Holocaust!

1 05 2019

 

Holocaust day 2018

POWERFUL: Holocaust Remembrance Day Siren Sounds Throughout Israel People stand still on the Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv as a two-minute siren is sounded across Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Seventy-four years ago the world began waking up to the hints of the Nazi genocide of six million Jews and five million Christians and others. Only in the following years after World War II  was the full magnitude of horror exposed. Yet, today two-thirds of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz was. (It was the largest Nazi concentration camp that killed over 1.1 million Jews.) Twenty-two per cent said they never heard of the Holocaust! No wonder America is losing control of our youth.

The other problem is that few actual survivors of the Holocaust are still alive to tell about it. The ignorance of such a cataclysmic event will catch up with us sooner or later. There is a resonance to the saying: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

My attempt today is to connect prophecy with history. Please take a few minutes and just read Psalm 102, which I call “The Holocaust Psalm.” Just read, at least the first ten verses, the graphic portrayal of that horrible tragedy.

But do not despair, because only three years later, Yehovah God resurrected Israel. He began the regathering of the people to the land with blessing, restoration and favor. This is exactly what was prophesied in verse 13:

You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come. Psalm 102:13

Continue reading to verse 18 which is miss-translated. The Hebrew text is not “a generation to come,” as though it was some nebulous future time. The literal rendering is “the last generation,” Wow! What a difference that makes. The whole prophetic Psalm was written, and expected to be understood, only after the Holocaust!

“This will be written for the last generation, that a people yet to be created may praise Yehovah. For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven Yehovah viewed the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to release those appointed to death, to declare the name of Yehovah in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem, when the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve Yehovah.” Psalm 102:18-22

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)

(Why  do I use God’s literal covenant Name: Yehovah? Here is a link to the best simple explanation I know, from my friend, Keith Johnson. Also, here is a link to my book which explains it in detail, The Hebrew God Who Has No Name.)





Where is God? Harvey? Irma? Holocaust?

7 09 2017

Bottomless Pit

With our attention riveted on hurricanes, I have two comments about God’s place in the massive death and destruction of cataclysmic events of weather and wars. Is God there?

  1. Six million Jews died in the Holocaust. (Was that the time of Jacob’s trouble?)
  2. Many thousands die in storms, fires and earthquakes.

One is the result of war, the other natural disasters. In either case the question is asked defiantly: Where is God? To answer this question we must distinguish between His dealings with nations from His dealings with individuals.

First, we know that Yehovah God is omnipresent, He is everywhere all the time. Secondly, we know that He is a Father and His primary nature is love. Thirdly, we know from Psalm 19 that His judgments are true and righteous. If you don’t believe that, you reject the God of the Bible.

The law of Yehovah is perfect, converting the soul; ​​the testimony of Yehovah is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of Yehovah are right, rejoicing the heart; ​​the commandment of Yehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of Yehovah is clean, enduring forever; ​​the judgments of Yehovah  are true and righteous altogether. ​​More to be desired are they than gold, ​​yea, than much fine gold; ​​sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. ​​Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11

  1. Holocaust and wars. Because of the reality of evil and a real devil, there is much sin and death caused not by God but by evil. Ultimately God will end evil. He only delays to allow for many millions more to choose His salvation. Nations hang in the balance of His judgments and receive the consequences of their policies. The Holocaust was the despicable result of Nazi policy conceived by Hitler and the devil straight out of the pits of hell. It is, sadly, quite logical for Jews to ask where God was at that time. Many are atheists rather than accepting a God who would allow such a heinous crime. Yet, individually, Yehovah showed mercy to many as reports attest. And His mercy of salvation personally was still possible for each victim on the basis of their heart toward God and His promise of the Messiah. Only He can know the heart.
  2. Natural disasters. God uses such events as wake-up calls for nations to repent from ungodly pursuits, and turn to Him for blessing and favor on their cities and nation. And also, again, individuals have a personal opportunity to call on Him for mercy and salvation. We heard many inspiring testimonies of Jesus from Hurricane Harvey. Where is your heart toward Him? Are you mad at God? Ask for mercy, humble yourself and repent. Call on the Messiah Yeshua and He will save you eternally. We may or may or not survive physically, but we have the hope of life eternal. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we know that we also will be raised to be with Him and the Father forever.

