Matthew 24:9-10.“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My Name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
As anti-semitism continues to crawl out from under the rocks and become vocal and physical once again, I can’t help but think about what the Jews endured in Word War II. It was beyond belief. It was horrible. And contrary to what revisionist historians want us to believe, it was true. It really happened. Talk to anyone who has visited the camps. Look at the numbers stamped on the forearms of the survivors, who are fewer in number every day. It has been nearly 70 years, after all, since the war was over.
We thought it would never be that bad again, that the horror stories arising out of Nazi Germany would never, ever be repeated now that the world is so much more enlightened.
Think again. The Jewish people have always been Satan’s primary targets, because they are God’s chosen people. Did he choose them because they were so much better than the rest of us? Nope. None of us deserves the privilege of being the nation through whom Messiah would come. Why He chose them is His concern, and I don’t question it.
According to these verses, what the Jews suffered in the Holocaust will pale compared to their future sorrows. They will be hated by ALL nations; even America will turn against them, and they will suffer for His Name’s sake with no one to come to their rescue. They will even betray one another. Evil will be King for a time.
The following passages are for your own research, and there are many others that should be noted in the margins of most Bibles:
Joel 2:1-17; Hosea 5:14; Jeremiah 30:4-9; Ezekiel 21:27; Daniel 12:1; Micah 7:1-7; Habbakuk 3:16.
And here is a quote from ancient tradition, by Rabbi Jochunan, taken from Gaebelein’s “Gospel of Matthew,” p. 180.
“Seven years of trouble come before Messiah comes. The first year before the Son of David comes the prophecy of Amos (chap. 4:7) will be fulfilled. In the second year of tribulation there will be six months of famine. In the third year there will be great famine. Many men, women and children will die and the pious will be few. The law and the prophets will be forgotten by Israel. The last years will bring signs in heaven and wars and at the end of the seventh year the Son of David will come.”
That’s pretty clear, isn’t it?