By Daniel Whittaker
Special to ASSIST News Service
SEDALIA, MO (ANS) -- Christians in America have never been subjected to severe persecution like our brothers and sisters in the Middle East have for 2,000 years.
Illustration of the the Armenian Genocide
Even after the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity, another religion rose up in the desert during the 7th century; it was to become a far greater menace to the Christian faith than pagan Rome ever was. It created a new empire by invading the Christian Eastern Roman Empire.
This past April marked the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), when one to two million Armenians were killed (1915-1916) in what is universally recognized as genocide. But it is denied by Turkey to this day. Many survivors and eyewitnesses have told the story.
Armenia was crying out to the world because of the persecution and massacres that the Ottomans were committing. That was the last straw, the European nations and Russia de cided that the Ottoman Empire had to be destroyed. So the Ottomans went into a rage of revenge against the Armenians.
The rise of Islamic empire is found in Bible prophecy, but what most people don't know is that the end of Islamic empire in WW1 is also found in Bible prophecy, even the genocide.
Shocking picture from the Armenian Genocide
The history of Islam's war against Christianity is chronicled in a recent book on Bible prophecy, The Beast and False Prophet Revealed, by Michael D. Fortner.
Fortner says two short verses in Daniel 11 details the above: "But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. . . . Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him." No one came to aid the Ottoman Empire, because its only ally was Germany which was not able to help.
This terrible event in history, which was difficult for me to read, becomes even more surprising and eventful, when I read how it was a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. The depth of his book and using historic details of this genocide, as well as other events in Bible Prophecy, gives fresh insight to past, present, and future events.
Even though the Islamic empire and Caliphate came to an end in WW1, Christians are still being persecuted and killed in the Middle East a t a rate of one every five minutes. But that was before the Arab Spring. The rate is far greater now that the Islamic empire is once again threatening to come to life again, starting with the Caliphate. Fortner says the next Islamic empire will be the beast of Revelation 13.
But in America we still live lives of relative luxury and liberty. Our material wealth and victorious history has caused American Christians to believe that it cannot happen here. We need to better understand the history of Satan's war against Christianity, and perhaps we will be able to see that it can happen here.
We are no better than Armenia that was the first nation to officially accept Christianity. We cannot rely upon our Constitution to protect us. As believers, we should understand that our freedom and liberty is not found in the Constitution, but in Christ Jesus, and since other Christians have suffered, we need to understand that it can happen to us also. We are not immune to persecution.
There is no biblical basis for American Christians to believe that we will never be persecuted. But are we prepared?