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Anti-Semitism, the Church, and the Last Days
Prophecy - Signs
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor

With anti-Semitism continuing to rise throughout the world, the outlook for tiny Israel for the next year is, at best, bleak. Increasingly, Israel is being portrayed as an aggressor and occupier of stolen lands -- and that criticism comes from Israel's friends. Israel's enemies are nowhere near so kind in their assessment.

According to Israel's former Chief Rabbi, Meir Lau, anti-Semitism is on the rise in nearly every European country - expressed, among other ways, via extreme anti-Israel sentiments, cemetery desecration, and physical attacks on Jews.

Many Jewish families he had met said that they live in fear. "I've met parents who tell me that when they send their children to Bnei Akiva (a religious-Zionist youth movement) for evening activities they are in constant fear that something terrible will happen, G-d forbid, until they return.

"Once Jews had no choice but to live with anti-Semitism. Now they do."

Lau noted recent polls conducted throughout Europe that say the majority of Europeans consider Israel the "greatest danger to world peace in the world today."

Not the Arab countries that are dedicated to its annihilation, but Israel.

It is an equivalent absurdity to convicting an assault victim of assault and awarding the perpetrator a crime victim damage award for having scraped his knuckles on the victim's teeth.

This can only happen to Jews.

The Germans gassed more than six million Jews during the Second World War, in camps throughout Europe, with the enthusiastic cooperation of many of the countries it occupied during the war.

But a recent poll conducted in Germany found that 62% of Germans are tired of hearing about the Holocaust and that 70% get angry when the subject comes up. Half of those in the German survey believe Israeli treatment of the Palestinians is similar to Nazi behavior towards the Jews during the war.

51 percent of respondents said that there is not much of a difference between what Israel is doing to the Palestinians today and what the Nazis did to the Jews during the Holocaust. The survey also found that 68 percent of Germans believe that Israel is waging a "war of extermination" against the Palestinians.

In a recent London Telegraph poll, Israel won first prize for being the country Britons would least like to visit. Israel swept the board, showing up among the five countries Britons identified as the worst place to live, the least democratic, the least friendly, the least beautiful and the least safe. Overall, the only place worse than Israel in all categories was Russia.

(In the category of 'least safe', Israel came in second. The United States came in first.)

Less than half of Britons queried could identify the significance of Auschwitz. An Irish Nobel Peace Laureate compared Israel's nuclear arsenal to Hitler's gas chambers during a recent visit to the Jewish State.

There are just over a million Jews left in Europe, sixty years after the camps were liberated. Rabbi Lau said he expects that number to dwindle down to nothing.

"I see the end of the Diaspora of Jews in Europe," said Lau, himself a Holocaust survivor. He called on Israel "to prepare for a new phase of the spiritual and physical absorption of European Jewry before they consider emigrating to the Unites States or Australia."

"In the past months I've traveled to Austria, Britain, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands, and I'm telling you there is no future for European Jewry," said Lau in a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post.

Coming to America won't necessarily protect Jews from anti-Semitism. Columbia University is investigating charges of anti-Semitism leveled against a number of its professors, including one who told students that the word 'Zion' was Hebrew for 'penis'. ('Zion' means 'signpost').

Columbia's Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures Department chairman, Hamid Dabashi, teaches that Israel is a racist state that does not have a right to exist.

He teaches American students that Israel does not represent the Jews and has called for a "one-state solution" to the Middle East conflict.

Palestinians have lost international support, he wrote in 2003, because Yasser Arafat has made too many concessions to Israel and has tried to suppress the intifada.

Students who object to such propaganda are shouted down by the prof, who questioned his portrayal of the Battle of Jenin as an Israeli 'massacre'.

According to witnesses, he shouted down one female student saying, "I will not have anyone sit through this class and deny Israeli atrocities."

During his campaign, former presidential candidate Ralph Nader branded the Bush administration and the Republican majority in Congress as 'puppets of the Israeli government', saying, "The days when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in the White House and then proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other puppets, should be replaced."

