Jonathan Ansar - Masihi Sandesh Christian Messages
Masihi Sandesh - Christian Messages
Archbishop Jonathan Ansar
Jonathan Ansar was born in an Orthodox
Muslim family. In the year 1963, when he was studying to become a Doctor of
Medicine, circumstances led him to leave his studies and join the Army, where
he was commissioned as an officer in the Commando Force. In 1971 he was wounded
while on the Front Line in the battle which resulted in his having to walk permanently
with crutches. He was medically unfit to continue in the Military Service and
was boarded out by request.
As a young child he was trained in Islamic Religious Education
to be a Haffiz , which means the one who memorized the Koran
from cover to cover. As he left the army and went back home in Rangoon
(Burma), an influential Muslim youth Movement asked him to join them as General
Secretary of their Organization. He accepted and therefore served as a Muslim
youth leader in 1971.
He became bitter against Christians who were preaching the
Gospel in Burma. As he wanted to prevent Muslims getting converted to the Christian
fold, he published an article "Jesus Died in Kashmir", a two page
pamphlet which states that Jesus was not crucified on the cross, but instead
of him another person who looked like Jesus was crucified. The pamphlet states
that Jesus came away from that place and died a natural death in Kashmir where
his grave is still there till this day. As a former gang member Jonathan had
learnt martial arts and reached five duns above black belt.
After publishing that very article, one night as he was writing
letters regarding how to stop Christian preachers reaching Muslims, he suddenly
experienced a startling vision and became stiff in his whole body. His eyes
were covered with a thick darkness and he was not able to see anything for a
long time. He was falling into a deep pit. As he was falling he called out the
names of all the gods, prophets and religious teachers he knew, but he continued
falling. Then a thought came into his mind to call the name of Jesus, the one
whose people he persecuted. He never wanted to call the name of Jesus. But there
was no other option left so he called out the name of Jesus and immediately
he stopped falling and remained in mid-air.
Within that thick darkness he saw a small light coming out
from a pinpoint area which soon occupied the whole space of darkness. The light
was shinning with golden rays coming out from it. Then he noticed a small thing
which seemed to be a shaded image of a cross which grew into a huge cross and
blood started falling like waterfalls from it, slowly at first and then gradually
dripping faster until it was like a waterfall. While watching the same vision,
the cross came very close to him and passed through his body. He then heard
a voice saying " I have chosen you to bear my name among all nations"
When he regained his consciousness the next day, he realized that he had been
admitted to a mental hospital by his parents where he spent 10 days. Although
he had not lost his mind, his parents believed he had because he had changed
as a result of the vision. For
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