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Edition 248. February 25th 2015
Why the rise in worldwide anti-Semitism?
Why the rise in worldwide anti-Semitism?
This year we are seeing the greatest drama of all time starting to unfold. Prophecy is opening like a giant book more and more. Things are escalating. It’s almost as though time itself is speeding up. No I’m not date-setting, but neither am I a stupid ostrich with my head in the sand!
Both the good and the bad are intensifying. The light is getting brighter and the darkness more dense!
You may ask – where is the light getting brighter as you look around? The kingdom of Light is right in your heart. If you are drawing near to our Lord getting ready for His soon coming, you will be in ever increasing light.
In this edition I want to have a look at some very surprising issues around the advancing darkness of anti -Semitism and why it will affect almost the whole world in the coming days.
Anti-Semitism is nothing more than selective hatred. If you don’t know it, hatred blinds you. It eats your reasoning away and makes you bitter and twisted. It saps your life out of you. But beware, anti-Semitism is a special hatred, it is supernaturally supercharged with satanic power.
The verse below describes anti – Semitism succinctly.
Deuteronomy 28:37 “You (Israel) shall become an astonishment (Lit= a horror), a proverb and a swear word among all the nations where the Lord will drive you.”
This verse is part of the curses for disobedience. It explains anti-Semitism alright, but this occurs when Israel is in rebellion against God or out of favour, which is her position now.
Israel is still chosen, called and will be blessed, but by and large she is still in rebellion to her Messiah-Yeshua now, although the dry bones are coming to life.
Anti-Semitism is the “cold war” of hatred, but will lead to hot war, even nuclear.
It’s not very clever to come against God’s choice. Even if Israel is out of favour now – don’t use that as an excuse to come against her, because God will bring her back and then you will be trapped in your anti-Semitism!
Deuteronomy 30:7 “Also the Lord God will put all these curses on your (Israel’s) enemies and on those who hate you and persecute you.”
Micah 7:8-9 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall I will arise, when I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me...He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness.”
Why the hatred?
The Jewish people are not from Mars, but they are “other worldly”. They have never been able to assimilate into the world because of God’s call upon them.
The verses below are really brilliant. They demonstrate perfectly the fact that the Jews have never been able to fully assimilate into the world.
Ezekiel 11:16-19 “Thus says the Lord God, although I have cast them off among the Gentiles and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone. Therefore say, I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. They will go there and they will take away all the detestable things and all its abominations from there. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them...”
The Bible declares that Satan is the god of this world. So, do you see the problem? The Jews can’t assimilate into the world as hard as they may try and the world’s big boss, Satan, doesn’t like that. He wants everyone to fit in under his dominion, ownership and control.
God has chosen the Jews and made an eternal covenant with them; and not the Arab nations although He blessed them also. Here it is spelt out clearly:
Genesis 17:18-21 “Abraham said to God, Oh that Ishmael (father of Arabs) might live before You! Then God said no, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac (father of Jews); I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold I have blessed him, and make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly...but My covenant I will establish with Isaac.”
Another cause for the hatred is God Himself. What He chooses, Satan opposes. You can see that in so many aspects of the world.
So, at the end of the day, the cause of the hatred is Satan’s hatred and resistance to all that is of God.
John 7:7 “The world does not hate you, but it hates Me, because I testify that it’s works are evil.”
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
1 John3:13-15 “Do not marvel brethren if the world hates you.”
Ezekiel 35:13-15 “With your mouth you (Arab nations) have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me and I have heard them. Thus says the Lord God, the whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate. As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate; so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir as well as all Edom.”
Why must you get rid of the Jews to have world peace?
The world system is of its god – Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4).
World peace presupposes peace of the world through its god. There are many examples of people of the world trying to build world peace, all of which came to a bitter end. Babylon / Babel is a prime example.
The Jew is God’s choice with His calling upon them. They are inextricably linked with and to our Lord and His word. You can’t have world peace if God is in the picture in any way. To have world peace you must get rid of everything that God is dogmatic on. World peace run by the world’s leader, Satan, must be humanistic in all its ways. It must accommodate universalism and all manner of evil.
God has declared that you can only have real true peace in Him, going His way. “In Me you will have peace and in the world you will have tribulation” says the Bible. O yes world peace is coming, but it won’t be peace of the world, it will be peace with all that is of the world destroyed.
It will be world peace God’s way with the Jews as head of the world’s nations in the Millennium!
Isaiah 49:6 “I also will give you (Israel) as a light to the Gentles, that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”
●God and His word is the biggest obstacle to world peace.
●Satan and his word is the biggest obstacle to God’s peace.
All world empires have tried to build a world of peace. They all tried to destroy the Jews. Hitler’s Aryan race and his 1000 year rule of peace under the Nazi’s could only come about with the Jews destroyed. In his eyes they did not fit the bill.
