ICC Note: ISIS (Islamic States of Iraq and al-Sham) has become infamous in its plight to wipe out Christianity from the face of the earth. In a recent story emerging from the region, a violent ISIS fighter has turned from radical Islam to the very Christian faith he was a part of destroying. The militant reportedly abandoned his prior beliefs after dramatically encountering Jesus in a dream.
06/03/2015 Middle East (Gospel Herald) In a powerful story of redemption and grace, an Islamic State militant known for his brutal killing of Christians has converted to his victims’ religion after dreaming of “a man in white” who offered him a dramatic message, according to one missionary’s account.
“One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced to an ISIS fighter who had killed many Christians already. I mean that’s a horrible situation, and admittedly, he was probably on guard,” Gina Fadely, director of Youth With A Mission Frontier Missions, Inc. (YWAM), said during a recent appearance on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network, Christian Post reported.
Fadely went on to reveal that the ISIS fighter confessed that prior to his conversion, he had “actually enjoyed” killing Christians.
“He told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, ‘You are killing my people.’ And he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing,” Fadely continued. “The fighter said just before he killed one Christian, the man said, ‘I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible.’ The Christian was killed and this ISIS fighter actually took the Bible and began to read it. In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow him and he was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled.”
Fadely noted that the militant’s encounter with Jesus Christ brings to mind the story of the Apostle Paul, who, according to the account provided in the book of Acts, was dedicated to the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus Christ. However, after experiencing a dramatic encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul emerged as one of the greatest missionaries of all time, spreading the gospel throughout the Roman Empire and writing 13 books of the Bible.
“So who knows. Perhaps this man will be like Saul in the Bible that persecuted Christians and he turned from that persecution of the early church to become the Apostle Paul who led it,” Fadely said. “God can turn it around.”