Holocaust Remembrance Day (Remembering the Past)

Remembering the Holocaust!

Statue of M. LutherThe world of the Christian Church today can be roughly divided into two massive camps. One billion and two hundred million of them would be claimed by the Roman Catholic Church; with another billion belonging to an array of various denominations, whose number and differences could make one’s head spin in bewilderment! The bulk of the second Christian camp is made up of the Churches that profess loyalty to what has come to be known as Protestantism. Anyone who has studied Church history and theology knows how much the Protestant wing of Christianity enjoys comparing the modern era of the post-Reformation Church with the Dark Ages of the Catholic domination over the world of Medieval Europe. The academic libraries of theological seminaries belonging to a mind-boggling host of Christian denominations are filled with books dedicated to the memory and philosophy of the Great Protestant Reformers, such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, etc. The advent of Protestantism has long been hailed by many Church theologians with an almost Messianic zeal.

The Protestant Church was born when German nobility decided to side with Martin Luther’s protests against the multiple abuses perpetrated by the Catholic Hegemony. The dawn of a new and much brighter age was thought to have come into the dark world. Sometimes directly and often indirectly Protestantism has been instrumental in spawning many other movements in modern thought, theology and art. The Christian world was now believed to have come out of the darkness of superstition and archaic Church traditions and was firmly on the way toward the Millennial kingdom of peace, justice and equality! By the time when the 20th century rolled by, however, all of that hot-air rhetoric and baseless hopes were about to be dashed against the ragged rocks of historical reality! During the first half of the twentieth century the Protestant World was ripe and ready to perpetrate the atrocities and horrors, the character and scale of which would overshadow even the murderous activities of the Catholic Inquisition!

This year, the Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah, falls on April 19. In full solidarity with our Jewish People, the “The Rock of Israel” Ministries will remember the crimes of the Nazi Germany, accompanied by the indifference and complacency of the rest of the Christian world. We remember so that no one could ever forget and repeat the same evil inhumanity.

Christian WorldWhether openly atheistic, Muslim or Christian in its persuasion, the world has been at war with the Jews and their notion of ethical monotheism instituted by the One God of Israel ever since the beginning of history. From the time of its birth and even up till the present moment, the tiny nation of God’s Chosen People has been at the epicenter of God’s care and the world’s hate! Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Catholic Papists, Slavic Orthodox, Protestant Nazis and Muslim fanatics, have all tried to find a “final solution” to the “Jewish Problem” in the world. All have failed, for the LORD says: “No weapon formed against you [Israel] shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.” (Is. 54:17)

The murder of more than six million Jews, carried out on an industrial scale, in cold blood and in full view of the “Democratic West” that watched it with indifference and equanimity, the Holocaust was the apex of human ingenuity for evil and perversity. Hitler’s reign of terror was driven by his obsessive idea of the superiority of the “Arian Race” and his maniacal hatred for the Jews. The philosophical underpinnings for his ideology were supplied from the works of one of the greatest of Protestant Reformers, Martin Luther himself! What was it that one great Arian of Germany borrowed from another and used as justification for destroying the Jews?

A Great Protestant Reformer? . . .

Martin Luther on GlassMartin Luther was a faithful Catholic monk, who desired to find some amiable solution to what he saw as a few problems within his beloved Catholic Church. When all his proposals for "constructive changes” of the Mother Church had been rejected out of hand, he embarked on the course of “Church Reform” that would eventually result in a separate Christian denomination of Lutheranism. At first, being sympathetic to the Jewish plight under the oppression of the Medieval Church, Martin Luther sought to attract them with his new brand of Christianity. Following his famous nailing of the Ninety Five Theses to the doors of the “All Saints’ Church” in Wittenberg, Germany, (October 1517), Luther’s preaching directed toward the Jews was peaceable and friendly. When he discovered that Jewish believers in One God were not interested in the Protestant packaging of the same Old Catholic Trinity and other theological garbage, he became incensed with them and their faith, entering the pages of history as one of the most hateful antisemite. The Protestantism could not be considered as a separate entity from Catholicism for a simple reason that it was based on the same theology, philosophy and ideology as its rightful Mother, the Roman Catholic Church.

