. She will speak on why that nations should defend those suffering religious persecution as well as urge UN members to intercede for her husband, reports the Christian Post.
Jordan Sekulow of the ACLJ already addressed the Human Rights Council on Friday. The video of his address is embedded.
Also this week, the Vatican reported to the United Nations that more than 100,000 believers in Jesus are killed every year for their faith. The CBN video report is embedded below.
Increased persecution is among the Last Days signs Jesus gives in Matthew 24. It’s right between the beginning of the “birth pangs” and “then the end will come.” We need to be careful because it is also a time of deception and betrayal.
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. — Matthew 24:9-14 NIV
Middle East continues to destabilize
Syrian rebels crossed into Lebanon to engage Hezbollah, who has pledged support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. The worry that Lebanon would be dragged into Syria’s civil war may have just been realized. That would destabilized all of Israel’s northern border.
Protests have erupted in what had been quiet Turkey. Demonstrations spread to multiple cities after police used force and tear gas to break up what has been reported as a peaceful protest against turning an Istanbul park into a shopping mall. Now the protestors are chanting for the removal of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seen as increasingly Islamist and authoritarian. The fact the the protests have moved beyond big cities Istanbul and capital Ankara show that there is more than city planning at issue, says the Christian Science Monitor. (Haaretz is live blogging about the protests as they enter day four.)
How to settle everyone down? Iran wants Syria to engage Israel in the Golan Heights “in an effort enable Arab and Muslim fighters to unite,” according to Arabic papers al-Hayat and al-Quds (reports the Times of Israel, wish I had English corroboration).
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