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Is Afghanistan in the Bible

    Is Afghanistan in the Bible?

    We might be asking ourselves, “Is Afghanistan in the bible?” We might wonder how it fits with the other countries mentioned there–Assyria, Iran, the Persian Jews, and Christians. But this question might be more difficult to answer than we think. The answer depends on who you ask. Here are some examples:

    Islam

    If we believe in Bible prophecy, we can find references to Islam and Afghanistan in the Bible. Although the Bible doesn’t mention the Taliban by name, there are several references to wars and oppression in the Middle East. For example, in Matthew 24:4-14, God mentions wars and persecution of believers as signs of the end of the world.

    The Christian faith was once more prevalent in Afghanistan, but it is now a minority in the country. While most Afghans have never heard the gospel, many have been raised to follow the teachings of Muhammad. The religious and cultural opposition to Christianity makes it a very difficult arena in which to witness to Afghans.

    Assyrian exiles

    The ancient Assyrians are mentioned in Greek and Iranian sources, as well as in ancient Indian scripts. These sources indicate that there were Assyrian colonies in Afghanistan, as well as in Gandhara and Hara. Assyrians in Afghanistan have a history of settlement expansion.

    The Assyrians also bring people from other parts of the world, including Samaria and Shomron. These people are considered Samaritans, and as such are never accepted by the Jewish people. In fact, in Jewish history Samaritans were often considered to be bad people.

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    Jewish communities in modern Afghanistan can trace their roots to the Assyrian and Babylonian Exiles. During the first half of the 20th century, many Afghan Jews left the country and settled in Iran and Israel. However, immigration to Israel was banned in the former Soviet-backed government in Kabul, and it was only in the mid-1950s that Jews were allowed to settle in Israel. By 1967, there were about 4,000 Afghan Jews living in Israel.

    Persian Jews

    The region of Khorasan in Afghanistan is often considered the site of the Ten Lost Tribes in the Bible. There are several tribes in Afghanistan that believe they are decedents of King Saul, and they call themselves “Bani-Israel,” or “children of Israel.” The Afghan Royal family also claims to be descended from the tribe of Benjamin. They trace their lineage to a number of sources, including the Makhzan-i-Afghani chronicle written during the reign of King Jahangir.

    A large hoard of Jewish documents was recently found in Afghanistan, many written in Persian, Arabic and Judeo-Arabic. The exact location of the find is not yet known, but traders say the documents were found scattered across the ground in a cave. There were no humans in the cave, but small animals lived there. The documents were found from different parts of the world, and new ones continue to be found.

    Christians

    Many Christians in Afghanistan have fled the country, but many others are staying and pursuing their Christian faith. While they face dangers, they are serving the needs of Afghans. The younger generation is becoming increasingly disillusioned with their country’s way of life, which hasn’t brought peace, forgiveness, or prosperity. In this context, their faith is especially important.

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    In the 1950s, Americans helped open an eye hospital and technical college in Afghanistan. Expatriate and near-culture believers have come to Afghanistan and are building house churches. While church growth has been slow among the country’s more than 40 ethnic groups, the Hazara people have experienced significant Christian growth in recent years. Other people groups are also making significant progress toward Christ.

    Taliban

    The Taliban is a modern-day terrorist group that has inspired atrocities against women and minorities. This group has violated God’s will and should be stopped by Christians. Christians need to pray for peace in Afghanistan and for the Taliban leaders and followers to see Jesus in their dreams and visions. They also need to encourage the Taliban supporters to stop destroying Christians’ property.

    The Taliban belong to the Islamic religion, which has a biblical foundation. In fact, they are descendants of Ishmael, a man who was described in Bible prophecy as a “wild donkey.” While it sounds like a cruel remark, it is meant to depict the independence of the Arab people.