Now we come to the final attempted new world order of peace. Now it’s not based on Aryan perfection, but Satan’s ‘perfect’ world. Satan’s’ perfect’ world includes LGBT’s, redefined marriage to include same sex partners, the eradication of capital punishment, the mass murder of the unborn, undisciplined kids, Palestinian rights to the land of Israel and part of the city, hatred of the Jews and anything and everything that God is dogmatic on.
As Hitler eliminated non-Aryan perfection, so Satan must eliminate God’s perfection as seen in His choice and His ways. The modern day enemy of God’s perfection is the world’s godless ‘perfection’.
Anti-Semitism is nothing new amongst Arab nations and the Palestinians. But it is rising and escalating at a phenomenal rate in nations where it has largely been unknown since WW11. Europe has known very little since WW11, but now it is rising very fast.
Anti-Semitic crimes have been on the rise in most western nations. Anti-Semitic feelings and general hatred are arising very fast.
●Interestingly in Washington DC anti-Semitic, pro – terror graffiti has been appearing on buildings and sidewalks all over the place, some close to the White House.
●One third of Germans now believe that Israeli and Nazi policies are similar. 70 years after the Holocaust Anti-Semitism is arising. 15% believe Jews have too much influence in Germany. 40% of Germans believe that Israel is conducting a Nazi-like extermination of the Palestinians. (Coordinated Forum for Countering anti-Semitism.)
●Most Jews in Italy now fear for their survival and are making plans to head for Israel. (Institute of Jewish Policy Research.)
●In Britain a report entitled “The state of hate” shows a sharp rise in anti-Semitism of all types.
●In Belgium a 60% rise in anti-Semitism has been reported. There are similar numbers in Switzerland and Sweden and Holland. France is leading the anti-Semitism rise in Europe.
●Anti-Semitism is worsening in many Middle Eastern countries including Turkey and all the regular Arab candidates.
●Most unfortunately, it is arising in the United States. 60% of religious-based crimes in the US are now against Jews. Paul Goldberg of The Jewish Federation of North America says, “The types of crimes and all levels of violence perpetrated against Jews in the Diaspora is unprecedented.” anti -Semitism is now ‘fashionable’ in the US experts warn. – The Times of Israel 18 February.)
●On a global basis, anti-Semitism rose by 30% in 2013.
The bottom line is that it is rising fast almost everywhere. Of course it begs the question: What have the Jews done to deserve this?
So what have the Jews done?
Anti -Semitism is in fact one of the mysteries of the ages that have defied explanation.
Jews often ask – “What have we done to deserve this age-old continuing persecution”? Jews often light-heartedly say “God please choose someone else.”
So what have they done?
Here are a few key facts:
Israel is the world leader in useful inventions and discoveries of all time. These are in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, robotics, chemistry, medicine, physics, optics, economics, biochemistry, agriculture, computer sciences and more. Israeli’s have won more Noble prizes than any other.
The list is too long to mention here, but almost all Israeli inventions have benefitted the whole world.
In fact if the Presbyterian church and others who are boycotting Israeli products were true to form they would have to boycott so many things they would be good for cave-dwelling only, which is where I think they should be anyway.
Today many Arabs and Europeans, the dumb type, are accusing Israel of wanting to take over the world. They think all the world’s problems come from Jews. They think the Jews must be eradicated!
Anti-Semitism is only the beginning. It is the soft side of the greatest dramas the world has ever known – about to blast onto the world stage, with Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount as the centre stage!
The Jews are the “chosen people”, but they didn’t choose themselves – God did.
Jews are the only people on earth given a land and a capital city by God for ever and others don’t like that!
What does the Bible say about the persecution of Christians?
If you look at the title picture, note the flaming cross I’ve superimposed in the flaming Star of David.
It’s not just anti-Semitism arising, it is also hatred for those of the cross of Calvary – true born-again Christians! Attacks on Christians are arising. Persecution of the Church is arising. Mass martyrdom of Christians is the order of the day in some places.
This begs the same question we have asked of the Jews. What have we Christians done to deserve this?
We have operated in true love to the unsaved. We have spent huge amounts of money, and effort for all sorts of evangelism enterprises. We have helped the world with humanitarian aid. We have brought the gospel of the eternal kingdom to the lost. I could go on and on.
At the end of the day, Jews and true Christians are united in unjustified hatred inflicted upon them. While the truth of the matter is; Jews make the safest, best friends in the world!
Likewise, true born-again Christians are your safest friends in the world. They will tell you the truth, the real truth! In many cases they will lay down their lives for you!
The main cause for the rise in anti-Semitism is God. It is because He has chosen a people for a purpose with a plan and the world doesn’t like that. The reasoning is that if they can get rid of the Jews they can get rid of God! How stupid can you get?
Another related and very important reason for the arising of anti-Semitism and persecution of the Church is that it reveals that our Lord’s coming is very near.
