Breitbart: “The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) executed 12 Christians, including a 12-year-old boy, after they refused to abandon their faith and convert to Islam. The murders occurred on August 28 outside of Aleppo.
“In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam,” revealed Christian Aid Mission. “When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.”
The boy’s father was a “ministry team leader who planted nine churches.” One woman allegedly yelled “Jesus!” right before the terrorists beheaded her. Militants took eight aid workers, two of them females, to another village. They proceeded to rape the two females before they executed them.
Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus, others said some were praying the Lord’s Prayer, and others said some of them lifted their heads to commend their spirits to Jesus, described one source. “One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, ‘Jesus!’”
Opinion: Where is the outrage?
Last Thursday, a heavily armed gunman walked into a gun-free community college in Roseburg, Oregon. Authorities say the gunman demanded his victims state their religion before he started shooting. If the answer to being a Christian was yes, they were shot in the head, if the answer was no, they were shot in the legs.
The only outrage by our president was against the gun.
It is now open season on Christians which speaks to the lateness of the hour. The great Apostle Paul devoted his 2nd letter to Timothy about persecution in the last days.
2 Tim 3:1-5: Perilous times will come: Evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. These words make it clear that Paul had in mind many troubles would even come from false teachers (having a form of godliness) inside the visible church.
Paul then gave Timothy an important truth to remember: “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). John 15;20 drives the point home: “If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also.”
But John also tells us that there is a difference between persecution and God’s appointed hour of trouble (tribulation). In Revelation 3:10 Jesus tells John that those who endure patiently will be kept “from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.”
Twelve verses later John is raptured before the tribulation begins (Revelation 6).