TRIPOLI, LIBYA (BosNewsLife)– An African man acknowledged his faith in Jesus Christ just moments before he was beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya, according to new details revealed by several Christian sources. Mathew Ayairga, aka Samuel Alham Wilson, who well-informed Christians said originated from Chad but had links to Ghana, was among 21 men killed by IS fighters for refusing to embrace Islam. He was not a Christian yet when forced to join other kidnapped men dressed in orange jumpsuits, kneeling on a beach, with their black-clothed attackers standing behind. Just moments before his death when asked to follow Islam Ayairga refused according to the video footage. After reportedly witnessing ”immense faith” of fellow African believers who all came from Egypt, he decided to become a follower of Christ. This is a great testimony of faith, brave dignity in Christ, trust, confidence in God, courage, resilience, endurance to the end by death with reassurance in Christ to receive reward of the overcomer’s crown of life and resurrection in eternal life. They accepted their predestined faith with hope in Christ with full assurance of salvation. Evangelical Christians agree it is never too late to become a Christian in life referring to the man crucified with Jesus who asked, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise according to the Bible in Luke 23:43. Their faith is a testimony badge of honour to Christianity
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
Jesus said in Revelation 2:10, Do not be afraid of what you suffer or go through, Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life. Such a testimony of an amazing triumph of faith in adversity by not loving their lives unto death because they will resurrect and live again in Christ. Jesus said if anyone believes in him, though he dies yet shall live in forever in eternity. Jesus said in John 11:24, l am the resurrection and the life he that believes in me though he dies yet shall live in life everlasting. In Revelation 12:11 in the Bible, they overcame satan by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death. The murder of Ish-Bosheth by by two of his own army-captains, Rechab and Baanah who assassinated him asleep in bed in c 1005 B.C. is recorded in 2 Samuel 4:5. They said to king David in Hebron, behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul your enemy. As king David punished the murderers who expected a reward, so Jehovah Nissi will give justice to all the saints in Christ. According to Luke 18:1-8 God will bring justice on earth through Jesus the Son of Of God and the Son of Man Who Will Surely find genuine faith of tested tried faithful loyal 21 Coptic believers of Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church was founded in the first century A.D. by St. Mark, who authored the Gospel of Mark. The majority of Christians in Egypt identify as members of the Coptic Orthodox Church of about 15 million members.
“THEIR GOD IS MY GOD”
On camera, one of the militants could be seen asking Ayairga: “Do you reject Christ?” He responded boldly: “Their God is my God.” He then became “one of the 21 men who laid down their lives for their faith in Christ,” commented advocacy group ‘voice of the martyrs,’ which closely monitors the plight of persecuted Christians in the area. Ayairga’s death resembled the Biblical itinerant preacher John the Baptist beheaded for preaching righteousness to Herod who married his brother Philip’s wife. Ayairga, originally identified as Samuel A. Wilson, was recognized by friends after IS released video footage of the massacre. He had been missing since January 2015, Christians said. New revelations about his death came after Ethiopia ended 3 days of national mourning for Ethiopian Christians who were killed by Islamic State (IS) group militants in Libya after they refused to convert to Islam. The strength of Godly Christlike character of the Kamel’s brothers, Bishoi Astefanous Kamel, 25, and Samuel Estefanous Kamel, 22, among others, Milad Makeen Zaky, Abanub Ayad Atiya, Maged Solaiman Shehata, Yusuf Shukry Yunan, Kirollos Shokry Fawzy, Malak Ibrahim Sinweet, Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros, Girgis Milad Sinweet, Mina Fayez Aziz, Hany Abdelmesih Salib, Bishoy Adel Khalaf, Worker from Awr village [name unknown at this time], Ezat Bishri Naseef, Loqa Nagaty, Gaber Munir Adly, Esam Badir Samir, Malak Farag Abram, Sameh Salah Faruqhad went to Libya in search of work they could not find at home. The Coptic Orthodox Church announced that the 21 Egyptian Christians will be commemorated as martyrs each year in their Church calendar on the 8th Amshir of the Coptic calendar or on February 15th of the Gregorian calendar. The commemoration falls on the feast day of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.
NOT GIVING UP HOPE
A dozen men were seen beheaded on a beach and another group of at least 16 being shot in the head in a desert area. Militants were heard calling detainees “followers of the cross from enemy Ethiopian Church.” A masked fighter in black brandishing a pistol made a statement threatening Christians if they did not convert to Islam but all the believers refused. The murder of Christians for their faith is not limited to early church history. In many parts of the world it is still happening. In John 16:1-4, Jesus said, these things I spoke to you about so that you will not be offended or stumble to desert God Whom you Trust. They shall persecute you, attack you, throw you out of synagogues, temples, churches, etc. Yea, the time will come when those who kill you think they are doing God’s work or service. But they do these things because they do not know the Father God Almighty Jehovah Nissi or His Son Jesus Christ. These things Jesus prophesied so that when these times come you will remember them. In a statement to supporters, advocacy group Voice Of the Martyrs said it was crucial not to give up hope. “Let us thank God for the unshakable truth that He will make all things right in His perfect timing, despite the evil onslaughts of the enemy,” added the group, in close contact with reportedly persecuted believers. “We rejoice in the knowledge that all of these 21 martyred men are now present with our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven according to the Bible in 2 Corinthians 5:8.” Continue to pray for those grieving over loss understandably for missed dearly loved ones. God’s Compassionate Comforting presence be experienced in a special way by all of them and His provision meet their needs,” the group said in a prayer message. Remember the martyrs, pray for their families, for God’s Mercy on all enemies of God and Christ Jesus!
Beheaded for Christ,by, Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent | BosNewsLife | h/t Glen Roberts @Trop