Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on David’s Tent, a ministry of Israeli believers Avner and Rachel Boskey. The Boskey’s have ministered at Tabernacle of David, and we consider them trustworthy and Biblically sound.
One of the most powerful prophetic visions in the Book of Revelation is found in chapter 12 – the great sign in heaven:
- A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was pregnant and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven crowns. And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and hurled them to the earth (Revelation 12:1-4a)
The Jewish people have suffered much anti-Semitism throughout history. The origins of Judenfeind (hatred of the Jewish people) are satanic, and this demonic core must be confronted directly in order to correctly grasp what is happening across the planet today.
Joseph’s dream interpreted by Yeshua
John’s apocalyptic vision in Revelation 12 is part of “the Revelation of Messiah Yeshua, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place” (Revelation 1:1). Chapter twelve focuses on Israel’s calling, the birth of the Jewish Messiah, and the origins of anti-Semitism as a central issue in spiritual warfare.
John receives two powerful heavenly signs in this vision. The first sign is based on Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9-11, where the same symbols of sun, moon and twelve stars are found:
- Then (Joseph) had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Jacob prophetically interpreted his son Joseph’s dream to mean that these heavenly bodies represent the Jewish people. The sun represents Jacob the Patriarch; the moon represents the Matriarch; and the twelve stars represent their twelve sons, from whom all the people of Israel are descended. Jacob the Patriarch’s interpretation of Joseph’s dream is the biblical guideline for a kosher interpretation of John’s vision in Revelation 12.
The Jewish Seed – Messiah Yeshua
The second sign in the Revelation 12:4b-6 vision describes the Jewish people, pregnant with a special Seed and about to give birth to a special Child.
- And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth, he might devour her Child. And she gave birth to a Son, a male, who is going to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her Child was caught up to God and to His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness (Revelation 12:4b-6)
This prophetic concept hearkens back to Genesis 3:15, where it was prophesied that a deliverer known as “the Seed of the woman” would crush the head of the serpent. John immediately sees a horrific vision rising up in front of him: it is the great red dragon, who in 12:9 is described as “that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.” Revelation 12 unwraps in prophetic technicolor the great promise given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden: The Jewish people will give birth to the Promised Seed – Messiah Yeshua.
The dragon is snarling at the birthstool, waiting to devour the baby even as his head begins to crown. Miraculously the Jewish people give birth to a healthy male Child in spite of the dragon’s destructive presence. This baby is described as the one “who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter” (see Psalm 2, a Messianic psalm which looks past the crowning of King David to the coronation of David’s Greater Son the Messiah).
The anti-Semitic dragon and his murderous seed
John’s prophetic vision now morphs into something beyond Joseph’s dream. John is taken into heaven (like Daniel the prophet) and is given a ringside seat from YHVH’s perspective:
- And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they did not prevail, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him (Revelation 12:7-9).
The Archangel Michael (see Jude 1:9) and his band of angelic warriors are in hand-to-hand combat, fighting Satan and his orc-like minions. In Daniel 10:21 the Archangel Michael is described as the angelic prince whose assigned portfolio is the Jewish people. At the End of Days, Daniel 12:1 informs us: “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise!” The biblical perspective is clear: Michael is a high angel, an Archangel, one of the chief angelic princes. He is the princely protector of the Jewish people. Whenever Michael’s name appears, the safety and calling of the Jewish people are under attack. Michael, the Archangel who holds the Jewish portfolio, battles Satan over Israel-related events.
- Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah have come, for the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down, the one who accuses them before our God – day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. For this reason, rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you with great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time” (Revelation 12:10-12).
When Michael revokes Satan’s access to the very presence of God (Revelation 12:8-9), spiritual warfare will jump to another level. Total warfare will break out on earth. The enemy will attack the most strategic of all targets with great fury, knowing that his campaign will only triumph by a decisive blow. At the same time an angel proclaims that the kingdom of God has just taken a powerful step forward. God’s royal standards are now firmly planted in the soil and His unfurled banners flap powerfully in the wind. John hears a loud voice reminding him that in the coming conflict believers on earth will defeat Satan, but at a high cost. The weapons in the hands of the saints at that time will be the charismatic power of the blood of Messiah, the evangelistic testimony of the gospel, and the spiritual power released through the blood of the martyrs. Both the cross and the resurrection power of Yeshua will be clearly seen in all the world, through the miracles and the martyrdom of Yeshua’s followers.
- And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child (Revelation 12:13).
