By Daniel C. Juster, Director

Satanically inspired attempts to destroy Israel are nothing new. Throughout Scripture we read of such attempts. In Moses' day Amalek sought to destroy Israel. During the days of Esther and Mordechai, Haman a descendant of Amalek devised a plan to systematically destroy the Jewish people. Haman became the paradigmatic figure of the arch-enemy of Israel. Though the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in a terrible war, and perhaps a million and a half perished, Rome never sought to destroy the Jewish people in totality.

Anti-Semitism in the Western World

Though there have been terrible events throughout the history of Christendom, the danger of Israel being wiped out was never at issue. There were several reasons for this limit to danger. While Church theology taught that the Jewish people were under a curse and were to be kept in a second-class status, Church theology also taught that the Jewish people were to be preserved as a sign and a warning to people to never forsake the Christian faith. The Popes were part of an inter-generational tradition that maintained that the head of the (Roman Catholic) Church was to protect the Jewish people and assure their continuance. In addition, persecutions were sporadic and regional. The Crusades in the middle ages caused the murder of a small percentage of the total Jewish people and was contrary to papal policy. The Inquisition, beginning in the 1500s, was localized mostly in Spain, Portugal and later South America. Pogroms in the 19th century were erratic and while thousands perished, there was no systematic attempt to totally wipe out the Jewish people.

Nazi Germany

With the rise of the Nazis, a new and terrible philosophy calling for the total destruction of the Jewish people was established in a technologically sophisticated and militaristic nation. Nazi Germany planned a "final solution" to exterminate the Jews, a people deemed to be racially inferior. This new philosophy was an amazing combination of Darwinian concepts of evolution and occult religious ideas. The greatest concentrations of Jewish people in the world were in areas adjacent to Germany or just beyond neighboring countries, increasing the danger to the Jewish people. Anti-Semitism in the Christian nations, both Western and Christian Orthodox, established attitudes in those nations that allowed people to acquiesce to the Nazi horror. We all know the result: six million Jews died. Bible believers see all of this as the attempt of Satan to destroy the Jewish people and thereby to nullify God's covenants and to prevent the fulfillment of God's promises for Israel and the world.

The Nazi Response To The Jewish People

Much of the world, especially the Western world, responded with great remorse to the Nazi horror. Good things happened. For one, the United Nations voted to endorse the formation of the State of Israel. In addition, there was a season of repentance in Church bodies and the repudiation of anti-Semitism. Many Church denominations declared the continued election of the Jewish people, the most noteworthy being the Roman Catholic Church in 1968.

The Islamic Quest For A New Holocaust

Very few perceived that another potential Holocaust was possible. Some Bible believers did conclude that an even more dangerous Anti-Semitism would arise with greater danger to the Jewish people. One of these was our friend, the late Derek Prince, who argued that the State of Israel would not solve the problem, but would cause a great demonic opposition because history was moving to the climax of the salvation of Israel and the nations.

The teachings of the Koran and in the Hadith (the traditions about Mohammed and his teachings), include a very virulent Anti-Semitism. The Koran's last days' scenario envisions a time when the Jews will finally be destroyed. Moreover, Islamic doctrine demands that any territory that has ever been brought under Islamic rule must never revert to a non-Islamic government. It would constitute a deep dishonor; therefore the adherents of Islam are required to take such territory back. This doctrine has led to a deep hatred for Israel.

Because of their opposition to Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel, the Middle Eastern Islamic countries supported Hitler. They drank deeply of Nazi sources and embraced terrible propaganda that had not been prevalent in Islam. This included the forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," which claimed to be a book detailing the Jewish plot to take over the world. Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is still a widely read book in the Arab Moslem world.

With the rise of radical Islam, a process that has been growing in significance for the last 50 years, an unprecedented level of hatred, jihad, and violence has been established in the Muslim world. According to the best studies, the great majority of scholars in the main Islamic Universities teach the most virulent Anti-Semitic hatred. Violent jihad is supported by the interpretation of many foundational Islamic texts. Destroying Israel is understood to be the first great step toward conquering the whole world for Islam. These violent teachings are supported in Saudi Wahabism (a sect of Sunni Islam). Saudi oil money and the oil money of other Islamic nations support spreading these teachings, through the building of Mosques, paying the salaries of Imams and building Islamic schools that train Moslems in this primitive and violent jihad mentality. These schools and mosques are not only in the Middle East, but in Pakistan, the Philippines, most of Western Europe, South America and the United States. There are thousands of these professors and preachers in the Islamic world.

