The Scroll of Esther contains a hidden key which sheds light on how greed influenced Haman’s attempted Persian Holocaust against the Jews.
- Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain. If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king’s business, to put into the king’s treasuries.” Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. The king said to Haman, “The silver is yours, and the people also, to do with them as you please” (Esther 3:8-11)
There is a continuing historical connection between the greed of power-brokers and attempts to destroy the Jewish people. This dynamic was true in jihadi Arabia and as well as in medieval Europe. It catalyzed Hitler’s Germany, drove Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and bewitches today’s Islamic Republic of Iran. Unscrupulous, evil-hearted men with great wealth are set on fire by gold-plated greed; they then actively participate in aiding and abetting Israel’s eradication.
These movers and shakers hail from all over the world, including from the major Western nations. They include leading industrialists and politicians in the USA, the UK, France, Germany and Russia. China and North Korea have also made significant contributions.
- Spiritual warfare can be measured by a consistent biblical benchmark – the manifestation of anti-Semitism (see Genesis 12:3; Revelation 12:12-13). It can be charted most clearly in the proliferation of spiritual movements dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish people. At present our planet is pulsating with this anti-Israel darkness.
- Those watchmen who have received marching orders from Isaiah 62:1-6 need to gear up for coming struggles. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Investing in Hitler
Leading American and British bankers and industrialists supported Hitler’s Nazi war machine during WWII (www.jta.org/2009/03/13/news-opinion/opinion/op-ed-american-corporate-complicity-created-undeniable-nazi-nexus). They had little problem with his hatred of the Jews. Indeed, some (like Henry Ford) even encouraged Hitler in his bloodlust. Here is a partial list:
J.D. Rockefeller – owner of Standard Oil of New Jersey and Chase Bank. His companies (Standard Oil of New Jersey [Exxon] and Standard Oil of California [Chevron]) were regularly involved in refueling Nazi naval forces, according to a March 31, 1941 U.S. State Department report.
In 1938 Standard Oil’s President Walter Teagle sold 500 tons of tetraethyl lead gasoline (a Luftwaffe necessity) to I.G. Farben, Standard Oil’s second biggest stockholder. Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect and wartime armament minister, stated after the war that without certain kinds of synthetic fuel made available by American firms, Hitler “would never have considered invading Poland.”
Standard Oil regularly shipped fuel through Spain to Switzerland for the use of Wehrmacht troops in France. At a US Congressional hearing on September 22,1947, Judge Charles Clark declared that “Standard Oil can be considered an enemy national in view of its relationships with I.G. Farben – after the United States and Germany had become active enemies” (Charles Higham, Trading with the Enemy, New York: Delacorte Press, 1983, page 62).
I.G. Farben, the giant Nazi chemical company (think Bayer Aspirin, Novocain, sulfa drugs, poison gases and rocket fuels; http://ahrp.org/auschwitz60-year-anniversary-the-role-of-ig-farben-bayer/) constructed and operated a vast industrial complex at Auschwitz producing synthetic oil and rubber. This installation consumed as much electricity as the entire city of Berlin. Over 25,000 camp inmates (many of them Jewish) died during its construction alone (www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2530447/The-spying-Scotsman-hunted-Nazis-New-York-The-amazing-story-Britains-clandestine-war-Hitlers-agents-big-money-backers-US.html). Auschwitz’s death factories were built and empowered by, among others, Rockefeller’s substantial economic support.
General Motors (GM) through its Opel subsidiary helped mobilize Hitler’s motorized war machine (www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/general-motors-and-the-third-reich; www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/nov98/nazicars30.htm)
IBM developed computers and punch cards to track and process concentration camp victims during WWWII (www.huffingtonpost.com/edwin-black/ibm-holocaust_b_1301691.html; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocaust)
Henry Ford – His Volkswagen trucks were used to transport the Nazi army (www.thenation.com/article/ford-and-fuhrer/; www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1445822/Ford-used-slave-labour-in-Nazi-German-plants.html). In 1924, Nazi Heinrich Himmler described Ford as “one of our most valuable, important, and witty fighters.” In 1931 Hitler stated that Ford was his inspiration and that was why he kept Ford’s life-size portrait next to his desk. Hitler declared, “I shall do my best to put his theories into practice in Germany” (www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/the-dark-legacy-of-henry-fords-anti-semitism-commentary/2014/10/10/c95b7df2-509d-11e4-877c-335b53ffe736_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.327fdb056bc6). Ford was a major publisher of anti-Jewish propaganda, both in his newspaper The Dearborn Independent as well as in his mass distribution of the anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dearborn_Independent; www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/henry-ford-invents-a-jewish-conspiracy).
