Sometimes, we don’t learn from history.
Sometimes, we don’t even know it. Other times, however, we’re keenly aware of history – yet we think we’re immune from repeating it.
Apparently, such is the case with the rising trend of anti-Semitism.
No one can deny anti-Semitism, or Jewish persecution, is on the rise. President Obama spoke of it last Wednesday at the Israeli Embassy.
“We must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise. We cannot deny it,” he said.
But is it really true?
- In London, anti-Semitic crime increased by 61% in 2015
- 57% French Jews want to leave the country
- 75% Jewish students in US-colleges experienced anti-Semitism
And it’s not just affecting Jews outside of Israel. Those living in Israel are concerned as well.
- 6 out of 10 are afraid to travel outside Israel
- Astonishingly, 1 in 4 believes there will be a second Holocaust
So, What Does This All Mean?
I hesitate profusely with this section of the article. You’ll see why in a minute.
Listen, I love the Bible with all my heart. However, there are sections of the Bible that I’m just not crazy about. (I’m sorry, God! It’s just that seeing suffering is excruciating. Please don’t be mad.)
Let me describe one passage that gives me heartache. It’s Zechariah 13:8-9.
This passage says that there is coming a time where two-thirds of those living in Israel will perish.
Almost three quarters were killed during the Holocaust.
This future event will, evidently, happen during the last 3.5 years of life on earth as we know it – during the “Great Tribulation.”
Every inch of my being wants to gloss over this passage. I cringe at the thought of posting this. It’s unimaginable.
But the Bible is like a rock – you can either break yourself on it, or let it break you. It’s not going anywhere.
I’ve chosen to allow this passage to break me.
There is no avoiding this tough truth, but there is something that can be done about it. There is an escape from the perilous times during which this will take place, and it’s called the Rapture.
There is a way to avoid participation in this horrible future, and it’s simpler than you think.
Beloved Friends, let’s pray for those facing persecution, and let’s show them the way of the escape.