“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them.  Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.” (Hebrews 13:3)

“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.  They shouted to the Lord and said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?’ Then a white robe was given to each of them.  And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters –their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred–had joined them.” (Revelation 6:9-11)

The Voice of the Martyrs reports that over 30,000 people are suffering in concentration camps this very moment for one reason:  they worship Jesus Christ and not Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.

These Christians, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and their families have been rounded up by their government and forced into camps that are so barbaric, North Korean officials deny they even exist.  These Christians are living their lives as caged animals; let out only to be tortured or forced to work 15 hours a day in grueling conditions without even enough food and water to sustain them.  Most of them die either of starvation or torture.

Suffering for the glory of Christ is a great mystery that the natural, self-preserving mind cannot comprehend.  Suffering for Christ is a spiritual concept and is the ultimate victory in this spiritual war we are fighting in during our lives on earth.

The enemy Satan thinks that locking Christians away to die horrific deaths will somehow give him the edge in his war with God Almighty.  The truth is that Satan is only speeding towards his own judgment, fulfilling God’s prophecy that once the full number of martyrs is reached, our Mighty Lord will rise up and avenge them.

Nonetheless, the injustice and atrocities committed against Christians should arouse righteous indignation in all of us.  As their family, we must do our part to intercede on their behalf in every way we can.

First, prayer is critical.  We must pray for the protection of their souls, that the Lord would make them able to stay faithful to Him, no matter what they are forced to endure.  Pray that their faith is strengthened by the Lord every day and that they are able to keep their eyes and focus on their eternal promise, and not this temporary, fleeting life and world. Pray also for their oppressors, for their repentance and salvation.  Our prayers are a great privilege and they’re heard and answered.  Let’s stand up and intercede in prayer for our family in Christ!

Next, The Voice of the Martyrs has provided a way for each of us to let it be known that the world is watching and we are aware of the human rights violations happening in North Korea.  If you want to join other Christians who are standing up, click this link www.letterofconfession.com and sign your name to the petition that will be delivered to North Korea’s representatives to the United Nations.  The North Korean government thinks that by denying the existence of concentration camps in their country, we will turn our head and move on to something else.  Let’s let them know we are watching and will be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves.

FATHER, MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME.

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