A Betrayed and Broken Nation Destined to Rise Anew from the Martyr's Blood
The Assyrian people are the descendants of Noah's grandson—Ashur. They became the builders of a mighty empire by the hand of God. While most Christians are aware of this from the confrontations they had with Israel, as recorded in the Bible, most do not know that they were also great builders of civilizations. In fact, the term "Cradle of Civilization" was generated by the creative work of their hands.
Because they overstepped their God-given authority as a rod in His hand, they were brought down in 612 B.C. Then, shortly after the resurrection of Christ, Thomas, Bartholomew and Thaddeus took the gospel to them in Mesopotamia—just 500 miles from Jerusalem. They became the first people group to respond to the gospel. Taking the Great Commission seriously, the Assyrians turned from empire builders to kingdom builders--the kingdom of God, that is.
Over the following centuries Assyrians swept across all of Asia, reaching as far as China and India. Parts of China called them the Luminous Religion. Even Marco Polo reported seeing their work in China. It can be argued that they parented the global Church of today.
Assyrian evangelism and missions began to change with the rise of Islam in the 700s. At first it was slow genocide. Then many escaped into the rugged mountains of Hakkari while others remained on the flat lands of Urmia. They were ravaged by Genghis Khan. One hundred years later, the would-be Genghis Khan, named Tamerlane, fiercely devastated them in the 1300s. Their persecutions grew exceedingly worse after WWI.
By then, hundreds of thousands had been martyred, and countless thousands of young women abducted into sex slavery to make babies for Islam. Their plight returned to slow genocide until 2014 when ISIS made an all-out attack upon them.
Today, over three million are scattered in diaspora and roughly 200,000 are languishing in the dangers of their homeland, Mesopotamia—the “land between the rivers.” Currently, their homes and properties are being systematically stolen by the Kurds.
The primary purpose of this book is to lift the Assyrians out of the prison of obscurity to give them a voice and a face. The ultimate goal prophesied in Isaiah 19:23-25 is to see God establish them as the work of His hands.
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