The Rise of Anti-Semitism
(Including a revised excerpt from The Seven Living Prophecies)
Purim covers the story of Queen Esther who saved her Jewish people and how her husband, King Ahasuerus had come into power. He had named Haman, a descendant of Agag, king of the Amalekites, to the elevated position of second in command in the king’s court. He hated the Jews just like his tribal ancestors, the Amalekites.
You know the story. Haman had the king sign an irrevocable death decree for anyone who refused to bow down to him (Haman) as a representative of the king. This was a death sentence to those who would not comply! When Esther’s uncle Mordecai, along with others refused to bow to Haman, it seemed that death was eminent. However, God had another plan. As we come upon the season of Purim, we wanted to talk about the spirit behind the plan to destroy the Jews.
Have You Forgotten What Happened
What we want to share with you is not about people, but about the spirit that drives people, like Haman, to seek the destruction of the Jewish people. We’re talking about anti-Semitism. It has infiltrated nations, organizations, and even the Church. Yet God’s Word promises its end, and we are seeing signs of a shift. This anti-God, anti-Jewish spirit will be destroyed. For the first time in two thousand years the Church is standing up to defeat the spirit from within.
There is an amazing story about a little boy who survived the Holocaust and became the Chief Rabbi of Israel. Israel Meir Lau was about five years old when he saw the SS beating his father for refusing an order to shave his beard. At the time, Rabbi Lau’s father was the Chief Rabbi in Piotrków, Poland. The town’s Jewish men had asked the rabbi whether they should follow the Nazi order to cut their beards. He told them to “do it in order to save [themselves] from punishment.” However, he kept his own beard to “safeguard tradition” and “preserve the honor of the town rabbinate.”
Young Israel Lau was sent to the concentration camp at Buchenwald. He and his brothers Naphtali and Yehoshua were the only members of their immediate family not to be murdered. You can see why Rabbi Lau wrote this
“We must not speak of the six million who were butchered, or of the million and a half children who were murdered. The human mind cannot process—either emotionally or experientially—the concept of millions of people. Rather we must speak of little Shloimy and Moshe, young Leah-le and Sarah-le”.
Rabbi Lau believes that the tally of murdered Jewish people is not entirely accurate.
“Physically, the Nazis did kill six million Jews in acts of indescribable cruelty. But in terms of emotion, faith, and consciousness, they killed far more than that.” -Rabbi Israel Meir Lau
Why Did Evil Win Against Good?
Pastor Larry met a dear Holocaust survivor and her only request was that we tell the survivors’ story everywhere, in hopes there would be no more holocausts. Yet even reasonable people look back to the Holocaust and convince themselves that it could never happen again. But is that true? Didn’t the unthinkable happen in our modern era? Didn’t evil triumph because millions of reasonable people did nothing? We must remain vigilant. Some are saying that today’s anti-Semitism is even more virulent than it was in Hitler’s time because of technology. It can “spread vile thoughts globally instantaneously” with just a push of a button.
The term, anti-Semitism became a “nice” way to describe hatred for Jewish people. It’s a euphemism that was coined by a nineteenth-century political writer to replace the term Jew-haters, which was thought to be too vulgar. The new term deemphasized religion and seemed more acceptable to the masses. But now the vocabulary continues to evolve. Today those who want to sound politically correct reject the word anti-Semitism and say instead that they are “anti-Israel” or “anti-Zionist.” Whatever the terminology, anti-Semitism is on the rise.
The Escalating Hatred No One Wants to Talk About
The Jerusalem Post released an article in January 2022, by Aaron Reich that declared, “Last year was the most antisemitic year in the last decade, with at least 10 antisemitic incidents happening on average every single day, according to the annual Antisemitism Report published by the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency. While the average number of incidents was over 10 a day, the real number is likely much higher since so many incidents go unreported. The main antisemitic incidents were graffiti, desecration, vandalism and propaganda, but physical and verbal violence still comprised almost a third of them. At least there were no antisemitic murders last year.” The Anti-Semitism Monitor has been tracking incidents in countries around the world since 2018. The list goes on an on and grows longer every year.
