Jacob of Sarug
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.
Turkey, Kurds, the Aramean monastery St. Gabriel in Tur Abdin and worldwide Aramean protest.
The Kurds as pawns in the hands of the Turks against the Arameans with the Islam as driving power.
The Aramean monastery Mor Gabriel in Tur Abdin.
The lawsuits since November 2008 against the Aramean monastery St. Gabriel in South-eastern Turkey in the Aramean Enclave Tur Abdin, initiated by the Turkish government and the three surrounding villages, not only caused a overwhelming Aramean respond but also attracted the international attention.
The Aramean people, including “Assyrians” and “Chaldeans”, are the indigenous nation of Aram-Nahrin, which became known as Mesopotamia.
The monastery St. Gabriel is established in 397 AD and is situated in Tur Abdin, Souteastern of Turkey, the Upper – Aramnahrin, in the indigenous Aramean land “Paddan-Aram”. Tur Abdin means “mountains of the servants of the Lord” and is a part of the Biblical Paddan-Aram, the Indigenous land of the Aramean nation.
According to the Aramean indigenous traditions, the first inhabitants of Tur Abdin were Arameans. From this primal- or proto-land Tur Abdin, the Arameans started to gradually expand all over the Middle-East. The Aramean nation, also made known as “Assyrians” or Chaldeans, factually are the original inhabitants of this area.
For this reason it is a humiliation and painfully to the Arameans to observe that the Turkish government as well as the surrounding villages do not respect the Aramean presence for thousands of years in this area. In stead, both peoples try to present themselves as the legitimate owners of this part of the world, while the rights of the Aramean nation completely are being neglected and violated.
All this started when E.U. demanded from Turkey, in the framework of the accession negotiations, to make a new map of the area. This included a new land register to get an overview, such as borders of villages, boundaries of estates and number of inhabitants.
And this was picked up by the Turkish government and the three Kurdish villages (Yayvantepe, Eğlence, Çandarlı), as good “lawful” excuses, to start law-suits against the monastery.
In December 2008 three hearings on the borders of the monastery were planned, namely on 19-12-2008, 24-12-2008 and 21-12-2008. During the hearing of 19-12-2008 it was decided to postpone the lawsuits to 16 of January 2009. Upon the hearing of 16th of January 2009 it was decided to handle all the cases together on 11th of February 2009.
During the session of 11th of February the court decided to adjourn the case to 4th of March 2009 and 6th of April 2009. The Turks as well as the Kurds come up with the most ludicrous complains against the monastery. The three surroundings Kurdish villages claim that the monastery has confiscated their land and the government on turn claims that the monastery has confiscated forestland. The last absurd claim of Turkish government is that the Aramean monastery St. Gabriel would has been built on an ancient mosque.
Really, it is shameful what the Turks together with the Kurds are doing with their gamut of harassments against the Aramean nation in Turkey, also known as “Chaldeans” or “Assyrians”. Furthermore, the three Kurdish villages would impossible themselves have initiated the law-suits without the help of Turkish government. The present Turkish government perhaps wants to forge unity between the Turks and the Kurds using Islam as “glue” and to torment and rag the Aramean Christians (not to be confused with ‘Armenians’) and to say them “sod off, you have nothing here”.
Because of struggle between PKK and Turkish army, many officers have been killed. Therefore, the government is perhaps using the Islam as glue to take the wind out of the sails of PKK.
The Turks as well as the Kurds are relatively newcomers in this area. The Arameans however are presence since thousands of years in this area, it is their indigenous land. That the Kurds and Turks do claim the lands of this ancient Aramean monastery is just ridiculous and outrageous.
Sweden- Belgium- Austria- Switzerland-Germany
As a respond to battings of Turks and Kurds, the Arameans demonstrated their dismay worldwide by means of peaceful rallies in various countries. On 12th of October 2008 a rally was organized in Sweden where more than 5.000 people attended. On 17th of December 2008 a rally was organized in Belgium. On 10th of January 2009 a rally was organized in Swiss where more than 6.000 people attended. In Austria a rally was organized in January 2009 where thousands of people attended. On 25th of January 2009 a huge rally was organized in Germany where 20.000 people attended.
The Kurds as pawns in the hands of the Turks against the Arameans with the Islam as driving power.
Perhaps it would be worthwhile to provide the reader with some background information to get a more comprehensive picture on these law-suits. These law-suits dear reader are not a unique phenomenon in itself, they merely are peripheral phenomenon of a much larger problem.
There are in Turkey between 10 and 15 million Kurds. The majority of these Kurds are extremely suspicious towards Turkey. Since 1980 the PKK is waging a bloody war with the Turkish army for independence causing thousands of deaths.
The only thing the Kurds and Turks have in common with each other is the Islam. And here the problem starts for the Aramean Christians in Turkey. In the past the Turks have used the Islam more than once as a powerful ‘glue’ to coin ‘love’ and ‘brotherhood’ with the Kurds. In general this ‘covenant’ was the start of persecutions, harassments and killings of the Christian minorities, mainly Arameans, which at the end resulted in that they were forced to leave their indigenous lands of their forefathers they inhabited for thousands of years, and were expelled, thus a subtle manner of ethnic cleansing.
The created problem of last months around St. Gabriel monastery since November 2008 by Turkey is a example of this technique whereby the Kurds of the surrounding villages are mobilized by the government.
An important pawn in the hands of the Turks are the Kurdish Imams. The Imam education in Turkey is in the hands of government. The Imams are being paid by the Turkish state. The Kurdish Imams were very effectively used by the Turks to not only carry out the genocide of 1915, but also to expel, in sophisticated way, those who survived the genocide of 1915 out of country. The Turkish secret service has used this recruited spiritual leaders and laymen to bring the Arameans in such a state of hopelessness, lawlessness and desperation that the only choice they had was to leave their indigenous lands for the West. And the Turks of course could always say to the West: Look, it was not our fault, the Kurds did it.
