The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church
We have seen a sudden surge in anti-semitism in the last few years all over the earth but especially in Europe, and in the United Nations. Recently in the United States there has been a marked a lot of attention to anti Jewish and anti-Israel speech, and acts of terror, like the bombing of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.
I am not certain if there is an actual rise in anti-semitism overal, but rather more focus and attention has brought it to light. Regardless despite the thrust to be more ‘tolerant’ by most of society of other religious groups and ethnicities the Jewish people are still targeted as the single most hated group in all of the world for all times.
We have seen the United Nations pass resolution after resolution against Israel, while ignoring many terror states like Iran, and overlooking the fact than when attacked by Gaza for example Israel only reacted in defense. This all happening despite the fact that less than a generation ago we saw a near annihilation of Jews throughout Europe in World War II. This is known as the Holocaust, where over 6 million Jews perished at the hands of The Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler, among others.
Sadly, the church mostly sat by and did nothing or said nothing for fear of retribution. Those that did help or speak out were usually killed along side of Jews. We see examples in The Hiding Place, and in the lives of leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Throughout history there has always been those that hated Israel and the Jews. Most of us know of Haman’s plot in the book of Esther, and then Antiochus Epiphanes and the attempt to make the Jews Greek and do away with all of their cultural identity.
BUt, the church has not had a good track record either. Many of the early church fathers, i.e. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and later Martin Luther were very much anti-semitic. This is where the term ‘replacement theology’ comes in. That basically teaches that God is through with Israel, and the church has replaced Israel. While I believe that the Bible teaches that all must come to the Father through Jesus and that includes the Jewish people. The promises that God made are still valid and that in the last days we will see a mighty revival in Israel and among Jewish people world-wide.
Isaiah 49:16 “Behold I have inscribed you on my hands”
Isaiah 49:15 “ Can a nursing mother forget her child..”?
All of the promises God made to Abraham for his descendants regarding the land are forever, eternal. There will be a nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Jews have to come to Messiah Jesus to be saved but God has a plan for hem as a nation. Remember He is their promised Messiah first, and even though they, for the most part, rejected Him, He is their savior, their king. They are looking for one to sit on the throne of David.
Why has Satan tried so hard to wipe out Jews and to stop Israel from being back in the land? It has everything to do with His return.
Matthew 23:37-39 “ Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem you who kill the prophets, and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38-look your house is left to you desolate. 39- For I tell you that you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Berean Study Bible)
Here Jesus quotes Psalm 118:26. One of the three requirements for Jesus to come back to the earth is for His people, the Jews, Israeli’s to cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord.” Will this happen during the tribulation or at the end, is not clear, but when Jesus said ‘you won’t see me again until… well that’s what he meant. He specifically wa talking about Jerusalem.
So, the enemy has tried for 1000’s of years to stop Jewish people as a people because the Messiah had to come through them. Further, he is trying to wipe them out so that no one will be in Jerusalem to cry out Psalm 118:26. Satan has pulled out all of the stops to try to prevent God’s plans for man’s redemption to come and for God to establish His Kingdom forever, first with the reign of His son, who is a Jewish king, from reigning with His ‘bride’ for 1,000 years, and then the eternal kingdom.
Racism is not new and will not be 100% wiped until Jesus establishes His rule here, and likewise anti-semitic hate of Israel and all Jews will not go away until then. But the church or Ekklesia at large must take a stand and stand with Israel, and all Jews everywhere. Currently there is a war in Eastern Ukraine where Russia has invaded and their are pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine fighting for Russia. The sad part is I have met Jews who have had to flee from the war. They say, ‘the hunters are coming’ referencing Jeremiah 16:16 where God promised to send fishers to fish the Jews out of the land of the North away from the Hunters. This is being fulfilled as I write. I’ve been and seen it, and the hunters came in 1942 when Hitler’s forces slaughtered more than 32,000 Jews near Kive in one day.
The time is near for the fulfilling of many prophecies regarding Jews returning to the land. The window may soon close and the ‘hunters’ will arise all over. When we see synagogues bombed in The United States it should not just concern us, but rally us that not only is there hate, but it’s an all out assault against any and all Jews. Many jewish people choose to remain here in The US, especially in New York for various reasons. They feel safer and feel like they have a better life here.
Regardless, we the church must pray for as many as will to return home to their land. Most Christians who don’t see any urgency in Jews returning have not been taught or simply don’t understand what the scriptures say. Many Jews do not see the scriptures as relevant either.
In his book, Our Hands are Stained With Blood, Michael Brown details the poor history the church has had relevant to the Jews. It is a must read. The church has done much better in the past 30-40 years, but I am afraid that a lot of what we see is merely an infatuation, rather than genuine love for The Jewish people. There is not real revelation of God’s heart. That is what is need, and that is what I pray that the church will get.
Pray against a spirit of hate and racism, especially anti-semitism, regarding Jews. Pray that more will understand God’s plan for them to return to the home of their ancestors, Israel, and pray that they will meet their Messiah, Jesus the Christ.