The recent bombings in Belgium were shocking but not surprising. Ever since the inception of ISIS we in Europe have had to get used to what our people in Israel have been used to since the founding of the state in 1948. Fear, terror and panic seems to fill the air at the moment in Europe as our peaceful post-war foundation is slowly getting shaken. And it’s probably going to get worse.
I don’t want to be a fear monger, but security forces say that the Belgian bombings are not the last we’ve heard of ISIS.
I don’t want to be a fear monger, but security forces say that the Belgian bombings are not the last we’ve heard of ISIS. They predict that there will probably be more attacks in different European countries, probably all over the world. But, to tell you the truth, I’m not really worried. Because I know that ultimately, ISIS will fail – because of Purim.
Hitler was afraid of Purim – TIME magazine even reported that he planned some of his offensives against our people to coincide with the festival and that he stated that if we ever defeated him, then we could celebrate a second Purim. It seems that his rhetoric also influenced his colleagues: Julius Streicher’s last words as he went to be hanged were, “Purim Fest 1946!” But why was Hitler so afraid of Purim?
Every year at Purim we celebrate God’s deliverance of our people out of the hands of the wicked Haman who wanted to annihilate us.
Simply, because he knew the story. Every year at Purim we celebrate God’s deliverance of our people out of the hands of the wicked Haman who wanted to annihilate us. When we had our backs against the wall and there seemed like no way out, God miraculously intervened behind the scenes to rescue us. Perhaps Hitler understood that and realised that taking on God’s people was a risky business. Despite the utter devastation that he inflicted, he didn’t succeed in his original plan – to entirely wipe us out.
So, Hitler failed because of Purim and ISIS too will ultimately fail because of Purim. Why? Because Hitler, along with Pharaoh and Haman before him and ISIS after him dared to rebel against God by attacking his chosen people. In Zechariah. 2:8, God states that whoever attacks Israel touches the apple of His eye – the most sensitive part. If poking a lion in the eye with a stick is not a wise idea, imagine what it’s like to attack the people that God Himself has chosen! In rising up against us Jews as well as those who have been grafted in to Messiah from the nations, ISIS has essentially failed before it’s really started.
In Jeremiah 33:20-26 God makes wonderful promises to our people and essentially makes us indestructible
In Jeremiah 33:20-26 God makes wonderful promises to our people and essentially makes us indestructible: “If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth, then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.” Yeshua also promises that there will be Jewish people who believe in Him when He comes back when He says, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it![…]For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’” (Matt. 23:37-39) Yeshua wasn’t talking about the stones and the walls of the city welcoming Him back, but rather His people! These verses, along with many other promises in His Word make it clear that whatever happens in between, God will have the victory in the end. As Billy Graham famously said, “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out alright!”
However, this physical deliverance is only really of any use if there is also a spiritual deliverance as well. As we celebrated Purim this year I realised that we can also celebrate a victory over another type of enemy. Two thousand years ago, Yeshua the Messiah defeated our greatest enemies – sin, death and Satan, the accuser – when He died on the cross and rose from the dead. Thanks to Him, and only Him, even though our bodies might die, we will live forever, if we choose to put our faith in Him. If we put our faith in Yeshua, nothing on earth, not even ISIS can really cause us any harm!
So what should our reactions be as we read the headlines in the European news? While it might be natural to be frightened by what we hear and read, we can take tremendous comfort from God’s promises and from His workings with His people. First, we have the promise of physical deliverance. Pharaoh is gone, but we’re still here. Haman’s gone, but we’re still here. Even Hitler is gone, but we’re still here and thriving. And one day, ISIS will be gone to. Second, and more importantly, thanks to Yeshua even our greatest enemies – sin, death and Satan – have already been defeated. Perhaps His words sum it up best, “In the world you will have many troubles. But take heart – I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) This year, I’m celebrating Purim 33 AD!
Purim 33 AD or why ISIS must fail