I.T.T. supplied ingredients for the German rocket bombs dropped on London, as well as building the Focke-Wulf fighter-bombers that carried those bombs (www.jta.org/1973/04/24/archive/disclose-itt-had-nazi-ties; www.vdpi.org/American-Corporations-and-Hitler.htm).
The Bank of England was involved in secret financial dealings beneficial to the Nazi regime (www.smh.com.au/business/how-bankers-helped-the-nazis-20130801-2r1fd.html; www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/bank-of-england/10212234/Bank-of-England-helped-the-Nazis-to-sell-plundered-gold.html; www.independent.co.uk/news/the-nazis-british-bankers-1275885.html) as were USA banks like Chase. J.P. Morgan and American Express Banks (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/270849.stm).
John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles – Both worked for the Sullivan and Cromwell law firm, which did legal work for Schroder, Rockefeller and Company Investment Bank, a joint Nazi/Gestapo-American venture (www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/143053/hitlers-american-banker). John Foster Dulles (later US Secretary of State) and Allen Dulles (later of the Office of Strategic Services/CIA) represented I.G. Farben (Auschwitz factories) and Fritz Thyssen (Hitler’s biggest German financier). Toward the end of WWII they were involved in laundering Nazi money and personnel in order to develop post-War profit and intelligence connections.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Morgenthau presented a memorandum to President Roosevelt, dated May 29, 1945. A concluding quote states: “Top American industrialists and financiers named (ed. here) are covered by the categories listed above. Henry Ford and Edsel Ford respectively contributed money to Hitler and profited from German wartime production. Standard Oil of New Jersey, General Electric, General Motors, and I.T.T. certainly made financial or technical contributions which comprise prima facie evidence of ‘participating in planning or carrying out Nazi enterprises’”
- One analyst has stated about these twisted connections: “For bankers, the most important thing is to keep the channels of international finance open, no matter what the human cost – a world, in other words, not entirely different to today.”
Investing in Saddam Hussein and his nuclear weapons
The Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) attracted superpowers like a magnet. Armaments of all kinds were made available to both sides. Iraq set its sights on chemical warfare (http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/08/26/exclusive-cia-files-prove-america-helped-saddam-as-he-gassed-iran/) which was obtained mostly from Russia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union_and_the_Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War) and Germany.
A chlorine plant known as Falluja 2 was built by Uhde Ltd, a UK subsidiary of a German company. The plant was given financial guarantees by the UK’s Export Credits Guarantee Department despite official UK recognition of a “strong possibility” the plant would be used to make mustard gas. The guarantees led to UK government payment of £300,000 to Uhde in 1990 after completion of the plant was interrupted by the first Gulf War (www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/mar/06/uk.iraq). German, Italian and Dutch companies sold chemical weapons materials to Iraq at that time (https://fas.org/nuke/guide/iraq/cw/az120103.html).
A total of 80 German companies were listed as supplying Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs (www.theguardian.com/world/2002/dec/18/iraq.germany), including Daimler-Benz, MAN and Siemens. Siemens was discovered to have sold dual-purpose lithotripters with the permission of the German government, These contain electronic switches which can detonate nuclear bombs (www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/leaked-report-says-german-and-us-firms-supplied-arms-to-saddam-136466.html).
At least 24 US companies were also involved in Iraq, including Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, Rockwell, Bechtel, ICS and Unisys.
Russian oil giants Zarubezhneft and Lukoil, France’s Total (www.theguardian.com/world/2004/oct/10/france.iraq), and Royal Dutch/Shell all jumped at the chance to invest in Saddam Hussein’s oil industry (www.heritage.org/middle-east/report/facts-who-benefits-keeping-saddam-hussein-power).
The government of France moved ahead of the pack. State-of the art missiles were sold by France to Iraq, and later used against US and Coalition forces in the First Gulf War (www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/sep/8/20040908-123000-1796r/). On November 17, 1975 France signed an agreement to supply two Osirak highly enriched uranium nuclear reactors which were clearly meant to produce atomic bombs (https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq19.pdf).
From documents subsequently unearthed, we know that Saddam Hussein was prepared to use his chemical weapons arsenal against Israel if necessary (www.timesofisrael.com/saddam-gave-orders-to-fire-chemical-weapons-at-tel-aviv-if-he-was-toppled-in-first-gulf-war/). In the end 39 Scud missiles were fired by Iraq into Israeli civilian population centers. These attacks on the Jewish state were enabled and facilitated by the combined greed of global industrialists who had no qualms about empowering an enemy of Israel.
A $90 million bunker was built for Saddam Hussein in 1980-82 by Dusseldorf-based construction company Boswau and Knauer, which once built air-raid shelters for Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, and became part of German construction giant Walter Bau AG after a series of mergers in the 1980s (www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-174300/Saddams-bunker-built-Germany.html; www.cbsnews.com/news/saddams-nuke-proof-bunker/; https://nypost.com/2003/03/16/swank-bunker-for-butcher-saddams-90m-rat-hole-built-to-last/).