The three ugly pillars of the Church’s untruth are:

1) Trinity (Belief in three co-eternal, co-existent, co-dependent members of the triune godhead);

2) Replacement Theology (Dogma that the Church has now replaced Israel as God’s Chosen People);
3) Absolute Supremacy of Christ (Teaching which shifted the focus from the One God of Israel and onto some Cosmic Christ);

Here are a few snippets from Part XI of Luther’s infamous work “On Jews and Their Lies,” written in 1543, just a few days before the Merciful Lord took him out:

Statue of M. Luther 1“What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? . . . I shall give you my sincere advice: First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians . . . Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues. Instead they might be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies . . . Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them. Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb . . . Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews . . . Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping.”

The unyielding hatred of the Catholic Inquisition toward the Jews was carried over into her protestant daughters through the lifework of people like Martin Luther and others! What Luther so “masterfully” outlined in his vitriol against God’s People, Hitler skillfully implemented on an unprecedented scale! The Protestant Inquisition of Nazi Germany was about to put to shame even the evils of its Medieval Predecessor! By 1942 Hitler’s plan for the “Final Solution” was almost entirely in place. History is a marvelous tutor to all who are willing to learn from it! Are you game?

Hitler SalutingGiven the world’s generally unsympathetic disposition toward the Earth’s only true monotheists, it came as little surprise that all the nations on the European Continent, with a lonesome exception of Denmark, were among the Nazi collaborators, assisting them in rounding up the Jewish populations of their respective countries. Thus, for instance, when the SS troops requested that Slovakian police should arrest all the male Jews in their country for the purpose of transporting them to the labor and concentrations camps in Germany and Poland, the Slovaks negotiated that not only the male Jews but their entire families should be deported. The Slovakian rationale behind that proposition was that “they deemed it unchristian to separate the families.” The records of the secret negotiations between the SS officers and Slovakian officials, however, reveal that when the Germans protested that deporting entire families would not be economically beneficial to the Nazis, the then Slovakian government “resolved the issue” by offering to pay $500 per every Jew deported by the Nazis to the concentration camps! They were so eager to get rid of the Jews that they were willing to cover the murderers’ expenses in transporting the innocent people to their death in the camps!

The same attitude was evinced and the same story was repeated all across Europe. Even the Channel Islands, the only part of the British Empire occupied by the German invaders, offered a ready cooperation to the Nazis in arresting and deporting their Jewish residents. Would not the same have been true had the Germans succeeded in occupying the rest of England? How about the rest of the world? With a proven record of Nazis’ anti-Semitism, their Factories of Death operating feverishly in Auschwitz, Treblinka, Theresienstadt and many other places across Europe, those who collaborated in betraying the Jews into the hands of the SS troops knew full well what fate they were helping orchestrate for their Jewish friends and neighbors! That knowledge, however, did not stop them from cooperating! . . .

What About the Land of the Free and the Home to the Brave? . . .

The Three Big AlliesThe two “greatest” democratic powers of the West at that time, namely the British Empire and the United States of America, had shown some remarkable indifference to the horrible fate of millions of innocent people, both prior to and during the years of the Holocaust! After Hitler came to power in 1933, he almost immediately put in place numerous antisemitic measures, designed to either force the Jewish population out of the country or, should they choose to stay, destroy them without mercy. Thus, in April 1933, the Nazis declared a national boycott of all Jewish-owned stores and businesses in the country. They also enforced the wearing of a yellow badge by the Jews at all times, - a humiliating measure borrowed from a 9th century Muslim caliph and later used by the Catholic Lateran Council in 1215 as well. The year 1935 saw the introduction of the so-called “Nuremberg Laws,” intended further to limit the freedoms of the Jewish citizens by prohibiting marriages and business transactions between “Arians” and Jews.


On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis discriminatory policy toward the Jews changed to wholesale violence as they carried out one of the largest pogroms in the history of the world. During that time the glass panes in all the doors and windows of the Jewish synagogues and businesses were shattered by the raging mob. The orgy of German-bred violence came to be known as “Kristallnacht,” (the night of broken glass), and left ninety-one Jews dead with thirty thousand of them arrested and sent to concentration camps, where hundreds of them died. World leaders made a feeble attempt to denounce the Nazi pogrom, only to receive a scoffing answer from the Germans that the atrocity was conducted in honor of Martin Luther’s birthday, whom Hitler had come greatly to admire!

