Prophecies and Premonitions. Brit-Am Studies
The Holocaust Against the Jews also involved the murder of a great many other people. Nevertheless the Jews in proportion to their population suffered most and were the victims that the Persecutors especially concentrated upon.
In studying the Holocaust and World War-2 it is worth noting the events that led up to it and the climate that created it. Prophecies and Predictions concerning it had been made not only by Holy People such as Great Rabbis and the like but also by Politicians and Public Figures who sensed something of that nature was in the air. Prominent Zionist leaders such Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) and Zeev Jabotinsky (1880-1940) had tried to warn the Jews that such an eventuality would take place. These however were speaking concerning Central and Eastern Europe in general. Others related to Germany in particular.
In one sense this subject only affects Brit-Am studies peripherally. On the other hand it does show us something concerning the attitude of various nations to the Jewish People. This has some bearing as to whether or not a Nation may be considered as belonging to the forces of Israel or of Edom or to Gog and Magoig (i.e. the rest of the world) in general. It laso tells us something concerning Biblical Prophecy, the Role of Judah, Biblical Outlook, and History in general.
Were there Prophecies Concerning the Holocaust? by Yair Davidiy
The Bible contains several Prophesies concerning the Jews being persecuted in general (e.g. Zechariah 1:15, 8:13, Isaiah ch.53, 42:22, Psalm 44:22). Some of these predictions entail details that may refer specifically to the Holocaust. A more thorough examination of the texts could result in new findings on this matter.
We do know however that there were Rabbis who foresaw expressly what would happen.
3. What was the Holocaust?
The Germans systematically dehumanized and degraded the Jews of Germany forcing most of them to leave after taking nearly all their wealth from them.
The Germans then conquered other areas of Europe. They led a campaign of denigrating the Jewish People and inciting Gentiles everywhere to turn against them. They systematically exterminated Jews everywhere they went.
This appears to have been a major War Aim of theirs. Jewish, men, women, and children, were shot, gassed, burned, starved to death, and killed in any way possible. This was all accompanied by acts of sadistic gratuitous cruelty. Not only Germans but other Gentiles also participated in the murders.
Altogether, at least 6 million Jews were killed. Millions of Gentiles were also killed but a specific highly virulent concentration of German malice was directed against the Jews.
4. Bible Prophecies of Persecution in General
Isaiah (NKJV) 42:
22 But this is a people robbed and plundered;
All of them are snared in holes,
And they are hidden in prison houses;
They are for prey, and no one delivers;
For plunder, and no one says, 'Restore!'
Zechariah (NKJV) 1:
14 So the angel who spoke with me said to me, 'Proclaim, saying, "Thus says the LORD of Hosts:
I am zealous for Jerusalem
And for Zion with great zeal.
15 I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease;
For I was a little angry,
And they helped, but with evil intent."
Zechariah (NKJV) 8:
13 And it shall come to pass
That just as you were a curse among the nations,
O house of Judah and house of Israel,
So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.
Do not fear,
Let your hands be strong.
Psalm (NKJV) 44:
11 You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
And have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sell Your people for next to nothing,
And are not enriched by selling them.
13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
14 You make us a byword among the nations,
A shaking of the head among the peoples.
15 My dishonor is continually before me,
And the shame of my face has covered me,
16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
Because of the enemy and the avenger....
22 Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
5. Rabbinical Prognostications
Rabbi Israel Salanter (1810-1883):
#It says in the Torah, 'I have separated you from the nations.' The Divine Promise will be fulfilled no matter what. If the Jews decide to permit a Jew to intermarry, the day will soon come when the non-Jews will forbid a non-Jew to marry a Jew. #
Rabbi Moshe Yitschak Darshan, the Magid from Kelm (1828-1899):
# Germany is destined to make a detailed Code of Law of their own concerning Hatred for Israel. It will be written therein that even the best among the Jews must be killed. #
Rabbi Mair Simchah Cohen (1843-1926) of Devinsk ("Mesheck Chochmah," "BeChukatai"):
# When Jews think that Berlin is Jerusalem, it will bring disaster upon them explicitly from the direction of Germany. #
Many peoples of Europe are descended in part from Edom otherwise known as Esau and as "Seir." This applied especially to the Ancient Romans and the Germans after them. [See Edom and Germany by Yair Davidiy].
Prophecies against Edom therefore may be relevant as predicting retribution for the Holocaust.
Ezekiel (NKJV) 25:
12 Thus says the LORD God: Because of what Edom did against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them, ...14 I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance, says the LORD God.
Ezekiel (NKJV) 35:
35 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it, 3 and say to it, Thus says the LORD God:
Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you;
I will stretch out My hand against you,
And make you most desolate;
4 I shall lay your cities waste,
And you shall be desolate.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
5 Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end.
Killing Units Foretold
by Amnon Goldberg