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Arameans of Syria.

 

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Arameans of Iraq.

 

Arabic Translations: 

 الترجمات العربية

 

Aramean people: Aramean people (not to be confused with ‘Armenians’) speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Abraham, Moses and Jesus. They are the indigenous people of what was called in ancient times Aram- Nahrin, in our days it is called ‘Mesopotamia’.

Some Arameans today identify themselves with “Assyrians”, because of the spiritual colonial hate generating activities of the Western missionaries and diplomats in the Middle-East in 16th and 19th centuries. Other Arameans became known as “Chaldeans”. However all of them are Arameans.In Turkey, the Arameans are called: Süryani. In Arabic they are called Al- Suryan.


 

Arameans of Aram-Nahrin organization sent a congratulation letter to US President Donald Trump

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On 23rd of January 2017, the Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization sent a congratulation letter to the US president Donald Trump. In the letter Aram-Naharaim organization points to the important role of leadership and the accountability to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

 

Furthermore, Aram-Nahrin asks for the attention of President Trump to the fragile situation of the Aramean indigenous nation of the Middle-East.


 

 Nr.: 2017-01-23/1

 

Netherlands, 23rd of January 2017

 

Subject: Your election and inauguration as 45th president of the United States of America

 

The Most Honorable President of the United States of America

His Excellency Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

United States

 

Dear President Trump;

 

We, the Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization, wholeheartedly congratulate you with your election and inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America.

 

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Who showed Himself in His beloved Son Jesus Christ to the world, give you wisdom, insight, discernment and strength and use you as instrument in His hands to bring prosperity, stability, respect, biblical standards and values and peace to the United States of America.

 

Nothing happens without the permission of the Holy heavenly Father (Matt. 10:29-30, 28:18, Amos 3:6), therefore we believe that the Lord God Yahweh has put you in the White House, for we read: " And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding" (Daniel 2:21, see also: Job 34:19, 24, 25,).

 

The 2016 elections were probably the most important elections in the history of the United States of America. We believe that the US is at crossroads. The direction she goes will have consequences for the whole world.

Therefore we hope that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will use you to guide the US in the right direction that may benefit the entire world.

We do not claim to have monopoly on wisdom, however taking in consideration the extraordinary times we now are living in and the very important role the US plays in the world, we do feel the need to bring the following three important points under your attention. In doing so, we deviate from "normal congratulation letter" to more expanded spiritual version:

 

1). King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was probably one of the most powerful rulers ever lived on earth. The Holy heavenly Father calls Nebuchadnezzar "My servant" (Jeremiah 25:9, 43:10) and "...the beasts of the field I have also given him to serve him." (Jeremiah 27:6)

 

Nebuchadnezzar however was too proud, arrogant, blinded by his power and ignored the Lord God. About his power and glory he says: "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?" (Daniel 4:30)

 

Therefore he had to learn the hard way to give all the honor and glory to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Daniel 4:31-32).

Having been chastised (Daniel 4:21-23) by the Holy heavenly Father, he made the following confession: " And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?" 36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down." (Daniel 4:34-37)

 

That is probably the reason that the Holy heavenly Father warns all of us: "Wise men should not boast of their wisdom, nor strong men of their strength, nor rich men of their wealth. If anyone wants to boast, he should boast that he knows and understands Me, because My love is constant, and I do what is just and right. These are the things that please Me. I, the LORD, have spoken." (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

 

Therefore, the Lord God encourages the faithful: "Seek Me and live" (Amos 5:4-6) and "We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith." (Hebrew 12:2),

 

2). Your Excellency, our God " is not partial to princes, nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; for they are all the work of His hands " (Job 34:19, also: Proverbs 22:2), and "But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile " (Romans 2:8-10).

 

Therefore "we all have to appear before the judgment seat of Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:10) and "I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear" says the Lord (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14: 10-12).

 

The behavior of a leader has far-reaching consequences for the whole nation. A good leader results in blessing and prosperity for the nation and a bad leader provokes terrible judgment. The disobedience and idolatry of king Jerobeam of Israel caused the downfall and the Diaspora of the northern kingdom (1 King 12:28-33). A comparable example is the disobedience and idolatry of king Manasse of Judah (2 Kings 21:1-21) which provoked heavy judgment on Jerusalem.

