Spiritual Basis for Anti-Semitism
One of the hallmarks of the last days before Messiah comes is a worldwide spike in anti-Semitism. Recent reports of vandalism against Jewish property and community centers abound. Desecration of Jewish cemeteries is also on the rise. In America!
We have come to expect this in Europe, where Islamic demographics and socialist humanism form a perfect anti-Israel coalition. It makes sense… as the memory of the Nazi holocaust fades and that generation passes from the scene. Israel is currently being flooded by French émigrés seeking asylum from their diaspora land.
Israel remains the Middle East democratic bulwark against growing Islamic dictatorships.
Hezbollah’s terror rocket attacks against Israel from Lebanese soil in the 2006 Lebanon War, and Hamas’ rocket attacks against Israel from Gazan soil in December 2008/January 2009 are examples of the ongoing fight for survival that is faced by the Jewish state.
In each case Israel had previously pulled out of each territory as a step toward potential peace. In each case the enemy interpreted Israel’s withdrawal as defeat, and their murderous desires to attack and destroy Israel grew rather than being thwarted.
Israel’s justified wars of self-defense against her Islamist enemies were met by virulent worldwide media condemnation, descending even to anti-Jewish rioting, physical attacks against Jewish synagogues and cemeteries, and ultimately to violence against Jewish and Israeli individuals.
These attacks are on the rise around the world.
The violent Islamist genie has escaped from his bottle. He will not quickly return to his previous prison.
Behind the Headlines
In this TV segment *, Katharine and I introduce Rosemary Schindler speaking at Oskar Schindler’s grave in Jerusalem:
We need to know there is an unseen spiritual basis for this hatred of the Jewish people.
The scriptures, in Revelation 12 connect this directly to the final thrashings of the red dragon known as Satan. His war in the heavenly realm against Michael, the archangel who protects Israel (Daniel 12:1; 10:21), also has ramifications on earth. This enemy always attempts to destroy Israel. The very existence of God’s chosen people are a constant reminder of the return of Messiah. There is a coming world revival, bringing in the times of refreshing and the restoration of all things (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 11:12, 15).
The devil knows that his own fall and destruction are directly connected to the Jewish people’s coming into their promised inheritance. As a result, the enemy is increasing his attempts to wipe out Israel.
The Bible teaches that Satan himself is a creation of God, subject to His sovereignty, and ultimately to be crushed under the feet of the body of Messiah (Romans 16:20) – the community of faith. Satan’s agent, the anti-Messiah, in the end will also be slain with the breath of Messiah’s mouth when Yeshua returns (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Whatever power and activity the devil is allowed to exercise up to that point, we should bear in mind that he is very much tethered by a tightly held divine leash.
The rise of demonized anti-Semitism may indeed be one of the last vomits of Satan. Its meteoric rise in our day has a clear meaning – that the devil is panicking. The international explosion of Jew hatred is an eschatological warning flag, letting us know it is time to “know which way the wind blows”.
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