Sunday, July 15, 2007

China Sends The Christians Away

More than 100 foreign Christian missionaries have been recently expelled from China. Many of these missionaries were from the United States, Canada, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, and Israel.

I'm really not trying to turn this into "The China Blog" but there are just too many stories coming out of there right now. Most Christians and Bible teachers that I know believe that China is going to have its place in the world stage during the tribulation - the prophetic era of time described in the book of Revelation. So with all this activity going on in China... it does make things interesting.

The Bible speaks of a 200 million man army coming out of the East. Most likely it would involve China. So some stories are just more interesting when it comes out of China, because it has significance in more than one way.

At any rate, the Chinese have kicked out some of their missionaries. It hasn't been too safe being a Christian in China at any time in recent years... at least in my lifetime. I have met some missionaries in China, I wonder if they are still there. Hmmm, I'll have to see if I can find out.

A book that I recommend to everyone about Christians in China is The Heavenly Man by brother Yun. Brother Yun does not live in China any more, he works with the Chinese and their Back To Jerusalem movement, which strives to reach the world with the Gospel message in places that most western nations are afraid to go... like most Arabian countries where Islam is standard and converting a Moslem to Christianity can get you the death sentence. I believe what he wrote in his book, and if you don't think that New Testament style miracles can happen today, you have to read this book. It's amazing. One of the conclusions that I came to while reading this book is that we in the western world don't often see New Testament style miracles because we don't need them. God already provides most of us with food, a roof over our heads, and relative safety. For those in China that don't have much of that, he provides through more miracles. Go read it.

The Chinese Christians need all the prayer that they can get. The Church there is still growing, despite (or perhaps because of) all the persecution.

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