United Nations vs Israel, and the End of the World|
online edition of the book by David A. Reed
will be...burdening the world...all the nations of the earth unite in an attempt..." - Zech. 12:3 LB
"Jerusalem shall be...administered by the United Nations." - UN General Assembly Resolution 181
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Anti-Semitism Foretold in Scripture
Hatred of the Jews is so common that a word has been coined
to describe it. It is called “anti-Semitism”—a term recognized worldwide. But
was hatred of the Jews actually foretold in the Bible?
Yes. According to the prophet Jeremiah, God said,
“‘I will make them hated by all
the kingdoms of the earth. People will curse them . . .’”
—Jeremiah 29:18 NCV
Is there any other nationality that has been the object of
such hostility and disdain everywhere? The Irish have experienced poor
treatment at the hands of the English, but the Irish are not looked down upon
elsewhere. Koreans have been slighted in Japan, but don’t face similar
prejudice elsewhere. Blacks have been discriminated against in the American
South, but are not universally scorned worldwide.
Yet the Jews have faced pogroms in Russia, expulsion from
Spain, expulsion from ancient Rome, and expulsion from other nations. When the
Apostle Paul was in Corinth, Greece, he met a Jewish Christian couple named
Priscilla and Aquila, “who had recently come from Italy . . . because [Emperor]
Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome.” (Acts 18:2 NIV) Between the
years 1182 and 1394, various French kings expelled the Jews from their domains
on multiple occasions. British King Edward I expelled all the Jews from
England in the year 1290, and they were not officially readmitted until 1656.
In 1492, the same year Christopher Columbus arrived at North America, the royal
couple who commissioned his journey of exploration—Ferdinand and
Isabella—expelled all the Jews from Spain. Dozens of other nations and
jurisdictions have driven out their Jewish populations over the centuries.
The Jewish people have faced discrimination in America,
persecution in Europe, as well as universal hostility worldwide.
Is that simply a coincidence? Or, is it a fulfillment of
As discussed elsewhere in this book, prophecies in both the
Old Testament and the New Testament foretold that the Jewish people would be
uprooted from their homeland and scattered worldwide:
“But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God . . . the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the
earth to the other end of the earth.”
—Deuteronomy 28:15, 64 NASB
The Jews would be scattered worldwide according to the
prophecies—only to be re-gathered to the land of Israel shortly before the end
of the world. But what would happen to them in the meantime? The same prophecies
also speak about the circumstances the Jews would face during the years of
their dispersion among the nations.
Moses foretold that the rest of the people of the world
would be hostile toward the Jews, making fun of them, ridiculing them and
“You will become an object of horror, ridicule, and
mockery among all the nations to which the LORD
—Deuteronomy 28:37 NLT
And the passage from Jeremiah partially quoted above
explains that God told the prophet,
“‘I will pursue them with the sword, famine and
plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth and an
object of cursing and horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations
where I drive them.’”
—Jeremiah 29:18 NIV
Because their ancestors disregarded God and refused to obey
him, the Jews faced a great Tribulation of hostility and persecution lasting
Is there a lesson in this for the rest of us? The Apostle
Paul wrote concerning “the severity of God” in punishing his Chosen People.
(Romans 11:22 NIV) Scripture also foretells that he will soon redeem them and
punish those who mistreated them, bringing judgment against the rest of
mankind. Now is the time to repent.