Holocaust Remembrance Day: NEVER AGAIN !
Today we are focusing on Holocaust Remembrance Day. There are some people that remember the tragedies of the Holocaust, and there are also those that even deny that it even happened. But, what actually was the Holocaust and what took place? Cassie Lawson does an outstanding job of a brief documentation of the what transpired in the days leading up to what is now known as The Holocaust, which resulted in an estimated death of 6 million Jews.
Some may be aware of the name “Adolf Hitler” and his leadership over Germany during the 1930’s & 1940’s. What some may not be aware of, is that Hitler was elected into leadership. During his reign, he promoted Germans as a superior race, and every other race, especially the Jews, were inferior. “In 1935, Jews lost their citizenship and right to marry non-Jewish persons. By 1938, thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed. Over 30,000 had been arrested for no other reason than being Jewish.” Jewish business owners found their businesses being marked by authorities as a “Jewish” business. All Jews were eventually marked with the Jewish star. Eventually, all Jews were transported to ghettos, and finally, to concentration camps. Upon arrival at these concentration camps, “people were immediately selected for work or death”. The mass murdering of Jews continued on until May 7, 1945, when German forces surrendered to Allied forces.
This is a horrifying reality, but we must remember it so that it will never be repeated. As we take the time to remember this event in history, it is important to look at how Israel remembers their own personal history. As Daniel Pomerantz, of Honest Reporting, shows us, a siren is sounded every year on April 24th, for 2 minutes to remember The Holocaust. “At exactly 10 o’clock, something incredible is going to happen. All over the whole country of Israel, sirens sound; and for exactly two minutes everything stops.” It is a sight to see every activity imaginable and event come to a halt for two minutes as an entire country remembers their tragic history. No moving. No talking. No cars driving. No texting. Nothing.
As Israel takes the time to remember this important moment, President Trump also shared his personal response on this day of remembrance. “On Yom Hashoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history. We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge never again, I say it, never again.” President Trump continues, “The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror, and the loss. Six million Jews, 2/3 of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear.” As we remember these horrible years of Israel’s history, the President also shares vision and hope as he speaks of the determination of the Jewish people. “Today, only decades removed from the Holocaust, we see a great nation risen from the desert, and we see a proud Star of David waving above the state of Israel. The star is a symbol of Jewish perseverance.”
As devastating of an event as The Holocaust is, there are people that deny it ever happened. When people deny your pain, they are about to repeat your pain. It is so important to remember where we come from. If we neglect to know our history, we are bound to repeat it. Hananya Naftali interviews a Holocaust survivor, Ida Greenberg, and asks her about her memories. Ida is 95 years old. When Naftali asked if she thought she would survive the Holocaust, she shared this response. “No one knew. It was hell. So no one knew what tomorrow brings.” During the Holocaust, she only had one wish. “I wanted to see my parents but no…I didn’t manage to see them.” She continues to share how the Nazis came at night and took her parents. To those who deny the Holocaust ever occurred, Greenberg says, “…in every family of survivors, there is a remaining wound. How can someone say that it didn’t happened?”
When we look at such horrible tragedies, we see the realities of evil. There is a reason why an individual would have such hatred towards another human being, they are being controlled by darkness. Those who are led by such evil can be rescued from such darkness by denying their god and turning to the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord over their lives. Amidst such evil and darkness, there is hope. There is hope in Jesus Christ. See the full conversation to better understand the significance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Auschwitz, Adolf Hitler, Third Reich, Germany, Europe, Poland, extermination of Jews, Israel, and President Donald Trump. Greg and John shared in this segment.
President Trump’s Cabinet Members Meet Together for Bible Study and Prayer?
As we lift up and pray for our leaders in America, some often wonder if our prayers are having any effect on those that we are praying for. Well today, you can be encouraged knowing that exciting things are happening in the White House.CBN is reporting that Cabinet members in the Trump Administration are meeting for a Bible study, weekly. “Vice President Mike Pence and eight cabinet secretaries sponsor the sessions, which occur weekly in Washington.” The report continues to share more about who is sponsoring these meetings; “…Vice President Pence; Secretaries Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Sonny Perdue, Rick Perry, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.”
Led by founder of Capitol Ministries, Ralph Drollinger, Drollinger shares the encouraging implication of these happenings. “In terms of a country’s health and direction, when its leaders are seeking God, the nation is in a position to be blessed by God in ways that are ‘far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think.” These are huge decisions. God takes notes when men humble themselves and seek His face. These exciting truths are not going to get much air time in secular media. It seems as if now, more than ever, a clear and distinguishable line is being drawn in the sand.
Reportedly, the leader of the DNC says that if someone is Pro-Life, there is no place for them in the Democratic Party. This appears to be quite similar to the days of Elijah on Mount Carmel. Under the leadership of Ahab and Jezebel, they led the people to worship the false gods of Baal and Molech. Molech was the false god that called for the sacrificing of innocent children. When God established Jehu to bring down the leadership of Ahab and Jezebel, he set up a Baal party to bring all the supporters of Ahab and Jezebel into one place, and remove them. The differences couldn’t be any clearer than they are right now, just as they were in Elijah’s day.
Our leaders are seeking God at the proverbial ‘top of Mount Carmel’, gathering weekly for Godly wisdom, while at the same time, other leaders are demanding individuals sacrifice innocent life in order to be part of their “party”.
We must pray for our leaders. Today is the day to make that choice of what side of the line we will stand on. We will either support life or not. Be encouraged as you see many of today’s events from a Biblical perspective, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: The White House, The Trump Administration, prayer, The Word of God, Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, and prayer.
What’s it like to be a Christian and in the Israeli Defense Force?
Can you imagine serving in Israel’s military, The Israeli Defense Forces? Now add to that, being an Israeli Christian, serving in the IDF. Hananya Naftali is a Jewish Christian who serves in the IDF. When he often gets the question of “how is it possible to be a Jew and a Christian”, he responds, “I’m Jewish by blood and I’m Christian by heart.” He continues to share his thoughts, “Jesus Himself was a Jew, so I don’t understand why some people get confused with this.”
Naftali shares how he previously served in a tank crew and now works as a medic. During his time serving in the tank crew, he kept his Bible with him everywhere he went. “So, even if we go on long missions, I can still get my spiritual food.” He also talks about how he kept his Bible with him during the Gaza War. “I kept my Bible inside the tank because we weren’t able to get out of the tank. And, the Bible was literally a charger to my spirit. Just like we charge our phones to give them power, the Bible had strengthened me during those times in Gaza.”
When Naftali began his service in the IDF, he was concerned about his tank team when he read his Bible. But, he shares this pivotal realization. “They don’t realize, I don’t need to adjust myself to society. If they don’t accept me the way that I am, it’s not my problem. It’s for God to solve using me.” He also shares insightful wisdom how Jews are sensitive to receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ based on what occurred in the Crusades and The Holocaust. “So to many Jewish people, the word ‘Jesus’, symbolizes the Crusaders that killed Jews.” Because of this, he shares his own way to share the message of Jesus Christ to the soldiers around him.
This is such an encouraging and educational awareness of military life in the Israeli Defense Forces, as well as what life is like for Christians in Israel. See the full dialogue from Naftali to get a better understanding, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: curses, witnessing, evangelism, Christianity, The Israeli Defense Forces, and love. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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