Western Christians in the 1930’s were beset by a selective blindness – one that left them criminally unprepared for the rise of genocidal Nazi anti-Semitism. This same dynamic is being repeated in our day in spades. This time the entry point for foul evil is not racist fascism but rather anti-Zionism and deference to jihadi Islam.
Fire burn and cauldron bubble
It’s been another ‘business as usual’ week in the Middle East. The geopolitical strategies of the Western superpowers lie shattered in the dust while jihadi Islamic forces murder, rob, rape and enslave their way across the Mesopotamian plain.
The black war flags of jihad proclaiming upcoming Caliphate world domination flutter over:
- Iraqi Humvees (http://cdn.defenseone.com/media/img/upload/2014/06/12/AP655957271427/defense-large.jpg)
- Jordanian protests (www.columbian.com/news/2014/jun/28/jordan-fears-homegrown-isil-more-than-invasion-fro/)
- Netherlands streets and parks (http://weaselzippers.us/196025-pro-isis-demonstrators-call-for-death-to-jews-in-the-netherlands/; www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/27/isis-s-black-flags-are-flying-in-europe.html; www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674736/ISIS-militants-declare-formation-caliphate-Syria-Iraq-demand-Muslims-world-swear-allegiance.html)
- German marches (www.christianmessenger.in/netherlands-bans-islamic-states-black-flag-of-jihad/)
- US demonstrations
- Israeli Arab marches in Nazareth & Akko (www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=183896)
“Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa – A spectre is haunting Europe”
Europe is not far behind. The upsurge of violent anti-Semitic marches, riots, synagogue burnings and physical attacks on Jewish individuals is documented for all to see. Though the politically correct excuse for this anti-Semitic terror is given as Gaza-connected, there is no practical separation between anti-Zion and anti-Jew. The adulterous connection between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is on lurid display, splashed boldly across the TV screens of the world.
Moral failure of Western media
Western media have been roundly seduced by Islamist spinmeisters and are serving as drugged spokesmen for jihadi strategies, trumpeting Hamas propaganda as accurate news. Their digital falsifications aptly fit George Orwell’s 1984 vision of ‘newspeak’ and ‘right-speak.’ The jihadi guerilla strategy of cynically catalyzing casualties to one’s own civilian population and then castigating Israel for defending itself – this scheme has blinded the hearts of many Western viewers, bewitching their eyes and skewing their discernment.
The love of many Westerners is growing cold
Anti-Semitism has even bled over into cold-hearted diplomatic censure, as Britain (www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/12/british-arms-exports-israel-gaza-block-suspension) and America (www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4558615,00.html) leak to world media the existence of embargoes on resupplying Israel with the military ability to defend itself from jihadi rocket fire.
Tangled up in hooks
A burning prophetic word came to Ezekiel on the plains of Babylon. He described how in the Last Days, the God of Israel would put hooks into the jaws of mighty nations and pull them down to direct a hate-filled attack against the Jewish state and the Jewish people.
“I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army… After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste… It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog. Thus says YHVH God, Are you the one of whom I spoke in former days through My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days for many years that I would bring you against them? It will come about on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, declares YHVH God, that My fury will mount up in My anger” (Ezekiel 38:4,8,16-18)
Some have suggested that the seductive bait to tempt the nations will be the bromine-rich brine wells of the Dead Sea, an essential ingredient in agricultural fertilizers. Others have declared that the attraction will be a new and world-shaking Israeli oil discovery. All these stand alone as potentially true and valid reasons.
- But as the genie of anti-Semitism has come roaring out of its bottle and has morphed into a ‘street fighting man’ on the streets of Europe and America, it may well be that ‘the hook’ in the jaws of the nations is Gentile hatred for Zion as well as for the Jewish people
While Westerners are barely moved by Muslims slaughtering Muslims in the hundreds of thousands, they turn an understanding and sympathetic eye to Islamist hate fests directed against Israel – especially when the Jewish state stoutly refuses to tolerate jihadi terror attacks against Israeli civilians. The legitimation and justification of mass anti-Semitic rampages against Israel reveal how solidly this hook has been fastened in the jaws of the nations.
Whereas Muslim communities in the West have by and large not been subject to hate-filled riots by Jewish demonstrators, and have not had to post police cordons around their community centers and mosques, the Jewish people’s historical experience in Europe has been either persecution (when Jews were powerless) or bigoted and demonized attack (when the Jewish state protects its own citizens). Accommodating volatile Islamist sentiment will not spare Europe or America from the vengeance of the black flags.
Barely one hundred years after the Norman invasion and occupation of Saxon England, King Henry II found himself at odds with the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas à Becket over coronation protocol and protection of the privileges of the Catholic church. His fateful remark to four of his knights, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?” catalyzed their assassination of Thomas in 1170 near the door leading to the monastic cloister (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket).
There are many today, even in the Christian world, who look upon the Jewish people and their state with haughty eye, raised eyebrow and theological smirk. Part of the Jewish people’s irrevocable gifts and calling involves being a priest to the nations (Isaiah 61:6-7). Jihadi Islam is asking Henry II’s dramatic question to the non-Muslim world, and European response (soon to be followed by American assent) is close to deafening.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit, the Holy Restrainer (2 Thessalonians 2:5-12) to blunt and hold back the satanic resuscitation of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world today
- Pray for the body of Messiah to rise up in intercession and action in protection of the physical and spiritual survival and destiny of the Jewish people
- Pray for networks of preparation – modern underground railroads – to be established and linked up, as the Corrie ten Booms of this generation step up to the plate
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