Remembering our Brethren

In the midst of our own trials and tribulations, let us not forget our brethren who are facing death daily in the middle-east. 

(CNN)Egyptian warplanes staged a second wave of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya on Monday in retaliation for the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS militants, Egypt’s state-run Ahram Online reported, citing security officials…

The bombing raids came after ISIS released a gruesome video Sunday that appeared to show ISIS militants beheading men they said were Christians on a beach.

Threats from English-speaking jihadi

The footage, bearing many of the hallmarks of previous ISIS videos of the killing of hostages, has intensified international concerns about ISIS’ deepening reach into countries far beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

The slickly produced video shows the apparent mass killing, with jihadists in black standing behind each of the victims, who are all dressed in orange jumpsuits with their hands cuffed behind them.

Twenty-one Egyptian Christians were kidnapped in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte in two separate incidents in December and January. They were reportedly from impoverished villages and went to Libya looking for work.

Although the ISIS video showed around a dozen men being beheaded, Egyptian officials said that all 21 Christians were believed to have been killed.

Some of the hostages cry out “Oh God” and “Oh Jesus” as they are pushed to their knees..

Source: CNN

Read the below news item last night which seems to confirm what many of the experts have been saying recently. 

The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous hacked into hundreds of ISIS Twitter accounts and email addresses in a major strike called #OpISIS.

In a statement issued by Anonymous, the group which describes itself as “Muslims, Christians, Jews …” and said they “come from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity” declared that ISIS militants are not Muslims.

Source: CPost (see full article if time allows)


11 comments on “Remembering our Brethren

  1. Here are the names of the murdered Egyptian Christians who were working in Libya because they were desperate for work in order to feed their families:

    1) Milad Makeen Zaky
    2) Abanub Ayad Atiya
    3) Maged Solaiman Shehata
    4) Yusuf Shukry Yunan
    5) Kirollos Shokry Fawzy
    6) Bishoy Astafanus Kamel
    7) Somaily Astafanus Kamel
    8) Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
    9) Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros
    10) Girgis Milad Sinweet
    11) Mina Fayez Aziz
    12) Hany Abdelmesih Salib
    13) Bishoy Adel Khalaf
    14) Samuel Alham Wilson
    15) (Name Unknown)
    16) Ezat Bishri Naseef
    17) Loqa Nagaty
    18) Gaber Munir Adly
    19) Esam Badir Samir
    20) Malak Farag Abram
    21) Sameh Salah Faruq

    Those listed above are modern day Christian martyrs. They were singled out due to their faith in Christ and died as a result of that faith.

    (I know a number of Muslims via social networking and every last one of them despises ISIS. Many of them are strongly anti-Zionist, but see no connection between Islam and ISIS. They view ISIS as a collection of thugs using religion to attempt to advance their geo-political ambitions. )

    • Thank you George…i hadn’t seen a list of the names. Its “right” and “good” that we should see and read them. You are right, they are modern day true martyrs.

      Yes i also have seen (at discussion boards) that the Muslim community has been strongly speaking out against what this group of evil thugs (thats a good term) are doing.

      It didn’t surprise me to read after hacking into many of these email/twitter accounts that ISIS is not (what you would call) a Muslim group. I watch a lot of PBS and have listened to a number of retired government and military officials stating this very thing for months, on a number of news programs. I get the idea its made up of people from very nation in the world…but has primarily a strong European leadership, behind the scenes. I said during the first post i put up on this group, it is “different”. I didn’t know how (and still don’t) but i feel it is. Its not “simply” some evil Muslim group (Muslims have been their victims too), and didn’t just pop up out of thin air over night. No group can be THAT organized, without having help from powerful forces and without being known about during the time it was organizing.

      **Edited to add this headline/story at CPost-

      ISIS Lures 20,000 Foreigners, At Least 150 Americans, to Join Islamic State:

      U.S. intelligence officials said that at least 20,000 foreigners from around the world, including 150 American citizens, have attempted or are still trying to join the ranks of terror group ISIS in its mission to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria….

      The latest update by the U.S. noted that at least 3,400 of the foreign fighters have come from Western nations, such as Britain and France. Intelligence officials noted that the foreign fighters have come from a total of 90 different countries. Link

  2. Humbly remembering our brethren indeed ~ none of us really know when it could be us. Lord Jesus help us please to keep our eyes, hearts and minds firmly on you.

  3. A really good article on ISIS:


    “Its rise to power is less like the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (a group whose leaders the Islamic State considers apostates) than like the realization of a dystopian alternate reality in which David Koresh or Jim Jones survived to wield absolute power over not just a few hundred people, but some 8 million.”

    • Thanks George, will definitely read it!

      a dystopian alternate reality in which David Koresh or Jim Jones survived to wield absolute power over not just a few hundred people, but some 8 million.”

      Good definition, from what im reading about the group. So is this quote from the article:

      We can gather that their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide; that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger of—and headline player in—the imminent end of the world.

      It’s biggest weapon is fear, in my opinion. Don’t you think so? Because it’s basically unknown and not discernible it is able to project itself as almost “mystical”…supernatural. Which i believe it is…rather, the power behind it is.

      Saved the link because i want to read this slowly, not scan it. I’ll be back with questions after doing so, no doubt.

    • Read more of the article at the link you provided George. Some (all actually) of their end-time beliefs (prophecies) are staggering! For instance:

      The Prophetic narration that foretells the Dabiq battle refers to the enemy as Rome. Who “Rome” is, now that the pope has no army, remains a matter of debate. But Cerantonio makes a case that Rome meant the Eastern Roman empire, which had its capital in what is now Istanbul. We should think of Rome as the Republic of Turkey—the same republic that ended the last self-identified caliphate, 90 years ago. Other Islamic State sources suggest that Rome might mean any infidel army, and the Americans will do nicely.

      After its battle in Dabiq, Cerantonio said, the caliphate will expand and sack Istanbul. Some believe it will then cover the entire Earth, but Cerantonio suggested its tide may never reach beyond the Bosporus. An anti-Messiah, known in Muslim apocalyptic literature as Dajjal, will come from the Khorasan region of eastern Iran and kill a vast number of the caliphate’s fighters, until just 5,000 remain, cornered in Jerusalem. Just as Dajjal prepares to finish them off, Jesus—the second-most-revered prophet in Islam—will return to Earth, spear Dajjal, and lead the Muslims to victory.

      Say what!!? Jesus will “lead them to victory?”

      This is most certainly NOT your typical terrorist-type group.

  4. There is a wonderful 5 minute video of the Coptic Church in Egypt worshiping and praising the Lord in Egypt. It depicts a radiant people, utterly devoted to Jesus, as a contrast to the horrible things we have had to witness in the last few days. If you can’t find it, or would like me to post a link on here, please let me know.
    Let’s keep upholding our brothers and sisters in prayer.

  5. Here is the link Juanita. You can decide whether or not you want to post it.

    • Thank you Gordon! I’ll try to post it in my comment. Recently my studies have taken me to reading a few books written by Eastern Orthodox authors.

  6. Aha! well we both got it posted. That’s ok, its worth having it up twice. 🙂

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