Israel - America - God's Judgment - Will This Be Our Future? Pt 15
I was going to write an article talking about what our nation's future could look like. But in my research I have discovered a great book by Erwin Lutzer, " When a Nation Forgets God - 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany." In this book Lutzer has done a great job describing what our nation could be facing.
Erwin Lutzer has studied Nazi Germany and what lead up to her rise, downfall and then destruction.
If ever there was a time in history where we can learn, this is the one and now is the time.
Because we are walking the very same path of pre-WWII Germany, and folks it is terrifying.
I want to share with you a portion of Lutzer's book and hope that it wakes up people to the direction we are going.
What amazed me the most was the "Christians" response.
What was that response?
"The majority of the people, including the Christians in the Third Reich, no longer believed that Christianity was worth suffering for, much less dying for.
They were willing to substitute Mein Kampf for the Bible in exchange for jobs and the greater glory of Germany. "
As a result, over eight hundred pastors were arrested, imprisoned, many put to death because they refused to bow to Hitler's demand and stood with God's Word.
Over 11 million people died at the hands of Hitler's Nazi regime. 6 Million Jews, 3 Million Christians, comprised of Catholics, Lutherans, and other Christian sects. The other two million were vagrants, communists, homosexuals, transients, and anyone else that Hitler did not like on that day or next.
That is what is coming to America. But here is what is disturbing, if you are reading this and you are a fundamental bible believing Christian, I honestly believe that we will be the ones who might suffer in next holocaust.
Why build hundreds of FEMA CAMPS if they are not to be used?
I believe that will be the fate of many that is if we do not learn our lesson, repent and return to God.
If we do not repent and turn to Him, it is almost a guarantee that history will repeats itself.
So please take this time to read this portion from Erwin Lutzer. If you want to read an outstanding book, " When a Nation Forgets God - 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany" is at the top of my list.
When a Nation Forgets God - 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany
By Erwin Lutzer
Candles and combustible household furnishings are replacing heat and electricity as public utilities are closed due to unattainable wage and labor demands.
And these “demands” arise from an inflationary cycle fueled by fear and frustration; unemployment numbers continue to rise daily at frightening speed.
Disease runs rampant. Hospitals are not only closed but also abandoned; medicine (or whatever of it remains) is being hoarded by the privileged few or traded in bartered transactions.
The rich hide behind their gated communities and vigilante groups are formed to protect the “haves” from the “have-nots” who are roaming the streets destroying property, killing randomly, and stealing.
With a porous border, drug lords come from Mexico to wreak destruction and find what they can steal amid the chaos.
Nearly all public services such as schools, police, fire, and emergency networks have likewise been discontinued as the infrastructure of a civilized society rapidly disintegrates.
Even the remnant of a federal militia cannot enforce martial law. Thus, chaos and crime explode on the scene as families and family units implode.
Relatives huddle together trying to survive and those who have friends or relatives outside of the big cities, flee hoping to save their lives and sanity.
People are indeed angry … very angry. And that anger is primarily directed at the government—a government that promised not only life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness but stability, and even prosperity.
People are angry when they realize that their government is hopelessly indebted to foreign countries; multiple billions of dollars were borrowed as though they did not have to be repaid. The billions owed have become trillions and the day of reckoning has come.
Crowds demand that banks allow them to withdraw their funds in cash, but of course, the banks have long since run out of hard currency, even though the dollar is devalued almost weekly if not daily.
People are demanding action; the populace feels betrayed.
Even when the president speaks, few hear him, for electronic communication is unreliable. Even so, those who do hear him disbelieve what he says. And why should they trust his words? … The promise has become a lie.
I’m sure that the populace at large—including all of us today in twenty-first-century America—would be willing to tolerate the suspension of such civil liberties as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of worship—and even the freedom of free elections—in exchange for stability and order.
People would submit to rations, travel restrictions, and a ban on demonstrations.
We’d trade our freedoms for one gift: the gift of survival.
If a dictator arose who gave credible evidence that he could bring order out of the chaos, we’d be willing to let him have whatever power and freedom he needed.
Let us not be quick to condemn those who were willing to give Hitler a chance, given the economic chaos that spread through Germany after World War I.
He could never have come to power if the German economy would have remained strong after World War I.
He rode to victory simply because he promised to rebuild the collapsing German mark and put the nation back to work.
He cleverly exploited the economic crisis that postwar Germany was experiencing.
Yes, it was the economy that gave rise to National Socialism. Germany’s inflation was triggered by a huge increase in the nation’s money supply because of the heavy reparations assigned to Germany after losing World War I.
The German government chose to pay its debts with cheap marks, printing as many as needed to stem the crisis. When the initial injections of newly printed money failed to work, the government’s response was more of the same. The result was to print still more.
