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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The Holocaust Foretold in Scripture?
During the Second World War the Nazi government of Adolph
Hitler carried out what it called “the Final Solution” for the Jewish problem,
and what others have since called “the Holocaust.” Over a period of three and
a half years Hitler operated death camps that he set up for the specific
purpose of exterminating the Jewish people. Six million Jews were killed.
The camp at Chelmno, Poland—the first concentration camp
built exclusively to kill everyone sent there—was established in November, 1941,
and mass murder began there on December 8, 1941. The last death camp,
Mauthausen, was liberated three and a half years later in May, 1945. (Concentration
camps set up to house Jews existed before this, but camps set up specifically
to carry out genocide were operational for just three and a half years.)
Centuries earlier the prophet Daniel had foretold that an
exceptionally cruel foreign ruler would hurt and kill the Jewish people over a
period of three and a half years. Did the Bible foretell the Holocaust?
Daniel lived around twenty-five centuries ago, but he received
a series of visions and messages from angels sent by God to tell him about what
would happen to his people, the Jews, in the distant future:
“‘Now I have come to explain to you what will
happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to
—Daniel 10:14 NIV
He was told to
“‘seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant
—Daniel 8:26 NIV
God’s messengers told Daniel there would be “a time of
distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then”
from which “your people . . . will be delivered.” (Daniel 12:1 NIV)
“‘When the end comes near for those kingdoms, a
bold and cruel king who tells lies will come. This will happen when many people
have turned against God. This king will be very powerful, but his power will
not come from himself. He will cause terrible destruction and will be
successful in everything he does. He will destroy powerful people and even
God’s holy people. This king will succeed by using lies and force. He will
think that he is very important. He will destroy many people without warning .
—Daniel 8:23-26 NCV
Does that description fit the Nazi regime of Adolph Hitler
that blitzkrieged its way across Europe and attempted to exterminate the
prophet Daniel’s people?
In a related passage the angelic messenger God sent to
Daniel told him,
“‘This king will speak
against the Most High God, and he will hurt and kill God’s holy people. He
will try to change times and laws that have already been set. The holy people
that belong to God will be in that king’s power for three and one-half years.’”
—Daniel 7:25 NCV
The angel also indicated that shortly after those three and
a half years, the Jewish people would have their own nation restored—they would
receive power to rule themselves again. The cruel ruler who was killing the
Jews would be
“making war against God’s holy people and was
defeating them until God, who has been alive forever, came. He judged in favor
of the holy people who belong to the Most High God; then the time came for them
to receive the power to rule.”
—Daniel 7:21-22 NCV
Daniel does not speak of them first as a “nation,” but
rather as a “people”—which would fit the circumstances of the Jews at the time
of the Holocaust. In fact, it was shortly after the Holocaust that the nation
of Israel was restored in 1948, and the holy people of the prophet Daniel were able
to rule over the Promised Land for the first time in nearly two thousand years.
Was this what the prophet had been told would happen?
Demonic enemies of God tried to block their restoration to
the Promised Land by annihilating the Jewish people. That attempt was
implemented through what the Nazis called the “Final Solution” and what we
today call the Holocaust. God, who sees the future, appears to have foretold
this significant event though his inspired human prophets, and had those
prophecies recorded in Scripture.
“Then another king will arise, more brutal than the
other ten, and will destroy three of them. He will defy the Most High God, and
wear down the saints with
persecution, and try to change all laws, morals, and customs. God's people will
be helpless in his hands for three and a half years.”
—Daniel 7:24-25 LB
The Nazi “Third Reich” fits this description, and its
extermination camps operated for three and a half years. Old Testament writers
used the term “saints” (Hebrew kodesh = ‘holy’ or ‘set apart’) to refer
to the Jews. At Mount Sinai, according to Moses, God gave his law to the
“saints.” (Deut. 33:2) King David called true-worshipping Jews of his day
“the saints who are on the earth.” (Ps. 16:2 NKJV)
In this case the prophet Daniel was given visions of “what
will happen to your people in the days to come” (Dan. 10:14 Jerusalem Bible),
including “a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of
nations until then” from which “your people . . . will be delivered.” (Dan 12:1
NIV) So, when Daniel used the term “saints,” he had in mind God’s ‘holy
people’—Daniel’s own people, the Jews.
The New Testament book of Revelation seems to include a
parallel of Daniel’s Old Testament prophecy. Consider this possible interpretation
[in brackets] of Revelation, chapter 12, which also speaks of three and a half
appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and
the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve
2And she being
with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon , having
seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And
his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the
earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered,
for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought
forth a man child , who
was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman
fled into the wilderness , where she hath a
place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a
thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7 And there was
war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon
fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place
found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a
loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the
kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our
brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their
testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters
of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great
wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the
dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man
4 And to the woman
were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness,
into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and
times, and half a time , from the face of the serpent.
5 And the serpent
cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might
cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and
the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon
cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon
was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
—Revelation 12 KJV
Does the interpretation in the brackets above truly show a
parallel between the Revelation and Daniel’s prophecy? Readers must judge for
themselves, until the day when God makes all these things clear to everyone.
During the 1800’s and early 1900’s advocates of
“substitution theology” applied many of the prophecies about “Israel” to the
Church instead of to the Jews. So, when the Holocaust and the subsequent
restoration of the state of Israel occurred, they missed any significance of
these events as fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
But, if Daniel and the Revelation indeed foretold these
events of recent history, then the remaining prophecies are well on track
toward fulfillment—and all who are alive today do well to pay attention.