An old saying suggests that if we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.
So what happens if we don’t remember it?
A survey conducted of adults between the ages of 18 to 39 (millennials and Gen Z) by Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany) discovered that nearly 66% of young Americans were not aware that the Nazis slaughtered six million Jews in concentration camps during the World War II Holocaust.
And the survey also revealed other disturbing news:
- 23% though the Holocaust was either a myth or was exaggerated or had no opinion.
- 36% believed less than two million Jews were killed.
- 12% said they had definitely never heard of the Holocaust.
- 48% could not provide the name of a Nazi concentration camp.
But what is equally concerning is that in New York nearly 20% of millennials blamed the Jews for the Holocaust. It was Jew’s fault that the Nazi’s slaughtered millions of them in the gas chambers.
When we look at Scripture about the end times, we are told that one of the key signs would be the return of the Jews to the Promised Land, and this was fulfilled by the restoration of Israel as a nation in 1948:
17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’ (Ezekiel 11:17 NIV)
But the end times would also be marked by the persecution of the Jews, that the prophet Jeremiah referred to as the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). Unfortunately, this will coincide with the persecution of Christians that we refer to as the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21).
The lives of Christians and Jews are intricately tied together because Jesus is ultimately the Jewish Messiah.
And, sometime during this period, perhaps even as a result of increased persecution, the Jews will en masse embrace Jesus as their Messiah.
10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.Zechariah 12:10 NIV
26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion;Romans 11:26 NIV
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.