Few Christians know the unspeakable violence that was done to Jewish people in the two thousand years of church history. Nor do they realize this was not a few isolated incidences but an on-going pattern reaching back to the early centuries. The Church Jesus established was soon invaded by the "mystery of iniquity." II Thessalonians. 2:7. What began as the "Bride of Christ" soon became a War-Woman of violence and crime. We were not told this in Sunday School. It is also true that parallel to her reign of terror was an undercover body of true believers who suffered similar violence as the Jews. Behavior of the Catholic Church does not speak for all Christians.
It is not my motive to sound anti-Catholic. Over the years I have known many precious Catholic believers, some of them Priests, who loved God as much as I. But, I cannot be quiet about the atrocities committed against the Jews; nor our responsibility to beg their forgiveness. A casual word to them will not be sufficient. We need face-on-the-floor repentance before them and God.
What you read will not be comfortable reading but history doesn’t care how uncomfortable truth makes us feel. Facts remain facts no matter how well we disguise them. He who said "Love your enemies ..." was soon mocked by the very ones who claimed to be His disciples.
Jews were banished from every country in Europe, burned alive at the stake, entire Jewish villages destroyed, and their property confiscated. Others were forced into Catholic conversion. Even after conversion they were treated with hatred and contempt; never accepted into the mainstream of society. Evangelicals can claim an honest innocence in most of those crimes. What I provide are only a few examples of a thousand more atrocities. But, here, with the date, is what I mean about Jewish persecution.
325: At the Council of Nicea, 325 a.d, Christian documents spoke of the Jews in degrading ways.
337: The first Christian Emperor of Rome, Constantine, made the marriage of a Jewish man to a Christian woman punishable by death.
339: Converting to Judaism became a criminal offense in Rome.
379: Emperor Theodosius, encouraged the destruction of synagogues.
380: The Bishop of Milan directed the burning of a synagogue and called it "an act pleasing to God."
395: Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire–but a greater threat to the Jews.
415: The Christian Bishop, Cyril of Alexandria, Egypt, expelled all Jews from that city.
612: Jews across Europe were not allowed to own land, be farmers, or enter certain trades. The next 600 years the story was the same–but the worst came later.
1099: Christian Crusaders forced all of the Jews of Jerusalem into a central synagogue and set it on fire. Those who tried to escape were forced back into the burning building. Jews were safer with Muslims than with Christians.
1229: The Spanish inquisition began with Pope Innocent IV authorizing the use of killing and torture. Bodies were pulled apart, bones broken, nails driven into bodies, Jews and other non-Catholics were burned alive at the stake. Jewish children over 6 years of age were forcibly taken
from their parents and given a Catholic education. In Spain alone, more than 41,000 people were burned alive at the stake.
1236: Pope Gregory ordered church leaders in England, France, Portugal, and Spain, to confiscate all Jewish books.
1261: Duke Henry III of Brabant, Belgium, ordered that "Jews...must be expelled from Brabant and totally annihilated so that not a single one remains, except those who are willing to change ..."
1267: The Synod of Vienna ordered Jews to wear horned hats.
1290: Jews were exiled from England, forcing some 16,000 to abandon their homes.
1298: Jews were persecuted in Austria, Bavaria, eastern Germany, and 140 Jewish communities were destroyed. More than 100,000 Jews were killed in a 6 month period.
1306: 100,000 Jews were exiled from France. They left with only the clothes on their backs and food for one day. Many starved to death in the first week. Thousands of children died first.
1320: 40,000 French shepherds went to Palestine on the "Shepherd Crusade" and on the way destroyed 140 Jewish communities.
1347: The Black Death originated in the Far East, probably when Mongol invaders brought it to Caffa in the Crimea. Rats initially carried it, their fleas spreading the disease among the population. In five years the death toll had reached 25 million. People noted that a smaller percentage of Jews than Christians caught the disease. This was probably because of the Jewish sanitary laws which they had kept from the Old Testament. Rumors spread that Jews poisoned the wells used by Christians. The solution was to torture, murder, and burn the Jews. In Bavaria 12,000 Jews perished; in the small town of Erfurt another 3,000 died. Near Tours, an immense trench was dug, filled with blazing wood and in a single day 160 Jews were thrown into the fire and burned alive. In Strausberg 2,000 Jews were burned. In Maintz 6,000 were killed. Another 12,000 Jews were executed in Toledo.