Just one year after the brutality of Kristallnacht, on May 23, 1939, the British issued a so-called White Paper that severely limited Jewish immigration to the historical Land of Israel. Since England was in control of Palestine at the time, they effectively prevented many European Jews from escaping the horrors of the Holocaust by fleeing to the emerging Israel. In the United States, public opinion polls documented that most Americans wanted to bar any substantial numbers of Jewish refugees from entering the country. The then Prime Minister of Canada expressed his view of Jewish immigration by saying that: “One of them would be one too many for Canada!”

The Voyage of the Damned ( S. S. St. Louis) . . .

SS St. LouisNo instance better summarizes America’s and her President F. D. Roosevelt’s reaction to the Jewish plight than the fate of the S.S. St. Louis, whose seemingly endless trip from Germany to North America became known as the “voyage of the damned.” The ship set sail from Germany in May 1939, just six short months after the Kristallnacht pogrom. The body of passengers on board was made up of 937 Jews, who held visas for Cuba. Upon their arrival in the island nation, the new administration of Cuba refused to honor their visas, which left the St. Louis stranded in Havana’s harbor for many days.

Despite the active efforts on the part of Jewish leaders worldwide, neither Cubans nor their American neighbors to the North agreed to accept the people who were desperate to escape the death at the Nazi concentration camps! In fact, when the ship neared the territorial waters of Florida, the Coast Guard fired a warning shot in its direction. Finally, St. Louis was forced to start its tragic trip back to the shores of the war-torn Europe. Although several European countries: England, Belgium, Holland, and France had at last acquiesced to accommodate the refugees, only those who had been accepted by England survived the war. The rest of them perished in the gas chambers of the German Death Camps.

Hitler believed that the Allies never bombed Auschwitz because deep down in their hearts they were quite willing to accept his murderous plans for the Jewish people. Unfortunately, his belief was not entirely baseless! Only in summer of 1944, when the worst atrocities had already taken their place in history, did the Allied bombers drop their explosives on Auschwitz and its gas chambers. Prior to that, despite of numerous bombing trips that took the Allied planes flying over the camp and onto their “real” strategic target of a German oil factory nearby, not one bomb had been “wasted” on Auschwitz!

AuschwitzConsidering the fact that both British and American Military Command knew exactly what was happening on those bloody grounds and having railroad tracks, leading up to the gas chambers and crematoriums, clearly in view of the Allied pilots, their excuse for not diverting the ammunition from the “more important targets” continues to testify against them! A Jewish woman who miraculously survived in the hell of Auschwitz testified that every time when the inmates heard the Allied planes flying high above their camp, they would fervently pray to God that the pilots may drop the bombs on the tracks, the gas chambers, and the crematoriums. They knew that even a short disruption in the Nazis’ industrialized process of murder would save many lives in the camp! How sad that those bombs were never “wasted” on such an “unimportant target”!

Does God Have Anything to Say?

What about God and His Word amidst all of this suffering, death and injustice? Where was He when His people were being butchered by the million at the hands of modern, sophisticated, well-developed Christian nations? A tentative answer to this very question was suggested by a few Jewish sages during the early ages of the Common Era. The Talmud records a question similar to the one we have just raised in our reflection that was put to the learned rabbis by their disciples during the times of Medieval Europe.

Referring to a well-documented case of the innocent suffering on the part of some 10 Jewish martyrs under the cruel Roman persecution, disciples enquired as to why the God of Israel did not interfere right there and then in order to save the sages from their cruel fate. The response may well have taken them aback: “If God had interfered to save the ten righteous ones, He would have had to destroy the rest of the world.” In other words, the righteous worshippers within the Jewish nation have suffered vicariously both for the sins of the world and as a result of them as well! The same idea is developed by the New Testament with respect to the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua HaMashiah. As a loyal son of his people and an apt representative of God-obeying Israel, he suffered vicariously together with his people at the hands of idolatrous Gentiles!

The Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53

Humiliating JewsSome of the most profound theological insights into this mystery are found in the words of the Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah 53 presents to our attention the case of a righteous sufferer, in whose wounds, stripes and death the world receives its healing! Who is this righteous one? Stay with me for a few more minutes and you will discover beyond the shadow of a doubt that in spite of Christianity’s claims that the text applies exclusively to Jesus Christ, its original intended meaning finds its truest and fullest expression in the person of the People of Israel! Since Jesus Christ is a true Israelite and the Jewish Messiah to boot, he is definitely among them as well!

Isaiah 53 has been long identified by Christian theologians as the fourth “Servant Song” in that lengthy prophetic book. The first three “songs” are found in the preceding chapters 42-49. Since the truest principle of biblical interpretation is “inter-textuality” or allowing the Bible to speak for itself, we should take a careful look at what all these passages tell us in their context and in relation to each other. This way we will avoid one of the most pernicious traits of Christian biblical exegesis, namely “proof-texting,” which entails ripping various bits and pieces of the biblical text and twisting it so as to make it conform to faulty Church dogmas and beliefs!

First, here is an excerpt from Isaiah 53. Since the division of the Bible into chapters and verses was a much later invention, the fourth “Servant Song” actually begins in Isaiah 52:13: “Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men . . . He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Is. 52:13-14; 53:3-5)

Ever since the times when the “Replacement Theology” became an established ideology of the Church, this text has been understood by Christianity as applying exclusively to Jesus as God’s Suffering Servant. As we have stated earlier, the Messiah of Israel is definitely in this picture as a true son of Israel. What is really imperative for us at this point is to find out for sure whom God calls “My Servant” in His unchangeable Word! Let us untwist the Christianity’s Gordian Knot of Isaiah’s prophecies. We encourage you to read Isaiah 41 through 55 as a unit in order to get a complete and undistorted picture of Isaiah’s words!

Isaiah 41

The text is very clear: “But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.” (Is. 41:8-10) – Who is the LORD’s Servant in Isaiah’s book?

Isaiah 42

Countless Doctoral Dissertations in Theology have been composed on the basis of Isaiah 42:1-9. In fact, one of my Seventh-day Adventist friends is working right now on developing his points concerning Jesus Christ from these very verses. As true sons of Christendom, however, they neglect to see the passage in its context. Here is the passage, which they believe refers exclusively to Jesus Christ: “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.” (Is. 42:1-3) – The beauty of the Bible is in the fact that it contains both praises and rebukes directed at God’s covenantal people with the purpose of making them truly holy.

Torah ScrollsThose of my Christian friends, who insist that this particular passage applies solely to Jesus Christ, ought to examine the entire chapter 42 of Isaiah’s prophecy. Just a few verses down the line, we read the following: “Who is blind but My servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with Me, blind like the servant of the LORD? You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.” (Is. 42:19-20, NIV) - First, I chose to quote this passage from the NIV translation, simply because the NKJV is atrocious in its attempt to twist the original text. You tell me if this passage can be applied to the Second Person of the Divinity? (Please, read through the text carefully!) It can only refer to the LORD’s covenantal people Israel! Otherwise the Perfect Deity is no longer perfect, but blind and deaf instead! How can it be that so many pointless PhD dissertations have been written and defended on the basis of Isaiah 42? I think this truly exemplifies the religion called Christianity today, - it is baseless, null and void!

Isaiah 43

In Isaiah 43 we read: “But now, this is what the LORD says— He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine . . . “You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be one after Me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from Me there is no Savior.” (Is. 43:1,10-11) –Did you hear who the real Savior is? He is also uniquely One! Do you embrace some strange three-headed Deity in your devotion?

Isaiah 44

Chapter 44 lifts up the uncompromised truth once again: “But now listen, Jacob, My servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is what the LORD says— he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, My servant, Jeshurun [Israel], whom I have chosen . . . “This is what the LORD says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from Me there is no God. . . 21 “Remember these things, Jacob, for you, Israel, are My servant. I have made you, you are My servant; Israel, I will not forget you.” (Is. 44:1-2,6,21) – Can the LORD have been more specific and emphatic as to the identity of His Servant? Please, take a note of who the LORD’s Servant is and how many gods we are to worship.

