A Messianic Jewish congregation in Bowling Green, Kentucky recently hosted a most unusual guest speaker - a co-founder of Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia, a group dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
Dr. Daniel Shayesteh was a political and military figure in the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in the 1980s. He is said to have helped with the formation of Hizballah, and with the training and indoctrination of the terrorists who make up its ranks.
While visiting Hope in Messiah, a Messianic congregation headed by Jonathan Sacks, Shayesteh said that faith in Yeshua had transformed him from a man of hate into a man of love.
"It is amazing to me that I was a man preparing young boys and girls with hatred toward Christianity," Shayesteh told local ABC affiliate WBKO.
That statement also revealed an often forgotten aspect of the situation in Lebanon, that Hizballah and the Islamists at work there hate not only Israel, but Lebanon's large Christian population, as well.
Shayesteh is currently touring the US speaking at churches and promoting his books "Christ Above All" and "The House I Left - A journey from Islam to Christ".
[hat tip: Rosh Pina Project]