POST TENEBRAS SPERO LUCEM
(The above heading is taken from the Latin Vulgate translation of Job 17:12 “After darkness, I hope for light.” It was adopted as the motto for the Protestant Reformation as Post tenebras lux or Light after Darkness. For years the Light of the Gospel had been eclipsed and buried by the traditions of man, but with the Reformation, it was now shining through. Revelation 7:9-17 tells us that in the darkest hour of human history, the Great Tribulation, the greatest revival in human history will take place in which “…a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes… these are they which came out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” [Revelation 7: 9 & 14]. See these last two reports.)
Christian witness to Muslims surges after ISIS executions
May 25, 2015 — WND.com reports: “A worldwide Christian organization says that the horrific executions of Christians by members of ISIS in Libya in February have sparked a surge in conversations between Christians and Muslims about faith.
Tami Yeager, a volunteer coordinator with the Voice of the Martyrs, reports the ‘vivid video footage’ ‘did not spark division amongst Egypt’s 10 million Christians and 73 million Muslims.’
Quite the contrary, she said, ‘the declarations of faith uttered by the men only moments before their death have created fertile soil for conversation between Muslims and Christians.’
Her report appeared on the VOM blog site this week as a follow up to a trip to the Middle East. The Christians killed by ISIS in February were mostly Egyptians who had gone to Libya for various jobs.
The ISIS video shows black-clad executioners leading a line of Christians down onto a beach then executing them.
Yeager reported: ‘Militants released video footage of the martyrdom of Coptic Christian men in Libya. The footage of their martyrdom included a caption that read – ‘The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church.’ The 21 men who knelt before their persecutors were identified as ‘people of the cross,’ and asked to deny their faith or die. Many of the men are seen uttering their final words on this earth – ‘Lord Jesus Christ.’’
She said the statement of faith exhibited by the men ‘sparked the Bible Society of Egypt’s biggest campaign ever.’…”
ISIS fighter ‘follows Jesus after encounter in dream’
June 10, 2015 — WND.com reports: “An ISIS fighter who reveled in killing Christians now follows Jesus Christ after a ‘man in white’ repeatedly appeared to him in dreams and said, ‘You are killing my people,’ according to a missionary leader.
A worker with the international evangelical group Youth With a Mission, or YWAM, came in contact earlier this year with the ISIS fighter, who, though understandably guarded, confided that he had become a Christian.
He confessed he once had ‘actually enjoyed’ killing Christians, according to Gina Fadely, international director of frontier missions for YWAM.
Fadely revealed the story in an interview May 29 on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network, the Christian Post reported.
The ISIS fighter, she said, ‘told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, ‘You are killing my people.’
‘And he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing,’ Fadely said.
‘The fighter said that just before he killed one Christian, the man said, ‘I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible.’’ Fadely recounted. ‘The Christian was killed and this ISIS fighter actually took the Bible and began to read it.’…”