Isaiah 45

Addressing King Cyrus as one of His “messiahs” or “anointed ones”, God declares: “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. For the sake of Jacob My servant, of Israel My chosen. . .” (Is. 45:3-4) – Cyrus’s mission was to release the captive Israelites and provide their safe passage home to Israel! Although Cyrus was the King over a mighty Persian Empire, his sole purpose in life was to serve the people of Israel and their God!

Isaiah 48

Issuing the call for Israel’s deliverance, Isaiah proclaims: “This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God . . . Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, “The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob.” (Is. 48:17,20) – Jacob (Israel) is named as God’s servant once again here! I do not mean to bore you with such a long list of witnesses in our case for the true identity of God’s Servant. My goal is to show you the overwhelming evidence supporting the truth that the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 is the People of Israel, first and foremost!

Isaiah 49

Many older Christian translations twist the wording of this passage in order to make it sound more cryptic and, therefore, more suitable to their goal of forcing the person of Jesus into this prophecy. Take a listen: “Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name . . . He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display My splendor.” . . . “It is too small a thing for you to be My servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is. 49:1,3,6) – All the faithful monotheists within the nation of Israel are collectively God’s faithful servant, through whom He will fulfill the final restoration of His people and bring the knowledge of One God to the ends of the Earth (Habakkuk 2). As the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua HaMashiah is undoubtedly among the LORD’s faithful people as well!

In light of such abundant evidence pointing unmistakably to the identity of the LORD’s Suffering Servant in the Book of Isaiah, the burning question to ask is: “How can Christian theologians and “thinkers” simply disregard the weight of biblical proof in favor of their fanciful and unbiblical interpretations?” Why don’t they proclaim a straightforward fact that just as in case with the name of “Immanuel” the prophecy and its language refer, first and foremost, to one of Isaiah’s children, and only then to Jesus of Nazareth, so does the Suffering Servant of Isaiah’s oracles point unequivocally to the People of Israel, of whom the Messiah is only a part!?

Suffering Unjustly But With a Greater Purpose . . .

Gates to AuschwitzAlthough all attempts at understanding, rationalizing or explaining the horrors of the Holocaust should inevitably fail, the Bible helps us think through that horrible experience: Just like the Messiah of Israel, known to us as Jesus Christ, (who is but a representative of his Jewish people), suffered unjustly at the hands of his tormentors for a great purpose of human redemption, so did his own people suffered at the hands of criminal Nazis and indifferent Gentiles for the sake of the world’s final redemption. In his letter to Colossians, the Apostle Paul proposes a mysterious explanation for his own sufferings: “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . .” (Colossians 1:24) – Why does Paul say that his sufferings fill up the measure that was not complete with Christ’s torments? Apparently Paul knew quite well that the Jewish people were the original and most complete representation of God’s Suffering Servant in the world! The doctrine of the all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ became the Church’s dogma alongside his presumed “Absolute Supremacy” as well, - they were later fabrications!

Conclusion of the Matter:

If you truly believe that after Christ’s humiliation and death at the hands of Roman Gentiles he was exalted to the right hand of majesty and is coming back to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, you should also understand that the same destiny awaits God’s faithful monotheists, who never succumbed to any idolatry and satanic lies, which include the Trinitarian Christianity with all of its accompanying falsehood! Please, read carefully the stunning prophecy of Isaiah 53: “Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge My righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:10-12)

Auschwitz 1On the one hand, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is a time to recall how easily the most sophisticated of humans can stoop to the lowest depth of degradation, corruption and violence against their fellow citizens. It is a season for soul searching and sincere repentance. But, even more importantly, it is a time to remember God’s faithful monotheists who did not abandon their faith in One God even in the face of such ferocious Christian onslaught as Holocaust! Where do you stand today both in your ideological thinking and practical position? Are you with the Servant of the LORD or in a different camp?!

Shalom to you! Let us never forget the Holocaust!