What We Can Learn From Our Past to Help Our Future

Yesterday, was a day of remembrance of the liberation at Auschwitz. While the Holocaust is a complicated and sensitive event in the history of our world, there is so much more we can learn from the Holocaust than most consider. So much more. It’s not just about being worried about insane leaders, it is also about the choice that each one of us makes to say yes to Jesus. Did you know that the majority of the Jewish people killed in the Holocaust were Ashkenazi Jews? These Jews were thought to have been pushed out of the Roman Empire when Christianity was the driving force of that day. Makes sense, right? The apostles were evangelizing and people were becoming Christians. But as we know from reading the Bible, there were many who didn’t believe.

The Ashkenazi Jews then migrated through Italy to places like Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Ireland. Most of the Ashkenazi Jews had German, Polish or Irish in their blood; stilldo today (including me...at a very small percentage).
“During World War II, about 6 million Jews, 5 million of whom were Ashkenazi, were killed in the Holocaust. The Holocaust destroyed or greatly reduced the large Jewish communities and the Yiddish language in Europe. Many of the surviving Ashkenazi Jews emigrated to countries such as Israel, Canada, Argentina, Australia, and the United States after the war.

Today Ashkenazim are 80% of Jews of the world.” (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashkenazi_Jews)

This may be upsetting to some and controversial, but we often try and place the blame on one single person for all of society’s wrongs instead of looking individually at our own internal rebellion against God. What if the Ashkenazi Jews had given their lives to Jesus and remained in Rome? What if they hadn’t fled eastward (east is always bad in the Bible...always...it was a symbol of rebellion and running from God)? Would the Holocaust ever have happened? Satan is deceptive and he waits for open doors of opportunity. Satan used one man’s insecurity, pride, and hatred to wipe out millions. But we can’t forget about the sovereignty of God. Remember Job? Satan had to ask permission from God to wreck his life. Remember Pharaoh? God had him in a position of power for a reason. There were times of peace and prosperity in the Old Testament. Do you know when? When the people were obedient to God and following His ways. Anytime they strayed from these two things, it never worked out.

Lord, have mercy on us today. I don’t know about you, but I am watching things change so quickly in this country as people rebel against God. What might God do to our generation?

We are battling the legalization of abortion at any stage during a pregnancy (which started at the evil hands of one lady who wanted to wipe out the black race through abortion - Margaret Sanger). We are quickly sinking in the sand of same-sex marriage and transgenderism (and no gender for that matter) thanks to the millions of dollars secretly and silently pumped into politics, schools, media, and television (thanks to billionaires of whom nobody really knows about Paul Singer, Tim Gill, and Daniel Loeb). These people were used/are being used as instruments of evil by Satan, but Christians are called to be vessels to share the Good News of the Gospel. Some may not believe it or buy into (even some well-meaning Christians), but Jesus is the answer, the only answer to ushering in heaven on Earth before He actually returns to gather His bride. 



My belief in the infallible Word of God does not make me someone who hates those who live opposed to God's Word; it makes me feel sorry for them that they either don't know the love of Jesus or are still rejecting His love. It makes me want to ask the Holy Spirit to use my life and whatever influence He gives me to speak life into people who need Jesus. May He use my voice in the wilderness that the rebellious find themselves in, as well as to those who call themselves Christians but don't live love. I hate death and violence, and I hate conflict. But lives depend on the Truth, and I can't continue to stand by and watch my children's generation be led to slaughter.



May we bind up everything that blinds the eyes and hearts of people today, and may we loosethe Spirit of the Living God into the hearts of people in this nation. May we be a nation after God’s own heart.



Jesus' own words..."Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:18-19 NIV).
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Erin Olson's newest book, Spiritual Orphans: A Generation in Crisis, will be available in April 2019.

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

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