Here are a few thoughts I’d like to share with you on this important day.
First, here is a link to the short video report of the visit I made to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in November 2011 with two pastors and their wives. I hope it will give you a sense of what I was thinking when I stepped into one of the gas chambers, saw a crematorium and walked the grounds where the Nazis exterminated more than one million Jews, as well as many others. Also, here’s a link to a blog I wrote about our trip to the notorious camp in Poland.
Second, please be praying for the Holocaust survivors that are still living today, and their families. Pray that the Lord comforts and heals their hearts, and draws them close to His own heart. Pray that He provides for them and cares for them in every possible way — physically, emotionally, financially, and most importantly spiritually. Please pray that the Lord would use Christians around the world to be a true blessing to them with unconditional love and unwavering support. Here’s a link to a report on one of the projects The Joshua Fund did to care for and encourage Holocaust Survivors in Israel. It’s just a snapshot of one little project among many that we do. But I want to thank you so much for your prayers and investment in TJF. With your help and God’s grace, we have a chance to honor and assist these dear, precious people who suffered so enormously in their youth, and sadly are now impoverished in their old age.
Third, here’s a link to a blog report on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s historic address at Auschwitz in January 2009 in which he declared that the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 (the “valley of dry bones”) have come to pass in the wake of the Holocaust. It includes a link to his full speech.
Fourth, let us not forget that even as the government of Iran denies that the Holocaust ever happened in Europe, it is preparing to commit another Holocaust of the six million Jewish people in Israel today. Many leaders around the world do not truly believe this is the objective of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and their inner circle. But as I have documented along with many others, this is their objective and they must be stopped before it is too late.
Fifth, let us be sobered by the realization that a terrible genocide is underway in the United States today. Since 1973, some 55 million children have been murdered through abortion. In the next few years, if this isn’t peacefully, legally and completely ended, we will cross the 60 million threshold — that will be 10 times the number of souls that we have murdered compared to the number of Jewish souls the Nazis murdered during the Holocaust. As I note in Implosion, we know the judgment God brought on the Nazi regime and their allies. Do we expect less if we do not confess these terrible national sins, repent and plead for His forgiveness?
>> Also, here’s an excellent column in the Times of Israel written by my friend, Tomas Sandell — director of the European Coalition for Israel — about lessons for Europe (and the world) in the wake of the Holocaust. I commend it to your attention.