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

Therefore, we do pray for our nation in this time of natural disasters of wind and fire. Yehovah have mercy, and may our nation turn back to God. And we also pray for His purpose of restoration, favor and peace for Israel. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists          (Read more)

 





Ezekiel’s Dry Bones and the Holocaust

4 05 2016
Israel Commemorates Six Million Martys

Israel Commemorates Six Million Martys

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom haShoah) for Jewish people, and all who hold sacred the memory of Six Million Martyrs to Hitler’s genocide. It is a sober day in Israel and around the world for many. We all should pause and reflect and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Recently, a prominent New York Rabbi called for Jews to leave America and return to Israel for the catastrophe coming to the U.S. (see Wars and Rumors of Wars).

Ezekiel 37 refers to a valley of dry bones that has been seen as pointing to the return of Jews to Israel from exile.But I want to suggest a more literal take on Ezekiel’s dry bones vision. (I have a deeper look at this in my book, Generation LIFE, chapter 11: Holocaust Resurrection.)

3 Questions

Where, geographically, is the valley located that Ezekiel saw? Is the resurrection of the bones literal? What is the purpose of the “exceedingly great army”?

Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. Ezekiel 37:9-10

Now, the traditional understanding of this passage is to the general last-day return of Israel to the Land. The reference (bolded) of a great army could refer to the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). They have become a force to be reckoned with in the Middle East. That surely applies, but what if God were to literally raise the Holocaust victims from the dead, and supernaturally make them an actual physical army for the last battle?

Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yehovah: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am Yehovah, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, Yehovah, have spoken it and performed it,” says Yehovah.’ ” Ezekiel 37:11-14

One thing clarified by this second quoted section is that the valley of dry bones was not in Israel. I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. What would be the prophetic timing of such a miracle purpose? We can only speculate, probably at the Second Coming, when Jesus arrives to deal the final defeat of the anti-Messiah forces. What a glorious and victorious battle it will be, especially to those who had suffered such ignoble desecration in their deaths.

I do not insist on this interpretation, but what if….?

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists       (READ MORE)





Netanyahu Today at UN

1 10 2015

Don't worry AmericaThis was perhaps the most powerful 45 seconds of silence you will ever witness. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu exposed the hypocrisy of the nations who have not condemned the Iran’s constant calls for Israel’s annihilation.

The most poignant moment of the speech involved no remarks at all, as Netanyahu, in his seventh UN General Assembly address, asked the body if it had forgotten the lessons of the Holocaust just seventy years since its founding. He quoted from Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, from its president and its military commanders, all reiterating a familiar pledge: Israel, a state where six million Jews reside, must be annihilated, sooner rather than later. “Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my people,” Netanyahu said. “And the response from this body— the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here— has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.” 
Silence followed the charge as the prime minister surveyed the room with a stoic stare. None spoke or moved in the audience as Netanyahu, at the lectern, remained quiet for nearly a minute. Jerusalem Post 10-1-15

I also want to share my top five quotes from the speech:

  1. When bad behavior is rewarded, it only gets worse.
  2. The best intentions don’t prevent the worst outcomes.
  3. Make sure that the inspectors actually inspect. Make sure that the snapback sanctions actually snap back. And make sure that Iran’s violations aren’t swept under the Persian rug.
  4. In four years of horrific violence in Syria, more than a quarter of a million people have lost their lives. That’s more than ten times, more than ten times, the number of Israelis and Palestinians combined who have lost their lives in a century of conflict between us. Yet last year, this Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and just one resolution about the savage slaughter in Syria. Talk about injustice. Talk about disproportionality. Twenty. Count them. One against Syria.
  5. Israel is civilization’s front line in the battle against barbarism.So here’s a novel idea for the United Nations: Instead of continuing the shameful routine of bashing Israel, stand with Israel. Stand with Israel as we check the fanaticism at our door. Stand with Israel as we prevent that fanaticism from reaching your door. Ladies and Gentlemen, stand with Israel because Israel is not just defending itself. More than ever, Israel is defending you. (Click for full text of speech)           (Click for video of speech)

 

Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:4

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.” Psalm `22:6

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)





Holocaust Again?

