21 African saints acknowledged their faith in Jesus Christ, moments before their beheading by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya a Ghanaian joined 20 Egyptians according to the details by Christian sources. Mathew Ayairga aka Samuel Alham Wilson as many well-informed Christians said in Chad from Ghana, was among the 21 men killed by IS fighters for refusing to embrace Islam. He was not Christian but forced to join the kidnapped men dressed in orange jumpsuits, knelt at beach with black-clothed attackers standing behind. Just moments before his death was asked to follow Islam Ayairga he refused according to video footage. After reportedly witnessing ”immense faith” of fellow African believerswho all came from Egypt, decided to be follower of Christ. This great testimony of brave faith dignity in Christ, trust, confidence in God, courage, resilience endured to end by death. Had reassurance of in Christ to receive reward of overcomer’s crown of life and resurrection in the 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 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 in Bible in Luke 23:43. Great faith is a testimony badge of honour to Christ. Revelation 6:9 says Lamb Jesus opens fifth seal, saw under altar, souls of those slain for word of God and testimony upheld.
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
Revelation 6:9-12 says souls under the altar in heaven asked God to take vengeance on murderers. Those slain in the LORD says Revelation 14:13 are blessed for their testimony in Christ so demand God acts to intervene. And Jesus also 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 who believes in me though dies has an everlasting life. In Revelation 12:11 in Bible, they overcame satan by the blood of Lamb, and word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death. The murder of Ish-Bosheth by two of his army-captains, Rechab and Baanah who assassinated him asleep in bed in c 1005 B.C. recorded in 2 Samuel 4:5. They said to king David in Hebron, behold head of Ishbosheth son of Saul your enemy. King David punished murderers who expected reward. Jehovah Nissi gives justice to saints in Christ. According to Luke 18:1-8 God brings justice on earth in Jesus Son of Of God and Son of Man Who surely finds genuine faith tested tried in faithful loyal 21 Coptic believers of Egypt. Coptic Church is founded in 1st century A.D. by St. Mark author Gospel of Mark. The majority of Christians in Egypt members of Coptic Orthodox Church with 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 faith in Christ,” advocacy group ‘voice of martyrs,’ monitors the plight of the persecuted Christians in area. Ayairga’s death is like preacher John Baptist beheaded for preaching righteousness to Herod who married his brother Philip’s wife. Ayairga, identified as Samuel A. Wilson, recognized by friends after IS released video footage of 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 refused to convert to Islam. Strong Godly Christlike character of Kamel’s brothers, Bishoi Astefanous Kamel, 25, and Samuel Estefanous Kamel, 22, 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. Coptic Orthodox Church announced the 21 Egyptian Christians commemorated as martyrs yearly in Church 8th Amshir Coptic calendar is February 15th Gregorian feast Presentation of Jesus in Temple. NOT GIVING UP HOPE
A dozen beheaded on beach, 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 Ethiopian Church.” A masked fighter in black brandishing a pistol made a statement threatening Christians if they did not convert to Islam but all 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 tell you, so you will not be offended or stumble to desert God. Persecuted, attacked, thrown 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. They do these things because they do not know the Father God Almighty Jehovah Nissi or His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus prophesied these times come so remember them. In statement to supporters, advocacy group Voice Of Martyrs said it was crucial not to give up hope. “Thank God for unshakable truth to make all things right in HIS perfect timing, despite the evil onslaughts of enemy. Group in contact with the persecuted believers rejoice in knowledge all 21 martyred present with Lord Jesus in heaven in Bible in 2 Corinthians 5:8.” Pray for the grieving loved ones God’s Compassion, Comforting presence be experienced in special way providing and meeting needs,” says the group prayer message. Pray God shortens evil days pray for martyr families, for God’s Mercy on God and Jesus’ believers! Martyrs include Old Testament and Jewish, Christian put to death in the lion’s den and in time of Maccabees; see 2 Macc 6:7–7:42; 4 Macc 5:1–6:30; 8:3–12:19; Hebrew 11:32-38). Those behind visions killed (v. 11), or stated in 14:13 dead who died in LORD as Christians martyred for testimony of Jesus. Leviticus blood sacrifice of bull poured out “at base of altar of burnt offering” (Lev 4:7) says life is in blood of animals, and of humans (Lev 17:11, 14), `life,’ `soul,’ `self,’ sacrificed victims under altar (Boring 1989:125) before throne (4:5-6) under (Greek hypokato) has a strong meaning “below” “beneath” souls under altar in heaven seen on earth. The souls are not disembodied spirits so visible to John although “lives” slaughtered as victims.
Believer’s physical death has the final resurrection as John’s vision of the souls the people with voices, real bodies, beheaded souls in Revelations 20:4. Martyrs, bear testimony (Greek martyria, v. 9) were “killed” (v. 11) for testimony of Christ. Abel, first martyr, “still speaks, though dead” (Heb 11:4; compare Gen 4:10) so they cry out for justice to be done. Their prayer (v. 10) is the heart of the fifth seal “prayers of the saints” (5:8; compare 8:3-4). So Christian martyrs considered a direct path to sainthood many names recognized as saints. In living history from creation time righteous people in the Lord are slain. Generations of millions of the saints slain for their faith in Christ recorded. List too long to publish but known to God to seek vengeance on their behalf. Revelations 20:4 says souls of beheaded for witness of Jesus, for word of God, did not worship beast, his image, not received mark on foreheads or their hands live again in the eternal life.