I fully understand that this article is extremely sensitive. So sensitive that any Gentile who might submit such an article might be attacked viciously. That is why I am submitting it. As a Jewish-Christian myself, I am used to the attacks; and, just maybe, I can be given a hearing that my precious Gentile brethren may not.
As many of you know, Monday, January 27th is the International Day of Commemoration of the Holocaust of World War 2. I won’t recite over again the horrors of those days or the tragic numbers of dead which we all can recall.
My purpose in this article is to inform my readers that the Jewish battle cry, “Never Again!” will soon become a bitter memory as my people face the greater horror of the Holocaust to Come. Zechariah 13:8 foretells it…
“Two-thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die, says the LORD. But one-third will be left in the land.”
In “the land” of Israel today, are about 5 million Jews. If we assume that the Tribulation begins somewhere in the next 5 years or so, that number will have grown to be 6 million. Two-thirds of 6 million is 4 million! That would be a second Shoah, indeed! But there will be many more victims among my Jewish people.
By many estimates, there are some 11 million additional Jews living outside of Israel today; let us say 12 million in 3-5 years from now. Most scholars of end-times prophecy tell us that somewhere between half to three quarters of all inhabitants of the earth will die during the terrible judgments of the Tribulation.
A conservative figure in between those two estimates would be about two-thirds. If two-thirds of all Jews outside of Israel are struck down in the Tribulation, that would equal some 8 million souls. Add to that the 4 million dead in Israel alone, and you have a total of 12 million Jewish people perishing during “the time of Jacob’s trouble”! (Jer. 30:7).
Twelve million Jewish victims is equal to exactly twice the number who fell during the Holocaust of World War 2! This, then, is what I call the “Holocaust to Come”!
My precious Jewish people will die because we “remain in our sin” without a Savior, as we read in Ezekiel 18:4b…
“…the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
We will die because we continued to “hate without a cause” the One who came to rescue us, as our blessed King David prophesied on behalf of the Messiah in Psalm 35:19…
“Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.”
We will die because we lacked knowledge and did not seek to gain it, as our prophet Hosea warned in chapter 4, verse 6 and 7…
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
But, most tragically, the descendants of Abraham will die because we did not understand nor believe the warning of the lesser Shoah 75 years ago!
This is a painful teaching among Israel-loving Gentile Christians; it is completely impermissible to suggest among my own Jewish people, but I ask my readers to consider the following scriptures and decide for themselves who is really most responsible for the Holocaust?
I have heard it taught, and I believe it myself, that one of God’s main purposes in allowing the Holocaust of WW2 was to bring about the creation of the modern state of Israel in fulfillment of His own prophetic word. Praise the Lord for that! But there was another reason as well. The judgment of the Holocaust represents the fulfillment of prophetic scriptures in Deuteronomy 28:15, 25…
“But if you refuse to listen to the LORD your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you… The LORD will cause you to be defeated by your enemies. You will attack your enemies from one direction, but you will scatter from them in seven! You will be an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth….”
Above are just two verses describing the deadly curses which God spoke through Moses to warn the Jewish people about abandoning Him. But there are 48 more such verses in that same chapter and many, many more similar warnings in other books of the Torah (Old Testament). The entire chapter of Deuteronomy 28 reads exactly like an accurate record of the past 2,000 years of my people’s history, yet it was written 1,500 years before Yeshua (Jesus) by Moses, our blessed teacher! Along with Isaiah 53, Deuteronomy 28 is a chapter that is never discussed in Temples anywhere around the world today. Yet until we acknowledge our guilt before God, we will never be able to respond to His judgments correctly (Zech. 12:10).
Yeshua claimed to be our Messiah, sent by our God to save us from our sins, but we would not believe him. Though it was the sins of the whole world which sent him to the cross, it was the Jewish leaders, along with the Romans, who shared complicity in his crucifixion. Since our rejection of Yeshua, we have lost our Temple and, with it, our ability to offer the blood sacrifices which God provided us for the atonement of our sins! Since our rejection of Yeshua, we lost Jerusalem (70 A.D.) and, a few years later (135 A.D.), the whole land of Israel. Since our rejection of Yeshua, we have wandered, suffered and been persecuted as orphans all over the world. This is exactly what Moishe Rabeinu (Moses our Teacher) predicted would happen in Deut. 28:63, 64a, 37…
“Just as the LORD has found great pleasure in causing you to prosper and multiply, the LORD will find pleasure in destroying you. You will be torn from the land you are about to enter and occupy. For the LORD will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other… You will become an object of horror, ridicule, and mockery among all the nations to which the LORD sends you.”
But we did not remember God’s words, nor did we truly believe them. Even today in the synagogues, the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy is rarely read, and never are its horrors ascribed to our own failure to obey our God! So, finally, the Lord our God, jealous for his “first-born son” (Exodus 4:22) and determined to restore to Himself at least a remnant, was forced to inflict upon us the Holocaust, and six million had to perish! The enemies of my people who perpetrated the horrors of the Holocaust will not go unpunished by HaShem. But we have missed the truth of our own judgment and blamed the sword alone while blinded to the hand that wielded it!
How is it possible that my brilliant Jewish people still cannot see that for two millennia now, we have incurred all of the curses by which Moses sought to warn us!? How is it possible that my gifted Jewish nation still fails to understand that the fulfillment of these prophetic curses proves that we must have “disobeyed” and “turned away from” our ancient God in some indescribably horrible way!? Some of the highly observant, orthodox Jews want us to believe that we have grieved our God by our lack of piety towards the Laws of Moses. But if piety towards the Mosaic Law was the thing God was looking for, then why did He allow 1,000,000 observant, orthodox Jews to die in the camps along with the secular Jews?
Clearly, we were not dying for our disobedience to the Law, but for some other tragic failure on our part. Could it perhaps be connected to Deut. 18?
“I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf” (Deut. 18:18-19).
Forty-seven years ago, I first heard that Jesus declared himself to be our own long-lost Jewish Messiah and the Prophet of whom Moses spoke. For 90 minutes, I was literally struck speechless with the mere consideration of that claim. Though a young man, I was given God’s help to reason that if this claim were true, it would explain the entire history of my suffering Jewish “mishpochah” (family) for the past 2,000 years! That day, I prayed that my God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, would show me the truth about Yeshua’s Messianic claims. I promptly dropped out of college and spent the next 18 months seeking to prove this claim either true or false. After significant scripture study, and many miraculous signs all pointing to the cross, I bowed my heart and claimed Yeshua as my king…
“Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Jesus replied, ‘You have said it.’” (Mark 15:2).
How terrible to think of all of the Jewish branches which will soon be broken off! That is why, in closing, I have a challenge for my brothers and sisters who have been “grafted in” to the olive tree of God’s love. Read this article one more time, prayerfully. If you believe it to be biblical and worthy, be bold as a lion and e-mail copies to several rabbis in your city and to any Jewish friends the Lord brings to your heart. If you do not want to be attacked, you may send them my e-mail for their replies. Who knows if, together, we may be used by God to add to the remnant He is saving out for himself, and in so doing, to preserve a precious Jewish soul from the horrible Holocaust to Come!
Asher Mandel (firstname.lastname@example.org)