The hatred preached by the Kurdish Imams and many Turkish Imams was experienced intensively by our nation and it consisted amongst others out of:
- A Christian is uncircumcised, thus he is unclean and that is why the non-Muslims in Turkey are designated as “Gaour”, that is to say: godless, wild beast, without standards and values. A sad message for the Westerners is this: If you say that you are “neutral”, you make the situation even more worse for yourself, because in the middle-east it is preferable to say that you ‘believe” in something.
- I addition to the word “Gaur” to designate non-Muslims, also the word “Kitapsiz” is used, mainly in Turkish speaking areas of Turkey, that means something like: without (holy) book, without standards and values, not human being.
- That is why it is permissible to rob Christians, to damage or take their lands, their grain-fields and their vineyards.
- If you abduct a Christian woman by force and make her your wife, you have done something very good and you receive a reward in the heaven (There are indeed some known cases where the Kurdish aga took a married Christian woman and no body could stop him).
- If you take the daughter of a Christian and marry her, you will receive heavenly and earthy reward, namely: 1) You have converted a godless one to the Islam and 2) you spared yourself a considerable amount of money which you normally had to pay to the family of the bride.
- Because a Christian is unclean, you should not shake his hands, in particular not after prayer.
- In court a Christian has no rights compared to a Muslims, the mercy of his opponents is what counts.
In the Turkish army the Aramean and non-aramean Christians were severely discriminated against. Though the army is carrying a secular policy, yet the fanatical Islamists had unlimited freedom to terrorize and torment the Aramean and other Christians. Many Aramean Christians had horrendous experiences with the Turkish during their military service. This included:
1. Battings in the form of discrimination, exclusion and scolding by their colleagues.
2. Some Christians were undressed and the battalion (of 600 men) was spitting at them, because they were uncircumcised.
3. Some were forced to follow Ramadan.
4. Some were severely tortured that they did not survive.
5. Some had to make a “Sahadat”. This meant to curse Jesus Christ and glorify Mohammad.
6. As a Christian it was not wise to complain, you would be beaten.
7. etc.. etc... etc...
Because of desire of Turkey to join European Union, the last years many things has been improved, unfortunately too late, because the major part of our nation has already left their indigenous fatherland. On the other hand, the Turks are extremely inventive in applying the most sophisticated methods to get rid of ‘unwanted’ and ‘unclean’ ones.
In spite of the terrible sufferings as second class citizens the survived Arameans had to face, for they are not recognized as ethnic minority and in spite of ceaseless discrimination in daily life; yet the Arameans managed, although under miserable circumstances, to keep their head above water.
Because in southeastern of Turkey families with 6-10 children were very common, the Turks became extremely nervous. And therefore they asked themselves: How can one get rid off of these “unwanted ones” and “unclean ones?” The answer was very simple and effective: You can achieve this by killing prominent members of the nation and people will leave their Aramean ancestral lands.
Indeed, from time to time, leading individuals of the Aramean Christian nation were killed and the result was indeed staggering. As from the years eighties the Arameans gradually started to leave their proto-land Tur Abdin. Thirty years ago, there were around 40-60.000 Arameans in Tur Abdin while today their number is reduced to but 2.000 people. The ethnic cleansing is very effective as long as you kill the prominent leaders and apply the appropriate tactic, the people will do leave their lands. Factually this is also being applied in Iraq by fanatical forces.
To give you an impression, below a few examples will be presented of the Arameans who were killed in Tur Abdin in order to scare the nation and make them leave. In addition to this, a few examples will be given concerning the physiological battings to discourage the Aramean people.
Karboran is a large village in Tur Abdin which originally consisted out of 500 Aramean families. Because of continues discrimination and terror many Arameans fled to the West. Mr. Demir and 6 Aramean families were still in Karboran. Mr. Andreas Demir was a prominent Aramean in Tur Abdin who was much respected by the people. Because Andreas Demir was fighting for the interests of the Arameans of Karboran he was killed by a Kurd.
The Aramean nation was completely paralyzed. After the killing of Mr. Demir the remaining Arameans left Karboran for the West and the village was ethnically cleansed.
The village of Hah is much known Aramean village in Tur Abdin. According to tradition the Church of Hah was built by the three wise men who visited Jesus when hen was born. On their way back they built the church of Hah in honoring Jesus.
The minibus in which Mr. Aydin and others were driving for Midyat was blown up by a car bomb between Midyat and Hah. The bomb attack was carried out by the Kurdish Hezbollah Movement which was established by the Turkish Secret Service.
When PKK became active in 1980 and onwards in southeastern of Turkey, the Turkish secret service started to recruit Kurds to fight against PKK. As from 1991 the government again resorted to the Islam religion and established the Hezbollah Movement, consisted out of Kurds, to fight the PKK. For this Islamic fanatics the Aramean Christians were a much wanted victims. Needless to say, the government did not do anything against. The killing of Mr. Aydin brought about a shock and distress within the Arameans of Tur Abdin.
In spite of many threats and attacks, he tirelessly defended the right of the Aramean indigenous people. On 17th of June 1994 the Kurdish Islamist Extremists, most probably under supervision of the secret service, succeed to kill him on a distance of 200 meter from the church with couple of bullets in his back. The Aramean people was shocked and paralyzed.
Who did it? The Turks will always say: The Kurds did it. This is the way how to clean the country of the ‘unwanted” and “unclean” ones.