The terror group Hamas that rules Gaza is fully committed to this teaching. Jews are depicted as apes and pigs that eat the blood of Moslem children in their baked goods. This is the old "blood libel" of medieval Anti-Semitism, regurgitated into a modern Islamic form.

Iran has its own violent and even more dangerous understanding of jihad. In Shiite Islam, a great conflagration at the end of days is a necessary prerequisite before the coming of the Moslem Messiah. A nuclear exchange that would destroy Israel, damage the West, and by retaliation would also decimate the Islamic world could be understood as just the type of event to bring about his coming. The destruction of Israel in this way would be worse than the Holocaust, for not only would we suffer terrible human loss, but the Jewish hope of self determination in our own land would probably be ended forever. It is a pain and tragedy beyond our imagining.

Never have the Jewish people faced an ideology so widespread and so dangerous! A nuclear bomb detonated by suicide terrorists off the coast of Israel or other Western ports is in the realm of real possibility. Iran is developing a nuclear bomb and the missile technology to deliver it. The population of Israel could be destroyed. Yet the relativistic and politically correct West refuses to face reality.

A Prophetic Evaluation

The danger of jihadist Islam is so great that many prophecy teachers think this could be the anti-Christ system that will bring about the conditions described in the Bible including the last days' invasion of Israel in Zechariah 12 and 14.

How can this terrible power be defeated? No human government has the answer. Can the West go to war against the whole Islamic jihadist world? The War on Terror is hardly a beginning. The situation seems hopeless. Or is this also a stratagem from God? What if God has ordained events so that the very small nation of Israel is an instrument in the ultimate defeat of the prince of darkness over Islam? God loves the peoples of the world who are under the bondage of the Islamic system. The bondage of the peoples to hatred, honor/shame dynamics and the oppression of women are beyond what we can imagine.

Are Israel and the Church God's instruments to bring His revelation and see hundreds of millions of people delivered from bondage in a new exodus of freedom? We are in an impossible situation and one not of our own making; God's intervention is the only answer. This is why I am certain that the events in Israel, including the restoration of believers in Jesus, are part of God's means of bringing the great victory of the Kingdom.

By Daniel Juster


Dan Juster leads the overall ministry Tikkun International. Donate to Tikkun International.

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07:30 31Jul09 Ahava -
I'll keep praying for the Salvation of Israel like in Romans 10:1. Thanks for writing this article. It'll help me when I pray.

09:06 31Jul09 Henry -
Anyone who reads their Bible and has a close relationship with Hashem knows that Israel will survive all. As Ezekiel shows us in Chapter 36 about Hashem's plan and Israel. Israel and its people play an important role but we should not overlook the verse 22 and 23. It is about Hashem's HOLY NAME which Hashem will restore through the land of Israel and the people of Israel plus the Gentiles. I find it so amazing that Hashem's plan has been working over all these years just for HIS HOLY NAME and all will know. Praise the Lord!

Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.

09:17 31Jul09 Steven Hoelscher -
Refreshing article. Why are we so "blind" to what is happening around us! A good friend whom I attended Bible School in the late 90s spoke with me the other day citing an article in the New York Times, I believe, that was talking about the River Euphrates in Iraq drying up ... even quoted "Scriptural" verses about the same. The signs of a "culmination" and "climax" of World History are all around us. At "no other time" I believe in all of history do we have the opportunity and "need" to be "knowledgeable" of the Scriptures - that we might be able to preach the Good News of the Gospel with discernment and understanding.
In my opinion I see the "purposes and promises" of God speeding up at a rapid rate. With that said we have to accept that great hardship will soon be upon us and already is, and Christian Believers with understanding of Israel's significance in "God's final solution" will have to be ready to stand up against the "status quo". The Jewish people, Israel, and the Christian church - need to stand together. There is a "promised blessing" for those who bless Israel. Israel is in dire need at this time and my prayer is that men/women - the Saints of the "Most High God" - would and will seize the moment that lies ahead of and before us. The "awakening" of the Messianic Community is before us! I pray that the Lord will open the blind eyes. Use me personally to play a part whatever it might be. Oh Lord, that I might be found worthy, to go deeper in understanding in the "whole" of the Gospel, and become a "doer" of Your Word at this time. Raise up this generation as You have promised.
All we need to do is say yes and God "will" prepare the Way if we are willing to "walk in it" regardless of the cost! We need to be Biblically Correct not Politically Correct, while preaching this Gospel of Peace with Wisdom and Revelation.

  -- Dr Juster replies: May God give us wisdom to navigate in these difficult days.

09:35 31Jul09 anonymous -
I am a Christian, grafted in to the God of Israel. I am very interested in learning more about our Messiah. The Jewish people will survive, because the Word of God says so. They will be saved and live in the Land God made the covenant with Abraham to be true.

