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Joined: 2010/11/20
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I cry out to God for this man's deliverance! Oh that he would have the heart and speak the words of Josef Tson, and Richard Wurmbrand to their captors - "Go ahead and kill me - it will only make my message spread like wildfire" (my paraphrase).....God have mercy!

 2011/9/28 12:46Profile

 Re: Latest update????????

One of my intercrssor contacts sent me an email saying that an Iranian judge over turned Youcef's death sentence. I am unable to verify through my Google searches. Does anyone in the forum have more info on this brother????


 2011/9/29 9:47

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I only found an article on Fox news that stated his lawyer was hopeful that the verdict will be overturned. I am praying and will continue to pray for this man and his family.

God bless

 2011/9/29 10:06Profile

 Re: MJ

That is hopeful. Let us continue to pray for this brother. Jesus keep your servant strong to the end.


 2011/9/29 10:24

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"One of my intercrssor contacts sent me an email saying that an Iranian judge over turned Youcef's death sentence. I am unable to verify through my Google searches. Does anyone in the forum have more info on this brother????"

I read a breaking news headline to this effect late last night on the ACLJ website (Jay Sekulow)...

 2011/9/29 10:32Profile

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This update from today was on re Pastor Youcef...

9.29.2011 Update: We have just received new troubling news from Pastor Youcef's attorney firmly denying that Pastor Youcef's execution sentence had been overturned. Iran may be spreading misinformation in an attempt to stifle media coverage. Please continue to share his story and pray. Learn more about this disturbing development.

 2011/9/29 12:18Profile

 Re: Ketter from Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

I feel in light of recent events it was necessary to search out this thread and put it out on the board. Youcef Nadarkhani a brother from Iran is sentenced to be executed. Yet some, even in this forum still believe him to be a heretic.

There is a letter written by Youcef that Brandy, Greg's wife, posted several weeks ago. I am writing in response to that post. I have tried to quote Brandy's post but lack the technical no how. Can somebody with more tech savy please go through this thread and find Brandy's posting of Youcef's letter and bring it to the front of this thread. I invite you to prayerfully read this letter. Then tell me this man is not a brother.

For the record I acknowledge this man as a brother in Christ Jesus and count it a blessing and honor to pray for him. It would be my richest pleasure to worship the Lamb with him.

I believe that Jesus will use this brothers forthcoming martyrdom to bring many souls to himself. Jesus said unless a kernal of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains only a seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds. For the blood of the martyr is the seed of the church. May the Lamb that was slain recieve the reward of his sufferings.

Will somebody please post Youcef's letter. I feell it will bring much edification to the forum.

For him who was slain,

Blaine Scogin

 2012/2/25 12:59

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A letter from Pastor Nadarkhani, written from Lakan Prison in Rasht, June 2, 2010:

Dear brothers and sisters, Salam

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am continuously seeking grace and mercy to you, that you remember me and those who are bearing efforts for his name in your prayers.

Your loyalty to God is the cause of my strength and encouragement.

For I know well that you will be rewarded; as it’s stated: blessed is the one who has faith, for what has been said to him by God, will be carried out.

As we believe, heaven and earth will fade but his word will still remain.

Dear beloved ones, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few verses, although you might know them, So that in everything, you give more effort than the past, both to prove your election, and for the sake of Gospel that is to be preached to the entire world as well.

I know that not all of us are granted to keep this word, but to those who are granted this power and this revelation, I announce the same as Jude, earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.

We are passing by special and sensitive days.They are days that for an alert and awake believer can be days of spiritual growth and progress. Because for him, more than any other time there is the possibility to compare his faith with the word of God, have God’s promises in mind, and survey his faith.

Therefore he (the true believer) does not need to wonder for the fiery trial that has been set on for him as though it were something unusual, but it pleases him to participate in Christ’s suffering.

Because the believer knows he will rejoice in his glory.

Dears, the “ judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

Therefore those who are enduring burdens by the will of God, commit their souls to the faithful Creator. Promises that he has given us, are unique and precious. As we’ve heard he has said: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”

How can it be possible for a believer to understand these words?

Not only when he is focusing on Jesus Christ with adapting his life according to the life Jesus lived when he was on earth? As it is said ” O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.”

Have we not read and heard: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Many attempt to flee from their spiritual tests, and they have to face those same tests in a more difficult manner, because no one will be victorious by escaping from them, but with patience and humility he will be able to overcome all the tests, and gain victory.

Therefore in the place of Christ’s followers, we must not feel desperate, but we have to pray to God in supplication with more passion to help us with any assistance we may need.

According to what Paul has said: In every temptation, God himself will make a way for us to tolerate it.

O beloved ones, difficulties do not weaken mankind, but they reveal the true human nature.

It will be good for us to occasionally face persecutions and abnormalities, since these abnormalities will persuade us to search our hearts, and to survey ourselves.

So as a result, we conclude that troubles are difficult, but usually good and useful to build us.

Dear brothers and sisters, we must be more careful than any other time.

Because in these days, the hearts and thoughts of many are revealed, so that the faith is tested.

May your treasure be where there is no moth and rust.

I would like to remind you of some verses that we nearly discuss everyday, (Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.) but as long as our human will has priority over God’s will, his will will not be done.

As we have learned from him in Gethsemane, he surrendered his will to the father, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

What we are bearing today, is a difficult but not unbearable situation, because neither he has tested us more than our faith and our endurance, nor does he do as such. And as we have known from before, we must beware not to fail, but to advance in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, And consider these bumps and prisons as opportunities to testify to his name. He said: If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

As a small servant, necessarily in prison to carry out what I must do, I say with faith in the word of God that he will come soon.”However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Discipline yourself with faith in the word of God. Retain your souls with patience. For there is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly.

May you are granted grace and blessings increasingly in the name of Lord Jesus Christ.

Yusef Nadarkhani

Lakan Prison in Rasht



 2012/2/25 13:49Profile


Its a wonderful letter and it does my heart good to read it. With his emphasis on Gethsemane, it seems that this brother has already discovered the secret to overcoming. He has bowed his knee to the will of God. He already stands in victory because he worships the mighty overcome Jesus, and because He overcame then we can overcome and no power of hell can change that........bro Frank

 2012/2/25 18:23


I have reread this brothers words several times and I tremble that they come from a heart yielded to Christ. Oh that God would give us such words when we are departing to be with Jesus. Reading this brothers letter is like reading one of those letters out of Martyrs Mirror. Whether 500 years ago or today these letters are such an encouragement from those who have walked through the fires of suffering and emerged victorious.

The early church believed that martyrdom was a gift and it was an honor to lay their lives down for Jesus. Truly our brother will have a rich royal welcome waiting for him in heaven. May God richly use Brother Youcef to accomplish his eternal purposes to advance his kingdom purposes. May his testimony now and after he goes to be with Jesus touch and impact many lives for the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the Glory of the Slain Lamb,

Blaine Scogin

 2012/2/25 19:38

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