There are of course many more Arameans killed by the Turks and Kurds, however the aforementioned four examples resulted in a extraordinary psychological effect. Very briefly we mention the following:
* On 1st of May 1990 four heavy armed men attacked the Aramean family Bulut in Enhil (Yemisli) and caused a bloodbath. The 49 years of age Mr. Bulut died due to heavy injuries and his 18 years old son Samiel died two days later.
* On 2nd of June 1990 the Aramean family Aykil in the village of Arnas was attacked by unknown persons. The father and mother Aykil (both 28 years of age) were shoot dead before the eyes of their children. Ms. Aykil was pregnant for 8 months.
* On 26th of august 1991 the fanatical Kurdish Islamists attacked the village of Enhil (Yemishli) and killed two Arameans.
* On 13th of January 1993 two minibuses were attacked with machine guns whereby 6 Arameans were killed.
* On 16th of February 1994 Mr. Yakup Mete, the head of a village, was shoot dead in Midyat,
The previous examples give a impression of how the Turkish secret service, together with their Kurdish Islamic friends, have expelled the Arameans and ethnic cleansed Tur Abdin.
In addition to the killing of prominent Arameans, from time to time a incident is being orchestrated in Tur Abdin and elsewhere to remember the Arameans that they definitely are unwanted. Below we will enumerate a few examples:
The publication of the article caused a huge tumult in Turkey. Akbulut had to appear several times before the court. He was charged with hate speech because he had told that also Arameans had suffered under the genocide of 1915. Because of international pressure, in particular the desire of Turkey to join the European Union, Akbulut was cleared of the charge.
Monk Daniel was released without paying ransom, probably because of the enormous interest of the Turkish and foreign press.
And the last of these battings is now the law-suits against the St. Gabriel monastery. These law-suits since November 2008 against this Aramean monastery are probably meant to signal the Aramean nation, namely “We are here the boss and we can do whatever we want. Nobody can help you. You better obey us. And stop with your absurd talks on “human rights”, “recognition of your rights”, “recognition of your language, Aramaic” and absolute not about genocide”
Many within our nation worldwide never consider the question: Why? Why were the Aramean people expelled from the lands of their forefathers which they had been inhabited for thousands of years? Why were their estates, vineyards, fruit threes, lands, homes and properties ruthlessly assumed by their enemies? How is this possible? Why were their daughters raped and abducted and their sons killed? Why do they live in Turkey and other countries of middle-east as second class citizens? Why do they not have any rights? Why were their women dishonored by the Kurds and Turks after which they were killed? Why were their young men and elderly people slaughtered in a most ruthless way? Why were their women and children killed by thousands and thrown away in ravines and wells? Why do they not enjoy respect by their neighbors and being dishonored and trampled by them? Why do they live as refugees at the other man’s door and oppressed under the yoke of other peoples? How is this possible? Why happens like it is? Why do this blind nation not ask themselves what is happening to them? And above all what is the reason for this?
Everybody knows that the recent law-suits in Turkey against the Aramean monastery are just ridiculous. But why are the Kurds and Turks doing this to our nation?
As far as some people deal with these questions, in general they are very fast with their answer and blame Islamic fanaticism for all this. Bu dear reader, is it correct that all their problems are being inflicted upon them by the Turks, the Kurds, Arabs and fanatical Islamists? Is it really true that always others have to be blamed for their problems and persecutions? Do they ask the question that possibly they themselves are responsible for all their misfortune?
Let’s take as a example the Copts of Egypt. They suffer under horrible bloodthirsty form of fanaticism. They are being killed, their churches burned, their women attacked and spiritual leaders terrorized. However in the middle of this misery they indeed ‘walk on snakes and scorpions” and convert many bloodthirsty fanatical Islamic spiritual leader to Christianity. How is this possible dear reader?
Contrary to the Arameans, the Coptic blood and suffering is not cheap, it results in enormous church growth! How should we understand this? Why did not the unholy Jesus of the West succeed to fragmentize the Coptic nation and incite them against one another, while the Copts courageously withstood all the hateful, zealous and wicked divide and rule politics of the Western missionaries? Why did not succeed the horrible Jesus of the West to fragmentize the Copts in various denominations with exotic names? Why did he succeed with the Arameans to implement division and hatred? Yes, the Copts are being persecuted for centuries by the hands of horrible people whose dictionary lacks words like “mercy”. However, they are still in their lands, they have still their churches and real estate. Why is that so?
The answer to all these questions is very simple: You cannot mock the Lord God! Below we will explain what we mean.
In Job 1:6-12 we read, “When the day came for the heavenly beings to appear before the LORD, Satan was there among them. 7 The LORD asked him, "What have you been doing?" Satan answered, "I have been walking here and there, roaming around the earth." 8 "Did you notice my servant Job?" the LORD asked. "There is no one on earth as faithful and good as he is. He worships me and is careful not to do anything evil." 9 Satan replied, "Would Job worship you if he got nothing out of it? 10 You have always protected him and his family and everything he owns. You bless everything he does, and you have given him enough cattle to fill the whole country. 11 But now suppose you take away everything he has--he will curse you to your face!" 12 "All right," the LORD said to Satan, "everything he has is in your power, but you must not hurt Job himself." So Satan left.
From this we understand the following:
1. Satan cannot do anything to the faithful, unless he gets permission from the Lord God.
2. Satan also cannot torment the faithful endless; his power is also restricted by the Lord God.
How is it possible dear reader that Satan gets freedom and space from the Lord God to terrorize the Aramean nation by Turks, Kurds and others in this region? Jesus says, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Mattew 28:18)
If Jesus Christ has all the authority on heaven and on the earth, how is it possible that He has allowed horrible events like this to happen, namely:
(See for more: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/ArameanPhysicalGenocide.htm)
How could this happen? Who is to be blamed for this? Why does He allow such horrible events to take place? The powerful God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob says, “I am everywhere -- both near and far, 24 in heaven and on earth. There are no secret places where you can hide from me” (Jeremiah 23:24)… ,, I am the Lord; there is no other god" (Isaiah 45:5)
This means that nothing and nobody can escape the Lord God, He sees everything, including the law-suits in Turkey against the Aramean monastery Mor Gabriel. Why then does He allow these things happen dear reader?
