I am a student of the Bible. I believe that the entire Bible is true. I try not to pick and choose only verses that support what I believe that is true. This leads to questions such as ‘Why did God say that?’, or ‘How does that fit with the rest of God’s Word?’ and then, when I ask, God usually gives me the answer. Well, God always give me the answer, just sometimes later than I would like.
One of those verses is Romans 13:1. (Rom 13:1 NIV) “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
I quoted this verse in a small Bible study group and one member of the group, because he was not prepared to accept this part of God’s Word, pointed out Hitler! Well, because I had not devoted any thought to Hitler, I was not prepared to give a really good answer. My only thought, at that time, was that the Bible says God appoints the authorities and Hitler was an authority, so yes God appointed Hitler and it did not matter whether, or not, I understood.
After some thought I realized, or better said, God pointed out to me that Hitler was the easiest of evil authorities to understand!
We all know that Hitler was responsible for the deaths of many Jews. Killing Jews was his second greatest passion: the first being to rule the world. But then if he had become the ultimate authority he would have killed all of the Jews, so maybe killing Jews was his greatest passion!
Because I believe that God knows all things, I believe that He knew what Hitler would do to His chosen people Israel. Not only that, but that He formed Hitler in the womb to do it!
In order to understand why God appointed Hitler as an authority, one has to consider Israel’s past. God chose Israel and made them a great nation. He gave them everything that they could ask for, but over and over they would reject Him as their God and when they did He would send a nation of gentiles to decimate them and make those who were still alive slaves to their captors. God would leave them slaves until they came to their senses and ask for forgiveness. Then He would send a prophet to lead them back to their promised land.
Israel did not learn from their actions and so God finally almost stopped sending a prophet to lead them back home. I say almost, because He sent one more prophet to lead those individuals who properly honored God to Him. That is to say not all of Israel, because all of Israel are not God’s people (Rom 9:6); some are and some are not.
The last thing that God said to the nation Israel are the last two verses in the Old Testament. (Mal 4:5&6 NIV) “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
Well, He sent John the Baptist as the prophet Elijah and Israel was not willing to turn their hearts to God, their Father. So, He struck the land with a curse. He turned the land into a desert and ejected Israel from it.
Israel, to this day, will not accept God as their Father. They do the same things that they did when Jesus came. They rely on themselves as their own savior. They believe that they if they abstain from what seem to be the greatest transgressions of the Law that God will forgive the least infractions. It doesn’t seem to matter that God’s Word does not support that view. They commit the unpardonable sin. That is to reject the sacrifice of Jesus for their sins, substituting their own righteousness in place of God’s Sacrifice.
It is easy to understand God’s anger when you consider that God became a man, so that He could die in the place of anyone that would accept His love offering and then have someone reject that gift.
The nation Israel is still under that curse and because they are cursed, God, when the time came for Israel to return to the land, did not send a prophet too quietly and peacefully lead them back. He sent Hitler to drive them back.
Jews condemn Hitler for the atrocities that he was responsible for; and rightly so. However, if they examined their own actions as closely as they examine Hitler’s, they might understand that their sins, or the greatest sin that anyone can commit, which is to reject God’s Sacrifice, caused God to send Hitler.
You would be wrong if you think of me as an anti-Semite. I am just the opposite as I would love to see all of Israel turn to God, accept His Sacrifice, and live.