Christian Persecution Update

Increasing Persecution, Martyrdom and Hatred towards Christ; Over 50 (5) Church of Almighty God Members Given Long Jail Sentences. One of the sentenced believers will spend 15 (5+5+5) years in prison merely for keeping at home CAG-related e-books and videos. Nearly 500 (5) church members were given three years or more prison terms.

Foreshadow Now, ‘Season of the End Times’:

Psalm 25:19. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

Psalm 38:19. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

Psalm 41:7. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

Psalm 69:4. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Psalm 69:14. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Matthew 10:22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Mark 13:13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 6:22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Luke 21:17. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

John 7:7. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

John 15:18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

John 15:23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:9-14).

Persecution and Martyrdom during the coming 7 year Tribulation and Great Tribulation:

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Increasing Persecution, Martyrdom and Hatred towards Christ; Over 50 (5) Church of Almighty God Members Given Long Jail Sentences. One of the sentenced believers will spend 15 (5+5+5) years in prison merely for keeping at home CAG-related e-books and videos. Nearly 500 (5) church members were given three years or more prison terms.

by Chang Xin 07/31/2020 Bitter Winter

On June 17, the People’s Court of Dunhuang city in the northwestern province of Gansu held an open trial of a CAG member.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, The Church of Almighty God (CAG)—the single most persecuted religious movement in China—remained a primary target of the CCP’s oppression. CAG members were subjected to continuous arrest operations across China and given hefty sentences for practicing their faith.

Bitter Winter has obtained information about 52 CAG members tried and sentenced this year in Xinjiang region, Shanxi, Anhui, Hubei, Yunnan, and other provinces. Sadly, this is only a small part of the countless cases.

Jiang Yanghua from Xinjiang’s Aksu city was arrested on August 21, 2019. The People’s Court of Aksu sentenced Ms. Jiang on June 9 to 15 years in prison for “organizing and using a xie jiao organization to undermine law enforcement,” as per Paragraph 1 of Article 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code. She was also fined 100,000 RMB (about 14,000 USD). The court’s judgment states that Jiang Yanghua was given a hefty sentence merely because she kept many CAG e-books, videos, and audio recordings. She was also accused of “undermining enforcement of the state’s laws or administrative regulations” for gathering with other CAG members at home.

The Article 300 stipulates that members of religious groups identified as xie jiao can be sent for extended terms in prison for participating in regular religious activities, like attending worship services, sharing the gospel, or distributing religious books.

The 2019 International Religious Freedom Report, published on June 10 by the US Department of State, says that China’s “Criminal law defines banned groups as ‘cult organizations’ and provides for criminal prosecution of individuals belonging to such groups and punishment of up to life in prison. There are no published criteria for determining, or procedures for challenging, such a designation. A national security law also explicitly bans ‘cult organizations.’”

“Jiang Yanghua’s case is disturbing,” a CAG member told Bitter Winter worriedly. “Against the backdrop of the CCP’s prolonged suppression and persecution of our Church, we prefer to use faith-related materials in electronic format. It’s dangerous to use paper books or look for information online.” She thinks that Jiang’s trial signifies that most CAG members, including her, could be given 15-year sentences if arrested.

Another CAG member commented that the Chinese Constitution guarantees religious freedom, and CAG members should not be punished for regular religious activities. But the CCP subjects them to ruthless suppression and persecution. She believes that it is the Communist Party that “undermines enforcement of the state’s laws or administrative regulations.”

On May 6, not long after the coronavirus lockdown has been lifted, the People’s Court of Luannan county in Tangshan, a prefecture-level city in the northern province of Hebei, collectively tried 20 CAG members. One was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 30,000 RMB (about $ 4,270) for serving as a church leader. Three were given five years and fined 20,000 RMB (about $ 2,840), and a 72-year-old member will have to spend three years in prison and pay a 5,000 RMB (about $ 710) fine.

According to the CAG information, the 20 members were arrested in July last year during an organized crackdown campaign. Bitter Winter previously reported that this campaign was launched on the central government’s orders and implemented after secretly investigating and surveilling CAG members for several months.

On May 6, the People’s Court of Wenshui county in Lüliang, a prefecture-level city in the northern province of Shanxi, sentenced six CAG members to prison.

On April 24, the People’s Court of Zhijiang city in the central province of Hubei collectively tried four CAG members, three of whom were sentenced to seven years and six months and one to seven years in prison.

On March 30, a court in Bengbu city in the eastern province of Anhui sentenced four CAG members, who spent over a year in detention, for “organizing and using a xie jiao organization to undermine law enforcement.” The lawyer of one of the sentenced people explained that CAG members are not usually released on bail. “No amount of money could secure that,” the lawyer said. “Even CAG members who have cancer won’t be released on bail.”

On February 10, as the coronavirus was surging through China, ten CAG members from Zhuhai city in the southern province of Guangdong were tried collectively. Five were sentenced to three years or more in prison.

On January 10, the People’s Court of Maguan county in Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in the southwestern province of Yunnan sentenced seven CAG members to imprisonment from six to nine years and fined them 296,000 RMB (about $ 42,000) collectively.

According to the CAG’s annual report, in 2019, at least 6,132 CAG members were arrested, and 1,355 were sentenced. Twelve people were given ten years or more in prison, while nearly 500—three years or more.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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