Why did He not intervene when our people were slaughtered by the Turks and the Kurds? Why did He allow Satan to torment and persecute our people for centuries and finally to expel them into the Diaspora?
The answer to all these questions dear reader is that our people have brutally offended the Lord God and trampled His Holiness, as He complains ,” They have disgraced and insulted me in the worst possible way (Ezekiel 8:17)…..
And what is the result of all this? Well, the Lord says, ““Shouldn't I punish them for these things and take revenge on a nation such as this? I will send enemies…. (Jeremiah 5:9-10)
I will send them “Enemies” says the Lord! Yes indeed, these enemies have burned their churches, have assumed their real estates, vineyards, lands and homes, raped their daughters, killed their sons and expelled them into the Diaspora.
Again the question, why did the Lord send them these enemies? Well, very simple, “"Therefore know this day, and consider [it] in your heart, that the LORD Himself [is] God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; [there is] no other. 40 "You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong [your] days in the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time." (Deutronomy 4:39-40)
Our people did not understand much of the severe consequences of accepting Jesus Christ, who is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You impossible can be a Christian and act “neutral”. You impossible can be a Christian and remain “ passive”. Calling yourself a “Christian”, means you are putting a heavy burden of responsibility on your neck. Calling yourself a “ Christian”, means you have to give yourself completely to the Lord God, it is not without obligations, certainly not.
Our nation have suffered for centuries terrible persecutions, pogroms and deprivations, yet the most remarkable thing is that they are not aware of anything and act completely dumb as if nothing happened! And how do the leaders act? Well the same as the people, if not worse. “Everyone is greedy and dishonest, whether poor or rich. Even the…. priests cannot be trusted. All they ever offer to my deeply wounded people are empty hopes for peace” (Jeremiah 6:13-14)
The Lord God many times warned them by means of wars and genocides until the point they went into the Diaspora. And even in the Diaspora they do not ask themselves why they are expelled from their indigenous lands of their forefathers which they had inhabited for thousands of years, which is now assumed and occupied by strangers. They do not ask themselves why they now are wandering as strangers at other man’s doors. They have been fallen in a very deep sleep without being aware of what is happening to them. They are completely bewitched by the luxury life in the West and do not want to hear about unpleasant things which they will be faced with in the future.
A monastery is a symbol for the House of God where nuns, monks and bishops serve the Lord in poverty, chastity (including spiritual chastity), submissiveness and holiness, which is symbol for the Heavenly service where angels serve the Lord God.
A monastery is not meant as a place for men and women to make children, to have sex, and to lead a normal life. Since years there are few families living inside the monastery, men and women, who have made children and with that bishop Samuel Aktas have defiled the Temple of the Lord.
When you tries to discuss the matter with bishop Samuel Aktas, he becomes furious and do not want to discuss about it. The poor man, who seems not to be aware of anything, is utterly being manipulated by Isa Gultan. The son of Gultan, who of course is also living in the monastery, is the secretary of bishop Aktas.
It even seems so bad that Mgr. Samuel Aktas seems to have declared, “I cannot handle him”. If true, than we are dealing with a very serious matter.
Bishop Samuel Aktas also don’t want to be bothered with the warnings of the Lord God regarding dishonoring of His House when He complains, “Wherefore, [as] I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish [thee]; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity “ (Ezekiel 5:11)
The Lord God speaks of “all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations “…, and subsequently says, “therefore will I also diminish [thee]”. With such issues and warning we definitely should not bother bishop Aktas, because he does not understand them and can’t buy anything with it. He comes up with cheap talks like “the patriarch gave him permission” or “I cannot close the door of the monastery and exclude people”, “he is a Aramaic teacher and has done many good things”, to justify the stay of Mr. Gultan in the monastery. Sometimes he says, “I cannot handle him”.
And how about the people? Some blinds and fools show no any respect whatsoever for the Holiness of the Lord, however they immediately come up with nonsense to defend the stay of Mr. Gultan in the monastery, like for example, “Many bishops, priests and deacons have been taught by him. He is a bastion in St. Gabriel”.
For years the Temple of the Lord God is being used for “detestable things, and with all thine abominations” which have been introduced in the monastery by Mgr. Samuel Aktas and Isa Gultan. Bishop Aktas believes by three times of daily prayer (it is doubtful whether he understanding anything of it) to please the Lord God. But this poor man does not understand that the Lord God is Holy and you should not mock at His Holiness by implementation of “detestable things, and with all thine abominations” in His Temple.
Oh! Who bothers about the Holiness of the Lord? Who bothers about defiling of His Sanctuary? Everyone who says something about it, will completely be crushed down with gamut of slander and fake accusations.
And bishop Samuel Aktas, who is screaming from the housetops that the Turks and the Kurds are doing him so much injustice by these law-suits, is not aware that under his supervision the Sanctuary of the Lord God has been defiled and with that he made the Lord God very angry.
However dear reader, there is more going on than that……..
Whether you are immoral bandit, you are involved with terrorism and recruitment, you are guilty of history distortion, you sell your people for money and your are involved with other filthy things which cannot bear the daylight, as long as you have money, the doors of St. Gabriel monastery are wide open for you (the same is true for the Deyrul Zahfaran monastery).
