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Holocaust in Psalms

Was the Holocaust/Shoah prophesied in the Psalms?

Psalm 35:8,17. Let destruction come upon him unawares; and let his net that he hid catch himself; into ruin let him fall. 17. Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my only one from the lions. In Hebrew the words “destruction” and “ruin” used here are Sho or Sho’ah. The word was first used in 1940 to refer to the holocaust. The word only appears 4 times in the Psalms and 3 of those times in Ps. 35.
Psalm 35:11. False witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I know not. Propaganda was a useful tool for the Nazis. In 1934 the false “blood libel” story was circulated. In 1935, a Swiss court fined two Nazi leaders for circulating a German-language edition of the ” Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
Psalm 35:15. And, when I limped, they rejoiced and gathered; lame people gathered about me, [why,] I do not know. Were they to tear, they would not draw blood. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, had a deformed right leg. He was lame and a virulent anti-Semite.
Psalm 35:20. For they do not speak peace; but they plot deceitful schemes against those who are quiet in the land. On September 15, 1935, the Nuremberg Race Laws were announced. These laws basically legalized persecution of the Jews. From 1933 to 1939 over 400 laws would be passed against the Jews.
Psalm 35:12. They repay me evil for good; a bereavement to my soul. Read the Hebrew meaning of "bereavement to my soul" is like beasts who slaughter children before their mother’s eyes. This was done during the holocaust.
Psalm 36:4-5. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely, and to do good. 5. He plots mischief while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not loathe evil. In Mein Kampf, Hitler tells of how a gas attack on Oct. 13, 1918 sent him to the hospital. He learned of Germany’s defeat, threw himself into his bed where his hatred grew against the Jews and he decided to enter into politics.
Psalm 37:14 The wicked initiated war and bent their bow to cast down the poor and the needy, to slay those who walk on a straight path. In a secret meeting in 1937, Hitler outlined his strategy for using military power to achieve more living space for the German people. His first objectives were to seize Austria and Czechoslovakia. See Hossbach Memorandum
Psalm 37:35. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green tree. (A person gaining strength from his native land) Remember Hitler was born in Austria. Hitler returns to Germany triumphant after spreading into Austria, his native land in 1938.
Psalm 37:10,36. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be; though you look well at his place, he will not be there. 36. Yet he passed away, and, behold, he was not; I sought him, but he could not be found. By the end of 1945, Hitler, Heydrich, Himmler, and Goebbels were all dead. Hitler’s remains were secretly removed. He was sought for but not found. Hitler’s Thousand-Year Reich lasted only 12 years.
Psalm 37:38. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. By 1946, 23 leading Nazis were dead. They were destroyed together then cremated. There was also a military court at Dachau where another 36 were hanged. See Ps. 36:13 “cast down” in Hebrew, it sounds like dachau.
Psalm 37:29. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it for ever. 34. Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. By 1948 the Jewish people will once more inherit the land of Israel and will witness the fall of the Nazis.
Psalm 37:37. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace. Young and old Jews were required to wear the Star of David, they were marked. Their passports were marked and in Auschwitz they were tattooed, marked with numbers.
Psalm 38:12. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand far away. In July 1938, 32 countries met at the Evian Conference to discuss Jewish refugees. 31 countries refused to let more Jews in. When Hitler heard, it gave him confidence to attack the Jews. Kristallnacht happened 4 months later.
Psalm 39:13. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; do not keep silence at my tears; for I am a stranger with you, and a sojourner, like all my fathers were. On September 21, 1939, Heydrich was ordered to force Jews into ghettos. The first ghetto opened in 1939. The Jews were now strangers and sojourners.
Psalm 41:6,9. My enemies speak evil of me; "When will he die and his name be lost?" 9. "An evil thing shall be poured into him, and once he lies down, he will no longer rise." In 1941 Goring sent an order to Heydrich to speed up the final solution to the Jewish question. The plan to kill Jews by gas came about in 1941. Canisters of poison were poured into the chambers.
Psalm 42:10-11. I will say to God my rock, Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 11. Like a deadly wound in my bones, my enemies taunt me; while they say daily to me, Where is your God? In 1941 and 1942 millions are killed by the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing squads) or through the killing centers. Many Jews were asked “Where is your God?”
Psalm 44:6-7. Through you we will push down our enemies; through your name we will trample down those who rise up against us.7. For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. On June 6, 1944 President Roosevelt offers up the D-Day prayer asking G_d for his help in pushing down the enemy. One of the beaches is actually named “Sword.”
Psalm 44:11. You make us turn back from the enemy; and those who hate us take plunder for themselves. Plunder during the holocaust reached new heights. Not only were homes and businesses, bank accounts and all belongings taken, but gold fillings, shoes, hair and ultimately their families and lives were plundered.
Psalm 44:12. You have given us like sheep to be eaten; and have scattered us among the nations. 13. You sell your people for nothing, and you do not ask for a high price. To escape persecution many Jews left Germany. They were scattered all over the world to any nation that would accept them.
Psalm 44: 23. But for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Many furnaces ran all day long. Sheep for the slaughter was a phrase used in 1942 by the Jewish resistance and spread.
Psalm 44: 18. All this has come upon us; yet we have not forgotten you, nor have we been false to your covenant. 19. Our heart is not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way; Faith remained all along. Holy days were kept as much as possible even at the risk of death. Story after story can be found of Jewish hearts not turning back from G_d.
Psalm 44: 20. Though you have crushed us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death. 24. Awake, why do you sleep, O Lord? Arise, do not cast us off for ever. Some versions translate “the place of jackals” as “the place of dragons” and “the shadow of death” could be a good description of the furnaces in the death camps. Check out the Hebrew word for “crushed” it sounds like Dachau.
Psalm 46:7. Nations rage, kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 9. Come, behold the works of the Lord, the desolations that he has made in the earth. In how many wars has the earth melted? WWII and Hiroshima and Nagasaki come to mind. After the war kingdoms tottered, borders were changed and mapmakers were busy.
Psalm 46: 10. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the chariot in the fire. Although VE Day and VJ Day took place in 1945, WWII wasn’t officially over until Pres. Truman signed Proclamation 2714 on Dec. 31, 1946.
Psalm 47:5. He chooses our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah. 10. The nobles of the peoples are gathered together, In May 1947 UNSCOP was formed, The United Nations Special Committee on Palestine. The nobles of the peoples were to look into the future government of Palestine and report back to the General Assembly.
Psalm 48:5. For, behold, the kings were assembled, they came on together. 6. As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were frightened; they fled away.7. Fear took hold of them there, and pain, like a woman in labor. FDR, Churchill, Stalin and later Pres. Truman were assembled at Yalta, then Potsdam. The United Nations vote on the creation of the State of Israel in 1947 and on May 14, 1948 the State of Israel is reborn.
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