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Persecuted Youth: Somalia

September 17, 2010

Though this is a bit dated, I received it today in the email update I get from Voice of the Martyrs:

Somalia: Christian Killed, Four Children Kidnapped—Compass Direct News

On July 21, Osman Abdullah Fataho, a member of an underground Christian movement in Somalia, was shot to death by al-Shabab militants in front of his wife and children, according to Compass Direct News. Christians said they think someone told the militants of Osman’s faith. According to Compass Direct, the militants entered Osman’s house and killed him before abducting his wife and four children. They later released Osman’s wife on condition that she surrender her children to be trained as militant soldiers. Please pray for Osman’s wife and children as they grieve the loss of their husband and father, and pray that the children will be returned to their mother.

Revelation 6:9-11

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

The ESV Study Bible writes on these verses: “The fifth seal reveals the Lamb’s rationale for releasing combatants to devastate the earth. Under the altar in heaven, where sacrificial blood would pool (Ex. 29:12), John sees the souls  of believers who were slain (thus they are pictured as sacrifices) for bearing witness about Jesus (cf. Rev. 20:4). Their lament, [how long …?] echoes that of the psalmists (Ps. 13:1; 89:46). The surprising answer is that the Lamb will restrain his wrath against his witnesses’ assailants until the last martyr has been slain. Until then, the souls of deceased saints will rest a little longer (Rev. 14:13) in the white robe of victory and purity (cf. note on 2:17; also 3:4–5; 7:9, 14). The rest of the book progressively shows how the Lord answers their prayers to avenge their deaths, beginning in 6:15–17 with the very ones who had put them to death.

The ESV Study Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles. (2008).
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