Of course we are not talking about the normal visitors like tourists and others who visit regularly St. Gabriel monastery.
No, we are talking about criminals, among them the “Assyrian” terrorists who have been involved with recruitment of boys and girls in the west, and are well-known by bishop Aktas and Isa Gultan and stay for days and sometimes for weeks in the monastery.
The Bibles distinguishes clearly between those criminals inside the Christian community and those outside the community as we read, “"I didn't tell you that you could not have any contact with unbelievers who commit sexual sins, are greedy, are dishonest, or worship false gods. If that were the case, you would have to leave this world." 11 "Now, what I meant was that you should not associate with people who call themselves brothers or sisters in the Christian faith but live in sexual sin, are greedy, worship false gods, use abusive language, get drunk, or are dishonest. Don't eat with such people." 12 "After all, do I have any business judging those who are outside the Christian faith? Isn't it your business to judge those who are inside?" 13 God will judge those who are outside. Remove that wicked man from among you “ (1 Cor. 5:10-13)
Nobody will ask you whether you believe in God (as you claim to be), or whether you are leading a honest and chaste life, or you are drug dealer, or you have been in jail, whether you are a true Christian, no dear reader nothing of that will be asked, all these matters are not of interest as long as you bring money with you, bishop Samuel Aktas will not put the slightest obstacle in your way.
And of course we should not bother bishop Aktas and Ozmen with the Holy Bible, because probably they will feel like a bad smell, as we read in the Bible, “God also helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume. In fact, God thinks of us as a perfume that brings Christ to everyone. For people who are being saved, this perfume has a sweet smell and leads them to a better life. But for people who are lost, it has a bad smell and leads them to a horrible death. (2 Cor 2:15-16).
And definitely we should not come up with matters as 1 Cor. 5:10-13 or 2 Cor. 6:14-16, “Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same? 15 Is Christ a friend of Satan? Can people who follow the Lord have anything in common with those who don't? Do idols belong in the temple of God? We are the temple of the living God, as God himself says, "I will live with these people and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people." 17 The Lord also says, "Leave them and stay away! Don't touch anything that isn't clean. Then I will welcome you 18 and be your Father. You will be my sons and my daughters, as surely as I am God, the All-Powerful."
It simply does not bother the gentlemen and they just have no message for such serious and pertinent warnings!
Money seems to have become god in the St. Gabriel monastery whereby Christ Jesus completely has been set aside and exchanged for a very strange and vague “jesus” who definitely is not the same as Christ Jesus of the Bible.
Various visitors to the monastery clearly have noticed the arrogance of Isa Gultan and his children. People who sent money from the West, as a gift, to the monastery and delivered the money during their visit to bishop Aktas, many times have experienced the dissatisfaction of Isa Gultan on the way the money is being handed over to the bishop with the words, “Why do they not give the money to me?”
A faithful had delivered a sum of 500 or 100 euro to bishop Aktas. Immediately after he received the money, he gave the half of the amount of money to Isa Gultan. What do we read about greedy for money? The Bible says, “For the love of money is a source of all kinds of evil” (1 Timo 6:10)
But also this will not attract the attention of the gentlemen. The people are so fools and blind that they know nothing about what is going on. Surely some of them definitely know, however they have not the courage to say something about it and act dumb.
And this is all about dear reader, money has become god and that is the only reason Mr. Isa Gulten never will give up his luxurious life in the monastery. However there is more going on. As though defiling the Sanctuary of the Lord God by making children is not worse enough, Mr. Gultan is a great advertiser of the criminal satanic and objectionable “Assyrian” ideology, the immoral product of divide and rule politics of the Western hatred which has lead to terrorism. With that Mr. Gultan is committing a horrible genocide on the Arameans nation. (http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Aramean_Spiritual_Genocide.htm)
Many youngsters who have been studying in Mor Gabriel have been besmirched, to their own decline, with this horrible immoral ideology, among them most probably Numan Ugur, the second man of the PKK. The “Assyrian” ADO/GHB/PKK terrorists have unlimited access to the St. Gabriel monastery (the same is true for Deyrul Zahfaran). And this unlimited access is being guaranteed by Mr. Isa Gultan.
What does the Lord God says about such behavior concerning defiling of His Sanctuary? He says, “……..My temple has been disgraced, because you have let godless, stubborn foreigners come here when sacrifices are being offered to me. You have sinned and have broken our solemn agreement (Ezekiel 44:7) (See also: Jeremiah 7:10-11; Jeremiah 11:15; Ezekiel 23:38)
Please again pay accurate attention to the complain of the Lord God “…My temple has been disgraced..”, “you have let godless, stubborn foreigners come here …..”
Yes indeed, the “Assyrian” terrorists have free access to the St. Gabriel and Deyrul Zahfaran monastery, terrorists who recruited boys and girls in the west for the PKK, terrorists who have torn up families, terrorists who are responsible for horrible acts. However all this filthiness seems to be okay, because they bring money.
(See more on the “Assyrian” terrorists: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Monstrous_Alliance_PKK_ADO_24_4_1993.htm)
If you want to get the Lord God angry, you should indeed keep yourself busy with such filthy matters. The Lord becomes so angry that he says, “Do you think that my Temple is a hiding place for robbers? I have seen what you are doing” (Jeremiah 7:11)
Indeed the Temple of the Lord has been made for years a "hiding place for robbers". Spiritual robbers to be precise who commit satanic spiritual genocide on the Aramean nation under the confirmative eyes of bishop Aktas.
"Holiness" of the Temple of the Lord? Are you kidding? But Oh! Who cars… about the Temple of the Lord? Those tens of thousands who demonstrated in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Sweden? Who cares about the Holiness of the Lord and defiling of His Temple? No one…!!!... Nobody…..!!!!