On January 15, 2022, right here in our back yard, a gunman entered Beth Israel Synagogue, in Colleyville, Texas during the weekly Shabbat service, where the rabbi and a small group had gathered. At 10:45 AM the 9-1-1 call went out that four hostages were being held. Local police, the FBI, ATF and others quickly responded. Negotiations continued until right before nine o’clock at night when the rabbi, courageously saw an opportunity to escape along with the others. The gunman was killed. Responding to this situation, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, a US-based non-profit organization that combats anti-Semitism, called for vigilance in securing synagogues and Jewish institutions following the attack. “This situation is a painful reminder of the fact that synagogues in America continue to be at risk for terrorist attacks,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the organization’s CEO and national director. Greenblatt added “The risks remain high in light of the historic level of antisemitism across the country and the proliferation of anti-Jewish hate online.”
Are You Ready to Take the Challenge – Stand Up!
Beth Israel Synagogue is less than 20 minutes away from our church in Bedford. Let me challenge you to stand up for Israel and for the Jewish people. You and I are not only responsible for what we do and say; we are also responsible when we do and say nothing about injustice. Scripture is clear on this: “You must not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is at stake. I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:16, net). Jewish tradition says that one who watches and does nothing is as guilty as one who commits the crime. We are obligated by God to do all we can do to stop evil.
Imagine how different history would look if someone such as Pope Pius XII had boldly spoken against Hitler’s “Final Solution.” At the Wannsee Conference of January 20, 1942, the Nazis planned the extermination of eleven million Jewish people. They did not fully succeed, but neither did they fully fail. We cannot stand idly by. “To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” James 4:17. To grasp what we see today, we need to reflect on history. Anti-Semitism began with Pharaoh’s genocide of newborn Israelite boys. It showed up when Balak and Balaam planned to curse Israel, when Haman planned to wipe out the Jewish people, when the Crusades raged, when the Inquisition’s oppression surged, and when Hitler enacted extermination policies. Anti-Semitism was not only in the past, but it is still happening today.
In 2018 France experienced a 74 percent increase in offenses against Jewish people, as compared with the previous year. Germany also reported an increase, with violent attacks against Jewish people up 60 percent. In May 2019 a Jewish cemetery was vandalized in Bordeaux, France. In the same month, Germany’s government warned Jewish men not to wear kippahs in public, following spikes in anti-Semitic attacks. Friends from Israel have shared with us that it is no longer safe to wear their kippahs in European cities. More than 10 percent of Orthodox and Catholic Christians in Eastern Europe state that they would not be willing to accept Jewish people as fellow citizens. Fifty-six percent of Austrians are unaware that six million Jewish people perished in the Holocaust, with 12 percent believing the number of Jewish people killed was fewer than 100,000.
The Horrifying Numbers No One Wants to Count
During a five-month period in New York City, 110 of 184 reported hate crimes were committed against Jewish people. In April 2019 the New York Times international edition published a vile, anti-Semitic cartoon depicting President Trump as a blind man wearing a kippah and being led by a dog. The dog had the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wore the Star of David on its collar. The cartoon was reminiscent of propaganda pieces under the Third Reich. An Islamic man, Mohammed Merah, shot soldiers in Toulouse and Montauban, France, and attacked innocents at a Jewish school in Toulouse. Dr. Sarah Halimi, a retired physician, was beaten to death and thrown from her Paris balcony in 2017. Witnesses report that after the killer threw her body off the balcony into the building’s courtyard, he said, “I killed the shaitan” (demon).