10 07 2015

israel_holocaust   NEVER AGAIN!

Here is a simple answer to a critical question. Will Israel and the Jews still suffer another Holocaust? They will not.

The two millenia since Jesus show that they were severely judged nationally for rejecting Jesus as the Messiah. Even though almost all the early believers were Jews, the national political and religious authorities of that day did not believe He was the promised Messiah. Apostle Paul profoundly declared an often misunderstood principle in Romans eleven.

Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. Romans 11:22-23

History bears this out. For almost 2,000 years the Jews have suffered great persecution under the severity of God. However, as surely as it happened, it came to a certain end after the Holocaust. God turned the page for Israel from severe judgment to favor, blessing and restoration. Psalm 102 is the prophetic Holocaust Psalm. After spending eleven verses in the most graphic picture of the concentration camps of Europe, the Psalm turns abruptly to verses twelve and thirteen:

But You, O Yehovah, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations. You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come. Psalm 102:12-13

Likewise history abruptly turns after the Holocaust. Within just three years Israel is a nation! And for 68 years against overwhelming odds, Israel has survived. Not only that, but it has prospered in every area of its national life. Israel has one of strongest armies in the world, economic prosperity and wealth (especially with mammoth finds of natural gas and oil), and the return of over six million Jews from nearly every country on earth! The season of Israel’s judgment is over. Read Psalm 102 and Romans 11 for yourself. This is the time of the resurrection of God’s covenant people. We are seeing Israel’s restoration by Yehovah, the promise keeping God! Praise Him.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists        (READ MORE)

(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah! (for deeper study click here.)





Pope Recognizes “State of Palestine”

18 05 2015

Dry Bones popeLast week, the Vatican announced an agreement for Official Vatican recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state. The Vatican had earlier extended diplomatic relations with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

A declaration on the issue was formulated today with representatives of the PA, sources said, and is expected to be signed in the coming days. It will make clear that the Holy See has decided to change the diplomatic relations, which were so far with the PLO, and instead establish official relations with “Palestine” as a sovereign state…the first legal document which will constitute official recognition of the “Palestinian state.”  Israel National News 5-13-15

This is in direct conflict with the fundamental basis for the Israel/PA peace talks which arrive at PA statehood only through mutual agreement. To add insult to injury from Israel’s point of view, the Pope even called Abbas “an angel of peace.” This in spite of the fact that Abbas has been linked to terror attacks, glorifies martyrs by naming soccer fields after them, pays them or their families twice the salary of PA officials and wrote his Doctoral thesis on the denial of the Holocaust.

Pope calls Abbas ‘angel of peace’ during Vatican visit Francis meets with PA chief after Holy See’s decision to acknowledge Palestinian state angers Jerusalem. The Pope gave Abbas a medallion that represents the angel of peace defeating the “bad spirit of war,” and said that it is appropriate because “you are an angel of peace.” 

Welcome to bizarro world. We have reached the time prophesied where evil is called good and good is called evil.

PA Parliament: Jews Have No Right to Even ‘One Inch’ of Israel On Nakba Day, Palestinian parliament says that Jews have no right to the entire “land of Palestine”. The Palestinian parliament is continuing to reject any Jewish right to the “land of Palestine”, meaning the entire land of Israel, including the sovereign territory of the State of Israel.

pope_described_the_Palestinian_leader_as_an_angel_of_peace_a-a-92_1431869419523This was at the same time the Pope was literally holding hands and hugging Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican!

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

We must pray that Christians wake up to the linking of the Vatican more and more to Islam.

We do not worship the same God! Jews and Biblical Christians worship Yehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel. He is our heavenly Father and He sent His Son as the Messiah. Islam worships a false god who is not a father and has no son, according to the Koran, and therefore is a different god: the pagan moon-god.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists         (READ MORE)





Holocaust Remembrance Day

15 04 2015

ISRAEL-HISTORY-HOLOCAUST-DAY

Today is the day everything stops in Israel for two minutes once a year. Please read this post from Israel National News and the Times of Israel; to touch, even briefly, the gripping personal testimony of this survivor. I appreciate her credit to “providence” in the face of the very embodiment of evil.

