02 Feb Growing global Anti-Semitism: Rage against the Covenant
Behind all of the prophetic speculation, beyond all various signs that one might point to that signal the return of Christ, none is more relevant than the rising tide of global anti-Semitism.
Of course, one could easily point to the redundant calls heard throughout the Islamic world for the elimination of the Jewish state, or at times for the actual genocide of the Jewish people altogether. But as the Scriptures declare would occur before the return of the Messiah, this demonically inspired, directed, and empowered hatred is spreading far outside of the Muslim world.
On Friday January 31, 2014, the same week that many European Jews memorialized the Holocaust, boxes containing bloody pig heads were sent to the Israeli embassy in Rome, as well as a Jewish synagogue, and the Jewish Museum of Rome, which is presently hosting an exhibit on the Holocaust. There were also bomb threats called into the synagogue. One might see echoes here of the acts of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Greek monarch, who in the second century B.C., sacrificed a pig on the altar in the Jewish Temple, criminalizing the very practice of Judaism.
Elsewhere, in France, hundreds of French neo-Nazis marched through the streets chanting anti-Semitic slogans, such as “Jews, get out of France,” “Jews, we do not want you here,” and “The gas chambers are bull$h!t” (i.e. there was no Holocaust).
Why is all of this such a clear sign? Once one recognizes that the unfolding of the plan of redemption, the thread that runs throughout the entire Biblical narrative, is the commitment of God to fulfill His promises made through the Abrahamic Covenant, then it becomes clear that as we approach the last days, this will become the premiere issue wherein Satan’s hand will be revealed to all those with eyes of discernment.
As I like to remind my preterist and amillennial friends who claim that the Lord is done with the Jewish people, that the Church is the “New Israel,” if this is true, Satan surely has not received the memo. It would seem as though anyone with the discernment of a log would recognize that the growing tide of anti-Semitism globally cannot be explained through mere natural cultural or sociological means. Its time to wake up, embrace humility, and throw the outdated replacement theology into the trash heap of false doctrines.
In no other sign does Satan reveal his rage more clearly than in the manipulation of willing puppets, through the hatred of the Jewish people, in his war against the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant. But though Satan would love more than anything else to prove the Lord to be unfaithful, our God always keeps his promises. Before all the nations, the Lord will be vindicated through the Jewish people when they are wholly his, truly and fully holy, dwelling in complete peace, with Him, in the land of promise.
“Then all your people will be righteous; they will possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.” (Isaiah 60:21)