Image taken from “The Triumph of the Will”
And the bestseller book of the week in Germany is…Mein Kampf written by Adolf Hitler. It is on sale in Germany again for the first time in seventy years. In its first week, demand exceeded the number of books published (it basically sold out). Who are the buyers and what exactly is their interest? no one knows. What is known is that there seems to be a fascination with Adolf Hitler. But this prevalent and curious fascination funneled towards a tyrant is not widespread for the king of kings, Jesus Christ. Whereas a book filled with militaristic and racist rantings received the world’s attention in just a week, the Bible on the other hand has not been in the news for…well…quite a long time.
The following was written by the then Bishop Daddy John in El Mensajero de los Postreros Días (Last Days Messenger) on June 1941 during World War II:
A Warning for Hitler
The judgment over the Chaldeans for their sins may very well be applied to Hitler and the Axis powers . Thus says the Lord God.
“Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!”
Hitler, you are fighting against God.
“Thou art filled with shame for glory…” (Verse 16).
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According to news reports around the web, North Korea has “tested” its first hydrogen bomb. How much of this is true is unknown and it may or may not be a potent weapon. According to North Korean news sources, “If there’s no invasion on our sovereignty we will not use nuclear [weapons].” Surely, this new addition to their menu of weapons will bring them a sense of security, but there is something else that the whole world ignores in the sea of casual politics and foreign affairs. A truth ignored as a result of humanity distancing itself from God. All of these “surprising” events may not be as coincidental, accidental, or just another pivotal event in the history of humankind.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
While the world seems to be on edge, Jesus tells us that these types of occurrences are to happen at some point or another for the fulfillment of the prophecies. This is not to say that we should not be preoccupied and sit idly by thinking that everything is fine, after all, a North Korea (or any other rouge state) with this kind of destructive capabilities should be a concern for us all. Rather, we should turn to God and pray for humankind, for our leaders, for our salvation. This is the time to look for holiness and mercy.
If an intruder breaks into a home it is obvious that probably none of us will remain paralyzed. By nature we would either call the police or find any means to fend the intruder off. Same in this situation. None of us have the power to call on the armies of war to neutralize North Korea’s destructive arsenal, but that should not mean that we remain paralyzed. We should pray to God to give wisdom to our leaders and to have mercy upon this world.