In Melbourne, Australia, a government-funded art exhibit displayed a large Star of David painted on a wall. Red text over the emblem of Israel reads:

"Since the creation of Israel in 1948, 200,000 Palestinians have been killed. 5,000,000 refugees have been created. 21,000 square kilometers of land has been annexed. 385 towns and villages have been destroyed. 300 billion military dollars have been spent. 100+ Wad’s have been manufactured. 65 UN resolutions have been ignored."

Anti-Semitism is also on the rise in Canada, which has some of the strongest hate-speech laws in North America. In Canada, one can be charged with hate-speech for saying homosexual conduct is wrong and violates God's law, for example. The Bible itself qualifies as 'hate-literature.'

But Statistics Canada surveyed Canada's 12 largest police forces and determined that 'most likely victims' of hate crimes continue to be the Jews. Fully one quarter of all hate crimes investigated are anti-Semitic in nature.

Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham admitted in an interview with Canada's 'Jewish News' that, "Canada has had to confront the reality of disgraceful attacks on our Jewish community, including hateful graffiti, vandalism, the desecration of cemeteries and the firebombing of a Jewish elementary school," calling attacks against Jews and Jewish interests a growing 'trend'.

The Canadian government, as noted, vigorously prosecutes hate crimes. Yet, even in multilingual, multiculturalist, immigrant-friendly, ethnically diverse Canada, anti-Semitism is a GROWING trend.

And Kofi Annan's top advisor, Lakhdar Brahimi, recently compared Ariel Sharon to "an assassin" and urged the Europeans to "increase their pressure on Israel."

Brahimi called Israel's position on peace with the Palestinians "cynical and ridiculous" forcing Kofi Annan, through a spokesman, to 'distance himself' from his top advisor.

In a non-statement that explained nothing, the UN spokesman said Brahimi was speaking in 'his personal capacity' and that Annan's views on the Middle East are 'well-known'.

Indeed they are. Annan is decidedly anti-Israel.

As noted in a previous issue of the Omega Letter, there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the new leader of the Palestinian people, Mahmoud Abbas, and their old leader, Yasser Arafat.

For all the flowery rhetoric about Abbas being a 'new hope' for peace, the only hope he actually offers is that he isn't Yasser Arafat.

Israel and the United States had long since refused to negotiate with Arafat. Since Abbas is the new guy, they have to negotiate with him until he proves himself as dedicated to terrorism as Arafat was.

So Israeli citizens can expect more of the same, but will have to endure it until both they and the United States are forced to reject Abbas as well.

The Bible says that eventually, control of the peace process will be wrested away from the United States, who will be replaced by a European leader that will come up with a satisfactory security guarantee for Israel and seemingly solve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In that context, Javier Solana's 'Euromed Project' (see "Javier Solana, Europe's Uber Fuhrer?" Omega Letter Volume 39: Issue: 7) intends to include Israel into a EU-Mediterranean 'free trade zone' for the specific purpose of affording leverage over Israel in the peace process.

When Ariel Sharon objected to European 'interference', Solana told the world, "We play a role, whether our good friend Mr. Shalom would like it or not."

Among the most remarkable prophecies in the Bible concerning Israel is the constant theme of anti-Semitism.

The prophet Hosea prophesied that the Jews would become 'wanderers among the nations.' (Hosea 9:17), 2,000 years before Shakespeare coined the phrase 'wandering Jew'.

"Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people." (Psalms 44:14-15)

God told Solomon, "But if ye shall at all turn from following Me, ye OR YOUR CHILDREN, and will not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for My Name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:" (1st Kings 9:6-7)

Deuteronomy 28 is divided into blessings and curses. The blessings are conditional upon Israel keeping God's commandments, and the curses are pronounced on Israel for violating them.

"And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone."

"And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:"

"And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:" (Deuteronomy 28:65-66)

The purpose for Israel's cursing is not to punish Israel so much as to prove God to the Gentile nations.

"And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house? And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil." (1 Kings 9:8-9)

The nation of Israel is called 'God's Chosen People' because God chose to reveal Himself to us through the Jews. God spoke to mankind through the Hebrew prophets. God chose to manifest Himself in the flesh as a Jew named Jesus Christ.

