Has the world now forgotten the horrifying lessons of the 1930s and 40s? The truth is that the act of terrorism by a hate-filled gunman at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. today was not an isolated incident. Rather it is just another indication of the rapidly rising tide of anti-Semitism around the world.
The Scriptures tell us that the Jewish people will be hated in the end times, but sometimes when you see the reality of that hate it can be breathtaking.
Security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns was the victim of this hate today. 88 year old James Wenneker von Brunn, apparently motivated by hatred for Jews, walked into the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. today and starting shooting. Unfortunately Stephen Tyrone Johns died while trying to perform his duty.
Already reports have surfaced that Von Brunn was a Holocaust denier and that he had a racist, anti-Semitic website.
He even wrote a book titled "Kill the Best Gentile".
This would be bad enough if it was just some isolated incident involving a psychotic nutjob.
But the reality is that we are seeing this kind of anti-Semitism all over America and all over the world.
In late May, three Americans were caught and accused of trying to blow up synagogues in New York City. Reportedly they were described by authorities as fanatics who were "eager to kill Jews".
Are all synagogues going to have to get security guards now?
Perhaps that is the reality of the world that we now live in.
The truth is that there is more anti-Semitism around the world today than there was even at the time of Hitler. That is just how bad things have gotten.
It is not just the Islamic world where hatred of Jews is widespread. Just check out a couple examples of the kinds of websites that are popping up all over the place.....
But the anti-Semitism that we see in the western world is tame compared to the insanity we see coming from the Islamic world.
For example, the following quotes from Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the state of Israel are very revealing.....
"Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury."
"Remove Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations."
"The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land. As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map."
"Israel is a tyrannical regime that will one day will be destroyed."
"Israel is a rotten, dried tree that will be annihilated in one storm."
But Ahmadinejad is not alone. The reality is that Islamic leaders in the Middle East openly admit that they will never be satisfied until Israel ceases to exist and every inch of that land belongs to Islam.....
"Israel is not a legitimate entity, and no amount of pressure can force us to recognize its right to exist."
-Dr. Mahmud Al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, Washington Times, February 4, 2006
"Neither the liberation of the Gaza Strip nor the liberation of the West Bank or even Jerusalem will suffice us. Hamas will pursue the armed struggle until the liberation of all our lands. We don't recognize the state of Israel or its right to hold onto one inch of Palestine. Palestine is an Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims."
-Dr. Mahmud al-Zahar, Hamas leader in Gaza, The Jerusalem Post, August 18, 2005
“We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. . . . We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.”
But it is not just the land of Israel they want. Just consider how hateful the following shocking comments are.....
"Oh Allah, take your enemies, the enemies of Islam. Oh Allah, take the Jews, the treacherous aggressors. Oh Allah, take this profligate, cunning, arrogant band of people. Oh Allah, they have spread much tyranny and corruption in the land. Pour Your wrath upon them, oh our God. Lie in wait for them. Oh Allah, You annihilated the people of Thamoud at the hand of a tyrant, and You annihilated the people of 'Aad with a fierce, icy gale. Oh Allah, You annihilated the people Thamoud at the hand of a tyrant, You annihilated the people of 'Aad with a fierce, icy gale, and You destroyed the Pharaoh and his soldiers — oh Allah, take this oppressive, tyrannical band of people. Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one."
-Egyptian Muslim scholar and preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi on Al-Jazeera TV on January 9, 2009
"We must believe that our fighting with the Jews is eternal, and it will not end until the final battle...You must believe that we will fight, defeat, and annihilate them, until not a single Jew remains on the face of the Earth...As for you Jews - the curse of Allah upon you. The curse of Allah upon you, whose ancestors were apes and pigs. You Jews have sown hatred in our hearts, and we have bequeathed it to our children and grandchildren. You will not survive as long as a single one of us remains...Oh Jews, may the curse of Allah be upon you. Oh Jews... Oh Allah, bring Your wrath, punishment, and torment down upon them. Allah, we pray that you transform them again, and make the Muslims rejoice again in seeing them as apes and pigs. You pigs of the earth! You pigs of the earth! You kill the Muslims with that cold pig [blood] of yours."
-Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Yacoub on Al-Rahma TV on January 17, 2009
"All spears should be directed at the Jews, at the enemies of Allah, the nation that was cursed in Allah's book. Allah has described them as apes and pigs, the calf-worshipers, idol-worshipers... Whoever can fight them with his weapons, should go out [to the battle]; whoever can fight them with a machinegun, should go out; whoever can fight them with a sword or a knife, should go out; whoever can fight them with his hands, should go out; This is our destiny... The Jews have exposed their fangs. Nothing will deter them, except the color of their filthy people's blood; nothing will deter them except for us voluntarily detonating ourselves in their midst. They have nuclear power, but we have the power of the belief in Allah... We blow them up in Hadera, we blow them up in Tel Aviv and in Netanya."
-Palestinian preacher Ibrahim Mahdi
"The Koran used terms that are closer to animals than to humans only with regard to those people. Look at the bestiality they demonstrate in the destruction of the Arab, Lebanese, and Palestinian people. This is why the people who were given the Torah were likened to a donkey carrying books. They were also likened to apes and pigs, and they are, indeed, the descendants of apes and pigs, as the Koran teaches us."
-Syrian Deputy Minister of Religious Endowment Dr. Muhammad 'Abd Al-Sattar, July 21, 2006
"...with the Jews, nothing works but force. Memorize the following parable, just like I learned it from others: 'Kiss the head of a Jew, and he will deceive you - deceive him, and he will kiss your head.' The Jew is treacherous, disloyal, deceitful, and belligerent by nature. Nothing works with him but force."
-Saudi Cleric Khaled Al-Khlewi on Al-Jazeera TV, January 11, 2009
After reading those quotes, do you still have any questions?
The world is becoming a very dark place.
When you are confronted with this kind of hatred, will you stand up against it?