European-American Evangelistic Crusades, Inc.
April 2003 Newsletter
GOD HAS A PLAN FOR THE MUSLIMS
John S. Torell
This newsletter is being written on the second day of April, 2003. As I predicted in my February newsletter, the American media is treating the war in Iraq as a "sports event," and will stage special interviews with parents, siblings or friends of killed American service men, prisoners of war, and the biggest catch of it all, interviewing an escaped American P.O.W. All the TV networks are looking to get "the biggest scoop," in order to up the ratings for the network.
Since it is impossible to bomb in a city and not hit civilians, particular if military targets have been hidden in civilian neighborhoods, the Iraqis have plenty to show on television. That some of these civilians were killed or maimed by falling Iraqi anti-aircraft munitions or missiles will make no difference. Dead civilians are declared to be the work of American bombers.
The American government needs to find as much dirt as possible on the regime of Saddam Hussein, so when the war is over, there will be overwhelming evidence of the evil of Saddam and his henchmen. This public relations war is fought on TV, radio and in the newspapers.
However, the sales people are trying to keep the "hype" up so that people will buy the 2003 models, then there will be a sell out, followed by new hype and the "fantastic 2004 models."
Smart consumers know that a brand new automobile is going to lose a huge portion of its value during the first two years, thus they buy vehicles at least two years old. But people with lots of money do not care, and people who are insecure and feel inferior will buy new cars every year even if it causes financial ruin.
NEWS NOT FOUND IN THE WORLD MEDIA
Here is a brief overview of the church of the East: When King Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonian kingdom invaded Judah in 604-603 B.C., a number of prominent Jews, including young men like Daniel, were taken captive to Babylon (Babylon was the capitol, but the entire country was also called Babylon. It was also known as Mesopotamia, and today it is known as Iraq.) A few years later Jerusalem rebelled against the Babylonian rule, and this time the Babylonian army leveled Jerusalem, destroyed the temple and took the majority of the Jews captive, and marched them to Babylon.
For the next 70 years the Jewish exiles flourished under the leadership of Daniel and the prophet Ezekiel. When the Persians conquered Babylon in 539 B.C., it was the Persian King Cyrus who became a friend of Daniel and a protector of the Jewish community. It was King Cyrus who offered the Jews to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild it and the temple, as recorded in the Book of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Bible. What most Christians have not learned is, that of the million or so Jews in Babylon, only 42,360 returned to Jerusalem (Ezra 2:64).
Some 530 years later when Jesus was born in the flesh to Mary, Mesopotamia or Babylon was the strongest center of Judaism.
In 482 B.C. the local leadership in the city of Babylon revolted against the Persians, and King Xerxes I ordered an attack on the city, which he took. All fortifications and temples were destroyed at this time. In 323 B.C., Alexander the Great crushed the Persian Empire and conquered the city of Babylon. He wanted to make it the capitol of his Greek Empire and started to have it rebuilt. But in 323 he died, as he lived at that time in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar. Alexander’s empire was carved up in four parts and a new capitol was being built for the Babylonian region on the banks of the Tigris River, and the new city was called Seleucia. In 275 B.C. a portion of the population of the city of Babylon was transferred to the new capitol. The city of Babylon fell on hard times, and for the last 2000 years to this very day, it has been a field of ruins, just as foretold by the prophet Jeremiah:
But the large Jewish population in the land of Babylon prospered, and it did not matter to them who ruled them; they thrived under the Persians and they thrived under the Greeks and their successors, the Parthians.
THE GOSPEL OF
JESUS CHRIST GOES EAST
The custom of the Apostles and the "born again Jews" following the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts, Chapter 2, was not to preach to the Gentiles, but take the Gospel to Jews living in the different nations. This is well documented in the book of Acts, and the apostle Paul was no exception. As soon as he came to a new city, they began preaching in the local synagogue.
