Although he had never been there before, Private Ivan “Vanya” Moiseyev knew what awaited him at the Major’s office. The Communists endlessly called him to headquarters for talks, trying to “re-educate” him and to talk him out of his faith in God.
During one of those dreaded walks to see the Major, Ivan enjoyed the bright morning. So bright that he didn’t notice at first, a bright star falling from heaven. Like a comet, it came closer and became bigger and bigger and bigger.
He looked up to see an angel above him, bright and powerful. Ivan’s heart filled with joy—and fear.
The angel hovered about 200 yards above the ground, walking in the air above Ivan. Then the angel spoke: “Ivan, go. Don’t be afraid. I am with you.”
Ivan couldn’t speak, but his joy was like fire within him. When he reached Major Gidenko’s office, Ivan knocked quietly. Another round of questioning and re-educating ensued. But no matter what Gidenko, the head of the Political Directive Committee, tried, Ivan stayed true to God even in the midst of great suffering.
Ivan was put in refrigerated cells. They clothed him in a special rubber suit and pumped in air until he scarcely could breath.
Ivan, now 20, knew that the Communists would kill him. On July 11, 1972, he wrote to his parents, “You will not see me anymore.” He then described a vision of angels and heaven which God had sent to strengthen him for the last trial.
A few days later, his body was returned to his family. He had been stabbed six times around the heart. He had wounds on his head and around the mouth. His entire body showed signs of beatings. His lungs were full of water, indicating that he had been drowned.
Colonel Malsin, his commander, said, “Moiseyev died with difficulty. He fought with death, but he died as a Christian.”
The father of this Christian hero writes to us, “May it be that this living flower which gave the fragrance of its youth on the cross should be an example for all faithful youth. May they love Christ as our son has loved Him.”
Revelation 12:11 in the NKJV says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”