The sirens rang today in Jerusalem.
No, we weren’t under attack. We were remembering an attack that began more than 70 years ago and took 6 million lives. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel — Yom HaShoah.
At 10 a.m. sharp, the wail of the sirens began all over Israel. They sounded for two minutes. For those two minutes, every one stopped what they were doing and stood at attention. Cars pulled over on the side of the road; drivers and passengers got out of their cars.
I knew they were going to sound, but then I got caught up in my study. And when I heard them, I wept and prayed. It was the Spirit, I’m sure, weeping through me.
The following video — by Maoz Israel — shows how everything stops even on a major road way.
There’s a quote at the end of the video attributed to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.”
The things I saw beggar description…The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were…overpowering…I made the visit deliberately in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda.’
And propaganda is what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, calls it, a story that “has been exaggerated as a pretext for war.”
Ahmadinejad also says he wants to wipe Israel off the map. (Well, there is a debate whether he said that). His spiritual leader — Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — said just in February: “The Zionist regime is a true cancer tumor on this region that should be cut off. And it definitely will be cut off.”
Christian, we are grafted in to Israel (Romans 11). We follow their Messiah and King. During the Holocaust, many of the churches were silent. We cannot be silent again.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her vindication shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch. –Isaiah 62:1 (NIV)
I close with the music video “Forgotten People” by Ted Pearce.
Zion is precious to the LORD.
The LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, ‘This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.’ –Psalm 132:13-14 (NIV)
Let us not forget the people of Zion ever again.