God chose His people to suffer affliction, so that we would realize that no nation could be so cursed apart from Divine sentence.

And God chose His people to serve as His ensign in the last days, to prove Himself to the heathen by restoring them to their ancient land in the last days, as He promised.

The Jews are an unspeakable gift to the Gentiles, directly from God. The Church owes them a profound debt of gratitude.

Allow me to offer a profound challenge to conventional wisdom concerning Israel and her relationship to God, the Church, and Israel's national salvation.

Were it not for the Jews, there would be no salvation for the Gentiles, neither would the Gentiles know a perceived need FOR salvation.

As Paul writes; "For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died." (Romans 7:9)

Without the Law, there would be no way to measure sin, and no need to seek redemption.

Paul, himself a Pharisee, explained a new 'mystery' concerning Israel, writing:

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in." (Romans 11:25)

The 'mystery' revealed by Paul is that God has deliberately blinded Israel to the true Identity of their Messiah so that the Church might have their chance to be adopted into God's forever family.

Many in the Church resent Israel's designation as God's Chosen People, instead claiming that title was transferred to the Church.

The missed the 'mystery' and instead, became 'wise in their own conceits.'

Paul notes that this blindness will continue through to the end of the age, at which time, Paul notes,

"And so all Israel SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:" (Romans 11:26)

God says of Israel's national salvation: "For this is My covenant unto them, when I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS."

Paul explains, "As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are BELOVED FOR THE FATHER'S SAKES. For the gifts and calling of God are WITHOUT REPENTANCE."

Note Paul's next words carefully:

"For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these [the Jews] also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy."

And here is the blockbuster passage: "For God hath concluded them ALL in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon ALL." (Romans 11:25-32)

When one considers these passages, it makes anti-Semitism all the more cruel when it comes from within Christianity.

Consider the actions of the Jews at the Crucifixion. What if they HAD accepted Jesus as Messiah? Would the Church Age have ever happened? Would YOU have had a chance to be eternally saved?

Clearly, the Crucifixion was part of God's Plan, and as such, so were its participants. It HAD to happen, and it HAD to happen at the hands of the Jews who lived at that time and place.

So, also did twenty-five hundred years of anti-Semitism, pogroms, persecutions and unspeakable atrocities committed against Jews in the Name of God. Jesus knew that.

"They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service." (John 16:2)

At the Cross, looking down at those who were unwitting participants in a Divine Plan, He said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

Paul says that Christians are extended mercy and forgiveness BECAUSE of Israel's unbelief, and that, in the last days, ALL Israel shall be saved as a consequence, that 'through your mercy they [the Jews] also may obtain mercy.'

Note the distinction. We are forgiven when we come TO the Cross, but Jesus forgave the Jews AT the Cross, by His own Sovereign Act of Divine Will, because they are "beloved for the Father's sake".

Israel has suffered mightily on our behalf, so that we might have our opportunity to be saved. But God has not forgotten His people.

(Before you ask if this means that ALL Jews whoever lived will be automatically saved, I don't know. I don't have any extra verses in my Bible, either. But these are there.)

The Tribulation Period is the time of 'Jacob's Trouble'. It is the time when God passes judgment on a Christ-rejecting world and uses the unrestrained global persecution of Israel to bring about the national salvation of Israel.

Since the Church is neither Christ-rejecting nor, by definition, in need of further salvation, the Church has no role to play during the Tribulation Period.

The Church's role is to restrain the tide of evil until that time when "that Wicked shall be revealed" as part of God's plan for Israel's national redemption. Then comes the Rapture.

And after that, the Tribulation. And finally, the national redemption of Israel and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom.

"And so all Israel SHALL BE SAVED . . . For this is My covenant unto THEM, when I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS. . . For the gifts and calling of God are WITHOUT REPENTANCE."

Praise the Lord! Israel's national redemption is at hand. So is the Rapture.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)

Excerpted from the Omega Letter Daily Intelligence Digest, Vol 40, Issue 11

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