Five Christians charged with blasphemy are to stand trial in an Iranian court.

Pastor Behrouz Sadegh-Khanjani, Mehdi Foroutan, Mohammad Beliad, Parviz Khalaj and Nazly Beliad are due to appear before the court in two weeks, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

They were first arrested in June last year on charges of apostasy, holding political meetings, and committing blasphemy and crimes against the Islamic Order.

The Revolutionary Court in Shiraz found the five men guilty of crimes against the Islamic Order and sentenced them to one year's imprisonment. Now they face a much more serious charge.

Neither the Koran nor the prophet Muhammad's teachings in the Hadith call for the execution of blasphemers, but Islamic scholars and jurists from the distant past included it in Islamic law.

Christians are being forced out of Iran by the Muslim persecutions.

Pakistan has draconian laws giving the death penalty for blasphemy and on March 3 Christian Shahbaz Bhatti was shot dead because of his efforts to reform the blasphemy laws. Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, is awaiting the death penalty for blasphemy.

Jesus foretold exactly what is taking place before our eyes, "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake" (Matthew 24:9). Remember He gave this in His prophecy about man's final days.

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