By Christine Darg
“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church,” so said Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, anglicised as Tertullian, a prolific early Christian author and apologist from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa.
Tertullian’s truth comes ringing through time as the antidote to the Islamic State fanatics who claim to have savagely beheaded 21 Coptic Egyptian Christians in Libya. By beheading North African Christians, ISIS terrorists plant the seed of the church in North African soil.
Egypt says it reserves the right to respond in any way it sees fit, according to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
“IS militants claim to have carried out several attacks in Libya, which is in effect without a government,” noted the BBC. However, with many armed groups operating in Libya, it is not clear how much power Islamic State militant actually wield.
The kidnapped Egyptian workers, all Coptic Christians, were seized in December and January from the coastal town of Sirte in eastern Libya, now under the control of Islamist groups. The latest Coptic Christian martyrs have drunk from a bitter cup that has been served for 1400 years from time to time since the rise of Islam.
“Egypt and the whole world are in a fierce battle with extremist groups carrying extremist ideology and sharing the same goals,” President Sisi said.
The beheadings were described as “barbaric” by al-Azhar, the highly regarded theological institution based in Cairo, Egypt. WWD’s headline, on the other hand, said “ISIS beheads, Pope Condemns, Obama Golfs.”
ISIS posted a hideous internet video message to all Christians: ‘You Will Soon See An Ocean Of Blood For All The Nation Of The Cross.” But according to the sure Tertullian principle, an ocean of blood would mean Christianity will overtake and flood Islam exponentially!
The Christian captives were held down, their heads pulled back by hands reaching into their eye sockets, and their throats were cut until beheaded. But before their heads were severed, the Coptic Christians can be seen and heard muttering “O Lord Jesus Christ,” according to the Arabic media. The ISIS video cynically captioned these scenes with, “They supplicate what they worship.” Indeed, yes indeed!
The killings raised anxieties in Italy, given Libya’s proximity just across the Mediterranean Sea and because one of the militants in the video said the group plans to “conquer Rome,” the seat of Catholicism. Pope Francis decried the murders, saying the blood of those murdered “confesses Christ.”
Pope Francis added, “Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply because they were Christians.”
Isaiah 19 in the Bible is Key
The Islamic terrorists tragically are ignorant of the plans that the God of Irasel has for the region:
“[Egypt] 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)
Egypt, during your days of mourning, cry out—Messiah Yeshua IS coming soon!
INTERCESSORS: Here is that entire passage from the Isaiah Highway, Chapter 19:
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. 21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. 22 The Lordwill strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. 25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”