Friday, August 15, 2014

Anti-Semitic incidents worse than they've been in decades- "Something's changed"

In the news article excerpt below (from Breitbart) you will read that attitudes toward Jewish people are taking a horrific turn for the worse.

South African Union Leader Calls for Attacks on Jews 'Everywhere'
In a posting on his personal Facebook page Wednesday, Tony Ehrenreich, the leader of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape province, called for "an Eye for an Eye against Zionist aggression" and warned that "if a woman or child is killed in Gaza," then Jews who support Israel must face an equivalent fate. ... Ehrenreich is one of South Africa's more important political voices. He was the Cape Town mayoral nominee in 2011 for the country's major political party, the African National Congress (ANC), and still leads the opposition in the city council. He has strong anti-Israel views, and recently called for boycotts of Jewish businesses in South Africa if the Jewish community's leadership, the Board of Deputies, refused to stop supporting Israel. Now, Ehrenreich has apparently taken his campaign one step further--to possible incitement. ... Last month, another member of the ANC in the Western Cape province posted an antisemitic statement to her personal Facebook page--an image of Hitler with the comment, "Yes man, you were right!" and the caption: "I could have killed all the Jews, but I left some of them to tell you why I was killing them."
That a person could even hold this attitude but speak it out loud, or write it for the world to see, is depraved. That a leader of men is doing it is even worse.

Yet sadly, this attitude toward Jews is not silently contained in one man's heart, or posted on an obscure man's Facebook page, but is becoming widespread among the world's nations. See this interesting news piece. Here is the art from it. Click to enlarge-


Anti-Semitism In Europe: A Crisis
Two weeks ago, a secret emergency meeting was held in Jerusalem, chaired jointly by Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, whose cabinet portfolio includes the relationship between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky. On the agenda was the outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews across Europe in the wake of the Gaza conflict. The meeting was attended by representatives of government departments and major Jewish organizations operating in Europe. They heard assessments from the leadership and security bodies of some of the European communities, and from experts in Israeli agencies who have a brief to monitor the physical safety of Jews around the world and discreetly assist communities at risk.
No conclusions were reached at the meeting. As of now there is little Israel can or perhaps should do. The rash of attacks on Jews, vandalism of synagogues and homes, and virulent anti-Semitic rhetoric is being confronted energetically by police, local authorities and national governments. The level of violence, while unprecedented in decades, is not yet causing a scared exodus – no-one is chartering planes for an airlift. But something has changed.
Those who have been monitoring levels of anti-Semitism in Europe for years are struggling to put their finger on what exactly has changed in recent weeks. Looking back at the last 15 years, the current wave of attacks is just the latest in a series beginning with the outbreak of the second intifada in 2000, and repeating itself with each round of violence in Gaza, the West Bank or Lebanon. So what is different this time?
“It’s worse than any previous period we can remember. Worse than the waves after Operation Cast Lead and the Marmara incident,” says Richard Goldstein, operations director at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London, where he closely follows the situation of Jewish communities in Europe. “Intimidating demonstrations in numerous places in Europe, often leading to attacks on Jewish businesses and synagogues – we haven’t seen things like this for decades. On the other hand, there have been sudden waves like this in the past and afterwards things went back to normal. It’s hard now to predict how things will look once Gaza calms down. But it looks like a red line has been crossed where many don’t make the distinction between Israel and Jews anymore.”
The reason that the world is turning against the Jews is because of God.

“Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. (Zechariah 12:2)

Therefore hear this, you who are afflicted, who are drunk, but not with wine: Thus says your Lord, the Lord, your God who pleads the cause of his people: “Behold, I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering; the bowl of my wrath you shall drink no more; and I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, who have said to you, ‘Bow down, that we may pass over’; and you have made your back like the ground and like the street for them to pass over.” (Isaiah 51:21-23)

Gill's Exposition says of the Isaiah verse:
Behold, I have taken out of thy hand the cup of trembling; which he himself had put there, Isaiah 51:17, and which none but himself could take out; not she herself, nor any of her sons, nor indeed could they give her any relief; but when the Lord's time is come to favour his people, he himself will remove it:

So God will render His wrath upon His rebellious people Israel. When He determines the time is finished for His cup of wrath to be poured out upon her, He will remove the cup of staggering and put it in other nations' hands and pour out His wrath on them, for tormenting His people.