10:06 31Jul09 Curtis Pittman -
Excellent article, helps to remind me of the need for constant prayer. It is humbling to read the thoughts of the people actually witnessing what is occuring in the world today. You are lifted up.

20:27 31Jul09 Janine -
Absolutely correct. While I believe the word of the Lord will come to pass, this is a time in need of Esthers (and Mordechais) in every nation.

22:29 31Jul09 Judi Curl -
I think the picture Dan paints from history and the Bible is correct. However, I wish he had explained a bit more in the article about how God will do this, or what we, as believers can do to prepare ourselves for the future. Yes, I know we need to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" and trust the Lord, but sometimes articles like this can also induce fear.

  -- Dr Juster replies: The most important thing we can do is to see a greater outpouring of the Spirit on the MJ movement and the Church. It is a key that the Church rightly align with Israel and the Messianic Jews. Then it is a key that churches really do the work of transformation in the cities, and really disciple. We have far to go.

22:35 31Jul09 Sue -
Excellent article or maybe prophesy.
God is definitely the only one who can bring any or all of us through. One thing I have learned is He wants us to trust Him and His word and not walk in fear. If we truly believe his Word then we have nothing to fear. What can man do to us? Kill us?? Then we will be with Yeshua!!!!! Rev 7:1-3 will hold a key also.

09:20 02Aug09 Jerry -
Really a great article. I plan to share it with others. Also I am very touched by the comment below of Steven Hoelscher. Biblical correctness should be our mind set.

15:18 02Aug09 Mary Bates -
Excellent article. A question I keep asking myself is how God is going to deal with Islam. I do believe in the sovereignty of God and nothing happens that is not part of His overall plan though we often struggle to understand why. In the words of an old Southern American Gospel song, "we'll understand it all bye and bye." A tiny addition to the opening paragraphs. The Inquisition followed Jews to Mexico as well which is in Central America.

  -- Dr Juster replies: My sense at the moment is that there will be an ultimate clash and a supernatural deliverance. I expect that it will defeat both Islam and secularism.

04:04 03Aug09 CM -
An extremely timely article; I believe you're right: the only solution is Yeshua's return. I have read your book "Israel, the Church and the Last Days" over and over ... fantastic! Is there any chance of another like it to speak to the actual days we are living right now? You and Asher have definitely been blessed with the gift of teaching.

  -- Dr Juster replies: We do have some books in the pipe line. My latest book, which has recently been published by Lederer, is on Church history. You can see it on the Messianic Jewish Resources website: http://www.messianicjewish.net

18:37 03Aug09 slh -
This is a great article. The definition of the entire scenario is well laid out and easily understood. I for one greatly appreciate this endeavor. As always, to God be the Glory ... ALWAYS!!!!!!!

00:35 05Aug09 Jesse Bruton -
I am continually amazed by the poignancy of your words, Dan. Thank you for your crisp delivery of truth with such a fine prophetic edge. May many of my fellow Gentile believers indeed raise up a huge cloud of incense-smoke for the salvation of Israel!

23:37 05Aug09 Suzanna -
Sadly God has used hard methods for hard hearts in the past - when the Nations went far beyond what God intended. El Shaddai has NOT been sleeping - but watching! It is SO WONDERFUL to think of God's GREAT strategy to bring all Jewish people and Israel to Himself first and then to make them a HUGE "BLESSING on the Earth" as Isaiah 19:23-25 says! I agree with Henry's message 100%
Ezekiel 39:29 even tells the WHOLE reason for the scenario of chapters 38/39! God Himself sums it up: "'I will NO longer hide My FACE, (Yeshua - see John 14:9), from them, for I will pour out MY SPIRIT on the House of Israel', declares the SOVERIGN ADONAI." Hallelujah, the Ruach Ha Kodesh is already at work in Israel! We pray for it continually!

22:41 25Aug09 Julie Sujondo -
As a Christian from a Moslem background, I think the thought of the world perception about Christianity and Jewish Life as what on Tikkun Publication are dynamic thought of life. This is not the end of the world and life because the Lord Yeshua has as wrote on Bible must happen. But Israel is the real example and we can see with the naked eyes what the Lord wants to do for us, no matter they are, Western, Islam , Hindu, Buddha and atheist. Apparently, they are hunger to heard about Israel and their ministry and "What the country is this, they say and how we can invite them for us?"

22:04 27May10 Dan Rhodes -
I believe the Christian Church needs to be taught from the Holy Bible by Messianic Jews to recieve a better understanding of how the Church is blessed through the G-d fearing Jews. There is so much the Church could learn. We cannot be divided.


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