Satan and his hordes hit the ground running. They immediately begin to carpet bomb the quadrant where it will hurt most. Withering fire is trained on the Jewish people, directed at the woman who gave birth to the male child. Satan has activated his own ‘final solution of the Jewish problem’ for the last time. Anti-Semitism has always been a central plank in hell’s platform. It is one of Lucifer’s major mandates. The enemy knows that the Jewish people are God’s key to many end-time events – life from the dead, the times of refreshing, the return of Messiah Yeshua and the restoration of all things. Satan’s persecution of the apple of God’s eye reveals his desire to deal a death-blow to God Most High Himself, to frustrate His plans, to violate His priorities and to rob His glory. To annihilate the Jewish people is to destroy the linchpin of God’s prophetic plan, to hijack the nuclear core of Yeshua’s kingdom.
It comes as no surprise that modern anti-Semitic movements are satanically influenced. The neo-Nazi skinhead, the anti-Semitic Militiaman or ‘Christian Identity’ preacher, the Iranian Hezbollah terrorist, the Islamic Jihad or Hamas jihadis, the black-jacketed Russian-speaking thugs in Daghestan – each one’s hatred of the Jewish people is fueled by the same hellish source. Unless these people turn from their rebellious ways and kiss the feet of the King of Zion, they will one day feel the cold metal of God’s iron scepter on their backs.
Paint it black
Satan’s hatred of the Jewish people is as old as YHVH’s choosing of the Jewish people. What God chooses to love, the dragon has chosen to hate. Anti-Semitism has mutated over the centuries since its serpent-birthed inception, and it will continue to increase in malignancy until the whole world ‘turns into Hamas’ – embraces a no-holds-barred murderous hatred of Jacob’s seed. The rocketing rise of anti-Jewish violence across the globe is a wake-up call, a portent of coming pogroms , a harbinger of hatred careening down the path. We are watching as even some evangelical believers who were once good friends and advocates for the Jewish people, have morphed into apologists for Hamas and propagandists for those attacking the Jewish people and their state.
- “Watch out that the light in you is not darkness” (Luke 11:35)
- “Therefore, stay alert! For you do not know when the Master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning – so that He does not come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you I say to all: ‘Stay alert!’” (Mark 13:35-37)
Classic satanic poison – pagan
The history of anti-Semitism is long, bloody and chequered. Two foundational books are: the 1965 classic ‘The Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-Three Centuries of Antisemitism’ by Catholic priest Edward H. Flannery; and Dr. Michael L. Brown’s helpful ‘Our Hands Are Stained With Blood: The Tragic Story of the Church and the Jewish people.’
Classic pagan anti-Semitism goes back to Greek and Latin pagan philosophers and historians, who looked down upon the Jews as a primitive people and mocked their obedience to the God of Jacob and the Bible. In 1974 Dr. Menahem Stern of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, compiled the classic book of sources ‘Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism.’ According to these ancients, the Jews mutilated themselves with barbaric practices like circumcision; hated Gentiles and kept themselves apart them; engaged in strange and suspicious rituals, including ritualistic murder and the consuming of blood; they were bearers of disease and participators in bizarre sexual practices. Flannery points out that these same charges were soon made by pagan Romans against early Christians and that, in time, Byzantine Christians began to make these same charges against the Jewish people.
Classic satanic poison – Christian
Early Christian theologians like the Samaritan Justin Martyr, Origen, Augustine of Hippo, John Chrysostom preached race-hatred against the Jewish people. These poisonous words foundationally affected the Christian Church and its theology, even up to the present time:
- Origen (ca. 185-254 AD), one of the Greek Fathers of the Church, remarked that the Jews would never come back to Israel because they had killed God: “They will never be restored to their former condition. For they committed a crime of the most unhallowed kind, in conspiring against the Savior of the human race.”
- Saint John Chrysostom (ca. 344-407 AD), Patriarch of Constantinople (398-404 AD) stated: “The Jews are most miserable of all men… lustful, rapacious, greedy, perfidious bandits…inveterate murderers, destroyers, men possessed by the devil… Debauchery and drunkenness have given them the manners of the pig and the lusty goat. They know only one thing, to satisfy their gullets, get drunk, to kill and maim one another…They have surpassed the ferocity of wild beasts, for they murder their offspring and immolate them to the devil…They are impure and impious . . . [Their Synagogue] is a theater…a house of prostitution…a den of thieves…a repair of wild beasts…an abyss of perdition…the domicile of the devil…Indeed Jews worship the devil… their rites are criminal and impure… their religion is a disease . . . [Because the Jews’ assassinated Christ there, is] no expiation possible, no indulgence, no pardon . . . [The destruction of Jerusalem] was done by the wrath of God and His absolute abandon of you . . . [Jews will live] under the yoke of servitude without end . . . He who can never love Christ enough will never have done fighting against those [Jews] who hate Him . . . Flee, then, their assemblies, flee their houses, and far from venerating the synagogue because of the book it contains, hold it in hatred and aversion for the same reason . . . I hate the synagogue precisely because it has the law and the prophets . . . I hate the Jews also because they have the law”
Classic satanic poison – Islamic
Classical Islam believes in the absolute necessity of military jihad – a total defeat of all Jews, Christians and pagan secularists. According to the Islamic Hadith (Sahih al-Bukhari 1:25), the highest calling a Muslim can engage in is armed jihad: “Muḥammad once was asked: ‘What is the best deed for the Muslim next to believing in Allah and his messenger?’ His answer was: ‘To participate in jihad in Allah’s cause.’”
