This article has been a very difficult one for me to compose and publish. As I watched the different videos that showed the inhumanity of Germany and the Nazis toward the Jews, it affected me in a way that I had not expected. My question to myself was, ‘how could a “so-called” Christian nation be so terrible to a group of people, the Jews, solely because of ethnicity’? I have watched videos on the trials and hangings of World War II German soldiers. Some of the soldiers were young men, and some were old men; it made no sense to me. Unfortunately, even in our world today, there is a desire to exterminate Jews, solely because “Jews are Jews.” It is easy for anyone who sees the opening video to understand the severity of the atrocities that came upon the Jews, at the hands of the followers of Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s.
My father knew a man who was in Berlin, Germany during the 1930s. He mentioned how Hitler had an amazingly mind captivating effect on the people of Germany who went to hear “the Fuhrer” speak. I remember a program that said that as Hitler was rising to his political fame, that he won one election by one vote. Can anyone imagine how greatly different the world would be today if that one winning vote had been changed to Hitler’s opposing candidate?
In the 1920s, Mussolini’s “black shirts” helped to push him to political power in Italy. At the same time, Hitler’s “brown shirts” helped him in his rise to power in Germany. I am very concerned about the “black hoodies” that are seen so often in media news reports in America today.
The Great Depression of America which began in 1929 had a world-wide effect. The Jews of Germany had fared better financially than had most German citizens. Because of the prosperity of the Jews, and for other reasons of ethnic prejudice, they were targeted by the Nazis for extermination, which led to the murders of more than six million Jewish men, women and children. Yes! The Holocaust was real.
In order for anyone to have a proper understanding of the people of Israel, and Jews throughout the world, it is very important to understand that the Jews are a religious people. Without that understanding, there can be no intimate knowledge of the nation of Israel, or of Jews who reside throughout the world. Jews have a deep respect for parents and their elders. Jews also have a great respect for God’s Word. They have a belief that, from Moses through the last prophet, God gave them the ways of life and culture that were designed to make them a holy and righteous people.
History shows that Jews have fared well in life. The “Israelites” have always believed that they are “God’s chosen people” (Deuteronomy 7:6), with such a promise for the coming of the Messiah through the Jewish bloodline, and for a special place of blessing for Jews during the coming Kingdom of God, also known as the Millennium. Jews also believe that by being the chosen people of God, there will be harsh punishment for people who treat them poorly (Zechariah 2:8).
Jews are very particular in their keeping of the “feasts of the Lord.” They believe that they are to keep the “feasts of God,” forever (Leviticus 23:31, 37, 41) (i.e., Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, etc.)
Jews believe in the authority of the prophet, priest and King. The prophet represents God to the people. The priest represents the people to God. The King is God, and is over all of His creation.
There were three Jewish prophets during the time that Jews of Judea were taken captive to Babylon.
Jeremiah lived in Jerusalem and Egypt. He lived from 640-570 B.C.
Ezekiel was also taken captive to Babylon (597 B.C.). He lived from 623-570 B.C.
Daniel was also taken captive to Babylon (605 B.C.). He lived from 620-533 B.C.
Going back to 722 B.C., Shalmanezer, King of Assyria, captured Samaria (the northern ten tribes of Israel) and carried those tribes of Israel away into exile to Assyria (2 Kings 17:1-6). The Jews of Jerusalem/Judah were taken into exile to Babylon, beginning in 605 B.C. until 586 B.C. Their return to Jerusalem began in 536 B.C, after King Cyrus of Persia had issued an edict, allowing the return of the Jews to Jerusalem. The return was in three stages of events through 445 B.C. The temple was rebuilt in 515 B.C. The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem was finished in 443 B.C. Jeremiah wrote in 607 B.C., that the time was soon coming for the Jews to spend 70 years of captivity in Babylon (Jeremiah 25:11). He also wrote of that same captivity in 599 B.C. (Jeremiah 29:10). In 538 B.C., Daniel discovered those writings of Jeremiah (Daniel 9:2).
From 722 B.C., until 445 B.C., the Jews were subservient to other world empires. Those powers were Egypt, Assyria, Babylon and Medo-Persia. The empires of Greece and Rome would follow in ruling over Israel.
The following video shows a group of Christians who have a love for Israel.
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