In this monthʼs “Current Events” article, we consider just one issue—the issue of anti-Semitism, which is once again rearing its ugly head.

We are aware, from a number of Bible prophecies, that the catalyst for the battle of Armageddon will be the invasion of Israel by Gog and his allies. Ezekiel speaks of Gog coming up “against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land …” (Ezek 38:16), whilst Zechariah speaks of the scene in these terms: “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle”. Another passage that comes to mind is Joel 3:2.

In Psalm 83 the hatred of Israelʼs ancient enemies is graphically portrayed, and the same spirit will be manifest in the last days.

“For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head . . . They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:” (Psa 83: 2,4,5).

Whilst Ezekiel 38 speaks of Gog coming “to take a spoil, and to take a prey”, there is no question that the hatred of nations against Godʼs people will be a major factor in the invasion.

As far as Israelʼs enemies are concerned, it is not just that they will wish to invade and conquer, they will wish to obliterate the nation from the face of the earth, just like in old times.

In this regard, it is highly significant that in recent times anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe, has been on the rise.

It has been said that 11/9/01 was “the day that changed the world”. Arising out of that terrible day, a great change has come over the alignment of nations. The Tarshish powers of USA, Great Britain, and Australia have consolidated their alliance, whilst on the other hand the European NATO powers have taken a different course in their attitude towards Iraq and Israel.

Whilst the USA in particular has become a major supporter of Israel, the Western-European powers are becoming increasingly vocal in their support for the Palestinian cause and as a consequence are much more lukewarm towards Israel.

Nations worldwide are becoming increasingly frustrated and alarmed by the disruption to everyday life from terrorist threats or activity. For a number of nations (particularly in Europe), they lay the root cause of terrorist activity at the feet of Israel (and by extension, the US support for Israel).

Europeʼs view is—if Israel would only be more accommodating in their attitude to the Palestinian cause, then terrorism from the likes of Bin Laden and his El Quaeda network and similar would greatly diminish, perhaps even cease.

But Israel has no intention of surrendering its statehood to the Palestinians or anyone. We raise the question therefore—could the situation arise where the European nations in particular, utterly fed up with the frustrations of terrorism and no solution in the Middle-East and strongly opposing USAʼs persistent backing of Israel, decide to cooperate with Russia to remove the cause of all the Palestinian/terrorist agitation—Israel!!!?

It was the wicked high priest, Caiaphas, who said, “It is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not” (John 11:50), and the day could surely come when Europe will say, in association with Gog, “It is expedient for us that one nation should be destroyed, and that the whole world perish not”, in order to achieve stability and peace (on their terms, of course!).

European Anti-Semitism

Recent newspaper articles and comments in other publications show only too clearly the very distinct shift that is now taking place in Europeʼs attitude to Jewry and Israel. The following quotes clearly illustrate the issue.

We feel it is important to quote at length from these articles, to highlight the anti-Semitic attitude developing in Europe, which the Bible reveals will one day be translated into a wholesale invasion of the Jewish state.

Israel and Europe—Old Wounds Re-open
In Europe, it is not very safe to be a Jew.

How could this be?

The explanation is not that difficult to find. What we are seeing is pent-up anti-Semitism, the release—with Israel as the trigger—of a millennium-old urge that powerfully infected and shaped European history.

What is odd is not the anti-Semitism of today but its relative absence during the past half-century. That was the historical anomaly.

Holocaust shame kept the demon corked for that half-century. But now the atonement is past. The genie is out again.

This time, however, it is more sophisticated. It is not a blanket hatred of Jews.

Jews can be tolerated, even accepted, but they must know their place. Jews are fine so long as they are powerless, passive, and picturesque. What is intolerable is Jewish assertiveness, the Jewish refusal to accept victim-hood.

And nothing so embodies that as the Jewish state. (Charles Krauthammer—The Washington Post, April 26th 2002.)

Facing Europeʼs Anti-Semitism
As elsewhere in Europe, where harsh criticism of Israel is now commonplace and attacks on synagogues are on the rise, the political incentives for ant-Semitic appeals in Germany seem to be growing even as the post-Holocaust taboos fade. One recent survey suggested that 15% to 20% of Germans still are openly anti-Semitic and another 30% passively bigoted. The sad reality is that anti-Semitism has no more died away in Europe than racism has in the United States. . . . (The Washington Post, 17th June, 2002.)

Israel Slams European Anti-Semitism
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has accused Europe of “collective anti-Semitism”. In an online interview he accused EU states of not doing enough to solve the problem.

In a series of damning comments on the EUpolitix Web site, Ariel Sharon strongly criticised European anti-Semitic sentiments, which he suggested were inherent on the continent. “What we are facing in Europe is an anti-Semitism that has always existed and it really is not a new phenomenon,” Sharon said. “This anti-Semitism exists and what pushes it is a ʻcollective anti-Semitismʼ that incorporates Israel into this equation.”

Responding to a recent European Union poll which said some 60% of Europeans believe Israel to be the greatest threat to world security, the Israeli Prime Minister said that surging anti-Semitism across Europe was an attempt to undermine Israelʼs right to defend itself against its enemies.

(DW—WORLD.DE, Deutsche Welle, 25th November 2003.)

• Extracts from

The Report on European Anti-Semitism that an EU Group Decided Not to Publish

The assumption of close ties between the US and Israel gives rise to a further motive for an anti-Semitic attitude. Amongst the political left, anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism are very closely tied together. In the form of anti-Semitism it could be said that the tradition of demonising Jews in the past is now being transferred to the state of Israel. In this way traditional anti-Semitism is translated into a new form, less deprived of legitimacy, whose employment today in Europe could become part of the political mainstream.

• Hatreds, Ancient and Modern

… whilst Herzl and most Zionists after him believed that the emergence of a Jewish state would end anti-Semitism, an increasing number of people today, including some Jews, are convinced that anti-Semitism will end only with the disappearance of the Jewish state.

The world, we are told by friend and foe alike, increasingly hates Jews because it increasingly hates Israel. Surely this is what the Belgian ambassador had in mind when he informed me during his visit that anti-Semitism in his country would cease once Belgians no longer had to watch pictures on television of Israeli Jews oppressing Palestinian Arabs.

Despite the differences between them, however, anti-Americanism in the Islamic world and anti-Americanism in Europe are in fact linked, and both bear an uncanny resemblance to anti-Semitism.

(Natan Sharansky, Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs in the Government of Israel.)

Man Proposes But God Disposes

After reading these extracts, it is not hard to envisage, therefore, in the not too distant future that the scenario of the destruction of Godʼs people will be very high on the European agenda.

But the nations know not the thoughts of Yahweh. “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants” (Zech 2:8,9).

“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face” (Ezek 38:18).

May the day soon dawn when Israelʼs enemies shall be no more and when “ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zech 8:23).