Holocaust Remembrance Day

Q. Today (April 19) is Holocaust Remembrance Day. I would like to get your opinion why God allowed the Holocaust. It really bothers me, the Jews being his chosen people.

A. God’s covenant with the Jews is based on blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience (Deut. 28). In Leviticus 26:14-39 the Lord threatened escalating levels of judgment against His people as a punishment for disobedience. This included making them flee before their enemies and causing them to perish among the nations.

When they rejected the Messiah they committed the ultimate sin against Him and in calling for His death they said, “Let His blood be on us and on our children” (Matt. 27:25) In the two thousand years since then they’ve never officially asked His forgiveness, even though He promised to grant it (Leviticus 26:40-42) and although countless numbers of Jewish people have come to Jesus for personal forgiveness, the national curse they spoke against themselves on that day has never been lifted.

During this time Satan’s primary strategy to thwart the will of God has been to completely destroy the Jewish people before they recognize Jesus as their Messiah and seek God’s forgiveness. The Holocaust was one of his major efforts in that regard and almost succeeded. The Great Tribulation will come even closer. But before they’re completely defeated the Jewish people will finally recognize Jesus as their Messiah (Zech. 12:10) and will seek God’s forgiveness. At that time, according to Joel 3:20-21 “Their blood guilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon” All will be forgiven, and they’ll live with Him in peace from that time forward.

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