The Holocaust: An Introductory History
“The Holocaust (also called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933 - when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany - to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsher persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities. These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of all world Jewry.
The Jews who died were not casualties of the fighting that ravaged Europe during World War II. Rather, they were the victims of Germany's deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe, a plan Hitler called the “Final Solution” (Endlosung).”
The Holocaust was the best orchestrated attempt to destroy the Jews throughout the past. Orchestrated from Hitler’s hate filled speeches to his minions to the countries who refused Jews entrance to the builders of the ovens and more.
We must never forget the Holocaust of the last century. Sadly, today there seems to be an increasing anti-Semitic mentality throughout much of the world. Perhaps Edmund Burke said it best, “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Is History Repeating Itself? Ten ways Current Events reflect Holocaust History
“Many feel that such heinous crimes could never happen again in today’s civilized society, but we must remember that Germany was also civilized in the 1930s and 40s. Additionally, recent headlines show that the same attitudes and actions exist and are escalating now as existed at the time of the Holocaust. Here are just ten of the ways that history is beginning to repeat itself.”
The Tribulation is the time set aside for Israel to come to faith in their/ our Messiah. Israel has been regathered to part of her covenant land as foretold in Ezekiel 37, the Valley of Dry Bones. Israel’s statehood was declared in 1948 and she has ever since been at war with her open enemies and her covert adversaries.
In the future is the time of Jacob's trouble/ the Great Tribulation, Matthew 24:21, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Jesus warns, Matthew 24:16, ”Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains.”
Revelation 12:14, “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.” The believing remnant of Israeli will be protected in Petra.
Zechariah 13:8, “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.” One third of the world’s Jews died in the Holocaust, sadly two thirds are prophesied to be killed during the time of Jacob's trouble.
Here again is God’s promise that a remnant will be saved. Jeremiah 30:7, “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”