A missions group that smuggles Bibles into the Middle East is reporting that two pastors who were imprisoned in a secret jail inside an undisclosed country were released after a senior officer at the jail said he saw Jesus in a dream and converted to Christianity.
The harrowing story surrounds two preachers named Irshad and Munvar who were arrested for teaching a Bible course in an underground house church; they were subsequently put before a Shariah court, according to Bibles for Mideast.
After being detained alongside two other men who had converted to the Christian faith and attended their church, they were reportedly accused of blasphemy and imprisoned in what the organization described as a “secret jail run by secret police.” It was there that they were brutally beaten, deprived of food and intensely persecuted.
“We never thought we’d ever get out alive,” Irshad said of the experience.
But then something totally unexpected happened. One of the top-ranking prison guards suddenly came into the cell and started talking to the pastors — a bizarre happening.
“On the third day, a top-ranking officer of the jails visited us. A tall, stout official, he asked the wardens to untie our hands. But we were unable to stand erect,” Irshad recalled. “The officer himself massaged our back with some lotion until we could raise ourselves up. He ordered the wardens to give us liberal servings of good food, and then disappeared into an office.”
The pastors assumed they would soon be killed, and felt the kind treatment was merely a prelude to their impending deaths. But the guard once again returned with a surprise: He asked the pastors to pray with him.
“The officer explained he’d had a dream about Jesus Christ the previous week! He saw the Lord Jesus sitting on a throne, he said, with an amazing orb of light rotating around Him,” Irshad told Bibles for Mideast. “Millions of angels obeyed his orders. Large and small stars surrounded the orb. Jesus raised his hands and showed his nail-scarred palms, blood seeping out.”
And that same dream reportedly unfolded again twice in the subsequent two days, leading the prison official to think more about Jesus before turning to the Internet to find additional information. A few days later, Jesus reportedly again appeared in another dream, telling the guard, “My children are being tortured in your jail. I leave them before you. My children are the apple of my eyes.”
That dream led the guard to rush to the jail, spending the next three days praying with the Christian prisoners and attempting to learn more about the faith. Then, he accepted Jesus and became a Christian.
“Whenever he visited, he would ask the jailer and wardens to leave us alone with him, so they figured we must be relatives. From then on they treated us well, apologizing for all they had done to us earlier,” Irshad said. “During this time, the officer also prepared and submitted our release papers before the court.”
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