In 2018 a shooter murdered eleven and injured six during Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On the last day of Passover in 2019, a shooter killed one woman and injured three others during services at a Poway, California synagogue. The shooter had posted an open letter in which he professed to be a Christian and blamed the Jewish people for the “genocide of the European race” and “the murder of Jesus.” In May 2019 a Neo-Nazi group disrupted a peaceful Holocaust memorial event in Russellville, Arkansas by “waving swastikas and chanting as they marched down the street.” In 2019 Minnesota Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, made openly anti-Semitic statements that went unchallenged by the Democrat Party and much of the mainstream media. In 2012 she claimed that Israel had “hypnotized the world,” and she expressed the hope that Allah would “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
You Absolutely Can’t Stand on the Sidelines Now!
These are just a small sample of terrible acts, but it’s enough to convey the crisis. We can all agree that something must be done and that standing silent on the sidelines is not an option. The question is, what else can we do? Refuse to be silent! For example, when you hear someone say, “The Jews killed Jesus,” bring them to the truth in a loving but compassionate way. Remember that anti-Semitism is Christianity’s original sin. Then choose to become part of the solution. Show misinformed people the facts. It is unfair and illogical to blame all the Jewish people for what a few corrupt leaders and the Roman Empire did two thousand years ago.
Boycott, Divest, Sanction To stand up, you have to know what you are standing for and against. Overt violence and verbal attacks are only part of today’s anti-Semitism. Currently the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement (BDS) has taken aim at Israel and the Jewish people, “wrapped in a cloak of social justice,” and is gaining support across from students, businesses, and even some religious denominations. The movement supports an Israel-Palestine two-state solution and is bringing pressure to bear on Israeli commerce and trade.
Break The Curse Of Anti-Semitism
Martin Luther King said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people”. Silence is not an option! Look at Queen Esther. Imagine if she would have stayed silent, how different the outcome would have been. So what can you do to break the curse? We are offering you a free download here of 8 things Christians Can Do To Break The Curse of Anti-Semitism.
1. Pray for the Peace and Protection of Jerusalem
2. Study Bible Prophecy & God’s Promises to the Jewish People
3. Learn the History of Replacement Theology
4. Begin Celebrating the Biblical Holidays
5. Vote for Pro-Israel Candidates and Policies
6. Share Pro-Israel and Jewish Roots Viewpoints on Your Social Media
7. Help LHM Stand with Israel and Bless the Jewish Community
8. Help Restore Judeo-Christianity it Will Help Bring Back the Messiah
Do You Really Know How High the Stakes Are?
BDS is not a new concept. In 1933 the Nazis instituted boycotts of Jewish businesses. The first began on April 1 of that year when storm troopers “stood menacingly in front of Jewish-owned department stores and retail establishments,” as well as doctors’ offices. These actions reached a crescendo by November 9–10, 1938, when Nazis “torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools, and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews.” The Star of David and anti-Semitic slogans were painted on doors and windows to discourage Jewish commerce and blame the Jewish people for Germany’s troubles. The police did almost nothing to stop the terror. The attack in November 1938 was known as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Thousands of businesses and hundreds of synagogues burned in Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland.28 Waves of violence ensued, as did the mass arrests of Jewish people. What started as a boycott of Jewish businesses culminated in the wholesale genocide of Jewish men, women, and children. We have to ask ourselves, what should have been done, and what must we do now?
The windows of Jewish businesses are being broken today, and synagogues are being attacked. In the space of a few days in 2014 several synagogues in Paris were attacked during anti-Israel demonstrations. In one case two hundred Jewish people were trapped inside while a pro-Palestinian mob protested outside. A leader in France’s Jewish community compared the incident to Kristallnacht. Abe Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s National Director Emeritus, warned that “the similarities cannot be ignored.” Jewish people in Germany have similar concerns. After synagogue bombings and public chants of “Jews to the gas,” a Jewish leader in Germany said, “These are the worst times since the Nazi era.”
