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The Curse That Was The Holocaust


One of the most horrific events of the 20th century was the extermination of millions of Jews by Hitler's Nazi regime.  It wasn't until close to the end of World War Two that the western allies publically admitted that Jews, Jewish sympathizers, and other undesirables, were being gassed, cremated, shot, and hung, in what were commonly called prison camps.  To be precise, these were death camps, something the allies were reluctant to publicly acknowledge, despite the knowledge of their existence.  The west's rationale for its reluctance was understandable.  The war was complicated.  It was fought on multiple fronts, and, it was impossible to rescue sick and emaciated prisoners from camps so far behind enemy lines.  What wasn't so understandable was the west's indifference to the matter.         


Events in history don't just spring up out of thin air.  Years, decades, and even centuries, of prior history shape the events of any given day.  This is certainly the case with Hitler's Germany.  Hitler, like all of us, was a complex individual.  He was molded by a multitude of historic, cultural, religious, and philosophical influences.  One of these avenues of influence stemmed from German religionists and philosophers like Georg Hegel. (1770 to 1831)  Hegel espoused the doctrines of the supremacy of the state, racial purity, and the inferiority of Jews.  The rise of Aryan supremacy and anti-Semitism in Germany provided in part, and I stress in part because there's more to this than these two issues, the basis for the social storm we call the Holocaust.


Ironically, as anti-Semitism gained popularity in Germany in the 1800's, Zionism spread throughout Europe .  Jews began to migrate to Palestine in the last half of the 1800's with aspirations of restoring their national identity, something that is important to Biblical prophecy. 


Hitler believed in divine providence.  He was convinced God had appointed him to power, and in one sense of the word he was right.  An unsettling childhood, injuries encountered in World War One, imprisonment during and after the war, numerous assassination attempts, among other things, proved to him that He had a Messianic mandate.  In a weird but Biblical sense, there's validity to Hitler's twisted theology.  God does place evil men like Hitler into positions of power to accomplish His purposes as stated in Daniel 2:21.        


The tragedy of the Holocaust is rooted in the book of Exodus.  There, Israel entered into a covenant with God known as the Mosaic Covenant.  Israelis stood before God and vowed; "We will do everything the Lord has said". (Exodus 19:8, 24:3)  The terms of the covenant were understood by all.  If Israel kept the covenant it would be blessed; if not, it would be cursed.  The blessings of the covenant are listed in Deuteronomy 28:1 through 14 while the curses are listed in verses 15 to 68.  Note that the curses out number the blessings by a ratio of four to one.  One by one, each and every curse would eventually bring Israel down.


Here are just a few of the curses. The Lord will send Israel curses, confusion, and rebuke in everything it puts its hand to until it is destroyed. (verse 20)  The Lord will turn Israel's rain into dust. (verse 24)  The alien who lives among Israel will rise to prominence while Israelis sink. (verse 43)  The Lord will bring a nation against Israel from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down on Israel. (verse 49)  Because of the sufferings inflicted on Israel during this siege, Israelis will eat babies born to their women. (verse 53)   Israel will be uprooted from its land. (verse 63)  The Lord will scatter Israelis among all nations, from one end of the earth to another. (verse 64)  


Even as Israelis vowed to keep the covenant, God said that they'd break it.  "These people will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods in the land they are entering.  They will forsake me and break the covenant". (Deuteronomy 31:16)  The curses of the broken covenant would haunt Israel for centuries, which included the curse of Israelis eating their new born babies.  Starving Jews actually ate their babies during the Roman invasion of Jerusalem in 70 A D. 


Why were millions of Jews exterminated in Nazi death camps?  Every last curse of the covenant had to inflict Israel in full measure.  Those were the terms of the covenant.  Why was the west so slow to react?  God could not allow the allies to circumvent any curse of the covenant.  Of course, as Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians in 539 B C as an act of God's judgment for its bad treatment of Israel, so the west will suffer God's judgment for its poor treatment of Israelis which has slowly and systematically intensified since the 1930's.  "He that curses Israel will be cursed". (Genesis 12:3)      


As Moses predicted the destruction of Israel, He also predicted its restoration.  Israelis would be gathered back to their land and prosper.  With circumcised hearts they would love their God.  The curses would be lifted and placed upon their enemies who hate and persecute them.  The rest of this list is found in Deuteronomy 30:1-10. 


Moses, and all the Old Testament prophets, predicted Israel's destruction and subsequent restoration.  Zechariah 12:10 tells us of the day when God will pour a spirit of grace and supplication on Israel which would lead to national repentance.  After what has been called the Great Tribulation, Jesus will return to Israel and be united with its saved remnant.  The curses will be lifted and Israel will be supreme among the nations as God promised Abraham.   


The curses of the covenant were seen in part at Auschwitz , Birkenau, and elsewhere.  They will continue to burden Israel until the last curse runs its course.  The curses will then be transferred to Israel's enemies with devastating destruction as is seen in Revelation 17 and 18, and was predicted in Deuteronomy 30:7.    


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