And those who indeed do care about it and come to the front and condemn the filthiness, will of course by the blind people and foolish leaders completely be crushed down in agreement with Isaiah 66:5 where we read, “…Some of your own people hate and reject you because of me”
To defend the “Holiness” of the Lord and condemning “defiling of His Temple” means you have to bear huge consequences. Practically means that you have to make your mouth open and say something about it. And definitely that will not remain without severe consequences. Recalling the statement of our Lord Jesus Christ concerning witnessing his name, we read, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 10:32)
In 2004 a member of Aram-Naharaim organization visited St. Gabriel monastery. Upon his visit, he presented a brochure to bishop Samuel Aktas. The brochure amongst others consisted out of the testimonies of the brilliant historians of the Syrian Church of Antioch. When bishop Samuel Aktas received the brochure, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the words “Where are the Assyrians”?
Well, well, well bishop Aktas! Where (the terrorists) “Assyrians” are bishop Aktas? Below we will explain in detail to you where they are, namely:
1. They keep themselves busy with history distortion, terrorism, recruitment and extermination of the Aramean culture. http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Monstrous_Alliance_PKK_ADO_24_4_1993.htm
2. They keep themselves busy with spreading lies, brainwashing of the youngsters and cracking down of the Syrian Church.
3. They twist the facts and misguide people.
4. Because of their terrorist activities, our people have been put on the terror list of the Turkish Supreme Court.
We indeed experienced that defending “The Holiness of the Lord” and condemning “Defiling of His Temple”, will remain not unnoticed and cause huge reactions.
On 16-11-2006 a article was published in the Turkish Newspaper ‘Zaman’ entitled ‘Yargıtay'ın terör listesine Süryani örgüt de girdi’ (=Also a Syrian Organisation is added to the terror list of the Supreme Court). Please click here to read the article and the English translation
After publication of this article and the decision of the Turkish Supreme Court we published a analyze on our website (http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Article_Zaman_16_11_2006.htm)
After the publication of our analyze, the “Assyrian” PKK/ADO/GHB terrorists made a huge Hullabaloo and fanfare of it. They copied, modified and distributed the content of our analyze in the Churches and in the monastery in order to discredit Aram-Nahrin Organization. After this they contacted their great friend Isa Gultan and bishop Samuel Aktas about this matter.
Both of them became furious and contacted several people in Holland to take measures against Aram-Nahrin organization. Because Isa Gultan originally is from the village of Bote, some criminal families from Bote in Holland and Sweden grumbled at our organization.
But dear reader, Aram-Nahrin is a Christian Human Rights organization with clear principles, and we certainly do not let ourselves to be intimidated by this godless criminals who feel normal to disgrace the Sanctuary of the Lord.
In general we are dealing with bunch of illiterate imbeciles who easily can be manipulated by the “Assyrian” terrorists, the masters in deceit.
In addition Mr. Gultan threatened Aram-Nahrin on several occasions. The people from Europe who visited the monastery were encouraged by Mr. Gultan to take measures against Aram-nahrin.
We are convinced that the presence of Mr. Gultan, his family and bishop Samuel Aktas in the monastery is a horrible act to the Lord God. We believe they are the cause for all the problems around Mor Gabriel in de past, present and in the future.
For those who still do not believe that our people should really start to look at themselves and not point with their fingers to others, should read our analyse on Mgr. J. Y. Cicek. It will be clear to you that Satan has established a strong position within the church. A people who remain silent is automatically accessory for these crimes. That is very clear!
We may perhaps understand that this kind of horrible acts /behavior in the past has resulted in that the Lord God had turned His face to the other side and allowed the most terrible scenes to happen in the form of genocides and pogroms, namely “After this, the Kurdish groups appeared like wild animals, armed with deadly weapons such as axes, hooks, swords, daggers, sticks and sickles. Oh, what bitter, sadness it is, which cannot be solaced, to see how the babies at the breast of their mothers were snatched and their blood was mixed with milk, how the mothers were raped before the eyes of everybody, and that there was nobody who could prevent or put a stop to that. (Page 90)…………..
A possible explanation for this could be Deuteronomy 31:17 where we read, ‘Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, 'Have not these evils come upon us because our God [is] not among us?'
The threats by Mgr. Samuel Aktas and Mr. Isa Gultan were certainly not a surprise to us. We knew how the “Assyrian” terrorists had put the issue in a bad light and that this criminals had good access to St. Gabriel monastery. Having no slightest feelings for morals, standards and values they utterly did their best to demonize the Aram-Nahrin Organization. Lying, manipulation, cheating, twisting of the facts, taking matters out of the context are their daily specialties and consider it as “politics”.
All this perversion and immorality is their trademark and everyone who crosses their path will be demonized and smirched exactly like the Lord God says in Isaiah 59:15, “There is so little honesty that anyone who stops doing evil finds himself the victim of crime.
On 6-1-2009 the Aramean bishop in Holland, Mgr. Polycarpus Aydin, had a meeting wit the Dutch minister of foreign affairs Mr. M. Verhagen on the situation of the Aramean monastery Mor Gabriel. During the meeting bishop Aydin presented a copy of the Hidden Pearl to the minister.
We applaud the meeting of bishop Aydin with Verhagen to express his concern on the Aramean monastery in Tur Abdin. We are very proud of bishop Aydin that he presented a copy of the Hidden Pearl to the minister. He deserves a big kiss on his hands. A example for other bishops.
However, there are also many things against him. Since he was consecrated as bishop in Holland, he made widely the door of the St. Afrem monastery open for the most de-humanized horrible satanic creatures one ever would imagine. We are dealing here with such a rotten and filthy people that one is forced to ask the question as “Why does his conscience not complain against him?”
