Supersessionism - Part VI
HITLER AND GERMANY
The rise of Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany created a unified culture of nationalism and fervent patriotism. The Nazi machine successfully used propaganda to persuade the German people to change their way of thinking and to redirect their activities toward assisting with the national cause.
National Socialism was the means Hitler used to restore the faith of the German people to rise up and form their new destiny. However, included in his new national transformation experiment was an effort to ridicule the Jewish population and subsequently its goal to remove them entirely from Germany. The concept of ethnic cleansing was introduced to Germany for the sake of purifying the population in preparation to become the master race.
The modus operandi of purging began by Hitler using Darwinian evolution and Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical arguments. Hitler’s strategy was subtle but very effective. It appealed to the scientific and philosophical minds of many Germans. The German populace embraced the idea that they were swiftly evolving into a morally improved race of Aryans that necessitated the elimination of anything impure. This enabled Hitler to define what was and wasn’t pure.
Hitler’s propaganda made wide use of movie films to capture the minds of his Party members before activating them to fulfill his ambitions, written in Mein Kampf. The most popular of movies used was entitled Triumph of the Will. More than 700,000 Nazi supporters were said to have viewed the propaganda film. Hitler was portrayed in Messianic symbolism throughout the film. He was the leader who would bring glory to the nation. The movie is sometimes considered an example of Nazi political religion. Rudolph Hess summed it up when he said, “The Party is Hitler, and Hitler is Germany just as Germany is Hitler.”
HITLER AND THE JEWS
Hitler’s use of propaganda was used as an assault against the Jews. The weekly newspaper Der Stürmer (The Attacker), at the bottom of the front page, in bold letters, proclaimed, “The Jews are our misfortune!”
By 1938, about half a million copies were distributed weekly. Jews were continuously portrayed as evil and cowardly while the Germans were described as hardworking, courageous, and honest. The propaganda machine created a racial anti-Semitism, which was different from the long-standing anti-Semitic tradition of Christian churches.
Many Jews began to leave Germany at this time. Their exodus created an immigration problem in Europe. In order to address the immigration and refugee issue, 32 countries gathered in Evian, France. The enclave did not produce any outcome or solution but left a sense of apathy toward the Jewish immigration problem.
Hitler realized that no one wanted the Jews, and he would not meet resistance in instituting policies against the Jews. From then on, Jews were trapped and Nazi policy against the Jews included persecution and consignment to ghettos.
THE FINAL SOLUTION
The comprehensive extermination operation of the Jews was established at the Wannsee Conference on Jan. 20, 1942. Death camps were strategically located near rail lines to conveniently transport Jews with ease. The Nazi extermination machine was said to have killed 6,258,673 Jews throughout Europe and the Soviet Union during World War II.
Hitler’s “Final Solution” included two prominent Muslims who sought not only to assist the Nazi machine in its war efforts, but also with its extermination policy of killing Jews. The familial descendants of the Haj Amin al-Husseini and Hassan al-Banna continue to this day in their efforts to resist Israel with a long-term goal of annihilating Jews.
God had told the Jewish people in his Word that He would scatter them into the four corners of the earth for disobedience. God also spoke in his Word that He would preserve a remnant that would return to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God would also share something marvelous about His preservation of the people while in diaspora.
Fourteen times in Scripture, we see the signature of God. In Jeremiah 31:35-37 God signs His name and then gives the assurance that Israel will remain as sure as the solar system that God created. In fact, if modern scientists would read these verses they would realize that their quest to find the origins of the universe are in vain. Just when we think we know something, we realize how little we do know. We will not find out the secrets of the universe in this age.
“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: if those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever. Thus saith the LORD; if heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD” (Jer. 31:35-37)
Next month, we will try to explain why the Holocaust happened and what followed soon after. Once again, we do not see anywhere in Scripture where God takes the covenant promises away from Israel and gives them to the church. The church participates in the promises of the seed—Christ Jesus—but the land goes to the natural seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.