Don’t Be Deceived – Things Aren’t Getting Better
Please listen to what we’re about to share: most Germans, Austrians, and residents of the Sudetenland paid little attention to Kristallnacht, or they saw it as the work of a few fanatics. Five years earlier the government restricted employment in the civil service and eventually prohibited non-Aryan educators from working. In the absence of resistance the net of oppression tightened against law-abiding Jewish people, and the hatred became a contagion. Can we afford to assume that the BDS movement is only a boycott and things will get better? No, we cannot. And for the record, neither Kristallnacht, the Holocaust, nor BDS were or are about achieving a two-state solution. They are about anti-Semitism. BDS leaders use the rhetoric of religious and moral authority to condemn Israel in sermons, essays, press releases, reports, and other publications. The Palestinians are portrayed as powerless, oppressed people who must be defended against a bully—Israel. These anti-Israel sentiments mask the real issue, which is anti-Jewish hatred.
A few years ago, Pastor Larry was part of a delegation from more than thirty-five nations that visited an Israeli factory targeted by the BDS movement. The plant employed an equal number of Jewish people and Arabs. Management provided Muslim staffers with a private, enclosed area for appointed times of prayer. When we talked to some of the Arab employees (both men and women), they told us how much they loved working there and said they made a better living in that factory than they could have made elsewhere. Unfortunately the business had to relocate due to BDS and settlement issues. Neither Jewish nor Arab people in that area have the opportunity to earn the good wages they once enjoyed. You might be surprised to hear that the primary driver of BDS is a confederation of Palestinian groups supported not by weak, helpless people but by a contingent of international financiers and universities. Divestment drives are becoming more frequent on campuses. Even the World Council of Churches is actively involved in the BDS movement.
The Big Lie People Keep on Believing
Making the lie stick since May 14, 1948, nations have stood against the reborn Jewish nation. Anti-Semitism is at work, as it has been since Amalek, the origin of this spirit, for millennia. For seventy-plus years Israel has fought a battle of words and ideas such as; Israel’s “apartheid,” Israel the “occupier,” “illegal” settlements, “Palestinian refugees,” and the “Gaza blockade.” Saying something doesn’t make it true. However, Nazi propagandists allegedly said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” There is truth in that statement. A lie can be perpetuated when dark forces systematically shield it from the light. Tyrannical states like Nazi Germany used their great power to repress the truth. Why? Because it is the mortal enemy of the lie. In the end the truth wins, but the lies of anti-Semitism have survived for millennia.
In the most recent news, Whoopie Goldberg was punished for something she said on The View. She claimed, “The Holocaust isn’t about race… It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.” What?! This is exactly what Hitler meant. He wanted an Aryan, pure white race. He believed that Jews were an inferior race with Judaism as their bloodline. Goldberg’s statements during this rise of anti-Semitism, whether unintentionally or not, bolstered the false distinction between prejudice against Jews and prejudice against people of color. In America, Jews too are marginalized at times. We won’t stand for racism for people of color so why would we allow it for the Jews? The sooner we recognize that antisemitism, like racism is real, it’s all around us, and its rising, the sooner we can work together to eradicate hate.
Join Us In Standing With The Nation of Israel
Now you know the truth. You’ve heard us say, “The truth will set you free.” But it’s the truth you know and understand that brings the breakthrough. It sets you free, and when you share it with others, brings them freedom. Now is not the time to sit back and do nothing. More than every before, it is the time for you and I to rise up, tell the truth, stand for Israel, and support the Jewish people. Queen Esther was one person who chose to stand up. What a difference one person can make with the Spirit of God behind her.
Join us as we stand with Israel, repair the breach between Jews and Christians and fulfill biblical prophecy. This is how we prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah. It’s an amazing opportunity to touch the world! For your gift of any amount, you will receive a 3-CD teaching, The Revelation of the One New Man.
Together we can defeat anti-Semitism, reverse the curse of the spirit of Amalek behind it, and fulfill our part of God’s prophetic, end time plan to be the manifestation of “one new man” side by side with the Jewish people.