Revelation 12:12 “Rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows he has a short time.”
Let me share with you an example I recently endured. I asked a friend not to use fowl language in my presence. He was really offended and told me to enter the modern world and become more tolerant and liberal. After all, he said he was within his rights.
You see, this had nothing to do with rights. It was because he really wanted me to be like him and I wasn’t.
People don’t like you to be different. They want you to be like them. If you’re not, they think you’re some oddball or someone who thinks they’re so special. If you are not like all the world, that in itself separates you from the world.
When you are not like the masses, you are not a people-pleaser anymore. You can’t be drawn into their world, you are different and not part of their evil kingdom and that shows them up, even if that’s not your intention.
Being different from the world is a powerful testimony, but some people can’t tolerate that and they will hate you for it.
The god of this world wants you and he wants you now! He wants you to be a puppet he can control. If you are deeply committed to our Lord, you will be deeply different from the world and hated! Actually you’ll be loved and hated – just like our Lord was.
Islamic anti – Semitism in its name:
The name or word ‘Islam’ is derived from the Arabic root word ‘Salema’, which means ‘peace in submission and obedience.’
Obama, Cameron, all the world’s leaders, and their slaves the mass-media keep talking about Islam being a religion of peace. It is true, but what does Islam mean by peace? It’s right here in the name itself. They mean submission to Islam, control and domination. They mean no resistance to Islam and ultimately Sharia law – this is Islamic peace.
All forms of Islam that ignore or avoid the end goal of submission to Sharia law are counterfeit or not fully developed yet. There is no such thing as Islam without it’s worldview of ultimate domination.
Islam works through manipulation, intimidation and domination. All false religions work through strict obedience to law and works. True Biblical Christianity works the other way; It works through love, faith and grace.
The tragedy of the mass - media
The leaders, editors, reporters and journalists of the mass media have no idea how significant their role is. They don’t just spread unbalanced misinformation and lies about Israel; they form the thinking of the masses.
The media are fuelling global mania about Israel’s “terrible” actions in Gaza and the so-called West-Bank. There is an automatic prejudice and slant against Israel. It’s the editors! It’s the editors. My ex bosses – you are blinded and deluded by your boss Satan! You have an agenda born in hell – your destiny. You are leading the world into headlong conflict with the living God! You don’t believe that Mr. Editor? You just wait and see!
Owners and editors of the mass-media: – “Hell has raised her arms to receive you at your coming.”
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 "Our gospel is hidden to them that are lost in whom the god of this world has blinded the eyes of them who believe not."
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power, signs and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie.”
The two verses above are indeed shocking! They show that both Satan and God blind those who reject the truth! These two verses should be “engraved” into your mind and memory. Can you see why the mass-media are so dangerous?
In many respects the mass media are the tools of the devil to create ignorance and hatred of Israel. They have created the monster of anti-Semitism. Don’t be fooled by the media feeling sorry for Jews killed in France. They have not changed their tune at all.
So, the mass media is slanted. The world is growing in anti-Semitism. A lot of the church is swinging towards anti-Semitism. It is becoming fashionable, just as in WW11.
So what should your choice be? Should you listen to the media?
Most people aren’t really interested in the truth. They just want to be reassured that what they believe is the truth, and that the media has their best interests at heart and tells them the truth because they say they do!
Should you choose to listen to the media or the word of God?
Joel 3:18-20 “It shall come to pass in that day that the mountains shall drip with new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water...Egypt shall be a desolation and Edom (Arab Palestinians today) a desolate wilderness because of violence (Lit=Hamas) against the people of Judah, for they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall abide forever and Jerusalem from generation to generation.”
Put very simply, this verse shows exactly who will “abide forever”. It’s not very clever to choose the losing side!
And here is another verse showing that once the Jews have returned to the land they will never be removed from it again.
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them (Jews) in their land and they shall no longer be pulled up from the land I have given them.”
The tragedy of the mass-media is that they have chosen Satan’s choice, the Palestinians over the Jews. If they were to be reflectors of the truth, they would have to choose and support the Jews and their right to all of Israel and Jerusalem!! And can you see CNN, BBC, Sky and other doing that – what a joke!
Zechariah 3:2 “And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”
Where is the hatred heading?
It’s all heading for conflict with our great King and Saviour, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Messiah Yeshua. It’s all heading for full on conflict with Satan, his demons and his servants and his people. It’s all heading for the greatest drama of all time and it heading there very soon!
Isaiah 40:1-2 “Comfort, yes comfort My people!” says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem and cry out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord double for all her sins.”
This is another of my old - style of paintings. I tried to capture the impression of the elephant having a dust bath at sunset.
I took the picture below in the Chobe area of Botswana – home to about 35,000 elephants.
If you want to see more pictures of this incredibly beautiful area click HERE.
Shalom and grow in grace!