God can reach anyone, anywhere, just ask this ISIS leader who went from killing Christians to being one. Sounds like Paul in the Bible. God can redeem any story!
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).
The amazing story of an ISIS leader who converted to Christianity after meeting Jesus in a dream is proving this passage in Acts to be true.
Last week, this story made headlines when Gina Fadely, director of Youth With A Mission Frontier Missions, Inc. (YWAM) sat down with Todd Nettleton, host of The Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network.
“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,” Fadely recalls.
Fadely added that the jihadi admitted to not only brutally killing Christians, but “enjoying the act.” And, as we all know, this fighter wasn’t alone in his zeal for persecuting those who are deemed “enemies” of Allah. Christians and other Muslims who refuse to comply with ISIS extremism have both become targets of violence. ISIS has become synonymous with cruelty as footage of gruesome beheadings have circulated around the internet.
But we all know that no one— not even a bloodthirsty jihadi— is beyond the reach of God.
“[The fighter] told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of a 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. 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.’”
Sadly, the Christian was killed. But the ISIS fighter took the Bible and began to read it. That’s when he was visited by Jesus in another dream, according to Fadely.
“In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow him and [the fighter] was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled.”
Stories like this are becoming increasingly common as people all over the world report meeting Jesus face-to-face in dreams. It shouldn’t come as any surprise to those of us who have been radically transformed by Christ.
God is still doing the impossible right before our very eyes. Todd Nettleton added his own perspective on the story, saying that whenever we hear about the atrocities being committed against Christians at the hands of ISIS militants, we should be careful not to, “write them off as being out of reach of God’s grace and out of the reach of God’s Spirit.”
“So who knows? Perhaps this man will be like Saul in the Bible who persecuted Christians and he turned from that persecution of the early church to become the Apostle Paul,” Fadely said. “God can turn it around.”