We are warned not to repeat the same mistakes: “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction,…” (Romans 15:4)…. "Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did” (1 Cor. 10:6)… “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, ……” (1 Cor. 10:11)

 

That is why we believe President Trump, it is of utmost importance that during your presidency, you only follow the voice of the Holy heavenly Father, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His beloved Son Jesus Christ, because: " Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6), "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God" (Psalms 146:5, see also 40:4).... "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23)

 

The Lord God demands His children to completely rely on Him (Romans 12:1-2, James 4:5). Therefore He says: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord" (Jeremiah 17:5, Psalms 146:3-4) and "The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you." (2 Chronicles 15:2, see also: 1 Chronicles 28:9-10)

 

History teaches that those who ignored this warning had to pay a high price. Saul was the first anointed king of Israel (1 Samuel 10:1-2). He ignored the commandment (1 Samuel 15:1-31) of the Lord God because he feared the people (1 Samuel 15:24) and consequently he lost his kingship and life. Another example is a prophet from Judah who went to Bethel (1 Kings 13: 1-33). He ignored the commandment of the Lord God by listening to the bad advice of a fellow prophet (verse 15-19) and consequently had to pay a high price for his disobedience (verse 20-30).

 

As to the members, assistants and advisers of Trump administration, irrespective of your rank/ responsibility, education or profession, please be aware that we are living in very critical times and depending on your choices, you may positively or negatively influence the scales (Proverbs 11:1, 16:11, 20:10, Deut 16:19) because " There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 16:25), and "A person thinks all his ways are pure, but the Lord weighs motives. 3 Entrust your efforts to the Lord , and your plans will succeed" (Proverbs 16:2-3, also: Psalms 25:12, 32:8), and "For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. " (Galatians 6:3-5)

 

Therefore, please make sure that your contribution to the Trump administration is in agreement with the Wiliness and the Holiness of our Lord and God Jesus Christ, for the following reasons:

 

a) “Don't say, "I didn't know it!" God can read your mind. He watches each of us and knows our thoughts. And God will pay us back for what we do” (Proverbs 24:12)" and "The Lord looks down from heaven; He sees all the children of man; 14 from where He sits enthroned He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 He who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds." (Psalms 33:13-15, see also: Jeremiah 32:19, 23:24, 1 Chron. 28:9-10)

 

b) ".... let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire...." (Hebrew 12:28-29)

 

c) "Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness" (Proverbs 25:5)

 

d) Jesus Christ says: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:6-7)

If deceiving "one of the little ones" already will cause a milestone to hang around ones neck in the depth of the sea, how about causing the chosen President of a country to err?

 

e) In your high and responsible position, just ask yourself everyday this question: "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)

 

3). Based on what we have seen happening after your election, to delegitimize the election, to demoralize, demonize and discredit your person by vomiting gamut of accusations aiming at preventing your inauguration, one gets the feeling as if powerful demonic powers were orchestrating all these ungodliness thereby mobilizing strong entities in the physical and spiritual realm.

 

The Psalmist cried to the Lord God saying: "Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue." (Psalms 120:2)

 

King David was so angry with this kind of behavior that he wrote: "The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies. They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,  so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter." (Psalms 58:3-5, see also: Psalms 109:2)

 

In addition, what we so far have seen in the media about the tireless demonization campaign is that they give the impression as if they cannot sleep and all the time keeping themselves busy with spreading fake news to frustrate your work and election.

A discerning Bible reader is therefore tempted to repeat the words of King David and Solomon: " An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. 3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil." (Psalms 36:1-4) and King Solomon says: "Wicked people cannot sleep unless they do wrong, and they are robbed of their sleep unless they make someone stumble." (Proverbs 4:16)

 

We have no reason, your Excellency, to believe that they will stop with their fierce and brutal attacks, twisting the truth and will go to great length to frustrate and undermine your administration for these powerful spiritual/ physical entities envision completely different USA than you do.