Despite the fact that Jesus had told them specifically to go out into the whole world and preach the Gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:18-20), the Jewish believers in Christ were very slow to respond to this command. It took a supernatural move of God to convince the Apostle Peter what he was to do. (Acts 10:1-48; 11:1-26)
EMPIRE OF THE JEWS
At the time of Christ there were two "superpowers" in the world. Most people know one of them well, THE ROMAN EMPIRE. But few know about the other one, which was known as THE PARTHIAN EMPIRE, lasting from 247 B.C to A.D. 224 These two empires fought each other for some 300 years. The Parthians invaded Persia and then were able to take control of the entire Persian empire. Eventually the Romans ground down the Parthian empire and occupied large portions of it. Old Babylon or Mesopotamia was part of the Parthian empire. When the Parthians took over Babylon, the large Jewish community controlled trade, banking and business. Since the Parthian Empire had expanded far into the East, so did the Jewish community. Jewish commercial enterprises stretched all the way from Babylon to India, reaching as far as the southern tip of India, Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka), Malaya (now known as Malaysia) which is below Burma and Thailand. The Jews had also established commercial centers in China. Most people living in the West believe that Marco Polo and his family discovered some trade routes to China in 1271 A.D., but the truth is that trade, banking and business was at a high peak before the birth of Christ and controlled by Babylonian Jews.
What we must also understand is that the banking, trade and business ventures in the Roman Empire were controlled by Jews living in the different parts of the Roman Empire. The different governments depended upon the Jewish commercial network to move goods and money from one nation to the other. Thus, a businessman in Rome could do business with a Chinese business enterprise, even if they could not speak each others language, by using a Jewish brokerage firm. Jews, world wide spoke local languages, and then they spoke to each other in Hebrew. Look at these verses in the book of Acts:
What we have here is a description of the wealthy Jewish bankers, business men and power brokers from all corners of the two superpowers, who would travel to Jerusalem to attend temple ceremonies.
[Today the situation is the same, Jewish bankers, business men and power brokers live in all nations and control the flow of finances and trade in the world. No wonder that the apostle John refers to the power in the end times as "Babylon the great," Revelation 18:1-24. Babylon is not a geographical place, IT IS A SYSTEM IN THE WORLD controlled by Jewish people]
ESTABLISHED IN THE PARTHIAN EMPIRE
By the end of the first century A.D. Christianity had not been divided up, but was one church. Church affairs were managed by Bishops who were overseers of a city or a region. There were also chief Bishops, known as Patriarchs. The following cities at the turn of the First Century had Patriarchs: Alexandria, Antioch, Rome, Byzantium and Babylon.
In 325 A.D. this system was broken up when Christianity became a State religion in the Roman Empire and the Emperor Constantine became the head of this State Religion, known today as the Roman Catholic Church. The Eastern church ruled by the Babylonian Patriarch never joined the Roman church, but remained independent from Rome. Neither did the Coptic church in Ethiopia join Rome, nor the church east of Mesopotamia.
By the third century A.D. Christianity was the dominant faith of the nations we know today as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, all the nations on the South shore of the Mediterranean from Libya to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, part of England, Southern France, Italy, Greece and all of what is today called Turkey. In less than 300 years the message of Jesus had been taken to a large portion of the world, all the way to China and deep into Africa.
But as time went on, the central message of Christ, that a person must be born again, became lost and instead Christianity was equated with church membership, water baptism through sprinkling and taking of the sacraments. Thus the people were "Name" Christians, but not born again. Such Christians do not have the power of the Holy Spirit in them, and in time the churches fell into further apostasy.
But because the people exposed to this Christian faith were never led to a personal relationship with Christ, they became "Christians, in name only" but were never born again. And just as all the other main churches adopted idolatry into their worship ceremonies, with special faith in Mary, the mother of Jesus and in "saints," the churches became powerless in the spiritual realm but strong in the political arena.
