Holocaust

When did the holocaust start? Some think it was around 1933. In reality it started in A.D. 33. Matthew 27:25 sets the record: “Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and our children.” This was the real beginning of the holocaust. The fulfillment started with Titus the Roman in A.D. 70 and the climax was in the era of Adolf Hitler. The suffering is still going on today but to a lesser degree.

The Jews (this is very important) and no doubt others that were in Jerusalem at the time were so sure that Jesus was an impostor that they condemned themselves and their posterity for years to come by the putting on of this curse. Back in those days blaspheme was dealt with in a severe manner. If Jesus was not the Son of God, He would have deserved death.

The oaths and the curses we utter, do matter. When Matthew 5:37 says; to say only yea, yea and nay, nay, he knows of what he speaks. Also see: 2 Cor. 1:17; James 5:12. We have to learn to hold our tongue and make sure we know what we are saying.

No one wants to hear that we get what we deserve. The Jews are extra sensitive to this charge and get very upset when they hear someone say they are Jesus killers. Actually there were many different people responsible for the death of Jesus. There were many different people in Jerusalem because of the Passover season. Anyone, including the Jews, that was yelling out; “His blood be on us and our children,” made themselves and their future generations susceptible to this curse. Moreover, according to Mark 15:11, they wanted Barabbas released instead of Jesus. Wouldn’t it be ironic if there was a family tie between Hitler and Barabbas?

Why aren’t the Romans called “Jesus killers?” The Romans were the ones that actually did the killing of Jesus. For whatever reason, the Romans don’t suffer the same type of prejudice as the Jews. That seems strange to me because they not only killed Him; they tortured and mocked Him as well. Rome, the U.S.S.R. and many other nations treated the Jews in a very bad way and they paid the price then, now, and will in the future.

I would dare anyone on the face of the earth to say that they wouldn’t have been in that number calling for the blood of Jesus if they were alive then. Any of us could have been caught up in that murder frenzy and especially if we thought that a mere man was claiming to be the Son of God.

I believe the 12 or so million people that died in the holocaust could have all been blood relatives to those that were calling for the life of Jesus that day. If that seems hard to believe, try to imagine Hitler and six other men wreaking such havoc on the world just because they wanted to. Rom. 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Every heartbeat of every man, woman and every other living creature is in the hand of God. Knowing this should give us an idea that God was not helplessly sitting in heaven wringing His hands and fretting at what Hitler and his henchmen were doing to the world. It is called JUDGMENT. See: God of Wrath.

When we think about God’s will, we have to look back in the Bible to such things as Abraham going in unto Sara’s handmaid, Hagar, (with Sara’s permission) and all the trouble that the birth of Ishmael has caused between the Arabs and the Israelis. Let’s remember God had a part in this also. Genesis 21:12-13,17-18, 20. 12. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. 13. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed. 17. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. 20. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

Does anyone really think that God is holding a permanent grudge against anyone involved in the crucifixion? The answer is yes to anyone that didn’t repent. It is one of those things that had to be; Jesus had to die for the sins of the world. Woe unto those that had anything to do with it, unless they did repent. That is why we need to repent also. If we were there that day, the saying; “but for the grace of God, so go I,” could have applied to us.

Make no mistake about it; the original curse that started with Adam and Eve continues on unto this day as well as those we put on ourselves. They will all continue well into Revelation when God will finally lift them and dry all our tears.

At this point I would like to add Psalm 44:20-26 20. If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; 21.Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. 22. Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. 23. Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. 24. Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? 25. For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. 26. Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.

It came to me as I was reading this that people in general and the Jews in particular, (when reading this) have their eyes and hearts glossed over with a hard candy shell. Carefully read the words again and say to yourself; if this happened once, why could it not happen again? Especially if it was related to the curse from Matthew 27:25. These things can happen to anyone taking their eyes off God.

The basic reason people strike out at God’s people (Jew or Gentile) is because they can’t strike out at God. Cursing Him with their mouth is not enough. They have to shed blood.