Remember the Darkness But Stand in the Light

Cattle Car

Actual cattle car used to transport unsuspecting Jews to Auschwitz – Freedom Tower looms above.

There is a profound exhibit at The Museum of Jewish Heritage commemorating those who perished during Jewish Holocaust, particularly at Auschwitz.  I highly recommend a lengthy visit there to anyone visiting NYC.

I take a personal interest in the Holocaust as it sequentially follows the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide, 1915 to 1922.  In fact, Hitler famously boasted,

“Our strength consists in our speed and our brutality. Genghis Khan led millions of women and children to slaughter – with premeditation and a happy heart. History sees in him solely the founder of a state. It’s a matter of indifference to me what a weak Western European civilization will say about me….. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formation in readiness – for the present only in the East – with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”  August 22, 1939, excerpt from Hitler’s orders to Wehrmacht commanders, a week prior to Nazi invasion of Poland.

Premeditated, systematic and diabolical, the Ottomans’ plan proved a formidable forerunner for the Nazis.

map of transports to auschwitz

Transport strategy to rout European Jews to Auschwitz

list of jews in world

tally of Jews in Europe, summed for extermination

 

While Armenians, Jews, and other victims may cry, “Never again!”, we as believers understand that, even as our brethren are persecuted and suffer today, global persecution and annihilation is on the sure horizon.

The power of social engineering, scapegoating, and ostracizing was blatant in Germany, permeating the culture through education, media, and government.  Wickedness was ripe in the hearts of Germans when a Jewish teenager avenged the deportation of his parents by killing a German diplomat.   Kristallnacht – ‘the Night of Broken Glass’-  was the horrific response.   Fermented anti-Semitism exploded with violent destruction of Jewish stores, homes, schools, and synagogues.  From one youth’s crime came the arrest of 30,000 Jewish men who were then sent to concentration camps, solely for being Jewish.   While this unleashed the holocaust, Nazi Germany was strategically and socially prepared.

thousands arrested after kristallnacht

Thousands of Jewish men arrested during Kristallnacht. 

 

Those fortunate to visit this engrossing exhibit will see filmed testimonies, rare artifacts, Auschwitz reconstructions, military charts, photos and more.  Juxtaposed against cruel and relentless suffering and death was the phenomena of overwhelming German passion and devotion to Hitler.  Moreover, civilians and businesses were complicit in the murder of thousands systematically killed every day –  none of the concentration camps, death chambers, and crematories could have functioned without architects, engineers, suppliers, builders, and transport experts.

Two grievous realities became evident at this exhibit.  Despots like Talaat Pasha and Adolph Hitler are satanically inspired, if not indwelt.  Secondly, evident in the filmed interviews and testimonies, is the heartbreaking reality that nearly all the Jews marked for destruction did not believe it or perceive it until they actually arrived and faced it.

We must commemorate and honor those who suffered and perished and uphold the memory of brave heroes that stood up and risked all on their behalf.  But as believers in Jesus Christ and the living word of God, we must remember one more thing:  tribulation, persecution and death await those saints who live as the Anti-Christ arises.

We may not believe it, we may not perceive it, but unwarranted hatred for Christians is fermenting.  While our brethren in Islamic areas suffer daily, our plight is stirring in the undercurrents of social engineering, political posturing, and educational indoctrination.  This world power, the Anti Christ, will be “…given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.”

Unlike Hitler, who basked in the adoration of Nazi Germany, the Anti Christ will be adored throughout the world, “…every tribe, people, language, and nation.  All inhabitant of the earth will worship the beast..”   Unimaginable?

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The world watched as Christians and Jews were annihilated and the apathy continues today.  But we, as believers, cannot afford to be complacent, scripturally ignorant, or enrapt with the world.   This world is fermenting and cultivating an anti-Christ spirit that will ripen like ‘Kristallnacht’ – may we stand today and on that day in a way that honors our Lord. 

hitler quote

 

19 thoughts on “Remember the Darkness But Stand in the Light

  1. Tremendous post, Lisa Beth. There truly is an analogy to be made between the Holocaust and the coming Christian persecution which now exists and will increase dramatically. Jesus describes the last 3 1/2 years as a time so horrid that nothing like it ever existed in all the Earth’s history … including the Holocaust! It’s all in the Bible and Christians must grasp it. But alas, Christianity, at least Western Christianity, is not quite built for it.

  2. Fantastic post! I love your writing style and your passion for God and His people. The lack of respect for history breaks my heart. It also grieves me when our brothers and sisters in Christ believe the lie that persecution will not befall on them. I am thankful for your honesty and authenticity! Blessings, Mandy

    • Wow Mandy, thanks for uplifting my heart. I too am grieved at the complacency – so few are preaching a readiness for coming events and Christ’s return.
      Appreciate you and your site as well, thanks sister! 🌹

  3. Lisa Beth, thank you for this post. Yes, we see how the unbelieving world is rapidly losing patience with Christians’ fidelity to God’s Word.

      • My wife and I visited Auschwitz during our trip to Poland a decade ago. The images will never leave me. Yes, political passions can be inflamed quickly, especially with some type of national threat/catastrophe. Thank you and God bless you too.

  4. Another great post, Lisa. Like the world turning a blind eye to the Armenian genocide, the world will turn a blind eye to the coming persecution of Christians. It is already happening. If the world said “never again” to the Armenian genocide, there wouldn’t have been a Holocaust.

    • So true brother, it is already happening. Carnal churches collaborate and unify for financial and political gain and, I believe, will be instrumental in villianizing true believers. It’s a strong undercurrent that will soon arise. So glad our hope is not on this world!
      Thinking of and praying for you and Mary. It’s always so good to hear from you!

      • Thank you so much for your prayers, Lisa!
        I saw that Ravi Zacharias was at your church yesterday. He is so good. I’ve learned so much from him over the years.

    • Thank you brother, I really appreciate your input. The Lord opened an opportunity for us to go to Israel – I’m writing this from Caesarea! Press on George, I pray the Lord bless and inspire you in the Cheap Seats!

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