The classical Islamist vision for Israel is clearly enunciated by three contemporary Muslim leaders – leaders of Hamas, Iran and Hezbollah:
- “Make no mistake. There will be no peace as long as there is a Zionist-Jewish state. Our holy goal is to liberate all of Palestine, and if the Jews do not go, they will die. All of Palestine is Islamic land – every inch” (Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and former leader of Hamas)
- “Our dear Imam (Khomeini) ordered that the occupying regime in Jerusalem be wiped off the face of the earth. This was a very wise statement. The issue of Palestine is not one which we could compromise on… This would mean the defeat of the Islamic world” (former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmadinejad, ‘The World Without Zionism conference,’ October 26, 2005).
- “We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you” (Husayn Abbas al-Mousawi, former head of Lebanese Hezbollah).
Classic satanic poison – Nineteenth century conspiracies
During the 1800’s new forms of anti-Semitism arose. They focused on supposed secret Jewish societies which (so they said) control the world, all banks and national economies, the spread of all non-Christian worldviews, all media and movie companies, etc. Their teachings focused on a supposed Jewish occult secret society called ‘the Illuminati’ who, according to this satanic perspective, created both capitalism and communism in order to enslave all Gentiles. Another similar branch declared that the Jewish Rothschild family secretly controls the world’s economic system, raises kings and destroys governments, starts wars and ends wars.
These ideas crystallized in a forgery by Pavel Krushevan, an ultra-nationalist and stridently anti-Semitic journalist active in the Black Hundreds and in the Kishinev pogrom. In 1903 he published The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Saint Petersburg. This booklet was a clumsy fabrication, with approximately 160 passages plagiarized from a French original that never mentioned Jews. The Protocols ostensibly reports discussions among a secret group of Jewish elders, regarding plans to subvert Christian civilization and erect a world-wide Zionist state. According to the book’s worldview, the rise of liberalism has provided Jews with the tools to destroy Christian institutions – the nobility, the church, the sanctity of marriage. Their plan is to take control of the world as revenge against Christianity. The text focuses on supposed Jewish control of banking, media and elections. It is stated that a new world order will be seized by this cunning elite, who have purportedly schemed throughout the ages, planning to enslave humankind until the end of time. According to the authors of this anti-Semitic propaganda, the attempts to modernize Russia in the late 1800’s were actually a Jewish plot to control the world. Eventually the Protocols were used to blame Jews for the Russian Revolution. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate once said, “If ever a piece of writing could produce mass hatred, it is this one . . . This book is about lies and slander.” This book is readily available in Islamic countries, and is advertised as factual at Islamic bookstores in the U.S.A.
Classic satanic poison – Red, Black and Green modern versions
In my book ‘Israel the Key To World Revival,’ chapter ten (titled ‘In All Their Afflictions: Anti-Semitism and the Tears of God’) discusses issues of modern anti-Semitism. One sub-heading is titled ‘The Colors of Modern Anti-Semitism: Red, Black and Green.’ The twentieth century has witnessed a cresting of anti-Semitic activity unparalleled in all of history. Virulent new strains of anti-Semitism have appeared in our day.
- The Communist strain can be called red anti-Semitism. Goals included to destroy Jewish culture, language and national identity
- The fascist/Nazi variety can be described as black anti-Semitism. Goals were basically total genocidal destruction of the Jewish people
- Green anti-Semitism refers to fundamentalist Islam’s anti-Israel strain. Goals are basically destruction of the Jewish homeland and its people.
What we are seeing in the U.S.A., Europe and Turkey in past few weeks after Hamas’ jihadi mass slaughter-rape-torture-kidnapping, is violent crowds screaming “Gas the Jews! “F*** the Jews!”; defending and encouraging Hamas’ terrorist actions; calling for the boycotting, crushing and destruction of the Jewish state; beating up Jews in the area. These groups have blended twenty centuries of Jew-hatred together, mixing pagan, Christian, Islamic, European racist, communist and fascist elements into a new anti-Semitic pandemic virus which is spreading rapidly across the face of the globe.
