Shabbat shalom, and may your fast be easy! Mishpocah, I’m so sad for our world on the eve of this Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year. It’s hard to try to “forgive” those who have, in some way, wrecked our lives, or made us miserable, both in “real” life and on Facebook or other social media. Add to that the fact that today’s world is in the process of sinking into the abyss, and this whole thing is truly depressing! (I’m sure I don’t have to go into all the details, the many ways things are falling apart at the seams.)
Our world reeks with violence and decadence and all the things our Creator hates. It’s mind-boggling that we have so many lunatic factions and hate-groups today, including “Neo-Nazis”. WHY would anybody in their right mind wish to join something like this? “Neo-Nazis” are absolutely no different from ISIS, which is another vicious, murderous, nonsensical hate-group whose only goal is killing innocents. ALL hate-groups are similar in ideology; the only difference is the name they write on their “soap boxes.”
The thing everyone seems to forget is that hate hurts. Hate resolves nothing and neither does violence! Most “haters” get caught up in causes they don’t necessarily understand, as a moral-less and mum society watches their violent protests in detached fascination, from the comfort of their living rooms. Sure, many “believe in God,” but to actually stand up and DO something – like “talk back” to the haters, using Scripture? Noooooooo! No can do.
My husband and I saw, firsthand, the results of baseless, stupid human pride and ignorance when we visited both Bergen-Belsen and Dachau Concentration camps during our European honeymoon in 2001 (and later again in 2004 when YHWH saw fit to allow me to find my natural father’s side of the family in Germany!)
Standing on the very ground where myriad innocent Jews (and others) died to satisfy a “cause” is indescribable; absolutely indescribable! You would have to be there personally to get a true sense of the suffering, destitution and helplessness You would have to be there personally to FEEL the senselessness and depravity caused by a hate-driven madman who had decided that “the Jews” were to blame for everything “bad” that was happening throughout Europe; and therefore, needed to be wiped from the face of the earth.
Yet that, alone, as far as I’m concerned, is proof that God exists! Why? Because the entire Bible is about YHWH and His chosen people, today universally referred to as “Jews” – who seem to be HATED wherever they go! Despite their “stiff-neckedness,” YHWH loved His people, and He promised to forgive and prosper them; and so they have blossomed everywhere they’ve been planted! (See Genesis 12:1-3; Jeremiah 29:11, etc.) Jews, who currently make up approximately 0.25% of the world's population and 2% of the US population, comprise the biggest percentage of Nobel Prize Winners, and have contributed more to the world than any other group! (You can Google those facts.) Jews are an AMAZING people!
And that’s part of why Hitler HATED them! He apparently couldn’t handle the fact that the German people weren’t “the chosen.” He apparently couldn’t handle that everything “the Jews” touched basically turned to gold. They ALWAYS “made something” of themselves. Always. They lived, they loved, they overcome all obstacles and simply “bloomed!”
So, naturally, they HAD to be what was “wrong” with Germany … those dirty Jews who kept “taking jobs away” from the native-born (many of whom were busy sitting around, waiting for “the government” to help them…see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Nazi_Germany).
It was Hitler’s “cause” to rid the world of the Jewish influence, and this is why I’m posting some photos from our trips to Dachau and Bergen-Belsen so the world can see and understand that it only took ONE madman to produce the Holocaust; a madman who was able to succeed ONLY because people are like blind sheep, prone to simply follow some “cause” – no matter how sick and twisted that cause may be….
Certain Scripture verses (such as Isaiah 42:5-8) must have really goaded Hitler, and so, in his eyes, the Jews HAD to be eradicated, and history HAD to be rewritten somehow because GERMANS were the “Master Race!” Unfortunately, they were a race that had begun floundering and failing already after World War I … And despite this, those pesky JEWS were all over the place, flourishing!
Ironically – not unlike in Hitler's day - the myriad groups and their “causes” today insist that SOMEBODY has to be “eradicated” so that our particular race (pick one: Black, White, Yellow, Red, Brown) can once again appear to be “on top!” Jeremiah 17: 9-10 provides insight: "The human heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it? 10 I test inner motivations; in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserve."
Regardless, YHWH said He chooses whom He will, and He chose Abraham to be our first Patriarch; and He has kept all His promises to Israel ever since, including the ones below, that surely grated on Hitler who must have realized that TORAH, YHWH's Divine Instructions in Righteousness was beginning to be introduced to the world that had been busy making up its own religions:
Genesis 12:3 - "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
Genesis 49: 10 The scepter will not pass from Y'hudah, nor the ruler's staff from between his legs, until he comes to whom [obedience] belongs; and it is he whom the peoples will obey.