If he indeed was filled with the Spirit of Jesus Christ he would immediately understand that you should not throw what is Holy for the dogs and pigs as we read in Matthew 7:6, namely “Do not give what is holy to dogs--they will only turn and attack you. Do not throw your pearls in front of pigs--they will only trample them underfoot”
The scum, the criminals and terrorists, who were kept away on a far distance by Mgr. J. Y. Cicek, have now a free access to the St. Afrem monastery. As if that is not objectionable enough, some of these terrorists are even being glorified by bishop Aydin into the sky. A very serious matter indeed, for we are dealing here with people who are responsible for bloodshed. The hypocrite and foolish people are very well aware of these filthy matters, but act dumb as if nothing has been happened.
When the Lord God pours out his judgment on their heads, they will start to yowl and scream like they are now doing in Iraq and Turkey. Therefore, bishop Polycapus should learn a lesson from the events in Turkey and Iraq. He should emphasis more on the Holiness of the Lord God. And when doing so, he would immediately come to the conclusion that one should keep certain criminals at a far distance.
If the signs do not deceive us, we have to fear the worst scenario, namely that this bishop is not aware of the core issue but want emphasis on the outward ceremonies, namely, ““Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same? 15 Is Christ a friend of Satan? Can people who follow the Lord have anything in common with those who don't? 16 Do idols belong in the temple of God? We are the temple of the living God, as God himself says, "I will live with these people and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people." 17 The Lord also says, "Leave them and stay away! Don't touch anything that isn't clean. Then I will welcome you 18 and be your Father. You will be my sons and my daughters, as surely as I am God, the All-Powerful."
A possible sign for this could be that he is educated in the St. Gabriel monastery (and yes good guess, under Isa Gultan) and therefore we have to be prepared for the worst nightmares in the future, unless he turns to the Lord God and asks Him for Wisdom and Insight. As it is now…. is just…. worthless, that is to say, if our ears do not cheat us!!!!!!
The suffering caused to our people in the past centuries is just too horrible to describe. About the genocide of 1915 for example, the Aramean priest Sleyman Hinno says, “We will encounter tragedies and bloodshed which has no equal. From the Creation of the world until know; no body have seen such a thing: Children, women’s and elders were stabbed to death and infants were taken from the womb of their mother and smashed against the walls. What a horrible unbearable fate. Something like this even was not managed by the godless Djengis Khan neither by the Ta- Mongolian Hüläga and Timur Lenk. Even in the times of heathenism is about such a thing never noticed. Not a tong, not a pen can describe such a thing. The tears wells out of our eyes and stream over the cheeks. Complete cities were robbed of Christians as if there never any Christian have had lived. In many villages, there was even nothing left which could be remembered to the Christians.
For many centuries and until our days, our people did not ask themselves why they had to suffer all this horrible genocides and pogroms. The people and their spiritual leaders are ready to yowl and to scream that they are being persecuted and terrorized as Christians, but never take the time to look in the mirror to get answer on the question: Why is this happening to us?
We read in the Bible that the history of Israel is a wise lesson for a Christian. We read amongst others,’ Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us.. ‘ (Romans 15:4)
To teach us? What precisely to “teach” us?
In Deuteronomy 28 we read about the severe consequences of putting aside the Lord God by the people of Israel. In verse 15-67 the Lord warns Israel and says, “"But if you disobey the LORD your God and do not faithfully keep all his commands and laws that I am giving you today, all these evil things will happen to you: 16 "The LORD will curse your towns and your fields. 17 "The LORD will curse your grain crops and the food you prepare from them. 18 "The LORD will curse you by giving you only a few children, poor crops, and few cattle and sheep. 19 "The LORD will curse everything you do. 20 "If you do evil and reject the LORD, he will bring on you disaster, confusion, and trouble in everything you do, until you are quickly and completely destroyed. 21 He will send disease after disease on you until there is not one of you left in the land that you are about to occupy. 22 The LORD will strike you with infectious diseases, with swelling and fever; he will send drought and scorching winds to destroy your crops. These disasters will be with you until you die. 23 No rain will fall, and your ground will become as hard as iron. 24 Instead of rain, the LORD will send down duststorms and sandstorms until you are destroyed. 25 "The LORD will give your enemies victory over you. ………. When you die, birds and wild animals will come and eat your bodies, and there will be no one to scare them off. 27 The LORD will send boils on you, as he did on the Egyptians. He will make your bodies break out with sores. You will be covered with scabs, and you will itch, but there will be no cure. 28 The LORD will make you lose your mind; he will strike you with blindness and confusion. 29 You will grope about in broad daylight like a blind man, and you will not be able to find your way. You will not prosper in anything you do. You will be constantly oppressed and robbed, and there will be no one to help you. 30 "You will be engaged to a girl--but someone else will marry her. You will build a house--but never live in it. You will plant a vineyard--but never eat its grapes. 31 Your cattle will be butchered before your very eyes, but you will not eat any of the meat. Your donkeys will be dragged away while you look on, and they will not be given back to you. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and there will be no one to help you. 32 Your sons and daughters will be given as slaves to foreigners while you look on. Every day you will strain your eyes, looking in vain for your children to return. 33 …….. 34 Your sufferings will make you lose your mind. 35 The LORD will cover your legs with incurable, painful sores; boils will cover you from head to foot. …… "You will plant plenty of seed, but reap only a small harvest, because the locusts will eat your crops. 39 You will plant vineyards and take care of them, but you will not gather their grapes or drink wine from them, because worms will eat the vines. 40 Olive trees will grow everywhere in your land, but you will not have any olive oil, because the olives will drop off. 41 You will have sons and daughters, but you will lose them, because they will be taken away as prisoners of war. 42 All your trees and crops will be devoured by insects. 43 "Foreigners who live in your land will gain more and more power, while you gradually lose yours. 44 They will have money to lend you, but you will have none to lend them. In the end they will be your rulers. 45 "All these disasters will come on you, and they will be with you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the LORD your God and keep all the laws that he gave you. 46 They will be the evidence of God's judgment on you and your descendants forever. 47 The LORD blessed you in every way, but you would not serve him with glad and joyful hearts. 48 So then, you will serve the enemies that the LORD is going to send against you. You will be hungry, thirsty, and naked--in need of everything. The LORD will oppress you harshly until you are destroyed. …… They will be ruthless and show no mercy to anyone, young or old. 51 They will eat your livestock and your crops, and you will starve to death. They will not leave you any grain, wine, olive oil, cattle, or sheep; and you will die. 52 They will attack every town in the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and the high, fortified walls in which you trust will fall. 53 "When your enemies are besieging your towns, you will become so desperate for food that you will even eat the children that the LORD your God has given you. ……………………… ……………… ……… ……………….etc… etc..
