A survivor called this death camp "the world's biggest cemetery". Do we remember and have we learned the lessons?
[Darris McNeely] You see the sign over the entrance to this camp? It says, “Arbeit macht frei” – “Work makes free”. It’s the deceptive sign, famous, over the entrance to the German concentration camp in Warsaw called Auschwitz. Today (January 27, 2015) marks the 70th anniversary that Russian troops entered the camp and liberated the surviving Jewish members of this particular death camp which is one of the most famous of the many that the Nazi Germans conducted during World War II and the infamous Holocaust, where more than six million Jews lost their lives during that time. World leaders are gathered there today. Yesterday, many survivors came in and were there, and many for the first time coming back into that camp since they were teenagers and barely survived with their lives in the horror of what was taking place at that particular time.
Auschwitz, by one, was called “the world’s biggest cemetery”, because of the thousands and thousands of people who died there in crematoriums. It’s a sobering situation. Those who went back yesterday certainly did go back wanting not only to revisit where they were in their youth, but to also make a point that the world should not forget, and that they should remember what took place there. And that is very interesting because we don’t want to forget – for many, many reasons – the evils that were perpetrated upon a group of people during this particular period of time. It’s particularly important to remember because right now in Europe, with terrorist threats that have been taking place, especially in France, and other events – the specter of anti-Semitism has once again reared its ugly head in Europe. In fact, some are saying that in France today, it is the most unsafe spot in Europe for Jews because of attacks on synagogues, and Jews in particular, even as recently as a few weeks ago with the Islamic terrorist attacks upon the French newspaper, that a day later also included an attack upon a Jewish market and people being killed there. And so it is very unsafe and that attention is being drawn to the problem of anti-Semitism from many different quarters against Jews in Europe and other parts of the world, as well. The problem has not gone away. And so it is true that while this particular event, the Holocaust of World War II, should be remembered, never forgotten, we should also remember that the world has moved on a lot since then. And frankly, in some parts of the world, the lessons have not been learned. And this is not remembered in the same way that I’m trying to do it here with this particular Daily. There is still evil, there is still hatred against Jews and against other ethnic groups of people, and the evil that mankind can know has not yet stopped.
I also have a particular interest in this because I recognize some of the roots of anti-Semitism being far deeper than just against a group of people. The hatred that is expressed historically against Jews also reflects a hatred against God, and any who would try to worship God in spirit and in truth, according to the Scriptures. And when I say that it hasn’t been forgotten, it’s because I read a scripture such as Revelation 12:17 Revelation 12:17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
American King James Version×, where it shows a time in the future prophetically where the powerful spiritual forces of evil that unleashed this particular Holocaust and other holocausts of history will once again be unleashed against those who seek to keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. And that’s sobering because that transcends any ethnic group. That transcends the – that comes to the people of God. And that’s important as we recognize what the scripture tells us and what the nature of evil is as it is inspired by powerful, evil spiritual forces in this world today.
So let’s remember this particular event, the Holocaust of World War II, seventieth anniversary of Auschwitz, but let it also remind us of something deeper in terms of the costs that are there, as we obey God and we worship Him in spirit and in truth today.
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