Economists are agreed that “hyperinflation” is brought about by an unchecked increase in the money supply, usually accompanied by a widespread unwillingness on the part of the people to hold the money for more than the time needed to trade it for something tangible to avoid further loss.
Hyperinflation is usually associated with wars, economic depressions, and political and social upheavals. It is associated of what life was like in postwar Germany abound.
People who had fixed incomes were wiped out financially.
Retirement funds were reduced to zero.
Prices changed by the hour.
It is said that a student at Freiburg University ordered a cup of coffee for 5,000 marks. He decided to order a second cup. When his bill was 14,000 marks he protested but was told, “If you want to save money and you want two cups of coffee, you should order both of them at the same time.”
There is a story, perhaps fictitious, of a woman who filled her wheelbarrow with German marks and left them outside the store, confident that no one would bother stealing the money. Sure enough, when it was time to pay for her groceries, she walked outside only to discover that the bundles of money were left on the ground but the wheelbarrow was gone!
We might smile at the story, but for the Germans there was nothing to smile about.
Their savings were totally wiped out. They had lost faith in their government. The people suffered immeasurably, and the worst was yet to come.
However—and this is important—there were benefits to this runaway inflation.
Businesses with significant debt were glad when the value of the mark fell so that they could repay their loans with essentially worthless pieces of paper.
In fact, big industrialists and landlords goaded the government into deliberately letting the mark tumble in order to free the State of its public commitments and assist businesses that needed to erase their large debts.
The masses suffered, of course, because their savings disappeared when the mark was devalued. When 1,000-billion notes were printed, few bothered to collect the change when they spent it.
By November 1923, with one dollar equal to a trillion marks, the breakdown was complete.
Unused marks were used to light fires.
Predictably, anarchy erupted, particularly in the big cities. Gasoline was siphoned from cars; whatever was not nailed down was stolen and whatever could be bartered was used in exchange for food or clothes.
In the midst of the chaos, the government was forced to leave Berlin and move to the National Theatre in Weimar to attempt to form a new government based on democratic principles and ideals.
THE HEIGHT OF THE INFLATIONARY CYCLE, THE PEOPLE CRIED OUT FOR SOMEONE TO END THE MADNESS.
At the height of the continuing inflationary cycle, the people cried out for someone to end the madness. Even when the mark was in a free fall, the government would not stop printing money, because it saw no way out of the chaos. So the people longed for a strong leader—a dictator who would be able to put an end to the charade and have a new beginning with a new currency, and with it institute the controls that a stable economy would need. And there was just such a man waiting for this moment.
An economic crisis is always a gift to a leader who wants to capture a nation. And Hitler was delirious with joy over his country’s economic ills. Inflation and unemployment was the disease for which he had the cure. He did not want to let this financial crisis go to waste.
Winston Churchill observed Hitler in 1937 and said that his accomplishments were “among the most remarkable in the whole history of the world.”
Hitler’s brand of socialism had many advantages for the German people. By nationalizing the banks, instituting wage and price controls, and centralizing the economy, National Socialism could bypass the often slow democratic process and get things done quickly.
Despite Hitler’s gross crimes, he did have an economic policy that appeared to work, at least for the first few years.
- Here is his outstanding report card:
- He revived a collapsed economy in four years.
- He instituted nationalized health care.
- He gave millions of Germans attractive vacations through his Kraft durch Freude (“Strength through Joy”) program.
- He established training schools for those who were unskilled and brought the nation to full employment.
- He brought crime under control.
- He instituted a huge public works program and built freeways and promised the production of a car that ordinary Germans would soon be able to afford.
- He gave Germans a reason to believe in themselves, to believe that they could become great again.
If only he had died before World War II, one historian mused, he would have gone down in history as “Adolf the Great, one of the outstanding figures in German history.”
But Hitler didn’t die before World War II; he didn’t die until the German people had surrendered their personal rights; he didn’t die until laws were enacted that led to the extermination of more than eight million people, and until Germany and several other countries were destroyed in a war that killed fifty million people in the greatest bloodbath in history.
He didn’t die until thousands of pastors joined the SS troops in swearing personal allegiance to him. What began as an economic miracle ended with a moral and political nightmare.
THE POWER OF THE ECONOMY
By and large the Germans offered little resistance to National Socialism because they saw its benefits.
Listen to what Gerald Suster writes: “Many welcomed the abolition of individual responsibility for one’s actions; for some it is easier to obey than to accept the dangers of freedom. Workers now had job security, a health service, cheap holiday schemes; if freedom meant starvation, then slavery was preferable.”
The man for whom they had waited had arrived. As long as the economy was strong, people didn’t care whether they had freedom of speech, freedom of travel, or freedom of elections.
Under the Republic, people were starving in the big cities; they agreed that bread on the table was more important than a ballot at a voting booth. The people were willing to forgive Hitler’s purges and his ruthless massacres in return for the right to live.
