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Javid on a Canadian television broadcast.

Former Hezbollah terrorist now stands with Israel after finding Jesus

A strange thing happened to Hezbollah fighter Afshin Javid when he was on his way to the United States to attempt to convert Christians to Islam. Jesus appeared to him.

“I had 30 illegal passports at that time,” he says. “I was arrested and put in jail in Malaysia. I was a dedicated Muslim who not only prayed the prayers, but I read the Koran once every 10 days, cover to cover. So I was very dedicated in my time in jail.”

Those prayers brought an unexpected response.

“One day, as I’m praying, a man appears in front of me – normal size, but his being shines like light. This light is not a normal light. This light carried identity in it. And you knew that he is holy and instantaneously, I knew I am not,” he shares.

Javid cried out for forgiveness.

“I ran to the corner of the room, literally held my head in my arms, and just cried out, shouting, ‘Forgive me, forgive me, forgive me,'” he said. “And I didn’t think he would forgive me, because he is just. Still, I felt a touch on my left arm, and he said, ‘I forgive you.’ And I felt the weight just lifted off me. And I knew I’m forgiven, but I don’t know how. And I was confused. Still, I say, ‘OK, I don’t understand. Only God can forgive, but You just forgave me. You are God, but you are a different God than the one I have studied about. This is not Allah. So who are You that forgives me?’:

The answer was, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

“So I said, ‘I don’t understand; what is your name?’” Javid told CBN News. “And he said, ‘Jesus Christ.’ And it was as if someone grabbed all my bones out of my body. I just fell like a piece of meat to the ground. And I just began to weep.”

Like Paul, he understood that he once was blind but now could see.

“It’s like being colorblind, and then suddenly you see colors and you realize the world is so much more beautiful than you ever thought,” Javid said. “And if you ask me what made the world so colorless? It’s the hatred, the anger that is in the heart of every Muslim.”

Now, instead of hating Jews, he is expressing support for Israel after the brutal attack by Hamas.

“We are standing with all the Jewish people, with the people of Israel,” he said. “And we are mourning their sorrow of their family members that have been lost, but also for the right of Israel to exist,” he said.

Hezbollah is currently launching attacks on Israel from Lebanon. The Iranian-backed organization, which wages significant control in the country, has an estimated 150,000 missiles that could be used to blanket Israel in a full-scale war.

Experience with Jesus not unusual

As Israel Today reports, these encounters between Muslims and Jesus are not unusual. From Lebanon to Syria to Iran and beyond, devout followers of Islam are having similar experiences.

“Under the radar, at the grassroots level, often without any connection to Christians, Issa (“Yeshua” in Arabic) is being miraculously, sovereignly revealed in dreams and visions, to men and women living in lands covered by the shadow of death, crying out under the cruel masters of Islam (Is. 9:2&19:4). Pastor Tom Doyle and his wife Joann spent years serving in several of these nations. They compiled amazing documentary stories of a representative “sample” of 20 Muslims whose lives have been disrupted by repeated visitations of this nature. Often these Muslims have recurring dreams like this, night after night or week after week, for months. The dreams set the “dreamer” on a journey, a path toward discovering peace and faith in the Messiah from Nazareth.”

The organization goes on to ask how the dreams are supernatural, and not just a daydream.

Pastor Tom Doyle and his wife Joann shave collected stories and evidence after serving in these nations for decades. They compiled the stories in a documentary of  20 Muslims whose lives have been changed forever by repeated visitations of this nature.

“In many Muslim families and communities, it is inconceivably shameful and blasphemous that anyone who grew up Muslim should become a believer in Yeshua as THE prophet and the Messiah Son of God. Their response to this “heresy,” if it becomes known, can include ostracism, threats and even death. Therefore, the fact that these new believers are so soon willing to risk death for their new faith, indicates that these are not regular dreams.”

Doyle tells about a young woman named Fatima in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia who came to faith in Yeshua partially as a result of dreams. She wrote a poem the day she was martyred, when she understood she was about to pay the ultimate price for her newfound faith and peace:

“We left Muhammad, and we are no longer on his path. We follow Jesus the Messiah, the clear truth. And truly we love our homeland, and we are not traitors. We take pride that we are Saudi citizens… Enough – your swords do not concern me, nor evil, nor disgrace. Your threats do not trouble me, and we are not afraid… As to my last words, I pray the Lord of the worlds… spread Love among you, Oh Muslims.” (pg. 61)

Israel Today says these dreams fortel hope for the future. “Already these dream-fueled faith movements have touched millions of Muslims. As of yet, they have not yet reached the tipping point of transforming an entire nation’s power structures. But perhaps they will soon.”

–Dwight Widaman |  Metro Voice

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