Not since the end of the First World War have we seen such a panoply of anti-Semitic sentiment around the globe. Jewish people are increasingly the targets of violence in the forms of physical aggression, verbal abuse, and undercurrents of prejudice and discrimination towards them. A Tel Aviv University in Israel said, in findings published in April, that the numbers of attacks against Jews had doubled worldwide last year compared with 2005. Most of the rise in violence was reported in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and France.
Prooftexts: Psalm 83, Isaiah 8:13-15
The Historical Rise in Anti-Semitism
Abraham Foxman, director of the Washington-based Anti-Defamation League, has warned that anti-Semitism is at its worst level in Britain since he fled here from Germany in 1936. He said, “A large number of Europeans continue to be infected with anti-Jewish attitudes, holding on to classic anti-Semitic canards and conspiracy theories. These attitudes help legitimize anti-Semitism, including violence against Jews, and give us great concern.”
Among the anti-Semitic attitudes are the beliefs that the Holocaust is a myth and Israel is an evil regime that is to blame for the woes of the world. A leading proponent of the Holocaust myth is Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has claimed that the Jewish state is a Western creation to undermine the security of Muslim nations and, therefore, desires that Israel be wiped off the face of the map. Daring the West to end its support of the tiny Jewish nation, he has reportedly said that if the West does not support Israel, its regime will be toppled and consequently Israel will be annihilated.
Ahmadinejad’s threat against Israel echoes the Psalmist’s prophecy: ‘O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you’ (Psalm 83:1-5).
It isn’t just Iran; many in all parts of the world today deny the holocaust ever happened. They also blame Israel for the woes of the world such as the water shortage and chaos in Palestine. In the West Bank and Gaza, natural, clean water is a rarity and many Palestinians survive on less than 50 liters of water a day. The World Bank is said to have pointed the blame finger at Israel, maintaining that Israel not only controls the supply and distribution of water but also takes more than its equitable share of the resources from the West Bank. It also argues that the Gaza Palestinians lack hope and blame their situation on Israel.The Unbelievable in Anti-Semitism is raising it's ugly head again. Europe and a well Politically Correct… Click To Tweet
Palestinians The Political Pawns of Islam
Ironically a Palestinian poll has shown otherwise. According to the poll, most Gaza residents are hopeful, and most of them blame the Palestinian Authority—not Israel—for the existing lawlessness in Gaza that is harming its economy.
Of late, Israel’s greatest ally has been turning its back on the Jewish state under the Obama Administration. So-called experts of U.S. and Mideast policy, such as John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, who co-authored The Israel Lobby, insist that supporting Israel is not in America’s best interests. The thrust of the U.S. Mideast policy has been long been its relationship with Israel but the authors claim that the combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only U.S. security but that of much of the rest of the world. The view is that America’s effort to deal with terrorism and rogue states is hampered by their close alliance with Israel, which they see a liability in their war against terror.
However, these experts have ignored the reality of global Islamic hatred for the U.S. and its Christian-based values, claiming that open belligerence from Iran, Iraq, Syria and the terrorist proxies directed by those states would simply not be an issue for America if it weren’t for Israel. jeopardized and Walt even go so far as to accuse Israel of not being a true democracy, and, therefore, not a suitable ally for the U.S.
Prophecies About Global Hatred toward Israel
The global hatred for the Jews and Israel reminds us of Zechariah’s prophetic pronouncement: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah (former name of Israel) and against Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:2).
Why the rise in anti-Semitism worldwide? We venture to postulate the view that the hatred is demonically-spawned from antediluvian times when God put a judgment on Satan who tempted Eve: The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, and dust you will eat all the days of your life; and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:14 and 15).
From this prophetic judgment, Satan understood that a time would come when the seed of a woman, Jesus Christ Himself, would be born and would destroy him and his evil devices against humanity to undermine the perfect creation and plan of God. Ever since God’s judgment on him, the devil had been behind the attempts of the world’s populace to destroy the Jews to prevent Christ from being born. However, every attempt had failed, and each time, the Jews had returned from their conquest or exile stronger and more resolute to survive as a people.
Fast forward six thousand or so years, and Satan is altogether aware that his end is nigh at hand – for we are at the time of the end – when his final defeat will be fulfilled according to Scriptures. This will likely take place at the culmination of the Great Tribulation and after the Millennial Reign of Christ when he will meet his end at the Lake of Fire, which is the final place Jesus Christ will have him in fetters.
It is for this reason that the hearts of unbelievers and people, who hate Christ, are hardened and deceived to hate the Jews and Israel’s existence. Little do these blinded masses jeopardized that their hatred underpins the reality that the Jews’ miraculous survival throughout the thousands of years of their diaspora is evidence of a God who came to this earth 2000 years ago in Jesus Christ and will come again to sit on the throne of this world from the land of His birth – Israel.
The realize of Alignment & Magog Unfolding Today
Meanwhile the whole world unknowingly is fulfilling prophecy when they continue to hate Israel and the Jews; for thus says the prophet Ezekiel: “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog*, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes'” (Ezekiel 38:14 – 16).
Indeed, we believe that this hatred will culminate in the coming Gog-Magog War (1), in which the armies of the world will be engaged in a battle with Israel before the Great Tribulation eventuates, the latter of which is a time when the world will experience the outpouring of God’s wrath.
Here are the nations mentioned in Ezekiel whose armies will come against Israel (and the modern names that parallel them):
The land of Magog : Russia (?)
Meshech and Tubal : Somewhere in Russia
Persia : Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan
Ethiopia : Ethiopia and Sudan
Libya : Libya
Ashkenaz : Austria and Germany
Gomer : Eastern Europe
Togarmah : Southeastern Europe – Turkey
“Many peoples with thee” : Various other Arab/Muslim nations allied with Russia.
This war is made all the more possible with the U.S.’ withdrawal of its support of Israel as we are seeing in the changing attitude of the Obama administration. However, the war is doomed to failure for Scriptures prophesy that even before Israels’ enemies reach her borders, God Himself will intervene and destroy them with fire from the sky.
* Gog is a title given to the leader of the Russian army just as Pharaoh was the title given to an Egyptian leader, the name of whom we will not know till the Gog-Magog war happens.
(1) Read alternative understanding of the Gog Magog identity here.