Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Swastikas appearing in the news more frequently


In the Western world, the swastika since the 1930s has mostly been associated with
the flag of Nazi Germany and the Nazi Party.
Because of its use by Nazi Germany, the swastika since the 1930s has been largely associated with Nazism and white supremacy in most Western countries. As a result, all of its use, or its use as a Nazi or hate symbol is prohibited in some jurisdictions. Because of the stigma attached to the symbol, many buildings that have contained the symbol as decoration have had the symbol removed. (Source)
The swastika is an ugly symbol. It will be forever associated with hatred of Jews, Hitler, and the gas chambers. Hitler was actually a prototype of the Antichrist. The coming Antichrist, AKA Beast, will fulfill prophecy as the most sinful man in the history of the earth. He is called "The Man of Perdition". (2 Thessalonians 2:3). He will embody the worst of the worst that man can be.

You see, our trajectory since the Fall in the Garden has been leading up to this. Man fell and within moments it seemed, the first murder. The first polygamy. And down it went, until just before the Flood, we read in Genesis 6:5-

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

EVERY inclination
ONLY evil
ALL the time.

That's total depravity- expressed.

We're all totally depraved, but not all of us express sin to the fullest all the time. Hitler was not an anomaly. However what was an anomaly not the level of depravity- we all have that in us, but the level that was outwardly expressed. The period just before the Flood was such a time when they did. The Tribulation will be such a time again, when people express all their fullest sin, all the time. In the Tribulation, Hitler will look like an altar boy.

Between the cessation of the flood and the rapture has been a time of increasing sin. Mankind has gotten worse and worse. Part of that worsening is the hatred we're seeing for Christians. Accompanying that hatred is a rise in Jew-hatred.

Seeing a swastika is always shocking. It is an emblem of hate and shame and appalling depravity. It is associated with white supremacy, Anti-semitism, and war. That is why I notice more and more news articles about the swastika. Here is a sampling just from the last two weeks.

Maine:
Vandalism of Collins campaign signs with Nazi symbol being treated as hate crime
This sign in Farmingdale is one of a number
of campaign signs throughout the state spray-painted with swastikas over the weekend.
Connecticut:
Swastikas Found Outside Yale University Freshman Dorm
Three swastikas were found chalked outside a Yale University freshman residence hall late Sunday night, The Yale Daily News reports.

Ohio:
Avon police searching for suspect who chemically burned swastika on Avon lawn
When Avon resident Sam Tippy went out to mow the lawn of his Ambridge Drive home on the morning of Oct. 5, he discovered that someone chemically burned a large swastika into his front yard.

Jerusalem:
Assailants deface Temple Mount with Star of David equating swastika
Unknown assailants spray-painted an anti-Semitic image equating a Star of David to a swastika at the Temple Mount, passersby discovered Sunday morning.  Police opened an in investigation in to the incident.

New Jersey:
Kean University student feels threatened after apparent swastikas drawn outside dorm room
When Kean University senior Nathaniel Sietz came back to his dorm room one night earlier this month, he found something unexpected on the whiteboard next to his door: what appeared to be swastikas smeared into the text. Sietz, who is Jewish, said he's not sure if the marks were left out of hate or as an ill-advised joke, but said he feels threatened either way. "I don't want to wear my Jewish star on campus," Sietz said. "I don't want to wear anything that has Israel on it or any connection to Judaism at all. I don't want to have a target on my back."

Nazi regalia is becoming more popular. It's not just the swastika, but other Nazi regalia are suddenly seen as cool.

Russia:
Russian Social Media Site Takes Down 'Miss Hitler' Competition
A Russian social network has removed a page that was running a Nazi beauty contest, dubbed "Miss Hitler," but the existence of the competition highlights troubling levels of anti-Semitism in the region, the Anti-Defamation League warned Tuesday.

Controversial Shirt Sports SS Logo in 'Lightning Bolt' Pattern
A shirt design has caused more than a fashion faux pas, Channel 10 revealed Saturday, after similarities were drawn between the pattern printed and the symbol for the Nazi SS. Mango, a popular European women's brand, has debuted a shirt covered in tiny lightning bolts reminiscent of the SS logo.

"and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” (Revelation 13:4b)

Eventually, they will receive what they ask for, a man of perdition a thousand times worse than Hitler. This time near the end as we are, I suspect, is seeing a rise of a beastly side of mankind. Day by day, week by week, the beast-attitude rises in man, and the brutality that is within us is coming to the fore.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Already the world has clamored for a strong leader. Someone who will solve the problems. Some have even called for a Hitler-type. Soon, they won't just be crying out for just Nazi regalia, they will cry out for the antichrist. The Lord will oblige, a beast will be given authority to rule. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, then.



5 comments :

  1. Wow, Elizabeth, this is a compelling compilation. I use an RSS feeder and when I was done reading your post I scrolled down to the next post by another blogger and it seemed inane by comparison. It's strange to live everyday life when the end of all things seems so imminent except no one else seems to see it!

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  2. Here is some encouragement for you as you adapt to a post-Christian world.
    Cheerful Confidence after Christendom
    http://www.9marks.org/blog/cheerful-confidence-after-christendom

    He uses the term "dissolution of Christendom" and I've been saying "collapse of Cultural Christianity" and others have been saying 'post-Christian world' but it's all the same thing- we are fast approaching the time beyond Christianity. His essay urges us to remain confident and joyful. I found it helpful. Personally, I get more excited each passing day... :)

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  3. The article you linked to was extremely encouraging - thanks for sharing it. He mentions one benefit of living in a post-Christian world that I often long for - the true church coming out in righteousness in the face of persecution, while the dross falls away. That is something to look forward to in the here and now, even in the face of suffering (not to mention the future weight of glory).

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  4. The article at 9Marks is gone! Do you have any idea why they would have taken it down?

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    1. They probably just archived it or moved it to a different area of the site. I searched for it on 9Marks's site and found it with a different address. I changed the link to the new "home" where the essay now is, and it should work. Thanks for letting me know. Gee, things on the internet are becoming way too fluid these days.

      here is the new link
      http://ninemarks.wpengine.com/article/cheerful-confidence-after-christendom/

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