Why Didn’t God Help The Jews During The Holocaust?

I have heard it said by many Jewish people “where was God when 6 million Jews were killed during the holocaust?” Why did God turn his back on His own people? Why would God who performed many miracles in the days of old suddenly just stop helping His people? This is the question I am going to attempt to answer using the Bible as my guide.

I believe to accurately answer this question we will have to go back in time to see when the last time it was that God was communicating with His people.

There’s one question we have to answer before we can go on. Was Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah or a fraud? I know that most of the Jewish people today are still looking for their Messiah to arrive. I believe the Jewish religious leaders owe the Jewish people one big apology.  In the book of Daniel, Daniel the prophet gave the exact time, place and that the Messiah would be riding on a donkey’s colt into Jerusalem. That time was April 6th, 32 AD. All the Jewish leaders had to do was to count the days on their calendar and everybody would have known the exact time their Messiah was due. It doesn’t make any sense that the Jewish people are still waiting for their Messiah today.

If their Messiah shows up today it would mean that their book of Daniel is wrong.  And if their book of Daniel is wrong then what other books in their Bible are wrong also.The Bible is either the word of God or it is not. It can’t be both!

Even Jesus mentioned this in Luke 19:43-44 that the temple of God was to be leveled to the ground because the people didn’t know the time of their visitation, referring to when their Messiah was due to arrive. “For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,  and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” This occurred in 70 AD by the Romans.

I have a hard time understanding exactly what was happening at that time. Here a man comes on the scene claiming to be the Son of God and performing many signs and miracles that can’t even be duplicated today. If somebody today claimed to be the Son of God and raised three people from the dead, gave sight to blind people from birth, (we still can’t do that today), cured leprosy, (we still can’t cure leprosy even today), went into villages and cured all the sick people, walked on water, had authority over the elements, transformed Himself into a being of light and did many other miracles too numerous to mention, What exactly was the Jewish religious leaders waiting for?

I believe at that time most people who witnessed Jesus and the miracles that He did believed in Him. In John 7:31 we read, “And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”

I hold the religious leader responsible because at the time of Jesus the people spoke Aramaic and all the religious documents at that time was written in Hebrew. A language only the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s knew. The common man had to depend on the religious leaders for their knowledge of the scriptures. 

It appears that the Jewish religious leader’s knowledge of the scriptures was minimal at best. We can read in every book of the Old Testament passages which talk about the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy concerning Him. The chances of another man coming on the scene and fulfilling all the Old Testament prophesies are impossible. There are many reasons why this is so. The time table in the book of Daniel won’t match also the Jews have lost all their genealogy records and can’t prove what blood line they are from and the Messiah is to come from the blood line of King David.

Let’s take a quick look at just a few Old Testament prophesies concerning the Messiah to see what we would think the chances are of a new Messiah coming on the scene today to fulfill just two out of the more than three hundred Old Testament prophesies. The first prophesy we are going to look at is found in the book of Psalms chapter 22 verses 6- 8. “But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

The next prophesy is found in Psalms chapter 22 verses 16-18. “For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
Do you see my point? If a new Messiah comes on the scene today he would still have to fulfill all of the Old Testament prophesies concerning the Messiah. I can’t imagine that any government today would bring back crucifixion as a form of punishment. If they did people would still have to surround his cross and say “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him,” and cast lots for His clothing.

Any time we lose contact with God it’s not because God moved away from us. It’s because we moved away from God. I believed the Jewish people did the same thing concerning God. How did the Jewish people move? When they rejected Christ they rejected God. God didn’t turn His back on the Jewish people; the Jewish people turned their backs on God. God sent His Son to deliver the Jewish people from the law that they couldn’t keep. Nobody could.

We read in the epistle of John 2:23 “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” It appears that the prayers of the Jewish people to God the Father are falling on deaf ears. Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Jesus should have added “No Exceptions”.  Not even the Jewish people can talk to the Father unless they go through Jesus their Messiah. The Jews by denying Jesus as their Messiah are also denying God the Father who sent Him. In 2 Timothy 2:12 we read “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.”

Ever since the Jews rejected Jesus at the cross the Jews have been in a state of condemnation. The Bible says that the only unpardonable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit which is the rejection of Jesus the Messiah whom the Father has sent. In the Old Testament everything is prophesied concerning the Messiah’s birth, life, rejection, crucifixion and power. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled every prophesy concerning the Messiah.

Why are the Jews having such a hard time accepting Jesus as their Messiah? The Bible has many verses about this subject. In 2 Corinthians 3:14-16, we read “But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”

It is prophesied in the New Testament that during the time of “Jacob’s trouble” (the great tribulation) the last seven years of time before the millennium starts that the Jewish people will finally have the veil lifted from their eyes and will finally recognize Jesus as their Messiah. In Zechariah 12:10 we read, “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

All this time the blame has been put on God for turning His back on His people when in reality the Jewish People for the most part have turned their backs on their God. The solution seems simple all the Jewish people have to do is accept Jesus as their Messiah, God will then at that time lift the veil from their eyes and all will be right with God again.

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