It is disturbing to learn that the number of antisemitic attacks in France has dramatically increased in recent years and appears to be escalating further. As a result of this, many French Jews are leaving the country and restarting their lives in the UK – Exodus to the UK as French Jews escape antisemitism.
Once again, Europe appears to be becoming a hotbed of anti-Jewish sentiment and propaganda which is turning increasingly aggressive and violent. Many countries are reporting an increase in antisemitic incidents. Interestingly, it was the “Dreyfus” affair in France which set the wheels in motion for Zionist movement in the late 19th century and revealed an undercurrent of anti Jewish attitude in France. This episode lead the Jews to believe they were no longer safe to live in France – history appears to repeating itself. We sincerely hope and pray that the UK government accommodates all the needs of the this troubled Jewish community.
Unfortunately, we believe all the signs are there that the Jews are the road to another terrible period of persecution. There are many signs of an undercurrent of aggression towards Jews and the state of Israel across Europe and this is increasingly the case in the US under the Obama administration. Many of the Arab nations that directly surround Israel openly vent their hatred for the Jews and proudly declare a aim to ethnically cleanse the middle east of Jewish people.
During the holocaust, one out of three Jews worldwide perished. There is a passage in Zechariah 13 that describes an awful period of time where two out of three Jews will perish which will cause the remaining third to turn to their true God:
And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. (Zechariah 13:7-8)
In fact, we would highly recommend reading the whole of Zechariah chapters 12-14 which describes some amazing events that will occur at some point on the horizon. This passage describes an unprecedented attack on the Jewish people climaxing with the arriving of Jesus Christ on the Mount of Olives to rescue them after they call on Him as their Saviour.
We believe it is more important than ever to stand firmly with the Jews and share the good news of the Lord Jesus with them in the midst of this increasing hostility.