Based on what God has revealed to me in several dreams, I believe the same kind of persecution now happening to Christians in Iran is soon coming to the United States, as shown in the following testimony of Iranian citizen, Dabrina Tamaraz.
“Our family was being followed all the time by Iranian authorities. They even broke into our house. We had spies within the church and at times soldiers standing in front of it. I was detained so many times I’ve lost track of the number,” said Dabrina Tamraz in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya English.
For 40 years her father, Pastor Victor Tamraz, preached in spite of the persecution. He was frequently arrested and interrogated by Iranian authorities on Sundays just before his scheduled church service. The Tamraz family’s church, the Assyrian Pentecostal Church in Tehran, was shut down in 2009 for offering services in the national language of Farsi –prohibited for churches in Iran.
Now Tamraz’s father is banned from the pulpit. He was arrested in 2014, kept in solitary confinement for 65 days, and sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment for “conducting evangelism” and “illegal house church activities,” acts which the Iranian regime considers threats to national security. Tamraz’s mother was arrested for allegedly training church leaders and pastors to act as spies and is appealing a five-year prison sentence. Her brother was arrested for joining a house church and sentenced to a four-month term. (Source: english.alarabiya.net)
On a brighter note, I believe the Church is now transitioning into a new season which will be far more glorious than anything we’ve seen before, a time of great harvest, as confirmed by many prophetic words posted here on Z3 News. However, I have an odd combination of joyful expectation and solemn sadness due to seeing the best of times and the worst of times coming at the same time. This is a new place I have never experienced before because God has revealed such great blessings ahead, He stretches my ability to believe, but at the same time He has revealed such terrible persecution coming, it has been weighing on me very heavily lately, not so much about what happens to me, but what I find almost unbearable are thoughts of any harm coming upon my family.
Maybe it’s a small sample of what the Lord Jesus experienced during His earthly ministry with so much joy from so many miracles and much fruit while all along knowing the great suffering set before Him. Yet, He endured it all because He was able to see beyond it to the other side, the great joy of His eternal inheritance, and thank God He did.
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)
Our time here is so brief. Blink your eyes a few times and it will all be over. I pray we can all follow the example Jesus set by keeping our eyes set on our great eternal inheritance which God has promised to those who walk uprightly before Him, so we finish our race with endurance.
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Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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