By far the majority of the Lutheran churches sided with Hitler and his spectacular reforms. But a minority, under the leadership of Bonhoeffer and Niemoller, chose to pull away from the established church to form the “Confessing Church.”
This breakaway church that opposed Hitler held its own synods and wrote its own protests to the continued intrusion of Nazism into the life of the church.
In 1938, when the German pastors were mandated to swear personal allegiance to Hitler, the synod essentially “wimped out” and refused to take a stand against the political firestorm that now engulfed them.
The synod did that which could only gladden the heart of Hitler himself: they decided that individual pastors and church leaders should make up their own minds about signing the Aryan clause and taking the oath of loyalty.
This made it easy for the Gestapo to identify any pastor who didn’t comply, arrest him, and sentence him to whatever the “People’s Court” would decide.
As a result, about eight hundred pastors were arrested and imprisoned.
THE RESPONSE OF THE PEOPLE
What did the rest of Germany think of the news that eight hundred pastors were imprisoned for not accepting the Nazification of their churches?
We are shocked at the indifference of the German populace in the face of such abuses.
William Shirer in his monumental The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich gives one of the most chilling assessments of the values that the Germans held dear. Though this paragraph is long, I encourage you to read every word. Shirer writes:
"It would be misleading to give the impression that the persecution of Protestants and Catholics by the Nazi State tore the German people asunder or even greatly aroused the vast majority of them.
It did not.
A people who had so lightly given up their political and cultural and economic freedoms were not, except for a relatively few, going to die or even risk imprisonment to preserve freedom of worship.
What really aroused the Germans in the Thirties were the glittering successes of Hitler in providing jobs, creating prosperity, restoring Germany’s military might, and moving from one triumph to another in his foreign policy.
Not many Germans lost much sleep over the arrests of a few thousand pastors and priests or over the quarreling of the various Protestant sects. And even fewer paused to reflect that under the leadership of Rosenberg, Bormann and Himmler, who were backed by Hitler, the Nazi regime intended eventually to destroy Christianity in Germany, if it could, and substitute the old paganism of the early tribal Germanic gods and the new paganism of the Nazi extremists.
As Bormann, one of the men closest to Hitler, said publicly in 1941,“National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable”
So there you have it—the majority of the people, including the Christians in the Third Reich, no longer believed that Christianity was worth suffering for, much less dying for.
They were willing to substitute Mein Kampf for the Bible in exchange for jobs and the greater glory of Germany.
Yet those who saved their lives lost them, and those who lost their lives saved them.
GIVEN A CHOICE, MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY WILL CHOOSE BREAD AND SAUSAGE ABOVE INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES.
Jobs! Economic security! Prosperity! Most people are willing to close their eyes to glaring warning signs in exchange for a strong economy and money in the bank. Like the late Francis Schaeffer used to tell us, people are willing to march down the wrong path if only they can be assured of personal peace and affluence. They willingly march forward, not asking where that will lead.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall a cartoon appeared in a Russian newspaper picturing a fork in the road. One path was labeled freedom; the other path was labeled sausage.
As we might guess, the path to freedom had few takers; the path to sausage was crowded with footprints.
When given a choice, most people probably will choose bread and sausage above the free market and individual liberties.
It was Lenin’s promise of bread in every kitchen that ignited the communist revolution.
Bread with political slavery was better than freedom and starvation. Bread fills the stomach, freedom does not.
SOURCE - Lutzer, Erwin W.; Lutzer, Erwin W. W.. (2009-12-17). When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.
AM 1. NOV. 1923 KOSTETE 1 PFUND BROT 3 MILLIARDEN / 1 PFUND FLEISCH 36 MILLIARDEN / 1 GLAS BIER 4 MILLIARDEN:
Translation : On November 1, 1923, 1 pound of bread cost 3 billion / 1 pound of meat 36 billion / 1 glas of beer 4 billion.
The two medals shown above commemorate the height of the Weimar Republic hyperinflation period, in November 1923. They are a rather disturbing reminder of what the average German citizen had to contend with in their daily lives, at that time.
The medal at the left states that on November 1, 1923, a pound of bread cost Three Billion marks, a pound of meat cost 36 Billion Marks, and a glass of beer cost Four Billion Marks!
Two weeks later, on November 15, 1923, the medal at the right states that a pound of bread cost 80 Billion Marks, a pound of meat cost 900 Billion Marks, and a glass of beer cost 52 Billion Marks.
This is what Hyperinflation does, it steals your ability to purchase things and causes any savings what so ever to just become worthless in seconds.
Do you have a billion dollars sitting in your account?
If not, how will you pay for bread, meat, ect?
Do you understand the gravity of what is coming?
You still have time to build your ark and help you weather the brunt of the storm.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
By Ray Gano
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