by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - 72 Nigerian Christians, who had converted from Muslim backgrounds, were recently saved in a series of miraculous circumstances involving angels, snakes, and one apparition by Jesus after being kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Initially, the group consisted of 76 men, women, and children. The four men who led the group became the group’s first and only martyrs when militants demanded they renounce their faith and convert to Islam on pain of death.
According to a report by Barnabas fund, while waiting with fear and trembling to meet the same fate as their husbands, several mothers in the group were told by their children that Jesus had appeared to them in the night and had reassured them that "all will be well.”
The promised deliverance arrived the next day when gunmen lined several of the captives up against the wall and submitted the same terms to them.
Mysteriously, before a single shot went off, the captors began screaming about snakes and dropped their weapons. Some fled the scene, while others died instantaneously as if overcome by an unseen force.
“You don’t need to do that,” one of the children told an adult from the group who attempted to pick up a weapon abandoned by a fleeing Boko Haram militant, according to a witness.
“Can you not see the men in white fighting for us?”
All 72 Nigerian believers were rescued without a single human hand being raised in their defense, in a country where 300 Christians have been killed by Islamic militant groups in February and March of this year alone.
“We can’t allow that to happen,” were President Trump’s words last year to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari with reference to the spate of Christians killed in his country by Islamic extremists.
While International Christian Concern’s 2018 special report ranked Nigeria as having the highest death toll for Christians in the world, with estimates ranging from 50,000 to 70,000 people martyred for their faith in the last two decades alone, Open Doors USA speculated that 3,731 of last year’s 4,136 Christian martyrdoms occurred solely within Nigeria.
Nigerian Christians face a dual-pronged threat from Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen militias, the one intent on creating an Islamic State in West Africa through forced Christian conversions, the other seeking to appropriate the lands of Christian farmers under the justification of Islamic law.
The highest rating for violence in Open Doors USA’s score system for Christian persecution belongs to a country where bloodshed from Islamic extremism has led some to term Nigeria’s situation “genocide.”