The holocaust was a terrible tragedy in human history. While the Jewish people were not part of the conflict, millions of them were murdered by Hitler and his Nazi regime. This was and still is very painful. But Hitler failed! How?
He had a dream
Hitler knew about the efforts of several people to establish a national homeland for the Jewish people in Israel. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 and 1922 resulted in the confirmation by The League of Nations of the British Mandate in 1922. And since September 1923 this mandate came into effect.
Just as he knew about the result of the Évian Conference on Lake Geneva in 1938, which left the Jewish people in Europe virtually defenseless. Why? The conference did not pas a resolution condemning the German treatment of the Jewish people. Nor did the conference agree on which countries should receive the Jewish migrants fleeing Nazi Germany.
What did Hitler want to achieve? What was his dream? His Third Reich firmly established in the whole of Europe. And he wanted the elimination of all the Jews. He was still very clear about this at his Wannsee Conference in January 1942. At the time there were about 10,3 million Jewish people in the territories controlled directly or indirectly by the Nazis. So, what happened?
Bones to life
But then, Ezekiel 37 verse 1 to 14 (NIV) came to pass, … 11 God said to me,
Mortal man, the people of Israel are like these bones. They say that they are dried up, without any hope and with no future. 12 So prophesy to my people Israel and tell them that I, the Sovereign Lord, am going to open their graves. I am going to take them out and bring them back to the land of Israel.13 When I open the graves where my people are buried and bring them out, they will know that I am the Lord.
14 I will put my breath in them, bring them back to life, and let them live in their own land. Then they will know that I am the Lord. I have promised that I would do this—and I will. I, the Lord, have spoken.
Not all of the 10,3 million Jews were murdered, but 6 million. Not the Third Reich was firmly established, but the State of Israel in its own land of Israel. So the Israelites do have a future. Hitler did not achieve his goals, his dream was shattered. He failed, because the God of Israel kept the promise he gave more than 2000 years ago. Zechariah chapter 8 verse 1 to 13 also speaks of God’s promise. Which tells the Israelites to have courage and not to be afraid.
The stories of those who survived the holocaust are also a source of inspiration, of comfort and of hope for many to this day. Even that of non-Jews who saved Jewish people during the holocaust at personal risk. Some are honored by the State of Israel as “Righteous among the Nations,” like the Dutch Christian Corrie ten Boom whom with her family and friends saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish people. The Nazis imprisoned them, and send her to the concentration camp Ravensbruck which she, unlike her dear sister Betsie, survived.
What does the Nazis themselves have to say about the number of the Jewish people they systematically murdered? The Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who had the wartime reputation as a specialist in logistics regarding the expatriation, expropriation and deportation of Jewish people to ghettos and extermination camps, did have something to say about this. After the second World War he fled to Argentine where he lived for a while and where from 1956 to 1960 he was interviewed on several occasions by Sassen a Dutch Nazi who was a member of the Waffen-SS.
Eichmann said, talking to some one who held the same Nazi ideology as he did in this uncensored interview: “If 10,3 million of these opponents were killed, then we would have fulfilled our task.” So to him, he and the Nazis failed to achieve what they really wanted concerning the Jews. Later the tapes of these interviews were used at his trial in Jerusalem, Israel. He was tracked down in Argentine by the Nazi hunter and death camp survivor Simon Wiesenthal, who once said: “I want people to know the Nazis weren’t able to kill millions of people and get away with it!”
Eichmann was captured by the Israelis, the Mossad. After his trial, he was imprisoned and later executed by hanging in 1962.
So that was it then. Or is there more? What comes next for Israel and the Israelites in our time? We hear rumors of war in the Middle East every day. The Gog Magog war, Armageddon will start soon? By the way I believe these two wars are the same. [When it is about the outcome of this war, compare Ezekiel 39:4, 17-20 with Revelation 19:17, 18. When it is about the devastating earthquake that will take place, compare Ezekiel 38:20, 21 with Revelation 16:18-21.] But I will not elaborate more on this now.
Will Yeshua Messiah reveal himself soon as written in Daniel 7:13-14 and Revelation 19:11-15?
Why? Because of what is written in Ezekiel 38 verse 7 and 8 that tells us that the enemy mentioned in the Gog Magog war will get ready but will invade Israel many years later when the people of Israel are living in safety. So between now and the Gog Magog war what can we expect?
Another war that will force Israel to defend itself and will result in an expansion of its land. Amos chapter 9 speaks of this. And Revelations chapter 16 verse 12 speaks of the river Euphrates as the border of Israel in the east at the time of Armageddon (Gog Magog).
A major earthquake, while the moon turns red and the son turns black. As written in Revelations chapter 6 verse 12 to 17.
The Temple will be built. Daniel chapter 8 and 9 speak of the last 7 years before the Gog Magog war, Armageddon. During these years there is a Temple service. And Revelation chapter 11 verse 1 and 2 also speak of the Temple of God in the holy city.
God almighty will restore the Kingdom of David to rule the land of Israel. The two thrones that he gave to Israel, as written in 1 Kings chapter 11 verse 13 to 39, notice verse 39: he will merge them to one. The first part of Ezekiel chapter 37 came to pass, so will the second part, the verses 15 to 28.
God Almighty keeps his promises!
In the words God Almighty gave the prophets Amos and Jeremiah:
The Lord says:“A day is coming when I will restore the Kingdom of David, which is like a house fallen into ruins. I will repair its walls and restore it. I will rebuild it and make it as it was long ago. And so the people of Israel will conquer what is left of the land of Edom and all the nations that were once mine,” says the Lord, who will cause this to happen.
Amos 9 verse 11-12
“I will restore my people to their land and have mercy on every family. Jerusalem will be rebuilt and its palace [a]restored.
Jeremiah 30 verse 18b. [a: It really says palace not temple.]
Their ruler will come from their own people. He will approach me when I invite him.
Jeremiah 30 verse 21
God almighty never fails!
God bless you,
Note: my thanks to Rabbi David Brodman for the interview he gave to Christenen voor Israel, which I saw at their exposition about Israel in Nijkerk the Netherlands spring of 2010. Something he said gave me comfort and this inspired me to write the above with Gods guidance. So thank you.
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