I was recently given a new book.

I was recently given a new book, and I got to thinking about a people who had a lot of trouble in WWII.

Prior to, and during WWII Adolf Hitler thought the Aryan race to be the superior, or the master race, and the Jews to be the most inferior, as well as the cause of all Germany’s problems to include losing WWI. The extermination of 6 million of them proves his point of view.

During the period leading up to and including WWII there were some individuals who did all they could to save the lives of the Jews. I asked the internet who were some of the individuals who rescued Jews in WWII, and a long list of names come up on a site. Corrie ten Boom is one of those names. I mention this because when in church a few days ago I was given a book titled CORRIE TEN BOOM WORLD WAR II HEROINE. The book was written by a Sam Wellman, but given to me by Pastor Leslie Hale of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Corrie ten Boom had been a friend of the pastors, and back in 1982 I heard her speak in a church service in the Calvary Temple of Denver, Colorado. At that time it was Pastors Charles and Betty Blair who introduced Corrie ten Boom to the congregation.

Again I asked the internet about the meeting in Denver, and found a site by the church’s Pastor Todd Walker. It tells us in past: “The Ten Boom family were devoted Christians who hid Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Corrie became a ringleader in the under-ground. Through their activities, the ten Boom family and their many friends saved the lives of an estimated 800 Jews.”

“February 28, 1944, the family was betrayed. The Gestapo raided their home. Casper, Corrie, Betsie, and their brother William were all arrested, but four Jews and two members of the Dutch under-ground, hidden behind a false wall in Corrie’s bedroom, were never found. Casper (84 years old) died after only 10 days in Scheveningen Prison. When Casper was asked if he knew he could die for helping Jews, he replied, “It would be an honor to give my life for God’s ancient people.”

“Corrie and Betsie spent 10 months in three different prisons; the last being the infamous Ravensbruck Concentration Camp located near Berlin, Germany. Corrie and Betsie spent their time sharing Jesus’ love, and many became Christians in that terrible place. Betsie died in Ravensbruck, William in another prison, but Corrie survived the death camps. She realized her life was a gift from God.”

“There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still” and “God will give us the love to be able to forgive our enemies were messages she shared in more than 60 countries, testifying that Jesus is Victor.”
“Corrie was a woman who was faithful to God. She died on her 91st birthday, April 15, 1983. It is interesting that Corrie’s passing occurred on her birthday. In the Jewish tradition, it is only very blessed people who are allowed the special privilege of dying on their birthday! The ‘Ten Boom house’ was also known as ‘The Hiding Place.’”

So why do I bring this up? Consider that 42.9 % of the Jewish population today lives in Israel. 40.1% live in the United States, and the remaining 17% are spread out in at least 13 other countries. This is according to an internet website link, “Jewish Population of the world.” Despite an occasional bit of political strife along the way, America has been, and is still the friend of Israel. That may be a good thing.

Jesus said: “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matt. 24:9). Such was the holocaust, and the fate of the Jew, and now it seems to be the trend toward the Christian. Think not? Consider the mindset of the Islamic radical, and the atheist with an anti-Christ agenda. “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you” (Gen. 12:3) says the Lord God speaking to the Israelites.

From the pages of a soon to be published book: “We have stood by Israel, and we are still Israel’s best friend. American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) expresses the American efforts to defend Israel. Let us hope that policy continues. Support for Israel is good for America. There is concern that the present challenges faced by the nation of Israel by those of opposing ideologies, and beliefs may test that support in this present environment. In spite of the challenges, we cannot afford not to understand – that it may well be the relationship with Israel that will determine our future.

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors”…….Students of Scripture tell us the nation of Israel is the fig tree. It putteth forth its leaves when it became a nation on May 14th 1948. The United States was the first country to recognize Israel when President Harry Truman granted de-facto recognition eleven minutes after the proclamation of independence. Perhaps that move was in our best interest. And by the way, the book I mentioned, is quite a good book.

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