Global Rise Of Antisemitism: Harbinger Of The Approaching Tribulation
ust this week, Jewish leaders told US Officials, “We’ve never seen anything like this ever.” There is an alarming rise of global antisemitism. The global surge of venomous hatred of the Jewish people and the nation of Israel is palpable in our world today.
In the United States, there has been a 400% increase in antisemitic incidents just since October 7th. This time last year, in 2022, antisemitic incidents were up 36%, which was the highest on record. In 2023, the number rose again before going dramatically higher in the wake of the Hamas attack and Israel’s response.
A Reuters headline on Tuesday read, “Open hatred of Jews surges globally, inflamed by Gaza war.” An article from CNN announced, “A new wave of antisemitism threatens to rock an already unstable world.”
“History is flashing warnings to the world,” the article begins by stating:
“Outbursts of antisemitism have often been harbingers of societies in deep trouble and omens that extremism and violence are imminent. Recent antisemitism is also a reflection of destructive forces tearing at American and western European societies, where stability and democracy are already under pressure.”
The rise of antisemitism is a warning sign that something bad is coming. In this case, it’s a warning sign that the tribulation may be in the not-too-distant future.
Antisemitism is metastasizing all over the world. Many of you have seen reports regarding college campuses in the United States. On one of the message boards of Cornell University was a statement calling for people to slit the throats of Jews.
In America, 3 out of 10 of the 18-24 age group believe that the US should support Hamas in this conflict rather than Israel. 26% believe that the solution to this problem is for Israel to be destroyed and the land to be given to Hamas and the Palestinians. So we see, especially among younger Americans, a growing wave of antisemitism.
Another place where this sentiment is mushrooming is in Turkey. There was a massive antisemitic gathering in the city of Istanbul. Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan accused Israel of war crimes and vehemently insisted that Hamas is not a terrorist organization. Israel has pulled their diplomats and announced that they are reassessing their relationship with Turkey.
Turkey is one of the main nations mentioned in the Ezekiel 38 coalition that will invade Israel in the end times. Their relationship with Israel has done a 180˚ just since October 7th.
There are also significant protests in Paris and London, with signs such as “Gas the Jews, Hitler should have finished the job,” and the most virulent kind of antisemitism you can imagine. We’ve all heard the report about the airport in Dagestan, which is a Muslim area of Russia. People were tearing through the airport when a flight arrived from Tel Aviv, searching for Jews to Lynch.
It’s Irrational & Demonic
These are chilling echoes from the 1930s and the 1940s. What we should keep in mind, as we see all of this, is that there is much more to antisemitism than meets the eye. What we’re seeing is the unveiling of an ancient satanic conspiracy. Antisemitism has been rightly called “the oldest hatred.” It goes all the way back to the time of God’s calling of Abraham.
Some of you may be wondering what antisemitism means. The main definition I’ve read is “prejudice against or hatred of Jews,” but there’s another definition. A friend of mine named Olivier Melnick, who is a Messianic Jew, defines antisemitism as “the demonic irrational hatred of the Jewish people and Israel, characterized by thoughts, words, and actions.”
It’s both irrational and demonic. God chose Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants to be the forebears of the Messiah. Therefore, Satan wants to destroy them because he hates what God loves.
The problem is our world today is blind to the demonic component of antisemitism. They look at this and think, why does the world hate the Jews so much? They don’t understand that Satan takes irrational things, such as the hatred of the Jewish people and the land of Israel, and makes them appear rational.
Satan tried to wipe out the Jewish people so that the Messiah couldn’t come. Once Jesus was born and began His ministry, Satan incited the Jewish leaders and the Romans to kill Him. Since Jesus’ death and resurrection, Satan has now been trying to wipe out the Jewish people so that God cannot fulfill His purposes and program with them.
Revelation chapters 12-13 tell us that the ultimate antisemite will be the Antichrist. He’s going to persecute the Jewish people in the end times to a degree with which they have never been persecuted before.
The Antichrist will initially act like a friend of Israel and make a peace agreement with them. We can see that on the horizon as the world desires peace in the Middle East, unlike any other time in history. The Antichrist will ultimately betray them and become their greatest persecutor.
What we see today is also a preview of Zechariah 12:2-3, which states:
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”
As the world turns against the Jewish people, you and I need to love them, support them and pray for them.
100-Year Prayer Meeting For The Jewish People
Most of you have heard of Corrie Ten Boom, who hid Jews during World War Two, resulting in her family being taken captive and the death of her sister and father.
The previous generation Ten Boom family started a weekly prayer meeting for the Jewish people in 1844. After a moving worship service in a Dutch Reformed Church, a man named William Ten Boom felt the need to pray for the Jewish people. People would stop by, and they would have a weekly meeting where they would pray Psalm 122:6 for the peace of Jerusalem.
These meetings took place every week for 100 years, until February 28th, 1944. The Ten Booms were gathered together for their weekly prayer meeting for the Jewish people when Nazi soldiers came to the house and took them away for helping local Jews and hiding them in a secret room.
That is the least that you and I can do in the times we find ourselves in is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the Jewish people, for God to bless & help them.
What we’re seeing happening right now is unlike anything that we’ve seen since the time of the Holocaust.
Many pieces and players are propheticly moving into place today. You and I should be living on the tip of expectancy for the coming of Jesus Christ.