In AD 1551, a number of Nestorian churches reunited with the Roman Catholic Church and became known as the Chaldean Church. The remaining Nestorians became known as "the Assyrians." The Nestorian church of India, part of the group known as "the Christians of St. Thomas" aligned themselves with Rome in 1599. Later this group split and in 1653, the splinter group aligned themselves with the Syrian Jacobite Patriarch of Antioch. In 1898 a group of Nestorians in Iran, led by a bishop, joined the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Nestorian church east of Iran, except in India, was completely wiped out and destroyed by the Mongol leader, Timur, during the 14th century.
As of 2002 the Nestorian Church had around 170,000 members, spread out over Iraq, Syria and Iran. The Current Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East is Mar Dinkha IV. Bawai Soro , a current bishop in the United States was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, and ordained to the diaconate in the Assyrian Church of the East in Baghdad in 1973. In 1976 he came to the United States and in 1982 was ordained a priest in Chicago and consecrated a bishop in 1984. According to Bishop Soro there are around 250,000 Iraqi Nestorian Christians living in the United States, with 100,000 living in Chicago, 100,000 in Michigan and some 50,000 living in California.
Currently the Roman Catholic Church has a Patriarchal diocese of Baghdad, and then there are four archdioceses located in Basra, Kirkuk, Sehna, and in Tehran, which is the capitol of Iran. The Chaldean Church has preserved the ancient East Syrian liturgy of Addai and Mari, which they celebrate in the Syriac language. The current leader in Baghdad is Archbishop Emmanuel-Karim Delly. Italian born Archbishop Fernando Filoni has been the Popes personal representative in Baghdad for two years, and despite the war at this time, he refused to leave Baghdad but vowed to stay on to be with the flock.
DIVISION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
THE SPLIT OF
In 1448 A.D. the Russian bishops elected their own Patriarch and became independent of Constantinople.
BUT GOD HAS A
PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ
It was a sovereign move of God, when in AD 1517, God opened the mind of the Roman Catholic priest, Martin Luther, and he posted his Ninety Five Theses on the door to the church of which he was the pastor. The re-birth of the church of Jesus Christ took place in Germany, and the original power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has slowly but surely been restored during the last 500 years.
THE SAINTS OF
THE EARLY CHURCH ARE CRYING OUT FOR JUSTICE
The Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ who were saved during the first century AD and gave all they had to give people the good news about Jesus, must be crying out in anguish over the injustice that the Gospel was restored in the West, but not in the cradle where it was born, THE MIDDLE EAST. From heaven they are seeing their offspring worshiping Allah and his prophet Muhammad, or some other strange doctrine, including the Jewish people who are holding to the Talmud and the Cabala.
There was a time when Jesus was worshiped in Persia (Iran), in Babylon (Iraq), in Syria, Lebanon, Jerusalem, Egypt etc. Yes, there are "Name" Christians there, but they are not born again, neither do they want to be born again.
IS IT POSSIBLE . . .
IS IT POSSIBLE . . .
IS IT POSSIBLE . . .
IS IT POSSIBLE . . .
IF SO, NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE TO EVANGELIZE THE IRAQI PEOPLE, beginning with the Iraqi "Name" Christians here in the United States and then moving on to reach and love the Iraqi people and tell them to come back to their first love, who their ancestors had during the first century after Christ. Look at these Bible verses, I believe that they mean what they say!
In closing this newsletter I want to again emphasize the importance of the New Birth. The Bible tells us that there is no other name under heaven, whereby we must be saved!
Jesus told us plainly, that unless you have been born again, you cannot enter into the kingdom of God and live in heaven forever when you die on this earth.
Before you start to pray for the Iraqi people, make sure that you yourself have been born again and that your name is written in the Book of Life. What a tragedy it would be, if you would work to lead other people to Christ, and you end up in hell, because YOU NEVER REPENTED OF YOUR SINS AND RECEIVED CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR!
DO NOT TRUST IN CHURCH MEMBERSHIP! TRUST ONLY IN JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD!
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15
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