Classic satanic poison – pogroms in Russia again?
On October 29, 2023 a Pobeda Airlines flight from Tel Aviv landed at 19:17 at Makhachkala Airport in the Republic of Dagestan, situated in the North Caucasus of Eastern Europe, along the Caspian Sea. Approximately 50 passengers were on board – mostly women and children – including a child in a wheelchair, connected to a ventilator. In the Russian article ‘Horror in Makhachkala: passengers from Tel Aviv speak about their experience,’ the journalist Daria Gershberg describes that modern-day Russian pogrom-attack:
- The passengers were put on a bus and taken to the terminal for passport control. But a raging crowd [of Muslims, calling themselves ‘Defenders of Gaza Children’] had already burst into the airport. “We had already gone through passport control, and then they burst in,” recalls A. “We ran back to the bus” and climbed inside. The driver drove down the runway, with the Islamic crowd chasing it, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” In a passenger’s video, children are crying in the bus. Passengers shout to the driver to close the doors. “The bus drove along the runway, then turned into a field. And there the crowd caught up with us. They had Palestinian flags. They started breaking windows. The fragments hit me and my son,” said A. “They broke into the bus, I showed my Russian passport, they checked that I didn’t have [Israeli] citizenship.” There were a lot of people, they surrounded the bus, beat it, and shook it.” A video was sent to the Detaly media group showing the attackers demanding that people get off the bus. One of the rioters shouted at the passengers: “What are you doing to Palestine, you f******!” The passengers shouted in response that they are Russians.
- “We thought it was all over. We took out Russian passports and shouted: ‘We are Russians, we are Russians!’ We told them: ‘There are no Israelis on the flight here!’ They looked at our passports, but still continued to storm the bus. It was a mad crowd that couldn’t be stopped. Then we finally broke out [from that crowd]. The driver stepped on the gas. We drove across the field again. They ran and caught up. They were shooting” . . . The bus arrived at the airport complex again. Airport employees hid passengers with Israeli citizenship in a technical room in one of the buildings. Most, if not all, also had Russian passports, which saved their lives on the bus . . . There were still many rioters around. They searched the premises, trying to find Jews. Passengers, including women and sick children, hid in the room for several hours until the Russian Guard forces arrived one hour later. A helicopter was dispatched to evacuate the passengers . . . The raging crowd, which the security forces had pushed behind the fence, saw that women and children were being taken away and began to try to break through to them. The security forces opened fire in the air. People were put into a helicopter to the sound of machine gun fire. According to A., some of the rioters managed to break through to the helicopter, and they clung to the landing gear . . . Upon arrival at the base, the passengers’ mobile phones were taken away so that they would not expose what happened anywhere.
What many of us remember from Fiddle on the Roof – the Hollywood-sanitized pogrom at Tevye’s daughter’s wedding – these dynamics are real and very much alive in the Middle East, in parts of Russia and Turkey, and on the streets of Brooklyn, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Marseilles, Berlin, Istanbul and Makhachkala, Dagestan. When Hamas slaughtered over 1,400 Israelis, they released an evil spiritual wind over the entire planet. There is no putting this anti-Semitic genie back into its Middle Eastern bottle. We are in a new season.
One of the newest mutations of anti-Semitism is anti-Zionist anti-Semitism. This new cancer is highly popular among younger demonstrators, joining anti-globalization, anti-White privilege, anti-Colonialist streams to unadulterated support for jihadi Hamas.
How should we then pray?
As IDF tanks are rolling in Gaza, here are some bullet points to be praying about:
- Pray for victory for the IDF as they dismantle Hamas HQs, tunnels, mines, commando teams wherever they are located – even beside mosques and schools or under major hospitals
- Pray for clarity of strategy, purpose and resolve for Israel to achieve the total and unconditional surrender of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and their total removal from Gaza
- Pray for the leaders of your nation to receive a revelation of God as the Captain of the armies of Israel (see 1 Samuel 17:45): “But David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a saber, but I come to you in the name of YHVH of armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.’”
- Pray for minimal loss of life on Israel’s side and for those Gazans who are truly innocent
- Pray for God’s strategies and leading regarding how to deal with Hezbollah, and for the God of Jacob to hold back regional war if possible, involving Hezbollah, Syria, Iran, Turkey, the Yemenite Houthis and other superpowers
- Pray for revelation and clarity to be imparted by the God of Israel to the world intelligence community who have not yet understood what jihad is all about and are fogged as to how to deal with it decisively
- Pray for the physical rescue of the at least 240 Israelis (including babies) kidnapped by Hamas
- Pray for the raising up of Ezekiel’s prophetic Jewish army throughout the earth
Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.
In Messiah Yeshua,
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