Why is the world starting to hate Israel?

Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel
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It is estimated that there are just over 15 million Jews around the world today, with just over 50% of them living in the US and another 30% in Israel itself.

From there, we see a dramatic drop-off with France, Russia, and Canada each having about 3%, rounding off the top five.

With approximately 8 billion people living on the planet, Jews represent only 0.2% of the world’s population. Yet, despite their insignificant numbers, Jews have been targeted with a disproportional amount of hate.

Since Hamas’s brutal invasion of Israel on Oct. 7, 2023, that hatred has surfaced with supporters of Palestine around the world chanting “From sea to sea, Palestine will be free,” which essentially calls for the elimination of the state of Israel despite its historical roots in the area.

We also see examples of Jews living in other countries, who have nothing to do with what is happening in the Middle East, also being targeted.

While the nation of Israel is blamed for much of the hate displayed today, it doesn’t explain what happened in World War II. Israel didn’t even exist when Nazi Germany exterminated over six million Jews in concentration camps.

When over 900 German Jews fled on the ship, St. Louis, to escape the atrocities happening in Europe, they were forced to return when countries such as Canada, and the US refused to give them refuge.

Why was this small, insignificant group targeted with such hatred and rejection?

Unless you consider a spiritual dynamic to this equation, the hatred really doesn’t make sense.

In a recent article on Charisma News, Joel Rosenberg writes that since Hamas’s barbaric invasion of Israel on Oct. 7, 2023, world governments have been slowly turning against Israel.

Rosenberg cited several recent examples of this, including US President Joe Biden “openly blasting Israel’s prime minister with obscenities, calling Benjamin Netanyahu—the only truly democratically elected U.S. ally in the Middle East—a ‘____-ing bad guy’ and an ‘ahole.’”

“By contrast,” Rosenberg adds, “Biden never speaks so brazenly or crudely about enemies of the U.S. like Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chinese communist leader Xi Jinping.”

Rosenberg then refers to Old Testament prophecies that speak of the nations of the world in the end times turning against the newly formed nation of Israel.

“Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah,” wrote the prophet Zechariah about 2,500 years ago. “It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it’” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

Jerusalem will become ‘a heavy stone’ to the nations of the world, resulting in governments starting to avoid it.

This is in preparation for the final Gog and Magog battle mentioned in Ezekiel 38 and 39, when in the last days (Ezekiel 38:16), many nations will attack Israel and none of its allies will lift a finger to help.

But the root of this hatred is finally exposed in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John’s vision of the end times, when he sees direct demonic involvement in this final end-times battle.

“Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet,” John writes. “They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:13-14).

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