A Survivor Recounts: Defying Death in the Holocaust for a Sister: Suzanna Braun was told to save her little sister as she was herded away to the gas chambers – and she did at all costs. Suzanna Braun recalls the efforts to keep her father’s last wish during the war, with a little help from ‘divine providence’. by Jonah Mandel

(AFP) – Suzanna Braun, who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust and defied death at least three times, believes she survived because of her determination to save her sister – and some divine intervention.

The first time she beat death was sheer luck.

Suzanna was just two weeks shy of 16 when she, her sister Agi and her parents were rounded up in their hometown of Kosice, in what is now Slovakia, and sent to the Polish death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

There, the women were separated from the men. As her father was taken away to the gas chambers, he shouted his last words to her: “Take care of your sister!”

Agi, four years older than her sister, was already in ill health.

Now 86 and living in a retirement home in Shoresh, a small village west of Jerusalem, Suzanna recalls every detail of how the women were stripped and herded into the “showers” where there was a faint odor of gas.

Locked behind a steel door with soap in their hands, some women waited for water. Others, who had heard the rumours, began panicking.

It was only when the doors opened they realized they had cheated death.

“They were out of gas,” she told AFP in an interview as Israelbegan marking Holocaust memorial day and 70 years since the end of the war.

Wearing dresses from gypsies killed before them, they were loaded onto trucks and driven to Estonia to join thousands of other women on a death march aimed at killing or weakening as many as possible.

After her mother was shot dead during the march, Suzanna did not speak for a month.

But it hardened her resolve to look after her only surviving relative.

“I didn’t think about anything, only how to save my sister. Because father asked me to take care of her.”

Lethal injection

At one point, they were forced to cross a wide river but Agi could not swim so Suzanna made makeshift wooden floats to carry her to the other side.

They survived the march but were taken to Stuffhof camp in Poland where Agi was put into the infirmary and Suzanna would sneak in food for her at night.

When the Nazis realised Russian forces were heading toward the camp, they attempted to kill as many inmates as possible with lethal injections containing strychnine and gasoline.

As the Nazi orderly was going from woman to woman injecting the poison, Suzanna told her sister and three other women to turn their arms over so the injection would hopefully miss a vein.

The poison took effect quickly.

“My hand stopped working,” she said showing a pale, rounded scar.

Looking around, Suzanna seized a wad of hay from their bedding andbegan putting pressure on her arm, she recounted.

“It exploded like a geyser.”

Quickly she started digging into the flesh with stalks of hay to gouge out the poison. She managed to do the same for her sister and another woman.

“It was like providence,” she said.

Covered in blood, she dragged her sister to a nearby hill and rolled her down it. A Nazi officer was passing so she played dead, and he kicked her down the same hill.

She then got her sister to an abandoned cowshed where she nourished her with leftover milk until Russian forces arrived the next day.

For love of a sister

Not long after, at a hospital in Danzig, Agi’s life was once again saved by medical staff who amputated her gangrened feet.

“The whole time, not my brain but rather divine providence worked for me,” Suzanna said of her survival. “And I cooperated with that providence, with the sixth sense.”

The two eventually immigrated to Israel where Suzanna married, had a daughter and now has two grandchildren. Agi, who married but remained childless, eventually died in 2013, aged 88.

That was when Suzanna decided to go public with the sisters’ story by going back to her hometown along with filmmaker Yarden Karmin to document her story.

The documentary, called “In The Third Person”, is being given its first private screening on Wednesday, as Israel marks 70 years since the liberation of the camps and the end of the war.

“This entire story is being told because since I wanted to commemorate her,” she said.

“My last task is not to live well, go to the cinema and other frivolities – but to tell the story.”

All along it was about saving her sister.

“I wasn’t afraid to die. It wasn’t about me,” she said, explaining that the film was a way of preserving her memory. “I wanted something to remain after her.” Israel National News

Selah…

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists








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