Israel’s Independence Day


Jewish children photographed circa 1911 by Prokudin-Gorsky

Last month I read these words in The Amazing Claims of Bible Prophecy by Mark Hitchcock (pages 100 – 101):

“Not only have Christian leaders recognized the unique place Israel holds in God’s plan of the ages, even the world’s most virulent anti-Semite evidently spent considerable time contemplating the destiny of the Jews. That’s right—even Adolf Hitler was forced to recognize the preservation of the Jewish people as astounding. In Mein Kampf (‘My Struggle’) he wrote,

“‘In hardly any people in the world is the instinct of self-preservation developed more strongly than in the so-called “chosen.” Of this, the mere fact of the survival of this race may be considered the best proof. Where is the people which in the last two thousand years has been exposed to so slight changes of inner disposition, character, etc., as the Jewish people? What people, finally, has gone through greater upheavals than this one—and nevertheless issued from the mightiest catastrophes of mankind unchanged? What an infinitely tough will to live and preserve the species speaks from these facts!’

“Hitler even entertained the notion that the preservation of the Jewish people was a sign of some mysterious hand of destiny or possibly even divine favor. He wrote these chilling words in Mein Kampf:

“‘From a weak cosmopolitan I had become a fanatical anti-Semite. Just one more time—it was the last I was visited by the deepest anxiety and oppressive thoughts. As I scrutinized the effects of the Jewish people over long periods of human history, suddenly there arose the fearful question: did an unknowable destiny, for reasons unbeknownst to us poor men, perhaps wish with eternal and immutable decision that the final victory go to this little nation? Could it be that this people which lives only for the earth, will be granted it as a reward? As I calmly and clearly deepened my knowledge of Marxism and thus the effects of the Jewish people, destiny itself gave me the answer.’

“Even the mastermind of the ‘final solution’ knew in the deepest recesses of his heart that the Jews have an eternal, immutable destiny. Their survival of his attempt to exterminate them, and their rise as a nation in 1948, prove that his contemplations were correct.”

I could find many Bible verses about God’s plans for Israel. Here’s just one from Romans 11: 25 – 27 NLT:

“I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, ‘The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness. And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.””

I wonder if Hitler’s admission to “the deepest anxiety and oppressive thoughts” was the Holy Spirit of God convicting him of his persuasions and direction?

NOTES:

  • Yom Ha’atzmaut (Hebrew: יום העצמאות‎ yōm hā-‘aṣmā’ūṯ; Arabic: يوم الإستقلال‎ Yawm Al-Istiqlāl) is Israel’s national independence day. The Jewish people recently celebrated this significant anniversary of the founding of the modern Nation of Israel which was on May 14, 1948 ( or 5 Iyar 5708).
  • This image is available on Wikimedia Commons and was taken by Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky on a photographic expedition through Russia 1909 – 1915. His color photography technique is still incredible.
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