1492: Spain exiled all remaining Jews. The same day Christopher Columbus sailed on his voyage to the New World, the last boat-load of Jews left Spain with no place to go. The timing of the two events was prophetic. The Jewish community in Spain was the oldest, wealthiest, best educated in Western Europe. They provided much of the intellectual elite for the nation.
1517: The Protestant Reformation began under the leadership of Martin Luther. When Jews refused to convert to Christ, Luther assailed them with language too vile, too vulgar to put in print. 400 years after Luther, Adolph Hitler eagerly quoted Luther’s villainy to justify his murder of the Jews.
1563: When the army of Ivan the Terrible occupied the Polish city of Polotzk all local Jews were ordered to convert to the Orthodox faith. Those who resisted were drowned in the Dvina River or burned at the stake.
1840: A rumor spread in Syria that Jews were responsible for the ritual killing of a Roman Catholic monk and his servant. As a result of being tortured to the point of insanity, some local Jews confessed to a crime they did not commit.
1846-1878: Pope Pius IX ordered all Jews within the Vatican State to be housed in Rome's ghetto. This was the last ghetto in Europe until the Nazis restored the practice in the Second World War. In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II–ignoring the sin of Pius IX–beatified him, starting him toward sainthood. Pius’ crimes against the Jews were totally ignored.
1858: A six-year old Jewish boy was kidnaped by the Vatican police when they learned a maid had secretly baptized him. She had done this without his parents approval. An international protest followed but he was not returned to his family. He remained in Papal custody, was raised a Catholic, and eventually became a priest.
1903: At Easter, in Kishinev, Moldova, a Christian child was murdered and a young Christian woman committed suicide at the Jewish Hospital. Jews were blamed for the deaths. Russian government agents organized an anti-Jewish riot with the local newspaper publishing a series of inflammatory articles. Violence ensued. The 5,000 soldiers in the town did nothing to protect the Jews. In a short time, 49 Jews had been killed, 500 were injured; 700 homes looted and destroyed, 600 businesses and shops looted, 2,000 families left homeless. Later, it was discovered that the child had been killed by its own relatives and the suicide was totally unrelated to the Jews. That mattered not. The Jews had already paid for someone else’s crime.
1915: 600,000 Jews were forcibly moved from the western borders of Russia towards the interior. About 100,000 died of exposure and starvation.
1917: "In the civil war following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the reactionary White Armies made extensive use of riots to incite widespread slaughters of Jews." 200,000 Jews were murdered in the Ukraine.
1938: On November 9th, the Nazi government in Germany sent storm troopers, the SS and the Hitler Youth on an attack that killed 91 Jews, injured hundreds, burned 177 synagogues and looted 7,500 Jewish stores. Broken glass could be seen everywhere; the glass gave this event its name of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass.
1939: The United States took part in the anti-Jewish action when the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner with 915 Jewish refugees from Germany were denied entry into the United States. The ship returned to Europe where many of the passengers died in Nazi concentration camps. It is estimated that some 6,000,000 million Jews died in Hitler’s Death Camps. They were not alone. Many Gypsies and other unwanted ethnic groups also perished.
1940: The Vichy government of France collaborated with Nazi Germany by freezing about 80,000 Jewish bank accounts. During the next four years, they deported about 76,000 Jews to Nazi death camps; only about 2,500 survived. It was only in 1995 that a French president, Jacques Chirac, "was able to admit that the state bore a heavy share of responsibility in the mass round-ups and deportations of Jews, as well as in the property and asset seizures that were carried out with the active help of the Vichy regime."
1941: the Jewish Lithuanian population numbered around 220,000. The Capital, Vilinus, had become the Jewish center of rabbinical learning and influence in Europe.
1941: During the German invasion of June 1941, 206,800 Jews were murdered by the Nazis with the aid of Christian civilians. Many were clubbed to death.
