Ecc 1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
- 1 : a sacrifice (see 1sacrifice 2) consumed by fire
- 2 : a thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life especially through fire <a nuclear holocaust>
- 3a often capitalized : the mass slaughter of European civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II — usually used with the Several members of her family died in the holocaust. b : a mass slaughter of people; especially : genocide <a holocaust in Rwanda Merriam-Webster Dictionary
If you have read my free e-book: Christian Exodus, Out of Babylon, you know that I believe the Nazi Holocaust is a “type” or precursor of the great tribulation.
Rom 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew FIRST, and also of the Gentile;
It appears that the Jewish burden is to be the “canary” in the coal mine. In earlier times, coal miners would take a canary with then into the mines, and if noxious coal gases became powerful enough to kill the canary, the miners knew that they needed to evacuate before they were also overcome by the lethal gases.
Also, in the Old Testament, Jehovah commanded that the tribe of Judah would always lead the armies of Israel into battle.
Num 2:9 All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall FIRST set forth.
Judah is derived from the word PRAISE, and it is always a good idea to praise God FIRST before we begin a spiritual battle.
JUDAH: H3034, yâdâh, yaw-daw'
A primitive root; used only as denominative from H3027; literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands): - cast (out), (make) confess (-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank (-ful, -s, -sgiving).
Gen 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I PRAISE the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
I have always been fascinated by the Holocaust. Although, the Jewish people have suffered persecution all through history, in Nazi Germany, the Jews were systematically and scientifically exterminated by one of the most technologically advanced countries on earth. I expect the great tribulation will be quite similar, but on a vastly greater scale.
I have read many books about the Holocaust, mainly because I expect that the Church will be facing a similar persecution just before the return of Jesus Christ. One of the best books I have read about the Holocaust was a book called, The Hiding Place, by a Dutch Christian named Corrie ten Boom.
Corrie ten Boom was a Watchmaker who helped organize an underground railroad to help Jews escape the Netherlands after the Nazi’s occupied her country during World War 2. Her entire family was eventually arrested, her father died in prison and her sister Betsy also died while they were both interned in the Ravensbruch concentration camp.
One of the stories I remember best is when Corrie was a young girl and told her father that she was afraid that she did not have the strength to be a martyr for Jesus.
When I was a little girl, " I said, "I went to my father and said,
"Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ."
"Tell me," said Father,
"When you take a train trip to Amsterdam,
when do I give you the money for the ticket?
Three weeks before?"
"No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train."
"That is right," my father said, "and so it is with God's strength.
Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.
He will supply all you need – just in time…"
Corrie ten Boom traveled all over the world speaking of her time in the Ravensbruch concentration camp, and she told the Church how much Jesus and the Word of God meant to the people who were being persecuted in the concentration camp. She also wrote a letter in 1974 to the Church warning us that the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine was a false teaching. Corrie had an intimate relationship with Jesus, and I strongly urge people to read and heed her warning to the Church at the following link:
From my reading of The Hiding Place and other books about the Holocaust, there appears to be three major mistakes people made that eventually cost them not only their lives but often times the lives of their families.
First mistake, THEY BLINDLY OBEY THE AUTHORITIES! In The Hiding Place, a Nazi officer quotes the following scripture to Corrie’s father:
Tit 3:1 Remind your people to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey them, and to be ready to do good in every way.
This verse from the New Testament, and others scriptures, have been used to control Christians for a long, long time. However, there is a higher authority than the governments of the world. If there is an order, regulation, or law that directly contradicts the commands of God, Christians are obligated to “disobey” the government.
Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world. Authorities throughout history have opposed the preaching of the gospel, and Christians throughout history have ignored and disobeyed the authorities. Here is the Apostle’s answer to the authorities:
Act 5:28 "We gave you strict orders not to teach in the name of this man," he said; "but see what you have done! You have spread your teaching all over Jerusalem, and you want to make us responsible for his death!"
Act 5:29 Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God, not men.”
Acts 5: 29 is probably a verse ALL Christians should memorize. Also, there is nowhere in the Bible where God commands us to meekly submit to the murder of ourselves or our families. As a matter of fact, the heroes of the Bible fled for their lives over and over again: Isaac fled from Esau; Moses fled from Pharaoh; David fled from King Saul; Elijah fled from King Ahab; Jesus’ father and mother fled from King Herod; and the Apostle Paul fled from Damascus. If you have the slightest hint that the authorities intend to harm you or your family because of your faith in Jesus Christ…FLEE! You can always preach the gospel to other people who are more receptive to the good news. Remember what Jesus told His disciples:
Mat 10:14 And if some home or town will not welcome you or listen to you, then LEAVE that place and shake the dust off your feet.
Second mistake, THEY WAITED TOO LONG TO LEAVE! In The Hiding Place, most Dutch Jews continued to remain in the Netherlands long after German soldiers were occupying their towns. They only decided to flee when the Nazi authorities began rounding them up, and sending them all away to concentration camps. Somehow, many of the Dutch Jews thought they would be treated differently than the Jews in Germany, Austria, Poland, Prussia, and Czechoslovakia.
I know it is difficult to leave everything we are familiar with including our friends, our family, our comfortable lives, but is our temporary comfort worth losing our life and the lives of our loved ones? Over and over, people who survived the Holocaust said they knew they should have left before it was too late, but a spouse, or child, or parent, or others they were close to refused to leave. Therefore, they stayed and watched all their loved ones die. Jesus specifically mentioned a sign that should warn us to flee into the wilderness:
Luk 21:20 "When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that it will soon be destroyed.
Luk 21:21 Then those who are in Judea MUST run away to the hills; those who are in the city MUST leave, and those who are out in the country MUST NOT go into the city.
Luk 21:22 For those will be 'The Days of Punishment,' to make come true all that the Scriptures say.
I suspect if you see armies surrounding the major city or major cities of your own country, you should probably head for the hills. Personally, I would not even consider living in a major city. Most of the Jews that survived the occupation of the Netherlands either left the Netherlands or hid out in the countryside. Attempting to stay in a major metropolitan area was tantamount to suicide.
The third and worst mistake, NOT PAYING ATTENTION AT ALL!
Pro 22: 3 A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and suffer for it. World English Bible.
Noah foresaw the flood and Joseph foresaw the famine, but you do not have to be a prophet of God to know that danger is approaching. You do not have to be a genius to know it’s time to find a storm shelter when a tornado is on the horizon, or it’s time to leave the coast when hurricane winds are blowing.
We, who know the Word of God, should be extra prudent. Jesus specifically warned us to watch for the signs of His coming.
Luk 21:34 Don't spend all of your time thinking about eating or drinking or worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you
Luk 21:35 like a TRAP. That day will surprise everyone on earth.
Luk 21:36 Watch out and keep praying that you can escape all that is going to happen and that the Son of Man will be pleased with you. Contemporary English Version.
TRAP: G3803, pagis
1) snare, trap, noose
1a) of snares in which birds are entangled and caught
1a1) implies unexpectedly, suddenly, because birds and beasts are caught unawares
1b) a snare, i.e. whatever brings peril, loss, destruction
1b1) of a sudden and unexpected deadly peril
1b2) of the allurements and seductions of sin
1b3) the allurements to sin by which the devil holds one bound
Jesus warned His Church not to be entangled in the cares of the world, or His coming would catch us just as suddenly as a snare catches a bird. Our major purpose in this life is to build a relationship with the One who ransomed us from death and hell. If we spend time meditating on God’s Word, and praying to the LORD, and listening to His still small voice, we can be sure that we will not be caught unawares.
1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1Th 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.