 

To combat this kind of powerful and well organized attacks in the physical and spiritual realm, we are advised by the Holy heavenly Father to engage in spiritual warfare: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12)

 

Behind human activity, there is a powerful demonic activity where the Fallen One is pulling the strings. We believe President Trump that your election as 45th President of USA is not appreciated by the powerful spiritual wicked powers who use human beings of flesh and blood to demonize, delegitimize and frustrate your election. Your vision and ideas for the USA must have been shaken the Fallen One and his human minions to their core and that explains for important part the brutality, lack of respect, fierceness of attacks, distortions and fake news. You must be doing something right President Trump!

 

Our battle against these spiritual entities is described in the Bible as: " For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

 

The most effective weapon that can be used to defeat these spiritual powers and their human minions, where the Fallen One has no any defense against it, is the precious blood of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Please Mr. President, cover yourself daily from your head to your toes, your family, the members of your administration and their families and other people who work with you and for you with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

 

From our side, we bring you before the throne of the Holy heavenly Father and ask the Holy Father to please in Jesus name protect you, your family and members of your administration against the attacks of the enemy.

We ask the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to please put a wall of fire of protection around you with His presence so that the attacks of the enemy are nullified. May He accompany you with legions of His warrior angels with their unsheathed swords in their hands to protect you.

 

Finally your Excellency, we humbly ask God YAHWEH in Jesus name to equip you with the wisdom of Solomon (Matthew 12:42), the courage of David (1 Samuel 17:32-51) and apostle Peter (Act 5:29), the strength of Samson (Judges 14:6, 9,), the Faith of Noah, Daniel and Job (Ezekiel 14:12-22) and the persistence of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed- Nego (Daniel 6:13-23) to carry out your task in agreement with His Wiliness.

 

End of spiritual part of this letter

 

Having said that, now we want to draw your attention to the fragile situation of the Indigenous Aramean people of Mesopotamia.

 

The Aramean people (not to be confused with ‘Armenians’) have been present for thousands of years in this part of the world, also known as the Cradle of Civilization. The Aramean people speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ, through which they have made a very important contribution to world civilizations. [1] This ancient Semitic people, now divided into several denominations and spread throughout the Middle East, amount to approximately 8 million people worldwide.

 

The area where the Aramean Indigenous nation come from was known in ancient times as Aram-Nahrin in Aramaic and Aram-Naharaim in Hebrew. This term was later translated into Mesopotamia by the Greeks. Since the beginning of the 20th century this region has been divided into the modern countries Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. There are Arameans living in Jordan, Iran, Israel and Lebanon as well. [2]

 

Unfortunately, the contribution of the Aramean people to world civilization is neither recognized nor rewarded today.

For example, Iraq has been the home of Aramean nation since thousands of years. This is amongst others confirmed by the term "Beth-Aramaye". [2] In the era of early Christianity, an important part of today's Iraq was called "Beth- Aramaye", meaning "the house/home of Arameans." It was called so because of overwhelming presence of Arameans in this region.

The sad fact is that the Arameans are even not recognized in their own house. Since 2005 we have tried several attempts to get our people recognized by the Iraqi government, yet all these attempts have been so far in vain. [3]

 

The only country in the Middle-East (and in the world) that has recognized the Aramean nation is Israel. [4] In other Middle-Eastern countries they are not recognized and their fundamental human, cultural, social and political rights are denied and trampled by those who came from outside and now consider themselves as the rightful owners of the indigenous Aramean lands.

 

The area where we come from has been always the scene of battles for hundreds of years between groups and nations who prefer the law of the jungle and whose dictionary lacks words like respect, peace, brotherhood and love. The peaceful- minded Arameans were constantly fighting to survive in their own indigenous lands.

 

The already fragile situation was worsened after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the violent uprising in Syria in 2011. Before the Iraqi invasion there were around 800.000 Arameans divided over six Christian Arameans denominations. After the invasion of 2003, the fanatical forces of intolerance and hatred started to target the Arameans of Iraq [5]. They were attacked, murdered, abducted, their properties confiscated, their sanctuaries burned down and their spiritual leaders abducted and killed by the forces of intolerance causing the majority of them to leave behind the lands of their forefathers they had inhabited for thousands of years. There are approximately around 300.000 of them left in Iraq.

 

After the violent uprising in Syria in 2011, the same pattern of abductions, killings, burning down of sanctuaries and confiscations of properties started to unfold in Syria by the forces of fanaticism and intolerance. This caused half of the original 2 million Arameans in Syria to leave the country for the Western or Middle-Eastern countries.