2015: England’s behavior toward the Jews: A senior member of the Royal Family has never made an official visit to Israel, after more than six decades. Her Majesty the Queen has been on the throne 57 years and has undertaken 250 official visits to 129 countries. Not once has she been to Israel. She has visited 14 Arab countries–Israel? No.
An Interesting Jewish Boycott
Not long ago, Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khomeini encouraged the Muslim World to boycott everything that had originated with Jewish people. Meyer Treinkman, a pharmacist, gave the following explanation: Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew name Neissner. A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew Ludwig Traube.
Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocain, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil. If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew.
If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege. Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate. Arabs must do likewise with mental ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew. Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick. Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram. They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk. Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.
Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts. In short, without the discovery of these Jewish doctors, humanity would still be battling Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio, Convulsions, and Tuberculosis. The cell phone with which you call your M.D. was invented in Israel by a Jewish engineer.
Statistics Don’t Lie!
A few years ago in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, I stood with a pro-Israel peace gathering to show support for Jews locally and the Nation of Israel. On the opposite side of the street was a gathering of Muslims, many of them recent immigrants to the U.S., screaming at the Jews, "Go back to the ovens! Go back to the ovens!," meaning for them to go to Hitler’s death camps and crematoriums. The Global Islamic census today is approximately 1,200,000,000, or 20% of the world’s population. From that huge number Islam has produced only 7 Nobel Peace Prize Winners. Jewish population, world wide, is approximately 14,000,000, or 0.02% and has produced 129 Peace Prize Winners! Astounding! The Jews are contributors to society they are not brain washing their children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up, or cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims. (Quoted): "The Jews don't hijack planes, kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants.
There is not one Jew who has destroyed a church. There is not a single Jew who protests by killing people. The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels".
As Christians we boldly, unashamedly stand with the Jews individually and Israel nationally. Politically, America is turning from Israel. That trend must be stopped! As a Christian, make your voice heard–both in repentance and political pressure. "If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel."
Benjamin Netanyahu: " It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. He did this because he said in words to this effect: ‘Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some b..... will get up and say that this never happened.’" Recently, England debated whether to remove the Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.
World Wake Up! Thank God for the Jews and their contributions to mankind! Christians, get on your face before God and repent of the atrocities committed against them!
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces."
For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say,
"Peace be within you."Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good. Psalms 122:6-9.
IS YOUR HEART HARDENED?
"And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened." Mark 6:49-52. Though the disciples had been called individually by Jesus to minister with Him, and through whom they experienced the power of the Holy Spirit, they were still guilty of "hardness of heart." Without recognizing the condition within themselves, they failed to benefit by the power Jesus provided. If this hardness of heart were true of the original disciples how much more can it be true of us? Please hear me: We are not in danger of moral failure as much as we are at risk of becoming victims of "hardness of heart." If we want to live in the fullness God intended, we must be willing to acknowledge this danger in ourselves and correct it. What Causes This Hardness?
1. Unhealed wounds in personal life, family life, church life, work, etc.
2. Accepting attitudes of rejection, suspicion, anger, jealousy, etc.
3. Believing God has dealt with us unfairly and ignored vital prayer requests.
4. Seeing ourselves as failures, poor performers, incapable, of no value.
5. Thinking that life will end with dreams and hopes unfulfilled.
6. Allowing religious legalism to dominate our minds and hearts.
7. Other complications the Holy Spirit reveals to us.
These attitudes all have the same effect: Hardness of heart. When I was a child, attending part-time at the Nazarene Church, they sang a hymn I especially disliked. Primarily, I feared the old folks who cruised up and down the church aisle during the hymn, looking for someone they could take to the altar for prayer. Usually I sat in the middle of the pews where I could not be reached. At any rate, the song (which I love today) is this:
O WHY NOT TONIGHT?
"O do not let the word depart, And close thine eyes against the light, Poor sinner harden not your heart Be saved, O, tonight! O why not tonight, O why not tonight? Wilt thou be saved? Then why not tonight?"
I have asked the Lord to forgive me for my anger against this song. Not only so, but many nights I now go to sleep listening to its words playing in my ear, "Poor sinner, harden not your heart ..."