Deuteronomy 7:6-8: For you are a people set apart as holy for ADONAI your God. ADONAI your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his own unique treasure. 7 ADONAI didn't set his heart on you or choose you because you numbered more than any other people - on the contrary, you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 Rather, it was because ADONAI loved you, and because he wanted to keep the oath which he had sworn to your ancestors, that ADONAI brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from a life of slavery under the hand of Pharoah king of Egypt.
Micah 4: 2 Many Gentiles will go and say, "Come, let's go up to the mountain of ADONAI, to the house of the God of Ya'akov (Judah's father)! He will teach us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths." For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.
Isaiah 42: 5 Thus says God, ADONAI, who created the heavens and spread them out, who stretched out the earth and all that grows from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk on it: 6 "I, ADONAI, called you righteously, I took hold of you by the hand, I shaped you and made you a covenant for the people, to be a light for the Goyim (Gentiles), 7 so that you can open blind eyes, free the prisoners from confinement, those living in darkness from the dungeon. 8 I am ADONAI; that is my name. I yield my glory to no one else, nor my praise to any idol.
Jeremiah 31:35-37: This is what the LORD says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar- the LORD Almighty is his name: "Only if these decrees vanish from my sight," declares the LORD, "will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me." This is what the LORD says: "Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done," declares the LORD.
Romans 11:11-12: "But I say: Have they so stumbled as to fall entirely? May it never be! Rather, by their stumbling, life has come to the Gentiles for (awakening) their jealousy. And if their stumbling was riches to the world, and their condemnation riches to the Gentiles; how much more their completeness?"
Romans 11:25-27: "I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."
Yes, Hitler couldn’t allow “the Jews” to “be a light for the Gentiles”; he was going to rid the world of them because the demise of European governments was surely the fault of the Jews…..
Well, the joke was on him, because YHWH used what Hitler did to make TWO of His end times prophecies come true: Because the world briefly felt sorry for the Jews after the Holocaust, Israel was returned to them! As Isaiah prophesied, Israel WOULD become a Nation again, and it would happen in ONE day! (See my short blog for more: http://blog.therefinersfire.org/2017/06/two-of-gods-end-times-prophecies-were.html)
Anyway, on this Yom Kippur eve, I can’t help but wonder how those Jews in Dachau, Bergen-Belsen and other horror camps, managed to keep Yom Kippur, their holiest day of the year, as it surely seemed that G-d had turned His back on them….
HOW do we forgive ANY pain inflicted on us? How do we deal with this fallen world today that has descended so low that only Yeshua’s Second Coming can possibly restore humanity, because the world has completely fallen away from YHWH and His Will?
The bottom line is: We HAVE to! We have to forgive those who hurt us, lest the pain inside us festers and ultimately kills us. YHWH commands us to forgive and to deal with our enemies to the best of our abilities. This is why this Mo’ed/Appointed Time is so important. It’s designed to FORCE us to face “us”. We’ve just experienced “10 days” (Days of Awe) where we should have been busy thinking about forgiveness and restoration, searching our hearts, confessing and repenting; and recognizing our OWN sins so that WE can ask for forgiveness on Yom Kippur and finally put an end to those things we know aren’t pleasing to YHWH.
…Because, you see, it all starts with “us” humbling ourselves, and asking YHWH to refine us, no matter what it takes. (Please see my short article about the refining fire: http://therefinersfire.org/refiners_fire.htm) If we ALL begin to recognize our own faults, then we can better begin to reach out to others and forgive them THEIR faults. If we all worked on our own faults, and started living a holy/set apart life, as designed by our Creator, just THINK how different our world would be. Reaching out and forgiving each other in love to make our world a better place. What a novel concept!
I’ll let it start with me: I know I have some faults, and I am truly sorry if I’ve hurt anyone over this past year. I want you to know I love you, and humbly ask your forgiveness….
(Below are some of the photos we took at the Dachau and Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camps while on our European honeymoon in 2001. The first few are of the Jewish Memorial at Bergen-Belsen. Note that the camp was liberated on Passover, 1945! The last couple are of people being bulldozed in mass graves. How sad and ridiculous that “Neo-Nazis” wish to emulate and represent this inhuman swinery!)