Friday, August 11, 2006

Why Does
The World
Hate The Jews
So Much

Yesterday I featured an article by Michael Medved entitled "Why The World Hates The Jews." Medved hypothesized that the Jews are hated because they are "chosen" and because people are jealous of them.

I stated that I thought Medved's idea was interesting, but I didn't think it explaines the fact that people hate Jews even in places where there are no Jews. And, I noted, most people who hate Jews probably don't even know they are God's Chosen People.

So, what is the reason the world hates Jews so much? Well, here's Christian writer Dave Hunt's opinion (thanks to Olivia for sending this over to me):

... multitudes of people who otherwise have little or no thought of God or Christ, give lip service to the idea that more than 1900 years ago Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and "there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" (Matthew 2:1-2).

Oddly, many Christians who believe Jesus was born "King of the Jews" attach no literal meaning to that title, especially one that has anything to do with Jews. Prophecies concerning Christ ruling the world from David’s throne in Jerusalem are taken as metaphors referring to His present rule from heaven. Jerusalem was founded by King David 3000 years ago. No fewer than forty times the Bible calls Jerusalem "the city of David." There God established David’s throne forever, and on that throne the Messiah, King of the Jews, descended from David, must reign over Israel and the world (II Chronicles 6:6, 33:7; II Samuel 7:16; Psalm 89:3, 4, 20, 21, 29-36, etc.).

Jerusalem is named more than 800 times in the Bible and is central to God’s plans. He has placed His name there forever. Knowing that only the Messiah, descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, can defeat him, Satan has inspired 3000 years of anti-Semitism. Destroying all Jews would have prevented Messiah from being born. Satan lost that round. But if all Jews could be destroyed today, God could not fulfill His promises that Christ would reign as King of the Jews on David’s throne at His second coming. God would be a liar and Satan the winner.

God’s integrity and eternal purposes are linked to Israel’s survival! Roman Catholic doctrine that the nation of Israel has been replaced by that Church is spreading increasingly among evangelicals. This replacement of Israel is a subtle form of anti-Semitism. Instead of sending Jews to ovens, their significance and even their existence is denied: by some twist in history, those now commonly called Jews are supposedly not really Jews — the real Jews are Mormons, or British Israelites, or Catholics or Christians.

The shameful horror of anti-Semitism throughout history provides a shocking exposé of the human heart. Satan found multitudes of partners (many who called themselves Christians) only too eager to malign, persecute, and even kill God’s chosen people. Hitler’s "final solution to the Jewish problem" was known to Roosevelt, Churchill, and other allied leaders, who did nothing. Even neutral Switzerland and Sweden turned escaping Jews back to Hitler’s ovens.

Incredibly, a typical Jordanian textbook equates Zionism with Nazism. Yet Arabs applauded and aided Hitler — and Islam pursues Hitler’s "solution" to this day. Hitlerian threats pour continuously from Muslim religious and political leaders on TV and over radios and loudspeakers in mosque and street. The battle between Yahweh, the God of Israel who loves Jews as His chosen people, and Allah, the god of Islam, who hates them with a passion, is building to an awesome climax. It is every Muslim’s religious duty to exterminate the Jews.

Muslims dream of destroying Israel. They name holidays and streets after murderers of innocent Israeli citizens, and hold celebrations honoring terrorists. Islam’s leaders have called for a spiritual revival as the key to Israel’s destruction — and Islamic fundamentalism, which brazenly employs terrorism worldwide, is now sweeping the world. All Islamic scholars agree it is the sacred duty of every Muslim in every age to wage jihad (holy war) whenever possible to force the entire world to submit to Islam.

There are more than 100 verses in the Koran about fighting and killing in that quest. A Libyan cabinet minister explained, "Violence is the Muslim’s most positive form of prayer." In spite of his rape of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein is beloved by millions of Arabs because his scud missiles heavily damaged Israeli civilian targets and he repeatedly calls for Israel’s destruction. When Kaddafi screams, "The battle with Israel will be such that . . . Israel will cease to exist!" he speaks for every Muslim.

Islam’s founding prophet, Muhammad, declared, "The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them."

Islam’s desire to exterminate Israel is taught from childhood. A Syrian Minister of Education wrote, "The hatred which we indoctrinate into the minds of our children from birth is sacred." A ninth-grade Egyptian textbook declares, "Israel shall not live if the Arabs stand fast in their hatred." And a fifth-grade textbook states, "The Arabs do not cease to act for the extermination of Israel."

It is suicidal for Israel to trade strategic land for "peace" with such enemies — but the world forces her. Muhammad showed Muslims how to make "peace." In A.D. 628 he made a peace treaty with his own Kuraish tribe. Two years later, he suddenly attacked Mecca and slaughtered every male. Arafat has publicly declared, "In the name of Allah . . . I am not considering it [the Israeli-PLO peace accord] more than the agreement signed between our prophet Muhammad and the Kuraish tribe . . . . Peace for us means the destruction of Israel . . . ."

No place for the King of the Jews!

This is Islam — take a close look! Muslim nations are arming themselves with missiles capable of delivering chemical, biological, and nuclear warheads. Syria has manufactured thousands of chemical warheads, has huge stores of biological weapons, and has tripled its military and air power since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The whole world knows these weapons have one purpose: to destroy Israel. But Israel also has nuclear weapons (soon to be deployed in new efficient submarines) and would use them if needed.

Who will bring peace? Christ warned of such incredible destruction that, if He did not intervene to stop it, no flesh would be left alive on earth (Matthew 24:21-22). That remarkable prophecy anticipated today’s modern weapons. No wonder the God of the Bible, who twelve times calls Himself "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob," promises repeatedly to defend Israel and Jerusalem in the last days!

Having brought Israel to birth in 1948, God will complete His purpose. He declares, "Shall a nation be born . . . ? Shall I bring to the birth . . . saith the Lord . . .and shut the womb?" (Isaiah 66:8-9). In its mad rebellion against God, the world rejects the "King of the Jews" and His promised rule of international peace from David’s throne in Jerusalem, and makes its own plans.

And, a good portion of the world is currently making plans to do away with Israel. That is seen by many as the "solution" to the problems of the world. The next few years sure are going to be interesting.