The abovementioned warning has been literal fulfilled in the case of the people Israel. So, the question is this one: Is the Aramean people better than the people Israel? No, certainly not! In Romans 2:9 we read, “There will be suffering and pain for all those who do what is evil, for the Jews first and also for the Gentiles.
Really our people have not understood anything of it, to be a Christians, claiming to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and subsequently disgracing and ignoring Him. They still close their ears for the truth and do not want to hear why all these things are happening to them. The result is that they fall more and more in mud! This we clearly see with the law-suits against the Aramean monastery St. Gabriel and the situation of the Aramean people in Iraq.
Really, the Turks and the Kurdish villages are not the problem! Why? Well, today are the Turks and Kurds, yesterday were Arabs, one week ago were Mongols and next week will be others to terrorize the Aramean people.
The major problem is the blindness of the people and foolishness of the spiritual leaders who completely have put aside the Lord God. The result of this is that Satan gets more space and freedom from the Lord God to persecute the Aramean people by the Turks, the Kurds and others in the region. Just simple as that and nothing else!
Bishop Samuel Aktas may cry, yowl and scream whatever he wants, yet what this poor man really should do is to look for the first time in his life for the Wiliness of the Lord God and the Lord will show him his mistakes and make his eyes open. Bishop Samuel Aktas will then wake up how many virtuous monks he and Isa Gultan have persecuted, expelled out of the monastery and tortured, because all this honorable monks saw the unholy practices of Isa Gulten and bishop Samuel Aktas taking place, a horror to the Lord God.
His eye will then open and he shall understand that these dignified monks, whom he and Gultan have expelled out of the Moanstery, were people who did care about the Holiness of the Lord God and bothered about defiling of the temple of the Lord by him and Gultan. These honorable monks, who brutally were expelled, saw things happening within the Sanctuary of the Lord God which they were simply wrong! And because of that they opened their mouth and spoke out about this evilness.
The result of this has been that bishop Aktas and Isa Gultan have tormented, humiliated and finally expelled these monks out of the monastery so that nobody could ask them about income and expenses of the monastery. Many among our nation are perfectly aware of this evil things happened there, but they keep quite as mouse. Thus a worst kind of hypocrisy.
And if bishop Aktas started to look for the Lord God, he will understand why the Turks and Kurds are doing this. He will understand, through the Holy Spirit, that only he and Isa Gultan are the cause of these troubles, because he will listen to what the Lord Has to say, namely, “It is because of your sins that he doesn't hear you. It is your sins that separate you from God when you try to worship him (Isaiah 59:2)
The question is of course: Will bishop Aktas take this warning of the Lord God serious? If he does, he will immediately expel Isa Gultan out of the monastery.
If Isa Gultan uses his oppression and blackmail technology to ask for the help of some of the criminal immoral satanic families from Bote and wicked “Assyrian” terrorists, bishop Aktas will immediately act like Lord God requires Him to do, namely, ‘"This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the person who trusts humans, who makes flesh and blood his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD." (Jeremiah 17:5)
And only than, he will understand what the meaning is to be a Christian! In stead of putting his trust in Isa Gultan, he should put his trusts in the Lord God!
Of course dear reader, the law-suits of the Turkish government and the surrounding Kurdish villages are baseless and ridicules! Everyone understand this! The point is however to understand the matter from the spiritual point of view!
Our conclusion is this: As long as Isa Gultan is in the monastery, there will remain a heavy curse on it.
(Side note: Oh Mr. Gultan, please spare us your unholy tactics to encourage the visitors of St. Gabriel to take measures against our organization. All the people who listen to you, we believe they are utterly cursed, including some satanic criminal wicked families from Bote. We are not sensitive to your threats, simply because we believe in Jesus Christ. And he says to us, “"But cowardly, unfaithful, and detestable people, murderers, sexual sinners, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will find themselves in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death…. (Revelation 21:8)…. Outside are dogs, sorcerers, sexual sinners, murderers, idolaters, and all who lie in what they say and what they do (Revelation 22:15). Everyone who is so cowardice to fear the threats of Isa Gultan is a murderer, sexual sinner, sorcerer, idolater a lair and a dog etc.. etc.. A Christian who gave his life to Christ Jesus shall never fear the threats of Gultan, only a dog, a sexual sinner, a sorcerer, a murderer and a liar will fear his threats)
Extension of the hand of the Lord to our people in Diaspora and in the lands of the forefathers…..
"However, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country."(2 Chronicle 7:14) "(2 Chronicle 7:14)
....... heal their country... That is the promise of the Lord God!
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