The sword of Damascus
Syria has been developing and using chemical warfare against its own civilians over the past years. In January 2015, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government was given a list by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) concerning German companies involved in developing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal (www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-companies-suspected-of-aiding-syrian-chemical-weapons-program-a-1014722.html). The list was immediately squelched by Merkel based on the rationale that a release of the companies’ names “would significantly impair foreign policy interests and thus the welfare of the Federal Republic of Germany.”
In February 2018, fragments of Iranian rockets used in two chlorine gas attacks were recovered with the company logo Krempel and the imprint “Made in Germany” engraved on the metal (www.jpost.com/International/Germany-sold-technology-to-Iran-for-use-in-Syrian-chemical-attacks-540760). It turns out that the German government had authorized dual-use technology sales to Tehran in years past.
Though both the USA and Russia are officially obligated to oppose the use of chemical weapons, these weapons of mass destruction are still being used with near-impunity in Syria.
Syria’s attempts to manufacture nuclear weapons have been stymied by Israel on various occasions (www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/OUTSIDE-THE-BOX-Israels-strike-on-Syrias-nuclear-plant-547870). It is Israel’s stated policy to never allow a nuclear or chemical weapons threat against the Jewish state to come into existence (www.timesofisrael.com/israel-more-powerful-than-never-before-says-pm-responding-to-iran-threats/; www.timesofisrael.com/us-officials-say-israel-behind-latest-syria-strike-preparing-for-war-with-iran/). This is now known as the ‘Begin Doctrine’ (http://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-begin-doctrine-the-lessons-of-osirak-and-deir-ez-zor/).
The jihadi threat from Persia
The octopus-like colonialist moves on the part of the Islamic Republic of Iran are slithering out in every direction from Tehran. Missiles and rockets are being fired against Riyadh in Saudi Arabia from Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. Iranian Revolutionary Guards are solidly established in Lebanon, guiding Hezbollah in preparation for war against Israel. Iranian Shi’ite infantry roam Syria, attacking both ISIS as well as Western-supported forces. Iranian missiles and drones based in Syria probe Israeli defenses, and recently have actually flown into Israel armed with explosive bombs.
- At the same time, global industrialists are intent on increasing sales of all kinds (including weaponry) to Iran. As it was in the days of Adolf or Saddam, so the nations of Europe are flocking – this time to Iran – flirting and cajoling and proffering their tainted and putrid wares to the next mass murderer who might buy them. The demonic power known as the prince of Persia (Daniel 10:13, 20) is again plotting another Haman-like annihilation of Jacob’s seed.
Trusting a liar
On April 30 Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu called a closely watched press conference. He presented an intelligence scoop of stunning proportions. Israel’s Mossad and AMAN (military intelligence) succeeded in spiriting over 100,000 documents (a half ton of materials) from Iran’s top-secret archives of atomic research. Overwhelming evidence was presented by Israel that Iran has been lying to the entire world from the late 1990’s concerning its ongoing secret program to develop nuclear weapons, guidance systems and ICBMs. At the same time, Iran has repeatedly boasted and made no secret of its threat to destroy Israel with any nuclear weapons it gets its hands on.
Yeshua once said, in another context, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
It is said that, if the shoe fits, then wear it! Iran’s leadership stands decisively exposed on the TV screens of the world as consistently lying about its nuclear intentions, actions, and strategies. That country’s leadership cannot ever again be trusted.
Unfortunately, as in the days of Adolf and Neville Chamberlain, most of the nations of the world seem to be blinded by their fears and crazed by their greed for profit. Many world leaders and commentators agree that (obviously) Iran has been lying in the past. But they quickly wiggle free and declare that Iran is probably not actually lying at this very minute, and that Iran should be given the benefit of the doubt. Iran should be free from economic sanctions. World trade should be opened up once again, and Iran should have the freedom to continue on its merry way toward conflagration.
The words of the prophet Isaiah aptly apply to such a situation – regarding both Iran and the pundits of the world: “They trust in confusion and speak lies. They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity!” (Isaiah 59:4).
How should we then pray?
- Pray that the plans of the enemy in Iran be frustrated and stopped
- Pray for those who are responsible for Israel’s security – for divine revelation and strategies
- Pray for the leaders of your own country – that they will receive divine perspective and strategies
- Pray for the Jewish people to be protected from all who would do her harm – both physically and spiritually
- Pray for believers and prophetic intercessors worldwide to tap into God’s heart about these issues
- Pray for the raising up of Ezekiel’s army speedily and in our day
Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.
In Messiah Yeshua,
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