 

Although much too late, yet in 2015 the government of Syria requested assistance from Russia to fight the forces of fanaticism. The involvement of Russia in Syria was a turning point in the fight against those who prefer the path of the sword, beheading and shedding blood. We wish that the Syrian government already in 2012 had requested for the assistance of Russia. It would have had prevented a lot of misery and sorrow, human trafficking, bloodbaths, ritual slaughtering of people, destruction of churches and mosques, stream of refugees and internally displaced population.

 

What is happening to our nation in Syria and Iraq reminds us of the genocide of 1915-1918 [6] where 600.000 Arameans of different denominations were brutally slaughtered.

 

Your Excellency, the precarious situation of the Aramean nation of the Middle-East is not merely caused by those who apply the mentality of the path of the sword but also by those who came from the West in the name of "civilization", "faith", "brotherhood", "peace" and "education" to so-called "enlighten" the poor, defenseless and mostly illiterate Arameans.

The colonial meddling with the Aramean nation started in the 16th century [7] and caused unprecedented damage to them.

 

Through the implementation and promotion of mutual hatred, political, religious and cultural division and identity distortion (a form of genocide) by the colonial powers, our nation have been made vulnerable to the hostile environment of the Middle-East. One and the same nation is now being represented by 'exotic' identities which are not theirs. These alien identities, derived from geographical Assyria and Chaldea, were invented and promoted by outsiders who were unaware [8] of the ancient Aramean scholars [9] who enlightened their era not only with theological knowledge, but also with the regular science. [10]

 

Needless to say however, but a divided nation is a weak nation and this division worsened the Aramean genocide of 1915-1918, accelerated their downfall in the lands of their forefathers and forced them into Diaspora. In addition, if our people were unified [11], the chances for their survival in the lands of their forefather would be much higher.

 

Your Excellency, we finally hope that you have noticed our sincere concerns regarding the precarious situation of the Aramean nation of the Middle-East and will consider their situation in the US foreign policy to help them stay in the lands of their forefathers and thwart the plans of the forces of fanaticism and intolerance.

Thank you very much for your help and understanding and wish you much success with your task.

 

Respectfully Yours,

 

 

 

 

Gabriel Sengo

Chairman Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organisation

 


 

[1] The contribution of the Aramean nation to world civilizations is well-summarized by a world- renowned Eminent Oxford University Scholar Professor Sebastian Brock, a specialist on Aramaic (Syriac) and Hebrew, who said “Almost all societies are dependent upon the use of writing, but very few peoples realise that the great majority of the world’s scripts can be traced back to a common ancestor, an alphabet invented in the Middle East four thousands years ago, which was subsequently refined by the Phoenicians and the Aramaeans who spread it throughout the known world. It is thus without doubt one of the greatest gifts of the Aramean peoples to world culture. (Hidden Pearl volume I: Page 27)

“…Nevertheless it is undeniable that the simple Aramaic alphabet of 22 letters has had the most extraordinary impact on the development of alphabetic writing systems throughout the world. Indeed, it is very hard to imagine how human culture and scientific learning could have progressed without (the Aramaic language). (Hidden Pearl volume I: Page 58)

[2] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Interview_Chairmain_Aram-Naharaim_26_6_2007.htm

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Testimonies-Aramean-scholars.htm

[3] Our latest letter to Iraqi government to include our people is the constitution was sent on 22nd of September 2016.

http://www.iraqichristians.info/English/Arameans_Iraq_Government_Letter_Recognition_23_9_2016.htm

[4] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Israel_Recognition_19_9_2014.htm

[5] http://www.iraqichristians.org/English/iraqichristians.htm

[6] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/ArameanPhysicalGenocide.htm

[7] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Syria_Iraq_Blind_Leading_Blind_21_2_2014.htm#4

[8] http://www.iraqichristians.org/English/Faq_IraqiChristians.htm#D

[9] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Testimonies-Aramean-scholars.htm

[10] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Interview_Chairmain_Aram-Naharaim_28_6_2007.htm

[11] http://www.iraqichristians.org/English/Letter_Bush_Sakozy_brown_22_8_2007.htm

 


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