You have probably never heard of Kande Mudu, 27, but the Apostle John mentioned Kande in his vision of the end times found in the book of Revelation.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) recently reported on what happened to Kande, a Christian living in Khunti district in Jharkhand state located in the North East corner of India. CSW is an organization that monitors religious freedom in 20 countries.
According to CSW, Kande and his wife Bindu became Christians in 2016, and they along with their two daughter were the only Christians in the small village where they lived.
On June 7, 2020, a mob of armed Hindu extremists started pounding on the door of the family home around 8 PM. They eventually broke down the door and dragged Kinde out of the house. They then started beating him with their weapons and Kinde was killed when an assailant slit his throat. Kinde’s body was discovered later that night on a deserted road.
This was not the first time the family had been assaulted because of their faith and had experienced a particularly brutal attack in 2018 resulting in Bindu’s mother being gang-raped.
According to Bindu, her husband instinctively knew their lives were in danger during the June 7th assault and before they breached the door, Kande told his wife to never give up her faith, even if he was killed.
“He told his wife that he might be killed but assured her to remain strong and to never give up her faith in Jesus even if they killed him.”
After her husband’s murder, Bindu, and her two daughters have since left the village.
But what struck me is that Kande told his wife not “to give up her faith in Jesus, even if they killed him.”
The Apostle John talked about Christians who would emerge in the end times, believers like Kande and his family, who would refuse to give up their faith in face of death.
11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. (Revelation 12: 11 ESV)
Though they were killed because of their belief in Christ, the Apostle makes the interesting statement that these believers actually conquered Satan through the “word of their testimony”.
This means that Satan was defeated and tells us that what we are seeing in the physical world starkly contrasts with what has just taken place in the spiritual.
Though Christians are protected by India’s constitution, several states have passed laws that prohibit conversion to other faiths by marriage, force or inducement. Unfortunately, they have not properly defined the vague words, such as inducement or coercion, used in these new laws.
Christian organizations are reporting that Hindu extremists have used this vagueness to attack Christians under the pretense they are enforcing state laws.