By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive)
While America is busy with Climate Change, Christ is getting ready to land on planet earth to rescue a specific Church, but which Church?
But before we discuss this crucial topic, this is America taking action on Climate Change in which nearly half a million of us marched in New York City:
While, you might think, “the world is going nuts,” and “why should this matter since I would not be caught dead in a Climate Change demonstration with Al Gore”.
When I started searching for churches here to see if they were marching to call upon America to stand up for Christians suffering, the task wasn’t easy. From all these millions upon millions of you who attend thousands of churches, to find any of your demonstrations in New York’s Manhattan or the White House fighting for the persecuted church simply didn’t exist. I finally found this:
But it was from 6 years ago and it was a bunch of Indian Christians fighting for their Christian brethren suffering persecution in India under the peace-loving religion of Hinduism.
And I wonder, what are all these Christians doing in their churches? If they are praising Jesus, He identified Himself, especially His body, in the persecuted: “For I was hungry and you gave me food …” and you all are familiar with our broken record repeating chapter 25 of the Book of Matthew.
Is it no wonder than why we do not find verses in which Jesus is landing in New York or Washington?
The only place in Scripture I find Jesus landing to rescue folks is in Zechariah 14 and Isaiah 19.
We all know that Zechariah 14 is about rescuing the Jews and converting them to Him, but Isaiah 19 should shock some folks and get us to ask, who and why is Christ coming for in Egypt:
“And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.” (Isaiah 19:20)
Here we have the “Mighty One” is the Messiah who fights on the day of the Lord to fight the oppressors. Here, see for yourself your brothers and sisters in Egypt suffering from the oppressors and calling for Jesus to come down and save them:
And where do we see such faith like this? Where do we see multitudes of Christians taking to the streets when there are 90% Muslims and in the face of such a massive threat the Copt stands for Christ, yet here, we fear a handful of bickering Muslims.
Christ was called “Mighty One”, Isaiah 19:20 leaves no question as to who Christ comes to rescue: “He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.”
The Egyptian Coptics are increasingly being oppressed by the Muslim majority. But if God sees their cause as being so important to personally send His Son, the Savior and Mighty God to rescue them, then we need to ask: what are the Coptic Christians of Egypt doing right and what are they doing differently from the American Church?
He comes to rescue the Christians, the remnant in Egypt, the 10% Christians. There is no doubt that the “Savior” and “Mighty One” is Christ. In the Psalms, Messiah is portrayed as a soldier and a fighter with the same reference, “Mighty One”:
“Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty” (Psalm 45:3).
In Zephaniah 3 this “Mighty One” is physically present in Israel’s midst:
“The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save” (Zephaniah 3:17)
He comes for Israel to convert the Jewish people to Him. And if in doubt that Christ lands in Egypt, explain this:
“See, Jehovah rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt within them” (Isaiah 19:1).
Who comes on the clouds? We also meet Him in the clouds. We even sing “Behold He comes riding on the clouds”, yet we eliminate Egypt from the song. Indeed, we are lacking. We eliminate essential clues from our songs we sing. Why?
This is Messiah personally coming to defeat Egypt. Obviously Egypt is a 90% Muslim nation with 10% Christians who will be caught up in the clouds and then landing to fight tyranny and Antichrist.
But here is the dilemma, the Egyptian Christians are Copts who believe that the bread and wine in the Eucharist are miraculously, and mysteriously, changed in to the Body and Blood of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. They also believe in the intercessions of the Virgin Mary or of the angels or of the saints.
Yet Christ is personally coming to rescue them and snatch them up in the clouds from the persecution by the Antichrist, the tyrant.
Ever think about it?
If Christ loves these, who are we to judge what He considers His brethren? Is it perhaps that even their theology is more sound than ours?
They even have a Pope; Pope Shenouda III (بابا الإسكندرية شنودة الثالث) Before his death on 17 March 2012, he wrote a thesis on responding to the western Protestant style Christianity and its in English.
He called for unity:
“We are in an age in which Ecumenical work and attempts towards the recovery of the Christian Unity have flourished. The meetings between the Churches, in councils, conferences and symposiums have increased, and the fields of co-operation and co-working have multiplied. However, unity is in a much higher level than cooperation. The Christian Unity should be built on the foundation of the “One Faith”. Thus began the theological discussions between the Churches. This book in your hands is a step in this theological discussion between our brethren the Protestants and us.”
Go ahead, read his work, its an eye opener.
My friends are concerned, why am I focused on the ancient East and Church Fathers in my theology lately? Some think I have gone mad because I do not sound like your typical tele evangelist prophecy teacher.
And why shouldn’t I focus on the east? The Coptic Christians are extremely devout to Christ. The coptic church is probably the most devoute and active church in the world. Their youth were raised in the church and are very close to their church community and are just as pious as their parents.
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt was founded in the first century by St. Mark, one of the disciples of Jesus. St. Mark is regarded as the first patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He planted the Church in Alexandria, where he wrote his gospel—the Gospel of Mark, in the Greek language. After winning many converts to Christianity in several journeys, he was brutally martyred by pagans in the streets of Alexandria in 68 AD.
The Christian Church of Egypt (the Coptic Orthodox Church) produced world-wide distinguished Christian leaders and theologians who defended the Orthodox faith tirelessly.
I had asked a fellow Christian on my blog to tell me about St. Athanasius the Apostolic, the twentieth patriarch of Egypt (328-373) who fought the Arian heresy. She knew nothing and the name wasn’t interesting enough for her.
He is known for his staunch defense of the orthodox faith, St. Athanasius suffered exile from his See five times.
There was also St. Cyril the Great, the twenty-forth patriarch of the Coptic Church (412-444), refuted the Nestorian heresy. His theology is regarded by Christendom as the key to orthodoxy. At the time of his death, the Coptic Church occupied the position of undisputed leadership in the entire Christian world, and Christianity covered most of the land of Egypt.
Christ loves the Copts, and so will I. Not only will I love them, but I will also learn from the remnants of St. Mark, the apostle. We always talk Bible, yet we forget who wrote it and where they lived and what they said and how they interpreted it. If I want to know what Mark meant by certain verses, I will sure check with the Copts before I check with Rick Warren!