The Tribulation as defined here says,
"The Tribulation, as taught by most Bible scholars, encompasses a future seven year period when God will complete his discipline of Israel and final judgment upon the unbelieving citizens of the world."
At some level, just as the world's peoples know that God exists, (Romans 1:19-20), they know that the reason for the world's anti-Semitism is also God, because He loves the Jews. Here is an example of a person's secular opinion in answer to the question of why the world hates the Jews, illustrating  they know religion is at the root:

Religion: The root cause of the crises in the Middle East
Sunni vs. Shia, Muslim Brotherhood vs. other religions, especially Coptic Christians and the secular state in Egypt, Muslims vs. Christians in Lebanon, Jews vs. Muslims in the Israel-Arab conflicts, and Sunnis and radical Islamist groups vs. Alawites (and President Bashar) in Syria.

The more I investigated all of this, the more I found that much of the terrible turmoil can, in fact, be traced to the fundamental beliefs of different groups that they are right and righteous. These groups cling to ancient stories and teachings that define their identity, their morals and their politics. These traditions also pinpoint the geographic space to which they believe they are entitled — their homeland and holy land
But his answer is only the beginning of the answer. Here is the rest of it, and the truth:

What is the cause of all the anti-Semitism in the world?
This brings us to the real reason by the world hates the Jews. The apostle Paul tells us, “For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!” (Romans 9:3-5).
The truth is that the world hates the Jews because the world hates God. The Jews were God’s firstborn, His chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2). Through the Jewish patriarchs, the prophets, and the temple, God used the Jews to bring forth His Word, the Law, and morality to a world of sin. He sent forth His son, Jesus the Christ, in a Jewish body to redeem the world of sin. Satan, the prince of the earth (John 14:30; Ephesians 2:2), has poisoned the minds of men with his hated of the Jews.
May the Lord have mercy upon those who torment the people who are the apple of His eye. May He have mercy on His own People...for the Lord's wrath is very great. The hatred of the Jews will only increase as we slide ever closer to the Tribulation, when both satan's hatred and God's wrath will be poured out in full measure. I personally believe that when officials at the high levels, who are in-the-know, say that something's changed, that thee level of hatred and the number of incidents are inexplicably increasing, it is because we see the Lord's hand directly at work.

I believe it also is a sign. I believe that it means we are closer than ever to the rapture, because the Tribulation shortly follows that event, when literally all hell will break loose against the Jews. Come soon Lord Jesus, we long for Your manifold mercies, in rapturing your Bride before it gets to that point. You, dear reader, can be part of the Bride too, if you repent and believe on the Son.

Maranatha!

-----------------------

Further Reading

Baker's Evangelical Dictionary: The Wrath of God

What is the Tribulation? 

3 comments :

  1. Gen 12:3
    Ps 122:6

    And of course:
    Romans 10:12-13

    -Carolyn

    ReplyDelete
  2. South Africa is run (not "governed") by the ANC, a terrorist organization (it's a proven, historical fact). So one can only expect some, if not most, of its members to support its terrorist Hamas brothers. COSATU itself has a violent, terrorist past. Even arch-heretic Tutu is anti-Semitic and anti-Christian in most of what he says and does.
    Here's a link to the response of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBDI) to Ehrenreich's hate speech: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=683134&sn=Detail&pid=71616

    Anthony, South Africa


    ReplyDelete
  3. Mike,Cape Town, South AfricaAugust 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    The worst thing about all of this is that our country has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Thousands of people are murdered every year in South Africa, I won't even mention the horrific crimes committed against women and children. In spite of this the government and the majority of South Africans find a way to be self-righteous and condemn Israel. I find this quite ironic that we try to lecture other countries, when were are actually facing a worse situation in our own country. It's almost incomprehensible that one can be so ignorant and self-righteous. Then again it's to be expected from a godless society, hardened in their hearts and blind to the truth.

    May the Lord Jesus return soon!

    ReplyDelete