Thousands of Iranian citizens have converted to Christianity, with baptisms taking place in churches meeting in private homes across the nation. During the month of November, Christian ministry ELAM estimated that more than 200 Iranian and Afghan converts were secretly baptized just across the Iranian border.
According to Mani Enfan, CEO and founder of CCM Ministries, those involved in the movement are predominantly younger people who have become disillusioned with the oppressive rule of the Iranian regime. They themselves refer to what is occurring as an "awakening"--which is exactly what it is.
The movement began in the wake of 9/11, but has steadily grown in the past 3-4 years. It is estimated by observers who are keeping tabs on the phenomenon that by 2020, the Christian population will top 7 million, a figure that reflects 10% of the entire population of Iran.
Revelation 7:9-10 pictures the huge assembly that will stand before the Lord's throne: "After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with their white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
In spite of the constant unrest in the Middle East, and particularly the threatenings toward Israel coming out of Iran, it is incredible to see how God is working in the midst of the hearts of many of the Iranian people. We should not forget to pray for our brothers and sisters there who are worshiping the Lord at great risk to themselves and their families.